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Council Poll: Hon. Kabiru Idris- A Frontline Aspirant To Beat By Shaibu Anthony

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….By Shaibu Anthony

When the purpose of a thing is not known, abuse is inevitable, this is the problem causing distress to our democracy, and failure in leadership.

Dekina local government is one of the largest local governments in Nigeria, without scintilla of uncertainties, it is expected to be watched like a hawk for better Development, but inexperience, misapplication, underdevelopment in recent years have sluggishly slowed the deserved progress of Dekina, thereby setting a chiefly accomodations for Dekina among abnormally developed local government in Nigeria.

It is therefore imperative for a swift change in leadership, as nothing has so far changed in recent years, rather persistent problems have kept on multiplying to an inconsiderable length.

In a desperate need and attempt for rescue, Hon. Kabiru Idris, the former Adminstrator of Dekina, an unstained personality, peace promotor, and advocate of good governance came into the searchlight, a lover of peace whose heart is large enough to accommodate all.

Hon. Kabiru Idris is an experienced, dedicated and resilient APC loyalist, an exposed, an adminstrative officer per excellence, an Educationist, outspoken young man, vibrant Redeemer of Hope.

Kabiru Idris during his short-lived reign as the Administrator of Dekina local government, his understanding for economic development, which was the major drives of his administration know no end, He has many achievements to his name which can never be shied away from his short period of time in office, he dualized Agbeji, Ojikpadala, Ojuwo, Ofafu Abocho, Abejukolo road, and construction of Okete bridge, this is an what many leaders in the past have thought to be unachievable fit, and has since remained untouched before it finally received the attentiveness of Hon. Kabiru Idris, a sign of leader who is ready to serve, who has deemed his calling as an administrator as a call to service not a call for pleasure as most leaders may think.

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Kabiru Idris is a man who is educated from heart to soul [sic], his administration top priority was Education, knowing such desirable agenda cannot be brought to accomplishment without a conducive learning environment and ungrading of learning facilities, this thoughts actualized the building of primary schools across Dekina local government at Ajiola, Oji, Aji, provisions of learning environment to pupils, Payment of Jamb fees of 5,000 Dekina students in 2016, this is yet another unachievable fit till today.

In view of his poverty eradication scheme, his burning desires to see total extermination to Lapo loans, and other forms of draining financial entanglement , he supported over 500 hardworking women with non-refundable sum of ₦50,000 each to boast their business, this is second to none in the history of Dekina local government, women of Dekina had heard of this development in the past, which they long before his administration yearned for, but the Adminstration of Kabiru Idris rekindled their hope of better Dekina by bringing its existence to reality, the records are available for doubting thomas to hold sight of.

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Balancing of gender equality which the Adminstration of Gov. Yahaya Bello publicly declared as his administration core agenda, has long before now experienced by the people of Dekina, while Hon. Kabiru Idris was an administrator, He empowered 1000 women environmental officers under the leadership of Kabiru Isah Otex.

Hon. Kabiru is a simplicity personified, a friend of local government workers, who made it reality for dedicated workers to be compensated for their services and sacrifices, by distributing over 500 motorcycles to local government workers.

Kabiru Idris doesn’t just stand out amongst other candidates in the forthcoming Chairmanship Election, his chances of emerging the Party Flag bearer is glaringly unconstricted, considering his zone, there is no elective position which is currently from Biraidu district, all odds favour Hon. Kabiru by zoning, Biraidu is preeminently fit to produce the next Dekina local government chairman.

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From antecedents, there are three districts from Dekina local government, viz; Biraidu, Dekina and Okura.
Okura has produced Hon. Benjamin Ikani, an elected Chairman from 2008-2011, also Muhammed Ali, 2013-2016 from Dekina district, this is the appropriate time to give Biraidu a taste of an elective position, Biraidu has suffered severely an outright exclusion from elective position since the advent of All Progressive Congress Party in the state.

Some of the key leadership positions which have Biraidu districts exempted, House of Rep, Party Zonal leadership, Party divisional chairman and the immediate past Nationwide Women leader are all from Okura districts, Senator Rep Kogi East who is fortunate to have come from the Dekina and the House of Assembly member are all from Dekina district, leaving Biraidu district that always produces the highest number of votes for the party, with no elective position.

Having Hon. Kabiru Idris from Biraidu with widely acceptance from the people, considering his outstanding performances in his services to his people as an administrator, one would have no doubts he stands as the most qualified candidate to beat in the Chairmanship aspiration.

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Can Poverty Reduced In The Midst Of Skyrocketing Price achieve?

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Can Poverty Reduced In The Midst Of Skyrocketing Price achieve?
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Can Poverty Reduced In The Midst Of Skyrocketing Price achieve?

During Democracy Day National Address to the Nation by President Buhari claimed his administration has lifted 10m out of poverty in the two last years. Barely days after president’s claimed, World Bank reports stated rising prices in the country have pushed an estimated 7 million Nigerians below the poverty line in 2020 alone.

President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari

About 100 million Nigerians, or half the population, live on less than $1(N500) per day, unemployment rate has rising to 32.5 and also Nigeria had overtaken India as the country with the largest number of people living in extreme poverty.

Everyday Nigerians lamented rising cost of living as food prices soar at 12.56%. With all sense of highest esteem to Mr President, the level of poverty in the country is unspeakable talk less of lifted –farmers, Small-scale Traders, artisans, market women and other people out of poverty.

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According to the reports released by National Statistic Bureau the rise in the food index was broad based, caused by increases in prices of bread, egg, beans, rice, yam, Fish, meat, fruits, and vegetables. Nigerians never expects such kind hardship as country’s inflation rate rose further in June 2020 to 12.56% (Year-on-Year), 0.16% points higher than the rate recorded in May 2020 (12.4%) as country’s inflation rate rose further each passing day. In reality Food inflation across the federation is worse than official Bureau figures show.

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Nigerians are languishing in extreme poverty battling with daily survival became uphill challenge due to unprecedented hardships peoples going through in the country reaching highest since in the late 80s.

For the administration to reduce the level of poverty in the country federal government should focus on three Policy Priorities which include: “Reduce Inflation by Implementing Policies That Support Macroeconomic Stability, Inclusive Growth, And Job Creation; Protect poor households from the impacts of inflation; Facilitate access to financing for small and medium enterprises in key sectors to mitigate the effects of inflation and accelerate the recovery. World Bank advice

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It will be highest injustice for anybody not to acknowledge many PMB’s programs to alleviate economic hardship to Nigerians but targets citizens are not much benefits. Reviving Nation’s Economy which is the one of the three cardinal promises PMB made before the electorates remain Herculean tasks.

Nigerians are worrying each passing day over the increasing debt burden reached unprecedented level as it increased by N191 billion in the first quarter of this year, representing a 0.58 percent increase from N32.916 trillion as of December 31, 2020.

Lack of clear economic policies scare Foreign Investment coupling with weak Naira while the country slum into recession twice while financial and economic policies of the administration do not favor the masses that spent hours under the sun to vote the administration

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To be honest adminstration Poverty Reduction efforts will only remain inclusive due to the level of soar Inflation, unemployment rate, high rate of money landing and other factors.

Abba Dukawa, a public commentator and writer from Kano State

Abba Dukawa, a public commentator and writer from Kano State

Those entrusts with public offices may not necessarily remain honest to tells truth to the leaders on the true situation on the ground. One may go to market stalls to listen peoples conversation even without listening them one may see the anger in their faces.

For sake of history and the country to judge the administration fairly, let captain of the ship regain his past hard earning status of being a strong and No Non Sense General, Let him do any things to prevent the worst happening in remaining two years of the administration.

Dukawa Write In From Kano And Can Be Reached At abbahydukawa@gmail com

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2021 | What We Must Do

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2021 | What We Must Do

Old age is a blessing that our faith recognizes and extols. Sadly, for many people, old age is a dread due to certain socio-cultural and economic reasons. According to the United Nations, elder abuse is a global human rights issue which affects the health of millions of older persons around the world.

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The incidence of abuse towards older people, according to the UN, is predicted to increase as many countries are experiencing rapidly ageing populations. Even though Nigeria’s population is increasingly youthful, an estimated 1.2 billion (by 2025) global population of persons aged 60 years and older, compels us to brace up for a moral showdown in my view.

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At Onyejeocha Foundation, care for the widows and the elderly is a key component of our activities.

Having older people around us is a blessing that cannot be quantified. The fact is that our elders make huge contributions to our world. They ought to be given due recognition and care.

It is therefore pertinent for all of us to work together to improve the living conditions of older persons while we yet have them with us.

 

The UN General Assembly proclaimed this Day in its 2012 resolution A/RES/66/127.

Hon (Barr) Nkeiruka Onyejeocha
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“ARAKUNRIN AKEREDOLU IS A RARE BREED AMONG POLITICIANS IN THE SOUTHWEST” – AFENIFERE FOR COLLECTIVE TRANSFORMATION

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“ARAKUNRIN AKEREDOLU IS A RARE BREED AMONG POLITICIANS IN THE SOUTHWEST” – AFENIFERE FOR COLLECTIVE TRANSFORMATION

 

 

As a socio-political movement, Afenifere For Collective Transformation led by the Director General, Prince Tolu Ajayi has been following the ongoing Public Hearing on Constitution Review across the Country so far with our focus on the southwest.

No submission has caught our attention like the submission from the Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu whom was represented by his Deputy, Mr. Lucky Aiyedatiwa among other brilliant submissions, calling for the scraping of the senate which has been the call by many groups in the Country as well.

The senate in recent time has become the retirement home for many Governors who believed that the Nigeria state must continue to take care of their well-being and that of their families for the rest of their lives despite the the huge pension packages many of them allocates to themselves with the collaboration of their State Assemblies.

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Today, many senators in the senate are collecting huge pension on monthly basis and still collecting salaries and allowances as senators, yet common Nigerians that voted them into power go to bed each day on empty stomach especially in this economic hardship caused as a result of Covid 19 pandemic, banditry which has caused many farmers to abandoned their homes and farms and lots of unfavourable economic policies.

According to the Governor, “the membership of the Assembly should be part time. No member should earn allowances not known to the Revenue Mobilisation and Allocation Committee and the people they claim to serve”

“Legislators should earn under a uniform salary structure. Allowance peculiarities must not be about obscenity. The Senate should be scrapped”

“The House of Representatives too should not be unwieldy. A maximum of four representatives should come from each Zone,”

“Ministries, departments and agencies must be pruned to reflect the socio-economic realities of the moment”

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“The government at the centre must divest itself of this self-inflicted heavy burden, for effective and impactful performance”

He later called for State police, resource control, judicial reforms, especially with zones having their court of appeals.

Akeredolu concluded by a return to the 1963 Republican Constitution, saying, “We would have resolved many fundamental issues of nationhood with the adoption”

For us, the above submission by Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu shows clearly that he’s not in anyway eyeing the senate upon completion of his tenure.

He has demonstrated a rare breed of leadership quality that an average Nigerian is unknown for.

He has demonstrated true patriotism against power hunger which has become the second nature of many of our leaders and politicians.

In view of this, Afenifere For Collective Transformation ACT, salute the courage, patriotism and kind-hearted nature of the Governor which is rare among his contemporaries.

We hereby declare our support for the submission and position of the governor regarding the constitution review and wish Nigeria could be blessed with many leaders of his kind.

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Finally, we throw our weight behind the Governor and call on our Senators to display the same level of patriotism exhibited by Governor Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu by adopting the submissions of the Governor even though it would definitely have a negative effect on them as their present offices would be threatened.

We implore them to see this as a necessary sacrifice towards giving Nigerians a Country our generation and generations to come can be proud of.

We believe posterity would be kind to this 9th senate if this could be done.

They should just for once do this as a means of selfless service to the people and the Country at large.

 

Signed:

Prince Tolu Ajayi,
DG Afenifere For Collective Transformation ACT.

Comrade Salami Taiwo Ramon,
Chief Press Secretary to the DG.

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