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Oyo APC guber candidate, Adelabu unveils 7-point agenda

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Chief Adebayo Adelabu, the All Progressives Congress(APC) governorship candidate in Oyo State, has unveiled a seven-point agenda that would form the thrust of his administration if elected.

He spoke at a media parley held in Ibadan as part of his electioneering campaign activities.

Adelabu had resigned his appointment as a deputy governor at the Central Bank of Nigeria to contest the governorship position on the APC platform.

Adelabu listed as top on his agenda the issues of security, agriculture, housing, education, health and environment, employment as well as transportation.

He said: “I wish to commend the present administration led by Gov. Abiola Ajimobi for the unprecedented successes recorded so far.

“ This administration has raised the bar of good governance. I make bold to say the administration has done well and I will leverage on the successes of the Ajimobi’s government if elected to govern the state.’’

The governorship candidate, who stated that security would take the lead on his agenda, said technology, Internally Generated Revenue and prosperity of the people would serve as an enabler in implementing the agenda.

Adelabu promised to boost the state’s IGR, saying his area of competence was revenue generation and deployment of funds.

“The present administration has laid a solid foundation in the area of protection of lives and properties. The administration has transformed the state from the era of brigandage to a safe haven.

“The latest is the installation of CCTV cameras and inauguration of the Central Control centre in Ibadan. We will expand this to other parts of the state, and build a call and response centre.

“We will also bring on board “ Operation Light Up Oyo State’’ and ensure that the people enjoyed all human rights,” he said.

He said agriculture would also be the platform of his administration’s economic transformation, promising to ensure full implementation of his agenda.

Adelabu gave an assurance that the civil service would be given adequate attention, while special consideration, as well as extra benefit, would be given to teachers.

The governorship candidate also promised to give priority to the vulnerable, women, children and people with disabilities.

“My desire and passion to foster economic prosperity in Oyo State rather than pecuniary and personal aggrandisement inspired my interest in the number one seat of the state.

“Our administration will boost tourism, ensure youth inclusiveness, re-introduce farm settlements and exploit potentials in agro-allied industries,’’ he added.

He also affirmed that the party was one in the state, saying all members including those earlier aggrieved had resolved to work for the common goal of the party.

The governorship candidate expressed optimism that he would be supported and encouraged as youths coming to take the state to the next level of development from where Ajimobi stopped.

He said APC was the party to beat in the 2019 general elections, assuring the people of more dividends in continuity.

Adelabu also called on the people to vote for all the party’s candidates in the forthcoming general elections.

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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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