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Senator Sankara applauds Tinubu over choice of Shettima as running mate

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The Chairman, Senate Committee on Information and National Orientation , Senator Danladi Abdullahi Sankara has declared full support for the choice of Senator Kashim Shettima by Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu as his Vice Presidential Candidate

According to him, the choice of Senator Shetima has further brightened the chances of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to secure victory in the general election scheduled for February next year.

Senator Sankara who also holds the traditional title of Dallatun Ringim spoke while addressing party leaders and supporter during the week in Jigawa State. 

He expressed confidence in the wisdom of Asiwaju Tinubu and capability of Senator Shettima who he described as competent, cerebral and accomplished aministrator that would add value to the presidency of Bola Tinubu in the service of the nation

Updating the party leaders and supporters , Senator Sankara said, “By the choice of Senator Shettima as his running mate for the general election, Tinubu has proved he is a leader with great wisdom and vision for assembling capable people to assist him provide the desired leadership that would improve the welfare Nigerians.

 “Senator Shettima is capable and well prepared. We are together with him in this 9th Senate and everyone is aware of his leadership capability, he will compliment efforts of Tinubu to bring about the desired progress and development of the nation”  

Senator Sankara said the issue of Muslim-Muslim ticket should not call for any alarm or apprehension by any group, especially as both Asiwaju Tinubu and Shettima are patriotic and well meaning Nigerians who are very conscious of the requirements of equity and justice in leadership and public administration

He said “On the issue of Muslim-Muslim ticket, I am convinced that there is no cause for alarm or apprehension by any group or individual, We are more particular about the capacity of the leaders to carry everyone along, and we are convinced that by their track record both Shettima and Tinubu are liberal minded leaders capable of carrying everyone along.

“Beside, we must all remember that this is not the first time we are having two leaders of the same faith contesting for the offices of President and Vice President.”  “Remember that in 1979 Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, a christian paired with Professor Ishaya Audu another christian to contest the presidency . In the same election circle, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, a christian paired with Chief Philip Umeadi, another christian to contest the presidency. 

“There are other two or three past instances during the military era when two leaders of the same religious faith were president and Vice President. 

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Kogi CSDA renovates 75-year-old Ochadamu Leprosarium with N15m

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By Friday Idachaba, Lokoja.

KOGI State Community and Social Development Agency (CSDA) has flagged off renovation work on the 75-year-old Leprosarium, now known as Holey Memorial Hospital, Ochadamu.

Chief Dauda Momoh, General Manager of the Agency presented a cheque for the first stanche of the N15 million intervention on Wednesday at Ocharamu, Ofu Local Government Area of Kogi.

He said the intervention was part of the 16 micro project interventions under the Basic Services Infrastructure of the Nigeria Covid-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (NG-CARES) Programme.

Represented by Engr. Bayode Oladipo, Operations Manager of the Agency, the General Manager hinted that the Leprosarium which was established 1948 as a leprosy and rehabilitation centre with a twin male and female colony now enjoys support from Kogi State NG-CARES Programme.

Chief Dauda Momoh said the renovation work entailed renovation of Ward, Toilets, Pharmacy building with Supply of drugs and equipment and was expected to cost ₦11,193,546.00

He said that renovation of classroom s and furnishing would take ₦3,803,887.50 bringing the total projects cost to
N14,997,433.50.

He said that the projects would reinvigorate the leprosarium with healthcare and sanitation facilities.

Momoh added that the Group Development Plan (GrDP) had revealed that the intervention also aimed to revamp the educational facilities provided for the children of the affected persons.

The General Manager explained that the GrDP would be implemented through the Group Project Management Committee of the Association of Persons Affected by Leprosy in Ochadamu.

He charged the group to ensure quality and timely completion of the intervention projects as he assured them that quality delivery would attract further intervention especially, in the area of termite eradication, to the hospital.

The Holey Memorial Hospital Administrator, Rev. Uduak H. Mmah who resumed duty barely a month ago, pledged seamless collaboration and support of the management with the implementing team and the Agency.

Mr Mark Abu, Finance and Administration Manager of the Agency, tasked the Community Projects Monitoring Committee (CPMC) on proper book keeping saying that various monitoring teams would be coming to monitor the projects from time to time.

Mr Akpa Adaji, Chairman of the Community Projects Implementation Committee assured of due diligence in the project implementation as he pledged the committee’s resolve to deliver within the stipulated time frame.

In his vote of thanks, the Hospital Secretary, Mr Daniel Ameh thanked God for the intervention and commended the CSDA, management of the hospital and the CPMC for making it a reality.

Highlight of the occasion was the presentation of a cheque of of N3.274 million to the committee as first tranche of the total project sum of N14,997,433.50. (Ends)

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LP says it is in full solidarity with Nigerian workers over indefinite industrial action

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***Says, Nigerian workers have shown enough patience, understanding

The leadership of the Labour Party (LP) has declared its support and solidarity with Nigerian workers over its planned industrial action to press for better welfare and equitable remuneration under the yoke of bitting economic down turn

The party reiterated the position that it is in support of any legitimate means deployed by Nigerian workers to press for better condition. 

The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Obiora Ifoh said the party fully supports the resolution of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) to embark on an industrial action slated to commence as of Tuesday, October 3rd.  

“We have followed with keen interest, in the last four months, various meetings between Organized Labour and various government bodies including the President of the Senate, the presidency, and the ministers of Labour as well as all the efforts made by the Labour leadership to get the government to understand the magnitude of the hardship government policies have thrown Nigerian Workers and the entire populace into since the enthronement of this administration. 

“Labour Party is not in any way surprised at the government’s apparent indifference, insensitivity, intransigence, and recalcitrant posture towards the genuine demands of the Labour bodies because their usurpation of power was not sanctioned by both the workers and generality of Nigerians. 

“Nigerians went to the polls with clear conviction of the government they wanted but this was denied them through institutional conspiracy. 

“Today, Nigerian workers are being punished for taking a stand during the February 25 Presidential Election.

“Labour Party is also aware of the sordid conditions which workers, the majority of them being our members, are subjected to, whereby many of them go to the office on a Monday and are forced by the prevailing economic challenges, to sleep in their offices all through to Friday before they return home. 

“Labour Party is surprised that the government claimed that it has removed subsidies on Petroleum products and that it now generates over a trillion naira monthly, yet it finds it difficult to address workers’ demands. 

“Daily, Nigerians are subjected to harsh economic realities where the inflation rate is nearing 30 percent, where a dollar is sold above N1000, and where par-capital income has depreciated. Many families are withdrawing their wards from schools over a hike in school fees, while criminal activities are surging daily. 

“We think that the Nigerian workers have shown enough patience and understanding.

“We are also using this medium to inform all our members and supporters to stock their homes with their necessary needs ahead of a long-drawn mass action until victory is ascertained.”

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INEC to conduct mock accreditation October 14 in Imo, Kogi, Bayelsa polls

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The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has indicated that it would conduct a mock accreditation on October 14, 2023 in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi states, ahead of the off-cycle governorship elections.

The Commission had scheduled the off-cycle elections for November 11, 2023.

INEC, in a statement signed by its National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee, Sam Olumekun, indicated that the mock accreditation would include using the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System and upload of polling units results to the INEC Result Viewing Portal.

The statement reads, “The Commission met today Monday 25th September 2023 and, among other issues, reviewed the preparations for the forthcoming off-cycle Governorship elections in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi States scheduled for Saturday 11th November 2023.

“As was the case in recent off-cycle Governorship elections, the Commission will conduct a mock accreditation using the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System and upload polling units results to the INEC Result Viewing Portal.

“The test run will take place simultaneously in the three States on Saturday 14th October 2023 from 8.30am to 2.30pm.

“A maximum of three polling units in each Senatorial District have been identified across each of the three States, covering a total of nine Senatorial Districts and 27 polling units.”

It further stated that lessons learnt from the exercise would be taken into consideration in ensuring a seamless process on election day.

“Full details of the polling units, including their locations by Local Government Area, Registration Area/Ward, Delimitation Code and number of registered voters have been uploaded to our website and social media platforms.

“The Commission appeals to registered voters in the selected polling units to turn up with their Permanent Voters’ Cards for the exercise.

“The public is advised that this is strictly a test accreditation exercise and not the actual election,” INEC added

The collection of Permanent Voter Cards commenced on September 11, 2023, and will end October 9, 2023.

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