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June 12: CDD lists issues Buhari must prioritize

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD-West Africa) on Wednesday said Nigerians want President Mohammadu Buhari to focus on job creation, economy and security in his second tenure.

Director, CDD-West Africa, Ms Idayat Hassan said that the group recently released the 2019 Buharimeter Survey report, a survey that shows the achievement of Buhari’s first tenure.

Hassan said that the report among other findings identified job creation, economy, security and poverty alleviation as the most important policy priorities that Nigerians want the new administration to address, NAN reports.

“Overall, the two broad themes seeking critical attention from public opinion are-the revamping of the country’s economy and improving the state of security.

“The past surveys by CDD appraised the performance of Buhari’s administration and track achievements against campaign promises.

“However, this latest survey, which marks the 4th in the series of annual perception surveys by the centre, sought to provide the government with a Citizens’ Road Map of key policy priorities that Nigerians expect the president and his administration to address over the next four years,” she said.

Hassan said that the survey was conducted on behalf of CDD by Africa Polling Institute (API), and a total of 5,019 citizens above 18 years were interviewed from a nationally representative sample covering the 36 states and the FCT.

Hassan said the survey showed that about 52 per cent of Nigerians want improvement on the economy, 37 per cent say they want security while four per cent said they want fight against corruption.

She said that the leading and most prevalent security challenge affecting Nigerians is kidnapping, followed by Boko Haram and other insurgencies like cultism, political thuggery, hooliganism and terrorism among others .

She said that while most attention is currently focused on insurgency, it is very clear from the findings that Nigerians are besieged by a multifaceted security crisis.

Hassan the survey also sought policy recommendations to tackle those issues from survey respondents and experts in the areas of economy and security.

“On the issue of job creation, the top recommendations elicited by survey respondents require the government to pursue a youth-sensitive job creation programme, stimulate industrial expansion through both local investments and foreign direct investments.

She said that they also want him to take steps to revive companies that closed down during the recent recession.

She said that they recommended urgent steps to overhaul the education system in order to make it more responsive to the needs of industry and improve the quantity and quality of the workforce being pushed into the labour markets every year.

Hassan said to tackle the security challenges, experts recommended that government should come up with a clearly defined national security strategy that is both comprehensive and effective in responding to the country’s security challenges

She said that there is need for the president to urgently formulate and implement comprehensive reform of the security and rule of law sectors.

She said that this needed to be complemented by Constitutional and administrative reforms that would guarantee citizens’ rights, curb corruption, improve transparency and accountability, and enhance service delivery.

She said that they recommended to the president to establish an intelligence-led security infrastructure with a more responsive security system that involved redeployment of all security personnel into smaller bases.

This, she said is so that every area in the regions could be reached within a short time and by using drones to provide 24hours sky level coverage of trouble spots and regions.

She said there is also need to develop security teams that would recruit ordinary people in each Local Government Area (LGA)in the regions equipped with an analogue phone, whose charge can last weeks, with pre-programmed numbers to call.

She said that the human agents will become a key part of an early warning system that will alert the control room of a problem in their area or of the presence of attackers.

Hassan said that Nigerians would like Buhari to leave behind good governance, good leadership and fulfillment of promises made and a strong economy.

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Kogi guber: Abubakar Audu’s son joins race, blasts Yahaya Bello’s govt

Late Prince Abubakar Audu’s son, Mona Mustapha Audu, has thrown his hat into the ring for the November gubernatorial election in Kogi State, pledging that he would sustain the political ideals of his father which focused on infrastructural and human capital development.

Speaking in Abuja on Wednesday on his ambition to govern Kogi State, Audu, who is contesting the governorship under the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), stated that poverty and underdevelopment have become a brand in Kogi State for almost four years.

According to him, his father has always been prudent with the state resources hence was able to address poverty and underdevelopment, adding that he would toe the same path.

“I am in politics to address the challenges of poverty and underdevelopment.

“Today, workers are owed several months of salaries; some are committing suicide, children are out of school.

“There is gross infrastructural decay, there is poverty everywhere. This shouldn’t be because of the abundant human and natural resources available in our state.

“Some of us have taken up the challenge to get Kogi State working again. We are going to restore the pride of our people.

“We want to provide qualitative healthcare system, quality education and develop other critical infrastructure for the comfort of our people. That is why we have come; I will build on the legacies of my late father,” he insisted.

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How ASUP reacted to Buhari’s assent of Polytechnic Amendment Bill

The Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) on Wednesday lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the Polytechnic Act Amendment Bill into law.

It’s National President, Mr Usman Dutse, spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Wednesday, while reacting to the signing of the bill into law by the president.

Dutse said the union was happy that the bill was finally signed, hoping that all agencies concerned would commence its implementation immediately.

He said the law when implemented, would bring development into the system, minimise internal challenges and conflicts in the sector and also increase efficiency in operations.

Dutse said the law would also minimise government’s interference and improve democracy in the sector and industrial harmony.

“We are happy that finally, the bill has been signed; and we thank God Almighty for this great feat we have recorded in the sector.

“The law is a paradigm shift in the polytechnic sector; it will address many challenges bedevilling the sector.

“We appreciate President Buhari for assenting to the bill because we made series of efforts in the sixth and seventh assembly, but all the efforts ended without any result.

“We thank God that this time, we were able to achieve something, and we believe it will be a paradigm shift in the sector.

“The law will bring development into the system, minimise internal challenges and conflict in the sector; it will bring about increase efficiency in operations, minimise government interference and improve democracy in the sector

“I want to encourage all stakeholders to implement the law. We are calling on all the agencies to immediately commence implementation.

“We are appealing to all the agencies concern to do the needful without further delay,” he said.

Dutse urged the Federal Government to also continue with the efforts and give more attention to the sector.

He said that the Polytechnic Act was just one of the many agitations and demands of the sector, urging the government to meet other demands.

“We are calling on the government, to without further delay, release the approved funds for the NEEDS assessment in all polytechnics, so that with the review of the law, everything will be complemented.

“The NEEDS assessment is to ensure a sustained and effective intervention in the infrastructure and other needs of our institutions, and it is long overdue.

“A good law without good infrastructure in the polytechnic will not yield the desired result; so we want government to improve infrastructure facilities in the sector.

“We also want government to meet all other demands which include reviewing the Memorandum of Action, release of the revitalisation fund, non-payment of salaries by some state governments, payment of CONTISS 15 arrears and HND/BSc dichotomy, among others,” he said.

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Anthony Joshua’s rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr to be confirmed next week

Boxing promoter, Eddie Hearn, has disclosed that Anthony Joshua will finalise a rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr next week.

Joshua’s world heavyweight title reign and unbeaten record were ended by a stunning defeat to Ruiz Jr in New York earlier this month and Hearn has activated a clause to enforce an immediate second fight.

A number of British venues, including the Wembley Stadium, are being considered for a date in November or December.

But Hearn has revealed that Joshua is still open to the idea of staging the return bout at the scene of his first defeat – Maddison Square Garden.

“The job over the next week is just to finalise the details now of just where and when that will be.

“I can’t tell you too much, just because I don’t know other than, between November 16 and December 14 will be the date of the fight. We’ve had offers from five different countries to stage the fight. For me, it’s a straight decision between the UK or America.

“In the UK, we’re talking to Cardiff, to Wembley, to Tottenham and in America, we’ve had a couple of approaches, but our preference is Madison Square Garden.

“A sensible man would say ‘Do it in the UK’.

“Anthony feels as though it would be special to rewrite history and get the win at Madison Square Garden. It’s really not about the money so much, it’s just about where we believe this fight should take place and those decisions will be made in the next week,” Hearn told Sky Sports News.

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