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    Niger State governor Umar Bago unveils potential for green economy amidst climate change



    Governor Mohammed Bago of Niger State on Wednesday unveiled plans to attract both local and foreign direct investment for the development of rail transportation, cattle ranching and alternative energy.

    Governor Bago who disclosed this during a world press briefing in Abuja, also hinted on the State’s preparedness for the first subnational Green Economy Summit, scheduled for 24th and 25th October, 2023, to be attended by over “500 participants from a broad spectrum of backgrounds to discuss and help proffer solutions to issues of decarbonizing energy systems, circular economy, waste management, green agriculture, food security, eco tourism and community development.

    “Other issues to be discussed include: conserving biodiversity for sustainable development, innovative solutions for water management, smart cities, sustainable urbanisation, women and youth engagement.”

    Governor Bago who reiterated his administration’s resolve towards sustainable development of valuable natural resources (green assets) through the use of innovative practices in driving economic growth and prosperity, expressed optimism that the forthcoming Summit will help in achieving the feats.

    He said: “It is very very clear that climate change has been a topic of discussion in the world. This morning I watched with so much pain how Libya has been overtaken by flood unprecedented. As a country and as a State, that is 10% the total size of Nigeria with bodies of water for hydropower dams, it is high time we start to pluck excess water during rainy season as a national plan, so that we can plough them back when we have drought.

    “Secondly, to rearrange our forest, 8.6 million hectares of land is bigger the entire South South and South East. Niger State is a country, so, we have an opportunity that in Niger State, shea trees are wild trees, the highest combination of the total Shea trees in the world is in Niger State. We have seen that cashew is a wild tree without any effort, they are all growing and mangoes.

    “So, in an attempt to aggregate these things, and these trees together, first to obtain carbon and credit. Secondly, cash crop, thirdly employment, this is why we’re thinking in this direction.

    “Secondly, solar, we have highlands. In the entire North Central we have the largest span of rocks and mountains and they are empty and fallowing. We intend to deploy solar panels, solar fans on these mountains, so that we can supply power to our people – green energy. This is one of the benefits again.

    “Then the third one is that, as the world is evolving, we cannot be doing otherwise. So, as a State were already poised and position for the next level. Mr. President, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu has given a marching order for food insecurity and Niger State wants to have 10% of the total landmass of Nigeria.

    “So, we have to collaborate with our neighboring states with the Federal Government in the SABC initiative of the AfDB and also with the Livestock Investment Programme of Government of Nigeria. So these are the benefits.”

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    Makinde suspends Oyo monarch



    The Oyo State Government, yesterday, suspended Oba Gbolagade Muritala Babalola (Gbadewolu I) as the Onido of Ido in Ido Local Council of the state.

    The government, in a letter dated February 2, 2024, and signed by the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Olusegun Olayiwola, said Governor Seyi Makinde approved the suspension on February 1, 2024.

    “I wish to inform you that His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Oyo State of Nigeria, in exercise of the powers conferred on him by Sub-section 1&2 of Section 26 of the Chiefs Law, Cap. 28 Vol I, Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria 2000 and by virtue of all other enabling powers in that regard, has approved your suspension as the Onido of Ido in the area of authority of Ido Local Government Area of Oyo State,” the letter read in part.

    It directed Oba Babalola to hand over all government properties in his possession to the chairman of Ido local council.

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    Bauchi Agog as Tribunal Affirms Mohammed Bauchi Gov



    Bauchi State capital and environs erupted in jubilation yesterday following the State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal’s affirmation of Senator Bala Abdulkadir Mohammed as the duly elected governor of the state.


    The 3-man tribunal led by Justice PT Kwahar, dismissed the petition by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), and its gubernatorial candidate, Ambassador Saddique Baba Abubakar.


    The tribunal affirmed that Mohammed, who was declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as winner of the gubernatorial election, actually won the election with the majority votes cast.


    The tribunal dismissed the APC petition for lack of credible evidence to discredit result of the gubernatorial election as declared by INEC.


    The tribunal’s premises, however, erupted in Jubilation by members and supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) engaged in drumming and praises to show joy and happiness over the victory.


    Reacting to the verdict, Mohammed commended the tribunal for upholding his victory despite the indiscriminate demonisation of the country’s judicial system.


    Speaking shortly after the tribunal affirmed his election, he called on his opponents to sheathe their swords and join him to harness enormous resources of the state to create a modern economy that would benefit everyone within Bauchi State as Nigeria’s pearl of tourism.


    “Today, the Governorship Elections Petition Tribunal sitting in Bauchi, revalidated the mandate that you gave to me last March. It was a profound judgment that will continue to resonate within multiple circles as a demonstration of judicial rigour and common sense and an affirmation of the sovereign will of the people over political brinksmanship and an entitlement mentality.


    “Our victory today is by the grace of Allah, who gives power to whom he wishes and takes it without consulting the holder. We are once again reminded that all power is held in trust on behalf of God.


    “It is an unambiguous statement that despite the mischief of political merchants who arrogate to themselves kingmaker status and deceive some of our unsuspecting compatriots into believing that they can determine the destiny of others, God still reigns in the affairs of all his creations,” he said.

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    Adeleke to Fix Lasting Infrastructural Projects in Osun, Says PDP Chieftain



    Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke will soon commence fixing of long lasting Infrastructural projects in the state as part of the promises made to the people of the state.

    Speaking with Freelanews in Osogbo, former Caretaker Chairman of the Peoples Democratic party ( PDP) in the state, Dr. Akindele Adekunle, noted that all abandoned projects within the state would be revisited for timely completion.

    Adekunle stressed that roads will also be constructed in all local government areas in the state, while the federal constituencies would equally benefit immensely in the developmental agenda of the state governor.

    He remarked that since the enthronement of the present administration, all promises made are being fully followed to the letter.

    According to him “Adeleke had surpassed people’s expectations considering the situation met on ground because he has done well based on Infrastructural development so far.”

    He also recalled the medical outfit for the people of the state in all the constituencies, saying the governor had surpassed people’s expectations on Health.

    The PDP chieftain remarked that health palliatives for the people of the state is under way as all health facilities would be given face- lift in all ramifications.

    He emphasised that all general hospitals in the state would receive a boost in order to turn them to a world-class medical centres which will serve as medical tourism to other state to visit.

    Adekunle stressed that there are enough medical personnel to make the state proud of being a world-class medical tourist attraction.

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