NEWS STATE BY STATE
KALU CALLS FOR PRAYER AS NIGERIA MARKS DEMOCRACY DAY
Eminent businessman and former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Kalu, has urged Nigerians to support their leaders with prayers.
Kalu, in his Democracy Day message signed by his Special Adviser, Oyekunle Oyewumi, said the current security challenge facing the country is a threat to its nascent democracy if not properly managed.
He equally challenged the nation’s leaders to deliver on democratic dividends to the people in order to reduce the tension in the country.
He said: “As we celebrate 2014 Democracy Day, we should all reflect on our contributions to the society as individuals and as a nation.
“Democracy is about the people and their well being.
“I appeal to our leaders to make life meaningful for the people by providing the basic needs of life.”
Kalu equally said Nigerians should not see the Boko Haram insurgency as solely that to be tackled by President Goodluck Jonathan.
He said: “Irrespective of tribe, religion, political affiliation and any other divide, we must collectively work towards overcoming the security challenge.
“Every Nigerian is a stakeholder in the Nigerian project.
“Our unity is paramount and Nigeria will continue to wax strong despite this challenge.”
Kalu acknowledged the efforts of those who fought for the enthronement of democracy in Nigeria.
He charged the people at the helm of affairs to establish a feedback mechanism with their constituents as a way of promoting good governance.
ATIKU HAILS LATE EMIR OF GOMBE’S PASSION FOR DEVELOPMENT
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has described the late Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Shehu Abubakar as a great traditional ruler, who fully identified with the aspirations and development of his people during his 30-year eventful reign.
In a tribute to the deceased released by his media office in Abuja, the former Vice President recalled that throughout his remarkable reign, the late Shehu Abubakar took passionate interest in issues such as education, which are integral components of development.
Atiku Abubakar also recalled the late Shehu Abubakar’s contributions to Nigeria’s political and democratic developments. As a delegate to the 2005 National Political Reform Conference, Atiku said the late Emir of Gombe played a significant part in Nigeria’s political affairs.
While condoling with the family, the people and the government of Gombe State over the former vice president urged other leaders to follow the example of the deceased by identifying with their people and their aspirations.
BENIN MONARCH LAMENTS ACTIVITIES OF HERDSMEN
Agene AKHERE, Benin
The Benin Monarch Oba Erediauwa on Tuesday expressed concerns about the activities of nomadic herdsmen whose criminal activities such as grazing on farmlands, attacking and rape of women in villages he said is gaining notoriety in parts of the state.
The Oba of Benin who warned the people of the state to be more security conscious and wary of the kind of persons they engage as farm workers or helps in building construction was speaking at Igbekhue in Orhionwon local government area on a working visit to the Enogie, HRH Samson Osemwengie.
Represented by ten palace chiefs , led by Chief Osaheni Oshodin the Oba said the palace is very concerned following security reports available that the employment of unknown persons as farm workers has caused a lot of havoc in many communities.
“Firstly, security reports available especially in our communities regarding the use of unknown persons as farm workers is most uncomfortable. Secondly, the herdsmen are dangerous. They destroy our farm land , rape our wives , and daughters, and in most cases kill them”.
He added, “We are here to tell our people Enigies as the representatives of Oba to be very alert , security wise. Get necessary information and data of people who enter your domain especially when these are people we are talking about” .
Responding , the Enogie of Igbekhue, HRH Samson Osemwengie thanked the Oba for his concern and promised to convey an emergency meeting of chiefs and elders of his community to pass the message around .
HRH Osemwengie lamented recent issues relating to the antics of some herdsmen who raped their wives in a farm and in some cases kill their victims, informing the Oba that he has set up a vigilante group to help check the wholesome activities of the people
MEMBERS OF THE AIR TRANSPORT SERVICES AND SENIOR STAFF ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA ATSSAN HAVE SHELVED ITS PLANNED TWO DAYS WARNING STRIKE TO PROTEST THE PROPOSED MERGER OF AVIATION PARASTATALS.
BY AYO AYENI, LAGOS
The statement signed by Comrade Benjamin Okenu and Tamongu Captain the National president and deputy general secretary respectively and made available to Western Post, said the Union was waiting the final pronouncement president Jonathan’s discontinuation of the merger of a regulator like NAMA, NIMET, NCAA before ATSSAN will take next line of action.
The National Executive Council also called on the attention of the Government to aviation transformation road map which created enabling atmosphere to attract huge investment of over a hundred billion Dollars for infrastructure in the industry, urging Government to expedite approvals and disbursement of funds to complete all capital projects of remodeling the terminals, installation of navigational and aeronautical facilities.
The Union warned that it will not hesitate to unleash maximum actions within its powers on disobedient management that have been trampling on the rights of workers to join and belong to a union and, for collective bargaining.
They said sister Unions particularly in the aviation transport and oil gas sectors were ready to partner ATSSAN to picket these anti labour dispositions of management and put pressure on their clients
ATSSAN called on the Ministry of Labour and Productivity, Ministry of Aviation, Stakeholders in the industry and well meaning Nigerians to call hardening hearts of management that were hostile to labour rights before they will be forced to deploy tools of engagement of their last resorts that may disrupt production process.
AIRPORTS CAR HIRE ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (ACHAN) HAS JOINED OTHER GROUPS IN THE COUNTRY BY CALLING ON THE FEDERAL GOVERNMET TO PUT IN PLACE POSITIVE STRATEGIES THAT WILL END INSURGENCE IN THE NORTH ESTERN PART OF THE COUNTRY.
Speaking with the Western Post in an interview, the National President of the association Chief Ekwemeaku Edoin said the situation in that part of the Country may tamp with the corporate existence of the nation if no solution.
According to Chief Edoin, the Aviation industry, particularly the nation’s airports must be well protected with astute security of lives and properties following observations of various attacks by the Boko Harram in the country, particularly in the Federal Capital Territory, the seat of government.
He said ACHAN in its own has resolved to orientate it’s members on how to be sensitive to any suspicious movement that can threatened the security of their areas of operations that are mostly the airports nationwide.
The president also called on the government and the aviation ministry to issue story directives to the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) to ensure that the security system at the nation’s airport are not tampered with as his association are ready to cooperate and hook with the authority on how to put in place a secured airport environment.
He also advised that other associations such as the NURTW must secure lives and properties at their various parks by monitoring strange movement within and outside their environments.