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Edo 2024: Clem Agba As Next Governor

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By Semi Reye

Those who detest zoning of political offices have argued that it breeds incompetence, mediocrity and laziness. This group is of the opinion that an open contest in a level playing field engenders healthy competition and produces an acceptable final outcome. In such competition, the aspirants are allowed to play and tests their popularity, capacity and capability.
The school of thought holds tenaciously to the candid view that beside zoning and exchanging the presidential position between the North and the South, other political elective offices should be keenly contested by everyone and sundry. In Kogi and Benue states where there are major ethnic conflicts previously over who governs, the Igalas of Kogi apparently because of their numerical strength have dominated the succession ladder. It is the same scenario in Benue state where the Tivs have ruled far above the Etulos, Idomas, Igedes,Jukun and others. In the just concluded Benue governorship election, Rev Fr. Hyancinth Alia from Vandeikya, a tiv man as his predecessor, Samuel Ortom will be governor, leaving the rival predominant tribe, the Idoma over forty seven years back as governor. Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state emergence was happenstance and providence. He was the runner-up in the APC primaries that produced late governor Abubabakr Audu who died mysteriously even while he was leading in the Kogi guber election. His running mate Abiodun Faleke did not succeed him, instead the second runner up in the primary contest of the party Yahaya Bello was gifted with the governorship. The late Audu’s candidacy did not vitiate the local zoning since the man he contested and defeated, the incumbent governor Captain Idris wada of the PDP was from the same Igalla zone as he and his immediate predecessor, Governor Idris Ibrahim, popularly called Ibro also from Igalla nation, nailing the zoning mentality finally. But ahead of this year’s Kogi governorship election slated for November 11, the Igallas and the Okuns may have lost out, as the next governor if the election goes in favour of the APC will be Mr. Ahmed Ododo, the state’s auditor general who hails from Ebira and the same Kogi central zone as the incumbent Governor Yahaya Bello. Bello’s choice of an Ebira successor may stem from competence, wit and capacity to govern the state and not on grounds of Ododo’s ancestral affinity with the governor. While there is no place in history indicating that the Okun man has governed the state since 1999 except at the level of a deputy governor in one Sunday Awoniyi, events playing out lately from states and areas which had held strictly to zoning as a selective mechanism for attaining power, shows that the phenomenon is old fashioned and gradually dwindling into oblivion for competitive selection process. In Kano and Lagos states for instance, there are no power sharing formula between the Isalekos, the Ikorodu- Aworis and the Igbo of Ajegunle and Ajeromi. Those who have ruled Lagos are majority strangers. It is similar to Kano, where there are no records of power sharing among indigenes of the over 40 local government area councils that make up the state. In the political dynamics of Kano state, those who become governors are usually strong personalities from dominant political parties and after high wired political intrigues often with a majority support base of Talakawas
Albeit the new thinking that the thorny issue of which area or zone of the state produces the governor , senator, representatives or house assembly member, is becoming forlorn, archaic and no longer modest, then in the Edo 2024 governorship contest, the man to be beat who will be next governor is Prince Clem Agba. Agba’s honest candidacy is not premised on where he hails from, that is north of Edo but on grounds that he has capacity to govern the state now after Godwin Obaseki. And that he is the next Edo governor comes with numerous outstanding, unmatched qualities.
However, putting paid to the Edo zoning controversy, a prominent Edo politician and former special adviser on Political matters to ex-governor Adams Oshiomhole, Chief Charles Idahosa, argued that the myopic idea of zoning should be jettisoned in the 2024 election. Idahosa rejected the agitation on zoning out rightly, describing those angling for governor on the strength that it is their turn as lazy. The political chieftain who was quoted in a recent comment on Nationonline, advised politicians interested in vying for the governorship next year to indicate interest regardless of their tribe, religion, or whose turn and closeness to the current administration. He explained that any politician seeking to be governor must put the interest of the state uppermost, and as well be someone with competence and capacity to unite the people.

‘’ Edo state belongs to all of us. The beauty of the state is that every ethnic group or tribe can trace their origin to the Benin Kingdom. It is a statement of fact. We do not want a situation where a politician will use ethnicity or religion to divide us. We need a true Edolite this time in our quest for a better Edo’’ he said
According to him, ‘’ we want a proper Edo person, not Benin, Esan or Afemai. Every Edo person is eminently qualified to run for the governorship of Edo state. We are now left to look at their profiles and make our choice, but reducing our choice to an area or ethnic group will not be accepted. There was no time election was conducted in the state and tied to a particular ethnic group or senatorial district’’, he argued further
Apparently responding to an Esan group, the Esan New Era, a socio-cultural organization made up of indigenes from Edo central, who addressed a press conference, calling on leaders of the major political parties in the state to consider picking their candidates from Esan land. According to the group’s general secretary, Pastor Christopher Onoye, Esan central zone has eminently qualified persons with the capacity and experience to govern the state.

Moving from the arguments expectedly, it is obvious that Edo state is without a clear cut zoning agreement and will therefore go for the best.
Therefore, situating this supreme position of competitive contest, none of the aspirants in all the major parties will boast of matching Agba whose administration blueprint for the state will provide a clear-cut departure from inexactness, falsehood, propaganda and deception. When voted as Godwin Obaseki’s replacement next year, Abga’s direction will focus on masses- oriented and Edo -people driven policies. These masses ideologies and orientation stems from his past, present achievements and exemplars. A consummate and unassuming politician, the energetic young man not only parades an intimidating CV but armed with an incontrovertible wealth of experience in private and public sector services. As Minister of State Finance, Budget and National Planning, he can be adjudged as one of the most performed cabinet member of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, with a sound financial and managerial acumen. To his credit, the outgoing minister of Budget was able to sustain the January –December budget circle of the country in the last four years consecutively, a development that previous administrations could not achieve since 1999. Other feats he recorded as a federal minister which will be deployed in administering Edo sate as governor by his grace in 2024, are the development of the National development plan (2021-2025), a medium-term plan, tagged Nigeria agenda 2050. This is in addition to a framework he developed for national monitoring and evaluation policy. On his scorecard is the EYEMARK, a citizen based web app: www.eyemark.ng that would enable Nigerians in the country and diaspora to track execution of capital projects and report progress to government.
Under his watch as Minister, the government implemented the Grid 3 Technology, which deploys geospatial data for evidence –based decision making and promotion of effective coordination. With a long endless list of achievements as Minister, it is important to also mention his intervention in roads infrastructure for Edo and Delta, in which he personally approached President Buhari and secured express approval for the rehabilitation of the Abuja, Okene, Auchi, Ekpoma, Benin Highway which has been a nightmare for Nigerians and Edo people mostly. His mediation also earned presidential approval for the reconstruction of Benin- Warri highway with the contractors of the two major roads projects set to mobilize to site. If what is good for the goose is good for the gander, why not Agba doing even far more at home for his people as Edo governor after discharging his duties excellently as federal minister.

Even as cabinet minister, he did not take the state for granted but also made far reaching interventions in community bearing projects cutting across the 18 local government areas, among which are the, Solar Powered Water Works Plus Reticulation in Idumunadile Uwalor Oke Ward 9-Esan north east; solar powered water works plus reticulation, Ubierumun Neko, Uromi, Ward 11-Esan North East, construction of Uwalor –Oke Road Uromi with drainages, Esan North East (5km); Solar Powered Water Works Plus Reticulation, Idumuangue, Ward 8, Uromi, Esan North East; Solar Powered Water Works Plus Reticulation, Akahia, Uhiele Ekpoma ward 9,Esan north west; flood and erosion control works at Idumu- Oleghe, Okaigben Ewohimi, Esan south east, LGA. Provision of Computers and other learning materials to Effadion Secondary School, Effadion, Uromi, Esan north east.
In Akoko Edo where he also touched lives, the minisert futher constructed 4 km Aiyetor- Somorika road, Akoko Edo LGA; construction of Ojirami-erhurun uneme – ogute Akoko Edo LGA; constructed UBEC block of 6 classrooms at Orere primary school, Igarra, Akoko edo. He also supplied Agricultural cargo tricycles, grass cutting machines, improved cassava, yam, grains seedlings, fertilizers and herbicides to farmers in edo north. Similarly projects like construction of of 3km Okpeneda- ogochi road in Etsako central , construction of ogbona- ogomeze road in the same local government area, supply and installation of solar home systems in selected Etsako central communities among other critical and numerous projects. The same projects were benefited by Uzanu in Etsako east where he constructed an 80 bed hospital as well as the construction of the Agenebode- Unuedogor road. A 2.5 km road was also constructed, Ekwosor –Iviukwe and a mini stadium built for the same Etsako east. Others are construction of road connecting Uneme-Uzannu-Odoba to Okpella 21 km in Etasko east. Those who also benefited from the Agba’s projects largesse are communities in Etsako west,; construction of IDP village with issues on location are being sorted out; construction of Ikholo-Ogbido- Ayoghena road, Ogbido- Uzairue; construction of Iyamho-Ayua road in Etsako west as well as construction of Malik Aikhunegbe Boulevard road opposite arafat mosque off Otaru Palace, road Auchi, construction of 31km Uzanu- Ajaokuta interstate road. Others include FGN STEM program in St James government school, Afuze Emai in Owan east, reclamation of Warrake gully erosion, construction of Warrake- Iyrekhara- Egono road in owan east. In edo central,, there is the construction of evbotubu- uwelu- adolor college road- egor, and
The integrated farm at Iguedodo, Orhionmwon, provision of instructional materials, school desk in selected schools in ovia north east. Construction of aden bridge between okada and ogbogui abangbe spur to Benin, shagamu dual- ovia south west. The seeming endless list has the construction of federal primary health care center road, ilobi-uhunmwonde lga, edo estate with more of the projects scattered in all the 18 lgas for lack of space, every project would have made this publication

Described as a game changer, Agba’s managerial expertise began from his humble years in the oil sector where he spent grater part of his youthful age. He worked at Pegasus Industries, Super oil engineering and later moved to Gulf Oil Company which was later Chevron Oil. At Tengizchevroil (TCO) LLC as logistics superintendent and Chevron Nigeria Limited, where he occupied several top positions, like, Senior Contract Advisor, Community Procurement Operations Manager as well as Transport and Travels Manager, among others. In public service, he was Edo Commissioner, Ministries of Environment and Public Utilities: Land, Survey and Housing. There is no doubt that he made his marks in these various responsibilities as attested to by the Benin storm water project which has reduced flooding considerably in the state capital, and the eradication of flood and construction of drainages on the notorious Teachers-House axis on Siluko-Ogida road in Benin city

Born in 1964 to the royal family of Chief Pius Kadiri Ikanade Agba, the Oliola of uzanu, Clem as he is fondly called attended St Vincent Pry School Auchi and then the prestigious St Johns College Fugar. He went to the then Bendel state University now Ambrose Alli university in Ekpoma and graduated with a BSc Economics in 1985. He acquired two Masters degrees in business administration, first from the University of Benin, majoring in Management and the Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA, specializing in Supply Chain Management. His management brilliance, charisma, discipline and sound work rules and procedure would make him a better governor in 2024, with the APC first and foremost nominating him and Edo people voting for him en mass as the next governor and the Governor Obaseki’s veritable successor

Reye writes from Benin City

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NSCDC Under Audi: CWAI Highlights Achievements and Paradigm Shift

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A civil society and pressure group, non-profit and anti-corruption organization has stated that the crackdown on illegal miners has saved the economy huge financial revenue loss as a result of securing the mining sector which is a vital component of Nigeria’s economy. The CSO further observed that this destruction of over 350 illegal refineries has also assisted to reduce the menace of oil theft in the Niger Delta region as well as the arrest and recovery of critical assets and railway materials worth over 5 billion Naira.

It is instructive that the creation of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC’s Special Mines Marshals to combat the menace of illegal mining has also enabled the reduction of mining theft, oil and gas sector of the country as the present management of the NSCDC under the leadership of Dr Abubakar Audi is determined to nip in the bud these challenges once and for all.

Howbeit, the creation of the Civil Defence Academy in Jos, Plateau State, for career development and progression; the creation of NSCDC Arms Squad Training School at Ugede Development Area in Nasarawa LGA of Nasarawa State is very instructive; the massive acquisition of mini fire fighter tankers for disaster management in case of emergencies are worthy of note and big morale booster for the corps and the procurement of Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) vehicles for the NSCDC to use in fighting criminalities across the country is a welcome development under the present administration.

In a press release signed in Warri, Delta State by the Executive Secretary of Citizens Watch Advocacy Initiative (CWAI), Omoba Kenneth Aigbegbele on Tuesday, the CSO identified bad governance, abject poverty and unemployment as some of the root causes of attacks on our critical oil and gas assets including the mining sector in the country. He stated that poverty and hunger have contributed to the damages being recorded in the oil and gas facilities and that the degradation of the environment due to exploration and oil spills has not helped matters as it has deprived communities’ access to their traditional methods of livelihoods.

The organization observed that: “There is therefore the need to confront and tackle poverty and other issues, so as to reduce the menace.” That government should deploy special equipment, create forums to engage the various communities, collaborate and partner with private security guards, armed forces and intelligence services to stem the tide of oil theft and mining plundering.

In an effort to curb Illegal mining and create safe mining environment recently, the Federal Government commissioned 350 additional operatives of the NSCDC as mining marshals. This is happening barely few months after the first batch of 2,220 mining marshals were inaugurated. This is as the marshals underscore the Federal Government’s commitment to reforming the unlicensed operators across the country. According to reports, since the inauguration, over 200 illegal mining suspects have been arrested, 133 prosecutions underway and confiscated illegally mined minerals forfeited to the Federal Government. CWAI gathered that as part of its efforts to strengthen, protect and safeguard schools across the country, the Save School Initiative was launched for the protection of vulnerable schools and to reduce the menace of kidnapping in schools and the creation of the NSCDC Female Squad to aid in tackling kidnappings and other restiveness in schools which has yielded enormous dividends by the reduction of this heinous crime.

CWAI noted the various institutional nationwide reformations presently taking place across the corps as well as the new sense of belonging, increase in welfare packages for the corps, prompt payment of emoluments, allowances including the zero tolerance for corruption initiated by the new management. This, without doubt, has given the corps a pride of place in the paramilitary organizations in the country and has raised the ‘esprit-de-corps’ of the men and officers like never before seen. The robust welfare, motivated packages through massive promotions, conversion, upgrading and other benefits-in-kind are really commendable and not to mention the construction of official and residential buildings within and outside the NSCDC headquarters, including the procurement of operational and office equipment and the purchase of over 200 operation vehicles are also worthy of note.

The arrest of students for acts unbecoming of them across institutions of learning in the country; arrest of practitioners of same sex marriages is a major milestone; the commendations given by governors of Zamfara, Gombe, Ogun, Jigawa and Katsina states recently are also worth mentioning; the reduction of the incessant herders’ and farmers’ clashes and cattle rustling; the deployment of undercover corps officers to schools;  the collaboration with the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) to reduce criminal activities across the country with the toga ‘See Something, Say Something;” the robust relationships of inter-agency corporations and partnerships with sister agencies such as the Navy, Army, Customs, Immigration, NNPC, and civil society organizations, is a major achievement that must be applauded; the consistent advocacies carried out by the CG to intimate and assure Nigerians to believe in the corps’ operations to engender faith in security agencies, are all worthy of note.

The continued fight against cyber-crimes, child abuse and the flushing out of illegal guard private operators; the arrest of smugglers, vandals and pipeline/oil thieves in the Niger Delta region have become an Herculean task that must be achieved, according to the CG, saying that the Service “is presently doing all it can to curb the proliferation of small arms across the length and breadth of the country.” He also read the Riot Act to the Corps’ commandants in the Niger Delta states, assuring them that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has a zero-tolerance to civil theft. He asked them to do all they can to nib crimes in the bud in line with a presidential order to rid the nation’s oil sector of economic saboteurs, vandals, criminals, oil thieves and other nefarious activities inimical to the growth of the sector.

CWAI can attest to the fact that the giant strides achieved so far by the current leadership are as a result of the strategic directions taken on the commissioning of the Standard Curriculum for NSCDC for entrenching career progression, effective supervision and transparent regulation of the Private Guard Companies in Nigeria which has reduced insecurity across the country. CWAI asserts that this is connected to a new reinvigorated legal department, successes in anti-vandalism, protection of farmers’ physical security at mining sites and the establishment of Special Female Squad (SFS) targeted at boosting the fight against insecurity and the location of the squad in all Commands across the country. This has also enhanced the safe school response coordination and the protection of schools in remote areas and border communities, which is done in collaboration with other security agencies of the Army and the Department of State Services (DSS) to foil attempts to attack schools. This is endorsed by all stakeholders.

Similarly, the Commandant-General has continuously urged security agencies/operatives to shun inter-agency rivalry to foster national security. The CG gave this charge at a recent security seminar tagged “Promoting Inter-Agency Collaboration Among Security Agencies.” He noted that “the rivalry was capable of eroding relationships building over time between security agencies and consequently rubbed off negatively on the provision of adequate security.”  

CWAI also endorsed the amicable settlement of conflicts and dispute resolutions between herdsmen, farmers, cattle rustlers and villagers, community leaders and bandits – all championed by the current management of the NSCDC. The pressure group also applauded the vision, mission and the ability to implement its mandate as regards the settlement of disputes through Alternative Dispute Resolute (ADR) between warring parties.

CWAI recognizes the importance of conflict and dispute resolution mechanism in today’s contemporary issues and conflict management, and commended the leadership for thinking out of the box and finding lasting solutions in today’s crises-prone society, where conflicts have become the order of the day with the support of the proactive Minister of Interior, Olubunmi Ojo.

CWAI emphasized a renewed vigour for the increment of national budget allocated to the NSCDC in view of the pivotal role it plays in the reduction of criminal elements in the protection of critical national assets and the reduction of kidnapping in our schools as a result of the school initiative, which if properly funded will give the NSCDC the impetus to do more for the nation and its workforce.

We are encouraged to commend the public procurement and contract approvals, accountability in procurement process and payments. We also applaud the transformation, vision and forthrightness of the leadership in changing the narrative to make the Corps the cynosure of all eyes through discipline, promotion of officers when due and capacity building of officers and men, including building strategic alliances with various ivory towers across the land, to upgrade the service institutions to meet with what is attainable globally and build robust sister inter-agency collaborations.

CWAI, therefore, has no hesitation in passing a vote of confidence on the Dr. Abubakar Audi-led management and calls on the international community and well-meaning Nigerians to support the NSCDC management and allow them to concentrate on their mandate and continuously support the proactive leadership to enable it further its commitment and efforts to the general wellbeing of the nation.

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Groups Back Federal Govt’s Initiatives, Laud Agric Minister For Generating Over 60,000 Jobs

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Over 1000 bloggers under the aegis of the Bloggers and Vloggers Content Creators Association in Nigeria (BAVCCA) and Tinubu -Shettima Support Group have lauded the creation of 60,000 jobs in various rural economies across the country under the leadership of the Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Senator Abubakar Kyari.

The bloggers and Tinubu-Shettima Support Group in a joint statement on Sunday signed by the Vice President of BAVCCA, Dr. Adebayo Olugbenga, National Coordinator of Tinubu-Shettima Support Group Alhaji Shehu Mohammed and the Secretary, Hon Uche Okafor respectively expressed their unwavering support for Kyari’s transformative leadership and the significant progress made in the agricultural sector under his stewardship in the last one year.

The State reads in part, “It is with great pride and enthusiasm that we, the members of the Bloggers and Vloggers, Content Creators Association in Nigeria, and the Tinubu-Shettima Support Group gathered here today to pass a vote of confidence in the Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Senator Abubakar Kyari.

“In the past one year, Senator Kyari has demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to revolutionizing agriculture in Nigeria, and we are here to applaud his remarkable achievements and unwavering dedication to this crucial sector of our economy.”

They pointed out that the agricultural sector under the watch of Kyari, has injected an estimated value of N309 billion into the Nigerian economy in the last one year, as the money was injected through the harvest of agricultural produce.

And commended the minister for the provision of rural infrastructure, such as the construction of 77.8km of asphalt roads; construction of 130.9 km of earthen roads; provision of 102 motorized and solar-powered boreholes and installation of 6,504 solar street lights, as well as generating over 60,000 jobs in various rural economies.

Enumerating some of the Minister’s achievements, they said the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security had launched dry season farming with cultivation of 118,657 hectares of wheat in 15 states in the acceleration of all-year-round farming in a bid to ensure food and nutrition security.

They noted that at the end of dry season farming, that one of the participating States, Jigawa, had produced 55,000 metric tonnes of wheat.

The Vice President of BAVCCA disclosed that the Federal Government has also supported 107,429 wheat farmers with inputs such as fertilizers, seeds, and pesticides, resulting in an output of 474,628 metric tonnes.

The leadership of BAVCCA and the Tinubu-Shettima supporters observed that in response to the Presidential directive, the Ministry of Agriculture had released 42,000metric tonnes of assorted food commodities made up of maize, millet, sorghum, and garri, from the National Strategic Food Reserve to National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for onward distribution to vulnerable Nigerians.

As part of measures to reduce escalating prices of food items in the markets, they expressed joy that the Federal Government procured and distributed 58,500 metric tonnes of milled rice to all States of the Federation and Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

According to the statement, “To reduce malnutrition and stunted growth among children, the Federal Government had embarked on fortification of crops with Vitamin A micro-nutrient to enrich nutrition content and health value of food commodities.

“In response to persistent food inflation, the Federal Government has distributed 60,432metric tons of improved seeds, 887,255mt seedlings, 138numbers of value kits, 501,726 litres of agrochemicals, 62,328.5 metric tonnes of inorganic fertilizers, 1,000kg fungicide, and 33,200 equipment to farmers across different value chains to enhance production.

“The Ministry also received 2.15 million bags of fertilizer from the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN) for distribution to farmers free of charge, adding that the distribution of the farm input has begun across the States.

“As part of measures to guarantee the protection and safety of farmers in their farmlands, there has been an improvement of farmland security with the provision of additional resources to Agro Rangers and other security agencies.

“On livestock production and animal health, the Federal Government had in the last one year procured and distributed 14,056,467 doses of anthrax spore, foot, and mouth diseases vaccines for risk-based vaccination exercise in 22 high-risk states across Nigeria.”

The groups further noted with satisfaction the establishment of animal health centres and veterinary hospitals, six micro earth dams and eight boreholes, 164 milk collection centres, eight cottage feed mills, and seven livestock centres in the country.

On Mechanisation, BAVCCA explained that the Ministry had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with John Deere and Tata Africa to assemble in-country and supply 10,000 tractors with implements and accessories at 2,000 units yearly, as well as 100 units of combine harvesters to support production.

The groups explained that the Federal Government had partnered with the Brazilian government for the sum 995,000 Euros to provide mechanisation hubs across the Federation.

They are confident that under the continued stewardship of Kyari, the agricultural sector will thrive, contributing to the country’s food security, economic prosperity, and sustainable development.

“Kyari’s dedication, innovation, and tireless efforts have truly set a new standard for agricultural leadership in Nigeria.

“We, the members of BAVCCA and Tinubu-Shettima Support Group, pledge our unwavering support and commitment to working alongside the Minister to further strengthen the agricultural sector and realise our collective vision of a prosperous, food-secure, and environmentally sustainable Nigeria,” the statement assured.

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Coalition lauds NCC’s commitment to telecoms’ sector increase in contributions to nation’s GDP

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The Coalition on Transparency and Rule of Law (CTRL) has commended theGo Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) for its commitment to the nation’s telecoms sector which has led to an increase in its contribution to Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

 

The coalition also praised the leadership of Dr. Aminu Maida, the Executive Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of NCC, for his vision and strategic goal alignment.

 

In a statement signed by Sunday Thomas, the coalition said: “We are thrilled to acknowledge the recent remarks made by Dr. Aminu Maida, reaffirming the commission’s commitment to significantly enhancing the telecoms sector’s contribution to Nigeria’s GDP.

 

“Dr. Maida’s leadership and creative vision are commendable, demonstrating the NCC’s dedication to driving economic growth and development.”

 

The coalition further praised Dr. Maida’s ambitious target of achieving a 25% increase in the telecoms sector’s contribution to Nigeria’s GDP, noting that it showcases the commission’s proactive stance in harnessing the potential of the telecommunications industry.

 

The group also acknowledged Dr. Maida’s leadership style, which has fostered an open-door policy, encouraging industry stakeholders to engage in constructive dialogue with the commission.

 

“We extend our heartfelt commendation to Dr. Maida and the NCC for their dedication to driving sustainable economic growth and development in the telecoms sector,” Thomas added.

 

“Their commitment is aligned with our mission to champion policies and practices that uphold transparency, accountability, and sustainable economic growth.”

 

The coalition expressed its support for the NCC’s endeavours, acknowledging the imperative need for synergistic collaboration between the public and private sectors.

 

They believe that the NCC’s commitment will catalyze other sectors to strive for similar growth and contribution to Nigeria’s GDP.

 

“We believe that Dr. Maida’s 25% target is feasible, and we look forward to seeing the positive impact of this initiative on our economy and the lives of Nigerians,” Thomas concluded.

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