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Gov Kefas tasks appointees on transparency, accountability

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Gov. Agbu Kefas

 

Gov. Agbu Kefas of Taraba has urged newly appointed commissioners and other office holders to remain steadfast and transparent in their dealings.

Kefas made the call on Monday in Abuja at the opening of an induction course/retreat for Taraba Commissioners, Permanent Secretaries, Special Advisers, Legislators and members of the Judiciary.

The retreat which was organised by Euclase Resources Limited, was to remind the officials of their roles and build synergy among them.

The governor said that the induction was designed to provide the official necessary knowledge, insight and tools to excel in their respective roles.

According to him, it is also aimed at making you work harmoniously towards our shared vision of a prosperous Taraba.

“As we dive in the various aspects of governance, policy making and public service during this retreat, let us always remember that the welfare of our people should always be at the core of every decision we make.

“As we embark on this journey together, let us remember that leadership is not about privilege but about service and sacrifice.

“I call on each of you to lead by example, to be accessible to the people and to remain grounded in the reality of their lives

“In the pursuit of our common goal, I urge you all to uphold the values of transparency, accountability and good governance,” he said.

Agbu urged the officials to strive to foster an environment of open communication and collaboration where ideas are freely shared and constructive dialogue are encouraged.

He expressed confidence in the ability of the officials to work for the state, to rise to the occasion and serve the people with utmost dedication and integrity.

Earlier in his remarks, the Secretary to the Government of Taraba, Chief Gebon Kataps said it was imperative that the officials remain steadfast in their commitment to sustainable development.

He urged them to familiarise themselves with the functions and responsibilities of their respective ministries as it would form the foundation upon which a prosperous future can be built.

He said that Taraba possesses a remarkable comparative advantage in the production of tea, coffee, animal production, cocoa production, sesame seeds, soybeans, waterfalls, rivers, high-speed wind, and an array of solid minerals.

Kataps said that the precious resources hold the key to the economic prosperity and sustainable development of the state.

 

“Now is the time to capitalise on these advantages, leveraging our resources to create employment opportunities for our vibrant youths, empower our farmers, and establish an inviting environment for potential investors.

“The future of Taraba hinges on the judicious utilisation of our comparative advantages; together, let us work towards building a prosperous economy that will benefit not only the present generation but also generations to come,” he said.

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I’ll Turn Ondo Into Another Lagos, Says Wale Akinterinwa Ahead Of APC Primaries

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Wale Akinterinwa, a governorship hopeful on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC), says he will turn Ondo into another Lagos, the country’s commercial capital, if elected governor.

The Ondo APC governorship primary election is scheduled for April 20 while the state-wide election will be held on November 16.

Speaking during his official declaration at the ruling party’s secretariat in Akure, the state capital, on Tuesday, Akinterinwa said he will make Ondo an industrialised state.

The governorship hopeful who had worked in Lagos civil service, said he would utilise the natural resources in the state to attract investments.

“We will turn Ondo into another Lagos state in terms of development because we have what it takes, in terms of coast. We must ensure that the port comes alive and that will be a game changer,” Akinterinwa said.

 

“But, beyond that, we also have the landmass and ought to be an agrarian state. So, we are going to take agriculture to the next level while we encourage and support the local farmers.

“We will also attract investors who will invest in agriculture so that we will be exporting finished products. We will not just be producing for the table but we will be producing for export.”

On security, Akinterinwa said his economic initiatives would get most youth employed and lead to reduction in the rate of insecurity in the state.

“For security, part of our challenges today is because today is because we have many unemployed youths. So, Amotekun founded by our late governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and other South West governors will be strengthened so that with appropriate security in place, we can have development,” he said.

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Why I Ignored Labour Party National Convention — Peter Obi

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Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party for 2023 elections has declared his stance on the recent national convention of the party that saw Barr Julius Abure emerge as Julius Abure emerge as national chairman.

 

Addressing Nigerians on X Space hosted by Parallel Facts on Friday, Peter Obi said he ignored the convention because the party leadership under Abure failed to do wide consultation with key stakeholders of the party before embarking on the said convention.

The former Anambra Governor emphasised the need for the right thing to be done to salvage the party, adding that he is more passionate about building a new Nigeria than building a new Labour Party.

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