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APC team lauds Yahaya Bello’s giant strides in basic education infrastructure

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) Media Team of FGN/UBE Project Inspection, has commended Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi for his unprecedented achievements in basic education infrastructural development across the 21 local governments areas of the state.

The Team Lead, Dr. Tom Ohikere, gave the commendation when he led the team on courtesy visit to the office of Kogi Deputy Governor, Mr Edward Onoja, on Friday in Lokoja.

Ohikere, who is also the Publisher of APC News Online, and former Kogi Commissioner for Information, said the team was on a fact-finding mission to ascertain the level of progress in the area of infrastructural investment in basic education in the various APC-Controlled States.

He said the aim of the visit was to inspect FGN/UBE projects in the state, to authenticate the claims of UBEC and SUBEB on Project execution.

He added that the inspection would help to publicise the relentless efforts of the APC-led administration in making quality education available and affordable for every child across the country through universal basic education programme.

He, therefore, commended Bello for sustaining basic education in Kogi, describing his achievements in the execution of FGN/UBEC infrastructural projects in the state as ‘unprecedented’.

Ohikere further eulogised the governor for massive construction and reconstruction of infrastructures, and the quality and quantity of the job done across the state.

He stressed that the state was on a beautiful track of repositioning universal basic education for all natives and residents, and expressed satisfaction that all Federal Government direct intervention project in Kogi had attained 100 per cent completion.

He, however urged the State Government to provide land to the Federal Government for the construction of Model Smart School comprising pre-primary, primary, junior secondary and an Ultra model ICT complex.

In his response, the deputy governor, restated the determination of the governor to develop and make Kogi, a hub for thriving investment, businesses and guaranteeing sustainable future for the citizenry.

Onoja stressed that nothing could be built into a secured future without the provision of sustainable education.

He reassured that the state under the leadership of Gov. Yahaya Bello, was not only making successes in education sector, but had also made the State a no go area for bandits, kidnappers, terrorists, and other criminal elements.

According to him, the governor’s efforts and determination to improve quality of learning and teaching at the basic education level had made Kogi most secured in the country, thus laying the foundation for other development to thrive.

Onoja reiterated the assurance of the governor to increase budgetary allocation to the education sector to over 25 per cent in the 2022 budget.

He assured the provision of vast land in the three senatorial districts of the state for the establishment of Model Smart Schools, as well as the provision of furniture and quality teaching aides in identified schools observed during the monitoring.

The state’s Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Mr Wemi Jones, said the governor remained committed to the development and advancement of education across all facets in the state.

He added that the governor had given the ministry a marching order to immediately commence the process of recruiting and retraining the best teachers,

”The governor quite appreciate human resources, and before the end of this year the first set of qualified professional teachers would be recruited which will be in phases, because the need assessment has been done”.

On his part, the Chairman, Kogi State State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), Mr. Suleiman Ndalaye, said the present administration had built and rehabilitated several schools, equipped with furniture, VIP toilets, ICT laboratories, water facilities, and sporting arenas across the state.

The highlights of the visit was the presentation of a Letter of Attestation to the governor by the team, for his tremendous efforts and achievements in sustaining Universal Basic Education in the State.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), reports that the APC media team arrived  in Kogi on Wednesday, to monitor the FGN/UBEC projects executed across the state.

NAN reports that the local government visited included: Lokoja, Kabba/Bunu, Ijumu, Okene, and Adavi Local Governments Areas, among others. (NAN)

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2023 General Elections: No aspirants ‘ll leave APC after primaries, says APC Chair, Adamu

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The National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Abdullahi Adamu has assured that no aspirants will leave the party after the party’s primaries, which are now slated for May 26th through 30th.

Adamu stated that the ruling APC does not only want to win but also wants to win big in 2023.

He made the assurance on Saturday  while addressing a group of party members in the diaspora at a global virtual town hall session on “Intra-Party democracy for the Emergence of Best Candidates.”

The programme, themed, “Democracy in Nigeria: Mobilizing Global Support for Progressives and Continuity,” was organized under the auspices of the APC Ward-to-ward Diaspora Network in collaboration with the APC Ward-to-ward Ambassadors.

The Chairman said, “Directly I want to tell you that after the primaries, non of the contestants of aspirants will leave the party.

You can see unlike the other parties extending weight, in our party all our aspirants are calm. Everybody is going left and right, trying to win votes for themselves.

Adamu, who was represented as a Special Assistant,  Prof. Abdullahi Yau, added, “I can assure you this is the most interesting part; the number of people that are contesting and they are going to give everybody a playing level ground where you can exercise your right as a Nigerian to contest.

“And at the end of the exercise,  just as what happened in the National convention, you see that everybody will be satisfied with whoever that emerges from the primaries.”

He said, “Unless you have a process that is not well coordinated, a process that is marred by irregularities that’s when people will be aggrieved and would want to leave the party.

If you’re allowed to exercise your right and you think there’s fairness in what’s going on in the party and you lose, I don’t think you would want to leave the party.

“I assure you even if we are going to have such a scenario, where we are going to have aggrieved members after the primaries, the Chairman and stakeholders of the party will ensure they reconcile everybody after the primaries,” he added.

He, however, said all aspirants would be listened to by a high-power delegation of the committee if there’s a tangible reason why they are complaining after the party’s primaries.

 

 

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Osun 2022: Oyetola Campaign Council appreciates Ooni, Ife monarchs, residents for massive turnout

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The Campaign Council of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the July 16 governorship election in Osun has expressed profound gratitude to Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, other Ife traditional rulers and the entire residents of the ancient town and its environs for trooping out en masse to receive Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, leaders and members of the party.
Recall that Governor Oyetola, on Thursday, flagged off his re-election campaign in Ile-Ife where he and his campaign team were received with open arms by the monarchs and residents of the town.
In a statement signed by its Director-General, Senator Ajibola Basiru, the Campaign Council thanked, specifically the market women and men, artisans, Ibira, Igbo and Hausa communities for their show of love which was demonstrated in action when the Governor and his entourage visited the Ooni’s palace yesterday.
The Campaign Council described the massive turnout of the people to the campaign venue as a testament to the undiluted love and passion they have for Governor Oyetola and the ruling APC.
According to the Council, the peaceful atmosphere experienced throughout the period that the visit to the palace and campaign venue lasted, coupled with the noble conduct on the part of the crowd at the rally were clear testimony to the fact that APC remains a rancour-free, peace-loving and model party.
“On behalf of the leadership and members of the APC Campaign Council of our candidate in the next Osun guber poll, Mr  Adegboyega Oyetola, I appreciate our revered monarch, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, other members of Ife traditional council, market women/men, artisans, Ibira community, Igbo community and Hausa community for receiving us warmly.
“The large turnout is an indication of the love and passion that the people have for us, and a show of appreciation of the modest achievements that God had used us to achieve.
“We appeal to you all to continue to support the Governor and translate your presence to massive votes for our party—the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the next governorship election in the State”, the statement reads.
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Osun not for sale to highest bidder, Oyetola campaign council replies Adeleke, PDP

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...warns him not to overheat polity 

The Adegboyega Oyetola Campaign Council has described as absurd, unthinkable and totally unacceptable the boast by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governorship candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke that he had acquired enough money in hard currencies to buy Osun and its people for the July 16 Governorship contest.

In a statement signed by its Director-General, Senator Ajibola Bashiru, the Campaign Council declared that Osun was not for sale to the highest bidder, just as it noted that on daily basis, the PDP candidate is proving to the Osun electorate that he had nothing to offer.

Senator Ademola, the PDP candidate had over the weekend during the party’s Osun Central Campaign rally, said “Osun people, you are the ones to decide. If it is about money, I have enough. I came with plenty money (hitting his pocket with his right hand). And it is not only naira, I came with dollars, pounds and Euro. This time around in Osun, it is fire for fire.”

Reacting to Ademola’s comment, the Oyetola Campaign Council said: “Osun people are not gullible. We have left them in no doubt of the quality our party, the APC and our Administration are made of, including the capacity of our candidate to deliver in the past three and half years. We have proved through our inclusive governance strategy that our people are our strength and that we do not take them for granted and we will never take them for granted. This explains why in spite of the way the 2018 election went, our administration began infrastructure intervention from Ede, the hometown of the PDP candidate.

“Osun people are enlightened, they Know that the State and its citizens are not up for sale to the highest bidder. Therefore, the PDP candidate should keep his money. Or better still, he could deploy those resources to establish industries to provide jobs for the people. This way, he will also be supporting the present Administration’s noticeable efforts in the last three and half years to industrialise the State and change its narrative as a Civil Service State, to one bubbling with economic activities.

“It is on record that the Oyetola-led administration has since inception taken concrete steps to open up the State for investments, and has been able to attract a number of investments into Osun, contributing to the economic growth of the State.

“We assure the PDP candidate that, like the Administration did to other players in the private sector, we will provide a level playing ground for his business to thrive and ensure Osun and its people derive maximum benefit from the investment.

The Campaign Council also cautioned Adeleke against overheating the polity with his incendiary comments and violent tendencies, wondering what he meant by saying ‘it’s fire for fire this time around’.

“As a responsible party, we urge Senator Adeleke and his party to embrace peaceful conduct and decorum in their political engagements and electioneering. We must avoid any comment or action that can jeopardise the peace and stability of our State,” the dded.

 

 

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