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2023: Obasa secures endorsement of northwest speakers for Tinubu

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– Northwest speakers, ex-lawmakers vow to push for Tinubu

– Say Tinubu’s passion for Nigeria’s development unquantifiable

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– Comment APC’s national leader for supporting northern Nigeria in 2015 and 2019

Serving Speakers and their predecessors from the Northwest zone of Nigeria have declared their support for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the successor to President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.

Their declarations and promises are coming some weeks after a similar endorsement of Tinubu was carried out by their colleagues in the southwestern zone of Nigeria.

At a meeting held in Kano for the states in the northwestern zone on Friday, the senior lawmakers declared that Tinubu remains the right person for the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at this time.

Some of them argued that with the challenges currently being faced by the country, Nigeria deserves a leader who is detribalized and has shown over time that he has the capacity to lead the country.

Praising Asiwaju Tinubu for being able to unite the southwest under one umbrella, they noted that his leadership qualities are most scarce in some other zones of the country declaring this as an advantage for the entire country.

At the Kano meeting where the speakers and former speakers received the visiting Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. (Dr) Mudashiru Obasa, who led a team from the southwest, participants further promised to commence grassroots mobilization ahead of electioneering.

Rt. Hon. Yau Abdullahi Yanshana, a former speaker from Kano, described Tinubu as a worthy leader, who he believes would take Nigeria to better heights while one of his colleagues from the state, said at the meeting that Tinubu would have no problems securing votes from Kano and other states in the zone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We should now be thinking beyond him being the flagbearer of the APC and concentrate on securing victory for him in the actual election.

“We know that 90 percent of the structure of the party is built by Tinubu,” he said assuring that 95 percent of the votes from Kano will be in favor of the national leader of the APC.

On his part, Abu Dauda, a former deputy speaker in Jigawa, noted the contributions of Tinubu to the success of the APC and the growth and progress of Nigeria.

According to him, Tinubu becoming president would mean consolidating on his passion to make Nigeria great.

“If not him, then who? If not now, then when?” Dauda asked.

Addressing journalists concerning the meeting in Kano, the host Speaker, Rt. Hon. Hamisu Ibrahim Cidari said with 2023 approaching, there was a need to source for a flagbearer “who can stand on his feet and effectively direct people.”

He said Tinubu already has their support and promised that he would win in Kano during the 2023 presidential election.

Speaker Obasa said he and his team made of serving lawmakers, including Hons. Victor Akande and Temitope Adewale, as well as two former speakers of Ogun and Oyo respectively, were in the zones to interact with their colleagues on how to move the nation forward.

“2023 is by the corner and the first thing is to look within us for the person that is capable, that has all it takes – the knowledge and capability – to deliver. To achieve that, there is a need for us to come together and talk and extend the discussion beyond our boundary to every part of the country to make it easier for us in Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the man that we believe can deliver,” Speaker Obasa said.

An elated Obasa commended his colleagues in the zone for honoring the meeting in their numbers.

“What we met is even beyond our expectations. This is an encouragement and success because our brothers here have assured us that they are on it and that we should concentrate on others beyond them because they are already in support of what we have come to preach to them,” he said.

Ambassador Aliyu Lawal Saulawa, the national coordinator of the Bola Ahmed Tinubu (BAT) Movement, said the organization is formed to garner the support of Nigerians for Tinubu ahead of 2023.

He argued that in 2015 and 2019, the north got a lot of support from Tinubu and others from the southwest adding that it was just to reciprocate the support.

He noted that Speakers, deputy speakers, and lawmakers have major roles to play in this regard being representatives of communities and constituencies across Nigeria.

“We have held an initial meeting in Ibadan in the southwest where past and current speakers agreed to support the movement. We are nowhere,” he said.

He said the next meeting for the south-south zone would hold in Bayelsa.

Some top lawmakers who attended the meeting included Hon. Abdu A. Dauda from Jigawa, Hon. Moh’d W. G. from Sokoto, Hon. Aliyu Auwal from Kaduna, Rt. Hon. Aliyu Sabiu Muduru from Katsina.

Among the others is: Hon. Ahmad Garba from Jigawa, Isa Idris from Jigawa, Rt. Hon. Shehu Dalhatu from Katsina, Rt. Hon. Yusuf Ata from Kano, Rt. Hon. Aliko Shuaibu from Kano, Rt. Hon. Abdul’Azeez GG from Kano, Rt. Hon. Bal’arabe Gani from Kano, Hon. Abdullahi MB, and Rt. Hon. Kabiru Alhassan.

Eromosele Ebhomele
Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly

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Rivers’ Journey of Transformation Under Fubara* By Paul Thomas

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*Rivers’ Journey of Transformation Under Fubara*

By Paul Thomas

 

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As I stepped into Rivers State, I was bracing myself for accounts of a prolonged and bitter conflict, perpetuated largely through social media and fueled by a dominant narrative that has come to define the state in recent times – one of incessant strife and unyielding hostility. Expecting to witness chaos and turmoil, I was prepared to encounter a state mired in political squabbles and clashes, as sensationalized by the headlines. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find a vastly different reality. Instead of the anticipated disorder, I was met with a transformative landscape that told a more comprehensive and optimistic story, one that is frequently obscured by the din of political theatrics. Under the visionary stewardship of Governor Sim Fubara, Rivers State is undergoing a remarkable renaissance. In a mere 10 months, Fubara has spearheaded numerous projects, effecting a radical overhaul of the state’s infrastructure and ushering in an era of peace and security, thereby redefining the very fabric of the state.

One of the most striking aspects of Governor Fubara’s administration is his commitment to peace and security. During my visit, I observed a palpable sense of calm and safety. People went about their daily activities without fear, a stark contrast to the tense atmosphere that once pervaded the state. This peace is not accidental; it is the result of deliberate policies and actions by the governor. His administration has prioritized security, investing in the police force and implementing measures to curb crime and violence. The once-turbulent state now exudes an aura of calm, an evidence to Fubara’s commitment to security. But it’s the infrastructure development that truly left me in awe.

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In this last 10 months, Governor Fubara has embarked on an ambitious journey to reshape Rivers state. From the bustling city of Port Harcourt to the serene rural areas, the signs of progress are evident. Roads are being constructed and rehabilitated, schools are being renovated, and healthcare facilities are being upgraded.

One of the most impressive projects is the reconstruction of the Port Harcourt-Aba Road, a critical artery connecting the state’s economic hubs. This thoroughfare, once notorious for its deplorable condition, has been transformed into a modern, safe, and efficient transportation route.

Governor Fubara has recently reaffirmed his commitment to delivering the highly anticipated 12.5km Trans-Kalabari Road project, and has taken a significant step towards realizing this promise by paying 30 percent of the contract sum to mobilize the contractors to commence work on the project, thereby ensuring its timely completion. This development has brought immense joy to the people of Kalabari Kingdom, who have long awaited the transformation of the swampy areas, and are eager to reap the economic benefits that the completion of the road project will bring. By taking concrete action to fulfill his promise, Governor Fubara has demonstrated to his people that he is a leader who not only makes promises but also manifests them, thereby earning their trust and admiration.

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Fubara’s team has also made significant strides in healthcare, with the establishment of world-class medical facilities and the revitalization of existing ones. The Rivers State University Teaching Hospital, a flagship project, has become a beacon of hope for quality healthcare in the region.

The realm of education, a crucial facet of societal advancement, has been accorded significant consideration by Fubara’s administration, which has undertaken a multifaceted approach to enhance the sector. Not only have schools been constructed and renovated, but also a conducive learning environment has been fostered, enabling students to thrive academically. Moreover, the introduction of innovative programs and scholarships has empowered the youth, equipping them with the skills and knowledge necessary to excel in an increasingly complex world, thereby brightening their future prospects.

Furthermore, the governor’s unwavering commitment to infrastructure development has extended to the state’s waterways, with the construction of modern jetties and terminals, which has not only augmented transportation but also stimulated economic activities, creating novel opportunities for trade and commerce to flourish.

The incessant unveiling of projects serves as a testament to the unwavering commitment of Governor Fubara’s administration to crafting a more affluent and thriving future for Rivers State. These projects, while indispensable for the state’s advancement, transcend mere physical edifices; they embody the very essence of a revitalized Rivers State, one that is forging ahead with unyielding resolve and unwavering purpose.

What left an indelible mark on my psyche was the palpable sense of pride and proprietorship exhibited by the residents. They spoke of Fubara’s projects with an air of possessiveness, expressing heartfelt gratitude for the profound and transformative impact on their daily lives, thereby underscoring the profound connection and sense of belonging that has been fostered between the government and the governed.

Fubara’s administration has tackled the state’s longstanding challenges with a multifaceted approach. From road construction to healthcare and education, every sector has received a boost. The governor’s dedication to creating a conducive environment for growth and prosperity is palpable.

Yet, despite these positive developments, the narrative about Rivers state in the media remains largely negative. The feud between Governor Fubara and his predecessor, Nyesom Wike, dominates the headlines, overshadowing the transformative work being done in the state. This focus on conflict is not only misleading, but it also does a disservice to the people of Rivers state, who are eager to move beyond the past and embrace the future.

Governor Fubara is not a man easily swayed by distractions. He remains focused on his vision for Rivers state, a vision of growth and prosperity. His commitment to this vision is evident in his actions. Despite the challenges and obstacles, he continues to push forward, undeterred by the noise and distractions.

My journey through Rivers State revealed a narrative beyond the feud – a tale of transformation, progress, and hope. Governor Fubara’s infrastructure revolution has set the state on a path towards sustainable growth and prosperity, inspiring a new generation of Rivers indigenes. The old narratives of conflict and feud are slowly being replaced by stories of progress and development. And at the center of this transformation is Governor Fubara, a leader who is not just building infrastructure, but also building hope.

It is imperative that we redirect our attention away from the protracted and contentious rivalry between Fubara and Wike, and instead devote our energies to acknowledging and appreciating the transformative initiatives underway in Rivers State. Let us commemorate the significant advancements achieved thus far, confront the obstacles that lie ahead with courage and resilience, and offer our unwavering support to the ongoing pursuit of a more prosperous and enlightened Rivers State. For ultimately, it is not the conflicts and discord that define our character, but our capacity to transcend them and pave a path towards progress and growth. And under the visionary leadership of Governor Fubara, Rivers State is indeed charting a course towards a brighter future, one marked by tangible progress and unwavering determination.

This is a call to action. A call to change the narrative about Rivers state, to focus on the positive developments, and to support the transformative journey being led by Governor Fubara. For it is in this journey that the true story of Rivers state lies, a story of resilience, progress, and hope.

Rivers under Governor Fubara is a state in transformation. It is a state that is shrugging off the shadows of its past and embracing a brighter future. It is a state where the daily lives of its residents are improving, where security is being restored, and where development projects are being executed with impressive efficiency. Amidst the noise of political rivalry, this is the narrative that deserves to be heard. This is the Rivers that I saw, and this is the Rivers that Governor Fubara is building.

As I left the state, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of optimism, knowing that Fubara’s vision will continue to shape a brighter future for Rivers.

Thomas is a UK trained freelance journalist writing from London.

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Niger’s Journey of Redemption Under Governor Bago* By Paul Dickson

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*Niger’s Journey of Redemption Under Governor Bago*

By Paul Dickson

As the esteemed Warren Bennis so eloquently articulated, “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality,” a sentiment that finds profound resonance in the transformative narrative of Niger State, a region that once shone brightly as a paragon of progress and development, only to succumb to the ravages of neglect and decay over the course of three decades. Nevertheless, with the ascendance of Governor Umar Bago’s administration, the state has embarked upon a truly remarkable journey of redemption, one characterized by a visionary leadership that has steadfastly committed to revitalizing the state’s infrastructure, catalyzing economic growth, and enhancing the overall quality of life for its citizens. Through a plethora of innovative projects and initiatives, Governor Bago has demonstrated an unwavering dedication to translating his vision for a resurgent Niger State into tangible reality, thereby embodying the very essence of leadership as so succinctly defined by Warren Bennis.

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Niger’s Journey of Redemption Under Governor Bago*
By Paul Dickson

 

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The administration has taken proactive steps to address the decay of infrastructure in Niger State. One of the most significant achievements of the Bago administration is the comprehensive overhaul of the state’s road network. With the approval of federal authorities, his government has taken over the rehabilitation of critical federal roads, ensuring seamless connectivity and facilitating economic growth. To date, the administration has constructed an impressive 1,000 kilometers of roads, including 400 kilometers of federal roads, thereby enhancing the state’s transportation infrastructure. This initiative has greatly improved connectivity and transportation within the state, boosting trade and commerce.

Agriculture has also received a significant boost under Governor Bago’s leadership. In pursuit of food sufficiency, the administration has purchased 300 tractors to bolster food production, demonstrating a clear commitment to agricultural development. This initiative has empowered local farmers, enhanced productivity, and contributed to the state’s economic growth. Additionally, the state has established a N3.5 billion Agricultural Development Fund to not only encourage youth participation in agriculture but also address economic and social essentials. This move not only enhances food production but also provides employment opportunities for the citizens, thereby improving their standard of living.

Niger State’s revitalized emphasis on agriculture is not only opportune but also harmonizes perfectly with the overarching national strategy to reinvigorate Nigeria’s quest for sustainable food security and economic prosperity. It is undeniable that Nigeria is currently grappling with what can be aptly described as economic instability, and mitigating this predicament necessitates a collective and concerted commitment to bolster agricultural advancement, thereby fostering a robust and resilient economic foundation for the nation.

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The education sector, a vital cornerstone of societal development, has received paramount attention and consideration under Governor Bago’s visionary leadership. His unwavering commitment to education is manifest in concrete actions, such as the prompt settlement of outstanding fees owed by the state government to examination bodies, thereby demonstrating a tangible dedication to education reform. Furthermore, his administration has generously awarded scholarships to 1,530 final-year secondary school students, a testament to Governor Bago’s unrelenting passion for empowering the next generation through quality education. Additionally, a comprehensive renovation of dilapidated educational institutions has been ongoing, ensuring a conducive learning environment for students, while also upholding the Free Basic Education policy in the state, thereby fostering a culture of inclusivity and equal access to education for all. This gesture has not only alleviated the financial burden on students but also motivated them to pursue their academic goals with renewed enthusiasm.

However, the healthcare sector has also witnessed significant progress under Governor Bago’s leadership. The ongoing construction of the Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University Teaching Hospital in Minna is a landmark project that will revolutionize healthcare delivery in the state. This state-of-the-art facility will provide citizens with access to quality medical care, reducing the need for medical tourism and enhancing the overall well-being of the population. Governor Mohammed Bago presided over the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding MoU between Niger Foods Ltd and The Niger State Contributory Healthcare Agency (NiCare) to provide access to health insurance for farmers in the state, ensuring a safer health for a healthy production and sustainability.

In addition to these projects, Governor Bago’s administration has also made significant strides in the areas of water supply, electricity generation, and youth empowerment. The administration’s commitment to providing clean water and electricity to all citizens has led to the construction of new water treatment plants and the upgrade of existing power infrastructure. Furthermore, the government’s youth empowerment programs have provided training and employment opportunities for thousands of young people, reducing unemployment and fostering economic growth.

Governor Bago’s administration has been marked by a commitment to developmental policies and a dedication to engaging indigenous professionals in all projects. This approach has not only ensured the quality of the projects but also fostered a sense of ownership and pride among the citizens. This initiative is not just about providing financial aid; it is about investing in the future of the state.

Governor Umar Bago’s administration has undoubtedly ushered in a new era of redemption for Niger State. Through his unwavering commitment to development, the state has witnessed a transformative resurgence in infrastructure, agriculture, education, and healthcare. As the state’s motto aptly puts it, “the power state,” Governor Bago’s actions have truly upheld the spirit of progress and development that Niger State was once known for.

The resurgence of Niger State is a clear demonstration that with the right leadership, commitment, and policies, a state can rise from the ashes and reclaim its glory. The touch of an extraordinary man called Mohammed Bago, gave Niger state an extraordinary rebirth. As the state continues on this path of redemption, its citizens can look forward to a brighter future, filled with hope and prosperity.

Dickson wrote this piece from FUT, Minna.

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Otunba Gbenga Daniel clarifies why The Compass Newspaper was established, lists achievements as Ogun governor

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Former Governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, has clarified the motivations behind the establishment of The Compass newspaper, denying any intentions of using the platform to oppose Senator Bola Tinubu.
In an interview the former governor granted a national newspaper, Daniel addressed these misconceptions and highlighted the extensive developmental work undertaken during his tenure, much of which he felt was underreported.
Reflecting on the media landscape during his governance, he stated, “I took over from a newspaper mogul, Chief Olusegun Osoba, and I was not expected to get good press. The sympathy was really not with me; it was with my predecessor. People thought I would crash within a few weeks.”
Facing persistent negative press, Daniel felt compelled to create a media outlet to accurately document and publicize his administration’s achievements.
He emphasized that the establishment of The Compass was a strategic move to counteract biased media coverage rather than a tool for political vendetta.
“We needed to have a platform to also record what we were doing. We did a lot of work that people still do not know,” he explained.
Daniel lamented the lack of social media at the time, which would have allowed for more direct communication with the public without reliance on traditional media channels.
“Unfortunately, we did  not have the level of social media that we have today. If that existed, nobody would need the traditional media.
“But you know, you people at that time, once you blocked us, you blocked us here, you blocked us there, I was  finished (laughs). If we were working 24-7, nobody would see this. They would say you are not working because you people have blocked everybody. So that was what happened.
“I’m not a newspaper person. But, at that stage, we needed to have a platform to also record what we were doing. We did a lot of work that people still do not know.
“For instance, we are thanking our current governor for now working on the (cargo) airport. But this was part of our master plan, which we decided, we did everything we needed to do, we got all the approvals before we left. But you people (press) will not report it.”
“We secured three free trade zones in Ogun State. The Olokola Free Trade Zone, which is where Dangote Refinery was supposed to be but because you people did what you had to do, we lost that one to Lagos. But I said to people, well, Lagos is still the same. If it’s lost to Lagos, it’s fine.
“In any case, where we wanted to put it is inside Ijebuland. All these places where they are in Lekki is still part of Ijebuland, under Lagos. So we’ve not lost anything.
He also said the Kajola Transportation Free Trade Zone, and the Ogun-Guangdong Free Trade Zone, were all initiatives under his administration. These zones were designed to boost industrialization and economic growth in the region.
Daniel also pointed out the numerous educational institutions established during his tenure, including the Abraham Adesanya Polytechnic in Ijebu-Igbo, the Gateway Polytechnic in Sapade, the Tai Solarin University of Education, and several others. He stressed the transformative impact these institutions had on the state’s educational landscape.
“You’ll be shocked if I tell you that in the course of our administration, we established probably about seven tertiary institutions and campuses. I can count for you. We established Abraham Adesanya Polytechnic, Ijebu-Igbo. We established the Gateway Polytechnic in Sapade. We established  another one in Igbesa and another one in Itori. We established the Tai Solarin University of Education. We established the School of Nursing in Ilaro. We took the old  Tai Solarin College of Education to Omu. It’s now known as Sikiru Adetona College of Education in Omu. We established Gateway Industrial & Petrochemical Institute  (GIPI) in Oni. What didn’t we do? But you people didn’t report it.”
In terms of industrialization, Daniel noted the development of the Sagamu Interchange area into a major industrial hub.
“That axis now is probably the biggest industrial zone in the country. Companies like Nestle, Coleman Cables, CTK, and the biggest international breweries are now located there. It is the fastest growing industrial arena in the entire country,” he said.
Addressing the media directly, Daniel humorously added, “There’s a whole lot that you people refused to report for us.”

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