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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

Kwara State Govt uncovers 2000 fake NCE certificate Holders in the Civil Service

Kwara uncovers 2000 fake NCE certificate in the Civil Service

The authorities of the Kwara State College of Education, Ilorin have discovered about 2000 fake National Certificate of Education (NCE) allegedly issued in the name of the institution.

Some of the certificates were tendered as genuine in government agencies and establishments for employment.

The Provost of the College, Professor Yusuf AbdulRaheem, who disclosed this in an exclusive interview with The Herald in Ilorin on Thursday, alleged that some staff of the institution were responsible for issuance of the counterfeit results.

AbdulRaheem informed that the college had detailed the Department of State Service to trail one of the suspects, who he identified as a dismissed staff of the institution.

EFCC traces salaries of additional 400 ghost workers to private account in Kwara

EFCC traces salaries of additional 400 ghost workers to private account in Kwara

Ilorin zonal office of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has accused chairman, Nigerian Union of Teachers (NUT), Kwara State and the permanent secretary, the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), among others, of diverting a sum of N31 million meant for payment of teachers’ salaries.

A statement by the Head, Media and Publicity of the commission, Mr Dele Oyewale, on Friday said that the money meant for payment of over 400 teachers working with the Kwara SUBEB, was allegedly shared by the suspects.

It will be recalled that the commission had last week said it discovered about 1,000 ghost workers, allegedly smuggled into the payroll of the Kwara SUBEB.

“Other beneficiaries in the said financial infractions include Director of Finance, SUBEB, the state coordinator of the NUT, and the controller of Finance of the State Universal Basic Education Board.

“While giving an analysis of how the funds were shared, the state chairman of NUT told the operatives of the EFCC that, “The sum of N12 million was paid into an account operated by me and others, the money was actually not supposed to come, when the cash hit the account, I withdrew it and gave it to SUBEB officials, they gave us N3 million for free and we shared it among ourselves.

“We also received another N19 million, I withdrew N4 million from it, I used N1.5 million for clearing and interlocking of our quarters, the remaining N2.5 million is still with me’.

“The operatives then asked the embattled NUT chairman, “The clearing and interlocking you did, do you have receipts for this transaction?’, he answered, “No”.

It will be recalled that the commission had last week said it discovered about 1,000 ghost workers, allegedly smuggled into the payroll of the Kwara SUBEB.

The statement said that all the suspects are expected to be arraigned immediately after the conclusion of the ongoing investigation.

Kwara State: EFCC Uncovers Additional 400 Ghost Workers In KWARA Work Force

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Friday, June 19, 2020 uncovered 400 fresh ghost workers in Kwara state.

At the Ilorin Zonal Office of the Commission, N31,000,000 (Thirty One Million Naira only), meant for the payment of salaries of the ghost workers, was allegedly shared by the Chairman, Nigerian Union of Teachers, NUT, Kwara State, Salihu Idris Toyin and the Permanent Secretary, State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB, Bayo Audu Onimago, among others.

Other beneficiaries of the money include, Director of Finance, SUBEB, Ahmed Husain, Coordinator, NUJ, Kwara State, Tijani Idris and Controller of Finance, SUBEB, Omole John.

In a confessional account of how the money was shared, Toyin told operatives of the EFCC that “A sum of N12million was paid into an account operated by me and others, the money was actually not supposed to come but when the cash hit the account, I withdrew it and gave it to SUBEB Officials, they gave us N3million for free and we shared it among ourselves.”

“We also received another N19million. I withdrew N4million from it, I used N1.5million for clearing and interlocking of our quarters, the remaining N2.5million is still with me”.

Toyin also said that the money he used for the clearing and interlocking of the quarters was not receipted.

It would be recalled that the EFCC, last week announced the uncovering of about 1000 ghost workers allegedly smuggled into the payroll of the Kwara State Universal Basic Education Board.

All the suspects would be charged to court as soon as investigations are concluded.

FOOD SECURITY: Kwara State subsidises tractors to farmers

FOOD SECURITY: KWARA STATE SUBSIDISES TRACTORS TO FARMERS – DAILY WATCH PRESS

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Kwara State, Mr. Rafiu Ajakaye, today 9th June, 2020, in a statement said the Kwara State Government has flagged off the distribution of tractors to farmers at subsidised rates as part of its strategies to strengthen large scale farming, boost food security, and lessen poverty rate in the state.

The government is deploying no less than 50 tractors for distribution to farmers at N10,000 per hectare of land — about N6,000 less than the market cost of hiring the machinery from private firms.

AbdulQowiy Olododo, Technical Assistant to the Governor on Agriculture, told reporters at the weekend at a flag off ceremony in Lafiagi that the distribution is taking place under the government’s “Tractorization Subsidy Scheme” to boost food production in the state.

“This is the first phase of our interventions to the farmers and we will move from tractorization to supplying input to the farmers – seeds and fertilisers – to boost yields,” Olododo said in Lafiagi where eight tractors were deployed to farmers in Edu local government area of the state.

“This is in fulfilment of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s electoral promise to support local farmers in the state. Secondly, we took this step because we are envisaging that there could be food shortage as a result of ravaging COVID-19. So, this is one of the ways we think we can upscale food production in Kwara State.”

Olododo said the initiative is to support both the subsistence and commercial farmers in Kwara State to boost their production for this season at heavily subsidised rate of N10,000 per hectare each for ploughing, ridging and harrowing.

Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Job Creation, Alhassan Aliyu, for his part, disclosed that 50 tractors had been acquired by the government for distribution to all local government areas based on request.

On her part, a member of the state Task Force on the Implementation of the Tractorization Subsidy Scheme and Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Sustainable Development Goals, Dr Jamila Bio-Ibrahim, said the scheme was in line with Goal Two of the SDGs which is eradicating hunger, improve nutrition, and food security and at the same time promote sustainable agriculture in the state.

“Agricultural mechanisation will improve yields, address nutrition issues and food security in the state,” she said.

Bio-Ibrahim urged the farmers to take advantage of the subsided tractors to improve yields so as to encourage the government to do more.

Muhammad Shaaba Lafiagi, a farmer in Lafiagi, thanked the state government for the initiative, saying the tractors would improve their production this year.

“It’s been a very long time we got such support from the state government. This will help us greatly and bring development. We are optimistic that we will get more support from the government,” said Shaaba Lafiagi.

The scheme had earlier kickstarted in Moro local government, and is to be launched in Kwara South and Kwara Central in the next few days.

This comes barely two weeks after Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Adenike Afolabi-Oshatimehin flagged off the 2020 planting season during which the government offered technical supports to local farmers in the state.

The Farmers admitted that in their words, “It’s been long we got such support”. This is in keeping with the government agricultural policy.