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Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has charged the Nigerian media practitioners to carry out their duties as watchdogs within the ethics of the profession with patriotism as halmark.
Bello spoke at a two day symposium on Good Governance organized by the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Kogi State Council in collaboration with the office of the Special Adviser on Media and Strategy to the Governor to mark the 2016 Democracy Day.
‎The Governor who was speaking against the backdrop of the need for journslists to be patriotic to their fatherland by portrayimg the country in good light said no place can be better than home.
Governor Bello indicated that in the western world the media is used for promoting their country’s image as against what is obtainable in Nigeria where the media runs down their own country in the eye of the international community.
He said his administration has tried to show an unshifting commitment to redefining governance in the State for a new lease of life.
This he said is to make sure that leadership serves the interest of the common people of the State, not just the elite.
Bello expressed the optimism that the deliberations on Good Governance at the symposium will practically reinforce that commitment, and give it expression in forceful ways.
According to him there were myriads of problems when he came on board but gradually they are overcoming.
‎”We have identified problems of insecurity, lack of social amenities, decayed or non-existent infrastructure, generalized poverty, poor access to quality and affordable health care and education as the main problems plaguing our people.
“Our priority therefore, and the core philosophy of our New Direction Agenda, is to make sure that our Government confronts these problems for Kogites – creatively, compassionately and continuously.”
He explained further that‎ the only tangible proof that he administration has succeeded in its duty as a Government is by meeting with the needs of the populace.
He said the statistics will soon begin to show ‎that when crime, and insecurity would have been ‎reduced to the barest minimum.
Bello said he embarked on the screening exercise to rid the State workforce of ghost workers adding that the exercise has already uncovered a lot of rot.
“The discoveries included a staff taking over 40 salaries under as many fictitious names and another who earns salaries in four different offices in the state.
“The theme of this symposium is appropriate and I expect the organizers to deepen our understanding of Good Governance through the various sessions and topics.”
Continuing he said,
“I expect the issues around bribery and corruption, abuse of office, conflict of interest, accountability, teamwork, communication, work ethics, etc to be treated in detail.”
‎The National President of NUJ Waheed Odusule said the fact that the young Government of Yavapai Bello can partner with the NUJ to put up the symposium shows he has nothing to hide.
He advised the Governor to ensure information flows freely saying that no matter the assistance the journalist get from Government information ‎is the most important tool for the job.
He urged the Government to continue the collaboration it is good for the media, the people and the Government.
The National President’s admonished colleagues to collaborate with Government without compromising their mandate as watchdogs.

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Yoruba group tackles Zamfara Gov over Reckless, Insensitive, statement

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The Yoruba Peace and Leadership Initiative ( TYLPI ) has condemned the statement credited to the Zamfara State Governor, Alhaji Bello Matawalle, on alleged killings of Northerners in the South and his threat of reprisals in the north.

The group describe the statement coming from the Governor as baseless, distasteful, reckless, insensitive and irresponsible.
In a press statement issued by its Director of Publicity, Mr. Tunde Ipinmisho, TYLPI said it was unguarded statements like the one made by Governor Matawalle that triggered off the crisis that landed the nation in a 30 month civil war that claimed millions of lives and arrested its development.

It said Matawalle’s statement smirks of dangerous desperation by those who believe that the nation must travel on a trajectory pre-determined by them alone.

TYLPI also said the unguarded statement by the Zamfara State Governor reflected poorly on the nation’s leadership recruitment process.

It praised the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) for its timely and courageous condemnation of Governor Matawalle’s statement.

Noting that Nigeria was in very difficult times, the group said the least that was expected of leaders across the nation was for them to guard their utterances and let out only words that build bridges among the people rather than raise tension.

Describing Matawalle’s statement as akin to a man who attempts to set fire to the roof of the house in which he is sleeping, the Yoruba group said those who ignite the fire of crisis ought to be well aware that nobody can predict the direction the fire of instability would spread or its possible victims.

What the nation needed now, the group said, were genuine patriots who would proffer workable solutions to the issues afflicting the nation.

“It behoves all men and women of goodwill to disperse, with responsible conduct and utterances, the evil cloud hanging over Nigeria. Nobody knows who will be swept away by the flood, should the rain be allowed to fall,” the group added.

The Yoruba group said every part of Nigeria had people from other ethnic groups living with them and urged leaders to be careful so as not to set the country on fire.

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COREN declares zero tolerance for substandard engineering practices

Umar Egbunu Muhammed, Lafia

Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) has said it would not condone any form of substandard practice in the engineering profession across the 36 States of the federation including the Federal Capital Teritory..

The president of COREN Engineer Ali Rabiu, made the declartion during the inauguration of their Nasarawa state office in Lafia, the state capital on Thursday.

He said the aim of having their office in Nassarawa State is for to bring its services to the Nasarawa state government and the people of the state to ensure definitive effectiveness is being achieved.

According to him, the executive order 5 recently signed by President Muhammad Buhari would go a long way in actualizing the global best practice advocacy if effectively implemented.

He, however, admonished all engineers across the country to always be at their best adding that they are expected to always live above board as worthy ambassadors of COREN in Nasarawa state.

His words: “I therefore, urged you to always be at your best in project delivery. The Engineering Regulation Monitoring (ERM) will not tolerate any form of substandard practice in the discharge of your duty.”

Rabiu said that in 2018, the national assembly strengthened the power of COREN by amending its Act, saying the renewed powers widens the scope of ERM which led COREN to Nasarawa state in July 2020.

He applauded Governor Abdullahi Sule for providing the land for the building of their office complex in the state.

Earlier, while inaugurating the engineering edifice, Governor Abdullahi Sule said the state donated the land for the construction of the Secretariat complex after considering the significant his administration attaches to the engineering profession.

He maintained that it is in furtherance of that collective commitment aimed at stimulating the development of engineering profession in the state as fulcrum for meaningful development that prompted the decision by the state.

His words: “Let me commend COREN for this laudable project, aimed at providing conducive working environment for the council in order to enhance efficiency in the delivery of service in the state.

Sule urged the citizens of the state to avail themselves of the opportunity provided by the engineering complex to engage in meaningful ventures that will add value to their lives and become self reliant as well as employer of labour in the state.

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Innocent Chukwuma: TMG mourns pioneer trustee, says he worked for electoral reforms

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Innocent Chukwuma: TMG mourns pioneer trustee, says he worked for electoral reforms

The Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) has poured glowing tributes on a pioneer trustee of its Board, Innocent Chukwuma, saying ‘he brought to bear his capacity for hardwork, brilliance and commitment to his cherished pedigree.”

The organization described the death as “an emotive dagger that pierced through the heart of the pro-democracy, civil society community.”

TMG in a statement titled: “Innocent Chukwuma: Death too sudden and devastating to bear”, and signed by its chairperson, Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi, said he worked for an ensured an effective electoral and democratic governance in Nigeria..

The statement reads, “TMG received with great shock and sadness the news of the demise of Innocent Chukwuma who was a pioneer trustee of its Board and founding Executive Director of CLEEN Foundation whose unfortunate death occured on Saturday evening, April 3 2021 after a brief illness.

“Late Innocent Chukwuma also steered the affairs of TMG as its chairman between 2006 and 2008 where he brought to bear his capacity for hardwork, brilliance and commitment to his cherished pedigree.

“He worked assiduously and tirelessly in ensuring that an effective electoral and democratic governance is put in place in Nigeria through TMG’s several engagements with different electoral stakeholders particularly, the independent National Electoral Commission the National Assembly, security agencies and the judiciary pushing for sustainable legislation and policy reforms in the country.

“Innocent was so effectively while leading the activities of TMG and defended its stance on national issues.

“Innocent’s death was not only received as a rude shock, but came as an emotive dagger that pierced through the heart of the pro-democracy, civil society community and by extension the ex-students revolutionary leadership with a devastating blow too painful to bear.

“TMG joins millions of Nigerians in condoling with his family, particularly his wife, Josephine Effah-Chukwuma and the children in this sad moment. May God comfort and console them and give them the great fortitude to bear the irreparable loss even as we comforted by the massive outpouring of grief nationwide at his painful passage.

“We also express our heartfelt condolences to the Board, management and staff of CLEEN Foundation as well as all his associates in the civil society movement in the country.

“The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living. Fare thee well, our comrade brother and friend! Our hearts still ache!.”

ENDS***

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