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Nobody can undermine my leadership standing in Kogi APC says Dino Melaye

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Nobody can undermine my leadership standing in Kogi APC says Dino Melaye

The senator representing Kogi West senatorial district Senator Daniel Dino Melaye has debunked all negative insinuations against his person and his position in the APC as the foremost leader in Kogi State. 
The senator spoke in Ayetoro in his home town during the distribution of empowerment materials where many of the constituents benefited. 
Melaye spoke against the backdrop of reports that he has not contributed anything towards the development of his constituency and that he has no constituency office said the tales were figments of their imagination as he is the only senator with a more sophisticated constituency office recently constructed.
“They said since I got in to office I have not done anything that I do not even have a secretariat and that is fallacious and a lie as I am the only Senator in the Federal republic of Nigeria who is actually building a permanent structure as an office complex that will be commissioned I few days from now in January.”
He said nonentities who just dumped their parties to become tenants in APC after eight years came in with the believe that they could undermine his integrity. 
“There are so many unnecessary comments and rhetorics, some small small rats have been making noise around
As far as APC is concerned in Kogi State we are in charge, I am not boasting.
“The Governor of Kogi State cannot underwrite me in Kogi State neither can anybody under write me in APC in Kogi State I say this with every sense of responsibility and humility.
“I am the only member of the board of trustees of APC in Kogi State, even the Governor of Kogi State is not a member, I am also a member of the executive council of APC.
He said they are the two highest bodies of APC where any decision in APC would be taken and I would be present. 
Adding that people were merely wasting their time talking about factions, support or no support saying that when they get to that bridge they shall cross it.
He said before now he was a colonel saying that now that he is a general no small politician can fight him. 
He admonished his followers not to be perturbed by what they hear as he does not blab or talk for nothing. 
He said his motion for the conversion of Kabba College of Agricultion to a Federal University of Agriculture, has passed through the first reading adding that very soon the school would be sited in Kana. 
Again he said he was part of the undercurrents that led to the vending of the construction of Obajana-Kabba-Ilorin adding from January the first concrete road would be constructed from Obajana to Kabba by Dangote group of companies
He said he had attracted constituency projects of two blocks of classroom each in the 7 local Government area as well as 2 town halls in Kogi  Local Government and Ijumu Local Government.
He said he had re 1000 boreholes in his constituency. 
Empowerment materials given out include 2000 pieces of blanket, 300 bundles of roofing sheets for those that were affected by flood and disaster, 200 bags of rice, 200 pieces of bathroom towels and 500 pieces of mattresses.
Others according to him include 500 pieces of printed wax, 20 bags of two inches nail, 200 packets of sink nails, 100 cartons of milo, 500 pieces of Guinea brocade, 100 kegs of vegetable oil, 100 kegs of 20 litre of palm oil. 50 bags of maize, 30 bags of sugar, 10 cartons of milk, 30 cartons of tin tomatoes, 15 motorcycle, generators and sewing machines 
Agbana of Insanlu Oba Aaron Ikuborije described the gesture as too great beyond human commendation, saying that it is only God that can commend the senator, for all he has been doing for the people. 

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Senator Opeyemi lampoons Buhari over refusal to sack service chiefs

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The senator representing Ekiti Central Micheal Opeyemi Bamidele has asked President Muhamadu Buhari to respect the resolution of the National Assembly that he should sack the service chiefs without further delay.
The senator while contributing to the motion on the beheading of 67 farmers in Borno, by Bokoharam insurgents: Need for Urgent, Decisive action pleaded with the service chiefs to voluntarily resign based on national interest.
He said they can then wait to be appointed as Presidential Advisory Panel on security.
“For me the number one resolution that I will like to reemphasize on this floor of the senate is for the President to allow the service chiefs to go, they have done their best, they have worked so hard, the best anybody can give is his best.
“You cannot give what you do not have and if the President believes so much in these service chiefs he should remove them as service chiefs and constitute them as Presidential advisory committee on security matters and they will still be there to be advising him and let the younger ones take over as service chiefs to move the country forward.
He said, “It is yet another moment when we run the risk of Nigerians looking at us as a group of elected representatives who sit in the red chamber to shed crocodile tears but we know that is not what we do.
“We are victims of certain circumstances that make it look like that. There is probably nothing any of us could say here today that has not been said, the only thing that is new is that more people have been killed in most barbaric manner. Yet we have to say something as representatives of the people.
“We are unhappy about what happened in Borno, Katsina and Niger States and some Northern parts of the country. Even in the South South, south East and south west where people are being kidnapped, there are some forms of insurgency.
“In Ondo State just last week a paramount ruler was killed. My own contribution is this, let us stand on existing resolution, in addition of course to the prayers that the mover of this motion made clear to us.
“Fighting Bokoharam cannot be something we do by habit, it cannot become part of our national life, it cannot become what we budget for year in year out as a routine.”
He lamented that the war was becoming a routine adding that there is a need to bring it to an end as lives are being lost on a daily bases.
He also made refrence to a constitutional provision in section 14(1)b which defines the primary purpose of Government to be the welfare and security of the people.
“We all agree that this is not being fulfilled and where a Government is deemed to be in breach of section 14(1)b the Government is also automatically seen to have breached section 32 and 34 of our constitution which provides for the right to life, right for personal liberty, and life against torture.
“These are things that goes together once you fail to fulfill the provision of section 14(1)b so what are we talking about let these service chiefs go.
“If the President would not remove them we call on these service chiefs in the interests of the public to resign and look forward to being appointed as members of Presidential committee on security. So this is one contribution that I really want to make.”
He also made reference to the budget of over N800b set aside for all of the armed forces, whereby more than 60% of it is specifically tailored towards prosecuting the war against insurgency.
“I believe before this budget is passed it is either the president come to address this parliament on the way forward on how to address the security matter or we hold a joint session and do a public hearing and allow Nigerians an opportunity to also speak to this issue.
“I dont think it should be a question of us sitting down to pass this budget it should not be business unusual.”

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Buhari tells mothers to admonish their wards on need for dialogue over #EndSARS

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Apparently piqued by the growing youth restiveness which engulfed parts of the country in the last few weeks,
President Muhammadu Buhari has urged women to engage with children and youths on the need for dialogue that would yield better understanding.

The President spoke on Thursday while hosting the representatives of women at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said Nigeria remained committed to ending violence against women and girls in Nigeria and the rest of the world.

According to him, although the country had not achieved the 35 percent affirmation on the participation of women in governance, the current administration intended to exceed the benchmark.

“I want to assure you that this administration remains resolute to not only meet the 35 percent National Gender Policy, but to exceed it across key decision-making role in government,” he said.

He restated his commitment to end child marriage and boost girl child education in all parts of the country.
The Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, earlier appealed to President Buhari to ensure that the issues responsible for the ongoing strike by university lecturers were resolved amicably, to enable universities reopen and students go back to school

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Labour disowns FG over petrol price hike, as it asks for reversal to N160

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**decries FG insincerity

The organised Labour has expressed disappointment with the Federal Government over its high level of insincerity with the union.
The general secretary of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Emma Ugboajah indicated that labour movement’s agreement with Government was for local refineries to be be rehabilitated to boost local refining.
He said almost eight weeks after the negotiations, the Federal Government has not shown any commitment to all the items that were agreed upon.
He stressed that out of 161 buses that are powered gas, none of them has been supplied to the movement.
“We never supported deregulation that is anchored on price increment. Our minimum request is that the Federal Government must reverse back to N160,” Ugboajah said. “We agreed that the refineries should be out to work. We have not seen any work in that regard.
Also, we have seen the NNPC maintaining a stranglehold on importation.”
He said the are demanding for a reversal of recent hike in the petrol price adding that they did not endorse deregulation that is anchored on price.

He said the strikers option is still opened for them to explore

The President of Trade Union Congress (TUC), Quadri Olaleye, said things are going out of hand if urgent steps are not taken.
His words: “We cannot pretend that things are not going right. It seems government wants to create crisis when none exists. We have been coming here to ensure the hardship on the people is reduced.
He accused the Government of sponsoring miscreants who torment them with insults through text messages on daily bases making almost impossible for them to move freely

“Academic staffers have been on strike. We set up a committee for more than two months and nothing has happened. A month to the end of the year, nothing has been done. If today’s meeting does not solve the problem, we will mobilise outselve and stage a walk out of the meeting. I hope today’s meeting will be productive. ”
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, said the meeting was supposed to have been held in October but for #EndSars protests that rocked the nation last month.
Ngige said the Federal Government is ready to begin rolling out the palliatives as from today, Monday.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha said government is already working on some of the agreed area such as reduction of tariff on the importation of cars from 35% to 10% and other steps that the Federal Government has taken.









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