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Nigerians are tired of economic hardship, CSOs tell Buhari, APC

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*Mobilise support for Atiku, PDP

By Olugbenga Salami

Ahead of the 2019 general elections, a coalition of civil society groups and non-governmental organisations, has said that Nigerians are tired of failed promises by President Muhammadu Buhari and his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, which they noted have caused serious economic hardship for majority of the populace.

The groups, while taking a swipe at the Buhari-led administration over the weekend, declared that the inability of the APC-led federal government to live up to promises made before the 2015 general elections, is largely responsible for the present economic hardship bedevilling the nation.

In a statement jointly signed by its National Coordinator, Ambassador Niki Omoyele, Director, National Mobilization, Gomez Iwobi, and Director, Special Duties, Jummai Gowon, stated that Nigerians have known the ruling APC for making failed and empty promises which are never kept.

The groups under the platform of the Atiku-Obi Presidential Movement, have therefore decided to mobilise grassroots support for the Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar “because same presents Nigerians with leadership that seeks to redeem the country from its present economic woes”.

The statement reads in part: “Members of the Atiku-Obi Presidential Movement, Nigeria, announce our full support for the Atiku/Obi Presidential ticket of the People’s Democratic Party of Nigeria because we believe that it is the redemptive leadership that millions of Nigerians have since anticipated in hope, patience and prayers.

“The time has come to change the change and return power to the people of Nigeria. We represent the collective voices of Nigerians in over 890 NGOs and civil society groups, and have been working relentlessly through issue-based discourses.

“We declare that Nigerians are tired of failed promises, excruciating economic hardship and lack of a definite people-oriented leadership of vision and progressive policies.

“From the insecure corners of North-Eastern Nigeria, across the North Western cities like Kano, throughout the middle belt plains, down to the creeks of the South-South, in the bustling cities of Lagos, Port Harcourt, Enugu, Awka, Aba, Ilorin, Abeokuta, Daura and Maiduguri, amongst others, indeed everywhere within Nigeria, millions of our patriots are weary, and desirous of redemption”.

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FG urged to declare state of emergency on federal roads, Senate tasks

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Disturbed by the deplorable conditions of road networks across the country, the Senate on Tuesday, charged the federal government to declare a state of emergency on all federal roads.
This was as the upper legislative chamber mandated  its Committees on Petroleum (Downstream), Federal Roads Maintenance Agency, FERMA and National Planning to investigate the Petroleum Products Price Regulatory Agency, PPPRA on the non-remittance of five percent user charge pump price of petrol.
Besides, the joint committees were also asked to investigate the non remittance of international vehicle transit charge accruing to FERMA and other established state roads maintenance agency.
These resolutions followed deliberations on a motion sponsored under Orders 42 and 52 of the Senate rule by Senator Geshom Bassey (PDP Cross River South)  who lamented the deplorable state of federal roads in the country.
Presenting the motion, Senator Basset expressed concern that several thousands of lives have been lost to road accidents due to bad and un-motorable roads, while bad portion of roads are safe haven for kidnappers and armed robbers on Nigerian highways.
Supporting the motion, Senator Chukwuka Utazi (PDP Enugu North) said the state of the federal highways are highly deplorable and that urgent attention is needed especially within this budget cycle to do something drastic to address the situation.
Utazi said “and like you prayed that the PPPRA should release the fund for totally provided for FERMA to do  it’s job.
“Mr President, the raining season is just gradually coming to an end and this is the opportunity for FERMA to go and start rehabilitating our roads so that Nigerians can move freely.
“This period is also the time for harvest and in order to ensure that farmers that are in the hinterland get to the appropriate market to get adequate prices for their goods, we  have to make sure the roads are properly done.
“You also know that because we don’t have the rail lines that should be in place, most of the goods and services that we move from one place to the other are done through trucking and if you continue to do trucking, you know that the life span of any  major federal highway may not last long.
“This is a very important motion moved at the most appropriate time to get the desired attention and I’m standing here lending my support and full weigh to get that being done knowing fully well that those of us from the south east are the major complainants of the bad roads in this country and we hope that we get the desired attention from FERMA if  this motion scales through.”
In his remark, President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan said he believe that every part of the country suffers from this problem of deplorable  roads.
He expressed optimism that the  committees mandated to look into the matter will  swing into action and attend to the issue associated with this motion.
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SAD… Taraba INEC REC is dead

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The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, (REC) in Taraba State, Alhaji Baba Abba Yusuf, is dead.
INEC Secretary, Rose Oriarian-Anthony, said the REC died on Saturday night at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Borno State, where he had been on admission.
She said: “The Independent National Electoral Commission regrets to announce the death of the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Taraba State, Alhaji Baba Abba Yusuf.
“He died last (Saturday) night at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Borno State, where he was on admission for sometime.
He was buried today (Sunday) September 29 2019 at 4pm in Maiduguri.
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Transgender: Sade Adu’s daughter finally becomes a man (PHOTOS)

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Izaak and Mum

Sade’s transgender son has shared a heartfelt message of thanks to the soul singer, as he completes his transition from female to male.

Izaak Theo Adu, born Mickailia ‘Ila’ Adu, has spent the past six months in recovery after undergoing phalloplasty surgery, the reconstructive procedure typically undergone by transgender and non-binary people.

After returning home to his family, Izaak shared a sweet photo of himself hugging Sade, 60, along with a message praising the iconic singer for her unwavering support. In the Instagram post, Izaak wrote: ‘It’s been a long hard road but We did it!! We are coming home!!!! ‘Thank you for staying by my side these past 6 months Mumma. Thank you for fighting with me to complete the man I am. ‘Thank you for your encouragement when things are hard, for the love you give me. The purest heart. I love you so much. Queen of queens ♥️ #mumma #lioness #queen#iloveyou.’

Izaak is Sade’s only child from her former relationship with reggae music producer Bob Morgan.

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