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Dogara To Critics: Stop Blaming APC For Nigeria’s Economic Woes

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Yakubu Dogara

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has urged critics of the All Progressives Congress-led administration to stop blaming the government for the current economic challenges facing Nigeria.

Mr. Dogara made the call in a statement signed by his Special Adviser, Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan.

The statement said Mr. Dogara made the statement when he received unemployed Aeronautic Engineers and Pilots from Bauchi State who paid him a courtesy visit.

He said instead of the blaming the APC-led government, the people who brought Nigeria to its current state should be blamed.

Mr. Dogara said the Buhari-led government was working hard to sanitise the system, adding that it would take some time to achieve the objective.

“You know that we are facing challenges in the country at the moment.

“Even though people do not want to talk about on the ground that we campaigned that we are going to fix the country”, he said.

“We have sowed in the wind and we are now reaping whirlwind and as long as the earth abides, there will be seed time and harvest time.

“We do not want to dwell in the past, we are facing the future”, he said.

The speaker urged unemployed youth in the country not to despair and assured them that the government was doing everything possible to create job opportunities.

“Investment in education, skills and knowledge is never a wasted investment”, he said and expressed optimism in the ability of the government to reduce unemployment in the country.

“Don’t despair because no training is wasted; but it is our responsibility to open the private sector for job opportunities”, he said.

He urged Nigerians to join hands with the government to sanitise the system to enable it create job opportunities, especially for the youth.

“If youths are not employed, it will be a disservice to the society as well as discouragement to the graduates”, he said.

Speaking earlier, the leader of the team, Capt. Bala Jibrin, said that the pilots and aeronautic engineers, who were sponsored by Bauchi State Government to acquire knowledge in the United States, graduated in 2011.

Mr. Jibrin, who said that the pilots and aeronautic engineers had been unemployed since their arrival in the country, requested the speaker to facilitate their employment.

He said that the Bauchi government spent N1 billion to train the 20 youth drawn from the 20 Local government areas of the state.

(NAN)

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Akeredolu Sacks Ondo Attorney-General, Olawoye

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Akeredolu Removes Ondo Attorney-General, Olawoye

Governor Akeredolu

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has sacked the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Kola Olawoye.

This was made known in a statement on Monday by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Segun Ajiboye.

Akeredolu immediately appointed a human rights lawyer, Mr. Charles Titiloye, as the new Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice.

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According to the statement, the Ondo State governor would forward Titiloye’s name to the State House of Assembly for confirmation.

Akeredolu also expressed his appreciation to the sacked commissioner for services rendered to the state.

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Focus On Reducing Poverty, Not 2023 Elections – Peter Obi

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Focus On Reducing Poverty, Not 2023 Elections – Peter Obi

Peter Obi

Former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has called on his fellow politicians to put issues of 2023 aside and focus on how to rescue the country from the current economic crisis.

Obi said that solving the economic problems of Nigeria was more important than political permutations geared towards the next general elections.

The former Anambra State Governor stated during an appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

Also Read: Recession: Nigeria Is Broke, Can’t Afford 2021 Budget – Atiku

He expressed that the next election has no impact on people’s current livelihoods.

Obi also blamed President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration for not adequately preparing Nigerians for the impact of COVID-19, stating the monies borrowed by this government were not properly put to use.

“Every other country is discussing the recession and how to pull their people out of poverty.

“So what we should do now is to concentrate on the monetary and fiscal policies to start pulling people out of poverty,” Obi said.

 

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Recession: Nigeria Is Broke, Can’t Afford 2021 Budget – Atiku

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Recession: Nigeria Is Broke, Can’t Afford 2021 Budget – Atiku

Atiku Abubakar

Former Vice-President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar has expressed that the Federal Government should reconsider the 2021 budget owing to the recession.

Nigeria officially entered into its worst economic recession in 33 years after the nation recorded a GDP contraction of 3.62 percent in the third quarter of 2020.

He stated that Nigeria is broke and cannot afford the luxurious items in the N13.08 trillion budget proposal.

Atiku in a Twitter thread on Sunday stated that COVID-19 only complicated an existing economic problem.

Atiu went on to express that had President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration listened to advice, the recession could have been avoided.

Also Read: Recession: SERAP Asks Buhari To Cut Cost Of Governance

“We could have avoided this fate by a disciplined and prudent management of our economy.”

“This could have been avoided had this administration taken heed to the patriotic counsel given by myself and other well-meaning Nigerians on cutting the cost of governance, saving for a rainy day, and avoiding profligate borrowing,” Atiku said.

He further said that now is not the time to trade blames but to focus on ways to manage the situation and called on Buhari’s government to “swallow its pride, and accept its limitations, so that they can open their minds to ideas, without caring who the messenger is.”

 

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