Category: PRESS CONFERENCE

SUSTAINABLE QUALITY EDUCATION: A TICKET OUT OF POVERTY By Professor Kingsley Moghalu

SUSTAINABLE QUALITY EDUCATION: A TICKET OUT OF POVERTY By Professor Kingsley Moghalu

This being the text of the keynote speech by Professor Kingsley Moghalu, Presidential Candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), at the maiden seminar by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun (FUPRE), Delta State, on October 24th, 2018. Read More

REACTION TO THE RECENTLY FORMED COALITION OF UNITED POLITICAL PARTIES (CUPP)

REACTION TO THE RECENTLY FORMED COALITION OF UNITED POLITICAL PARTIES (CUPP)

PRESS CONFERENCE ADDRESSED BY THE NATIONAL PUBLICITY SECRETARY OF THE YOUNG PROGRESSIVE PARTY (YPP), COMRADE EGBEOLA WALE MARTINS IN REACTION TO THE RECENTLY FORMED COALITION OF UNITED POLITICAL PARTIES (CUPP).

All protocols duly ascertained.

1. We have painstakingly analysed political events in the last 48hours especially as it borders on the coming together of about 40 political parties including the PDP and APC to form a coalition known as the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) and wish to state unequivocally that the Young Progressive Party (YPP) is not a part of this alliance.

2. While we acknowledge the the democratic rights of political parties to synergize, it is our firm conviction that the focal point of any such cooperation should be the interest of Nigeria however when the crave for power, hate, selfish ambition and desperation becomes the motivation for such alliances then there is a need for Nigerians to be wary in order to completely avoid a dèjà vu.

3. May we remind Nigerians that there was a similar awkward alliance by strange political bird fellows in 2014 whose only interest was to wrestle power from the incumbent but only for us to discover their high level unpreparedness for governance in the first place and same scenario is about repeating itself hence, we cannot afford to allow these “dealers” who have come together to bargain who gets what from what is left of Nigeria to deceive us again.

4. Moreover, it is even an insult on our collective intelligence as Nigerians for the same characters who have been in the political space for over four decades especially from 1999 till date and known to be responsible for all kinds of demeaning statistics about Nigeria such as the nation with the highest rate of poverty, out of school children, maternal and infant mortality to mention but a few have suddenly become the symbol of moral rectitude and hope that can pull our nation out of this current murky waters of underdevelopment plunged into in the first place by them.

5. Enough of trading with Nigeria as if she were a commodity. There is no PDP or APC, patriots or victimized but what exist is the haves and have-nots and Nigeria may remain at the same spot or even worse if we continue to look helplessly without fighting for the soul of our great nation from these oppressors who are driven by greed.

6. What we need is a total departure from the old order. We need something fresh, inspiring and daring for Nigeria to exit same circle of rat race she has found herself for almost six decades. Nothing will change until we dare to do things differently in order to get a different and rewarding result.

7. The Young Progressive Party (YPP) is undaunted, resolute and want to use this medium to reassure Nigerians that we will not join forces with those responsible for our present quagmire and neither would it be said of our party when posterity beckons that we were part of those who mortgaged the future of Nigeria.

8. The once hazy political atmosphere is now becoming clearer and we are beginning to understand the stance of individuals and political parties in project Nigeria however the Young Progressive Party (YPP) make bold to say our party remains the only unpolluted and credible platform for all Nigerians both young and old who are tired of the current status quo. Join us today in this rescue mission of salvaging Nigeria from those who are bent on strangulating her.

Signed:

Comrade Egbeola Olawale Martins
National Publicity Secretary.

THE CONCEPT OF RESTRUCTURING: THE NEED FOR A HOLISTIC APPROACH.

THE CONCEPT OF RESTRUCTURING: THE NEED FOR A HOLISTIC APPROACH.

July 6, 2018.

THE CONCEPT OF RESTRUCTURING: THE NEED FOR A HOLISTIC APPROACH.

Ironically, the ruling party already defined restructuring by her slogan of “CHANGE”, which simply means doing things differently by altering or changing a system in order to make it work more effectively. Why the concept now seems hazy or too difficult to understand let alone implement by the APC despite being one of their cardinal campaign promises is a discussion for another day.

However, YPP believes that restructuring should be holistic. Beyond the clamour for devolution of more powers to States and resource control by same, we are of the opinion that “leadership and citizenship restructuring” should be at the heart of any discourse that borders on restructuring as the present clamour for restructuring is as a result of failed leadership, which has led to increased poverty, unemployment and incessant killings.

Failure to acknowledge the importance of leadership and citizenship restructuring would mean we have only succeeded in decentralising our problems as the age long agitation of marginalization will continue at the component units.

In as much as restructuring is important, it only succeeded in the first republic and years before the coup of 1966 because we had visionary, focused and less greedy leaders in the mold of Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe and Sir Ahmadu Bello. These leaders were able to drive development through ingenuity and innovation anchored on unparalleled selfless service. They also had vibrant and engaging citizens who were not docile but fully participated in governance while simultaneoulsy holding these leaders to account.

Sadly, we have more thieves than we had in the 50’s & 60’s who operates like emperors and are not held accountable. We have myopic, stereotyped and self-centred leaders who have failed to see the big picture or have a global view of where Nigeria should be in the next 10, 20 or 30years but are rather concerned about smaller pictures of ethnicity and religion. Developed countries got to where they are today because of their understanding of the concept of globalization, which explains why they always want to attract the best of global citizens irrespective of creed or race provided they have the capacity to add value.

A system does not work in isolation. You need people to operate the system that will become operational as a result of restructuring and since we would not go to heaven to bring angels to operate the system but same Nigerians, it will suffice to say unless the mental state of our leaders and citizens is restructured, we may end up making little progress after restructuring the system as the exercise would have only amounted to the decentralisation of our current challenges.

Restructuring in our view should be aimed at drastically reducing the cost of governance, promote human & infrastructural development, good governance, the rule of law, citizens participation in governance and effectively enhance the protection of lives & property. Any proposition adverse to the above will be an attempt to worsen the already precarious situation. This is why we fault the creation of more States in the 2014 Confab report as this will lead expansion of unnecessary bureaucracies and increased cost of governance that our scarce resources can no longer accommodate.

In addition to the aforementioned:
1. We don’t need two chambers of the National Assembly as it is sheer waste of scarce resources and members of the single chamber should also be on part time.

2. On resource control or derivation, our position is more on how scarce resources allocated or controlled are being utilized by leadership at all strata.

3. We support State Police and matters bordering on the Police should be on the concurrent list so that States can be able to solve their peculiar security challenges and Governors can be held liable as chief security officers for failure.

Comrade Egbeola Olawale Martins
National Publicity Secretary.

PRESS RELEASE – DEMOCRACY DAY MESSAGE

PRESS RELEASE – DEMOCRACY DAY MESSAGE

I PRESS RELEASE I

MAY 29, 2018

DEMOCRACY DAY MESSAGE TO ALL NIGERIANS BY THE YOUNG PROGRESSIVE PARTY (YPP).

The Young Progressive Party heartily felicitate with all Nigerians on the occasion of this year’s democracy day celebration marking 19 years of uninterrupted democratic rule, which is the longest and most tumultuous we have ever experienced as a nation.

While 19 years of democracy may not have delivered to us the desired dividends in terms of rapid socio-economic and political development, the fact that democracy is still in existence in Nigeria is a bright side worth reflecting upon despite our obvious challenges. As a party, we hold the strong view that the worst democratic government is better than the best military government and trading the former for the latter will never be an option worth contemplating.

While we agree that we are not where we want to be as a nation, we may also be forced to acknowledge that we are not where we use to be even though our speed and approach to development leaves much to be desired.

We want to implore all Nigerians to continue to keep faith with the nation, remain law abiding, get involved in governance and learn to hold our leaders accountable as the concise explanation on why we have not been able to experience real development in spite of our rich human capital resource is due to massive deficit in leadership capital.

May we also use this annual occasion to assure Nigerians of our commitment to change this leadership deficit trajectory as we continue as a movement to breed young political leaders without greed armed with a global mental picture of how Nigeria should be, which is a country driven by knowledge.

Join our movement today on:

www.ypp.ng
fb: @yppnational
Twitter: @yppnational
Instagram: @yppnational

Signed:

Comrade Egbeola Wale Martins
National Publicity Secretary.

PRESS STATEMENT – THE STANCE OF YPP ON THE MOVE BY A RIVAL POLITICAL PARTY TO DEREGISTER OUR GREAT PARTY

PRESS STATEMENT – THE STANCE OF YPP ON THE MOVE BY A RIVAL POLITICAL PARTY TO DEREGISTER OUR GREAT PARTY

I PRESS STATEMENT I

May 30, 2018.

THE STANCE OF YPP ON THE MOVE BY A RIVAL POLITICAL PARTY TO DEREGISTER OUR GREAT PARTY.

1. It has come to our notice the news making the rounds on several media platforms on the move by a rival political party, the Young Democratic Party (YDP) to deregister our great party, the Young Progressive Party (YPP) on the basis of our party’s acronym and we consider it appropriate to respond in order to put things in proper perspective.

2. In as much as we would not have dignified a moribund entity seeking relevance with a response owing to the fact that the matter is already in court, we are however compelled to respond in order not to be seen as aiding the shenanigans of some characters hiding under the platform of a political party.

3. We are amazed that while serious minded political parties are busy consulting, engaging and propagating their manifestos to Nigerians, the Young Democratic Party (YDP) on the other hand had been busy engaging in a wild goose chase that will only end in futility and shame as the case instituted against the Young Progressive Party (YPP) as regards its acronym is baseless and lacks merit.

4. While we are not unaware of the possibility of envy as the impetus for this latest action owing to our party’s rise to prominence in just 10 months due to vision, hardwork and resilience, it is however laughable that a so called political party in Nigeria will stoop so low and begin to engage in mindless games, which neither strengthen nor add value to our democracy.

5. May we also inform all our members that our legal team is already handling the matter and and their collective view can be encapsulated in one sentence “the case is dead on arrival”

6. The task ahead is enormous and we can not afford to remove our gaze from the ultimate goal and that is why we are imploring our teeming members to remain focused, tenacious and continue to consolidate on our impressive achievements thus far recorded as this childishness from the Young Democratic Party (YDP) is a needless distraction that is not worth our precious time.

Signed:

Comrade Egbeola Wale Martins
National Publicity Secretary.