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You can’t take Dickson’s glory on infrastructure – Sylva tells Diri

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The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva, has commended Senator Seriake Dickson, a former governor and current Senator representing Sagbama/Ekeremor Senatorial District on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for the construction of the road to Ekeremor Local Government Area after more than 40 years. Sylva expressed his appreciation for this vital project and acknowledged that Dickson has left a lasting legacy through this initiative.

Sylva emphasized the importance of giving credit where it is due and criticized the current Governor, Douye Diri, for taking credit for a road project that was initiated by his predecessor. He considered it ungrateful for Governor Diri to appropriate this achievement to himself.

Furthermore, Sylva praised the people of Ekeremor for their warm reception during his campaign in the area ahead of the November 11 election. He questioned why Governor Diri habitually re-inaugurated projects initiated by his predecessor without acknowledging the efforts of former Governor Dickson. Sylva also highlighted that Diri’s governance would not have been possible without the sacrifices, hard work, and foresight of Dickson.

Sylva recalled Diri’s electoral defeat in 2019, emphasizing that the people are dissatisfied with his administration’s performance over the past three years and are eager to vote him out in the upcoming election. Sylva stated that the people of the local government area, like others across the state, have endured significant hardships under Governor Diri’s administration and are determined to bring about a change.

It’s worth noting that a Federal High Court in Abuja had previously disqualified Sylva from participating in the governorship election, and the APC National Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka, announced the postponement of the party’s campaign inauguration in the state.

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BREAKING: Oronsaye Report: Tinubu to scrap many agencies, merge others

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President Bola Tinubu will implement some of the recommendations contained in the Oronsaye Report.

This is majorly, in order to cut the cost of governance.

This is coming 12 years after the Steve Oronsaye Panel submitted its report on restructuring and rationalising Federal government parastatals and agencies and a white paper issued two years after.

According to Bayo Onanuga, the President and the Federal Executive Council on Monday reached a decision to implement the report.

He said: “Many agencies will be scrapped and many others will be merged, to pave the way to a leaner government.”

CREDIT: DAILY POST

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‘You’re responsible for Nigeria’s economic woes’— Atiku tackles Tinubu

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Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the 2023 general election, attributed Nigeria’s economic challenges to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

In a statement shared on his official social media account on Sunday, the former Vice President of Nigeria urged Tinubu to take cues from Argentina’s President Javier Milei on swiftly restoring investor confidence despite inheriting a troubled economy.

Atiku criticized Tinubu for deflecting blame onto the opposition and his predecessors, calling such actions unnecessary and shortsighted. He emphasized that market dynamics respond to concrete actions, not political rhetoric.

Drawing parallels with President Milei’s leadership in Argentina, Atiku highlighted the need for well-sequenced economic reforms. He commended Milei’s proactive approach in preparing for the post-reform challenges and ensuring the availability of mitigating measures.

Atiku contrasted Tinubu’s administration’s ad hoc and hurried reforms with Milei’s strategic sequencing. He pointed out Argentina’s lean government structure achieved through reducing ministries and privatizing state-owned enterprises, contrasting it with Nigeria’s expanding bureaucracy and excessive spending on official residences.

Atiku likened Tinubu’s administration’s approach to Nero fiddling while Rome burns, accusing him of evading substantive action and blaming the opposition for policy failures, reminiscent of characters in George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

Expressing admiration for Argentina’s reforms, Atiku suggested aligning his “Recover Nigeria Plan” with Milei’s stabilization strategy to alleviate Nigeria’s economic distress. He emphasized the need for transparent policies focused on economic revival and warned against dismissing discontent, particularly among the youth, which could manifest in protests.

The statement referred to the worsening economic conditions in Nigeria, highlighted by soaring inflation rates and high living costs, as reported by the National Bureau of Statistics, with headline inflation reaching 29.90% and food inflation at 35.42% in January 2024.

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BREAKING: Fire guts FCT Minister’s residence

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A fire broke out at the private residence of Dr. Mariya Mahmoud, the Minister of State in the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), on Sunday afternoon.

Situated at No. 9, Justice Roseline Ukeji Close in the affluent Asokoro district of Abuja, the property was reportedly completely destroyed by the blaze.

Despite prompt emergency response efforts, including the arrival of fire service personnel, nothing could be salvaged from the premises.

Mr. Austin Elemue, the Minister’s Special Adviser on Media, confirmed the incident, indicating that the cause of the fire remained unknown at the time.

Authorities have initiated an investigation to ascertain the cause of the fire.

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