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Why I must give quality representation – Sen. Balogun



The senator representing Oyo South Senatorial District, Kolawole Balogun, says he will give quality representation even if it requires sacrificing his personal comfort.

He told newsmen in Ibadan on Tuesday that it had become imperative for him to perform as a reward for his constituents’ support and to show appreciation to God who made his victory possible.

The Nigeria News Agency recalls that Balogun was Commissioner for Commerce during the administration of former Gov. Adebayo Alao-Akala.

NAN reports that he defeated the immediate past governor, Sen. Abiola Ajimobi, in the last general elections to emerge senator.

“I don’t have any choice than to perform, even if it requires sacrificing my personal comfort. I just have to perform because my mandate was by the grace of God.

“When I heard people saying that someone has been bragging to take my mandate from me, I giggle. No one will take what does not belong to him or her when he or she is not an armed robber,” he said.

He assured the people of his senatorial district that he would give his best and ensure that he pushed into the budget projects that were needed by them.

He called for the restructuring of the nation’s security architecture, saying there was an urgent need for the establishment of state and community police.

Balogun said that the country was too big to operate only a central policing system, promising to encourage this through legislative backing.

The senator said that he had co-sponsored some motions since the inauguration of the Ninth National Assembly, adding he had commenced discussions with SMEDAN, Bank of Industry (BoI) and Bank of Agriculture for loans for artisans and farmers.

“I‘m working with SMEDAN and BoI to make loan facilities available for our traders as well as artisans. I’ve also held a meeting with the Bank of Agriculture to secure loans for our farmers too.

“We are also looking toward training them on various vocations and business management skills so that whatever loan they take will be judiciously used,” he said.

The lawmaker expressed discomfort with the usual distribution of motorcycles and other equipment to empower people, saying many beneficiaries of such items ended up selling them.

He assured the people of his senatorial district and the state in general that he would do all within his capacity to represent them well as well as complement the efforts of Gov. Seyi Makinde in transforming the state.

“I am happy with the turn of events at the state level in terms of good governance. I am happy that Gov. Makinde is turning things around for good.

“Civil servants now get their salaries on the 25th of every month for the first time in a long while.

” I’m told that pensioners are now being paid. I can also see the determination of the governor in improving on infrastructural development.

“I know the governor is willing to do all that is required to create an enabling environment for businesses to thrive. This is indeed a new dawn in Oyo State.

“There is no doubt that all will work together and money will be in circulation when civil servants and pensioners get their salaries and pensions regularly and government awards contracts to local contractors.

“The governor has already started these; all that remains is for us to complement his efforts by making loans facilities accessible to traders and supporting him in the creation of an enabling environment that will enhance development,” he said.


Indiscriminate refuse dumping: Lagos Assembly directs Sanwo-Olu to fully enforce environmental laws



The Lagos State House of Assembly has directed Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to fully enforce relevant environmental laws against indiscriminate dumping of refuse in the state.

The House made the resolution following a motion moved by the Majority Leader, Mr Sanai Agunbiade, representing Ikorodu I, on Monday.

The House frowned at a situation where Lagosians dump refuse in drainages and road medians, causing flooding and destruction of roads.

Agunbiade said: “We noted the effort of the state government towards taking the challenges and the campaign against indiscriminate refuse.

“Funds that could have been channelled to other meaningful sectors had been used to clear refuse in the state.

“We also want to urge Lagos residents to desist from dumping refuse across the state to ensure healthier living in the state.

“This is because refuse dumping have always been cleared by the state government and the Private Sector Participation (PSP).

“However, some unscrupulous individuals have continued to dump refuse; so as deterrence, arrest and sanction will be achieved.

“The combined effect of Sections 115 Part 4 and 126 Part 5 of the environmental laws probibits dumping of refuse at indiscrimate places.

He said the House, therefore, made a resolution to call on Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to direct the Commissioner in the Ministry of Environment to enforce relevant sections of the environmental laws in the state.

Agunbiade said the House resolved that offenders be given community service sentence directed at refuse clearing within the locality of the offence.

Mr Bisi Yusuff, representing Alimosho Constituency I, while supporting the motion, said apart from sentencing offenders, they should be made to wear a uniform while performing the community service.

Yusuff said people would not want to dump waste indiscriminately if offenders were meant to wear uniform to perform their community service.

Mr Abiodun Tobun, representing Epe Constituency I, noted that despite government efforts, some people had refused to change their attitude towards complying with the relevant environmental laws in the state.

Tobun noted that laws that allowed community service should be enforced strictly by the governor

“We know what happened during the Buhari/Idiagbon regime when people were afraid to dump refuse indisctimate.

“There is need enforce our relevant laws for offenders,” he said.

Mr Speaker, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, thereby called on the state governor to direct the Ministry of Environment to ensure efficient enforcement of the relevant environmental laws in the state.

Obasa, therefore, asked the Clerk of the House, Mr Azeez Sanni, to write the governor on the resolution of the House on the issue.

Edited by Wale Ojetimi

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Kogi, Bayelsa Polls: Niger governor congratulates Bello, Lyon



Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger on Monday congratulated the governors-elect of Kogi and Bayelsa, describing their emergence as an impressive victory.

Nigeria News Agency reports in Minna that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Monday declared Yahaya Bello as winner of last Saturday’s governorship elections in Kogi.

Bello in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mrs Mary Berje, described the re-election of Bello of Kogi, as “well deserved and a confirmation of his enviable performance in his first tenure at the helm of affairs in the state.

He said the victory also demonstrated the people’s acceptance and confidence in the APC-led government to successfully pilot the affairs of the state and country at large.

According to him, with Bello’s earlier performance as the governor, he was convinced that the governor-elect would continue with the transformation agenda of the state and take it to an enviable level.

“We are sure that you will do what you have said in your campaign and the people of the state have a lot of hope that you will provide them the best dividends of democracy they have ever had.

“Your victory demonstrates how much the people love and trust you. You are here to emancipate them, they are aware of it and they appreciate it,” he said.

While commending the people of Kogi for the confidence reposed in the party and its candidate, Bello acknowledged the effort of members of the campaign team, who work tirelessly to ensure victory at the polls.

He called on the governor-elect to see his success as a call to service and to extend hands of fellowship to his opponents and work in harmony for the overall progress and development of the state.

Bello also called on Governor-elect David Lyon of Bayelsa to use his wealth of experience to develop the state.

He urged him to be magnanimous in victory by carrying all stakeholders along for the progress of the state.

He commended INEC officials, security agencies and all those that contributed to the orderliness and peaceful conduct of the election.

Edited by Remi Koleoso/Ismail Abdulaziz

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Gov. Dickson made victory for APC much easier -Minister



The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Mr Timipreye Sylva has `thanked’ Gov. Serike Dickson of Bayelsa for making it much easier for the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), David Lyon, to win the Nov. 16 election.

He disclosed this after presenting the Bayelsa Governor-elect, David Lyon, to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Monday.

Sylva attributed the electoral victory of the APC candidate to what he described as “poor performance by the Bayelsa State government”.

He said: “It’s been a very hectic week but I will like to bring in this Eritrean proverb, that if you marry a wife very well, you will be blessed with another wife.

“Gov. Dickson, unfortunately made our job very easy because he married the wife very badly. Of course this proverb pre-supposes that if you marry a wife badly, you will not get another wife.

“So he did not marry the state very well, so the state roundly rejected him.

“Like it’s been said earlier, we had a good candidate and when you have a good product it’s very easy to sell it. So, we went round and sold this good to Bayelsans and the result was an overwhelming success.

“We are happy with this victory because for us it is very significant. This gives our party a footprint in the Niger Delta, which is very key to us. It gives us more of a national outlook, we have always been a national party but this gives us even a bigger national outlook.’’

Gov. Atiku Abubakar of Kebbi, who alongside his Jigawa counterpart Badaru Abubakar, presented Lyon to the president, commended Buhari for his consistent preaching of fair and transparent elections in the country.

“Many people worked hard in making this happen, most importantly, Mr President, who has always shown the party that win or lose we should aim for free, transparent and fair elections.

“Because, that is what will guarantee peace, confer legitimacy and support for elected persons to proudly execute the mandate that they are given. And in Bayelsa we have seen a demonstration of that.

“Everyone is talking about how free, transparent and fair the elections were.

Abubakar, who is the chairman of All Progressives Congress Governors’ Forum, said the APC victory in Bayelsa was well received by almost all citizens of the state.

He said: “We were in Bayelsa for over 72 hours we didn’t see a tyre burning, we didn’t see people running, we didn’t hear a gunshot, everyone was celebrating in all the areas we passed, which shows the acceptance of our candidate, our party and the process itself.

“It is equally noteworthy that Bayelsa is a home of a former president of Nigeria and this election won by a party different from the one he belongs, has been accepted by all including people around him.

“And so far, from what we hear, he is also happy with the outcome irrespective of the difference in the party, which is an indication of the transparency of the process.’’

The National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiohmole, who also spoke at the event, said apart from presenting the Gov-elect to the president, they also thanked him for insisting that the elections must be conducted in a peaceful and transparent atmosphere.

“As the President and our father, he has a brand new baby boy who will be sworn- in on Valentine Day February 14, 2020, as governor of Bayelsa State.

“We thanked the president for his fatherly role and he insisted that we must ensure that while we are determined to win the election that we must play by the rule and ensure that the process is transparent.

“Above all the president has always been concerned about peaceful election and we were proud to inform him that besides very isolated cases of ballot box snatching, the election in Bayelsa can be described as the most peaceful.

“I believe since 1999, you as very seasoned journalists who have covered elections in Bayelsa in the past, you will agree that this is the only time we can say the election is truly transparent and peaceful.

“Again, our candidate attracted supports across the political divide when you see territories and communities where his victory was being celebrated you will agree that not only did he had the support of the APC family, he had support beyond the APC family,’’ he added.

The Independent National Electoral Commission on Monday declared Lyon as the winner of the governorship election in Bayelsa after polling 352,552 votes.

Lyon defeated his closest rival, Duoye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party, who scored 143,172 votes.

Edited by Ismail Abdulaziz

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Sanwo-Olu congratulates Lyon, Bello on elections victory



Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has congratulated the governors-elect of Bayelsa and Kogi States for their resounding victory in last Satuday’s elections.

Congratulating Mr David Lyon for his historic victory of defeating his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterpart, Sanwo-Olu, in a statement in Lagos, described the feat as an affirmation of the acceptance of APC across the country.

”The victory of our party’s candidates in Bayelsa and Kogi is a testimony to the acceptance of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration’s reforms and APC’s progressive actions,” he said,

The governor commended all stakeholders who made it possible to unseat a political party that has continuously superintended over Bayelsa for two decades.

Sanwo-Olu congratulated Gov. Yahaya Bello on his re-election for a second term in office, as he admired the resilience of his Kogi State counterpart.

He said that the victory was an opportunity to enhance APC’s performance in the state.

The governor urged Bello to ensure that the voters who trooped out in their large numbers to vote APC continued to benefit from the ‘Next Level’ agenda of the party.

Sanwo-Olu commended the leaders of APC for the vision and programmes that had continued to endear the party to Nigerians across the country.

He said that the people of Bayelsa and Kogi States would witness renewed development as a result of their choice.

The governor commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for standing firm and voters for performing their duty in spite the pockets of violence that characterised the elections.

He called on the governors-elect to be humble and extend a hand of fellowship to their opponents.

Sanwo-Olu urged security agents to fish out those who perpetrated violence during the elections and make them face the law.

Edited by Wale Ojetimi

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Tinubu urges Bello, Lyon to provide good leadership, progressive governance



All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader, Sen. Bola Tinubu, on Monday called on Bayelsa and Kogi governors-elect, Yahaya Bello and David Lyon, to provide good leadership and progressive governance in their states.

In a congratulatory message signed by Mr Tunde Rahman, his media aide, Tinubu also extended congratulations to the party’s National Chairman, Kogi and Bayelsa Chairmen and other leaders in the two states on the twin-victory.

The APC leader also commended the people of Kogi and Bayelsa who came out to perform their civic duty and express their sovereign will in a clear and decisive manner.

“They have done their part; the two governors must now do theirs by providing good leadership and progressive governance to their people

“The outcome of these elections shows that the people believe in the direction that President Buhari and the APC wish to take this nation.

“The electorate has faith in the progressive reforms our party envisions.

“Their victories stand as testament to the growing acceptance of our party, the quality of our leadership, governance and the credibility of our promise to lead the people and the nation to the next level.

“It shows that the people have no appetite to return to the failed policies and practices of the past.”

The former governor of Lagos said that Lyon’s election represented a significant shift in the politics of Bayelsa State.

He said by voting APC, the people of Bayelsa have voted for progressive reform.

He assured Bayelsans that Lyon is the man to deliver the needed and desired reform.

He advised Lyon to justify the people’s faith by providing a purposeful and transformational administration.

Bayelsa is endowed with significant natural resources and human capital, It will be incumbent on the Governor-elect to harness these assets for the good of all Bayelsans.

Tinubu urged Lyon to reach out to the political opponents who mounted a spirited and energetic campaign.

“The governor must be a leader for all and work for all Bayelsans irrespective of party affiliation.

“He must carry along all disparate interests in the state and be magnanimous in victory.

“They too must be gracious in defeat.”

Speaking on Gov. Bello’s victory, he said; “the people of Kogi have handed him a second term.

He said that their vote was proof of the confidence that the people of Kogi retained in his leadership.

“He must now re-double his efforts to do even more for the people in his second term.

“The governor must focus on the development of the state as he is the person, more than anyone else, who will determine the fate of Kogi.

“He must do all he can to realise the potential of the state, take advantage of the state’s agricultural richness as well as its proximity to the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja and the commerce resulting from that closeness.”

The APC leader urged the opposition candidates and politicians in Kogi and Bayelsa to rally round their governors and work together in the interests of their two states.

He condemned the scattered incidents of violence witnessed in the election in some parts of Kogi State.

“Election should celebrate our democratic existence,

never should it be occasioned by loss of life.

“We sympathise with the victims and commiserate with the families of those who lost their lives.

“I enjoin law-enforcement authorities to identify those responsible for perpetrating the violence and levy the full force of the law against them.

“Violent behaviour must not be allowed to impede our path to greatness as a democratic nation.”

Tinubu also commended all Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials involved for conducting fair, free and credible elections.

“Their task is never easy and they deserve praise for overseeing well-organised elections,” Tinubu said.

Edited by Wale Ojetimi

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Kogi gov poll: 16 candidates accept results, congratulate Bello



Sixteen of the candidates that participated in the Nov. 16 governorship election in Kogi have accepted the results of the election as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC),

Addressing a news conference in Lokoja on Monday shortly after the announcement of the election results, the coalition of 16 candidates led by Dr Sani Teidi, the candidate of the Young Democratic Party urged losers to work with the winner for accelerated development of the state.

” We congratulate His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello for the overwhelming victory at the poll and all those who participated in the election.

” We appeal to the winner to be magnanimous in victory and prepare to mend fences for an all-inclusive governance.

“We are also appealing to all Kogi stakeholders to accept the winner for participatory governance,” Teidi said.

The candidates condemned the call for cancellation of the election by civil society groups, saying that they did not consider the enormity of waste and loss of lives that may occur in the course of re-running the election.

” All aggrieved political parties should play the game by the rule. Kogi is our state, and the only panacea for development is peace,” he said.

Some of the parties include: Green Party of Nigeria, Accord Party, Young Democratic Party, Justice Must Prevail Party, Peoples Party of Nigeria, Africa Action Alliance and National Conscience Party among others

Edited by Felix Ajide

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