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El-Rufai, Ajimobi present scorecards, decry economic downturn

By Saxone Akhaine (Northern Bureau Chief), Muyiwa Adeyemi (Head South West Bureau), Iyabo Lawal and Hendrix Oliomogbe
30 May 2016   |   3:36 am
Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State yesterday took stock of his administration in the last one year and admitted that the challenges have been daunting.


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Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai, said that the first year of his administration “has ushered in a new dawn, which was demonstrated by the administration’s fight against crime, promotion of peaceful co-existence and protection of lives and property of the populace.”

He stated this when his commissioners presented their score sheets to the public as part of activities marking Democracy Day in Kaduna.

El-Rufai, was represented at a press conference by his Special Adviser on Internal Security and Coordinator of Operation Yaki (Joint Security Forces), Alhaji Yakubu Yusuf Soja at the weekend, said the provision of adequate security is one of the cardinal objectives of the APC.

Also, Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State yesterday took stock of his administration in the last one year and admitted that the challenges have been daunting.

In his broadcast to the people of the state, Ajimobi sympathised with the people on the present economic hardship, expressing hope of a positive turn around soon.

Ajimobi also sympathised with civil servants over non-payment of salaries occasioned by dwindling revenue allocation from the centre and assured that efforts are on to end this painful and undesirable situation.

Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has however lambasted the current administration, saying: “In just one year of the All Progressives Congress (APC) government of President Muhammadu Buhari, the country’s economy was ruined so much that states could no longer pay workers’ salaries, millions of jobs were lost, prices of essential commodities skyrocketed to the extent that Nigerians could no longer afford them.”

In a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Fayose said: “Despite President Buhari’s electoral promise to reduce petrol pump price from N87 per litre, he increased the price to N145, increased electricity tariff in spite of lack of power supply.”

“I read the president’s speech and all that I saw was a president still sounding like he was campaigning for votes more than one year after winning election. It is disappointing that the President’s speech was once again about promises, not about what has been done.”

Meanwhile, Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has lamented the resurgence of oil pipeline vandalism and kidnapping in the state.

Speaking at a special thanksgiving ceremony yesterday in Asaba, the state capital, Okowa said the last one year has been challenging not only for the oil producing states but the whole country at large.

He said: “The times are tough, very tough and we know that the situation is the same nationally, but we are very troubled in Delta State because our pipelines are being blown up and rate of kidnapping is high. But we are doing our best, projects are being executed everywhere; we will continue to impact on every community.”