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Mr. 25th: Alia Setting The Standard For His Successor

Mr. 25th: Alia Setting The Standard For His Successor

By Terfa Naswem

When the Executive Governor of Benue State, Rev. Fr. Dr. Hyacinth Iormem Alia joined the All Progressives Congress (APC), his aim was to become the governor of Benue State so that he would deliver the good people of Benue State from the dungeon of neglect of civil servants, pensioners and development.

He abhors abysmal and amorphous governance which had adverse effects on the good people of Benue State in the past. As a result, he has taken into cognizance the welfare of Benue civil servants and pensioners as one of his top priorities.

The people of Benue State call him "Mr. 25th" because of his prompt payment of salaries and pensions on the 25th of every month. When 25th falls on Saturday or Sunday, the payment is made on 24th or 23rd.

Gov. Alia with his consistent payment of salaries, pensions and gratuities has exposed the callousness of those who deliberately subject civil servants and pensioners to perpetual sufferings and excruciating pains.

With the payment of salaries and pensions on 25th of every month including numerous ongoing projects in the state, Alia is already setting the standard for his successor after he might have completed his two terms in office in 2031.

What Alia has achieved in less than one year of his administration has evinced that by the time he completes his first term, Benue state will be significantly transformed while his second term will take Benue State to unprecedented heights.

Anyone who has the intention to succeed Alia as governor in 2031 will have to maintain the 25th payment because when the payment of salaries and pensions is consistent on the 25th of every month for 8 years and civil servants including pensioners are used to it, coming on board as a governor to change it by giving excuses would lead to public resentment.
By Terfa Naswem

When the Executive Governor of Benue State, Rev. Fr. Dr. Hyacinth Iormem Alia joined the All Progressives Congress (APC), his aim was to become the governor of Benue State so that he would deliver the good people of Benue State from the dungeon of neglect of civil servants, pensioners and development.

He abhors abysmal and amorphous governance which had adverse effects on the good people of Benue State in the past. As a result, he has taken into cognizance the welfare of Benue civil servants and pensioners as one of his top priorities.

The people of Benue State call him "Mr. 25th" because of his prompt payment of salaries and pensions on the 25th of every month. When 25th falls on Saturday or Sunday, the payment is made on 24th or 23rd.

Gov. Alia with his consistent payment of salaries, pensions and gratuities has exposed the callousness of those who deliberately subject civil servants and pensioners to perpetual sufferings and excruciating pains.

With the payment of salaries and pensions on 25th of every month including numerous ongoing projects in the state, Alia is already setting the standard for his successor after he might have completed his two terms in office in 2031.

What Alia has achieved in less than one year of his administration has evinced that by the time he completes his first term, Benue state will be significantly transformed while his second term will take Benue State to unprecedented heights.

Anyone who has the intention to succeed Alia as governor in 2031 will have to maintain the 25th payment because when the payment of salaries and pensions is consistent on the 25th of every month for 8 years and civil servants including pensioners are used to it, coming on board as a governor to change it by giving excuses would lead to public resentment.

Afonja offers JAMB Registration Scholarship To Indigent Students in Badagry

Afonja offers JAMB Registration Scholarship To Indigent Students in Badagry

By Dansu Peter 

Hon. Saheed Akanbi Afonja, a former Senior Special Assistant to Lagos State Governor, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-olu on youth has offered Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination registration scholarship to 20 indigent students in Badagry. 

The young politician from Badagry announced the offer of free registration to the prospective candidates in a scheme he tagged Saheed Akanbi Afonja Scholarship and Educational Supports Initiative (SAASESI). A total of 20 indigent students were offered the entrance examination scholarships. 

The following are the successful beneficiaries of the scheme drawn from the three councils in Badagry, the Badagry Local Government, Olorunda and Badagry West Local Council Development Area. 

1. Lamina Abdu-Basit Segiro - Pro Code 6881634726

2. Kosobameji Misimau Sedode - Pro Code 8097564093

3. Aloya Samson Ayomide Pro Code 1271687043

4. Akilapa Felix Sewanu - Pro Code 5407363469

5. Padonu Noah Ajobiyon - Pro code 7964735885

6. Amosu Daniel Sedobiyon - Pro Code 1628600759

7. Oyediran Samod Adedeji - Pro Code 2025974117

8. Oyediran Sulaiman Adisa - Pro Code 572565469

9. Àpáta Oluwamayowa Deborah - Pro Code 9731315472

10. Fagbohun Fifame Jomiloju - Pro Code 5392271438

11. Yusuf Samod Adeyemi - Pro Code 8507271706

12. Balogun Ramota Omowunmi - Pro Code 8435419720

13. Quadri Rokibat Ashabi - Pro Code 4903099425

14. Odunbaku Yekeen Adisa - Pro Code 6024717826

15. Oseni Quadri Adebayo Pro Code 6366333915

16. Ayodele Olumide Semawon - Pro Code 6568011351

17. Joshua Daniel Ayomide - Pro Code 7024317862

18. Erinfolami Oluwadamilare Ayomikun - Pro Code 5146487076

19. Toyon Oviutu Felicia - profile code 4153450914

20. Olaitan Victoria Gbotemi jamb code 4794501897 

By Dansu Peter 

Hon. Saheed Akanbi Afonja, a former Senior Special Assistant to Lagos State Governor, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-olu on youth has offered Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) examination registration scholarship to 20 indigent students in Badagry. 

The young politician from Badagry announced the offer of free registration to the prospective candidates in a scheme he tagged Saheed Akanbi Afonja Scholarship and Educational Supports Initiative (SAASESI). A total of 20 indigent students were offered the entrance examination scholarships. 

The following are the successful beneficiaries of the scheme drawn from the three councils in Badagry, the Badagry Local Government, Olorunda and Badagry West Local Council Development Area. 

1. Lamina Abdu-Basit Segiro - Pro Code 6881634726

2. Kosobameji Misimau Sedode - Pro Code 8097564093

3. Aloya Samson Ayomide Pro Code 1271687043

4. Akilapa Felix Sewanu - Pro Code 5407363469

5. Padonu Noah Ajobiyon - Pro code 7964735885

6. Amosu Daniel Sedobiyon - Pro Code 1628600759

7. Oyediran Samod Adedeji - Pro Code 2025974117

8. Oyediran Sulaiman Adisa - Pro Code 572565469

9. Àpáta Oluwamayowa Deborah - Pro Code 9731315472

10. Fagbohun Fifame Jomiloju - Pro Code 5392271438

11. Yusuf Samod Adeyemi - Pro Code 8507271706

12. Balogun Ramota Omowunmi - Pro Code 8435419720

13. Quadri Rokibat Ashabi - Pro Code 4903099425

14. Odunbaku Yekeen Adisa - Pro Code 6024717826

15. Oseni Quadri Adebayo Pro Code 6366333915

16. Ayodele Olumide Semawon - Pro Code 6568011351

17. Joshua Daniel Ayomide - Pro Code 7024317862

18. Erinfolami Oluwadamilare Ayomikun - Pro Code 5146487076

19. Toyon Oviutu Felicia - profile code 4153450914

20. Olaitan Victoria Gbotemi jamb code 4794501897 

No Amount Of Aspersions Or Apocryphal Stories Against Alia Will Turn The Good People Of Benue State Against Him: Their Efforts Are In Futility

No Amount Of Aspersions Or Apocryphal Stories Against Alia Will Turn The Good People Of Benue State Against Him: Their Efforts Are In Futility

By Terfa Naswem

Social media have been 'saturated' with aspersions, invectives and apocryphal stories against the Executive Governor of Benue State, Rev. Fr. Dr. Hyacinth Iormem Alia from different categories of people with a common goal to discredit his government and turn the good people of Benue State against him so that his reelection in 2027 will be in jeopardy.

As an assiduous governor, Alia has the concomitant to make tremendous impact on the good people of Benue State through people-oriented governance which they are feeling today.

Those who are on the expedition of trying to discredit Alia through their political rhetorics and other diabolical schemes may have forgotten so soon how during the Benue State gubernatorial campaign in late 2023 to early 2024, the numerous rhetorics and schemes against Alia to dissuade the good people of Benue from voting him were efforts in futility, even when they were only optimistic of his leadership prowess in government and never felt it yet.

If during gubernatorial campaign when they never knew whether Alia would deliver or not if elected, but didn't allow such rhetorics and schemes to change their minds; is it now that they are benefiting from his governance like never before that they will open their hearts to be instigated to turn against him and his reelection?

Gov. Alia will not capitulate to those attacking him from all directions. He is absolutely cognizant of their intentions and will continue to silence them by consistently paying salaries, pensions and gratuities including executing various projects amongst others.

Neophytes in politics who are free thinkers should not allow themselves to be cajoled by those who are strong-willed to ensure that Alia is discredited no matter the sacrifices required.

Whatever they are writing, saying or doing to discredit Alia will only have an ephemeral impact as a result of the collective resolve by the good people of Benue State to stand by him for Benue State to become one of the best.

Those who have embarked on this expedition are on a mission in futility because no matter what is said against Alia, the good people of Benue State don't care about that and have expressed their unswerving support for him now and for his reelection in 2027.

Those on this expedition should better use their precious time and resources on other things because in the end, everything they are doing now to discredit Alia will amount to painful waste of time and resources and would have been channeled to productive activities.
By Terfa Naswem

Social media have been 'saturated' with aspersions, invectives and apocryphal stories against the Executive Governor of Benue State, Rev. Fr. Dr. Hyacinth Iormem Alia from different categories of people with a common goal to discredit his government and turn the good people of Benue State against him so that his reelection in 2027 will be in jeopardy.

As an assiduous governor, Alia has the concomitant to make tremendous impact on the good people of Benue State through people-oriented governance which they are feeling today.

Those who are on the expedition of trying to discredit Alia through their political rhetorics and other diabolical schemes may have forgotten so soon how during the Benue State gubernatorial campaign in late 2023 to early 2024, the numerous rhetorics and schemes against Alia to dissuade the good people of Benue from voting him were efforts in futility, even when they were only optimistic of his leadership prowess in government and never felt it yet.

If during gubernatorial campaign when they never knew whether Alia would deliver or not if elected, but didn't allow such rhetorics and schemes to change their minds; is it now that they are benefiting from his governance like never before that they will open their hearts to be instigated to turn against him and his reelection?

Gov. Alia will not capitulate to those attacking him from all directions. He is absolutely cognizant of their intentions and will continue to silence them by consistently paying salaries, pensions and gratuities including executing various projects amongst others.

Neophytes in politics who are free thinkers should not allow themselves to be cajoled by those who are strong-willed to ensure that Alia is discredited no matter the sacrifices required.

Whatever they are writing, saying or doing to discredit Alia will only have an ephemeral impact as a result of the collective resolve by the good people of Benue State to stand by him for Benue State to become one of the best.

Those who have embarked on this expedition are on a mission in futility because no matter what is said against Alia, the good people of Benue State don't care about that and have expressed their unswerving support for him now and for his reelection in 2027.

Those on this expedition should better use their precious time and resources on other things because in the end, everything they are doing now to discredit Alia will amount to painful waste of time and resources and would have been channeled to productive activities.

NBC, Ebuebu Attends Cross Boarder Workshop On Access To Information In Cotonou

NBC, Ebuebu Attends Cross Boarder Workshop On Access To Information In Cotonou

By Abubakar Yusuf 

In a bid to resolve cross border population access to information, Director General, National Broadcasting Commission NBC, Mr Charles Ebuebu is attending a two day workshop in Cotonou, Benin Republic.

The cross border collaboration which begin on Monday , February  19 attracted heads of organisations charged with information dissemination across the African continent.

With the sole aim of charting a new course that will leverage on access to information, challenges and opportunities, cross border populations access to information exposed to multi dimensional conflicts, especially security concerns and multiple consequences of citizens living together. 

With the local media expected to play a crucial role in the maintainance of peace and social cohesion, and can also facilitate mutual understanding of development issues and dialogue within communities across the sub region.

The program sponsored by the Swiss Cooperation in Benin, through it's regional portfolio and supports for cross border development, initiated the process aimed at rejigging the local media as vehicles for the dissemination of sound , quality information in this fragile regional  context.

Discussions and analysis at the workshop will be determined on the realities of Benin and it's borders with Burkina Faso , Togo, Niger, and Nigeria.

The Director General, National Broadcasting Commission NBC, Dr Charles Ebuebu is expected to present a paper at the program as part of it's contributions and regional collaborations that will ensure the success of the program.
By Abubakar Yusuf 

In a bid to resolve cross border population access to information, Director General, National Broadcasting Commission NBC, Mr Charles Ebuebu is attending a two day workshop in Cotonou, Benin Republic.

The cross border collaboration which begin on Monday , February  19 attracted heads of organisations charged with information dissemination across the African continent.

With the sole aim of charting a new course that will leverage on access to information, challenges and opportunities, cross border populations access to information exposed to multi dimensional conflicts, especially security concerns and multiple consequences of citizens living together. 

With the local media expected to play a crucial role in the maintainance of peace and social cohesion, and can also facilitate mutual understanding of development issues and dialogue within communities across the sub region.

The program sponsored by the Swiss Cooperation in Benin, through it's regional portfolio and supports for cross border development, initiated the process aimed at rejigging the local media as vehicles for the dissemination of sound , quality information in this fragile regional  context.

Discussions and analysis at the workshop will be determined on the realities of Benin and it's borders with Burkina Faso , Togo, Niger, and Nigeria.

The Director General, National Broadcasting Commission NBC, Dr Charles Ebuebu is expected to present a paper at the program as part of it's contributions and regional collaborations that will ensure the success of the program.

Na'Allah Congratulates Emir Ibrahim Sulu Gambari As The 5th Chancellor Of Bayero University Kano

Na'Allah Congratulates Emir Ibrahim Sulu Gambari As The 5th Chancellor Of Bayero University Kano

As Bayero University Kano prepares  to install the  Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji  Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari as its 5th Chancellor  on Saturday 2nd March 2024, the vice-chancellor, University of Abuja, Professor Abdul-Rasheed Na'Allah, has congratulated him describing the appointment as well deserved. 

Na'Allah, in a press release by the acting director, Information and University Relations of the University, Dr Habib Yakoob, stated that  he was confident that the Emir's appointment by the University was  a testament to his  exceptional leadership quality. 

He said, "On behalf the entire University of Abuja Community, I  wish  to congratulate you on your appointment as the 5th Chancellor of Bayero University Kano (BUK) and your forthcoming investiture on Saturday 2nd March 2024. 

"This appointment and investiture are, no doubt, a testament to your exceptional leadership quality, unwavering dedication to education, and esteemed contributions to the academic community."

According to Na'Allah, the Emir's  distinguished service and commitment to the advancement of knowledge, proven track record of leadership abilities and capabilities had  "undoubtedly played a significant role in shaping the educational landscape of your immediate community, in particular, and the nation, at large." 

The vice-chancellor noted that Gambari 's  appointment to this esteemed position, not only reflected his your personal accomplishments but also served as an inspiration to aspiring academics and leaders across the country.

"As the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Abuja, I am confident that your tenure at Bayero University Kano will be marked by continued excellence, innovation, and a steadfast commitment to the pursuit of academic excellence and research, which we have seen you consistently demonstrate when  carrying out related  responsibilities," said Na'Allah, who hails from Ilorin and has served as vice chancellor for almost 15 years running.

 Since his installation  as the 11th Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Sulu-Gambari had served as the chancellor of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University,  Awka, Anambra State and the University of Agriculture Makurdi, Benue State before his recent redeployment to BUK.

He said he  looked  forward to witnessing the positive impact of the emir's leadership on the academic community and beyond.
As Bayero University Kano prepares  to install the  Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji  Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari as its 5th Chancellor  on Saturday 2nd March 2024, the vice-chancellor, University of Abuja, Professor Abdul-Rasheed Na'Allah, has congratulated him describing the appointment as well deserved. 

Na'Allah, in a press release by the acting director, Information and University Relations of the University, Dr Habib Yakoob, stated that  he was confident that the Emir's appointment by the University was  a testament to his  exceptional leadership quality. 

He said, "On behalf the entire University of Abuja Community, I  wish  to congratulate you on your appointment as the 5th Chancellor of Bayero University Kano (BUK) and your forthcoming investiture on Saturday 2nd March 2024. 

"This appointment and investiture are, no doubt, a testament to your exceptional leadership quality, unwavering dedication to education, and esteemed contributions to the academic community."

According to Na'Allah, the Emir's  distinguished service and commitment to the advancement of knowledge, proven track record of leadership abilities and capabilities had  "undoubtedly played a significant role in shaping the educational landscape of your immediate community, in particular, and the nation, at large." 

The vice-chancellor noted that Gambari 's  appointment to this esteemed position, not only reflected his your personal accomplishments but also served as an inspiration to aspiring academics and leaders across the country.

"As the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Abuja, I am confident that your tenure at Bayero University Kano will be marked by continued excellence, innovation, and a steadfast commitment to the pursuit of academic excellence and research, which we have seen you consistently demonstrate when  carrying out related  responsibilities," said Na'Allah, who hails from Ilorin and has served as vice chancellor for almost 15 years running.

 Since his installation  as the 11th Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Sulu-Gambari had served as the chancellor of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University,  Awka, Anambra State and the University of Agriculture Makurdi, Benue State before his recent redeployment to BUK.

He said he  looked  forward to witnessing the positive impact of the emir's leadership on the academic community and beyond.

NILDS Trains Taraba Local Government Officials Feb 20-22

NILDS Trains Taraba Local Government Officials Feb 20-22

By Abubakar Yusuf 

The National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies NILDS is embarking on training of Local Government workers from Taraba State.

The training which begins on Tuesday, February 20 to Thursday, February, 22nd is to dwell on legislative process, practices and procedures in the current dispensation.

The three day program will acquaint the local government participants from Taraba State on  skills and knowledge enhancement at the cutting edge training program.

It will also dwell on good governance which included inclusive growth, poverty reduction, peace and rule of law as well as integrity on environment.

This is in sustaining the determination of advancing legislative and democratic institution in the country at NILDS, were standards meet in the area of capacity building..
By Abubakar Yusuf 

The National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies NILDS is embarking on training of Local Government workers from Taraba State.

The training which begins on Tuesday, February 20 to Thursday, February, 22nd is to dwell on legislative process, practices and procedures in the current dispensation.

The three day program will acquaint the local government participants from Taraba State on  skills and knowledge enhancement at the cutting edge training program.

It will also dwell on good governance which included inclusive growth, poverty reduction, peace and rule of law as well as integrity on environment.

This is in sustaining the determination of advancing legislative and democratic institution in the country at NILDS, were standards meet in the area of capacity building..

FHA: We Will Not Encourage Needless Bureacracy: Ojo

FHA: We Will Not Encourage Needless Bureacracy: Ojo

The new Managing Director, Federal Housing Authority FHA, Oladimeji Oyetunde Ojo has promised to provide not only affordable houses to Nigerians , but discourage bureaucractic bottlenecks in carrying out it's new assignment in the agency .

Oladimeji Ojo who bare his mind during a courtesy visit by the management of Shelter Afrique Development Bank who paid the new management a visit to familiariase with the Nigerian housing agency on Thursday at the headquarters.

Ojo who promised to provide quality and affordable houses to all parts of the country said the new FHA will be determined to provide houses across the states of Nigeria, in line with Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

"We are no going to concentrate provision of affordable houses in Nigeria only in Lagos and Abuja, but in all parts of the country."

The Managing Director said the Federal Housing Authority FHA will kick the ground running,  so as to provide houses for ordinary Nigerians in the category of one bedroom, two bedroom and even studio bedroom for low income earners, as been done in developing countries.

With the mandate to provide affordable housing, the new Managing Director, Federal Housing Authority stressed that the agency will work both in the rain and the sun to satisfy ordinary Nigerians on affordable houses.

"I have come to terms that working in the rain to provide affordable housing to Nigerians will be the new norm, saying the new FHA will drive the agenda of Mr President to the fullest."

Earlier the Managing Director, Shelter Afrique Development Bank, Mr Thierna Habib Hann said the collaborations with the authority to provide houses spanned since 1988, stating that the body had extended similar cooperation to many African countries.

He assured the Federal Housing Authority management of the Bank's intention to invest hugely in all sectors of Nigeria housing.   

Mr Hann stated that provision of all categories of houses which included rent to own among many others will be the focus of the Bank this year and going forward.

The Managing Director congratulated the new management of Federal Housing Authority FHA, promising to work with the new leadership to achieve mass housing in Nigeria.

Hann promised to invest $25B in 2024 and going forward, stating the collaborations with African Development Bank AFDB, Nigeria and Kenya has been the bane of housing development in the country.
The new Managing Director, Federal Housing Authority FHA, Oladimeji Oyetunde Ojo has promised to provide not only affordable houses to Nigerians , but discourage bureaucractic bottlenecks in carrying out it's new assignment in the agency .

Oladimeji Ojo who bare his mind during a courtesy visit by the management of Shelter Afrique Development Bank who paid the new management a visit to familiariase with the Nigerian housing agency on Thursday at the headquarters.

Ojo who promised to provide quality and affordable houses to all parts of the country said the new FHA will be determined to provide houses across the states of Nigeria, in line with Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

"We are no going to concentrate provision of affordable houses in Nigeria only in Lagos and Abuja, but in all parts of the country."

The Managing Director said the Federal Housing Authority FHA will kick the ground running,  so as to provide houses for ordinary Nigerians in the category of one bedroom, two bedroom and even studio bedroom for low income earners, as been done in developing countries.

With the mandate to provide affordable housing, the new Managing Director, Federal Housing Authority stressed that the agency will work both in the rain and the sun to satisfy ordinary Nigerians on affordable houses.

"I have come to terms that working in the rain to provide affordable housing to Nigerians will be the new norm, saying the new FHA will drive the agenda of Mr President to the fullest."

Earlier the Managing Director, Shelter Afrique Development Bank, Mr Thierna Habib Hann said the collaborations with the authority to provide houses spanned since 1988, stating that the body had extended similar cooperation to many African countries.

He assured the Federal Housing Authority management of the Bank's intention to invest hugely in all sectors of Nigeria housing.   

Mr Hann stated that provision of all categories of houses which included rent to own among many others will be the focus of the Bank this year and going forward.

The Managing Director congratulated the new management of Federal Housing Authority FHA, promising to work with the new leadership to achieve mass housing in Nigeria.

Hann promised to invest $25B in 2024 and going forward, stating the collaborations with African Development Bank AFDB, Nigeria and Kenya has been the bane of housing development in the country.

A New Sherif Is In Town: Hon Oyetunde Ojo, Managing Director/Chief Executive Federal Housing Authority

A New Sherif Is In Town: Hon Oyetunde Ojo, Managing Director/Chief Executive Federal Housing Authority

The Managing Director and Chief Executive, Federal Housing Authority, Hon Oyetunde Ojo, has reiterated the readiness of the Authority’s new Executive Management Team to turn around the agency's fortune in line with the Renewed Hope agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR.

Hon Ojo revealed this at the inaugural meeting on Thursday, 22nd February  2024, between the Hon. Minister of Housing and Urban Development Arc Ahmed Musa Dangiwa with the agencies under his ministry. 

The MD, who said he has noted the lapses on the side of the Authority as was contained in the Hon Minister's address, stated  that  his team would do everything to return FHA to the path of glory.and success. 

According to him," a new sherif is in town. Our mission is to help Mr. President realize the Renewed Hope agenda of his government ".

Earlier in.his address, the Honourable Minister of Housing and Urban Development had expressed his dissatisfaction with  the performances of both Federal Housing Authority and Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, the two key agencies under his ministry.

 He charged the new Executive Management Teams of the agencies to work assiduously in order to live up to their respective mandates, which are to make housing available to all the strata of Nigerians, including the low and no income earners as well as making/ creating Housing mortgages to the citizens.
The Managing Director and Chief Executive, Federal Housing Authority, Hon Oyetunde Ojo, has reiterated the readiness of the Authority’s new Executive Management Team to turn around the agency's fortune in line with the Renewed Hope agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR.

Hon Ojo revealed this at the inaugural meeting on Thursday, 22nd February  2024, between the Hon. Minister of Housing and Urban Development Arc Ahmed Musa Dangiwa with the agencies under his ministry. 

The MD, who said he has noted the lapses on the side of the Authority as was contained in the Hon Minister's address, stated  that  his team would do everything to return FHA to the path of glory.and success. 

According to him," a new sherif is in town. Our mission is to help Mr. President realize the Renewed Hope agenda of his government ".

Earlier in.his address, the Honourable Minister of Housing and Urban Development had expressed his dissatisfaction with  the performances of both Federal Housing Authority and Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, the two key agencies under his ministry.

 He charged the new Executive Management Teams of the agencies to work assiduously in order to live up to their respective mandates, which are to make housing available to all the strata of Nigerians, including the low and no income earners as well as making/ creating Housing mortgages to the citizens.

Executive Secretary UBEC Honored

Executive Secretary UBEC Honored

By Abubakar Yusuf 

The Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission, Dr Hamid Bobboyi has been honored.

The investiture took place at the headquarters of the commission and observed by the Executive Chairman, Benue State , Dr Grace Adaba.

Adaba who commended the giant strides of UBEC management under Dr Hamid Bobboyi said the turnaround in the sector was the handiwork of the current leadership.

Responding, Dr Hamid Bobboyi thanked the Benue State Chairman, Schools and Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Chairman for her recognition, promising to continue to do more in all areas for the betterment of Basic Education in Nigeria.
By Abubakar Yusuf 

The Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission, Dr Hamid Bobboyi has been honored.

The investiture took place at the headquarters of the commission and observed by the Executive Chairman, Benue State , Dr Grace Adaba.

Adaba who commended the giant strides of UBEC management under Dr Hamid Bobboyi said the turnaround in the sector was the handiwork of the current leadership.

Responding, Dr Hamid Bobboyi thanked the Benue State Chairman, Schools and Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) Chairman for her recognition, promising to continue to do more in all areas for the betterment of Basic Education in Nigeria.

World Bank Regional Director Visits UBEC

World Bank Regional Director Visits UBEC

By Abubakar Yusuf 

The Regional Director, Human Resources, World Bank, Mr Trina Haque paid a working visit to the Universal Basic Education Commission headquarters, Abuja.

While on the visit, Mr Haque met with the Executive Secretary of the commission, Dr Hamid Bobboyi including his management team.

During the courtesy call , alot of issues that bordered on the continuous development and intervention in the Basic Education was discussed. 

Dr Bobboyi who introduced the management team of UBEC to the visitors commended the World Bank on the overall intervention that had lend more supports to basic education management in Nigeria.

He urged the body to sustain their interventions, so as to continue to promote the needed programs that will stabilise Basic Education in the country.
By Abubakar Yusuf 

The Regional Director, Human Resources, World Bank, Mr Trina Haque paid a working visit to the Universal Basic Education Commission headquarters, Abuja.

While on the visit, Mr Haque met with the Executive Secretary of the commission, Dr Hamid Bobboyi including his management team.

During the courtesy call , alot of issues that bordered on the continuous development and intervention in the Basic Education was discussed. 

Dr Bobboyi who introduced the management team of UBEC to the visitors commended the World Bank on the overall intervention that had lend more supports to basic education management in Nigeria.

He urged the body to sustain their interventions, so as to continue to promote the needed programs that will stabilise Basic Education in the country.

Gov. Alia: A Man After The Hearts Of Benue People

Gov. Alia: A Man After The Hearts Of Benue People

By Terfa Naswem

The Bible says that David served God's purpose in his generation (Acts. 13:36). One of the important reasons why God called David a man after His own heart is that he was always willing to do His will and fulfil his desires (Acts. 13:22). David devoted his life to fulfilling God's purposes on earth.

The Executive Governor of Benue State, Rev. Fr. Dr. Hyacinth Iormem Alia is the 'David' of the good people of Benue State. Alia is a man after the hearts of Benue people for bringing hope to their despair and working towards repositioning Benue State for the common good. They are happy with him because he is fulfilling their desires. He has devoted his life to put smiles on the faces of the good people of Benue State against all odds.

Their penchant for Alia has been rekindled by his tenacity to reposition Benue State and his relentlessness in the payment of salaries, pensions and gratuities including his numerous ongoing projects and those to come in the near future.

Most of them affirmed that if not for Alia, they won't have known that it is possible for a governor to pay salaries and pensions even when federal allocation hasn't been received. They said the former governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom egregious denial of the rights of Benue civil servants and pensioners made him to ignore them under the pretence that there was no money to meet up with such payments even after he borrowed so much money and couldn't execute projects or perform activities that were commensurate to the money borrowed including the ones from other sources.

The euphoria of the good people of Benue State for the momentous impact Alia has made so far is on a very high 'frequency' and are not ready to allow any force to cut it short through any propaganda.

Gov. Alia has the leadership acumen and the alacrity required to pull Benue State out of the dungeon of negligence of the people and underdevelopment. His enthusiasm for Benue State to become one of the best states in Nigeria can never be waned but will continue to rise through the realm of unending ideas for development and progressiveness.
By Terfa Naswem

The Bible says that David served God's purpose in his generation (Acts. 13:36). One of the important reasons why God called David a man after His own heart is that he was always willing to do His will and fulfil his desires (Acts. 13:22). David devoted his life to fulfilling God's purposes on earth.

The Executive Governor of Benue State, Rev. Fr. Dr. Hyacinth Iormem Alia is the 'David' of the good people of Benue State. Alia is a man after the hearts of Benue people for bringing hope to their despair and working towards repositioning Benue State for the common good. They are happy with him because he is fulfilling their desires. He has devoted his life to put smiles on the faces of the good people of Benue State against all odds.

Their penchant for Alia has been rekindled by his tenacity to reposition Benue State and his relentlessness in the payment of salaries, pensions and gratuities including his numerous ongoing projects and those to come in the near future.

Most of them affirmed that if not for Alia, they won't have known that it is possible for a governor to pay salaries and pensions even when federal allocation hasn't been received. They said the former governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom egregious denial of the rights of Benue civil servants and pensioners made him to ignore them under the pretence that there was no money to meet up with such payments even after he borrowed so much money and couldn't execute projects or perform activities that were commensurate to the money borrowed including the ones from other sources.

The euphoria of the good people of Benue State for the momentous impact Alia has made so far is on a very high 'frequency' and are not ready to allow any force to cut it short through any propaganda.

Gov. Alia has the leadership acumen and the alacrity required to pull Benue State out of the dungeon of negligence of the people and underdevelopment. His enthusiasm for Benue State to become one of the best states in Nigeria can never be waned but will continue to rise through the realm of unending ideas for development and progressiveness.

Economic Instability: Prominent Reps Member, Philip Agbese cancels birthday celebration

Economic Instability: Prominent Reps Member, Philip Agbese cancels birthday celebration

By Dansu Peter 

Bothered by the unstable state of the economy leading to hunger and massive poverty in theo country,   the Honourable member representing Ado,  Okpokwu and Ogbadibo federal constituency of Benue state, Chief Philip Agbese has cancelled his forthcoming birthday celebration scheduled for 25th February.

Agbese in a statement he personally signed said in as much as it is a special day for him, this year celebration comes with some exceptions.

He said, "February 25th is a very special day for me as it marks my birth anniversary. Every year, it affords me the opportunity for introspection and to express gratitude to God for the gift of life.

"In as much as this is a thing of joy and many want it marked with pomp and pageantry, however, this year's celebration comes with an exception because of the inevitability of hardship, suffering and anguish in the country.

"Of what use is a lavish celebration when Nigerians can barely feed? What is the essence of merriment with the elites when those who voted for me at the grassroots live in fear, hunger and toil? 

"I have never been one to indulge in such luxuries or extravagance. My political foray won't change that. Life is enjoyed more comfortably on the fringes of a community or social circle where social pressure is under wraps.

"Ahead of this auspiciously personal day of mine, let me throw a quick disclaimer. In my characteristic modesty, I wish to mark this birthday in a restrained fashion without fanfare. This is a time of sober reflection. 

"On this note, therefore, I want to urge my friends, colleagues and associates to kindly channel their resources to their families, communities, constituents and the most vulnerable among us. Share my love with them. 

"Finally, the book of Ecclesiastes 7:3 says "Sorrow is better than laughter, because sober reflection is good for the heart." I will be taking this time to pray for our dear nation, myself and other leaders. I urge you all to do likewise" he said
By Dansu Peter 

Bothered by the unstable state of the economy leading to hunger and massive poverty in theo country,   the Honourable member representing Ado,  Okpokwu and Ogbadibo federal constituency of Benue state, Chief Philip Agbese has cancelled his forthcoming birthday celebration scheduled for 25th February.

Agbese in a statement he personally signed said in as much as it is a special day for him, this year celebration comes with some exceptions.

He said, "February 25th is a very special day for me as it marks my birth anniversary. Every year, it affords me the opportunity for introspection and to express gratitude to God for the gift of life.

"In as much as this is a thing of joy and many want it marked with pomp and pageantry, however, this year's celebration comes with an exception because of the inevitability of hardship, suffering and anguish in the country.

"Of what use is a lavish celebration when Nigerians can barely feed? What is the essence of merriment with the elites when those who voted for me at the grassroots live in fear, hunger and toil? 

"I have never been one to indulge in such luxuries or extravagance. My political foray won't change that. Life is enjoyed more comfortably on the fringes of a community or social circle where social pressure is under wraps.

"Ahead of this auspiciously personal day of mine, let me throw a quick disclaimer. In my characteristic modesty, I wish to mark this birthday in a restrained fashion without fanfare. This is a time of sober reflection. 

"On this note, therefore, I want to urge my friends, colleagues and associates to kindly channel their resources to their families, communities, constituents and the most vulnerable among us. Share my love with them. 

"Finally, the book of Ecclesiastes 7:3 says "Sorrow is better than laughter, because sober reflection is good for the heart." I will be taking this time to pray for our dear nation, myself and other leaders. I urge you all to do likewise" he said

UBA Takes Centre Stage at 2024 ECOWAS Mining Forum in Cotonou, Benin Republic

UBA Takes Centre Stage at 2024 ECOWAS Mining Forum in Cotonou, Benin Republic

By JUMOKE OWOOLA

Africa’s Global Bank, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, has been announced as the official sponsor of the 4th edition of the ECOWAS Mining and Petroleum Forum (ECOMOF 2024) scheduled to take place at the Palais des Congrès in Cotonou, Benin from February 22 to February 24, 2024.

The regional event is expected to see a large gathering of key players and stakeholders in the mining and petroleum sectors of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). As the financial institution of choice, with a presence in 20 African countries and active involvement in major continental development projects, UBA is the preferred partner for the event, underlining the bank’s commitment not only to the growth of the mining and petroleum industry in the sub-region but to the whole African economic development.

UBA Group Chairman, Tony Elumelu, will give the keynote address during the opening ceremony of this all-important event. 

Elumelu who doubles as Chairman of Transcorp Group with extensive interests in energy and power will be speaking on the theme: “Geo-extractive Resources and Technologies: What Pooling Strategies for Value Creation in West Africa”.

His speech is expected to highlight UBA’s increasing effort to support and develop the African continent through strategic investments in the key sectors of mining and petroleum.

Under the esteemed leadership of the President of the Republic of Benin, His Excellency, Patrice Talon, and the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and current President of ECOWAS, His Excellency Mr. Bola Tinubu, UBA Group will at the forum aim to restate its commitment towards supporting economic and social development across the continent.

The focus of ECOMOF 2024 underscores the significance of transforming the mining and oil sectors into economic pillars by formulating attractive policies for investors, essential for the sectors’ substantial contribution to the Gross Domestic Products (GDP) of ECOWAS member states.

The Transnational Corporation Group (Transcorp Plc) – a diversified conglomerate with strategic investments in various sectors, including power and energy—will also actively participate in the forum.

Key officials from UBA Group and Transcorp Plc, including the Chief Executive Officer UBA Africa, Abiola Bawuah; UBA’s Group Head, Corporate and Energy Bank, Ebele Ogbue, and President/ Chief Executive Officer, Transcorp Group, Owen Omogiafo will be actively involved in discussions and panels on the sidelines of the event.

Anticipated to attract over 2,000 participants from diverse sectors, including representatives from the mining and oil industries, government officials, international and national investors, industry experts, ECOWAS delegates, and international organisations, ECOMOF 2024 promises to be a significant platform for collaborative dialogue and partnership building.

United Bank for Africa is one of the largest employers in the financial sector on the African continent, with 25,000 employees group wide and serving over 35 million customers globally. Operating in 20 African countries and the United Kingdom, the United States of America, France and the United Arab Emirates, UBA provides retail, commercial and institutional banking services, leading financial inclusion and implementing cutting edge technology.
By JUMOKE OWOOLA

Africa’s Global Bank, United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc, has been announced as the official sponsor of the 4th edition of the ECOWAS Mining and Petroleum Forum (ECOMOF 2024) scheduled to take place at the Palais des Congrès in Cotonou, Benin from February 22 to February 24, 2024.

The regional event is expected to see a large gathering of key players and stakeholders in the mining and petroleum sectors of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). As the financial institution of choice, with a presence in 20 African countries and active involvement in major continental development projects, UBA is the preferred partner for the event, underlining the bank’s commitment not only to the growth of the mining and petroleum industry in the sub-region but to the whole African economic development.

UBA Group Chairman, Tony Elumelu, will give the keynote address during the opening ceremony of this all-important event. 

Elumelu who doubles as Chairman of Transcorp Group with extensive interests in energy and power will be speaking on the theme: “Geo-extractive Resources and Technologies: What Pooling Strategies for Value Creation in West Africa”.

His speech is expected to highlight UBA’s increasing effort to support and develop the African continent through strategic investments in the key sectors of mining and petroleum.

Under the esteemed leadership of the President of the Republic of Benin, His Excellency, Patrice Talon, and the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and current President of ECOWAS, His Excellency Mr. Bola Tinubu, UBA Group will at the forum aim to restate its commitment towards supporting economic and social development across the continent.

The focus of ECOMOF 2024 underscores the significance of transforming the mining and oil sectors into economic pillars by formulating attractive policies for investors, essential for the sectors’ substantial contribution to the Gross Domestic Products (GDP) of ECOWAS member states.

The Transnational Corporation Group (Transcorp Plc) – a diversified conglomerate with strategic investments in various sectors, including power and energy—will also actively participate in the forum.

Key officials from UBA Group and Transcorp Plc, including the Chief Executive Officer UBA Africa, Abiola Bawuah; UBA’s Group Head, Corporate and Energy Bank, Ebele Ogbue, and President/ Chief Executive Officer, Transcorp Group, Owen Omogiafo will be actively involved in discussions and panels on the sidelines of the event.

Anticipated to attract over 2,000 participants from diverse sectors, including representatives from the mining and oil industries, government officials, international and national investors, industry experts, ECOWAS delegates, and international organisations, ECOMOF 2024 promises to be a significant platform for collaborative dialogue and partnership building.

United Bank for Africa is one of the largest employers in the financial sector on the African continent, with 25,000 employees group wide and serving over 35 million customers globally. Operating in 20 African countries and the United Kingdom, the United States of America, France and the United Arab Emirates, UBA provides retail, commercial and institutional banking services, leading financial inclusion and implementing cutting edge technology.

Promise Kept As Rep. Halims Distributes Palliatives

Promise Kept As Rep. Halims Distributes Palliatives

...Inaugurate Solar Powered Street Lights In Ankpa

The Deputy Majority Leader of the House of Representatives and member representing Ankpa, Omala and Olamaboro Federal Constituency of Kogi, Rt. Hon. Abdullahi Ibrahim Ali Halims on Friday, distributed the Federal Government palliative to about 10,000 constituents drawn from the three Local Government Areas of his jurisdiction.

The ceremony of the events which were organised in partnership with the Nigeria Home Rice LTD, Onyido Nigeria LTD as well as the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security was held at the facilitators country home, Ankpa as the Executive Governor of Kogi State, His Excellency Alhaji Ahmed Usman Ododo and the Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Umar Aliyu Yusuf performed the Flagg off for rice distribution and Inauguration of solar powered street lights respectively.

Speaking in his opening remark at the event, Rep. Halims said the Federal Government is concerned with the hardship currently affecting people across the country and as a Principal officer of the National Assembly, he will continue to work out modalities with the executives to make life better for everyone.

He added that “no member of the House of Representatives has been given money as against speculations in the media stressing that the rice and other grains were facilitated through the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security.

On his part, the Executive Governor of Kogi State, His Excellency Alhaji Ahmed Usman Ododo, ably represented by His Deputy, Comrade Joel Salifu Oyibo described the palliative distribution as a noble act. He commended Hon. Abdullahi Ibrahim Halims for not hoarding the palliatives adding that serving the people is a collective effort and must not be left to only one arm of the government.”

On the honour of the Deputy Governor, the Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly while inaugurating the solar powered lights urged the people of Ankpa Federal Constituency to guard Hon. Halims' mandate with all jealousy. He enlightened his audience about the affluence of the office of the Deputy Majority Leader. He described the office as a rare privilege for Kogi State and expressed optimism that the people will feel it in no distant time.

A mammoth crowd of Constituents, majority of whom were aged men and women gathered as the template was read to capture over 10,000 constituents in the distribution of different grains and food items which includes rice, beans and garri.

One of the beneficiaries who is a retired civil servant, Paul Achimugu, said, “I am happy to have benefited from this. It is unexpected. I was at home yesterday (Thursday) when they told me about it and I only came as an on-looker. I appreciate it and pray this will not be the last.”

Earlier, the All Progressives Congress' Kogi East Zonal Chairman, Hon. Mohammed Nasiru Alfa appreciated the lawmaker for not hiding the palliatives from the constituents. He encouraged the people to rally round the party at all times and particularly called on the people of Ankpa to re-embrace the APC in a view to attract more dividends of democracy.

It can be recalled that to cushion the harsh effects of the country's current economic condition, despite a series of ongoing policy reforms by the Nation's Economic council, President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu had ordered the distribution of palliative items worth two hundred million naira to senators and palliative items worth one hundred million naira to House of Representatives members for onward distribution to their constituencies.
...Inaugurate Solar Powered Street Lights In Ankpa

The Deputy Majority Leader of the House of Representatives and member representing Ankpa, Omala and Olamaboro Federal Constituency of Kogi, Rt. Hon. Abdullahi Ibrahim Ali Halims on Friday, distributed the Federal Government palliative to about 10,000 constituents drawn from the three Local Government Areas of his jurisdiction.

The ceremony of the events which were organised in partnership with the Nigeria Home Rice LTD, Onyido Nigeria LTD as well as the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security was held at the facilitators country home, Ankpa as the Executive Governor of Kogi State, His Excellency Alhaji Ahmed Usman Ododo and the Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Umar Aliyu Yusuf performed the Flagg off for rice distribution and Inauguration of solar powered street lights respectively.

Speaking in his opening remark at the event, Rep. Halims said the Federal Government is concerned with the hardship currently affecting people across the country and as a Principal officer of the National Assembly, he will continue to work out modalities with the executives to make life better for everyone.

He added that “no member of the House of Representatives has been given money as against speculations in the media stressing that the rice and other grains were facilitated through the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security.

On his part, the Executive Governor of Kogi State, His Excellency Alhaji Ahmed Usman Ododo, ably represented by His Deputy, Comrade Joel Salifu Oyibo described the palliative distribution as a noble act. He commended Hon. Abdullahi Ibrahim Halims for not hoarding the palliatives adding that serving the people is a collective effort and must not be left to only one arm of the government.”

On the honour of the Deputy Governor, the Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly while inaugurating the solar powered lights urged the people of Ankpa Federal Constituency to guard Hon. Halims' mandate with all jealousy. He enlightened his audience about the affluence of the office of the Deputy Majority Leader. He described the office as a rare privilege for Kogi State and expressed optimism that the people will feel it in no distant time.

A mammoth crowd of Constituents, majority of whom were aged men and women gathered as the template was read to capture over 10,000 constituents in the distribution of different grains and food items which includes rice, beans and garri.

One of the beneficiaries who is a retired civil servant, Paul Achimugu, said, “I am happy to have benefited from this. It is unexpected. I was at home yesterday (Thursday) when they told me about it and I only came as an on-looker. I appreciate it and pray this will not be the last.”

Earlier, the All Progressives Congress' Kogi East Zonal Chairman, Hon. Mohammed Nasiru Alfa appreciated the lawmaker for not hiding the palliatives from the constituents. He encouraged the people to rally round the party at all times and particularly called on the people of Ankpa to re-embrace the APC in a view to attract more dividends of democracy.

It can be recalled that to cushion the harsh effects of the country's current economic condition, despite a series of ongoing policy reforms by the Nation's Economic council, President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu had ordered the distribution of palliative items worth two hundred million naira to senators and palliative items worth one hundred million naira to House of Representatives members for onward distribution to their constituencies.

Nigeria: A Corrupt Nation In Depression, By Richard Odusanya

Nigeria: A Corrupt Nation In Depression, By Richard Odusanya

By Richard Odusanya 

Nigeria is the second most corrupt country in West Africa ahead of Ghana, according to the latest Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). The level of public corruption witnessed in Nigeria since the return of democracy in 1999 in general and over the past couple of years in particular is unprecedented and is believed by many to be the worst ever in the modern history of nations. That alone can destroy an economy. There is no public economic sector in the country which corruption has not threatened. The virus is noticeable and eaten deep in the Executive branch of government to the Judiciary and the Legislative arm.

Corruption or the term "bad leadership" bothers me. Nigerian society is pervaded by an obsession with money (materialism). That has been at the expense of the glorification of duty, temperance, prudence and justice. Fortitude we possess in spades, but that is more a function of circumstance than of a virtue deliberately cultivated. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Therefore, leadership is a product of the society - hence, the situation we find ourselves as a nation. Sadly, we deserve the leaders we have presently because they are full reflection of who we are as a result of our traits.

Leaders do not appear in a vacuum. People often think that having good or bad leaders depends on the individual. The notion that If the person at the helm is good, he will do good. If he’s bad, he will do bad. But that’s a simplistic, wrong view of leadership and what ruling a country entails. The way to solve bad leadership lies in institutions and the rules and laws that the ruler must obey, which are, after all, what will determine the political landscape of the country. What matters it’s the political process, not the individual.

For example, in the Nigerian situation and problematic business environment; the banking sector regarded as the live wire of the economy is sufficiently primed for manipulations going by recent revelations of underhand dealings in that sector. Unarguably, there is a very strong evidence that corruption between private and public sectors is complimentary and substitutive. We have scores of multi-billionaires in our nation - only a handful are into manufacturing of goods - the rest are businessmen of forex (FX) and importation. This is the sad reality of our beloved country Nigeria.

Again, the perpetual low ranking of Nigeria in the annual Transparency International's (TI) Corruption Perception Index (CPI) is an indictment of the private sector culpability and also its vulnerability. Over 200 million Nigerians are entitled to God-given resources of this nation but rogue Public office holders/Civil servants, Bankers, Oil importers, Forex speculators, Rent seekers etc that are less than 1% of Nigerians have cornered the commonwealth! Leading to the "Great Depression".

Moments ago I listened to the speech of the current Senate President Sen. Godswill Akpabio. He was speaking at a thanksgiving service on Sunday covered by Channels TV, Akpabio acknowledged that “there is hunger today because of the policies and actions that they (Messrs Buhari and Emefiele) took.” This is similar to the blame game, with its finger-pointing and characteristics of the same method of Muhammadu Buhari's era when a bewildered nation is regaled with Jonathan's era malfeasance.

The Senate president’s statement absolved the lawmakers of blame, even though himself was a principal character including former Senate President Ahmad Lawan and the former speaker and now President Bola Tinubu’s chief of staff, Femi Gbajabiamila, served in the previous assembly (9th NASS), that approved the massive loans Muhammadu Buhari took from other nations without demanding accountability if the debts amassed served their intended purposes.

It is, therefore, expected that during the "Great Depression" when citizens were at bottom zero, what is expected of a serious minded people is not the blame game. In contrast, President Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ), didn't give excuses, blame others, or asked Americans to be patient, He rolled up his sleeves and declared several relief packages that brought succour to the poor. In a speech at the University of Michigan in May 1964, Lyndon Johnson laid out a sweeping vision for a package of domestic reforms known as the Great Society. 

Speaking before that year’s graduates of the University of Michigan, Johnson called for “an end to poverty and racial injustice” and challenged both the graduates and American people to “enrich and elevate our national life, and to advance the quality of our American civilization.” At its heart, he promised, the Great Society would uplift racially and economically disfranchised Americans, too long denied access to federal guarantees of equal democratic and economic opportunity, while simultaneously raising all Americans’ standards and quality of life.

Similarly, Franklin D Roosevelt helped the American people to regain faith in themselves. Assuming the Presidency at the depth of the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt helped the American people regain faith in themselves. He brought hope as he promised prompt, vigorous action, and asserted in his Inaugural Address, “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

In conclusion, permit me to share with you the golden words of Stephen John Fry, an English actor, broadcaster, comedian, director, narrator and writer. Fry, profoundly posited: "If you know someone who’s depressed, please resolve never to ask them why. Depression isn’t a straightforward response to a bad situation; depression just is, like the weather. Try to understand the blackness, lethargy, hopelessness, and loneliness they’re going through. Be there for them when they come through the other side. It’s hard to be a friend to someone who’s depressed, but it is one of the kindest, noblest, and best things you will ever do."

Richard Odusanya
By Richard Odusanya 

Nigeria is the second most corrupt country in West Africa ahead of Ghana, according to the latest Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). The level of public corruption witnessed in Nigeria since the return of democracy in 1999 in general and over the past couple of years in particular is unprecedented and is believed by many to be the worst ever in the modern history of nations. That alone can destroy an economy. There is no public economic sector in the country which corruption has not threatened. The virus is noticeable and eaten deep in the Executive branch of government to the Judiciary and the Legislative arm.

Corruption or the term "bad leadership" bothers me. Nigerian society is pervaded by an obsession with money (materialism). That has been at the expense of the glorification of duty, temperance, prudence and justice. Fortitude we possess in spades, but that is more a function of circumstance than of a virtue deliberately cultivated. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Therefore, leadership is a product of the society - hence, the situation we find ourselves as a nation. Sadly, we deserve the leaders we have presently because they are full reflection of who we are as a result of our traits.

Leaders do not appear in a vacuum. People often think that having good or bad leaders depends on the individual. The notion that If the person at the helm is good, he will do good. If he’s bad, he will do bad. But that’s a simplistic, wrong view of leadership and what ruling a country entails. The way to solve bad leadership lies in institutions and the rules and laws that the ruler must obey, which are, after all, what will determine the political landscape of the country. What matters it’s the political process, not the individual.

For example, in the Nigerian situation and problematic business environment; the banking sector regarded as the live wire of the economy is sufficiently primed for manipulations going by recent revelations of underhand dealings in that sector. Unarguably, there is a very strong evidence that corruption between private and public sectors is complimentary and substitutive. We have scores of multi-billionaires in our nation - only a handful are into manufacturing of goods - the rest are businessmen of forex (FX) and importation. This is the sad reality of our beloved country Nigeria.

Again, the perpetual low ranking of Nigeria in the annual Transparency International's (TI) Corruption Perception Index (CPI) is an indictment of the private sector culpability and also its vulnerability. Over 200 million Nigerians are entitled to God-given resources of this nation but rogue Public office holders/Civil servants, Bankers, Oil importers, Forex speculators, Rent seekers etc that are less than 1% of Nigerians have cornered the commonwealth! Leading to the "Great Depression".

Moments ago I listened to the speech of the current Senate President Sen. Godswill Akpabio. He was speaking at a thanksgiving service on Sunday covered by Channels TV, Akpabio acknowledged that “there is hunger today because of the policies and actions that they (Messrs Buhari and Emefiele) took.” This is similar to the blame game, with its finger-pointing and characteristics of the same method of Muhammadu Buhari's era when a bewildered nation is regaled with Jonathan's era malfeasance.

The Senate president’s statement absolved the lawmakers of blame, even though himself was a principal character including former Senate President Ahmad Lawan and the former speaker and now President Bola Tinubu’s chief of staff, Femi Gbajabiamila, served in the previous assembly (9th NASS), that approved the massive loans Muhammadu Buhari took from other nations without demanding accountability if the debts amassed served their intended purposes.

It is, therefore, expected that during the "Great Depression" when citizens were at bottom zero, what is expected of a serious minded people is not the blame game. In contrast, President Lyndon Baines Johnson (LBJ), didn't give excuses, blame others, or asked Americans to be patient, He rolled up his sleeves and declared several relief packages that brought succour to the poor. In a speech at the University of Michigan in May 1964, Lyndon Johnson laid out a sweeping vision for a package of domestic reforms known as the Great Society. 

Speaking before that year’s graduates of the University of Michigan, Johnson called for “an end to poverty and racial injustice” and challenged both the graduates and American people to “enrich and elevate our national life, and to advance the quality of our American civilization.” At its heart, he promised, the Great Society would uplift racially and economically disfranchised Americans, too long denied access to federal guarantees of equal democratic and economic opportunity, while simultaneously raising all Americans’ standards and quality of life.

Similarly, Franklin D Roosevelt helped the American people to regain faith in themselves. Assuming the Presidency at the depth of the Great Depression, Franklin D. Roosevelt helped the American people regain faith in themselves. He brought hope as he promised prompt, vigorous action, and asserted in his Inaugural Address, “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”

In conclusion, permit me to share with you the golden words of Stephen John Fry, an English actor, broadcaster, comedian, director, narrator and writer. Fry, profoundly posited: "If you know someone who’s depressed, please resolve never to ask them why. Depression isn’t a straightforward response to a bad situation; depression just is, like the weather. Try to understand the blackness, lethargy, hopelessness, and loneliness they’re going through. Be there for them when they come through the other side. It’s hard to be a friend to someone who’s depressed, but it is one of the kindest, noblest, and best things you will ever do."

Richard Odusanya

Ex-Federal Lawmaker, Hassan Abdullahi Distributes Desks For Primary/Secondary Schools Across Dekina Federal Constituency

Ex-Federal Lawmaker, Hassan Abdullahi Distributes Desks For Primary/Secondary Schools Across Dekina Federal Constituency

By Abubakar Yusuf 

Despite no longer in office, the immediate past member representing Dekina /Bassa in the House of Representatives, Hassan Abdullahi Baiwa continue to touch lives of his constituents with the donation of 600 desks to both primary and secondary schools across the constituency.

This development was unlike of the previous occupants were constituency projects ends at the end of their tenure of office every four years.

Baiwa who made the donation on Tuesday across the federal constituency promised to sustain the momentum even out of office.

He expressed regrets at the level of decadence both in infrastructures and learning materials as well as instructional materials in Kogi state

The former lawmaker maintained that the ugly scenario in our educational institution in Kogi state has spured him to embark on renovation of school buildings,  and donation of education materials including desks.

He asked the school administrators, school pupils and other users not to vandalise the items donated , stating that it will out leave the current users when put to good use.

The former lawmaker who recently donated farm inputs, insecticides, pumping machines, watching machines, chemicals, fertilizers and empowerment items/cash  to artisans in his constituency to make them self sufficient amidst high rate of poverty.

He also empowered women and youths of Gboloko and Eforo in Bassa local government area of grinding machines to give meaningful leaving to the youths of the area.

He promised to continue to touch lives out of office, as engagement and empowerment of constituents will reduce to the barest minimum the current hardship prevalent in the country.
By Abubakar Yusuf 

Despite no longer in office, the immediate past member representing Dekina /Bassa in the House of Representatives, Hassan Abdullahi Baiwa continue to touch lives of his constituents with the donation of 600 desks to both primary and secondary schools across the constituency.

This development was unlike of the previous occupants were constituency projects ends at the end of their tenure of office every four years.

Baiwa who made the donation on Tuesday across the federal constituency promised to sustain the momentum even out of office.

He expressed regrets at the level of decadence both in infrastructures and learning materials as well as instructional materials in Kogi state

The former lawmaker maintained that the ugly scenario in our educational institution in Kogi state has spured him to embark on renovation of school buildings,  and donation of education materials including desks.

He asked the school administrators, school pupils and other users not to vandalise the items donated , stating that it will out leave the current users when put to good use.

The former lawmaker who recently donated farm inputs, insecticides, pumping machines, watching machines, chemicals, fertilizers and empowerment items/cash  to artisans in his constituency to make them self sufficient amidst high rate of poverty.

He also empowered women and youths of Gboloko and Eforo in Bassa local government area of grinding machines to give meaningful leaving to the youths of the area.

He promised to continue to touch lives out of office, as engagement and empowerment of constituents will reduce to the barest minimum the current hardship prevalent in the country.

Alia Debunks Accusations Of Award Of Bogus Contract On An Underpass In Makurdi

Alia Debunks Accusations Of Award Of Bogus Contract On An Underpass In Makurdi

…Dismisses Allegation that 13.11% of the Budget is for the governor’s office

By Bridget Ikyado 

Gov. Hyacinth Alia has described as fake and unfounded, stories making the rounds that he awarded the construction of an underpass in Makurdi at ₦44bn.

The Governor also says that it is untrue those insinuating that his office is set to consume 13.11% of the 2024 budget.

He said "some people are not interested in the development of this state. They are very sad at the moment. They hate to see anything good happen here. 

"They are enemies of the state who fabricate stories and sponsor some ready mischievous youth to propagate on the cyberspace with a clear intention to generate hatred for the administration".

He said the contract of the underpass met all the required procurement details, before it was approved and awarded to Bauhaus Global Investment Nigeria Limited on 23rd December, 2023, at a realistically achievable bill of something in the neighbourhood of ₦6bn describing the allegation of 44BN as laughable.

The Governor spoke through his chief Press Secretary, Sir Tersoo Kula who addressed a press conference  at Government House, Makurdi earlier today, Thursday, February 15th, 2024.

According to the CPS, the High level underpass was amongst three of such projects that were proposed for construction by the current administration, with the other two being flyover projects at Wurkukum roundabout and at Gyado Junction, Gboko.

He stated however that given the proactiveness of the Governor and the love of President Tinubu for the people of the state, the Wurukum flyover which the state government had proposed to construct for ₦9bn has now been redesigned and awarded for about 20bn by the federal government, with work billed to commence soon.

He said Barhaus Global Investment Nigeria Limited, a company that has done construction jobs in Nassarawa, Kano and other parts of Nigeria, was chosen as the contractor for the job ahead of three other contractors.  

Also commenting on the issues raised by the Benue State National Assembly caucus, who alleged during a press conference that the dissolution of the Local government councils in the state is the reason for the increased herders attacks, the CPS said it appears the group know what many including the governor is unaware of.

He said already, the state government is investigating a letter allegedly sent to the herdsmen to return and occupy some parts of the state, adding that the anti-grazing law is still in force in the state as the governor had emphasized during the burial of the late Tor Sankera, Chief Abu King Shuluwa.

He queried while the National assembly caucus would descend so low to the point of quoting a fictional sum of 3bn as monthly security votes for the Governor, saying the government is not against anyone or group for speaking on issues that affect the state, but that such issues must be built on truth and free of lies and must not be aimed at instigating the people against the government.

On allegations that 13.11% of the total 225.7BN 2024 budget for the state has been earmarked for the office of the governor, the CPS said there is nothing of such in the 2024 budget.

He said some people may be mistaking the Government House Administration to be the same as the Governor’s office. He stated that in the 2024 budget, the Governor's office takes only ₦5.2bn representing 2.3%.

He insisted that even the Government House Administration which encompasses such other offices and agencies like, the Deputy Governor’s office, Pension Commission, Benue Peace Commission, BENSACA, BSEMA, Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, State Millennium Development Goals (SDGs), Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board etc, has no such percentage in the current budget.

On the issue of free WAEC, NECO and NABTEB registration that the Alia administration had promised, the CPS urged the parents of students in government owned schools not to panic, as the governor has directly engaged the external examination bodies to pay the fees directly to them, adding that data of the students has already been forwarded to WAEC, NECO and NABTEB.

He said the governor did this deliberately, as there were signs of sharp practices and exploitations in the name of handling charges and other strange charges.

Bridget Ikyado is the PSA to the Benue State Governor on Media and Strategic Communication.
…Dismisses Allegation that 13.11% of the Budget is for the governor’s office

By Bridget Ikyado 

Gov. Hyacinth Alia has described as fake and unfounded, stories making the rounds that he awarded the construction of an underpass in Makurdi at ₦44bn.

The Governor also says that it is untrue those insinuating that his office is set to consume 13.11% of the 2024 budget.

He said "some people are not interested in the development of this state. They are very sad at the moment. They hate to see anything good happen here. 

"They are enemies of the state who fabricate stories and sponsor some ready mischievous youth to propagate on the cyberspace with a clear intention to generate hatred for the administration".

He said the contract of the underpass met all the required procurement details, before it was approved and awarded to Bauhaus Global Investment Nigeria Limited on 23rd December, 2023, at a realistically achievable bill of something in the neighbourhood of ₦6bn describing the allegation of 44BN as laughable.

The Governor spoke through his chief Press Secretary, Sir Tersoo Kula who addressed a press conference  at Government House, Makurdi earlier today, Thursday, February 15th, 2024.

According to the CPS, the High level underpass was amongst three of such projects that were proposed for construction by the current administration, with the other two being flyover projects at Wurkukum roundabout and at Gyado Junction, Gboko.

He stated however that given the proactiveness of the Governor and the love of President Tinubu for the people of the state, the Wurukum flyover which the state government had proposed to construct for ₦9bn has now been redesigned and awarded for about 20bn by the federal government, with work billed to commence soon.

He said Barhaus Global Investment Nigeria Limited, a company that has done construction jobs in Nassarawa, Kano and other parts of Nigeria, was chosen as the contractor for the job ahead of three other contractors.  

Also commenting on the issues raised by the Benue State National Assembly caucus, who alleged during a press conference that the dissolution of the Local government councils in the state is the reason for the increased herders attacks, the CPS said it appears the group know what many including the governor is unaware of.

He said already, the state government is investigating a letter allegedly sent to the herdsmen to return and occupy some parts of the state, adding that the anti-grazing law is still in force in the state as the governor had emphasized during the burial of the late Tor Sankera, Chief Abu King Shuluwa.

He queried while the National assembly caucus would descend so low to the point of quoting a fictional sum of 3bn as monthly security votes for the Governor, saying the government is not against anyone or group for speaking on issues that affect the state, but that such issues must be built on truth and free of lies and must not be aimed at instigating the people against the government.

On allegations that 13.11% of the total 225.7BN 2024 budget for the state has been earmarked for the office of the governor, the CPS said there is nothing of such in the 2024 budget.

He said some people may be mistaking the Government House Administration to be the same as the Governor’s office. He stated that in the 2024 budget, the Governor's office takes only ₦5.2bn representing 2.3%.

He insisted that even the Government House Administration which encompasses such other offices and agencies like, the Deputy Governor’s office, Pension Commission, Benue Peace Commission, BENSACA, BSEMA, Christian Pilgrims Welfare Board, State Millennium Development Goals (SDGs), Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board etc, has no such percentage in the current budget.

On the issue of free WAEC, NECO and NABTEB registration that the Alia administration had promised, the CPS urged the parents of students in government owned schools not to panic, as the governor has directly engaged the external examination bodies to pay the fees directly to them, adding that data of the students has already been forwarded to WAEC, NECO and NABTEB.

He said the governor did this deliberately, as there were signs of sharp practices and exploitations in the name of handling charges and other strange charges.

Bridget Ikyado is the PSA to the Benue State Governor on Media and Strategic Communication.

Governor Alia’s Strategic Foresight On Fortifying Benue Political Landscape

Governor Alia’s Strategic Foresight On Fortifying Benue Political Landscape

By Agbo Uloko

Recently, political commentators have been discussing political developments, especially as they relate to issues of misunderstanding in our party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), Benue state.

Many commentaries are glaringly skewed either based on stark ignorance of the issues involved, disinformation or deliberate mischief to curry unjustified sympathy for a group for a fee.

Consequently, just like some uninformed observers continue to blindly jump into the arena with twisted facts, an erudite scholar and esteemed Agila-born intellectual, Pita Agbese, yesterday posed a question that reverberates through the corridors of political intrigue: “What Is Gov Alia’s Endgame?”

Through his narrative, Agbese tried to paint a vivid picture of the political landscape in Benue State, portraying Governor Hyacinth Alia’s maneuvers as enigmatic and confounding.

However, Agbese failed or deliberately overlooked the fact that a deeper examination reveals the intricate tapestry of strategic foresight woven into Governor Alia’s actions.

Those who care to know and are genuinely concerned about political developments in Benue State should understand that Governor Alia’s meticulous attention to internal party affairs transcends mere political posturing; rather, it represents a calculated strategy to navigate the complex nexus of governance and party dynamics.

As the ancient Greek philosopher Plato sagely remarked, “Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.”

In the labyrinthine corridors of Nigerian politics, such wisdom rings true, underscoring the symbiotic relationship between effective governance and astute political maneuvering.

At the 11th National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the eminent former, Governor, and National Chairman of the party, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, elucidated the constitutional mandate recognizing serving governors as the rightful leaders of the party at the state level.
His admonition against power struggles among former and serving governors within the APC serves as a clarion call to adhere to the party’s constitutional framework.

Thus, what is wrong even if Governor Alia has embarked on a quest to consolidate control over the APC in Benue State?

Could one who has knowledge of what politics means in Nigeria truly say the quest is driven by personal ambition?

Rather, Alia deserves adulations as a fast learner, an emerging leader who is gloriously moved by a steadfast commitment to upholding the party’s principles and preserving its integrity.

Drawing a parallel between Governor Alia and his predecessor, Samuel Ortom, is entirely a study in contrast.

While Governor Ortom’s tenure was marred by internal discord and eventual defection from the APC, there is wisdom in looking at Alia’s proactive stance as reflecting strategic acumen aimed at preempting similar pitfalls.

In the words of the legendary Chinese military strategist, Sun Tzu, “The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.” Governor Alia’s strategic foresight embodies this principle, epitomizing leadership that anticipates challenges and deftly navigates them with finesse.

One cannot ignore the recurrent pattern of conflict between former Benue State governors and the incumbent Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator George Akume.

This enduring dynamic underscores the pivotal role of party dynamics in shaping political outcomes within the state. Sen. Akume’s formidable influence within the APC hierarchy poses a formidable challenge to governors seeking to assert their authority, as evidenced by past confrontations with Governors Suswam and Ortom.

As Franklin D. Roosevelt astutely observed, “In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.” While one may wish to forgive other pundits, probably for their ignorance, Agbese’s oversight of this recurring theme raises questions about the depth of his analysis and invites scrutiny into the underlying motives at play. And I say this because Prof Agbese is not an erudite scholar who has restricted himself to the four walls of the ivory towers; he is an eminent son of Benue who has been following political developments in the state over time.

In light of these historical precedents, Governor Alia’s strategic maneuvering to consolidate control over the APC in Benue State is not a distraction from governance but rather a proactive step towards ensuring political stability and effective leadership.

As the revered Greek philosopher Aristotle posited, “Politics is the art of the possible.” Besides this has not stopped Governor Alia from delivering on much-needed infrastructural interventions such as procuring and delivering over 100 trucks of fertilisers to farmers at subsidised rates; consistent payment of salaries and pensions on the 25th of each month since his inauguration; ongoing construction of 16 strategic roads within Makurdi metropolis (some already completed); flagship projects such as the flyover at Wurukum Roundabout and the Underpass at High-Level Roundabout underscore the government’s dedication to advancing urban development etc.

In the intricate dance of Nigerian politics, Governor Alia’s actions epitomize the art of the possible — so when Pita Agbese asks, “What Is Gov Alia’s Endgame?”, the response is very simple. Governor Alia’s endgame is to fortify Benue’s political landscape, deliver on his mandate, and chart a course towards prosperity for its people.

…Hon. Agbo Uloko, former member of the Benue State House of Assembly, is a Stakeholder in APC Benue State.
By Agbo Uloko

Recently, political commentators have been discussing political developments, especially as they relate to issues of misunderstanding in our party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), Benue state.

Many commentaries are glaringly skewed either based on stark ignorance of the issues involved, disinformation or deliberate mischief to curry unjustified sympathy for a group for a fee.

Consequently, just like some uninformed observers continue to blindly jump into the arena with twisted facts, an erudite scholar and esteemed Agila-born intellectual, Pita Agbese, yesterday posed a question that reverberates through the corridors of political intrigue: “What Is Gov Alia’s Endgame?”

Through his narrative, Agbese tried to paint a vivid picture of the political landscape in Benue State, portraying Governor Hyacinth Alia’s maneuvers as enigmatic and confounding.

However, Agbese failed or deliberately overlooked the fact that a deeper examination reveals the intricate tapestry of strategic foresight woven into Governor Alia’s actions.

Those who care to know and are genuinely concerned about political developments in Benue State should understand that Governor Alia’s meticulous attention to internal party affairs transcends mere political posturing; rather, it represents a calculated strategy to navigate the complex nexus of governance and party dynamics.

As the ancient Greek philosopher Plato sagely remarked, “Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber.”

In the labyrinthine corridors of Nigerian politics, such wisdom rings true, underscoring the symbiotic relationship between effective governance and astute political maneuvering.

At the 11th National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the eminent former, Governor, and National Chairman of the party, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, elucidated the constitutional mandate recognizing serving governors as the rightful leaders of the party at the state level.
His admonition against power struggles among former and serving governors within the APC serves as a clarion call to adhere to the party’s constitutional framework.

Thus, what is wrong even if Governor Alia has embarked on a quest to consolidate control over the APC in Benue State?

Could one who has knowledge of what politics means in Nigeria truly say the quest is driven by personal ambition?

Rather, Alia deserves adulations as a fast learner, an emerging leader who is gloriously moved by a steadfast commitment to upholding the party’s principles and preserving its integrity.

Drawing a parallel between Governor Alia and his predecessor, Samuel Ortom, is entirely a study in contrast.

While Governor Ortom’s tenure was marred by internal discord and eventual defection from the APC, there is wisdom in looking at Alia’s proactive stance as reflecting strategic acumen aimed at preempting similar pitfalls.

In the words of the legendary Chinese military strategist, Sun Tzu, “The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.” Governor Alia’s strategic foresight embodies this principle, epitomizing leadership that anticipates challenges and deftly navigates them with finesse.

One cannot ignore the recurrent pattern of conflict between former Benue State governors and the incumbent Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator George Akume.

This enduring dynamic underscores the pivotal role of party dynamics in shaping political outcomes within the state. Sen. Akume’s formidable influence within the APC hierarchy poses a formidable challenge to governors seeking to assert their authority, as evidenced by past confrontations with Governors Suswam and Ortom.

As Franklin D. Roosevelt astutely observed, “In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.” While one may wish to forgive other pundits, probably for their ignorance, Agbese’s oversight of this recurring theme raises questions about the depth of his analysis and invites scrutiny into the underlying motives at play. And I say this because Prof Agbese is not an erudite scholar who has restricted himself to the four walls of the ivory towers; he is an eminent son of Benue who has been following political developments in the state over time.

In light of these historical precedents, Governor Alia’s strategic maneuvering to consolidate control over the APC in Benue State is not a distraction from governance but rather a proactive step towards ensuring political stability and effective leadership.

As the revered Greek philosopher Aristotle posited, “Politics is the art of the possible.” Besides this has not stopped Governor Alia from delivering on much-needed infrastructural interventions such as procuring and delivering over 100 trucks of fertilisers to farmers at subsidised rates; consistent payment of salaries and pensions on the 25th of each month since his inauguration; ongoing construction of 16 strategic roads within Makurdi metropolis (some already completed); flagship projects such as the flyover at Wurukum Roundabout and the Underpass at High-Level Roundabout underscore the government’s dedication to advancing urban development etc.

In the intricate dance of Nigerian politics, Governor Alia’s actions epitomize the art of the possible — so when Pita Agbese asks, “What Is Gov Alia’s Endgame?”, the response is very simple. Governor Alia’s endgame is to fortify Benue’s political landscape, deliver on his mandate, and chart a course towards prosperity for its people.

…Hon. Agbo Uloko, former member of the Benue State House of Assembly, is a Stakeholder in APC Benue State.

REVEALED: How Emefiele's cronies impersonated SGF, forged Buhari's signature to order CBN to pay crony $6.2m cash

REVEALED: How Emefiele's cronies impersonated SGF, forged Buhari's signature to order CBN to pay crony $6.2m cash

By Dansu Peter
The prosecution of the embattled former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele took a fresh twist when the immediate-past Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, revealed on Tuesday that the $6.2m released from the Central Bank of Nigeria in February 2023 was done using a forged document. The money, he said, was allegedly released for foreign observers ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Mustapha alleged that the former CBN's cronies, now at large forged a letters purportedly from him and the former president, Buhari to order the CBN made payment of a certain $6.2m cash which was paid to one of his cronies, Jubril Abubakar. 

In a fresh account of the Punch Newspaper, Mustapha stated this when he appeared as the fourth prosecution witness in the ongoing fraud trial of the immediate-past CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, before the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Maitama, Abuja.

Recall the EFCC arraigned Emefiele on amended 20 counts bordering on forgery, criminal conspiracy,  conferring undue advantage, and breach of trust, among others.

Specifically, the EFCC accused Emefiele of impersonating the SGF  to illegally obtain a sum of $6.2m from the CBN.

The Punch's report said the EFCC alleged that on February 8, 2023, Emefiele connived with one  Odoh Ocheme, who is now on the run, to obtain $6.2m from the CBN, claiming that it was requested by the SGF “vide a letter dated 26th January 2023 with Ref No. SGF.43/L.01/201.”

According to the EFCC, Emefiele allegedly claimed that the SGF requested the CBN to release “a contingent logistic advance for $6,230,000.00 in line with Mr. President’s directive.”

The anti-graft agency alleged that Emefiele, in January 2023,  forged a document titled: “RE: PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE ON FOREIGN ELECTION OBSERVER MISSIONS,” dated 26 January 2023 with Ref No. SGF.43/L.01/201.

At the resumed trial on Tuesday, the ex-SGF was led in evidence by the EFCC prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo (SAN).

Mustapha told the court that the document with which the $6.2m was moved out of the CBN came neither from his office nor from the office of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Mustapha said, “All through my service year as the SGF, I never came across these documents claimed to have been signed by Buhari. From the face value of this document, having served for five years and seven months as SGF, this document did not emanate from the President for the following reasons:

“A correspondence that has the seal of the Nigerian President does not carry a reference number. The seal is the authority.

“Secondly, I have looked at it and read the document. FEC decisions are not transmitted by letters. They are transmitted through extracts after conclusions are adopted.

“Thirdly, I am the custodian of FEC; the President will not refer executives’ conclusions to me.


“Also, in all the five years and seven months, I never heard of the terms ‘special appropriation provision’ referred to. The term known to me, My Lord, is ‘appropriation’ as provided by the Appropriation Act normally passed by the National Assembly and when the government finds a gap it brings supplementary appropriation.

“In all the correspondences I have received from Buhari, it has never had ‘please accept the assurance of my highest regard’. I am his subordinate, my correspondences do not carry that.

“And lastly, looking at the signature, it is a failed attempt at reproducing Buhari’s signature. I will leave that to the experts.”

Mustapha also told the court that the Federal Government had no business with foreign election observers.

He said,  “Nigerian government has no business with foreign election observers. I have managed two election cycles and I know that for a fact. INEC has the sole responsibility for that. “

Furthermore, the ex-SGF pointed out that the approval for the $6.2m was never on the agenda of

He said,  “My Lord, there was a meeting on January 18. The Vice President presided over the meeting. My role as secretary was to prepare the agenda of the meeting and on that, there was a 16-point agenda. There was no agenda for payment to foreign election observers. Consequently, if it was not an item on the agenda, it can’t be discussed and it will not appear in the conclusion of the meeting of January 18. There was no such approval, conclusion, or transmission for the payment of the money.”

Continued on www.punchng.com
When the prosecutor asked him to confirm if the letter conveying the presidential directives for the approval of the money emanated from him,  Mustapha responded in the negative.

He also said Abubakar Jubril who was said to have received the money in cash was never a staff of his office.

Mustapha said,  “To the best of my knowledge, this letter did not emanate from the OSGF. I did not sign it. My Lord, I said it didn’t emanate from me for the following reasons: I am not privy to the operations of the Central Bank. The heading is defective, it presupposes, that there was a previous correspondence before you will say RE. I am not aware of the content of this letter. There was no FEC approval.

“Thirdly, there were references where I was said to have introduced a principal officer, I am not aware of the special task force on logistics set up by govt.

“I do not know Jubril Abubakar, a principal officer who was alleged to be the coordinator of this task force. I didn’t introduce Jubril. The letter does not conform to the standard with which we write our letters at the OSGF. The reference number is always very clear, so you will know the department the letter is from. We paragraph our letter and number them. I can only end my letter with ‘please accept my assurances’ if I am writing to a superior officer. I could not have written to the Governor of the CBN using those words. I also wouldn’t have addressed him as Dear Sir. “

When the prosecutor asked if the $6.2m  paid to Jubril Abubakar was received by the SGF’s office, Mustapha said, “Not one dollar was brought to my office. Not the amount and no part of it was brought to me.”

During cross-examination, the counsel for the defendant,  Mathew Bukkaar (SAN), asked if there was any memo to make payments to any government agency.

In response, the ex-SGF said, “No My Lord, if it is related to this transaction. There could have been others, but not this.”

Emefiele’s counsel then asked if it was a practice in the OSGF to send staff to any bank to receive cash for whatever purpose.

Responding,  the former SGF said,  “It is not a usual practice. I have six permanent secretaries if there is a need. They would have done that.  “

Earlier, during cross-examination, Ogbu  Michael, a Deputy Director at the CBN, who was formerly a Branch Controller at the time, told the court that he authorised the payment of the $6.2m after the approval from the banking services department.

He said the money was paid in cash and was expected to be refunded in the second quarter of 2023.

When asked by Burkaa if he authenticated the identity card used for the payment of the money,  Ogbu said,  “I went by the payment instructions and did not go beyond the identity card attached to the document. The money was paid in USD cash to Jubril. “

Bukaar further asked if the identity card presented was either the national identity card,  driver’s licence,  passport or voter card,  Ogbu stated that none of the identity cards was attached to the document.

He said,  “The instructions were to pay with the ID indicated.”

Burkaa asked if Ogbu was aware the former SGF,  Buhari,  and the CBN Deputy governor were standing trial on the matter,  he said he was not aware.

Justice Hamza  Muazu adjourned till March 7, 11, and 25 for continuation of trial.

Excerpted from Punch Newspaper 
By Dansu Peter
The prosecution of the embattled former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele took a fresh twist when the immediate-past Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, revealed on Tuesday that the $6.2m released from the Central Bank of Nigeria in February 2023 was done using a forged document. The money, he said, was allegedly released for foreign observers ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Mustapha alleged that the former CBN's cronies, now at large forged a letters purportedly from him and the former president, Buhari to order the CBN made payment of a certain $6.2m cash which was paid to one of his cronies, Jubril Abubakar. 

In a fresh account of the Punch Newspaper, Mustapha stated this when he appeared as the fourth prosecution witness in the ongoing fraud trial of the immediate-past CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, before the Federal Capital Territory High Court in Maitama, Abuja.

Recall the EFCC arraigned Emefiele on amended 20 counts bordering on forgery, criminal conspiracy,  conferring undue advantage, and breach of trust, among others.

Specifically, the EFCC accused Emefiele of impersonating the SGF  to illegally obtain a sum of $6.2m from the CBN.

The Punch's report said the EFCC alleged that on February 8, 2023, Emefiele connived with one  Odoh Ocheme, who is now on the run, to obtain $6.2m from the CBN, claiming that it was requested by the SGF “vide a letter dated 26th January 2023 with Ref No. SGF.43/L.01/201.”

According to the EFCC, Emefiele allegedly claimed that the SGF requested the CBN to release “a contingent logistic advance for $6,230,000.00 in line with Mr. President’s directive.”

The anti-graft agency alleged that Emefiele, in January 2023,  forged a document titled: “RE: PRESIDENTIAL DIRECTIVE ON FOREIGN ELECTION OBSERVER MISSIONS,” dated 26 January 2023 with Ref No. SGF.43/L.01/201.

At the resumed trial on Tuesday, the ex-SGF was led in evidence by the EFCC prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo (SAN).

Mustapha told the court that the document with which the $6.2m was moved out of the CBN came neither from his office nor from the office of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Mustapha said, “All through my service year as the SGF, I never came across these documents claimed to have been signed by Buhari. From the face value of this document, having served for five years and seven months as SGF, this document did not emanate from the President for the following reasons:

“A correspondence that has the seal of the Nigerian President does not carry a reference number. The seal is the authority.

“Secondly, I have looked at it and read the document. FEC decisions are not transmitted by letters. They are transmitted through extracts after conclusions are adopted.

“Thirdly, I am the custodian of FEC; the President will not refer executives’ conclusions to me.


“Also, in all the five years and seven months, I never heard of the terms ‘special appropriation provision’ referred to. The term known to me, My Lord, is ‘appropriation’ as provided by the Appropriation Act normally passed by the National Assembly and when the government finds a gap it brings supplementary appropriation.

“In all the correspondences I have received from Buhari, it has never had ‘please accept the assurance of my highest regard’. I am his subordinate, my correspondences do not carry that.

“And lastly, looking at the signature, it is a failed attempt at reproducing Buhari’s signature. I will leave that to the experts.”

Mustapha also told the court that the Federal Government had no business with foreign election observers.

He said,  “Nigerian government has no business with foreign election observers. I have managed two election cycles and I know that for a fact. INEC has the sole responsibility for that. “

Furthermore, the ex-SGF pointed out that the approval for the $6.2m was never on the agenda of

He said,  “My Lord, there was a meeting on January 18. The Vice President presided over the meeting. My role as secretary was to prepare the agenda of the meeting and on that, there was a 16-point agenda. There was no agenda for payment to foreign election observers. Consequently, if it was not an item on the agenda, it can’t be discussed and it will not appear in the conclusion of the meeting of January 18. There was no such approval, conclusion, or transmission for the payment of the money.”

Continued on www.punchng.com
When the prosecutor asked him to confirm if the letter conveying the presidential directives for the approval of the money emanated from him,  Mustapha responded in the negative.

He also said Abubakar Jubril who was said to have received the money in cash was never a staff of his office.

Mustapha said,  “To the best of my knowledge, this letter did not emanate from the OSGF. I did not sign it. My Lord, I said it didn’t emanate from me for the following reasons: I am not privy to the operations of the Central Bank. The heading is defective, it presupposes, that there was a previous correspondence before you will say RE. I am not aware of the content of this letter. There was no FEC approval.

“Thirdly, there were references where I was said to have introduced a principal officer, I am not aware of the special task force on logistics set up by govt.

“I do not know Jubril Abubakar, a principal officer who was alleged to be the coordinator of this task force. I didn’t introduce Jubril. The letter does not conform to the standard with which we write our letters at the OSGF. The reference number is always very clear, so you will know the department the letter is from. We paragraph our letter and number them. I can only end my letter with ‘please accept my assurances’ if I am writing to a superior officer. I could not have written to the Governor of the CBN using those words. I also wouldn’t have addressed him as Dear Sir. “

When the prosecutor asked if the $6.2m  paid to Jubril Abubakar was received by the SGF’s office, Mustapha said, “Not one dollar was brought to my office. Not the amount and no part of it was brought to me.”

During cross-examination, the counsel for the defendant,  Mathew Bukkaar (SAN), asked if there was any memo to make payments to any government agency.

In response, the ex-SGF said, “No My Lord, if it is related to this transaction. There could have been others, but not this.”

Emefiele’s counsel then asked if it was a practice in the OSGF to send staff to any bank to receive cash for whatever purpose.

Responding,  the former SGF said,  “It is not a usual practice. I have six permanent secretaries if there is a need. They would have done that.  “

Earlier, during cross-examination, Ogbu  Michael, a Deputy Director at the CBN, who was formerly a Branch Controller at the time, told the court that he authorised the payment of the $6.2m after the approval from the banking services department.

He said the money was paid in cash and was expected to be refunded in the second quarter of 2023.

When asked by Burkaa if he authenticated the identity card used for the payment of the money,  Ogbu said,  “I went by the payment instructions and did not go beyond the identity card attached to the document. The money was paid in USD cash to Jubril. “

Bukaar further asked if the identity card presented was either the national identity card,  driver’s licence,  passport or voter card,  Ogbu stated that none of the identity cards was attached to the document.

He said,  “The instructions were to pay with the ID indicated.”

Burkaa asked if Ogbu was aware the former SGF,  Buhari,  and the CBN Deputy governor were standing trial on the matter,  he said he was not aware.

Justice Hamza  Muazu adjourned till March 7, 11, and 25 for continuation of trial.

Excerpted from Punch Newspaper 

Deconstructing FHA And Matters Arising

Deconstructing FHA And Matters Arising

By Abubakar Yusuf 

The Federal Housing Authority FHA established in 1973 during the military administration of General Yakubu Gowon (Rtd), with military decree that was later regularized with an act of the National Assembly was one of Nigeria's legacy projects,  that had guaranteed peace, unity and development aside the primary aim of providing shelter to all Nigerians.

The position he reiterated five decades after the establishment of the sole provider of government houses to the populace, calling for more funding , expansion of it's activities and more exploration that will mitigate provision of houses to ordinary Nigerians during the last Golden Jubilee anniversary in 2023.

According to the former Nigeria leader , his joy knew no bound that both the former leadership and current management of FHA realised the importance of not only the agency , but it's achievements scattered all round the country, that was worth celebrating.

Filled with emotions , General Yakubu Gowon who lauded the current management under the leadership of Senator Gbenga Ashafa for bringing together both past leaders , current ones local and international stakeholders in the development of housing for all in the country to one fold , to chart a new course for the continuous provision of more houses to ordinary Nigerians. 

He further said In his address, (former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd)),  "providing shelter to Nigerians is still a priority today as it was 50 years ago, and even more, so in view of rapid population growth. Commending the FHA for its efforts and achievements of the decades, Gowon noted that there so much more work to do."

According to the former Nigerian leader, "My joy is not only building structure as shelter and abode for  Nigerians, the program has been able to guarantee peace, unity and development across the country, having bring together people from different parts of the country in terms of religion, tribes, cultures among other diversities, while advising the current administration of Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu not to derail from the legacies of the founding fathers.

Also the immediate past Minister of Works, Housing and Power under President Buhari's dispensation between 2015-2019, Raji Babatunde Fashola applauded the digitisation process adopted by the new FHA in land matters among others , stating that funding among other private participation and  rejigging of the act establishing the FHA is desiring.

He did not mince words by calling for more interventions, funding and attention to the Federal Housing Authority FHA, stating that the establishment of Ministry of Housing and Urban Development was the right decision that will stimulate policies that will guarantee more improvement in FHA and other agencies under the Ministry.

The duo commended the leadership of FHA under Ashafa particularly the completion of 748 Zuba Estates,  an intervention program of the government, and ongoing Bwari Estates, stressing that with the current management, there is need for government not only to do more, but provide both enabling environment among others for FHA to continue to blossom.

Akcnowledging the giant strides in FHA in the area of provision of housing, the National Assembly leadership under Senator Godswill Akpabio who was represented by the Chairman , Senate Committee on Hosusing, Senator Aminu Waziri Tambuwal maintained that the National Assembly will not hesitate in the brisk amendment of the act, provide enabling laws , but reminded the agency that the new Ministry was established to provide more funds, more activities and justify the efforts of the current leadership, there by giving room for expansion, competition and more initiatives that will see ordinary Nigerians have access to shelter.

The former leaders of the FHA and members of board of FHA which included Arc Terver Gemade called for funding and administrative support to the current FHA, as both local and international experts on housing also assured government of more supports through FHA with the establishment of the new Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.

Solidifying the Renewed Hope Agenda of his administration and prioritizing housing for all Nigerians , the Nigeria's President provided chunk of funds to the new Ministry both in the supplementary budget and the 2024 budget to the tune of a whopping sum of 100B,  to enable the Ministry as supervisory body ensure its utilisation by the FHA in the area of Hosusing.

The current administration was not meant to create a parallel leadership in FHA and the Ministry, but ensured a deconstructed arrangements that will form a synergy of job execution between the Ministry and the FHA.

It was not also meant to show power play , sectional disposition and deliberate policy that will extricate the FHA as the sole provider of government houses to Nigerians via it's mandate, having achieved alot through allocation of lands from state governments to build new houses and reclamation program and policy that had retrieved government lands from land grabbers in high brow areas of Lagos, Abuja, Kano , Port Harcourt, Enugu , Maiduguri among many other states of Nigeria.


But  rather than tapping into the wealth of experience garnered three years down the line by the current FHA management, as well as many decades experience  both from bureaucratic, technocratic, administrative and lately political experience in lands , the new avenue struggled to reality had become a potent for public condemnation, needless rivalry and unbecoming decisions that negates lay down procedures.

With the strides of Senator Gbenga Ashafa, no doubt his  short stint achievements may even be responsible for the creation of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, so as to give more rooms for expansion.


For further deconstruction and harmonious working relationship, having hold sway for two terms in Federal Mortgage Bank FMBN , a sister parastatal under the new Ministry, no doubt more progress and achievements will be harnessed to the betterment of many Nigerians yearning for more houses.

During the press briefing to mark the golden jubilee , Senator Gbenga Ashafa opined that 100B yearly budget, will take Hosusing deficit in Nigeria to a gradual end, hence the coincidence of the current allocation, not envisaging the Ministry will be created.

A government agency that operated many decades without budgets and visible subvention, but utilised the revenue generated deserved accolade and not condemnation, to buttress former Military Leader, Yakubu Gowon stance.

Rather than creating needless rivalry, it is high time both agencies and the new Ministry work on the same template to achieve without further delay,  the Renewed Hope Agenda of the present administration, with FHA leading the provision of mass housing in collaboration with both private developers arrangements recommended by the agency.

The new Ministry of Housing and Urban Development is created and supposed to be a policy making and not wholly decision making body of both agencies and parastatals under it, as it will amount to overlapping and duplication of functions.

Termination of jobs, re-allocation and re-award will only compound issues, while new job description for staff of FHA will be an obvious reversal from the laudable decisions.

The provision of mass housing with isolation of Federal Hosusing Authority FHA is a misnomer in any sane society,  as President Bola Ahmed Tinubu intentions will be misconstrued and misplaced particularly his desire to achieve greatly in housing in the next few years.

Having rejigged the administrative, engineering, field, among many other departments in FHA to delivering at optimum performance, the outsourcing of it's activities to virgin area or people will amount to conceding many issues that will be resulted in shoddy jobs scattered all over the country,  threatened by collapse if not now , but few years to come.

The FHA is readily available and alive to the responsibility both now and in the nearest future, but will not allow itself to be reduced and unbundled on the alter of self and political satisfaction.

The primary objective of the agency is to continue to provide housing for all Nigerians, bridge deficits and ensure every Nigerians not minding status and stature own a shelter as we move towards SDGs 2030 decade of action.

The continuous security of lives and properties including structures erected five decades under strict supervision of FHA was an impetus of leadership with high regards for policy decisions.

Therefore, detaching FHA from it's constitutional roles of providing houses to Nigerians amounts to going against government and lay down procedures.

With a tested and trusted leadership spanned with high level experience over the years, no doubt the idea of mass housing to Nigerians will not be reneged.

Yusuf ,  Writes from Abuja on [email protected].
By Abubakar Yusuf 

The Federal Housing Authority FHA established in 1973 during the military administration of General Yakubu Gowon (Rtd), with military decree that was later regularized with an act of the National Assembly was one of Nigeria's legacy projects,  that had guaranteed peace, unity and development aside the primary aim of providing shelter to all Nigerians.

The position he reiterated five decades after the establishment of the sole provider of government houses to the populace, calling for more funding , expansion of it's activities and more exploration that will mitigate provision of houses to ordinary Nigerians during the last Golden Jubilee anniversary in 2023.

According to the former Nigeria leader , his joy knew no bound that both the former leadership and current management of FHA realised the importance of not only the agency , but it's achievements scattered all round the country, that was worth celebrating.

Filled with emotions , General Yakubu Gowon who lauded the current management under the leadership of Senator Gbenga Ashafa for bringing together both past leaders , current ones local and international stakeholders in the development of housing for all in the country to one fold , to chart a new course for the continuous provision of more houses to ordinary Nigerians. 

He further said In his address, (former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (rtd)),  "providing shelter to Nigerians is still a priority today as it was 50 years ago, and even more, so in view of rapid population growth. Commending the FHA for its efforts and achievements of the decades, Gowon noted that there so much more work to do."

According to the former Nigerian leader, "My joy is not only building structure as shelter and abode for  Nigerians, the program has been able to guarantee peace, unity and development across the country, having bring together people from different parts of the country in terms of religion, tribes, cultures among other diversities, while advising the current administration of Renewed Hope Agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu not to derail from the legacies of the founding fathers.

Also the immediate past Minister of Works, Housing and Power under President Buhari's dispensation between 2015-2019, Raji Babatunde Fashola applauded the digitisation process adopted by the new FHA in land matters among others , stating that funding among other private participation and  rejigging of the act establishing the FHA is desiring.

He did not mince words by calling for more interventions, funding and attention to the Federal Housing Authority FHA, stating that the establishment of Ministry of Housing and Urban Development was the right decision that will stimulate policies that will guarantee more improvement in FHA and other agencies under the Ministry.

The duo commended the leadership of FHA under Ashafa particularly the completion of 748 Zuba Estates,  an intervention program of the government, and ongoing Bwari Estates, stressing that with the current management, there is need for government not only to do more, but provide both enabling environment among others for FHA to continue to blossom.

Akcnowledging the giant strides in FHA in the area of provision of housing, the National Assembly leadership under Senator Godswill Akpabio who was represented by the Chairman , Senate Committee on Hosusing, Senator Aminu Waziri Tambuwal maintained that the National Assembly will not hesitate in the brisk amendment of the act, provide enabling laws , but reminded the agency that the new Ministry was established to provide more funds, more activities and justify the efforts of the current leadership, there by giving room for expansion, competition and more initiatives that will see ordinary Nigerians have access to shelter.

The former leaders of the FHA and members of board of FHA which included Arc Terver Gemade called for funding and administrative support to the current FHA, as both local and international experts on housing also assured government of more supports through FHA with the establishment of the new Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.

Solidifying the Renewed Hope Agenda of his administration and prioritizing housing for all Nigerians , the Nigeria's President provided chunk of funds to the new Ministry both in the supplementary budget and the 2024 budget to the tune of a whopping sum of 100B,  to enable the Ministry as supervisory body ensure its utilisation by the FHA in the area of Hosusing.

The current administration was not meant to create a parallel leadership in FHA and the Ministry, but ensured a deconstructed arrangements that will form a synergy of job execution between the Ministry and the FHA.

It was not also meant to show power play , sectional disposition and deliberate policy that will extricate the FHA as the sole provider of government houses to Nigerians via it's mandate, having achieved alot through allocation of lands from state governments to build new houses and reclamation program and policy that had retrieved government lands from land grabbers in high brow areas of Lagos, Abuja, Kano , Port Harcourt, Enugu , Maiduguri among many other states of Nigeria.


But  rather than tapping into the wealth of experience garnered three years down the line by the current FHA management, as well as many decades experience  both from bureaucratic, technocratic, administrative and lately political experience in lands , the new avenue struggled to reality had become a potent for public condemnation, needless rivalry and unbecoming decisions that negates lay down procedures.

With the strides of Senator Gbenga Ashafa, no doubt his  short stint achievements may even be responsible for the creation of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, so as to give more rooms for expansion.


For further deconstruction and harmonious working relationship, having hold sway for two terms in Federal Mortgage Bank FMBN , a sister parastatal under the new Ministry, no doubt more progress and achievements will be harnessed to the betterment of many Nigerians yearning for more houses.

During the press briefing to mark the golden jubilee , Senator Gbenga Ashafa opined that 100B yearly budget, will take Hosusing deficit in Nigeria to a gradual end, hence the coincidence of the current allocation, not envisaging the Ministry will be created.

A government agency that operated many decades without budgets and visible subvention, but utilised the revenue generated deserved accolade and not condemnation, to buttress former Military Leader, Yakubu Gowon stance.

Rather than creating needless rivalry, it is high time both agencies and the new Ministry work on the same template to achieve without further delay,  the Renewed Hope Agenda of the present administration, with FHA leading the provision of mass housing in collaboration with both private developers arrangements recommended by the agency.

The new Ministry of Housing and Urban Development is created and supposed to be a policy making and not wholly decision making body of both agencies and parastatals under it, as it will amount to overlapping and duplication of functions.

Termination of jobs, re-allocation and re-award will only compound issues, while new job description for staff of FHA will be an obvious reversal from the laudable decisions.

The provision of mass housing with isolation of Federal Hosusing Authority FHA is a misnomer in any sane society,  as President Bola Ahmed Tinubu intentions will be misconstrued and misplaced particularly his desire to achieve greatly in housing in the next few years.

Having rejigged the administrative, engineering, field, among many other departments in FHA to delivering at optimum performance, the outsourcing of it's activities to virgin area or people will amount to conceding many issues that will be resulted in shoddy jobs scattered all over the country,  threatened by collapse if not now , but few years to come.

The FHA is readily available and alive to the responsibility both now and in the nearest future, but will not allow itself to be reduced and unbundled on the alter of self and political satisfaction.

The primary objective of the agency is to continue to provide housing for all Nigerians, bridge deficits and ensure every Nigerians not minding status and stature own a shelter as we move towards SDGs 2030 decade of action.

The continuous security of lives and properties including structures erected five decades under strict supervision of FHA was an impetus of leadership with high regards for policy decisions.

Therefore, detaching FHA from it's constitutional roles of providing houses to Nigerians amounts to going against government and lay down procedures.

With a tested and trusted leadership spanned with high level experience over the years, no doubt the idea of mass housing to Nigerians will not be reneged.

Yusuf ,  Writes from Abuja on [email protected].

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