October 7, 2022

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Ahead of the forthcoming 2023 presidential election, the Chief Executive Officer of NOI Polls, Dr Chike Nwangwu, yesterday, revealed that 74percent of Nigerians no longer feel safe living in the country.
Chike disclosed this while speaking with journalists during a public presentation of a survey on ‘Crime, Security and Kidnapping in Nigeria’.
“One of the key things from the survey is that a lot of Nigerians do not feel Nigeria is safe. If I am going to put the number is it about 74percent of Nigerians? These are very concerning numbers; we feel that this topic is important for us to put on the news right now.
“As we are in an election period, presidential candidates should tell us what they will be doing to address the issue of insecurity.
“This was a nationwide survey done by face-face interviews. The poll represents the view of adult Nigerians. We spoke to about 1,600 Nigerians on their perceptions about insecurity”, he stated.
Meanwhile, a security expert, Dr Kabiru Adamu, explained that efforts by the Federal Government in tackling insecurity in Nigeria are not yielding enough results as the menace seems to have heightened ahead of the forthcoming general election.
“What the survey did was to challenge or reinforce some of the narratives that exist. Policymakers genuinely interested in addressing the insecurity challenge will find the report handy”.
Speaking on the impact of the insecurity survey on the forthcoming election, he said, “It is not an option, We should have an election, it will help to reinforce our democracy. Anything that will affect the free flow of democracy should not be affected. I don’t think the issue of not conducting should come up. What we should focus on is the integrity of the election, here with the electoral law, this is possible. I am not in doubt about the certainty of the election.
“The question of enough and not enough is dependent on the outcome, I think the government has given priority to security, unfortunately, the results are not meeting the yearnings and aspirations of Nigeria”, he stated.
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Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has warned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) about the calamitous consequence of injustice against his Rivers State counterpart, Chief Nyesom Wike.
He blamed the leadership of the party for mismanagement of the presidential convention and non-resolution of the primary crisis.
Ortom told Benue PDP stakeholders at the Government House in Makurdi, the state capital, that it was dangerous for the party to think that it can dismiss Wike with the wave of hand.
The governor said Wike had suffered injustice in the party, insisting that the injustice should be addressed.
Ortom said: “The idea of dismissing people in politics that they do not matter is dangerous, because a single vote counts in politics.
“Injustice has been meted to Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, and it must be addressed. Justice must be served him.
“Wike stood and supported the party and he should be given due attention.”
Ortom said the leadership of the party has failed to deploy its internal mechanism and conflict management skills in handling the crisis.
He added: “There is injustice that has been meted to my friend, Wike, because he stood for the party and supported it to the end.
“The leadership of the party should do the needful to resolve the problem and not to shove people around as though they are not relevant. Everyone is relevant and one vote can make you fail election.
“So, the leadership at the national level should do more. Politics is interest, and what is the interest of our state and our people? What do I tell my people in Benue?”
Ortom cautioned the party against relegating any member, saying: “If you dismiss us that you don’t need us, I believe that will be dangerous. I want the party to address the injustices so that as we move into election, we will work together and we will have no crisis.”
The governor said the stakeholders’ meeting was organised to discuss the formation of the campaign council.
Ortom, who noted that the All Progressives Congress (APC) had been demarketed in Benue, pointed out that PDP has 26 of 30 House of Assembly seats in the state.
He urged PDP members to keep faith with the party to win victory.
Ortom appealed to aggrieved members to sheathe their swords.
He said: “PDP in Benue is united. All blackmail should cease in the state. Crisis is not in Benue but at the national level.”
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, has urged state Houses of Assembly to consider and pass bills transmitted to them by the National Assembly in the ongoing review of the 1999 Constitution.
Gbajabiamila made the appeal in his remarks at the opening of plenary, yesterday, after the National Assembly returned from its two-month annual break.
To amend a clause in the Constitution (two-third or four-fifth) majority of each of the Senate and the House has to approve the amendment after which it will be transmitted to the state Houses of Assembly, where two-third or 24 of the 36 of them have to concur.
The National Assembly had on March 1, 2022, voted on the 68 amendments recommended by the Joint Senate and House of Representatives’ Special Ad-Hoc Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution.
The bills are seeking to amend various parts of the 1999 Constitution.
The National Assembly had on March 29, 2022, transmitted 44 Constitution alteration bills passed by it to the 36 state Houses of Assembly for concurrence.
The Clerk to the National Assembly, Mr Amos Ojo, distributed the copies of the bills to clerks of the state Assemblies at a transmission ceremony in Abuja.
Yesterday, Gbajabiamila pointed out that the lawmakers owe Nigerians a Constitution that they (citizens) can identify with and call their own.
He said, “The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria begins with the words ‘we the people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, having firmly and solemnly resolved’. In this 9th Assembly, we pledged to effect changes to the constitution that will give full effect to our people’s aspirations and help achieve our nation’s highest ideals.
“We promised a Constitution that reflects the future we desire and the potential we aspire to rather than the past from which we emerged. To that end, we considered and passed substantive amendments, which we forwarded to the state legislatures as required by the Constitution.
“Much of what we hope to become as a nation will remain elusive until we have a genuinely democratic constitution. We need a Constitution that addresses once and for all the unsettled questions that continue to divide us, distract from nation-building and hinder our hopes for a more perfect union.
“Therefore, I appeal to our colleagues in the state parliaments and to all the relevant authorities in the states to expedite action on these constitutional amendment bills under the leadership of the Deputy Speaker (Ahmed Wase). We owe it to the Nigerian people to deliver a Constitution that speaks to our future and, most importantly, comes from and belongs to ‘we the people.’”
Gbajabiamila had on June 14, 2022, warned that politicking towards the 2023 general election might frustrate the ongoing review of the 1999 Constitution.
He, therefore, urged state parliaments to accelerate consideration and passage of the amendment bills transmitted to them by the National Assembly.
He had said, “The Constitution amendment process is still ongoing. We have already sent several constitutional amendment bills to the State Houses of Assembly for consideration. While we cannot dictate the pace of activities in the state legislatures, we must consider the possibility that these proposals are at risk of being forgotten amidst the heightened politicking across the country.
“Therefore, to the extent that we can, there may be a need to coordinate interactions with the state legislatures to ensure timely consideration of the bills. The leadership of the House of Representatives will examine the options we have in this regard and take a decision shortly.”
Similarly, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, has said the parliament is committed to doing everything possible to end the lingering crisis between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Already, Gbajabiamila had summoned a stakeholders’ meeting to resolve the crisis that had led to lecturers shutting down the universities for over seven months.
The speaker had invited the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed; Minister of Labour, Employment and Productivity, Chris Ngige; Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu; the national leadership of ASUU and other critical stakeholders.
Gbajabiamila, in his remarks at the opening of plenary, yesterday, after the National Assembly returned from its two-month annual break, pointed out that the lawmakers owe the intervention to Nigerian youths and Nigeria’s future.
He said, “It has become necessary for the House to intervene in the extended face-off between the Academic Staff Union of Universities and the Federal Government. This current impasse is due primarily to disagreements over conditions of service of the staff and funding of universities in general.
“Therefore, this afternoon, alongside the leadership of the House and the relevant committees, I will meet with representatives of the ASUU. Our agenda is to explore whatever options there are for parliament to help resolve the present crises so that our children can return to school.
“It is long established that access to education, more than anything else, is key to unlocking prosperity and improving social mobility outcomes in any society. And we all agree that the government has a role in ensuring that our nation’s young people get a quality education that allows them to compete and thrive in the 21st-Century knowledge economy.
“Yet, evidence abounds that the current framework of government-sponsored tertiary education is no longer working as it should and hasn’t worked for a long time. Our immediate goal is to do everything to get our children back to school. However, the time has also come to begin a candid assessment of the current system and to consider all available options for complete reform. We owe this to our children and to our nation’s future.”
Meanwhile, the stakeholders’ meeting called by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, over the lingering face-off between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities has commenced.
The meeting started about 3:45pm, yesterday.
Gbajabiamila had summoned a stakeholders’ meeting for 3pm to resolve the crisis that had led to lecturers shutting down the universities for over seven months.
The speaker had invited the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed; Minister of Labour, Employment and Productivity, Chris Ngige; Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu; the national leadership of ASUU and other critical stakeholders.
The leadership of the House and ASUU were in attendance, while the ministers of finance and labour were absent.
The Minister of State for Education, Goodluck Opiah, and a representative of the labour ministry were, however, in attendance.
Gbajabiamila, however, said the meeting would go behind closed doors after the opening remarks by the stakeholders.
The Rivers State Government has announced the closure of a section of the popular Ikwerre Road in the state capital.
A statement signed by the state Commissioner for Works, Dr Dax Alabo George-Kelly, yesterday, in Port Harcourt, said the closure of traffic on the ever-busy road would enable the commencement of construction work on the 11th flyover project.
The statement read, “Rivers State Ministry of Works wishes to inform the general public that parts of Ikwerre Road by Rumuola Junction will be closed to traffic from Friday, the 23rd of September, 2022, to enable the contractor commence construction works on Flyover 11 at Rumuokwuta/Rumuola Junction.
“The ministry, therefore, appeals to road users to kindly follow the traffic diversions listed below: From Rumuola Road, divert through Psychiatric Hospital Road to Rumuigbo Junction.
“U-turn at Rumuola Road by Ebony Junction.
“From Rumuokoro axis, divert through Psychiatric Hospital Road and Obi Wali Road, respectively.
“From Wimpy Junction, divert through Wike Road or Oroazi and Ebony Roads, respectively.
“U-turn at Kala back to Wimpy.
“We regret the inconvenience this will cause road users”, the statement indicated.
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