Economy: Oil Cannot Save Nigeria – Ben Murray-Bruce

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Senator Ben Bruce has decried the nation’s is continued quest to discover oil in the north rather than educate about 12 million out of school children.

The lawmaker representing Bayelsa East Senatorial District in the National Assembly said the situation is a sad one in that the crave for oil is coming at a time when the world is phasing out crude.

Ben Murray-Bruce stressed that oil will not save Nigeria, with a reference to Venezuela a nation with one of the largest crude oil reserves.

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“We spend more money prospecting for oil in Northern Nigeria than on educating our 12 million out of school children, at a time when the world is phasing out crude oil. Venezuela, the country with the largest crude oil reserves in the world, is bankrupt! Oil cannot save Nigeria.”

He further stressed that the Nigerian population is growing faster than its economy, noting that if priorities are not set right, situations in the country will grow worse.

“Our population is growing faster than our economy. With this new revelation about the automobile industry unstoppably heading towards electric cars, it is only going to be worse if we don’t act now. Are we even preparing for life after oil? It is coming whether we like it or not,” the Senator stated via Twitter.

You Are A Man Of The People, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce Salutes Wike

 

Senator Ben Murray Bruce has said that Wike’s victory is a testament to how well he is connected to his people.

The lawmaker representing Bayelsa East made this statement via his official twitter handle.

“Congratulations to the slayer of dictators and their puppets. They came hard against you, but you made them fall harder than they came with people power. Your margin of victory shows how connected you are to the people, making you a man of the people, for the people. Proud of you,” Ben Bruce stated via Twitter.

In a similar vein,  Former Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose has described Wike’s victory as sweet and historic.

He said that the people of Rivers State stood by Governor Wike and the PDP even in the face of death is a sign that Nigerians are capable of defeating tyranny.

Fayose in a series of Tweets on Wednesday, noted that the victory is just the beginning of more victories over the forces threatening the survival of democracy in Nigeria.

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Glad To See You Overcome Anti-Democratic Forces Of Dictatorship – Atiku Hails Wike

 

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has lauded Governor Nyesom Wike on his re-election as governor of Rivers State.

Atiku in a statement via Twitter said he is glad that Wike could overcome the anti-democratic forces of dictatorship and oppression.

“Congratulations Governor Nyesom Wike. It gives me much pleasure to see a political force such as yourself, overcome the anti-democratic forces of dictatorship and oppression. I am sure you will continue the pattern of good works for which you have become renowned,” Atiku said.

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Atiku said the PDP is blessed to have men like Wike as members.

In a similar vein, Ben Murray Bruce, the Senator representing Bayelsa East has said that Wike’s victory is a testament to how well he is connected to his people.

“Congratulations to the slayer of dictators and their puppets. They came hard against you, but you made them fall harder than they came with people power. Your margin of victory shows how connected you are to the people, making you a man of the people, for the people. Proud of you,” Ben Bruce stated via Twitter.

Supplementary Elections: Ben Bruce Felicitates With Tambuwal, Bala Mohammed On Their Victories

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Senator Ben Murray-Bruce has sent out felicitation messages following the declarations of results for the supplementary elections in Bauchi and Sokoto States.   

Bruce, the lawmaker representing Bayelsa East in the Senate, took to his Twitter page to congratulate Aminu Tambuwal and Bala Mohammed who emerged winners of the elections rerun in Sokoto and Bauchi respectively.

The parliamentarian said that the victory in Sokoto is a sign that Tambuwal had served well.

“Congratulations to my good friend, Governor Aminu Tambuwal. Your successful re-election is proof that you have served well and thus earned another four years from the good people of Sokoto state. To God be the glory,” Bruce Twitted.

Similarly, Senator Bruce stated that Bala Mohammed’s election heralds a new dawn in Bauchi state and a renewed hope for the people.

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“Congratulations my brother Sen. Bala Mohammed, Governor-Elect, Bauchi State. You achieved this in the midst of intimidation and oppression.

“I am very proud of you. It’s a new day and renewed hope for the great people of Bauchi state.”

Channels Television had earlier reported that the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, had been re-elected for a second term.

The state Collation Officer, Professor Fatima Muktar, returned him as the winner of the governorship election on Sunday, a day after supplementary polls were held.

The PDP candidate polled a total of 512,002 votes after the 25,515 votes he got from the supplementary elections were added to the number of votes from the first exercise held on March 9.

His closest rival, Ahmad Aliyu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) polled 511,660 after his 22,444 votes from the supplementary election were added to that of the March 9 election.

In a similar vein, PDP’s Bala Mohammed won the supplementary election in Bauchi State.

Returning Officer Professor Kyari Mohammed announced that the PDP candidate polled a total of 6,376 while the candidate of the APC, Muhammed Abubakar, who is the incumbent governor polled 5,117.

Prof Kyari, however, noted that he is in no position to make a return because the case involving the Tafawa Balewa LGA is still in court.

Ben Bruce Withdraws From Senatorial Race

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File photo: Ben Murray-Bruce

 

The Senator representing Bayelsa East Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Ben Bruce, has withdrawn from the senatorial race.

He disclosed this in a letter addressed to the State Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, Moses Cleopas on Monday.

According to the senator, his decision followed a 20-year old existing agreement of rotation in the Senatorial District.

He said, “I have also intensified consultations in the last couple of weeks in the course of which I have come to realize an existing local rotational arrangement of over 20 years beginning with the Great Chief Melford Okilo, (late) by which arrangement of the senatorial seat rotates per local government area among the three councils for four years”.

He thanked the people of the state and the PDP leadership for giving him the opportunity to serve.

“I thank God and the good people of Brass, and Bayelsa East Senatorial District who offered me the golden opportunity four years ago to represent them and the state in the Senate, Nigeria’s highest lawmaking chamber.

“It is without a doubt that I have tried to discharge my duties as a legislator and representative of my people creditably to the best of my ability so far. My voice has been very loud on the issues that matter to our people and our country at all times,” he said.

Bruce, therefore, reiterated his loyalty to the PDP and assured the party of his availability and willingness to serve whenever the opportunity presents itself.

Many Nigerian Youths Rely On Hard Drugs To Be Happy – Murray-Bruce

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A Federal lawmaker, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, has decried the alarming state of drug abuse among Nigerian youths saying the majority of young people rely on it to be happy.

Speaking on Tuesday during the plenary at the Senate House of Assembly, the lawmaker said the addiction of drug abuse has eaten deep into Nigerian society including the homes of the majority of Nigerian lawmakers.

“This is a very serious issue and I am sure my colleagues here when they were in school may have had classmates who were on drugs. When I was in high school, a few of my classmates were on drugs.

“I urge my colleagues to go home and pay attention to your children. You may be shocked that somebody in your household is on drugs. Always happy, always smiling and you have no idea why that child is smiling because that child is on drugs.”

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The lawmaker who is representing Bayelsa East said the issue of drug abuse is extremely serious as these drugs are easily accessible to Nigerian youths, both the poor and rich who rely on it to be happy.

“There are reasons why people get on drugs. The rich kids get on designer drugs because it makes them high and happy. Poor kids get on drugs because there is a level of hopelessness in their lives and when the drug makes them high it gives them relief.

“When we talk about rehabilitation, it is important we understand why people get on drugs first. Then we figure out a way to solve the problem. If we have 60 million Nigerians unemployed, 11 million kids out of school, 6 million people who just lost their jobs in the last two years, it is not surprising that lots of people are on drugs.”

Bruce added that this serious issue is not limited to Northern Nigeria as some people wrongly believe but it is a general issue affecting Nigerian youths and it must be handled with a focus on the core of the problem.

“This is a serious problem and it must be addressed in a manner that deals with the cores of the problem. They say it’s in Northern Nigeria but it is all over Nigeria.

“It is a serious problem as the drugs are purchased readily available. I urge my colleagues to go home, there is no way 109 of my colleagues will go home and not find somebody in their household who is on drugs. I urge this Senate to take this very seriously,” he said

 

Fayose Hails John Momoh’s Emergence As BON Chairman

Fayose, John MomohGovernor of Ekiti State, Mr Ayodele Fayose, has hailed the election of Chairman/CEO of Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh, as the Chairman of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON).

He extolled Mr Momoh’s virtues as an ace broadcaster and veteran journalist whose hard work and expertise as a media entrepreneur has earned him several deserving awards.

He highlighted his national award as an Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON), his 2014 Planet Africa Awards for Excellence in Leadership among others, as well deserved honour.

Mr Fayose believes that broadcasting in Nigeria is set on a dynamic and prosperous course with Mr Momoh now in the saddle.

John Momoh
Chairman/CEO of Channels Media Group, Mr John Momoh

“It is heartwarming to commend Mr John Momoh for emerging the first professional and private television entrepreneur to become the chairman of the BON.

“Mr. Momoh is a core professional who has practised his trade in broadcasting with sound judgment and strict adherence to its ethical tenets.

“He has brought his professionalism to bear on the management of the Channels Television which has since emerged as a leading broadcasting station in the country as well as a multiple award winning 24-hour news television channel.

“Momoh is widely recognized in Nigeria as a transformative industry pioneer with his 37-year-long career in news television broadcasting.

“Little wonder he was included in a new book by veteran journalists and ex-helmsmen of The Daily Sun newspapers, Mike Awoyinfa and Dimgba Igwe, titled ‘50 WORLD EDITORS — Conversations with Journalism Masters on Trends and Best Practices’, where his success story and that of Channels TV is chronicled as a chapter.

“While I wish him a great time as BON helmsman, I want to urge him to continue to adhere to the ethical tenets guiding the trade and also protect the sanctity of the noble profession,” Governor Fayose said in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Idowu Adelusi.

Mr John Momoh was elected as Chairman of the Broadcasting Organisations of Nigeria (BON) at the annual delegate conference on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 in Abuja.

He polled 51 votes to defeat his opponent, Mr Abbas Dalhatu from Freedom Radio, Kano who scored 12 votes.

This is the first time a private television media owner would be holding this position.

Cross River State To Host MBGN Pageant In October

MBGNCross River State Government and Silverbird Group have signed a 4-year management contract for the hosting of the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN), at the prestigious 5,000 seat capacity Calabar International Convention Centre (CICC).

According to the agreement, Calabar will play host to both the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria (MBGN) and the maiden edition of Miss Africa Beauty Pageant owned by the Cross River State Government.

Speaking shortly after the signing ceremony at the CICC in Calabar, the State Governor, Ben Ayade, expressed confidence that Silverbird has the capacity and expertise to manage the centre, giving its track record in the entertainment industry.

According to the Governor, with the hosting of the two pageant shows in October and December, citizens of Cross River State and indeed Nigerians should key into the new development and make the best use of business opportunities it will offer.

The Group Vice President, Silverbird Group, Mr. Guy Murrày-Bruce, overwhelmed by the architectural masterpiece, described the CICC as the best of its kind in Africa.

Murray-Bruce said that the pageants would enable the state showcase its enormous tourism potentials to the whole world with the view to attracting tourists for economic gains.

He expressed delight to partner with the Cross River State Government on the project and promised delivering on excellence.