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Delta 2023: Ijaw Leaders Visit Ika Traditional Rulers, Solicit For Support

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The Ijaw speaking people of Delta State have appealed to traditional rulers in Ika, Delta North Senatorial District of the state to speak to their subjects to support their (Ijaw) bid produce the next governor of the state.

They (Ijaw ) said they have been supportive over the years in emergency of governors in the state hence other ethics groups should suuport them in the desire to produce the next governor in 2023.

Former Minister of Police Affairs, Alaowei Broderick Bozimo made the appeal while paying a consultative visit to Delta North Traditional Rulers Forum and  the Ika Social Cultural Group, Onu Ika to seek for their support towards actualizing their drive to produce the next Governor of Delta State in 2023.

Alaowei Bozimo who was accompanied by notable Ijaw leaders in the state including Hon. K.O Preyor (Acting Majority Leader, Delta State House of Assembly)
Prof. V.F Peretomode (Former Vice Chancellor, Delta State University) Hon. William Angadi (Chairman, Bomadi LGA) among others, informed the Delta North Traditional Rulers that the Ijaw delegation decided to visit the Traditional Rulers first before consulting with other stakeholder because of their respect for the traditional institution.

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Delta 2023: Ijaw Leaders Visit Ika Traditional Rulers, Solicit For Support

Speaking further, Alaowei Bozimo said that contrary to the wrong impression in some quarters that the Ijaw are not promoting a tribal agenda, he stated that the Ijaw from the Delta South Central District deserve to produce the next Governor of the state, the position having rotated across all the three senatorial districts of the state.

While thanking Delta North Traditional Rulers Forum and  Ika Social cultural group, Onu Ika, for receiving the Ijaw delegation, the former Minister promised that a Delta State Governor of Ijaw extraction would work with all stakeholders, treat everybody and all part of the state as equal stakeholders and provide the enabling environment for peace to reign in the state.

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In their separate responses, HRM  Emmanuel Oyinke Eferzomo II Obi of Owa kingdom and Mr.  Daniel Usifoh who spoke on behalf of their people appreciated the Delta Ijaw delegation for coming to consult with Traditional Rulers and Leaders of Ika Nation.

His Majesty, Obi Eferzimor said he was excited that the Ijaw delegation recognised and accorded the traditional institution in Delta North their due respect in their bid to produce a Governor of Ijaw extraction in 2023.

The Monarch thanked the Ijaw nation for the support the they gave to their son, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa during the 2014 PDP gubernatorial primaries which according to him contributed immensely to Okowa’s emergence and assured that they would consult with their subjects on what is best for them in the 2023 contest.

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On his part, the head of the collective leadership of Ika social cultural group, “Onu Ika” the umbrella body of Ika nation, Mr. Daniel Usifoh expressed joy about the visit of the Ijaw delegation to the Ika nation. 

He expressed his assurance to collaborate with any group that has a positive agenda for Delta State in 2023, pointing out that the Ijaw are reliable and trusted friends to the Ika nation.

Notable Ijaw leaders who were in the visit train are: Newworld Safugha, Esq, (Former Commissioner for Energy); Chief J.T Government (Chairman, Governing Council, Institute of Marine Technology, Burutu); Joel Bisina, PhD (Former Commissioner for Special Duties); David Ekerekosu,Esq, (Former Commissioner for Oil and Gas); Dr. Chris Ekiyor (Former President, IYC and Commissioner for Commerce) amongst others.

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Ibrahim Aliyu Becomes The New Emir Of Gaya After Hours Of Tussles

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After keeping journalists for almost 8 hours in the Ante Chamber of Government House in Kano to receive the briefings of appointment of a new Emir of Gaya, the Government, announced Ibrahim Aliyu as the 2nd Emir of Gaya at about 3am, Sunday Morning.

The appointment which follows tussles, misunderstandings, disagreement and alleged fight between the State Secretary to the Government, Usman Alhaji who happens to be one of the Kingmakers in Gaya, and some top persons from the area, was said to have been settled by Governor Ganduje.

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Usman Alhaji, who briefed the Media, said, “the Kano State Governor said by the power vested on him, he appointed Ibrahim Aliyu as the new Gaya Emirate, an appointment that follows the recommendation of the Gaya five Kingmakers.”

Alhaji said, until his appointment, Aliyu was the Ciroman Gaya and the eldest son of his late father, Emir Ibrahim Abdulkadir who died late last week.

“Gaya emirate was amongst the fourth emirates created by Governor Ganduje in 2020, and his appointment was based on the powers vested on Governor Ganduje on the Kano Emirates Council Laws 2020 as amended”.

Ibrahim Aliyu Becomes The New Emir Of Gaya After Hours Of Tussles

The Kingmakers are Alhaji Usman, the leader, Madakin Gaya Wada Aliyu, Makaman Gaya, Barr. Bashir Albasu AIG rtd, Turakin Gaya, Jafar Usman.

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He said they spent two days selecting the new Emir.

Late Emir of Gaya, Alhaji Abdulkadir who died late last week was the oldest Emir having and oldest Emirates in northern Nigeria.

Late Alhaji Abdulkadir, who had been on the throne of Sarkin Gaya since 1990 held several traditional positions to include district head of Kunchi and that of Minjibir, among others. He was one of the four emirs elevated to first class emirs by the Ganduje administration after the creation of Rano, Gaya, Bichi and Karaye emirates in 2019.

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Zamfara Extends Network Shutdown By Two Weeks As Insecurity Worsens

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Zamfara state has extended the shutdown of all telecommunications sites in the state, as directed by the Nigerian Communications by two more weeks Chrysora Media reports

Chrysora Media had exclusively reported on September 4 that a leaked memo signed by the Executive Vice-Chairman of the NCC, Prof Umar Danbatta, which was addressed to one of the telecom operators on Friday, stated that the immediate shutdown of all telecommunications services had become necessary due to the insecurity in the state.

In the letter titled, ‘Re: Shutdown of all telecom sites in Zamfara State’, the NCC boss stated that the shutdown, which was to last from September 3 to September 17 in the first instance, was to enable relevant security agencies to carry out required activities towards addressing the security challenge in the state.

The memo partly read, “In line with the requirement, you are hereby directed to shut down all sites in Zamfara State and any site(s) in neighbouring states that could provide telecommunications service in Zamfara State. The site shutdown is for two weeks (September 3 – 17, 2021) in the first instance. Your urgent action in this regard is required.”

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According to PUNCH report on September 5 reported the action taken by the NCC was its response to a request letter from the Office of the Governor of Zamfara State to the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.

Sunday PUNCH had subsequently reported that over 240 base stations were shut down in Zamfara State.

Prior to the network shutdown, Zamfara State and some other states in the North-West, including Kaduna, Katsina and Sokoto as well as Niger State in the North Central had come under heavy attacks from the bandits. Apart from invading schools to kidnap schoolchildren coupled with the abduction of women and men for ransoms, the bandits had also killed several residents and security agents.

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Zamfara Extends Network Shutdown By Two Weeks As Insecurity Worsens

The bandits have also become more brazen as they shot down a fighter jet belonging to the Nigerian Air Force on July 18. Even though the pilot of the aircraft, Flight Lieutenant Abayomi Dairo, was able to escape, the bandits continued their attacks on him until he was able to escape.

NAF spokesperson, Edward Gabkwet, said in a statement, “On 18 July 2021, at about 12.45 pm, a Nigerian Air Force Alpha Jet aircraft, returning from a successful air interdiction mission between the boundaries of Zamfara and Kaduna State, came under intense enemy fire which led to its crash in Zamfara State.

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“Luckily, the gallant pilot of the aircraft, Flight Lieutenant Abayomi Dairo, successfully ejected from the aircraft. Using his survival instincts, the pilot, who came under intense ground fire from the bandits, was able to evade them and sought refuge in nearby settlements awaiting sunset.

“Using the cover of darkness and his phone set for navigation, Flight Lieutenant Dairo was able to elude several bandits’ strongholds and manoeuvred his way to a Nigerian Army Unit, where he was finally rescued.”

The activities of the bandits reached their crescendo on August 24 when the armed criminals in the early hours of the day assaulted the country’s military college, Nigerian Defence Academy, in Kaduna and killed two officers while they kidnapped one senior officer, Major Christopher Datong.

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Emefiele: What Buhari Govt Needs To Address Nigeria’s Infrastructure Deficit

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Godwin Emefiele, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, on Saturday, disclosed what the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government needs to address the country’s infrastructural deficit.

Emefiele disclosed that the Buhari-led Federal Government needs US$100 billion annually to address the nation’s infrastructure deficit.

The CBN governor disclosed this at the 30th Anniversary Conference and Awards of the Finance Correspondents Association of Nigeria (FICAN) in Lagos, NAN reports.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the two-day conference has “Financing Infrastructure and SMEs for Inclusive Growth in Post-COVID-19 Economy”, as theme.

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Represented by the Director of Corporate Communications Department of CBN, Mr Osita Nwanisobi, Emefiele said: ”In Nigeria, the current level of infrastructure deficit is a major constraint to economic development and attainment of growth average rate of at least five to seven per cent required to boost productivity and sustainable growth for businesses.

”According to the World Development Indicators (2019), 56.20 per cent of Nigerians have access to electricity, while electric power consumption stood at 144.52 kWh per capita as of 2018.

”While infrastructure deficit in Nigeria is estimated to be about 1.2 per cent of GDP, it is projected that the Federal Government needs to commit about US$100 billion annually to address the nation’s infrastructural deficit.”

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