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Why I Work With Tinubu — Wike



The Minister of the Federal Capita Territory, FCT, Mr Nyesom Wike, has revealed why he decided to work with President Bola Tinubu in spite of, among other things, being in the opposition party.

Wike, a former two-term governor of Rivers State on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, made the revelation at a news conference on Friday in Abuja.

Wike said President Tinubu has the capacity and political will to take decisions and do things others are afraid of.

According to Wike, “One of the reasons I accepted to work with Mr. President is because he has the capacity and political will to do those things that people are afraid of doing.

“The problem of this country is partly leadership because so many people don’t want to take actions as they believe that some people will be angry.

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“There is no action you take that everybody will be happy. But what is important is that you are guided by law and your conscience.”

He then went on to explain the reformations Tinubu has brought to the FCT’s civil service.

FCT Civil Service Commission
Wike said: “The Central bank (CBN) cannot give us loans, and even the IGR is spent as it comes and you cannot tangibly do anything with it.

“I said to Mr. President if you want FCT to really carry out its developmental projects and infrastructure, then it must come out of TSA (Treasury Single Account).

“We (FCT Administration) are not a revenue-generating agency of the Federal Government. Then what financial leakages are you plugging? The revenue comes in and it will go to the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, and we need money to do projects.

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“I cannot go to the Central Bank to ask them to give us money, and I can’t go to the commercial banks. They will ask how do you pay back?

“So, I said we must pull out, that is the only way we can survive it.

“Mr. President graciously agreed with us and approved that we should pull out of the Single Treasury Account. TSA.

“You will see that from next year it will be projects upon projects in FCT. And with what you saw in Port Harcourt, Abuja would be something else. So for us, it is one of the happiest days, and we have to thank Mr. President for the foresight.”

He said for several years, a lot of issues in the FCT were stalled due to lack of political will to see then through.

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The Minister of FCT said: “There is this fear that ‘if I do this, people will kick against it’.

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“But it is not personal. It is about the growth of the city, welfare of the civil servants and the interest of the women – our mothers, sisters and wives.

“For many years this fight has been on. But in just few months, Mr. President has done it. That is the essence of the renewed hope agenda of President Bola Tinubu.

“Civil Servants in the FCTA were stagnated because they could only become directors and not rise to permanent secretaries.

“Before now, then Vice President Yemi Osinbajo had, as Acting President, signed a law to create the FCT Civil Service Commission. But the law has never been implemented.

“So, I went to Mr President and explained why we had to implement it in his administration. And he has graciously approved the creation of the Commission.

“Mr President has also approved the creation of a secretariat for women.

“You can imagine having an administration as large as this and there is no secretariat for women.

“So, the President has approved the creation of a Mandate Secretariat for Women Affairs. It is just like we have the Ministry of Women Affairs in the states,” Wike stressed on his work with Tinubu.


Edo 2024: Osunbor Joins Guber Race, Vows To Lift Edo To Enviable Heights




A former governor of Edo State, Prof. Oserheimen Osunbor on Thursday said he has the capacity to lead Edo State to enviable position if given the opportunity to govern the state again.

He also pledged to address failed road infrastructure in the state among other developmental projects lacking that have taken the state backward.

Osunbor, spoke in Benin City during a visit to the Leadership of the Edo state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), where he declared his intention to contest for the 2024 governorship election.

The former governor said he was aware of the sufferings of Edo people and would change the narrative if he gets the party’s ticket and subsequently emerged governor of the state in the forthcoming governorship election.

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He added that he has the experience and intergrity having been in the office as governor for a short time and promised to deliver good governance.

Osunbor solicited the support of the party leaders, promising he will take the state to greater heights following his rich history as a astute politician, whose tenure as governor recorded laudable feat.

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PDP, NNPP, Five Others Form Coalition




A group of seven opposition political parties on Wednesday formed a new coalition in a bid to strengthen democracy in the country.

The movement tagged the Coalition of Concerned Political Parties was formed in Abuja at a meeting attended by leaders of the political parties at the National Secretariat of the Social Democratic Party.

The coalition comprised the Peoples Democratic Party, African Democratic Congress, Social Democratic Party, Peoples Allied Movement, New Nigeria Peoples Party, Young Progressives Party, and Zenith Labour Party.

The PUNCH reports that the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, while hosting a delegation of the Inter-party Advisory Council in November, expressed fears of the country falling into a one-state party, urging the opposition to see the need for unity.

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The coalition while expressing worry about the level of instability the country is going through, urged the judicial system to save Nigeria’s democracy and rid itself of political and executive interference..

Speaking on the essence of the coalition, the National Chairman of the SDP, Shehu Gabam said, “We looked into the issue of the judiciary. The judiciary is the last hope of the common man if it still stands.

“We are worried about the level of instability the country is going through. If you look at recent developments in Zamfara, Nasarawa, Kano, and Plateau states, it is very clear that the judiciary must exercise extreme caution with some of its decisions.

“The judiciary should strengthen their conviction towards delivering judgments that can stand the test of time. They should not allow we politicians to infiltrate their rank, sanity, and capacity to deliver judgments that are internationally sound and can be recognised.”.

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The SDP Chairman, however, said that the coalition is not for a merger or against the Inter-Party Advisory Council.

Also speaking at the meeting, the acting National Secretary of the PDP, Setonji Koshoedo, who represented the acting party’s national chairman, Umar Damagum, stated that the coalition will offer a strong opposition.

On his part, the national chairman of the ADC, Chief Ralph Nwosu, said the idea behind the coalition “is to strengthen our democracy. We have seen that people in government are trying to stiffen viable opposition.”

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Rivers Crisis: I Won’t Surrender To Blackmail, Intimidation – Fubara




Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers State has said that no level of sabotage deliberately staged in some quarters will make him abandon the mandate given to him to serve, protect, and advance the fortunes of the state.

Fubara made the assertion on Thursday while declaring open the 115 and 116 combined Quarterly General Meeting of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers in Port Harcourt.

He reaffirmed his commitment to serve with humility, sincerity of purpose, and accountability.

The governor stated, “Although these are trying times, let us not forget that Rivers State is our collective inheritance, presently under my watch, to protect, defend, and advance it as the governor.

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“I assure you that I will not fail in this responsibility, nor will I surrender our mandate and progress to intimidation, blackmail, and deliberate sabotage.

“I reaffirm my earlier statement and recommit myself to the path of peace, as there is nothing to gain in a state of needless crisis.”

The governor added that drastic measures will be taken to strengthen education, healthcare, and social services across the state so that no part, including the rural areas, will be left behind.

In advancing these human capital development efforts, the governor emphasised that the 2024 budget of the state will prioritise and provide sufficient funding to create universal access to affordable and quality education and healthcare services in Rivers State.

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He added, “We will also take deliberate steps to unlock the entrepreneurial spirit among our teeming unemployed youths through viable initiatives on skills development, entrepreneurship training, and targeted investments in commercial agriculture.”

Meanwhile, Fubara also urged traditional rulers to be upright and royal fathers of integrity who do not compromise their neutrality.

He also enjoined them to be courageous and speak the truth to power so that they do not lose their moral authority and legitimacy before their people.

“We must all be worried about the plight of our youths, especially those in rural communities, most of whom are poor, neglected, and almost forgotten in the government’s development plans, policies, and actions.

“As we all know, no human society can progress without peace and security.

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“I will therefore urge you to continue to work tirelessly for the preservation of peace and security to attract sustainable development to your communities,” he advised.

The governor also harped on the need for everybody to have faith in the renewed hope agenda of the President Bola Tinubu-led administration at the federal level.

He asserted that President Tinubu has shown determination in pulling the nation out of the prevailing economic nightmare and ushering in a new era of sustainable economic progress, which is very reassuring.

In his address, the Chairman of the Rivers State Council of Traditional Rulers, Ohna Sergeant Chidi Awuse, declared the firm support of the council to the administration of Governor Siminalayi Fubara, who was elected as the best and trusted to lead the state.

Awuse urged troublemakers who are fanning the ember of discord to cease the acts and allow the governor to concentrate on the work he was elected to do.

Also speaking, the state Commissioner for Chieftaincy and Community Affairs, Charles Amadi, said his ministry has continued to maintain a harmonious relationship with the council and will continue to collaborate with them to ease the discharge of their roles as royal fathers in peacebuilding efforts in their domains.

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