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Attack on Zulum: Sack Service Chiefs, Reps Caucus insist

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Sequel to the Thursday attack on the convoy of Governor of Borno state, Baba Gana Zulum by suspected bandits, the Minority Caucus of the House of Representatives has expressed concern, saying that the sad incident has again reinforced the urgent need to review the nations security architecture.

Ndudi Elumelu, Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, in a statement on Friday urged the presidency to implement the recent resolution of both chambers of the National Assembly asking president Muhammadu Buhari to sack his Service Chiefs.

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Elumelu in the statement also noted that the attack on the state governor and other dastardly activities of the insurgents in various parts of the nation have further reinforced the urgent need to inject new hands with fresh ideas to handle the nations security architecture

Elumelu said:

“The worsening security situation in the country under the current Service Chiefs has reached an unbearable state to the extent that insurgents have the temerity to attack an armed convoy of a state governor.

“This is more so with the insistence by Governor Zulum of compromising of security system in the area, allegedly creating opening to the attack; a position that validates the call for immediate reorganizing of the nation’s security architecture.
The entire nation is distressed by the incessant mindless killing of our citizens and pillaging of defenseless communities by insurgents, bandits and kidnappers, which have brought indescribable agony, anguish and torment to innocent Nigerians.

“We the opposition lawmakers hereby in the strongest terms restates the call to President Muhammadu Buhari to honor the resolution of the National Assembly and immediately remove the Service Chiefs and bring in new hands to effectively confront the security challenges confronting our nation.”

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FG to create 5m jobs, provide solar energy to homes – Osinbajo

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Yemi Osinbajo

In line with the job creation agenda of the Federal Government, the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osibanjo has reaffirmed government’s commitment towards creation of five million jobs.

Osibanjo who disclosed this over the weekend during the Virtual Presidential Policy Dialogue Session organised by the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), said that the administration is focused on providing

He stated that while focusing on key areas like agriculture, housing, manufacturing, that they would expand cultivation and agro processing.

The Vice President said, “We are to create jobs and boost our national housing programme. We would be intentional in the support of manufacturers in using our local raw materials. We are seriously engaging the use of cement in building our roads, as it will be cheaper for us and more durable.

“We are targeting electrification of five million households with solar power, and we are supporting SMEs, especially in the pharmaceuticals to enhance the production of personal protective equipment.”

Earlier in her welcome address, the LCCI President, Mrs Toki Mabogunje expressed worries over failure of the Nigerian Customs Service to adhere to the Executive Order which forbids Customs checkpoints around the ports and within given geographical delimitations in the country.

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She pointed out that the slow pace of reforms in the oil and gas sector was another cause for worry, adding that the part of the PIB that was passed was not signed by the President as it has affected the growth of the sector.

According to her:

“Closure of the land borders has enormous implications for cross border economic activities around the country. The indications are now that the closure is indefinite. While we share the concern of government on issues of security and smuggling, we believe that the indefinite closure of land borders is not the solution to the problem.

“We are excited about the signing of the AFCTA. But we need to get ourselves ready for the pressure of competition inherent in the continental economic integration agenda. A number of commitments were made about the creation of an environment that would enable the private sector to be competition ready. But not much has happened in this regard so far.

“We are aware of the efforts of government to fix our infrastructure, including roads and railways, but funding has remained a major challenge. We would like to see a new funding model with much bigger focus on private sector capital within a Public Private Partnership [PPP] framework for infrastructure development in the country.”

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Edo 2020: APC admonishes supporters against violence

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Saturday admonished its supporters in Edo against violence before, during, and after the Sept. 19 state governorship election.

Mai Mala Buni, Chairman of the party’s Caretaker Committee, gave the advice in Benin at the official commencement of APC’s 2020 Edo governorship campaign.

“We are here to win and not to fight,” he said.

Buni said he and members of his entourage were in the state to present the party’s governorship candidate before the party’s teeming supporters.

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The caretaker committee chairman, who is also the governor of Yobe, added that they were also in Edo to ensure that the party takes back its mandate in the state.

He noted that with the crowd seen at the campaign ground he had no doubt that the party would be voted for in the forthcoming election slated for Sept. 19.

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Buni advised also that the supporters must ensure that their votes count.

Similarly, Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State said the APC Campaign Council for the election had concluded arrangements for a successful election in the state.

Ganduje who is the council chairman advised APC supporters on the need to create an enabling environment for the party’s candidate to win.

He commended the party’s election committee for a job well done.

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Also, the party’s candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, gave assurances that they would win the election in all the state’s 18 Local Government Areas (LGAs).

“I thank the party’s national leadership for coming out in a grand way to identify with the APC in this state,” he said.

The candidate disclosed that the party in the state would from Monday embark on campaigning from one LGA to the other.

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Edo 2020: Oba of Benin calls for peaceful campaigns, election

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The Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare the 11 has called on political parties participating in the Edo 2020 election to go about their campaigns peacefully.

The Royal Majesty made the call when he received a delegation of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on a courtesy visit at his Palace in Benin on Saturday.

The APC delegation, led by Yobe Governor, Mai Mala Buni, was in Benin for the official flag-off of the party’s campaign for its Edo 2020 Gubernatorial candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

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The Oba said the Palace had not been happy with the recent happenings in the state.

He called on everyone in the state to pray for a peaceful Edo election.

“There is nothing as powerful as prayers.

“As you go about your campaign, go about it peacefully and without bitterness,” the monarch said.

Oba Ewuare also reiterated that he remained non-partisan and had never supported any political candidate.

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He said, “We remain non-partisan because of the laid down rules of our ancestors; we must be fathers to all.

“We see every candidate as our child and we pray for everybody. It is wiser to leave the fate of the election to God.

“I am not against any candidate; I have never been for or against any candidate but when the people have chosen via the election, we will pray for him to succeed in office.’’

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Speaking on behalf of the delegation, the Yobe Governor and Chairman, APC National Caretaker Committee, said the visit was to present the Edo 2020 APC governorship candidate to the royal majesty for his blessings.

Buni was optimistic that APC would reclaim the state come Sept. 19.

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