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APC Crisis: Give Peace A Chance, PFN Urges Warring Leaders

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National President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Rev. Dr. Felix Omobude, has called on members of the political class, particularly leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State to settle their differences and give peace a chance.

Dr. Omobude who is also the General Superintendent of Gospel Light International Ministries (GLIM) – New Covenant Gospel Church (NCGC) with headquarters in Benin City, capital of Edo State, expressed concerns over the ongoing political crisis rocking the ruling APC in the state.

He said it was worrisome for the APC leaders in the state to engage in a political battle without an end, noting that power belongs to God and that all those that seek political positions should do so with the fear of God.

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In a press statement endorsed by his Media Aide, Deacon Ralph Okhiria, in Benin City, the national president of PFN, said Edo State is well known for its peacefulness as he urged the political class not to do anything that could set the state on the path of retrogression.

“Politicians should always learn to place the interest of the people and the state above their political goals because power belongs to God and He gives it to the person He wishes to give it to.

“It’s painful that the two main actors in the ongoing crisis in the APC (Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and Governor Godwin Obaseki), are illustrious sons of the state who have contributed immensely to the development of Edo State.

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“It’s a pity that they both know the right thing to do but unfortunately decided to do otherwise. They should learn to forgive each other and tell their followers to accommodate one another.

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“They should be told that Edo State belongs to all of us and that the people need peace to be able to support and vote for them during elections.

“As the governorship election draws near in the state, all hands must be on deck to ensure a peaceful election that we all can be proud of “, Dr. Omobude added.

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Speaking on the National Sports Festival (NSF), tagged Edo 2020, holding in the state from March 22 to April 2, 2020, the PFN leader congratulated the state government for preparations made so far towards making the sporting events huge success.

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He called on Edo people to be fully prepared to be good hosts by giving the visiting sports men and women reasons to be happy throughout the duration of the sports festival.

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BORBDA Inaugurates 250 Hectares Integrated Farm In Auchi, Okpe

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The Benin Owena River Basin Development Authority (BORBDA) on Thursday inaugurated 250 hectares integrated farm (Songhai Model) in Auchi, Etsako-East Local Government Areaand Okpe and Uneme Nekhua both in Akoko-Edo Local Government Area of Edo.

The Songhai farm models were inaugurated alongside the area office of the basin in Auchi by the Otaru of Auchi, Alhaji Aliru Momoh.

The Managing Director of the BORBDA, Alhaji Saliu Ahmed, while delivering his address, noted that the integrated farms were established as part of effort to revamping the agricultural sector.

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He said the farms would also provide employment opportunities for the unemployed youths, women and leverage on this to lift the people out ot poverty and ensure national food security.

He said that the farms, which were conceived in 2017, would serve as production, processing, service rendering and research based centres.

“The three farms in Auchi, Okpe and Uneme Nekhua are within 30km radius of one and another and together constitute a hub for effective production, processing and training.

“On 50 hectares of the 100 hectares of land each in Okpe and Uneme Nekhua, we planned to aggregate 50 youth farmers in each location with support of mechanisation and inputs to farm cassava and maize respectively.

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“We also sourced and secured off-takers who would buy up their harvest when due. It is also planned that these farmers who shall be supported and continually trained shall form the nucleus to eventually take over the running and operations of the integrated farms, thus guaranteeing the sustainability of the farms.

“It is noteworthy that whereas the farmers aggregation plans took off successfully in Okpe for cassava, that in Uneme Nekhua for the growing of maize suffered communal challenges that made it impossible to take-off as planned this year,” he said.

He concluded by saying that the farms would uplift the economy of these communities and provide training outlets on the best agricultural practices for the local farmers.

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Similarly, the Otaru of Auchi who inaugurated the BORBDA area office in Auchi, said it would serve as a catalyst to the development of the community and the entire Edo North Senatorial District.

He said the decision to provide the land for the farm and the office was part of Auchi community contribution to the development of the agricultural sector.

“I am indeed happy that lots of youths will be gainfully engaged through these farms and I am soliciting for more federal projects and institutions in the area,” he stated.

 

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OPINION: The Unequalled Leadership Of Gov. Ugwuanyi

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By Obioma Nnamani

A saying goes thus “a great captain is not known by sailing on a swimming pool but in a turbulent ocean”.

In the year 2015, at a very difficult time in the history of our nation, when the Nigeria’s economy nosedived into one of the worst recessions in our history, a leader His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi emerged as the newly elected governor of Enugu State, saddled with the enormous responsibility to lead the people of Enugu State.

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During his 2015 Inaugural speech, he expressed his firm belief that the God who fed the Five Thousand People with just five loaves of bread and two fishes will also help him during this difficult times.

Meanwhile, the people’s expectations of results are often far more than the resources available to the state. Considering the very lean resources available, it will indeed take the divine help to miraculously meet the expectations of the people. Hence he committed Enugu State into the hands of God.

Today, the overwhelming success of his administration has strongly proven not only his excellent leadership qualities but also the help of God in piloting the affairs of our dear State.

The Prompt and consistent payment of salaries to the state civil servants

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The construction of good access roads, especially at the rural areas.

The continuous peace and security in the state, his leadership style, as well as swift and strategic approach to tackling security challenges. These and many more he has been able to achieve seemingly effortlessly.

This great ability to successfully navigate through the difficult times is a clear proof of his unequalled leadership.

I personally believe that such a great leadership skill is what our country Nigeria needs come 2023, and therefore hopes that His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi will yield to the growing requests of Nigerians who are calling on him to run for the 2023 presidential election.

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Obioma Nnamani is a leadership expert, a former governorship candidate; former National President of Patriotic Youth Vanguard of Nigeria (PYVAN). Former Enugu State Chairman of Peoples Party of Nigeria; former Secretary Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC) Enugu State and Central Coordinator, Ogbako Ndi Nkanu

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NDE Recruits 100 Unemployed Persons For Agricultural Training In Edo

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The National Directorate of Employment (NDE) has recruited 100 unemployed persons in Edo in its sustainable Agricultural Development Training Scheme
(SADTS) of the Rural Employment Promotion ( REP) Programme.
The NDE Director-General, Dr. Nasiru Argungu, represented by state Coordinator, Mrs Ayo Edegbai, flagged off the training on Friday in Benin.
According to him, the training is expected to last for three months, adding that some stipends will be paid to participants to enable them fully attend the training.
The programme is unique because it is a further proof that  the Federal Government through the NDE is fully committed to it’s drive towards Job creation and reduction of poverty.
” Over 7,552persons in Edo have benefited from REP programme, while over 150,p000 persons have benefited generally from the NDE programmes and Schemes.
“The training involved both theoretical and practical trading in crops production, animal husbandry and Agro Services with view to enhancing productivity, increase income and improvement in the standard of living,”Argungu said.
He said that the scheme targeted interested unemployed youths and training them in modern methods of Agricultural practices, which abound for economic growth and wealth creation.
He noted “The importance of this training cannot be over emphasized given the level of commitment and seriousness the present administration attaches to agriculture.
“The training will further empower the participants to boost food production as well as reduce poverty in the land.”
He said that Agriculture was the mainstay and revenue earner for the economy in the 60s and 70s, adding that with the advert and discovery  of Oil., the Agricultural sector was neglected.
He thanked God that that a lot is now being done to revive the sector.
He  said that the Agricultural sector could easily sponge up the unemployment crisis in the land because of the value chain benefits.
Argungu, however, thanked the state government and Rev Father  Edwin  Omoregbe of St. Paul Catholic church for given NDE an enabling environment to operate and impart on the youths.

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