Ngige at 68: NLC describes him as great man



The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), has described Sen. Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, as a great man as he marked his 68th birthday.

Mr Ayuba Wabba, the NLC President said this in a tribute to facilitate with the minister in Abuja on Saturday.

He said: “on behalf of the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), I wish to extend our felicitations to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen. Chris Ngige, on his 68th birthday Anniversary.

“It is indeed no mean feat to add another year to the very eventful life of a man who has accomplished so much.

“Ngige has carved out a niche for himself in the minds of many Nigerians as a dogged fighter who shows no qualms fighting for whatever cause he believes in.

“He demonstrated this trait very manifestly in Anambra State where he announced his emergence in national politics.

“It takes only a giant of a man to confront and defeat the political pantheon in Anambra State and their benefactors in higher reaches of power who wanted to keep Anambra State as a prized trophy,” he said.

The minister went on to deliver excellent services to the ordinary Anambrarians whose cause he chose to identify with rather than the whims and caprices of a ravenous political elite,” he said.

Wabba added that rising as a silhouette from a humble background, Ngige’s profile has grown from a greenhorn medical doctor to an accomplished career civil servant and to a seasoned politician.

He noted that Ngige had tasted many important political offices in the country, from a Governor to a Senator and now a two-term Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He also said that as the Minister of Labour and Employment, Nigerian workers have had both thrilling, tepid and tensed times with him, adding that one should expect no less given the fighter that he is.

“Through our checkered relationship and piercing through the veil of our different persuasions, one thing has stood out very clear.

“Dr Chris Ngige has demonstrated one consistent character which is the penchant of leaving the door of frank discussions, open negotiations, and genuine reconciliation open.

“These are the traits of a truly great man. As we celebrate with our Minister today, Aug. 8, 2020, we pray that the good Lord will keep him stronger, healthier and wiser.

“Nigerian workers will need his energy and wisdom as we navigate through the murky and uncharted waters imposed on us by COVID-19,” he said.

Edited By: Cecilia Ologunagba/-Donald Ugwu (NAN)


New Niger NSCDC Commandant assumes duty in Minna



Mr Haruna Zurmi, the new Commandant of  the Niger Command of the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has assumed duty in Minna.

The Command’s Public Relations Officer, ASCI Nasiru Abdullahi, said this in a statement on Wednesday in Minna.

According to him, Zurmi takes over from Mr George Edem who has been redeployed to Edo as Commandant.

He said that the new commandant urged officers and men of the command to be resilient in intelligence gathering and to be committed to their duties.

The spokesman said that the new commandant also reiterated his readiness to work round the clock to tackle crimes in the state.

He also called on officers and men of the command to stand up to their responsibilities.








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2020 NSF: Ondo coach vows to retain male volleyball title



Adeniyi Adelaku, Ondo State Volleyball Coach, says his team plans to retain its title as the defending champions in the male category at the forthcoming 2020 National Sports Festival, slated for Benin, Edo.

Adekalu told the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja that the team has been training for three weeks in preparation for the festival.

He said the team was not ready to leave the title to any other team, adding that the team was focused on retaining the title.

According to the coach, the team is currently training with 12 players in Akure.

“The players were training individually during the COVID-19 lockdown, I gave them a training schedule to follow based on their abilities.

“Everyone one of them was training and working individually on his weak areas; I was also checking and monitoring how they were training.

” I usually use our past experiences and mistakes to correct and  prepare them ahead of any competition.

“We all know that other teams will also want to take over our current position, but we will fight well to maintain  our title and  show our supremacy in the game,” he said.

NAN reports that Ondo state defeated Plateau 3-1 to emerge champions at the 2018 National Sports Festival in Abuja.

The State placed 10th on the medal table at the Abuja National Sports Festival.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo/Ali Baba-Inuwa
Source: NAN
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BBNaija 2020: Presenter reveals how winner will emerge



Mr Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, the presenter of the 2020 Big Brother Naija Reality Show Season Five ‘Lockdown’, says a grand winner, will emerge through number of votes accrued to a housemate.

Obi-Uchendu disclosed this on his official twitter page @Ebuka, where he wrote “How your favorite BBNAIJA housemate will ‘fly’ into the top spot on Sunday…But only if you vote”.

The Big Brother Lockdown Season five which started on July 19, with 20 housemates is gradually coming to an end leaving only five housemates to jostle for the N85 million grand prize.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the BBNaija season five would end on Sunday Sept. 27.

The successful housemates that have scaled through to the final are Laycon, Dorathy, Neo, Nengi and Vee.

Meanwhile, Laycon fans solicit for more votes for him as Aderibigbe Abayomi wrote “Don’t take your eyes off the price.

“The ultimate goal is to massively vote Laycon to win the top price. Please, keep voting Laycon It ain’t over till the N85m is won.

VOTE Laycon”.

The breakdown of the grand prize for BBNaija season five includes N30 million cash prize; a two-bedroom apartment courtesy Revolution Plus; a top of the range SUV from Nigerian automaker, Innoson Motors; a trip to Dublin courtesy Guinness; home appliances courtesy Scanfrost.

Others are a trip to Dubai packaged by Travelbeta; a year’s supply of Indomie noodles, Munch it, and Colgate toothpaste; a year’s supply of Pepsi, a branded chiller, trip to watch the UEFA Champions League finale; and a brand new Oppo mobile smartphone.

In 2019, the BBNaija winner, Mercy Eke, won N30 million prize money, as well as other mouth-watering gifts.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
Source: NAN
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Coalition commends Buhari for signing Police Bill 2020 into law



The Coalition of Public Interest Lawyers and Advocates (COPA), a Human Rights, pro- democracy and good governance group has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for signing into law the Nigeria Police Act, 2020.

The coalition in a statement by its convener Mr Pelumi Olajengbesi on Wednesday in Abuja applauded the president saying the signing was timeous.

It would be recalled that President Buhari on Sept. 17 signed the police bill into law to enhance professionalism in their administration and regulation in the country.

The new law among other things provides for a more effective and well organised police force driven by the principles of transparency and accountability in its operations and management of its resources.

It also enables and establishes an appropriate funding framework for the Police in line with what is obtainable in other Federal Government key institutions to ensure appropriate funding for all Police formations.

Olajengbesi said that the police were at the heart of a seamless functioning of any political entity given its strategic role in the maintenance of law and order and as such must be preserved.

He noted that inadequate funding, lack of manpower, poor training and expertise in the police had continually been felt by Nigerians who had to bear the brunt of abuse of human rights, and so on.

“It remains puzzling that an agency as strategic as such has been allowed to labour for too long under the limitations of an anachronistic legislation that among other things did not reflect the reality of evolution over the years.

“We therefore commend all civil society organisations and individuals who have tirelessly sustained the clamour for a review of the enabling law governing the Nigeria Police.

“We particularly commend Mr Segun Awosanya, (Segalink) for his selfless role in advocating for the reforms which have so prominently featured in the new law,” he added.

He also commended the 9th National Assembly for midwifing a forward thinking legislation, while calling on the leadership of the Nigeria Police to ensure that the law yielded the desired result.

“We urge the Inspector-General of Police to set proper tone for this “new beginning” by ensuring that utmost compliance and application is given to the law.”

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
Source: NAN
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