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Lai Mohammed lambasts Atiku for “copying” Buhari regime’s economic blueprint

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Information minister Lai Mohammed says the economic blueprint recently unveiled by presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar is a “crude attempt at copying all that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has done.”

Mr Abubakar is the candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party for the 2023 presidential election.

At a news conference in Abuja on Thursday, Mr Mohammed claimed that Mr Abubakar’s blueprint is a poor version of the present government’s economic strides.

He said the blueprint unveiled by Mr Abubakar in Lagos the previous week did not offer anything new in job creation, infrastructure financing and relationship with the private sector.

According to the minister, other areas poorly copied by Mr Abubakar in the blueprint were the rejuvenation of the power sector, poverty reduction, debt management and the overall management of the economy.

“It is shocking that an opposition that has condemned all that this administration has done will turn around to weave its so-called economic blueprint around the same things that are currently being done.

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“This news conference is aimed at exposing the hypocrisy in an opposition that condemns an administration while showcasing a blueprint that is nothing, but a poor version of what’s on ground,’’ he said.

Buttressing his point, Mr Mohammed said the position of Mr Abubakar in the blueprint that “reducing infrastructure deficit will enhance economy, unleash growth and wealth creation,” is not novel.

“No one understands this better than this sitting administration.

“Even our worst critics will agree that our record on infrastructure development is next to none in the history of this country.

“Across the country, we have constructed 8,352.94 kilometres of roads, rehabilitated 7,936.05 kilometres of roads, constructed 299 bridges, maintained 312 bridges and created 302,039 jobs in the process.

“We have also delivered houses in 34 states of the federation under the first phase of the National Housing Project.

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“We were able to achieve these through a combination of budget increase and innovative infrastructure financing methods,” the minister stressed.

Mr Mohammed recalled that before Mr Buhari’s administration came to power, the budget for roads component of the Federal Ministry of Works was a meagre N18.132 billion.

He added that when Mr Buhari got into office in 2015, the budget for the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing increased exponentially to N260.082 billion in 2016.

The budget also increased to N274.252 billion in 2017; to N356.773 billion in 2018; to N223.255 billion in 2019; to N227.963 billion in 2020 and to N241.864 billion in 2021, he added.

“Therefore, for anyone using this as a campaign stunt without acknowledging what we have done so far is cheap and disingenuous.

“Let me say that I am not really very surprised that His Excellency the former vice-president only reeled out, in his so-called economic blueprint, what we have been doing in the past seven years plus.

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“That’s what you get from someone who leaves the country after losing an election, only to parachute into town when another election is due,” Mr Mohammed stressed.

The minister commended the Buhari government for engaging in massive infrastructure development in spite of paucity of resources.

(NAN)

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PDP dismisses bribery allegations as NWC members return millions

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Bribery allegations against the National Working Committee (NWC) members  have been debunked by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Following alleged approval by the national chairman, Iyorchia Ayu, not less than six of 19 members of the NWC have returned funds paid into their accounts

The amounts range from N28.8million to N36million, depending on the recipient’s position. Letters of the refund are in the public domain.

Those who have refunded include Taofeek Arapaja, Deputy National Chairman South; Stella Effah-Attoe, National Woman Leader; Dan Orbih, National Vice Chairman, South-South.

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Others are Alli Odefa, National Vice Chairman, South-East, Olasoji Adagunobi-Oluwatukesi, National Vice Chairman, South-West; Setonji Koshoedo, Deputy National Secretary.

In a statement Thursday night, PDP National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba said the funds were not inducements.

The spokesman alleged there were “strange and unfounded motives to the Housing Allowance duly approved and paid to NWC members and staff”.

Ologunagba said the allowance went through due process of the party “in line with the Conditions of Service and Entitlement of the Staff and Principal Officers”.

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The image maker told Nigerians that if any individual decides to return money, such does not in any way suggest that it was paid as a bribe or was illegitimate.

“A bribe is defined as ‘money or any other valuable consideration given or promised with a view to corrupting the behaviour of a person, especially in that person’s performance as a public official.

“This is not the case in the payment of Housing Allowance duly approved for officials and staff of the Party”, the statement added.

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Police commissioner Adebowale Williams in Oyo has met with heads of hunters, vigilante groups and other stakeholders to seek support for peaceful campaigns ahead of the 2023 general elections.

This is contained in a statement on Friday in Ibadan by police spokesman Adewale Osifeso.

Mr William explained that the meeting was also to foster an improved working relationship and agree on a common direction as the election campaign commences.

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The police chief appreciated the quasi-security groups for their collaboration with the police and other security agencies, which brought about veritable achievements.

He urged them to constantly review their recruitment process by conducting adequate background checks on intending and existing members.

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Aare Mogaji Ariori, who spoke on behalf of the stakeholders, commended the police commissioner for the meeting and promised to improve their existing relationship.

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Police meet hunters, vigilantes in Ibadan over political campaigns

Hunters and Armed Cops

Police commissioner Adebowale Williams in Oyo has met with heads of hunters, vigilante groups and other stakeholders to seek support for peaceful campaigns ahead of the 2023 general elections.

This is contained in a statement on Friday in Ibadan by police spokesman Adewale Osifeso.

Mr William explained that the meeting was also to foster an improved working relationship and agree on a common direction as the election campaign commences.

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The police chief appreciated the quasi-security groups for their collaboration with the police and other security agencies, which brought about veritable achievements.

He urged them to constantly review their recruitment process by conducting adequate background checks on intending and existing members.

  Group warns Atiku to beware of traitors

Aare Mogaji Ariori, who spoke on behalf of the stakeholders, commended the police commissioner for the meeting and promised to improve their existing relationship.

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