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PDP denies sponsoring APC guber aspirants

From Ahmad Ibrahim, Lokoja

The Peoples Democratic Party in Kogi State has faulted a recent claim by one of the governorship aspirants in the All Progressives Congress purporting that PDP is sponsoring some aspirants within the APC fold to destabilize the party.

In a statement signed by the publicity secretary of the party, Mr. Bode Ogunmola and made available to newsmen in Lokoja yesterday, the PDP described the claim as baseless and mischievous, insisting that “the said aspirant should re- asses his public rating and wake up from his world of self - delusion”.

He said the party has no reason to throw away a whopping N150 million to sponsor aspirants to cause confusion in APC, saying the PDP is deeply rooted to remain in office in the coming dispensation.

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Safeguarding lives and property through fire fighting

By Usman Adams

Perhaps, of all Federal Government Ministries, Agencies and Parastatals, the Federal Fire Service of Nigeria can be said to be one of the least publicized, even as it strives to safe guard human lives and property from hazards.

However, the service on its own has continued to carry out education and public enlightenment campaigns of the populace on fire prevention realizing that in a situation where there is a dearth of human and material resources the mass media has to fill the void.

To an average Nigerian the red painted siren-blaring fire-fighting vehicles are all that are known and recognized as synonymous with the service. But the reality is that there is a whole lot of managerial architecture involved in planning for the fire hazards and managing the service to ensure effective and efficient delivery to avert losses to fire incidents.

For example, a well-equipped fire-fighting truck costs over N200,000,000 (Two Hundred Million Naira) and in addition there are some other ancillary components that are necessary to successfully fight any fire occurrence.

From its modest origin over a century ago when it was started and attached to the Police Force and even managed by non-Nigerians, the Federal Fire Service now boasts of a full-fledged and an autonomous entity with a staff strength of over 1,580 (One Thousand Five Hundred and Eighty) personnel spread across almost all the six geopolitical zones in the country and has only five functional firefighting trucks at its headquarters in Area 10, Abuja.

The only five functional firefighting trucks in the arsenal of the service is considered by knowledgeable experts as grossly inadequate for its operational needs.

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Al - Makura: From America with humility

By Ahmed Tukur

The British Airline landed exactly 5:13am and few minutes later, Governor Umaru Tanko Al - makura came out from the arrival terminal cheerful and happy as he exchanged pleasantries with his aides who came to receive him.

The aides waited for over 2 hours because the plane was earlier expected around 4 am but because of the 30 minutes delay, it arrived the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja exactly5.13am.

Al-makura was later escorted to the waiting car outside the terminal and driven home where he had a shower to freshen up before going straight to the NTA studios for a Good Morning Nigeria programme.

While doing this, he never knew that those who welcomed him at the airport had spent over two hours waiting, until after he returned home from the NTA studio’s around in the morning.

On knowing that, his mood changed and became pitiful; he was visibly worried that he kept them for more than necessary, and the cheerful look in his face disappeared and became gloomy worried and sympathetic for keeping them in the open cold waiting.  The next words that came from him were: “sorry, I never envisaged that the flight will be late, next time I will rather board a taxi than to keep you for hours.”

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PDP: APC behind reports of Metuh’s suspension

The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has risen in defence of Olisa Metuh, spokesman of the party, over his reported suspension by the PDP in Anambra.

The former ruling party said the report of Metuh’s suspension was fabricated by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in its desperate attempt to bring him down. A statement signed by nine PDP leaders from the southeast read: “The attention of Peoples Democratic Party from the 118 electoral wards, and the seven local government areas that make up Anambra south senatorial district of Anambra state has been drawn to reports in some media titled, ‘Anambra PDP sacks Metuh,” and wish to state as follows:

“That the said media reports about the purported suspension of Olisa Metuh did not emanate from either Otolo Ward 1, or any of the wards and LGA in Anambra south senatorial district and not from PDP Anambra state, rather it was the handiwork of agents of All Progressive Congress (APC) in their desperate attempts to bring down at all cost the leader of PDP in Anambra state, Olisa Metuh.

“That we challenge the authors of the fabricated stories about the purported suspension/sack of our leader  Olisa Metuh from PDP, to publish the names and signatures of the elected PDP ward, LGA and state officers that signed the false and malicious resolution.

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APGA proposes N350m headquarter in Abuja

By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) yesterday said it is proposing to build a three hundred and fifty million naira (N350 million) worth six storey office complex in Abuja, to give a befitting accommodation to the party. 

Speaking during the 1st National Retreat of the party held in Abuja, the newly elected chairman of the party, Ikechukwu Oye, who made this disclosure, also said the project will be executed through direct labour, adding that an architect who is a member of the party has graciously offered to produce the prototype free of charge. 

According to him “Another area of concern to us is how to secure a permanent office in Abuja. Currently we operate from a rented accommodation at Wuse II, with the attendant annual increments in rent and other costs, which could have been discontinued if we had our own property. 

“This is why we see it as a huge challenge to this administration, and indeed all of us in APGA, to make this vision come true. We are optimistic that before our tenure runs out, we will have succeeded in owning a property in Abuja that we can confidently call our own”, he said.   

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