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North East group urges Buhari to grant zone ‘special priority status’

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NortheastA group, which champions the interest of the North East has called on President-elect Muhammadu Buhari to accord the zone special priority status in addressing the numerous challenges facing it.

The group known as the North East Change Initiative, in a press statement signed on Saturday by its spokesman, Alhaji Garba Sani, urged the ‎federal government and the National Assembly to carefully consider, choose and appoint experienced and capable technocrats, legislative leadership and professionals with good geo-political and local knowledge of the zone’s issues towards addressing the challenges ahead‎.

‎While calling on governors, legislators and people from the zone to unite and support federal government’s efforts at addressing the challenges of the zone, the group stated, “We strongly advocate for a ‘special priority status’ to be accorded to the zone in addressing the numerous and complex challenges currently being experienced in the zone.

“We, however, call upon the governors, the elected National and State Assembly members as well as the entire people of the zone to unite and adopt common positions in supporting the federal government in its efforts to address the challenges of the North East Zone.

“We hope and pray that the Federal Government and the National Assembly will be able to seize this opportunity to carefully consider, choose and appoint experienced and capable technocrats, legislative leadership and professionals with good geo-political and local knowledge of the issues towards addressing the challenges ahead.”

The NECI is a body formed by some stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the North East geo-political zone to foster greater unity and harmony within the zone, to effectively work towards promoting a coherent policy framework towards the restoration, rehabilitation and reconstruction of the devastated zone.

The initiative noted in the statement that the North East Zone, which comprises six states of the federation, is a huge agricultural zone in addition to its immense untapped wealth in mineral resources, adding that this geopolitical area has great commercial contributions to the Nigerian economy not only because of the massive food and cash crops it generates but the Zone borders three countries (Chad, Cameroon, Niger) and stands as the major gateway to North and Central Africa.

“However, the North East zone had been the least developed part of the country gauged from all key developmental indices. The Boko Haram saga has reduced the zone to a perilous condition”, it lamented, adding that “in spite of the crisis and the human suffering currently experienced by the people of the zone, citizens nonetheless braved the odds to come out in large numbers to vote for Gen. Muhammadu Buhari in the just concluded Presidential Elections”.

This much, the group noted, culminated in the zone recording the second highest percentage (78.15%) of votes scored by the president-elect in the country. “In Borno State, which suffered and is still suffering the worst devastation in the zone, the highest percentage (94.35%) of votes in the country was recorded for the president-elect”, it said.

The NECI further called “on the entire leadership of the zone to unite and harmonize their approach in tackling the challenges that cut across the zone as well as that which are peculiar to individual states in the zone. We fervently call for inclusiveness, cooperation and synergy in dealing with the challenges facing the zone”.

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BREAKING: Police Arrest Suspects As Explosion Rocks Wike Father’s Church

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BREAKING: Police Arrest Suspects As Explosion Rocks Wike Father’s Church

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An explosion has reportedly rocked a church belonging to the father of Rivers Governor, Nyesom Wike, in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

The Rivers State Police Command has however announced the arrest of three suspects who allegedly detonated explosives at a Pentecostal church, Christain Universal Church International, located at Mile 3, Diobu area of Port Harcourt.

Also Read: Buhari Will Set Nigeria On Fire If He Doesn’t Implement People’s Demands —Wike

The act was reportedly carried out on Saturday night and detonated the explosives suspected to be dynamite.

According to reports, a significant part of the church was damaged by the explosion, which created panic in the area.

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Gunmen Abduct Wife Of Akeredolu’s Chief Of Staff

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 Gunmen Abduct Wife Of Akeredolu’s Chief Of Staff

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Kidnappers on Friday abducted the wife of Olugbenga Ale, Chief of Staff to Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.

According to reports, she was kidnapped around Owena after the Joseph Ayo Babalola University while on her way back to Ondo from Lagos State.

Also Read: Unknown Gunmen Kill Ondo Traditional Ruler, Olufon Of Ifon

The police spokesman in the state, ASP Tee-Leo Ikoro, confirmed the news to Channels Television on Friday.

This development is coming about twenty-four hours after a first-class traditional ruler in Ondo State, the Olufon of Ifon in Ose local government, Oba Isreal Adeusi, was murdered by suspected kidnappers.

 

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TECNO Stormed Computer Village with BBNaija’s OZO to Wrap up its Black Friday Sales Activities

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The month of November is always known for its intense sales activities because the best deals of the year come
during the Black Friday Period. For TECNO, Africa Number One mobile brand, it was the time to reward its
customers with massive discounts and various gift items while also unveiling some of its new devices.

The brand in collaboration with SLOT stormed computer village as part of the events to wrap up its black Friday
sale activities, hosted BBNaija’s Ozoemena Chukwu to a hangout at SLOT Ikeja.

Fans and customers had a fun time interacting with the handsome celebrity while enjoying discount offers on
TECNO devices. Different deals and gift items were up for grabs as customers who made purchases at the store
enjoyed 50% discounts on Spark 5, Camon 16 Series and 100% cashback on the Spark 5 Pro.

The major highlight of the event was the presentation prizes to lucky winners. Customers who participated in
the spin the wheel game won gifts items such as Bluetooth Speaker; Power Bank and kettle while those who
participated in the Scratch and Win Promo won for themselves different deals ranging from 50% to 100%
cashback.

TECNO also introduced two latest devices-the Spark GO 2020-powered by Google Android 10 Go Edition and a
TECNO POVA. POVA means ‘Powering Optimal Value and Ambitions’ is a rebrand of the popular battery series
formerly known as Pouvoir was inspired by the zeal to deliver budget-friendly smartphones with superior
gaming experience.

The first of its kind 6.8-inch TECNO POVA, is powered by Mediatek Helio G80 octa-core processor and hyper-
engine game technology that transforms gameplay experience giving ultimate stability and a high refresh rate.
Additionally, users will benefit from the “Game Space,” “Game Mode,” and “Game Assistant 2.0” features,
allowing them to switch to the “do not disturb” function, a much-anticipated experience all gamers will
absolutely enjoy.

The TECNO POVA is also equipped with a power-packed multitasking effect ramped up by 6GB RAM and 128GB
of internal memory. The device also has a 6000mAh super big battery, 18W Dual IC Flash charger, a standby
time of 30 days and the ability to play music for 8 days straight, on just a single charge. It’s the perfect
smartphone offering a way to worry less about low battery.

The new devices are available for purchase this November and for the rest of November, customers will enjoy
amazing discounts, instant and mega prizes on TECNO devices.

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