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Gov. Sanwo-Olu promises successful hosting of Badagry Diaspora Festival



Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on Thursday promised to provide operational and logistic supports for the successful hosting of the 2019 Badagry Diaspora Festival.

Sanwo-Olu made the promise when the Chairman of the Nigerian Diaspora Commission, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, visited him to solicit for his support as the chief host of the festival.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the festival is tagged: “Door of Return” slated to hold sometime in October.

The governor said it was heartwarming that there were still people who have passion and believe in the national heritage, adding that the festival would open Badagry corridors for tourism.

Responding to the request of including the festival in Lagos Tourism calendar, Sanwo-Olu said the modality and well detailed plans would be looked into when the Commissioner for Tourism comes on board.

He appreciated the commission for the visit and thanked the Badagry Community as well as stakeholders for being receptive to tourists.

Earlier, Dabiri-Erewa said that the 2019 festival would mark 400 years of the history of slave trade in Africa.

The commission chairman said that they were taken out of Badagry through the point-of-no return.

She said the purpose of the visit was to intimate the governor on the project.

According to her, the festival will enable the commission to build a permanent “Door of Return” platform to further promote tourism in the area and as well in the state.

Dabiri-Erewa said that the festival would showcase Africa to the world in good light and on a positive note.


APC, PDP chieftains disagree on development projects in Hadejia



Alhaji Ishaq Hadejia, a chieftain of All Progressives People Congress (APC) in Jigawa, says that Hadejia zone of the state has not enjoyed the expected dividends of democracy from previous administrations in the state.

In an interview in Dutse, he alleged that past administrations, especially the tenure of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, marginalised Hadejia in spite of its strategic location and population in the state.

“The previous administrations have sidelined us in terms of development and political appointments.

“It is a known fact that the people of Hadejia zone with eight local government areas suffered undue discrimination by the previous administrations.

“They called us names, in spite of the fact that we are citizens of the state; we were marginalised in the past, especially the immediate government of PDP

“We are peace-loving, hardworking and useful to the economic and political development of the state but the previous administration marginalized us administration of the state,’’ he said.

He appealed to the state government to accord Hadejia its rightful place in politics as an emirate council and extend development projects to the zone.

He thanked Gov. Muhammad Badaru of Jigawa for reversing the trend by carrying everybody along irrespective of political affiliations and ethnic sentiments.

Reacting to the allegation, however, Malam Umar Kyari, the former Director of Press to former Gov. Sule Lamido of the state, said that PDP did well for Hadejia zone.

He said that the PDP administration established the Sule Lamido University (formerly Jigawa State University) in Kafin Hausa.

“Apart from this, the PDP administration of Lamido established a permanent site for the state college of education in Gumel, Hadejia zone.

“While the zone secured six ministerial positions for the zone in the administration of PDP, how many does the zone have now with APC administration,’’ he asked.


Edited by Kayode Olaitan

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Governorship screening: Bello expresses optimism of picking APC ticket



In spite of stiff opposition, Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi on Thursday expressed the optimism of emerging the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the coming Nov. 16 governordhip elections in the state.

Bello who spoke in Lokoja shortly after being screened by the Screening Committee of the party said that he would win the governorship primary election slated for Aug. 29 comvincingly.

He told newsmen that he had worked tirelessly to make the party attractive, hence the large number of aspirants seeking to contest the governoship election on its platform.

Bello expressed satisfaction with the screening process, saying that it was peaceful and devoid of rancour.

He urged party supporters to remain steadfast and law-abiding at all times, saying that the committee should be allowed to do its work under a peaceful atmosphere.

Bello enjoined other aspirants to eschew bitterness, adding that they should be ready to abide by the outcome of the primary and work for the success of the party at the polls.

“The APC is a home and the home is very conducive and that is why everyone is jostling to belong here.

”I call on all the aspirants to support me in my effort to turn around the fortunes of the state,” he concluded.

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Gov AbdulRazaq sends anti-poverty bill to Kwara Assembly





Gov AbdulRazaq sends anti-poverty bill to Kwara Assembly


By Abiodun Esan

Ilorin, Aug 22, 2029 Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara has forwarded to the state Assembly a bill to institutionalise his various initiatives to drive economic growth, counter poverty, and ensure equitable distribution of resources in the state.

Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the governor, Rafiu Ajakaye made this known in a statement in Ilorin on Thursday.

According to Ajakaye, the bill, when passed, would establish the Kwara State Social Investment Programme (KWSSIP) which would be charged with the responsibility of tackling poverty, ensuring equitable distribution of resources and economic growth.

“Mr Governor’s plan is to ensure that his various interventions to tackle poverty and make living a lot more meaningful for our people are formalised and institutionalised.

“It is a social security plan that benefits everyone, regardless of their affiliations,” Ajakaye, said.

He said such programmes would outlive the administration and guide against people, especially the aged, falling into destitution or depending on any individual politicians to access whatever support the state can offer them.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the programme was modelled after the Federal Government’s Social Investment Programmes.

Ajakaye said KWSSIP would comprise Kwara State Conditional Cash Transfer (KWCCIT) to support those within the lowest poverty bracket by improving nutrition and increasing household consumption and Kwara State Poverty Reduction Programme (KWSPRP) to assist Kwarans to acquire and develop lifelong skills.

Others, Ajakaiye said include Kwara State Government Entrepreneur and Empowerment Programme (KWSGEEP), which shall lend money to petty traders, artisans, farmers, enterprising youths, men and women; and Home Grown School Feeding Programme (HGSF).

“The HGSF will ensure school feeding of schoolchildren in order to increase school enrolment, reduce malnutrition, empower community women, and support small farmers in the state,” he said.


Edited by Felix Ajide


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Rep solicits support development in Idah



A member of the House of Representatives, Rep. David Zacharia (APC-Kogi), has called on Mr Emmanuel Egwu of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to join him to bring dividends of democracy to people of Idah Federal Constituency of Kogi.

Zacharia made the call while reacting to the judgment of a tribunal which upheld his election on Thursday in Abuja.

Egwu contested in the 2019 National Assembly election for the House of Representatives against Zacharia and lost.

He challenged the outcome of the election at the tribunal, alleging that the election was marred with violence, snatching of ballot boxes, multiple voting, none use of voter card readers and unlawful vote allocation.

His petition was, however, dismissed by the Chairman, Justice A.O Chijioke for lack of merit.

Chijioke said that the petitioner failed to discharge the burden of prove laid on him as there were not enough evidence to back his claims.

Zacharia said that it was time to work together for the development of the constituency.

”I call on the petitioner to join hands with me to deliver the dividends of democracy. I am satisfied with the judgment and the time it took the tribunal to deliver it,” he said.

The lawmaker dedicated the victory at the tribunal to God Almighty and to the law abiding people of his constituency.

Zacharia currently represents Idah Federal Constituency of Kogi which is made up of Idah, Ibaji, Ofu and Igalamela Odolu Local Government Areas.

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Governorship candidate lauds portfolios assigned to ministers



Mr Uche Nwosu, a governorship candidate on the platform of the Action Alliance (AA) in Imo, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for assigning relevant portfolios to the new ministers.

Nwosu, who said this on Thursday while speaking with journalists in Abuja, said that the portfolios of the ministers showed that the president understood their field of experience and their ability to deliver in their areas of assignment.

He also commended the president for returning the re-appointed ministers back to their previous ministries to complete the policies they started.

“l want to congratulate the ministers for the different portfolios assigned to them and also congratulate the president for giving them portfolios according to their experience and fields.

“More especially, I want to congratulate the president for those of them that came back to their former positions such as Mr Babatunde Fashola, who is now in the Ministry of Works and Housing.

“Others are former governor of Akwa Ibom, Sen. Godswill Akpabi, among others, who is a real Niger Delta man to handle the issue of Niger Delta,” he said.

He called on the president to put in place a mechanism in which the ministers’ performances would be assessed quarterly.

The governorship candidate also cautioned against rivalry, especially among  the substantive ministers and the ministers of states.

According to him, there is no difference in the two as no minister implements policy on his own.

”The state and substantive ministers are the same as every policy proposal or implementation ends with the president,” Nwosu said.

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