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Gbugbu Int’l Market: AbdulRazaq’s Achievement Is Visible To All, Says PDP Man



  • First phase of Gbugbu int’l market ready: Kwara Gov
  • Says next phase begins soon
  • Community hails AbdulRazaq’s strides
  • AbdulRazaq’s achievement is visible to all, says PDP man

The first phase of Gbugbu international market is ready for delivery, Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq said on Saturday as residents commended the Governor for his impactful projects.

The first phase of the project comprises 200 open stores and 22 lock-up shops — complete with electrical fittings and water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities to maintain a healthier trading environment.

The Governor said the delivery of the project is satisfactory, adding that the next two phases will include abattoir, police station, fire station, car park, administrative office, among others.

He said all the phases of the project will gulp N1.5bn according to government’s design, adding that the market will have multiplier effects on the local economy.

Gbugbu, a town in Edu local government, is a historic trading melting pot bringing together peoples from across West Africa subregion.

“Gbugbu is known for trade from its inception. It is a resilient community. People come from Lafiagi, Patigi and other places like Niger State and from across Nigeria and beyond to trade here. So, there was the need to develop it. It is a good and big project that will gulp about N1.5billion for the three phases,” the Governor told reporters during the inspection visit.

“I am impressed with the work done so far by the contractor. We are making sure that WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) programme on the sideline as we built the facility. You can also see the new school we just built. So no community will be left unattended to by our administration. It shows that this is a responsible government.

“We are not operating a concentric government where development will be concentrated at the centre alone. Gbugbu is 2-hour drive from Ilorin, the State Capital. It shows that every locality and local government is impacted from our investment as a government. We are not forgetting any community, and Gbugbu is part of Kwara and deserves proper investments.”

AbdulRazaq said with some other industries such as BUA Sugar factory coming on board, Gbugbu market will benefit alot from and Edu as a whole is poised to become a very rich local government in the State.

“This market will take advantage of the trickle-down effects of these major industries. Kwara will be epicenter of sugar production in Nigeria and Gbugbu will benefit from it immensely,” he added.

Gbugbu International Market Site Engineer, Yisa Gisang, said the market is divided into three phases with the first phase already completed, assuring Kwarans that the phase one will be delivered for use this Tuesday.

Yisa said the phase one has at least 22 lock-up shops, 10 blocks of 200 open shops, public toilets at different parts of the market, and security post, among other facilities that have been put in place.

He explained that the construction projects was executed to meet the international standard and according to specifications.

“We have executed the project properly and it is 98 percent completed. We are still working on few other things like installation of a fire extinguisher, water reticulation, and other minor works. We want to deliver the first phase on Tuesday,” he said.

Yahman Jubril, a member of the Community and PDP supporter, commended AbdulRazaq for embarking on such a big project that benefits the people of the Community, irrespective of their party affiliation.

Jubril, known locally as ‘No Fighting’, said he was convinced that the Governor truly focuses on developing the State, and pledged to work for the second term bid of the Governor.


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“O su wa”: A Symptom That Kwara PDP Is undergoing Political Depression- Soliu Mohammed



The adoption of “O su wa” as campaign slogan by the Kwara State PDP is unarguably a symptom that they are going through what is  called Political Depression, a recent topic that is gaining global interests among political scientists and clinical psychologists.

O sun mi (singular) meaning I’m “fed up” O sun wa (plural) “we are fed up” a term commonly expressed out of frustration due to successive failures of attempts at a particular endeavour or when life is generally perceived to be hopelessly unfavourable to an individual or group; a symptom indicating such an individual or group is undergoing or prone to depression. So if Kwara PDP chose to adopt such a slogan too, it means they are exhibiting a symptom of depression or Political Depression in this case.

Simply put, Depression is a state of mind producing serious, long-term lowering of enjoyment of life or inability to visualize a happy future.

By extension, Political Depression involves thinking and feeling like we no longer have control over our destiny. Dr. Robert Lusson in his article on Political Depression says: “Political depression may be partially driven by the fear that one may be materially harmed or socially excluded by conditions beyond one’s control.” Political Depression is an “…intense feelings of helplessness, grief and anxiety which occurs due to distressing social and political events.”

These brief definitions of Political Depression above simply encapsulate and point directly to the current psychological reality the members of Kwara State PDP are going through.

“Depression is a state of mind producing serious, long-term lowering of enjoyment of life or inability to visualize a happy future.” This is not far from the current situation of Kwara PDP, because their “enjoyment of life has been lowered” due to their inaccessibility to Kwara State fund which has been their cash cow for all manners of luxury life they lived. Hence their lack of enjoyment has created a fear in them and impaired their vision of living a “happy future”, a fear that the APC Abdurahman Abdulrazaq will rule the state in the next four years God willing, thereby dashing away the hope of PDP living a happy life anytime soon.

Dr. Lusson further posits that Political Depression “may be partially driven by the fear that one may be materially harmed or socially excluded by conditions beyond one’s control.” Of course, there’s no doubt that the Kwara PDP led by Bukola Saraki to the last members are gripped by the fear that they may be materially endangered and socially excluded from schemes  of things in the state because they no longer control the political power both at the national and the state level.

Political Depression is an “…intense feelings of helplessness, grief and anxiety which occurs due to distressing social and political events.” Obviously there are many political events capable enough to cause intense feelings of helplessness, grief and anxiety for Bukola Saraki and the Kwara PDP…

From losing the 2019 PDP primary to Atiku after coming a distance third with 317 votes, coupled with the “O to ge” political revolution that dismantled the Saraki dynasty, marking the beginning of the diminishing sociopolitical relevance of Bukola both at the national and state level, to also of recent, all the manipulative efforts by Bukola Saraki to secure the PDP 2023 Presidential ticket and later to be the DG of Atiku Abubakar all hit brick wall, which compounded Bukolas’s political predicaments.

Therefore, these series of political events are bad enough to create frustration, helplessness and hopelessness for the PDP Leader in the state and his followers, hence the reason for adopting “O su wa” as a campaign slogan, a symptom that they are battling with some psychological deficiency, because it is only a political party who’s membership have mental case will say “O su wa” (they are fed up) with the ongoing unprecedented development of Kwara State by Mallam Abdurahman Abdulrazaq.

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FG Has Recovered Over N120B From Crime Proceeds



Since the Bill on Proceeds of Crime Recovery Management was signed into law earlier this year by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian government claims to have recovered at least N120 billion as proceeds from criminal financial transactions.

Fidel Info reports that In Abuja on Wednesday, when the Environment Minister delivered the ministry’s scorecard for the Buhari administration, the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the revelation during a press conference.

Mohammed said, “I have an update on the Proceeds of Crime (Recovery and Management) Act (POCA), 2022. In line with the new law, all relevant government agencies have now opened ‘A confiscated and Forfeiture Properties Account with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). 

“I can confirm that the Federal Government has realized over 120 billion Naira, among other currencies, from POCA.

“This money will be used to fund the completion of ongoing critical infrastructure projects in the country like the Second Niger Bridge as well as the Lagos-Ibadan and Abuja-Kano Expressways. We will continue to update you on this,” the Information Minister said.

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Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia Reinstated As Federal High Court Judge



The National Judicial Council, NJC, has reinstated Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia as a judge of the Federal High Court.

Fidel Info reports that the legal body based its decision on a court judgement that quashed a 15-count money laundering charge the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, preferred against the embattled judge.

It will be recalled that the NJC had okayed Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia’s prosecution, following  a petition dated December 28, 2017, which accused her of engaging in various acts considered to be in breach of the Code of Conduct of Judicial Officers.

Based on recommendation by the Council, President Muhammadu Buhari, on November 7, 2018, in the exercise of his constitutional power under Section 292 (1) (b) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, dismissed Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia as a judge of the Federal High Court.

However, owing to an application by Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia, the trial high court, in a ruling it delivered on November 19, 2021, discharged the defendant of the charge against her.

The court placed reliance on a judgement that was delivered on November 28, 2019, in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/638/2018, which quashed the NJC report that indicted the defendant.

Sequel to the court judgement, the NJC, at the end of a meeting it held on December 1, okayed the reinstatement of Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia to the bench, a directive that has been complied with by the Chief Judge of the High Court, Justice John Tsoho.

Justice Tsoho, in a circular that was sighted by Vanguard, said Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia’s reinstatement was with immediate effect.

The circular, dated December 5, read: “Your Lordships are by this Circular letter notified that at the Meeting of the National Judicial Council held on the 1st of December, 2022, the Council reinstated the Hon. Justice R. N. Ofili-Ajumogobia as a Judicial Officer.

 “The reinstatement takes instant effect and there shall be consequential posting.”

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