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Group Criticizes Kwara PDP For Campaigning With FG Projects

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The Kwara State People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has been berated by a socio-political group, the Progressive Nation Initiative, for hiding under projects hugely financed by the Federal Government to score political points on their billboards erected across Ilorin metropolis.

Fidel Info reports that In a statement sent to newsmen on Tuesday, Secretary of the group, Kehinde Daramola called out Kwara PDP over dishonesty and trying to score cheap popularity.

Kwara PDP had erected billboards in the state capital where they paraded a number of projects as their achievements.

PNI has however disagreed with this claim, noting most of the projects are FG projects, while many others are failure and/or incomplete.

He wrote: “In Kwara State, there is a consensus that the PDP elements who ruled the state for 20 years failed woefully. That was why we did the Otoge struggle in 2019. They did not provide the least of basic amenities such as water, road, access to quality healthcare and basic education. Therefore, the people of Kwara spoke in one voice to displace them to the extent that they did not get a single elective position in the state.

“We are however surprised to see these displaced politicians trying to insult the sensibilities of Kwarans by parading projects belonging to the Federal Government as their achievements in some highfalutin billboards. Most of these projects were financially sponsored by the Federal Government. Former Governor Bukola Saraki cannot for instance say he did not collect full payment to the Post Office to Post Office Flyover he claimed to have built. Record shows he got payment but he was silent on it and continue to parade an FG-sponsored project as one of his party’s achievement. That’s daylight robbery,” the statement added.

“Our people also know the huge financial resources committed by the Federal Government in establishing Kwara State University (KWASU). About 90% of the structures and buildings at KWASU were built by the Federal Government through TETFUND. But these shameless Kwara PDP are now trying to outshine the FG in glory. Kwara people must never be bamboozled. Cargo Terminal was also another project chiefly financed by the Federal Government. Yet the Saraki people couldn’t manage it properly to succeed. What a shame! The renovation of the Ilorin Airport which they also make so much noise about was paid for by the FG and they continue to brag about it. After 20 years, the Saraki dynasty cannot showcase any meaningful projects they have carried out with the huge financial resources, including FAAC, bailout, bond, loan, they got during their reign. The Metropolitan Square was left uncompleted after decades. The Diamond Underpass has now become an eyesore. Shonga Farms is a collosal failure.

“We are therefore using this statement to alert Kwarans to this subterfuge of the opposition party in Kwara State and their social media bandits. Kwara people should not be deceived by their lies and fallacies. We berate the Kwara PDP for trying to hoodwink our people by spreading half-truths. Never again will Kwara go back to their wasteful years,” the group said.

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Police Arrests Suspects And Recover Weapons After Rampage In Osun

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The Osun State Police Command on Monday disclosed that it has arrested ten persons in connection with the disruption of law and order in Osogbo while trying to take control of motor parks.

Fidel Info reports that Hoodlums, earlier in the day, were on a rampage across Osogbo, Osun state capital shooting sporadically into the air and attacking members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, across major parks in the town.

However, the police, in a statement by its Public Relations Officer, SP Yemisi Opalola, said the security outfit arrested ten suspects and recovered various weapons.

The statement reads partly, “This is to inform the general public that the Osun State Police Command is aware and frowns at the crises that erupted within the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in the state.”

“The Commissioner of Police, CP Faleye Olaleye, swiftly charged the Area Commanders, Divisional Police Officers, and Tactical Commanders to ensure the situation is brought under control and arrest culprits.”

“Consequently, the Police operatives tactical operation led to the arrest of Ten (10) Suspects and recovery of One (1) Barretta pistol, Two (2) Pump Action, Two (2) Barrel guns, Nine (9) live and Four (4) expended cartridges, Five (5) cutlasses and charms.”

“The Commissioner of Police wishes to assure the general public that the Police Command is fully on top of the situation as Mobile/Conventional/Tactical/Patrol teams have been deployed to curtail the crises and advice members of the public to go about their lawful businesses/work without fear of insecurity or attacks.”

“He, therefore, sternly warned that anyone found culpable in these unwarranted violence/attacks will face the full wrath of the law.”

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Nigeria Has Enough Food To Feed All Residents – FG

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The nation has enough food to feed every resident, according to Dr. Mohammad Abubakar, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Fidel Info reports that this was disclosed by Abubakar during his presentation at the fifth meeting of the “PMB Administration Scorecard 2015-2023 Series,” which took place on Monday at Radio House in Abuja.

The Minister attributed the country’s soaring food prices to both inflation and the effects of the Covid-19 outbreak, which led many nations, including Nigeria, to halt vital economic activity for months.

According to him, the ministry is building 10 large-scale integrated rice mills with a daily capacity of 320 metric tonnes in Jigawa, Kano, Adamawa, Niger, Kaduna, Gombe, Ekiti, Ogun, Bayelsa, and the Federal Capital Territory, in addition to assisting in the production and distribution of breeder, foundation, and certified rice seeds for farmers, all of which are intended to increase the nation’s food supply.

He added that the number of fertilizer factories has expanded from eight to 200 as a result of the presidential fertilizer initiative, which was started in 2016 and increased production from 300,000 metric tonnes to seven million metric tonnes.

He said, “We have enough food to take care of Nigerians. We are producing food across the country and we will continue to do so to feed Nigerians in line with our mandate and expedite the transformation of the rural communities of Nigeria.

“As it is today, many parts of the world, including our own country are yet to fully recover from the negative effects of the pandemic, which has triggered inflation and high food costs across the world.”

“The fact that some categories of food are imported by Nigeria is not an indication that we have food shortages. The high cost of food that we experience in the country is a result of rising inflation, which is not peculiar to Nigeria but due to the Covid-19 pandemic that forced many sectors of economic production to be shut down for many months.”

He also noted that the ministry was also constructing two 2000 metric tonnes specialized warehouses for the storage of food commodities at federal government-retained silo complexes in Irrua, Edo State and Ilesha, Osun State.

He said, “In a bid to ensure that the country had enough food to eat, the ministry has procured 79,277.30 metric tonnes of food commodities between 2020 and 2021 to replenish the national strategic reserve that was depleted by Covid-19 release and relief to the Poultry Association of Nigeria in 2021.”

Despite his assurance that the federal government has started taking action to eliminate such confrontations, Abubakar stated that he was unsure whether pastoralists purposely let loose their animals.

He said, “One of the measures to checkmate herders’/farmers’ conflicts is the introduction of the National Livestock Development Programme and the proposal to have ranching and grazing reserves across the country.”

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Adeleke Clashes With Osun Assembly On Renaming State

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On Monday, the Osun State House of Assembly disapproved of Senator Ademola Adeleke’s move to change the name of the state from “State of Osun” to “Osun State,” who had just been sworn in as governor.

Fidel Info reports that the Assembly stated that no one can use force to change the state’s anthem, crest, or flag because they are enactments of laws that were approved on December 18, 2012.

Adeleke changed the state’s name from “State of Osun” to “Osun State” and its nickname from “The State of the Virtues” to “The State of the Living Spring” during his inauguration on Sunday, November 27, 2022.

Additionally, as of July 7, 2022, Adeleke revoked all appointments made by the outgoing governor, Adegboyega Oyetola.

Additionally, he mandated the freezing of all government bank accounts and stated that all decisions made by the Oyetola-led administration as of July 17 will be reviewed.

The House issued a press release on Monday, November 28, 2022, to refute the governor’s decision. It was written by Moshood Kunle Akande, the chairman of the House Committee on Media and Publicity. It read, “The State of Osun House of Assembly having reviewed the inaugural speech of the Governor and the activities of the inauguration hereby resolves as follows;

“The usage of the State Anthem, Crest, and Flag is an enactment of the law and as such, its usage is a matter of law and not choice.

“The enactment ‘State of Osun Anthem, Crest and Flag Law, 2012’ assented to on December 18, 2012, contained in Schedule 1, II, III, IV and V, which carefully details every component of this law is not in ambiguity.

“Schedule I is the State Anthem, Schedule II has to do with the State Crest, and Schedule III is the symbolic significance of the elements in the Flag.

“Lastly, while we are aware of a court judgment in effect recognizing ‘Osun State, the Assembly, pending the determination and exhaustion of all legal means would not be drawn into this matter.”

The lawmakers further said that the state will continue to be described as the “State of Osun”  and “Ipinle Omulabi” (State of the Virtuous).

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