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Ondo 2020: PDP’s victory will lead to restructuring, says Secondus, others

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged residents of Ondo State not to be cajoled to vote for the ruling All Progressives Congress because it would make an easy ride for the presidency to come to the South West.

It said a vote for the PDP would lead to change and restructuring of the country.

Those that spoke at the rally held at the MKO Abiola Freedom Park in Akure, the Ondo State capital included the National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, Governor Seyi Makinde.

Fayose and other notable leaders in the zone were not present at the campaign.

Apart from Governor Makinde, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto and State Chairman of the PDP, Fatai Adams, Prince Segun Oni amongst others were also at the campaign ground.

However, many leaders of the party in the South West as well as governors elected on the platform of the party especially from the South-South and southeast were not in attendance.

Some PDP leaders who pleaded anonymity said the absence of some southwest PDP leaders was a reflection of the party’s crisis in the region.

The PDP leaders accused Governor Makinde to have singlehandedly constituted the campaign council without carrying other stakeholders along.

They stated that the Ondo PDP was cut between power play in the party ahead of the 2023 presidential election.

Speaking at the rally, Governor Tambuwal urged the people not to allow the party to be rigged out of the polls.

Tambuwal said the ruling APC was already in disarray both in Ondo State and at the National level.

He urged the Ondo PDP members to consolidate on the victory recorded in last year’s general election.

Governor Makinde said the PDP could repeat the feat he recorded in Oyo State when he defeated the APC even when the PDP was not in power at any level in the state.

Makinde urged the people not to be deceived that electoral victory for the APC would bring about Yoruba presidency.

He said the APC would be defeated as he defeated the party in Oyo State in 2019 adding that the election was about continued servitude or freedom of the people.

Ondo PDP Chairman, Fatai Adams, said the party would put an end to the government of Imo and Ibadan in Ondo State.

He promised quality education, reduced tuition fees, and quality health care services.

Prince Secondus cautioned President Muhammadu Buhari against rigging the polls for the APC.

His word, “We urge you to vote out bad Governor that turned Ondo State to the family business.

“The only thing is for Buhari to conduct a free and fair election. Nigeria is on a keg of gun powder. Buhari should ensure free and fair elections in Edo and Ondo so that Nigerians can remember him.

“If Buhari rig the election, he cannot escape the wrath of God. The only thing left for Akeredolu is to rig the election.”

Candidate of the PDP, Barr. Eyitayo Jegede, who served notice of exit to Governor Akeredolu and the APC promised to provide jobs and boost the economy.

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No going back on Water Resources Bill – FG

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The Federal Government has declared it will go ahead with the Water Resources Bill.

Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed told reporters the bill was not designed to cause water wars in the country.

He said the bill is a panacea to likely water conflicts in the country.

He said critics of the bill have either not read it or might be mischievous.

He said there is no hidden agenda behind the bill.

He said it is not a subterfuge reintroduction of RUGA.

Mohammed made the clarifications at a joint briefing with the Minister of Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu in Abuja.

He said: “There is nothing new about the National Water Resources Bill. This is because it is an amalgamation of Water Resources Laws that have been in existence for a long time.

These are:

– Water Resources Act, Cap W2 LFN 2004

– The River Basin Development Authority Act, Cap R9 LFN 2004

– The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency (Establishment) Act, Cap N1100A, LFN 2004

– National Water Resources Institute Act, Cap N83 LFN 2004

“So, why are the laws being re-packaged as the National Water Resources Bill 2020?

“The answer is that they are being re-enacted with necessary modifications to bring them in line with current global trends as well as best practices in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM).

“The overall objective of this amalgamation is the efficient management of the Water Resources Sector for the economic development of Nigeria and the well-being of its citizens.

“The Bill provides for professional and efficient management of all surface and ground water for the use of the people (i.e. for domestic and non-domestic use, irrigation, agricultural purposes, generation of hydro-electric energy, navigation, fisheries and recreation).

“The Bill will ensure that the nation’s water resources are protected, used, developed, conserved, managed and controlled in a sustainable manner for the benefit of all persons.

“Critics contend that the Bill is aimed at taking the resources of a certain part of the country for the use of herders. In other words, the Federal Government is seeking to implement RUGA by subterfuge.

“We also want to state that the Bill is for the good of the nation, and has no hidden agenda whatsoever.”

Adamu said the bill was sent to all the states for concurrence without any object.

He said the bill predated the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said:” This was never a Buhari bill, it is a bill for Nigeria. It started 2008 long before the President thought of winning election.”

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#Fuel hike: No going back on strike, protest – NLC

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The Nigeria Labour Congress has vowed to proceed with its planned strike and protest with effect from September 28 following the failure of the Federal Government to reverse the hike in electricity tariff and fuel price.

Rising from its National Executive Council meeting in Abuja a few minutes ago, the NLC President, Ayuba Wabba, said the proposed action by the organised labour would proceed from next week.

He stated that the decision was unanimously taken by the chairmen of the 36 states and FCT chapters of the NLC.

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#Technology: Sanusi Urges Youths To Explore and not Rely on Government

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The Former Central Bank Governor, CBN, Mohammed Sanusi (II), has urged Nigeria youths not to rely on government but to explore and create opportunities for themselves, especially with technology.

The former CBN governor who was the guest speaker on the second day of the Kaduna Investment Summit explained that over-reliance on oil has left the country unproductive.

“We need to think over and over again as to how we understand economics and what we see. How do we understand technology or electricity are we consumers or are we producers and that’s why investment in human capital is so important.

“Produce young men who know that they are worth more than just using their phone to import a pair of shoes,” he said.

Sanusi said Nigeria has to take economic diversification more seriously in order to experience growth and development.

Referencing Malaysia, Sanusi gave a breakdown of the economic growth of both countries within a 30-year period.

According to him, for Nigeria “there was an increase in wealth but without any structural transformation”.

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“We were growing but we did not diversify and that explains the huge levels of poverty in the country, it explains the huge levels of inequality in the country, it explains the vulnerability of the economy to shocks, it also explains the relatively slow pace of growth because when Malaysia started, they started from a GDP per capita level lower than Nigeria’s GDP per capita in 1985. It started from $310 to $4,045 while we started from $345 to $2,055”.

He also stressed the importance of the government creating the right environment and infrastructure for private businesses to thrive.

The former CBN governor who is also the Vice-Chairman of the Kaduna Investment Promotion Agency noted that with the right environment, the country can move away from being only consumers to producers of technology.

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