Buhari Says Multi-party System Remains Best In Nigeria

muhammadu-buhari-addresses-northeast-initiative-committeeThe President, Muhammadu Buhari has said that multiparty system remains the best option in Nigeria’s democracy considering the diverse population of the country.

The President made this known commissioning of Edo State University, Iyamho, in Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State, he urged Nigerians to appreciate the strength in the country’s diverse ethnic and social groups.

“We believe in multi-party democracy system it is the best for us. In a country of over 450 ethnic groups, it is not easy to come together, only God can do it.

“We are doing our best because we have found ourselves as part of this great country called Nigeria,’’ the President said.

President Buhari, who concluded a two-day state visit to Edo, encouraged Nigerians to view the current economic challenges in the country as an opportunity to set the economy firmly on the path of true diversification and sustainable economic growth.

“We are blessed with human and material resources. We made terrible mistakes in allowing ourselves to become a mono economy and we are now paying dearly for our mistakes.

“Nigeria made money from cocoa, palm oil, palm kernel, groundnut, hides and skin and others. We threw everything away because of petroleum.

“We have to go back to the land and solid minerals and do a lot of savings so that we can leave a better country for our children.’’

President Buhari expressed appreciation to Nigerians for their understanding and faith with the administrations reform programmes.

“This is a time for hardwork, this is a time of rebuilding Nigeria.

“During my campaigns, I emphasized three things, security, economy and fighting corruption. In each of them, we are recording success,” the President said.

He congratulated outgoing Governor, Adams Oshiomhole on his stewardship during his eight-year tenure, aptly demonstrated in the quality of projects completed in the state.

“Certainly, Governor Oshiomhole is lucky to have served two-terms in office and he has engraved his name in gold in the history of Edo state,’’ the President said.

Meanwhile, Gov. Oshiomhole urged Nigerians not to relent in supporting the current administration, saying “Nigeria has a future under Buhari; there is no overnight solution to the country’s problems.’’

Ensure Hitch-free Polls In Ondo, Rivers, Buhari Tells Security Agencies

Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria, Benin RepublicNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has directed security agencies to do their utmost in ensuring violence-free elections in Ondo and Rivers states.

Addressing a state dinner in Benin, the Edo state capital, on Monday, President Buhari said the forthcoming governorship elections in Ondo and National and State Assembly re-run elections in Rivers would serve as a litmus test for the general elections in 2019.

“What happened in [the last elections] Kogi, Bayelsa and Rivers State disturbs me a lot.

“I think we should go beyond these actions. Why do we kill each other? Putting tyres on people and setting them ablaze.

“I have told the law enforcement agencies, if we can’t conduct an election in one state then we should forget about 2019,’’ the President said.

Acknowledging the role played by outgoing Governor Adams Oshiomhole in ensuring the success of the All Progressives Congress in the last governorship elections in the state, President Buhari urged the Governor-elect, Mr Godwin Obaseki, to continue in Oshiomhole’s footsteps of providing purposeful leadership in terms of quality infrastructure, education and social services.

“The publicity your predecessor has given his performance is going to stretch you to the limit.

“Considering what he has down, you have to continue in his footsteps. We wish you the best of luck and will do our best to support you,” the President said.

On the current economic challenges in Nigeria, the President assured Nigerians that his administration was working hard on diversification of the economy to limit the country’s over-dependence on oil over the years.

“This country has incredible mineral resources. All we need is to believe in ourselves so that we can have and leave a better Nigeria for our children and grandchildren,” President Buhari added.

AAU Convocation: Universities Advised To Ensure Sustainable Development

Ambrose Alli University,sustainable development, sustainable developmentAdministrators of tertiary institutions across Nigeria have been advised to seek ingenious ways of sustaining their development institutions in the face of the current economic challenges.

This emerged at the 20th convocation ceremony of the Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma, in Edo state where the economic climate of the nation was assessed.

The University’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Ignatius Onimawo, said about 8,692 graduates on Saturday, bagged diplomas and first degrees, while also disclosing that 136 academic staff, 276 senior non-teaching staff and 443 junior staff had been promoted.

Chairman of Channels Media Group, John Momoh was also awarded an honourary doctorate of Business Administration, for his outstanding achievements in the broadcast industry in Africa.

Governor Adams Oshiomhole who was also present, stressed the need for Nigeria to re-order its priorities, such that the education system never fails.

The Etsu Nupe, Alhaji (Dr) Yahaya Abubakar urged the graduates to always look around for a problem they could solve, assuring them that by so doing, “they would never be poor”.

Governor Oshiomhole Condemns Postponement of Edo Election

Adams-Oshiomhole-on-Edo-electionEdo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has expressed surprise at the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone the state’s governorship election earlier slated for Saturday, September 10, 2016.

The agency on Thursday afternoon announced this decision after it had earlier said that it would go ahead with the polls.

Speaking on Channels TV’s Politics Today, Governor Oshiomhole described the decision as a setback for the state.

He frowned at the time it took the electoral body to make the decision, which he said had affected the parties’ programmes.

He said that if INEC had given the hint earlier that the election would be postponed, the All Progressives Congress (APC) would have also postponed its final rally to suit the new election date.

The Governor also reacted to allegations that his party was behind the postponement of the election by stating that none of the other parties was as ready as the APC for Saturday’s election.

He argued that the large turnout of supporters at the party’s final campaign rally on Tuesday was an indication that Edo State was indeed an APC state.

He maintained that the only issue that involved him as the Governor of the state was INEC’s decision to fix the election to coincide with the West African Examination Council (WAEC), GCE examination, which led to protests by students of the state.

“INEC ought to have known that the West African Examination calendar was out there. It is not something they fix two or three weeks to the time,” he said.

Edo Governorship Election: Sultan Of Sokoto Calls For Peaceful Conduct

Sultan of Sokoto, Sa'ad Abubakar, Edo governorship electionThe Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, has emphasised the need for a violence free exercise in the coming Edo State governorship election.

The Sultan, who is also the President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, made the call during the council’s visit to Edo State Government House in Benin City, the state capital in south-south Nigeria.

In his remarks, Governor Adams Oshiomhole commended the monarch’s visit and supported his call.

He noted that an individual’s conscience and not religion has a more important role to play in the decision concerning whom to vote for in any election.

The visit came a day after the presentation of the Register of Voters for the September 10 governorship election to the various political parties by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The presentation of the register, which is a key criterion for the conduct of the upcoming poll, is also in line with section 20 of the Electoral Act.

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.

Oshiomhole Assures Sakponba Residents Of Flood Free Days

Adams-Oshiomhole-FloodEdo State Governor has assured residents and motorists on the Sakponba road of a lasting solution to the problem of flooding.

Governor Adams Oshiomhole made the promise at an inspection visit to the ongoing Second East Circular Road project and the Sakponba Storm Water project.

He expressed optimism that the menace of flooding in the area would be a thing of the past in the next few weeks once the project was completed.

The governor explained that the over eight feet deep drainage, being constructed on both sides of the road is expected to channel flood waters from the area to the moat.

He commended the residents of the area for their love and support, which according to him, “is behind his success as governor”.

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.

Oshiomhole Urges Govt. To Provide Quality Tertiary Education

OshiomholeEdo State Governor has advised the Nigerian government to look inward and provide quality tertiary education for the increasing number of students seeking tertiary education.

Governor Adams Oshiomhole made the appeal on Wednesday in Abuja.

Speaking after receiving licence to establish the Edo State University, Governor Oshiomhole said that there was a need for more Nigerians to be given access to university education in order to reduce some of the social vices prevalent among the youths.

He advised government at all levels to provide quality secondary school education in order to improve the standard of education.

Every year, thousands of students sit for the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board examination in order to gain admission into tertiary institutions. Only a few thousand are offered admission into schools.

To address the situation, the Edo State Government established its second state university, Edo State University, which Governor Oshiomhole said would address the quality of human capital in Nigeria.

The Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission, Professor Julius Okojie, advised university authorities to positively impact on the community where they are based, as he gave recognition to Edo University.

With the recognition given to Edo University as the 41st state university in Nigeria, the dream of more young Nigerians to acquire university education, would soon be a reality.

Oshiomhole Calls For Prosecution Of Tax Law Defaulters

OshiomholeGovernor Adams Oshiomhole says the enforcement of tax laws would enable government at all levels provide basic needs for the people.

The Edo State Governor made the observation on Wednesday while speaking at a lecture organised by the National Defence College.

He expressed hope that Nigeria would develop faster when tax defaulters are prosecuted in order to serve as a deterrent to others.

Governor Oshiomhole said that the country was under a heavy debt burden as a result of a few rich individuals mismanaging the economy of the nation.

While advocating that tax defaulters be sent to prison, he said that some political leaders lack the passion and vision to lead, saying they were in office for the glamour and power attached to such offices.

The Commandant of the College and Convener of the Lecture, Rear Admiral Samuel Alade, implored participants to leverage on Governor Oshiomhole’s message in order to become strategic leaders.

The lecture was part of activities lined up for the training of participants at the National Defence College.

Edo PDP Condemns Sacking Of HOS

Edo PDP Condemns Sacking Of HOSThe Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State have criticised the decision of Governor Adams Oshiomhole to remove Jerry Obazele as the Head of Service over allegations of fraudulent practices in the Pensions Board.

State Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chris Nehikhare on Wednesday, made the statement while addressing reporters at the party secretariat in Benin City, the state’s capital.

Mr Nehikhare said that Governor Oshiomhole should have taken full responsibility for the shortcomings faced by his administration rather than passing the buck.

Governor Oshiomhole scrapped the Edo State Pensions Board following the uncovering of fraudulent activities concerning the payment of pensions and gratuities.

The Governor, in a statement, directed members of the Pensions Board to report to the State Civil Service Commission for proper investigation and disciplinary action in accordance with the Civil Service Rules.

“Members of the Pensions Board are advised to steer clear of their offices until investigations are concluded” the statement read.

Governor Oshiomhole also sent the Edo State Head of Service, Mr Obazele and Permanent Secretary, Information and Communications Technology Agency, Mr Dan Aigbavboa on retirement.

Oshiomhole Scraps Edo Pensions Board

Oshiomhole Scraps Edo Pensions BoardGovernor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has scrapped the Edo State Pensions Board following the uncovering of fraudulent activities concerning the payment of pensions and gratuities.

Governor Oshiomhole, in a statement, directed members of the Pensions Board to report to the State Civil Service Commission for proper investigation and disciplinary action in accordance with the Civil Service Rules.

“Members of the Pensions Board are advised to steer clear of their offices until investigations are concluded” the statement read.

Governor Oshiomhole also sent the Edo State Head of Service, Mr Jerry Obazele and Permanent Secretary, Information and Communications Technology Agency, Mr Dan Aigbavboa on retirement.

The Governor subsequently appointed Mrs Gladys Idahor as the new Head of Service in Edo State.