Contrary to the false claims by the Presidency, President Muhammadu Buhari was not at the major events of the just concluded First World Centenary held in Paris, France according to Hope for Nigeria’s inquires from the department of Veterans’ affairs.
“The Armistice Day main events was graced by world leaders and the Nigerian leader was not present at the Arc De Triomphe Hall and his name was not on the official list of dignitaries published and sent to the Press”.
President Buhari informed Nigerians that he left for France to attend the Remembrance Day commemoration held at the Arc De Triomphe Hall., Villers-Bretonnex in France On November 11-13, 2018, but never showed up at the main event.
Sadly, the Nigeria government was posting pictures of Buhari in an unrelated event held in France in 2015 (Climate Change conference). The podium used in the Armistice day event exposed president Buhari’s handlers dishonesty as Buhari’s was seen in pictures with the 2015 event podium.
“Many questions remains unanswered. If Buhari was in France, why did he not attend the main event he announced to Nigerians? Why are they distributing fake pictures forgetting that the real photos of attendees are on the internet? What is these people up to?”, Hope For Nigeria asks.
Why I Don’t Visit Abuja — Wike
Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike yesterday offered an insight into why he rarely visits Abuja.
During the launch of “The Big Interviews: How to get the news subjects and angles that make the headlines” written by Managing Director of The Sun Newspaper, Mr. Eric Osagie, Wike stated: “I have refused to visit Abuja as other politicians in the country do because those who voted for me as governor are not in Abuja.”
On the current political climate in the country, the governor urged the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the political leadership to practice what they preach.
Wike, however, described the author as “a principled and reliable man who stands for whatever he believes in.”
To the immediate past National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Oyegun, Osagie is “someone whose legacies in the field of journalism would never be forgotten.”
His successor, Comrade Adams Oshiomole lauded the author for the “wonderful achievement and the efforts he put in documenting his experience.”
He urged Nigerian journalists to be fearless, and courageous like their international counterparts by asking public office holders relevant questions that affect the lives of the people.
In his remarks, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, said the book came at the “right time when the media was being oppressed by the government in power.”
The Publisher of the Vanguard Newspapers, Mr. Sam Amuka-Pemu lauded the auspiciousness of the literature given the “digital era where contents that give credibility to the field of journalism are needed.”
He said fake news had done more harm to the nation, adding that there was need for a book that would teach journalists how to behave.
Also speaking, Director-General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dakuku Peterside, while extolling Osagie’s virtues, stressed that the media has a strategic role to play in the development of the nation.
Besides, the Executive Chairman of Ocean Marine Solutions (OMS), Capt Idahosa Okunbo, hailed the author for “making a difference in his profession.”
Meanwhile, the Rivers Government is launching a Security Trust Fund next month to strengthen security and attract more investments to the state.
Governor Wike dropped the hint when the president of the Nigerian Association of Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Hajiya Iya Aliyu, visited him at the Government House, Port Harcourt.
He said the major companies operating in the state must contribute to the security fund “because they benefit from the resources and infrastructure of Rivers State.”
“By January 2020, we will hold a security summit and also launch a security trust fund. All the major companies operating in the state are under obligation to contribute.
“We are committed to improving security in order to attract more investments to the state. We are developing the right infrastructure for economic development,” Wike added.
He said his administration would write Dangote Plc to contribute, as it does in other states, pointing out that the company uses the state’s infrastructure for its businesses.
The governor went on: “Dangote has not contributed anything to this state. I will write him to support the security trust fund. I cannot do roads and your trailers will take over our roads. If you go to G.U Ake Road, you will see Dangote trailers all over the state.
“Zenith Bank, Access Bank, and other major companies must contribute to Rivers State Security Trust Fund as they contribute to Lagos State. This is (a) sufficient notice. As they contribute there, they must contribute here. If they don’t support Rivers State, we will not agree.”
He boasted that Rivers was the best place anyone could invest, adding: “ And because of this, the state would continue to improve security and infrastructure.”
According to him, no society could develop without the contributions of the private sector.
“We need the private sector to drive the economy. Look at what is happening in the United States of America. Over 200,000 jobs were created in one month through the private sector,” he noted.
To encourage the private sector, the governor disclosed that his government had harmonised taxes.
And to create a conducive business climate, he said the administration was working with the private sector to resolve the “few challenges associated with taxes in the state.”
He, however, faulted the closure of the nation’s land borders, stating that Nigerians were suffering untold hardship on account of the policy, just as those that had been allocated land in the state were advised to develop them within six months or risk loss of their certificates of occupancy (C of Os).
In her remarks, Hajiya Aliyu declared that the state was safe for investments, recognising the improved infrastructure and security that are aiding businesses.
I’ll Leave Good Legacies To Protect My Name ― Okowa Promises Deltans
Delta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has said he has a covenant with the people of the State and would work to protect his name by leaving good legacies behind at of his tenure in 2023.
Okowa, who stated this, when he played host to the Young Nigerian Rights Organization, YNRO, a Non-Governmental Organisation, NGO, said his administration would continue to follow due process and imbibe transparency in the conduct of government business.
Represented by his Special Adviser on Peace Building and Conflict Resolution, Chief Edwin Uzor, the Governor said the 2020 budget was packaged to deliver on the promises made to Deltans.
While restating his unalloyed commitment to the development of the state, Okowa said the state government was giving every Deltan equal opportunity to benefit from governance.
Pledging to investigate the allegations of official intimidation and names dropping the group levelled against some persons and agencies, the Governor his administration does not believe in undoing anybody. He held that the government was built on good planning.
Some of the issues highlighted by the Director-General of YNRO, Mr Victor Ojei, bothered on poor representation and abuse of office by some political appointees.
While commending the Governor and his wife, Dame Edith Okowa for their efforts in ensuring a Stronger Delta, Ojei expressed readiness of the group to partner the state government on digital information management.
‘I Am Sorry,’ Fayose Begs Aggrieved PDP Members
A former governor of Ekiti, Ayodele Fayose, on Tuesday urged members of the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who may be aggrieved by any of his actions in the past to forgive him.
Fayose, who spoke at his Afao Ekiti country home at a peace meeting he convened with party members across the 16 local governments, urged them to put the past behind them.
He apologised to all aggrieved members whom he said he might have wronged while in government.
According to him, the PDP must be repositioned ahead of future elections in the state and that nothing should be too much a sacrifice for anyone to make.
”We are on a mission to reposition the party because truly we need a new attitude as members of this party. We must tell ourselves the truth that there is nothing to share in failure and we must join hands to achieve something tangible. I know some persons are aggrieved and I know we are humans. I apologise to all those that I have offended
”Let us come together in unity for this our party not to die in this state. That is my priority as the leader. I am doing this after one year of leaving office just to allow the present All Progressives Congress (APC) to display what they have for the people and you can all see for yourselves. I am not here for my selfish interest but just to ensure this party does not fail,” Fayose said.
The former governor, who used the meeting to officially congratulate Sen. Biodun Olujimi, on her recent victory as the lawmaker representing Ekiti South Senatorial District, noted that she remained a leader of the party in the state.
”Everybody should come back to the party. I am open to reconciliation. If Sen. Biodun Olujimi calls you for meeting tomorrow, go there and listen to her. All of us are leaders, don’t let us factionalise this party. I am congratulating her (Olujimi) and I don’t have any issue with her and I am sorry for what happened in the past,” he said.