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Oyo Lawmaker Urges Politicians to Provide Basic Needs to Masses

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By Dipo Olowookere

Politicians have been urged to prioritise the interest of the masses and provide them with the basic amenities that could make their lives meaningful.

A lawmaker in Oyo State, Mr Seyi Amusa, who gave this advice, said politics remains the biggest platform to create impact and solve the underdevelopment problems in the society.

Mr Amusa, who represents the people of Afijio in the Oyo State House of Assembly, said the people deserve to enjoy a better life, promising to always do his best to provide the basic needs of his constituents.

Speaking at the commissioning of a fully-equipped borehole facility donated to Jobele community in Afijio, the 12th of its kind erected by his development team, the lawmaker reiterated the need for sustained development and underscored the importance of development as a primary and continuous need that must always consider the immediate and basic needs of the people, no matter how lofty other plans are while ensuring there’s a balance.

“As we completed and started the usage of the 12th borehole for my people at Jobele, Afijio, their palpable happiness reminded me of a fact; that, the things which matter to them must matter to you if you intend to serve them successfully and bring development.

“Our loftier efforts must consistently strike a balance with their pretty basic needs – this is an important leadership and development lesson we’ve been able to apply across the board in our efforts for Afijio and for the people.

“To us, it was just water. To them, it is more, and I was just really glad we hit this 12th of its kind across the entire local government, from Awe to Ilora and other parts,” Mr Amusa said.

Known for his #PoliticsOfDevelopment mantra across the state, the respected politician has received commendations for his efforts at using the platform of politics to drive the narrative of development aggressively.

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan. Mr Olowookere can be reached via dipo.olowookere@businesspost.ng

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Akinwumi Adesina Turns Down Requests to Become Next Nigerian President

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By Adedapo Adesanya

The President of the Africa Development Bank (AfDB), Mr Akinwumi Adesina, has ruled himself out of the 2023 presidential race in Nigeria.

Mr Adesina made his position known in a statement on Tuesday after months of calls for him to join the contest after a group bought the presidential nomination form of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for him at the cost of N100 million.

In the statement, the banker emphasised that his current desire is to continue to hold the office of the president of the AfDB which he won reelection for last year.

However, he expressed appreciation for those who found him worthy of leading his country at this critical time it is undergoing different challenges ranging from economy, security and others.

“While I am deeply honoured, humbled and grateful for all the incredible goodwill, kindness, and confidence, my current responsibilities at this time do not allow me to accept to considered,” the statement read in part.

“I remain fully engaged and committed to the mission that Nigeria, Africa and all the non-African shareholders of the African Development Bank have given me for Africa’s development.

“I remain fully focused on the mission of supporting the accelerated development and economic integration of Africa,” Mr Adesina added.

Less than two weeks ago, a coalition of 28 groups purchased the N100 million APC presidential forms for the former Agriculture Minister.

The coalition consists of groups such as the Youth Arise Movement, Nigerians in Diaspora, One Nigeria Group, Prudent Youth Association of Nigeria, women groups, farmers, and other civil society groups.

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Sanwo-Olu Promises Justice for Sound Engineer David Imoh

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has promised to ensure that the late Sound Engineer killed by a mob in the Lekki area of the state last week gets justice.

The Governor gave this assurance through the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, in a statement issued on Monday night.

Last week, after boarding a commercial motorcycle, an argument ensued between Mr David Imoh and the okada rider over N100 and attracted other riders, who then lynched him.

There have been calls for justice for the deceased and in the statement today, the state governor said this would be done.

He condemned the mob attack and said the police are interrogating four suspects at the State Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Panti in connection with the incident, while two survivors of the act are in hospital.

According to Mr Sanwo-Olu, the government will address the root cause of this and similar incidents, which have caused public anxiety, appealing to residents to remain calm as police continue to investigate the matter.

“Lagos has no room for savagery and anybody found to have been involved in this barbarism will surely face the law.

“We condemn and will not condone any kind of jungle justice, no matter who the perpetrators are,” the statement stressed.

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N80bn Fraud: EFCC Arrests Accountant General of the Federation Ahmed Idris

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By Modupe Gbadeyanka

The Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), Mr Ahmed Idris, is cooling off in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

He is having talks with the agency, explaining what he knows about an alleged diversion of N80 billion belonging to the federal government.

He was picked up by operatives of the EFCC on Monday, May 16, 2022, after allegedly failing to honour invitations by the commission to respond to issues connected to the issue.

In a statement issued on Monday night, the anti-money laundering organisation claimed that Mr Idris, through verified intelligence, “raked off the funds through bogus consultancies and other illegal activities using proxies, family members and close associates.”

“The funds were laundered through real estate investments in Kano and Abuja,” another part of the statement disclosed.

The AGF has been in the news lately over an audit report, which indicted some ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) of the federal government of fraud.

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