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Abia APC chieftain hails Buhari for appointing Adighije Pro-chancellor of FULOKOJA

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Abia APC chieftain hails Buhari for appointing Adighije Pro-chancellor of FULOKOJA

Chief Michael Irom, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Abia, has hailed the appointment of Sen. Chris Adighije as the Pro-chancellor and Chairman, Governing Council of the Federal University of Lokoja, Kogi.


In a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Umuahia on Thursday, Irom thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for his choice of “an illustrious son of Abia” for the position.

He described the president’s appointment as a reward for Adighije’s hardwork, commitment and many years of loyalty to the party.

He said: “I want to thank the president for deeming it fit to honour one of our illustrious sons.

“Adighije is a politician in Abia that is selfless, humble and a friend to many.

“He has demonstrated absolute commitment and loyalty to the party even when he held no political appointment.”

According to him, the former lawmaker has helped to positively market the party and the president in Abia and Southeast.

Irom, who is regarded as a political strategist in in the state, opined that the appointment would strengthen Adighije’s resolve to ensure that APC took over the Southeast in 2023.

“Abia is predominantly an APC state but has remained grossly underdeveloped under the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), since the return of democracy in 1999,” he said.

Irom, a former treasurer of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party in Abia, spoke of the need to redeem the state “from the stranglehold of PDP” in 2023.

He charged the Abia electorate to rise up and join the struggle by APC to liberate the state from its current state of poverty and underdevelopment.

“Our people should ‘shine their eyes’ and ensure that the next governor is one that has the capacity to take the state out of it current quagmire,” Irom said.

He further spoke on the call by some PDP stalwarts in the state for the resignation of the Speaker of the Abia House of Assembly, Mr Chinedum Orji, over his alleged comment when he visited Sen. Orji Kalu, after his release from Kuje Prison.

The speaker was said to have beckoned on Kalu to assume his position as the “authentic leader” of politics in Abia.

Irom described the call for the speaker’s resignation as childish and inconsequential adding, “the speaker’s visit to Kalu was beyond politics.

“It was a demonstration of brotherly love and gratitude to God for setting Kalu free.

“I saw the visit as a show of political maturity by the speaker. Those criticising him and calling for his resignation are the haters of the state.”

Edited By: Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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Gov. AbdulRazak constitutes visitation panels to Kwara Poly, Aviation College

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Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State has approved the constitution of visitation Panel for the Kwara State Polytechnic and International Aviation College, Ilorin.


In a statement, Hajiya Sa’adatu Modibbo-Kawu, Kwara Commissioner for Tertiary Education, Science and Technology said on Monday that the visitation panel will be chaired by Dr. Fatai Bello.

She stated that Bello was Country Representative of the Global Fund, a United Nations’ agency in Nigeria and former Council member of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, Ilorin.

According to her, other members of the panel include Mr Suleiman Talban Lafiagi; AbdulGaniyu Sani, a Chartered Accountant/ forensic audit expert; Muyideen Aliyu, Rtd Director of SSS; Mrs. Yetunde Adekeye, former Principal, School of Midwifery; and Hajiya Asmau Yusuf Saka, Rtd Banker/Accountant.

She disclosed that the Assistant Director of the Kwara State Ministry of Tertiary Education, Science and Technology, Ayansola Justina, will act as the secretary of the visitation panel.

Kawu-Modibbo also said the governor has also accepted the appointment of Prof. AbdulGaniyu Alabi, former Dean, College of Engineering, Kwara State University (KWASU), as chairman of International Aviation College Visitation Panel.

She noted that other members of the visitation panel are: Mr AbdulFatai Olajide, Private Chartered Accountant and Auditor as member, and Mrs Christina Amudipe, a Primary Health Consultant ad member, among others.

Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)

 

 

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Attack: Governors express solidarity with Gov. Zulum

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The Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, on Monday expressed solidarity with Gov. Babagana  Zulum of Borno and the people of the state over Wednesday’s attack by suspected Boko Haram insurgents in Baga.


The governors expressed the solidarity in a letter issued by the Chairman of the forum and Gov. Kayode  Fayemi  In Abuja.

Fayemi, while condemning the attack, expressed the forum’s solidarity to the governor to tackle  the menance of insecurity.

“This is one unwarranted attack too many. It epitomizes our collective vulnerability and the fragility of the country’s security architecture.

“Although you emerged from this incident unscathed, we note with regret the injuries sustained by two members of the Civilian Joint Task Force and a Police Officer attached to your convoy and do accordingly pray for their quick recovery.

“Mr Governor, Forum members are resolutely behind you in your effort to rid Borno State of these dastardly and wicked agents of evil.”

Fayemi said that the governors were appalled by the worsening security situation in the country generally, in spite of all the efforts of government to end it.

“On our part, the NEC Sub-Committee on Security will be meeting tomorrow and rising from the resolutions thereof soon dialogue with Mr. President and the nation’s Security Chiefs to discuss this worrisome and rapidly degenerating situation.

“On a final note, Mr Governor, we thank God for always being merciful.”

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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Ondo 2020: We may suffer defeat over choice of running mate, PDP Chieftain warns

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A PDP Chieftain in Ondo State, Mr Olumide Akinrinlola, has raised the alarm that the party might be defeated in the Oct. 10 governorship polls over the choice of the running mate its governorship candidate, Eyitayo Jegede.


Akinrinlola stated this on Monday in Okitipupa, while addressing a group of PDP youths in the southern district of the state over developments within the party.

He said that the tussle over the choice of running mate, which had set party members against one another, might make the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) win the election, if not handled with utmost caution.

According to him, Jegede is supposed to pick his running mate from his political camp in Ilaje Local Government area of the state among the aspirants who contested the primary with him.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that there has been pressure on Jegede to pick Agboola Ajayi, the state’s deputy governor, but that he had submitted the name of Olumide Ogunje, one of his closest allies, as running mate, which might later be substituted after conclusion of talks with party leaders.

Akinrinlola said that it was a sad development that while APC had started its campaign, PDP was still battling with the issue of running mate.

“The choice of running mate is very critical to the success or failure of any candidate in the forthcoming governorship election, no matter the political party involved.

“But the issue of running mate being considered by our party’s governorship candidate is making me afraid of the election, because victories are determined before the polls.

“A strong running mate from Ondo South will help secure victory for the party; but if the issue is not settled on time, defeat of PDP may be imminent.

“We have endured the opposition for four years and we can’t wait to return to Alagbaka, the seat of power. It is our right and we must do all within the laws to sack APC.

“Youths are the power-house of PDP and we are ready to reclaim the state from the ruling APC; but the choices and decisions being taken may affect our chances,” Akinrinlola said.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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Flood: NEMA trains emergency vanguards in Imo, Abia on quick response

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The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) has inaugurated local emergency response vanguards in various communities in Imo and Abia, to collaborate with the agency in tackling incidences of disaster.


The Head, Imo/Abia Operation Office, Mr Evans Ugoh, made this know in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria  on Monday in Owerri.

Ugoh said that the decision to train the local response vangards, was in line with the agenda of NEMA’s Director-General, AVM. Muhammed Muhammed (rtd), of taking disaster management to the grassroots.

He said that NEMA was mindful of the 2020 flood prediction and would intensify response activities, to ensure that incidences of disaster were curtailed in Nigeria.

The head of the operation office implored the response vanguards to discharge their duties with dedication, and warned that the agency would not tolerate inefficiency from them.

Ugoh said that the agency ended the training with retreats in Umuahia in Abia, and Isu Local Government Area in Imo, with the coordinators of the response vanguards in attendance.

He urged the coordinators to always monitor sea level in their areas and regularly update the local government authorities on the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET)’s flood predictions and the need for preparedness.

He also advised the flood-prone communities in the two states to always adhere to NEMA’s yearly flood early warning measures.

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Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

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