APC Congratulates Fayemi As Chairman Of Nigeria Governors’ Forum

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has congratulated the Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, for emerging the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF).

A statement by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, says, “The NGF’s unanimous election of Fayemi to lead the Forum till 2021 is indeed a right choice judging by Fayemi’s proven record of progressive leadership and experience as a development expert, minister, governor, among other endeavours.

“Since its establishment, the non-partisan Nigeria Governors’ Forum has been a strategic partner in deepening democracy and entrenching good governance in the country.

“We are confident that the NGF under Fayemi’s leadership will continue in this best practice by cooperating and supporting the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration in delivering on the Change Agenda for Nigerians, particularly as the country gears up for the next four year of the administration’s renewed mandate”.

The party wished Fayemi a very successful and impactful tenure and looks forward to a cordial relationship between the NGF and the President Buhari-led APC administration.

“This undoubtedly will ensure the successful implementation of the Next Level plans for our collective progress as a country”.

Buhari Pays Tribute To ‘True Patriot’ James Ocholi At Valedictory FEC Meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday paid tribute to the late James Ocholi, who served under him as Minister of State for Labour until his death in a road accident on March 6, 2016, Channels Television reports.

The President paid tribute to the late minister during the valedictory meeting of the Federal Executive Council inside the Presidential Villa.

President Buhari said: “Some of our colleagues, with whom we started this journey, unfortunately, are not here to join us in celebrating our successes,” the President told those present at the meeting before urging them to remember Ocholi, who was killed in the car crash along with his wife and son.

“Specifically, I must recognise our late brother, James Ocholi SAN who passed away in a fearful motor accident with his wife, Blessing and son, Joshua only four months after being sworn in as a Minister.

“I want us to all put him, and indeed his family, in our memory. He was a true patriot committed to our CHANGE agenda.”

President Buhari also acknowledged the contribution of ministers who had resigned, while praising the cabinet members for their roles in the successes recorded by his administration.

Speakership: John Dyegh Meets With PDP Caucus

John Dyegh, a member of the house of representatives from Benue state, has intensified his campaign for the speakership of the ninth National Assembly.

Dyegh, who is of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Wednesday had an interactive session with the Minority Caucus of the House of Representatives.

In attendance were some Lawmakers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and co-aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC), which include, Umaru Mohammed Bago, Nkiruika Onyejeocha.

The North Central rep while interacting with the PDP caucus said: “We seek justice to entrench harmonious coexistence in Nigeria at all levels.”

He assured proper welfare package for all members if elected.

Buhari Returns to Abuja from Lesser Hajj

President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Abuja after performing lesser hajj in Makkah, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The President had last departed the country for Umrah in Saudi Arabia, after accepting invitation from the King of Saudi Arabia.

According to Buhari’s New Media aide, Bashir Ahmad, he left the city of Makkah this afternoon via the Royal Terminal of the King Abdul’aziz International Airport, Jeddah.

He was accompanied on the trip by his wife, Aisha and other government dignitaries.

Details later…..

A Manifesto For The Future

Image by Tari Tekenah

Let us move away from the routine that has left the youth, the ordinary man and woman of our state on the outside amidst overflowing abundance both in resources and human capital.

The standard of living is going down. Unemployment, poverty and illiteracy is rising like they are competing for something monumental. There is a gap in the relationship between the state’s economy and youth engagement in productive activities.

A great percentage of our people live in the rural areas with serious ecological problems, low educational opportunities and little or no access to the internet. With the massive transformation the internet has on the global economy, we risk leaving a huge portion of our population at a disadvantaged position from which they might never recover in time to compete in a world that is becoming more global in every aspect. This should be an issue for us all.

This election is about giving you and our community the strongest possible voice in the decisions that will be taken in Bayelsa. Let’s help ourselves. With your support, I offer you a strong voice. I am passionate about community service. I will look to improving and making the most of the many opportunities that exist in our state. I will work hard for economic development, education, and employment opportunities for the youths in our communities.

I will make sure our community is not only heard, but becomes a compelling voice. Having people engaged, sharing ideas, networking for the overall development of our state.

The future we hope for is within our sights. I am asking for your vote. A vote for Theresa Tekenah is an investment for an assured future.

Don’t Release N649bn Paris Club Refund to Outgoing Govs, NLC, Tells FG

The Nigeria Labour Congress and some civil society organisations have advised the Federal Government to delay the disbursement of the N649bn Paris Club  refund to states until after  the  inauguration of incoming governors on May 29, The Punch reports.

The advice followed the disclosure by the Minister of Finance, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, on Thursday that the Federal Government was set to disburse the outstanding N649.434bn to states.

But reacting to the development, the President  of the NLC, Mr Ayuba Wabba, on Friday, said that the union’s recommendation to the  Federal Government would be to delay the disbursement of the money till after May 29, when the newly elected governors would have been sworn in. He said the reasons border on accountability and the manner the previous refunds were used by some governors.

DSS Warns Against Breach of Peace

The Department of State Services (DSS) has warned aggrieved politicians to desist, forthwith, from plans to take laws into their hands or engage in acts capable of breaching the peace, Agency News reports.

It also warned that it would not condone any form of extra-judicial activities or methods designed or adopted by persons or groups to subvert constituted authorities.

“Instructively, defaulting persons will surely be brought to book.” DSS spokesman, Peter Afunanya, warned in a statement.

No Kogi Worker Owed Under My Watch, Says Yahaya Bello

Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello said no worker on the government’s payroll is being owed salaries under his administration, TVC News reports.

The governor made this known on Friday during a meeting a of the northern governors.

He said the backlog the workers are complaining about are those owed them, by the previous administration.

The Governor has promised to pay up the backlog before December.

Court Restrains Sowore From Parading Self as AAC’s Leader

A Federal High Court in Abuja has restrained the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC) in the last general elections, Omoyele Sowore and Malcolm Fabiyi from further parading themselves as National Chairman and the Deputy National Chairman of the party, The Nation reports.

Justice Inyang Ekwo made the order in an ex-parte ruling on a motion filed by the party’s acting National Chairman, Dr. Leonard Nzenwa,which was argued by his lawyer, Emeka Ozani.

Justice Ekwo also restrained Sowore and Fabiyi from further exercising any power or function relating to the offices.

The judge equally restrained the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from further recognizing the two in the capacities of National Chairman and Deputy National Chairman.