Nigerians Should Change Their Consumption Pattern – Oshiomhole

 Economic Recession, Nigerians, Change, Consumption Pattern, OshiomoleAs part of the measures to get out of the current economic recession, Governor of Edo state, Adams Oshiomhole says, Nigerians may have to change their consumption pattern.

Mr Adams Oshiomhole who is of the opinion that the current difficulties the country is facing is self-inflicted, says the only way to address this challenge is the adoption of policies that will enhance local production and reduce pressure on the nation’s reserves.

He said this while on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily.

He also expressed that Nigerians cannot expect change within a short time, when there has been a back log of problems long before the current administration.

“There has to be a time lapse between when you formulate policies on the basis of what you found on ground, and when the benefits of those policies begin to manifest, If it takes 60 years to get to this terrible state we are in, why would anybody think that under 15 months of a new government, we will fix it?”, he added.

The Governor addressing Nigerians, said we must all identify the issues in the system, as everyone had contributed to the current state of rural poverty.

He said “the nation’s consumption pattern has been so distorted by the few who have access to stolen money” such that everywhere you go in the country, we have imported foods.

He reiterates what the government has said that “Nigerians would have to go through a re-orientation, such that we don’t learn to perfect the act of consuming what we don’t produce, particularly those things that we can actually produce”

Oshiomhole further stated that the whole essence of moving the economy from state involvement, towards private sector involvement is so that the private sector could be structured in such a way that they do not have to import all the things they currently do.

According to him, If we are going to move from being a nation that consumes what it doesn’t produce, but is capable of producing, then the government must redirect investors properly to the agriculture sector.

Recession: Do Not Tinker With Minimum Wage, Oshiomhole Urges Government

Adams Oshiomhole, Workers, Minimum WageEdo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has advised workers not to allow any arm of government tinker with Nigeria’s national minimum wage due to economic recession.

The Governor noted that the average Nigerian worker is underpaid, adding that removing the minimum wage from the Exclusive List of the Federal Government would further impoverish the worker.

He made the call on Wednesday at a forum organised by the Kukah Centre‎ for Leadership in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

Governor Oshiomhole described the non-payment of wages of the workers as a criminal breach of trust and urged employers of labour to ‎device ways of ensuring the regular payment of wages on a monthly basis.

In a lecture titled “From Activism To Political Power: The Challenges Of Democratic‎ Governance In Nigeria”, the Governor advocated for the retention of the national minimum wage to protect workers in the country.

The Chairman of the occasion and a former Governor of Cross River State, Mr Donald Duke, asked Nigerians to interrogate the concept of change as advocated by the present administration.

Former Niger State Governor, Mr Babangida Aliyu, on his part called on the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, to retrace his steps on sending civil servants to the farm.

The forum was convened to enable eminent Nigerians interact with other citizens on issues affecting the nation.

Edo APC: Oshiomhole Settles Dispute With Deputy

Adams Oshiomhole, Pius Odubu, APCEdo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, says that all is now well in the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state after settling a rift with his deputy, Mr Pius Odubu.

The disagreement ensued during the governorship primaries held on June 18, to determine the flag bearer of the APC in the September 10 election in Edo State, south-south Nigeria.

Governor Oshiomhole announced the reunion during a reconciliation meeting at the Government House in Benin City, the state capital.

He also declared the reinstatement of aides working in the Office of the Edo State Deputy Governor.

On his part, Mr Odubu pledged his total commitment to the success of the APC in the forthcoming governorship election.

Niger Delta Leaders Want Oshiomhole To Represent Them At Presidency       

Oshiomhole, Niger deltaEdo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has appealed to leaders and freedom fighters in the Niger Delta to place the fight for an end to the pollution in the Niger Delta ahead of the call for compensation for the degradation in the region.

The Governor made the call when members of host communities of Nigeria producing oil and gas led by former military governor of old Rivers State and Amanyanabor of Twon Brass, King Alfred Diete-Spiff, paid him a visit at the Edo State government house in Benin City the state capital.

Chairman of the association, Dr Michael Emuh, said that they were in Benin representing the interest of all the 25 freedom fighters in the Niger Delta as well as that of the people of the region to solicit his support to represent their interest to represent their interests to the Presidency.

 

2,771 Delegates Storm Ogbemudia Stadium For Edo APC Primaries

Edo APCThe All Progressives Congress (APC) is having its primary election in Edo State, with 12 aspirants from 18 local governments jostling for the top job.

A total of 2,771 delegates made it to the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin City, which is venue of the primary.

However, 2,582 delegates had been accredited to vote in the primary election.

So far, the election has been mostly peaceful, except for a little skirmish.

Accreditation for delegates held earlier in the day at three centres of the city.

Voters were accredited in Agbado Primary School, Imaguero College and George Idah Primary School all in Benin City the Edo State capital

Delegates from Edo Central senatorial district were accredited at Agbado Primary School along Akpakpava Street, while delegates from Edo North senatorial district were accredited at Imaguero College.

Preparations have been in top gear for the September 10 governorship election as political parties in the state move to present their candidates for the election.

The Edo State Governor, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, has expressed optimism in the ability of the party to gain victory at the polls in September.

Shuaibu Amodu’s Death Is Great Loss To Football Community – Oshiomhole

Adams Oshiomhole, Shuaibu Amodu, Amodu Shuaibu Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has described the death of former Super Eagles Coach, Shuaibu Amodu, as a great loss to the football community.

Governor Oshiomhole said this in Okpella Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State in southern Nigeria, where the remains of the four–time coach of the Super Eagles was being laid to rest.

He said that the demise of Shuaibu Amodu was indeed a big loss, especially when Nigeria was still mourning the demise of another former player and coach of the senior national team, Stephen Keshi.

At the burial rites in his hometown, officials of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) and well-wishers joined members of his immediate family to pay the former tactician of BCC Loins of Gboko his last respect.

The NFF, in a statement by its Communication Department, described the late technical director as one of the best coaches Nigeria had produced.Amodu shaibu

The 58-year-old died in the early hours of Saturday, after complaining of chest pain on Friday night.

Shuaibu Amodu had Coach Keshi who died three days prior to his death, as his assistant at the 2002 Cup of Nations in Mali.

He was born on April 18, 1958 and played as a striker for Dumez and Niger Tornadoes before ending his career after a leg injury.

Oshiomhole Urges Traditional Rulers To Intervene In Niger Delta Crisis

Adams Oshiomhole, Niger DeltaEdo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has called on traditional rulers and leaders of the Niger Delta to intervene in the ongoing insecurity and pollution of the region by militants under the aegis of the Niger Delta Avengers.

Governor Oshiomhole said this when he received a delegation from the National Assembly led by the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremmadu.

The federal lawmakers were in Benin City, the Edo State capital to condole with the Benin Kingdom over the death of the Oba of Benin, Omo N’oba N’Edo Uku Akpolopkolo Erediauwa I.

Governor Oshiomhole noted that the people of the Niger Delta were primarily those who would suffer the effect of the ongoing pollution as a result of pipeline vandalism.

He also maintained that the ongoing insecurity would scare current and intending investors from the region.

APC South-south Holds Rally Ahead Of Edo Election

APC, Edo, ElectionThe South-south zone of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has held a solidarity rally for party candidates in the 2016 Edo State governorship election.

The APC convened its members on Friday at the banquet hall of the Government House in Benin City, the Edo State’s capital in south-south Nigeria.

The National Vice Chairman of the party, Hilliard Etta, explained that the forum was to forge an even stronger bond among party faithful in preparations for the primaries.

In his address, the Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, stated that the achievements in the past eight years would speak for the APC when the campaigns properly kick off.

Edo Govt. Refutes Allegations Of Fund Misuse By Edo APC

Edo Govt., Edo APCEdo State Commissioner for Education, Gideon Obhakhan, has debunked allegations by the Edo State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that the Edo Govt. has misappropriated some funds.

Mr Obhakhan, stated the position of government on the matter during an interview with Channels Television in Benin City, the Edo state capital.

He said that the issues raised by the PDP were politically motivated and could not be proven.

The Chairman of Edo PDP, Dan Orbih, had earlier accused the Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole of awarding contracts for projects in Edo State University, Iyamho without following due process.

Oshiomhole, Masari Condemn Attacks On Oil Facilities

Adams Oshiomhole, Aminu Masari, Niger Delta AvengersEdo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, and his Katsina State counterpart, Governor Aminu Masari, have condemned the recent blowing up of oil pipelines by militants in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region.

Speaking with State House correspondents shortly after a meeting he had with President Muhammadu Buhari in the Presidential Villa, Governor Oshiomhole noted that what the President deserved was the support of all Nigerians.

He said what was happening in the southern region would make the area unattractive for investment and called on the people of the Niger Delta to be patient with the Buhari-led administration that had so far shown determination to provide jobs for the unemployed.

The Edo State Governor explained that the cash crunch, which has made it difficult for state governments to pay workers’ salaries was brought about by what he called “the misrule of the past”.

He said he and five of his colleagues had earlier met with the President to discuss the huge challenges being faced by many of the states.

Oshiomhole lamented that the unpaid salaries had created a vicious circle with landlords not getting their rents and market women unable to sell, leading to a depressed economy.

masari-katsinaOn his part, Governor Masari while speaking to Channels Television in Abuja condemned the recent attacks on the nation’s oil and gas facilities by the militant group, Niger Delta Avengers.

He said the group have no justification for their actions which he said were threatening Nigeria’s unity and should be condemned by all Nigerians.

This comes after the Niger Delta Avengers allegedly blew up another oil and gas facility belonging to Chevron in the southern region.

Edo Govt. To Build More Schools With Three Billion Naira

Adams Oshiomhole, Edo, SchoolsThe Edo State government is set to spend another three billion Naira in building more primary schools in the 18 local government areas of the state.

Governor Adams Oshiomhole disclosed this to reporters in Benin City, the state’s capital in southern Nigeria.

He was also addressing school children during the Children’s Day celebration, with the theme: “Protect the Rights of the Children in the Face of Violence and Insecurity and End Child Marriage” at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Edo State.

With the proposed decision of the state government, it is expected that learning environments would be in more enhanced condition to aid easy assimilation of the required knowledge by pupils.

NLC, FG Resume Talks On Petrol Price Hike

labour-union-Federal-government-meetingThe Federal Government and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) have agreed to set up a 16-man committee to resolve the issues surrounding their disagreement on the recent hike in the pump price of petrol.

This forms the outcome of a meeting between both parties which took place on Wednesday in the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) in Abuja.

He also announced the constitution of a board for the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency

Present at the meeting were the SGF, Mr Babachir Lawal, the Minister of Finance, Kemi Adeosun, and the Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, who was a former labour leader.

The NLC President, Mr Ayuba Wabba, led the team from labour.

Mr Wabba told reporters that the labour union and the government were working on a peaceful resolution of the crisis.

He promised that labour would continue to engage the government on better working conditions for Nigerian workers

The Minister of Labour and Productivity, who is to chair the 16-man committee, pledged the commitment of the government to addressing the issues that led to the strike.

Governor Oshiomhole also threw his weight behind the Ayuba Wabba-led NLC.

 

The government had earlier insisted that until the NLC called off its strike, there would be no further negotiations after both parties had failed to reach an agreement at their meeting on May 17.

After few days of the strike, the NLC on Sunday called off the indefinite strike it embarked upon to protest the fuel price hike, a condition the Federal Government gave for resumption of talks with labour.

The Federal Government had on May 11 increase the price band of Premium Motor Spirit popularly referred to as petrol from 86.50 Naira to 145 Naira.

Announcing the increase, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, said that the decision was taken to address the scarcity of the product that had lingered for months due to difficulty in getting foreign exchange for importation of the product.

Nigeria’s local refineries have not met the nation’s petrol need, as they produce below their capacity.

After the increase, the labour union described it as insensitive, declaring its readiness to resist the increase.

Days after, the NLC started an indefinite strike aimed at forcing the government to revert to the old price of 86.50 Naira, but the government said the strike was illegal, as it had secured a court injunction stopping the labour union from embarking on the indefinite strike.