Osita Okechukwu, the Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON) has flayed those criticizing President Muhammadu Buhari for not making a speech at his inauguration on May 29. Okechukwu also blamed the decay and neglect of critical infrastructure over the years for the insecurity in some parts of the country.
He spoke on Saturday at the Iowa-Nshi Eke Festival held in Odo Amankwo Eke autonomous community in Udi LGA of Enugu State, which was graced by Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and other dignitaries. Interesting questions from journalists, Okechukwu argued that it would be inappropriate that President Buhari makes an inaugural speech on May 29 and less than a fortnight makes another inaugural speech on June 12.
According to him, the President has proclaimed June 12 as democracy day, and by constitutional aspect, it is more proper him to make his inaugural speech on that day. “Like I was telling them when they said that President should have made a speech on May 29, during the inauguration, I told them that if the President has proclaimed June 12 as the democracy day, by constitutional aspect, he will make a speech on June 12.
“There is no need of making a speech on the inauguration day. June 12 has become a national day. Next year the President will make a speech on June 12, which has been established as democracy day. Because there will be no transition next year, there is nothing like handover or speech on May 29. “We are saying that he did well. He cannot give a speech on May 29 and give another lecture on June 12 in less than a fortnight. On that day (June 12), he will tell the country what he has for them.
“I believe he has done well most, especially in the area of infrastructure. For me he has embarked on the most passively infrastructural of road, 5000km of federal roads, 5000km of railways and another 5000 megawatts of electricity,” Okechukwu said. On the insecurity in some parts of the country, the VON DG noted that the critical infrastructure was the backbone for any economy as it holds the key to mass employment and job creation by creating enabling environment for the private sector, government and communities to strive in their endeavors.
The director-general noted that the unemployment, idleness, and despair brought about by many years of decay and neglect of critical infrastructure is breeding the current insecurity being a witness in some parts of the country. “Part of the insecurity on the ground and gross unemployment is because we allowed our critical infrastructure to delay and successive administrations neglected it for many years.
“The day you return Nigeria’s critical infrastructure to work such as sufficient electricity, right road, and rail networks and adequate food, etc.; you have more Nigerians hands-on jobs, and there will be more prosperity and happiness in the land. “This is because the insecurity cannot be disconnected from the idleness and despair among the people, especially the youths and President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration understood all these.
“President Buhari has embarked on on-going massive critical infrastructure development of 5,000 kilometers of Federal roads; 5,000 kilometers of Standard Gauge Rail Lines, additional 5,000 megawatts of electricity and self-sufficiency in food production in one swoop across the country. “Buhari also has the provision of gas pipelines to major commercial cities especially in the South-East as well as regulation of modern airports across the country in his kitty; while promising to complete 2nd Niger Bridge and revitalize Enugu coal back to life.
“All these and other laudable projects of his administration are not only meant to create enabling an environment for the private sector to strive but for individuals and communities to engage in all forms of production especially within the South-East. “This critical infrastructure and other projects are meant to help Nigerians – organized private sector, group or individuals – to easily succeed in their businesses and create more jobs in every nook and cranny in the country,’’ he said.
Buhari approves new appointment
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.
Declare state of emergency on education – CLO tells Gov Emmanuel
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.
We will attack DSTV, MTN, Shoprite, Stanbic IBTC, others if they don’t leave Nigeria – Yoruba youths
After the xenophobic attacks against Nigerians and Nigerian companies in South Africa, the Oodua Youth Coalition, OYC, has granted South African companies and businesses seven ultimata to leave Nigeria.
Latest Nigeria newspaper report that the group president, Oluyi Akintade Tayo, the refusal of the interested parties to give in to the notice of resignation will mean death.
While expressing disappointment at the attitude of South Africans against Nigerians living and working in South Africa, particularly what they described as the continued silence of the South African government on development, the group emphasized that during the apartheid era, which was the time Difficult of In the rainbow country, Nigeria was firm with them.
The statement says: “Oodua Youth Coalition (OYC), the most crucial youth group in Nigeria that projects and protects the Yoruba nation in the country, is sad and angry because South Africans, with the support of the country’s authorities, are coordinating the looting and burning of Nigerian businesses and mutilations and murders of our brothers and fathers on earth.
“It is unfortunate that South Africa, which under the apartheid regime had the support and solidarity of the Nigerians and the government while the white supremacists reigned supreme, is now turning to inflict physical and psychological pain and injury to the people whose parents committed great harm.” part of wages and profits and the community to end the apartheid reign.
“The circulating video in which Mr. Bongani Mkongi, the Vice Minister of Police of South Africa, defended the attacks against Nigerians and other Africans confirmed our previous fear and doubts about the guilt of the South African authorities. It is disconcerting that the country whose former leader, the late Nelson Mandela, recognized Nigeria’s efforts to elevate the South African-led government, is expelling other Africans, mostly Nigerians, energetically and with shame.
“We have tolerated the excesses of these South Africans whose businesses have prospered in Nigeria without any physical and psychological attack. For months, the coalition has written several letters to the South African consulate in Nigeria requesting meetings to chart a way forward and find a lasting solution for these unfortunate and barbaric incidents that have still been ignored or have run into a brick wall.
“OYC, after an emergency meeting, has concluded plans to, as a matter of urgency, attack all South African companies and facilities in Nigeria, especially in the southwest region of the country. DSTV, MTN, SHOPRITE, STANBIC IBTC, and other outlets are our goals.
“Therefore, we give these South African companies a maximum of seven days to leave Nigeria or forget them, since our coalition, with other groups and comrades throughout the country, will attack them and burn them to ashes,” reads the notice.
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