APC State congress; Bello emerges chairman in Kogi peaceful congress
The State Congress of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in, Kogi state held yesterday with Abdullahi Bello emerging chairman while Josiah Onoja was returned as the Secretary of the party all through voice vote.
This was happening just as the Audu/Faleke faction claimed that it’s immediate past chairman Ametuo was returned as chairman through affirmation as ordered by the National body of the party.
The congress which took place at the Confluence Stadium Lokoja in the presence of Governor Yahaya Bello was supervised by the Resident Commissioner of INEC Professor James Apam.
The exercise produced elected officials into 37 positions where Abdullahi Bello from Adavi LGA emerged as chairman while Josiah Onoja from Olamaboro became the state Secretary.
The resident electoral commissioner noted that his presence at the Confluence stadium venue of the congress has foreclosed any insinuation that a parallel congress took place.
The Chairman National Committee for the state congress who conducted the election Alhaji Maman Alih indicated that delegates had arrived at concensus for all the 37 positions zeroing down on one candidate each.
He conducte the election through voice vote as the delegates affirmed with a yes vote for the 37 executive members.
He commended the delegates for their peaceful conduct adding that the state has proved political pundits who never believed that free , fair and credible congress could take place in the state.
The newly elected chairman,Bello described his emergence as an affirmation that democracy was at work saying that APC has walk its talk of ensuring internal party democracy prevails.
He pointed out that his EXCO would immediately hit the ground running with membership drive as he urged aggrieved members to join hands so as to move the party forward.
The Ametuo group claimed to have held their own congress at the St Peter’s Primary, school Felele, Lokoja.
Reacting to an alleged parallel congresses in the State, the Director General of Media and Publicity to the Governor of Kogi State, Kingsley Fanwo described the Audu/Faleke Group in the state as “
acking in morals and discipline”.
According to Fanwo, the Group is a “shameless fraud that have no regard for the constitution of the APC”.
“The National Headquarters of our great party delegated a State Congress Committee to the State. The Committee called for a Stakeholders Meeting yesterday which held at the party secretariat in Lokoja. “The Committee announced the elected delegates to the Congress and the venue which is the Ultra-Modern Confluence Stadium, Lokoja.
“We are all here at the Stadium for the Congress and proceedings are going on fine. For a group of fraudsters to be announcing another Congress apart from the one sanctioned by the Headquarters and leadership of our party is the height of disrespect for the constitution of the party. It is a political treason that must be treated as such.
“Our national leadership must come down on those jesters and politically ineffectual persons who are the real enemies of our party” Fanwo reiterated.
PSC suspends DCP Abba Kyari, asks IGP to keep Commission updated on findings
Following the recommendation of the Inspector General of police, the Police Service Commission has suspended Abba Kyari, a Deputy Commissioner of Police and Head, Intelligence Response Team (IRT) of the Nigeria Police Force from the exercise of the Powers and functions of his office.
Abba Kyari’s suspension took effect from Saturday, July 31st 2021 and would subsist pending the outcome of the investigation in respect of his indictment by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States .
The Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Alkali Baba, had written a letter to the Police Service Commission recommending for the immediate suspension of DCP Abba Kyari.
The Commission thereafter, also directed the Inspector General of Police to furnish it with information on further development on the matter for necessary further action.
The Commission’s decision which was conveyed in a letter with reference, PSC/POL/D/153/vol/V/138 to the Inspector General of Police today, Sunday, August 1st, 2021, was signed by Hon. Justice Clara Bata Ogunbiyi, a retired Justice of the Supreme Court and Honourable Commissioner 1 in the Commission for the Commission’s Chairman, Alhaji Musiliu Smith, a retired Inspector General of Police who is currently on leave.
Major crisis looms in the health sector as Nigerian doctors down tools
A major crises in the health sector is about to happen as the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors, (NARD), have concluded plans to embark on an indefinite strike starting from Monday.
This is happening at a very critical period when the nation is currently experiencing a rise in COVID-19 infections amid the third wave of the pandemic.
The doctors after their National Executive Council (NEC) meeting attended by over 50 members across the country announced the decision
They explained that the Federal Government have reneged on the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) it signed with them after over 100 days.
President of the NARD, Dr Uyilawa Okhuaihesuyi, who gave the indication in a statement at the weekend, demanded immediate withdrawal of the circular removing House Officers from the scheme of service, which was not implemented.
The statement reads in part, “We are embarking on a total and indefinite strike on August 2, 2021 [Monday]. You can recall we had a memorandum of action on March 31, 2021, and had an addendum to it on April 9, and since then, we still have had irregularities in the payment of salaries to the house officers.
“We had issues with them being non-regular payment and as part of the memorandum of action, it was said that they should be captured back into the IPPS platform.”
Kaigama says high cost of foodstuff also taking its toll on his home
**Advises Nigerians not to abandon grandparents, elderly cos of COVID – 19
***Condemns lavish funerals by Nigerians
The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Diocese, Ignatius Kaigama has said that the escalation in the prices of foodstuff was also biting hard in his home.
He also called on Nigerians not to distance themselves from grandparents and the elderly due to social distancing over COVID – 19 because they are a source of wisdom.
The cleric also described as sad the fact that Nigerians throw “lavish funerals organised for departed ones after they were allowed to live a life of loneliness, misery and neglect.”
Kaigama stated these in his Homily delivered at St. Luke’s Parish, Kubwa in honour of grandparents and the elderly with readings taken from the Old Testament including 2 Kings 4:42-44 and John 6:1-15.
According to him, the N12.3 billion agricultural subsidy from the Federal Government meant form2.2 million farmers should not be diverted like other interventions or palliative measures.
He said, “The escalation in the prices of foodstuff today has made it difficult for the poor among us to feed. My cook, Sunday Emola, showed me some current food prices from Garki market in Abuja: one measure each of garri costs N500, beans – N1,000, rice – N1,000, 1 bag (10kg) of semovita – N5,500, one bottle of groundnut oil – N1,600, one bottle of palm oil – N1,300, one tuber of yam – N1,300, a medium basket of tomatoes – N3,500, 1 gallon of kerosene – N2,000, Alebo – N500, etc.
“The problem in Nigeria is not whether we have resources to share, but the willingness to share them fairly, honestly and charitably. Both first reading and the gospel emphasised the fact that the power to end the hunger and suffering of other people lies in our ability to share the little we have.
“We often forget how far-reaching the little we each possess shared generously can satisfy the needs of other people. Often, we assume that it is the task for the government or the United Nations or NGOs.
“But a lot can be done with our little if we focus on the person in need and the intention rather than the quantity of what is available. I understand that 2.2 million farmers will soon receive N12.3 billion as agricultural subsidy from the Federal Government.
“We hope that the money of this laudable initiative will get directly into the hands of the farmers and not to be diverted like other interventions or palliative measures.
“The elderly are assured of the abiding presence of God who continues to accompany them on the journey of life, despite the difficulties and challenges associated with old age. They are reminded to tenaciously hold on to the faith and to pass it on to the young.
“Grandparents and the elderly are a source of wisdom. By passing on their knowledge, morals and values, they play a great role in the formation of a decent society. They are a strong link between the past, the present and the future.
“We must respect them and pray always for those of them who are sick and weak or suffering conditions associated with aging. Our practice of social distancing due to COVID – 19 should not distance us from them. It is sad today to see lavish funerals organized for departed ones after they were allowed to live a life of loneliness, misery and neglect.
“In these times of moral and social decay, grandparents and the elderly can teach us how to heal our wounded humanity; the spirit of sharing, in a nation where selfishness, corruption and the spate of crime and insecurity deprive many of the basic necessities of life; a nation that continues to take mind boggling financial loans without any corresponding impact on our quality of life; only to leave a fragile and perilous future for generations of our youths.
“As grandparents and the elderly continue their earthly pilgrimage, we expect the government to provide good social security for them even as we entrust them to the intercession of Saints Joachim and Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and grandparents of Jesus.”
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