​APC will continue to rule in Ondo for a long time – Akeredolu

Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will continue to rule the state for a long time to come.

Akeredolu said this weekend during the laying of the foundation of the new Party State Secretariat Complex in Akure, the state capital.

According to him “Our party will continue to occupy a prime place in the political landscape of the State for a long time to come due to the stellar performance of the APC led administration in the state in the last four years, in spite of daunting challenges and paucity of funds occasioned by the prevailing global economic realities.

“We are only beginning with the State Headquarters. Be sure that on completion of this project, erecting such edifice across the 18 Local Government Areas in the State will follow.

“As the largest and the ruling party in the State, it behoves us to have a secretariat befitting of that status.

“You will recall that our party has been operating from rented apartments since its inception.

“I am sure that by the time the secretariat complex is built, it will be the pride of all party faithful.

” It is our hope that before the end of the year, we shall celebrate the completion of this project.

“Let me enjoin all our party members, especially those occupying positions of responsibility at all levels of government – Federal, State and Local Governments to see this project as a collaborative effort and contribute financial and material resources towards its early completion.

“I wish to stress that this is not Ondo State Government project, rather it is purely APC affairs. This is neither about Akeredolu nor is it about Adetimehin, it is about our party.

“As good party men and women, it is our responsibility to lay a solid foundation for our party to blossom in Ondo State.

“We can never be deterred by the anti-social behaviours or the opposition of a few. It is our determination to continue to forge ahead as a formidable party.

Akeredolu said the plan to build a befitting state party headquarters had been in offing but that the unfortunate incident that led to the destruction of the party state secretariat by suspected hoodlums during the #ENDSARS protest hastened the need for the construction.

Building the party secretariat, he noted will further strengthen the party and show doubting Thomases that the APC has come to stay in the state as an established political party.

“Our party will continue to occupy a prime place in the political landscape of the State for a long time to come due to the stellar performance of the APC led administration in the state in the last four years, in spite of daunting challenges and paucity of funds occasioned by the prevailing global economic realities.

The Acting chairman of the party, Adetimehin appreciated governor Akeredolu for his unparalleled performance which he said earned the APC victory in the last October 10, 2020 governorship election.

Adetimehin described the governor as a leader who serves with integrity and thanked him for making the noble dream of building a new party secretariat a reality during his tenure as the chairman of the party.

​Cryptocurrency ban: Reduce unemployment pressure on Youths, don’t add to it, Atiku warns Buhari

Former Vice president of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has condemned the ban placed on cryptocurrency transactions in Nigeria by the federal government led by President Muhammdu Buhari warning that urgent steps must be taken to opening up the economy and create more jobs for the teeming Nigerian Youths as unemployment remains one challenge facing the country.

The former Vice president made this known in a tweet thread on his Twitter handle on Saturday.

Atiku laments that unemployment is one major factor affecting the Nigerian economy and also a major cause of insecurity in the country.

Recall it was reported how the CBN Placed A Ban On Crypto Accounts in the Nigerian Banks, warning that “breaches of this directive will attract severe regulatory sanctions.”

But the former vice president, Alhaji Atiku noted that there is immense pressure on the youths because of the rate of unemployment, saying it is a wrong timing to ban cryptocurrency in the country and advised for a revisit of the policy.

According to Atiku, “The number one challenge facing Nigeria is youth unemployment. In fact, it is not a challenge, it is an emergency. It affects our economy and is exacerbating insecurity in the nation.”

Atiku expresses sadness over the recent NBS report which revealed the low inflow of foreign capital into the country.

He said, “What Nigeria needs now, perhaps more than ever, are jobs and an opening up of our economy, especially after yesterday’s report by the National Bureau of Statistics indicated that foreign capital inflow into Nigeria is at a four year low, having plummeted from $23.9 billion in 2019 to just $9.68 billion in 2020.”

“Already, the nation suffered severe economic losses from the border closure and the effects of the #COVID19 pandemic.

Atiku faulted the timing of the ban and called for a reversal of the ban saying there certainly is a way to deal with criminal elements abusing the scheme.

“This is definitely the wrong time to introduce policies that will restrict the inflow of capital into Nigeria, and I urge that the policy to prohibit the dealing and transaction of cryptocurrencies be revisited.

“It is possible to regulate the sub-sector and prevent any abuse that may be damaging to national security. That may be a better option, than an outright shutdown.

Atiku stressed that it is the job of the government to create jobs to ease the pressure caused by unemployment on the Nigerian youths.

“There is already immense economic pressure on our youths. It must be the job of the government, therefore, to reduce that pressure, rather than adding to it.

“We must create jobs in Nigeria. We must expand the economy. We must remove every impediment towards investments. We owe the Nigerian people that much.”