Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Friday reiterated youths empowerment and women inclusion remain top priority of his administration, promising to consolidate on youth-focused programmes to accelerate sustainable growth and development of the state.
The Governor made this remark during a visit to the Government House by the Kwara representatives in the Nigerian Youth Parliament (NYP) 5th Assembly, seeking collaboration of the young parliamentarians in fostering peace, growth and development of the young people in Kwara.
The three-man delegation, starring Adefila Ifeoluwa (Kwara South), Abubakar Sadiqq Buhari (Kwara North), was led by Ibraheem Abdullateef (Kwara Central) to the Government House.
AbdulRazaq, while congratulating the young parliamentarians on their inauguration, said his administration will continue to prioritise the welfare of all categories of youths in the state, to deepen participation and inclusion.
“We congratulate you on your appointment to represent Kwara State from each of the senatorial districts. From what we have heard so far, you are good ambassadors of the state. We want to strengthen the bond between the state and the Nigerian Youth Parliament so that there will be effective communication and feedback,” the Governor said.
“You are a window to the youth who are the future. What I mean by communication and feedback is to know what the youths want and what direction they want us to go, and to be part of the decision making process, bringing ideas on board to be able to shape the future.
“Your work is cut out for you. You need to do a lot of work, communicating to the youth as well in all spheres. Don’t focus on one group or tertiary institutions alone. Your mandate is for youth nationwide. Make sure you engage with them and strive to get feedback.
“So, this is a very strong focus for us. We will not joke about youth and gender issues. Those are very strong points and that is why you really need to engage with us. Our doors are open for you.”
Speaking on behalf of the delegation, Abdullateef gave accounts of their activities since inauguration in advancing the agenda for youths inclusion in politics and leadership, an end to violence against persons, in line with the legislative agenda of the 5th Assembly.
“I thank you for nominating us as representatives of Kwara in the Nigerian Youth Parliament. Our mandate, back home, is to champion advocacy for the welfare and development of Kwara youths, and to provide leadership on youth development-related issues and policies of government, to deepen participation and inclusion of young people,” he said.
He stated the representatives will be pursuing projects, including #YesHarmony, a citizens-police initiative to deepen peace and security education among residents– to promote enterprise, capacity building, and improved security in the state.
He also sought the support of the governor on the ongoing advocacy by the 5th Parliament to Nigerian major political parties to reduce the nomination form fees for young aspirants below 35 years old.
Abdullateef, while commending AbdulRazaq for all the developmental programmes his administration activated, including engagement of youth in government, asked the Governor to sustain the tempo, with particular reference to Kwapreneurs to enhance sustainable youths empowerment.
BREAKING: EFCC Restricting Me From APC Presidential Screening – Okorocha Voices Out
Former Governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha has alleged that the seige on his Abuja home by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC is an attempt to stop him from attending the presidential screening of the All progressives Congress, APC.
Okorocha raised alarm on Tuesday when operatives of the Anti-graft commission stormed his Abuja home.
He says that he never received any invitation or got court summons from any quarters.
“Frankly speaking, the situation I find myself is a situation of what I call hostage. Policemen and EFCC operatives are currently in my compound and they want to possibly whisk me away… my gate is blocked.
“All I am asking for now is to allow me to go for my screening because I am a Presidential aspirant and our election comes up on Sunday. If I am not allowed to go for this screening, I might miss it.”, he said.
Lagos Explosion: Gas Plant Owner Dies, Lawyer Insist On N800m Compensation
Justice Oyindamola Ogala of the Lagos State High Court, on Monday, struck out the criminal charges against the owner of Fash Oil Limited, Alhaji Waidi Fashola, popularly known as Larafash, following his death.
As at the time of filling this report , the FidelinfoNews couldn’t gathered the cause of the sudden death of the defendant.
The Lagos State Government had dragged Fashola to court following an explosion at his gas plant, Bestroof, on Cardoso Road, Baruwa Estate, Ipaja.
No fewer than eight people died in the explosion, which happened on October 8, 2020, on Baruwa Estate, in the Ipaja area of the state.
Many houses and shops were also destroyed in the explosion.
During the short court sitting on Monday, the defence counsel, Ademola Adeshina, announced appearance for the defendant and informed the judge of his death through a letter to the court.
While the judge was going through the documents, she asked the counsel, “What happened to him?”
Adeshina replied, “We wrote a letter and also attached pictures and other documents.”
The state counsel, Abike Oluwasanmi, acknowledged the service of the letter and expressed her condolences.
“In the circumstance, we apply that the case be struck out,” Adeshina added.
Justice Ogala in response said, “Honestly, we extend our condolences too. The case is struck out.”
The 64-year-old businessman was facing 30 counts and was granted bail.
The charges read in part, “That you, Waidi Fasola, committed an offence on October 8, 2020, around 5.45am at 61b, Cardoso Road, Baruwa, Ipaja, in the Ikeja Judicial Division, when a loaded truck in your company with negligence and unlawful permitting the discharge of LPG (gas) into a tank, led to the deaths of Aderinsoye Olamilekan, Aderinsoye Mowa, Mohammed Abubakar, Abike Oluwasanmi, Evans Udom, Adebowale Aisha, Adeleke Olusola Amos and Adeleke Oluwadarasinmi.”
The prosecution also claimed that the unlawful act of “failure to take precaution against danger” led to severe bodily harm to Adebisi Micheal and Adache Blessings, while causing severe burns to Bose Oyelumade, Nuru Nasir, Ayo Ademisoye, Emmanuel Udom, and bodily injuries to Omorieghe Josephine, severe burns to Usman Yakubu, Ronke Gbele, Mrs Juwon Abiodun, as well as inflicting head lacerations on one Sunday.
Aside from the deaths and bodily injuries, the prosecution equally claimed that the failure of Fashola to take precautions led to the destruction of houses and shops and the destruction of some apartments in the community.
The counsel for the family of victims affected by the explosion, Akeem Fadun, while condoling with Fashola’s family, said the death would not affect the already filed civil case in court.
He said, “The civil case in court is against the Lagos State Government and Bestroof Limited, and the death of the man will not affect the case in any way. The total number of people that died in the explosion is 10.”
Fadun said the compensation being sought for families of the deceased and those who were injured was about N800m, which he said his law firm would continue to pursue.
Lawyer Criticises EFCC’s Arrest Of Advert Executive In Enugu
Human rights lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, has criticised the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over its arrest of an advertisement executive, Baron Nnamdi, in Enugu State.
The FidelinfoNews reports that EFCC said the billboard advert is an “offensive political campaign message”.
The EFCC accused Mr Nnamdi of publishing an “offensive political campaign message” on a billboard in Enugu, with the commission’s name and logo on it.
In a message on the billboard obtained by The FidelinfoNews.The message reads; ‘2023: Enugu PDP Learn From 2007 Election… EFCC Is Coming With Koboko On Corrupt Candidates’.
The EFCC arrested Mr Nnamdi on Saturday, according to the commission’s spokesperson, Wilson Uwujaren.
Mr Effiong, however, said Mr Nnamdi committed no offence and, therefore, should be released immediately by the anti-graft commission.
He also asked the EFCC to apologise to him.
The lawyer, in a statement on Sunday, said the reasons given by the EFCC to justify the arrest of Mr Namdi were “baseless, false and legally unfounded”.
“The use of the logo or name of the EFCC is in itself not a criminal offence,” Mr Effiong said.
“There is no Section of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (Establishment) Act, 2004 that makes the mere use of the name or logo of the EFCC, without more, a criminal offence.
“Section 6 (q) of the EFCC Act provides for the functions of the Commission, which includes: ‘carrying out and sustaining rigorous public and enlightenment campaigns against economic and financial crimes within and outside Nigeria.’
“By Section 24 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), citizens have a constitutional duty to assist law enforcement agencies in the discharge of their functions,” he said.
Mr Effiong dismissed as “false and misleading” the claim by the EFCC that the billboards at Otigba and Zik Avenue Junctions in Enugu could threaten the aspiration of some politicians in the state in the buildup to the 2023 general election.
The lawyer said the message in the billboard is positive and promotes the agency’s war against corruption.
“It is rather ironic that the same EFCC that claims to be investigating politicians regarding the source of the humongous sums they are using to buy nomination forms, is now antagonising patriotic citizens who are warning corrupt politicians to be mindful of the same EFCC.”
Mr Effiong described the arrest as “needless persecution and distraction”.
He said the commission should rather commend the group that sponsored the advert.
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