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APC Leaders Accuse Kogi Gov Of Lavishing N220bn In 1 Year, Gives Him 4 Weeks Ultimatum On Workers’ Salaries

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APC Leaders Accuse Kogi Gov Of Lavishing N220bn In 1 Year, Gives Him 4 Weeks Ultimatum On Workers’ Salaries

As Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello marks his one year in office on Friday, stakeholders in the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have accused the governor of lavishing over N220 billion of public fund on frivolities and misplaced priorities in the last one year.

At a press conference in Abuja on Friday to appraise the state of affairs in the Confluence State, the stakeholders said having took stock of events in the last one year in Kogi state, they have concluded that the incumbent governor has brought “unprecedented hardship” to the people.

The press conference, which was addressed by Senator Dino Melaye representing Kogi West in the Senate, was also attended by the Kogi state chairman of APC, 20 out of 35 of the state executive committee members, local government party chairmen, Senator Alex Kadiri, former House of Representatives members, among other prominent party men and women.

They accused Bello of maladministration and high-handedness resulting in system failure in education, security and economic sectors of the state.

“This has led to gross public financial failure and reckless spending by the government as we have it on record that Governor Bello has wasted and lavished over two hundred and twenty billion naira in one year.

“This represents thirteen months Federal Allocations to the state, ten billion naira infrastructural development funds, thirty billion naira bailout fund, over eleven billion naira Parish Club excess refund. We also have the sixteen billion naira refunded for Federal Government roads built by the past administration of Alh. Ibrahim Idris, seven hundred million naira ecological fund.

“All these above exclude an average of six hundred million naira internally generated revenue monthly. Flowing from the above financial scenario, Nigerians will agree with us that Kogi State has not had it so good financially,” they said.

They therefore issued a four-week ultimatum to Governor Bello to reconcile the on-going staff audit in the state with the realities on the ground, pay civil servants, pensioners and others all their entitlements for the past one year, saying that the N30 billion bailout fund was primarily meant for the purposes while part of the N11.2 billion Paris Club refund was also aimed at ameliorating the sufferings of the people of the state.

“Any attempt for Yahaya Bello to think otherwise in this regard, after 4 weeks from today will be met with stiff resistance and peaceful revolution across the 21 local government councils. We urge our civil servants to be patient and be very law abiding till the next four weeks.

“We also call on the state government to re-order the priorities of state in line with the needs and aspirations of our people as the solar street light, the Revenue House and SDG Office being celebrated for 1 year in office for example, have no tangible value and cannot put food on the table of our people,” they added.

Culled from the Leadership Newspapers

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Lekki massacre: Senator Ubah asks Buhari to prosecute erring soldiers

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Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream), Patrick Ifeanyi Ubah has urged
President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately commence prosecution of all soldiers found culpable in the deadly Lekki Toll Gate shooting.

In a statement, he issued in Abuja on Monday, he described the shooting as a gross violation of the fundamental right of the #EndSARS protesters.

Describing the shooting as barbaric, Ubah said, “I am deeply saddened by reports of extrajudicial shootings and barbaric killing of peaceful protesters in Lekki-Lagos, Nigeria. I wish to categorically condemn in its entirety, these shootings by security operatives who are meant to protect the citizens.”
According to him, “these unlawful shootings by the military and security agents at unarmed protesters are a gross violation of the right to life as enshrined in Section 33 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999; Article 4 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, and Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.”
He said the prosecution would go a long way in serving justice to the deceased and their loved ones.
According to him “I am deeply saddened by reports of extrajudicial shootings and barbaric killing of peaceful protesters in Lekki-Lagos, Nigeria. I wish to categorically condemn in its entirety, these shootings by security operatives who are meant to protect the citizens.

“These unlawful shootings by the military and security agents at unarmed protesters are a gross violation of the right to life as enshrined in Section 33 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999; Article 4 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights, and Article 6 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.”

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#ENDSARS protests: Senators become soft targets for hoodlums

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Senators Teslim Folarin (APC-Oyo Central), Senator Gershom Bassey, representing Cross Rivers South Senatorial District and Former Senate Leader, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, got their dose of the #ENDSARS protests that has been taken over by hoodlums on Saturday.

The hoodlums in Ibadan invaded Sen. Folarin’s residence, where they carted away items worth N200million
The rampaging youths made away with empowerment materials worth N200 million.
The ugly incident was confirmed by Folarin during a radio programme, monitored on Saturday in Ibadan.
The stolen items were meant for constituency empowerment programme of the lawmaker, scheduled to take place in December.

Among the items carted away are about 300 motorcycles, deep freezers and food items.
Folarin, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Content and former Senate Leader, said he was relieved that no life was lost.

In Calabar the hoodlums also invaded the mansion of Senator Ndoma-Egba, where they broke into his premises and that of senator Bassey and carted away properties that include set of chairs, Television sets, matrasses, toilet seats and car batteries before setting the country home of Ndoma-Egba ablaze.

It was gathered that the hoodlums easily overpowered the security personnel protecting the houses and even wanted to collect their guns before the security personnel took to their heels after which the hoodlums carted away valuables.
It was also gathered that a lounge (Bulavard) allegedly belonging to an APC stalwarts Hillard Etta were also vandalised just as a petrol filling allegedly belonging to Governor Ben Ayade was destroyed.

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‘Your voice has been heard loud and clear and we are responding’

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Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has called on Nigerian youths to discontinue the street protests and constructively engage the government in finding solutions.
The president in a recorded national broadcast told the youths that their voice has been heard loud and clear and his administration is responding.
He therefore called for calm amidst the arsons and clashes that have ended the peaceful street protests of young Nigerians protesting against police brutality.
“I would like to appeal to protesters to note and take advantage of the various well-thought-out initiatives of this administration designed to make their lives better and more meaningful and resist the temptation of being used by some subversive elements to cause chaos with the aim of truncating our nascent democracy,”
The President however, downplayed the attack on protesters at Lekki toll gate in Lagos as he failed to mention the episode in his speech.
The government security forces, including the army, alledgelly fired live ammunition on protesters in Lekki toll-gate on Tuesday with fatalities.

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