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Cross River: Ayade under fire as civil societies list grievances against Governor

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A coalition of six civil society organisations (CSO) has staged a protest in Calabar, the Cross River State capital, against Governor Ben Ayade over communal clashes in the state and his failure to conduct local council elections in Cross River.

The protest was also against the loan being sought by Ayade as well as “the lack of transparency surrounding series of funds allocated by your administration”.

The coalition comprising: Grass-root Advocacy for Good Governance and Accountability, Citizens Solution Network, Say Something Action Group, Justice Ambassadors Initiatives, Nigeria’s Future Leaders Movement and Save Cross River State Movement, staged the protest on Thursday, moving around Calabar metropolis before berthing at the State House of Assembly.

The protesters, in a letter addressed to the governor and delivered to the Speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly, said, “We, the undersigned Civil Societies of Nigeria under the civic alliance of Coalition of Cross River write to you in your capacities as the Governor of Cross River State.

First and foremost, we wish to state that we acknowledge the fact that there are areas your administration has got its policies right and we wish to commend your overall efforts.

“That said, as we commend you, we also wish to draw your attention to the worrying developments concerning the current state of affairs within Cross River State lingering for some time now.

“We have observed with grave displeasure and concern four major developments within the state over the last four years that have raised pressing questions about your administration which require urgent clarification.”

The group further stated, “We the signatory organizations are protesting against the widespread insecurity challenges within the state in form of communal clashes that are in public domain.

We are of the position that the absence of elected Local Government Chairmen and Counsellors across the state have made it impossible to tackle these insecurity challenges effectively due to the collapse of our once efficient and sound Local Government Administrative System.

“We are calling on you, to conduct free and fair LGA elections within 60days so as to get duly elected officials with the constitutional mandate needed to address the insecurity in their respective LGAs.

The group said that they though, the State Governor, Prof Ben Ayade has the executive power to borrow loan on behalf of the state, they demand that the entire loan approval process be reviewed and re-deliberated again by the State House of Assembly so as to bring transparency, clarification and legitimacy to the exercise as regard the worrying and ambiguous phrase of unforeseen obligations which the good people of Cross River State need clarification on.

“In furtherance to our demand for answers in respect to the ambiguity of the loan being requested for and the lack of transparency surrounding series of funds allocated by your administration for state projects and your list of signature projects that are yet to be materialised; we therefore call for the probing of all the activities of the Office of Due Process of the State by ICPC and EFCC so as to establish the extent our commonwealth is being accounted for, since virtually every transaction your administration authorises passes through the Office of Due Process

“Also we are seizing this historical moment to let you know that questions regarding all the economic trees fell by your administration in the name of the Super Highway Project across the length and breadth of the State have re-emerged. We wish to know the state of those fallen economic trees, where they are, and if they have been sold, we wish to know the dealers involve and the amount of money raised and where such fund is currently.”

The civil societies condemned “the lack of transparency surrounding these economic trees that have great bio diverse significance and economic importance. All Cross Riverians wants to know.

We condemn the lack of transparency surrounding these economic trees that have great biodiverse significance and economic importance.

At this juncture, we wish to state categorically that we deeply condemn in the strongest terms the coldblooded murder of Mr. Michael Essien by the operatives of Department of Public Transportation (DOPT) that took place opposite Nigerian Post Office by Calabar Road on the 20th of June, 2019. That murder case should not be swept under the rug.

“We call on the Commissioner of Police; Cross River State to prosecute this murder case to the fullest extent of the law within the next 48hours, for Mr. Michael Essien could have been the relative of any one of us. The perpetrators of this heinous crime must be arrested, prosecuted and tried in Court.

“We call on the State Governor to compensate the widow and the children left behind by the deceased who was murdered by State transport operatives” the group stated and bemoaned the neglect of supposed elites of the state and informed that the youths are increasingly motivated to rescue the state from the jackal that has brought Cross River to its knees in/within a period of just four years.”

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IPOB: Buhari Govt Plotting To Give Anambra To Candidate Willing To Establish Ruga For Herdsmen

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The Indigenous Individuals of Biafra, IPOB, has accused the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration of plotting to make use of safety operatives to impose a candidate prepared to determine Ruga in Anambra State.

Naija Information reviews that the outlawed group had declared a sit-at-home within the Southeast of its detained chief, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, just isn’t launched from the custody of the Division of State Service, DSS.

Many has interpreted the sit-at-home order as a name to boycott the Anambra state governorship election scheduled to carry on the sixth of November, 2021.

However IPOB in a press release on Thursday by its spokesperson, Emma Highly effective, has distanced the group from the upcoming election.

In line with the proscribed group, its sit-at-home order has nothing to do with the Anambra State governorship election.

The professional-Biafra group mentioned it’s centered on the unconditional launch of its chief and never the polls.

An announcement he signed and issued reads: “The worldwide motion and household of the Indigenous Individuals of Biafra (IPOB) ably led by our nice and indefatigable chief Mazi Nnamdi KANU want to make clear that opposite to speculations and blackmail, IPOB has by no means made any official assertion or referred to as for the boycott of Anambra State gubernatorial election approaching November 6 2021.

It would subsequently be incorrect for individuals to take a position or peddle falsehood towards us when there is no such thing as a foundation for such.

“For the sake of readability, what we mentioned was that your entire Biafra land could be locked down from November 5 to November 10, 2021 if by November four the federal authorities fails to launch our chief, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, unconditionally.

“Our place has nothing to do with the Anambra election. All we’d like is our chief’s launch who dedicated no crime to be held perpetually in custody. We now have gathered by intelligence the plot by Nigeria Authorities to maintain our chief in detention perpetually by frivolous court docket adjournments.

“Politicians should depart IPOB out of their predicaments. They need to cease dragging IPOB into their election. We knew their evil plans after they had been killing their fellow politicians and blaming it on IPOB. They need to depart us alone.

Utilizing social media to hyperlink IPOB to Anambra election exhibits most of them should not knowledgeable about plots by Nigeria Authorities and her safety operatives to hijack this election and provides it to whom they really feel to good the institution of Ruga in Anambra State. However that received’t work for them as a result of IPOB is forward of their sport plan.”

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Buhari approves new appointment

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President Muhammadu Buhari approved the appointment of Captain Musa Nuhu as the new Director-General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA).

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that It will replace Captain Muthar Usman. Until his appointment, Nuhu was the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).

He is an airline pilot, security expert, leading quality control auditor, and artificial intelligence expert. Nuhu has a master’s degree. Bachelor of Business in Aviation and was in the Presidential Air Fleet as Captain and security officer.

Latest Nigeria newspaper report that He also worked at Nigeria Airways, Aero Contractors and Petrowest, among other organizations.

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Declare state of emergency on education – CLO tells Gov Emmanuel

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The Civil Liberties Organization, a chapter of the state of Akwa Ibom, has asked Governor Udom Emmanuel to declare a state of emergency in the state’s education sector.

The president of CLO in the state, Franklyn Isong, said this in his office in Uyo, the state capital while informing journalists as part of activities to commemorate World Teachers’ Day with the theme “Young teachers: the future of the profession.”

He said the need became necessary to stop the serious decomposition of infrastructure and insecurity in state public schools.

Isong criticized the content of the education presentation recently organized by the state government, describing it as “urbanized” and not with the intention of capturing the deep crisis that was shaking the sector in the state.

He said: “It is worrisome and sad that most public schools in some communities in Akwa Ibom state are in ruins, insecure and left to the destiny of the communities without government attention.

“All that is needed is for the Governor to take bold steps by declaring a state of emergency in the education sector to build more classroom blocks in rural and urban schools, provide good infrastructure such as science equipment, libraries, laboratories, as well as review the education curriculum to ensure a better and safe future for children in the state of Akwa Ibom. ”

He thanked the state government for tameing the right to basic education of the Akwa Ibom child in free and compulsory education and urged the state government to do what is necessary.

“The right to basic education of all Nigerian children, as enshrined in the Child Rights Act of 2003 in Article 15 (1), had been tamed under the Akwa Ibom State Child Rights Act, to ensure that every child in the State of Akwa Ibom the right to compulsory, free and qualitative basic education. ”

Isong added that; “In the Fundamental Principles and Directives of State Policy, as set out in Chapter 2, Section 13 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria of 1999 (as amended), the government has the responsibility to ensure that the education of Nigerian children be free and qualitative. ”

He also urged the government to address the numerous complaints of delays in the payment of pensions and unpaid tips to relatives of late elementary school teachers with delays in 1991 and to provide an improved social assistance package for teachers in public schools throughout the state.

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