Ayade Felicitates With Christians, Preaches Hope

Ayade Felicitates With Christians, Preaches HopeThe Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has enjoined Christians not to despair in the face of the current recession, but should hope for the best as President Muhammadu Buhari strives to steer the country out of the woods.

Ayade urged the Christian faithful to reflect on the import of Christmas brought about by the birth of the saviour, Jesus Christ and its redemptive hope to millions of Christians around the world.

In a goodwill message signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Christian Ita, Governor Ayade urged Christians to use the opportunity of the celebration to rededicate themselves to the values of love, peace, sacrifice and tolerance as embodied in the birth of Jesus Christ.

“May the reason for the season bring us peace, hope, joy and the warmth of friendship. As we celebrate Christmas, let us reflect on the significance of the season and reach out to one another.”

Urging Nigerians to eschew hate and bigotry, which was what Christ preached against, Ayade sued: “As we share with one another gifts, let the season be a stark reminder to all of us as Cross Riverians that this is the time to show tolerance and forgiveness towards our enemies and forgiveness to our friends.”

Harping on compassion towards the less privileged, Governor Ayade admonished Christians to remember those who cannot afford to celebrate and to make conscious effort to reach out to them.

“We should take time to ponder on the sufferings of the poor who are not privileged to celebrate. And which is why as Christians, we have an obligation to leave the comfort of our everyday life to help the poor among us, just as Christ did for us. Above all, let us reflect on the value of family, friendship and fellowship.”

Emulate The Prophet, Gov. Ahmed Charges Muslims

Emulate The Prophet, Gov. Ahmed Charges Muslims, state higher institutionsThe Kwara State Governor, Dr. Abdulfatah Ahmed, has felicitated with Muslims on the occasion of the Maolud Nabbiy.

In a press statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary, Abdulwahab Oba, the Governor called on Muslims to emulate the virtues of the Holy Prophet Mohammed which earned him the accolades of being an exemplary character to mankind.

“Prophet Muhammad signifies peace, love and humility which are essential ingredients for a harmonious and progressive society.

“As we celebrate this noble Prophet of Allah, I call on all and sundry, regardless of religious persuasions to show love to one another and be ambassadors of peace and care for all,” the Governor said.

Governor Ahmed, while wishing the Muslim communities a happy celebration and more divine blessing, renewed his commitment to deliver more dividends of democracy through infrastructural development.

“I thank all religious leaders, clerics and religious associations for their supports and prayers for this administration and promise that the worst is over of the state despite the current instability in the country’s economy,” the Governor said.

I Won’t Probe Past Government In Ondo, Akeredolu Says

I Won't Probe Past Ondo Government, Rotimi Akeredolu SaysOndo state governor-elect, Rotimi Akeredolu says his Ondo election victory was a manifestation of God’s power and he would like to focus on this mandate rather than probe the past government.

Reacting to the conduct and outcome of the election in Akure on Monday, the APC candidate said that he was surprised by the margin of votes between him and his closest rivals.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Sunday, declared the APC candidate, winner of the 2016 Ondo state governorship election.

He polled 244, 842 votes to beat his closest rival, Eyitayo Jegede of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who polled 150, 380 votes, while Mr Olusola Oke of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) followed with 126, 889 votes.

“What has happened in this election is quite beyond my personal expectations but then it is a case of saying we cannot limit God – I want to believe it is God-given victory to the people of Ondo state.

“What was beyond my imagination was the magnitude – the number of votes we scored vis-a-vis what two other contestants scored. I never believed that the margin would be that wide,” Akeredolu said.

Therefore, on the issue of probing the state’s accounts, the Governor-elect said that this is a venture he would not embark upon.

“I don’t believe in probes. What I believe in is that I’ve been given a mandate to govern the state and when I come into office I will face the task.

“The past is the past and I am one person who believes that government is a continuum,” he said.

Party Support

Mr Akeredolu went into the election without the support of some key members of the his party and this further made his victory a surprise for many.

He, however, maintained that the support of the party is more important than individuals’ in an election.

“I believe that the party included everybody. So, the party gave us support and whether we like it or not, that will be larger than what an individual can give.

“If you have a national party behind you, it is larger than what any individual can give. So I believe that whatever individuals have done, they must have done through the party.”

Industrialization

Mr Rotimi Akeredolu promised during his campaign to bring back the industries in the states and he provided an explanation of how he intends to achieve this.

“I used the word revamp when I was talking about the educational infrastructures and co, but when it comes to the issue of industries, I have argued during my campaign that people use the word wrongly.

“They say to us some industries are moribund (but) most of these industries are dead. So, its not easy to wake up a dead person and just like an industry, you cannot wake them up.

“The important thing is that industrialization is important to us and we are going to have to get as many people as are interested.

“We have the sand for glass industry in the south. It is not necessary we have to go back to Oluwa Industry, the furnace there is already old and the technology there is no longer in use.

“So all we need is to have people come. We will provide the enabling environment for them and they can start another one. It might be in the same premises.

“We have industry on ceramics in Ifon. We are thinking about what we have on cement and I know that in the next few weeks, many more will come.”

He said that foreign investors have been approaching him to invest in the state even before the election and he was sure that with an enabling environment a lot of development would be achieved in Ondo state.

Ondo Could Not Have Made A Better Choice – Saraki

Ondo Could Not Have Made a Better Choice - SarakiSenate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has congratulated the Governor-Elect of Ondo State, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, over his victory in the governorship election in the state, describing him as the best choice for the state.

Saraki, in a statement by his media aide, said Akeredolu’s victory did not come to him as surprise going by his excellent credentials and years of preparedness for the business of governance.

He urged the Governor-elect to be magnanimous in victory by ensuring that he works with all relevant stakeholders in the arduous task of moving the Sunshine State to the next level.

He specifically urged Akeredolu to fully deploy his wealth of experience in private legal practice in running the affairs of the state.

He lauded the security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the peaceful conduct of the elections and thanked the people of Ondo State for voting for the All Progressives Congress (APC) during the elections.

“The people of Ondo have made a clear choice by voting for the APC. I can only assure the good people of Ondo that the APC and its flagbearer have all it takes to wipe away your tears and provide you the dividends of democracy that have hitherto eluded you.

“With Akeredolu on the saddle of governance, I have no doubt that the state will soon witness unparalleled development both socially, economically and politically.

“Ondo could not have made a better choice than Akeredolu. Welcome on board,” he stated.

PDP: Sheriff Faction Seeks Reconciliation With Makarfi Faction

PDP, Markafi, Sheriff, PDP leadershipMembers of the Ali-Modu Sheriff-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) say it is time for reconciliation with the Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker committee in order to move the party forward.

This statement comes in the aftermath of the Ondo state governorship election which the party’s candidate, Mr Eyitayo Jegede lost to Rotimi Akeredolu of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The Modu-Sheriff faction have blamed the PDP’s failure in the Edo and Ondo governorship elections on impunity of its leaders and their lack of respect for the party’s constitution.

The faction’s vice chairman, Mr Cairo Ojougbo, told journalists in Abuja that leaders of the PDP have refused to learn, even though the party has been paying the price of impunity since 2015.

Agents of Darkness

Meanwhile, the Makarfi faction of the PDP has described the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff-led faction of the party as agents of darkness, insisting that the former Governor of Borno State is not the Chairman of the party.

In a statement on Monday, the opposition party said its attention had been drawn to “another set of garbage and tissues of lies put together by the discredited loyalists of Senator Ali Modu-Sheriff in the name of a press statement”.

The party stated that the ‘group’, which it described as non-PDP members, had in the statement tried to sustain it’s illegal claim to the leadership of the Party, but insisted that it would not leave them to continue to deceive Nigerians.

The party’s division became obvious when the former chairman of the party Ali Modu Sheriff was removed at a convention in Port Harcourt.

After that convention, the embattled leader secured several court orders that further scuttled unity in the party.

The extent of the division was further seen when the party produced two different candidates for the Edo State and Ondo State governorship elections.

In the latest election in Ondo, the party lost to the All Progressives Congress, a defeat that had been largely attributed to the division in the party.

Mimiko Wishes Akeredolu Success Ahead Of Tenure

mimiko, akeredolu,Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State has sent his congratulatory message to the Governor-Elect, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN).

Mimiko in a statement signed on Monday by his Chief Press Secretary, Eni Akinsola, said “it behoves of him as the Governor of Ondo State to congratulate the Governor-elect, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, (SAN), and wish him success in the challenging task of governing our dear State.”

The Ondo Governor said “it is incumbent upon me as governor, to facilitate a smooth transition between my government and the incoming one.

“I will, to this end, provide the ambience for a smooth and seamless transition process,” he said.

While promising to continue to provide leadership to the state till the takeover date, Mimiko expressed his appreciation to the people of the state.

He said “I use this medium to express my sincere appreciation to all our citizens for the very peaceful manner in which they conducted themselves throughout the election period.

“I will not waiver in providing needed leadership to our dear State till the last day of my term,” he promised.

He enjoined residents to strive to sustain the peace enjoyed in the state for the past seven years, promising to speak with them as occasion demands as his “eight year tenure inches to an end.”

Buhari Says Akeredolu's Ondo Election Victory Was 'A Huge Win'

Nigeria’s President, Mohammadu Buhari, in a congratulatory message, also described the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC), candidate, Rotimi Akeredolu, as “a huge win“.

Akeredolu, emerged as winner of the Ondo state gubernatorial election, held on November 26, 2016.

In his acceptance speech, the governor-elect stated “there has been obvious neglect of people in the rural areas, and his government will focus more on grassroots development.

He then promised to go straight into work, to bring about improvement in all aspects of the state’s economy.

Kogi State Approves Health Care Plus Services For Citizens

Kogi, Yahaya Bello, Ghost Workers, Corruption

The Kogi State Executive Council has approved a new health policy, called the Health Care Plus Services in the state’s health centres.

The Health Care Plus will be designed to provide a free and subsidized maternal and child health care service for citizens of the state.

The aim of the Health Care Plus Services is to drastically reduce maternal, child mortality and mobility rates.

Briefing journalist at the Government House at the end of the Executive Council Meeting, the State Commissioner for Health, Mr. Abdulkareem Asuku and the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mrs. Petra Akinti-Onyegbule said the pilot phase of the project will be designated at twelve (12) healthcare centres across the state where patients will pay 1,000 Naira premium and another 1,000 Naira at birth.

The Council is also said to have ordered the investigation of the contractor who abandoned the Takete-Ide road, adding that an appropriate action will be taken upon receipt and diligent study of the report.

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.

Okowa Commissions More Projects, Appeals To Pipeline Vandals

Pipeline Vandals, Ifeanyi Okowa, Delta StateDelta State Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa, has urged those who are vandalizing pipelines to sheath their swords and employ civil approaches to addressing issues.

The Governor made the call while commissioning Jeddo/Ughoton road in Okpe Local Government Area of the state as part of activities to mark his one year in office.

The Governor said that the activities of the vandals in the state has affected communities negatively.

“The pipeline vandalism that is going on is very bad for Delta State, we are suffering from pollution, our communities are affected, we are the greatest losers; our communities are impacted negatively.

“I want to appeal to our brothers who are involved in one way or the other in these vandalism to stop. We cannot destroy ourselves in order to make a point, there are more civil ways of channelling grievances which we should apply than vandalizing pipelines and endangering our people,” the Governor said.

Commissioning the road, Governor Okowa said that his attention was drawn to the deplorable state of the road by the Orodje of Okpe, His Royal Majesty Orhue I and commended the contractor for the speedy delivery of the road.

The Orodje of Okpe, Orhue I, in a brief speech, congratulated the people of Delta for having a listening governor disclosing that only a phone call made Governor Okowa construct the road which also leads to the community where the Commissioner for Works, James Augoye hails from.

“Our Governor is a listening Governor; we want to thank him, Okpe people deserve to say thank you, because only one phone call to him and this road was done,” the Orodje said,

Augoye in his speech, observed that the road was impassable as at December, 2015 when the contract for the construction of the road was awarded.

In a related development, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has directed the Ministry of Works to rehabilitate failed portions of Adeola Road, Sapele to ameliorate the sufferings of the people of the area.

The road is about 200 metres.

The Governor also inspected the on-going dualization of Amukpe/Sapele road in Sapele Local Government Area of the state, and the level of progress of work at Okuetolor/Arhagba road in Okpe Local Government Area.

Okowa Condemns Killing Of Soldiers, Civilians In Delta

Ifeanyi Okowa, Delta StateDelta State Governor, Mr Ifeanyi Okowa, has condemned the recent killing of soldiers and civilians by suspected militants.

The Nigerians who were on their legitimate assignments, were murdered in a houseboat attack in Omadino, Warri South Local Government Area of Delta State.

Theatre Of War
In a statement by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Charles Ehiedu Aniagwu, Governor Okowa noted that the killing was a criminality carried too far, as nothing justified the taking of lives of uniformed security men who were out to protect the common property of Nigerians.

“Your activities could turn Delta State into a theatre of war and this portends great danger to the whole population aside from casting the image of the state as insecure and unfit for investment.

“We cannot as a state, afford this rascality if we hope to make progress”, he said.

The Governor recalled his earlier appeals on any aggrieved member of the society, including the Niger Delta militants to embrace dialogue.

He said the appeal led to the decision by his administration to constitute an advocacy committee which went round the creeks and oil producing communities in the last few weeks, to canvass support for a violence-free Delta as a precondition for development.

Dr. Okowa noted that no society would develop in an atmosphere of chaos and criminality, and that no government would fold its hands in the face of this high level of aggravation and utter disregard for the sanctity of human lives while he called on the state residents to help government bring the perpetrators to book.

“For the umpteenth time, I wish to call on well-meaning people of Delta State to speak up and not only condemn the activities of these militants, but also offer their best counsel and commitment towards resolving this crisis,” he said.

The Governor extended his condolence and that of the people of Delta State to the families of the victims and prayed God to grant them eternal rest while urging the security agencies to ensure that the culprits do not go free.

He also advised members of the Niger Delta Avengers to embrace dialogue as means of resolving the crisis, adding that a peaceful and secured Delta was what was needed for development to thrive.

Don’t Militarise Our Youth – Governor Bello Tells Volunteer Groups

sani belloNiger State Governor, Mr Sani Bello, has cautioned Youth Volunteer groups, especially those affiliated with religious bodies not to militarise their members but to operate within the confines of the law.

He frowned at the display of military simulation exercise by a youth volunteer group in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Jibrin Baba Ndace in Minna.

He observed that volunteer groups are deviating from their primary function of ensuring orderliness at gatherings especially during Sunday services and the Friday Juma’at prayers to acquiring military training and practice.

“Volunteer groups are to operate within the letters and the intent of the law. These groups to the best of my knowledge are to help ensure orderliness during congregational prayers, direct and ensure free flow of human and vehicular traffic before, during and after Juma’at prayers on Fridays and Church services on Sundays.

“The growing and disturbing trend that I have noticed across the divide is the militarisation of these groups. They are now being drilled in the act of using arms and carrying guns.

“Instead of indoctrinating them into the use of arms, we have to inculcate the values and virtues of peace into the psyche of our youth. Let them embrace peace and live it.

“The use of wood as gun for parade is uncalled for. All these military simulation should be discouraged.

“These are young boys and in some cases girls are engaged too. Their minds are tender, we should build them up to embrace peace and orderliness as a way of life. This will help guarantee a more united and peaceful society,” the governor advised.

Governor Bello also assured Niger State residents of his determination to ensuring peace and security in the state and urged all stakeholders to support government’s resolve in that direction.

Oshiomhole Preaches Peace, Love At Easter

OshiomholeGovernor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has urged Christian faithful to imbibe the virtues of peace, love, sacrifice and forgiveness which are the lessons of Easter.

In his Easter message, signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Peter Okhiria, the Governor urged Christian faithful in Edo State and Nigeria to imbibe the core values of Christianity and the lessons of the season which are sacrifice, love, sharing and forgiveness of sins.

“We should remember that the progenitor of the Christian faith is also known as the ‘Prince of Peace’ and we should, therefore, embrace peace with all men and maintain the peace which we have enjoyed in the state in the past years.

“As we celebrate, we should not forget to extend a hand of fellowship to the less-privileged among us, as Christ taught us to ‘love our neighbours as ourselves.’

“This season offers me another opportunity to offer my deep appreciation to the good people Edo State for their confidence in, and support for this government in the past seven years which has culminated in the high level of success recorded in our efforts to rebuild the dilapidated structures and infrastructure which we met on ground in 2008.

“Our modest achievements have been due, largely, to the prayers and support of the faithful, and I urge you, in my last Easter message to you as Governor of Edo State, to extend the same level of support to my successor who will continue from where we stop and build on the solid structures we have put in place.

“I extend my appreciation to the Muslim faithful and people of other faith in the state for the love they have generously showered on me and the prevailing peace in the state, and I appeal to them to continue to maintain this peace now and beyond the life of this administration.

“As we celebrate, I pray that the joy of Easter encompasses you as we renew our strength to build the Edo of our dreams,” he said.