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More reactions trail President Tinubu’s one year anniversary

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Last Updated on May 30, 2024 by Fellow Press

More Nigerians have continued to react as Bola Ahmed Tinubu marks his first year as president of Nigeria.

A cross section of Nigerians in Anambra agreed that though the intentions of the various policies of the administration could be good, the outcomes have not translated to better life for citizens.

Mr Chinedu Anyaso, Chairman of Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN), Enugu Depot Community in charge of Anambra, Ebonyi and Enugu States said marketers were among the worst hit by the policy of petrol subsidy removal.

Anyaso said the cost of doing business for marketers had increased by 73.33 percent, while turnover had reduced by about 60 percent.

Anyaso who opposed the reintroduction of the subsidy because of the corruption around it and the economic hemorrhage it caused the national economy, expressed hope that there would be a turnaround in the economy soon.

“We were all hopeful that it would be a good turnaround for marketers of petroleum products but the reverse is the case.

“We thought it would bring competition in the importation of products with more players but up till now, we only have NNPCL as the sole importer and supplier of products.

“The impact of the subsidy removal on our trading capital is huge.

“Before now, we load 45,000 liter capacity truck of PMS worth about N8 million but now we load the same quantity with over N30 million, for Automotive Gas Oil or diesel, you need over N70 million to purchase that volume.

“Generally, economic activity has reduced and factories have packed up, these have reduced the demand for petroleum products,” he said.

Dr Bruno Ibekilo, an Economic lecturer at the Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Igbariam, backed the reforms in the downstream petroleum sector but called for science based implementation.

Ibekilo called for more active citizenship which could hold state governments responsible in the distribution of additional revenue they were receiving as subsidy gains.

“This increase in price, in line with market forces, caused a reduction in demand and revenue. So we have a slow down on economic activities.

“Fundamentally, subsidy removal is not totally bad but we should have planned for the shocks we are experiencing.

“As for allocation to states, what we need is for subnational governments to make judicious use of these funds because they are closer to the people,” he said.

On her part, Prof. Chinyere Okunna, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Paul University, Awka said one year of President Tinubu, had left much to be desired on the nation’s economy pointing out that youth unemployment was alarmingly high.

Okunna identified sudden removal of subsidy, insecurity, corruption and lack of power as the major challenges facing Nigeria’s statehood.

“These and other debilitating problems must be addressed to salvage the country.
“For instance, in a developing country like Nigeria where Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises are the engine of the economy, Nigeria must get it right in the Power Sector.

“Similarly, the government must eschew nepotism and cronyism to find the political will to deal decisively with corruption and insecurity.

“Government must secure the oil sector by rooting out vandalism and the astonishing oil theft that have been the bane of this sector, a new Nigeria is indeed possible,” she said.

Dr Ego Uzoezie, the Chairperson, League of Women Voters of Nigeria, Anambra Chapter, said the Tinubu administration had not met the high expectations of Nigerians who looked forward to a new lease of life at the end Muhammad Buhari administration.

Uzoezie said President Tinubu was doing his best but his best was not enough as his policies were causing hardship for citizens rather than impacting them positively.

She also blamed all other unfriendly outcomes of the government’s policy on the removal of fuel subsidy as well as increase in taxes and tariffs without commensurate benefits to the people.

WeI need more security, agriculture, education, health and welfare of the people,” she said.

A royal father, HRH, Igwe Christopher Okpala, the traditional ruler of Akwaeze Community in Anaocha Local Government Area of the state, said the traditional institution had been relegated to the backseat in the governance of the country.

Okpala said that reverence needed to be accorded to the traditional stool and their welfare given adequate attention considering their roles in their communities which the government was yet to consider.

Okpala said the communities were pivotal to nation building and not giving governance at that level of the society the priority attention it required was a mistake that should have been avoided.

“Traditional rulers are grassroots leaders who have at their fingertips quality information regarding both economic and security of communities, so government needs to tap into these formations for richer governance,” he said.

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Nollywood actress, Stella Ikwuegbu, dies

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Last Updated on June 16, 2024 by Fellow Press

The Nigerian Movie Industry has once again been thrown into mourning following the demise of another actress, Sandra Ikwuegbu.

The Veteran Actress is said to have died today, June 16, after a battling with leg cancer,

Her colleagues in the industry have taken to social media to mourn her. Movie Producer, Stanley Ontop , wrote;

‘’Popular Nollywood actress/veteran Mrs stella ikwuegbu is dead.

The Veteran Actress left this world today after battling with Leg cancer. Rest well madam Stella.

Nollywood not again

It’s well

Shalom!”

Another colleague of hers, Ijele Ozioma Christy Ejiofor, who paid a visit to the late actress’s home this afternoon, wrote

‘’Ukwu Gi Dia. Why? You scaled through several, accident s and all. Eniure/Achiere came, and in less than a week, it killed you. Oh my… I feel bad.

Stella Ikwuegbu, nenu Jennifer, you didn’t enjoy a thing. Why? Just why?

Adieu Great Actress Extraordinary…”

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Food shortage in Southwest will be calamitous– Yoruba Group

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Last Updated on June 16, 2024 by Fellow Press

A Yoruba socio-political group, Yoruba Commitment Forum (YCF) has raised an alarm about the looming food shortage in the South West region of the country.

The group said, though, the impending food insecurity is a national crisis, stressing that its impact on Yorubaland is going to be calamitous.

This was contained in a statement jointly signed by Otunba Hon Tayo Onayemi, Barr. Akeem Aponmade, Barr. Femi Mokikan, Otunba Niyi Sodiya, Mrs. Buky Tunde Oshunrinde and Mrs. Sola Maja, and made available to newsmen in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.

The YCF attributed the looming food shortage to the invasion and destruction of farmlands by rampaging Fulani herders.

The group, while calling for adequate security of farmers and their farmlands, equally appealed to the federal government to adequately compensate whose farmlands were destroyed and as well give them financial incentives, to encourage them to go back to farm.

The statement titled, “Nigeria’s headaches, food insecurity in Yorubaland”, read, “we have observed that for about seven years now, Fulani herdsmen have been engaging in a relentless destruction of farmlands and settlements in Yorubaland. These criminal Fulani elements resorted to kidnapping, raping, maiming and killing of farmers and Yoruba sons and daughters.

“Neither the governments at any level, nor Fulani herdsmen’s apologists would claim ignorance of the atrocious activities of these ruthless people. Video recordings of their wicked actions suffuse the internet. The end result is that farmers began to be scared off their farms gradually until now when farms have been completely abandoned.

“When this started years ago, foresighted individuals raised concerns; they warned about the potential danger of food insecurity beginning with rising food prices and the need to ensure a stable food supply. It appears that Southwest was deliberately targeted and the invasion of our farmlands was the execution of a conscious plan to starve our people to death.

“We, the Yoruba Nation agitators, cried out for help against the brazen onslaught, but none came from the federal government led by a Fulani man.

“Unfortunately, the hens have now come home to roost as the consequences of our action, and inaction, are now here for real with food shortages and very high prices making it increasingly difficult for our people to access the basic necessity of food.

“Before the current situation spirals out of control, we hasten to inform the government that there is no alternative to large scale farming which Fulani herdsmen have destroyed by waging a war against farmers. Subsistence farming through the backyards, as good as it is, cannot serve the purpose of assuring any people of food security. Farmlands in the South West must be made very safe.

“We state emphatically that the situation whereby a basket of tomatoes is sold for #4000 in the North while the same is sold in Yorubaland for #150,000 is callous, ruthless and unacceptable to us.

We also call for assistance to use cheaper rail transport among others to assist our market men and women. Other regions do this, why not here in Yorubaland?

“Secondly, governments must incentivise farmers whose investments have been destroyed during the war of attrition waged against them by Fulani terrorists. Without government’s financial assistance, there is no way most farmers will be able to go back to farming, even if security of their lives and new investments are assured”, the statement concluded.

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