Connect with us

Uncategorized

Tinubu tasks council chiefs on service, accountability

Oyo has no master plan, says Ajimobi
COUNCIL chairmen, councillors and other key government officials in Lagos State were yesterday charged on the need to serve the people. They were also asked to ensure accountability and embrace reforms to remain re…

Published

on

Bola-Tinubu_copyOyo has no master plan, says Ajimobi

COUNCIL chairmen, councillors and other key government officials in Lagos State were yesterday charged on the need to serve the people. They were also asked to ensure accountability and embrace reforms to remain relevant in the polity.                 

The admonition came from the National Leader of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and former Lagos State Governor Bola Tinubu, gave this advice at the opening of a three-day retreat on setting the agenda for council reforms yesterday at the Events Centre, Ikeja.    

Meanwhile, the Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi, has lamented the absence of a masterplan for the state over the years, saying this had slowed down the pace of development in the state.

The governor, who spoke during his investiture as the patron of the Jericho Businessmen’s Club at Premier Hotel, Ibadan at the weekend, said that it was unfortunate that Oyo, which was regarded as the pacesetter state, had been without any integrated development plan since its creation.

Tinubu said: “As local government chairmen, you must think great and come up with bright ideas to make local government administration successful.  Do not think of brick and mortar alone; but conceive ideas that will bring about transformation.”

He also urged the Federal Government to respect the constitution.

“Federalism is about two-tiers of government. And the framers of our constitution were clear in their minds about local government being a grassroots system closest to the people and went forth to set out duties and responsibility,” he said.                

Tinubu demanded for a new revenue allocation formula consistent with federal principles: “We need to dismantle the unitary system that that we have in place now.               

Let us practise true federalism and remove the hands of the federal government from our pockets. The Federal government has been pick-pocketing the states and local governments.”

Governor Babatunde Fashola at the event declared ACN as the fastest growing party in Nigeria and praised Tinubu  for being a  the visionary leader and doggedly fighting for the creation of more councils in Lagos to bring development closer to the people.

Fashola described the establishment of more local governments as the democratization of the opportunity to serve.                 

He charged the chairmen:  “You must use this to democratize opportunities and good governance

Ajimobi also pointed out that the state lacked an industrial park that would have made it one of the industrial hubs of Nigeria.

Consequently, He promised that his administration would establish a new town development with a view to creating new towns out of the existing ones that would further project the good image of the state and showcase its potential.               

The governor also enjoined social and philanthropic organisations within and outside the state to partner with his administration in its efforts at ensuring rapid development of the state through the implementation of people-oriented programmes.

Uncategorized

Man United and Arsenal Go Head To Head In The Premier League on DStv

Published

on

It’s another big weekend for Manchester United as they face Arsenal in the English Premier League on Sunday November 1, 2020.

Still battling with a wobbly start to the new season, the Red Devils will be looking forward to ending their home games woes as they face the Gunners at the Old Trafford in the Super Sunday match.

United head into the match under intense pressure to regain fans’ confidence and get its Premier League campaign on track after an unimpressive home run. They have won their last 10 away games in all competitions but none of their last five at home.

It is United’s worst start to a season at Old Trafford in the last 48 years.

The once dreaded Old Trafford where opponents visit with their hearts in their mouths is fast becoming a common ground after United suffered 3-1 loss to Crystal Palace, 6-1 to Tottenham and refused to score a goal against the Blues last weekend. It is left to be seen whether Arsenal will come close to repeating the 6-1 plummeting of United by its North London rivals.

Despite losing 1-0 to Leicester City on Monday night, the Gunners boss, Mikel Arteta, will be boosted by the fact that his side has a head to head advantage over United in their last three encounters.

The head to head record appears to favour Arsenal having won two and drawn one of the duo's last three league meetings while United’s last win against Arsenal was in the FA Cup in 2019.

Arsenal presently at 10th place on nine points travel to Old Trafford on Sunday without Gabriel Martinelli, Pablo Mari, Rob Holding, Calum Chambers have all been ruled out with injury. David Luiz who picked up a muscular injury against Leicester is also unsure for the game yet.

United with seven points sits at 15th place will also be without Anthony Martial still serving his domestic suspension, while Eric Bailly, Jesse Lingard and Phil Jones are all ruled out with injury.

While we look forward to the epic battle at Old Trafford this weekend live on DStv, we cannot lose sight of matches from the 18 other Premier League clubs that will all be in action this weekend. The games will also be live on
SuperSport Premier League for all DStv customers.

Continue Reading

Uncategorized

Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

Published

on

Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew
Kwara Governor, Abdulrazaq Declares 24-hour Curfew

Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq

Following the outbreak of violence in some quarters of the State, Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara State has declared a 24-hour Curfew on the state starting on Saturday.

Governor Abdulrazaq made this known in a statewide broadcast on Friday night.

Recall that on Friday some residents of Ilorin, the Kwara State capital stormed the warehouses where the government stored COVID-19 palliatives expected to be distributed to citizens.

Also Read: BREAKING: Lagos Government Relaxes Curfew

The warehouses, located at the cargo warehouse of the International airport in Ilorin as well as the agro-mall located in the Sango area of the state were totally ransacked as residents struggled to pack as much food items as they could.

Abdulrazaq said, “Lives are being threatened. Businesses are being looted. Public properties have been targeted. This is unacceptable. It is not who we are.

“To curb these acts of criminalities, I hereby declare a 24-hour curfew in Ilorin metropolis from midnight today October 23rd, 2020. This is in line with Sections 1, 2, and 4 of the Public Order Act Chapter 382 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004.

“People are urged to stay indoors in compliance with this curfew. This will be reviewed as we watch developments.

“Our observation is that what has happened today is not a protest, it cannot be defended under any guide, it was a pure act of criminality as some people are hiding under the guise of nationwide protest.”

Continue Reading

Uncategorized

Lagos Policemen Brutalise PUNCH Journalists For Covering #EndSARS Protest

Published

on

Lagos Policemen Brutalise PUNCH Journalists For Covering #EndSARS Protest

Two PUNCH journalists, Femi Dawodu and Segun Odunayo, were on Wednesday brutalised by policemen guarding the Lagos State House of Assembly in Ikeja.

The duo had gone to cover events around the Alausa area, a major demonstration ground of the #EndSARS protesters calling for a total overhaul of the Nigeria Police Force.

According to the PUNCH, both Odunayo and Dawodu were recording a live video of activities in the area when the policemen accosted them and ordered them to stop the recording.

After showing the policemen their identity cards, indicating that they are journalists covering #EndSARS protests and monitoring compliance with the government-imposed curfew, the policemen became annoyed and pounced on them.

Odunayo said the policemen tortured them for four hours, adding that they stripped them of their clothes, laid them on the floor, beat them with a stick and guns, and took a video recording of them while torturing them at the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Odunayo said, “Femi and I were at the Secretariat in Alausa around 7 am and were doing a live video of the activities going on in the area. We were heading back to the expressway when a group of armed policemen accosted us at the Lagos State House of Assembly roundabout and immediately collected our phones. We showed them our ID cards, but they refused to let us go.

“What got the policemen annoyed was that we saw them using a stick and a rubber to beat a young man, and during the live video, they heard me saying that they were beating someone. So, after they arrested us, they tortured us and demanded that we should do another live video denying the statement, but we refused.

“Each Time we refused, they slapped us, used a stick to beat us, used the butt of their guns to hit our heads and bodies after stripping us of our clothes. All they wanted was for us to do another live broadcast to claim that we lied and we didn’t because we told the truth.”

Dawodu said it took the intervention of the state Police Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi before they were released at the Alausa Police Station, adding that before their release, the policemen took their details, including their addresses, took a video record of them and threatened to go after them if any negative report was published about what happened.

He said, “The policemen were transferring the aggression of what is happening regarding the #EndSARS protest on us. They later took us to the Divisional Police Station in Alausa, and if not for the DPO, the policemen guarding the LSHA that arrested us would have done more grievous things to us.

“The PPRO and the DPO later spoke with them, and we were released.

“But despite his intervention, we were told to write statements. They collected our details, address, took video recordings of us making false statements during the torture, and threatened to use it to blackmail and go after us if we end up doing any bad report against them.”

Sahara Reporters

Continue Reading

Trending