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  •  Mr Funso Doherty 2023 Governorship Candidate of the African Democratic Congress ADC in Lagos State has pledged civil service reforms and adequate wages for workers if elected Funso the Managing Director and CEO of Pensions Alliance Limited PAL Pensions one of Nigeria s foremost Pension Fund Managers made the pledge on Sunday at a stakeholders meeting hellip
    2023: I’ll pay workers well to reduce corruption — Lagos ADC gov’ship candidate
     Mr Funso Doherty 2023 Governorship Candidate of the African Democratic Congress ADC in Lagos State has pledged civil service reforms and adequate wages for workers if elected Funso the Managing Director and CEO of Pensions Alliance Limited PAL Pensions one of Nigeria s foremost Pension Fund Managers made the pledge on Sunday at a stakeholders meeting hellip
    2023: I’ll pay workers well to reduce corruption — Lagos ADC gov’ship candidate
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    2023: I’ll pay workers well to reduce corruption — Lagos ADC gov’ship candidate

    Mr Funso Doherty, 2023 Governorship Candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in Lagos State has  pledged civil service reforms and adequate wages for workers  if elected.

    Funso, the Managing Director and CEO of Pensions Alliance Limited (PAL Pensions), one of Nigeria’s foremost Pension Fund Managers made the pledge on Sunday  at a stakeholders meeting of the state’s party executives and its candidates.

    According to him, the fortune of the state can be better and lives of residents transformed with savings from corruption and wastages in the system.

    “Better wages for workers will reduce or eliminate corruption in the system,” he said.

    Doherty said, if elected, residents should expect leadership that would act in public interest and lead with integrity, because of his track records.

    Doherty said: “We will pursue a programme of civil service reform. Reasonable compensation will help to fight corruption.

    “We will address the issue of compensation for public and civil servants. Workers will be appropriately compensated and we will take decisions and actions in the interest of the people.

    “I will prioritise transparency, accountability and operation of government and civil service in a corrupt free manner for the benefit of the people.

    “The vast resources of this state will be deployed selflessly without self interest and vested interest for the benefit of the people to improve their lives and infrastructure in health, education and ease in doing business.”

    He added that his administration would address the traffic and transportation challenges  of the state through massive road, rail and water infrastructure as well as ensuring adherence to law and order on the road.

    “We are coming into power with a message of positive change. Our only interest will be interest of the people,” he said.

    Also speaking, the Lagos State Chairman of the party, Mr George Ashiru, who noted that ADC would be fielding candidates in all elective positions, described Doherty and other candidates as credible and experienced to provide leadership and care for  residents of the state.

    “We will ensure civil service reforms and I promise that if ADC is elected into office in 2023, all civil servants in Lagos will have a pay rise of 100 per cent as a minimum after one year.

    “I do not see and I cannot accept that anybody in the  civil service who has a degree should earn anything less than somebody in the private sector.

    “Why will there not be corruption when people are living under liveable wage?

    “If we reform the civil service, we get people paid what is appropriate to them, they will be more efficient, do more work, reduce corruption and increase the  internally generated revenue.

    “The cardinal principle for us is that people must be paid for the value that they bring,” he said.

    Ashiru said  the party would be able to achieve this from savings from reduction in corruption, and not from increasing the budget or borrowing.

    He said  the party recognised the need for security, healthcare, education, infrastructure development and these would be the focus of the party’s candidates.

    According to him, it is savings from wastage in the system that will  empower every single project of government.

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  •  The African Diaspora Congress ADC has called for an investigation into the alleged mistreatment and death of African migrants on the Spanish Moroccan border ADC a coalition of African and African Diaspora groups worldwide made the call in a communique issued on Saturday by the Secretary General of ADC Prof Apollos Nwauwa The coalition described as worrisome hellip
    Diasporas call for investigation into alleged maltreatment, killing of African migrants on Spain-Morocco border
     The African Diaspora Congress ADC has called for an investigation into the alleged mistreatment and death of African migrants on the Spanish Moroccan border ADC a coalition of African and African Diaspora groups worldwide made the call in a communique issued on Saturday by the Secretary General of ADC Prof Apollos Nwauwa The coalition described as worrisome hellip
    Diasporas call for investigation into alleged maltreatment, killing of African migrants on Spain-Morocco border
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    Diasporas call for investigation into alleged maltreatment, killing of African migrants on Spain-Morocco border

    The African Diaspora Congress (ADC) has called for an investigation into the alleged mistreatment and death of African migrants on the Spanish-Moroccan border.ADC, a coalition of African and African Diaspora groups worldwide, made the call in a communique issued on Saturday by the Secretary-General of ADC, Prof. Apollos Nwauwa.

    The coalition described as worrisome the publicised videos and photos showing the alleged maltreatment  of 23 African men at the Melilla-Morocco border on June 24, 2022.

    “The reports showed African migrants were alleged to have been slaughtered by combined forces of Spanish and Moroccan security agents, as they attempted to cross the border into Spain.

    “ADC is appalled by this troubling incident and hereby calls on the UN Human Rights Commission, the governments of Morocco, Spain, and the African Union (AU) to investigate the matter.

    “As a matter of urgency, to ascertain the truth, make the report public and hold the perpetrators accountable.

    “African Diaspora and the global community cannot afford to stand aloof and watch the persistent mistreatment of peoples of African descent in different parts of the world.

    “Recent reprehensible experiences of Africans at European borders as they fled the war in Ukraine serves as a reminder of continuing disregard of the rights and dignity of black people globally,” it said.

    The organisation said it was disheartening to note that African refugees and migrants were still being treated with contempt, especially by European and Latin American countries in spite of the Geneva Convention of 1951 on Refugees.

    “Why is it easy to abandon terms of the Geneva Convention of 1951 on Refugees, which outlines rights of displaced people, and the legal obligations of nations and states to protect Africans, yet, we are quick to condemn discrimination, mistreatment, and deaths when they occur elsewhere?

    “If it is confirmed that Spain enabled the death of these migrants, the global community and organisations must ensure the country is held responsible. Same goes for Morocco.

    “Observers see Morocco as a stable and progressive economy in Africa and, therefore, do not expect an African country to be implicated in horrific acts against fellow Africans.

    “ADC demands urgent investigation of this incident to expose the perpetrators and hold them accountable for despicable acts in line with international law and conventions,” ADC added.

    The congress urged Morocco, Spain, and global community to follow-up the matter with the urgency it deserves to prevent a  recurrence..

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  •  The African Diaspora Congress ADC a coalition of African and African diaspora groups has condemned the maltreatment and death of at least 23 African migrants at the Melilla Morocco border Media reports video and pictures which went viral on June 24 showed that the African migrants were allegedly slaughtered by the combined forces of the Spanish hellip
    Spanish/Moroccan border:  Diaspora group laments mistreatments, deaths of African migrants
     The African Diaspora Congress ADC a coalition of African and African diaspora groups has condemned the maltreatment and death of at least 23 African migrants at the Melilla Morocco border Media reports video and pictures which went viral on June 24 showed that the African migrants were allegedly slaughtered by the combined forces of the Spanish hellip
    Spanish/Moroccan border:  Diaspora group laments mistreatments, deaths of African migrants
    Foreign4 days ago

    Spanish/Moroccan border:  Diaspora group laments mistreatments, deaths of African migrants

    The African Diaspora Congress (ADC), a coalition of African and African diaspora groups, has condemned the maltreatment and death of at least 23 African migrants at the Melilla-Morocco border.

    Media reports (video and pictures), which went viral on June 24, showed that the African migrants were allegedly slaughtered by the combined forces of the Spanish and Moroccan security agents as they attempted to cross the border into Spain.

    ADC, a coalition of African and African Diaspora groups worldwide, in a statement issued from Ohio, USA, called on the UN Human Rights Commission, the governments of Morocco and Spain as well as the African Union (AU) to investigate the matter.

    The coalition group, in a statement signed by its Secretary-General, Prof. Apollos O Nwauwa, urged the UN and AU as a matter of urgency to ascertain the truth, make the report public, and hold the perpetrators accountable.

    “African Diaspora and the global community cannot afford to stand aloof and watch the persistent mistreatment of peoples of African descent in different parts of the world.

    “The recent reprehensible experiences of Africans at European borders as they fled the war in Ukraine serves as a reminder of the continuing disregards of the rights and dignity of black people globally.

    “Despite the respect and benevolence accorded to refugees worldwide, African continue to be treated with contempt and ignominy, especially by many nations in Europe and the Americas,’’ it stated.

    According to the statement, the fact is often ignored that African migrants consist of different categories, including economic migrants looking for better life for themselves and their families, refugees fleeing from war-torn areas, and those displaced by terrorist activities.

    “Why is it that when it comes to Africans, it is usually too easy to abandon the terms of the Geneva Convention of 1951 on Refugees, which outlines the rights of the displaced, as well as the legal obligations of nations and states to protect them?

    “Yet, we are quick to condemn discrimination, mistreatments, and deaths when they occur elsewhere.

    “If it is confirmed that Spain enabled the death of these migrants, the global community and organisations must ensure that the country is held responsible. The same goes for Morocco.”

    It further stated that observers see Morocco as one of the more stable and progressive economies in Africa and, therefore, do not expect an African country such as Morocco to be implicated in this horrific act against fellow Africans.

    “ADC demands for urgent investigations of this incident to expose the perpetrators and hold them accountable for this despicable act in line with international law and conventions.

    “We urge Morocco and Spain as well as world organisations to give this matter the urgent attention that it deserves. Enough of these recurrent violations of human right and dignity when it comes to Africans,’’ it added. (

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  •  Mr George Ashiru Lagos State Chairman African Democratic Congress ADC says the party is fielding candidates for all elective positions in the 2023 general elections in the state Ashiru disclosed this to newsmen in Lagos on Saturday at a stakeholders meeting of the state s party executives and its candidates The state chairman told newsmen shortly hellip
    2023: We have candidates for all elective positions in Lagos -ADC Chairman
     Mr George Ashiru Lagos State Chairman African Democratic Congress ADC says the party is fielding candidates for all elective positions in the 2023 general elections in the state Ashiru disclosed this to newsmen in Lagos on Saturday at a stakeholders meeting of the state s party executives and its candidates The state chairman told newsmen shortly hellip
    2023: We have candidates for all elective positions in Lagos -ADC Chairman
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    2023: We have candidates for all elective positions in Lagos -ADC Chairman

    Mr George Ashiru,  Lagos State Chairman,  African Democratic Congress (ADC), says the party is fielding candidates for all elective positions in the 2023 general elections in the state.

    Ashiru disclosed this to newsmen in Lagos on Saturday at a  stakeholders meeting of the state’s party executives and its candidates.

    The state chairman told newsmen shortly after the closed door meeting that the party was ready to run the race in Lagos state and would not be intimidated.

    “We were very careful in the election of our candidates to ensure that the best aspirants that will be acceptable to current demands by Nigerians, emerged.

    “The meeting today is to rub minds with our candidates as we begin the journey of further consultations and plannings ahead of campaigns for the 2023 general elections.

    “Happily,  we do not have factions or disgruntled members challenges in Lagos state  that usually arise after party primaries. All our members and candidates are working with one focus which is ensuring power shift in Lagos state.”

    Ashiru said that part of the  ADC agenda if it won  the election was to ensure a  100 per cent pay rise for public and civil servants in Lagos state.

    He  said the ADC  has a credible and experienced governorship candidate and others to give residents an option, saying the  party had put forward, candidates that would represent the interest of the people and not few elites.

    “I do not see and I cannot accept that anybody in the  civil service who has a degree should earn anything less than somebody in the private sector.

    “If we reform the civil service, we get people paid what is appropriate to them, they will be more efficient, do more work, reduce corruption and increase the IGR (Internally Generated Revenue) of the state.

    “The cardinal principle for us is that people must be paid for the value that they bring,” he said.

    Ashiru said the party would be able to achieve this from savings from reduction in corruption, and not from increasing the budget or borrowing.

    He said  the party recognised the need for security, healthcare, education, infrastructure development and these would be the focus of the party’s candidates.

    He said: “If education is not the priority of government, what we are going to have is insecurity.

    “If young people do not get educated, employed, provided entertainment and sports, then security bills will go up.

    “So, we have a clear understanding of the problem and clear mind as to what is required to solve the problem.

    “What we stand for is to present candidates that people believe care about this nation, state and everybody including the non-indigenes.

    “If ADC is given that opportunity, we will bring forth that freshness and newness to change our state. ADC is a force for good and a platform for a great nation.”

    According to him, it is savings from wastage that allegedly exists in the system that will empower every single project of government.

    Speaking, Mr Funso Doherty, the 2023 ADC governorship candidate in Lagos state  said that residents should expect leadership that would act in public interest and  integrity because of his track records.

    Doherty said: “We will pursue a programme of civil service reform. Reasonable compensation will help to fight corruption.

    “We will address the issue of compensation for public and civil servants. Workers will be appropriately compensated.”

    Doherty, who noted that he would take decisions and actions in the interest of the people said: “We will prioritise transparency, accountability and operation of government and civil service in a corrupt free manner for the benefit of the people.

    “The vast resources of this state will be deployed selflessly without self interest and vested interest for the benefit of the people to improve their lives and infrastructure in health, education and ease in doing business.

    “These are what we want to do to create jobs, ensure improved quality of lives that is commensurate with the state of Lagos.”

    He added that his administration would address the traffic and transportation problems of the state through massive road, rail and water infrastructure as well as ensuring adherence to law and order on the roads.

    “We are coming into power with a message of positive change. Our only interest will be interest of the people,” he said.

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  •  Chief Ralph Nwosu National Chairman Action Democratic Congress ADC has officially presented Tonto Dikeh an actress as the party s 2023 Rivers Deputy Governorship candidate Nwosu while presenting the 37 years old actress to the public on Friday in Abuja urged Nigerian youths to support youths at all levels in the forthcoming general elections He recalled hellip
    2023: ADC officially unveils Tonto Dikeh as its Rivers dep. guber candidate
     Chief Ralph Nwosu National Chairman Action Democratic Congress ADC has officially presented Tonto Dikeh an actress as the party s 2023 Rivers Deputy Governorship candidate Nwosu while presenting the 37 years old actress to the public on Friday in Abuja urged Nigerian youths to support youths at all levels in the forthcoming general elections He recalled hellip
    2023: ADC officially unveils Tonto Dikeh as its Rivers dep. guber candidate
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    2023: ADC officially unveils Tonto Dikeh as its Rivers dep. guber candidate

    Chief Ralph Nwosu, National Chairman, Action Democratic Congress (ADC) has officially  presented Tonto Dikeh, an actress, as the party’s 2023 Rivers Deputy Governorship candidate.Nwosu while presenting the 37 years old actress to the public on Friday in Abuja, urged Nigerian youths to support  youths at all levels in the forthcoming general elections.He recalled that youths in the country had been agitating for inclusiveness in politics and governance since the Not too Young to Run bill was passed into law.He added that the party was ready to bring that agitation to pass  by bringing on board,  young aspirants and encouraging them to contest for political offices.Speaking on Dikeh and Mr Tonte Ibraye, the party’s Rivers governorship candidate, Nwosu said:” this two are under 40, they are 37 years old.“And this is the height of the 2023 general elections, it is a challenge we are throwing to the people of Rivers and Nigerians generally.“Within the last ten years, Nigerian youths had been saying they are not too young to run, that they must be carried along in governance.“And the ADC had decided to sign post that with the team we have put together for Rivers.“So that they can usy the state resources, not just to play politics, but to develop the state and its youths as the human capital base of the country,” he said.Nwosu expressed optimism that with the team, Rivers would champion a narrative change in the country.Speaking at the event, Dikeh said the country was presently at a defining moment in her social and political history, adding that desperate measures should however, not be the first and last option.The actress said a technical approach was needed to salvage the challenges confronting Rivers and Nigeria generally.“It is obvious that majority of Nigerians and the good people of Rivers in particular, have complained for too long on how governance and democratic developmental dividends have not met international best standards.“We have also grumbled on  why selfless, vibrant, and innovative youths have not been given the opportunity to participate and contribute their quota toward the development of their states with special interest in Rivers where i come from.“But a technical approach is needed to salvage the plights of our dear state,” she said.She blamed youth restiveness, insecurity, and other social vices in the country on the high rate of unemployment confronting youths, adding that if given the opportunity, she would help address the situation.She explained that she would address the situation by working out modalities for job creation and ensuring more youth and women inclusion in governance by giving them vital roles in the development of Rivers,  where their ideas and strength could be properly utilised.“As a patriotic Nigerian, I am an advocate of good governance and a humanitarian who have positively touched the lives of millions of less privileged through my foundation, The Tonto Dikeh Foundation.“And my experience on governance, leadership, and administration from Committee of Youth on Mobilisation Sensitisation (CYMS), I will play a crucial role in moving our dear state forward,” she said.She described Ibraye as a grounded person in international development ventures and a gentleman with an enduring passion in redefining the future of Rivers.She said his desire was to enthrone a Rivers where there would be mutual ethnic respect and collective development in all sectors of its economy.Dikeh said she was accepting the nomination as the ADC 2023 Rivers deputy governorship candidate as not only a good idea but the right thing to do.“After due consultation with my family, my honorable colleagues, friends, political associates and after seeking the face of God my ultimate helper.“I Amb. Tonto Dikeh a proud daughter of Ikwere land, hereby accept to be the running mate to Hon. Tonte Ibraye, as his deputy governorship candidate on ADC platform,  ahead of the general election, to work assiduously with him in becoming the next governor of Rivers come 2023.“This decision is geared toward assisting him take over Rivers for the sole interest of the old and young, rich, and poor, irrespective of their class or religion if they live in Rivers,” she said.She said she would use the opportunity to advance her career in politics and governance, motivate and encourage other women and youths to get involved in active politics in other to be part of policy formulation and decision making process.Dikeh thanked the party’s leadership for the opportunity and appealed to her fans, teaming supporters, Rivers sons and daughters and all eligible voters to get their PVCs ready for the task ahead, stressing that the future was now.

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