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NCPF meets ACF, tackles North Central Governors for  being narrow minded

The newly formed North Central Peoples Forum (NCPF) Sunday took exception to the position of the North Central Governors Forum (NCGF) whom it said is myopic for disowning the new body even before it started.
Since after it was inaugurated on the 9th of September 2020, NCPF has been enmeshed in controversy as it was first percieved to mean that the North Central was breaking away from the ACF that has been the umbrella body for Northerners.
With that perception, the North Central Governor’s Forum (NCGF) had disassociated itself from the group saying it is not recognized by the leadership of the North Central geopolitical zone.
This was contained in  a communiqué after an exhaustive virtual meeting of the Governors presided over by its Chairman and Governor of Niger State, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello.
However, the group yesterday led by its national chairman Architect Gabriel Aduku  visited the chairman of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) Audu Ogbe at his residence in Abuja to clear the grey areas especially to re-echoe the fact that the forum’s emergence was not a breakaway from ACF but a micro group under ACF.
The secretary General of the NCPF Aliyu Bolaji
said they had written to six governors of the zone to intimate them before its innauguration adding that four of them responded.
He therefore expressed dismay that the Niger State Governor was so vociferous in his effort to rubbish the group.

Bolaji said Governors of the North Central will be the major beneficiary of the Forum as it will soon embark on efforts to redirect the economy of the zone through lobbying and engagements.

He said the group should not be politicized adding that it is very important for the governors in the zone to support it.
He called on all leaders in the zone to make effort to talk to the governors to support the forum.

The interim chairman, Gabriel Aduku in his speech said it was a family meeting that is very important for the country.
According to him, the visit is instructive and imperative for two main reasons:
“To formally intimate and familiarise you with the fundamental objectives for which the Forum was inaugurated on 9th September, 2020; and

“To court your partnership and that of the ACF for the collaborative development of our Forum and Peoples of the North Central Zone.
That he said is part of their desire for equitable and fair political and developmental engagement with the National Authority and other zones of the Federation in the distribution of the national commonwealth of opportunities and resources.
He said he is number 12 on the list of ACF to confirm that the new forum is for peace.
Aduku pointed out that the meeting was to intimate Ogbe about the North Central Intelligentsia Forum.
“It’s for the zone and was formed to ensure that the yearning of their people for industrialization and development is achieved.

The Forum chairman used the opportunity to adopt Ogbe as member, North Central People’s Forum.

Mr Sam Nda-Isaiah said he didn’t know Ogbe was not informed of the formation of NCPF.
He said the right thing to have done was to have meetings before the formation adding that ACF is the parent organisation.

He said the governor of Niger state is the chairman of the North Central Governors forum adding that he was surprised to hear him disown the group.
He promised to meet with him to clarify the issues.
In his response, Chief Audu Ogbe said Aduku and himself have known each other for the past 40 years.

He however indicated that the development initially created unnecessary tension and wish he was briefed in the first instance.

“That put me in a dilemma because I belong to this forum. I never knew I will chair ACF. I knew nothing.”
He said he was busy working on his farm in Benue and Kogi, Olamaboro on palm plantation.

He said he is planting threes and the target is 50,000 adding that he does not know if he will be alive to enjoy the fruits of his labour when they are matured.

“When the media said to me is it not a breakup? I said no. We occupy 76 percent of the Nigeria land mass. We have wealth but still poor.

“So, I said to the press, no crisis. The place is large. We do not see conflict between the zonal arrangement and ACF.

He recalled telling the northern leaders way back in 2005 that there was going to be violence in the future because of anger.
“Looking at the army of young people. How long will they be clapping, waiting for one naira.

He said the ACF is starting a program to see how it can tackle insecurity.
According to him the North Central is richest zone with some of the finest people in the country and most patriotic.
He indicated that there is no war between ACF and North Central People’s Forum.
“We can work together,” Ogbe said of the North Central People’s Forum.

“Let’s work together. Bearing in mind that we are in a very serious trouble. God has given us what we need. Let’s work with our heads.”
Henceforth he said ACF agenda will not be politics alone, but economic policies to empower the army of youths and keep them fully engaged and away from crime and criminalities

He said if Kogi and Niger States alone decided to develop the rice industry, it will wipe out all the robbers and the kidnapers hence he advocated for the practice of economic inclusion.
According to him, Nigeria is the largest producer of Cassava yet it imports
$650 million casava.
He said the same thing goes for cashew
“This year in my village, farmers sold over N300 million worth of cashew.”
He said in three years, they will see what they can achieve.
He said people don’t ask about what is happening in the local governments especially the monthly allocations.
“Where is the money, they cannot even buy grader to grade the rural roads for farmers to evacuate their produce.”
Ogbe lamented over the local Government system which the Governors have strangulated.
He therefore advocated for the DIFFRI and National Agricultural Land Developmwnt Authority (NALDA) programs introduced by former Military president Ibrahim Badamasi Babangidada to be adopted for lifting the rural areas economically

The former deputy President of the senate Ibrahim Mantu said Ogbe is a unique and brilliant person.

He said when ACF picked Ogbe, he was elated because it would create an opportunity for the north to become one.

He said the North Central  has been very sure of themselves as a special people

Mantu reiterated the need for merit to be the yastick for everything.
He said Nigeria will not be in the position it is today if the right people were put in the right places.
He solicited the support of all and sundry for the new North Central Peoples Forum adding that all should support the new chairman of ACF, Audu Ogbe to achieve great things that others have not achieve before.

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Kano commissioner explains why Salihu Tanko-Yakasai was booted out

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Kano commissioner explains why Salihu Tanko-Yakasai was booted out

The Kano state information commissioner, Muhammad Garba, revealed reason why Tanko-Yakassai was relieved of his appointment.
He said he was sacked for “unguarded comments”
Although a member of the APC, Tanko-Yakassai had on several occasions criticised the government.
This time around Tanko-Yakasai a.k.a Dawisu, had criticised President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) over worsening insecurity in the country.
Garba indicated that the aide could not be allowed to continue to serve in a government he does not believe in as he was unable to differentiate between personal opinion and official stand on matters of public concern.

It would be recalled the same aid was once suspended in October for two weeks for being on the same page with #EndSARS protesters.
He was reported to have been arrested and detained at the State Security Service (SSS) headquarters in Abuja.
He was quoted to have asked President Buhari Muhammadu to do something about Nigeria’s worsening insecurity or resign

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EFCC: Bawa vows to work by the constitution rather than external Influence

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EFCC: Bawa vows to work by the constitution rather than external Influence

By Sunday Joseph

The newly confirmed substantive chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Abdulrasheed Bawa has vowed to work by the constitution and not by external influence.

Bawa spoke during the question and answer session at plenary said it applies also to ongoing investigations.
The organization according to him, will work on proactive approach and not being reactionary in the fight against corruption.
He disclosed to senators that he was not involved in the sale of trucks in port Harcourt, saying that the secretary and 3 directors sold the assets because they were forfeited to the federal government.
Bawa clarify the issues on witch hunting which he said has been trending since the inception of EFCC, however he said it would be addressed.
On media trial, he said most of the matters are in the public domain therefore it is beyond the control of the commission.
Deputy senate president Omo Agge said President Buhari’s nominee is a good product and his unique nomination has generated hope for millon’s of youths.

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Bawa as EFCC Chairman, Excellent Choice, Says ex-Rep Karimi

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Bawa as EFCC Chairman, Excellent Choice, Says ex-Rep Karimi

Two time member of Federal House of Representatives, Hon Sunday Karimi has commended the recommendation of Mr Abdulrasheed Bawa as new Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), by President Muhammadu Buhari.

In line with the recommendation of Justice Isa Ayo Salami’s panel, President Buhari on Tuesday broke the 18-year tradition of appointing policemen as chairman of the EFCC, with his choice of Bawa, a Course One EFCC Cadet product.

Bawa, if confirmed , will be the first EFCC’s cadet to head the commission. He will replace suspended Acting Chairman Ibrahim Magu.

Hon Karimi, who represented Yagba Federal Constituency, Kogi State in the 7th and 8th Assembly, in a statement on Friday described Bawa’s choice as a round peg in a round hole.

According to the former Rep, “With my deep knowledge of the workings of the outfit in the last decade, the choice of Bawa provides an opportunity for an insider with excellent intellectual abilities, youthful vigor and a total shift from police lock up and charge and bail attitude to transformation into real professionalism in financial crimes investigation as it is carried out in other civilzed communities”.

Karimi declared that contrary to recent attempts to “run Mr Bawa down at all cost”, he is one of the few trusted hands in the organization that are incorriptible.

“He approaches his schedules with humility and he is a very sound officer. He will surely reposition EFCC as a top intelligence outfit. His choice presents an opportunity for those that were trained by the organization to lead the service”, he added

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