2019 polls: Army warns soldiers to stay clear of politics

Noah Ebije, Kaduna.

As preparation for the 2019 general elections gather momentum, the General Officer Commanding (GOC), 1 Division, Nigerian Army, Kaduna, Maj.-Gen M. Mohammed has warned officers and men of the Nigerian Army to stay clear of politics.

Gen. Mohammed noted that it was unconstitutional for soldiers to involve themselves in politics other than to remain discipline and ensure peace and stability across the country.

The GOC spoke at the weekend as special guest of honour at Basawa Cantonment Community, Zaria, on the occasion of its 2017 West African Social Activities (WASA).

He said, “As we progress in another training year, I therefore charge you to remain focused, apolitical and highly resilient to all forms of distractions.

“This is most important at this time that the Nigerian Army is making all efforts to consolidate on the achievements recorded in all its activities geared towards ensuring peace and stability across the country.

“It is indeed heartwarming…

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Bayelsa’s Ogbia community demands 2% oil revenue

Fred Ezeh, Abuja

Ogbia community in Bayelsa State has suggested that the Federal Government of Nigeria set aside two percent of all its oil and gas revenue for the development of the Ogbia people.

The community equally demanded an upward review of all benefits due to the Ogbia people.

The community leaders suggested that such funds be made available to the community directly instead of the practice of channeling the funds through the state government.

Chairman, Ogbia Brotherhood, Unity Branch, Abuja, Robert Nadioni, told our correspondent shortly after taking the oath of office as chairman of the Abuja branch, that the community was fast losing its identity and ecosystem due to long abandonment from government.

“It is regrettable that the 13 percent derivation being paid to oil resource states by the Federal Government has been hijacked by various states government, thus leaving communities to wallow in abject poverty and underdevelopment,” Nadioni complained.

“We are happy…

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Melaye’s recall: PDP commends Kogi West constituents

The Peoples Democratic Party on Sunday commended constituents in Kogi West Senatorial District for resisting the move to recall Senator Dino Melaye from the Senate.

The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement in Lokoja on Sunday said that the people of Kogi West, where he also hails from, have shown that no individual can be greater than the collective will of the people.

He commended them for standing by Melaye and for showing to the world that the Okun speaking Yoruba of Kogi are one and united in purpose.

“I thank Kogi Westerners who spat on the face of arrogance of power and told those in power that there was more to life than bandying cash.

“I commend our leaders, who, setting aside personal rancour, worked in our collective desire to reject neo-colonialism,” he said.

The PDP spokesman also thanked indigenes of Kogi West abroad for their “encouragement to resist an attempt to disgrace our race.”

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Melaye’s recall: PDP commends Kogi West constituents

The Peoples Democratic Party on Sunday commended constituents in Kogi West Senatorial District for resisting the move to recall Senator Dino Melaye from the Senate.

The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement in Lokoja on Sunday said that the people of Kogi West, where he also hails from, have shown that no individual can be greater than the collective will of the people.

He commended them for standing by Melaye and for showing to the world that the Okun speaking Yoruba of Kogi are one and united in purpose.

“I thank Kogi Westerners who spat on the face of arrogance of power and told those in power that there was more to life than bandying cash.

“I commend our leaders, who, setting aside personal rancour, worked in our collective desire to reject neo-colonialism,” he said.

The PDP spokesman also thanked indigenes of Kogi West abroad for their “encouragement to resist an attempt to disgrace our race.”

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On Nigeria’s Dire Unemployment Burden

According to a 2017 Q3 report of the National Bureau of Statistics, Nigeria recorded its highest ever aggregate unemployment rate rising from 14.2% in the fourth quarter of 2016 to 18.8%. The monumental increase occurred despite the fact that all tiers of governments as well as the Organized Private Sector, OPD, generated additional 1.2 million jobs, which thus put the estimated labour population at 85. 1% for the same period.

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