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Southwest Governors Venture Into Massive Food Production, Reject Yoruba Agitation, Okay State Police

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  • Sanwo-Olu unanimously picked as chairman

 

Efforts to increase food production have been sparked in the Southwest.

The goal is to lower food prices, which are still high in the nation despite continuous attempts to lower inflation.

Yesterday, commissioners of agriculture received an instruction from the governors of the six Southwest states to start the process that will result in food security in the geopolitical region.

They said: “On food security, the forum acknowledges the efforts of the Federal Government and decides that the Honourable Commissioners for Agriculture of all the states should begin to meet and set up a working template, which will ensure collaboration based on each state’s comparative advantage.”

The governors made this known yesterday after a meeting hosted by Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

They commended the Federal Government for turning the sod of the Lagos-Calabar coastal highway that will run across three of the states in the zone, and the Badagry to Sokoto Highway, which will pass through Oyo State, but urged President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to facilitate rehabilitation of other Federal roads in the region.

Some of the decayed Federal roads in the geo-political zones are: the Lagos-Sango-Ota to Abeokuta, the Ibadan to Ilesa expressway, the Akure to Ado-Ekiti Highway and the Ibadan-Oyo-Ogbomoso to Ilorin Highway.

All the six governors –Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Lucky Aiyedatiwa (Ondo), Ademola Adeleke (Osun) and Biodun Oyebanji (Ekiti) – attended the meeting.

Sanwo-Olu was unanimously picked as chairman of the forum to replace the late former Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, who passed on in December last year.

The governors reaffirmed their backing for Regional Security Network Amotekun and condemned the Yoruba Nation agitation.

They renewed their backing for state police while expressing relief that Southwest remains the most peaceful region in the country.

The governors urged the Senate to concur with the House of Representatives by passing the Southwest Development Commission Bill.

Sanwo-Olu read an 11-point resolution of the meeting which states as follows:

  • The Forum unanimously nominated and adopted the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu as its Chairman.
  • The Forum paid its last respects to its late Chairman of the Southwest Governors’ Forum, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi O. Akeredolu, SAN, CON, and also congratulated the new Governor of Ondo State, H.E Hon. Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa, for winning the All Progressives Congress’s (APC’s) Governorship ticket for the next election.
  • The governors adopted Ise wa fun ile wa as Southwest Anthem.
  • The meeting commends the House of Representatives and Southwest Caucus for their efforts at passing the Southwest Development Commission Bill and looks forward to its speedy passage by the Senate.
  • The meeting commends President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on the groundbreaking of the Lagos-Calabar Coastal Road, the proposed Lagos to Sokoto road and encourages the Federal Government to rehabilitate other Federal roads in the region.
  • On security, the Forum commends the relative peace in the Southwest region and notes the collaboration between all security agencies and the Amotekun Corps. It reaffirms its full support for State Police.
  • On food security, the Forum acknowledges the efforts of the Federal Government and decides that the Honourable Commissioners for Agriculture of all the states should begin to meet and set up a working template, which will ensure collaboration based on each State’s comparative advantage.
  • On Minimum Wage, the Forum supports the efforts of the Federal Government, the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) and the Organised Private Sector in their ongoing conversations with the Labour Union. We believe the outcome will reflect true fiscal federalism.
  • The Forum also encourages the Federal Government’s efforts on mineral resource exploitation. There should be further collaboration between the Federal Government and States, especially in granting leases to investors.
  • The Forum condemns in strong terms the group of people agitating for the Yoruba nation.
  • The Forum agrees to strengthen the DAWN Commission on operational efficiency and charges the Commission to focus on economic integration, cooperation and investment promotion of Southwest states. To that end, each state is mandated to appoint a state focal person.

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President Tinubu Signs South-East, North-West Development Commission Bills Into Law

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President Bola Tinubu has officially signed into law the South-East and North-West Development Commission bills.

The South-East Development Commission bill was sponsored by Deputy Speaker Benjamin Kalu, who represents the Bende Federal Constituency of Abia State.

After passing through the Senate and House of Representatives, the bill was transmitted to the President in June for his assent.

With the signing of the bill into law, the Commission will now receive funding to execute various projects in the South-East geopolitical zone.

The allocated funds will be used to address environmental challenges such as erosion, as well as reconstruct and rehabilitate roads in Abia, Enugu, Ebonyi, Imo, and Anambra states.

This move is expected to bring significant development and infrastructure improvements to the region.

In a statement issued by Levinus Nwabughiogu, his chief press secretary, Kalu expressed appreciation to the president for signing the bill into law.

The deputy speaker said the commission will “rehabilitate Igbo land” and foster unity among the people.

Tinubu also signed the north-west development commission bill into law.

Jibrin Barau, deputy senate president and sponsor of the bill, said the signing of the proposed legislation is a “testament” to Tinubu’s “commitment to addressing the challenges facing the north-west geopolitical zone and indeed all parts of the country”.

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Wike Urges Nigerians To Be Patient With FG, Says Planned Protest Political

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Nyesom Wike, Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), has dismissed the upcoming nationwide protest as a politically motivated move.

Speaking to journalists on Tuesday during an inspection of the Karshi to Apo Road construction project, Wike expressed his views on the planned protest.

The youth-led protest, scheduled to begin on August 1, aims to draw attention to the country’s economic hardship and soaring inflation.

However, Wike believes that the protest is driven by political interests rather than a genuine concern for the welfare of Nigerians.

According to Wike, the government is actively working to address the country’s challenges, implying that the protest is unnecessary and potentially disruptive.

His comments suggest that the government is making efforts to mitigate the economic difficulties faced by Nigerians, and that the protest may be an attempt to undermine these efforts.

“Let’s tell ourselves the simple truth. If we are playing politics let’s say we are playing politics; if we want to be sincere to ourselves, let’s be sincere to ourselves and help our country,” NAN quoted Wike as saying.

“The country is rotten. You know that the country is rotten, and a government has just come to see what it can do to at least, move it from where we are to a certain level, and you say that miracle must be performed within one year.

“You are here now, we are talking about a project that was awarded 13 good years ago, what has happened? Nothing.

“Now a government has come to see how it can fix all these things and we are in too much of a hurry demanding that it must be done now.

“It is not possible. The protest is a political protest.”

The minister acknowledged that people are unhappy due to hunger and unemployment.

“So, let’s not listen to political protesters and political jobbers who just want to be popular. You know there are some people who believe that if they don’t criticise, they will not be popular,” he said.

“We are going to elections very soon; these are political gimmicks.

“Just know that the government is a serious government and working to solve the problem.

“We believe that things will turn around, but we should be patient with the government.”

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Republican Lawmaker Andy Ogles Files Articles Of Impeachment Against Kamala Harris

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US Republican Lawmaker Andy Ogles has introduced two articles of impeachment against Vice President Kamala Harris, citing her alleged failure to enforce immigration laws.

Ogles accuses Harris of deliberately neglecting her duties as “border czar,” particularly in regards to border security and immigration law.

The first article of impeachment highlights Harris’ supposed inaction in addressing the border crisis, while the second article alleges a “breach of public trust.”

Ogles claims that Harris knowingly misled the public and Congress about President Joe Biden’s physical and cognitive health, sparking concerns about her integrity and ability to perform her duties as Vice President.

Ogles’ move to impeach Harris marks a significant escalation in the political tensions surrounding the Biden administration’s immigration policies and the Vice President’s role in addressing the border crisis.

The articles also claimed that Harris had been incompetent in discharging her duties.

Ogles’ first attempt to impeach Harris last year was unsuccessful and stalled in the judiciary committee.

The lawmaker’s second trial comes 48 hours after Biden withdrew from the presidential race and endorsed Harris to take his place for the Democratic Party’s ticket.

Biden’s shaky debate performance against former President Donald Trump last month, which heightened concerns over his age and mental alertness, was the catalyst for Democrats’ calls for him to end his reelection campaign.

The Democrat has not formally announced Harris as the party’s flagbearer. If nominated, she would be the first Black and South Asian woman to be a major party nominee.

On Monday, the presidential hopeful raised more than $81 million in donations to her cause.

The amount is believed to be the largest 24-hour fundraising in the history of the US presidential campaign.

Ogle’s impeachment calls have not received support from any member of Congress.

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