Tinubu, excellent example for national cohesion – Shettima From left, Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State presenting a plSen. Kashim Shettima, Vice Presidential Candidate of the APC has described Sen. Bola Tinubu, the party’s presidential candidate as an excellent example of national cohesion.
Shettima, the immediate past governor of Borno, made the assertion on Thursday in Ikoyi, Lagos while presenting a lecture at the Yoruba Tennis Club 96th Anniversary Celebration, with the topic: ”Social Club and the Search for National Cohesion”.
He said that in recent times, Nigerians had witnessed increasingly alarming tendencies, toward a loss of belief in the idea of national cohesion.
According to him, nation building is a continuous work-in-progress, and all must always maintain optimism.
The vice presidential candidate said that it was against the backdrop that Tinubu emerged as the presidential candidate of the APC.
”We are convinced that the general political situation in Nigeria needs the competencies of a detribalised and committed Nigerian, like Tinubu to re-ignite the requisite values that can help us rededicate ourselves and all Nigerians to collectively tackle the challenges of national cohesion.
”In 2023, we need a Nigerian leader that has the humility and generosity of spirit of the likes of Gen. Yakubu Gowon.
We need a leader that has Abnegation and commitment of a Muhammadu Buhari.
”We need a leader that has the work ethic and broad mindedness of an Olusegun Obasanjo.
We need a leader that has the situational pragmatism and understanding of the Nigeria security, the maradonic skill of an Ibrahim Babangida.
”We need a leader with a vision and sense of responsibility and commitment and somebody who understands the national title of the nation of an Abdulsalami Abubakar and in our systemic circumstances, we need a leader with a dose of the hospitality of a Sani Abacha.
”We need a leader with the intellectual acumen, with the action to catapult this nation to a higher pedestrian.
We need a leader who is not bound by regional or religious sentiment.
”We need a leader that has established such records of excellence and commitment to good governance.
There is no one, with all due respect, that fits this than Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu,” he said.
Shettima said that the 2023 general elections were just a few months away and Nigerians had a choice to make, in the determination of their destiny.
He said that the Tinubu-Shettima ticket was dedicated to the building of that progressive and more united country, that would allow for harnessing the very best that the country had to offer.
According to him, the Tinubu-Shettima candidacy will rekindle the spirit of patriotism and draw on all the positive lessons from the commendable history of the Yoruba Tennis Club. ”We trust that we can count on your support in the days and months ahead and God willing when we assume power, we will ensure that stakeholder groups such as yours are constantly engaged in the continuous development of our nation building plans,” he said.
In his address, Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State said that Tinubu remained the most qualified candidate with the capacity to lead Nigeria among all the presidential candidates contesting to succeed President Buhari come May 29, 2023. Sanwo-Olu urged Nigerians to support capacity in the 2023 presidential elections, as Tinubu and Shettima had the knowledge of the issues of the economy.
In his welcome address, the Chairman of Yoruba Tennis Club, Chief Euzebio Damazio said that since inception, the club had housed eminent members of the society who had played significant roles in nation building and societal development.
Damazio said that the founding fathers of the acclaimed first indigenous social club in Nigeria built it on the ethos of unity, brotherhood, and communal heritage.
”Every single one of us has collectively nurtured and fostered this bond, which steadfastly extends to our spouses and family members.
We have collectively preserved this great organisation’s culture of love, social excellence, and moral uprightness.
”On a remarkable day like this, we are reminded about the very core of our togetherness and are collectively enjoined to celebrate the essence of our humanity,” he said.
The ECOWAS Regional Electricity Code is the main topic on the agenda of a workshop to be held in Dakar, Senegal, from September 13-16, 2022.
Energy experts from ECOWAS Member States, the European Union, the Directorate of Energy and Mines and relevant specialized agencies of ECOWAS, and certain regional institutions have four days to validate the draft of the document under review.
The official opening ceremony was presided over by Mr. Issa Dione, Chief of Staff, representing HE Mrs. Aïssatou Sophie Gladima, Minister of Petroleum and Energy of Senegal.
He, on behalf of his country, thanked ECOWAS and the European Union and then outlined the objectives of the Emerging Senegal Plan, which would address the country's energy challenges through the development policy mandate of the new sector.
The Chief of Staff reiterated that the energy sector in the region still faces important structural challenges.
According to him, a stronger regulatory framework was needed to face existing challenges, which would increase private sector investments and improve sustainable access to electricity for the population.
He concluded with a call to the participants: “We hope that as you deliberate, with a specific focus on the harmonization of the laws and texts that govern the electricity sector in the ECOWAS region, we will have a regional electrical code that is solid.
and meets the requirements of a regional market and the broader global context.” Also present, the representative of the EU expressed the importance that his institution attaches to such a valuable document to address the structural challenges of the region, with respect to the implementation of laws that allow a single energy market, better access to electricity for the population and capital of the private sector.
Capably representing the ECOWAS Commissioner for Infrastructure, Energy and Digitization, Sediko Douka, the Director of Energy and Mines, Mr. Bayaornibe Dabire, began by thanking the Senegalese authorities on behalf of HE Omar Alieu Touray, President of the Commission for ECOWAS, for the facilities provided.
for the workshop.
He also conveyed ECOWAS's expression of gratitude to the European Union for its continued support in helping to build a fully integrated energy sector in the region.
He further stated that the adoption of a regional electrical code is one of the flagship activities of the ECOWAS Commission program "Improving Energy Governance for West Africa (AGoSE-AO)", in conjunction with the European Union under the 11th EDF.
The €32 million program aims to improve regional governance of the energy sector and help ECOWAS Member States meet the following three objectives: (1) ensure universal access to modern energy services, (2) double the energy efficiency to minimize total energy consumption and (3) double the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.
Still speaking, the ECOWAS Director of Energy and Mines recalled that NTU International, the team responsible for developing the regional electrical code, had already submitted the two deliverables, the Data Collection, Evaluation and Code Description Report, as well as the code preview.
The initial report on the Draft Code was reviewed in October 2021, in Ouagadougou.
The experts' comments then formed the basis for the revised version of the draft regional code, which is the item on the agenda of this workshop.
He reminded the participants of the objective of the workshop, which was to engage in a careful review of the revised draft code to ensure that the provisions are a harmonization of legal and institutional instruments to improve the governance of the energy sector in our region.
Mr. Dabire encouraged constructive discussions that would ensure the presentation of a refined document for approval by the ECOWAS Energy Ministers.
The following are expected results of the workshop: validated definition of the general principles; validated articles on the organization and operation of the energy sector in West Africa; validated technical provisions and standards relating to electricity.
The Campaign Council of New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) Presidential Candidate Sen. Rabiu Kwankwaso, says projections in the presidential poll by ANAP Foundation are self seeking, self serving, misleading, inaccurate and laced with partisanship.
The spokesperson of the council, Mr Ladipo Johnson while reacting to the poll, impunged the sampling methods of the data collection which projected Kwankwaso as coming fourth in the 2023 general elections.
The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that ANAP Foundation had put the 2023 presidential election as a three-horse race.
It said the race was between the candidates of the Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi; All Progressives Congress, Sen. Bola Tinubu; and Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, after a new poll concluded in early September.
According to the result of the poll which was commissioned by the ANAP Foundation and conducted by NOI Polls Ltd., Obi will lead the race with 21 per cent of votes in the poll.
The outcome showed that Obi’s votes would give him an eight per cent lead over APC’s Tinubu and PDP’s Abubakar who each got 13 per cent of the votes to end up as joint second in the poll.
The presidential candidate of the NNPP, Kwankwaso, was fourth in the poll with three per cent of the votes.
Johnson described the projection as bogus and misleading.
He said that he watched the interview on Arise Television programme earlier in the morning when the Chairman of ANAP Foundation, Mr Atedo Peterside could not adequately respond to, or substantiate “the sampling method used in arriving at the obviously unverifiable or concocted data”.
Johnson said: “His defence was rather unclear and begging the question whether the poll was authentic by telling Nigerians or whoever is not comfortable with the outcome to go do their own poll!
“I would take it with a pinch of salt.
This is a known template.
In this season we should expect many more dubious sounding opinions, polls etc.
“Unfortunately there are many who for parochial reasons are drawing back the development of our democracy, due to various propaganda tricks.
” According to him, the data purportedly relied upon did not go far enough in an empirical manner to show the ethnic and religious backgrounds of those polled.
He added that there was no indication as to whether those polled were artisans, educated or non educated , professional or non professional Nigerians among others.
“The poll is to say the least bogus and an attempt to create the impression that the LP candidate has the potential to succeed when in actual fact, the reality on ground is totally different.
“This is similar to a misleading poll they conducted before the Ekiti election,” he said.
According to him, in any event, the poll will succeed in giving their supporters temporary euphoria.
“On our part, we are building momentum at the grassroots level round the country and look forward to Sept. 28 when we will openly bring our positive message for a new and prosperous Nigeria where every citizen will have the opportunity for a better life, to the people of the country.
“The NNPP insists that the complete process of the poll should be published if not, the poll cannot be taken seriously,” Johnson said.
Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Zamfara chapter, on Thursday issued a 21 day ultimatum to Zamfara Government to implement the national minimum wage.
The state NLC Chairman, Sani Haliru, told newsmen that the decision was taken by the State Executive Council of the union, at its meeting in Gusau.
Haliru accused the state government of playing “delay tactics” on the issue for over a year.
“We have exhausted all avenues of dialogue with the government, it is now left for us to go on strike to ensure that our right is given to us,” he said.
Haliru dismissed as fake, report circulating on social media that the state government is paying 70 per cent of the minimum wage to workers.
He said that the promise by the state governor to commence payment of the 30, 000 minimum wage in June was yet to materialise.
Haliru added that even the latest promise by the state Head of Service to effect payment in August, has not been fulfilled.
“We cannot continue to fold our hands and allow the state government to mess up workers in the state,” the NLC chairman said.
He said workers in the state will embark on indefinite strike if after the 21 days ultimatum, Zamfara government failed to commence payment of the minimum wage.
NAN ) The Nigerian Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC ) and the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) have agreed to work together to curb illegal migration.
The NSCDC Commandant in Osun, Mr Sunday Agboola, made this known in Osogbo on Thursday during a familiarisation visit by the NIS state Comptroller, Mr Timothy Olasiyan.
Agboola said that both agencies would ensure strong collaboration to track illegal migrants, as part of measures to tackle insecurity.
According to him, the security of lives and property in the country is paramount to the agencies.
”The need for all security agencies to deploy every arsenal at their disposal to bring the spate of insecurity to an end is very important,” he said.
The NSCDC commandant, therefore, urged all stakeholders involved in the protection of lives and properties in the state to join hands in ensuring their safety.
Ealier, Olasiyan said that the visit to the NSCDC command was to enhance inter-agency collaboration to prevent criminals from entering the state and the country in general.
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Panelists at the Disinformation in Elections 2022 dialogue want increased political literacy, re-orientation of the populace and more political participation to help curb information disorder during elections.
The panel discussion focused on “Disinformation in Elections 2022” in Abuja.
Their discussion centred on “Information Disorder in Election:Role of the Media,Political Parties and National Institute for Policy and Strategy Studies (NIPSS)”.
Ms Ngozi Alaegbu, from Arise News TV warned that media houses should beware of being used as tools to drive propaganda and information that distort the process.
Alaegbu also said, ”false information not only discourages the electorate, but aggravate the rising cases of insecurity.
“The media are reflections of the general society and apart from setting agenda,we need to set better standards for ourselves, with enhanced political education.
” Dr Theophilus Abba, from Daily Trust, was of the opinion that the media cannot ignore false information, rather should deploy tools to fact-check.
Abba said, ”we need more media literacy for newsrooms to track any piece of information.
“Going into 2023 elections, we need to guard against false information, as well as check press releases by political parties and politicians.
“Journalists should not accept all that comes to them.
” Mrs Ebere Agozie, Head,Fact-Checking Desk of the News Agency of Nigeria ,said media organisations should be allowed to operate freely without external influences.
Agozie further said that carriers of false information should be tracked, re-orientation of the populace and possibly extend the training on how to check information to the informal sector.
Prof. Sola Adeyanju,Head,Public Affairs Department,NIPSS, said the media could serve as a tool to disrupt election process and to preserve it as well.
Adeyanju urged the media to uphold the values of decent information dissemination during the election periods and always.
Prof. AbdulGaniy Raji, Department of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering,University of Ibadan, sought for more political literacy.
The dialogue was organised by the Centre for Journalism Innovation and Development(CJID) and funded by the National Endowment Fund (NEF).
The event was part of CJID’s effort,through its Media in National Elections (MiNE) and fact-checking (DUBAWA) projects to ensure the provision of accurate information to Nigerians before,during and after the 2023 elections.
Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has appealed to the Federal Government to upgrade Potato Station in Kuru to a full fledged Potato Research Institute.
Lalong made the appeal on Thursday at the opening of 45th Regular Meeting of the National Council on Agriculture and Rural Development (NCARD) holding in Jos.Lalong said that the institute was necessary because of increased incidences of devastation of potato farms by potato blight disease.
The governor stated that the blight almost wiped out the existing low yielding and degenerated seeds.
“The Potato Research Institute will enable the breaking of new frontiers in varieties research, seed production, introduction of blight tolerant and disease resistant varieties.
“It will also help in farmer education, linkages with other local and international institutions among others.
“Already, we have conducted research which indicates that potato usually produced within the central and northern senatorial districts can now be grown in the 17 Local Government Areas of the state.
“Plateau, as at today, produces about 90 per cent of the potatoes consumed in the country and I think establishing a research institute was imperative,” he said.
Lalong stated that as a government, his administration had in the last seven years given enormous attention to agriculture.
He said that the Plateau government had ensured the provision of farm inputs, such as tractors, fertilisers, chemicals as well as improved seedlings towards ensuring that the people benefitted from the natural endowments of the state.
The governor said that farmers have been empowered through cooperative societies and farmer associations in the production of many crops and assorted vegetables unique to Plateau environment.
“Under our partnership with the African Development Bank, potato farming has been escalated from a subsistence activity to a large scale activity aimed at supplying the domestic market and export.
“We have completed a Tissue Culture Laboratory in Mangu as well as built processing centres and warehouses in various local governments.
“Similarly, we have built market stalls in various centres to make the marketing of the product very easy and cost-effective,” he said.
Lalong commended the Federal Government especially the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration for patronising Plateau.
He stated that aside hosting the NCARD, Plateau last year flagged off wheat production and was declared as a centre of excellence for wheat production in the country.
He added that Plateau also received attention and support in the process of implementing the National Livestock Transformation Programme (NLTP).
The Gbong Gwom Jos, Jacob Gyang Buba, in his remarks, said that economic security was critical for physical security to be achieved.
The traditional ruler lauded the Northern Governors Forum for approving state police for the area.
He said that with adequate security, farmers would return to their farms and increase food production.
He appealed to the Federal Ministry Agriculture and Rural Development (FMARD) to come up with programmes in collaboration with states in order address their peculiarities.
According to him, some agricultural programmes failed because they were not compatible to the states peculiarities.
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, represented by Mr Janet Olisa, a Director, said that the ministry would continue to support FMARD to achieve its mandate.
LASG donates boat lifejackets to Jagaban MaritiThe Lagos State Waterways (LASWA) has pledged to donate boat lifejackets to Jagaban Maritime Network to enhance safety on waterways.
The General Manager, Mr Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, made the promise during a Town Hall meeting with the theme: “Maritime for Asiwaju Day Towards the Forth Coming Election,” held in Lagos on Thursday.
He said that many states across the country had been seeking support from Lagos State on how to improve their states’ water transportation.
Emmanuel said that it would have not been possible for the states seeking support without the legacy and foundation laid by Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the former Governor of Lagos State.
“Lagos State has built more than five terminals with more than 40 jetties, donations of free standard lifejackets to jetties from time to time.
“We are working towards replicating inland structure on national level to Lagos State because of the increase in population on daily basis.
” Lagos State Government will like to make commitment to support Jagaban Maritime Network towards office and providing boats to enhance their ports operations because your safety is our concern.
“I use this opportunity to commend our leader Asiwaju who had strategy to manage Nigeria and I also commend Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for being a listening leader, otherwise we can not achieve much,” Emmanuel said.
He said that the State Government had done a lot to stop constant gridlock along Apapa port area which many people could testify to.
Emmanuel said Tinubu was aware of challenges facing port operators, adding that he would solve them on getting to the federal level.
Director General, Jagaban Maritime Network, Mr Olu Adefioye, said the association was created under Maritime Ambassador for Good Governance.
Adefioye said it was a coalition of people and maritime stakeholders to join Tinubu to lead the country.
“our members are all registered APC members spread in all Nigeria seaports, airport, land boarders and riverine areas with over 10,000 membership strength and more than 5 million votes.
“We are grassroots mobilisers as we have intensified our sensitisation campaign to all the transport sector, including air transport, to vote for APC and if elected will turn things around positively.
“We are requesting for three things such as suitable Secretariat, two local boats, one of the boats will ply Apapa to Ikorodu while the second boat will ply Tincan port to Badagry,” Adefioye said.
He said that the third request was to include their members in the campaign structure from national, state and local government levels.
The Deputy National Coordinator (South), Tinubu support Organisation, Mrs Ayodele Fatusin, noted that they had the best leader coming from the south.
She said nobody was competing with Tinubu, adding that they were on ground and he would become the president by the special grace of God.Fatusi said that APC was still the best party in Nigeria to vote in, adding that Tinubu would come up with updated policies that would suit the economy.
“All we are asking for is for Nigerians to vote for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu who is capable with versatile experience to move the country forward.
Mr Adebusayo Adeleye, Publicity Secretary of Jagaban Maritime Network, urged Tinubu to assist them in making Tincan port road motorable to reduce stress of getting to port.
Yesterday, the Public Companies Portfolio Committee received a briefing from business rescue professionals on the rescue process at Mango Airlines.
The committee was concerned to hear in the amended business rescue plan that 100 percent of Mango will be sold to a new investor, meaning the company will no longer operate as a state entity.
The chairman of the committee, Mr. Khaya Mgaxa, asked the Department of Public Enterprises, as a shareholder in the company, whether it was selling the airline in its entirety.
“Will Mango be sold to any viable bidder for take, with no interest in retaining it as a state entity?” he asked him.
Mango was placed under voluntary corporate bailout on July 28, 2021, and R819 million was allocated for its restructuring, under the Special Allocations Law. At the presentation of the rescue plan, the committee members heard that the airline has so far failed to attract buyers and investors from the private sector, and if this situation continues, the airline will be forced to sell its assets to pay creditors.
At the moment, the airline has not concluded the investment process and this may lead to the depletion of the remaining allocated funds.
The committee heard that Mango's assets are substantially less than R2.8 billion and that the airline's assets are not sufficient to cover outstanding debts.
The airline leases its fleet of aircraft.
The portfolio committee heard from the South African Airways Board that it has no relationship with corporate rescue professionals.
The board was therefore surprised to hear on October 7, 2021 that they intended to start operations at Mango again, given the unfavorable market conditions in South Africa and the domestic economy of the airlines.
The Forum of Sokoto State Students’ Associations (FOSOSSA), has appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Sokoto state University chapter, to call off its solidarity strike.
The forum made the appeal at a press conference addressed by Alkasim Garba, its National President, on Thursday in Sokoto.
According to him, the students were solely with ASUU for standing up to demand for the implementation of the agreement it entered into with the government.
“We also acknowledge the sacrifices of the union and its commitment to saving the nations education sector from total collapse.
“However, here in Sokoto state, the state governor, Aminu Tambuwal has made several pronouncements on why state university chapter of ASUU should see reason and return back to classes.
“The government in the state has no labour dispute with ASUU and from the records available the salaries and allowances for all categories of employees at tertiary institutions owned by the state had been approved.
“Therefore, we see no justification for the state chapter to continue with the prolonged strike embarked by the ASUU national body,” he said.
Garba added that it can be clearly seen from the legal action entered between the Federal government and ASUU the state universities were not joined in the suit.
“This clearly proved that they have no business with ASUU strike.
Sympathy strike should not be indefinite,” he added.
The students leader further appealed to the ASUU national body to revisit their strategy and weigh the import of their decision on the youths and future of the country.