Adams Oshiomhole Emerges As BRACED Chairman

OshiomholeThe Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has emerged as the new Chairman of the South South Governors Forum following a meeting which is recorded as the first to be held shortly after the unveiling of the Calabar International Convention Center.

The governors of the BRACED Commission unanimously endorsed the Edo State Governor following his wealth of experience which other South South state governors believe can be beneficial to the region.

Adams Oshiomhole, speaking after unveiling the Calabar International Convention Center in Cross River State, South South Nigeria, described the center as beautiful image to Nigeria’s Tourism Sector.

Speaking on the importance of the 5,000 Capacity Calabar International Convention Center to the South South region, the new Chairman described the edifice as a well packaged parting gift from Liyel Imoke to not just Cross River State but the South South region and Nigeria as a whole.

The Comrade, who was overwhelmed by the project, described Liyel Imoke as a silent achiever in spite of the financial constraints the state is faced with.

Oshiomhole reasoned that by this feat, Imoke has laid a solid foundation for his successor to build on, thereby boosting the tourism map of the state.

In his remarks, Imoke disclosed that, the project which was 95% complete, is a catalyst to bringing alive other tourism related investments in the state.

The BRACED comprises of Bayelsa, Rivers, Akwa-Ibom, Cross River, Edo and Delta States and had in attendance representatives who were part of installing its new leadership.

Buhari Urged To Make Education System Girl-Friendly

Girl-childThe incoming government of Nigeria’s President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, has been advised to make the Nigeria’s educational system girl-friendly.

The Buhari administration has also been urged to put more effort in the publicity of girl-child education, especially in the area of Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

Nigeria’s first female commercial pilot, Captain Chinyere Kalu, who was the guest speaker at a one-day seminar organized for teenage girls by the Youths For Technology Foundation in Owerri the Imo State capital, said a recent European Union statistics shows that out of over 7 million people working in the ICT sector around the world, only 30% are women.

She stressed that the research also concluded that the ICT sector is rapidly growing by the day, thereby creating over 100, 000 new jobs every year.

She further noted that the major way to reverse this trend is to encourage the participation of young girls to take up ICT-related careers, revealing that Nigerian women has one of the lowest participation of women.

Mrs Kalu, however, called on the government to encourage the girl-child through scholarships, free education and good incentives, which would go a long way to motivate the girl-child so as to get more involved in science and technology.

For the Youths for Technology Foundation, investment in the girl child has a multiplier effect on productivity, efficiency and sustained economic growth as it will also provide access to job opportunities and skill development.

Oshiomhole Reacts To Buhari’s Visit To Aso Rock

OshiomoleEdo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has described the cordial relationship between the outgoing Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, and President-elect, General Mohammadu Buhari, as one of the positive things coming from Nigeria to the international community in a long while.

Governor Oshiomhole, during the convocation ceremony of the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma was reacting to the visit of the President-elect to President Jonathan at the Aso Rock Villa in Abuja.

He remarked that the current circumstance shows that Nigeria has moved ahead.

Jonathan, Hero Of 2015 Election – Olisa Agbakoba

Olisa-AgbakobaFormer President of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Olisa Agbakoba, believes that President Goodluck Jonathan should be commended for the peaceful conduct of the election.

In a session with the media in Lagos, Agbakoba commended President Jonathan for giving room for free and fair elections and for conceding defeat to the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate and new President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari.

The constitutional lawyer said; “Jonathan allowed the democratic space to open. He allowed multiparty democracy and he allowed free and fair elections.

“He took the shine off Buhari by calling and conceding, even before the final result was announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission.”

Similarly, Agbakoba commended the INEC Chairman, Professor Attahiru Jega, for his patience even in the face of outright provocation.

He also praised all Nigerians for their efforts towards the success of the elections, but noted that voting along ethnic lines was not good for Nigeria, urging the electorates to see beyond ethnic differences.

The Senior Advocate also congratulated General Muhammadu Buhari on his victory in the 2015 presidential election and urged him not to discard the recommendations made from the National Conference.

Agbakoba further called for the creation of a new anti-corruption framework and the strengthening of Nigeria’s institutions to tackle the menace.

“We need a new anti-corruption framework because the current one has not worked.

“Let the message be clear that there will be response from government that corruption will be severely punished,” Agbakoba said.

 

Governor Okorocha Commends President Jonathan For Political Maturity

Rochas-Okorocha-PresidentThe Governor of Imo State and the Chairman of APC Governors’ Forum has commended President Goodluck Jonathan for displaying high level of political maturity by conceding defeat and calling to congratulate General Muhammadu Buhari, the APC presidential candidate and winner of Nigeria’s 2015 presidential election.

Governor Rochas Okorocha, in a statement signed by his Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemoudo, said that President Jonathan has no doubt made history by being the first sitting Nigerian President who not only conceded victory to his major opponent, but openly congratulated him without betraying any emotions.

He urged the President to be mindful of the antics of some of his political associates who might want to coerce him into taking any action that would diminish all the goodwill he has gained in the eyes of Nigerians and the international community.

The Governor, however, called on all Nigerians to continue to pray for President Jonathan for God’s guidance in his personal life and future endeavours.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the early hours of Wednesday April 1, declared the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), General Muhammadu Buhari, winner of Nigeria’s presidential election, defeating the incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan.

General Muhammadu Buhari of the APC polled a total of 15,424,921 votes to defeat all other candidates, with Dr Goodluck Jonathan of the PDP polling a total of 12,853,162 votes to place second.

Governor Okorocha was also a presidential aspirant and one of the contestants in the APC presidential primary elections from which General Muhammadu Buhari emerged as the party’s flagbearer.

Okorocha placed fourth in the election held at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos in December 2014.

America Will Support Nigeria On Credible Election- Biden

Joe Biden- ElectionThe United States Vice President, Mr Joe Biden, has said America will stand by the Nigerian people in the desire for credible and peaceful elections.

Mr Biden, who has been interacting with the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and opposing All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidates for Nigeria’s 2015 general elections, said he is pleased with the peace accord signed in mid-January by President Goodluck Jonathan and General Mohammadu Buhari, as a show of their commitment to non-violence throughout the election process.

He also expressed concern over the violence recorded at some recent election-related events in the country, reiterating the need for both candidates to make clear that such violence had no place in a democratic process.

However, he expressed the United States’ support for the Nigerian Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in its efforts to deliver free, fair and credible elections.

Earlier in the year, the US Secretary of State, John Kerry was in Nigeria where he held separate meetings with the Nigerian President and General Buhari on the same issue.

He said in a meeting with General Buhari in Ikoyi, Lagos, that the United States President, Barrack Obama, was interested in Nigeria, being the largest economy in Africa.

Oshiomole Discloses Grouse With Jonathan

gov.edo stateThe Governor of Edo State, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, says his grouse with President Goodluck Jonathan is that the President abandoned Edo State and did nothing for the State despite securing 95% votes of Edo people for his re-Election in 2011.

Governor Oshiomhole told a gathering at an APC campaign rally at Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area that the the people of Edo State had decided to withdraw their support from President Jonathan and back the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, General Muhammadu Buhari.

He said that the Edo State indigenes could no longer tolerate another four years of misrule by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

In the 2011 presidential election, President Jonathan won in the state, a victory Governor Oshiomhole said was as a result of the support of people of the state for the President at that time.

 

Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi Advises Jonathan, Buhari Against Violence

Bolaji AkinyemiNigeria’s Former Foreign Minister, Professor Bolaji Akinyemi, has advised the presidential aspirant of the PDP, President Goodluck Jonathan and that of the APC, General Mohammadu Buhari, to strive to ensure the safety of lives and property in the face of a possible breakdown.

Professor Bolaji Akinyemi, in an open letter to the two presidential candidates, also suggested some conflict-control measures to manage the violence he believes would erupt post-election.

According to the Deputy Chairman of the 2014 National Conference, the certainty of violence after the 2015 elections is higher than it was in 2011, as the illegal importation of weapons into the country has reached alarming proportions.

A portion of the letter read: “One of my low moments during the just concluded 2014 National Conference was when in an attempt to break an impasse, I painted a grim picture of devastation which would follow a breakdown of the Nigerian state, to which a delegate between 45 and 55 years old replied “so what?”

“I thought to myself, here is a man who would probably run away to a neighboring country at the boom of the first gun but was callously indifferent to the fate of the youth, women and children who would be caught in the middle.”

He proposed that the two presidential candidates meet and sign a Memorandum of Undertaking that will commit both a civil and peaceful campaign, devoid of threats; a commitment to preach peaceful elections to their supporters and a commitment to control their supporters after the elections.

He also appealed to the Sultan of Sokoto, the Emir of Kano, the Oba of Benin, the Ooni of Ife and other traditional rulers in the country, members of the clergy, past heads of state and elder statesmen to facilitate the pre-election meeting between the candidates, the preparation of the Memorandum of Undertaking and as a Council of Wise-men to assist in managing the post-election conflicts.

Jonathan Meets With Former Heads Of State Over Chibok

Jonathan and ex leadersFormer Heads of State have committed themselves to doing everything they can to support President Goodluck Jonathan and the Borno State Government to find a solution to the issue of the missing Chibok girls.

In a meeting with the President on Thursday, they also offered help in finding an end to the general challenge of insurgency in the country.

Details of the meeting were made known to State House Correspondents by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati.

The former Heads of State present were Ernest Shonekan, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, General Mohammadu Buhari, General Yakubu Gowon and Alhaji Shehu Shagari.

Also present was the Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima.

General Ibrahim Babangida was absent following the death of the Senator representing his constituency, Senator Kuta, who passed away on Thursday. He sent his apologies.

The meeting which lasted for about an hour was over dinner.