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Police Block entrance to the Edo State House of Assembly complex

The operatives of the Nigerian Police have taken over of the Edo State House of Assembly complex.

The two major political parties in the state have continued to trade blames on who is responsible for the blockade at the complex of the Edo State House of Assembly. This allegation is coming after series of unresolved political crises in the Edo State House of Assembly between members loyal to the current Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, and those loyal to the immediate past Governor, Mr. Adams Oshiomole.

Reacting to the developments at the Assembly complex in a statement issued earlier today (Thursday 6th August 2020), Chairman of the APC Media Campaign Council in Edo, John Mayaki, explained that as a political party, the APC does not control the police.

Mr. Mayaki has also accused the incumbent Governor of bridging constitutional provisions with his interference with the affairs of the State House of Assembly particularly its independence by denying opposition members-elect legitimate representation.

‘EFCC is Coming For You’ Oyo Governor Tells Ajimobi’s Family, Others

The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde has said his administration will not relent until it recovered billions of the state’s funds looted by officials of the previous administration in the state led by late Ajimobi.

Makinde made this statement while kick-starting the construction of the 21km Ajia-Airport-New Ife Expressway road, in Ajia town, said his administration was ready to put measures in place to retrieve all looted funds to develop the state’s infrastructure.

The 21km Airport-Ajia-New Ife Express road, with spur to Amuloko, was awarded to Messrs Peculiar Ultimate Concerns Ltd, at a cost of N8,520,919,776.41.

According to the governor, unlike the previous government, which, he said preoccupied itself with how to corner the state’s funds on a daily basis, his administration would drastically reduce the infrastructure deficit in the state within the shortest possible time.

He added that it was only in doing so that the state can be positioned on the path of economic growth.

Addressing the criticisms trailing the announcement of N100 billion bond issuance by the state, the governor stated that people need to understand that he is not like that heard somebody criticising his government on radio concerning the N100 billion bonds, and was of the opinion that this administration wants to put the state in debt.

He said his government isn’t like that of others (referencing to Ajimobi’s government), who for period of eight years spent in office, they were only preoccupied with how to corner N1 billion monthly into their private pockets every day they went to the office.

He added that Ajimobi used 96 months in office, that means his administration has Oyo State’s N96 billion in its care and he will retrieve every fund that belongs to Oyo people for the purpose of infrastructure development.

Makinde then asked those who can to tell those in Ajimobi’s government that the EFCC of Oyo State is coming for them.

The special adviser on media to the former governor, Bolaji Tunji said he won’t join issues with Governor Seyi Makinde because today (Thursday) makes it 40 days since the former governor was laid to rest, as such it is still a mourning period for the family.

However, Tunji said that such an attack is expected having laid bare the fallacy behind the N100 billion bond.

Edo 2020: ‘We Will Send Obaseki Out of Dennis Osadebey’s House’ APC Youth Vows

The youth in All Progressives Congress in Edo State has vowed to send Gov. Godwin Obaseki packing from the Dennis Osadebey House, come Sept. 19.

The youth stated this during the inauguration of the youth wing of the APC Governorship Candidate Campaign Council in Esan West and Owan West local government areas, on Tuesday.

Mr Dennis Idahosa, the Director-General, Youth and Students’ Mobilisation for the State Campaign Council, who inaugurated the youth wing, said that the party aimed to record 99 percent victory in the governorship election.

Idahosa, who is the member representing Ovia Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, urged the coordinators of the youth wing to take the manifesto of Mr Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the APC candidate, christened: “SIMPLE Agenda” to all nooks and crannies of their council areas.

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He also begged the youth to eschew violence as they would be going about the campaign, and that they must all be resolute in their quest to ensure victory for the party.

Also, Mr Johnson Iyamu, Secretary of the Youths and Students’ Mobilisation urged the coordinators to, in turn, go and inaugurate 100-member executives in their respective local governments.

He said that 50-member executives should also be inaugurated at the ward level, adding that they should take the Ize-Iyamu agenda to every nook and cranny of their areas.

Present at the inauguration was the APC Senatorial Youth Leader for Edo North, Mr Dirisu Otinomo and Chairman, Media Sub-committee for Youths and Students’ Mobilisation, Mr Collins Osagae

Lockdown: Government Spends Over N500 Million To Feed Children

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouq has said that Federal Government has spent about N523.3 million on school feeding programme during the lockdown against the coronavirus pandemic.

She announced this at the Presidential Taskforce briefing on COVID-19 on Monday in Abuja.

Farouk made the revelation against the rumours and speculations going around one of our key interventions of the government – the Home Grown School Feeding Programme.

She said that the programmed was modified and implemented in three states following a March 29th, Presidential directive.

The three states are FCT, Lagos and Ogun.

According to her, each takes home ration was valued at N4,200 and that the figure was arrived at with proper consultation.

The minister said that the figure generated from statistics provided by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and the Central bank of Nigeria (CBN)

She further said that according to statistics from the NBS and CBN, a typical household in Nigeria has 5.6 to six members in its household, with three to four dependents and as such it is assumed that each household has three children.

The minister further explained that based on the original design of the Home Grown School Feeding programme, long before it was domiciled in the ministry, every child on the programme receives a meal a day.

She said each meal cost N70 per child and when 20 school days per month is taken, it means a child eats food worth N1,400 per month.

She further said that to ensure transparency in the process, the ministry has partnered with the World Food Programme (WFP) as technical partners and has also invited government agencies like the EFCC, CCB, ICPC, DSS and some NGOs to monitor the process.

An investigation into the programme revealed that the FCT, 29,609 households were impacted, 37,589 households in Lagos and 60,391 in Ogun, making a total of 124,589 households impacted between May 14, and July 6.

So if 124,589 households received take-home rations valued at N4,200, the amount will be N523,273,800.

Abia Governor Sacks Council Chairmen, Commissioner, Gives No Reason

Abia State Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has sacked the Transition Committee Chairmen of Aba North (Victor Ubani); Aba South (Cherechi Wogu) and Umunneochi (Mathew Ibe). He also relieved Commissioner of Transport, Ekele Nwaohammuo, of his duties.

Anthony Agbazuere, the Governor Chief of Staff made this known through a statement yesterday without stating any reason for the Governors action.

However a source told newsmen that the sacks could be connected to gross-misconducts and anti-parth activities of those concerned.

Also, General Manager of Traffic and Indiscipline Management Agency of Abia State (TIMAAS) Bright Ikeokwu was among those relived of their duties.

The governor has with immediate effect approved the appointment of Ezechikamnayo as Transition Committee Chairman Nominee for Umuneochi, while Tony Nwanmuo and Godswill Nwonoruo have been sent to the House of Assembly as Commissioner-nominees.

While the deputy chairmen of the affected councils has also been ordered to take over the office and together with their Heads of Service, they should set up a taskforce to check environmental indiscipline and other vices.

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