Political Figures of the Week

Shefiu Muib
By Muib Shefiu 5 Min Read

This week has been marked by significant actions and decisions from several prominent political figures across Nigeria.

These leaders have focused on education, agriculture, and worker welfare, showcasing their commitment to their respective sectors and constituencies.

Here’s a detailed look at the political figures making headlines this week.

 Alex Otti

 Abia State Governor, Alex Otti, has taken a commendable step towards supporting education by approving the payment of school fees for Abia students studying in India and those in Nigerian Law Schools.

This decision addresses the negligence of the previous administration and highlights Otti’s dedication to ensuring that Abia students can continue their education uninterrupted.

Announcing this initiative, the State Commissioner for Information and Culture, Prince Okey Kanu, emphasized the governor’s high regard for education and student welfare.

This move not only provides immediate financial relief to the students but also reinforces Otti’s commitment to prioritizing education in his administration.

Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya

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Governor Alhaji Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State has launched a significant agricultural initiative by flagging off the sale and distribution of subsidized fertilizers for the 2024 wet season.

This program aims to boost agriculture in the state, ensuring food security and supporting farmers. Yahaya’s plan includes selling 50% of the fertilizer directly to farmers and the other 50% through cooperative societies, with repayment options through harvests.

Additionally, a 50% discount on fertilizers ensures affordability, reflecting Yahaya’s commitment to making agricultural resources accessible to all farmers in Gombe State.

This initiative aligns with the federal government’s Renewed Hope agenda, emphasizing the importance of agriculture in Nigeria’s economic stability.

Seyi Makinde

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Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State continues to prioritize education by disbursing a N3.5 billion educational support grant to 105 primary schools in rural areas.

This grant, part of the World Bank’s Better Education Service Delivery for All – Additional Funding (BESDA-AF) project, aims to increase access to education, improve literacy, and strengthen accountability in basic education.

Speaking through Deputy Governor Bayo Lawal, Makinde highlighted the government’s commitment to education despite challenges. The grant will fund the renovation of primary schools, ensuring that students have conducive learning environments.

Makinde’s initiative underscores his administration’s dedication to improving education standards and accessibility across Oyo State.

 Hyacinth Alia

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Benue State Governor, Rev Fr. Hyacinth Alia, has announced a new policy to pay state workers’ salaries on the 22nd of every month, a shift from the previous practice of paying on the 25th.

Known as “Mr. 25th” for his reliable salary payments, Alia’s decision to advance the payment date aims to improve the standard of living for Benue’s workers.

This announcement, made during his thank-you tour in Gboko, highlights Alia’s ongoing commitment to the welfare of state employees. By ensuring timely salary payments, Alia seeks to enhance financial stability and morale among Benue’s workforce.

Dapo Abiodun

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Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has taken a proactive step to support agriculture by allocating farmlands to 26 members of the state House of Assembly.

This allocation, part of Abiodun’s broader initiative to enhance food security, aims to involve lawmakers directly in agricultural activities.

By presenting allocation letters at a ceremony in Abeokuta, Abiodun reiterated his commitment to making Ogun State a major agricultural hub.

This initiative aligns with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda, emphasizing the importance of agriculture in ensuring food security and economic growth.

By empowering legislators to contribute to agricultural production, Abiodun seeks to foster a collaborative approach to state development.


The actions and decisions of these political figures highlight their dedication to addressing key issues in education, agriculture, and worker welfare.

Through targeted initiatives and strategic policies, they are working towards improving the lives of their constituents and enhancing the overall development of their states.

As these leaders continue to implement their visions, their efforts will play a crucial role in shaping Nigeria’s socio-economic landscape.

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