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Where Are The Merchants Of Discord

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By Abdulkadir Sulaiman
Merchant,
The peace we so much yearn for in the North West has eluded us due to one of their schemes or the other. The latest being on the succcesses being recorded in Zamfara state and the grand new role Matwalle is assuming invthe peace startegy in the zone and in Nigeria.
A mad rush to discredit Matawalle is ongoing especially (and surprisingly) including from Katsina based social media participators. A state sharing the same problem with Zamfara and one that is immensely benefitting from his exclusive efforts at ending the banditry that ravages the region. A rogue writer from Katsina for instance, insinuated that Matawalle has abandoned his post and bandits are now having sway in Zamfara because Matawalle lavished them with money that’s why they stopped attacks in Zamfara. Now that he’s away, they resumed. Very foolish and pedestrian thinking indeed. If Matawalle lavished them with money to stop banditry in Zamfara, what stops him from lavishing them with money from wherever he is? In any case, God always speaks for the righteous. Just as the rogue writer penned down and released his bunkum, the Military in Zamfara had a breakthrough in line with Matawalles carrot and stick approach to peace in his state as they annihilated more than 50 bandits and recovered more than 300 heads of cattle. The onus mow lies on the heads of those who sponsor these rag-tag writers to explain why nothing good such as this  is happening elsewhere but in Zamfara state.
I always wonder why people fail to understand that Matawalles approach works in Zamfara and fails elsewhere because the big difference is commitment, truthfulness, honesty and doggedness which is lacking elsewhere but a constant wit in Matawalles peace and resolution efforts with the bandits. If Matawalle lavishes money on the bandits to stop banditry, what stops others from doing sane to save the lives and blood of their innocent citizens whom they swore to protect? No. They know it is not about money. They know it takes more than what they lack to do what Matawalle is doing.
I will continue to write in favour of Matawalle because I know he is like the proverbial lamb surrounded by wolves. The enemies of peace in the Country will not allow him to succeed because they have multitude of interests in the ongoing banditry in the zone. The failure of their favorites in power also inclusive. But  at our own end, we shall continue to revere and support Matawalle in all ramifications.
Abdulkadir Sulaiman writes from Gusau

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND GROWTH PLAN by Ifedi Okwenna

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Anambra state under Peter Obi, had its development plan anchored under the very successful, Anambra Integrated Development Strategy (ANIDS). The Strategy which was developed and guided by the principles of the now rested United Nations, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), enabled that Government, which I was part of, to bring growth and development in all sectors and in all parts of the State simultaneously. But this has been abandoned without any visible replacement, making the state not to be guided in any known strategic direction.

Going forward, Government activities in the State shall be subjected to sound and effective economic principles which will guide our planning and allocation of resources to areas of need. Our government will be private sector driven with strong government regulation, monitoring and control.

While implementing a private sector driven free market economy, government will, where necessary, institute a targeted state-owned enterprise for a given period of time before divesting her own interest. This measure may be applied to bring sanity in the system and to fast forward growth and development.

1. Economic Development Objectives:
Our development objective is for the state to attain economic prosperity through our planned comprehensive and integrated development of all sectors and all parts of the State. Our Strategic plan shall therefore be known as, Comprehensive and Integrated Development of Anambra State (CIDAS). We shall anchor CIDAS on the principle of Sustainable Development Goals, Agenda 2030 of the United Nations. CIDAS shall be a successor to the now rested Anambra Integrated Development Strategy (ANIDS), of former Governor Peter Obi, and will drive inspiration from ANIDS. It will be a super participatory strategic planning that involves the citizens and gives an overall framework for development of all sectors and all parts of Anambra State at same time.
CIDAS targets will be centred on:
a. Wealth Creation: Every Anambra man or woman shall have the opportunity to create wealth by the opportunities CIDAS shall provide for him/her. Through this, our per capita income as a State shall be improved within a short period of time.
b. Employment generation: We will target to attain zero unemployment for every Anambra person including those who are physically challenged. There shall be better utilization of manpower resources and increasing employment opportunities. The measures CIDAS will put in place shall open opportunities for those who would normally seek employment to become themselves employers of labour and creators of employment opportunities. This they can do through innovation, entrepreneurship development, cooperative schemes and peer review mechanism.
c. Economic Stability: Stability is as important as growth. We shall try to remove uncertainties that affect stability. We shall ensure policy stability through consistency, price stability through production and demand control etc. This will help remove structural instability in the system.
d. Social Welfare: We shall promote citizen welfare, economic empowerment of rural people etc. The system to be adopted in our health plan, education policy, Agricultural Policy, Transport policy, Rural Development Plan etc are people friendly and will improve the social welfare of the poor.
e. Innovation and Entrepreneurship: We shall support the implementation of creative ideas in order to generate value, usually through increased revenues, reduced costs or both, guiding our youths to innovate and apply to create wealth for themselves.
f. Development and self-sufficiency. We shall be committed to self-sufficiency of the state in food, grains, livestock, shelter, clothing, industrial raw material and in developing internal resources thereby reducing our dependence on external grants and aids. We shall explore investment in other states and regions and also make provisions for future growth.
g. Increase in standard of living: Our target is to improve the standard of living of our people, through the food they eat, the type of houses they live in, our mode of transportation, the standard of education and health facilities we will put at their disposal.
h. Fiscal Discipline: We shall be guided by technology and political will, to develop the culture of fiscal discipline in the entire system. Our successful attainment of economic development and advancement shall be dependent on our prudence, transparency and application of necessary checks and controls.
h. Culture of saving through investment: We shall apply maximally the culture of saving for the rainy day. Government shall invest in many medium- and long-term instruments to be able to remain afloat at all times.

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2. Structure.
We shall create the following structures to act as checks in assisting us to achieving the above targets. The structures are:
a. Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning:

The Objectives of the Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning shall be to:
• Prepare Annual State Budget principles and provide leadership in general Budget preparation and implementation.
• Relate and Engage with the Federal Ministry of Budget and National Planning in her implementation of National plans and in developmental and other technical assistance.
• Formulate and prepare long term, medium term and short-term economic development plans for the State.
• Manage Bilateral and Multilateral economic cooperation and ensure the state is up to date in their engagement with development partners and other Institutions including the World Bank, the United Nations, European Union etc.
• Provide policy advice to the Governor and the State Government
• Prepare periodic review and appraisal of human and material resources capabilities of the State with a view to make healthy projections for the State.
• Monitor Projects implementation in line with projected plans and advice on changes and adjustments where necessary for the realization of governmental objectives.
• Conduct Research on public policy issues and State Interests and based on findings advise government on economic and social policy issues.

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b. Anambra Public Transparency Commission
As part of attainment of CIDAS, my Government shall establish by law the Anambra State Public Transparency Commission. The Commission shall promote the principle of transparency and accountability in the State.
Its functions shall include:
• Prevention of corruption through system study and review of governmental processes and activities,
• Investigation and prosecution of corrupt practices, financial crimes and lack of due process
• Promotion of ethics and ensuring compliance with ethical codes
• Monitoring of Budget Implementation, Education and enlightenment of public servants on issues of corruption and public accountability.

c. Anambra State Bureau on Public Procurement.
The State Bureau on Public Procurement shall be reinvigorated to monitor and oversight public procurement in Anambra State. The activities of the Bureau shall be:
• Setting procedures and frameworks and professional capacity for Public procurement in Anambra State.
• Ensure the application of fair, competitive, transparent, standards and practices for the procurement and disposal of public assets.
• Attainment of transparency, competitiveness, cost effectiveness and professionalism in the public sector procurement system.
• Ensure Anambra State gets full value for every money spent on all procurements.

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Traditional Ruler Hails Sen. Oluremi Tinubu On Empowerment

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Sen. Remi Tinubu Empowerment – A Lagos traditional ruler, Baale of Gedegede Tapa in Eti Osa Local Government of Lagos State, Chief Ayodeji Thomas, has hailed Senator Oluremi Tinubu for empowering 50 Baales in her senatorial district with 50 mini buses and cash.

Thomas, who spoke on behalf of the beneficiaries, underscored the importance of constituency project.

He described it as the hallmark of effective representation.

The monarch spoke at the weekend in Surulere Local Government where Senator Tinubu gave 50 mini buses to Baales in Lagos Central Senatorial District for commercial purposes, to support them.

He thanked her for the gesture and urged politicians occupying elective offices to ensure implementation of their campaign promises.

Thomas said that was the only way of giving back to the electorate.

He enjoined politicians to emulate Senator Tinubu.

“What she has done today is in line with the developmental agenda of the current administration. We are happy with her. We praise her for giving back to her constituents, especially we traditional rulers, despite the current harsh economic realities,” the monarch said.

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He advised the beneficiaries to make use of the bus effectively.

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2023: See Ooni Ogunwusi’s Message To Tinubu Campaigners

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The Arole Oduduwa & Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, on Monday urged politicians promoting the presidential ambition of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to deploy wisdom and avoid arbitrary use of power.
The Ooni who doubles as the Spiritual Head of the Oduduwa Race worldwide  explained this while receiving organizers of the South West Agenda (SWAGA); a political group projecting the ambition of Senator Tinubu.
Ooni Ogunwusi who explained that the reported ambition of the former Lagos State Governor is a good signal for the Yoruba race, added that such lofty dream could only be realized through unity.
“Asiwaju Tinubu is a very great descendant of Oduduwa. He’s such a unique Yoruba son and we are always proud of him. He is popular and known for uprightness.
“But first, I want to challenge all politicians here this afternoon to first go and work on yourselves, you must be United if you are indeed for the Yoruba race. It is you people that form political parties, change from one party to another among other things.
“With all that said, I want you to know that many will rise with similar interest and it is allowed. I implore you and your principal to deploy wisdom not power so that we will all be on the same page.
“We Yorubas are Omoluabis and I want you all to know that everything is not politics. With these in mind, it shall be well with us and we are good to go.” The Ooni admonished.
Earlier in his address, the Chairman for the South West Agenda (SWAGA), Senator Dayo Adeyeye, explained that the visit was to seek the spiritual blessings of the Co-chairman of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria(NCTRN) in recognition of his status as the head of the Yoruba race worldwide.
“Baba, this is the highest throne in Yorubaland and Ile-Ife is the town that gave birth to all the entire Yoruba race. We have come here today seek your blessings and support towards the actualization of having a Yoruba man as the next president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2023. In this quest, we have found Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu worthy and that is why we have embarked on this assignment even without being sent.
“We Yorubas must unite ourselves to realize this and not make ourselves tools in the hands of those who might be willing to divide use against ourselves. SWAGA is well known to almost everyone in the country including those from other parts who have declared support for the movement.”
In the same vein, Osun State coordinator of the group, Hon. (Mrs) Ayo Omidiran, noted that they are always in touch with the Ooni and will always keep him informed on all activities.
The event which was spiced with several traditional performances was well attended by top politicians across the country including Hon. Ajibola Famurewa, Hon. Rotimi Makinde, Hon. Bisi Odewumi, Tilewa Sijuwade among others.

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