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Edo’s economic rebirth: Retired Gen. Charles Airhiavbere vows to be the catalyst for APC’s success in 2024

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Edo's economic rebirth: Retired Gen. Charles Airhiavbere vows to be the catalyst for APC's success in 2024

In a bid to revolutionize Edo State’s economic landscape, Retired Gen. Charles Airhiavbere, a prominent All Progressives Congress (APC) aspirant for the 2024 governorship election, unveiled his ambitious plan at the party’s state secretariat in Benin. The retired military officer, who previously served as the Executive Director of Finance and Administration at the Niger Delta Development Commission, declared his intent to be the driving force behind a new era of prosperity and development in the state.

 

Airhiavbere, addressing party members during the campaign launch, urged them to entrust him with the gubernatorial ticket, emphasizing his extensive experience and cross-party connections as crucial assets for securing victory. He reminisced about his past support for the present governor’s election in 2016 and his role as one of the seven aspirants who endorsed the consensus candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, in 2020. Now, he asserts, it is his turn to lead the charge, declaring, “I’ve asked…to let me be the meat that sets the trap that catches the antelope.”

 

The retired general outlined his vision for Edo State, encapsulated in a strategic plan he dubbed “PIE” — Peace, Infrastructural Development, and Economic Prosperity. According to Airhiavbere, these three pillars are interconnected and fundamental to building a better society for all Edo residents.

 

His commitment to peace, the first pillar, is articulated with an understanding that without a peaceful environment, nothing substantial can thrive. “For anything to happen in any environment – even in our homes – there must be peace. Without a peaceful Edo state, there will be no food security. You can’t even attract investors to the state, and the people cannot have the best life,” he asserted.

 

Moving to the second pillar, infrastructural development, Airhiavbere emphasized its pivotal role in the prosperity of any state. He pledged to prioritize infrastructure, committing to investments in modern transportation systems, sustainable energy initiatives, and upgraded technology networks. This, he believes, will form the backbone of a prosperous Edo.

 

In outlining the third pillar, economic prosperity, the APC aspirant revealed his plan to stimulate job creation, encourage entrepreneurship, and support small businesses. By fostering a conducive environment for innovation and investment, Airhiavbere aims to boost economic growth and ensure that its benefits are distributed equitably among all citizens.

 

The retired general’s vision goes beyond mere promises, aiming to reshape the narrative of Edo State by leveraging his experience and relationships. With a focus on the pivotal elements of peace, infrastructure, and economic prosperity, Airhiavbere’s candidacy presents itself as a potential catalyst for positive change in the upcoming elections. As the political landscape in Edo evolves, all eyes will be on the retired general, waiting to see if he can indeed be the meat that catches the antelope and transforms the fortunes of the state.

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EFCC, NUPENG Join forces against oil theft

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The President of the Union, William Akporeha made the request when he led members of his executive to the corporate headquarters of the EFCC in Abuja.

 

 

 

Akporeha, who commended the EFCC boss for repositioning the anti-graft agency on the path of professionalism and rule of law, stressed the need to sanitise the oil and gas industry.

 

 

Akporeha itemised some of the challenges involved in the movement of petroleum products across the country, pleading with the EFCC to always come to the aid of truck drivers experiencing difficulties in the course of their works.

 

 

 

In his response, Olukoyede said it is important that major players in the oil and gas sector collaborated with the EFCC to confront the National Economic sabotage in the sector.

 

 

 

He assured members of the union that the Commission would not arrest or detain any truck or driver who did not dabble into shady deals, noting that the process of profiling suspected oil thieves and evaluation of petroleum products involved are often long drawn.

 

 

Olukoyede promises to continue to work with every stakeholder in the oil and gas sector to ensure sanity in their operations.

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Kidnap kingpin, Boderi, feared killed as troops battle terrorists in Kaduna

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Troops of the Nigerian Army operating in 1 Division area of responsibility have neutralised some insurgents and recovered more firearms and ammunition in encounters with the criminals in the General area of Igabi, Giwa and Birnin Gwari Local Government Areas of Kaduna State.

 

A Statement by the Army spokeperson, Major General Onyema Nwachukwu said a notorious terrorist, Boderi, who orchestrated many high profile kidnappings including those of the Yauri school girls, Greenfield University students and the Nigerian Defence Academy attack may have been killed alongside another kingpin, Bodejo in the ambush.

 

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The confirmation follows the adoption of a report of the committee on Banking and other Financial Institutions presented by its chairman Adetokunbo Abiru (APC Lagos East).

 

 

Abiru, in his presentation, said the nominees possess the academic qualifications, technical knowledge and professional experience to be members of the Monetary Policy Committee.

 

 

Abiru further stated that the Senate Committee on Banking did not receive any petition against the nominees.

 

 

He added that the nominees were all cleared by the Nigeria Police Force and the State Security Services and possessed the Code of Conduct Bureau acknowledgment slip.

 

 

 

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Those confirmed are CBN Deputy Governors, Mohamed Sani Abdullahi , Bala Bello, Emem Usoro and Philip Ikeazor.

 

 

Others are the Director General, Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), Lamido Yuguda, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Finance, Jafiya Shehu, murtala Sabo Sagagi, Aloysius Uche, Aku Paulin, Mustapha Akinwumi and Bandele Amon.

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