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Governorship/State Assembly Elections: Group Urges Residents of Ogun State To Vote For APC Candidates

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Residents of Ogun State have been urged to troop out enmasse and cast their votes for the candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC)in the forthcoming Governorship/State Assembly Elections slated for Saturday 9 March, 2019 across the nation.

Making this plea in a statement was the Convener of Gateway Renewal Group, Comrade Babatunde Dada, who commended the people of Ogun State for voting for the candidates of the APC in the Presidential/National Assembly Elections, which held in the country on Saturday 23 February, 2019 all over the country.
It will be recalled that the APC won the three senatorial seats in Ogun State, six out of nine Federal House of Representatives seats, as well as the Presidential election in the state in the 23, February, 2019 elections.
In the statement, which was personally signed by Comrade Dada and made available to journalists on Thursday, he said that the Governorship candidate of the APC in Ogun State for the election, Mr. Dapo Abiodun, was the most qualified amongst the top contenders for the coveted seat.
According to him, Dapo Abiodun is a successful businessman and an oil magnate as the Chief Executive Officer of Heyden Oil, who has paid his due as a philanthropist and a good party member.
“Dapo Abiodun won the primary elections of the APC, which also produced Governor Ibikunle Amosun as the candidate of the APC for the senatorial seat of Ogun Central District.
“It is hypocritical and counterproductive for Amosun to go ahead to support another candidate for the state’s governorship election in person of Hon. Adekunle Akinlade under the Allied Peoples Movement (APM).
“Amosun and his APM should not be taken seriously because he couldn’t be a senator under one party and be supporting the governorship candidate of another party.
“The APC remains the party to beat in Ogun State, especially with its performances in the state and in many states in the Presidential/National Assembly General Elections, which held last Saturday.
“Moreso, the Deputy Governorship candidate of the APC for the election, Mrs. Naimat Salako from Ogun West is also an archiever, who has paid her dues in the state,” Comrade Dada said in the statement.
Comrade Dada added that Abiodun, who hails from Iperu-Remo in Ogun East, has proven to be popular in the area with the defeat of the senatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ogun East by the candidate of the APC despite the fact that the Governorship candidate of the PDP, Senator Kashamu Buruji is from Ogun East.
He stressed that Governor Ibikunle Amosun is a traitor, a loser, and an enemy of progress by betraying the same party that gave him an opportunity to be Governor for eight years despite his shortcomings and excesses over the years.
According to him, the people of Ogun State know what is good for them and they would not go back to Egypt, when they are already on their way to Canaanland.
The statement read: “I just want to urge the people of the Ogun State not to listen to a mischievous fellow, who wants to eat his cake and have it.
“Dapo Abiodun is the best man for the job at the moment. He is a successful businessman and a friend of the likes of Alhaji Aliko Dangote and Mr. Femi Otedola, who have promised to join him in making Ogun State the pride of everybody once he gets into office.
“Dapo Abiodun would defeat Ibikunle Amosun and his puppet on Saturday, 9 March. 2019.
“We just want to appeal to our people to cooperate with us and let us keep the dream alive and support a man that has been working assiduously for the development of the Gateway State.”
The people of Ogun State were then advised to be peaceful, ensure that their votes count and massively vote for the APC across the state.

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BUA SUGAR REFINERY LATEST: TRADE & INDUSTRIES MINISTER ADEBAYO REVERSES EARLIER DIRECTIVE ON SUGAR IMPORTATION FROM FREE TRADE ZONES INTO NIGERIA

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Days after, sending out an earlier letter to the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed prohibition the importation of sugar from free trade zones, in Nigeria, the Minister of Trade Industries and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo has backtracked and reversed himself.

 

Adebayo, acting on a controversial petition written to him by the Chairman Dangote Industries Limited, Aliko Dangote and Chairman, Flour Mills of Nigeria PLC, Mr John Coumatros had written a letter which he copied the Managing  Director Nigeria Ports Authority, Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service as well as the Secretary to the Government of the Federation prohibiting the importation of sugar from the country’s Free Trade Zones. This move was targeted at BUA sugar refinery as well as investments.

 

Recall that BUA Group Chairman, Samad Rabiu had reacted to the petition by revealing that his investments in sugar, especially the Port Harcourt project did not pose any threat to the country’s sugar policy. According to Samad Rabiu, his was project  indeed, meant to checkmate arbitrary increase in prices and which will ultimately benefit the ordinary Nigerian on the street.

 

 

 

 

Curiously, some agencies of the Federal Government especially  the NPA, had acted on the Minister’s directive by directing all Terminal  operators to ensure strict compliance with the Minister’s order, despite a court injunction refraining not only the Ministry but all government agencies from disturbing it’s operations pending the determination of a suit filed by BUA group.

 

The move to disrupt BUA’s activities depsite the injunction clearly embarrassed the government, hence Adebayo’s quick reversal of his earlier stance and letter to the Finance Minister directing that the action be stopped.

 

As for Hadiza Bala Usman who was in a hurry to overlook the court order, she has since been suspended from office as the Managing Director of the Nigeria Ports Authority while an Acting CEO has been appointed in person of Mohammed Koko, the erstwhile Executive Director, Finance and Administration.

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THE COMPLICITY OF NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER IN CORRUPTION AND BANDITRY IN ZAMFARA STATE

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During the 8-year reign of former Governor Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State , there is hardly a week the state is not in the news for either killings of scores of Zamfarans or kidnapping of them in large numbers. So bad it was during his tenure that the only presence of security is the escort services provided by security agents for workers on Yari’s farm.

 

It is despicable and rather unfortunate that a man who is battling to clear his name from many allegations of fraud and unprecedented corruption in Zamfara is seen flying around in a Nigerian Airforce Jet.

 

Mungono’s lackluster performance to rejig the security architecture which has led to breakdown of law and order has portrayed the Presidency in bad light as failing in its duty to provide security and welfare of its citizenry.

 

The approval of the use of NAF jet by Abdulaziz Yari which allegedly came from the office of the National Security Adviser further lent credence to the claims among Nigerians that the APC-led government is not serious about fighting corruption and insecurity.

 

 

Assuming without conceding that Yari facilitated the use of the aircraft on his own, one wonders an emergency situation that would warrant a former governor enjoying such luxury even when the allegations of corrupt enrichment is still hanging on his neck.

 

 

The National Security Adviser has yet again confirm the call for his removal over incompetence and that the reason for his call and advise for the declaration for a “No fly Zone” in Zamfara is unprofessional, partisan and may not be to secure the country as he would want people to believe.

 

By Hamid Shinkafi

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Rural Resident Expresses Satisfaction On Jumia Service Delivery

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At the current pace, there’s no denying the improved fortune of eCommerce in Africa. Even the most ardent doubters of eCommerce viability on the continent will accept that the online shopping business is gaining momentum on the continent, contrary to their forecast and expectations.

 

Major African markets like Nigeria and Kenya are improving their internet penetration while the number of mobile phone users is rising exponentially. This, in turn, is boosting the online market entrants in urban locations and gradually rubbing off on rural settlements.

 

As a result, the conversation around eCommerce in a major market like Nigeria has gravitated from doubts on feasibility and acceptance to quality of service delivery, customers expectations and satisfaction. With at least 87 e-commerce platforms in Nigeria, the online shopping community is increasing by the day with innovation and bespoke approaches to address the challenges of the market and meet customers expectations.

 

In the thick of this, some customers are already having a glimpse of what eCommerce offers at its peak, thanks to the effort of key market players. Iteshi Prince Izuchukwu, a businessman based in Rivers State said he likes shopping online because of the price slash. Based on his experience with several online shopping platforms, he was quick to acknowledge the extra effort of Africa’s market leader on its quality of service delivery. “Things I order include Television, Wristwatches and others. When I buy these items on Jumia, they deliver on time and in good condition,” he stated.

 

In today’s market where customers demand value for every penny spent, a well thought out packaging that meets the aesthetic taste of the customers can spell a huge impact on the eCommerce business. It can help reduce the volume and cost of return, foster customer loyalty and put the brand in the face of prospects. “I always feel happy when what I ordered is being delivered to me. And as a businessman, I want value for money which I can say I am getting on a platform like Jumia,” Izuchukwu said.

 

With continuous effort by eCommerce brands to meet customers’ quality, timely and packaging expectations in their service delivery, testimonials like this will go a long way in getting more people onboard the online shopping train.

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