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Jerry Gana: Nigerians are most miserable in Africa

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Jerry Gana, a former minister of information and former presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party (PDP), says Nigeria has the highest number of “miserable people in Africa”.

Gana said this on Saturday at a retreat organised by the Kogi Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Renaissance Group in Abuja.

The PDP chieftain said most Nigerians, the majority of them youths, have become “jobless, frustrated and hopeless” as a result of the harsh economic policies of the current administration.

He said the PDP “is the only hope now for the Federal Republic of  Nigerian to return back to sanity”, adding that the country is a difficult situation.

“In the misery index, Nigeria is the highest in Africa. We are the most miserable set of people in Africa because nothing is moving. In fact, our currency is now 100 percent devalued. Nigeria is going through a very difficult time,” he said.

“The level of indebtedness in the past few years is such that every Nigerian is now in debt. The Naira is perhaps one of the most useless currencies in Africa today. I have never seen this level of corruption as we have today. In fact, the level of corruption makes the PDP governments look like angels because corruption is now a thousand times worse.”

Speaking on the insecurity in the country, Gana said nowhere is safe, adding that even Katsina, the hometown of President Muhammadu Buhari, is bedevilled by banditry.

“Governor Maisari was advocating recently that everyone in Katsina state should get a gun. Do you know where Katsina is? Do you know who comes from Katsina? he asked.

Also speaking, Bukola Saraki, former senate president, said the deliberations in the retreat will reposition the party in the state.

“Kogi has witnessed a change in fortune since 2015 but I am happy because today’s meeting sends a strong message to the PDP family throughout the country. We must not forget that our party, the PDP is the landlord in Kogi that was robbed of victory in the past elections. So, we must set aside our differences in the interest of the party,” he said.

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Wike alleges politicians recruiting cultists to destabilise Rivers

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, says he has received intelligence reports that some misguided politicians are already recruiting cultists, ex-convicts and thugs in furtherance of their political aspirations for 2023.

The governor said the state government waa aware that owners of hotels and entertainment centres were planning to give out their premises to politicians and political parties as a convenient bases for the gathering of these political thugs across the state.

Wike, in a state broadcast on Sunday, emphasised that the government is not taking the intelligence reports at its disposal lightly, and will therefore not allow any politician, no matter his previous or present position, the chance or opportunity to upset the prevailing peace and security in Rivers.

He said, “We will not allow any political party, be it the All Progressives Congress (APC), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) or the Social Democratic Party (SDP) to threaten the safety and security of life and property during the campaigns with mayhem, thuggery or violence.

“Accordingly, we have already alerted and set the security agencies on the trail of these misguided politicians and leaders of political parties and stop them in their tracks with the full weight of the law.

“We also wish to warn owners of hotels and proprietors of relaxation centres to take notice and desist from releasing their facilities for politicians and party leaders to use to meet and plot against the peace, safety and security of our state.”

The governor warned that the state government would demolish hotels and other entertainment places linked with such criminal political activities.

 

 

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How IPPIS Has Deprived OAUTH Non-Clinical Staff of Salaries Since January

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Some non-clinical members of the Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital (OAUTH) staff have lamented a delay in the payment of their salaries from January 2022 to date.

They told FIJ that the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) failed to capture their data last year, and as a result, they did not get their salaries in January, February and March.

On condition of anonymity, a staffer told FIJ that it was only in April that they were paid, but after that, their salaries did not arrive in May, June and July.

“There was a recruitment last year at the institution. Both clinical and non clinical staff were recruited,” one affected staffer told FIJ. “IPPIS came during the recruitment and captured many of the new recruits while those people not captured were promised that IPPIS would come back to capture them.”

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The source said staff members who were not captured under the Government Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS) had not been paid since January.

“They paid both clinical and non clinical staffers that were not captured with GIFMIS till December last year, but from January 2022 till date, the ones that were not captured have not been paid.”

When FIJ contacted Kemi Fasoto, the hospital’s Public Relations Officer, she confirmed the development.

She said, “The university does not pay staff salaries. I have been paid, and I am a non-clinical staffer. IPPIS will come back and capture them; it is not in our hands.”

FIJ attempted to contact the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation and the IPPIS office, but phone numbers attached to them were not reachable as of press time.

FIJ also sent messages to the numbers, but there were no responses at press time.

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Oyedepo tells ‘Winners’: Be obedient

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Wife of the Presiding Bishop of Living Faith Church, LFC, Worldwide, Pastor Faith Oyedepo, has urged winners to be obedient in the affairs of the Kingdom (of God).

On his part, the husband, Bishop David Oyedepo, said obedience is better than sacrifice.

The couple spoke at the church’s monthly leadership conference.

The declarations were yesterday, interpreted as a subtle endorsement of the presidential candidate of the Labour Party for the 2023 general elections, Mr Peter Obi.

Obi’s supporters have been campaigning under the alias ‘Obi-dients’.

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The candidate himself visited the Oyedepos at the Ota-based church after which photos from the visit went viral as supporters lavishly shared them on social media.

Oyedepo’s wife, while citing Isaiah 1:19-20, stressed the need for Christians to be obedient to spiritual instructions to enjoy the good of the land.

Her words: “If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land: But if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it” (Isa. 1:19-20).

She urged the church to pray for God’s Spirit to serve and be obedient.

In his own sermon, Bishop Oyedepo, while unravelling the mystery of the covenant of obedience, said: “To be obedient is better than sacrifice. Obedience may be costly but the end result is always priceless.

“When you live your life as a seed, its impact lives for generations after you”.

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