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Items filtered by date: Wednesday, 23 January 2019

Bayelsa: Operation Doo Akpo Returns This Week

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The Bayelsa state established security outfit code named Operation Doo Akpo which hibernated over two months ago is set to hit the streets again, TNN has authoritatively gathered.

The security outfit, in November 2018, disappeared from the streets of Yenagoa, the state capital and other parts of the state amid a gale of politicking by the political gladiators in the state.


Ayade: I'm Humbled By CAN's Endorsement

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Cross River State governor, Prof Ben Ayade says he is humbled by the decision of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, to endorse his aspiration to return to power.

The governor said this while reacting to the position of the association. A statement from the governor's office quoted Ayade as saying that he would not disappoint the people for trusting him.


Cult Groups Hold Yenagoa Hostage

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No fewer than five persons are said to have been killed in the last few days in Yenagoa, following renewed rivalries between cult groups in the state.

Our correspondent gathered that a deadly clash between two groups left a mobile policeman and two of the cultists dead near the Hausa Quarters at Yenizuegene community in the state capital, on Friday evening.


Workers Battle Udom Over Entitlements

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Just as there are signals that the Akwa Ibom State government is ready to pay the proposed minimum wage of N30,000 to workers in the state, the workers are asking the governor, Udom Emmanuel to first pay their outstanding three years promotion arrears before they can trust his willingness to pay the new minimum wage.


Owan Enoh Shines In Northern Cross River

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Against political permutations, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River State, Senator John Owan Enoh and his campaign train to the northern part of the were was greeted with a tumultuous crowd wherever they went in that region.


Why We Support Egbona - Yakurr People

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For Yakurr people of Cross River State, their decision to support Dr Alex Egbona, candidate of the All Progressives Congress for the Abi/Yakurr seat in the House of Representatives, is borne out of the conviction that he is the only one that has the history of selfless service, out of all those vying for the office.

This was made known at various villages where the Egbona campaign train visited. For instance, the Idomi, Ugep, Ekori people all in Yakurr Local Government Area, the young, old, women and men alike came out in their numbers to declare their support for Egbona.


The Lull In Political Activities In Bayelsa

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Barely a month to the long awaited 2019 general elections, Bayelsa State is still experiencing a lull in political activities. Politically, the riverine, oil-rich Ijaw speaking state is as silent as the graveyard. Unlike other states where political campaigns have reached a crescendo politicians who have secured tickets from the various political parties in the state are not showing signs of readiness to hit the roads with their campaign messages.

The silence pervading the political landscape in cuts across party lines. Under normal circumstance, serious campaigns would have been on by now. The electorate would have been abreast with the various candidates and would have begun to make their choices from the manifestoes of the candidates, ahead of the polls.

Having secured their tickets, majority of the candidates, especially those of the 'big' parties, are seen to have gone into oblivion.

The expectation has been that the emergence of more political parties, with the All Progressives Congress, APC, being the major opposition party, the state should be bubbling with political activities.

In the nutshell, political parties would have intensified campaigns, moving from one local government to another, from ward to ward and from community to community, selling their candidates and the stuff they are made of to the electorates.

Unfortunately, the APC which is supposed to mount pressures on the ruling Peoples Democratic Party PDP by embarking on a radical campaign mechanism is deep asleep. It has not shown any sign of its existence in the state safe for the pasting of posters of candidates at the party secretariat in Yenagoa, the state capital and  a few other places. Posters had not won elections for candidates before now and will not do so in this election. The other political parties also are not helping matters. They have equally joined the fray of political slumber in the state.

The development has given room to speculations that the various candidates may just be contemplating rigging, as opposed to relying on the people's votes, to win the election.

This has been the practice in the past.

The act of politicians abandoning campaigns and thinking that they may win elections based on their political platforms is not only unacceptable but dangerous to our fledgling democracy. It portends grave danger in the sense that the electorate may make wrong choices which would in turn result in bad leadership at all levels of governance and bring about retardation in development.

Candidates and their political parties state should therefore begin campaign processes.

The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC should also strictly monitor and sanction politicians who may be involved in sharp electoral practices. One way of dealing with the situation is to bark and bite. The electoral umpire should ensure that politicians caught either trying to buy votes, or engaged in ballot box stuffing or snatching should be made to face the music.

The electorate should shine their eyes and give their votes only to those who have presented convincing manifestoes to them. The era of winning through money and by bravado should end.


Ayade's Concept Of Intellectual Money

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In my last episode, I made a concise analysis on the policy thrust of Governor Ayade with specific focus on expansion of Government. That article made provision for both policy framework and its Praxis because many policies have hit the rocks during implementation-process for want of sound implementation modalities. Often times, most policies appear very impressive on paper, but in practice, they become impossible to implement. Another very important aspect of Ayade's policies is that they are often made available to the public at their formative stage for periodic evaluation and inputs for proper summative assessment during implementation to ascertain whether they have yielded the intended results. This is not unconnected with the Governor's stance on making his administration an all-inclusive one where the people have the sense of participation and belonging. In my last episode, we saw a situation where accruable revenue to the State was standing very frail in the face of massive projects with unimaginable cost and raised a poser on how the Governor has been able to accomplish so much which brought us to the concept of "intellectual money".

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