The Igbo Youth Assembly (IYA) Worldwide, has described as too early calls for zoning of 2023 presidency by some elder statesmen in the country.
In a statement signed by its President General, Mr Ifeanyi Nwaudunna, IYA called on Nigerians and concerned citizens to stop politicking with 2023 Presidency.
According to Nwaudunna, this clamour is political madness.
“How can the so acclaimed leaders or elder statesmen be talking about the zone or region to produce the President in 2023 while the present government is barely five months in office.
“It is too early and unpatriotic to start politicking about 2023 Presidency while some state governments are yet to inaugurate their cabinets or Executive Council to fulfill their campaign promises.
“Unfortunately, the perpetrators of this social nihilism care less about good governance in their respective states.
“IYA therefore call on the acclaimed elder statesmen and old brigade leaders to stop distracting the peace and unity of Nigeria by shelving the clamour for zoning 2023 Presidency,”Nwaudunna said.
According to him, Nigerians should be focusing on how to engage and make the government at all levels accountable on their campaign promises in order to deliver dividends of democracy to the people.
“Igbo Youth Assembly worldwide urges Nigerians to do away with these enemies of the country because they don’t mean well for the country.
“They are just after their inordinate and selfish political ambition and desires.
“Why are they not supporting and promoting good policies and programmes of the Federal Government geared towards delivering dividends of democracy to Nigerians,” Nwaudunna said. (NAN)
edited by Emmanuel Nwoye/Ali Baba-Inuwa
Oyo Assembly seeks citizens’ contributions for robust legislation
As part of efforts to develop people-oriented legislative agenda, the Oyo State House of Assembly has called for the support of the people of the state to ensure robust legislation.
The Speaker of the Assembly, Mr Debo Ogundoyin, made the call while speaking at a town hall meeting, held on Wednesday in Ibadan.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the meeting was organised by the Assembly, in collaboration with Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement (YIAGA) Africa.
NAN also reports that the meeting had as its theme: “Citizens’ Town Hall Meeting on Development of a Legislative Agenda”.
Ogundoyin said that although legislative agenda was not a popular practice, especially in Oyo State, it was the best way to give direction to the legislature.
“Although the state has a four-cardinal programme, which includes Security, Education, Agriculture and Health, we want the people of the state to contribute towards what they will like to see and the kind of laws they want the Assembly to develop.
“The meeting is meant to collect and aggregate people’s contributions towards good legislature in the state,” Ogundoyin said.
Dr Ernest Ereke, Coordinator, YIAGA Africa, said that the town hall meeting was the initiative of the Assembly, adding that his organisation only provided technical support.
Ereke said: “this meeting is an activity of the 9th Oyo State House of Assembly, organised because the Assembly wants to find out from people issues that are of topmost priority to them.
“The Assembly wants to give itself agenda that will guide its activities in the next three years or thereabout.
“In developing the legislative agenda, the Assembly thought that it would perform better if it had the contributions of the citizens.”
In addition to the agenda, Ereke said that YIAGA had deployed enumerators in all the local governments in the state to find out from people what they actually wanted from the lawmakers.
Ereke said that this was aimed at getting as much opinions as possible that would fit into the legislative agenda.
He added that the enumerators were just back from the field and currently doing the analysis, adding “we can only speak authoritatively when we have the analysis completed”.
Mr Babatunde Ogunyoye, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Matters, said that this was the first time the Assembly would call on citizens to make inputs into its legislative activities with a view to fashioning out a robust agenda.
He urged the people to make good use of the meeting by making meaningful contributions to the legislative agenda.
NAN reports that members of the Assembly and the state Commissioner of Youth and Sports, Mr Seun Fakorede were among those present at the event.
Edited by ‘Wale Sadeeq
Organisation calls for building of Great Green Wall to combat climate change effects
The Global Legislators for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE) International has called for the Great Green Wall to be built across several states in northern Nigeria to combat the effects of climate change and desertification.
The Vice President (Africa), GLOBE International, Mr Samuel Onuigbo,made the call at the launch of the GLOBE-UNEP-GEF project on Wednesday on Abuja.
The.project is tagged “GLOBE Legislators Advancing REDD+ and Natural Capital Governance towards Delivery of the 2030 Agenda.”
The Great Green Wall is Africa’s flagship initiative to combat the effects of climate change and desertification by growing trees across the entire width of Africa.
He said that it would contribute to the reduction or elimination of the menace of insurgency and farmer-herder clashes in parts of Nigeria and West Africa.
“When people have their means of livelihood taken away through drought, desertification, coastal erosion or degradation, crime becomes an option, hence the rise in criminal activities.”
He urged the Federal Government to pay “serious attention”to the Sustainable Development Goals and support policies and laws to protect “our natural capital.”
He said that government should also take seriously the issue of its counterpart funding for the project to achieve its objectives.
Launching the project, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, said that the Executive and Legislature were determined to make coordinated and sustained efforts toward combating the scourge of climate change.
Gbajabiamila said government would develop policy, pass legislation and implement plans and projects intended to protect the environment and achieve sustainable economic growth.
The speaker also said there was urgent need to build technical capacity in the sector and make concerted effort to create public awareness on issues of climate change.
According to him, this is necessary so that Nigerians could be more effective partners in proffering and implementing solutions.
Also speaking, Mr Rafael Jimanéz-Aybar, Chief Operating Officer and Programme Director, GLOBE International Secretariat commended Nigeria for its leadership role in the establishment of GLOBE.
“As early as 2013, Nigeria showed that it is a country that is in a leadership position.
“The establishment of GLOBE Nigeria heralded that and many international commitments of President Muhammadu Buhari have shown the country’s commitment to the protection of the environment and sustainable development,”he said.
Jimanéz-Aybar, however, called for the commitment of the government to pay its counterpart funding to the project.
The GLOBE project is in collaboration with the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) .
Edited by Jane (NAN)-Frances Oraka/Dada Ahmed
Edo Ministry takes delivery of equipment for The Observer newspapers — Commissioner
Edo Ministry takes delivery of equipment for The Observer newspapers — Commissioner
Benin, Nov. 20, 2019 The Edo commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Paul Ohonbamu, on Wednesday said that the ministry had taken delivery of 38 crates of equipment for the Bendel Newspapers Company Limited ((BNCL), publishers of The Observer newspapers.
He said that the equipment were bought as part of state government’s plans to reposition it for efficient service delivery.
He noted that the ministry was expecting another batch of equipment from the contractor to complement the first batch to have a complete assemblage of a state of the art printing machine .
He added that the digitization of the Edo Broadcasting Service (EBS) was underway
“Government is poised to repositioning the state-owned media for efficient service delivery as regards dissemination of information to the members of the public.
“There are radical plans to revamp EBS, as government is thinking along the line of digitilization for this purpose.” he said.
The budget performance of both the observer newspapers and EBS according to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr Joses Sede, is 34.8 per cent based on the N1.5billion earmarked for capital expenditure in the 2019 budget.
Mr Sede said that only N100m was released out of N779m allocated to EBS for its digitization project.
The chairman of the committee and speaker of the house, Francis Okiye, in his submission after the briefing by the ministry said government was committed to overall repositioning of the state-owned media.
The speaker further revealed that in the 2020 budget efforts would be made to ensure that the budgetary allocations to carry out the total digitilization of EBS would be made available.
Meanwhile, the Director General of the Edo State Sports Commission, Dudu Orumen, and members of the commission have been directed to present themselves for budget defense on a later date.
The commission members were asked to come with a comprehensive list of the performance of the various sporting activities in the 2019 budget.
The Speaker, Francis Okiye, noted in his submission that soccer events could not be treated in isolation from other sports currently under the supervision of the commission.
Edited by Donald Ugwu (NAN)
PDP senators reject Bayelsa, Kogi results
Abuja, Nov. 20, 2019The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the Senate, on Wednesday, rejected the Bayelsa and Kogi Governorship election results announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The senators, led by the Minority Leader of the Senate, Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe, made the rejection at a news conference in Abuja.
“We totally reject the pronouncements after the elections by INEC and we are worried about the trend of what happened during the election.
“We know that the results that were announced were not a true reflection of what happened in the field.
“We are much more concerned about the fact that it seems that all the gains made by the PDP in all the period of democracy starting in 1999 seem to have been eroded from the elections starting in Osun, Edo and culminating into last weekend.
“We are further pained by the fact that the PDP woman leader, Salome Abuh, after declaration of result, hoodlums still chased her to her house and burnt her to dead in the clear view of security agents.”
The caucus called on President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Inspector-General of Police and other security agencies to immediately fish out the killers of Salome.
“We hear that the police are launching an investigation but this is something we don’t want to be put under the carpet because it involves life,” Abaribe said.
Meanwhile, the spokesman of the Senate, Sen. Godiya Akwashiki, in his reaction to the outcome of the Bayelsa and Kogi gubernatorial elections said: “I don’t think it will be right for the Senate to say anything about the election.
“Nigeria is not a lawless country and we must obey it. The Electoral Act has spelt out everything that there should be primaries between aspirants in political parties so a candidate will emerge.
“After the primaries, INEC will set aside a day for general election. Based on the Electoral Act, the elections have come and gone. If anyone has any grievances, the one knows what to do,” he said.
Edited by Olawunmi Ashafa/Donald Ugwu (NAN)
APC condemns post-election violence, killing in Kogi
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned the post-election violence reported in Kogi State, which led to the death of a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) woman leader, Salome Abuh, and destruction of property in the state.
The party, in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, in Abuja on Wednesday, condoled with the family of the deceased and others affected by the post-election violence.
Issa-Onilu, who quoted the state police command as saying that the killing was as a result of a reprisal attack, urged the Kogi people to ensure that the violence was not allowed to escalate.
“We are aware that Gov. Yahaya Bello has already directed law enforcement agencies to fish out the perpetrators.
“The APC abhors violence and other criminalities which, sadly, have continued to plague our electioneering process.
“We urge people to see election as a democratic contest and not a do-or-die and for which we should pay with our lives.
“We pray that the culprits are caught and the full weight of the law brought to bear on them.
“We must all heed this call,” the APC spokesman said.
Edited by Abiemwense Moru and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq
BMO lauds ICPC’s renewed assault on corruption
The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has commended the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) for its renewed assault on corrupt officials in public service.
In a statement signed by its Chairman, Mr Niyi Akinsiju in Abuja on Wednesday, BMO said that ICPC’s revelations on the scope and extent of graft and stealing in the civil service was not only shocking but appalling and frightening.
Akinsiju lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye to drive his agenda of cleaning up the civil service.
According to him, recent revelations showed that the anti-graft body has in recent times raised the bar in the anti-graft crusade.
“Not since the tenure of late Justice Mustapha Akanbi have Nigerians witnessed so much activity by the ICPC, targeted at checking corruption in the public sector.
“It’s not even 10 months since Owasanoye assumed duty as ICPC chairman after his stint as Executive Secretary and Head of Secretariat of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), and Nigerians are seeing how well the President has chosen.
“Having helped draft a number of policies and strategy documents at PACAC, the ICPC chairman has been creating rumbles in the civil service by exposing lots of unethical practices.
“Imagine a situation where a number of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) have been found to have either padded the 2019 budget or inflated contracts?
“How about a situation where 59 directors in one ministry are under investigation over a N 3.3billion fraud.
“We acknowledge that this is one of the cases of outright stealing the Buhari administration is keen on putting an end to in the public sector,” he said.
Akinsiju expressed hope that ICPC would not relent in its efforts, especially as its profile was on the rise.
“Aside from giving insight into the agency’s recent successes, we urge Owasanoye and his team to ensure diligent prosecution of public officials on trial,” he said.
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