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Sanwo-Olu, Agbaje Clash On Economy, Education At LCCI Debate

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Barely 50 days to gubernatorial election in Lagos State, All Progressives Congress, APC candidates, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his People Democratic Party, PDP counterpart, Jimi Agbaje, clashed on different issues and vowed to tackle the Apapa gridlock immediately they assumed office.

The candidates spoke at Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, LCCI interactive session with private sector themed Private sector Agenda for Lagos, Post-2019 election, held on Friday in Ikeja, which was also attended by Musiliu Obanikoro and others.

At the debate moderated by publisher of Business Day Newspapers, Frank Aigbogun, while Adewale Adegbite, Niyi Yusuf and Fayo Williams accompanied him, both candidates were applauded by their supporters; embellishing the exercise.

The debate which started peacefully with both candidates reeling out their Curriculum vitae and their vision for the state, at midway, resulted into attacks, forcing the moderator to caution them to concentrate on explaining solutions to the audience.

They stressed that strict measures must be adopted to end the perennial gridlocks that had crippled business opportunities within Apapa ports, stressing that the challenge would be tackled head-on when they assumed office as governor.

However, both candidates could not reach agreement on specific date at which they could solve the perennial gridlock within Apapa Central Business District, CBD.

I will solve Apapa gridlock in 60 days-Sanwo-Olu

Speaking on the perennial traffic gridlock on Apapa-Oshodi expressway, Sanwo-Olu emphasised that his administration would solve the gridlocks within the first 60 days of his administration because he has done the needed study on it.

While reeling out five things that would be done by his administration within the first two months, the APC candidate argued that the axis was important to his government and wants to restore it’s glory.

“Apapa is a nightmare and there are some individuals that we need to have strong conversation with. Those trucks were somewhere before now. So we will go there are ensure they return to the previous status.

“I don’t know the commercial entity that has caused the trailers to leave for the roads. We will reach out to Nigerian Port Authority, NPA so that they can return to the ports.

“We will embark on a pooling system. And Ogun state will be useful in this. We will asked that the trailers park outside the state and coming when they have been called. We will have tough conversation with the owners of the trucks owners,” he added.

On strategy to prevent same scenario from Lekki as more industries shift towards the end, Sanwo-Olu disclosed that “regional roads to complement the existing roads within the axis.”

.No specific timeline

Agbaje, on his part, stressed that zero tolerance would be adopted by his administration on the gridlocks, but did not state specific timeline to end the Apapa CBD challenge.

“Apapa traffic is very sensitive to me because I live within the axis and my office is there. And it is sad that for over 20 years we have been talking about the trailer park and it hasn’t materialized. Aside the life that is been put in danger within Apapa, the activities of these trucks are affecting the economy.

“The bridges could go down anytime if we don’t take the required measure to end their continued parking on the bridges and road. And I don’t know how we can build them again.

“It is important that we give zero tolerance from where they are presently. We must have a rail system that can help move good out 9f the ports rather than rely on the roads,” he added.

.Clash intensified

The clashed intensified when the moderators asked that they express their views on Lagos economy and solutions to the challenges that had affected it from competing favourably with other megacities.

Agbaje said: “Mr. Sanwo-Olu has alluded to the fact that the economic strategy is not working in Lagos because he has tried his hands in the private sector before and because of the issues in that sector, he couldn’t survived and left for politics. It is the same way that we all must look at the issue of economy and ensure that the private sector is considered as partners to the government and not mainly source of revenue.”

In a swift response, Sanwo-Olu said: “It is clear that Agbaje has not done well in politics all this while. And that is why this made it the third term he is contesting for the gubernatorial post. I have done both and I know what is obtained in them. And I have solution to address them.”

ON EDUCATION

The PDP candidate lamented that the state of education was appalling and must be addressed immediately for Lagos to breed the needed workforce that could address its present and future challenges.

“It is sad when you examine the state of education in Lagos State. This is a megacity where only 20 percent of the students have passed West African Examinations Council, WAEC. So to correct that, we will do so much on education far above the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO percentage.

“All children in the public schools must have access to the internet. This is one of the basic that is required for better and improved education. And the over population that is still prevalent in Lagos schools will become a thing of the past when I assumed office. It will take a chunk if not the largest of the state budget,” he added.

Replying, Sanwo-Olu faulted Agbaje, saying the statistics peddled by the PDP candidate were apparently not correct.

“The 20 percent pass is incorrect. Away from that, I remember that as commissioner, I often trained hundreds of teachers in the state. And that is because we believe that when the teachers get quality training, they will be able to impact on the students.

“Part of the problem that we have is because we have challenges with enumeration. And that is why we had a meeting with about 5,000 private school operators in the state to listen to their challenges and how they could be solved. It is a strategic gap that they are filling. And we have decided that we would grade the schools into categories. This will afford us to streamline their charges and parents get value for their fees,” the APC candidate argued.

But frowning at the strategy raised, Agbaje stated that the Alh. Lateef Jakande administration had foresight on education and never segregate schools, saying, “We must go back to the strategy used by that administration, that is, government must drive the educational process. And get rid of private schools that are not up to standard.”

Clarifying his stance on education, Sanwo-Olu argued that the model of education his administration aimed to introduce has been adopted in different societies that were more complex than Lagos.

“In United State, they have different categories of schools and that has helped to address the previous challenges they had in education. It will be unfair for parents sending their children to different schools furnished with different standard of facilities to pay same fees. This is a huge economy that we cannot get rid. We have to accommodate them and that is what we are saying.”Barely 50 days to gubernatorial election in Lagos State, All Progressives Congress, APC candidates, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his People Democratic Party, PDP counterpart, Jimi Agbaje, clashed on different issues and vowed to tackle the Apapa gridlock immediately they assumed office.

The candidates spoke at Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, LCCI interactive session with private sector themed Private sector Agenda for Lagos, Post-2019 election, held on Friday in Ikeja, which was also attended by Musiliu Obanikoro and others.

At the debate moderated by publisher of Business Day Newspapers, Frank Aigbogun, while Adewale Adegbite, Niyi Yusuf and Fayo Williams accompanied him, both candidates were applauded by their supporters; embellishing the exercise.

The debate which started peacefully with both candidates reeling out their Curriculum vitae and their vision for the state, at midway, resulted into attacks, forcing the moderator to caution them to concentrate on explaining solutions to the audience.

They stressed that strict measures must be adopted to end the perennial gridlocks that had crippled business opportunities within Apapa ports, stressing that the challenge would be tackled head-on when they assumed office as governor.

However, both candidates could not reach agreement on specific date at which they could solve the perennial gridlock within Apapa Central Business District, CBD.

I will solve Apapa gridlock in 60 days-Sanwo-Olu

Speaking on the perennial traffic gridlock on Apapa-Oshodi expressway, Sanwo-Olu emphasised that his administration would solve the gridlocks within the first 60 days of his administration because he has done the needed study on it.

While reeling out five things that would be done by his administration within the first two months, the APC candidate argued that the axis was important to his government and wants to restore it’s glory.

“Apapa is a nightmare and there are some individuals that we need to have strong conversation with. Those trucks were somewhere before now. So we will go there are ensure they return to the previous status.

“I don’t know the commercial entity that has caused the trailers to leave for the roads. We will reach out to Nigerian Port Authority, NPA so that they can return to the ports.

“We will embark on a pooling system. And Ogun state will be useful in this. We will asked that the trailers park outside the state and coming when they have been called. We will have tough conversation with the owners of the trucks owners,” he added.

On strategy to prevent same scenario from Lekki as more industries shift towards the end, Sanwo-Olu disclosed that “regional roads to complement the existing roads within the axis.”

.No specific timeline

Agbaje, on his part, stressed that zero tolerance would be adopted by his administration on the gridlocks, but did not state specific timeline to end the Apapa CBD challenge.

“Apapa traffic is very sensitive to me because I live within the axis and my office is there. And it is sad that for over 20 years we have been talking about the trailer park and it hasn’t materialized. Aside the life that is been put in danger within Apapa, the activities of these trucks are affecting the economy.

“The bridges could go down anytime if we don’t take the required measure to end their continued parking on the bridges and road. And I don’t know how we can build them again.

“It is important that we give zero tolerance from where they are presently. We must have a rail system that can help move good out 9f the ports rather than rely on the roads,” he added.

.Clash intensified

The clashed intensified when the moderators asked that they express their views on Lagos economy and solutions to the challenges that had affected it from competing favourably with other megacities.

Agbaje said: “Mr. Sanwo-Olu has alluded to the fact that the economic strategy is not working in Lagos because he has tried his hands in the private sector before and because of the issues in that sector, he couldn’t survived and left for politics. It is the same way that we all must look at the issue of economy and ensure that the private sector is considered as partners to the government and not mainly source of revenue.”

In a swift response, Sanwo-Olu said: “It is clear that Agbaje has not done well in politics all this while. And that is why this made it the third term he is contesting for the gubernatorial post. I have done both and I know what is obtained in them. And I have solution to address them.”

ON EDUCATION

The PDP candidate lamented that the state of education was appalling and must be addressed immediately for Lagos to breed the needed workforce that could address its present and future challenges.

“It is sad when you examine the state of education in Lagos State. This is a megacity where only 20 percent of the students have passed West African Examinations Council, WAEC. So to correct that, we will do so much on education far above the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO percentage.

“All children in the public schools must have access to the internet. This is one of the basic that is required for better and improved education. And the over population that is still prevalent in Lagos schools will become a thing of the past when I assumed office. It will take a chunk if not the largest of the state budget,” he added.

Replying, Sanwo-Olu faulted Agbaje, saying the statistics peddled by the PDP candidate were apparently not correct.

“The 20 percent pass is incorrect. Away from that, I remember that as commissioner, I often trained hundreds of teachers in the state. And that is because we believe that when the teachers get quality training, they will be able to impact on the students.

“Part of the problem that we have is because we have challenges with enumeration. And that is why we had a meeting with about 5,000 private school operators in the state to listen to their challenges and how they could be solved. It is a strategic gap that they are filling. And we have decided that we would grade the schools into categories. This will afford us to streamline their charges and parents get value for their fees,” the APC candidate argued.

But frowning at the strategy raised, Agbaje stated that the Alh. Lateef Jakande administration had foresight on education and never segregate schools, saying, “We must go back to the strategy used by that administration, that is, government must drive the educational process. And get rid of private schools that are not up to standard.”

Clarifying his stance on education, Sanwo-Olu argued that the model of education his administration aimed to introduce has been adopted in different societies that were more complex than Lagos.

“In United State, they have different categories of schools and that has helped to address the previous challenges they had in education. It will be unfair for parents sending their children to different schools furnished with different standard of facilities to pay same fees. This is a huge economy that we cannot get rid. We have to accommodate them and that is what we are saying.”

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PDP To APC: Our Party Will Win All Supplementary Polls 

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PDP To APC: Our Party Will Win All Supplementary Polls

…Says APC’s Violence, Shenanigans Will Come to Naught

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it will win all the Governorship supplementary elections scheduled for March 23, 2019 adding that the plans of violence and manipulations by the All Progressives Congress (APC) will be resisted by the people and summarily come to naught.

The party says it is ludicrous that the APC could seek to play the victim when all material facts have established that the APC militarized, perpetuated violence and unleashed mayhem on Nigerians in the elections so far held.
The PDP recalls that even the recent US States Department’s Bureau reports shows that state apparatus of power was used for intimidation and electoral violence to favour the government.
The PDP is however undeterred in our imminent victory in the March 23supplementary elections.
In Benue, it is clear that the people have rejected the APC as clearly demonstrated even in the Presidential election. Benue state has always been home to the PDP. It is incontestable that our party has the largest genuine followership in all the units, wards and Local Government areas of the state and as such does not need any underhand measure to secure victory in any election in the state. Our winning lead of 81,000 votes were validly delivered at the polling units and that reality will humiliate the APC as it cannot be subverted.
Similarly, Rivers state is an impregnable home to the PDP since 1999. The results of all the elections held in Rivers, including the state House of Assembly, showed that the PDP is in control of the state. Moreover, in Rivers, the APC is a vicious interloper, which has been perpetuating violence and killings as a means to subvert and truncate the electoral process since it has no candidate in the election.
In Kano, the people of the state are known to be incorruptible and had always detested leaders who are corrupt and incompetent. They have always elected governors that are acceptable to the ordinary people. The corruption and incompetence of the Ganduje administration is therefore distasteful to the people and that is why they have collectively rejected the APC and rally with the PDP. All the shenanigans by the APC and compromised INEC officials in Kano will therefore be unachievable.
In Bauchi, the PDP has already been elected and this reality cannot be altered by the APC. INEC had already established that the APC compromised its official to declare Tafawa Balewa LGA as inconclusive and had restored the votes that were stolen by the APC. It is imperative for APC to accept the fact that its bunch of broom has become famished.
In Sokoto, the people have given us the mandate. The constitution provides for simple majority of votes. The declared results show that our candidate clearly won and that is why our candidate has been mandated to go to the court to seek interpretation of the section of the constitution that deals with the declaration of results.
In Adamawa state, the APC is merely hallucinating and seeking ways to subvert the process. Its despicable resort to using a person who did not participate in the election to seek to use the courts to ambush the election is disgraceful.

However, INEC had since declared that it cannot be stopped from going ahead with the supplementary election where our party is already in good stead to coast to victory.
Signed:
Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary
And
Director, Media & Publicity
PDP Presidential Campaign Organization

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US Releases Evidence Of Massive Corruption Under Buhari Govt

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The United States Department of State has released what it termed evidence of impunity in the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Nigerian government.

The State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, in its Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2018, said that Nigeria under Buhari, had made little progress in efforts to limit corruption in its public service.

The US Congress makes it mandatory for the executive to produce a report on the state of human rights worldwide every year.

For Nigeria, the findings in the 2018 Human Rights Report, obtained by ThisDay, were largely similar to those of the previous year’s report.

The report added that “Although the law provides criminal penalties for conviction of official corruption, the government did not implement the law effectively, and officials frequently engaged in corrupt practices with impunity.

“Massive, widespread, and pervasive corruption affected all levels of government and the security services. There were numerous reports of government corruption during the year.

“The EFCC writ extends only to financial and economic crimes. The ICPC secured 14 convictions during the year. In 2016 the EFCC had 66 corruption cases pending in court, had secured 13 convictions during the year, and had 598 open investigations.

“Although ICPC and EFCC anti-corruption efforts remained largely focused on low and mid-level government officials, following the 2015 presidential election, both organisations started investigations into and brought indictments against various active and former high-level government officials. Many of these cases were pending in court.

“According to both ICPC and EFCC, the delays were the result of a lack of judges and the widespread practice of filing for and granting multiple adjournments.

“EFCC arrests and indictments of politicians continued throughout the year, implicating a significant number of opposition political figures and leading to allegations of partisan motivations on the part of the EFCC.

“In October the EFCC arrested and indicted former governor of Ekiti State Ayo Fayose on 11 counts, including conspiracy and money laundering amounting to 2.2 billion naira ($6 million). After a Federal High Court ruling, Fayose was out on 50 million naira ($137,500) bail.”

On financial disclosure, the report stated the constitutional requirement under the Code of Conduct Bureau and Tribunal Act (CCBTA) for public officials, including the president, vice president, governors, deputy governors, cabinet ministers, and legislators (at both federal and state levels), to declare their assets to the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) before assuming and after leaving office. The constitution calls for the CCB to “make declarations available for inspection by any citizen of the country on such terms and conditions as the National Assembly may prescribe.

“The law does not address the publication of asset information. Violators risk prosecution, but cases rarely reached conclusion.

“There were several reports the government or its agents committed arbitrary and unlawful killings. The national police, army, and other security services used lethal and excessive force to disperse protesters and apprehend criminals and suspects and committed other extrajudicial killings.

“Authorities generally did not hold police, military, or other security force personnel accountable for the use of excessive or deadly force or for the deaths of persons in custody.

“State and federal panels of inquiry investigating suspicious deaths generally did not make their findings public.

“In August 2017 the acting president convened a civilian-led presidential investigative panel to review compliance of the armed forces with human rights obligations and rules of engagement, and the panel submitted its findings in February. As of November, no portions of the report had been made public.

“As of September there were no reports of the federal government further investigating or holding individuals accountable for the 2015 killing and subsequent mass burial of members of the Shia group, Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN), and other civilians by Nigerian Army (NA) forces in Zaria, Kaduna State. “

The report disclosed that the 2016 nonbinding report of the Kaduna State government’s judicial commission, which found that the Nigerian Army (NA) used “excessive and disproportionate” force during the 2015 altercations in which 348 members of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) and one soldier died.

It said, “The commission recommended the federal government conduct an independent investigation and prosecute anyone found to have acted unlawfully. It also called for the proscription of the IMN and the monitoring of its members and their activities.

“In 2016 the government of Kaduna State published a white paper that included acceptance of the commission’s recommendation to investigate and prosecute allegations of excessive and disproportionate use of force by the NA.

“As of September, however, there was no indication that authorities had held any members of the NA accountable for the events in Zaria. It also accepted the recommendation to hold IMN leader Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky responsible for all illegal acts committed by IMN members during the altercations and in the preceding 30 years. In 2016 a federal court declared the continued detention without charge of Zakzaky and his wife illegal and unconstitutional.

“The court ordered their release by January 2017. The federal government did not comply with this order, and Zakzaky, his spouse, and other IMN members remained in detention. In April the Kaduna State government charged Zakzaky in state court with multiple felonies stemming from the death of the soldier at Zaria.

“The charges include culpable homicide, which can carry the death penalty. As of December the case was pending. In July a Kaduna High Court dismissed charges of aiding and abetting culpable homicide against more than 80 IMN members. As of September the Kaduna State government had appealed the ruling. Approximately 100 additional IMN members remained in detention.

“In October security forces killed 45 IMN members that were participating in processions and protests, according to Amnesty International (AI).”

The report recalled the January 2017 bombing of an informal internally displaced persons (IDPs) settlement in Rann, Borno State, by the Nigerian Air Force, which resulted in the killing and injuring of more than 100 civilians and aid workers.

It said, “The government and military leaders publicly assumed responsibility for the strike and launched an investigation. The air force conducted its own internal investigation, but as of December the government had not made public its findings. No air force or army personnel were known to have been held accountable for their roles in the event. There were reports of arbitrary and unlawful killings related to internal conflicts in the North-east and other areas.”

The report also identified the following human rights issues in Nigeria: “unlawful and arbitrary killings by both government and non-state actors; forced disappearances by both government and non-state actors; torture by both government and non-state actors; and prolonged arbitrary detention in life-threatening conditions, particularly, in government detention facilities. Others are harsh and life threatening prison conditions, including civilian detentions in military facilities, often based on flimsy or no evidence; infringement on citizens’ privacy rights; criminal libel; substantial interference with the rights of peaceful assembly and freedom of association, in particular for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) persons; and refoulement of refugees.”

The report also identified as human rights abuse corruption; progress to formally separate child soldiers previously associated with the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF); lack of accountability concerning violence against women, including female genital mutilation/cutting, in part due to government inaction/negligence; trafficking in persons, including sexual exploitation and abuse by security officials; crimes involving violence targeting LGBTI persons and the criminalisation of status and same-sex sexual conduct based on sexual orientation and gender identity; and forced and bonded labour.

The report, however, noted that “the government took steps to investigate alleged abuses but took fewer steps to prosecute officials who committed violations, whether in the security forces or elsewhere in the government.

“Impunity remained widespread at all levels of government.

“The government did not adequately investigate or prosecute most of the major outstanding allegations of human rights violations by the security forces or the majority of cases of police or military extortion or other abuse of power,” the report added.

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You Don’t Prove Integrity By Poverty – Reno Omokri Blasts Osinbajo

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Reno Omokri has reacted to news of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo says President Muhammadu Buhari is “perhaps” poorer now than when he was elected in 2015.

He tweeted;

“Buhari
is poorer now than in 2015”-
Osinbajo
. Yet:

* His daughter wedded in a multimillion dollar wedding
* His son crashed a multimillion Naira bike
* He and his wife now dress in designer
* His kids fly BA First Class (I saw with me eye)

Stop the lies #BuhariNotPoorer

Osinbajo
glamourises poverty by saying
Buhari
is poorer now than in 2015.

First of all, it is a lie!

Is poverty good? Is poverty a virtue? Can a leader who can’t increase his wealth increase the nation’s wealth? You don’t prove INTEGRITY by POVERTY”

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