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Kogi polls: Stay away from ”Greek gifts”, YPP candidate cautions electorate



Dr Samson Omale

Dr Samson Omale, the candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) in the Nov. 11 Kogi off-cycle governorship election, has cautioned the electorate against accepting “Greek gift’from some politicians.

Omale who gave the warning while addressing newsmen in Abuja, urged the electorate to beware of politicians who share gifts during elections.

”A servant applying to work in your house and he is already giving you bribe, will sell the house when you let him in.

”The electorate should read between the lines and only vote for the candidate with the best ideas to transform the state”, he said.

Omale expressed confidence that he will emerge governor on Nov. 11, saying that he has the best initiatives and he is most qualified and connected among all the candidates.

The YPP flag-bearer said that if elected governor, ensure the security of state through surveillance, emergency management system, financing security agencies and local vigilante groups.

He said that he will ensure speedy economic growth through large scale mining of natural resources in the state, agribusiness, tourism, industrialisation and maritime economy.

The candidate pledged to turn the water bodies in the state into effective means of transportation, irrigation, hydropower, research, leisure centre, ensure portable water among others.

Omale said that he will ensure the state generates 500MW of electricity within four years through hydro, solar and biomass if elected governor.

“We shall operate an efficient, transparent, and predictable justice system that protects the freedom of our people while providing easy access to justice.

“In addition, we shall enforce absolute accountability across the entire public sector, starting with my office.

“Corruption, bribery, and abuse of office have cost the state significant sums of money. More so, wanton disregard for the rule of law and deliberate trampling on the freedom of the Kogi people negatively impact the state’s ability to attract businesses, increase perceived risks, and decrease residents’ quality of life.

Under my administration, we shall sanitise the public sector by closing loopholes, enforcing transparency and accountability, and pursuing policies aimed at protecting the fundamental rights of all Kogi people,” he said.

The YPP candidate said that if elected governor, he will ensure human capital development through financing of healthcare and education, infrastructure development and welfare.

He pledged to establish Kogi Investments Promotion Agency (KOGIPA) that will guarantee establishment and registration of business within 24 hours.

Omale said that he will establish Kogi Mines Holding Company (KOGIMINES) that will ensure enable environment for investors.

The candidate said if elected, he will set up a N20 billion Kogi Venture Fund (KVF) in partnership with international investors to support Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

“I am equipped, willing and ready to serve; I know and I have what it takes to turn around businesses.

“I have helped institutions with turn around strategies that ensured their recovery from bankruptcy and have transformed them into vibrant businesses across the world.

“My working experience cut across many sectors of the economy including banking and finance, manufacturing, insurance and reinsurance, public service and charity work.

“I am a technocrat, I am a serial entrepreneur. I know how to create businesses, I love my people. I want to lead my people rather than govern them. It will be all about you not about me,” he said.


I Still Get Attacked By People – Yakubu Aiyegbeni Reveals



In a recent interview, former Nigerian football star Yakubu Aiyegbeni has revealed that he continues to receive messages and criticisms from fans, years after his infamous miss during the 2010 FIFA World Cup match against South Korea.

The moment, etched into football history, occurred during Nigeria’s crucial group stage game against South Korea. With the score tied at 2-2 and a spot in the knockout stages on the line, Aiyegbeni found himself with what seemed like an open goal opportunity. However, to the shock of fans worldwide, he missed the chance, leaving Nigeria unable to secure the much-needed victory.

Despite this moment happening over a decade ago, Aiyegbeni expressed his surprise at the ongoing messages he receives about the miss. “I still get messages from people, different messages,” he stated in the interview. “It’s surprising how that moment still sticks with people, even after all these years.”

The striker, who had a successful career playing for clubs like Everton and Portsmouth in the English Premier League, admitted that the miss was a tough moment in his career. “Of course, it was a big moment, and I wish it had gone differently. But in football, you have highs and lows,” he remarked.

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Job Losses, Factory Closures Loom As Unsold Goods Pile Up — MAN



AGAINST the backdrop of sustained pressure in the foreign exchange market and high cost of production, the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN has indicated that inventory of unsold goods is escalating to levels now threatening the existence of companies operating in the production sector of the economy with attendant job losses.

Findings show that as of the weekend the foreign exchange market had recorded over 254 per cent plunge in the value of the naira since flotation of the currency by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in June 2023.

Recall that the naira traded for N471 per dollar in the official I&E market on June 13, 2023 before the floatation of the currency, but exchanged for N1,665.50 to a dollar as at February 23, 2024 on the Nigerian Foreign Exchange Market (NAFEM), indicating a depreciation of more than 253.6 per cent over the eight-month period. The forex crisis is also stoking inflation, and coupled with high energy costs, purchasing power has continued plummet, stifling demand for goods.

Speaking on the impact of this development on the manufacturing sector, Director General, MAN, Segun Ajayi-Kadir, said: “There are reports that across the board, many warehouses and plants of many manufacturing firms are stockpiled with unsold goods manufactured last year. “The development is as a result of the devastating effects of the exchange rate crisis, inflation, fake and sub-standard goods, smuggling and other macro-economics challenges.”

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