Ebonyi State Government under the auspices of All Progressive Congress APC in Affikpo North Local Government Area of the State has organized a security rally to support the efforts of the Governor of the State, Engr David Umahi to ensure that Ebonyi is free from any kind of crime.
The Governor, represented by the state Commissioner for Project monitoring, Mr Ezeali Ukie-Oluchukwu among the many others who attended the rally, made this known to Journalists during the rally in Affikpo, Ebonyi State Southeast Nigeria. Mr Ezeani said he is very impressed with what happened in the Council stating that; “I am highly excited that even at the Local Government levels, people are organizing this important security rally in support of Governor’s efforts to curb Crime entirely in the State.”
The Deputy Leader of Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Mr Kingsley Ikoro said that the governor was proactive and not a reactive person in terms of the security and welfare of the Ebonyi people.
“This rally was organised to support His Excellency the Governor in all he has been doing security-wise and to appreciate him for all the ongoing and completed infrastructures in Afikpo North,” Ikoro added.
Ikoro advised the general public to emulate Governor Umahi’s unprecedented empowerment and leadership skills. The State APC Youth Leader, Comrade Ogochukwu Elem also expressed joy over the level of decorum and decency of the rally.
“The Governor of the State Engr David Umahi has made Ebonyi the most peaceful and hospitable State across the country, courtesy of All Progressive Congress APC,” Ogochukwu added.
The APC Zonal Chairman of Ebonyi North Senatorial Zone, Mr John Nwankata commended the people of the Council for organizing such a peaceful rally. “The rally is to ensure that Ebonyi State remains peaceful at all times. Our Youths should be patient enough as His Excellency the Governor will soon empower them in various capacities,” Nwankata said.
The Chairman of Affikpo North Local Government Area, Barrister Oby Oko Enyim, while addressing Journalists charged people in authority to always accommodate others most especially the less privileged in the society. She said this while also thanking all who came to support them during the rally.
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President Buhari’s government revamping power sector-APC group
The President Muhammadu Buhari administration in Nigeria is revamping the power sector in Nigeria by completing abandoned projects, Promoting off-grid/renewable initiatives and ensuring robust consumer protection for on-grid electricity consumers.
APC Legacy Awareness and Campaign group, a group in Nigeria’s governing party, the All Progressives Congress, said this in a press statement signed by its leaders; the APC national youths leader, Ismael Ahmed, Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) Salihu Lukman, a former APC National Publicity Secretary Mr. Lanre Issa-Onilu and a presidential media aide Tolu Ogunlesi.
Amongst the efforts to improve power supply in Nigeria, the Legacy group said is the completion of one of the biggest power plants in the country – the Zungeru Hydropower Plant by the end of 2021.
According to the APC group, some of the inherited abandoned projects that have been completed in 2020 are the 40MW Kashimbila Dam and Hydropower Plant; the 10MW Katsina Wind Farm; and the 30MW Gurara Hydroelectric Power Plant.
Among the new projects started by the Buhari Administration are; ” the private-sector-led Azura Power Plant in Edo State (460MW), for which the financial close was facilitated in 2015/2016, and which was completed in the first quarter of 2018, several months ahead of schedule. The Buhari Administration also built the Afam Three Fast Power Plant, with a capacity to generate 240MW of electricity.”
The group said the new plant has been sold, alongside the neighbouring Afam Power Plc (966MW installed capacity), to Transcorp Plc.
Other projects include the National Mass Metering Programme which was launched in August 2020, the Solar Power Naija launched in April 2021 to deliver 5 million off-grid solar connections to Nigerian households and the Presidential Power Initiative (PPI), also known as The Siemens Power Programme.
The group also pointed out that the government is also working on supplying clean and reliable energy (Solar and Gas) to Federal Universities and Federal Teaching Hospitals across the country, and it has succeeded in 4 universities across Nigeria ; BUK (Kano), FUNAI (Ebonyi), ATBU (Bauchi) and FUPRE (Delta).
The APC group noted that the government is also carrying out several financial interventions in form of grants, electricity pricing reform and other programmes.
Policies to improve the sector has not been left out in the reform, according to the APC Legacy Campaign group, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) is more actively rising up to its regulatory responsibilities.
“In 2019 it issued an Order capping estimated billing by DisCos. Most recently (July 2021) it has issued a Consultation paper on the Review of Customer Protection Regulations in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry, and is inviting the input of citizens and stakeholders as it works to strengthen these consumer protection frameworks” the group said.
The APC group noted that the Buhari Administration is laying a solid foundation for uninterrupted power supply in every part of the country in the near future.
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Kwara APC set for ward congresses
Kwara State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) says it is set for its ward congresses across the sixteen local government areas of the state which is scheduled to commence on Saturday, 31st of July.
The State APC caretaker Committee Chairman, Alhaji Abdullahi Samari disclosed this while addressing newsmen in Ilorin, the state capital at the newly acquired party Secretariat.
The party also added that all security arrangements have been put in place to ensure a hitch free congress and warned against any form of disruption of the exercise.
He called on its members to conduct themselves in a peaceful manner during and after the exercise.
Alhaji Samari used the occasion to introduce members of Ward Congress Committee from the National Secretariat of the party led by its chairman, Alhaji Shuaib Umar and formally received them at the party Secretariat.
According to him, the APC will be organizing its congress in accordance with the Caretaker/ Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee of the Party under Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State.
Alhaji Samari added that the party’s guidelines would be strictly enforced in the State to ensure open, credible and fair participation by all members who can vote and be voted for thereby reflecting the sanctity of internal democracy of the party.
Responding to questions from newsmen, the secretary of the ward congress committee from the National Secretariat of the party, Mr Yusuf AbdulRahman said the committee is prepared for the assignment and therefore urged members of the party to come out and participate fully in the exercise.
Mr Yusuf also encouraged all interested contestants to obtain forms from the party secretariat in the state.
VON gathered that the ward congresses shall consist of all registered members of the party in the wards while newly registered members from the updated 2021 party membership register are eligible to participate in the ward congress.
All aspirants to party positions shall pay specified fees for the party nomination form as the position of the ward chairman will attract the sum of N10, 000.00, ward party vice chairman, secretary and treasurer, N5,000.00, other offices, N2,000.00 while all delegates will pay N1,000.
Borno state APC agrees on consensus congress
The Borno State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has unanimously agreed to adopt the consensus method in choosing its party leaders across the state at its forthcoming congress.
The decision was adopted after a stakeholders meeting which took place at the multipurpose hall of the Government house in Maiduguri.
After series of deliberation by the members of the ruling party, a unanimous agreement was reached.
The State acting Chairman of the party, Hon. Ali Bukar Dalori said the party decision was not surprising as it’s a clear manifestation of good and transparent leadership.
The immediate past governor of Borno State, Senator Kashim Shetima said the party’s unanimous decision was a testimony of a transparent leadership taking place in the state party.
Similarly, Senator Maina Ma’aji Lawan who is also a former Governor of the State said, ” what transpired at the meeting was a laying foundation for a united, strong and purposeful party and congresses. It is very clear or whatsoever on the part of the governor to not have any interest of imposing any candidate against the will of the party members.”
Likewise Senator Ali Ndume representing Borno South also said the party’s decision was the right step towards the right direction which is in accordance with the party constitution, and it is also a sign of a good leadership.
APC wins all 20 chairmanship seats in Ogun LG polls
The All Progressive Congress (APC) has swept all the 20 chairmanship seats in Saturday’s local government elections in Ogun state.
Chairman of Ogun State Independent Electoral Commission (OGSIEC) , Babatunde Osibodu, had earlier on Sunday morning announced 17 of the results.
The remaining three(3) results and winners were announced around 2:30pm local time.
Osibodu added that the total number of votes cast in the chairmanship elections in the 20 local government areas in the state was 396, 641.
“I want to say that APC won all the chairmanship seat in the 20 local government areas in the state,” he said.
He said that results of the elections into all the 236 councillorship positions in the state would be released as soon as they were ready.
The chairman expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the people during the elections, saying that the peaceful conduct made the election a success.
He also appreciated the law enforcement agencies for their role in ensuring the success of the elections.
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Nasarawa APC inaugurates Local Government Election Committee
Nasarawa State All Progressives Congress (APC) caretaker committee has inaugurated Local Government Election Committee to ensure effective participation of the party in the forthcoming Local Government elections slated for October 6th, 2021.
The ceremony took place at the Party Secretariat in Lafia, the state capital.
The State Chairman All Progressives Congress APC caretaker committee, Mr. John Mamman, urged the committee to be just and fair in the discharge of their duties.
“Your selection as members of the committee is based on your confidence, trust, and your capacity to shoulder the responsibility to the satisfaction of the party. I therefore urge you to remain firm, resolute and not to fall into any form of temptation that could make you compromise any form of pressure. The way and manner you conduct yourself to carry out the assignment would determine not only the success but the credibility of our great party”, Mamman said
He also expressed appreciation to the State Governor, Abdullahi Sule for his efforts towards providing funds to make sure that the State Independent Electoral Commission conduct elections at the 13 Local Government Councils in the state.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, the Secretary of the All Progressives Party, Aliyu Bello said for any democracy to thrive, there must be an internal democracy where selections are made in the party before meeting at the battle field.
The four Adhoc committees are: Screening Committee, Election Committee, Election Appeal Committee and Screening Appeal Committee.
Speaking on behalf of the committee, Mr Philip Dada expressed appreciation for the honor and assured of the committee’s readiness to carry out it’s duty successfully.
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