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Shasha: NGF promises support for Makinde to rebuild market

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As a way of ensuring speedy economic recovery for the traders and residents of Shasha communities, Akinyele local government, Ibadan, the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) has expressed readiness to mobilise support for Governor Seyi Makinde to rebuild the ruins.

The Forum, which said it has already given some palliative to some victims, also called on all social media influencers to exercise restraint so as not to fan embers of crisis in their reportage.

Kebbi Governor Abubakar Bagudu gave the assurances on Tuesday while addressing journalists at the Oyo Governor’s Office, Agodi, Ibadan shortly after returning from a tour of the Shasha where meetings held with community leaders and residents of the area.

He assured he would mobilise more support for Governor Makinde and the state at the Nigerians Governors Forum meeting slated for Wednesday.

Bagudu, who led a team of three other northern Governors, including Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Abubakar Bello (Niger) and Bello Matawalle (Zamfara) to the state, were conducted on a tour of the crisis area by Makinde.

The Kebbi Governor said the team is pleased with what they saw on ground countering claims of panic, fears and brewing ethnic crisis in the state.

He commended Makinde, his team, security agencies and community leaders for what he described as a desire to establish peace.

He noted the visiting Governors have also identified the root cause of the crisis, which is the interest of some individuals in the leadership of Shasha market and nothing tribal as being wrongly portrayed in some quarters.

He called on those nursing certain fears of continuous attacks of the residents to report such at the Government House so the Governor can send a team to verify and douse every tension.

“As we speak, we are certain that some people are still afraid and unsure of what will happen but the onus is on us to ensure that we communicate properly so that those who are living in fear either in Ibadan or outside Ibadan in other states, because others in fear of reprisal must know that the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), President Mubammadu Buhari, security agencies are working hard to ensure that we treat things for what they are.

“Incidences are bound to happen, sometimes, they are exploited by miscreants in the society to loot, to steal and cause mayhem and part of what has happened in Ibadan has to do with that, just like we saw during the EndSars riot. But, we are glad that reason is prevailing and people are calming down and encouraging others.

“So, the NGF call on all those who communities, Hausas, Igbos, Yorubas and other tribes who are in fear to send their community leaders to the Government House in Ibadan so that the governor will know if at all there is, so that he can send teams to ensure that those fears are addressed immediately.

“But for the generality of Nigerians, it is important that they know that the street of Ibadan are calm, there are no people chasing each other and people are supporting each other to resume normalcy.

“To those outside Ibadan, particularly, the northern state, we want to say that a regrettable spontaneous incident has happened but it is not a tribal conflict, it is a regrettable conflict and the different communities in Oyo are working and holding each other hands to sort out.

“We are glad that the governor is rendering assistance and we the NGF are going to support him and in fact we have already given a token to support those who are already displeased and we will meet at a wider forum tomorrow and I am sure that more support will be mobilised.

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Aspirant Confirms Receiving Refund From Delegates After Losing Primaries 

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Adam Namadi, son of former Vice President Namadi Sambo, has confirmed receiving a refund from delegates after losing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) House of Representatives ticket for Kaduna North Federal Constituency.

Reports earlier emerged that drama ensued when Namadi who allegedly gave each delegate N2 million and promised to add N1.5 million if given the ticket, asked them to refund the money.

Reacting, in a statement on Wednesday, the former aspirant justified his action, saying “there was nothing dramatic about the request, and it is unfortunate the media has been purporting it as such”.

According to him, there was an agreement between the delegates and stakeholders in the constituency prior to the primary election that those not favoured by the outcome of the election should be refunded.

He said, “Delegates themselves are aware of the directives given by the major stakeholders of the PDP in the Kaduna North constituency, that any sums given to delegates by various aspirants for their support should be returned to those unsuccessful in their primary elections.

“This was done to encourage delegates to vote for the aspirants based on their qualities and not just their perceived spending power and to hold them accountable for the candidates they put forth.

“As a mark of respect for that agreement, some delegates in the Kaduna North constituency started to reach out to the unsuccessful State House of Assembly aspirants whose elections were held before ours, followed by my fellow contender, Shehu Usman ABG and I.

“Therefore, I am not acting in isolation or making any ludicrous demands.

“I take their decision in good faith and will continue to labour with the PDP and do all my best to protect its good fortunes”.

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“Absolute Agony” says Alex Ferguson, As He Presents Manager of the Year Award to Jurgen Klopp

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Sir Alex Ferguson joked that it was “absolute agony” to have to present Jurgen Klopp with the trophy named after him at the League Manager’s Association (LMA) awards last night.

Liverpool boss Klopp was named Manager of the Year after guiding the Reds to League Cup and FA Cup glory, plus second in the Premier League and this weekend’s Champions League final.

Klopp was presented with the Alex Ferguson Trophy by the man himself – who admitted, with tongue in cheek, that doing so was especially painful.

Watch: Ferguson in “agony” as he honours Klopp

Why would that have pained Ferguson?

As manager of Manchester United, Ferguson made them undisputed kings of English football, overtaking Liverpool as the club with the most national league titles – as the Scotsman once put it, knocking them off their perch.

The balance of power has shifted in recent years, however, with Ferguson retiring and Klopp being appointed at Anfield, with the German bringing consistent domestic and European success back to Liverpool.

United have not won the Premier League since 2012-13 – Ferguson’s last season in charge – or any trophy at all in the last five seasons, while Liverpool won the league in 2019-20 and the Champions League the year before.

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Nigeria lauds improved collaboration in AFI Region, signs MoU with Sierra Leone, Rwanda

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MINISTER of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika has commended International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) stressing that it’s leadership stance in collaboration has led member states of the African Indian-Ocean ( AFI) region to pool resources in resolving challenges and enhance safety in the Sub-region.

Sirika made this known at the 7th AFI Aviation Week in Abuja, Nigeria holding from 16th – 20th May where the nation signed Memorandum of Understandings, (MoUs) with Sierra Leone and Rwanda for technical support to enhance safety and security of Civil Aviation in the region.

According to him, ICAO’s leadership has set the bar for Member States to collaborate in resolving challenges particularly in the area of enhancing safety in our Sub-region.

He explained that one of the outcomes of such collaboration is the Comprehensive Regional Implementation Plan for Aviation Safety in Africa, which metamorphosized in the West Africa region into the Banjul Accord Group Aviation Safety Oversight Organization (BAGASOO), in Abuja, which is hosted and substantially funded by Nigeria stating that this organisation has continued to support the Member States in improving their safety oversight capabilities and human resource development.

On the MoUs, Sirika said they will aid to strengthen safety and efficiency of the sector as well as cooperation in the region.

The Aviation Minister stated that, aviation being an enabler and a positive factor for growth, development and robustness of the economy, informed the sector to enter into partnerships with other countries.

From left, Commisioner Banjul Accord Accident Investigation Agency (BAGAIA), Engineer Charles Irikefe Erhueh with Minister of Aviation, Nigeria, Senator Hadi Sirika and Commissioner Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB) Nigeria, Engineer Akin Olateru at the opening ceremony of the 7th AFI Aviation Week in Abuja, Nigeria holding from 16th – 20th May

“This is the only way to continue to make these initiatives relevant and sustainable, while contributing to the strengthening of safety, security and facilitation in the region, bearing in mind that a safe, secure and efficient air transport system is a natural impetus for socio-economic development of the region and a means to support trade and tourism”.

The MoUs were signed by the Nigeria’s Director General, Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority, NCAA, Captain Musa Nuhu and representatives of the two countries at the opening ceremony of the Conference in Abuja.

Explaining further, the NCAA Director General, Captain Nuhu said, the partnership with the two African countries is to assist each other where there are gaps or deficiencies in the system, adding that no civil aviation authorities globally have the capacity to do everything.

The experience of the last two years, Captain Nuhu emphasized has underscored the fact that overcoming challenges and achieving meaningful growth in the industry, can only be done through cooperation, collaboration and co-ordination amongst stakeholders.

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