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​Lagos Fire Disaster: PASEDA TASKS FG TO REVAMP RAILWAY

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Otunba Rotimi Paseda has called on the federal government to expediate action at revamping the nation’s railway transportation system so as to reduce carnage on Nigerian roads. 
Paseda’s call was coming on the heels of the fire disaster which occured last Thursday afternoon at the Julius Berger end of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway in which no fewer than nine people died, while properties worth several millions of naira were destroyed in the inferno. 
Paseda in a statement issued in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital by his media aide, Ogbeni Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji, the governorship candidate of the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) during the 2015 general elections in Ogun state, emphasized that government should earmark more fund to the rail transportation system in order to avoid a repetition of the disaster.
With specific reference to the on-going rehabilitation of the railways in the South West, the Ogun 2019 gubernatorial hopeful urged the federal government to consider granting expressways in the South West corridors a special attention being the gateway to the nation’s economy.  
He passionately appealed to the Muhammadu Buhari led administration to place high premium on transporting fuel for local consumptions through the railway system so as to safeguard the life span of Nigerian roads as well as lives of motorists plying the highways.
While commiserating with families those who died in the inferno as well as those that sustained varying degrees of burns in the incident, Paseda also enjoined officials of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) to reappraise its enforcement mechanism in order to forestall a repetition of the disaster. 

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“I am deeply grieved by this shocking, horrid and traumatizing incident which came at a period when the nation is still mourning the Plateau massacre in which over 84 people were gruesomely murdered in cold blood.”
“The fuel tanker fire accidents is becoming too rampant on our highways where hardworking Nigerians have painfully lost their lives and materials acquired by dint of hard work.”
“I am indeed, saddened by this incident. This however, is a wake up call on the federal government to intensify efforts at revamping our railway transportation system. It is high time we return to the old Western system where oil and allied products were transported through the railway. That invariably makes our roads durable and safeguards the lives of motorists on the highway.”
“My prayers go to the families of the deceased. I join in praying that God grants the bereaved families the fortitude to bear their grief as well as speedy recovery for the wounded.”

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PTDF Promotion Scam Allegations Spark Calls for Government Intervention

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The Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF), tasked with training personnel for the oil and gas industry, is under intense scrutiny for alleged promotion irregularities. Ongoing investigations have revealed significant concerns about the agency’s promotion practices.

For precisely three years, while the former executive secretary, Bello Gusau, was heading the organization, it was discovered that twenty-four PTDF officials were sent on a training course called the Chief Officers’ Course, followed by a qualifying examination to move to deputy manager positions. The agency camped these twenty-four officers in a hotel in Utako for about nine weeks. After the conclusion of the examination exercise, the management, led by Bello Gusau, chose ten out of the batch for promotion, citing insufficient space to accommodate all officers due for promotion.

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This decision was met with significant rancor, especially since management had earlier declared fourteen managerial positions vacant. An anonymous PTDF official noted, “It was almost obvious that the former ES organized the course as a sham, having predetermined who would be promoted and who would be discarded under the excuse of insufficient space.” This sentiment was echoed by other staff members who felt that the process was deeply flawed.

Moreover, double promotions were swiftly granted to management members within a year. Immediate pressure from the PTDF branch of PENGASSAN led to expedited promotions for junior officials, further masking underlying favoritism, tribalism, and discrimination. This prompted our reporter to embark on a fact-finding mission to uncover the truth behind these allegations.

The present ES, Alhaji Galadima, who took over from Alhaji Gusau, is allegedly planning another round of promotions despite purported vacancy limitations. According to findings, Alhaji Galadima has recently concluded promotions for top management staff, predominantly from the North, granting some double promotions while claiming there were no vacancies.

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A staff member speaking anonymously highlighted the lack of a board of directors, which has centralized power in the hands of the Executive Secretary, allowing for unchecked influence over promotions and other matters. “The absence of a board of directors has allowed the ES to wield unchecked power, influencing promotions and other crucial decisions,” the staff member stated.

Another Chief Officer criticized the system for favoring the northern region, alleging, “They monopolize top positions and rotate power among themselves, perpetuating a cycle of exclusion and marginalization.”

Further investigations revealed that the same staff member had vied for the Executive Secretary position when the tenure of the immediate past Executive Secretary elapsed. He attributed his failure to favoritism perpetrated by the northern hegemony ideology, which many staff members believe is taking over the PTDF.

“Alhaji Galadima plans to merge previous course attendees with recent promotees, cherry-picking favorites for promotion to management cadres,” another staff member explained. “Some staff who have been due for promotion and waiting for nearly ten years are forced to answer to their juniors. This further perpetuates nepotism and favoritism.”

These practices have led to a significant decline in staff morale. Employees lament that merit and diligence are reportedly overlooked in favor of ethnic and religious affiliations. An anonymous staff member remarked, “Merit and diligence have taken a backseat to ethnic and religious favoritism. It’s demoralizing and undermines the integrity of our organization.”

The revelations underscore the urgent need for comprehensive reform within PTDF to ensure fairness, transparency, and accountability in its operations. There is a growing call for government intervention to rectify the situation and restore confidence in PTDF’s promotion process.

“The need for government intervention is urgent,” emphasized another staff member. “We need reforms to ensure fairness and transparency. Our organization’s integrity is at stake.”

As investigations continue, the hope remains that the PTDF will address these issues promptly to rebuild trust and uphold its mission of training personnel for the oil and gas industry with integrity and fairness.

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Reno Omokri, Time to Free Peter Obi, by Idegu Ojonugwa Shadrach

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Reno Omokri, Time to Free Peter Obi, by Idegu Ojonugwa Shadrach

 

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I could recall how you extensively supported His Excellency, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in the last presidential election with solid facts. However, four of the leading candidates of last presidential election – their Excellencies: Atiku Abubakar of PDP, Bola Tinubu of APC, Peter Obi of LP and Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of NNPP are well-known politicians. Atiku Abubakar, your preferred candidate is a national leader. Bola Tinubu, who is now a national leader, was then, a regional leader whereas Peter Obi and Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso remained state leaders until 2023 presidential election. The aftermaths of the last presidential election, have set president Tinubu, Mr. Peter Obi and Sen. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso into national leaders. This is Nigeria. All our past leaders and incumbent leaders have stains on their public imagines due to wrong decisions taken while serving.

 

 

 

 

 

Reno Omokri, Time to Free Peter Obi, by Idegu Ojonugwa Shadrach

 

 

 

 

I do read you as I always do read few Nigerian intellectuals in my leisure time. I have counted you worth reading following your well-structured lines with facts. To this effect, I have written to you on a request to make possible contributions where necessary as our dear Nigeria is still bleeding. However, as I pen this short note, I haven’t received a response from your end. Pressing further, lately, I become uncomfortable with some of your opinions on the state of Nigeria and, on some of your attacks to, Mr. Peter Gregory Obi. Though, your points are meaningful but I fear if the validity appropriates current situations in Nigeria. Even as you stay far away in United States, the heat in Nigeria is everywhere, which I thought you might feel it as others do. Having seen how you are a role model to some Nigerian youths, it is somehow fearful for the maintenance as recently, you have solely focused on attacking youths with their smallest approach to celebrate their anointed candidate, in the person of Mr. Peter Obi, and on their attempts to criticize President Bola Tinubu administration. To me, I don’t think our current Nigeria need your brain for that. Intellectuals are creatives. Therefore, we need your innovative ideas to set Nigeria standard in this trying time. There is nothing bad about constructive criticisms. You have been proffering solutions to Nigeria’s problems. Why can’t you stop attacking Peter Obi who is now trading harder for his 2027 presidential fate? Is it not better you lead reconciliatory moves between Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi on the 2027 presidential election than putting efforts to de-marketing him? Presently, from look of things, plenty Nigerian youths have chosen Peter Obi. It is now better you intelligently push for collaboration of Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi than all these attacks. Yes. I do like your preferred candidate, His Excellency, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar for his intelligent and mature display of political involvements. I can’t say, why would he continue to press for the position, and would not like to sponsor a young vibrant and visionary for the position. This is because, there are some ideologies best handled by originators. Hence, I never condemned neither recommended anyone of them during the election, because, none of them has scored the needed political measures.

 

Intellectual Reno, it would be of great benefits for Nigerians if your preferred candidate for the last general election adopts the character of visiting or sending individuals to condole and support displaced and extremely poor Nigerians as Peter Obi has adopted after the presidential election. Hence, if you want to govern citizens, it is that time you go around to see their problems in order to offer solutions to citizens visited. It shouldn’t be when election is at hand that we begun to see citizens we want to govern. If you love Nigeria, come over so we move many things together, or while staying over there, there are a lot of things to do together from afar that can help. This is what you and Atiku Abubakar must plan to do now. However, I do know that, Atiku Abubakar and you (Reno Omokri) have been doing many things secretly and openly in helping our dear Nigeria. So, both of you must keep doing that until you see the Nigeria you ever anticipated.

 

One of the reasons I would love you to stop attacking Peter Obi, and to lead a reconciliatory move to align him with Atiku Abubakar, is for a fact that, in a journey to liberate citizens, the fighters must not have in-house problems. On this, you could remember how His Excellency, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki led groups or movements that overthrew your mentor, His Excellency, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan to bring Former president Muhammad Buhari. After the election, neither you nor your mentor attacked them. Even after Muhammad Buhari squarely dealt with the then, Senate President, Sen. Abubakar Bukola Saraki during the tenure, I couldn’t recall if Sen. Saraki attacked Muhammad Buhari. Even president Tinubu has refused to attack his political son, His Excellency, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo who contested the presidential primary election with him, after the election. Though, between them, either it was to perfect political propaganda at the time or not, I don’t care. I think, it is understood that everything happen for reasons. Seriously, since you and your boss left office, Nigeria hasn’t seen better days. So, I am of an opinion that you should discontinue attacking Peter Obi and, to join forces with well-meaning Nigerians to fight for good governance as Nigeria is tremendously suffocating for the underperformance of president Tinubu administration.

 

Mr. Reno, again; I love the way you openly supported and campaigned for His Excellency, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar with facts is good, and the way Aisha Yesufu rigorously campaigned for His Excellency, Mr. Peter Gregory Obi in the last presidential election. I can see that Aisha Yesufu support for her preferred candidate hasn’t ceased. However, after the election, I have seen that you concentrate more in defending president Tinubu anomalies using mechanisms of comparative templates of other nations that are not having similar or interrelated histories and resources like ours. What has happened? Frantically, it is inappropriate to see an intellectual like you spending quality time on your friend’s woes – that Nigerians are not paying attention to. In the same vein, I think, the helpful and meaningful national tour of His Excellency, Mr. Peter Gregory Obi is selling him for 2027 general election, and your continuous attack on him, which plenty Nigerians don’t react on and which most of Nigerian youths have earmarked as your hatred for him, would continue to market him. That is not necessary at the moment. Nigeria needs your brain for national growth and development – your merit is tremendously acclaimed.

 

Till my last breath on this planet Earth, I would continue to cherish your existence for helping humanity especially Africans with your business, religious and political ideologies. So, completing what you have started, and knowing you for them before your ripped age to transits to another sphere of life are all I do wish to see and acknowledge, the intellectual Reno Omokri. Nigeria, at the moment needs people behind online pushes. Hence, human rights activists, journalists, intellectuals and visionaries have a lot to offer Nigeria. Critics are more of damage at the moment. We have a lot of people you can collaborate with for better governance in Nigeria. Fact-checking past activities in reflection to present mischievous rules just to attack someone who is doing within his reach to make ideological and pictorial contributions to our dear Nigeria is a waste of time and talent, if not mistaken.

 

A pastor or anyone indulged in heavenly assignments must not mock and hate. Though, due to some assignments, and a way to get some souls for the Creator, some church workers might involve divergent approaches for that; hoping that the peanut sin, as they regard would be forgiven as it is meant to win souls for God. Intellectual Reno Omokri, you are a pastor, an activist, an author and a political actor. When these are coupled, you are an astute intellectual. One of the appreciated natures of an intellectual is neutrality. Neutrality helps rigidity and validity of morality. Intellectuals are not religious bigots. They trade on truths as accorded by facts and realities. That’s why real intellectuals don’t mock and hate. Because, they believe in natures as a rewarder. So, in reflection, I find it hard to understand what is encouraging your endless attacks on Peter Obi. Plenty Nigerians have acknowledged your recent attacks on Peter Obi as a pure hatred just for contesting under Labour Party in the 2023 presidential election which he proudly became third. And, Peter Obi who won a beautiful third place in an election he hasn’t contested before, who has refused to ignore youths and Nigerians who supported him, and who gathered good advisers and unbiased intellectuals that helped in proceeding to a legal room (court), to me, should not be fully discredited this way. Mind me, I have never supported Peter Obi’s candidacy. Generally, I didn’t support any candidate in the last presidential election. If at all I should do, I would have supported Omoyele Sowore, an activist. Because, I do believe that real activists can be political in the reflection of Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and few others. But, as an astute politicians like Atiku Abubakar, Bola Tinubu, Peter Obi, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and so many others that are even religious, I don’t believe in their capacity to change lives of displaced and poor citizens totally and without biases as they may be full of social segregations and discriminations. Hence, they have never gone to them with free mind and hearts of helping – as a result of honoring humanity. So, I don’t hesitate to support pure activists, journalists, intellectuals and visionaries as they put societies first.

 

As it may interest you, no one is perfect. That’s a simple nature of every life on this planet Earth. So, it is not too appropriate you spend your life studying and criticizing who you thought to be better than. It is highly ridiculous. My job is not to dig out or do a comparison of any kind. So, do not wake up to burn precious time in sharing achievements of the four leading presidential candidates of last year election. If I want to know that, I can personally do that. Again, for your vigor support for Atiku Abubakar, has shown how deep-sighted and great you are. For recommending Peter Obi as Atiku Abubakar’s running mate then, is another great thing of yours. This coupled with your intellectual and spokesmanship handles during your mentor’s administration remain huge contributions to a political history of Nigeria. This is what I want you to maintain. Subsequently, you can do more, the intellectual Reno. You can join or build a political powerhouse with some leading Nigerian well-meaning and unbiased intellectuals, human rights activists and journalists in order to make Nigeria go forward as always advocated for.

 

Though, you are entitled to your decision to do the attacking. I am only obstructing as Nigeria is facing a lot and I would love you to be among saving hands of our dear Nigeria. You have all it takes to join, and to organize well-meaning Nigerians to do something that can curb insecurities and poverty rates in Nigeria. I have moved on the streets and I always go home troubled with what is happening in Nigeria. Following negative effects of poverty in Nigeria at the moment, the rate of which some of our youths who haven’t discovered themselves and don’t believe in themselves have embraced online crimes to get feeding, and some of the housewives who are not patient and faithful are into adultery and, young ladies who are into fornication to get upkeeps is a thing to bother. If we refuse to do something, the intellectual ones among them would plan to take Nigeria unaware in shortest time.

 

It is a popular notion that, “whatever is worth doing is what doing well”. In my 29 years journey of life, I have seen within the space, how some individuals have achieved whatever they desire, some haven’t achieved but there are promising contents around, and some don’t even show any of these. Yet, no one must give up. Only when an individual become lifeless, can possibly determine ends of the person’s desires. As widely alleged, His Excellency, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate you supported during last general election is among the category of individuals whose desires are still waiting for completion despite longstanding and great achievements recorded before now. And, only God can stop him. The simple illustration is to make an entry fact that, whatever you have to do wouldn’t stop His Excellency, Mr. Peter Gregory Obi from doing what he desires. Time wasted for attacking him may earn you money. But, no matter how much you may make, wouldn’t fill the space and vacuum created, as it may occur. Be it political as most Nigerians do to earn whatever – I don’t care to know. Rather, I am most concerned for the touch of betrayal and humiliation. Though, the humiliation doesn’t count as all Nigerian politicians are not free from underperforming, and the betrayal doesn’t count as it is a forgivable and one of the cheapest parts of human characters. Productively, becoming a historian for sake of twisted intellectualism, and for uncreative service; but, a means to discharge failures of a particular person in a world that no one is perfect is a call to concern. Henceforth, for a room that we have to whatever – it is becoming an abuse to handle it ineffectively and ineffectually. Forgive my manners, as well. I don’t live a defending life and I don’t spend time on unproductive things. I see this as relatively necessary to address as it is consuming a lot of time – you and others can use to help Nigeria from current dilapidated situations.

 

The intellectual Reno Omokri, I salute your golden age and I must learn to stop here as I look forward to seeing your favorable mannerisms.

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How God warned the Arab nations of tragedies and disasters -prophet Ikuru

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By Collins Nkwocha

The death of the president of Iran Ebrahim Raisi came as a huge shock to everyone as nobody was expecting the huge lose,the helicopter carrying him and other officials crashed in a mountainous and forested area of the country in poor weather.

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It’s very explicit that Iran lost their president due to climatic problems and this reminds me of the prophetic hall of fame, prophet Godwin Ikuru of Jehovah Eye Salvation Ministry who warned the Arab nations,last year,when he was dishing out his prophecies for the year 2024.

He specifically warned the Arab nations of impending calamities disasters and tragedies that will be prompted by climatic problems and this was exactly what caused the death of the president of Iran.

Just few weeks ago, heavy and thunderous rain caused the death of about 17 people in Oman, just the way it caused serious disaster in UAE and crippled business activities in the nation for days.

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