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June 12: CDD lists issues Buhari must prioritize

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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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Chelsea vs Liverpool: Lampard reveals how he stopped Hudson-Odoi from leaving

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Chelsea manager, Frank Lampard, has revealed that one of his priorities after replacing Maurizio Sarri, was to make Callum Hudson-Odoi aware of his first-team plans.

The 18-year-old wanted to leave in the January transfer window and Bayern Munich had multiple offers rejected for the winger.

Hudson-Odoi’s deal was due to expire at the end of the season, but he has now ended speculation over his future by signing a new five-year contract.

“I spoke to Callum in pre-season in Dublin.

“Pretty much as soon as I got the job I made contact with him to make him aware I want him to be part of the plans.

“He’s a young lad who has come through the academy here, club’s worked hard with him, he’s worked hard to get one foot in the first team, for me it just feel it was what everybody wanted.

“It was away from me slightly in terms of the club will deal with the contract in itself but I made it clear I want him at the club because I believe in his talent.

“I also know that a five-year contract is signed the hard work really starts for him.

“He’s got everything in front of him. We know the talent he has, I think there is a lot more and it’s pure hard work that will get him there.

“A lot of the talk [about Hudson-Odoi leaving] was before me, a lot of that talk was from last season and I only saw it from the outside.

“The only conversations I had were were not persuasion, they were just how I see it at the club.

“Hopefully he can look at the other younger players getting their opportunities, which are not just handed on a plate, they are handed because they deserved them because they worked so hard in pre-season when you talk about Tammy [Abraham], Mason [Mount] and Fikayo [Tomori].

“There’s a nice thing for him to see and hopefully he’ll be hungry for and now it’s signed and sealed we can put that to bed and get to work,” Lampard told the media ahead of Sunday’s fixture against Liverpool.

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Ogun Speaker, Oluomo wins at tribunal

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The election petition tribunal, headed by Justice Adenike Coker, today upheld the election of the Speaker of Ogun State House Assembly, Hon. Olakunle Oluomo, as the lawmaker representing Ifo Constituency 1.

Sitting in Abeokuta, the three-member tribunal held that the evidence submitted by the petitioner, Mr Wemimo Owolabi, of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) was insufficient to nullify the election of Oluomo, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Reacting, the Speaker appreciated the Judiciary for being the hope of the common man.

He assured that the tribunal judgement would further spur him into more performance at the helms of the state legislature.

Prince Oluomo emphasised, “that the people of Ifo-1 Constituency deserved good representation at the state Assembly, promising not to betray the trust and love reposed in him.”

He, however, called on all aggrieved parties to put their grievances behind them and pitch their tents with him in a bid to ensure good representation and governance.

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Wike, PDP govs hold closed-door meeting in Rivers

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Six governors on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) on Friday night met with Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike at the Government House, Port Harcourt.

The meeting had in attendance: Adamawa State Governor, Umaru Fintiri, Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha, Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde,Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, Sokoto State Governor, Amimu Tambuwal and Zamfara State Governor, Mohammed Mattawale.

The Governors arrived the Rivers State Government House at about 6pm and proceeded to the official residence of Governor Wike where they held a closed- door meeting with the Rivers State Governor.

The agenda is still unknown as at press time.

Simeon Nwakaudu, Wike’s spokesman, who confirmed, also did not provide details.

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