… My Government Has Improved Edo People’s Lives’ – Obaseki
The governorship candidate of All Progressives Congress, APC, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, yesterday, decried the huge amounts collected by the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP as security vote yet with little amount given to the police to combat crime in the state.
He expressed his resentiment during the week at a media parley with Journalists in Benin.
He said Obaseki made the state House of Assembly to increase his security vote from N500m to N750m while the money to the police to combat insecurity in the state still remains N5m.
Osagie said the police cannot combat crime with such amount of money noting that hence the governor has decided to increase his own security vote, he should have also done same to the police so that they can be effective in their job.
The APC governorship candidate said Edo State remains the only state in the south-south region that has failed to invest in its security as Delta State government has succeeded in investing in its security by purchasing crime tracking devices for its police to combat crime thus leading to crime reduction in that state.
Ize-Iyamu said nothing seems to be working in the current government of Obaseki as the citizens of the state depend on their own source of drinking water instead of the government providing it for them adding that has led to the indiscrimate sinking of boreholes thereby destroying the ecosystem.
The APC candidate said with his manifestoes christened the ‘SIMPLE’ agenda which is time bound will address all the myriad problems bedeviling the state.
On the part of the national Vice Chairman, Edo State Governorship Media Committee, Patrick Obayangbon, while corroborating the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu on security matters, said security is part of what the ‘SIMPLE’ agenda is going to tackle adding that is it a thing of shame that a governor who receives N750m as a security vote monthly but only succeeds in giving N5m to the security agency.
He said it is difficult for the security agency to combat crimes and criminality with such amount of money, noting that that is the cause of the surge of crimes in the state.
For the former Trade Union Congress, (TUC) President, Peter Isele, he said he decided to join forces with the governorship candidate of the APC based on his simplified manifestoes which tend to address the challenges faced by the people of the state.
He said the promise made by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Godwin Obaseki on the creation of 200,000 jobs was a bogus one and that there is nothing to show that that promise has been kept.
However, in a shift reaction, Governor Obaseki said his administration has so far better the lives of Edo people through improved education healthcare roads and even infrastructure.
Obaseki assured Edo people that the developmental strides in the state had just begun as the first four year of his administration were used in laying the foundation which will be built on the next four years.
“What Edo people have witnessed in the first for years is only the beginning of greater things. The first term is for laying of foundation for greatness. The foundation has been laid; we will build on it to make life better for Edo people.
” We have improved education, healthcare,agriculture, roads, infrastructure, environment, civil service and the economy of Edo State, ensuring that the life of every Edo man is improved for better,” he added.
FG Extends Kaduna-Abuja Train Resumption
The Ministry of Transportation, on Sunday, in Kaduna, extended the resumption date for the Kaduna-Abuja train Service
Recall that the train service was suspended in March 2022, after bandits attacked its passengers, killed 25, wounded several others and Kidnapped over 50 passengers.
However, early this month, the federal government had promised that the Kaduna-Abuja train service would resume before the end of November.
But the Minister of Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo, while on inspection tour to examine its readiness for operation before the commencement of operations, said certain things needed to be in place before resumption.
He said the FG has introduced a new system of purchasing tickets, which he said is the beginning of security checks that would assist the government to know who boards the train at every point in time.
Although he declined speaking on the actual resumption date, but assured the public that it wouldn’t be far from now.
Dangote Plans Fresh 300,000 Jobs For Nigerians
Africa’s foremost industrialist, Aliko Dangote, is optimistic that the new multibillion naira investment in the sugar sub-sector would help provide no fewer than 300,000 jobs in Nigeria.
A statement from the Corporate Communication Department of the company quoted the Group’s President Aliko Dangote as saying that the company was providing fresh funds and thus expanding its operations in the sugar sub-sector.
Mr Dangote, who was speaking at the Flagg off Ceremony of the 2022/2023 Crushing Season and Outgrower Scheme Awards in Numan, Adamawa State, said the opportunities would include both direct and indirect jobs.
Dangote, who is Africa’s top philanthropist, expressed optimism that the massive investment will create over 300,000 jobs for Nigerians.
He said, “We are making a massive investment in Adamawa State through expansion of DSR Numan’s sugar refining capacity from 3000tcd to 6000tcd, 9800tcd, and to 15,000tcd. DSR will be able to create about three hundred thousand jobs, direct and indirect, with positive multiplier effects on the economy nationwide.”
The Dangote Group is the biggest employer of labour in Nigeria outside the government.
Dangote was appointed Chairman, National Job Creation Committee in 2010 to assist the Federal Government in providing more employment opportunities for Nigerians.
The Dangote President had also announced that his company was doubling its spending on CSR schemes in host communities in Adamawa State, the location of its 32,000 hectares integrated sugar complex.
Speaking in Numan, Minister of Industry, Trade, and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, described the Dangote Sugar Refinery as the biggest contributor to the development of the sugar development effort of the Federal Government.
The Minister also commended Mr Dangote for the massive support through his Corporate Social Responsibility scheme.
In the same vein, the Dangote Refinery and Petrochemicals is expected to create some 250,000 job opportunities when completed next year.
Already, Dangote Cement Plc is one of Africa’s biggest job providers in the manufacturing sector.
Igbos Inaugurate Biafra House In US, Give Reasons
Igbos residing in the United States, US, have inaugurated the Biafra House in Oxon Hill in Maryland, Washington DC.
It was gathered that the Biafra House was inaugurated to serve people who believe in Biafra and friends of the nation.
This was authoritatively disclosed to DAILY POST by a source.
The source, who pleaded anonymity, said: “The Biafra House is officially opened for business to the public, including Government Administrative Matters, Diplomatic Protocol, International Relations, and Security, amongst others.”
The Biafra House was formed to help Igbos in the US and Diaspora interact with the international community.
According to the source: “The Biafra House will be interacting and providing services to local, as well as governments and the International community through partnerships, pending when the United Nations and other world bodies may compel the government of Nigeria to effect a plebiscite for Biafran people.
“Biafra House is where Biafrans in the United States and the World can seek Diplomatic and Consular services, as it’s open for five business days a week and within the New York time zone.”
“Again, The Biafra House will be interacting and providing services to local, as well as governments and the International community through partnerships, pending when the United Nations and other world bodies may compel the Fulani government of Nigeria to effect a plebiscite for Biafran people.”
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