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Nigeria Not Working Due To Over Dependence On Government – Utomi

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Prof. Pat Utomi, a governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Delta on Monday said Nigeria was not working because of over dependence on government.

Utomi, a renowned economist said this at the High Level Public-Private Sector Forum with the theme: “Democracy that Delivers”, organised by the International Republican Institute (IRI) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Abuja.

He said that governments at all levels were suffocating as most activities were too much centred on government.

“There is too much obsession with government and we need to get other ways out of this.

“The obsession with government has made everyone too dependent on government.

“We need some balancing so that development can take place in the country.

“This can be done especially when every family is business oreinted.”
Utomi challenged families to place more value on economy by establishing busineses that would empower them to stand on their own thereby leaning less on the government.

He said that way people would even be empowered economically to drive the political process of the nation because in other climes, businessmen sponsor politics.

Utomi said that ultimately there would be less tussle for elective positions and the rule of law would also be upheld.

According to him, democracy grows where there is respect for rule of law and organs of government.

He expressed worry about the conduct of most of those in high profile offices, saying that many of them did not have the capacity for the positions they were serving.

Utomi called for comprehensive profiles of politicians to enable political parties know the people they were saddling with responsibilities.

He said that this would keep the right people in the right places.

The Country Director of the IRI, Sentell Barnes said that political parties continued to fall short of responding to the needs of the citizens.

“Nigeria witnessed the first defeat of an incumbent party by the opposition party for a shift in power in 2015.

“In spite of this, political parties continue to fall short in responding to citizen’s needs and providing critical oversight and accountability of government action.

“Parties are not ideology based, instead they are influenced by wealthy individuals and elected executive office holders who fund party administration and usurp powers of party leaders.

“This trend prevents political parties from exercising their independence and truly representing the consensus within the political parties,”he said.

Barnes said that political parties had consistently neglected their role in generating ideas and policies that would be responsive to citizens’ priorities and concerns.

He added that there were many reasons for business men to have stake in operating within democratic institutions.

He said that this was because free market itself was a key ingredient of democracy.

He said that unleashing the powers of individual entrepreneur in the market place to compete freely had been shown to be critical to a successful economy and to a healthy society.

The News Agency of Nugeria (NAN) reports that the event was organised by NDI in collaboration with USAID, Centre for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

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Kidnappers In Ondo State Kill One Of Their Victims

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Kidnappers in Ondo state are said to have killed one of their victims, a lecturer at the Rufus Giwa polytechnic in Owo, six days after they were abducted. Taiwo Akinyemi was reportedly killed on Sunday.

The suspected Fulani gunmen seized four persons, including the deceased, on the Akure-Owo expressway in Owo local government area last week.

They have released the three other victims who are staff members of the federal medical center, Owo.

The gunmen were reported to have tied the body of the fifty-two-year-old Akinyemi to a tree in bush where it was found. He was killed because his family could no pay their ransom demand on time.

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu joined lecturers and students of the polytechnic on Monday in a procession on campus as to respect and honor the late lecturer. Akeredolu described Akinyemi’s death as unfortunate.

Chris Olowolade, Chairman of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Polytechnics, Rugipo chapter, said the kidnappers originally asked for a one hundred million Naira ransom which was reduced to seven million Naira after two days. The kidnappers later further reduced it to half a million Naira.

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ASUU And Nigerian Government Reach Partial Agreement

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ASUU And Nigerian Government Reach Partial Agreement

Meanwhile, Labor Minister, Dr.Chris Ngige, has announced at a reconciliation meeting in Abuja that the government and the academic staff union of universities, ASUU, have reached a partial agreement. He says this should resolve the strike which started in early November.

The minister said they discussed issues related to agreements they had on shortfall in salaries of some federal universities’ workers and lecturers.  He said ASUU has submitted a list to the Accountant-General’s office, and the government has agreed that the presidential initiative on continuous auditing would cross-check that list by Wednesday.

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SSANU To Embark On 3-Day Nationwide Protest

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SSANU To Embark On 3-Day Nationwide Protest

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, says it would embark on three-day nationwide protest beginning in a week.

Minister of Labor and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, announced that the federal government would secure eight billion Naira within five weeks to pay NASU’s joint action committee.

The Union’s public relations officer, Abdussobur Salaam says the protest is about the government’s non-implementation of an agreement it reached with the union.

The Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities, NASU, and the National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT, had embarked on a nationwide strike in December last year. The action was suspended in march.

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