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Ranking of Top 5 Nigerian Governors For The Month of July, 2020

TOP 5, BOTTOM 5: How Nigerian governors ranked in July, 2020

This is an attempt to rate or rank all the 36 states governors in Nigeria considering only the top 5 and bottom 5 as ranked by Ripples Nigeria best on random indixes or yardsticks.

With enormous power and resources at their disposal, governors have so much expectations placed on their shoulders. These range from policy formulations to execution of sustainable projects targeted at improving the lives of citizens.

The July, 2020 report features the traditional scan of the political space and focuses, this time, on the select few on either side of the performance divide, judging by policy initiatives and execution.

TOP 5

1. Babajide Sanwo-Olu —Lagos

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu makes the Top 5 for the month of July, 2020 on account of his commitment to the vision of building a Smart City, principally through urban renewal and rural development.

We acknowledge his pursuit of this vision, despite the COVID-19 pandemic which has preoccupied governments across the world.

We note the progressive work being done on the Ojota, Mile 12, Agege and Lekki-Epe axis of the city.

Though the urban renewal projects have come with attendant hardship, we are, however, convinced that they are necessary sacrifices to ensure better service delivery.

2. Seyi Makinde —Oyo

Governor Seyi Makinde earns a Top 5 mention having shown a steady commitment to education, with several remarkable interventions in that sector. These include schools upgrade, and access to free education.

In dealing with the COVID-19 challenge, we admit the clarity of purpose in his efforts to ensure that schools are not just re-opened but that these were done with a clear cut direction, as exemplified in the full year school timetable released for the state.

The responsiveness of the Makinde administration to the challenges faced by some female citizens of the state who were reportedly trafficked to Lebanon caught our attention in July. We note that the timely rescue is exemplary and capable of restoring the confidence of citizens in government.

3. Abdulrazaq Abdulrahman —Kwara

COVID-19 cases in Kwara now 85, as police discover 8 illegal smuggling routes

The Kwara State Governor, Abdulrazaq Abdulrahman, makes the top 5 for initiating an intervention programme to lift some of the burdens confronting stakeholders in the educational sector, especially proprietors and teachers in private schools

We acknowledge that his plan to extend grants and interest free loans to private schools is capable of preventing job losses and reviving a sector badly hit by COVID-19. We encourage the governor to fully discharge this plan as the Board shall track and review his performance in that regard.

4. Dapo Abiodun —Ogun

Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State scores highly for his commitment to lifting the quality of life in the border towns through road infrastructures which had suffered neglect over the years.

We note the current remedial works in communities bordering Lagos, especially in the Sango, Agbado, Akute, Denro-Ishasi- Ojodu Abidoun axis. It is our belief that the attention given to roads in these and other communities will impact the economy positively as gains are made in man-hour originally lost to traffic, and low productivity.

5. Babagana Zulum —Borno

Boko Haram now hijacked by foreign elements, Borno’s Gov Zulum says

Governor Babagana Zulum makes a return to top 5 on account of his continuous sacrifice, sometimes at personal risk, to see to the restoration of peace in the insurgency-ravaged state.

We note his courage in undertaking obvious life-threatening trips across the state as he identifies with troubled communities, commissioning projects and leading from the front in efforts to impact the lives of citizens stranded in Internally Displaced Persons camps. We also acknowledge Zulum’s daring attempts at speaking truth to power, and aiming to decisively deal with alleged sabotage and failings of the military in the prosecution of the war against terrorism in the Northeast.

BOTTOM 5

1. Nasir el-Rufai —Kaduna

El-Rufai moves to outshine Lagos seaports

Governor Nasir el-Rufai gets a mention in the Bottom 5 due largely to the unabated security challenges in the state.

We are disturbed by the continued killings and destruction of property in the Southern part of the state, allegedly by bandits and militias who have proven either too tough or slippery for the government and security agencies to contain.

While we acknowledge that El-Rufai is largely a Chief Security Officer without powers of coercion, the governor gets our knock for his repeated commentaries that tend to further stoke the crisis and diminish hope, confidence and faith in his administration to effectively deal with the challenge of Southern Kaduna.

2. Udom Emmanuel —Akwa Ibom

Governor Udom Emmanuel gets a Bottom 5 mention over the decision of the Akwa Ibom State Government to breach the accountability process by locking out media men out of state functions on the pretext that some of them had contracted the COVID-19 disease.

While we note the frosty atmosphere existing in the state between the government and media practitioners over claims of lack of transparency in the reportage of COVID-19, it is regrettable that the governor will allow his action to be tainted by unwholesome intentions that query his patriotism and commitment to transparency.

3. Aminu Masari —Katsina

Katsina is, no doubt, a State in turmoil. Reports of killings and abductions have become very rampant, leading the populace to embark on protests over the lack of appropriate action by government and security agencies.

The near free reign of bandits and Governor Aminu Masari’s lack of grip of the challenge earns him several minuses.

We are amazed that despite the presence of various arms of the nation’s security forces in the state, the governor has been unable to manage the situation.

We hold that the prevailing banditry in the state is a reflection of years of mis-governance and the failure of government to consciously connect with its citizens, especially the youth population.

4. Bello Matawalle —Zamfara

Bello-Matawalle

Governor Bello Matawalle gets a mention in the Bottom 5 for his prodigal spending of N100 million on a private university in the state, an action we consider not well thought out.

A private university, in our reckoning, is a private business, an investment that should be borne by its promoters. Though the state had argued that it was done to promote education in the state, we reckon that such a gesture could have lifted the sector better if it had been channelled to the many public institutions requiring urgent intervention in upgrade of facilities and faculties.

We are appalled that Governor Matawalle might not have considered that his action could open the floodgates to several other requests from private and religious institutions who maybe tempted to see him as a profligate father Christmas.

5. Okezie Ikpeazu —Abia

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Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State gets a mention in the Bottom 5 ranking for July 2020 for his unilateral sacking and suspension of three local government council chiefs in the state.

We condemn the sacking of the Chairman of Umenneochi Council, Mathew One, and the indefinite suspension of Aba South and Aba North chairmen, Cherechi Nwogu and Victor Ubani, as tantamount to trampling on the principles of the rule of law, due process and fair hearing in a constitutional democracy.

We are concerned that with such actions, as taken by Governor Ikpeazu, our democracy faces stunted growth, especially as state govenors see local government administrations as mere apendages of their offices.

Source: Ripples Nigeria

Edo DECIDE: PDP GOVERNORS’ Forum Assurance To Gov. Godwin Obaseki

The Peoples Democratic Party Governors’ Forum, has assured the Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, and his supporters that the party will provide a level playing field for all of them.

Obaseki and his supporters had on Friday joined the party.

The Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal-led PDP Governors’ Forum wished Obaseki God’s blessings and guidance as he subjects himself to the forthcoming primaries of the party.

If Obaseki wins the primary election, the governors assured him of their support in his bid to get re-elected.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Director-General of the PDP Governors’ Forum, C.I.D Maduabum, in Abuja, on Saturday.

The PDP governorship primary for Edo State is scheduled to hold on Thursday, June 25, 2020.

Maduabum described Obaseki’s entry into PDP as a homecoming to a democratic platform.

He said, “We welcome you to the PDP Governors’ Forum under the leadership of His Excellency, Rt. Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, CFR, and all other PDP Governors in the Forum.

“Your entry into the PDP family is a homecoming to a democratic platform that accommodates all Nigerians desirous of good governance, accountability, and deepening of democratic tenets.

“The PDP Governors welcome you to use the PDP as a vehicle to enthrone rapid economic, social, and infrastructural development of Edo State.

“As you subject yourself to the forthcoming primaries of the party, we wish you success and God’s blessings and guidance.

The Forum extends the solidarity and support of your colleagues to you and all of your teeming followers into the party and assures you all of accommodation and level playing field.

President Buhari and Northern governors have lost the capacity to end insecurity

The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) said that President Buhari and the Northern Governors have lost the capacity to end insecurity. NEF, led by Professor Ango Abdullahi, in a statement released yesterday, the group expressed great concerns at the rising insecurity in communities in the North.

According to NEF, Northerners are known to be patient with any adverse situation confronting them, but with this present uncontrollable state of insecurity, “our people have been pushed to the wall.”

The Northern Elders Forum, in the statement asserted that :

“Recent escalation of attacks by bandits, rustlers and insurgents leave the only conclusion that the people of the North are now completely at the mercy of armed gangs who roam towns and villages at will, wreaking havoc.

It would appear that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and governors have lost control over the imperatives of protecting people of the North, a constitutional duty that they swore to uphold.

The situation is getting worse literally by the day. Bandits and insurgents appear to sense a huge vacuum in political will and capacity, which they exploit with disastrous consequences on communities and individuals.”

The statement further reads:

“It is no exaggeration to say that the people of the North have never experienced this level of exposure to criminals who attack, kill, maim, rape, kidnap, burn villages and rustle cattle, while President Buhari issues threats and promises that have no effect.”

Professor Abdullahi cited instances where armed bandits have taken initiative, after studying the lack of capacity of Government to protect its people, noting that

“The situation under which our communities from Kogi to Borno States, from Sokoto to Taraba States live is no longer tolerable”.

As a responsible body, the Forum has joined millions of others in prayers and in giving advise and encouragement to all authorities that have responsibility to protect our communities.It is now time to say, enough is enough.”

“ Our people are known for their patience and respect for constituted authorities, but all governments must be aware by now that all Northerners have been pushed to the wall. The Forum is aware that some citizens are contemplating peaceful protests, which are their constitutional rights, to draw attention of President Buhari and all levels of authority to the plight of people of the North.”

“ The Forum urges all citizens to conduct themselves in peaceful and responsible manner, and it urges governments to respect the rights of citizens to express their opinions peacefully. The Forum is also consulting other groups and organizations which share its goals and concerns to lend our voices to the demands for action and relief from the unremitting assaults on our lives and livelihood as Northerners.”

“The Forum reminds President Muhammadu Buhari that provision of security and pursuit of economic welfare of citizens are the only two constitutional responsibilities of the state which all leaders must achieve.”

Said Abdullahi: “Our current circumstances in the North clearly demonstrate that President Buhari’s administration has woefully failed to achieve either. This is unacceptable. We demand an immediate and comprehensive improvement of our security in the North”.

Professor Ango Abdullahi, Chairman, Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Nigeria.

“ We are tired of excuses and verbal threats which criminals laugh at, and our fellow citizens see as a clear failure of leadership which they see as part of them. Enough is enough”, he added.

Autonomy: FG No Turning Back ON The President’s Executive Order

The Committee on the implementation of the Executive Order 0010 by President Muhammadu Buhari on autonomy to State Legislature and Judiciary, the Federal Government declared on Tuesday that there will be no going back.

As the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), said the current administration will work with Governors on modalities for effective implementation of the order.

Malami said the implementation Committee will incorporate valuable submissions from the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and other stakeholders.

He further said the Federal Government has appreciated the fact that the governors have agreed to the constitutionality of the state Legislature and the Judiciary.

He said the government came out with the Executive Order No- 0010 in order to deepen democracy from grassroots and ensure effective implementation of the doctrine of separation of powers.

He made the clarifications in a statement in Abuja through his Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Dr. Umar Jibrilu Gwandu.

The clarifications became necessary against the backdrop of claims by the governors that President Buhari had halted action on the implementation of the autonomy.

But Malami said the Federal Government only wanted submissions from the governors and other stakeholders.

He said the granting of autonomy to State Legislature and the Judiciary is sacrosanct.

He said: “The re-enforcement of the constitutional provisions on the autonomy of the state legislature and judiciary as contained in Section 121(3) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria necessitated the Executive Order No 0010.”

He said the government noted “with appreciation that the Governors of the 36 States of the Federation have agreed to the constitutionality of the autonomy of the state legislature and the Judiciary.”

He said: “The essence of the Order was to see to the implementation of the autonomy.”

The statement added: “While congratulating Nigerians on this landmark historic achievement geared toward engendering democratic principles at the grassroots, the Minister called on more inter-agency support for the Order which he said will accelerate development Nigerian masses have been clamoring for.

“In furtherance of the implementation of the Order, the Federal Government and Nigerian Governors’ Forum are jointly working on modalities for effective implementation of the order.

“The Executive Order implementation Committee will incorporate valuable submissions from Governor’s Forum and other stakeholders with a view to seeing practicable implementation of the Executive Order.”

Shortly after an audience with the President on Monday, the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), Dr. Kayode Fayemi said: “After listening to the concerns of the governors about the constitutionality of the Executive Order, President Buhari agreed to delay the gazetting.

“We have a delegation of the governors’ forum here to discuss some matters of fundamental importance to the nation and the President has asked that we meet with the AGF, the Chief of Staff and the Minister of Finance Planning and Budget on the issue.

It is an issue that has seized the interest of many of you in the media and a lot of people across the federation, it is about the autonomy of the state legislature and the judiciary and we’ve met with the President before now on it and the President was very pleased that for us as governors, we are all united in support of the autonomy of State judiciary and the legislature; that’s the position of the 36 governors of the federation.

What is the issue? It is on the constitutionality of the modalities of what had been put in the Executive Order and the President was gracious enough to say okay, given your concerns about that, we will delay the gazetting of the order and allow you to meet with the AGF and Finance Minister to work out the modalities.”

“In any case, we have been meeting at our level with the Conference of Speakers. The Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, Governor Tambuwal of Sokoto State, was delegated to lead a number of governors who have gained legislative experience either because they were in the House of Representatives or they were Speakers of State Assemblies, or they were senators and that committee has been meeting with a delegation of the Conference of Speakers, working out the modalities and we believe that all of that would be settled amicably without any resort to court.” He concluded.