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Disclose Debt Profile Of The State, Orbih Tackles Obaseki

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Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party in Edo State, Chief Dan Orbih, Sunday, challenged governor of the state, Mr. Godwin Obaseki to publicly declare debt profile of the state as at when he came to power and present.

Orbih, who spoke at the grand finale of the Edo North PDP Leaders Tour in Fugar, described Edo State as the second most indebted state in the country.

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He said, “I want to challenge Governor Godwin Obaseki to disclose the state of indebtedness to the people of the state. Indebtedness as when he took over power and as of today. Somebody just wisper to my hear that he has evidence to show that Edo State is the second most indebted state in Nigeria today.”

Former Chief of Staff to the President, Chief Mike Ogiadomhe (left) and Chief Dan Orbih, PDP chairman, Edo State (right) during the Edo North PDP Leaders Tour at Fugar on Sunday

Stating that Edo State treasury has been emptied by the ruling APC, Orbih called on gobernosrhip aspirants under the party to prepare for the worst when the party eventually assume office.

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He said governorship aspirants under the PDP are crops of young men who have what it takes to rule the state, stressing that the PDP is the only party that can deliver dividence of democracy and profer solution to the challenges of the state.

L-R: Dan Orbih, PDP Chairman Edo State; Senator Victor Oyaifo and High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, chairman of the Edo North PDP Leaders Tour at Fugar on Sunday

“The present governorship aspirants under the PDP are crops of young men who have what it takes to rule the state. But I want to use this occasion to send a strong signals to our governorship aspirants that as they prepare for the governorship primaries, they must put at the back of their minds that when PDP comes back to government, they are going to face very serious problem because they are going to inherit an empty treasury”, Orbih added.

Speaking on the incessant fire outbreaks that occure in the state, the PDP chairman lamented that resources the state government ought to use in procurement of fire fighting equipment are been expended on the internal crisis rocking the ruling party.

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He noted, “I want to use this opportunity to call on the government to do something urgent so that there will be permanent end to fire incident in the state. A lot of people have lost so much in these market fire outbreaks, and I believe and will be speaking with authority to call on Godwin Obaseki that he should direct the resources of the state to finding lasting solution to the problems of the state. And let them put aside their internal crisis. What the government is using in fighting their internal crisis is enough to purchase fire fighting equipment for our fire fighters.”

Also speaking, Deputy National Woman leader of the PDP, Umoru Adizet Hadizat, said leaders of the party have resolved to stop the tactics of rigging of the ruling party, lamenting that though the PDP did win past elections in the area, the APC successfully rigged them.

She urged the people present at the event to “go out like missionaries and preach the gospel of PDP as the only party that can deliver dividence of democracy to the people.”

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A cross section of PDP supporters during the Edo North PDP Leaders Tour at Fugar on Sunday

She said, ” You can see there is hardship in the land. People are not happy because they are frustrated by the hardship brought by this government. We want you to therefore go out as missionaries and tell the people that the PDP is the only party that can rescue them.”

Chairman of the Edo North PDP Leaders Tour, High Chief Raymond addressing PDP supporters during the Edo North PDP Leaders Tour at Agenebode on Sunday

Chairman of the Tour, High Chief Raymond, on behalf of leadership of the party urged the party to allocate the deputy gobernosrhip position to the Senatorial District, stressing that this will inspire the people in the area to vote massively for the party.

He noted that the PDP has no division but has resolved to work together as one with a view to winning the forthcoming election.

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PICTORIAL: Rep Gifts Daughter SUV For Graduating From Secondary School, Netizens React

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A member of the House of Representatives from Plateau State, Yusuf Gagdi, has gifted his daughter, Aisha, a new Sport Utility Vehicle as a gift on her graduation from a secondary school, Lead British International School Abuja.

Aisha was said to have excelled in her Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations, and to mark the achievement, her father surprised her with the luxury vehicle.

Sharing pictures from the graduation ceremony on Instagram on Saturday, Gagdi wrote, “Today, I attended my amazing daughter’s graduation ceremony. Watching you, my dear daughter, walk across that stage fills my heart with immense pride and love.

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“I celebrate your achievements and the strength you’ve shown. Here’s to a future filled with endless possibilities and happiness.
Congratulations, my shining star!”

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On Sunday, Gagdi further shared a report by #northern_trending_ on Instagram, which confirmed that he surprised her with a car gift.

The report partly read, “To celebrate her graduation and great performance in JAMB, her father surprised her with a gift of a car.”

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The lawmaker’s gesture has generated mixed reactions on social media, with some praising his generosity and others criticising the extravagant gift amidst Nigeria’s economic challenges.

One Yusuf tweeting as #kubcy17 on X.com wrote, “Absolute nonsense and rubbish in this trying time. Hon. Yusuf Gagdi doesn’t have a single respect for the people of his constituency.”

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Haidar, tweeting as #AliyumuazuIbra2, wrote, “It’s not surprising to see that a car, which even university graduates and professors dream of owning, is given as a gift to a secondary school graduate.

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“If she completes university, she might receive a private jet or a personal yacht as a gift.”

Some others, however, stood on the side of the lawmaker.

#Uthmann__ wrote on X.com, “Hon. Gagdi only displayed the car he gifted to his daughter after graduation from secondary school.

“People celebrate their children according to their pockets. This is nothing new in Abuja. And this is even a gift from dad to his daughter.”

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Sen. Buba To Empower 130 Youth On Crop, Animal Production In Bauchi

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Sen. Shehu Buba, representing Bauchi South at the Senate has selected nothing less than 130 youth to be trained and empowered on crop and animal production as well as agric extension services in Bauchi state.

Mr Mohammed Dahiru, one of the Programme Coordinators, stated this during the distribution of training forms to the selected youths in Bauchi on Saturday.

According to him, the youth were selected across the seven Local Government Areas of the Bauchi South Senatorial district the senator represents at the senate to fight food insecurity in the state.

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He said that the senator’s attention has diverted to agriculture where he thought it wise and mandated them to select 130 participants to be trained on both crops and animal production as well as Agric extension services.

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“They will be trained on crop production like rice, maize, soya beans and many others and there is also a portion of animal production which consists of the process of raising and breeding animals for various purposes such as meat, milk, eggs, and other animal products.

“At the end of the programme, they would be able to have a knowledge of farming in both crop and animal production, financial management of farming and they will also know how to farm some selective crops that are more predominant in the state and animals that are not predominantly reared in the state.

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“They will also know how to monitor and evaluate a particular farm and the safety precautions that are within the farming activities,” he said.

Also speaking with newsmen, Engr. Musa Idi, the second programme Coordinator, said after the training, each of the beneficiaries would be empowered with some farming equipment that consists of a solar powered spraying machine.

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“After giving them the empowerment materials, they will be given an allowance that would help them to start something.

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“With this, they would be able to start a small farming business and put what they have learned into practice.

“This is going to help them a lot as the move by the senator is a huge one geared toward eradicating poverty,” he said.

One of the beneficiaries who spoke on behalf of others, Mohammed Ibrahim, lauded the senator for initiating the training and promised to make effective use of the training.

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NEDC Assures Adequate Development In Northeast Region

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The North East Development Commission (NEDC) has reiterated its resolve to leave no stone unturned to ensure adequate development in every part of the region.

The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mohammed Alkali, made the assurance on Saturday while on project inspection to monitor the level of progress of the projects embarked upon by NEDC in Ningi Local Government Area of Bauchi state.

According to him, the commission was ever ready to provide the necessary interventions to cushion the effect of hardship experienced by the people in the region as a result of insurgency and other disasters.

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Alkali, who also assured that NEDC had not skewed its interventions towards a particular state, said every state would continue to be treated equally as far as development is concerned.

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He however, expressed displeasure at the pace of work with the contractor handling the construction of some structures at the National Obstetrics Fistula Center, Ningi and summoned him to Maiduguri, the Headquarters of the commission for explanations.

The Managing Director, added that this became necessary as the Commission needed to know what was causing the delay in the completion of the projects.

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He further expressed the desire of the commission to see that the facilities were put to use as soon as possible, saying that NEDC was desirous to see that both the Surgical ward and the skills acquisition centre were equipped in order to facilitate treatment and rehabilitation of the patients.

Alkali also lauded the Management of the Centre for providing adequate care to the parents and reiterating that the NEDC would always support the Centre in order to meet up to the objectives of its establishment.

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