Today’s Headlines: I’ll Fulfill All My Campaign Promises–Okojie,What Tinubu’s trip to Europe entails – Bolarinwa

I Will Fulfill All My Campaign Promises–Okojie

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Ahead of the inauguration of the 10th National Assembly, House of Representatives member-elect for Esan North-East/Esan South-East federal constituency of Edo State, Prince Odianosen Okojie, has promised to fulfil all the campaign promises made to his constituents.

Speaking to newsmen at the end of an induction program organised for newly elected lawmakers in Abuja at the weekend, Prince Okojie said he would set the ball rolling from day one.

“This induction program organised for lawmakers has been very refreshing. It has exposed us, especially first-time lawmakers to the tools needed to be successful parliamentarians in a democratic setup.

“For me, I will set the ball rolling from day one in terms of bills, motions and constituency projects according to my campaign manifesto. My pact with the people of Esan North-East/Esan South-East includes sponsoring developmental bills and facilitating the provision of quality education, rural electrification, healthcare, incentive to farmers, human capital development among others. God willing, I will fulfil all the promises I made to the people,” Okojie said.

What Tinubu’s trip to Europe entails – Bolarinwa

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Dr Joshua Bolarinwa, an International Relations expert and Senior Research Fellow, Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) says the President-elect, Bola Tinubu’s trip to Europe is a sign of strong preparation for governance.

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Bolarinwa told the Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Lagos, that Tinubu is a global figure with international understanding, and had established friendships and connections across Africa and beyond.

Bolarinwa spoke on the President-elect’s recent trip to Europe, which his media aide, Tunde Rahman said was a “working visit.”

Rahman said Tinubu would use the opportunity of the trip to arrange his transition plans and programmes, and his policy options with some of his key aides without unnecessary pressures and distractions.

“During the visit, the President-elect will engage with investors and other key allies, with the goal of marketing investment opportunities in the country and his administration’s readiness to enable a business-friendly climate through policies and regulations”.

Diversity, zoning and the complications

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Is Nigerian politics getting better? Are Nigerian politicians getting more mature and politically savvy as we move from one phase to the other in democratisation and nation-building? From my balcony, I have been observing quietly the mini-crisis that has broken out in the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the sharing of positions in the 10th National Assembly. With the offices of president and vice-president already settled the ballot in the general election, we are left with the parliamentary leadership positions which are not usually as simple as the presidency because of the complicated factors that are always at play. Still, I am left to wonder how tone-deaf many of our politicians can be.

I agreed that Nigeria, being multi-religious and multi-ethnic, will often be caught in a web of intrigues on how to share political offices in such a way that will accommodate as many interests as possible, particularly the major ones. There will always be multiple and conflicting interests at play and we cannot avoid the fierce contestation for now. There is the regional interest: northern and southern. There is the religious one: Muslim and Christian. There is the ethnic: the Hausa/Fulani, Igbo and Yoruba being the ones on which the “tripod” of Nigeria was founded. Then, there are the ethnic and religious minorities across regions and geo-political zones, some of which are fluid or subsumed.

But as atomisation goes, the more you divide, the more you magnify the latent differences. If you divide the north, you will see the Muslim majority and the Christian minorities. If you divide further, you will see north-west, north-east and north-central. Because religion is the biggest identifier in the north, it really does not matter if you are a Muslim Hausa, Fulani, Kanuri, or of any other ethnic group when it comes to sharing national positions. It begins to matter only if the competition for the national position is internal. You will then start hearing about what northern geo-political zone should get it. The northern Christian minorities are, understandably, a distinct group as well.

Artisans Urge President-elect On Overhauling of ITF, SMEDAN, NDE

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Artisans, under the auspices of the Association of Nigeria Artisans and Technicians (ASNAT), in conjunction with the Rikiji Foundation, have called on President-elect, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu to prioritise the overhauling of Small & Medium Enterprises Development Association of Nigeria(SMEDAN), National Directorate of Employment(NDE] and Industrial Training Fund (ITF) over performing below the expectations of Nigerians.

Citing the non-performance in lifting the small and medium enterprises and setbacks brought upon the sector by ITF, NDE and SMEDAN as reasons for his call, the leadership of ASNAT, Hon Sanusi Gusau, lamented that the agencies have failed in their responsibilities as movers of Nigeria’s micro economy and service providers.

Gusau, who is the director of Artisans and Technicians, and also the APC Presidential Campaign Council Directorate, in a press conference stated: we therefore humbly call upon the leadership of the incoming administration for the total overhauling of agencies like the SMEDAN, NDE, and Industrial Training Fund (ITF) for an effective economic revitalization and enhanced productivity in the country by improving on small and agro-allied industries thereby creating employment opportunities, increasing our Gross Domestic Products (GDP), addressing the issues of youth restiveness and insecurity in the country.”

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