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APC chieftains laud members in Enugu North for setting aside differences

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Mr Barth Ugwuoke, National Director, Research and Strategy, All Progressives Congress (APC), has expressed happiness on decision of party members in Enugu North Senatorial District to bury their differences and work in unity for party progress.

Ugwuoke, who is from the district made the commendation in Nsukka on Monday during the one-day retreat organised by concerned members in the district for party executives and stakeholders tagged  “Unity is Strength, United We Will Win”.

He said  the decision of members to  unite marked a new beginning in the history of APC in Enugu North as it would move the district to the next level.

“I am happy the APC members in Enugu North have put aside their differences to work in unity for the interest and progress of the party.

“This is a new beginning for the party as there will be no internal crisis and infighting again because of belonging to different factions in the party.

“If this unity achieved today is sustained APC will win all elective positions in the district in the 2023 general elections,” he said.

In a remark, Chief Eugene Odo, former Speaker, Enugu State House of Assembly, thanked the party executive and stakeholders for agreeing to work in unity in order to move the party forward.

“With this unity, members of APC in the district will be able to elect new party executives in wards, local governments, zone and state in one voice in the forthcoming APC congresses,” he said.

Odo, who was APC Senatorial candidate in Enugu North district in the 2019 election, said the district would take the gospel of unity to Enugu East and Enugu West senatorial districts so that a candidate of APC would win the governorship election in Enugu State in 2023.

Also in a remark, Mr George Ogara, a governorship aspirant of the party in Enugu State in 2019, commended members of the party for sinking their differences to work together as brothers and sisters.

“I am happy on the strong statement of party faithful in the district today: to work in unity to move the party forward.

“I thank all who contributed in one way or the other to achieve this unity in our district and urge them not to relent,” he said.

Also, retired Gen. Chris Eze, the immediate past High Commissioner of Nigeria in India, said the decision by APC members to work together was commendable and would foster unity as well as bring desirable progress in the party.

Prof. Anthony Onyishi of the department of Political Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, delivered a lecture titled: “Internal democracy and the role of All Progressive Congress (APC) as opposition party in Enugu state: Focus on Enugu North senatorial zone”.

Onyishi blamed the inability of APC to win any elective position in Enugu state on intra-party crisis and anti-party activities leading to factionalising of the party in the state.

“Instead of party members to devote time on how to win elections in the district they are busy fighting one another.

“If the unity achieved in Enugu North today will be sustained and replicated in other two senatorial districts, the party will win some elective positions in the state in 2023 general elections,” he said.

The guest lecturer alleged that, some APC stakeholders had been members of APC in daytime and members of  People Democratic Party at night alleging that the romance with the ruling party was for financial gains.

“On what moral basis will a political opponent challenge the ruling party in the state when such opponent receives regular gifts from ruling party.

“That is why, they answer APC at daytime and PDP arm of APC at night,” he said.

Rev. Fr Emeka Ugwuoke, the Moderator of the retreat, said the problem with political parties in the country was that they lacked ideologies.

“If our political parties have ideaology and members stand by it, it will be very difficult for politicians to dump their parties at any slightest  provocation.

“Why it will be difficult to move to another party is because the party you are joining does not have the same ideaology with your party.

“This  is the reason you hardly see a Democrat moving to Republican Party or republican joining democrats in U.S., because their ideologies differ.

Earlier, Mr Emeka Ngwu, Chairman, Retreat Planning Commmitte, said the retreat was organised to unite all party faithful in the district in order to move the party forward.

“We plead with everyone to forgive one another and place emphasis on things that will unite and strengthen us in the district.

“It is only by so doing that we will be able to reposition the party as well as be able to take over Enugu State Lion Building (the government house) and other strata of government in 2023.

“I commend my committee members who worked round the clock to ensure this retreat is a reality and a success,” he said.

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Police raid kidnappers’ den, arrest 3, neutralise 1 in Abuja

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The Police Command in the Federal Capital Territory said it has raided a kidnappers’ camp in an Abuja border community,  arrested three suspects and neutralised one.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the FCT,  SP Josephine Adeh, said this in a statement on Saturday in Abuja.
She said the raid was part of the continuous efforts by the command against criminality in FCT.
According to her, police operatives from  Utako Divisional Headquarters, led by CSP Victor Godfrey stormed an identified kidnappers’ hideouts in Chikara, a border community in Kogi with the FCT.
Adeh said the three suspects were arrested, with one neutralised in a streak of clearance operation between June 8 and 13.
“The sudden appearance of the police operatives in the kidnapper’s camp resulted in a gun duel.
“However, the bandits were overwhelmed by the firepower of the police operative, as one of the gang members got hit during cross-fire and the three suspects, arrested.
“The suspects have confessed to being involved in a series of kidnapping incidents and other heinous crimes in FCT and its environs,” she said.
Adeh said an English pump-action gun, a locally fabricated pistol, two live cartridges, cutlasses, knives and items, believed to be charms, were recovered from the suspects.
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Kwara Assembly passed 9 bills, 20 motions in one year — Speaker

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Speaker of Kwara House of Assembly, Yakubu Danladi-Salihu, on Thursday said nine bills and 20 motions were passed by the Assembly in the last one year of its 10th legislature.

The Speaker, during the first anniversary of the 10th legislature under his leadership, said eight other bills were also undergoing legislative processes.

“They are at various stages of scaling passage in the House,” he said.

The 10th legislature of the state House was inaugurated early June 2023 after a proclamation.

The bills passed in the last one year include the Kwara State Education Trust Fund (Amendment) Bill, 2023 and the Revised Appropriation (2023) Bill, 2023.

Others are the Kwara State Environmental Protection Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2023; Kwara State Local Government Electoral (Amendment) Bill, 2023; and Kwara State Rural Access Roads Agency Bill, 2023.

The remaining bills passed include the Kwara State Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency (Amendment); and State Roads Fund and Administration Bill, 2023.

The rest are the Kwara State University Teaching Hospital (Establishment) Bill, 2024 and Kwara State University of Education (Establishment) Bill, 2024.

The Speaker however said the House has been enjoying a harmonious working relationship with the other arms of government in the past one year.

He added that Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq deserves appreciation for the prompt attention accorded the resolutions of the House when transmitted to him.

Danladi-Salihu noted that the governor has allowed the independence of the three arms of government to be firmly rooted in the state.

“The cordial relationship that exists among the arms of government is paying off in the state, and we the lawmakers envisage the same hand of fellowship from Gov. AbdulRazaq in subsequent legislative years,” the Speaker said.

He stated that the House also introduced new ideas into the conduct of legislative business without sacrificing the norms for innovation.

“For the record, in the first session, the 10th Assembly has as of date at the committee of the whole house considered a total number of nine landmark reports which emanated from different standing and ad-hoc committees of the House.

“These reports which generated robust debates on the floor, and on which resolutions were made in line with transparency, equity and accountability, have significantly assisted in reshaping governance in the state,” Danladi-Salihu noted.

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Senate passes 25 bills in 1 year

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The Senate has passed 25 out of the 447 bills introduced on its floor  since the  inauguration of the 10th Senate in 2023.

Senate Leader, Mr Opeyemi Bamidele, who disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday, also said that the upper chamber adopted 115 resolutions .

He said  the 25 bills fully passed into law, comparatively, accounted for 5.24 per cent of the entire bills introduced within the timeframe.

According to him, aside from the 25 fully enacted pieces of legislation, no fewer than 275 bills (57.65 per cent) were read for the  first time within the timeframe.

“About 135 (28.32 per cent) awaiting first reading; 45 (9.43 per cent) awaiting the second reading; 43 (9.02 per cent) currently at the committee stage and three bills (0.63 per cent) were refused on different grounds.

He added that while only 13 (2.73 per cent) of the total bills originated from the executive arm, 464 (97.27 per cent) were private member bills.

“Apart from the bills, the Senate arrived at 115 resolutions, which are far-reaching in consequence; profound in their significance to our economic development and strategic to the cohesion, growth and stability of our nation.

“Each of these resolutions arose from motions of national importance, which different distinguished senators sponsored after due diligence was conducted.” he said.

According to him, the Senate also received and treated petitions from members of the public on diverse matters of grave concern within the timeframe.

“In spite of time constraint, 50 of the public petitions were successfully and satisfactorily resolved.

“The Senate equally screened and confirmed 215 nominees for different political offices at the request of President Bola Tinubu and in accordance with Section 147 (2-6) of the 1999 Constitution and other Acts of the National Assembly.

“Among others, the confirmations include key appointments into the Federal Executive Council, Board of the Central Bank of Nigeria and the leadership of the Nigeria Armed Forces, Nigeria Police Force.

“Nigerian Immigration Service, Nigeria Customs Service, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission,” he said .

He explained that the confirmations were key to national development and speeded up the process of forming or constituting the national government at a very critical time when the economy was struggling to stay afloat.

“National security under threat and internal cohesion was seriously gasping for fresh breath.

“Already, the first year has passed by and we have decisively addressed issues of strategic national interest with utmost priority,” he said.

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