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Group Pledges ‘Total’ Support For Saraki

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Group Pledges Total Support For Saraki

A Saraki Support Group, @SNIGERIAFIRST has pledged its support for the President of the Senate Dr Bukola Saraki, in the face of what it termed ‘hostility’ against him (Saraki).

The Kwara state chapter Coordinator Damilola Damilare, in a statement issued on Thursday, said that Saraki who had just declared to run for president, had been a victim of political battle since 2015.

They said that since he won the confidence of his colleagues to be the President of the Senate against the wishes of certain political gladiators, it had been one trouble after the other.

@SNIGERIAFIRST in their statement titled “Why We Support Saraki”  however stressed that despite the challenges, their supports for Saraki remained unflinching in view of his numerous achievements.

Itemising the many achievements of the Senate’s President, @SNIGERIAFIRST  said that Saraki continues to discharge his duties with a sense of purpose and efficiency.

“His keen sense of empathy, is one unique trait which sets him apart from other Nigerian leaders. This was exemplified by his empowerment of the neglected family of the late Nigerian football legend, Rasheed Yekini. He also paid a personal visit to the National Assembly staff that was injured during the mace theft drama.

“As a Senator in the 7th assembly, Saraki was one of the first sets of people to donate blood to victims of Nyanya bombing in Abuja, in 2014 and supported Ali Ahmadu, who was run over by Boko Haram to regain his feet and walk again,” he said.

The group describes as untrue certain allegations that had been levied on Saraki, including the view in some quarters that he underperformed as a two-term governor of Kwara State.

They insisted that Saraki even performed beyond expectation having received one of the lowest allocations from the Federal Government during his time as governor.

“He initiated one of the best diagnosis centres in West Africa. (Harmony Advanced Diagnostic Centre), he initiated one of the best agricultural initiatives in Nigeria. (Shonga Farms) and he established the first State owned Aviation College in Nigeria. (International Aviation College).

“He established the first state owned football academy in Nigeria. (Kwara Football Academy), the first community based health insurance scheme in Kwara. (Kwara Community Health Insurance Scheme) and the first state owned university in Kwara. (Kwara State University, KWASU).

“Under him, Kwara became the first state to complete the Nigerian Integrated Power Project in Nigeria. (NIPP),” Damilare said.

He argued that past administrations before Saraki built only 3 housing estates while Saraki built 10 and in all the three senatorial districts.

The group added that he initiated the clean and green program and bagged over 15 awards during his time as Governor.

They insisted that the former Kwara Governor had the qualities deserving of a great leader, adding that he was an outstanding member of the 7th Senate who exposed the ‘biggest corruption scandal’ in the petroleum sector: the fuel subsidy scandal.

On his performance as President of the 8th Senate, the group said:  “The 8th senate has passed more bills than any previous senate, it have resolved more petitions than all past senates combined, it broke the jinx on Petroleum Industry Bill and it supported and passed the Not-Too-Young-To-Run bill.

“The 8th Senate under Saraki opened the NASS budget for public scrutiny; it concluded the Constitution amendment, promoted the patronage of Made-In-Nigeria goods and legislated on numerous issues that affect the lives of Nigerians.

They therefore called on Nigeria to disregard the negative campaigns against the President of the Senate, urging them to balance every news with facts.

“All we ask is for all Nigerians to ignore sponsored lies and #KnowSaraki.” The statement said.

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US Ambassador Advises Nigeria To Diversify Economy

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US Ambassador Advises Nigeria To Diversify Economy

U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria, Stuart Symington, has advised Nigeria to diversify its economy to experience deeper growth and development.

The ambassador gave the advice at the annual dinner of the Nigeria-American Chamber of Commerce annual dinner in Lagos on Sunday.

In a statement delivered by Ebuka Igochukwu, the chamber’s communication manager, Symington said Nigeria should reduce its dependence on crude oil.

Another speaker at the event, Chief Olusegun Osunkeye, a former Nestle Foods Chairman, said Nigeria has to unearth the golden opportunities for economic growth and development. To do that, he recommended Agriculture and ICT which he said are viable alternatives to crude oil.

Honeywell chairman, Oba Otudeko, expressed concern bout the low performance of non-oil nigerian businesses in taking advantage of African Growth and Opportunity Act, AGOA.

NACC president, Otunba Oluwatoyin Akomolafe, said the Chamber was committed to improving trade relations between Nigeria and the U.S.

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Tunde Kelani Resigns As National Film And Video Censors Board Boss

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Tunde Kelani Resigns As National Film And Video Censors Board Boss

Iconic filmmaker, Tunde Kelani, hs resigned as boss of the National Film and Video Censors Board. Kelani blamed his resignation on the make-up of the board, and what he described as contradictions in the mentality of board members.

He said in a statement that his life and career do not fit into the set up of the board. The film icon said the structure is not aware of its functions, or what it is supposed to accomplish. Kelani said this has made it difficult for him to even try to fulfill those functions.

The filmmaker said he has decided to resign because he needed to spend his time and energy on productive, developmental, cultural, social and meaningful projects.

He said the change expected was not possible within such a large group of 52 members.

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Drunk FRSC Official Causes Car Accident In Lagos

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Drunk FRSC Official Causes Car Accident In Lagos

It is a grave situation when an official, charged with guarding the law, himself is found breaking it.

That is the case of a federal road safety corps official who was allegedly drunk and who caused a car accident as a result in Lagos over the weekend.

The officer, Deputy Route Commander B. Ojeaamiren was reported to have been unable to react quickly to angry motorists whose vehicle he had bashed because of his alleged intoxication. His movement was said to be slow, and his speech slurred. The video of the incident has gone viral on social media.

Meanwhile, federal road safety corps marshal, dr. Boboye Oyeyemi has ordered an investigation into the incident.

Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, says the corps marshal has condemned the officer’s alleged behavior in its totality.  She also said the marshal has vowed to institute necessary disciplinary actions against the officer. He is quoted as sayng, if found guilty, the offending officer will face the law.

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