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State Govts Are Running Away From Responsibilities – Chidoka.

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A former Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka says Nigerian governors of shying away from responsibilities, insisting that they have not fully utilized the powers allotted to them. Chidoka said this on Saturday at The Platform, a programme organized by The Covenant Nation.

“The powers of our states are guaranteed. So, the states have no business going to Abuja except to collect their allocations,” he explained.

“If they want to establish universities, they are at liberty. If they want to set up medical health centres and attract doctors from around the world, they are at liberty. What is holding them back is work avoidance. Our state governments are avoiding work and we the people have been deceived that the problem is in Abuja. No, the problem is not in Abuja. The problem is in our states.

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He cited the Federal Capital Territory as a classical example of the devolution of powers, reiterating that if state governments eschew laziness, the country will leave up to its potential.

While he said he is not against restructuring, the former governorship candidate of the United Progressives Party (UPP), however, wants proponents to be clear on what should be restructured.

“Tell me what you (restructuring proponents) want removed from the exclusive list and brought to the concurrent list,” Chidoka asked.

‘Spirit Of Naija’
According to him, many young Nigerians have disconnected from the country, claiming that the present cabinet is not a true reflection of the West African nation.

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“The young people have disconnected from Nigeria. Let us take the spirit of Naija and infuse it into Nigeria. Nigeria has failed,” he added. “Young people should not wait at home and wait for reform. Reform is a scam.”

He said the “Naija” spirit is that of innovation, excellence, and creativity.
“So, what you need is to take the spirit of Naija. That space where you have freedom; where there is no federal character; that space where we don’t know tribes and tongues,” the chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) added.

“That space where we are discussing how to make the next I. T business. That space where you are talking about the next innovation.”

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President Buhari Son declared wanted over his involvement in N31 Billion fraud

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President Buhari Son declared wanted over his involvement in N31 Billion fraud.

Gimba Yau Kumo, the son-in-law of President Muhammadu Buhari, and two others were on Thursday declared wanted by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC, over diversion and misappropriation of $65 million National Housing fund.

Buhari son-in-law, a former managing director of the Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, who in 2016 married Mr Buhari’s second daughter Fatima, Mr. Tarry Rufus and Mr. Bola Ogunsola, were declared wanted over misappropriation and diversion of $65 million National Housing fund.

ICPC Spokesperson, Azuka C. Ogugua, in a statement, urged the public to provide information about the whereabouts of Mr Kumo and his cohort.

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“The persons whose pictures appear above, Mr. Tarry Rufus, Mr. Gimba Yau Kumo and Mr. Bola Ogunsola, are hereby declared WANTED by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) in connection with issues bordering on misappropriation of National Housing Funds and diversion of the sum of Sixty Five Million dollars ($65,000,000),” the commission said.

Mr Kumo was being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over a N3billon fraud.

Though President Buhari campaigned on riding Nigerian public service of corruption, saying Nigeria must kill corruption before it kills Nigerians, Newsone reports that his allies and associates have been fingered in sundry corruption cases.

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Meanwhile, Peoples Gazette reported how late Isa Funta, an ally of Mr Buhari, got millions of naira from Federal Inland Revenue Service and how present Acting EFCC Chair was involved theft before he was tapped for the job by Mr. Buhari.

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Ortom: Anyone Against Southern Governors’ Resolve Has Hidden Agenda

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Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom says any Nigerian opposed to the position of Southern Governors regarding the ban on open grazing of cattle has a hidden agenda.

Governor Ortom spoke on Thursday at the Holy Ghost Parish Hall, Makurdi during an address on the occasion of ‘Media Week and Communications Day 2021’, organised by the Catholic Diocese of Makurdi.

He noted that his colleagues from the Southern part of the country had towed the right path towards addressing insecurity in Nigeria, stressing that open grazing was no longer feasible in the country due to development and population growth.

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Governor Ortom said Nigeria is a great country with great potentials and should, ordinarily, have no business with poverty if only there was guaranteed security for lives and property and the people are allowed to remain stable in their localities to explore opportunities in farming and other ventures.

The Governor expressed appreciation to the Church and Muslims, as well as residents and citizens of the state for remaining supportive of his administration.

He also acknowledged the good reportage of government policies and programmes by the Directorate of Social Communication, Catholic Diocese of Makurdi and all the media groups in Benue, pointing out that his administration would always welcome constructive criticism.

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The Governor who hinted at his administration’s plans to commence teaching of vernacular in schools in the next academic session said children must be trained and supported to inculcate reading in them, even as he described communication as key in the society.

Catholic Bishop of Makurdi Diocese, Most Reverend Wilfred Anagbe stated that social communication was meant to uplift humanity and society, stressing that it is a positive aspect of the reality of life and not the other way round.

Bishop Anagbe who advocated for the teaching of history and vernacular in primary and secondary schools in the state said language defines a man and so should not be allowed to go extinct.

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Ortom: Removing History Subject From Curriculum Is Evil

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Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, on Thursday, faulted the removal of history subject school curriculum in Nigeria.

The governor, who spoke in Makurdi at ‘Media Week and Communications Day 2021’ organized by the Directorate of Social Communications, Catholic Diocese of Makurdi, said the removal would prevent posterity from having knowledge of important events in the country.

According to him, if the Federal Government fails to restore the subject, the state government would initiate law to ensure it is taught in Benue schools. grin

The governor said: “Removing the subject History from the country’s school curriculum is an evil agenda to prevent the young generation from knowing their past.

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“Even if Nigeria won’t restore the study of history to the school curriculum, we in Benue will initiate a legislation to make history a compulsory subject in schools in the state.

“Our children need to know how their forefathers lived on this land hundreds of years ago. Our children need to know what took place at Ushongo Hills in 1804 and why this land and our people were not conquered till this day.”

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