The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Mr Adams Oshiomhole, has expressed the party’s desire to collaborate with the United Socialist Party of Venezuela towards exploring economic potential of both countries.
Oshiomhole made this known in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Simon Ebegbulem, on Thursday.
He stated this when the Venezuelan Ambassador to Nigeria, David Velasquez, led a delegation on a courtesy visit to members of the National Working Committee (NWC) at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja.
Oshiomhole said “As a governing party, our level is to see how we can deepen relations between our party and the socialist party in Venezuela.
“APC is based on philosophy of social democracy, we believe that the economy should work for the benefit of the majority. so to some extent we share common values in ensuring that we work for the benefit of the people.
“We are ready to build the relationship between the APC and our counterpart in Venezuela.
“The two countries are oil producing countries so we have various levels of collaboration that will be of mutual benefit to our people.
“So, I look forward to further conversations between our party and the socialist party in Venezuela, we can share experiences and see how we can collaborate on policies that will better the lives of our people,” he said.
Oshiomhole, who spoke on the political crisis bedeviling the south American country, lamented that “We understand the situation in which you are in, the economic blockade and the sufferings the people of Venezuela are passing through.”
“It is a sad situation. We are much better informed now about the current situation in Venezuela and your attempt to protect your sovereignty and it is our hope the issues will be resolved amicably for the interest of the people of Venezuela,” he said.
Earlier, Velasquez said the visit was to seek the support of the party to strengthen the bilateral and economic relationship between both countries.
He said the government of Venezuela was ready to collaborate with Nigeria in the area of education, health, agriculture adding that the socialist party in Venezuela would continue to improve the economy of the nation despite the economic blockade imposed by the American government.
“As we speak we have several billions of dollars of Venezuela money that have been frozen in Europe and America. We have a company in America that they imposed embargo on and that has a lot of impact on our people.
“The attack against Venezuela by America is illegal and we urge the African Union and others to join in condemning the actions of America because our people are suffering, ” he said.
The statement revealed that some members of the NWC present at the visit included the Deputy National Chairman South, Otunba Niyi Adebayo and the National Treasurer of the APC, Mr Adamu Fanda.
Adiyan Waterworks: Lagos govt. earmarks N600m to compensate property owners
The Lagos State Government says it has signed a cheque of N600 million to compensate property owners around the Adiyan Waterworks project axis.
Omotoso said that a very important step taken within the 200 days of Sanwo-Olu in office was the resuscitation of Phase 2 of Adiyan Waterworks.
He said that the water treatment plant, with a production capacity of 70 million gallons per day, was begun in 2013.
According to him, Gov. Sanwo-Olu has approved N600 million compensation to owners whose property will give way for the revamping and reconstruction of Adiyan Waterworks.
”We are doing this project in collaboration with Ogun State Government. Very soon work will commence on the project.
”By mobilising the contractors back to the site, hope has risen for better provision of safe drinking water to more than five million Lagos residents.
”The project will help to address sanitation challenges and fight water borne diseases,” he said.
The commissioner said that within the period under review, the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) acquired 10 boats to boost its marine waste operations.
He said that following the launch of the Lagos Blue Box Initiative on Sept. 5, 2019, five Community Recycling Centres were activated in five Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs), with recyclers strategically positioned to help drive the process.
Omotoso said that since the inception of the initiative, about 340,050 bags had been distributed to various households to encourage sorting of waste.
He said that many of these bags were reused until they were mutilated before they were replaced; a signal that waste minimisation and reuse culture was readily taking root.
According to him, some of the communities where the Blue Box programme has been established include Lekki, Oshodi-Isolo, Iru on Victoria Island, Lagos Island, Ikeja, Surulere and Ijora Oloye.
Edited by: Wale Ojetimi
¬ Ondo Assembly condoles with Mimiko over mother’s death
The Ondo State House of Assembly has commiserated with a former governor of the state, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, over his mother’s demise.
The Speaker of the Assembly, Bamidele Oleyelogun, described the passing away of Alhaja Muyinat Mimiko as a shock to the lawmakers.
Oloyelogun’s condolence message was contained in a statement made available to newsmen by his Media Aide, Abidemi Ojoawo, on Sunday in Akure.
The speaker, on behalf of other legislators and members of staff of the Assembly, condoled with Mimiko and the entire family, urging them to appreciate God for the grace given to mama to go this far.
“The demise of mama is a great loss to the former governor and members of his extended family at large. We all share in your pains and grief,” he said.
Oloyelogun noted that Alhaja Mimiko’s lifetime was passionately spent on human development, hence the good legacies she left behind spread across the globe.
“The products of mama’s hard work, discipline and modest life will continue to live for her till eternity.
“The outstanding performances of Mimiko, one of mama’s sons, which cut across the nooks and crannies of Ondo State and Nigeria at large, is a befitting testimony that mama did not live in vain.
“We pray that Mama rests in peace with her Creator and that God should grant the entire Mimiko family the fortitude to accept the reality of her exit and appreciate God for the rare grace given to their matriarch to attain such a height before she drew the cotton,” he said.
Edited by: Chioma Ugboma and
APC remains strong, intact in Zamfara — Yari
Yari stated this on Saturday while addressing a crowd of APC members from the 14 local government areas of the state who visited his residence in Talata-Mafara for stakeholders’ meeting of the party.
Yari urged party supporters in the state to remain calm and continue to be law abiding.
”We are highly impressed with what we have witnessed today; this indicates that the APC remains strong and intact in the state.
”I thank you for your resilience in supporting the party in spite of the challenges.
“I am giving you the assurance that we will continue to provide good leadership to ensure peace and unity in our great party,” he said.
Earlier, the state’s APC Chairman, Alhaji Lawal Liman, thanked Yari for his efforts in promoting the party in the state.
Liman said that the meeting was organised by the state chapter of the party to show solidarity to the former governor as the APC leader in the state.
He thanked the party supporters for their continued support to the party in the state.
Party chieftains in attendance include the state executive members, 14 local government chairmen, former National Assembly members and state lawmakers, among others.
Edited by: Taiye Agbaje/Kayode Olaitan
I was not placed under house arrest — Oshiomhole
Oshiomhole debunked the reports while briefing newsmen at his residence shortly after receiving Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, who defected to APC
“I saw that they wrote a story that I was placed under house arrest. You can see l am here and not under any house arrest.
“I stayed away from Ize-Iyamu’s rally to sustain the peace of the party . I did not want to be blamed for any violence.
“God knows my heart, and he will help me and he has been helping me. We will sustain the governance of this state under the APC.
“With Edo people as our principals and our ultimate employers we are grateful for the support they have given us in spite of any weaknesses.
“Our party does not believe in rigging. We have entrenched the culture of one-man-one-vote, and the name of the game is persuasion not violence,” Oshiomhole said.
He, however, urged members of the party to enchew all forms of violence in order to sustain peace adding that there was no limit to being a member of APC.
He noted that while there was limit for being chairman, governor and tenure of president, there was no limit for being a member of the party.
According to him, once the members are united and comfortable, we will sustain the path of peace.
“That is why I stayed away from the rally.”
Edited by: Donald Ugwu
Lagos Assembly screens Sanwo-Olu’s 3 commissioner-nominees
The eight-member Ad-hoc Committee of the House also screened eight others nominated for the House of Assembly Service Commission and Lagos State Civil Service Commission.
The three commissioner-nominees screened by the House committee on Friday included Mr Ganiyu Ayuba, Mr Olugbenga Oyerinde and Bamigbose Martins.
The Nigeria News Agency recalls that the assembly had on Aug. 16, rejected three of the cabinet nominees presented to it for approval by Sanwo-Olu, necessitating their replacement.
Those rejected by the house included Mr Ajayi Bembe, Mr George Obafemi and Prince Olanrewaju Sanusi.
The Committee’s Chairman, Mr Rotimi Abiru (Somolu II) said a total of 11 nominees were submitted by the governor to the assembly for screening and confirmation.
He said the eight other nominees included three for the state House of Assembly Service Commission while five for state Civil Service Commission.
Among those screened for the Assembly Service Commission included Mr Akeem Bello, former member of the 8th Assembly, Mr Kabiru Lawal, a member from 2007 – 2011 and Mr Richard Osungboye.
The nominees screened for the state Civil Service Commission were Mr Babatunde Seriki, Mr Avoseh Suru, Mr Adesina Odeyemi, Mrs Olubunmi Fabanwo and Mr Kamalrudeen Olorunoje.
NAN reports that other members of the screening committee were Mr Victor Akande (Ojo I), Mr Akeem Shokunle (Oshodi-Isolo I), Mr Desmond Elliot (Surulere I).
Others were Mr Bisi Yusuf (Alimosho I), Mr Noheem Adams (Eti-Osa I) , Mr Folajimi Lai-Mohammed (Ikeja I), Mr Ajani Owolabi (Lagos Mainland I).
Edited by: Chioma Ugboma/Wale Ojetimi
Obaseki not ready for settlement — Oshiomhole
The National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Adams Oshiomhole, on Friday said that Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo was not ready for amicable resolution of the crisis rocking the party in the state.
Oshiomhole made this known while briefing newsmen in Benin shortly after receiving Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu in his residence in Benin
Oshiomhole said “the governor has been refusing and avoiding an all-inclusive meeting where all issues would have been tabled and resolved.
“Four governors volunteered to attend the meeting but he has consistently refused to attend the meeting.
“The only way to iron out issues is to sit down and listen to complaints.
“He should not worry about the ticket but how to win the heart of Edo people.
“The name of the game is persuation not violence.
“The men whose cars were burnt yesterday will never vote for them again. It is unheard of to refuse somebody into your party; politic is a game of numbers,” he said.
According to Oshiomhole, l have said it before that the deputy governor is doing damage to his principal.
“I have to pay the price by staying away from the APC rally,” he said.
The APC Chairman explained that he avoided the rally so that some persons would not have any excuse to go and kill people and blame it on him.
“We will not go to their level; blood for blood is not our mantra,” he added.
The South South Vice chairman of the Party, Mr Hillard Etta, while presenting Ize-Iyamu to the national chairman of the party, said he was delighted to welcome lze-lyamu back to the party.
“I never imagined that one day I will be performing this function because lze-lyamu was my boss. I did not see this coming,” he said.
Also speaking, Pastor Ize-Iyamu thanked the national and state leadership of APC for welcoming him back home.
Ize-Iyamu said “l have always said that l am not coming to cause confusion in APC but to come and join in strengthening the house l helped to build.”
Edited by: Donald Ugwu
Gov. Umahi presents N178 bn budget for 2020
Gov. David Umahi of Ebonyi on Friday, presented a budget of N178.1 billion for 2020 to the state House of Assembly.
The budget was lower than the 2019 figure of 188.4billion.
Umahi while presenting the budget, tagged ‘budget of growth, consolidation and transformation, expressed appreciation to the House and other critical stakeholders who ensured the effective implementation of the 2019 budget.
The governor said that the budget has a recurrent expenditure of N46.08 billion representing 25.8 per cent and capital expenditure of N132 billion representing 74.1 percent.
“The increase in the capital expenditure is due to the borrowing from the African Development Bank (ADB) for the construction of the state ring road.
“It is pertinent to state that the fund is still with the ADB and not paid into the state’s accounts as the contractors will generate certificate and get paid directly from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN),” he said.
Umahi said personnel cost in the budget was N18.4billion with provisions for payment of the new minimum wage for workers in the state.
“I use this opportunity to urge the organised labour to hasten its negotiations with government on the minimum wage for its implementation.
“I have maintained that the minimum wage starts with the Local Government Areas (LGAs) because a chain is as strong as its weakest link.
“Whatever is agreed at the LGA level is what we will pay and I maintain that no LGA should spend more than 60 per cent of its earning on paying salaries.
“The World Bank has instructed that citizens must be part of budgeting which means that they must be accommodated in it with every fund of the state belonging to them,” he said.
Umahi noted that works and infrastructure has been allocated N54.1b (30.8 per cent) education—N27b (15. 21 per cent) health—N15.4b (8.6 per cent) human capital development and commerce and industry—N8.b (4.5 per cent).
“Agriculture will receive N3.7b ( 2.1 per cent) security—N2.6b (1.5 per cent) as the government desires to enhance the agricultural capabilities of the state and improve its general hospitals,” he said.
Mr Francis Nwifuru, the Speaker commended Umahi for painstakingly implementing the 2019 budget and its preceding ones and assured of the House continued collaboration for the good of the state.
“I urge my colleagues to ensure expeditious passage for the governor to consolidate on his infrastructural and other dividends of democracy bequeathed on the people,” he said.
Edited by: Ali Baba-Inuwa
PDP extols Gov. Wike’s virtues
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers as an exceptional leader, with extraordinary commitment and sacrifice towards national stability and well-being of Nigerians.
PDP said this in a goodwill message issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, on Friday in Abuja to congratulate Wike on his birthday.
“Wike is a fearless leader, whose staunch stand for justice, equity and fairness to all, has been a boost to the collective struggle by Nigerians for the restoration of democratic values and rule of law in the country.
“The PDP notes with delight that over the years, he has distinguished himself as a leader whose only interest in governance has been the well being of the people,” he said.
He prayed God to continue to bless Wike with many more years in good health for the people of Rivers and Nigerians at large to continue to benefit from his selfless service to the nation.
Edited by: Ali Baba-Inuwa
Kwara inaugurates new executive council
The Kwara Government on Friday created two new ministries and renamed others as Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq inaugurated his cabinet to constitute the new state executive council.
Nigeria News Agency reports that the newly created ministries are Special Duties and Enterprise while Information is renamed Ministry of Communications.
The state also merged the ministries of Planning and Economic Development and Finance into Finance and Economic Development.
In his address, Abdulrazaq urged the new commissioners to engage, listen, and relate well with people whose mandate has put the administration in place.
He said that the cabinet needed to see the whole of Kwara as their constituency.
“Although it is one of the first generation states in Nigeria, Kwara has one of the most troubling developmental indices today and is in fact without any solid foundation in basic infrastructure.
”But the people have elected our party to change this narrative for good.
“Let me remind all of you that we are not the best of the 3.5m people in this state. However, providence has placed on our shoulders the historic responsibility to take our people out of Egypt and safely into the Canaan land.
“This task requires focus, patience, sacrifice, tact, speed, and constant supplication to God Almighty to guide us every step of the way,” the governor said.
He charged the cabinet members to relate as a broom, stronger together with each watching the back of the other.
“The recent retreat has offered you a clearer picture of where Kwara stands today and where we are headed as a team.
“Whatever assignment given to you must be done with all sincerity. Think always about what you want to be remembered for when you leave this office.
“Ladies and gentlemen, our team is faced on the one hand by high expectations of a populace long deprived of good governance and on the other by detractors who may never see anything good in whatever we do or stand for.
“But rest assured that the only obligation before us as a team is to prove the naysayers wrong and deliver on our mandate to the people of Kwara State.
“We are to build a state that is viable, accountable, inclusive, responsive to the basic yearnings of its people, and is equipped with the necessary infrastructure and institutions to meet the challenges of the 21st century,” he said.
Earlier in his address, Prof. Sha’aba Jubril, the Secretary to the State Government said that the commissioners were being inaugurated following their confirmation by the state House of Assembly in accordance with the Nigerian constitution.
According to him, the commissioners are found worthy of appointment and ready to drive people out of poverty.
With the list, he said the state has surpassed 35 per cent affirmative action for women and produced the youngest commissioner in the history of Nigeria with the 26-year old Joana Kolo.
NAN reports that the governor also sworn-in seven Special Advisers, Deputy Chief of Staff and members of the State Civil Service Commission.
The commissioners are Ayinla Suleiman, Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice; Arinola Lawal, Water Resources; Aisha Ahman-Pategi, Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs; Murtala Olanrewaju, Communication; Aliyu Saifudeen, Environment and Forestry and Sa’adatu Modibbo-Kawu as Commissioner for Tertiary Education.
Others are Aliyu Kora, Energy; Fatima Ahmed, Education; Femi Agbaje, Enterprise; Rotimi Iliasu, Works and Transport; Abosede Aremu, Social Development; Joana Kolo, Sports and Youth Development; Adenike Afolabi-Oshatimehin, Agriculture and Natural Resources; Dr Raji Razak, Health; Florence Oyeyemi, Finance and Economic Planning and Juliana Oyedun, Special Duties.
Edited by: Ismail Abdulaziz
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