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Your personal ambition is different from the Okun Agenda, Fanwo tells Olafemi

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Your personal ambition is different from the Okun Agenda, Fanwo tells Olafemi

Former Acting Governor of Kogi State and a former Speaker of the State Assembly, Rt. Hon. Clarence Olafemi has been advised to separate his personal ambitions from the Okun agenda.
The advice was given by the Director General on Media and Publicity to the Governor of Kogi State, Mr. Kingsley Fanwo, while addressing a group of Okun Youth in Lokoja , Sunday. He said the former Speaker should begin to act like a statesman, with a bigger picture of the state rather than individual ambitions, calling his allegation of marginalization against the Okun people by President Buhari and Governor Yahaya Bello, “unsavoury, uncomplimentary and hasty”.
“My attention has been drawn to an open letter, purportedly written by a former Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, alleging marginalization of the Okun people of Kogi West Senatorial District. As far as I am concerned, the letter was in bad taste. Chief Olafemi didn’t tell the world about his true grievances.
“A leader of Olafemi’s caliber should explore more diplomatic channels of sending his protests across rather than resort to an open letter to embarrass the hierarchy of the party. Moreover, he recently told us how the national chairman of the party recently enlisted him to reconcile aggrieved members of the party. He should have reported his grievances to the party leadership rather than resorting to writing to the public to castigate the President.
“The Governor has hailed the President’s fairness in appointing Prof. Ocheni as Minister Designate. The late Minister who was replaced was from Kogi East. It wouldn’t have been fair to appoint his successor from another zone, given the fact that the zone lost both the governorship and ministerial slot to t cold hands of death.
“Anybody can lobby for appointment but the discretion of choice depends on Mr. President. Olafemi should have allowed someone who didn’t lobby to be Minister spearhead this protest to give it an atom of credibility.
“Kogi West is currently occupying the number three position in the State Executive Council and number one in the legislature. It is believed that the zone will also enjoy Board appointments at both the Federal and State levels. Therefore, cry of marginalization in the state is false and at the Federal level, hasty”.
Fanwo called on Rt. Hon. Olafemi to key into the United Kogi Project and see all Kogites as one, saying the era of ethnic jingoism and “opportunistic chauvinism is gone for good”.
“In Kogi State of today under the leadership of Governor Yahaya Bello, we no longer see ourselves as people of different ethnicities, but people united by a common destiny under the New Direction Agenda for development.
“It is imperative to note that the people of Kogi State are solidly behind the President Muhammadu Buhari administration and will continue to support the President. Olafemi should use his position and experience to support our drive for unity and development. When he supported Echocho in the 2011 poll against his Okun brothers, we had the impression that he was detribalized. We wish to continue to hold on to that lofty belief”.
Speaking further, Fanwo said the state is undergoing “attitudinal reengineering to reposition it, unite her people and place it on the pinnacle of development”, urging political leaders to embrace and preach peace, unity and progress.
“Referring to the Chief of Staff to the Governor as ‘powerful’ by a person of the caliber of Olafemi is unfortunate. The Chief of Staff is an appointee of the Governor who carries out the directives of the Governor. Olafemi should have looked beyond this as someone we respected so much”.
Fanwo allayed the fears raised by Olafemi in his open letter to the President, saying Governor Yahaya Bello will be fair to all.
“Governor Yahaya Bello is a friend of Okunland, Kogi West and Kogites in general. He has been fair to all. Okun is currently holding the positions of the Secretary to the State Government, Commissioner for Finance and Head of Government Economic Team, Commissioners for Agriculture, Education and Women Affairs. Okun also have the State Security Adviser and the Director General on Media and Publicity. Only Yagba West doesn’t have a Commissioner in Okunland and the Local Government boasts of the Special Adviser on Political Matters and the Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board. No Okun person held the position of SUBEB Chairman before the advent of the Yahaya Bello administration. This explanation is necessary to expose the inaccuracies in the letter. Okun has never had it so good in terms of state appointments.
“It is our belief that qualified Kogites will be considered for Federal Board appointments by the President. Okun will be well represented in the scheme of things at the Federal level”.
Fanwo Kingsley Olorunfemi
DG Media and Publicity to the Governor
Kogi State Government House
Lokoja
Tel: 234 8163376331
Email: femifanwo@yahoo.com

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FG declares its readiness to deploy 5G network after precautionary measures

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By Aminci Audu

The minister of communications and Digital Economy Isah Ali Pantami has declared that Nigeria is ready for 5th Generation Network (5G) as long as the major challenges are taken care of.

Pantami spoke yesterday, at a one day investigative hearing on the present status of 5G network organised by the joint Senate committee on communication, sScience and Technology, ICT and Cybercrime and Primary Healthcare and Communicable Diseases.

The minister in his presentation allayed the fear among Nigerians over the planned deployment of the network saying the Federal Government has taken all necessary precautions by investigating through research and trial on all issues raised.

He said “The position is that we are almost at the final stage. So now, Nigeria is ready for 5G as long as we address the major challenges.”

“We have not gotten there, wether we will deploy 5G but we are on track conducting research, investigations, engaging stakeholders and definitely if all issues are addressed, the executive will support the deployment of 5G in Nigeria.”

He noted that so far no negative impacts has been established from the research and trial carried both locally and at the international level. 

On the speculation that the 5G network escalated the COVID-19 he said there is no link between 5G and COVID-19.
“And there is no relationship between 5G and any desease. The only issue being raised usually is about radiation.  But people don’t realise that the radiation of 4G is more harmful than that of 5G. 
“The radiation of microwave oven at home is more harmful than that of the 5G. The radiation of even the smart phone itself is even more harmful that that of 5G

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SELF backs Sylva over choice of Saipem on Bonny NLNG Train 7 contract

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The South-south Emerging Leaders Forum (SELF) has faulted allegations of wrong doing leveled against the Minister of State for Petroleum Chief Timipre Sylva over the choice of Saipem, an Italian firm to handle the Bonny NLNG Train 7 contract.

SELF in a statement argued that the deal also endorsed by the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Local Content Board Engr. Simbi Wabote was in the best interest of the country.

SELF position was in response to an online publication which accused the duo of bribe taking running into millions of naira in the deal.

SELF warned the publisher of the medium , Mr Jackson Ude, to desist from blackmailing leaders of the South-south extraction in a bid to score political goals.

Urging the Publisher of the online medium to show proof his allegation, SELF noted: “We strongly condemn the allegation leveled by Pointblanknews.com and its sponsors, this is highly condemnable and viewed as a sponsored plot to instigate hate against the Minister and derail his concentrations.

“This is ridiculous and belittling of Jackson Ude, the face behind this blackmail for being petty to the ground level for publishing tissues of lies about the persons of Timipre Sylva and Simbi Wabote.

“Nigerians should not believe this and throw it into the dust bin. It’s incumbent on all well-meaning Nigerians to support the positive drive of Minister and collaborate with him, towards the actualization of the onerous task at stake.

“Although Jackson Ude and his medium Pointblanknews.com are criminally known for thriving in the business of blackmail, especially against the officeholders from the Niger Delta region. But this forum will henceforth resist this criminality by deploying all known instrumental of law to fight the faces behind these tissues of lies.

“This Forum is using this medium to warn the likes of Jackson Ude to stay away from Nigeria and the South-south most especially if they are not ready to turn a new leaf because the business of blackmail has long become outdated and unpopular.”

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Great relief as Kidnapped Punch reporter, Nnodim regains freedom

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It was a great relief for journalists, family members, friends and well wishers when the news filtered in that the Punch Newspapers reporter, Victor Okechukwu Nnodim who was kidnapped from his residence in Kubwa, Bwari Area Council on Thursday has regained freedom.

He was released almost 48hours hours after his abduction alongside two other neighbours who were also abducted.
It was gathered early hours of Sunday that he has been released and in high spirits.

The media world was jolted by the news of his abduction, as many turned prayer warriors supplicating for his freedom without any harm

His abductors, NationaUpdate learnt later communicated with his elder sister who resides in Lagos demanding for N10 million.

At the time of this report it could not be ascertained if ransom was paid before he regained freedom, but colleagues made efforts to contributed money towards his release, when it became obvious that the kidnappers were bent on collecting ransom.

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