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Oyo 2023: LG autonomy crucial for devt — Candidate 

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Chief Joshua Popoola, the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) governorship candidate, says there can’t be development across the state without autonomy for the Local Government administration.

He made this known on Tuesday during a forum tagged “Oyo State Guber Race 2023 – Next Governor? ‘One on One with Oyo Workers” in Ibadan.

The forum was organised by the state chapters of Nigeria Labour Congress(NLC) and Trade Union Congress(TUC).

“Our party believes in grassroots development, if elected, the Local Governments will be autonomous. I am not doing them a favor, it is constitutional and I am just obeying what the constitution says.

“If the Local Governments are autonomous, they would be able to carry out their projects, to the advantage of their people at the local level.

“The Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) will have a more conducive environment to work,” he said.

He promised to make the welfare of workers his topmost priority, pledging to ensure prompt payment of salary, pension and gratuities.

“Our government will also review the minimum wage, as today Oyo State Government is yet to fulfill its promise on payment of Minimum Wage.

“As I said, I was also once a worker, and I received salaries from the government. So, I understand the situation, trust me, I will take care of such issues if elected,” he said.

He said that the state lacked credit system to allow workers to own houses, cars and other things.

Popoola said that the use of consultants on some revenue generating institutions was one of the major problems confronting state workers.

“Let me tell you, the only way out of this mess for workers in Oyo State is to change the government,” he said.

The NNPP governorship candidate said the leadership of the NLC should be more sensitive to the plight of their members.

He said that labour unions were not what they used to be in the past, noting that workers would continue to be grateful to the leadership of former Gov. Adams Oshiomhole.

Popoola said that Oshiomhole, in the course of discharging his duty as NLC leader, was able to fight former President Olusegun Obasanjo to a standstill.

He also promised to explore independent power project to boost electricity in the state and implement free education from primary to secondary school level.

The State NLC Chairman,Mr Kayode Martins stressed the need for cordial relationship between the executive arm and the labour unions.

He said that the state government was yet to implement the hazard allowance enjoyed by federal workers in the state.

Martins said that the union was demanding autonomy for Local Government and the judiciary, while the state broadcasting organisations needed upgrade to modern status.

“Whoever does our wishes will get our support. Pacesetter state has not implemented 40 years in service as approved,” he said.

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APC Ward suspends Abdullahi Ganduje over alleged corruption

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By Aminu Garko, Kano

National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has been suspended by executives of his ward in Kano State.

The nine executive members of Ganduje ward, in Dawakin-Tofa LGA Monday announced the suspension of Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje from the party.

Malam Haladu Gwanjo, legal Advice of the party at Ganduje ward accused the former Governor of gross misconduct and misappropriation of public fund during his administration in Kano.

Gwanjo revealed that members resolved to pass a vote of no confidence on the acting National Chairman of the party due to his inability to clear his name from wide range of allegation of corruption particularly the widely celebrated dollar video.

The APC leader at Ganduje ward worried that the party is being subjected to unnecessary embarrassment from the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) over unsubstantiated allegations of corruption lebelled on Ganduje’s administration.

Gwanjo emphasized that Ganduje ward leaders deem it fit to suspend the national chairman to enable him concentrate on the litigation and other inquiry where he (Ganduje) would appropriately clear his image and that of his family.

He explained that because of the political commitment demonstrated by President Tinubu in the ongoing fight against corruption and the seeming baggage of corruption hanging on Ganduje, which already denting the reputation of the APC led federal government.

” We the leaders of the APC in Ganduje ward, Dawakin Tofa Local Government, engaged in thorough deliberations and subsequently decided to suspend the erstwhile Governor of Kano State, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, in light of the allegations of bribery involving foreign currency.

” It has come to our attention that Ganduje has been summoned to court to answer for these accusations, a development that we believe could potentially besmirch the reputation of our esteemed political party.

This resolution was reached collectively on behalf of all executive members of the APC in Ganduje ward, Dawakin Tofa

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Lawmaker grants 1,500 free JAMB forms to indigent students in Ifako-Ijaiye, promises scholarships

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The lawmaker representing Ifako-Ijaiye Constituency 01 at the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Adewale Temitope Adedeji, demonstrated his commitment to education by distributing 1,500 free JAMB forms to indigent students in the constituency.

The event, held at Fagba Junior Grammar School (Complex), witnessed Hon. Adewale Temitope’s dedication to his vision of elevating Ifako-Ijaiye to Nigeria’s most educated local government by 2037.

Addressing the beneficiaries, Hon. Adewale Temitope reiterated the importance of education, stating, “The goal of the ATA-EI is to ensure our children receive an education. An educated mind is a liberated mind, which is why education is a cornerstone of my administration’s agenda.”

In addition to the free JAMB forms, Hon. Adewale Temitope pledged scholarships for the top 50 students who secure admission into tertiary institutions from the pool of beneficiaries.

Furthermore, he offered an incentive of a trip to the United Arab Emirates for two outstanding students who excel in their fields post-admission, aiming to motivate them to maximize the opportunities provided.

Dr. Kennedy Akudo, a senior lecturer at the Lagos State University Of Education (LASUED), commended Hon. Adewale Temitope for his commitment to education and urged other lawmakers to follow suit.

The event also saw advice from Adebowale Bashir, the Tutor General and Permanent Secretary Education District 1, who encouraged students to focus on their JAMB exams and steer clear of distractions.

Since 2019, Hon. Adewale Temitope has distributed over 4,000 free JAMB forms to indigent students, showcasing his ongoing dedication to educational accessibility.

Attendees at the ceremony included notable figures such as Dr. Jide Johnson from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ), Dr. Victor Onifade, Leader of Ifako-Ijaiye Legislative House, Ifako-Ijaiye APC chairman Banjo Omole, Hon. (Evang) Funke Olaleye, Assistant Financial Secretary of Lagos State APC, Oba-Elect Iju Ogundinmu, Gbolahan Matthew, councillors, and various political stakeholders.

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Akpabio tasks South-South APC state chairmen on party unity, cohesion

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Senate President Godswill Akpabio has charged state chairmen of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South-South geo-political zone to work toward uniting the party and gaining more grounds.

Akpabio gave the charge when the APC chairmen paid him a visit in Abuja on Sunday.

While acknowledging the challenges faced by the Chairmen, he assured them that a meeting of critical stakeholders from the region would soon be convened.

“The meeting will work out modalities to support the party at various state chapters to engender unity and understanding among members.

“The major focus is to foster social cohesion between the party and elected/appointed officials in government,” he said.

He commended the APC chiefs for the visit and explained that the President Bola Tinubu-led government was working on an economic prosperity agenda that would return Nigeria to greatness.

Akpabio thanked Tinubu for the Lagos-Calabar coastal road, describing it as very visionary.

In his remarks, Mr Alphonsus Ogar, the APC Chairman in Cross River, commended the harmonious working relationship between the Senate President and the only governor from the zone, Cross River’s Bassey Otu.

Expressing solidarity with the President of the Senate, he recalled that the South-South geo-political zone last held the seat in 1979, 45 years ago.

The chairmen declared total support for Akpabio’s commitment towards the growth of the area, and particularly commended the federal government for the Lagos-Calabar Coastal road and railway line project.

They declared that the completion of the project would imortalise President Tinubu in the hearts of the people of the region.

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