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Insecurity: Delta commissioner urges NASS to resume plenary

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The Delta Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, has urged the National Assembly to resume plenary for solutions to the severe security challenges nationwide.

Aniagwu said the lawmakers should call off their recess and join other stakeholders in finding lasting solutions to the insecurity challenges militating against the unity and corporate existence of Nigeria.

The commissioner made the call on Thursday in Asaba while addressing newsmen on some burning issues in the country.

He said it had become expedient in view of the worsening security situation in all parts of the country for the lawmakers to return and help address these issues rather than continue on recess.

He said all tiers of government should close ranks in making the country safe for the masses and unsafe for those against its peace and development.

According to the commissioner, there is a need to seek foreign assistance in the fight against Boko Haram and bandits who had put the country in the present situation.

He, however, lauded the Southern Governors’ Forum for the 12-point communique that had provided a road map in building a new Nigeria where peace would reigns, coupled with the inclusiveness of all interest groups in the Nigerian project.

Aniagwu recalled the 17 Southern state governors had agreed on the ban on open grazing.

He said that the member states would activate the relevant laws through their Houses of Assembly to enforce the ban to restore peace and order in communities sacked from their homes and farmlands.

The commissioner noted that ranching was the best instead of nomadic style of rearing cattle, adding that the challenge of food security was traceable to insecurity across the nation.

The commissioner had earlier said that the Southern Governors’ Forum “Asaba Accord” was a new dawn for Nigeria.

Aniagwu said the meeting of the southern governors on Tuesday was a reunion of those who believed in Zikism and Awoism.

Aniagwu expressed optimism that the President and other stakeholders would listen to the suggestions made by the governors in the interest of the unity of the nation following the endorsement by the Southern Senators and House of Representatives Forum.

“The gathering of the leaders to discuss on how we can make progress at further uniting our country irrespective of their inherent differences, is a confirmation that Nigeria will rise above primordial sentiments to a nation where truth, justice and peace shall reign again.

“What happened on Tuesday in Asaba in no distant time will be seen as the “Asaba Accord”.

“It is the beginning of a new dawn, a new dawn not only for Southern Nigeria, but a new dawn for the people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, irrespective of their ethnic inclination or religious background.

“What they have done is not only to save us from progressing to the precipice but to save and further unite our country.

“And I want to believe that their colleagues in the Northern region will see the need to also re-echo the issues very clearly enunciated by the 17 governors of the Southern region with 15 governors clearly in attendance,” Aniagwu said.

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Tinubu congratulates Ramaphosa on re-election

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President Bola Tinubu has extended his warm congratulations to President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa on his re-election

Chief Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President, Media and Publicity, in a statement on Saturday said the president also congratulated the people of South Africa on the peaceful and successful conduct of the general election.

“While wishing President Ramaphosa a successful term in office, President Tinubu calls for the strengthening of bilateral ties between Nigeria and South Africa as strategic partners in Africa for the overall advancement of the continent,” Ngelale said.

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LG elections in Akwa-Ibom to hold October 26

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By Dennis Udoma, Uyo

Baring any slightest change from now, Akwa Ibom State Government announced it’s readiness to conduct local government election on October 26.

Governor Umo Eno announced this yesterday in Uyo at a stakeholders meeting organized by the Akwa Ibom State Independent Electoral Commission (AKISIEC).

The Governor, who spoke through the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Frank Archibong presented the election plan to representatives of political parties and other stakeholders.

According to the Governor, “This event is a precursor to all of the electoral activities that will ultimately culminate to 2024 local government elections.

“We are all aware that the governor assumed office May 29 last year and because of the shortness of time between May and December he was not able to conduct the local government elections which is why we have caretaker committees manning the local governments.

“I know how he has pressurized the AKISIEC to have the local government elections. Nothing stops us from having the elections this year because Akwa Ibom State and His Excellency do not want to be counted among those running caretaker committees”.

Eno assured that elected council chairman will be sworn in on December 7 in compliance with the electoral plan of the state.

The timetable he said, political parties are expected to conduct their primaries between July 22nd and August 26th 2024 while commencement of campaigns is on August 26 among other activities.

Chairman of AKISIEC, Aniedi Ikoiwak assured political parties of adequate security and a free and fair elections.

Ikoiwak said, “Given the critical importance of human and material security during elections, the Commission will take very practical measures to ensure there is adequate security before, during and after this year’s elections”.

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Again, two media outfits honour Aerofield Homes boss, Armstrong with award of excellence

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Two media platforms, Business Times newspapers and Bravins Magazine published by Edo Legacy Foundation have both in a separate event honoured the Chief Executive Officer of Aerofield Homes, Lagos, Armstrong ‘Tope Akintunde for his outstanding contribution to the development of the nation.

While Bravins Magazine, at a programme held on Thursday at H3 Event Centre, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta presented Akintunde with the Most Outstanding Entrepreneur Award, Business Times newspapers, on Friday at an event held at Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos awarded the property merchant the Best Luxury Home Builders of the year.

All of these honours are coming few weeks after the popular real estate firm in partnership with Odu’a Investment performed the groundbreaking of the construction of the luxurious apartment being built within Ikeja Business District, Lagos State.

Speaking during the presentation of the award on Thursday, publisher of Bravins Magazine, Ambassador Engr. Pedro Omo-Aghahowa revealed that the ceremony is meant to celebrate fastest growing brands in Africa as well as top brands that have seen the biggest rise in purchasing consideration, most especially within the real estate companies in Africa, adding that Aerofield Homes came top among its contemporaries.

Omo-Aghahowa said, “The Award is a special recognition for top-line business growth for both emerging and established brands, showcasing a wide range of brands that have accelerated their Consumer appeal and awareness in 2024 under review and under this review, Aerofield Homes Limited towers above others and therefore deserves the award”.

Proudly receiving the awards, Mr Akintunde expressed his excitement and joy as he dedicated the awards to the company’s reputable customers.

The Iperu born All Progressives Congress stalwart appreciated the organisers of the two events for deeming it fit to recognise his efforts in providing shelter for Nigerians at home and abroad.

Akintunde said that the awards would definitely spur him to remain committed to pursuing excellence and complementing the various efforts of the government in cutting down on the housing deficit in the country.

He has therefore dedicated the award to the customers of Aerofield Homes, assuring them of more commitments and transparency in business dealings.

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