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Ndokwa Youths of Delta State demand transparency in disbursement of N20 Million security vote by DESOPADEC and Rt. Hon. Friday Osanebi.

Information reaching us from our Ukwani LGA Coordinator of Delta State, Comrade Enudi Marcus, has revealed that, despite several protests and petitions against the manner in which the N20 million security vote from the Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC) to the youths of the region should be allocated, the commission has continued to disburse the funds in a skewed manner using the funds for political settlements rather than for security purposes it was meant for.

Investigation by CON Delta State Coordinator, Tony Osborg, has revealed that although the commission has been disbursing this fund since 2011, it was unable to account for how it was disbursed to the youths for security purposes. Further investigation has revealed that the House of Assembly member representing Ndokwa East LGA and the Deputy Speaker of the Delta Legislative House, Rt. Hon. Friday Osanebi was responsible for collection and distribution of the N20 million monthly from DESOPADEC from 2011 till date which amounted to N1.4 billon, without any reference to the youths.

Protesting Youths at DESOPADEC Office Warri

The N20 million monthly from DESOPADEC is for the purpose of empowering the youths in Ndokwaland as a way of ensuring peace and security in the oil-rich area of Delta State.

CON is hereby calling on DESOPADEC and Rt. Hon. Friday Osanebi to publish its account on the whereabouts of these funds, starting from 2011. Failure to show transparency on this issue will further lead us into taking legal actions against the DESOPADEC and the Rt. Hon.

To sign the petition demanding for transparency in the disbursement of this fund for Ndokwa Youths, please visit http://changengr.org/petition-detail.php?petitionid=81

Signed,

TONY OSBORG

Delta State Coordinator,

Tony.osborg@changengr.org

Change Organization Nigeria

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NIGERIANS DID NOT VOTE FOR NEPOTISM

Change Organisation Nigeria is seriously bothered by the recent regionally biased recruitments into certain MDAs. These recruitments into the CBN, FIRS, and NPS violate Due Process and the principle of Federal Character enshrined in the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. More worrying is the fact that beneficiaries of these recruitments are relatives and acquaintances of key figures in the current government and other hangers on in the corridors of power. We condemn this nepotism in very strong terms.

Riding on the wings of Change, this government won the 2015 elections promising a clean break from the past. However, gauging public opinion, the Nigerian people are disappointed at this administration and already feel shortchanged as favouritism and regional bias is being carried out by this administration with reckless impunity and a flagrant disregard for the electorate that entrenched it in power. This government, by allowing these recruitments, has shown that it is willing to spend our commonwealth to ensure the maximum comfort of their goons even as their policy hollowness has orchestrated one of the hardest times ever witnessed in Nigeria as there are mass exoduses from jobs while prices of goods and services continue to sky rocket. Simply put, this administration has poured salt on the injury it caused the collective body of Nigerians.

Not only has this administration left an extra judicial legacy, we have noticed an irksome inertia and nonchalance towards the painful plight of Nigerians.

We at Change Organisation Nigeria condemn, in very strong terms, these immoral recruitments and the nonchalant negligence that this government exhibits. We advise the Federal Government to reverse these recruitments with immediate effect, we also advise the Federal Government to beware of its high handedness as even dictatorships have crumbled on the floors of public opinion.

Signed

Directorate of Media & Publicity,

Change Organisation Nigeria

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A non-governmental organisation Change Organisation Nigeria (CON) has finally got hold of the 2016 Delta State budget which has remained a mysterious document since it was signed into law by the state governor, Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa.

The document gives a holistic representation of the proposed expenditure and projects to be executed for the fiscal year by the state government.

Find  attached budget document; https://www.scribd.com/document/320920422/Delta-State-2016-Budget-Document 

The Delta State coordinator for CON, Mr. Tony Osborg, in his recent release of the document said that the organisation will in no distant time give a critical analysis of the budget implementation. Osborg stated that ‘ various Local government coordinators in Delta State are currently scrutinizing the budget and identifying projects in their localities so as to monitor and authenticate the true nature of the project execution. He also encouraged all Deltans to study this budget and monitor its implementation in their various localities.

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RESPECTED ELDERS, BROTHERS AND SISTERS

Till 1979, Nigeria as a country utilised a political structure that gives room for two tiers of government and three arms of government respectively. The two tiers of government are the federal and state while the three arms of government are the legislative, executive and judiciary respectively. As a nation, we preferred federal system of government than any other system of government because of separation of power, distribution of authority based on jurisdiction, sovereignty and bring government closer to the people until a military man tried his best to abolish federal system of government and introduced unitary system of government which failed totally as a result of coup and public opinion. Ever since we have been trying our possible best to bring our government closer to the people in as much as we want our local people to enjoy the dividends of democracy and good governance.

In 1979, local government became third tier of government and our people’s thirst for local authorities was quenched by this innovation. The hope of a better nation was elevated by our then leaders and the move on how dividends, benefits of government will reach grass roots was ignited by a powerful vision but with a weak and fragile determination. Average nigerians see this act as a means of participation in politics and contribution towards the political landscape of our land.

I read it in a political book how effective and efficient local governments were during her early creation days and how it gave birth to formation of a new nigeria. It was pointed out in that book how local government can cater for her welfare and her workers well-being without close supervision from state governments. I could remember when my lecturer who was a graduate of political science mentioned how Internal Revenue Generation(IGR) of a state is worked upon by the local government. He mentioned creation of market stalls & extension of state works to local government for efficient & effective running of nation’s affairs. It was never smooth or free from political accidents but it contributed towards the nation’s building compared to our recent local governments where thugs, touts and political prisoners are given offices in local government as appreciation of their contributions towards gubernatorial election of states.

The current state of local government in Nigeria calls for urgent intervention and diplomatic approach. It is no longer news that states government have been utilising funds meant for local government to develop their own sovereignty and areas of jurisdiction. Many states have siphoned funds and stylishly diverted their annual funds into their personal and private accounts especially offshore. I could remember how we have been using caretakers as chairmen of third tier of government in our dear state in Osun and no steps taken by the state government to rectify this craziness like Oyo state will soon rectify theirs.

It is very glaring that we have been denied participation of the public in electing local government head officials in our dear Oyo state. We have been denied contributions to local government elections and most of us didn’t worry or bother to know why but it is always painful that these set of people will be ranting on social media over what they do not know.

There is a need to explain what happened historically in past years because present is the key to the past.

Recall, in the year 2007 when Ladoja was about to leave his office as the governor of Oyo state. He constituted OYSIEC (Oyo state independent electoral commission) barely a week before the expiration of his tenure in office and he gave the order to Oysiec to conduct local government election within a week before his tenure expires. Akala couldn’t agree with decision of his predecessor because he discovered a political foul play and political assassination attempt on members of his political party caucus. Akala constituted a new OYSIEC after he dissolved his predecessor’s constituted OYSIEC by a competent court of law.

Ladoja couldn’t agree with the dissolution of his constituted OYSIEC by Akala’s administration. He couldn’t accept the decision of Akala’s administration to slaughter the interests of his people to serve the good people of Oyo state. It was a fight that started with exchange of hot words, threats before Ladoja charged Akala’s administration to court to prove his stand legally in the presence of the law but it wasn’t settled until both withdrew the case during Ajimobi second term in office as the governor of Oyo state.

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The inability of our court of law to dispense justice without fear or favouritism is well-known by us and long duration it takes before judgment can be done to issues that involve the riches, famous and powerful individuals within the country.

The case was in court throughout Akala’s regime. No judge passed a judgment on this issue.

Based on information at our disposal, Ajimobi could not or didn’t organise his own OYSIEC based on advice received from his advisers when elected on the platform of Action Congress of Nigeria(ACN) in year 2011. He was advised to give respect to rule of law and wait for the case in court to be settled by two parties or allow judgment to be delivered by the court. If Oyo people could remember how we waited throughout Ajimobi first year in office but it was painful & unfortunate that no judgement was given or passed by court.

I learnt that after Ajimobi won his second term in office as the governor of the state, both parties withdrew their case from court and I really do not know why Ajimobi chose to delay the election of local government executives.

New Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission had been constituted few months ago by the state government. I have witnessed some moves by OYSIEC and I have read posts on media especially from Ajimobi loyalists in regards to local government election. I have seen pictures taken by OYSIEC with the governor of the state and some state officials but I haven’t seen any action taken by OYSIEC. Is this an act of negligence of duty or they have been proscribed internally by the state government. At least there is still hope for them in Oyo state rather than here in Osun where our governor is a walking drunk who abused the beauty of our democracy.

The existence of local government goes beyond our nation, Nigeria because we have local authorities as third tiers of government in advanced countries. It is a great slap on us as the giant of africa if we have local authorities restricted to construction of market stalls, internal revenue generation, maintenance of road and other secretarial functions without expanding their scope of work with capable funds to work. We have local authorities heading power stations, trains and port authorities in advanced countries but our own officials of the local government have limited themselves to minute or little contribution towards the development of the nation.

Every rational being must congratulate Aregbesola for using local government as a tier of government to construct new roads within their jurisdiction which is an evidence that they have been affected not by funds but by limited intelligence.

I am a testimony to local government officials negligence of duty. I could remember when I went to Osogbo to receive a certificate of state of origin from Osogbo local government. I went through hell. I arrived at the premises or vicinity of the local government as at 7:30am but I wasn’t attended to until 11:30am. I was informed that the caretaker chairman wasn’t around which is nothing but an insult on us as a state.

I waited until he came around. He asked some questions and corrected some mistakes I made before I left his office.

I went to see his typist for her to insert my name into that paper he gave me but I was disappointed because typewriter is not in good condition. I waited for hours before she could solve this issue. Atlast I left their secretariat barely 3:15pm even when some officials of the secretariat left earlier than myself who was a guest. I pondered over their decision to be autonomous and independent. I walked away with heavy heart because I couldn’t submit my credentials to my citadel of learning few years ago.

Days of debate are gone. We do not need to debate how we have been failed by our past local government officials nor their imbalances, errors and mistakes but rather focus more on why they have failed, steps to take to have competent & reliable officials at the elms of local matters. It is a disgrace to have stylishly remove an essential part of a functioning tier of government in our political society. The government of Oyo state should work towards free and fair election to ensure total sovereignty for elected officials.

Truly, our local governments officials are lazy, fragile and weak but elimination is never a solution neither will I move a motion of extinction but we can make them better or more efficient and effective through forceful participation in the course of a better state. If local executives are elected, it is a means of employment for some unemployed youths as some people will be appointed and selected for political offices.

The absence of local governments in Oyo state has deprived our people dividends, entitlements and benefits of good and effective governance. The participation of our people at the grassroots have been shortened and they have been deprived every right of franchise. We need government to reach our grassroots and we need dividends, benefits of governance at our doorsteps.

I implore the State Government of Oyo state to give enough room for free participation of aspirants without having any special candidate. I implore the OYSIEC to work towards peaceful election. I urge the government to overlook party differences, ensure free and fair election. I implore the state government to give free access to OYSIEC to contribute their quotas towards a free, fair and credible election. There is a need for Oyo state government to quicken this electoral process by granting funds to OYSIEC for credible election. I know how harsh the economy of the state is, I am fully aware how weak our treasury is but we must strive hard to work towards the political development and advancement of our state through grassroots participation in politics.

Mustapha Shile. CON coordinator, Iseyin LG. Oyo state

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By Samaila Idris Hinna

Before my 15th July, 2016 trip to Maiduguri, it has been 6years I didn’t even think of going closer to Maiduguri due to fear of what may happen as a result of the terrorists’ activities especially on the roads linking Maiduguri to other states, were hundreds of people loss their precious lives through slaughtering, shooting or bombings and many were kidnapped and forcefully recruited into the terrorist group.

It was on July 7th 2016 the chairman and CEO of SmileMission HealthCare, Dr Saleh Abba informed me about a plan for Bama outreach, I asked again “Dr Saleh Bama?” He said, yes Bama, …I ponder for some seconds and said, its ok Saleh, we shall discuss more about it. We later start online mobilization of volunteers through whatsapp group. To my surprise, many people including ladies show interest of joining the outreach team.

I start making some contacts concerning the trip, were I called some friends from Maiduguri, some Bama indigenes and some friends in security outfits, especially those in Maiduguri. Among the nine people I called, seven of those i called asked me not to go for this trip, while two backed my intention, but ask me to excise more caution and be prayerful. I later developed full courage after going through the preliminary report of the challenges those Bama IDPs are facing.

Since our NGO is getting no fund from any organization, I locally launched an appeal among my colleagues in health sector and few individuals outside the Hospital, seeking for donation of old and new clothes, drugs, foodstuffs and any other item relevant for the IDPs, to my surprised people responded excellently by sending items in large numbers and the response gave me more courage to embark on the trip as they donate the items purposely for Bama IDPs.

As we continue mobilizing for manpower, 24hours to the trip, many volunteers registered their interest to join the team, the volunteers include Doctors, pharmacists, Lab Scientists, Nurses, Community Health officers, clinical psychologist, Human right lawyers and many more, but later on the course of preparation, many withdraw their intention of joining the outreach some hours before the trip, some with genuine reasons while some…. Hmmm!

In the morning of Saturday, we embarked on the trip to Bama with smiles on our faces, but by reaching “Konduga” our mood suddenly changed after seen the type of security presence and protocols for getting clearance to pass, as anything beyond Konduga is a no go zone for a civilian without military permission and escort. We follow and finished all the protocols and we were granted permission to proceeds on the trip with heavy military escorts.

As we are moving from Konduga to Bama in the midst of heavy military escort, the environment become so strange as the atmosphere suddenly changes, because all the villages and towns along that axis are deserted and are looking ghost with no standing structure and no sign of any living in all the villages from Konduga to Bama, which I counted about 15 villages, many more government buildings, filling stations, communication installations were destroyed beyond repairs along that axis.

I also noted a very vast patent land with green grasses which indicates patency of the land, but no farming or grazing activities took place in that land for more than 6 years. Indeed, non utilization of that vast land for farming activities may had likely contributes to the shortage of food in the country.

Entering Bama was disturbing as I only saw ghost town instead of Bama town, Bama is said to be the second largest town in Borno State, but almost everything is destroyed in the town, the only thing you can see is destroyed structures and our gallant Soldiers and Civilian JTF tirelessly patrolling around and outside Bama day and night to fish out the remnants of Boko Haram terrorist.

On entering the IDPs camp in Bama, the sight was very pathetic and heart touching, seeing elderly, children and women whom almost all of them are ill, in psychological distress, in hunger state, poorly sheltered, poorly clothed, the children are mostly malnourished, anemic. We also see many patients with serious health condition like Renal failure, anemic heart failure etc. Tears!

All indications show that, the Government is either doing very less or is poorly handling the IDPs in Bama as the IDPs are facing serious humanitarian crisis at present. Other donor bodies like UNICEF, UNCHR, are also doing very less in term of aid to this displaced destitute Bama people.

Am calling on Government, donor agencies, NGOs and individuals to come to the aids of those innocent Nigerians whom were denied freedom to live in comfort, freedom to stay in their houses, freedom to access health care, freedom to education, freedom to potable drinking water, freedom to other social amenities…. They need food, they need drugs, they need health workers, they need potable water, they need shelter, they need clothes and many more!

You can partner or donate with the NGOs who are willing to provide voluntary humanitarian services to those vulnerable Nigerians. Among NGOs ready for the course is Smile Mission Health Care (SMHC), a non-governmental, nonprofit, apolitical voluntary organization purposely aimed at helping and caring for the needy.

Gombe State Coordinator

Change Organisation Nigeria

samaila.idris@changengr.org

samailaidris25@gmail.com

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