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APC , Best Platform to Realize Urhobo Aspirations , Says Omo- Agege

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President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) represent the most viable avenue to realize the collective aspirations of Urhobo people who constitute more than two million of Nigeria’s population, Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has said.

Addressing the 2019 annual convention of the Urhobo Progress Union America (UPUA), in Philadelphia, U.S.A., Senator Omo-Agege emphasized the significance of its theme: “Accelerating the Socio-Economic Development of Urhoboland through Investments in Education,” stressing that now is the time for all Urhobos to consolidate and move forward while a progressive party is in power.

The Deputy Senate President, who was represented by the member representing Ughelli North/South and Udu Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. (Rev.) Francis Ejiroghene Waive, recalled that Urhobos’ alliance with national ruling parties such as the National Council of Nigerian Citizens (NCNC), the National Party of Nigeria (NPN), the Social Democratic Party (SDP), People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and now, the APC, has significantly advanced their collective interests and brought political influence as well as national projects to Urhobo land.

“Guided by the urgent need to change the course of the ship of the Urhobo nation and raise the political profile of Urhobo, we knew we had to build new relationships so, we went to work, caucusing with the APC in the Senate and building new alliances and eventually joining the party from the Labour Party.

“Since then, we made tremendous progress and today your brother, my very self, is now the fifth highest political office holder in Nigeria; as Deputy President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the power of Urhobo voice in national politics will be louder, clearer and stronger and so too will be Urhobo influence.

“Whilst I am humbled by my June 11, 2019 historic election to this high office of State, I am very proud and fulfilled that we were able to forge great alliances with which we successfully engineered this great victory at the apex of our complex national politics to put the Urhobo nation in its place of preeminence, pride and duty in national affairs.

“Many thanks to President Muhammadu Buhari who has shown fairness to us; without his support it would have been impossible for me to win the leadership contest.

“Mr. President has also appointed Olorogun Festus Keyamo, SAN, the Minister of State, Niger Delta Ministry and Olorogun Bernard Okumagba, the new Managing Director of the Niger-Delta Development Corporation (NDDC) while many more Urhobo sons and daughters are expected to be appointed in due course,” he said.

Reeling out statistics of the benefits of the political alliance to the Urhobo nation and the South-South as a geo-political zone, Omo-Agege said: “Aladja is now linked to the national rail network after 34 years that the project was abandoned; retirees of Delta Steel Company are now being paid their entitlements after several years of neglect.

“It is my hope that with more strategic thinking, focus and actions, the Urhobo nation will never make the costly mistake of shying away from its rightful place in our nation again but having attained this new level in national politics, how are we going to consolidate on what we have achieved for the good of our people?

“History shows that when we stand together, there is no obstacle we cannot overcome in our determined effort to improve the lives of the people so, at this time, Urhobo must unite and show resolve, if we are to consolidate on the progress we have made.”

Commending the UPUA for remaining an exemplary force for the promotion of Urhobo unity and interests, he emphasized a continuation of their usual deliberations on how to accelerate socio-economic development.

“We have the resources – oil, gas, fertile land, hardworking and talented people to make Urhobo a land of opportunities and center of political power in our state; estimated to be more than two million people, we constitute more than 50% and about 3% of Delta State and our national population respectively and we contribute more than 10% of our country’s oil wealth,” he noted.

Emphasizing that “education in every sense is one of the fundamental factors of development,” the Deputy President of the Senate noted that in spite of being the first petroleum university in Africa and the sixth of its kind in the world, the Federal University of Petroleum Resources (FUPRE), Effurun in Delta state is not being properly funded, adding that he would personally ensure a change.

“FUPRE must not die: I will take up this challenge and ensure full implementation of the FUPRE law as soon as possible”.

“The law mandates the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF), Ministry of Petroleum Resources and Nigerian Content Developmental and Monitoring Board (NCDMB) to be part of the funding of the University by remitting 2% of their annual budget to the University but these three funding agencies are yet to agree or make any commitment to fulfill the law,” he stated.

Recalling that the first set of students to ever matriculate at Nigeria’s premier university, the University of Ibadan included an Urhobo, Victor Erereko Ovie-Whiskey, Senator Omo-Agege noted that the Urhobo Progressive Union’s pre-independence era educational attainments that included scholarship awards, founding of reputable schools, adding that the current generation of Urhobos should invest in education.

“Education in every sense is one of the fundamental factors of development; no country can achieve sustainable economic development without substantial investment in human capital.

“Education enriches people’s understanding of themselves and world, it improves the quality of their lives and leads to broad social benefits to individuals and society.

“Education raises people’s productivity and creativity and promotes entrepreneurship and technological advancement: in addition, it plays a very crucial role in securing economic and social progress and improving income distribution.

“I must remark here that the giant strides we achieved in education and human capital development was the result of the desire of the UPU to pull Urhobo people from obscurity,” he stated adding that private educational initiatives must comply with the policies and standards of both the Delta State and Federal governments”.

Signed

Yomi Odunuga,

Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to the Deputy President of the Senate.

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Covid-19: Activist Accuses Presidential Taskforce of Collecting N500,000 as Daily Allowance

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A political activist and former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Timi Frank, has revealed that daily allowance of the Presidential Taskforce is N500,000.

Frank said officials of the federal government has turned the current Coronavirus pandemic to business.

Making the accusation onn his official twitter account, @RealTimiFrank on Wednesday, the Bayless born political activist said each seating for every member of of the presidential taskforce committe is five hundred thousand.

He wondered how a government who has claimed that the country is broke could spend such amount daily.

“COVID-19 now profit making for federal Gov’t. That’s why they want to withdraw 150million dollars to share from our sovereign wealth fund.

“Each seating allowance for every member of the presidential taskforce committee is 500k daily. This is same Govt that claim they’re broke.”

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Abusing Buhari Will Not Bring You Out of Poverty, CAFA Replies Aisha Yesufu

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The Citizens Against Fake Activists (CAFA) has lashed out at co-convener, BringBackOurGirls, Aisha Yesufu, appraising her that abusing President Muhammadu Buhari won’t lift her out of poverty.

In a foul-mouthed attack, Yesufu described President Buhari as a “coward” simply “cowering in Aso rock” wasting every single kobo spent on him by Nigerians.

Yesufu’s statement attracted the ire of Nigerians, with many rebuking her for lacking manners and disrespecting the country’s most-revered office.

The Citizens Against Fake Activists, on Monday, joined fellow compatriots to reprimand the self-acclaimed activist, who according to them is unteachable, empty and bereft of knowledge; quick to jump into issues to satisfy her paymasters.

CAFA took out time to school Yesufu on issues surrounding insurgency in the country and the West-African sub region, particularly as it concerns Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger.

In a statement by Director Communications and Publicity, Comrade Ibrahim Kabir Dalla, CAFA reckoned that the Nigerian troops would have achieved more than it already did if not for Yesufu’s associates, comprised mostly of terrorists.

The Citizens Against Fake Activists, however, advised Yesufu to tender an apology to the Office of the President.

The group further called on Nigerians to report offending posts and any other irresponsible attacks coming from her to Twitter, just like they did some time ago.

Read full statement below:

The Citizens Against Fake Activists (CAFA) has noted with disgust the new low to which the co-convener of the BringBackOurGirls group, Aisha Yesufu has sunken to when she decided to describe the office and person of President Muhammadu Buhari as a waste. Even for the pay-for-hire activist that Aisha Yesufu has been confirmed to be, her decision to desecrate the highest office in the land is the height of irresponsibility regardless of how much she has been paid to distract the government of the day.

Her justification for this unpatriotic criminal act was supposedly because Chadian troops were able to give Boko Haram terrorists a fight, which made her to ignorantly conclude that Nigeria has not done enough to deal with the insurgents when the opposite is the case. She irresponsibly wrote _“The coward we have as Commander-in-chief who is supposed to be a Rtd Major General is cowering in Aso rock villa. His theatre of war is reading in front of the camera. Buhari @MBuhari is a waste of every single kobo spent on him by Nigeria,”_ which is most unfortunate and unacceptable.

In reality, the saddest part of the entire incident is that Aisha Yesufu is unteachable, incapable of keeping quiet and composed long enough for the facts being presented to her to sink in before she goes all hyper in her desperation to satisfy those that are deceiving her that they can pay her way out of poverty. Had Yesufu been capable of these qualities, CAFA would have undertaken to provide knowledgeable experts to educate her to the cardinal errors that underpin her commentaries on national issues.

Even at that CAFA will like Aisha Yesufu to orientate herself to the concept of international relations, international law and jurisprudence, which would easily point her to understand that while Boko Haram operates in an area that transverses Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon and Niger it is still not possible for one country to intrude into the territory of the other, which the terrorists have been exploiting to launch cross border attacks before fleeing into a different jurisdiction.

In terms of military realities, an intelligent person, even without military background, would have realized that it took the constant containment and degrading from the operations conducted by the Nigerian Army to have corralled the Boko Haram terrorists into the underground holes from where the Chadian Army smoked them out. She must also be made aware that her comments are supporting Boko Haram recruitment drive by creating the impression that there is a preponderance of public sympathy and acceptance of the crime that the terrorists are committing.

It is important to mention that the Nigerian military would have made further gains against the terrorists but for the sabotage of Yesufu’s associates, comprised mostly of terrorists’ sympathizers and organizations that trade in human misery, who do everything possible to prevent the military from wiping out those scums of the earth.

CAFA hereby calls on Aisha Yesufu to immediately apologize to Nigerians for treating the Office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria with disrespect and disdain. Yesufu’s personal angst against President Buhari is something that only her understands so we are not going to ask her to apologize to Mr. President, what we demand from her is an apology to the office being proprietary to Nigeria and one that must not be disrespected by anyone. We must however offer her the free counsel that she risks damaging her health if she does not take measures to manage her pointless anger against President Buhari.

We urge Nigerians of good conscience to report the offending tweet and any other irresponsible attacks coming from her to Twitter as hate speech. Twitter does not accept that kind of behaviour from users in some other countries and we can collectively make the company respect the same level of decorum here.

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COVID-19 Has Exposed President Muhammadu Buhari Government Social Intervention as a Hoax– PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday said the COVID-19 pandemic has further exposed the social intervention programmes of the Muhammadu Buhari led All Progressives Congress (APC) government as a ‘total hoax’.

PDP alleged that the APC leaders have been fleecing the country through the social incentives programme rather than deploying it to benefit the people.

The party said in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, that the manifest failure of the COVID-19 social palliatives for Nigerians contrary to claims by the APC-led administration also validates allegations that the APC has been using ghost beneficiaries to siphon government resources.

It described as alarming and revealing that not even a handful of Nigerians has acknowledged receiving any social panacea from the government despite claims by officials of having paid out billions of naira as palliatives to individuals and households.

The PDP urge Nigerians to note how officials of the APC-led administration fraudulently sidestepped extant financial regulations and illegally resorted to cash disbursements directly by a cabinet minister instead of using Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) cash disbursement facility.

According to the PDP, “Such was part of the design to use few unsuspecting Nigerians to circumvent the system, muddle up financial documentation and accountability processes and facilitate the siphoning of huge chunk of the palliative fund.

“Such practice directly points to fraudulent diversion of funds by APC leaders, who have been using the same template of the discredited social investment programmes, which had been exposed by the First Lady, Aisha Buhari, as a fraud, when she revealed last year that the N500 billion Social Investment Programme of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration was not getting to the targeted beneficiaries.”

More embarrassing, PDP said, was the duplicitous inclusion of the scandalous school feeding programme as an expenditure line even when schools are closed following the social distancing directives, “an alarming development that points to the level of corruption in the APC administration.”

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