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#ENDSARS: Group challenges NASS, President Buhari to immediately reform electoral system

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#ENDSARS: Group challenges NASS, President Buhari to immediately reform electoral system

***warns presidency against further attacks on protesters

A group, Peoples Life Improvement Foundation (PLIF) which has declared support for the #ENDSARS protests, has blamed the bad leadership bedevilling Nigeria on fraudulent electoral system which does not allow people’s votes to count leading to the protests.

As possible resolution to most of the agitations by the youths in their protests, the group challenged the National Assembly and the presidency to immediately sign in to law the ammended electorate act to bring about good Governance.

This was contained in a statement that was signed and issued by the National Publicity secretary of the group
Ngoama Waekite Wem.

“We have summed up the totality of Prolonged bad governance in Nigeria which has ruined the country and have come to the conclusion that our electoral system is the sole reason why the country is in this miserable and undone state.
Wem insisted that it is bad leadership that has led to all of the present tension.
He said protesters have the right for a peaceful demonstration
“And the root cause of it is where the people are not given the freedom to excercise the power of their individual Immortal Voters card to selecting their leaders.
“Therefore, we are calling for the Electoral Act Amendment which is the begining to the end of these problems and will allow real people to choose and vote their next leaders with no one writing the  results of our elections again.
“Let our county’s electoral process be electronically done. Let there be Biometric Accrediation of Voters, Electronic Voting, Counting of Votes and Results transmission.
The group also advocated for the establishment of a 4th Tier of Government called the Ward/Community Government along side the FG, State Govt and LGA.
The publicity secretary also demanded for every Ward/Community to have their independent Administrative and Financial Autonomy.
“Let every Ward/Community have their budget to treat their perculiar issues. This will foster Freedom, Peace and Prosperity as every individual communities will be self developing simultaneously.”
He said fourth tier of government will be more responsive to the rural people, where the people can monitor and seek explanations on issues all the times.
“A tier of government that can improve the rural economy. This will further create more jobs in our communities and reduce the migration of our teeming youths into the urban centres.”
He said by that format criminality in the urban areas will be reduced.
Wem declared the full solidarity of the group with the #ENDSARS protesters.
“It is in this regard that we support the protest and proudly say that the protest had not recorded any incident of looting that has characterized protests like this even in some civilized countries.
“We stand shoulder to shoulder with the patriots who are dissatisfied with the government having maintained constant vigilance has come out in the most civilized manner to alert the world calling for justice, fairness, political stability, security and peace.
“We salute all our members across the country who joined other citizens to discharge this honorable duty on behalf of the people.”

“It is clear that the Nigerian youths are not only protesting against police brutality and extra-judicial killings! alone, but, in reality, a variety of longstanding political and economic problems that had pushed the Nigerians state towards instability, insecurity, poverty, destitution, decayed infrastructure etc.”
He observed that the youths are demanding for a political reform that will give all Nigerians equal opportunities, where the rights of all individuals will be protected and respected.
The secretary therefore challenged the President to leave a legacy of a listening government and write his name in the sand of time.
“In this regard PLIF stands with Nigerians to push forward these demands of the protesting patriots enumerated below;

“We also wish to state in categorical terms that any harsh response from the authorities will only make the situation worse!
“This has happened at other times and we should work hard to avoid what happened in the Dara province in Syria in 2 011.”
The PLIF is an international non-profit and non-governmental Organization setup for the deepening of democracy and improvement of the lives of Nigerians.

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Senator Gaya grieves over Hajia Fanta’s demise

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The Senator representing Kano South Senatorial District, Senator Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya (APC), has expressed deep sorrow over the death of Hajiya Fatima Mohammed (Fanta).
Hajia Muhammed is the younger sister of late head of state, General Sani Abacha and the mother of Senator Basheer Mohammed (Lado), a federal commissioner, National Commission for Refugees, and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

Senator Gaya in his message of condolence, expressed deep sorrow and sympathies with the bereaved family and entire Kano people over the death.
The former Kano State governor described the late Fatima as a philanthropist, a mother and a community leader that touched the lives of many in different ways over times.
He said that the late Fatima has died at a time that her wisdom is most needed in the global epidemic ravaged time and other challenges in the country.
Senator Gaya enjoined Senator Basheer to take solace in the Almighty Allah at this trying times, adding that death is a garment of all mortals, explaining that all will taste it when the time is due.
The former Kano State governor explained that the late Fatima lived an exemplary life that has impacted on all that was closed to her in her life time.

The Kano South Senator further calls on the family and entire Kano people to pray for the repose of the soul of late mother, Kano State and Nigeria at large for peace and development at the unending threat of insecurity in the country. He prayed Almighty Allah to grant the late philanthropist AljanatulFirdausi.

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Kogi first lady commends husband on gender sensitivity

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By Aisha Audu

Wife of Kogi State governor, Mrs Rashida has commended her husband, Alh Yahaya Bello for being the most gender sensitive governor in Nigeria.
Mrs. Bello made the statement on the occasion of conferment of an award of ” the most gender sensitive governor in Nigeria and as a goodwill ambassador of Nigerian women” to Governor Yahaya Bello by the national council of women societies (NCWS) at glass house Lokoja.
According to her (NCWS) is a reputable umbrella body of notable women of integrity, from across Nigeria and the choice of my husband for this award is very well deserved.
She said she is not surprised because her husband right from the inception of his administration has demonstrated strong commitment towards active involvement and participation of women in leadership positions, governance as well as politics.
She noted that under the administration of her husband, key government positions such as SSG, Head of service, Kogi pension Board, Teaching Service Commission, Vice chairmen of the 21 Local government of the state as well as female councillors among others.
Mrs. Rashida Bello indicated that Governor Bello has maintained a clear lead in the implementation of the 35 percent women affirmative action policy of the Federal Government.
She saluted the courage of the leadership and members of National Council of Women societies while praying that their courageous efforts continue to uplift the voices and standard of women across the country.

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Spare Old Okene Sec. School, Alumni Association begs Bello

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Spare Old Okene Sec. School, Alumni Association begs Bello

By Friday Idachaba

The Okene Secondary School Old Students Association has appealed to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State to spare the school as one of the legacy colleges of old Northern Nigerian Government rather than cede it to the military for use as Barracks.

The Alumni association made the appeal in a statement issued by its national President, Abubakar Abdulsalam to newsmen on Thursday in Lokoja.

The association said the school, formerly known as Okene Teachers College before it transmuted to a secondary school in 1970 had produced a lot of great Nigerians in all fields of human endeavour.

“There is no doubt that the institution has produced a lot of alumni and former employees, who are doing it proud in several areas both at home and abroad” the statement said.

“One of such was the late Alhaji Bello Ipemida Ochi (the father of His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello) may his gentle soul rest in perfect peace.

“Many God reward him for his love for the children of other parents he laboured to cater for while in the school as an employee, Amen.

“The school where Pa Bello’s humane attributes were exhibited and remembered might no longer exist as it is currently being proposed to be a military barracks.

“We wish to use this medium to appeal to you to use your good offices to ensure that the school is spared and retained so that it can continue to turn out quality products with legacies as an institution of repute.”, the alumni added.

The association used the occasion to thank Gov. Bello for the appointment of Prof. Salawu Sadiku, an old student of the school, as pioneer Vice-Chancellor of Confluence University of Science and Technology (CUSTECH), Osara in the Central Senatorial District of Kogi.

“We, the entire old students of OSS, Okene worldwide, wish to express our profound gratitude and appreciation to the Executive Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Adoza Bello for appointing one of us, Prof. Salawu Sadiku as the pioneer Vice-Chancellor of CUSTECH, Osara.”

The alumni described the appointment as a good one saying that the appointee was eminently qualified academically and had over the years, garnered the necessary cognate experience for the task ahead.

“We thank you for providing us the opportunity to showcase the stuff the products of the great Iresu-pogo College are made of through the appointment of Prof. Sadiku.

“We the old students pledge to collaborate with the government to turn around the fortunes of the school and continue to make it a centre of excellence that it has always been known for”, the alumni pledged. (NAN)

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