An NGO, Igala Heritage Foundation (IHF), has warned political parties and their candidates against violence and malpractices during Saturday governorship election in Kogi.
The foundation gave the warning in a statement signed by Chairman of its Board of Trustee, Chief James Onoja, on Thursday in Abuja.
Onoja said the warning became necessary in view of tension being generated and various preliminary reports coming out of the state ahead of the Saturday election.
We want to caution all the political stakeholders in the state to avoid violence and electoral malpractices by all reasonable means.
“We decided to start off on a cautionary note because the preliminary reports coming out of the state regarding preparations for the elections heighten concerns of every patriotic and peace loving Kogite, as well as every believer in democracy in Nigeria,“ he said.
Onoja said that the biggest need of Kogi at this period of her democratic history was peace.
He said that election was all about building enduring democratic and socio-economic legacy, unity, peace and development of the state and her people.
He urged Kogi youth not to allow themselves to be used for violence and to resist selling their votes during the election.
“The future belongs to the youths and so youths in Kogi should not sell their birthright for a plate of porridge like Esau did and exchanged his eternal heritage irrecoverably,” he added.
Edited by Abiemwense Moru/Felix Ajide
Gov. Abiodun sends list of 18 commissioner nominees to Ogun Assembly
Gov. Abiodun sends list of 18 commissioner nominees to Ogun Assembly
The Speaker, Mr Olakunle Oluomo, read Abiodun’s letter containing the list during plenary in Abeokuta.
Oluomo said that the governor had written to seek for the confirmation of the nominees.
The Nigeria News Agency , reports that some of the nominees were Mr Afolabi Afuape, a former Commissioner for Sports in the state.
Others included Mr Oludotun Taiwo, Mr Ganiyu Hamzat, Mr Funmi Efuape, Mr Kehinde Oluwadare, Mr Jamiu Omoniyi, Mr Toyin Taiwo, Mr Tunji Akinosi, Mr Ade Adesanya and Mr Adeola Odedina.
“In furtherance of our mission to build our future together, please find attached the list of nominees for the post of commissioners for your consideration. “Please accept the assurance of my highest regards,” he said.
Kaduna council harps on citizens’ engagement in governance, policy formulation
Mr Cafra Caino, the Chairman, Kajuru Local Government Council in Kaduna State, says the council is working with relevant stakeholders to strengthen citizens’ engagement in formulation and implementation of policies and programmes.
According to him, citizens’ engagement is a crucial element of good governance and is required to meet the aspirations of the people.
Unless the community tells us what they need, we will not know how to serve them better; therefore, we have to carry the people along in whatever we do.
We are trying to organise the rural communities, but we cannot achieve much except we have the cooperation of the people.
My passion is to serve my people better and ensure that they live quality life,” the council chairman said.
He added that the council had embraced Local Government Accountability Mechanism to entrench transparency in its management of public funds.
Caino pointed out that funds coming to the council area was meant to improve the livelihood of the people through implementation of people-oriented projects and programmes.
He said: “as a local government that is open to the people, we are doing all we can to be transparent and accountable to the people we serve.
Just recently, I have inaugurated the Technical Working Group on Local Government Accountability Mechanism with a view to deepen local government reforms for improved service delivery.
The technical working group has been trained by civil society organisations in partnership with Ministry for Local Government Affairs and supported by DFID-Funded Partnership to Reform, Engage and Learn (PREL).
We will continue to do all we can to deliver quality service to the people through robust citizens engagement and by being accountable and transparent in managing public funds.
On his part, Mr Yusuf Goje of the Coalition of Association for Leadership, Peace, Empowerment and Development (CALPED), told NAN that the effort was to strengthen citizens engagement at local levels.
Goje explained that CALPED, along with other civil society organisations were training the technical working group in five local government areas of the state.
“This is preparatory to the take up of the Open Government Partnership in local government areas of the state in 2021,” he said.
Expect more road repairs in 2020, lawmaker tells Lagosians
The Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Works and Infrastructure has assured Lagosians that the state government would embark on more road rehabilitation works after the passage of 2020 budget.
Chairman of the committee, Mr Abiodun Tobun, told newsmen in Lagos on Wednesday that adequate fund had been earmarked in the 2020 budget for massive road construction across the state.
The lawmaker, representing Epe Constituency I, said the rehabilitation works would help to put some of the deplorable roads in good shape before another rainy season.
According to him, the state would spend N115 billion on road construction in 2020 as against the N78 billion spent in 2019.
He said the committee would continue to exercise its legislative oversight function to ensure good governance and accountability.
Tobun said the Ministry of Works had assured the legislature during its budget defence that most of the on-going projects in the state would be completed in 2020.
The state Ministry of Works has assured us that in 2020, most of the ongoing projects will be completed based on the budget presented by Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The government is ready to work on the link roads and urban regeneration. If you look at the quality of the roads, they are not the kind of roads that would wash away soon.
Therefore, there will be massive construction of roads and there would be operation banish all potholes in the state. Lagosians should expect the best from this government,” he said.
Tobun said the House would slso monitor the budget performance of the executive to ensure full implementation.
The lawmaker said: “It is a periodic monitoring. We cannot be going to site on a daily basis to monitor the granite on site or what they do.
They give us reports, may be quarterly, then we will go and check what they have done. We can carry out integrity test on what they have done.
Our power is to appropriate and monitor their jobs. Once we detect anything, we will call them to explain.
For those saying we are not doing enough on our oversight function, it is because they do not understand the work of the parliament.
We don’t go to site with them. We will ask them to explain what they have done. We will ask them if they have done what they ought to do.
Tobun said he could not determine when the Agege-Pen Cinema flyover bridge would be completed but assured that work had started on Agric- Ishawo Road in Ikorodu while the Marina-Okokomaiko light rail project was work in progress.
Yuletide: Sanwo-Olu’s wife urges Nigerians to be security conscious
Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, the wife of the Governor of Lagos State, on Wednesday urged Nigerians to be security conscious as they travel during the festive period.
Represented by Mrs Atinuke Olowo, Sanwo-Olu urged people who would be travelling during the festive period to be careful and drive with caution.
I encourage everyone to be calm, especially those traveling.
Drivers should drive with care and everyone should be careful and security conscious.
I pray that there will be divine touch on every Nigerian and those in the executive, legislature and judiciary, and that there will be change for good,” she said.
Rev. Ayo Oladotun, the Presiding Chaplain of Chapel of Light Church Alausa, Ikeja, urged the Christian faithful and others to allow the light of God to radiate in their lives in the Yuletide and beyond.
Oladotun said, ” God is light and His plan is that we become light.”
The cleric said that anywhere there is light, there are positives, true profession, clarity and beauty, which are are the things God wants for Nigerians.
We should allow God to use us to spread His light, irrespective of whatever religion we practice,” he said.
Oladotun advised Christians to all go out and be the light of Nigeria.
He said that everyone should do everything in moderation as Christmas approaches.
They should not overdo anything, and if it is extremely important for one to travel, they should be discreet, be security conscious and above all put their trust in the Lord,” he said.
The cleric urged the federal government to put in more effort to alleviate the suffering of the masses.
I urge the government to put in more effort to alleviate the suffering of the people.
I pray that the prosperity in Nigeria will go round,” he said.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the highlight of the service was the presentation of scholarship to three students to help in furthering their education.
The beneficiaries are Mr Kunle Adeolu, Mr Jeremiah Asuquo and Miss Jumoke Oladimeji.
COSCF also presented money to 10 widows known as “Jesus wives” working in the public service to better their lives.
Also, 13 public officers were recognised and given awards for their contributions, dedication and commitment to COSCF.
They include the wife of the governor; the Chief of Staff, Mr Tayo Ayinde; and the Head of Service, Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunola.
There was a large turnout of public officers at the service.
INEC tasks stakeholders on free, fair elections
Ononamadu urged the stakeholders to identify challenges as well as proffer enduring solutions to electoral malpractises that had been militating against free and fair elections.
Our gathering is to look at the event collectively for improvement in our electoral process.
In the last previous elections, we made sure that the elections were free and fair,’’ he said.
Chekwe noted that the gathering had become imperative for the stakeholders to brainstorm and make input for an effective electoral process in Nigeria without compromising their integrity.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that more than 72 stakeholders from the media, Non-Governmental Organisations and Civil Society Organisations attended the forum.
It is expected that a duly harmonised communiqué would be issued at the end of the two days forum.
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