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My vision for Ogun – Adegbola, AAP governorship candidate

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“My vision for Ogun is to lead her on the path towards self-sufficiency while prioritising the welfare of every resident. My core programme is called ‘PHETTHA’…”

Ademola Olatunji

Prince John Adegbola is the governorship candidate of the Advanced Alliance Party (AAP) for Ogun State in next year’s election. He speaks on his plans for each sector of the state and also pledges on prompt payment of workers’ salaries.

READ ALSO: TUC: 35 states owe workers salaries, benefits
Ogun State has never risen above the 15th position in WAEC ranking for a few years now. If you are elected governor, what would your plans to revamp the education sector be?

We have a robust and sound plan for education. We would start a turnaround of the sector by increasing education funding in the budget, then provide more infrastructure development and build capacity. We would also incorporate Information and Communication Technology (ICT) tools into the learning process across board and improve on course content so that our graduates will no longer be liabilities on the system but can contribute their quota as soon as they become graduates.

Specifically, I would commit to the increase of the education budget to UNESCO’s minimum standard of 26 percent of the annual budget in my first year in office. As the years go by, I would increase it progressively. This year’s budget allocation for education is 22.9 percent, which is insufficient.

On the WAEC ranking of the state, we shall review the existing system with all stakeholders and fashion out a mutually beneficial way to make substantial progress. We didn’t get here in a day, and it will definitely take conscious effort and little time to improve.

In Lagos State, there is a programme where a student who wins spelling competition is made a governor for one day as an incentive for students to do better. Do you plan of having such programmes if you are elected?

Everyone government has its own plan. While there is no harm in emulating what is good in other states, this does not mean we should copy all their ways hook, line and sinker. I do not have such plans for now but we have plans to domesticate other programmes that would benefit hardworking students. I can boldly say that free education is feasible up to secondary school level devoid of back charges. This is one of the things that we plan to do. We shall also equip and fund our tertiary institutions and reposition them to meet global standards in practice and delivery.

Besides education, what is your vision for other sectors of the state?

My vision for Ogun is to lead her on the path towards self-sufficiency while prioritising the welfare of every resident. My core programme is called ‘PHETTHA’, which means Power, Health, Education, Technology, Tourism and Housing. For the youths, we plan to carry out intense capacity building and encourage more participation in governance.

In what aspects of governance do you think the current administration has failed the people?

In economics, we are taught that human wants and desires are insatiable, hence the needs for a scale of preference. I believe the government of Ibikunle Amosun has done its bit with resources available to him but there is much room for improvement. However, my government will ensure equitable and fair distribution of the state’s resources and ensure that government’s presence is felt everywhere.

How would your government incorporate the culture of Ogun people into governance?

You cannot separate the people from their culture. As a matter of fact, our present state of decadence is largely as a result of the erosion of societal values, culture and norms. We have plans to promote our heritage and culture, especially through tourism development. Our educational institutions will also be prompted to teach and promote our societal values. The state government will partner with organisations especially the National Orientation Agency (NOA) in public education on our values and culture.

What is your take on the controversy over the proposed new minimum wage of N30, 000?

Ogun State is blessed and should be able to pay salary as may be agreed nationwide without much hassle as we’re presently number five on the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) table and we can perform better.

Our major focus is driving the state on the path towards self sufficiency which means exponential economic growth such that wages shouldn’t be an issue. However, when financial constraints arise, we shall prioritise the payment of wages and the welfare of our workforce. I believe in the biblical injunction that a labourer is worthy of his wages and his sweat must not dry before his wages are paid.

There have been lots of complaints even from opposition parties that the government is insincere in fighting corruption. Do you agree?

It is obvious that the Federal Government is insincere in the fight against corruption. This fight has been selective over the years and sometimes as a tool of political vendetta.

Which state would you consider as the best role model in terms of governance?

I don’t consider anyone a role model but we will be a hybrid, taking positive aspects from within and outside the state. I envision an Ogun that will be the cynosure of all eyes within and outside the African continent.

READ ALSO: Ogun APC crisis: Blame Amosun – Balogun, ex-lawmaker

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Killing of Christians: Buhari lied to Trump – CAN fumes

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s revelation of his conversation with United States President, Donald Trump, on the massacre of Christians in Nigeria, saying President Buhari was economical with the truth.

President Buhari had on Tuesday, revealed that at the heat of the bloody clashes between herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria, the United States President, Donald Trump, unequivocally accused him of killing Christians.

Buhari said these in his closing remarks at the two-day ministerial performance review retreat held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Tuesday.

At a point, the President digressed from his prepared speech and narrated his encounter with Trump on the bloody clashes.

He said he managed to explain to the American leader that the clashes were not about ethnicity or religion.

He said, “I believe I was about the only African among the less developed countries the President of United States invited.

“When I was in his office, only myself and himself, only God is my witness, he looked at me in the face, and asked, ‘Why are you killing Christians?’

“I wonder, if you were the person, how you will react. I hope what I was feeling inside did not betray my emotion, so I told him that the problem between the cattle rearers and farmers, I know is older than me not to talk of him. I think I am a couple of years older than him.

“With climate change and population growth and the culture of the cattle rearers, if you have 50 cows and they eat grass, any root, to your water point, then they will follow it. It doesn’t matter whose farm it is.

“The First Republic set of leadership was the most responsible leadership we ever had. I asked the Minister of Agriculture to get a gazette of the early 60s which delineated the cattle route where they used meager resources then to put earth dams, wind mills even sanitary department.

“So, any cattle rearers that allowed his cattle to go to somebody’s farm would be arrested, taken before the court. The farmer would be called to submit his bill and if he couldn’t pay, the cattle would be sold, but subsequent leaders, the VVIPs (very important persons) encroached on the cattle routes. They took over the cattle rearing areas.

“So, I tried and explained to him (Trump) that this has got nothing to do with ethnicity or religion. It is a cultural thing.”

However, CAN’s Vice President and Chairman of the association in Kaduna State, John Hayab, was not impressed with Buhari’s submission, saying “Buhari and his government will never stop from amusing us with their tales by moonlight because what is happening in Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, Birnin Gwari, Southern Kaduna, Taraba, Plateau and others cannot be described as a cultural thing.

He told Punch correspondent in an interview: “President Buhari’s weak story about his conversation with President Donald Trump further confirms why his government does not care about the killings in our country by calling them cultural things.

“Just this (Tuesday) evening, I received a report from the Kaduna Baptist Conference President about the number of their members that have been killed by bandits in Kaduna State from January 2020 to date to be 105 and our President will call it a cultural thing? All we can say is may God save our Nigeria.”

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The Catholic Bishop of Nsukka, Most Rev. Godfrey Onah, has blamed Christians in the National Assembly (NASS), for the passage of the 2020 Companies and Allied Matters Bill (CAMA), signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari recently.

Bishop Onah, said in a remark during the Sunday Mass that if Christians in NASS had opposed the bill, it would not have been passed into law.

President Muhammadu Buhari had on Aug. 7, signed the CAMA bill into law, giving provision for religious bodies and charity organizations to be regulated by the registrar of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), and a supervising minister.

“The question many Christians have been asking is, where were Christian legislators during the debate of this bill and its passage in the National Assembly?

“Because, if they had opposed this bill on the floor of the house, it would not have been passed and sent to the president for assent.

“I blame Christian legislators for doing nothing and allowing the passage of the 2020 CAMA Act,” he said.

“When I say that Christians are too divided and too selfish, don’t forget that the second in command in this country is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, a professor of Law and a pastor.”

Onah, however, wondered what the Federal Government wanted to achieve in monitoring how the finances of churches in the country are managed when it contributed no dime to the church, NAN reports.

“Government should focus and monitor its ministries, agencies and other government institutions where it budgets billions of Naira annually and not church offerings.

“Had it been that the government gave allocations to churches and decided to monitor its usage, nobody will question the government,” he said.

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Nigerians spit fire over fuel, electricity prices hike

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Increasing Fuel and Electricity Prices

Anger and condemnations, across the country, have continued to trail last week’s take off, of new increases in pump price of petroleum products and electricity tariffs, as directed by Federal Government.

Recall that the Petroleum Products Marketing Company (PPMC) official, D.O. Abalaka announced on Wednesday September 3, on behalf of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) that the new price of petroleum is now N151.56k per litre instead of N149 – N150 per litre which it was previously.

The new electricity tariff which the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) tagged “Service Reflective Tariff” has also come into effect. It requires consumers to pay N53.87 – N66.422 per kwh of electricity.

Outraged consumers of fuel and electricity have therefore warned government to get ready for collision with the masses if it fails to rescind these new prices.

Those who have expressed outrage over the new prices regimes include, the Organized Labour, Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), Nigerian main opposition political party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA) and the Major Marketers Association of Nigeria (MOMAN).

Others are: Petroleum Products Retail Outlets Owners Association of Nigeria, the Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) and the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce (NACCIMA).

The NLC said, “The frequent fuel price increase will no longer be accepted. We will not allow Nigerians fall victim of government ineptitude and negligence to make the country self-sufficient in terms of refining petroleum products at home.”

On its part, the PDP has described the price hike as “callous, cruel and punishing” and demanded an immediate reversal to avert a national crisis.

The All Industrial Global sees the incessant increase as a confirmation that deregulation means just price increase.

“This is unacceptable! Under a pandemic, we should put money in the pockets of citizens to revive collapsed livelihoods and preserve lives.” In its reaction, NECA said it has always urged Federal Government to adopt deregulation policy in the oil and gas downstream sector.

The MOMAN in its statement insists that monthly price variation of fuel was no longer sustainable. It urged PPRA to adopt quarterly price mechanism which would save the market the hassles of price volatility. The statements by IPMAN and NACCIMA also followed along the same line that the hike “…serves only to increase the severity and duration of the looming economic recession.”

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