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Plateau State Governor Engages Abuja-Based Indigenes to Boost State Development”

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By Asile Abel, jos

The Governor of Plateau State, Barr. Caleb Manasseh Mutfwang, has convened an assembly of Plateau indigenes employed in the Federal Civil Service in Abuja, calling for their collective efforts to enhance the state’s progress.

The meeting which was the first of its kind held at the Ladi Kwali Hall, Continental Hotel, Abuja, had in attendance, Directors, Deputy Directors, Assistant Deputy Directors, and representatives of Non Governmental Organizations. The Governor urged them to work in unison across all the Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies and ensure that what belongs to Plateau State is diligently protected and delivered to the people.

He said Plateau people are looking up to them for their contributions to the uplifment of the state. ³Describing the interface as historic, Governor Mutfwang noted that elections have come and gone and it is now time for the people to join hands to correct the negative narrative about the state in order to attract development.

He said, “All of you came into Abuja in search for greener pastures for you and your families but God has raised you to somewhere that you need to look beyond your families. You need to know that the destinies of many people are connected to your destinies.

“There is need for us to begin to put our heads together and create the necessary synergy that will help us to build the image of Plateau state within the federal system and hopefully, there will be dividends that we can bring from such synergy”,

Governor Mutfwang encouraged them to be their brother’s keepers and look after each other to build a synergy that would impact the state positively.

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“The Federal Government has the largest share of the budget of the Federation. We are looking forward to having more federal presence in Plateau State in every sector. We need to see roads that belong to the Federal Government brought back to life to enhance transportation.

“We want to see federal government’s presence in health, education. We want to partner with the Federal Government in mineral development because Plateau is a basket of mineral resources. We want to see how we can rebuild our relationship within the Federal authorities to ensure all the advantages that come to Plateau State from the Federation are well harness”, he stated.

The Governor said his administration is doing everything possible to carry every segment of the society in governance, saying the veterans, the young and the middle aged have been appointed as Commissioners and into other positions in order to give all a sense of belonging.

He emphasized that women and people with disabilities were also appointed into key government functionaries and expressed the desire to ensure that everybody have a sense of belonging.

He praised the former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representative, Hon. Ahmed Idris Wase, Senator Istifanus Gyang and Senate Minority Leader, Senator Simon Mwadkwon who influencing the siting of Federal Government projects in the state.

The Senate Minority Leader and Senator representing Plateau North, Sen. Simon Mwadkwon applauded Governor Mutfwang for the initiative, and called for brotherhood among Plateau indigenes working in the Federal Capital Territory.

In the same vein, former Nigerian Ambassador and Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Bagudu Hirse also applauded the initiative and urged Plateau indigenes in Abuja to cultivate the spirit of brotherhood.

In their separate remarks, Member representing Langtang North/Langtang South constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Beni Lar and Secretary to the Government of the State, Arc. Samuel Jatau, expressed gratitude for the turnout and said the meeting should be sustained in the spirit of one Plateau.

Other prominent personalities who attended the meeting included Senator representing Plateau South, AVM Napoleon Bali (Retired), Chief of Staff, Government House, Hon. Jeremiah Satmark, Member representing Jos South/Jos East Federal Constituency, Dachung Musa Bagos, Member representing Barkin-Ladi/Riyom Federal Constituency, Hon. Ibrahim Peter Gyendeng, Member representing Shendam/Quan’apan/Mikang Federal Constituency, Hon. Isaac Kwallu, Member representing Bassa/Jos North Federal Constituency, Hon. Musa Agah, members of the State Executive Council, and illustrious sons and daughters of Plateau State residence in Abuja.

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PDP Chieftain Lauds Governors’ Forum Decision on Adherence to Electoral Guidelines

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A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Ibrahim Ali Amin “Little,” has lauded the decision of the party’s governors’ forum to ensure that the constitution and laid-down guidelines on the election of party executives are followed strictly in the forthcoming state, local government, and ward congresses.

The Kano PDP chieftain explained that the governors’ position taken at their just-concluded meeting in Enugu has established the fact that the party is committed to reclaiming Nigeria come the 2027 general election.

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Ali-Amin, a grassroots mobilizer and former gubernatorial candidate in Kano, said staging free, fair, and transparent congresses will also attract more Nigerians to join the party, pointing out that Nigerians have more hope in PDP than in any other political party.

While urging all party members in Kano to join hands in moving PDP forward, the chieftain expressed hope that the party leadership will adhere strictly to the provisions of the party’s congresses and electoral guidelines in the forthcoming congress and election of the Kano executives.

He also reiterated his resolve to continue to work for the PDP at all levels for ultimate victory, noting that Nigerians need to be salvaged from the current hardship through sincere and committed leadership, which the PDP is set to provide.

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Unidentified Persons in Kaduna Assault APC Chieftain for Allegedly Criticizing Governor

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Some unidentified persons, in a video footage going viral on social media platforms, have assaulted APC Chieftain Abdulmajeed Danbilki Kwamnada from Kano.

Danbilki, popularly known as Kwamnada, is notorious for criticizing politicians on radio in Kano and some northern states.

The yet-to-be-identified assailants were seen interrogating Danbilki while handcuffed, asking why he insulted the Kaduna governor. He replied, “I don’t insult the governor.” They further asked if he was from Kaduna, to which he responded, “I am not, but from Kano, a northern Nigerian and a Nigerian.”

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While giving them the answer, they started flogging him. During the assault, he complained, “I have sugar and heart problems,” then lay down and began begging them to stop.

Many people, even Danbilki’s detractors, condemned the assault and called on human rights organizations to intervene

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Imminent Fuel Increase as Petrol Landing Cost Rises to ₦1,117 Per Litre

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The landing cost of Premium Motor Spirit, also known as petrol, was N1,117/litre as of Tuesday, July 16, 2024, the Major Energies Marketers Association of Nigeria announced on Wednesday.

MEMAN disclosed this during a webinar with journalists on Wednesday.

The association revealed that the landing cost of diesel was N1,157/litre, while that of aviation fuel was N1,127/litre.

Reports indicate that the N1,117 landing cost of petrol is far above the pump price of the product in Nigeria.

At the moment, filling stations operated by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited and those of the major marketers sell PMS at between N617/litre and N660/litre, while independent marketers sell for N700/litre or more.

NNPC, the sole importer of petrol into Nigeria, has consistently denied subsidising the cost of PMS but refused to disclose the landing cost of the product.

Our correspondent reports that the revelation from MEMAN is almost the first from marketers in the industry as the landing cost appears to have been shrouded in secrecy by the importer of PMS.

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MEMAN’s Executive Secretary, Clement Isong, said the costs were obtained from independent energy price benchmark providers.

The association maintained that it would release similar information regularly to keep the masses informed.

Recently, independent oil marketers accused private depot owners of hiking the ex-depot price of petrol from N630 to N720/litre.

An expert in the energy sector, Prof Wumi Iledare, told our correspondent in an interview that the cost of PMS in Nigeria was far below the international price, considering the price of diesel.

“The gap between the cost of diesel and petrol in Nigeria is much. It is never like that all over the world. That means something is wrong.

“I don’t know if NNPC is paying subsidies or not, but somebody is absorbing the difference. You can call it under-recovery or subsidy, but the price of petrol today does not reflect the market cost of producing a litre of petrol,” he disclosed.

Iledare added that with the current exchange rate, the price of petrol should not be less than 80 per cent of the price of diesel.

Corroborating this, a Professor of Economics at the University of Ibadan and President of the Nigerian Economics Society, Adeola Adenikinju, said, “The current price of PMS is being subsidised by the government. The government buys at higher rates and sells to us at subsidised rates. That is what they call under-recovery.”

The International Monetary Fund recently warned the Nigerian government to remove what it called implicit fuel and electricity subsidies.

In a report published recently by the IMF, the organisation told Nigeria that the subsidies would guzzle three per cent of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product in 2024 as against one per cent in the year before.

President Bola Tinubu declared the removal of fuel subsidies during his inauguration on May 29, 2023.

IMF noted, however, that “adequate compensatory measures for the poor were not scaled up promptly and subsequently paused over corruption concerns. Capping pump prices below cost reintroduced implicit subsidies by end-2023 to help Nigerians cope with high inflation and exchange rate depreciation.”

However, the NNPC and the Federal Government have vehemently denied subsidising the current price of PMS

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