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PDP Govs Lament Worsening Sociopolitical Tensions In Nigeria

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Governor’s of the People’s Democratic Party have again appealed to the federal Government to exercise power with restraint.

This is contained in a statement released by Mr Humwashi Wonosikou, Press Secretary to Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri of Adamawa State.


Rising from its one day meeting in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital on Monday, they condemned the wanton destruction of lives and property, describing it as a threat to democracy and stressed the need to secure the nation from mindless killings of innocent citizens.


The meeting reiterated the need to decentralise the operations of the security apparatus of State even within the existing legal framework to ensure the input of local operators in State and Local Governments in policing and security.


According to the communique read by the chairman of the PDP Governors’ forum and Governor of Sokoto state, Waziri Tambuwal, the Governors took a swipe on the APC Government over what it describes as the opaque manner the Nigerian oil company NNPC is carrying out its operations.


The forum decried the organisations decision not to make its statutory contributions to the federation account, thereby starving the States and Local Governments and all Nigerians of funds needed for development and general well-being, noting that as trustee to the People they are running against the spirit of the 1999 Constitution, while other revenue generating agencies must also ensure they make contributions into the federation account.


The PDP Governors said going forward the federating States should have a say in determining operating costs to ensure transparency and accountability.


While also frowning at the rising debts and what it describes as uncontrollable debt profile, the meeting regretted that the gains under the Obasanjo administration where Nigeria exited its foreign debt obligations has been destroyed, warning that going by the borrowing spree of the APC Government if unchecked could lead the nation into bankruptcy.


The Governors also expressed support for the implementation of judicial and legislative autonomy in the federation and States.


It wants more involvement of States in mining and geophysical activities within their States to diversify the economy and compliment oil as a foreign exchange earner for the nation.


The People’s Democratic Party Governors who requested the President to review the suspension of Twitter operations in Nigeria in the national interest, urged the Government to think outside the box and find solutions to the problems facing Nigeria.


On President Muhammadu Buhari’s comment to Governors to find solutions to security challenges, the Governors wondered if the Chief Security Officer of the Country is unaware of his responsibilities under the Constitution over security organisations, adding that though they play a critical role in complimenting the Government at the centre, which they are doing, the President must rise to his responsibilities.


While commending Governor Udom Emmanuel for bringing prudence, innovation and competence to governance, the Governors reiterated their earlier call to the National Assembly to pass the Electoral Act and Constitution amendment to ensure restructuring and decentralisation of governmental powers and functions.


Thirteen out of the fourteen PDP Governors Were in attendance, while the Deputy Governor of Zamfara State Mahdi Mohammed representated Governor Bello Mohammed Mutawalle.

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Former Perm Sec Commissions 4.6km Damare Road, Lauds Fintiri’s Achievements

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A retired federal permanent secretary and elder statesman Alhaji Ahidjo Bamanga has lauded Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri for his outstanding achievements in 3 years which have uplifted the status of the state

He was speaking during the commissioning of 4.6km ATV Damare road in Girei local government area.

Speaking shortly before the commissioning Alhaji Bamanga applauded the Governor for his commitment towards changing the fortunes of the state.

The elder statesman described Governor Fintiri as a committed, result oriented and great achiever who has salvaged the state from the shackles of underdevelopment urging all Adamawa people to support him for continuity.

Earlier Governor Fintiri said the 4.6km road is part of the landmark achievements in the deliveries of the urban renewal campaign of his administration.

The Governor said government has developed a two way approach to infrastructural strides which is urban renewal and rural infrastructure and community development and it will not rest on its oars till it achieves that.

He proudly noted that Adamawa is wearing a beautiful look and has fast become an investment hub for investors.

While pledging to continue to flag off and commission projects till the end of his tenure he reiterated his resolve to ensure that no one is left behind and nothing is left untouched.

Commissioner of works and energy development, Adamu Atiku
said the 4.6km ATV Damare road is strategic and important as it has ameliorated the plight of commuters and opened up the area for development.

There were goodwill messages from the District Head of Girei, Dr Ibrahim Ahmed Mustapha, and chairman Girei Local Government Council Judah Amisa and Baba Salam.

High points of the event was a display of three hearty cheers from corp members who are major beneficiaries of the road which leads to the NYSC orientation camp Damare.

The Governor while inspecting the road had a stopover at the NYSC camp and was cheerfully welcomed by the corp members.

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Accountability: Nat’l Lottery Trust Fund Emerges 2nd Best Compliant Agency In Nigeria

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Dr Bello Maigari, the Executive Secretary , National Lottery Trust Fund, has said that the Agency emerged the second best accountability compliant in Federal Government Agency’s Anti Corruption and Transparency Units ( ACTU) in 2021.

Dr Bello Maigari made the agency’s stand clear in a statement issued on Monday and signed by Muhammad Auwal Adam, Media and Puɓlications unit of the Trust Fund.

Dr. Maigari equally stated that the agency was the fourth best compliant among the government MDA in efficiency and transparency in the workplace.

“In less than Three years of the constitution of the Unit, the agency scored 84.45% to emerge the second best compliant in agency category in Nigeria and the fourth best compliant MDA with systems and processes put in place to promote efficiency and transparency in the workplace”. Maigari said.

According to Dr. Maigari, the success is attributed to the efforts put by the agency’s Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU).

The Executive Secretary stated that the development equally followed the high standards of transparency and accountability collectively exhibited by the management and staff of the agency.

Similarly, Federal Government has lauded the National Lottery Trust Fund for gigantic intervention in National Sports Development and urged other government MDAs to emulate.

According to Dr Bello Maigari, the commendation followed the giant intervention so far made by the agency in promoting nation’s sport.

He said that over N574m worth of sports equipment procured by the National Lottery Trust Fund and distributed to over 2000 selected public primary schools across the country.

He noted that the significance of the intervention would go along way in promoting good causes and sport Development among Nigerian Youths.//

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Ishaka Dedan Reelected As Adamawa NUJ Chair

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The Adamawa state Council of the Nigeria union of Journalists, NUJ Saturday held its election which saw the emergence of Ishaka Donald Dedan as the Chairman for the second term.

This was announced by the Chairman, Electoral Committee of the twenty twenty two election, Comrade Bashir Liman at the N UJ’s Secretariat, Press Centre Yola.

The returned Chairman, Comrade Ishaka Donald Dedan polled one hundred and ten votes to defeat his rival Comrade Kate Aliyuda who polled seventy two votes.

Meanwhile, Comrade Fidelis Jockthan polled one hundred and twenty votes to clinch the position of Secretary defeating his closest rival Jonathan Filibus who polled seventy three votes.

The office of the treasurer was won by Joy Diamond Leka with one hundred and sixteen votes beating her rival Felicia Amos who polled thirty seven.

Other positions of Auditor and Assistant Secretary were unopposed.

The newly elected leaders were administered oath of office by Barrister Sunday Wugira.

In an inaugural speech, the Vice Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalist, North East zone, Comrade Zare Baba charged the new executive to carry every body along and eschew bigotry and favoritism.

In an acceptance and victory speech, the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Comrade Ishaka Donald Dedan who thanked God for the victory pledged to play an open door policy.

Comrade Dedan who solicited prayers and support of the members urged them to advise them where necessary.

Speaking, the Permanent Secretary ministry of information, Barrister Isuwa Misali who congratulated the new executives to work together towards forging the union forward.

Other speakers at the event who presented their good will messages include NUT state Chairman, Comrade Rodney Nathan, representative of the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN Adamawa state Chapter and Radio Television Theatre and Art Workers Union, RATTAWU.

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