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PDP states with highest allocations have nothing to show – APC

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) said it is baffling that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has to be told it does not have any moral authority to caution or query the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

Specifically, the governing party said as at 2019, three states in the South-south under the opposition PDP received the highest allocation but “has nothing to show.”

The three states according to APC includes Delta, Akwa Ibom and Bayelsa states.

In a statement signed Sunday in Abuja by its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, the APC said between 2006 and 2013, PDP governments spent over N5.42 trillion on subsidy, which was 15.57% higher than the 2014 national budget of N4.69 trillion.

“In 2019 according to the Bureau of Statistics, the 36 states of the federation received the sum of N2.53 trillion as Federal Allocation. Of the 15 states under the control of the PDP, Delta State was the biggest recipient of federal allocation with a total sum of N214.4 billion. Akwa Ibom was second spot with a total sum of N169.79 billion gross allocations within the period. Rivers came third on the list with a gross allocation of N154.5 billion and Bayelsa came 4th with a whooping N143.8 billion in 2019. None of these states headed by the PDP governors have anything vital to show for it.

“It was also under the PDP government that the number of fuel importers rose from 5 in 2006 to 10 in 2007, 19 in 2008 and spiked up to 140 in 2011. This was one of the biggest causes of corruption because many firms only existed on paper and collected subsidies on fuel that never existed.

“To make matters worse, 60 million barrels of oil valued was stolen under the watch of PDP controlled NNPC between 2009 and 2012. The NNPC during the PDP years also failed to remit US$20 billion in oil revenues owed to the nation, which was confirmed by PwC and Deloitte investigative reports. The PDP has no genuine reason to cry wolf or display moral authority over subsidy under the Buhari administration.

“Apart from the fact that the subsidy regime and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) have been so transparent under the Buhari led administration unlike under the previous PDP administrations when the same NNPC was accountable to no one to the extent that it owed the government up to the sum of N704 billion for gross violations of the subsidy scheme.”

While reacting to a statement credited to the PDP’s spokesman attacking the President’s October 1st message, APC said the PDP publist displayed his lack of understanding when he compared the minimum wage of Saudi Arabia and Egypt to buttress his points.

“He however forgot that Saudi Arabia pumps 12million barrels of crude oil a day as against Nigeria’s 1.8million, Saudi Arabia has a population of 35million people while Nigeria has a population of over 200million people, Saudi Arabia has 15% tax to GDP while Nigeria has 7.5% tax to GDP, Saudi Arabia has $750billion in their foreign reserves while Nigeria has only $36billion. Mr Kola Ologbondiyan also failed the simple arithmetic in calculating the cost and standard of living in both countries.

“The fact that we are debating this clearly shows that the past administrations led by the PDP failed this land. Since you cannot build something on nothing, you’ve got to appreciate what the present leader is doing with little income.”

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EBONYI MUSLIMS EXTOL GOVERNOR UMAHI’S PATRIOTISM , ASKS HIM TO OFFER HIMSELF FOR GREATER NATIONAL SERVICE.

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The Muslim Community in Ebonyi State has extolled the leadership qualities and sense of commitment to nation unity exhibited by the Governor of Ebonyi State, His Excellency Engr Chief David Nweze Umahi FNSE FNATE ( Akubaraoha) in the last six years. The group made this declaration when they paid a Sallah visit to the Governor of Ebonyi at the State Executive Council Chambers, old Government House Abakaliki.

The group affirmed their resolve to support the programmes and policies of the administration of Governor Umahi describing him as dynamic and foresighted leader who has brought unprecedented transformation in Ebonyi State.

In a Communiqué signed by the Council of Ulama and Leaders of Muslim Forum Ebonyi State Chapter, the group passed a Vote of Confidence on the Governor and urged him to offer himself for greater national service in the interest of national development.

In his response, the Governor represented by his Deputy, His Excellency Barr. Eric Kelechi Igwe PhD commended the Muslim Community for the well thought Communique and the warm sentiments rendered by them on the modest achievements of his administration. He further appreciated them for their promise of commitment to the security of the state and urged them to assist security agencies and the State government by giving information on any form of threat to the peace and security of the state.The five- point Communiqué reads:

We the members of the Muslim Forum, Ebonyi State hereby resolve as follows;

1. That we as Muslims and peace loving Nigerians pass a vote of confidence on the Executive Governor of Ebonyi State, His Excellency, Engr. Dr. David Nweze Umahi, FNSE FNATE (Akubaraoha)

2. That we have resolved as a group to provide security reports to the Chief Security Officer of Ebonyi State, who is the Governor at any time we observe any security threat as a support for his good governance.

3. That we shall stop anyone or group of people who in any form attempt to undermine the security of the state or destroy the infrastructure put in place by our dear Governor.

4. That we appreciate His Excellency’s dynamism and foresightedness in leadership, hence, his Party (APC) is our party and his enemy, we shall abhore.

5. That we plead with His Excellency, Engr. Dr. David Nweze Umahi to make himself available for National Service in 2023, in Shaa Allah.

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PICTORIAL : Umahi’s Example Of Good Governance

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“The biggest College of Medicine in
Africa been built by the Ebonyi state
government & being equipped with
the latest technology to bring
medical tourism to Nigeria is
nearing completion.

This is in addition to a state of the
art international airport also nearing
completion & countless first class
economic, social & developmental
infrastructures started & completed
in the state in the last 5 years
making Ebonyi one of the most
beautiful states in Nigeria today.

Ebonyi state is not an oil producing
state & before Umahi came, was
about the poorest state in Nigeria. It
is still among the lowest revenue
earners from FAAC allocations.

So, what changed?

It is not the constitution or structure
of Nigeria that was changed to
achieve this unprecedented
development in the state.

It is the vision, prudence, massive
investment in agriculture, integrity & sincerity of purpose of the state governor, Engr Chief David Nweze Umahi, FNSE” – Michael Ogueke

 

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Former Minister Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan aka ‘Mama Taraba’ Dies, Aged 61

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Former Minister for Women Affairs and ex-Governorship Candidate in Taraba State, Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan,  is dead.

According to media reports she died in a hospital on Friday in Cairo, Egypt at the age of 61.

Aisha Jummai Al-Hassan popularly known as ‘Mama Taraba’, Ms Alhassan was born on September 16, 1959 in Jalingo, Taraba State.

She was the first female to be appointed Taraba Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice and also the first woman to be appointed as Secretary FCT judicial council on 17 December 2003.

She was appointed in 2015 to the cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari after his election.

Mama Taraba

Mama Taraba resigned as the Minister on July 27, 2018 after the ruling APC screening committee disqualified her from the 2019 governorship primaries.

She was unanimously declared as the candidate for March 2019 Taraba State gubernatorial election under UDPafter the other candidate stepped down in her bid.

She is widely known as “Mama Taraba”, because of her increased influence in the politics of her state.

She actively supported the Taraba State Football Association.

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