Nigeria is a blessed Country and everyone is anticipating the goodness. The more the expectations, the worse the country seem to turn out. As citizens of the country, we should be optimistic and full of hopes for a better country.
Many Nigerians while believing God for a better country lag behind in fulfilling the duties required of them as citizens. The Ordinary Ahmad Isah encouraged parents to train up their children so that they can have peace of mind in the future.
Hence, he quoted ‘prepare your children for the road; don’t prepare the road for your children’. In essence, while training them, let them realize that the road to success is bumpy and has lots of unavoidable challenges that they’ll need to encounter to quantify success.
The Ordinary President on behalf of well-meaning Nigerians appealed to the Nigerian Police Force to temper mercy with justice in tackling the case of bribery involving Sergeant Onuh Makedomu who was unavoidably caught negotiating bribe with a motorist. He was filmed while negotiating and receiving a bribe on duty.
It was gathered that the Sergeant was attached to 49 PMF but was on special duty with the Safer Highway patrol, Lagos. While the negotiation was on, he lied to have collected N5, 000 instead of N10, 000 from the vehicle owner whom he told to keep whatever ensued between them a secret as he was only trying to be of help.
In a statement given by the Force spokesperson, Mr. Frank Mba, he said the Police officer is currently ‘undergoing Room trial on a two-count charge of Discreditable Conduct and Corrupt Practices at the Provost department of the Lagos State Police Command’.
Ordinary Dr. Ahmad Isah commended the NPF for the good role it is playing to ensure that sanity is restored to the country. He said the accused official might have done that on the grounds of frustration. There might have been other factors contributing to this compromising act indulged in by the officer in question.
It is a well-known fact that many officers are not properly paid or catered for. As that is not a justifiable excuse for his actions, he should not be dismissed but properly punished as required.
If he is dismissed, he might end up being a nuisance and the essence of putting an end to poverty will not be fulfilled and the future of his children and family will be at stake because he will be limited. The appeal is that the law takes its just course but it should be fair.
Superintendent of Police, Salisu Agaisa said the Force has codes of conduct and whichever punishment suits his offense will be meted out eventually. The motorist has been commended and told to go to the Police Public Relations officer in Lagos to get a refund of the money retrieved from the accused. The Ordinary President also promised a refund.
The program hosted five aggrieved parents whose children were denied admission by the management of the University of Abuja despite the success recorded in the JUPEB exams that qualified them as candidates of the school.
The Joint Universities Preliminary Examinations Board (JUPEB) aims at providing alternative access to the tertiary institution. It is more like the body seeks to give succor to those who find it hard to secure admission into their chosen institution.
The affected children were reported to have excelled but were disappointed by the above-named institution. The Spokesperson for the parents, Mrs. Belinda explained that they paid over N200, 000 to register their kids for the program but they were all disappointed when the Vice-Chancellor, Professor AbdulRasheed Na’Allah emphatically stated that the university would not be admitting any of the candidates who chose the institution until next year. He further suggested that parents should try their luck in other schools.
Having explained carefully, the Ordinary President called Mr. Ben who is said to be in charge of the program at the University of Abuja. Mr. Ben said he is aware of the Parents’ pains but he cannot explain why the University management refused to grant the candidates admissions. He further explained that he had documents to back up his claims.
According to him, he was contracted by the University to carry out the program but the University’s refusal to do the needful is not his fault. Ordinary Dr.Ahmad Isah called out to those who have been treated unfairly by the management of the University of Abuja to come to the studio on Tuesday so that their cases can be presented before SERVICOM.
Tricycle operators perceived that the FCT administration is trying to extort them and tendered their complaints. They recognized that they have roles to play to avoid unnecessary billings and ‘extortions’.
Comrade Thomas Alli Danjuma who is the FCT Chairman of welfare and Operations of the Association of Tricycle Owners in Nigeria and Comrade Augustine Agbo, the National President of the Association complained against officials of the Vehicle Inspection Office of their intention to extort members of their association.
They alleged that annually, VIO officials ‘extort’ them between November and December. In their claims, they contributed during the Presidential election by providing five vehicles to aid campaign.
It is perceived thus that their contribution to the presidential campaign is being used as a leverage to disobey regulations guiding the FCT transport system. Against their claims, the Ordinary President said that many ‘keke’ riders are perpetrators of evil.
Asides that, they violate the transport regulations, that is instead of obeying and sticking to their accredited routes, many of them are found in areas not designated for them to ply. They were advised to talk to their members so that they don’t flout orders as there’s a need to purge themselves of the disobedient ones.
Ordinary Dr. Ahmad Isah said that like the Nigeria Police Force, sanity needs to be restored to the transport system in Abuja and Nigeria at large. Mr. Abubakar Sani, the Special Adviser, media to the FCT Minister, Muhammad Bello stated that the FCT administration does not have an extortion policy.
He said that as far as the administration is concerned, it supports anyone with a thriving business idea and not those who jump protocols to get things done illegally. Many tricyclists are guilty of breaching restrictive orders.
The law should be allowed to take its course and be effective and as citizens, the laws should be obeyed so that there will be a limit to chaos between ordinary citizens and government officials. The moment chaos comes in, there will be criminality and this can be very dangerous and unhealthy to the Nation’s development.