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Subsidy: Let’s Endure Now to Enjoy Later, APC Tells Nigerians



The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has appealed to organised labour not to allow opposition narratives on the deregulation exercise and electricity tariffs to hoodwink them.

The party admitted that it was not unmindful of the financial strains brought by the increase in fuel pump price and electricity rates, but assured that with little endurance, Nigerians stand to enjoy gains soon.

Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the ruling party, Yekini Nabena made the appeal in statement shortly after the government-organised labour meeting was deadlocked Tuesday in Abuja.

According to the APC, “We urge stakeholders, particularly the organised labour such as the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) not to be hoodwinked by skewed opposition party narratives on the deregulation exercise and electricity tariffs.

“The same partisans have failed to account for and return trillions of naira stolen from national coffers in the guise of subsidizing fuel and the degrading of the electricity sector under their watch despite huge allocations and subsequent theft of the resources meant go improve the sector.

“The All Progressives Congress (APC) is not oblivious of the financial strains brought by the increase in fuel pump price and electricity rates. We urge Nigerians to endure now and enjoy gains soon.

“The reviews are crucial and hard thought decisions by government. On the positive side, the short and long-term benefits on the citizenry and our national life will become obvious and directly felt in critical sectors such as health, education, infrastructure and social services targeted at the poor.”

The party noted with shock the estimates by the Nigerian Institute for Social and Economic Research (NISER) which reported that the budget for fuel subsidies in 2019 was sufficient to enroll the entire population of Nigeria in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), adding that fuel subsidies took over N10 trillion of our national resources since 2006.

“At least, the generality of Nigerians and stakeholders agree on a thousand and one reasons why fuel subsidy has become unsustainable. The perceived benefits of fuel subsidies have long been overtaken by the previous corruption and drain on scarce resources that should be directed to other critical sectors.

“In line with the current administration’s deregulation drive and move to increase private-sector participation in the petroleum sector, the task before us now is to improve our local refining capacities which we are already on course to achieving and maintain a competitive, market-driven, transparent and accountable petroleum pricing template which meets global best practices, particularly in a developing country such as ours.

“While government works assiduously to solve the country’s electricity challenges permanently, it realizes that many Nigerians and businesses still rely on alternative sources for power supply to meet electricity needs, hence its current focus on improving electricity and service delivery while also protecting poor and vulnerable Nigerians from arbitrary and estimated electricity billing.

“As with government’s decision to increase Nigerian worker’s minimum wage and other social investments, the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration takes the welfare of the citizenry seriously.”

The party then appealed for the understanding of the organised labour and civil socities by supporting government move at fixing the economy. “We call on all stakeholders — government at all levels, private sector organizations, labour unions, civil societies, students and youth groups to support governments decision on the ongoing deregulation exercise as the citizens will be the ultimate beneficiaries.

“We urge stakeholders, particularly the organised labour such as the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) not to be hoodwinked by skewed opposition party narratives on the deregulation exercise and electricity tariffs. The same partisans have failed to account for and return trillions of naira stolen from national coffers in the guise of subsidizing fuel and the degrading of the electricity sector under their watch despite huge allocations and subsequent theft of the resources meant go improve the sector.

“We urge all to support the current administration’s economic policies to uplift Nigerians,” the party concluded.

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Birthday: APC Governors Celebrate Okorocha, Remi Tinubu for Sustaining Democracy



The governors of All Progressives Congress (APC) on the platform of Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) have applauded the sterling contributions of former governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha and Senator Remi Tinubu over the formation and sustainance of democracy in the country.

The forum led by Governor Abubakar Bagudu of Kebbi state described Senator Oluremi who marked her 60th birthday as a rallying point for the progressives in the country.

“We celebrate with her, our leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and her entire family on this special occasion.

“We acknowledge her contributions to our democratic struggles through her insightful inputs to the processes of party formation and party building as well as within the Senate Chamber. She certainly represents a unifying and rallying point for all.”

The governors also felicitated with Senator Rochas Okorocha on his 58th birthday in a terse statement made available to newsmen Tuesday in Abuja.

“We in particular wish to acknowledge and commend your leadership, vision and commitment to a united prosperous Nigeria. Under the leadership of our party, APC, we acknowledge your contributions to our team of Progressive Governors as a founding member of the Forum and Chairman between November 2013 – May 2019.

“We also recognise your insightful and resolute inputs to the processes of managing legislation at the Senate Chamber.”

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PDP Govs Forum Congratulates Godwin Obaseki, Edo State Governor – Elect



—Edo: Triumph of Democracy and rejection of imposition.

The PDP Governors’ Forum hereby congratulates His Excellency, Mr Godwin Obaseki, as the Governor – elect of Edo State.

Your victory in the just concluded governorship election is a testament to the triumph of justice, hardwork, resilience, grit, forward planning, clinical execution and reward for improving the lot of the people of Edo State.

As the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the election, you validated the well known fact that Edo State is truly a PDP dominated State. It is a resounding endorsement by Edo people of your performance in the last 4 years. It is an absolute rejection by Edolites of Godfatherism and imposition of their leaders by forces from outside the State.

Your election has rekindled the hope of Nigerians, that a free and fair election is still possible in Nigeria.

We single out INEC, the electoral umpire for special commendation as it didn’t allow itself as an institution to be manipulated into subverting the clearly expressed will and wishes of the people of Edo State.

We applaud the security agencies for their fairness and relative neutrality in the conduct of the elections.

In all these, special thanks must go to the President, Commander in Chief, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, for keeping his word not to unduly interfere in the elections by using state machinery.

We in the PDP Governors’ Forum wish to place on record our appreciation of the hardwork, dedication and commitment exhibited by the National Chairman of the PDP, the PDP National Working Committee, the leadership and members of the Edo State Chapter of the party and in particular the Edo PDP Campaign Council led by His Excellency, Governor Nyesom Wike and other Governors of the PDP.

We also thank our party stalwarts in Edo State and other PDP leaders and stakeholders for working together to deliver Edo State to PDP.

It now behoves on the governor – elect, Mr Obaseki, to reciprocate the support of the people by doubling his effort to sustain good governance and accountability to the people of Edo State who have invested their trust and confidence in him. Even as a PDP governor – elect , we trust that you will govern with fairness to all Edolites irrespective of party affiliation or support for you. The Edo people have spoken and democracy has triumphed. It is indeed the will of God.

Its morning again in Edo.

Chairman, PDP Governors’ Forum.

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Bagudu Rekindles Hope of Farmers, Flood Victims in Bunza ,Assures of Prompt Intervention



The Kebbi State Governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu has rekindled the hopes of farmers and flood victims whose farmlands, crops and properties were destroyed by flood in various communities of Bunza local government area of Kebbi State.

Bagudu gave the assuarance, Sunday, while commiserating with hundreds of people, especially farmers over the unfortunate flood disaster in their communities.

While sympathising with the flood victims at a remote village of Garahita, Bunza local government, the governor consoled the victims, saying that, the tragedy which led to colossal loss of farm produce, farmlands, houses and lives in some areas was ordained by the Almighty God.

He said that, the flood situation was not peculiar to Kebbi State alone, as many places had been affected.

Bagudu averred that,the federal and state government, as well other agencies were not oblivious of their plights.

According to the Kebbi State Governor , formidable efforts were being made, with a view of taking urgent actions, to come to the aid of myriad of victims.

” My visit here is to sympathise with you and to give some consolation and a glimmers of hope. The Federal , State and local governments will come to your aid soon.

” In some places , we have started distributing relief assistance, I am sure by tomorrow or within the week, the local government will dispatch relief materials to you, In Sha Allahu.”

Bagudu also delivered the sympathy message of President Muhammadu Buhari and other notable distinguished individuals like the Sultan of Sokoto , the Ministers of Agriculture and that of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management who came to the state, in respect of the victims.

The governor assured the farmers of the state government’s plan to vigorously pursue dry season farming, to bolster food production.

This, the governor noted with firm conviction that, it was in order to augument what had been tragically lost to the floods.

He furrher said that. formidable plans were being made to reinvigorate and reenergize farmers by providing improved seeds, fertilizers, water pumping machines and other related needs.

” We will leave no stone unturned in doing the needful by timely support to the farmers, while we are mulling the extension of the repayment of Anchor Borrowers programme loans.

” This is in the bid to further ease the difficulties being faced by the farmers arising from the unfortunate floods” Bagudu, added.

He charged them to fully engage in the dry season farming, organise themselves, as well as identify their needs through their community leaders, who will meet the local government authorities, for prompt actions.

Interestingly, in each of the affected communities the governor visited, the residents and their leaders were asked by the governor to identify their needs and what the local government councils had done to bring succor to them.

Earlier, the Village Head of Garahita, Marafa Manu, narrated their ordeal to the governor as to how they lost their crops , livestock and houses to the floods.

The community leader requested for relief assistance, construction of road to link the village to the main road and a dispensary.

He also happily acknowledged the financial assistance so far extended to them by the local government Chairman.

The Chairman of Bunza local government, Alhaji Bello Mamuda, appreciated the visit and told the governor that, his council had purchased twenty (20) canoes to bolster the transportation of the residents of the adjoining communities.

In the same vein, the local government had bought 400 bags of grains for immediate distribution to the victims.

The Chairman also thanked the governor for supporting them financially, hence , they were able to assist the flood victims .

In all the affected communities visited by the governor, they corroborated the same requests, ranging from the distribution of relief assistance, farming inputs, fertilizers and improved seeds, for dry season farming, as well as the construction of access roads and hospitals.

At Loko village, the Village Head, Hakimi Bello Loko, also requested the governor to assist the community with an access road, farm inputs, fertilizers and a hospital.

According to him , the incumbent governor was the first serving chief executive of the state to come to the village since the creation of the state.

Also at Tungar Lele, the Village Head, Aliyu Kudu, requested the governor to provide medical staff to their 20- bed hospital, in order to cater for the medical needs of the community.

The governor instantly promised will receive immediate government attention, hence, the residents were elated.

He also assured the communities that his administration would look at the possibility of providing access roads to the communities.

In his remarks at Raha, the State House of Assembly Member, representating Bunza constituemcy,, Hon. Bashar Aminu Buhari ( Barrister), acknowledged the efforts and milk of human kindness of the governor over the flood situation across the state.

The lawmaker, while thanking the governor for the visit to his constituency, also assured him of the readiness of Raha farmers to vigorously partake in dry season farming.

The District Head of Raha, Alhaji Haliru Iliyasu Bashar,who was also appreciative of the visit, reiterated the determination of the farmers in the area to go back to their farms, for dry season farming.

Highlight of the visit was the presentation of the 20 Canoes purchased by the Bunza local government council by the governor to Sarkin Ruwa, Umar Bunza.

Bagudu commended Bunza local government council for the initiative, saying: It is highly commendable for the local government to identify one of the basic needs of their communities

” I pray and hope that the canoes will be put to good use, for the benefit of the communities.”

The Chairman of the Council, Alhaji Bello Mamuda, also disclosed that, the local government, apart from the purchase of the Canoes, had purchased 400 bags of grains to be distributed to the flood victims.

The flood -ravaged villages visited by the governor in Bunza local government area include, Garahita, Garin Gero,Loko, Tungar Aduwa, Tungar Gumbiri, Tungar Lele, Matseri and Raha.

Governor Bagudu also made a brief stop over at Goron Dutsi Kawara Suru road, where he inspected a large portion of the road and culvert cut off by the rampaging flood.

The Member representating Suru local government, State House of Assembly, Alhaji Umaru Altine Suru, appealed for an urgent attention from the state government to rehabilitate the road, in order to restore movement along the road .

Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu was accompanied on the visit by Alhaji Bashar Aminu, Member, representating Bunza in the State House of Assembly, Professor Muktar Umar Bunza, Commissioner for Higher Education, Chairman of Bunza local government, Alhaji Bello Mamuda, local government officials, Councillors, District and Village Heads, among others.

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