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Atiku releases economic agenda, vows to break govt monopoly

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Atiku releases economic agenda, vows to break govt monopoly

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has released his economic agenda guiding principle, with a vow to break government monopoly in all infrastructural sectors.

The former Vice President stated this in his agenda released on his Twitter page on Thursday titled, ‘The three guiding principles of my economic agenda’.

According to him, our economic agenda has a comprehensive objective of providing a more hospitable environment for businesses to thrive.

With thriving businesses, Atiku said, his administration would create jobs and wealth for Nigerian citizens.

The main opposition presidential candidate said, “And to achieve these, I have three guiding principles to go by:

“Reaffirm the criticality of private-sector leadership and greater private sector participation in development; while repositioning the public sector to focus on its core responsibility of facilitation and enabling the appropriate legal and regulatory framework for rapid economic and social development.

“Break government monopoly in all infrastructural sectors, including the refineries, rail transportation and power transmission and give private investors a larger role in funding and managing the sectors, thus emulating the benefits accrued in the oil and gas and telecom sectors.

“Allow the market greater leverage in determining prices. This way we shall eliminate the persistent price distortions occasioned by current interventionist exchange rate management policy. Government intervention, where absolutely necessary, will be done responsibly and judiciously.”

The Harmattan News reports that Atiku won the party’s presidential ticket during a special national convention held in Abuja on May 28 and 29, 2022, after scoring 371 votes to beat 11 other aspirants.

During the PDP presidential primary held at the Moshood Abiola Stadium, Atiku polled 371 votes to defeat Wike, who got 237 votes; a former President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, 70 votes; the Akwa Ibom State Governor, Emmanuel Udom, 38 votes; the Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, 20 votes; a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim, 14 votes and an ex-President of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Sam Ohuabunwa, one vote.

Before his emergence as PDP presidential flagbearer, Atiku had released his five-point plan for Nigeria if elected president during next year’s general election.

Atiku, who was the party’s presidential flagbearer during the 2019 presidential election, promised to tackle insecurity, economic and other challenges bedevilling the country.

He said his first agenda was to “Restore Nigeria’s unity through equity, social justice, and cooperation”.

Others are “establish a strong and effective government that guarantees the safety and security of life and property.

“Build a strong, resilient, and prosperous economy that creates jobs and lifts people out of poverty

“Promote a true federal system which will provide strong Federal Government to guarantee national unity while allowing the federating units to set their own priorities

“Spearhead education reform so it is driven by innovation, science, and technology.”

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Impeachment: Deputy gov drags Oyo Assembly to court

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The Oyo State Deputy Governor, Rauf Olaniyan, has dragged the State House of Assembly to court over the impeachment move against him by the lawmakers.

The deputy governor was represented in court by his counsel, Chief Afolabi Fashanu, SAN, in the case which came up before Justice Ladiran Akintola at the Oyo State High Court, Ring Road, Ibadan, on Tuesday.

The judge ordered that the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Adebo Ogundoyin, and the Clerk of the House be put on notice before he adjourned the matter to Wednesday.

The lawmakers had, two weeks ago, initiated an impeachment move against Olaniyan.

The House in a letter read by the clerk, accused the deputy governor of financial recklessness, gross misconduct, and insubordination among other allegations following his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress.

Olaniyan had also filed his response to the allegations against him and the lawmakers had said the matter would come up for discussion on Wednesday.

The Speaker of the House, Adebo Ogundoyin, said the petition met the two-thirds requirements to initiate the impeachment process.

Olaniyan had recently defected from the PDP to the APC and the ruling PDP recently asked him to resign or be ready to be removed.

Rising to defend the embattled deputy governor, the governorship candidate of the APC, Senator Teslim Folarin, said the moves to remove Olaniyan would be resisted.

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Fashola Seeks Legislation To Make Voting A Duty Rather Than Right For Nigerians

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The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, says he would like to see a constitutional amendment that will make it a duty for the citizen to vote, rather than a right.

He made this statement on Tuesday at the 6th Babatunde Raji Fashola (BRF) Gabfest held in Lagos while reacting to the perceived increase in Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) collection and what should motivate the citizens to get involved in voting their representatives into elective offices.

Fashola insisted that no system was perfect, adding that he does not subscribe to the notion that the Nigerian situation was hopeless.

“Democracy is not divine,” said the minister who stressed the need for people to continue to build. “It’s a manmade idea – created by men… democracy is not perfect and so, must be constantly modified.”

The former governor of Lagos State also spoke about different arms of government and how much influence they wield in shaping the nation.

“The local government is the most important government. Let us pay attention to the local government… because we all seem to be fixated on who becomes the president,” he said.

The hybrid event themed ‘What are we voting for’ started with a panel discussion centred on the qualities of the next set of leaders Nigerians should look out for.

Six panellists garnered from various fields and endeavour spoke extensively on governance and also provided constructive insight into nation-building and the 2023 elections.

The annual event, conceived as part of efforts targeted at creating a platform for the active involvement of the youth in Nigeria’s future, is an activity lined up to celebrate the 59th birthday of the minister.

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Senate To Probe Supreme Court Justices’ Allegations Despite CJN’s Resignation

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Senate To Probe Supreme Court Justices’ Allegations Despite CJN’s Resignation

The Senate has resolved to continue with its investigation into the crisis in the Supreme Court despite the resignation of Justice Tanko Muhammad as the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN).

Lawmakers in the upper chamber of the National Assembly made the resolution during the plenary on Tuesday following a motion moved by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele.

Justices of the Supreme Court had in a petition addressed to the immediate past CJN raised concerns over the deplorable welfare conditions and difficult working environment in the apex court.

Days after the development, Justice Muhammad resigned as the CJN on the grounds of ill-health, cutting short his tenure in office which was expected to last until 2023.

Barely a day after Muhammad’s resignation, President Muhammadu Buhari swore in Justice Olukayode Ariwoola as acting CJN, being the most senior justice of the apex court.

Addressing his colleagues during Tuesday’s plenary, Senator Bamidele who cited Orders 41 and 51 to move the motion drew the attention of the Senate to the assignment given to the committee at the last plenary, relating to the state of affairs of the Supreme Court.

The Senate, in its resolution, mandated the committee to go ahead with its assignment in the quest to find a long-lasting solution by interacting with relevant stakeholders to look into the complaints raised in the petition by the justices.

It also directed the committee to interface with relevant stakeholders in the three arms of government and other stakeholders and collate aggregate views and positions on the short-term, medium-term and long-term measures needed to decisively address the crisis facing the judiciary.

The lawmakers stated this to include the immediate fiscal interventions, as well as long-term and sustainable budgetary allocations required for the optimal performance of the judiciary in line with global best practices.

They also resolved to wish Justice Muhammad well after many years of meritorious service to the nation and to pray for his good health.

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, had last Tuesday directed the committee to get involved in the matter with a view to unravelling the root cause of the problem in the judiciary and how best the Senate could intervene to address the concerns raised by the justices.

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