Don’t Issue New Year Message, PDP Tells Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday said the Federal Government and the All Progressives Congress (APC) should not to issue any New Year message to Nigerians.

The PDP in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan said the APC have not fulfilled any of the promises contained in their previous new year messages since assumption of office and therefore should give Nigerians false hope.

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“It would be the height of callousness for the party and its government to spew another round of false hope in the name of New Year messages.

“What else would they tell Nigerians apart from inventing new propaganda as they had always done, particularly at the turn of each New Year”, PDP said in the statement.

The party claims that every New Year, since 2016, the APC and its Federal Government have been reeling out heaps of promises and now they are warming up to reel out fresh ones in January 2018, which they had no intentions to fulfil.

“What is the need of a New Year message from APC Government when it would be replete with propaganda?  What else should Nigerians expect from a government that promised massive employments only to render 7.74 million Nigerians jobless between 2016 and September 2017; with combined unemployment and underemployment rate hitting 40.0% as declared by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS)?

“This is the same APC that promised to deliver naira exchange at N1 to 1USD but ended up wrecking the currency from N160-N170 to N350-N400; the same party and its government promised to reduce the price of fuel only for it to rise from where the PDP left it at N86.50 to N300-N400 per litre,” PDP said.

The PDP said Nigerians are very patient people but are tired of APC and therefore urged the APC to stop taking Nigerians for granted.

Don’t Lose Hope On Economy, Ajimobi Urges Nigerians

Don’t Lose Hope On Economy, Ajimobi Urges NigeriansThe Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, has called for a renewed hope from the country’s citizens on the ability of the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government to salvage the country from the pervading economic challenges.

The Governor made the call in his New Year message issued by his Special Adviser on Communication and Strategy, Mr Yomi Layinka, in Ibadan.

Although the Governor said he was not unmindful of the telling effect of the recession on the populace, he, however, said they should continue to trust in the Federal Government’s ability to put the economy back on track judging by the ongoing rejigging efforts.

While expressing happiness with the success so far recorded by the military in the fight against the Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East, the Governor appealed to the Niger-Delta militants to sheath their swords and allow peace to reign in the zone.

Ajimobi saluted the gallantry of the country’s army and other security agencies, calling for prayers and support for the families of officers and soldiers who paid the supreme price or lost limbs in the patriotic fight that culminated in liberation of the dreaded Sambisa forest.

The Governor said: “The economic recession currently staring us in the face in Nigeria called for concerted efforts on the part of all and sundry to play the roles expected of us to ensure that the country survives these trying times.

“Part of these efforts is for the restive Niger-Delta youths to cease fire and allow peace to reign. They should stop the sabotage of oil installations and embrace dialogue. They should realize that it is only in an atmosphere of peace that the desired development can be achieved.

“To the good people of Oyo State, I want to assure you that with your cooperation and support, the administration under my leadership will continue to work towards the recovery of our economy.

“Recall that in my budget speech on Thursday, I reported how much work had been done to enhance our revenue base by expanding the tax net; by blocking financial loopholes, fixing leakages and institutionalizing prudence in all spheres of the administration.

“May I, therefore, urge you to play your part in this direction.”

The Governor thanked the people of the state for maintaining peaceful co-existence and for their commitment to the growth and development of the state.

He, however, restated his warning that any attempt to plunge the state into chaos and lawlessness would be crushed with the full force of law.

Ajimobi said that his government would not relent in its efforts at ensuring the sustenance of the ongoing infrastructural revolution and economic re-engineering aimed at improving the general wellbeing of the citizenry.

New Year Message: Jonathan preaches peace

President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday called on Nigerians to unite in building a peaceful and prosperous nation. The president also called for more support for his administration towards realising its goal of transforming the country.

The president in his New Year message said, “let us all therefore resolve as we celebrate the New Year to place the higher interests of national unity, peace, stability and progress above all other considerations and work harder in our particular fields of human endeavour to contribute more significantly to the attainment of our collective aspirations.”

He said his administration will continue to ignore cynics that see nothing good in government saying, “I also want to assure Nigerians that we will refuse to be discouraged by those who have taken it upon themselves to pick on every initiative and effort of this administration.”

President Jonathan urged Nigerians to render support to government in its effort at developing the country.

He said security will remain the major focus of his administration by 2013 saying, “we will also do more in 2013 to further empower our security agencies who are working in collaborative partnerships with our friends in the international community to stem the scourge of terrorism in our country and enhance the security of lives and property in all parts of Nigeria.”

He said priority will also be placed on flood and erosion control as well as the rehabilitation and expansion of existing federal roads, improved power supply and reactivation of the national rail network.

The president said government will work towards actualising its programmes and policies as captured in the transformation agenda.

The president also promised to create employment opportunities for the teaming graduates and to create wealth for the people.

He said, “We have in the last year achieved a lot in terms of the positive transformation of vital sectors of our national life such as public infrastructure, power supply, oil and gas, transportation, education, health and agricultural development.

“We will continue to work diligently in 2013 to ensure that our efforts in these areas are carried forward to full fruition in fulfilment of our promise of better public services and improved living conditions for all Nigerians.”

 

FG Restates Commitment To Steady Power Supply

The Minister of Information, Labaran Maku has reaffirmed the Federal Government’s commitment to provide steady power supply in the country.

The Minister at a news conference today did a review of the FG’s achievements in 2012, listing measures that have been put in place to address the shortfall of power supply.

He said President Jonathan’s power reforms programme has led to an increase of 4,502 megawatts of electricity, expected to move up to about 7,000 megawatts by the end of 2013.