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APC Ijumu chapter raises alarm over plan to demolish Senator Melaye office

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The All Progressive Congress (APC), in Ijumu Local Government of Kogi State Mr has raised alarm over an alleged illegal and desperate moves by Governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello to stop the finishing touches on Senator Dino Melaye’s constituency office located in Kabba, headquarter of Kogi West senatorial district.
The Publicity Secretary of the party Gbenga Bright Ijumu chapter in a statement issued to journalist in Lokoja, said the governor has issued a directive to the General Manager of Kogi State Town Planning and Kabba-Bunu local government Administrator, Mr Moses Tolorunleke, to issue a ‘stop-work’ directive on the constituency office.
Coming at a time when work on the office has reached advanced stage for its commissioning he said their intention is to frustrate the final phase of ongoing work at the project site.

Explaining the status of the office, Gbenga Bright observed that the Kogi West senatorial constituency office was billed to be officially commissioned 30th June 2017 adding that what is been done as at moment is finishing touches and upgrade of furnitures.

“I also wish to inform the public, our esteemed party leaders, members and the the good and loyal electorates of Kogi west senatorial district that all necessary legal rules, payment and processes of town planning procedures for such project was done satisfactorily, and all papers were given to us before the commencement of the building which is now due for commissioning.

“Distinguished Senator Dino Melaye is bringing development to Kabba town and a Governor who has not done anything positive for Kogi people, despite huge resources collected so far, is attempting to stop development and progress.

“Surely, this move by draconian Kogi State government is not in tune with the yearnings and aspirations of the good people of Kabba and Kogi west in general. This act is counterproductive, wicked, unfortunate, callous and an uncivilized display of intolerance.

“Survey shows that any responsible government will welcome good development regardless of the level of political disagreement. Kogi case is in reverse. Kogi state and Nigerian people will begin to ask fundamental questions on why our governor is so hell bent on losing focus and making frivolities his priorities.

“They shall begin to view our governor who deployed state resources heavily on an impossible recall project and now attempting to stop development at every point.
He said the attempt to demolish the building is an effort by the state government to generate crisis and insecurity in the state.
Bright indicated that Governor Bello was running a terror-like government.
“We would not watch and allow a government that is immune to development and progress to stop the good intention of Senator Dino Melaye for his people.
“We shall not in any way accept a illegal display and manifestations of a government who lacks foresight and direction. We boldly say that we shall not succumb to the whims and caprices of a confused people who have lost completely the necessary relevance and legitimacy.”

He said though they yearn for peace, call for peace, advocate for peace, but surely, not the peace of the grave yard as being envisaged by the Kogi state govt under the leadership of governor Yahaya Bello.
Bright called on the Governor and his aides to desist from sinister acts as any attempt to breach their constitutional rights will be bluntly resisted
In a swift reaction Yisau O. Aliu General Manager, Kogi State Town Planning and Development Board said the accusation that the Governor was using the Board to Stop the development of Senator Dino Melaye’s Constituency Office was a mere blackmail
“We want to state categorically that the State Town Planning and Development Board is not a political body but a Government Agency with clearly Stated and defined mandate dated back to 1991 and does not work outside its mandate. “The Kogi State Government under the Military Administration established the State Town Planning and Development Board based on Edict No. 5 of 1991 with statutory responsibilities to promote and secure the physical development and environmental improvement of the entire state.
This he said they have been doing that through orderly control of development and the use of land, to formulate, monitor, control and coordinate physical and regional activities.
He said they advised the agent to seek alternative site or possibly acquire more space to meet up with the required ratio and process relevant title documents but he failed to adhere to the directives and went ahead to develop the said site. “Several “stop work” notices were served without response from the developer or his agent. The State Town Planning and Development Board has no option than to enforce relevant laws, hence, the marking of the structure.”
According to him, Mr. Gbenga Bright did a massive disservice to the public by attributing the marking of the building to politics when all available facts point to gross violation of Town Planning laws by the developer

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Why women in academia must not stay aloof of politics by Mantu

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Why women in academia must not stay aloof of politics by Mantu

***says without polilitics development would be a mirage

Former deputy President of the Senate Ibrahim Mantu has challenged the women in the academia not to stay aloof of politics because they percieve it to be leprous as there cannot be development without democracy.
He spoke recently in Abuja when the newly formed North Central Peoples Forum (NCPF) met with stakeholders from Kogi to sensitize them on the Forum’s agenda.
Mantu was speaking against the backdrop of comments by Professor Lucy Ogbadu who advised the forum to be apolitical for better developmental strides to be achieved in the zone.
The professor had also made strong case for women to be brought on board in the forum as no development can be achieved without them.
Senator Mantu however said,
“You cannot have Development without politics, politics produces people who are going to govern you, they are the ones that will ensure they manage the resources God has given properly.
He said people like Professor Ogbadu must show interest in politics. “We want women of substance, women who will go and talk so that people will warmly hear them and we would be proud to say this professor is from our zone and that is why she is doing wonderfully well.
“You must join politics so that we can make use of you in the right place because your voice would be better heard.
“There is no way we can compare you a professor with a woman who is on the street no matter what happens and if you are in politics and tomorrow your party wins because you are a professor the chances of you becoming the minister of education or Finance or any higher ministry is there.
“So people like you must not stay aloof and see politics as leprous, no you must show interest in politics so that the best women amongst us can be given the most resounding position that will go a long way to developing our zone and for our lives to be better.”

Professor Ogbadu earlier indicated she is not a politician, but identified immediately with the forum is because of what she saw about the Forum.
“It is a non partizan forum, a Forum geared towards the development of the zone and that is the only thing that endeared this Forum to my heart.
“That is why I have always presented myself. Unfortunately I am the only woman here today and it is in this respect that I wish to request that you should try to bring more women into this forum because there would be no developmental effort within the zone that will succeed without the women.
“You know it even as politicians. Most of you here are politicians. You can not get to the grassroots without women.

“We have to make concerted effort to reach more people and to bring more people on board. Some of you are politicians, the faces that people will see is that of politicians so when you bring people like us that are not politicians people will begin to identify more with the forum.
“Let us make effort to bring people that are apolitical. I also want to appeal to all of us to put away our differences, we are not talking about politics at this forum. We are talking about the backwardness of this zone in terms of development.
“The zone is backward in terms of development. We know the potentials that this zone have, we know we are blessed with capable human resources.
“We have been reminded that Gowon comes from this zone. Gowon is not the only past president from this zone. We can count up to three past heads of State from this zone yet we have nothing to show.
“For this reason I want to appeal to all us, as we make effort that this zone is brought to the limelight we do all we can within our capability to carry everybody along. “The women from this zone are capable, educated, they are beautiful. They have what it takes.”
The North Central Peoples Forum interim chairman Architect Gabriel Aduku said they are now getting closer to the people.
He said they were meeting with the Stakeholders of Kogi, those elected into offices like former Governors, senators and all that to have a close discussion with them on the need for them to key in and support.
“We are just gathering momentum.”

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Though Politics is tough for women, take the shot, humanitarian minister challenges womenfolk

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Though there is the general believe that politics in Nigeria is tough for the womenfolk, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has challenged them to get more involved in politics. 

The Minister spoke at the Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship Speaker Series held in Kaduna on Tuesday October 21, 2020.

This was contained in a statement by the minister special adviser on media Nneka Ikem Anibeze on Thursday.

Umar Farouq who made a virtual presentation titled ‘My Political Career as a Northern Lady: Experiences and Challenges expressed concern about the percentage of women in politics.

“The truth is that we are not many. We are not where we should be and clearly we need more women represented in politics and executive positions. 

The good news is that we are making progress. Today as the Deputy Governor of Kaduna State is a woman. 

“This is a first for the North and His Excellency Governor Nasir El Rufai by the grace of Almighty God made this happen despite the odds.

She said very soon the hope for the first female Governor and President would soon be realised.

The Minister said politics especially in Africa is  a difficult and expensive terrain for women however she encouraged  the younger generation not to be deterred but embrace the career.

“Politics is driven by a selected few and is also very expensive. We need more young people to participate, change the narrative and make conscious efforts to ensure inclusion so that any young woman or man even from a less privileged background or  from any part of the country can be a President of this nation”.

Umar added that her vision for Nigeria is to see more young men and women dream and achieve their ambition as leaders in whatever field of endeavor they choose. 

“I am a grassroots person and will continue to connect with my people to lift the vulnerable out of poverty and foster the creation of an environment for inclusive growth and prosperity.  

K9I am supported by a team of vibrant young men and women working in the Ministry to bring fresh ideas and strategies to solving the nation’s Humanitarian and Social Development challenges. I want to use this avenue to thank my staff who work day and night in difficult terrains to ensure that we achieve our mandate,” Farouq said.

The Chief host of the Speaker Series was the Kaduna state Governor, Mallam Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai. 

The Speaker Series is designed to expose Fellows to notable personalities who have distinguished themselves in their various fields of expertise.

Some of the previous speakers include former President Chief Olusegun Obasanajo, Mallam Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai, HRH Muhammadu Sanusi II the former Emir of Kano,  Deputy Chief of Mission, US. Embassy Abuja, H.E. David J. Young, Deputy-Secretary General of the United Nations Hajiya Amina J. Mohammed, Mrs. Ibukun Awosika – Chairman, First Bank of Nigeria, H.E. Donald Duke the former Governor of Cross River State, H.E Kashim Shettima, Ms. Kadaria Ahmed, Dr. Joe Abah, Ms. Yewande Sadiku, Prof. Pat Utomi, Mr. Mohamad Darwish and Dr. Dakuku Peterside amongst others.

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PDP says Buhari’s Address Disconnected, Fails Empathy Test

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The long-awaited national broadcast by President Muhammadu Buhari on the protests rocking the nation, came with disappoint as it is completely disconnected from the realities of the tragic occurrences in our country in the last two weeks the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said.

This was contained in a statement that was issued by the party’s National publicity, secretary Kola Ologbodiayan in Abuja on Thursday.

The party however appeals to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of our nation.

“The President’s address, in the face of the turmoil witnessed, the unrests as well as the killing of young Nigerians, is to say the least, depressing and failing in empathy test.
“Our party and, indeed, all lovers of peace in our country, were shocked that the President glossed over the immediate trigger of violent protests – the widely condemned killing at the Lekki Toll Gate by security operatives, a situation which created a global concern and drew the attention of the world to the abuse of human rights going on in our country under his watch.

“Painfully too, the President, as the Commander-in-Chief, was silent on the demand by Nigerians for enquires into the involvement of the military in the gruesome killing.
“Sadly, the long awaited address failed to inspire any hope. It failed to address the trepidations, the pervading hopelessness, the drifting towards anarchy and provided no concrete steps on how to arrest the situation and rein in bandits, hoodlums and vandals that were let loose to unleash violence on peaceful protesters and innocent Nigerians.
“In short, from the letters of the address, there were no correlations between the fundamentals of the crisis situation that we have witnessed and the long-sought reaction of the President.”

Furthermore, he said Nigerians had expected that the President will provide the lead for the much- needed overhauling of our security architecture to meet the demands of professionalism and respect for rules of engagement.
“The President also failed to use the opportunity to further heal wounds and inspire hope by outlining a roadmap to open up the economy in a manner that will enable our teeming hard working youths to pursue their productive goals as well as address the issue of pervading hunger in the land.
“However, in solidarity with Nigerians and in honour to the victims of Lekki Toll Gate killing, our party has directed that our flags in all our offices across the nation be flown at half-mast for a period of one week, beginning from Friday, October 23, 2020.

“The PDP urges all men and women of good faith to join forces in praying for our country as well as working towards solutions and peaceful resolution of the crisis that seeks to envelope our dear nation.”

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