Nigeria Still ‘Most Unequal’ Country In The World – Fasua

The presidential candidate of the Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP), Mr Tope Fasua.


The presidential candidate of the Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party (ANRP), Mr Tope Fasua, says Nigeria is still the most unequal country in the world in terms of welfare packages for its citizens.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today, he noted that the Federal Government is not doing well enough to see to the well-being of the masses.

“Nigeria is still the most unequal country in the world. We haven’t started to show that we value human lives in this country,” he said on Wednesday.

Fasua said that contrary to reports that the Federal Government is taking care of the needs of the masses, he doesn’t think the current administration is a ‘welfarist government’.

While citing some countries like the United States of America and Switzerland, he noted the citizens do not go to bed hungry.

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“People tend to believe that the present government is a welfarist government. I don’t believe the government is a welfarist government. Even some of the capitalist governments abroad, we know some of the welfare packages they have for their people.

“In places like the USA, you don’t go to sleep hungry unless you want to. In Switzerland, if you lose your job, the government pays you 80 per cent of your salary for eight months, pending when you get another job,” he stated.

Reacting to the Federal Executive Council’s approval of N267 million for youths in the South East and North West regions, the ANRP candidate noted that the amount is “a bit quite low.”

He, however, called for transparency and monitoring in the disbursement of the fund to enable the young people to acquire the requisite skills in the affected regions.

Meanwhile, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Job Creation, Afolabi Imokhuede, said the current administration has been following due process in executing its welfare programmes for the masses.

Gov. Emmanuel Approves Payment Of Owed Gratuities To Retirees

Gov. Emmanuel Promises More Support For Akwa-Ibom YouthsAs part of a resolve to make the welfare of Akwa Ibom workers priority, Governor Udom Emmanuel has approved the payment of a backlog of arrears of pension and gratuities to retired civil servants in the state.

Finance Commissioner, Nsikan Linus Nkan, disclosed this while interacting with labour union leaders under the auspices of the Unified Labour Movement, who called on him in his office.

Nkan said the approved payment of backlogs of arrears of promotions and gratuities are to be implemented in batches.

He explained that the state governor was committed to the well-being of retirees in recognition of their laudable contributions to the state’s development while in active service.

The Commissioner therefore urged workers to continue supporting Governor Emmanuel to actualise his lofty plans for the people of the state, following his worker-friendly disposition since assumption of office, despite dwindling resources.

In 2015, the governor cleared the backlog of retired civil servants’ gratuities dating between 2000 and 2011, a move which earned him commendation from the state leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), as a worker-friendly governor.

Yobe State To Hold LG Election In February 2017

Yobe SIEC To Hold LG Poll in February 2017, election observer, welfare, security personnel, Edo electionThe Yobe state Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) will conduct elections into the 17 Local Governments of the state on February 11, 2017.

The decision was reached in a stakeholders meeting held at the commission’s office in Damaturu the state capital.

The meeting, which was presided over by the Executive Chairman of the commission, Mohammed Jauro, had in attendance various political parties, security agents, and the media among others.

It deliberated on some key issues that will ensure free, fair and credible elections.

Addressing stakeholders at the meeting, Mr Mohammed Jauro, said that the meeting was in line with the provision of the electoral time table which recommends that interested parties meet at least 90 days before the election.

It affords the stakeholders the opportunity to scrutinize the election time table, days for submission of nomination forms, compilation of lists of candidates, verification of the substituted candidates by the commission among others as presented by the commission.

The Executive chairman urged the stakeholders to give their all by mobilizing their followers along the line of peace for a hitch-free exercise.

“To conduct a free and fair election, we need a serine environment and a level ground by following the rules of the game

“This is why we all gathered here as stakeholders in this game to rub minds and freely discuss ways and means of conducting smooth, free, fair and credible election in all the 17 Local Government Councils in the state” Mr Jauro said.

He commended the improved security situation and called on security agents to continue to maintain law and order for the success of the election.

He praised the roles exhibited by the stakeholders and expressed confidence that the commission would hold the best election ever.

Some of the stakeholders Umar Kukuri, Babayo Madugu and Adamu Chilariye in a chat with Channels Television lauded the commission’s efforts for the timely arrangement of the meeting in line with the Electoral Act.

They promised to mobilize their followers towards the maintenance of absolute peace before, during and after the election.

Edo Election Observer Decries Handling Of Security Personnel Welfare

election observer, welfare, security personnel, Edo electionOne of the election observers that participated in the just concluded Edo state governorship election CLEEN Foundation, has expressed disappointment over the way the welfare of security personnel that participated in the election was handled.

The Senior Programme Officer for CLEEN Foundation, Chigozirim Okoro, told Channels Television in Benin City that some policemen were seen begging for food and transportation during the exercise as they were not paid their allowances.

He appealed to the Inspector General of Police to look into the matter.

Boko Haram Deadline: Air Chief Visits Lagos

Sadique-AbubakarThe Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, is in Lagos  State, as the military continues to find ways of meeting the December deadline, to end insurgency.

The Air Chief said part of his strategy was to ensure a good and healthy life for his men.

Air Marshal Abubakar added that efforts were also being made to provide decent accommodation, healthcare services and welfare for his men, as a way of boosting their morale in the war against insurgents in north-east Nigeria.

He further said that the December deadline was achievable and that the the military would perform without any mercenaries.

Meanwhile, the Chief of Army Staff, Lieut. Gen. Tukur Buratai, disclosed that the military was working hard to succeed in meeting up with the deadline, in spite of the renewed bombings by suspected members of the Boko Haram sect.

On Sunday, four suicide bombers died in an unsuccessful attack to hit a target in Maiduguri, Borno State.

The target, according to the National Emergency Management Agency, is a military checkpoint at the city centre in Maiduguri. But the terrorists barely reached the point before they ended their lives.

Security, Welfare Topmost Priority – Bauchi Governor

Bauchi Gov.The Governor of Bauchi State, Mohammed Abubakar, says his government is paying serious attention to security challenges in the state and the welfare of the security agencies.

Speaking on employment plans of the State, as a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, the Governor said that a private cleaning company had been hired to employ youths and women to clean the State.

He said that the State planned to go into agriculture and that the government had set up three farming communities in the three senatorial districts of the state which will also serve as a means of employment for the youths.

The Governor further stated that he planned to mechanise agriculture in an affordable way that will benefit the youths.

In the area of primary health-care, the Governor expressed his dissatisfaction on the areas where the health-cares are located which was built in the last regime.

Mr  Abubakar gave an assurance that the State had trained medical personnel to handle them.

The Governor, who recently visited the Czech Republic to woo investors, said he had gotten experts to check the lands in the state if they were fit for irrigation, stressing that “that irrigation of lands will also help in engaging the youths and prevent unemployment”.