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  •  Gov Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has congratulated Mr Tukur Arab a correspondent of VON over his new appointment as Head of Hausa Service of the Voice of Nigeria VON This is contained in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor Abba Anwar on Friday in Kano Ganduje described Arab who is an indigene of Kano as a professional who believed in ethical practice and commitment to duty Tukur Garba Arab s appointment as the Head of Hausa Service of the Voice of Nigeria VON is not only a reward of hard work to him alone but a good omen for the state and other professional colleagues he said The governor urged Arab to continue with the good work adding that his elevation to the present position was an attestation to his dedication good work and compliance with global best practices Ganduje enjoined other professional colleagues of Arab to emulate him and work hard to attain ethical standard in their professional and assigned responsibilities The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Arab until his appointment was the correspondent of VON and Vice Chairman of the Correspondent Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in Kano NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ganduje congratulates VON’s new Head of Hausa service
     Gov Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has congratulated Mr Tukur Arab a correspondent of VON over his new appointment as Head of Hausa Service of the Voice of Nigeria VON This is contained in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor Abba Anwar on Friday in Kano Ganduje described Arab who is an indigene of Kano as a professional who believed in ethical practice and commitment to duty Tukur Garba Arab s appointment as the Head of Hausa Service of the Voice of Nigeria VON is not only a reward of hard work to him alone but a good omen for the state and other professional colleagues he said The governor urged Arab to continue with the good work adding that his elevation to the present position was an attestation to his dedication good work and compliance with global best practices Ganduje enjoined other professional colleagues of Arab to emulate him and work hard to attain ethical standard in their professional and assigned responsibilities The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Arab until his appointment was the correspondent of VON and Vice Chairman of the Correspondent Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in Kano NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ganduje congratulates VON’s new Head of Hausa service
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    Ganduje congratulates VON’s new Head of Hausa service

    Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has congratulated Mr Tukur Arab, a correspondent of VON, over his new appointment as Head of Hausa Service of the Voice of Nigeria (VON).  

    This is contained in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Abba Anwar on Friday in Kano.   Ganduje described Arab, who is an indigene of Kano, as a professional who believed in ethical practice and commitment to duty.  

    “Tukur Garba Arab’s appointment as the Head of Hausa Service of the Voice of Nigeria (VON) is not only a reward of hard work to him alone, but a good omen for the state and other professional colleagues,” he said.  

    The governor urged Arab to continue with the good work, adding that his elevation to the present position was an attestation to his dedication, good work and compliance with global best practices.  

    Ganduje enjoined other professional colleagues of Arab to emulate him and work hard to attain ethical standard in their professional and assigned responsibilities.  

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Arab, until his appointment was the correspondent of VON and Vice Chairman of the Correspondent Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in Kano.
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  •   FESTAC 77 at 45 VON pledges to support CThe Voice of Nigeria VON has pledged to support the Centre for Black Arts and African Civilisation CBAAC in the commemoration of the 45th anniversary of the Festival of Arts and Culture held in 1977 VON s Director General Mr Osita Okechukwu made the pledge at a meeting with Chief Oluwabunmi Amao Director General CBAAC who was on a courtesy visit to VON office on Thursday in Abuja This was disclosed in a statement by Amao on Thursday The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 45th commemoration of FESTAC 77 has been slated to hold from Dec 5 to Dec 11 with the theme Celebrating Black and African Arts and Civilisation Reliving the Memories of FESTAC 77 Okechukwu said that the two agencies share similar mandates which scored a high point for CBAAC s voice to be heard on a global platform such as VON He assured the CBAAC team of his organisation s full support and participation He promised that the event would be publicised in different languages as VON would also work toward creating a portal for CBAAC on its official website Earlier Amao said her visit to VON was orchestrated by the need to intimate the organisation of the plans by CBAAC to host FESTAC 77 45 and to request for VON s partnership and collaboration toward a successful outing Sh however sought VON s support to project the event to the world at large from the planning stage to the eventual execution in December Okechukwu in company of members of his management board had also paid a visit to the Centre s Black and African Hall of Fame where he was warmly received by Amao and some other members of staff NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FESTAC”77 at 45: VON pledges to support CBAAC
      FESTAC 77 at 45 VON pledges to support CThe Voice of Nigeria VON has pledged to support the Centre for Black Arts and African Civilisation CBAAC in the commemoration of the 45th anniversary of the Festival of Arts and Culture held in 1977 VON s Director General Mr Osita Okechukwu made the pledge at a meeting with Chief Oluwabunmi Amao Director General CBAAC who was on a courtesy visit to VON office on Thursday in Abuja This was disclosed in a statement by Amao on Thursday The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 45th commemoration of FESTAC 77 has been slated to hold from Dec 5 to Dec 11 with the theme Celebrating Black and African Arts and Civilisation Reliving the Memories of FESTAC 77 Okechukwu said that the two agencies share similar mandates which scored a high point for CBAAC s voice to be heard on a global platform such as VON He assured the CBAAC team of his organisation s full support and participation He promised that the event would be publicised in different languages as VON would also work toward creating a portal for CBAAC on its official website Earlier Amao said her visit to VON was orchestrated by the need to intimate the organisation of the plans by CBAAC to host FESTAC 77 45 and to request for VON s partnership and collaboration toward a successful outing Sh however sought VON s support to project the event to the world at large from the planning stage to the eventual execution in December Okechukwu in company of members of his management board had also paid a visit to the Centre s Black and African Hall of Fame where he was warmly received by Amao and some other members of staff NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FESTAC”77 at 45: VON pledges to support CBAAC
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    FESTAC”77 at 45: VON pledges to support CBAAC

    FESTAC”77 at 45: VON pledges to support CThe Voice of Nigeria (VON) has pledged to support the Centre for Black Arts and African Civilisation (CBAAC) in the commemoration of the 45th anniversary of the Festival of Arts and Culture held in 1977.VON’s Director-General, Mr Osita Okechukwu, made the pledge at a meeting with Chief Oluwabunmi Amao, Director-General, CBAAC, who was on a courtesy visit to VON office on Thursday, in Abuja.

    This was disclosed in a statement by Amao on Thursday.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 45th commemoration of FESTAC”77 has been slated to hold from Dec. 5 to Dec.11, with the theme “Celebrating Black and African Arts and Civilisation, Reliving the Memories of FESTAC”77”.

    Okechukwu said that the two agencies share similar mandates which scored a high point for CBAAC’s voice to be heard on a global platform such as VON.

    He assured the CBAAC team of his organisation’s full support and participation.

    He promised that the event would be publicised in different languages as VON would also work toward creating a portal for CBAAC on its official website.

    Earlier, Amao said her visit to VON was orchestrated by the need to intimate the organisation of the plans by CBAAC to host FESTAC’77 @ 45 and to request for VON’s partnership and collaboration toward a successful outing.

    Sh,  however,  sought VON’s support to project the event to the world at large from the planning stage to the eventual execution in December.

    Okechukwu in company of members of his management board had also paid a visit to the Centre’s Black and African Hall of Fame, where he was warmly received by Amao and some other members of staff.

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  •  Mr Osita Okechukwu the Director General Voice of Nigeria VON says former Vice President Atiku Abubakar s presidential bid in the 2023 poll will fail because it is against the principle of power rotation between the South and North Okechukwu also a foundation member of the All Progressives Congress APC said this when he spoke with newsmen in Abuja on Sunday He referred to the patriotic position of APC Northern Governors letter to President Muhammadu Buhari on June 4 as evidence that the rotation of the presidency between the North and South is intended to unite the country After careful deliberation we wish to state our firm conviction that after eight years in office of President Muhammadu Buhari the APC presidential candidate for 2023 election should be one of our teeming members from the southern states of Nigeria It is a question of honour for the APC an obligation that is not in anyway affected by the decisions taken by another political party We affirm that upholding this principle is in the interest of building a stronger more united and more progressive country he said Okechukwu also recalled former President Oluegun Obasanjo s statement on the matter I am very much aware that it s the turn of the South to produce the next President of Nigeria I was part of the meeting when the agreement was made between Northern and Southern Leaders I am even surprised PDP gave its ticket to another Northern candidate It will be an injustice to the South if the North retains power after 8 years of rule Obasanjo had stated Consequently Okechukwu said that it would be a herculean task for Atiku in his mission to divide North and South to defeat the APC Northern Governors Forum Buhari former Obasanjo and host of other unifier patriots like Afenifere Leader Pa Ayo Adebanjo Gov Wilson Wike Chief Edwin Clark and uncountable unifier patriots who supported power shift from North to South My take is that Atiku is not a unifier and cannot defeat the Northern Governors Forum Buhari Obasanjo Adebanjo Clark and sophisticated northern electorate by his mission to win by dividing the north and the south It is an unforced error to think that he can manipulate our fault lines and the abundance of unifier patriots of the north The Northern electorate are very sophisticated they voted for Zik Abiola and Obasanjo Truly take it or leave it Governor Nyesom Wike s main grouse is Atiku s violent breach of PDP s Constitution manipulation of Governor Aminu Tambuwal and our fault lines My bet is that the wound of Machiavellian dosage Atiku infested the PDP is not likely going to heal before 2023 presidential election the Enugu APC chieftain said He added These unifier patriotic forces won t allow him no matter his gusto to trample and rubbish the good works of patriots who sacrificed their presidential ambition and instituted the rotation convention in our political firmament Responding to suggestions that Atiku may be running on the trajectory that democracy confers right to vote and be voted for the DG VON said that although democracy provides for freedom as one of its ethos if others had engaged in unforced error breach of rotation convention and division of north and south Obasanjo could have imposed Sir Peter Odili as President in 2007 instead of Umaru Musa Yar Adua Obasanjo as a unifier nationalist dropped Odili to maintain the unity of north and south Atiku has the freedom to cherry pick the laws and convention of his fancy however the truism is that Atiku is not a unifier because he failed to adhere to federal character principle which is our own variant of affirmative action that is observed in liberal democracy globally This is the yard stick of measurement of character Remember that before the APC Northern Governors Forum were unifier elder statesmen Alhajis Abubukar Rimi Umaru Shinkafi Adamu Ciroma Dr Sola Saraki et al who for equity unity fairness and enthronement of sense of belonging dropped their presidential ambition in 1999 They placed the unity of Nigeria above self Looking forward to the coming general elections Okechukwu declared Please don t forget that we have unforgettable unification lessons One is that Atiku violently breached PDP s Constitution which expressly provided for rotation of power This places in doubt his unifier claim he said Okechukwu added Secondly he decamped to APC in 2014 on the pretext that former President Goodluck Jonathan breached power rotation to the north Then it was the turn of the north not now Thirdly in 2018 unifiers nationalists like Wike obliged PDP Northerners an open field when all southerners in obedience to rotation convention did not participate in the PDP presidential primary in Port Harcourt He was the main beneficiary Fourthly Senators Ayu and Adamu both northerners were elected chairmen of PDP amp APC respectively anchored on the sure foot Turn of the South He challenged all unifiers and genuine democrats to join hands and stop Abubakar before he divides the north and the south by rubbishing the political power rotation arrangement between the North and South which is the bond of our unity and the health of our democracy Okechukwu said that Obasanjo s statement that a wrong outcome of the 2023 general election could consume Nigeria is a veiled warning to the dangers of voting another northern presidential candidate to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Why Atiku’s presidential bid will fail in 2023: VON DG
     Mr Osita Okechukwu the Director General Voice of Nigeria VON says former Vice President Atiku Abubakar s presidential bid in the 2023 poll will fail because it is against the principle of power rotation between the South and North Okechukwu also a foundation member of the All Progressives Congress APC said this when he spoke with newsmen in Abuja on Sunday He referred to the patriotic position of APC Northern Governors letter to President Muhammadu Buhari on June 4 as evidence that the rotation of the presidency between the North and South is intended to unite the country After careful deliberation we wish to state our firm conviction that after eight years in office of President Muhammadu Buhari the APC presidential candidate for 2023 election should be one of our teeming members from the southern states of Nigeria It is a question of honour for the APC an obligation that is not in anyway affected by the decisions taken by another political party We affirm that upholding this principle is in the interest of building a stronger more united and more progressive country he said Okechukwu also recalled former President Oluegun Obasanjo s statement on the matter I am very much aware that it s the turn of the South to produce the next President of Nigeria I was part of the meeting when the agreement was made between Northern and Southern Leaders I am even surprised PDP gave its ticket to another Northern candidate It will be an injustice to the South if the North retains power after 8 years of rule Obasanjo had stated Consequently Okechukwu said that it would be a herculean task for Atiku in his mission to divide North and South to defeat the APC Northern Governors Forum Buhari former Obasanjo and host of other unifier patriots like Afenifere Leader Pa Ayo Adebanjo Gov Wilson Wike Chief Edwin Clark and uncountable unifier patriots who supported power shift from North to South My take is that Atiku is not a unifier and cannot defeat the Northern Governors Forum Buhari Obasanjo Adebanjo Clark and sophisticated northern electorate by his mission to win by dividing the north and the south It is an unforced error to think that he can manipulate our fault lines and the abundance of unifier patriots of the north The Northern electorate are very sophisticated they voted for Zik Abiola and Obasanjo Truly take it or leave it Governor Nyesom Wike s main grouse is Atiku s violent breach of PDP s Constitution manipulation of Governor Aminu Tambuwal and our fault lines My bet is that the wound of Machiavellian dosage Atiku infested the PDP is not likely going to heal before 2023 presidential election the Enugu APC chieftain said He added These unifier patriotic forces won t allow him no matter his gusto to trample and rubbish the good works of patriots who sacrificed their presidential ambition and instituted the rotation convention in our political firmament Responding to suggestions that Atiku may be running on the trajectory that democracy confers right to vote and be voted for the DG VON said that although democracy provides for freedom as one of its ethos if others had engaged in unforced error breach of rotation convention and division of north and south Obasanjo could have imposed Sir Peter Odili as President in 2007 instead of Umaru Musa Yar Adua Obasanjo as a unifier nationalist dropped Odili to maintain the unity of north and south Atiku has the freedom to cherry pick the laws and convention of his fancy however the truism is that Atiku is not a unifier because he failed to adhere to federal character principle which is our own variant of affirmative action that is observed in liberal democracy globally This is the yard stick of measurement of character Remember that before the APC Northern Governors Forum were unifier elder statesmen Alhajis Abubukar Rimi Umaru Shinkafi Adamu Ciroma Dr Sola Saraki et al who for equity unity fairness and enthronement of sense of belonging dropped their presidential ambition in 1999 They placed the unity of Nigeria above self Looking forward to the coming general elections Okechukwu declared Please don t forget that we have unforgettable unification lessons One is that Atiku violently breached PDP s Constitution which expressly provided for rotation of power This places in doubt his unifier claim he said Okechukwu added Secondly he decamped to APC in 2014 on the pretext that former President Goodluck Jonathan breached power rotation to the north Then it was the turn of the north not now Thirdly in 2018 unifiers nationalists like Wike obliged PDP Northerners an open field when all southerners in obedience to rotation convention did not participate in the PDP presidential primary in Port Harcourt He was the main beneficiary Fourthly Senators Ayu and Adamu both northerners were elected chairmen of PDP amp APC respectively anchored on the sure foot Turn of the South He challenged all unifiers and genuine democrats to join hands and stop Abubakar before he divides the north and the south by rubbishing the political power rotation arrangement between the North and South which is the bond of our unity and the health of our democracy Okechukwu said that Obasanjo s statement that a wrong outcome of the 2023 general election could consume Nigeria is a veiled warning to the dangers of voting another northern presidential candidate to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Why Atiku’s presidential bid will fail in 2023: VON DG
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    Why Atiku’s presidential bid will fail in 2023: VON DG

    Mr Osita Okechukwu, the Director-General, Voice of Nigeria (VON) says former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar’s presidential bid in the 2023 poll, will fail because it is against the principle of power rotation between the South and North.

    Okechukwu, also a foundation member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) said this when he spoke with newsmen in Abuja on Sunday.

    He referred to the patriotic position of APC Northern Governors’ letter to President Muhammadu Buhari on June 4, as evidence that the rotation of the presidency between the North and South, is intended to unite the country.

    “After careful deliberation, we wish to state our firm conviction that after eight years in office of President Muhammadu Buhari, the APC presidential candidate for 2023 election should be one of our teeming members from the southern states of Nigeria.

    “It is a question of honour for the APC, an obligation that is not in anyway affected by the decisions taken by another political party.

    We affirm that upholding this principle is in the interest of building a stronger, more united and more progressive country,” he said.

    Okechukwu also recalled former President Oluegun Obasanjo’s statement on the matter: “I am very much aware that it’s the turn of the South to produce the next President of Nigeria.

    I was part of the meeting when the agreement was made between Northern and Southern Leaders.

    I am even surprised PDP gave its ticket to another Northern candidate.

    “It will be an injustice to the South if the North retains power after 8 years of rule,” Obasanjo had stated.

    Consequently, Okechukwu said that it would be a herculean task for Atiku in his mission to divide North and South to defeat the APC Northern Governors Forum, Buhari, former Obasanjo and host of other unifier patriots like Afenifere Leader, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, Gov. Wilson Wike, Chief Edwin Clark and uncountable unifier patriots who supported power shift from North to South.

    “My take is that Atiku is not a unifier and cannot defeat the Northern Governors Forum, Buhari, Obasanjo, Adebanjo, Clark and sophisticated northern electorate by his mission to win by dividing the north and the south.

    “It is an unforced error to think that he can manipulate our fault lines and the abundance of unifier patriots of the north.

    The Northern electorate are very sophisticated, they voted for Zik, Abiola and Obasanjo.

    “Truly, take it or leave it, Governor Nyesom Wike’s main grouse is Atiku’s violent breach of PDP’s Constitution, manipulation of Governor Aminu Tambuwal and our fault lines.

    “My bet is that the wound of Machiavellian dosage Atiku infested the PDP is not likely going to heal before 2023 presidential election, ” the Enugu APC chieftain said.

    He added: “These unifier patriotic forces won’t allow him no matter his gusto to trample and rubbish the good works of patriots who sacrificed their presidential ambition and instituted the rotation convention in our political firmament.

    ” Responding to suggestions that Atiku may be running on the trajectory that democracy confers right to vote and be voted for, the DG VON said that although democracy provides for freedom as one of its ethos, if others had engaged in unforced error breach of rotation convention, and division of north and south, Obasanjo could have imposed Sir Peter Odili as President in 2007, instead of Umaru Musa Yar’Adua. “Obasanjo as a unifier nationalist dropped Odili to maintain the unity of north and south.

    Atiku has the freedom to cherry-pick the laws and convention of his fancy; however the truism is that Atiku is not a unifier, because he failed to adhere to federal character principle, which is our own variant of affirmative action that is observed in liberal democracy globally.

    This is the yard stick of measurement of character.

    “Remember that before the APC Northern Governors Forum were unifier elder statesmen – Alhajis Abubukar Rimi, Umaru Shinkafi, Adamu Ciroma, Dr Sola Saraki et al, who for equity, unity, fairness and enthronement of sense of belonging dropped their presidential ambition in 1999. They placed the unity of Nigeria above self.

    “Looking forward to the coming general elections, Okechukwu declared: “Please, don’t forget that we have unforgettable unification lessons.

    One, is that Atiku violently breached PDP’s Constitution, which expressly provided for rotation of power.

    This places in doubt his unifier claim,” he said.

    Okechukwu added: “Secondly, he decamped to APC in 2014 on the pretext that former President Goodluck Jonathan breached power rotation to the north.

    Then it was the turn of the north, not now.

    “Thirdly, in 2018 unifiers nationalists like Wike obliged PDP Northerners an open field, when all southerners in obedience to rotation convention did not participate in the PDP presidential primary in Port Harcourt.

    He was the main beneficiary.

    “Fourthly, Senators Ayu and Adamu, both northerners were elected chairmen of PDP & APC respectively anchored on the sure foot – Turn of the South.

    ” He challenged all unifiers and genuine democrats to join hands and stop Abubakar before he divides the north and the south by rubbishing the political power rotation arrangement between the North and South, “which is the bond of our unity and the health of our democracy.

    ” Okechukwu said that Obasanjo’s statement that a wrong outcome of the 2023 general election could consume Nigeria is a veiled warning to the dangers of voting another northern presidential candidate to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.


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  •  A member of the House of Representatives APC Ikorodu Mr Babajimi Benson on Saturday empowered his constituents with 30 mini buses and other items The News Agency of Nigeria reports that other items shared during the programme include tricycles sewing and grinding machines Other items include motorcycles vulcanizing and tailoring machine deep freezers generating sets as well as fans Distributing the items Benson who is also the Chairman House committee on Defence said the gesture was to enable the beneficiaries engage themselves in businesses and become self reliant Today is a very happy day for me surrounded by my people this empowerment is one of my biggest achievements Those who benefited today should utilise the items well and those who have not benefited should be patient as it will soon get to them because they are my priority now I am determined to have a legacy project as it was done by my parents bringing Voice of Nigeria VON to Ikorodu As for me I decided to establish Ikorodu radio as the first community radio in the division to consolidate my family legacy he said The lawmaker said that the beneficiaries were carefully selected from all the local governments and local council developmental areas LCDA s that make up constituency While appreciating his constituents for their support the lawmaker encouraged the beneficiaries to make good use of the empowerment tools Benson highlighted some of the projects that had been executed and completed by him just as he promised to embark on new ones soon I have constructed and completed not less than 30 roads in Ikorodu and we are embarking on Erunwen Ajose road in our next phase I have also started the construction of an 80 bed space hospital at Imota area and plan to build a stadium at Lagos State Polytechnic Iin Ikorodu as requested by my constituents he promised Benson urged the people to come out en masse during the 2023 General Elections He urged They should come out and vote for All Progressives Congress APC candidates at all levels I am hereby promising more dividends of democracy to Ikorodu residents Also speaking Mr Ibrahim Obanikoro lawmaker representing Etti Osa federal constituency commended Benson for the gsture He urged the beneficiaries to make proper use of the items doled to them Obanikoro congratulated the constituency for having a hard working lawmaker who has impacted greatly to the lives of people He has touched lives of people through the empowerment programme What you are seeing now are dividends of democracy Also Speaking Oba Kabiru Shotobi the Ayangburen of Ikorodu said history had repeated itself adding Benson s family had brought lots of projects to the community that stand as their legacy The empowerment programme is a huge success in the division and the lawmaker has touched many lives in different ways Miss Idowu Bilikisu one of the beneficiaries urged her colleagues to use the items given to them to improve their lives NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lawmaker empowers constituents with 30 mini-buses, other items in Ikorodu
     A member of the House of Representatives APC Ikorodu Mr Babajimi Benson on Saturday empowered his constituents with 30 mini buses and other items The News Agency of Nigeria reports that other items shared during the programme include tricycles sewing and grinding machines Other items include motorcycles vulcanizing and tailoring machine deep freezers generating sets as well as fans Distributing the items Benson who is also the Chairman House committee on Defence said the gesture was to enable the beneficiaries engage themselves in businesses and become self reliant Today is a very happy day for me surrounded by my people this empowerment is one of my biggest achievements Those who benefited today should utilise the items well and those who have not benefited should be patient as it will soon get to them because they are my priority now I am determined to have a legacy project as it was done by my parents bringing Voice of Nigeria VON to Ikorodu As for me I decided to establish Ikorodu radio as the first community radio in the division to consolidate my family legacy he said The lawmaker said that the beneficiaries were carefully selected from all the local governments and local council developmental areas LCDA s that make up constituency While appreciating his constituents for their support the lawmaker encouraged the beneficiaries to make good use of the empowerment tools Benson highlighted some of the projects that had been executed and completed by him just as he promised to embark on new ones soon I have constructed and completed not less than 30 roads in Ikorodu and we are embarking on Erunwen Ajose road in our next phase I have also started the construction of an 80 bed space hospital at Imota area and plan to build a stadium at Lagos State Polytechnic Iin Ikorodu as requested by my constituents he promised Benson urged the people to come out en masse during the 2023 General Elections He urged They should come out and vote for All Progressives Congress APC candidates at all levels I am hereby promising more dividends of democracy to Ikorodu residents Also speaking Mr Ibrahim Obanikoro lawmaker representing Etti Osa federal constituency commended Benson for the gsture He urged the beneficiaries to make proper use of the items doled to them Obanikoro congratulated the constituency for having a hard working lawmaker who has impacted greatly to the lives of people He has touched lives of people through the empowerment programme What you are seeing now are dividends of democracy Also Speaking Oba Kabiru Shotobi the Ayangburen of Ikorodu said history had repeated itself adding Benson s family had brought lots of projects to the community that stand as their legacy The empowerment programme is a huge success in the division and the lawmaker has touched many lives in different ways Miss Idowu Bilikisu one of the beneficiaries urged her colleagues to use the items given to them to improve their lives NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Lawmaker empowers constituents with 30 mini-buses, other items in Ikorodu
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    Lawmaker empowers constituents with 30 mini-buses, other items in Ikorodu

    A member of the House of Representatives,(APC-Ikorodu), Mr Babajimi Benson, on Saturday empowered his constituents with 30 mini-buses and other items.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that other items shared during the programme include tricycles, sewing and grinding machines.

    Other items include motorcycles, vulcanizing and tailoring machine, deep freezers, generating sets, as well as fans.

    Distributing the items, Benson, who is also the Chairman, House committee on Defence, said the gesture was to enable the beneficiaries engage themselves in businesses and become self reliant.

    “Today is a very happy day for me, surrounded by my people, this empowerment is one of my biggest achievements.

    “Those who benefited today should utilise the items well and those who have not benefited should be patient, as it will soon get to them, because they are my priority now.

    “I am determined to have a legacy project as it was done by my parents, bringing Voice of Nigeria(VON) to Ikorodu.

    “As for me, I decided to establish Ikorodu radio as the first community radio in the division to consolidate my family legacy,” he said.

    The lawmaker said that the beneficiaries were carefully selected from all the local governments and local council developmental areas (LCDA’s)that make up constituency While appreciating his constituents for their support, the lawmaker encouraged the beneficiaries to make good use of the empowerment tools.

    Benson highlighted some of the projects that had been executed and completed by him, just as he  promised to embark on new ones soon.

    “I have constructed and completed not less than 30 roads in Ikorodu and we are embarking on Erunwen-Ajose road in our next phase.

    “I have also started the construction of an 80-bed space hospital at Imota area and plan to build a stadium at Lagos State Polytechnic Iin-Ikorodu, as requested by my constituents” he promised.

    Benson urged the people to  come out en masse during the 2023 General Elections.

    He urged: ”They should come out and vote for All Progressives Congress (APC)candidates, at all levels.

    ”I am hereby promising more dividends of democracy to Ikorodu residents.

    ”     Also speaking, Mr Ibrahim Obanikoro, lawmaker, representing Etti-Osa federal constituency commended Benson for the gsture.

    He urged the beneficiaries to make proper use of the items doled to them.

    Obanikoro, congratulated the constituency for ”having a hard working lawmaker who has impacted greatly to the lives of people.

    ”He has touched lives of people through the empowerment programme.

    What you are seeing now are dividends of democracy,” Also Speaking, Oba Kabiru Shotobi, the Ayangburen of Ikorodu said history had repeated itself, adding, ”Benson’s family had brought lots of projects to the community that stand as their legacy.

    ”The empowerment programme is a huge success in the division and the lawmaker has touched many lives in different ways.

    ” Miss Idowu  Bilikisu, one of the beneficiaries urged her colleagues to use the items given to them to improve their lives  
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  •  Ahead of the 2023 general elections the Director General of the Voice of Nigeria VON Mr Osita Okechukwu says Northern Christians would not vote for the Peoples Democratic Party PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar Okechukwu also a foundation member of the All Progressives Congress APC said this while answering questions from journalists in Abuja on Sunday Reacting to the Northern Christians outrage over APC s Muslim Muslim Ticket Okechukwu said he shared their anguish on identity politics and fears But I know that in the fullness of time contrary to the speculations of spin doctors they would not vote for the former Vice President he said He assured that whatever marginalisation the Northern Christians suffered today they would suffer no more if the APC standard bearer Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu becomes the President in 2023 Our first slogan in APC is change Our mantra is change We will not remain static never We will change whatever is not working All we ask Nigerians is to give us another 8 years as you gave our sister political party the PDP Regarding the Northern Christians outrage over APC s Muslim Muslim ticket if any pundit thinks they will vote for Atiku my answer is Capital No No matter what they know he is bringing nothing new to the table Find out Northern Christians do not trust Atiku They know his cherry picking antics as per rule of law and rotation convention They also know his ambivalence on religion as demonstrated in the late Deborah s imbroglio in Sokoto which is still fresh in the mind of every Christian Secondly they know that Tinubu and by extension the Yorubas DNA is devoid of religious extremism and bigotry Yorubas celebrate Eid and Xmas together Okechukwu said The Enugu APC chieftain added As a matter of fact without being personal one was a witness when my dear friend Babachir Lawal informed the world during his Thanksgiving Church Service at ECWA Wuse that Tinubu and Pa Akande were instrumental to his appointment as Secretary to Government of the Federation SGF May one ask is it possible that neither Tinubu nor Pa Akande didn t know any Northern Muslim then to lobby for Or has Tinubu changed 360 degrees Thirdly they re fully aware that Atiku has violently breached the rotation convention of president from north to south and painfully by extension of the PDP s Constitution For Atiku rotation convention is north south geopolitically benched only when he wins the president If he fails as in 2019 the rotation convention goal post must be shifted It is on record that Atiku enjoyed and celebrated rotation convention when in 2018 Governor Nyeson Wike and other Southerners in obedience to the letters and spirit of Section 3 c of PDP s Constitution allowed only Northern presidential aspirants to contest in Port Harcourt But in 2022 PDP presidential primary election he fought tooth and nail to jettison the rotation convention arguing childishly that it is not applicable to PDP Hence breached Section 3 c of PDP s Constitution Some of us Southerners are as hurt as Northern Christians over this willful breach Yes faith balance is very important in building bonds of inclusion so is rotation convention which bonds north and south and cements inclusion and corporate existence This is why I continue to salute APC s Northern Governors majority of whom unlike PDP s Governors by this noble patriotism restored equity natural justice and national loyalty in our clime If PDP Governors had obeyed rotation convention from north to south to be honest there wouldn t be the imperative of APC s Muslim Muslim Ticket They cannot benefit from their negligence I stand to be contradicted Okechukwu stated emphatically On the anger of the Northern Christians over a seeming premeditated plan to exclude all Christians in both the APC party structure and government Okechukwu maintained that he shares their plight assuring that such marginalisation would not repeat itself under Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as President We are witnesses when Dr Umaru Dikko as Transport Minister was more powerful than Vice President when Mrs Diezani Madueke as Petroleum Minister was more powerful than Vice President and recently how powerful Abba Kyari of blessed memory was as Chief of Staff to the President Therefore Christians nationwide should give APC another chance He said every Nigerian knew Tinubu s antecedents as Governor of Lagos State describing him as a master of sourcing for the best from every creed tribe and tongue I maintain that the next APC s Federal Government must as a matter of urgent national importance adopt the good policies of the current administration contain the palpable insecurity in the land and build new bonds of brotherhood He summed up that throughout history there were no two successive regimes that were identical in every particular matter In fact it is only President Buhari s regime that has the credit record of continuity of 98 of abandoned and ongoing roads rails and other infrastructural projects in Nigeria both at federal state and local councils for over five decades NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Northern Christians won’t vote for Atiku: VON DG
     Ahead of the 2023 general elections the Director General of the Voice of Nigeria VON Mr Osita Okechukwu says Northern Christians would not vote for the Peoples Democratic Party PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar Okechukwu also a foundation member of the All Progressives Congress APC said this while answering questions from journalists in Abuja on Sunday Reacting to the Northern Christians outrage over APC s Muslim Muslim Ticket Okechukwu said he shared their anguish on identity politics and fears But I know that in the fullness of time contrary to the speculations of spin doctors they would not vote for the former Vice President he said He assured that whatever marginalisation the Northern Christians suffered today they would suffer no more if the APC standard bearer Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu becomes the President in 2023 Our first slogan in APC is change Our mantra is change We will not remain static never We will change whatever is not working All we ask Nigerians is to give us another 8 years as you gave our sister political party the PDP Regarding the Northern Christians outrage over APC s Muslim Muslim ticket if any pundit thinks they will vote for Atiku my answer is Capital No No matter what they know he is bringing nothing new to the table Find out Northern Christians do not trust Atiku They know his cherry picking antics as per rule of law and rotation convention They also know his ambivalence on religion as demonstrated in the late Deborah s imbroglio in Sokoto which is still fresh in the mind of every Christian Secondly they know that Tinubu and by extension the Yorubas DNA is devoid of religious extremism and bigotry Yorubas celebrate Eid and Xmas together Okechukwu said The Enugu APC chieftain added As a matter of fact without being personal one was a witness when my dear friend Babachir Lawal informed the world during his Thanksgiving Church Service at ECWA Wuse that Tinubu and Pa Akande were instrumental to his appointment as Secretary to Government of the Federation SGF May one ask is it possible that neither Tinubu nor Pa Akande didn t know any Northern Muslim then to lobby for Or has Tinubu changed 360 degrees Thirdly they re fully aware that Atiku has violently breached the rotation convention of president from north to south and painfully by extension of the PDP s Constitution For Atiku rotation convention is north south geopolitically benched only when he wins the president If he fails as in 2019 the rotation convention goal post must be shifted It is on record that Atiku enjoyed and celebrated rotation convention when in 2018 Governor Nyeson Wike and other Southerners in obedience to the letters and spirit of Section 3 c of PDP s Constitution allowed only Northern presidential aspirants to contest in Port Harcourt But in 2022 PDP presidential primary election he fought tooth and nail to jettison the rotation convention arguing childishly that it is not applicable to PDP Hence breached Section 3 c of PDP s Constitution Some of us Southerners are as hurt as Northern Christians over this willful breach Yes faith balance is very important in building bonds of inclusion so is rotation convention which bonds north and south and cements inclusion and corporate existence This is why I continue to salute APC s Northern Governors majority of whom unlike PDP s Governors by this noble patriotism restored equity natural justice and national loyalty in our clime If PDP Governors had obeyed rotation convention from north to south to be honest there wouldn t be the imperative of APC s Muslim Muslim Ticket They cannot benefit from their negligence I stand to be contradicted Okechukwu stated emphatically On the anger of the Northern Christians over a seeming premeditated plan to exclude all Christians in both the APC party structure and government Okechukwu maintained that he shares their plight assuring that such marginalisation would not repeat itself under Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as President We are witnesses when Dr Umaru Dikko as Transport Minister was more powerful than Vice President when Mrs Diezani Madueke as Petroleum Minister was more powerful than Vice President and recently how powerful Abba Kyari of blessed memory was as Chief of Staff to the President Therefore Christians nationwide should give APC another chance He said every Nigerian knew Tinubu s antecedents as Governor of Lagos State describing him as a master of sourcing for the best from every creed tribe and tongue I maintain that the next APC s Federal Government must as a matter of urgent national importance adopt the good policies of the current administration contain the palpable insecurity in the land and build new bonds of brotherhood He summed up that throughout history there were no two successive regimes that were identical in every particular matter In fact it is only President Buhari s regime that has the credit record of continuity of 98 of abandoned and ongoing roads rails and other infrastructural projects in Nigeria both at federal state and local councils for over five decades NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Northern Christians won’t vote for Atiku: VON DG
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    Northern Christians won’t vote for Atiku: VON DG

    Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON) Mr Osita Okechukwu, says Northern Christians would not vote for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

    Okechukwu also a foundation member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said this while answering questions from journalists in Abuja on Sunday.

    Reacting to the Northern Christians outrage over APC’s Muslim-Muslim Ticket, Okechukwu said he shared their anguish on identity politics and fears.

    “But I know that in the fullness of time, contrary to the speculations of spin doctors, they would not vote for the former Vice President,” he said.

    He assured that whatever marginalisation the Northern Christians suffered today, they would suffer no more if the APC standard bearer, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu becomes the President in 2023. “Our first slogan in APC is change.

    Our mantra is change.

    We will not remain static, never.

    We will change whatever is not working.

    All we ask Nigerians is to give us another 8 years as you gave our sister political party, the PDP.

    “Regarding the Northern Christians outrage over APC’s Muslim-Muslim ticket; if any pundit thinks they will vote for Atiku, my answer is ‘Capital No’.

    No matter what, they know he is bringing nothing new to the table.

    “Find out, Northern Christians do not trust Atiku.

    They know his cherry-picking antics as per rule of law and rotation convention.

    They also know his ambivalence on religion, as demonstrated in the late Deborah’s imbroglio in Sokoto, which is still fresh in the mind of every Christian.

    “Secondly, they know that Tinubu and by extension the Yorubas’ DNA is devoid of religious extremism and bigotry.

    Yorubas celebrate Eid and Xmas together,” Okechukwu said.

    The Enugu APC chieftain added:“As a matter of fact, without being personal, one was a witness when my dear friend Babachir Lawal informed the world during his Thanksgiving Church Service at ECWA Wuse, that Tinubu and Pa Akande were instrumental to his appointment as Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF).

    “May one ask, is it possible that neither Tinubu nor Pa Akande didn’t know any Northern Muslim then to lobby for?

    Or has Tinubu changed 360 degrees?

    ” “Thirdly, they’re fully aware that Atiku has violently breached the rotation convention of president from north to south and painfully by extension of the PDP’s Constitution.

    For Atiku rotation convention is north-south geopolitically benched, only when he wins the president.

    If he fails as in 2019, the rotation convention goal post must be shifted.

    “It is on record that Atiku enjoyed and celebrated rotation convention when in 2018, Governor Nyeson Wike and other Southerners in obedience to the letters and spirit of Section 3(c) of PDP’s Constitution allowed only Northern presidential aspirants to contest in Port Harcourt.

    “But in 2022 PDP presidential primary election he fought tooth and nail to jettison the rotation convention, arguing childishly that it is not applicable to PDP?

    Hence breached Section 3(c) of PDP’s Constitution.

    Some of us Southerners are as hurt as Northern Christians over this willful breach.

    ” “Yes, faith balance is very important in building bonds of inclusion, so is rotation convention which bonds north and south, and cements inclusion and corporate existence.

    This is why I continue to salute APC’s Northern Governors, majority of whom unlike PDP’s Governors by this noble patriotism, restored equity, natural justice and national loyalty in our clime.

    “If PDP Governors had obeyed rotation convention from north to south, to be honest there wouldn’t be the imperative of APC’s Muslim-Muslim Ticket.

    They cannot benefit from their negligence.

    I stand to be contradicted,” Okechukwu stated emphatically.

    On the anger of the Northern Christians over a seeming premeditated plan to exclude all Christians in both the APC party structure and government, Okechukwu maintained that he shares their plight, assuring that such marginalisation would not repeat itself under Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as President.

    “We are witnesses when Dr Umaru Dikko as Transport Minister, was more powerful than Vice President, when Mrs Diezani Madueke as Petroleum Minister was more powerful than Vice President and recently, how powerful Abba Kyari (of blessed memory) was as Chief of Staff to the President.

    Therefore, Christians nationwide should give APC another chance.

    ” He said every Nigerian knew Tinubu’s antecedents as Governor of Lagos State, describing him as a master of sourcing for the best from every creed, tribe and tongue.

    “I maintain that the next APC’s Federal Government must as a matter of urgent national importance adopt the good policies of the current administration, contain the palpable insecurity in the land and build new bonds of brotherhood.

    ” He summed up that throughout history there were no two successive regimes that were identical in every particular matter.

    “In fact, it is only President Buhari’s regime that has the credit record of continuity of 98% of abandoned and ongoing roads, rails, and other infrastructural projects in Nigeria, both at federal, state and local councils for over five decades.


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  •   The Director General of the Voice of Nigeria VON Mr Osita Okechukwu has taken a swipe at the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP and former Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar for accusing the ruling party of stealing his idea to reform the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC While reacting to the unveiling of the NNPC Limited last Tuesday the PDP Presidential standard bearer alleged that APC stole his idea to reform the state owned oil corporation to make it more profitable transparent and efficient But in a statement on Thursday Okechukwu also a foundation member of the APC countered the former Vice President wondering how on earth APC stole Atiku s Idea when about 2 billion dollars Signatures Bonus and 1 5 billion dollars LNG Proceeds between 2004 and 2006 were allegedly stolen under his watch The VON boss lampooned Atiku for the sleaze that trailed the privatisation of state owned enterprises under his watch as the Chairman of the National Council on Privatisation while he served as the nation s number two citizen Am one of those who going by President Olusegun Obasanjo s testimonies on Atiku his ambivalence on late Deborah s imbroglio and his antecedents will not go to bank with his posturing statement How come Atiku who failed to reform NNPC when he has the powers as chairman of National Economic Council and chairman of National Council Privatisation honestly come today to dissemble facts One challenges Atiku to refute the allegation of September 2009 Federation Accounts Allocation Committee that 2 billion dollars Signatures Bonus and 1 5 billion dollars were neither reflected in the Federation Account nor 47 32 per cent due to States and local government councils disbursed to them Thus violently breached Section 162 3 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended which states Any amount standing to the credit of the Federation Account shall be distributed among the Federal and State Governments and the Local Government Councils in such a manner as may be prescribed by the National Assembly he said Okechukwu added One hopes that Atiku will not compel us to look into the less than transparent process which governed the privatisation of State Owned Enterprises when he was chairman of the National Council on Privatisation The outcome of which is sordid result of gnashing of teeth where instead of coming to life the enterprises like Niger Dock Electricity Distribution Companies et al are not the envisaged instrument of economic development but poverty creation According to Okechukwu His Excellency Atiku Abubukar instead of commending the uncommon patriotism and political will of President Buhari to hands off the NNPC s honeypot is engrossed with Fake News and dissembling of facts He said that time has changed and Nigerians were very anxious of reality more than before Recall that Atiku had in his statement said I had in 2018 made public my plans to reform the NNPC to make it more profitable transparent and efficient The APCled government denigrated me for my patriotic vision But today I am happy to note that the same government has taken a tentative step along the lines of the suggestions that I had made Atiku added that I hope I ll have the opportunity to complete the process of turning the NNPC into a genuinely world class company in the mold of the NLNG Aramco of Saudi Arabia and Petrobras of Brazil where Nigerians and institutions will invest in NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Atiku dissembled on NNPC restructuring-Okechukwu
      The Director General of the Voice of Nigeria VON Mr Osita Okechukwu has taken a swipe at the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP and former Vice President Alhaji Atiku Abubakar for accusing the ruling party of stealing his idea to reform the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation NNPC While reacting to the unveiling of the NNPC Limited last Tuesday the PDP Presidential standard bearer alleged that APC stole his idea to reform the state owned oil corporation to make it more profitable transparent and efficient But in a statement on Thursday Okechukwu also a foundation member of the APC countered the former Vice President wondering how on earth APC stole Atiku s Idea when about 2 billion dollars Signatures Bonus and 1 5 billion dollars LNG Proceeds between 2004 and 2006 were allegedly stolen under his watch The VON boss lampooned Atiku for the sleaze that trailed the privatisation of state owned enterprises under his watch as the Chairman of the National Council on Privatisation while he served as the nation s number two citizen Am one of those who going by President Olusegun Obasanjo s testimonies on Atiku his ambivalence on late Deborah s imbroglio and his antecedents will not go to bank with his posturing statement How come Atiku who failed to reform NNPC when he has the powers as chairman of National Economic Council and chairman of National Council Privatisation honestly come today to dissemble facts One challenges Atiku to refute the allegation of September 2009 Federation Accounts Allocation Committee that 2 billion dollars Signatures Bonus and 1 5 billion dollars were neither reflected in the Federation Account nor 47 32 per cent due to States and local government councils disbursed to them Thus violently breached Section 162 3 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended which states Any amount standing to the credit of the Federation Account shall be distributed among the Federal and State Governments and the Local Government Councils in such a manner as may be prescribed by the National Assembly he said Okechukwu added One hopes that Atiku will not compel us to look into the less than transparent process which governed the privatisation of State Owned Enterprises when he was chairman of the National Council on Privatisation The outcome of which is sordid result of gnashing of teeth where instead of coming to life the enterprises like Niger Dock Electricity Distribution Companies et al are not the envisaged instrument of economic development but poverty creation According to Okechukwu His Excellency Atiku Abubukar instead of commending the uncommon patriotism and political will of President Buhari to hands off the NNPC s honeypot is engrossed with Fake News and dissembling of facts He said that time has changed and Nigerians were very anxious of reality more than before Recall that Atiku had in his statement said I had in 2018 made public my plans to reform the NNPC to make it more profitable transparent and efficient The APCled government denigrated me for my patriotic vision But today I am happy to note that the same government has taken a tentative step along the lines of the suggestions that I had made Atiku added that I hope I ll have the opportunity to complete the process of turning the NNPC into a genuinely world class company in the mold of the NLNG Aramco of Saudi Arabia and Petrobras of Brazil where Nigerians and institutions will invest in NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Atiku dissembled on NNPC restructuring-Okechukwu
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    Atiku dissembled on NNPC restructuring-Okechukwu

    The Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON) Mr Osita Okechukwu has taken a swipe at the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar for accusing the ruling party of stealing his idea to reform the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

    While reacting to the unveiling of the NNPC Limited last Tuesday, the PDP Presidential standard bearer alleged that APC stole his idea to reform the state owned oil corporation to make it more profitable, transparent and efficient.

    But in a statement on Thursday, Okechukwu, also a foundation member of the APC countered the former Vice President, wondering how on earth APC stole Atiku’s Idea when about 2 billion dollars Signatures Bonus and 1.5 billion dollars LNG Proceeds between 2004 and 2006, were allegedly stolen under his watch.

    The VON boss lampooned Atiku for the sleaze that trailed the privatisation of state owned enterprises under his watch as the Chairman of the National Council on Privatisation while he served as the nation’s number two citizen.

    “Am one of those who going by President Olusegun Obasanjo’s testimonies on Atiku, his ambivalence on late Deborah’s imbroglio and his antecedents will not go to bank with his posturing statement.

    “How come Atiku who failed to reform NNPC when he has the powers as chairman of National Economic Council and chairman of National Council Privatisation honestly come today to dissemble facts?” “One challenges Atiku to refute the allegation of September 2009 Federation Accounts Allocation Committee, that 2 billion dollars Signatures Bonus and 1.5 billion dollars were neither reflected in the Federation Account nor 47.32 per cent due to States and local government councils disbursed to them.

    “Thus, violently breached Section 162{3} of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, which states, “Any amount standing to the credit of the Federation Account shall be distributed among the Federal and State Governments and the Local Government Councils in such a manner as may be prescribed by the National Assembly,” he said.

    Okechukwu added:”One hopes that Atiku will not compel us to look into the less than transparent process which governed the privatisation of State Owned Enterprises when he was chairman of the National Council on Privatisation.

    “The outcome of which is sordid result of gnashing of teeth where instead of coming to life the enterprises like Niger Dock, Electricity Distribution Companies et al are not the envisaged instrument of economic development, but poverty creation.” According to Okechukwu, His Excellency Atiku Abubukar instead of commending the uncommon patriotism and political will of President Buhari to hands off the NNPC’s honeypot, is engrossed with Fake News and dissembling of facts.

    He said that time has changed and Nigerians were very anxious of reality more than before.

    Recall that Atiku had in his statement said:“I had in 2018 made public my plans to reform the NNPC to make it more profitable, transparent, and efficient.

    The APCled government denigrated me for my patriotic vision.

    “But today, I am happy to note that the same government has taken a tentative step along the lines of the suggestions that I had made.” Atiku added that, “I hope I’ll have the opportunity to complete the process of turning the NNPC into a genuinely world-class company in the mold of the NLNG, Aramco of Saudi Arabia, and Petrobras of Brazil, where Nigerians and institutions will invest in.”

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  •  A founding member of ruling All Progressives Congress APC Mr Osita Okechukwu has congratulated the party s northern governors and political leaders for strengthening Nigeria s unity by endorsing power shift to the South Okechukwu in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja described the endorsement as uncommon patriotic gesture and principled response to building nationhood He said that by the singular act the APC governors and political leaders from the north have exposed the leaders of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party PDP who attempted to harvest from ethno religious fault lines in Nigeria s polity Okechukwu said that PDP attempt to harvest from primordial sentiments had not only breached rotation convention in its constitution but had wittingly or unwittingly dug their electoral grave in 2023 presidential election It s my considered view that the sophisticated northern voters who voted for Chiefs MKO Abiola and Olusegun Obasanjo will in 2023 vote for APC presidential candidate and shame PDP Okechukwu said Okechukwu who is also the Director General D G of Voice of Nigeria VON noted that the northern APC Governors and political leaders deserve commendation for ceding power to the south hence hoisting Nigeria s unity flag and advancing the frontiers of Nigeria s democracy He said that the decision to rightfully rotate power to the South the northern leaders had upheld the progressive bent of APC and exposed the opportunistic tendencies of the PDP I am very elated I commend APC Governors and political leaders of Northern belt for their profound patriotic statement which aligns with the Mr President s idea of consensus By this singular decision they have killed three birds with one stone One they hoisted the National Unity Flag by their position that it is the turn of the south to produce Nigeria s President in 2023 This is about the loftiest way to fly the National Unity Flag at a critical time when our dear country is highly polarised and in cliff hanger I must add that this is national healing balm and bridge building pedigree of APC governors and political leaders of the Northern belt which they anchored on the doctrine of progressivism The VON D G added that the northern governors and political leaders from APC invoked the progressive philosophy of APC by placing national interest above parochial interest Okechukwu said the overall patriotic display by the leaders was captured in their statement where the governors remarked that After careful deliberation we wish to state our firm conviction that after eight years in office of President Muhammadu Buhari the presidential candidate of the APC for the 2023 elections should be one of our teeming members from the southern states of Nigeria It is a question of honour for the APC an obligation that is not in anyway affected by the decisions taken by another political party We affirm that upholding this principle is in the interest of building a stronger more united and more progressive country We therefore wish to strongly recommend to President Buhari that the search for a successor as the APC s presidential candidate be limited to our compatriots from the southern states We appeal to all aspirants from the northern states to withdraw in the national interest and allow only the aspirants from the south to proceed to the primaries Okechukwu said that those words on the marble represent new credo for APC in its march towards building on the foundation for national unity stability peace and prosperity which has been laid by President Buhari He described the action of northern APC governors and leaders as the most noble way to expose PDP for what it represents He said that Nigerians now see that the alleged dollar rain primary that produced PDP Presidential Candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar was a pyrrhic victory that has nothing in store for the new Nigeria of the citizens dream He added that the victory at the primary may not lead to ultimate victory especially with the patriotic stance of Abubakar s northern brothers He recalled that Abubakar willingly defected from PDP to APC in 2014 in protest of breach of zoning by ex president Goodluck Jonathan He also expressed disbelief that the same Abubakar who benefitted from the zoning convention in 2019 could allegedly deploy huge resources to breach the same zoning convention Okechukwu congratulated the APC Northern Governors political leaders and President Buhari for being true Nigerians He added that Nigerians had seen the difference between those who want a better Nigeria and those who want to trade with the nation s future NAN
    Okechukwu commends APC leaders, northern governors for endorsing power shift
     A founding member of ruling All Progressives Congress APC Mr Osita Okechukwu has congratulated the party s northern governors and political leaders for strengthening Nigeria s unity by endorsing power shift to the South Okechukwu in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja described the endorsement as uncommon patriotic gesture and principled response to building nationhood He said that by the singular act the APC governors and political leaders from the north have exposed the leaders of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party PDP who attempted to harvest from ethno religious fault lines in Nigeria s polity Okechukwu said that PDP attempt to harvest from primordial sentiments had not only breached rotation convention in its constitution but had wittingly or unwittingly dug their electoral grave in 2023 presidential election It s my considered view that the sophisticated northern voters who voted for Chiefs MKO Abiola and Olusegun Obasanjo will in 2023 vote for APC presidential candidate and shame PDP Okechukwu said Okechukwu who is also the Director General D G of Voice of Nigeria VON noted that the northern APC Governors and political leaders deserve commendation for ceding power to the south hence hoisting Nigeria s unity flag and advancing the frontiers of Nigeria s democracy He said that the decision to rightfully rotate power to the South the northern leaders had upheld the progressive bent of APC and exposed the opportunistic tendencies of the PDP I am very elated I commend APC Governors and political leaders of Northern belt for their profound patriotic statement which aligns with the Mr President s idea of consensus By this singular decision they have killed three birds with one stone One they hoisted the National Unity Flag by their position that it is the turn of the south to produce Nigeria s President in 2023 This is about the loftiest way to fly the National Unity Flag at a critical time when our dear country is highly polarised and in cliff hanger I must add that this is national healing balm and bridge building pedigree of APC governors and political leaders of the Northern belt which they anchored on the doctrine of progressivism The VON D G added that the northern governors and political leaders from APC invoked the progressive philosophy of APC by placing national interest above parochial interest Okechukwu said the overall patriotic display by the leaders was captured in their statement where the governors remarked that After careful deliberation we wish to state our firm conviction that after eight years in office of President Muhammadu Buhari the presidential candidate of the APC for the 2023 elections should be one of our teeming members from the southern states of Nigeria It is a question of honour for the APC an obligation that is not in anyway affected by the decisions taken by another political party We affirm that upholding this principle is in the interest of building a stronger more united and more progressive country We therefore wish to strongly recommend to President Buhari that the search for a successor as the APC s presidential candidate be limited to our compatriots from the southern states We appeal to all aspirants from the northern states to withdraw in the national interest and allow only the aspirants from the south to proceed to the primaries Okechukwu said that those words on the marble represent new credo for APC in its march towards building on the foundation for national unity stability peace and prosperity which has been laid by President Buhari He described the action of northern APC governors and leaders as the most noble way to expose PDP for what it represents He said that Nigerians now see that the alleged dollar rain primary that produced PDP Presidential Candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar was a pyrrhic victory that has nothing in store for the new Nigeria of the citizens dream He added that the victory at the primary may not lead to ultimate victory especially with the patriotic stance of Abubakar s northern brothers He recalled that Abubakar willingly defected from PDP to APC in 2014 in protest of breach of zoning by ex president Goodluck Jonathan He also expressed disbelief that the same Abubakar who benefitted from the zoning convention in 2019 could allegedly deploy huge resources to breach the same zoning convention Okechukwu congratulated the APC Northern Governors political leaders and President Buhari for being true Nigerians He added that Nigerians had seen the difference between those who want a better Nigeria and those who want to trade with the nation s future NAN
    Okechukwu commends APC leaders, northern governors for endorsing power shift
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    Okechukwu commends APC leaders, northern governors for endorsing power shift

    A founding member of ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Osita Okechukwu, has congratulated the party’s northern governors and political leaders for strengthening Nigeria’s unity by endorsing power shift to the South.

    Okechukwu, in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja, described the endorsement as uncommon patriotic gesture and principled response to building nationhood.

    He said that by the singular act, the APC governors and political leaders from the north have exposed the leaders of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who attempted to harvest from ethno-religious fault lines in Nigeria’s polity.

    Okechukwu said that PDP attempt to harvest from primordial sentiments had not only breached rotation convention in its constitution, but had wittingly or unwittingly “dug their electoral grave” in 2023 presidential election.

    “It’s my considered view that the sophisticated northern voters, who voted for Chiefs MKO Abiola and Olusegun Obasanjo will in 2023 vote for APC presidential candidate and shame PDP.” Okechukwu said.

    Okechukwu, who is also the Director General (D-G) of Voice of Nigeria (VON), noted that the northern APC Governors and political leaders deserve commendation for ceding power to the south; hence hoisting Nigeria’s unity flag and advancing the frontiers of Nigeria’s democracy.

    He said that the decision to rightfully rotate power to the South, the northern leaders had upheld the progressive bent of APC and exposed the opportunistic tendencies of the PDP.

    “I am very elated. I commend APC Governors and political leaders of Northern belt for their profound patriotic statement, which aligns with the Mr President’s idea of consensus.

    “By this singular decision, they have killed three birds with one stone.

    “One, they hoisted the National Unity Flag by their position that it is the turn of the south to produce Nigeria’s President in 2023.

    “This is about the loftiest way to fly the National Unity Flag at a critical time, when our dear country is highly polarised and in cliff-hanger.

    “I must add that this is national healing balm and bridge-building pedigree of APC governors and political leaders of the Northern belt, which they anchored on the doctrine of progressivism.”

    The VON D-G added that the northern governors and political leaders from APC invoked the progressive philosophy of APC, by placing national interest above parochial interest.

    Okechukwu said the overall patriotic display by the leaders was captured in their statement, where the governors remarked that;

    “After careful deliberation, we wish to state our firm conviction that after eight years in office of President Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of the APC for the 2023 elections should be one of our teeming members from the southern states of Nigeria.

    “It is a question of honour for the APC, an obligation that is not in anyway affected by the decisions taken by another political party.

    “We affirm that upholding this principle is in the interest of building a stronger, more united and more progressive country.

    “We therefore wish to strongly recommend to President  Buhari that the search for a successor as the APC’s presidential candidate be limited to our compatriots from the southern states.

    “We appeal to all aspirants from the northern states to withdraw in the national interest and allow only the aspirants from the south to proceed to the primaries.”

    Okechukwu said that those words on the marble represent new credo for APC in its march towards building on the foundation for national unity, stability, peace and prosperity, which has been laid by President Buhari.

    He described the action of northern APC governors and leaders as the most noble way to expose PDP for what it represents.

    He said that Nigerians now see that the alleged ‘dollar rain primary’ that produced PDP Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, was a pyrrhic victory that has nothing in store for the new Nigeria of the citizens dream.

    He added that the victory at the primary may not lead to ultimate victory, especially with the patriotic stance of Abubakar‘s northern brothers.

    He recalled that Abubakar willingly defected from PDP to APC in 2014 in protest of breach of zoning by ex-president Goodluck Jonathan.

    He also expressed disbelief that the same Abubakar who benefitted from the zoning convention in 2019 could allegedly deploy huge resources to breach the same zoning convention.

    Okechukwu congratulated the APC Northern Governors, political leaders and President Buhari for being true Nigerians.

    He added that Nigerians had seen the difference between those who want a better Nigeria and those who want to trade with the nation’s future.

    (NAN)

  •  Director General Voice of Nigeria VON Osita Okechukwu has pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to quickly come to the rescue of Nigeria s currency the naira before politicians depreciates it out of recognition He said that a nation s currency is one of the critical indices of measuring the general health of its economy stressing that when the currency nose dives it leads to hype inflation gross unemployment and abject poverty thereby worsening the nation s security In a statement on Sunday in Abuja Okechukwu who is also a founding member of All Progressives Congress APC decried the dollar rain during the recent Presidential primary of opposition Peoples Democratic Party PDP at the National Stadium Abuja He cited the withdrawal comments of Mohammed Hayatu Deen a financial guru saying that President Buhari should support the use of consensus method to ensure that the forthcoming APC presidential primary does not follow the PDP s highest bidder dollar rain In his speech before withdrawing from the PDP primary the former banker Hayatu Deen said it is therefore based on personal principles and with great humility that I have decided after wide consultation to withdraw from this contest which has been obscenely monetised Albeit our sister opposition political party has every constitutional right to elect whoever they want as their flag bearer the Dollar rain is worrisome as noted by Mohammed Hayatu Deen who dubbed it obscenely monetised presidential primary Sincerely I congratulate His Excellency Atiku Abubakar on his emergence from the opposition party primary But as a patriot and stakeholder in the Nigeria project I am worried by PDP s induced Dollar Rain which led to unprecedented depreciation of the naira he said Therefore Okechukwu called on Buhari to consider the consensus option to be adopted in the APC presidential primary election to save the naira He lamented the monumental harm PDP s dollar rain did to the nation s economy saying if that could happen in a party with about 731 delegates imagine what will happen if APC with about 2 322 delegates is allowed to indulge in Dollar Rain His words If the Naira is already bleeding because of dollar rain on 731 delegates please better imagine the degree of depreciation of the Naira if another blitz of dollar rain is allowed to be splashed on 2 322 delegates This is the farming season as such the Buhari s Agrarian Revolution would also be at risk if the naira is allowed to depreciate further Prices of fertilizer seedlings and other farm implements will hit roof top On why he is calling for consensus instead of direct and indirect mode of primary election which are more democratic than consensus the DG VON said All the three are democratic and are in our law books Please is it not paradoxical that the governors and ex governors who oppose consensus had adopted same consensus and even outright imposition to select their successors To me they have lost the moral high ground to oppose Mr President from adopting such legal mode of primary election One s appeal is that politically correct aspirant should be consensually presented Okechukwu dismissed insinuations that with Atiku the APC will not adhere to the rotation convention of electing a presidential candidate of Igbo extraction or a southerner APC is Brand A1 and we follow the rule of law and rotation convention Methinks His Excellency Atiku Abubakar s opportunistic victory will have little or no impact on APC s election of a presidential candidate from among Ndigbo aspirants or by extension the southern belt aspirants I don t think Mr President I know even going by consensus will deny the south their turn Reminded of the possibility that with APC Southern presidential candidate Atiku will sweep the northern votes OKechukwu wondered what new tangible thing Atiku was bringing to the table in the face of prevailing daunting economic scenario He said Atiku is used to sharing money but that today there is little or none to be shared adding Most importantly one northern voters are sophisticated having voted for Chiefs MKO Abiola and Olusegun Obasanjo with all indicators they will vote southerner this time around so as to shame the PDP for breaching the rotation convention in their constitution Secondly there are number of northern voters who are patriots who believe sincerely on the ancient doctrine of equity natural justice and the imperative of unity of our dear country For going south is the best solution to smoothen the polarization in the land Thirdly the dormant Igbo voters in Kano Lagos and other towns plus core non Igbo APC voters will be woken up to trounce Waziri Adamawa at the poll NAN NAN
    Save naira from obscene dollar-monetised presidential primaries- VON DG tasks Buhari
     Director General Voice of Nigeria VON Osita Okechukwu has pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to quickly come to the rescue of Nigeria s currency the naira before politicians depreciates it out of recognition He said that a nation s currency is one of the critical indices of measuring the general health of its economy stressing that when the currency nose dives it leads to hype inflation gross unemployment and abject poverty thereby worsening the nation s security In a statement on Sunday in Abuja Okechukwu who is also a founding member of All Progressives Congress APC decried the dollar rain during the recent Presidential primary of opposition Peoples Democratic Party PDP at the National Stadium Abuja He cited the withdrawal comments of Mohammed Hayatu Deen a financial guru saying that President Buhari should support the use of consensus method to ensure that the forthcoming APC presidential primary does not follow the PDP s highest bidder dollar rain In his speech before withdrawing from the PDP primary the former banker Hayatu Deen said it is therefore based on personal principles and with great humility that I have decided after wide consultation to withdraw from this contest which has been obscenely monetised Albeit our sister opposition political party has every constitutional right to elect whoever they want as their flag bearer the Dollar rain is worrisome as noted by Mohammed Hayatu Deen who dubbed it obscenely monetised presidential primary Sincerely I congratulate His Excellency Atiku Abubakar on his emergence from the opposition party primary But as a patriot and stakeholder in the Nigeria project I am worried by PDP s induced Dollar Rain which led to unprecedented depreciation of the naira he said Therefore Okechukwu called on Buhari to consider the consensus option to be adopted in the APC presidential primary election to save the naira He lamented the monumental harm PDP s dollar rain did to the nation s economy saying if that could happen in a party with about 731 delegates imagine what will happen if APC with about 2 322 delegates is allowed to indulge in Dollar Rain His words If the Naira is already bleeding because of dollar rain on 731 delegates please better imagine the degree of depreciation of the Naira if another blitz of dollar rain is allowed to be splashed on 2 322 delegates This is the farming season as such the Buhari s Agrarian Revolution would also be at risk if the naira is allowed to depreciate further Prices of fertilizer seedlings and other farm implements will hit roof top On why he is calling for consensus instead of direct and indirect mode of primary election which are more democratic than consensus the DG VON said All the three are democratic and are in our law books Please is it not paradoxical that the governors and ex governors who oppose consensus had adopted same consensus and even outright imposition to select their successors To me they have lost the moral high ground to oppose Mr President from adopting such legal mode of primary election One s appeal is that politically correct aspirant should be consensually presented Okechukwu dismissed insinuations that with Atiku the APC will not adhere to the rotation convention of electing a presidential candidate of Igbo extraction or a southerner APC is Brand A1 and we follow the rule of law and rotation convention Methinks His Excellency Atiku Abubakar s opportunistic victory will have little or no impact on APC s election of a presidential candidate from among Ndigbo aspirants or by extension the southern belt aspirants I don t think Mr President I know even going by consensus will deny the south their turn Reminded of the possibility that with APC Southern presidential candidate Atiku will sweep the northern votes OKechukwu wondered what new tangible thing Atiku was bringing to the table in the face of prevailing daunting economic scenario He said Atiku is used to sharing money but that today there is little or none to be shared adding Most importantly one northern voters are sophisticated having voted for Chiefs MKO Abiola and Olusegun Obasanjo with all indicators they will vote southerner this time around so as to shame the PDP for breaching the rotation convention in their constitution Secondly there are number of northern voters who are patriots who believe sincerely on the ancient doctrine of equity natural justice and the imperative of unity of our dear country For going south is the best solution to smoothen the polarization in the land Thirdly the dormant Igbo voters in Kano Lagos and other towns plus core non Igbo APC voters will be woken up to trounce Waziri Adamawa at the poll NAN NAN
    Save naira from obscene dollar-monetised presidential primaries- VON DG tasks Buhari
    General news4 months ago

    Save naira from obscene dollar-monetised presidential primaries- VON DG tasks Buhari

    Director-General, Voice of Nigeria (VON) Osita Okechukwu, has pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to quickly come to the rescue of Nigeria’s currency, the naira, before politicians depreciates it out of recognition.

    He said that a nation’s currency is one of the critical indices of measuring the general health of its economy, stressing that when the currency nose-dives it leads to hype-inflation, gross unemployment and abject poverty, thereby worsening the nation’s security.

    In a statement on Sunday, in Abuja, Okechukwu, who is also, a founding member of All Progressives Congress (APC) decried the dollar rain during the recent Presidential primary of opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the National Stadium Abuja.

    He cited the withdrawal comments of Mohammed Hayatu-Deen, a financial guru, saying that President Buhari should support the use of consensus method to ensure that the forthcoming APC presidential primary does not follow the PDP’s highest bidder dollar rain.

    In his speech before withdrawing from the PDP primary, the former banker, Hayatu-Deen, said, “it is, therefore, based on personal principles and with great humility that I have decided, after wide consultation, to withdraw from this contest, which has been obscenely monetised.”
    “Albeit, our sister opposition political party has every constitutional right to elect whoever they want as their flag bearer; the Dollar rain is worrisome as noted by Mohammed Hayatu-Deen, who dubbed it obscenely monetised presidential primary.
    “Sincerely, I congratulate His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar on his emergence from the opposition party primary. But, as a patriot and stakeholder in the Nigeria project, I am worried by PDP’s induced Dollar Rain, which led to unprecedented depreciation of the naira,” he said.

    Therefore, Okechukwu called on Buhari to consider the consensus option to be adopted in the APC presidential primary election to save the naira.

    He lamented the monumental harm PDP’s dollar rain did to the nation’s economy, saying “if that could happen in a party with about 731 delegates, imagine what will happen if APC with about 2, 322 delegates is allowed to indulge in Dollar Rain.”

    His words: “If the Naira is already bleeding because of dollar rain on 731 delegates; please better imagine the degree of depreciation of the Naira if another blitz of dollar rain is allowed to be splashed on 2,322 delegates? This is the farming season, as such the Buhari’s Agrarian Revolution would also be at risk if the naira is allowed to depreciate further. Prices of fertilizer, seedlings and other farm implements will hit roof top.”
    On why he is calling for consensus instead of direct and indirect mode of primary election, which are more democratic than consensus, the DG VON said: “All the three are democratic and are in our law books. Please, is it not paradoxical that the governors, and ex-governors who oppose consensus had adopted same consensus and even outright imposition to select their successors?
    To me they have lost the moral high ground to oppose Mr President from adopting such legal mode of primary election. One’s appeal is that politically correct aspirant should be consensually presented.”
    Okechukwu dismissed insinuations that with Atiku the APC will not adhere to the rotation convention of electing a presidential candidate of Igbo extraction or a southerner. APC is Brand A1, and we follow the rule of law and rotation convention.
    “Methinks His Excellency Atiku Abubakar’s opportunistic victory will have little or no impact on APC’s election of a presidential candidate from among Ndigbo aspirants or by extension the southern belt aspirants. I don’t think Mr President I know even going by consensus will deny the south their turn.”
    Reminded of the possibility that with APC Southern presidential candidate Atiku will sweep the northern votes, OKechukwu wondered what new tangible thing Atiku was bringing to the table in the face of prevailing daunting economic scenario.
    He said Atiku is used to sharing money, but that today there is little or none to be shared, adding, “Most importantly, one, northern voters are sophisticated, having voted for Chiefs MKO Abiola and Olusegun Obasanjo, with all indicators they will vote southerner this time around so as to shame the PDP for breaching the rotation convention in their constitution.
    “Secondly, there are number of northern voters who are patriots who believe sincerely on the ancient doctrine of equity, natural justice and the imperative of unity of our dear country. For going south is the best solution to smoothen the polarization in the land. Thirdly, the dormant Igbo voters in Kano, Lagos and other towns plus core non-Igbo APC voters will be woken up to trounce Waziri Adamawa at the poll.”(NAN

    (NAN)

  •  Chairman Southern Senators Forum Sen Opeyemi Bamidele has said that he will not take the decision of the leadership of All Progressives Congress APC in Ekiti to return him back to senate through an unopposed party ticket for granted Bamidele made this known in a statement by his Media Office in Abuja on Sunday The statement indicates that the Ekiti Central lawmaker disclosed this after he was screened by the APC Senatorial Screening Panel currently sitting at Fraser Suites Abuja He pledged to do everything humanly possible to ensure that the party emerges victorious at the June 18 Governorship Election in the state Sen Opeyemi Bamidele Mr Osita Okechukwu DG VON and other senatorial aspirants at the screening exercise It is also an acknowledgment by the leadership of the party and members of the party that I could be entrusted with the position of an elected representative of the people and one of the leaders of our people in this tough time It is not that we don t have equally qualified people or eligible people who can obtain the form But the fact that this has not happened and the leadership of the party has done so much to ensure that I am given a smooth ride to be the candidate of the party is to me a sincere and profound effort and from whom much is given much is also expected It is a call to further and greater duty I will do everything possible to ensure the unity of the party through meaningful reconciliation where it is still necessary to do so and to ensure to drive a process in which there will be integrity and mutual trust NAN
    I won’t take my unopposed senate ticket for granted — Sen. Bamidele
     Chairman Southern Senators Forum Sen Opeyemi Bamidele has said that he will not take the decision of the leadership of All Progressives Congress APC in Ekiti to return him back to senate through an unopposed party ticket for granted Bamidele made this known in a statement by his Media Office in Abuja on Sunday The statement indicates that the Ekiti Central lawmaker disclosed this after he was screened by the APC Senatorial Screening Panel currently sitting at Fraser Suites Abuja He pledged to do everything humanly possible to ensure that the party emerges victorious at the June 18 Governorship Election in the state Sen Opeyemi Bamidele Mr Osita Okechukwu DG VON and other senatorial aspirants at the screening exercise It is also an acknowledgment by the leadership of the party and members of the party that I could be entrusted with the position of an elected representative of the people and one of the leaders of our people in this tough time It is not that we don t have equally qualified people or eligible people who can obtain the form But the fact that this has not happened and the leadership of the party has done so much to ensure that I am given a smooth ride to be the candidate of the party is to me a sincere and profound effort and from whom much is given much is also expected It is a call to further and greater duty I will do everything possible to ensure the unity of the party through meaningful reconciliation where it is still necessary to do so and to ensure to drive a process in which there will be integrity and mutual trust NAN
    I won’t take my unopposed senate ticket for granted — Sen. Bamidele
    General news5 months ago

    I won’t take my unopposed senate ticket for granted — Sen. Bamidele

    Chairman Southern Senators’ Forum, Sen. Opeyemi Bamidele, has said that he will not take the decision of the leadership of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti to return him back to senate through an unopposed party ticket for granted.

    Bamidele made this known in a statement by his Media Office in Abuja on Sunday.

    The statement indicates that the Ekiti Central lawmaker disclosed this after he was screened by the APC Senatorial Screening Panel, currently sitting at Fraser Suites, Abuja.

    He pledged to do everything humanly possible to ensure that the party emerges victorious at the June 18 Governorship Election in the state.

    Sen. Opeyemi Bamidele, Mr Osita Okechukwu DG VON and other senatorial aspirants at the screening exercise 

     

    “It is also an acknowledgment by the leadership of the party and members of the party that I could be entrusted with the position of an elected representative of the people and one of the leaders of our people in this tough time.

    “It is not that we don’t have equally qualified people or eligible people who can obtain the form.

    “But the fact that this has not happened and the leadership of the party has done so much to ensure that I am given a smooth ride to be the candidate of the party, is, to me a sincere and profound effort and from whom much is given, much is also expected.

    “It is a call to further and greater duty. I will do everything possible to ensure the unity of the party through meaningful reconciliation where it is still necessary to do so and to ensure to drive a process in which there will be integrity and mutual trust.”

    (NAN)

  •   The Coordinator National Center for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons NCCSALW retired Maj Gen Abba Dikko has called for media support to address the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in the country Dikko made the call while paying a courtesy visit to Voice of Nigeria VON Director General Mr Osita Okechukwu in Abuja on Thursday In a statement to NCCSALW Air Commodore Ewejide Akintunde on Thursday Dikko praised VON for playing a key role in providing independent and unbiased radio broadcasts in Nigeria He said it was imperative that NCCSALW collaborate with VON in incorporating the issues of illicit small arms SALW eradication efforts into the national discourse The coordinator also called for an effort to collaborate and sensitize stakeholders on the expected results expected timelines and key performance indicators needed to achieve a peaceful and gun free Nigeria According to him VON is the main broadcasting authority and a multilingual channel through which authoritative information can be disseminated to the whole world Collaboration with VON would further ensure access to information strengthen coordination and build the capacity of relevant stakeholders on their SALW responsibilities In response the Director General of VON said that the creation of the center was in the interest of peace and security as well as crime prevention and control Okechukwu pledged the media team s readiness to support NCCSALW in carrying out its duties to clean up illicit weapons in the country He assured that VON will provide its full support to the center in the areas of public awareness and the use of media tools Okechukwu described public awareness programs and media cooperation as the main tools that would help combat the proliferation of illicit weapons in society
    Centre seeks media support in tackling illicit arms
      The Coordinator National Center for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons NCCSALW retired Maj Gen Abba Dikko has called for media support to address the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in the country Dikko made the call while paying a courtesy visit to Voice of Nigeria VON Director General Mr Osita Okechukwu in Abuja on Thursday In a statement to NCCSALW Air Commodore Ewejide Akintunde on Thursday Dikko praised VON for playing a key role in providing independent and unbiased radio broadcasts in Nigeria He said it was imperative that NCCSALW collaborate with VON in incorporating the issues of illicit small arms SALW eradication efforts into the national discourse The coordinator also called for an effort to collaborate and sensitize stakeholders on the expected results expected timelines and key performance indicators needed to achieve a peaceful and gun free Nigeria According to him VON is the main broadcasting authority and a multilingual channel through which authoritative information can be disseminated to the whole world Collaboration with VON would further ensure access to information strengthen coordination and build the capacity of relevant stakeholders on their SALW responsibilities In response the Director General of VON said that the creation of the center was in the interest of peace and security as well as crime prevention and control Okechukwu pledged the media team s readiness to support NCCSALW in carrying out its duties to clean up illicit weapons in the country He assured that VON will provide its full support to the center in the areas of public awareness and the use of media tools Okechukwu described public awareness programs and media cooperation as the main tools that would help combat the proliferation of illicit weapons in society
    Centre seeks media support in tackling illicit arms
    Defence/Security7 months ago

    Centre seeks media support in tackling illicit arms

    The Coordinator, National Center for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (NCCSALW), retired Maj. Gen. Abba Dikko, has called for media support to address the proliferation of small arms and light weapons in the country.

    Dikko made the call while paying a courtesy visit to Voice of Nigeria (VON) Director General Mr. Osita Okechukwu in Abuja on Thursday.

    In a statement to NCCSALW, Air Commodore Ewejide Akintunde, on Thursday, Dikko praised VON for playing a key role in providing independent and unbiased radio broadcasts in Nigeria.

    He said it was imperative that NCCSALW collaborate with VON in incorporating the issues of illicit small arms (SALW) eradication efforts into the national discourse.

    The coordinator also called for an effort to collaborate and sensitize stakeholders on the expected results, expected timelines and key performance indicators needed to achieve a peaceful and gun-free Nigeria.

    According to him, VON is the main broadcasting authority and a multilingual channel through which authoritative information can be disseminated to the whole world.

    “Collaboration with VON would further ensure access to information, strengthen coordination and build the capacity of relevant stakeholders on their SALW responsibilities.

    In response, the Director General of VON said that the creation of the center was in the interest of peace and security, as well as crime prevention and control.

    Okechukwu pledged the media team's readiness to support NCCSALW in carrying out its duties to clean up illicit weapons in the country.

    He assured that VON will provide its full support to the center in the areas of public awareness and the use of media tools.

    Okechukwu described public awareness programs and media cooperation as the main tools that would help combat the proliferation of illicit weapons in society.