Some All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders of the 16 local government areas of Kwara State have notified the leadership of the party of their intention to defect to an unnamed party.
They warned the leadership of the party against its decision to ignore them on issues of utmost concern to the people. The leaders, who insisted that they remain in the party in spite of the glaring shortcomings of its leadership, said they might be forced to opt for a last resort if the leadership continues to ignore them.
A former Chairman of Ifelodun Local Government, Jide Usman told reporters in Ilorin, the state capital that the group leaders had watched patiently and with grave concern about some happenings in the state’s political horizon.
At the briefing that had other leaders of the group in attendance, Usman listed some of their grievances, including the inability of the government to organize local government elections to bring elected officials to run the affairs at the local government level, slow and low payment of gratuities due to pensioners, neglect of the rural areas with regards to physical development and agriculture which government would have used to create employment for the teeming youth and the rural road network neglect.
He said the disgruntled leaders are respected opinion leaders and grassroots mobilizers in the 16 local government areas that any serious political group in the state cannot afford to ignore.
The erstwhile council chairman said overtures made to Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq to table the grievances of the group proved unsuccessful. He said the interaction of the group with people across the three senatorial districts also revealed similar tales of woes and disappointments which led to the resolve to take their destiny into their hands by pitching their tent with another party in the forthcoming general elections.
Usman, a one-time governorship aspirant, cautioned that the APC may not able to form the next government in the state this year if positive actions were not taken on the issues of raised in the running of the present administration.
He added: “We had sought an audience with the governor to enable us to present our feelings, observations and opinions for discussion with him on a one-on-one basis. But, the overtures were ignored. This was in spite of the fact we are not taking all these steps for pecuniary benefits but for the benefit of his administration and the good people of Kwara in general.
“We went further by appealing to some other notable Kwarans to facilitate our meeting with the governor to raise with him our concerns and give suggestions and possible strategies that can be deployed to counter the ugly development in order to prevent the forthcoming political disaster and achieve success in the forthcoming elections.
“Surprisingly, all our efforts proved abortive because up till this moment and in as much as we believed that our messages got to him, he decided to ignore them and refused to see us. We, therefore, came to the conclusion that it is either that he is not seeing what we are seeing or that he considers us not important.
“However, we must state here categorically that it was the notable collective efforts, support and sacrifices of the P7 as APC members and other groups that succeeded in giving birth to the present administration in the state. Therefore, we are qualified to give genuine advice when we observe that things are going wrong.
“We must express our feelings and state emphatically that we feel neglected and marginalized by the government and that our massive sacrifices and contributions led to its emergence.
“Consequently, our disappointment and dissatisfaction led us to discover that millions of other Kwarans have experienced a similar I don’t care attitude from the government of Kwara State, with whom we now associate to stop this kind of government from coming to power in Kwara State again.”
Lalong Appoints Ten New Permanent Secretaries
Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau has approved the appointment of 10 new Permanent Secretaries.
The governor made the announcement in a statement by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr Makut Macham, on Monday in Jos.
According to the statement, the new officials are to fill the vacancies created following the retirement/resignations of some Permanent Secretaries in the service of the state government.
“The new Permanent Secretaries are expected to be sworn in on Tuesday 24th January 2023.
“The new Permanent Secretaries are: Keziah Dung (Barkin Ladi); Yusuf Ayuba Gimba ( Bassa); Gongden Micah Sunday (Mangu); Lamu Michael Dennis (Mangu).
“ Peter Wuyep (Kanke); Bapman Naankin Emmanuel (Mikang); Boniface Gwotbit Bankshuet (Mikang); Gotan Benjamin James (Pankshin); Salamatu Ritmwa Parlong (Pankshin); and Wuyep Zitta (Langtang South)”.
Enugu2023: My Government Will Explore The Opportunities Of Coal, Gas And Solar Energy To Meet Power Needs Of Enugu State – Frank Nweke Jr
Frank Nweke Jr, the Enugu State governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), on Sunday night, said that his government would explore the opportunities of resources like coal and natural gas (CNG) which the state has, as well as solar technology to meet the power needs of the citizens.
Nweke who spoke during a virtual town hall meeting with the Enugu Association, Canada, noted that Enugu has one of the highest electricity tariffs in Nigeria, an issue he would work closely with the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) as Governor to understand and resolve.
“Electric power is critical for domestic use and economic progress. While working with the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company to improve supply and reduce tariffs, we have some opportunities available to us as alternatives to power from the mains.
“The use of coal has been stalled due to agreements induced by Western powers on the basis of managing climate change. What we have now are illegal miners and private companies who have expanses of coal deposits concessioned to them.
“As a government, we will work to retrieve these concessions by making deals with the people concerned or by making a strong representation to the government at the centre who hold the rights to mineral resources on the exclusive list under section 39 of the constitution.”
He also noted that the developed economies that had opposed large scale mining for reasons of climate change had fallen back to the use of coal due to the effects of the Russian-Ukraine war. He declared that he had the political will to ensure that all resources and opportunities available to the State would be explored.
On the use of natural gas (CNG), Nweke referred to Lagos and Abia where communities are sequestered, and clean energy provided to them. He revealed his team have had conversations with licensed operators who are willing to do the necessary due diligence checks and explore that opportunity whenever his government is ready.
Nweke further stated that as Governor he will also explore the opportunity of solar technology. He noted that Enugu already had young companies assembling inverters and looking to extend their production to solar panels.
“We will work with these local companies and with some established international companies from Japan, Turkey and other parts of the world to establish a ‘Partnership in Technology Program” to set up plants for assembling solar panels and training our people to do the same in Enugu State.
“Our intention is to put in place a policy that will mandate developers of new estates to deploy structures for renewable energy, taking sections of the State off-grid by providing power from natural gas or solar technology.” He concluded.
Cross River Declares Work-Free Days For PVC Collection
The Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade, has declared Thursday, 26 and Friday, 27 January, 2023 as work-free days in the state to enable civil and public servants across the state to collect their Permanent Voters Cards.
The Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Eric Anderson, said in a statement on Friday that the collection of PVCs was “in readiness for their full participation in the 2023 general election scheduled for Saturday, February 25, 2023 for Presidential and National Assembly elections as well as Saturday, March 11, 2023 for Governorship and State Houses of Assembly Elections.
“Government wishes to make it abundantly clear, especially for the benefit of members of the general public, to note that these work-free days are not Public Holidays and should NOT be seen as one.
“Civil and public servants in the state are hereby advised to take advantage of the work-free days to get their PVCs in readiness to make their votes count in these elections. Your PVC is the pathway to achieving credible elections.”