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Images from the National Peace Walk organized by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Young Progressives Party (YPP)

Images from the National Peace Walk organized by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Young Progressives Party (YPP)

Images from the National Peace Walk organized by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) on February 19, 2020 led by its National Chairman, Comr. Bishop Amakiri with over a hundred party members to the National Assembly to advocate for Accountable Leadership, Restructuring, Rejig of the Security Architecture & above all “Electoral Reform”.

We had the opportunity to submit our letter of dissatisfaction and pragmatic solutions on the State of the Nation to the Senate President & Speaker of the House of Representatives respectively.

Our problems are known and the solution lies with President Muhammadu Buhari led APC, the National Assembly and indeed all Nigerians, if only we can summon the political will to act and the time is now.

Our Demands:

1. Urgent ELECTORAL REFORM as that is the only way out of our political & leadership misery.

2. Urgent RESTRUCTURING of the nation because it is the only way out of our present socio-economic woes.

3. Urgent REJIG OF THE CURRENT SECURITY ARCHITECTURE as it is one of the solutions to the worsening state of insecurity in the country.

LETTER OF PROTEST AND REQUEST TO SET IN MOTION LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS TO ADDRESS SOME OF THE DAUNTING CHALLENGES CURRENTLY THREATENING OUR CORPORATE EXISTENCE

LETTER OF PROTEST AND REQUEST TO SET IN MOTION LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS TO ADDRESS SOME OF THE DAUNTING CHALLENGES CURRENTLY THREATENING OUR CORPORATE EXISTENCE Featured

His Excellency,

Senator Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan

Office of the President of the Senate,

Federal Republic of Nigeria,

National Assembly Complex,

Three Arms Zone,

Abuja, FCT,

NIGERIA.

 

Your Excellency Sir,

 

LETTER OF PROTEST AND REQUEST TO SET IN MOTION LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS TO ADDRESS SOME OF THE DAUNTING CHALLENGES CURRENTLY THREATENING OUR CORPORATE EXISTENCE

We refer to the above matter concerning which we write to you for and on behalf of the Young Progressives Party (YPP).

Kindly be informed that the entire Leadership and Membership of the Young Progressives Party (YPP) nationwide is completely dis-satisfied, appalled, embarrassed and woefully disappointed in the manner President Muhammadu Buhari is steering the socio-economic and political ship of our great nation. This anguish is what has led to our call for a National Peace Walk today, February 19, 2020, to express our displeasure and also call the attention of critical stakeholders especially the National Assembly on the need for timely intervention in order to save our democracy and by extension Nigeria from imminent collapse.

 

OVERVIEW OF OUR CHALLENGES

It is no longer news that our country is currently regarded as the poverty capital of the world with the north accounting for 87% of all poor people in Nigeria according to the latest World Bank report titled “Advancing social protection in a dynamic Nigeria”. Nigeria is also ranked 158 out of 189 countries in the Human Development Index (HDI), thereby exposing the poor state of education, low per capita income and low rate of life expectancy.

Worse still is the number of out-of-school-children put at 13.2 million as at the last UBEC statistics, which is the highest in the world. The country has also not faired any better in the area of corruption as Nigeria is ranked 146 out of 180 countries thereby confirming our status as one of the most corrupt countries in the world in spite of the government’s hue and cry about fighting corruption since 2015.

According to the latest Global Terrorism Index, produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), Nigeria is ranked 3rd among 163 countries and only better than Afghanistan and Iraq in terms of countries with the greatest impact of terrorism. The state of insecurity has no doubt deteriorated in the last five years, with killer herdsmen, banditry, and kidnapping added to the list of our security challenges. Presently, no part of the country can be said to be completely safe as the failure of government is now propelling States in Nigeria to embrace regional cooperation in the area of security in order to quickly stem the tide of growing insecurity, which if not checked is capable of completely destroying the nation.

We deemed it fit to give the above statistics in order for you to understand the enormity of the challenges before us and the need for a quick intervention before the situation becomes irredeemable. There is no better way to define a failed state order than the facts highlighted above about Nigeria. The truth is that the country is on the brink of a dangerous situation and it is time for good men to rise above ethnoreligious and political divides to save Nigeria from the impending doom. 

While we do not completely doubt the capacity of President Muhammadu Buhari to deliver good governance, we are however disturbed that his leadership approach coupled with the sycophants around him may not enable him to deliver the Nigeria of our dreams. The future is getting bleak with each passing day as Nigerians, especially the youths, are beginning to lose hope in their fatherland. The general perception is that of gloom, sadness and hopelessness with no end in sight anytime soon.

 

THE SUDDEN PENCHANT FOR PROTEST BY LEADERS OF APC & PDP

The sudden penchant for protest at the gates of embassies of responsible nations by the leaders of the APC and PDP who have now taken absurdity to a whole new level is not only embarrassing but a mockery of the nation. They have quickly forgotten they are responsible for the current state of the nation while at the same time lacking in foresight to understand that they have the capacity to solve the very problems that may have led to their shameless protest.

Sadly, we all as citizens just like our leaders are also culpable in this conspiracy of nonchalance that has driven the nation to the precipice. We have the capacity to solve our problems if only we are willing to be involved as citizens to elect visionary leaders while also holding them accountable. Our problems are known and the solution lies with President Muhammadu Buhari led APC, the National Assembly and indeed all Nigerians, if only we can summon the political will to act now.

 

OUR PROPOSED SOLUTIONS

After painstaking analysis of our socio-economic and political challenges, the Young Progressives Party with a patriotic zeal hereby proffer the following solutions, which if considered and acted upon can solve some if not all our problems and lay the solid foundation upon which we can build. To this end, we call for urgent RESTRUCTURING of the nation because it is the only way out of our present socio-economic woes, urgent ELECTORAL REFORM as that is the only way out of our political & leadership misery and urgent REJIG OF THE CURRENT SECURITY ARCHITECTURE as it is one of the solutions to the worsening state of insecurity in the country.

 

NEED FOR URGENT RESTRUCTURING OF NIGERIA

No matter how we run away from discussing restructuring, it will always hunt us as a nation and we hope it won’t be too late before we realize it is the only way forward. The current structure is unsustainable and collapse is inevitable if we continue to build our imaginary skyscraper on the foundation of a bungalow. Our idea of restructuring is unambiguous as the problem with us as Nigerians is our constant viewing of every genuine intervention through the lens of ethnicity and religion, which ironically has been the bane of development in Nigeria. However, the kind of restructuring we propose must have the following:

 

  1. Ability to cut down the high cost of governance starting with the scrapping of the current bicameral legislature, drastic reduction in the numbers of MDAs and government appointees at all levels.

 

  1. Devolution of powers from the center to component units. The exclusive list, which has bestowed so many powers with little responsibility on the federal government, should be decongested starting with State Police, which is long overdue especially for States with capacity to embark on the project.

 

  1. States should be allowed to control their resources and remit to the center rather than the current “feeding bottle approach” being practiced. This should even be made easier with the latest discovery of oil in commercial quantity recently announced by the Hon. Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva. Ironically, the world is already looking beyond the oil economy.

 

NEED FOR URGENT ELECTORAL REFORM

Ironically, the shameless protest to the international community by leaders of the APC and PDP revolves around the flaws in our electoral laws. An electoral law that is incapable of helping us as a nation to produce true winners in an election, eliminate electoral fraud or violence but allows INEC to conduct elections while the court end up announcing the winners is one of the reasons for leadership failure in the last 20 years.

The two political parties have the needed critical mass in the National Assembly to amend our electoral laws so as to make it more responsive to our current challenges and extremely unnecessary for post-election litigation. In considering amendments to our electoral laws, the following should be considered:

 

  1. Legal backing should be given to the electronic transmission of results from all polling units during elections.

 

  1. Resolution of all pre-election litigation matters before every election.

 

  1. The setting up of an ELECTORAL CRIMES COMMISSION to investigate, arrest and prosecute offenders who subvert electoral laws or incite violence.

 

  1. Make punishment for violation of electoral laws more stringent.

 

NEED TO REJIG THE CURRENT SECURITY ARCHITECTURE

While we agree that the sacking of the current security chiefs may not completely resolve our security challenges, it has however become expedient that new hands should be brought on board to change the current strategy that may no longer be relevant in tackling this hydra-headed monster called terrorism.

We also support the ongoing Community Police Initiative and regional cooperation by states to end the lingering security challenges. There is no better time for the State Police than now as the command and control structure where the Commissioner of Police must take directives from Abuja, which has made Governors incapable of exercising their powers as Chief Security Officers of their respective States is no longer sustainable.

CONCLUSION

The National Assembly as at today is the only privileged arm of government with the constitutional powers to implement the aforementioned proposed solutions, which is why we appeal that the National Assembly should set in motion legislative actions that will help achieve the above in order to salvage the country.

 

Signed:

Comr. Bishop Amakiri                               Hon. (Barr.) Vidiyeno H. Bamaiyi

National Chairman                                    National Secretary

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

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

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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
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Signed:

Comrade Egbeola Wale Martins
National Publicity Secretary.