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Breaking….Gov Abdulrazaq gives first marching order in Kwara



Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq

Kwara State Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq on Monday directed the Ministry of Water Resources to deliver constant water supply to specific areas of Ilorin, the state capital, within 100 days.

 The Governor also asked the ministry and affected consultants to ensure that there is water in every part of the state by getting all the dams working, pledging to give them the necessary support.

 AbdulRazaq gave the order during an unscheduled visit to Agba Dam, Asa Dam Water Works and Western Reservoir (Adewole) where he lamented that no part of the state gets constant water supply despite the over N6bn already sunk into the water reticulation project.

 The Governor said he might wield the big stick in form of “house cleaning” if the ministry does not deliver on his directive.

 “We have a mandate to deliver water to our people and within the next 100 days.

 “For a start, I want to see constant water supply in specific areas of Ilorin, it may be Ilorin East, South or West or anything (where these particular dams cover),” he said after listening to the ministry’s officials.

 “Don’t keep talking. We want action. Our people want water. No part of Ilorin or anywhere in this state do people have water.

 “Raise a memo to state what the problems are and what’s needed to fix them. People are tired of empty talk.

 “We have to solve the problems now. Forget the big word reticulation, let’s fix the problem. We need immediate memo on what the problems are and we will give you all the support,” Abdulrazaq added.

The Governor said his administration was determined to provide potable water to the entire state, even if in phases, in line with its campaign promises.

 “We need to think out of the box. I’m serious about having water in our homes within 100 days. We have the mandate to deliver water to our people,” he said.

 Alhaji Yahaya Tunde, General Manager of Water Corporation, said constant electricity supply and treatment materials are the major challenges.

He said all the water works are currently disconnected from power supply because they owe the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) at least N24m. He said they have a monthly electricity bill of N9.7m

 Apart from the ongoing strike action by staff of the water works, Tunde also said they needed modern equipment that can monitor water pressure and detect when pipes go bad.

 Gov Abdulrazaq had earlier visited the Kwara State Inland Revenue Service (KW-IRS) where he also directed the body to submit a memo to give a clear picture of the happenings there, including how to perform optimally.

 He also visited the Ilorin General Hospital where he announced that the state would host a Health Summit for stakeholders from across the sector on how to improve health delivery in the state.

 Restating his commitment to telemedicine, Abdulrazaq said he would consider better funding and autonomy for the state’s premier hospital as the launch pad of the 21st medical technology.

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I remain Kogi Deputy Governor— Simon Achuba




Following the removal of the Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Mr Simon Achuba, by the leadership  of of the State House of Assembly, the rift has taken another dimension.

Achuba, who spoke through his lawyer insisted that he remains the Deputy Governor of the stressing that he was not found guilty of any of the allegations against him.

He said he would challenge the said impeachment in court, adding that he had not been removed.

Okutepa said, “The case is in court. They ignored the case in court. The case is coming up . We are going back to the court. Nigeria is a country that should be ruled by the constitution. We are not a jungle country.

“There is no impeachment. From nothing, nothing comes. You cannot put something on nothing and expect it to stand.”

The Chairman of the panel investigating allegations of gross misconduct against Achuba, Mr John Baiyeshea (SAN), in an interview with one of our correspondents said the panel did not find the deputy governor guilty of any of the allegations levelled against him.

He stated that the allegations against the deputy governor were not proved.

Baiyeshea said, “This is the most bizarre thing that I have ever heard in my life. We submitted the report to the Speaker around 1pm today and I left Lokoja for Abuja. I was at Gwagwalada area when one of the panel’s members who had not left Lokoja called to tell me that he saw it on television that the deputy governor had been impeached.

“As far as the report that we submitted to the House of Assembly is concerned, the committee returned the decision that all the allegations were not proved. What the Constitution said by Section 188(8) is that, ‘once the panel returns a verdict like that. No further proceedings can be taken on it.’ That is it. It is only when the panel returns a verdict that allegations have been proved (to be true) that they can go ahead within 40 days.

“When did the House sit? We delivered the documents and the House was not even in session today, (Friday.) Assuming the House convened, you can see that less than one hour after we submitted our report.”

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Kogi guber race: 13 political parties back late Audu’s widow for governor




Late Abubakar Audu

Widow of late former Governor Abubakar Audu of Kogi state, Prof. Aisha Audu of the Young Progressive Party (YPP) has been adopted by no fewer than 13 political parties as their sole candidate for the Nov. 16, Kogi Governorship election.

ROYAL NEWS gathered that some of the parties include the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) Nigeria Democratic Congress Party (NDCP) Green Party of Nigeria (GPN) and Justice Must Prevail Party

The group spokesman, Mr Abdulkadir Adebayo made this known while addressing newsmen in Abuja on Friday shortly after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the YPP candidate.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Audu is the widow of late Prince Abubakar Audu, the former governor of the state.

Adebayo decried the sufferings and economic difficulties the people of the state were going through.
He said that the condition of the people does not reflect what the former governor stood, fought and died for.

Adebayo said that the decision to adopt the candidate of the YPP was to support her achieve the dreams of her late husband.

According to him, our decision was fueled by the need for the total liberation of the people of Kogi.
Audu, while reacting to the development, emphasised the need for a peaceful liberation and rebuilding of the state.

She pledged that development; capacity building and service delivery to the people of the state would be given priority attention if elected as governor.

“Kogi is sitting on wealth yet unemployment is an issue that is why I have decided to be the voice of the voiceless.

“I have been rendering services to the people through a Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) which I founded to empower thousands of people and am ready to do more,” she said.

Audu said that that if elected governor, accountability and service delivery to the people would be her main focus.

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Edo APC crisis thickens, secretary suspended




The crisis rocking the ruling All Progressive Congress in Edo took a new dimension on Friday with the suspension of the state party Secretary, Mr. Lawrence Okah.

The state party chairman, Anslem Ojezua, who confirmed it to our Correspondent, said Okah was suspended to allow the committee set up to investigate the allegation against him do its job.

He, however, said the suspension was not a punitive measure but a normal administrative procedure of the party.

“He was just suspended to allow the committee set up to look at the complaints against him. We have not expelled him, no it is not like that. The suspension is not punitive it is just a normal administrative procedure,” he said.

It may be recalled that Governor Godwin Obaseki had vowed to flush out of the party those considered as “dissidents.”

Obaseki, speaking at the inauguration of the board of Edo Development and Property Authority, praised members of Edo APC that had remained faithful to the party in the state, while vowing to flush out any “dissident APC member” in the state.

“I want to thank those APC members that have remained committed.

“You know we have not wasted government money. We are progressives because we want to make tomorrow better for our children.

“Many have derailed. We thank God they have derailed because their hearts were not pure.

“We will flush them out. We own the land. We determine who our leader will be. Nobody can come here and impose on us who we don’t want,” he said.

The APC chairman also said in a separate interview with our Correspondent that the party will not allow any parallel group, saying such group is “cancerous.”

“Anybody that is organising a parallel group in the party will have to contend with us.

“There is no better way to destroy a party than to encourage fractions.

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