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Spiritual pressures working against Nigeria prosperity says clergy

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Pastor Joshua Omada the senior pastor of the Knowledge of the Truth Ministries Lokoja has indicated that there are spiritual pressures working against the survival of Nigeria which require serious prayers.
The man of God who spoke to the Guardian in Lokoja against the backdrop that Nigerians had very high expectations after President was massively voted in said they did not actually bargained for the present hardship.
Omada who was speaking on the expectations in the New Year said,
“There are certain problems we are dealing with now, one is spiritual pressure, we need to pray that forces that are against the welfare of this country be subdued.
“There is no doubt the way things are happening certain forces from the pit of hell are waging war against the welfare and wellbeing of its citizens but we must sit up in prayers, so prayer is required for the issues of this country to be well addressed.”
He charged the leaders to actually ensure that they followup their good intentions because it is one thing to have a good intention and it is another thing to be able to unfold it.
“We bear them witness that the President came up with a lot of good intentions but what we are face with now is how much of the good intention is unfolding.
“So we will want him to combine decision with determination because it is one thing to want to do a thing and yet be faced with a number of obstacles that wouldn’t want your decision to manifest but where there is determination you are adding no submission to your decision and so the decision must be backed up with determination.”

He advised that the President considers proper information gathering and management because he cannot be everywhere in this country and so people he would be working with should be able to give him the necessary information for good governance because everyone decision is a product of the information available to him and then if the information is faulty certainly the decision would be faulty.
“If there is no information at all there might not be any good decision at all. So we want him to actually take his time to put his ears on the ground, have a good network of people who will give him real good information.
In leadership certain things must be handled carefully because some people would want to bring information that would be so pleasing and make the leader think that every thing is in order. “Information that will give them a place in government, I don’t think we should continue at that level again information should be given as raw, as precise as they are and leadership sit down to digest and take the necessary action that has to be worked upon. ”
“What kind of information is he working with? Nothing can deceive a leader as fast as wrong information he needs to work on that carefully.”
Omada expressed gratitude to God that Nigeria is still united as one entity saying it because of its uniqueness adding that if it were in the climes what is happening now it would have been in turmoil.
“We are so grateful to God that the nation is still one. Things would have to be addressed in the proper way.”
He cautioned Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State not to allow his good intention of verifying workers status to be sub-zoomed by never ending screening.
The clergy man who acknowledged the effort of Government in paying some of the backlog of salaries of many workers in the State said the outstanding for other cleard workers yet to be paid should not be delayed further. ”
According to him,
“As it is now, the decision of the Government for embarking the screening exercise is not out of place as there is nothing bad in the screening taking place, after all through the screening a number of things have been discovered to be addressed “Nevertheless the screening doesn’t have to last for ever and of course people who don’t have any hand in any dubious practice within the system should be quickly identified and paid up their money.
“God is actually concerned about the labor of the innocent people, he doesn’t want the pay for their wages to be held back.”
He advised that those that have no problem be carefully sorted out and their wages paid so that those that are having indications of problems be noted for any further steps the Government might like to take.
“While we believe that the present Governor came in by the miraculous hand of God the thing is that as he works to get better at the work to get more experience and skills, enough caution must be taken on how to buy some good experience from certain persons who are not among the bad eggs.

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Yueltide: FMWH reopens closed section of Murtala Muhammed Bridge in Kogi

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Yueltide: FMWH reopens closed section of Murtala Muhammed Bridge in Kogi

By Friday Idachaba

The Federal Ministry of Works and Housing has reopened the closed section of the Murtala Muhammad Bridge, Jamata on Abuja-Lokoja highway to ease movement of traffic movement during the Christmas and New Year festivities.

Engr. Kajogbola Jimoh, Federal Controller of Works in Kogi State disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Lokoja.

Kajogbola said that though the rehabilitation work on the dual carriage bridge was yet to be completed, a substantial part of it on Lokoja-bound portion had been done and could be reopened to traffic to address heavy vehicular movement during the festivities.

According to him, what remains for the Lokoja bound bridge to be completed is to change the damaged expansion joints which have to be ordered from abroad adding that the contractor has some constraints in this area.

“Presently, all other works are completed and we have asked him to cover the edges of the old expansion joints so that when the new ones arrive, he will simply remove the old ones and replace them with new ones.

“If the closed section is not opened, Nigerians will suffer during this festive period and that is why we are insisting that they should open it for now till when the contractor is able to get the new expansion joints”, he said.

Kajogbola said he collaborated with Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Corridors Commander, Sector Commander and other officials to remove the barricades and redirect the traffic all in the presence of the contractor’s representative.

He pointed out that the reopening was an interim arrangement saying, “This is just temporary reopening, the work is for two years and the contractor has not spent up to a year.

“So, it’s just to let Nigerians know that the Federal Government cares for them and that we are working and to tell them what stage we are on the project.

NAN reports that the bridge which is currently under rehabilitatinon/ maintenance work, being handled by Hallekem Ltd., had only one functional 2-lane carriageway in use before this reopening.

The Controller appealed to motorists to be patient, resist temptation to drive against traffic and to keep their vehicles in good condition to avoid break down. (NAN)

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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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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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