2023: NGO urges Nigerians to vote rightly 2023: NGO urges NigerMrs Gladys Ashemuke, Founder of GLAD To Lead Foundation, an Non-Government Organisation has urged Nigerians to take responsibility if they want the country of their dream to become a reality.
Ashemuke, the national Coordinator of the foundation, made the call during a Non-Partisan National Summit in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event tagged:” Doing it Right for the Right Results’ was organised by GLAD foundation in conjunction with PDP Vote Right Ambassadors (PVRA).
“If the Nigeria of our dreams must come to reality, our perception about leadership, government and dividends of democracy must change.
”Until we begin to take responsibility for doing things right, we will never get it right as a people.
“I want to remind everyone here that you are now an ambassador of doing things right.
The Nigeria of our dream is achievable.
”Now talking about the Nigeria of our dreams, we all talk about not having dividends of democracy, but I beg to ask: How many of you do the right thing during elections?
When you sell your vote, you don’t have any moral obligation to question them when they are in power.
“Your Permanent Voters card is your voice, your power and your right.
But I tell you, your right becomes your rights only when you do the right thing.
”Your right becomes your rights when you vote for the right candidate, your right becomes your rights when you think about the future of your children,” she said.
She said PVRA has the structure to sensitise Nigerians across board to do the right thing, adding that the organization has members in 28 states of the country.
“I am glad to lead the PDP Vote Right Ambassadors (PVRA).
We are prepared to guide the electorate in the 2023 election by sensitising them to do the right thing.
Because if we don’t have the right people in the policy making space, we will never get it right.
“We have our structures from national to the unit level.
We have been doing a lot of sensitization in the market places, mechanic workshops, motor parks and other public places.
”I did one here in Abuja at the motor park.
I told them not to be sentimental when it comes to voting.
But to vote for the right candidates from the right political party.
According to Ashemuke, all citizens of Nigeria must not allow themselves to be instrument of destruction during the forthcoming elections by being partisan councious and being sentimental.
“Everyone has to do the right thing and avoid partisan mindset in order to achieve the Nigeria we dream of, we must vote on facts not sentiments.
“Our PVC is our power and right, it determines our future and that of our children so we have to make the right choices by picking the right candidate irrespective of party.
“This is not just for the politicians it is for everyone no matter where you find yourself, it is an habit we must cultivate.
“We must stay away from bribe in order to do the right thing and let our conscience be our currency that we spend wisely”.
Ashemuke also added that the foundation and PDP support group will keep sensitizing the citizens on the need to vote right and wisely.
“We’ve been sensitizing people in markets, parks among others on the need to vote the right candidate and avoid voting out of sentiments,” she said.
Dr Babangida Aliyu, former Governor of Niger State in his remarks also said that the summit is indeed important because we have to learn how to get it right.
“We have to teach people how to do the right thing without forcing them to do it which is not the best approach.
“Many people come to vote out of curiosity without knowing the details of things involved and some even come to sell instead of vote because they not been enlightened.
“So we must learn how to be foot people and go into rural communities that cars cannot enter to sensitize them not in a sentimental way thereby allowing them to vote according to their choices.
” Aliyu said.
Furthermore Hajiya Rabi Saulawa, President of Jam Iyar Matan Arewa in her keynote address appealed to the men to avoid gender sensitivity by allowing women in leadership positions.
According to her, granting gender rights to be voted for is part of doing the right thing.
“We advocate for women to be given more chance to participate in politics and as women we have to be united and let go of differences, “Irrespective of party, we should support each other in order to do it right for the right results.
” Saulawa said.
In his remarks, PDP Kaduna State Chairman, Mr Felix Hyat commended Ashemuke for putting together such initiative to sensitise people on election and voting without asking for any support from the party.
“Some PDP support group have come to us saying that they want money in order to support us but this foundation and support group have never asked us, “Because according to her, she believe that this is part of doing the right thing for the right results.
” He said.
Hyat also noted that the messages passed today from the summit are very crucial for the growth of Nigeria seeing the situation on ground.
He also reiterated that as party chairman they’ve been discussing among themselves on what to do in every State so that they will get it right as the theme suggest.
“Politics is localised, so every State is planning programs that is suitable for them because what is done in Sokoto may not work in Lagos or Rivers, “So we have to localize it and take into consideration our cultural backgrounds.
” Hyat said.
In his address, the chairman of the occasion Gov. DouyeDiri of Bayelsa said:” the right thing is for Nigerians to do what is right in order to achieve our desire for a better Nigeria of our dreams”.
Also in a lecture delivered at the occasion by Prof. Hauwa E.
Yusuf of Kaduna State University entitled: The Role of the Civil Society Groups in Governance, she observes that the Nigeria weak political landscape characterized by many anomalies constitutes serious impediment to doing things right in the country.
The President of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), Mr Solomon Adodo has urged youth to get actively involved in politics and governance, in order to chart a better future for the country.
Adodo said at an award ceremony organised by the NYCN in Abuja that it was important for the youth to lead the change they desire in the country.
The award was to recognise the contributions of some Nigerians to youths development as part of activities to mark the International Youths Day themed, “Intergenerational solidarity: Creating a world for all Ages.” The NYCN president urged youths to focus on building partnerships for innovative leadership, economic growth and efficient security in Nigeria.
He said that the youths were the centre of the various crises in Nigeria and across the world.
”As such, they should strive to lead in finding solutions to the security, political and economic crises.
“It is therefore critical that greater attention is paid to youth development to help them uphold the social rhythms.
“Let me salute the gallant Nigerian youths who have continued to soldier into glory not withstanding the excruciating political and socio economic conditions,” Adodo said.
He challenged the youths not to bow to the current challenges, ”but work through it in partnership with Nigerians of all ages in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
” The NYCN president decried what he called the ”systematic exclusion of young people in the critical sectors,” saying it was unacceptable.
He, however, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for carrying the youths along in his administration, but said ”more needed to be done to get things right.
” The Patron of NYCN, Dr Ibrahim Dauda said the day was to re-evaluate and renew approaches on leadership, governance and developmental strategies that will guarantee a better society.
He said that youth occupy the largest demography of the global population and advised them to join political parties as well as be active players.
“Youths must seek leadership positions and serve with dignity and honour.
“The system must create friendly policies and level playing ground for youths to compete with people of all ages.
“Going by the theme of the day, it is pertinent to note that no demography can survive on its own.
”There must be inter-dependence on each age bracket to build sustainable growth and maintain a progressive index.
“The place of knowledge and experience is not negotiable, the Nigerian youths must subject themselves to learning and mentorship,’’ Dauda added.
A member of the House of Representatives, Saidu Abdullahi, said that the revolution in technology had availed youths the opportunity to advance interaction and learning.
“This must be embraced to better the society other than using it in promoting crime and criminality.
“While appreciating the energies that come with youthfulness, youths must embrace leadership and must demonstrate to be worthy leaders,’’ he said.
Abdullahi, who represents Federal Constituency in Niger urged the government should continue to create sustainable platforms.
This, he said, was to encourage infusion of the knowledge and experiences of senior citizens to help youths build carriers and exposure.
He said that this would help in bridging the gap created by age and front a renewed partnership to advance the course of humanity.
The lawmaker also urged youths in the country to ensure their votes count and good leaders were chosen in 2023. In his speech, King Hope Dan-Opunsingi, the Amayanabi of Opu Ama in Rivers pledged his support to the youths at all times.
He assured them of his royal blessings, spiritual advice, financial and moral support to ensure they succeed in all endeavors.
The traditional ruler urged the youths to shun social vices, but ”set goals aimed at developing themselves and moving the nation forward.
” In his remarks, National Youth Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Dayo Israel, urged youths to get involved in grassroots activities to fast track national development.
“Our level of involvement in governance should go beyond social media activities and organizing protests.
“To get involved or be carried along for leadership, you need to be patriotic, smart, determined and show your self worth,” he added.
Those honoured were Minister of Youth and Sports Development, Mr Sunday Dare and Dr Ramatu Aliyu of the FCT, among others.
The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association (IPMAN), South East Zone, has threatened to shut down depots in Calabar, Port Harcourt and Enugu over incessant police harassment of its leaders.
Mr Robert Obi, Cross River Chairman, IPMAN, made the threat on Friday in Calabar in an interview with newsmen.
Obi said the association decided to close all the depots and stations after a series of meetings with some stakeholders over police harassment of its leaders.
He alleged that there were moves by the Police Legal Unit at the Force Headquarters in Abuja to arrest its executives across the zone and possibly install a factional leadership.
He said that if the police arrest its leaders in the zone it would create more crisis in the association in spite of various court pronouncements laying the matter to rest.
Obi said the Attorney-General of the Federation, in a letter which was copied to Mr Chinedu Okoronkwo and his faction who lost out at the Supreme Court, had acknowledged Alhaji Sanusi Fari as the authentic National President of IPMAN and his depots and units chairmen.
Obi frowned at the alleged illegal moves by the police authorities and some he described as “disgruntled elements” to either misinterpret the Supreme Court ruling or subvert the will of the people.
He said their aim was to impose their cronies on the association even when the facts of the matter were very clear.
“Despite the legal advice, the police are putting all arsenals to arrest the current executives of IPMAN in Nigeria, particularly in Calabar NNPC depot and allegedly hand the leadership of the association to the people of their choice.
“IPMAN warns that further step shouldn’t be taken by the police to interfere with the current leadership of the association.
“We will shut down the distribution channels of petroleum and allied products in Nigeria pending when the police do the right thing.
“IPMAN leadership has resolved to continue with their rights in the constitution and abide by the extant laws and subsisting judgments of the courts in its favour,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN reports that the zone has been embroiled in leadership crisis which led to various court cases.
The South East Zone of IPMAN, comprises Enugu, Aba, Rivers, Cross River and Benue with more than 40 depots and 1,000 petrol stations with about 2,000 members.
The zone has been having a running battle with officers of the Nigeria Police over alleged attempt by the police to force a factional leadership on the association.
Meanwhile, Force Headquarters spokesman, Mr Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said he was not aware of the matter.
Earlier, the Cross River Command of the Nigeria Police has said it is not in position to react to the allegation.
A drought has been declared for parts of England following the driest summer of 50 years.
The conditions had almost completely deprived some areas of rainfall all summer.
This had prompted the National Drought Group to move parts of the South-West, parts of southern and central England, and the East of England into official drought status.
The change could lead to more measures such as hosepipe bans, however, the Environment Agency has reassured the public that essential water supplies were safe.
The NDG was made up of representatives from the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), water companies, the Environment Agency, the National Farmers’ Union, and the Natural England.
Others were; Consumer Council for Water, water services regulator Ofwat, Water UK and the Drinking Water Inspectorate, as well as the Angling Trust and the Rivers Trust.
At a meeting earlier this summer, it moved most of England into “prolonged dry weather” status, the first of four stages used to describe its response.
“It has now moved to “drought,” the second stage.
Water Minister Steve Double said the action was already being taken by the government, the EA and others to manage the impacts.
“All water companies have reassured us that essential supplies are still safe, and we have made it clear it is their duty to maintain those supplies”, he said.
“We are better prepared than ever before for periods of dry weather, but we will continue to closely monitor the situation, including impacts on farmers and the environment, and take further action as needed.
” The most recent EA data showed rainfall totals for August have ranged from 12% of the long-term average in northeast England to 0 per cent in the southeast and southwest England.
Meanwhile, river flow data revealed almost 90 per cent of measuring sites were showing below normal readings, with 29 per cent classed as “exceptionally low.
” It came after the driest July on record for some areas and the driest first half of the year since 1976. Four water companies, Welsh Water, Southern Water, Thames Water, and South East Water have all imposed hosepipe bans, while Yorkshire Water has announced a ban will start on Aug. 26. The heat and dry conditions had also taken their toll on agriculture.
According to the NFU, crops such as sugar beet and maize are showing signs of stress from a lack of rain, while crops relying on irrigation, such as field vegetables and potatoes, are also facing problems.
NFU deputy president Tom Bradshaw said the situation was “hugely challenging” for farmers who were facing running out of irrigation water and having to use winter feed for animals because of a lack of grass.
The NFU also said “tinder dry” standing crops and parched grass posed a huge risk of fires spreading.
Mark Hardingham, chair of the National Fire Chiefs Council, said: “While we are likely to see more wildfires due to the current conditions.
“It is impossible to say whether this will be more than when the country experienced 40-degree-Celsius temperatures.
“The bigger risk at the moment is a combination of temperature and wind speed, which will contribute to fire spread and makes incidents harder to manage and extinguish.
” However, he added brigades were “well prepared and have plans in place” to respond.
Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers on Thursday said his administration was delighted at improving the poor condition of facilities used by members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Rivers.
Wike disclosed this during the inauguration ceremony of the 5,000 capacity Ultra Modern Auditorium built by his administration at Nonwa-Gbam in Tai Local Government Area of the state.
The governor said that members of NYSC, who were humans did not need to be subjected to facilities that dehumanised them while serving in the state.
Wike noted that some people had said that NYSC was a federal agency, but he asked to know who are the members of NYSC posted to the state serving.
According to Wike, it doesn’t matter whether they are Federal Government agency or not, what matters to us is the services they render and those services are rendered to the people of the state.
“Therefore, we would do everything we can to make them comfortable,” he said.
Gov. Wike noted how difficult it could be for corps members and their officials not to have a comfortable place whenever their coordinator or the Director General would choose to address them collectively.
In his speech, the Director-General of NYSC, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Fadah, thanked the governor for his magnanimity and named the facility, “His Excellency Nyesom Ezenwo Wike Hall”.
Fadah explained that there was no NYSC camp across the country that had such auditorium built by the Rivers State governor.
According to Fadah, Wike had done a lot for us, this occasion offers us a unique opportunity for appreciating his numerous people-oriented projects.
“It is also heartwarming to note that the state government, under your able leadership, has done a lot for NYSC.
“You renovated corps’ hostel and official residences and the multipurpose hall.
You constructed drainages, you reconstructed the burnt dinning hall, you restored the payment of monthly allowances of corps members to Rivers State.
“You restored payment of running cost to the secretariat among other support,” he said.
Mr Deinma Iyalla, the Rivers Commissioner for Special Projects, said the 5,000 capacity Ultra Modern Auditorium had a seating arrangement with the gallery taking 2500 and the ground level with the same number.
Iyalla listed the facilities fitted in the building as four multimedia screens, computerised Public Address system, nine offices, two boardrooms, and two changing rooms.
The Federal Government has increased the number of Ogoni youths benefiting from its various livelihood Programmes from 5,000 to 10,000. The Minister of Environment, Mohammed Abdullahi, announced this on Thursday during an anti-bunkering re-pollution sensitisation workshop and award of certificates ceremony in Saakpenwa, Tai Local Government Area of Rivers.
Represented by Prof. Philips Shekwolo, Director of Technical Services, Hydrocarbon Pollution Remediation Project (HYPREP), Abdulahi said the beneficiaries would be trained on various professional skills in oil, gas and maritime sector.
“So, the livelihoods programme is for all Ogoni youths, including those who are engaged in illegal oil bunkering activities.
“The ministry has increased the number of beneficiaries for this Programme from 5,000 to 10,000, and increased the areas of training.
“The additional training are seafaring, aviation and oil and gas.
We included these so that Ogoni youths can be employed in the oil and gas, maritime and aviation sectors,” he said.
Abdullahi said the Federal Government was fully committed to ending the sufferings of the Ogoni people faced by decades of oil spillage that polluted both their underground water and farmlands.
He said the commitment of the government to the clean-up led to HYPREP setting up a Community Representative Advisory Council, to seek an end to illegal bunkering in Ogoniland.
“So, it is not enough to clean up Ogoniland, but to also ensure that the area once cleaned remains cleaned.
“We should do this not just for ourselves but for other generations yet unborn,” he said.
Abdullahi later awarded certificates to 1,000 Ogoni community workers trained in basic remediation techniques in health, safety and environment.
The minister said the Federal Government was also planning to train more indigent Ogoni youths in shoreline remediation, to boost their competences in the industry.
In his keynote address, Prof. Ben Naanen, urged youths in the area against re-polluting Ogoniland through activities in illegal bunkering and pipeline vandalism.
“Investigations have shown that the two entities responsible for oil theft in the Niger Delta are oil multinationals and artisanal refiners.
“We must stop illegal refining of crude oil because it destroys both our environment and sources of livelihoods.
“The illegal bunkers said it is hunger and joblessness that pushed them into illegal oil bunkering.
So, this training will ensure that they will no longer engage in oil theft,” Naanen said.
Gov. Nyesom Wike of Rivers on Thursday said the government was determined to improve facilities owned by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Rivers.
Wike disclosed this while inaugurating the 5,000 capacity ultra-modern auditorium which the state government built for the NYSC at Nonwa-Gbam in Tai Local Government Area. He said that youth corps members should not be accommodated in facilities that dehumanise them while serving the state.
According to him, what matters to the state government is the services the youth corps members are rendering to the people.
“We would do everything we can to make them comfortable,” he said.
Wike said with the new auditorium, corps members and their officials would be comfortable whenever their coordinator or the director-general wanted to address them.
In his speech, the Director-General of NYSC, Brig.-Gen. Mohammed Fadah, thanked the governor for his magnanimity and named it “Nyesom Ezenwo Wike Hall.’ Fadah explained that there was no other NYSC camp in the country that had such auditorium built by the Rivers Government.
He said that Wike had done a lot for the NYSC, adding that the occasion offered him an opportunity to appreciate his numerous people-oriented projects.
“You renovated corps’ hostels and official residences and the multi-purpose hall.
“You constructed drainages, you reconstructed the burnt dinning hall, you restored the payment of monthly allowances of corps members serving in Rivers State.
“You restored payment of running cost to the secretariat, among other support,” he said.
Mr Deinma Iyalla, Commissioner for Special Projects, said the auditorium’s gallery could accommodate 2,500 people and the ground level also accommodating 2,500 people.
Iyalla said the auditorium has four multi-media screens, a computerised public address system, nine offices, two boardrooms and two changing rooms.
Troops apprehend 10 pipeline vandals, 2 high profile sea pirates Troops apprehend 10 pipeline vandals, 2 high profile sea pirates Vandals By Sumaila Ogbaje Abuja, Aug. 11, 2023 Troops of Operation Delta Safe have in the last two weeks apprehended 10 suspected pipeline vandals and two high profile sea pirates in the Niger Delta.
The Director, Defence Media Operations, Maj.-Gen. Bernard Onyeuko, made this known at a bi-weekly news briefing of the Defence Headquarters, on Thursday in Abuja.
Onyeuko gave the names of the arrested sea pirates as Fagha Golden (aka) Fine Boy and Victor Elkanah (aka) Victor Padi. He said Fine Boy was apprehended at Nonwa village in Tai Local Government Area of Rivers, while Padi was captured at Pharzy Spring Diagnostic and Wellness Hospital in One-Eleme Local Government Area of the state.
According to him, the suspects are notorious for series of armed attacks on oil vessels, kidnapping of expatriates and illegal oil bunkering in Rivers.
“The large quantity of crude and Automotive Gas Oil (AGO) and the number of arrested crude oil thieves shows the unrelenting efforts by the troops.
“Troops have sustained offensive posture to deny criminals the much needed space for their illegal operation in Bayelsa, Delta and Rivers states.
“In the process several illegal oil refining sites were discovered and destroyed.
“These include 37 illegal refineries, 68 dugout pits, 188 storage tanks, 33 wooden boats, 16 pumping machines, one generator, one vehicle, 175 cooking ovens and 23 rounds of 7.62mm ammunition.
“Also, recovered was 3.7 million litres of crude oil and 2.01 million litres of AGO,” he said.
A Non-Governmental Organisation, Habitat Protection and Sustainable Development Initiative (HAPSDI), on Wednesday sought stakeholders support to enhance the role of indigenous women in protecting cultural values.
Tthe Board Chairman of HAPSDI, Mr Olu Wai-Ogosu, made the call in a ceremony to mark the 2022 International Day of Indigenous People at Gokana in Rivers.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that World’s Indigenous People is celebrated on Aug. 9, yearly.
He said that the programme with the theme, “The Role of Indigenous Women in the Preservation and Transmission of Traditional Knowledge” was apt as it focused on promoting indigenous culture.
Wai-Ogosu who was a two tenure National President of the Nigerian Environmental Society (NES), urged indigenous developmental actors to protect the indigenous culture from dilution.
“We are calling for a focus on cultural promotion by all citizens to enhance the role of indigenous women in preserving and transmitting traditional knowledge and values to the people.
“We also sue for total redemption of the threatened history of the indigenous people and the protection of the Ogoni indigenous people,” he said.
The traditional ruler of Gbarako Community in Gokana, Mr Kadilo Kaba, demonstrated the indigenous way of welcoming a visitor to the community to explain the importance of the day.
Kabari said that holding two different bottles of drinks in his hands to receive visitors in the community signified peace and not war.
According to him, it is also a total acceptance and traditional show of love to visitors.
He called on Nigerians to protect the culture of the indigenous peoples to promote peace and unity of the country.
The Women Leader of Gbarako Community, Mrs Deebari Moses, said the event had given the Ogoni women an opportunity to join indigenous people to reflect on their current experiences.
Moses expressed joy over the visit of the HAPSDI, saying that celebrating and honouring women would encourage them in their roles to promote matters of values among the people.
She said that industry based activities had damaged cultural values and called for protection of cultural values.
Former Governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko, has called for national unity to confront the current security and economic challenges facing the country.
Mimiko made the call on Wednesday during the flag-off of construction work for the dualisation of the Azikiwe-Iloabuchi Road in Mile 2, Diobu, Port Harcourt.
He noted that through bold legal actions, the Governor of Rivers, Nyesom Wike, had deepened national consciousness concerning the defective federal system and advocated true federalism.
He said that Wike combined such national advocacy with effective political leadership with which he doubtlessly changed the physical landscape of Rivers.
Mimiko expressed hope that Wike would remain committed to the struggle to entrench a true federal system that would engender real development across Nigeria.
“It is a mission that must be accomplished.
It’s a mission for which you are specially positioned and favoured to play a major role in.
“It is a mission that must be subscribed to by all lovers of our country,” he said.
Eairler, Wike stated that elders of the state like Chief Azubuike Nmerukini and Austin Opara, mounted pressure on him to intervene on the road.
He explained that 80 per cent of the contract sum had been paid to the contracting firm, Julius Berger Nigeria PLC because the project was billed for completion in 6 months.
He said it would be the last of such projects to be executed within Port Harcourt metropolis in keeping with his promise of restoring the Garden City status, of the Rivers capital.
The governor gave the assurance that compensation for property marked for demolition because of the project would be paid in good time so that nothing would delay its completion on schedule.
The Commissioner for Works, Dr Dakorinama George-Kelly, said the road would take off the traffic from the Nkpolu-Oroworukwo flyover onto Eagle Island and other part of the state capital.
Also speaking, Mr Juergen Fischer, the South-South Regional Manager of Julius Berger Nigeria PLC, said the company was delighted to have been chosen and trusted to do the job.
He gave the assurance that the company would deliver quality job as part of its commitment to the transformation agenda of the Wike’s administration.