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Yuletide: Cleric cautions transporters against hiking transport fare

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Prophet Christopher Owolabi of the Christ Apostolic Church Ori-Oke Irapada  Omu-Aran, Kwara, on Sunday cautioned transporters, especially long distance vehicle operators against arbitrary increase in transport fare during the yuletide.


Owolabi made the plea in Omu-Aran during the church’s special service tagged: “Planning for a Prosperous 2020 and Beyond “.

He said some transport operators had formed the habit of capitalising on the need for people to travel for the festivities to hike their fares exorbitantly.

According to him, there is no justification for such arbitrary increase in transport fares, particular for inter-state travellers, since there is no increase in petrol pump price or scarcity.

Owolabi said such development often times forced some travellers to patronise wrong and awkward alternative like boarding trailers, tippers, which they considered much cheaper.

“Even when there is scarcity of petrol resulting in price increase or scarcity, transport fare hike should not be increased.

“Imagine asking somebody with a family of between five and 10 coming from Lagos to Omu-Aran to pay N6,000 per head as transport fare which normally costs N2,500 per head.

“If such money is expended on transportation alone how do you expect such a family to cater for feeding and other essential needs during the festivities.

“We need to always be our brothers’ keepers and desist from those acts that can make life unbearable for our fellow humans.

“Even if there is any need to increase at all, it should not be total but what everyone can afford,” he said.

Owolabi urged transport union leaders to make it a point of responsibility to strive toward ensuring that transport fare was made affordable to Nigerians.

He also used the opportunity to appeal to traders and marketers, especially dealers in food items, to desist from arbitrary price increase of their items during the festivities.

“When transport fare and cost of purchasing food items are made affordable, other things become child’s play

“This is the only way we can observe a prosperous Christmas and New Year in our homes,” he said.

Owolabi called on citizens, both the leaders and the led, to retrace their steps back to God and imbibe righteousness in order to move the country forward.

“We should move away from sins and other ungodly attitude and embrace righteousness as part of our resolutions as we enter another year.

“Those with enormous wealth should extend their hands of assistance to the needy and the less privileged in society.

“Certainly God loves those who give alms and charity as a way of bringing succour to the less privileged in society,” he said.

Edited by: Chioma Ugboma/Adeleye Ajayi

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Availability of fuel, local rice at Yuletide excite Oshiomhole

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The National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Adams Oshiomhole, has lauded the Buhari administration for ensuring the availability of petroleum products and locally produced rice during the Christmas and New Year festivities in the country.


Oshiomhole made the commendation when he addressed State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Thursday.

He said the president’s decision to encourage local production of rice in particular, has made it possible for Nigerians to patronise home grown rice during festivities, like the yuletide season.

”Few years back, people were always afraid of what will happen during the Christmas season, all your money, all the little money you are saving to take back home to celebrate with your people, you end up patronising ‘Black Market’ to buy a litre of petrol at two, three, or four times the value and sometimes it is adulterated.

”And we see pictures of people who are stranded across the country because they cannot access petrol.

”I also think that we ought to celebrate the fact that we are able to celebrate Christmas and New Year and people have rice everywhere that were not imported from other countries – Nigerian made rice.

”Now if we can sustain this policy for another one year or two years and Nigerians get used to eating Nigerian rice and our farmers get a ready market for rice, obviously, that aspect of food security would have been put behind us.

”I believe it is something that we should commend the President for what he has done and the courage to put Nigeria first before any other sentiment.

”So, we can say that we can see a gradual revolution taking place in the agricultural sector,” he said.

The APC chairman observed that Buhari’s 2020 New Year message was unique and has given a lot of hope to Nigerians.

He said: “We also thought that giving the reactions of some oppositions, we reassured Mr President that there was nothing wrong and we are indeed happy with the New Year message to Nigerians.

”The responsibility of every leadership is to inspire hope. Life is sustained and driven by hope and the challenge of leadership is not to join the people to lament that things are terrible, to give up and join the people in wallowing in self-pity.

”The principles of leadership is to inspire people, give them hope and in this case, in line with the principles of accountability and democracy, democracy is not only about voting and everybody goes to sleep.

“It is all about explaining periodically what he is doing, what he is going to do differently and what he hopes to accomplish within a given time. And I think that is what the President’s new year message sought to do.”

Oshiomhole assured Nigerians that going forward in 2020, the APC would ensure that ”it takes into account all the mistakes it made in 2019 so that the party will be more stronger, more coherent and more peaceful”.

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Yuletide: Politician distributes wrappers, food items to widows in Nasarawa

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Mr Jacob Agegana-Kudu, a politician, has distributed wrappers and food items to about 150 widows of Ogba community of the state to enable them celebrate Christmas and New Year with joy.


Agegana-Kudu was the African Democratic Congress (ADC) candidate for the Nasarawa Eggon East Constituency at the Nasarawa State House of Assembly in the 2019 general election.

Ajegana-Kudu made the distribution on Sunday at Ogba, Akun Development Area of the state.

He said the gesture was to improve on the lives of the beneficiaries during and after the Christmas and New Year celebration.

He however urged the widows to remain focus and be committed to their daily activities in the interest of their families and for societal development.

The politician also enjoined the widows to take the death of their loved ones as an act of God while urging them to give topmost priority to the education of their children.

“Today’s distribution is meant to put smiles on the faces of these widows to enable them celebrate Christmas and New Year with joy.

“This gesture is under my Youths and Women Empowerment Scheme which is geared towards improving on the standard of living and welfare of the widows.

“In the previous years, I have empowered a lot of women and youths with soft loans to enable them engage in business for self reliance.

“I have also empowered many youths with motorcycles, vehicles, Keke Napep, sewing machines, students with school fees and many others with different challenges.

“This is done in order to change their lives positively and for the betterment of the society,” he said.

Besides, Ajegana-Kudu urged the beneficiaries to always remain peaceful and engage in meaningful ventures in their interest and for the overall development of the country.

“My advice to the beneficiaries of my empowerment scheme is that they should make the best use of their opportunities and live up to expectation so that everybody will be proud of them,” he added.

Ajegana-Kudu used the forum to congratulate and wish Christians and other Nigerians a peaceful yuletide.

He also advised Nigerians to embrace farming in order to boost the nation’s food security, self reliance and to contribute their quota to national development.

The philanthropist assured of his continued determination to key into peoples oriented programmes that would improve on the lives of the less privileged in the society.

Also speaking, Messrs Ibrahim Musa and Mike Anzaku, Gov. Abdullahi Sule Personal Assistant (PA) on Special Duties, and Chairman, Eggon Cultural Development Association (ECDA), Ogba Chapter, respectively, commended Ajegana-Kudu for putting smiles on the faces of the women and urged God to reward him abundantly.

Responding on behalf of the widows, Madam Elizabeth Angbaki, appreciated the gesture and urged other politicians and well meaning Nigerians to emulate him.

Edited by: Muhammad Suleiman Tola
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Yuletide: Mrs Buhari felicitates with Christians

Yuletide: Mrs Buhari felicitates with Christians By Ahmed Ubandoma Felicitation Abuja, Dec. 25, 2018 (NNN) As Christians in Nigeria join their counterparts across the globe to celebrate Christmas, the wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has extended her heartfelt congratulations to Christian community in Nigeria. Mrs Buhari, who sent her felicitations to the Christian […]

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By Ahmed Ubandoma
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Abuja, Dec. 25, 2018 (NNN) As Christians in Nigeria join their counterparts across the globe to celebrate Christmas, the wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has extended her heartfelt congratulations to Christian community in Nigeria.
Mrs Buhari, who sent her felicitations to the Christian community through her tweeter handle on Tuesday in Abuja, urged them to use the period to pray for peace, prosperity and sustainable development of Nigeria.
According to the message she retweeted from her Future Assured platform, the wife of the President said: “wishing you a wonderful Christmas filled with happiness and may the coming year be filled with blessings “.
(Log-in to: official tweeter account of the wife of the President @aishambuhari).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) reports that Christmas is celebrated every Dec. 25 by Christians around the world to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ.
Christmas is a time when families, friends and well wishers come together to celebrate. (NNN)
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Yuletide: Federal Secretariat records low turnout of civil servants

Yuletide: Federal Secretariat records low turnout of civil servants By Kate Obande-Okewu Resumption Abuja, Jan. 2, 2019 (NNN) Following the Christmas and New Year holidays, civil servants in the FCT resumed their official duties in Abuja on Wednesday with low activities. The News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) recalls that the Federal Government had declared Dec. […]

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Yuletide: Federal Secretariat records low turnout of civil servants
By Kate Obande-Okewu
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Abuja, Jan. 2, 2019 (NNN) Following the Christmas and New Year holidays, civil servants in the FCT resumed their official duties in Abuja on Wednesday with low activities.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NNN) recalls that the Federal Government had declared Dec. 25 and Dec. 26, 2018, as well as Jan. 1, as public holidays to enable workers celebrate Yuletide festivities.
A NNN correspondent, who monitored workers resumption at the Federal Secretariat, reports that few civil servants were seen in their offices.
Similarly, the car parks and restaurants at the secretariat were virtually empty.
Mrs Rakiya Umar, a civil servant, told NNN that the scanty staff in offices was due to the fact that many civil servants were yet to resume from the holidays.
She also attributed the low activity to the fact that many civil servants take their annual leave in December which runs into the holiday.
She expressed optimism that normal activities would pick fully up next week when all workers would have resumed.
Mrs Bridget Ugwu, another civil servant, said that workers hardly resume fully after the annual Yuletide holidays.
She however urged civil servants to be diligent in their duties as they were responsible for implementing government policies.
“Civil servants should be patriotic in contributing their quota to national development.
“The holiday was a good opportunity for us to rest and be refreshed, I came to the office to continue work,” she said.
Mr Sadiq Umar, one of the security personnel at the secretariat car park, said that they were resting today as many cars didn’t come to park compared to high activities at the park on normal days.
He also attributed the empty car park to low turnout of civil servants at work due to the public holidays.
NNN also observed that business at the Coca-cola restaurant at the secretariat was very low as there were no customers to patronise them.
Mrs Ruth Okon, who owns a restaurant at the secretariat, said business was very poor as workers have not resumed.
According to her, many of the workers have travelled for the holidays and are yet to return. (NNN)
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