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“The truth behind Sanwo-Olu’s proposed cancellation of pension pay to Tinubu, Fashola and Ambode”

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By Seye Oladejo, Lagos APC Spokesman

Our attention has been drawn to the widely circulated falsehood about the purported truth behind the proposed repeal of the pension laws in Lagos State as they affect the past governors and their deputies.

The governor of Lagos state, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, while dropping the hint about the repeal made it explicitly clear that it was a move to cut the cost of governance and show sincere political will to re-order the priorities of government in the face of current realities.

The move which has been widely applauded by a cross section of well meaning people actually jolted the enemies of progress.

The after-thought response would not have been dignified with a rejoinder if not for the deliberate misinformation and falsehood tainted with bitter politics.

While the state government acknowledges and appreciates the tremendous goodwill its efforts to immediately kickstart the rebuilding process necessitated by the mayhem, it is mindful of its role to lead from the front while totally upholding the public trust.

The governor, typical of his administration, consulted far and wide before arriving at the decision to repeal the public officers’ pension law for our collective good.

We commend his exemplary courage which has added to his lofty credentials.

Since inception, the Sanwo-Olu administration has focused on cost saving measures to make funds available for important projects.

The deliberate refusal of the governor to acquire official vehicles and the low-priced brands allocated to high ranking state officials were moves in the right direction.

The claim that “Lagos State intends to borrow additional huge sums of money from the Capital Market again, but it must cancel the illegal payments to Governors/Deputies by revoking Ex Governors Pension Law in order for PENCOM to qualify it’s new borrowing for PFAs’ investments” is completely false.

While we encourage opposition as part of the development of our democratic culture, deliberate falsehood and outright lies do not represent the quality of minds that our people deserve and is not the kind of culture we want our children to imbibe.

Lagosians are indeed glad and appreciative of the steps taken by Mr Governor to signal selflessness and personal sacrifice in governance and public service. If this is a good step for the people of Lagos, only someone who do not wish Lagos well will disparage it; especially using lies and falsehood.

It is expedient to state that the circular issued by Nigeria Pension Commission in Jan 2020 to Lagos was basically on queries relating to operational differences between the Pension Reform Act of 2004 and the Lagos State Pension Reform Law 2007. It had nothing to do with pensions to Governor’s or their deputies.

Pencom being a very professional organization and regulator will not raise a valid point and make a u-turn on it, without a resolution of those points. They issued a letter of no objection being satisfied of the resolutions of all the points raised.

Mr Governor is focused on
Infrastructural projects like the Regional roads, the Lekki Express way rigid pavement , three lane dual highway from Eleko junction to Epe, the urban roads , regeneration projects in Ikoyi, Victoria Island, Ikeja and Kosofe. He is focused on the Red line rail project amongst many others in Alimoso, Agege, Somolu, Ikorodu.

While the Lagos State government is not in need of praise singing from any quarters, it remains a disservice to deliberately feed the unsuspecting public with falsehood at a time like this.

Seye Oladejo
Lagos APC Spokesma.

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EDO 2020

Edo 2020, doomsday sayers and the rest of us

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-By Chas Ideho, political analyst

Granted that elections in Nigeria are usually and generally violence prone; the reasons, of course, the winners-take-all syndrome.

This is why some well meaning Nigerians have continued to insist on attitudinal change in our electoral processes in order to birth a more modern way of electing our leaders in all the levels of government.

The Edo 2020 election also has its expectations of being violence compliant, or likely so, particularly with the contending political gladiators, and the Supremo himself, the immediate past governor of the state, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole in the fray.

The threats of vilonece, as these gladiators spoke daggers on a daily basis until recently, and with the “Lagos media” of which I am one, helping to amplify these threats, doomsday sayers have had their hearts filled with joy that their predictions of vilonece would come to pass.

Accidental prophets of doom have increased in their numbers, everyone of them claiming to hear from God directly of imminent bloodletting in the state. How discomforting and distasteful can this be!

However, as a journalist who have reported elections in this country for years, I can say here with a degree of fact that the situation in Edo State is not an actual reflection of the daggers being reported in the media as being to brandished on a daily basis here in the state. From Benin City, the state capital, to Ekpoma, to Uromi, to Auchi, to Agenebode, to Igarra, to Afuze, to Sabongida Ora, etcetera, no one has received any matchete cuts or even a scratch on the skin. The media may have blown this out of proportion and have given the situation the colour it does not bear at the moment.

As one who has been on ground here in the state for a couple of weeks, getting involved personally in the affairs of my beloved state, I can say here that there is no vilonece ANYWHERE in Edo land as at this minute that I penned this down.

To my friends in Lagos, and those in far flung places, if you know anyone resident anywhere in the state, kindly put a call through to them to ask where there has been any incidence(s) of vilonece. Please do this with a 360° mindset, devoid of sentiments, to enable you get the true picture of the peaceful situation in our beloved Edo State at the moment.

We know, we, being stakeolders, that the election will come and go, winners will be declared, and no blood would be shed, and the drum beats of victory shall resonate everywhere around us, and doomdsday sayers who want Edo to witness violence at all cost shall be shamed.

Long live Edo State. Long Live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

IDEHO, Journalist and host of Feedback weekly talkshow on Jordan 105.5fm writes from Edo state

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Rasak commends FG, Lagos over coronavirus

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by Timi Joshua

A chieftain of the All Progressive Congress(APC) in Lagos and a member of the Governor Advisory Council (GAC), chief Olanrewaju Rasak has commended the Federal Government and the Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-olu for being proactive in fighting the dreadful disease, coronavirus  that spreading around the country and the globe at large. 

Razak who addressed journalists in Lagos on Friday, emphasized on the need for Nigerians and Lagosian particularly to follow the precautionary measures on how to keep safe during the pademic as publicized by the state ministry of health.

According to him “it is so sad, we have a case like this at hand which have claimed lives, but we know that with the collaboration of both the state and federal government, we will overcome it, its so sad, but i urged everyone to follow according to the medication specified by the ministry of health and also the use of chloroquine as specified by American government “.

On the Lagos state house of assembly crisis, Chief Rasak advised the house to maintain the standard for which it is known for, while referring to the crisis rocking the APC as poverty that has eating into the system, which needed to be purged in due time. He called on the leadership of the house of assembly to sue for peace and make legislation for the betterment of Lagos state. 

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JUST IN: Bakare throws weight behind Amotekun; insists approach was wrong

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The serving overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church (CGCC) formerly Latter Rain Assembly has publicly applauded governors of southwest States for the initiative of a regional security outfit, but insisted that the approach was wrong.

Speaking during the Sunday service at the Akiko Road premises of his church, Bakare says there is need for the leaders to take care of the growing army of jobless youths across the country.

He said until there is a serious amendment of the 1999 constitution, there are bounds to be more versions of Amotekun springing up from across the nation.

We will bring you excerpts of his address immediately after the church service which is underway as you read this

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