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Plateau govt reveals how Gov. Lalong survived gang up of elite during election

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Barely three weeks after the incumbent Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, emerged victorious at the polls, the state Commissioner for Information and Communication, Hon. Yakubu Dati, has described the re-election of his principal as a victory against a gang up of elites.

Speaking in an interview with journalists in Jos, the state capital, he stated that the elites had, in the past, been living big on the state’s resources, not bothering if workers were paid salaries or not.

Dati said, “Yes, there was that gang up against Lalong in the election; the gang up was made up of some elites who felt he did well to deny them access to public funds, as it used to be in previous PDP administrations.

“You know in the past, these elites lived big on state resources and they don’t care if civil servants are paid salaries or not.

“Such elites never cared if there are provisions of social infrastructure for the benefit of the entire populace”, he maintained.

Speaking on what endeared the governor to the citizenry and why he was re-elected, the Commissioner said, “In the first place, Governor Lalong is humane, humble and he is a God-fearing man. His kind of humility is unparalleled, his nature is such that does not want to hurt a fly, not to talk of a human being.

“He came with a mindset to be fair to all residents of the state, irrespective of political leaning, ethnic or religious background.

“He is at home with everyone and that personal attributes reflected positively in his style of administration in the last four years.

“The administration that ruled the state before him was the type that did a lot to elevate one tribe above others in their policies and programmes and such ethnic politics caused major divisions among the multi-ethnic population of the state,” he explained.

“But, when Lalong took over, he made it a deliberate policy to eradicate ethnic divisions and tried to bring the people together as equals. He made everyone equal stakeholder in the state and that alone endeared him to the people.

“Secondly, Governor Lalong has kept his electioneering promises to the people. As soon as he took over the mantle of leadership in 2015, he made wide consultations with the people to find out their areas of priorities and at the end he came up with what we called the ‘5-Pillar Policy’ of the administration.

“It is a kind of developmental blueprint that guides the government in addition to the promises he made to the people. That was why, if you take the issue of welfare of the people, for example, Lalong is second to none.

“He did not only make salary payments regular, he also made sure that he cleared backlog of salary arrears. In fact, he came into office when workers were on strike and he promptly promised that he was going to pay the backlog and he has not disappointed them.”

According to Dati, “The payment of salaries alone made the entire state happy, because even those that are not civil servants were happy because those who collect salaries patronise them and money is always in circulation.

“You can imagine a government that releases at least N2.5 billion into the state every month through salary payments. Definitely, it will impact on the economy of the state and petty traders, artisans, farmers usually feel the impact of the money in circulation.

“If you realise the economic impact of one month salary no government can afford to delay salary payments because that salary touches on every aspects of the economy. The local economy has picked up and everybody is pleased with the government.

“Thirdly, Governor Lalong recalled all civil servants that were sacked by the previous administration and those placed on indefinite suspension. He reinstated them and they were paid their arrears.

“The unemployed youths also like Governor Lalong, because they have also benefited from the administration through entrepreneurship training.

“As I speak to you, more than 100,000 Plateau youths benefited from the entrepreneurship programme organised by the Plateau State Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (PLASMEDA), an agency created by the governor himself.

“The beneficiaries of this entrepreneurship programme cut across all the 17 local governments,” he stressed.

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What Buhari should do with Obasanjo’s latest letter – Shehu Sani

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Human rights activist, Senator Shehu Sani has thrown his weight behind Olusegun Obasanjo’s open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari which raised concern over the prevailing security challenges currently bedevilling the country.

The former lawmaker, while appreciating the content of the letter on Tuesday, advised that the President should not use Obasanjo’s letter as a toilet roll, but should rather clip it near the dressing mirror.

Sani tweeted: “The messenger is not surely handsome but the message is a Bell and a compass.

“Obj and Baba knows each other more than anyone knows about them.

DAILY POST had reported yesterday that former president Obasanjo released an open letter to President Buhari where he drew the attention of the setting president on the need to address the numerous security challenges facing the country.

Part of the letter read, “I am very much worried and afraid that we are on the precipice and dangerously reaching a tipping point where it may no longer be possible to hold danger at bay.

“The main issue, if I may dare say, is poor management or mismanagement of diversity which, on the other hand, is of our greatest and most important assets. As a result, very onerous cloud is gathering. And rain of destruction, violence, disaster and disunity can be the outcome.”

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I’m not scared of kidnappers – Senate Deputy Majority Leader speaks on running from constituency

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The Deputy Majority Leader of the Nigerian Senate, Prof. Ajayi Boroffice, has said he visits his hometown, Oka-Akoko in Ondo State regularly while dismissing media report suggesting otherwise as utterly misleading.

Reacting to a media report suggesting that he no longer visit or travel to his constituency, the lawmaker said he has been regular to his hometown in Ondo State now than before.

“The said media report is utterly misleading as it did not reflect the crux, essence and meaning of what I said when I visited the Akure residence of Pa Reuben Fasoranti whose daughter was killed by gunmen.

“The misleading report seems more like offside interpretation and off-key inference.”

Speaking with DAILY POST in Abuja, he said he has scheduled programmes in his home this weekend, while promised to honour all.

“I visited my hometown recently and I will visit my hometown by this weekend and next week to attend scheduled political engagements and community activities”.

“The suggestion that I can no longer travel to my hometown does not represent the truth.”

Meanwhile, it should be noted that when Senator Ajayi Boroffice spoke with reporters in Akure, he emphasized the enormity of security challenges and made reference to a spot near Oba Akoko which is said to be regular operational base of gunmen.

During the engagement with reporters, the senator also said government will find sustainable solutions to the menace.

He called for synergy among security agencies and advised security agencies to work closely with space agencies to ensure accurate mapping of possible locations and hideouts of criminals in Ondo State and Nigeria in general.

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Nigeria Immigration to capture foreign Fulani in migrant e-registration

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Cross River State Comptroller of the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), Barr. James Okey Ezugwu has disclosed that all non Nigerian Fulani will be captured in the current NIS e-registration exercise going on in the 18 local government areas of the State.

Speaking in Calabar during breakfast meeting with newsmen on Monday, he said, “Fulani who are non-Nigerian and other entities who are not Nigerians, but residing in Nigeria will be captured”.

Ezugwu said the Service began e-registration of all migrants in the entire 18 local government areas of Cross River State, explaining that the e-registration was not to find out “Whether the person has a mission or not but to know that he or she is here”.

The Comptroller said the profiling of migrants was even more imperative because Cross River State, being a border state, was a haven for foreigners.

“We are commencing the registration of migrants in all the eighteen local government areas of the state. Every migrant must be captured and profiled so that we can be held responsible. It helps in planning and enhances our productivity, securitywise.

“Cross River State occupies a strategic place when it comes to boundary issues. Our peculiar situation makes it imperative to account for every foreigner in the state,” the Comptroller said.

Ezugwu however said that: “The essence of profiling is not to find out whether he or she (immigrant) has a mission or not, but to know that such person is here. It is not a medium to find out who has overstayed or find out one’s status, but to know where you are.”

He pointed out that there were two categories of immigrants: those who were required to register and those who were exempted from registering.

“There are two categories of immigrants: those who are expected to register and those who are exempted from registration. Those who are to register include visitors staying for more than ninety days; residents who are non-Nigerians and ECOWAS Nationals.

“Those who are exempted are: persons under the age of 18; persons enjoying diplomatic immunity and immigrants staying in Nigeria for less than ninety days,” he said.

Ezugwu maintained that registration was free and appealed to landlords in the state to assist in identifying foreigners living in their houses in order for the registration to succeed.

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