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PDP accuses Bello of wasting N5B on Melaye failed recall

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PDP accuses Bello of wasting N5B on Melaye failed recall

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi State have accused the State Governor, Yahaya Bello plunging over N5 billion public fund on his failed plot to recall the Senator.

The party, described Bello as “heartless” lamenting that the money would have offset two months salary of workers in the State.
The PDP made the allegation in a statement signed by Achadu Dickson, Director Research and Documentation.
On the boycott of the INEC verification exercise by the electorate, it called for a thorough investigation of the claim by some of the electorates who turned out for the exercise that their signatures were forged.

“Those who were involved in the petition submitted to INEC for the recall of Senator Dino Melaye must be arrested and tried for forgery, ” the PDP said.

The party said the huge human and financial resources deployed to the “Dino Melaye must go” agenda would have made meaningful impact on the lives of the downtrodden people of Kogi State, especially the workers that are being owed several months salary.

It declared that the open rejection of the recall agenda by the people of Kogi State was a clear signal that APC and Governor Yahaya Bello have been rejected in the State.
The immediate past Governor of the State Captain Idris Wada said no matter how far lies have gone the truth will upturn it in one second. “If you tell lies for so long one day is one day the truth will overturn everything”
He said it shows that in 2019 the peoples PVC will speak for them no matter the influence, the grace of God and the power of peoples PVC will spark in 2019.
“The is a lesson in this for all of us in the political arena to respect the will of the people.”
The former deputy to Wada, Yomi Awoniyi said, the good people of Kogi West have spoken, ordinarily a recall shouldn’t be an issue unless it is initiated by the people. This fact of the process has shown that the will of the people will always prevail. I just hope that leaders will learn from this so that peace would return to our great State.
On what it portends for 2019 election in the State he said, Your guess is as good as mine, this is politics and it is not yet Uhuru.”

The former special adviser to Former President Olusegun Obasanjo said there was need to look beyond the periphery of the failure of the recall process against Senator Dino Melaye yesterday, to appreciate the broader implications of the development, within the ambit of our local and national politics.
“More than being a validation of the popularity and mass acceptance of the senator, the outcome of the recall exercise signposts the gradual development of a culture of independent-mindedness by the electorate, to choose their representatives themselves, regulate their conduct by themselves, retain them in office by their own free will, and sanction them on their own terms, without external influence.”

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#Extortion of FCT motorists: AMAC boss tenders apology to residents

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#Extortion of FCT motorists: AMAC boss tenders apology to residents

Chairman Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) Abdullahi Candido, has tendered unreserved apology to residents of the Council over the highhandedness of its Taskforce charged with the responsibility of enforcing compliance with safe road usage by motorists.
Candido tendered the apology yesterday to residents at a stakeholders Town Hall meeting convened by the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) on Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) Taskforce/Marshall: Security Implications and Challenges. 
The town hall meeting was convened to brainstorm on the concerns by members of the public, particularly motorists, over the high-handedness, extortion and harassment by the taskforce.
AMAC authorities had severally alleged that not all revenue collectors are genuine, however, the NUJ felt there was need to critically examine the character of the Taskforce and sift the wheat from the chaff.
Continuing AMAC chairman pointed out that truely, AMAC task force has over reached its bound with the way it went about its task of ensuring safe road usage by motorists.”Government comes Government goes, what is most important is the policy. Definitely some policies may be harsh not because of the law but because of the actors and implementors.”He said he was a victim of such embarrassment by officials of the task force even as Chairman of the Council, therefore he could connect with the concerns of the residents, stakeholders in the Municipal.He told the gathering that the complaints are not strange to him because he was accosted by the marshal while on the road and embarrassed for no just cause but endured it before revealing his identity to the officials.”I have encountered it myself, I have received series of complaints, I have had reasons to drive to places from where I received complaints to intervene.”The task force has gone to the extreme. The task force did what it was not supposed to do. Sincerely on this note, we are not military dictators, we are civilians , I wish to on behalf of the management of the Abuja Municipal Area Council apologise for the hardhship we have imposed on the people.”Chairman of AMAC said.
He announced that the management of AMAC has disbanded the taskforce and replaced them with the AMAC Marshall who will undergo one month training to provide them with the requisite skills to engage motorists with respect while discharging their duty.According to him: “We are very sorry and sincerely sorry.  Sorry is not enough, we took serious step and measure to ensure the sorry takes effect.”Sometime we see many of these people wearing some form of identity. Some are fake, not all are fake, just like the ENDSARS.”These bad ones we are expunging and disbanding them.”You will never again be confronted with any fake AMAC task force. You will be engaging only with our Marshalls,” Candido stated.

He told Abuja residents to arrest any fake AMAC marshal or task force not on uniform who conducts himself outside civil means to effect compliance to safe road usage.
Chairman of the Council, Comrade Emmanuel Ogbeche had in his remark said the Council as partner in the development of the FCT had to bring to the front burner nagging issues among the residents for an improved FCT.Ogbeche said the move by the Council is in accordance with the agenda setting of the fourth estate of the realm, thus the town hall meeting was meant to bring the political leadership and the citizens together to discuss and find a solution to the challenge for a harmonious AMAC and the federal capital city.He maintained that the town hall meeting was not to witchunt but a meeting for social re-engineering of the measures put in place for compliance by motorists to extant rules governing safe parking, and other guide to safe roads usage by motorists.
Olakunle Awoniyi who narrates his experience on two separate ocassions on the Lugbe Axis, told the Chairman, that he heard a strange sound while driving, and as it is usual gor fear of possible fault on his car, he pulled over to check.He said he was still in his car when men of the AMAC task force pounced on him and arrested him for parking by the road side.

He said they were not ready to listen to him to know the reason he had to stop as it took the intervention of the NUJ before his vehicke was released to him.

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Poly lecturer in dire need of 14M for Kidney surgery

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Poly lecturer in dire need of 14M for Kidney surgery

Dean of School of Engineering of the Federal Polytechnic Bida, Engr. Mohammad Maali(MNSE) is appealling to Nigerians to assist Dr. (Engr)Ahmed Saba (MNSE) with funds to enable him get a kidney transplant surgery worth fourteen million naira(N14).

A Chief Lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Federal Polytechnic Bida, Dr. Saba, hails from Kutigi in Lavun Local Government Area of Niger State.
He has been battling for his life following a diagnosis of advanced kidney disease.

According to the School of Engineering Dean, the Lecturer has “on his own spent over four million naira(N4M) and another fourteen million naira(N14M) is requested for his kidney transplant”.

The following details were provided for any assistance for him from government, organizations and Nigerians.

“Engr. Mrs Alfa Amina Yawo (Ecobank 2111308795).
For more information Contact: 08036928124

Surely, every selfless donation in the cause of saving life shall enjoy the blessings of Almighty God.

Engr. Dodo Almustapha
Department of Electrical Engineering
The Federal Polytechnic, Bida.

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Omo-Agege asks Nigerians to accept police reforms with equanimity

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Omo-Agege asks Nigerians to accept police reforms with equanimity

The deputy president of the senate has admonished Nigerians to see the Federal Government sincerity in President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to a holistic police reform as genuine.
He therefore implored all and sundry to embrace the reforms with calmness in the midst of many challenges.
This was contained in a press Statement he personally issued on Wednesday.
He said, “The Federal Government led by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari and Governments of States impacted by these protests have been engaging constructively with our fellow citizens.
“Lately, many Nigerians, especially our youths, have been protesting unjustifiable brutality and other condemnable human rights violations by the now disbanded Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigerian Police Force.

“It is overwhelmingly agreed that our citizens are right to make their voices heard on questions of inhuman and degrading treatments through these peaceful protests.” He said the scene of peaceful Nigerian youths gathering publicly in Abuja today to seek God’s intervention against police brutality in the nation should no doubt touch the conscience of all.

“Ours is a constitutional democracy that guarantees freedom of expression and peaceful assemblies.
“This is the proper approach in a democracy. It is quite reassuring and should always be part of our democratic culture.
He said being an elected representative of a constituency that is impacted by the identified challenges highlighted by the #EndSARS protests, he identifies wholly with citizens who protest peacefully.
According to him, he has spoken in the past and recently against criminal, unethical and violent actions against fellow citizens during errant policing operations.
“It is my hope and prayer that these actions will now stop for good.”

He declared his support all constructive, respectful and responsible engagements to stop human rights violations, as he assure he will always do so.
Oma-Agefe also expressed the believe that comprehensive Police reforms is the only sustainable path for the Police to genuinely earn the trust of Nigerian citizens to execute its constitutional mandate without self-inflicted negative prejudices and suspicions.
“It is commendable that the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) has, as a necessary initial step, responded to overwhelming demands by disbanding the SARS unit of the Police.
“As generally expected, he has also announced measures to reform the Police – #PoliceReforms – with critical and objective inputs from the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and leading human rights activists.
“It is important to encourage this process for the greater good of our nation. I am confident that all Distinguished Senators of the 9th Senate under the leadership of the President of the Senate, His Excellency, Senator Ahmad Lawan, will individually and collectively support and monitor this important process.

“No doubt, the failings of a few have impugned the public image and standing of the Police, and justice must be adequately served in this regard.”
He indicated however that it is generally acknowledged truth that majority of the men/women and officers of the force are patriots.
“For the unsung heroes in the Police who risk so much, including the comfort of their families and even their lives, to protect life and property, they should be rest assured that our citizens sincerely appreciate their sacrifices.
“Be encouraged to serve even better because your fine character, patriotic service and the power of your positive examples are needed to redefine and reposition the Police going forward.”

According to him, democracy demands extraordinary vigilance adding that through peaceful protests, Nigerian citizens have commendably shown their preference for a nation where Police brutality is not an accepted norm.
“This good point having been properly made and courageously accepted by the Government, let us now work together as comrades-in-arms to ensure that we make sustainable gains from the proposed reforms.
“It is time to bring the public protests to an end and shift all positive energies and focus to the important task of collectively reforming our Police.
“That way, we would be able to ensure that the reforms meet public expectations and global best practices.”

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