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  •  President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in Abuja met behind closed door with the leadership of the House of Representatives over the ongoing strike by the Academic staff union of universities ASUU The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila led officials of the Lower Chamber into the meeting Speaking to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting Gbajabiamila described the engagement with the president as very fruitful He disclosed that the president had pledged to look into the House s recommendations aimed at resolving the ongoing strike embarked upon by the university lecturers over eight months ago Mr President as usual has a very good listening ears He took the report of the House he accepted it we discussed it at length the details of the report He wanted to go through it himself We have another meeting on Thursday between our good selves and Mr President for his final decision he said The speaker stated that the recommendations submitted to the president were the outcomes of series of meetings with stakeholders in the nation s education sector According to Gbajabiamila the president has agreed to go through the report and asked for some days to digest it after which he will make a final decision by Thursday The speaker assured Nigerians that the ongoing strike by the lecturers would soon be over as both parties ASUU and the Federal Government had agreed to shift ground for the general good of the country NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU Strike: Buhari meets Gbajabiamila, pledges to look into Reps’ recommendations
     President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in Abuja met behind closed door with the leadership of the House of Representatives over the ongoing strike by the Academic staff union of universities ASUU The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila led officials of the Lower Chamber into the meeting Speaking to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting Gbajabiamila described the engagement with the president as very fruitful He disclosed that the president had pledged to look into the House s recommendations aimed at resolving the ongoing strike embarked upon by the university lecturers over eight months ago Mr President as usual has a very good listening ears He took the report of the House he accepted it we discussed it at length the details of the report He wanted to go through it himself We have another meeting on Thursday between our good selves and Mr President for his final decision he said The speaker stated that the recommendations submitted to the president were the outcomes of series of meetings with stakeholders in the nation s education sector According to Gbajabiamila the president has agreed to go through the report and asked for some days to digest it after which he will make a final decision by Thursday The speaker assured Nigerians that the ongoing strike by the lecturers would soon be over as both parties ASUU and the Federal Government had agreed to shift ground for the general good of the country NewsSourceCredit NAN
    ASUU Strike: Buhari meets Gbajabiamila, pledges to look into Reps’ recommendations
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    ASUU Strike: Buhari meets Gbajabiamila, pledges to look into Reps’ recommendations

    President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in Abuja met behind closed door with the leadership of the House of Representatives over the ongoing strike by the Academic staff union of universities (ASUU).

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, led officials of the  Lower Chamber into the meeting.

    Speaking to State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, Gbajabiamila described the engagement with the president as very fruitful.

    He disclosed that the president had pledged to look into the House’s recommendations aimed at resolving the ongoing strike embarked upon by the university lecturers over eight months ago.

    ”Mr President as usual has a very good listening ears.

    He took the report of the House, he accepted it, we discussed it at length – the details of the report.

    He wanted to go through it himself.

    ”We have another meeting on Thursday between our good selves and Mr President for his final decision,” he said.

    The speaker stated that the recommendations submitted to the president were the outcomes of series of meetings with stakeholders in the nation’s education sector.

    According to Gbajabiamila, the president has agreed to go through the report and asked for some days to digest it after which he will make a final decision by Thursday.

    The speaker assured Nigerians that the ongoing strike by the lecturers would soon be over as both parties (ASUU and the Federal Government) had agreed to shift ground for the general good of the country.


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  •  The Federal Government has called on members of the board of the Rural Electrification Agency REA to work in synergy to deliver on its mandate to provide electricity to rural dwellers Mr Inyali Peter Special Assistant Information and Communications to the Honourable Minister of State Power made this known in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday Inyali said that the Minister of State for Power Mr Goddy Jedy Agba made the call while inaugurating Mr Danlami Kurfi as the new Chairman of the governing board of the Rural Electrification Agency REA He said Kurfi replaced the former chairman of the board Mr Abdulazeez Yar Adua who resigned to contest for Katsina Central Senatorial District for the 2023 election Jedy Agba while urging the board members and management to work in synergy to deliver on their mandate warned against factionalisation or the creation of camps of any kind within the board or agency The minister said that the Federal Government wants synergy among board members and REA management adding that camps or factions in the board will not be accepted We don t want to hear that the board is fighting management or management is ill treating the board at all times You must be conscious of the fact that the essence of your appointment is to help government deliver on the mandate of the agency by providing rural dwellers access to reliable efficient and sustainable electricity he said While congratulating the new Chairman on his appointment he said that he had been around public service for some time According to him as a two term former House of Representatives member I am optimistic that he is the right person for the job I also thank Mr Mohammed Badamasy who acted as chairman while we were searching for a new chairman I urge you all board members to give the new chairman the same corporation you gave the former Chairman I know you re all very knowledgeable in the field of your assignments he said In his remarks the new Chairman of the board thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of State Power for finding him worthy of the appointment Kurfi said that the composition of the members of the board from across all areas of national interest was a true reflection of hope and a good combination that would enable them to deliver on its mandate He assured that the board under him will work with management and other relevant stakeholders to continue to assess opportunities to acquire businesses in key renewable energy areas across the country Editted by AbdulFatai Aregbesola NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG urges synergy to deliver electricity
     The Federal Government has called on members of the board of the Rural Electrification Agency REA to work in synergy to deliver on its mandate to provide electricity to rural dwellers Mr Inyali Peter Special Assistant Information and Communications to the Honourable Minister of State Power made this known in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday Inyali said that the Minister of State for Power Mr Goddy Jedy Agba made the call while inaugurating Mr Danlami Kurfi as the new Chairman of the governing board of the Rural Electrification Agency REA He said Kurfi replaced the former chairman of the board Mr Abdulazeez Yar Adua who resigned to contest for Katsina Central Senatorial District for the 2023 election Jedy Agba while urging the board members and management to work in synergy to deliver on their mandate warned against factionalisation or the creation of camps of any kind within the board or agency The minister said that the Federal Government wants synergy among board members and REA management adding that camps or factions in the board will not be accepted We don t want to hear that the board is fighting management or management is ill treating the board at all times You must be conscious of the fact that the essence of your appointment is to help government deliver on the mandate of the agency by providing rural dwellers access to reliable efficient and sustainable electricity he said While congratulating the new Chairman on his appointment he said that he had been around public service for some time According to him as a two term former House of Representatives member I am optimistic that he is the right person for the job I also thank Mr Mohammed Badamasy who acted as chairman while we were searching for a new chairman I urge you all board members to give the new chairman the same corporation you gave the former Chairman I know you re all very knowledgeable in the field of your assignments he said In his remarks the new Chairman of the board thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of State Power for finding him worthy of the appointment Kurfi said that the composition of the members of the board from across all areas of national interest was a true reflection of hope and a good combination that would enable them to deliver on its mandate He assured that the board under him will work with management and other relevant stakeholders to continue to assess opportunities to acquire businesses in key renewable energy areas across the country Editted by AbdulFatai Aregbesola NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG urges synergy to deliver electricity
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    FG urges synergy to deliver electricity

    The Federal Government has called on members of the board of the Rural Electrification Agency (REA) to work in synergy to deliver on its mandate to provide electricity to rural dwellers.

    Mr Inyali Peter, Special Assistant, Information and Communications to the Honourable Minister of State, Power made this known in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday.

    Inyali said that the Minister of State for Power, Mr  Goddy Jedy-Agba  made the call while inaugurating Mr Danlami Kurfi as the new Chairman of the governing board of the Rural Electrification Agency, (REA).

    He said Kurfi replaced the former chairman of the board,  Mr Abdulazeez Yar’Adua, who resigned to contest for  Katsina Central Senatorial District for the 2023 election.

    Jedy-Agba, while urging the board members and management to work in synergy to deliver on their mandate, warned against factionalisation or the creation of camps of any kind within the board or agency.

    The minister said that the Federal Government wants synergy among board members and  REA management adding that camps or factions in the board will not be accepted.

    ”We don’t want to hear that the board is fighting management or management is ill-treating the board, at all times.

    ”You must be conscious of the fact that the essence of your appointment is to help government deliver on the mandate of the agency by providing rural dwellers access to reliable, efficient and sustainable electricity”.

    he said.

    While congratulating the new Chairman on his appointment, he said that he had been around public service for some time.

    According to him, as a two-term former House of Representatives member, I am optimistic that he is the right person for the job.

    ” I also thank Mr Mohammed Badamasy, who acted as chairman while we were searching for a new chairman.

    ”I urge you all, board members, to give the new chairman the same corporation you gave the former Chairman.

    I know you’re all very knowledgeable in the field of your assignments,” he said.

    In his remarks,  the new Chairman of the board thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of State, Power for finding him worthy of the appointment.

    Kurfi said that the composition of the members of the board from across all areas of national interest was a true reflection of hope and a good combination that would enable them to deliver on its mandate.

    He assured that the board under him will work with management and other relevant stakeholders to continue to assess opportunities to acquire businesses in key renewable energy areas across the country.

    Editted by AbdulFatai Aregbesola
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  •  A Federal High Court in Umuahia Abia on Tuesday dismissed a suit filed by Mr Samuel Onuigbo as the winner of the All Progressive Congress APC Abia Central Senatorial primary election Onuigbo sued the APC the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC and Mr Emeka Atuma as 1st 2nd and 3rd defendants respectively over alleged substitution of his name with another name The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the suit marked 1132022 was filed on Onuigbo s behalf before Justice Evelyn Anyadike by his counsel Chief Emeka Obegolu SAN Onuigbo prayed the court to restrain his party from substituting his name for the 2023 election He also prayed the court to mandate the APC and INEC to immediately include his name as the candidate of the party after he emerged as the winner of primary election held between May 28 and May 29 Delivering judgment Justice Anyadike held that the election conducted on May 28 and May 29 was inconclusive She said that plaintiff tendered a result on the alleged election he purportedly won and signed by one Daniel Shuwan who was only a member of the committee Anyadike said that it was unlawful for a member of the committee to purportedly signed a document meant for the chairman and secretary The court held that the same Shuwan sworn to an affidavit that the primary election was rescheduled after May 28 and was eventually conducted on June 7 in which Atuma was declared the winner She said that the report by INEC was that of an election that was conducted on May 28 whereas there was no result for May 29 wherein he claimed it was concluded The presiding judge said that the exhibit tendered by the defendant showed that Mr Izuchukwu Okeke who was the chairman of the electoral committee his secretary and Shuwan all signed the June 7 result sheet The judge said that the plaintiff was unable to decide the burden of proof that he won the primary election This case has failed like a pack of cards and is hereby dismissed she said However the judged did not order INEC to upload the name of any candidate Counsel to the plaintiff in the originating summons had argued among others that Atuma was only an aspirant in the Abia APC governorship election but not did not participate in the senatorial primary He contended that Onuigbo contested against Chief Henry Ikoh and won in an election that was conducted by the APC electoral committee and duly monitored by INEC However the counsel to APC Prof Sam Erugo SAN urged the court to dismiss the suit for lacking in merit He had claimed that the party conducted another election in which Atuma emerged the winner on June 7 after the one held between May 28 and May 29 was declared inconclusive Erugo had contended that Atuma polled 200 votes as against Onuigbo in the June 7 election that was conducted by the party s national electoral committee The defence counsel had queried that the plaintiff presented a result sheet for May 28 for an election that was purportedly concluded on May 29 and which was not signed by the committee chairman and secretary He had demonstrated that some of the documents relied upon by the plaintiff were documents that were unhealthy to his case Reacting Atuma who was a former member of the House of Representatives hailed the court judgment saying that justice had prevailed at last Atuma who described Onuigbo as his brother being that both are from Ikwuano Local Government Area urged him to joined hands with him in working for the good of the people Also reacting Onuigbo said that he would study the judgment with his lawyer after which he would appeal NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Abia primary: Court rejects lawmaker Onuigbo’s suit against APC
     A Federal High Court in Umuahia Abia on Tuesday dismissed a suit filed by Mr Samuel Onuigbo as the winner of the All Progressive Congress APC Abia Central Senatorial primary election Onuigbo sued the APC the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC and Mr Emeka Atuma as 1st 2nd and 3rd defendants respectively over alleged substitution of his name with another name The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the suit marked 1132022 was filed on Onuigbo s behalf before Justice Evelyn Anyadike by his counsel Chief Emeka Obegolu SAN Onuigbo prayed the court to restrain his party from substituting his name for the 2023 election He also prayed the court to mandate the APC and INEC to immediately include his name as the candidate of the party after he emerged as the winner of primary election held between May 28 and May 29 Delivering judgment Justice Anyadike held that the election conducted on May 28 and May 29 was inconclusive She said that plaintiff tendered a result on the alleged election he purportedly won and signed by one Daniel Shuwan who was only a member of the committee Anyadike said that it was unlawful for a member of the committee to purportedly signed a document meant for the chairman and secretary The court held that the same Shuwan sworn to an affidavit that the primary election was rescheduled after May 28 and was eventually conducted on June 7 in which Atuma was declared the winner She said that the report by INEC was that of an election that was conducted on May 28 whereas there was no result for May 29 wherein he claimed it was concluded The presiding judge said that the exhibit tendered by the defendant showed that Mr Izuchukwu Okeke who was the chairman of the electoral committee his secretary and Shuwan all signed the June 7 result sheet The judge said that the plaintiff was unable to decide the burden of proof that he won the primary election This case has failed like a pack of cards and is hereby dismissed she said However the judged did not order INEC to upload the name of any candidate Counsel to the plaintiff in the originating summons had argued among others that Atuma was only an aspirant in the Abia APC governorship election but not did not participate in the senatorial primary He contended that Onuigbo contested against Chief Henry Ikoh and won in an election that was conducted by the APC electoral committee and duly monitored by INEC However the counsel to APC Prof Sam Erugo SAN urged the court to dismiss the suit for lacking in merit He had claimed that the party conducted another election in which Atuma emerged the winner on June 7 after the one held between May 28 and May 29 was declared inconclusive Erugo had contended that Atuma polled 200 votes as against Onuigbo in the June 7 election that was conducted by the party s national electoral committee The defence counsel had queried that the plaintiff presented a result sheet for May 28 for an election that was purportedly concluded on May 29 and which was not signed by the committee chairman and secretary He had demonstrated that some of the documents relied upon by the plaintiff were documents that were unhealthy to his case Reacting Atuma who was a former member of the House of Representatives hailed the court judgment saying that justice had prevailed at last Atuma who described Onuigbo as his brother being that both are from Ikwuano Local Government Area urged him to joined hands with him in working for the good of the people Also reacting Onuigbo said that he would study the judgment with his lawyer after which he would appeal NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Abia primary: Court rejects lawmaker Onuigbo’s suit against APC
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    Abia primary: Court rejects lawmaker Onuigbo’s suit against APC

    A Federal High Court in Umuahia, Abia, on Tuesday, dismissed a suit filed by Mr Samuel Onuigbo, as the winner of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Abia Central Senatorial primary election.

    Onuigbo sued the APC, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and Mr Emeka Atuma as 1st, 2nd and 3rd defendants respectively over alleged substitution of his name with another name.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the suit marked 1132022, was filed on Onuigbo’s behalf before Justice Evelyn Anyadike,  by his counsel, Chief Emeka Obegolu, SAN.

    Onuigbo prayed the court  to restrain his party from substituting his name for the 2023 election.

    He also prayed the court to mandate  the APC and INEC to immediately include his name as the candidate of the party after he emerged as the winner of primary election held between May 28 and May 29.Delivering judgment, Justice  Anyadike held that the election conducted on May 28 and May 29, was inconclusive.

    She said that plaintiff tendered a result on the alleged election he purportedly won and signed by one Daniel Shuwan, who was only a member of the committee.

    Anyadike said that it was unlawful for a member of the committee to purportedly signed  a document meant for the chairman and secretary.

    The court held that the same Shuwan sworn to an affidavit that the primary election was rescheduled  after May 28 and was eventually conducted on June 7, in which Atuma was declared the winner.

    She said that the report by INEC was that of an election that was conducted on May 28, whereas there was no result for  May 29, wherein he claimed it was concluded.

    The presiding judge said that the exhibit tendered by the defendant showed that Mr Izuchukwu Okeke, who was the chairman of the electoral committee, his secretary and Shuwan all signed the June 7 result sheet.

    The judge said that the plaintiff was unable to decide the burden of proof that he won the primary election.

    “This case has failed like a pack of cards and is hereby dismissed,” she said. 

    However, the judged did not order INEC to upload the name of any candidate.

    Counsel to the plaintiff in the originating summons, had argued among others, that Atuma was only an aspirant in the Abia APC governorship election but not did not participate in the senatorial primary.

    He contended that Onuigbo contested against Chief Henry Ikoh and  won in an election that was conducted by the APC electoral committee and duly monitored by INEC.

    However, the counsel to APC, Prof. Sam Erugo, SAN, urged the court to dismiss the suit for lacking in merit.

    He had claimed that the party conducted another election in which Atuma emerged the winner on June 7, after the one held between May 28 and May 29 was declared inconclusive.

    Erugo had contended that Atuma polled 200 votes as against Onuigbo in the June 7 election that was conducted by the party’s  national electoral committee.

    The defence counsel  had queried  that the plaintiff presented a result sheet for May 28, for an election that was purportedly concluded on May 29 and which was not signed by the committee chairman and secretary.

    He  had demonstrated that some of the documents relied upon by the plaintiff were  documents that were unhealthy to his case.

    Reacting, Atuma, who was a former member of the House of Representatives, hailed the court judgment, saying that justice had prevailed at last.

    Atuma, who described Onuigbo as his brother, being that both are from Ikwuano Local Government Area, urged him to joined hands with him in working for the good of the people.

    Also reacting, Onuigbo said that he would study the judgment with his lawyer after which he would appeal.


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  •  President Muhammadu Buhari will on Friday present the 2023 budget estimates to the joint session of the National Assembly by 10 am This is contained in a letter Buhari write to the President of Senate Dr Ahmad Lawan and read at plenary on Tuesday Lawan said the venue for presentation of the 2023 budget estimates by Buhari would be at the temporary chamber of the House of Representatives According to him arrangements would be made to accommodate all the senators adding that senators would proceed to the venue in procession The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Minister of Finance Budget and National Planning Mrs Zainab Ahmed said the federal government was proposing an aggregate expenditure of N19 76 trillion for the 2023 fiscal year The minister who made this known at the 2023 2025 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper interaction with the House of Representatives Committee on Finance however said she may not be able to make provision for treasury funded capital projects in the 2023 fiscal year NAN reports that Ahmed also said the budget deficit for the 2023 fiscal year may be between N11 30 trillion and N12 41 trillion depending on the choice that would be made by the federal government on the issue of fuel subsidy payment She stated that the federal government was projecting total revenue of N8 46 trillion out of which N1 9 trillion was expected to come from oil related sources while the balance would come from non oil sources Ahmed explained that the benchmark crude oil price was pegged at 70 dollars per barrel and at an exchange rate of N435 57 to a dollar oil production was put at 1 69 million barrel per day real Gross Domestic Product GDP growth was projected at 3 7 per cent while inflation was put at 17 16 per cent in the MTEF She said petrol subsidy would remain up to mid 2023 based on the 18 month extension announced early 2021 in which case only N3 36 trillion would be provided for it in next financial year The minister also pointed out that Nigeria has been able to consistently without defaulting service her debt adding that the country does not have any projections even in the near future to fail in its debt obligation Speaking further Ahmed said although the amount currently used to service the country s debt had overshot what was appropriated for in the budget measures have been put in place to manage the situation www NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Buhari to present 2023  budget estimates to National Assembly joint session on Friday Bill
     President Muhammadu Buhari will on Friday present the 2023 budget estimates to the joint session of the National Assembly by 10 am This is contained in a letter Buhari write to the President of Senate Dr Ahmad Lawan and read at plenary on Tuesday Lawan said the venue for presentation of the 2023 budget estimates by Buhari would be at the temporary chamber of the House of Representatives According to him arrangements would be made to accommodate all the senators adding that senators would proceed to the venue in procession The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Minister of Finance Budget and National Planning Mrs Zainab Ahmed said the federal government was proposing an aggregate expenditure of N19 76 trillion for the 2023 fiscal year The minister who made this known at the 2023 2025 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper interaction with the House of Representatives Committee on Finance however said she may not be able to make provision for treasury funded capital projects in the 2023 fiscal year NAN reports that Ahmed also said the budget deficit for the 2023 fiscal year may be between N11 30 trillion and N12 41 trillion depending on the choice that would be made by the federal government on the issue of fuel subsidy payment She stated that the federal government was projecting total revenue of N8 46 trillion out of which N1 9 trillion was expected to come from oil related sources while the balance would come from non oil sources Ahmed explained that the benchmark crude oil price was pegged at 70 dollars per barrel and at an exchange rate of N435 57 to a dollar oil production was put at 1 69 million barrel per day real Gross Domestic Product GDP growth was projected at 3 7 per cent while inflation was put at 17 16 per cent in the MTEF She said petrol subsidy would remain up to mid 2023 based on the 18 month extension announced early 2021 in which case only N3 36 trillion would be provided for it in next financial year The minister also pointed out that Nigeria has been able to consistently without defaulting service her debt adding that the country does not have any projections even in the near future to fail in its debt obligation Speaking further Ahmed said although the amount currently used to service the country s debt had overshot what was appropriated for in the budget measures have been put in place to manage the situation www NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Buhari to present 2023  budget estimates to National Assembly joint session on Friday Bill
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    Buhari to present 2023  budget estimates to National Assembly joint session on Friday Bill

    President Muhammadu Buhari will on Friday present the 2023  budget estimates  to  the joint session of the National Assembly by 10 am.

    This is contained in a letter Buhari write to the President of Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan and read at plenary on Tuesday.

    Lawan said the venue for presentation of the 2023 budget estimates by Buhari would be at the temporary chamber of the House of Representatives.

    According to him, arrangements would be made to accommodate all the senators, adding that senators would proceed to the venue in procession .

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed said the federal government was proposing an aggregate expenditure of N19.76 trillion for the 2023 fiscal year.

    The minister who made this known at the 2023-2025 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper interaction with the House of Representatives Committee on Finance, however said she may not be able to make provision for treasury funded capital projects in the 2023 fiscal year.

    NAN reports that Ahmed also said the budget deficit for the 2023 fiscal year may be between N11.30 trillion and N12.41 trillion, depending on the choice that would be made by the federal government on the issue of fuel subsidy payment.

    She stated that the federal government was projecting total revenue of N8.46 trillion, out of which N1.9 trillion was expected to come from oil-related sources while the balance would  come from non-oil sources.

    Ahmed explained that the benchmark crude oil price was pegged at 70 dollars per barrel and at an exchange rate of N435.57 to a dollar, oil production was put at 1.69 million barrel per day, real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth was projected at 3.7 per cent while inflation was put at 17.16 per cent in the MTEF.

    She said petrol subsidy would remain up to mid-2023, based on the 18-month extension announced early 2021, in which case only N3.36 trillion would be provided for it in next financial year.

    The minister also pointed out that Nigeria has been able to consistently without defaulting, service her debt, adding that the country does not have any projections even in the near future, to fail in its debt obligation.

    Speaking further, Ahmed said although the amount currently used to service the country’s debt had overshot what was appropriated for in the budget, measures have been put in place to manage the situation. 

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  •   The US government should stand with victims of Liberia s civil wars era crimes by signaling its support for a war crimes tribunal to deliver justice and foster lasting peace and stability in the country they said today eight Liberian and international organizations US Ambassador at Large for Global Criminal Justice Beth Van Schaack is scheduled to visit Liberia on October 6 2022 The groups are Human Rights Advocates Center for Justice and Accountability Civitas Maxima Liberian Civil Society Human Rights Advocacy Platform Global Justice and Research Project Human Rights Watch the Secretariat for the Establishment of a War Crimes Tribunal in Liberia and the Task Force on Transitional Justice in Liberia Liberia Liberia has not prosecuted anyone for serious crimes committed during its two armed conflicts and has yet to establish a war crimes tribunal that the country s Truth and Reconciliation Commission TRC recommended in 2009 Judicial authorities in the States The United Kingdom Belgium France Finland and the United Kingdom have brought criminal cases related to Liberia s civil wars in recent years often spurred on by civil society efforts The people of Liberia have waited too long for justice and accountability for abuses suffered during civil wars said Adama Dempster of the Liberian Civil Society Human Rights Advocacy Platform and the Secretariat for the Establishment of a War Crimes Tribunal in Liberia The US government has an opportunity to support the victims of atrocities committed in Liberia s civil wars by helping Liberia establish a war crimes tribunal During the armed conflicts of 1989 1996 and 1999 2003 Liberians suffered widespread violations of international humanitarian and human rights law including mass murder rape and other forms of sexual violence summary executions mutilation and torture and the use of child combatants The US government has played a critical role in fostering accountability in West Africa including in the landmark trials of former Liberian President Charles Taylor before the Sierra Leone Special Court and former Chad President Hiss ne There will be in Senegal that should be repeated in Liberia the groups said Criminal responsibility for civil war era atrocities has broad support in Liberia the groups said Individuals families of victims and activists have marched in the streets of Monrovia several times in recent years calling for accountability and demanding the creation of a war crimes tribunal The Liberian Bar Association added its support for a war crimes tribunal in April 2019 The Council of Traditional Chiefs and the National Economic Dialogue which was attended by 350 Liberians including members of the government political parties youth and society civil society supported the establishment of a war crimes tribunal in September 2019 Additionally more than 50 members of the Liberian House of Representatives have endorsed a resolution supporting a war crimes tribunal for Liberia Accountability for Liberia s past crimes has been limited to cases abroad said Hassan Bility of the Global Justice and Research Project and the Secretariat for the Establishment of a War Crimes Tribunal in Liberia Liberia needs a dedicated war crimes court so that victims have greater access to justice for the crimes committed against them and a broader range of perpetrators can be held accountable
    Liberia: Visit of the United States War Crimes Ambassador
      The US government should stand with victims of Liberia s civil wars era crimes by signaling its support for a war crimes tribunal to deliver justice and foster lasting peace and stability in the country they said today eight Liberian and international organizations US Ambassador at Large for Global Criminal Justice Beth Van Schaack is scheduled to visit Liberia on October 6 2022 The groups are Human Rights Advocates Center for Justice and Accountability Civitas Maxima Liberian Civil Society Human Rights Advocacy Platform Global Justice and Research Project Human Rights Watch the Secretariat for the Establishment of a War Crimes Tribunal in Liberia and the Task Force on Transitional Justice in Liberia Liberia Liberia has not prosecuted anyone for serious crimes committed during its two armed conflicts and has yet to establish a war crimes tribunal that the country s Truth and Reconciliation Commission TRC recommended in 2009 Judicial authorities in the States The United Kingdom Belgium France Finland and the United Kingdom have brought criminal cases related to Liberia s civil wars in recent years often spurred on by civil society efforts The people of Liberia have waited too long for justice and accountability for abuses suffered during civil wars said Adama Dempster of the Liberian Civil Society Human Rights Advocacy Platform and the Secretariat for the Establishment of a War Crimes Tribunal in Liberia The US government has an opportunity to support the victims of atrocities committed in Liberia s civil wars by helping Liberia establish a war crimes tribunal During the armed conflicts of 1989 1996 and 1999 2003 Liberians suffered widespread violations of international humanitarian and human rights law including mass murder rape and other forms of sexual violence summary executions mutilation and torture and the use of child combatants The US government has played a critical role in fostering accountability in West Africa including in the landmark trials of former Liberian President Charles Taylor before the Sierra Leone Special Court and former Chad President Hiss ne There will be in Senegal that should be repeated in Liberia the groups said Criminal responsibility for civil war era atrocities has broad support in Liberia the groups said Individuals families of victims and activists have marched in the streets of Monrovia several times in recent years calling for accountability and demanding the creation of a war crimes tribunal The Liberian Bar Association added its support for a war crimes tribunal in April 2019 The Council of Traditional Chiefs and the National Economic Dialogue which was attended by 350 Liberians including members of the government political parties youth and society civil society supported the establishment of a war crimes tribunal in September 2019 Additionally more than 50 members of the Liberian House of Representatives have endorsed a resolution supporting a war crimes tribunal for Liberia Accountability for Liberia s past crimes has been limited to cases abroad said Hassan Bility of the Global Justice and Research Project and the Secretariat for the Establishment of a War Crimes Tribunal in Liberia Liberia needs a dedicated war crimes court so that victims have greater access to justice for the crimes committed against them and a broader range of perpetrators can be held accountable
    Liberia: Visit of the United States War Crimes Ambassador
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    Liberia: Visit of the United States War Crimes Ambassador

    The US government should stand with victims of Liberia's civil wars-era crimes by signaling its support for a war crimes tribunal to deliver justice and foster lasting peace and stability in the country, they said.

    today eight Liberian and international organizations.

    US Ambassador-at-Large for Global Criminal Justice Beth Van Schaack is scheduled to visit Liberia on October 6, 2022.

    The groups are Human Rights Advocates, Center for Justice and Accountability, Civitas Maxima, Liberian Civil Society Human Rights Advocacy Platform, Global Justice and Research Project, Human Rights Watch, the Secretariat for the Establishment of a War Crimes Tribunal in Liberia, and the Task Force on Transitional Justice in Liberia.

    Liberia.

    Liberia has not prosecuted anyone for serious crimes committed during its two armed conflicts and has yet to establish a war crimes tribunal that the country's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) recommended in 2009.

    Judicial authorities in the States The United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Finland, and the United Kingdom have brought criminal cases related to Liberia's civil wars in recent years, often spurred on by civil society efforts.

    “The people of Liberia have waited too long for justice and accountability for abuses suffered during civil wars,” said Adama Dempster of the Liberian Civil Society Human Rights Advocacy Platform and the Secretariat for the Establishment of a War Crimes Tribunal in Liberia.

    "The US government has an opportunity to support the victims of atrocities committed in Liberia's civil wars by helping Liberia establish a war crimes tribunal."

    During the armed conflicts of 1989-1996 and 1999-2003, Liberians suffered widespread violations of international humanitarian and human rights law, including mass murder, rape and other forms of sexual violence, summary executions, mutilation and torture, and the use of child combatants.

    .

    The US government has played a critical role in fostering accountability in West Africa, including in the landmark trials of former Liberian President Charles Taylor before the Sierra Leone Special Court and former Chad President Hissène There will be in Senegal that should be repeated in Liberia, the groups said.

    Criminal responsibility for civil war-era atrocities has broad support in Liberia, the groups said.

    Individuals, families of victims and activists have marched in the streets of Monrovia several times in recent years calling for accountability and demanding the creation of a war crimes tribunal.

    The Liberian Bar Association added its support for a war crimes tribunal in April 2019.

    The Council of Traditional Chiefs and the National Economic Dialogue, which was attended by 350 Liberians, including members of the government, political parties, youth and society civil society, supported the establishment of a war crimes tribunal in September 2019.

    Additionally, more than 50 members of the Liberian House of Representatives have endorsed a resolution supporting a war crimes tribunal for Liberia.

    "Accountability for Liberia's past crimes has been limited to cases abroad," said Hassan Bility of the Global Justice and Research Project and the Secretariat for the Establishment of a War Crimes Tribunal in Liberia.

    “Liberia needs a dedicated war crimes court so that victims have greater access to justice for the crimes committed against them and a broader range of perpetrators can be held accountable.”

  •  A member of the House of Representatives Mr Dachung Bagos Jos has promised to deliver the dividends of democracy to his constituents to improve their lives Bagos made the promise in Jos on Monday while commissioning a hall he built for youths in Jos East Local Government Area He said that building the ultra modern hall would help the community at large and also the youth to carry out their activities I am happy to have been able to build and commission this project the people of the constituency deserve this kind of dividends of democracy I will never withhold what belongs to the people especially my constituents I will give what belongs to you I am in the National Assembly for you and not for myself Without you I will not be in the National Assembly my prayer is for me to be able to replicate things like this and even more all around Jos East and Jos South If I can do all of these things within a very short period be rest assured that I can do more if my time in the green chambers is extended he said The lawmaker called on the people of the constituency to vote for him and the Peoples Democratic Party in 2023 election adding that he and the party were ready to serve Nigerians In his remarks the traditional ruler of Izere Agwom Izere Dr Isaac Wakili thanked the legislator for building the Afizere Youth Movement promising that it would be put to good use and serve his people positively Wakili urged the lawmaker to always push for laws that would benefit the people of the constituency He also called on him to draw the attention of government to the deplorable roads in the areas NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Plateau lawmaker promises to deliver democratic dividends to constituent
     A member of the House of Representatives Mr Dachung Bagos Jos has promised to deliver the dividends of democracy to his constituents to improve their lives Bagos made the promise in Jos on Monday while commissioning a hall he built for youths in Jos East Local Government Area He said that building the ultra modern hall would help the community at large and also the youth to carry out their activities I am happy to have been able to build and commission this project the people of the constituency deserve this kind of dividends of democracy I will never withhold what belongs to the people especially my constituents I will give what belongs to you I am in the National Assembly for you and not for myself Without you I will not be in the National Assembly my prayer is for me to be able to replicate things like this and even more all around Jos East and Jos South If I can do all of these things within a very short period be rest assured that I can do more if my time in the green chambers is extended he said The lawmaker called on the people of the constituency to vote for him and the Peoples Democratic Party in 2023 election adding that he and the party were ready to serve Nigerians In his remarks the traditional ruler of Izere Agwom Izere Dr Isaac Wakili thanked the legislator for building the Afizere Youth Movement promising that it would be put to good use and serve his people positively Wakili urged the lawmaker to always push for laws that would benefit the people of the constituency He also called on him to draw the attention of government to the deplorable roads in the areas NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Plateau lawmaker promises to deliver democratic dividends to constituent
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    Plateau lawmaker promises to deliver democratic dividends to constituent

    A member of the House of Representatives, Mr Dachung Bagos, (Jos ) has promised to deliver the dividends of democracy to his constituents to improve their lives.

    Bagos made the promise in Jos on Monday while commissioning a hall he built for youths in Jos East Local Government Area. He said that building the ultra modern hall would help the community at large and also the youth to carry out their activities.

    “I am happy to have been able to build and commission this project, the people of the constituency deserve this kind of dividends of democracy.

    “I will never withhold what belongs to the people, especially my constituents, I will give what belongs to you, I am in the National Assembly for you and not for myself.

    “Without you I will not be in the National Assembly, my prayer is for me to be able to replicate things like this and even more all around Jos East and Jos South.

    “If I can do all of these things within a very short period, be rest assured that I can do more if my time in the green chambers is extended,” he said.

    The lawmaker called on the people of the constituency to vote for him and the Peoples Democratic Party in 2023 election, adding that he and the party were ready to serve Nigerians.

    In his remarks, the traditional ruler of Izere, Agwom Izere, Dr Isaac Wakili, thanked the legislator for building the Afizere Youth Movement, promising that it would be put to good use and serve his people positively.

    Wakili urged the lawmaker to always push for laws that would benefit the people of the constituency.

    He also called on him to draw the attention of government to the deplorable roads in the areas.


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  •  The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep Femi Gbajabiamila says Nigeria needs leaders with capacity to manage rapid domestic and global changes to achieve prosperity peace and security Gbajabiamila said this at the opening of Legislative Mentorship Initiative LMI workshop titled Building the Next Generation of Nigeria s Public Sector Leaders on Monday in Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the workshop was organised for 74 young Nigerians including Persons with Disabilities selected across the 36 states of the Federation and the FCT The speaker said the quality of decision making in politics and governance which would define course of the country was dependent on the capacity of leaders to adapt to the rapid changes These are exciting times In Nigeria and across the world we are experiencing rapid and relentless changes across every facet of our lives Some of these changes are technological others are economic and political There is also a great deal of demographic and population change All are happening at the same time It is clear to anybody paying attention that the old equilibrium is unsettled and the rules of the old order no longer apply What is less clear is what happens next Whatever happens Nigeria desperately needs leaders with the capacity and character to manage change The consequences of the changes happening in our world today will depend on how we respond the decisions we make and the ideas we choose to invest in The quality of our decision making in politics and governance will define the course of our country Whether we achieve progress prosperity peace and security for all our people depends entirely on the capacity and competence of our political leadership he said Gbajabiamila said that LMI aimed to identify and train the next generation of public sector leaders particularly in the legislature According to him the LMI mandate is to develop the leaders who will shape the future of our country and the world as young people are eager to make a change He said youths would not change anything if they did not understand and participate in the political and governance process saying the aim was to involve more young people and direct their energies into national development He said they bore no allegiance to politics and politicians and their judgment of governing systems was determined by whether the systems and or politicians met their expectations For these young people Nigeria has been a democracy for all or most of their lives As more of them come of age they are questioning the systems and structures of politics of governance and challenging flaws and limitations as they see them They are not as inclined as generations before them to excuse the failures of democracy because the alternative of military rule is worse And they will not accept incremental progress when radical reform is necessary and possible This is a good thing It is also a dangerous thing Nations are redefined and re rejuvenated by the deliberate effort to reconsider the underpinnings of nationhood and remove deep rooted assumptions and practices irreconcilable with the desired future he said The British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria Ms Gill Atkinson commended the youth LMI saying that young people were the future of the country and would make the difference She said the young participants had an opportunity to see what public officers did first hand to learn from them and see areas where they could do better Atkinson said that a huge voting population of the country was under 35 years of age and that 70 per cent of the newly registered voters were between 18 and 34 years age bracket She said that the creativity and dynamism of young people was critical to the development of Nigeria saying that young people were the backbone and future of Nigeria s democracy Atkinson said the initiative was important in enhancing Nigeria s great diversity as an opportunity to move forward pledging the commission s support to the National Assembly Earlier the Director General of LMI Mr Dapo Oyewole said that the 74 participants were selected out of 4000 applicants He said the workshop would last for five weeks after which the participants would intern with lawmakers to be mentored and to experience lawmaking process Oyewole said the initiative would catalyse leadership development in the public sector urging the participants not to take the opportunity for granted NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria needs leaders with capacity, character to manage change – Gbajabiamila
     The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep Femi Gbajabiamila says Nigeria needs leaders with capacity to manage rapid domestic and global changes to achieve prosperity peace and security Gbajabiamila said this at the opening of Legislative Mentorship Initiative LMI workshop titled Building the Next Generation of Nigeria s Public Sector Leaders on Monday in Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the workshop was organised for 74 young Nigerians including Persons with Disabilities selected across the 36 states of the Federation and the FCT The speaker said the quality of decision making in politics and governance which would define course of the country was dependent on the capacity of leaders to adapt to the rapid changes These are exciting times In Nigeria and across the world we are experiencing rapid and relentless changes across every facet of our lives Some of these changes are technological others are economic and political There is also a great deal of demographic and population change All are happening at the same time It is clear to anybody paying attention that the old equilibrium is unsettled and the rules of the old order no longer apply What is less clear is what happens next Whatever happens Nigeria desperately needs leaders with the capacity and character to manage change The consequences of the changes happening in our world today will depend on how we respond the decisions we make and the ideas we choose to invest in The quality of our decision making in politics and governance will define the course of our country Whether we achieve progress prosperity peace and security for all our people depends entirely on the capacity and competence of our political leadership he said Gbajabiamila said that LMI aimed to identify and train the next generation of public sector leaders particularly in the legislature According to him the LMI mandate is to develop the leaders who will shape the future of our country and the world as young people are eager to make a change He said youths would not change anything if they did not understand and participate in the political and governance process saying the aim was to involve more young people and direct their energies into national development He said they bore no allegiance to politics and politicians and their judgment of governing systems was determined by whether the systems and or politicians met their expectations For these young people Nigeria has been a democracy for all or most of their lives As more of them come of age they are questioning the systems and structures of politics of governance and challenging flaws and limitations as they see them They are not as inclined as generations before them to excuse the failures of democracy because the alternative of military rule is worse And they will not accept incremental progress when radical reform is necessary and possible This is a good thing It is also a dangerous thing Nations are redefined and re rejuvenated by the deliberate effort to reconsider the underpinnings of nationhood and remove deep rooted assumptions and practices irreconcilable with the desired future he said The British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria Ms Gill Atkinson commended the youth LMI saying that young people were the future of the country and would make the difference She said the young participants had an opportunity to see what public officers did first hand to learn from them and see areas where they could do better Atkinson said that a huge voting population of the country was under 35 years of age and that 70 per cent of the newly registered voters were between 18 and 34 years age bracket She said that the creativity and dynamism of young people was critical to the development of Nigeria saying that young people were the backbone and future of Nigeria s democracy Atkinson said the initiative was important in enhancing Nigeria s great diversity as an opportunity to move forward pledging the commission s support to the National Assembly Earlier the Director General of LMI Mr Dapo Oyewole said that the 74 participants were selected out of 4000 applicants He said the workshop would last for five weeks after which the participants would intern with lawmakers to be mentored and to experience lawmaking process Oyewole said the initiative would catalyse leadership development in the public sector urging the participants not to take the opportunity for granted NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria needs leaders with capacity, character to manage change – Gbajabiamila
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    Nigeria needs leaders with capacity, character to manage change – Gbajabiamila

    The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, says Nigeria needs leaders with capacity to manage rapid domestic and global changes to achieve prosperity, peace, and security.

    Gbajabiamila said this at the opening of Legislative Mentorship Initiative (LMI) workshop titled: ‘’Building the Next Generation of Nigeria’s Public Sector Leaders’’ on Monday in Abuja.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the workshop was organised for 74 young Nigerians, including Persons with Disabilities selected across the 36 states of the Federation and the FCT.

    The speaker said the quality of decision-making in politics and governance which would define course of the country, was dependent on the capacity of leaders to adapt to the rapid changes.

    “These are exciting times.

    In Nigeria and across the world, we are experiencing rapid and relentless changes across every facet of our lives.

    Some of these changes are technological; others are economic and political.

    “There is also a great deal of demographic and population change.

    All are happening at the same time.

    It is clear to anybody paying attention that the old equilibrium is unsettled, and the rules of the old order no longer apply.

    What is less clear is what happens next.

    “Whatever happens, Nigeria desperately needs leaders with the capacity and character to manage change.

    The consequences of the changes happening in our world today will depend on how we respond, the decisions we make, and the ideas we choose to invest in.

    “The quality of our decision-making in politics and governance will define the course of our country.

    Whether we achieve progress, prosperity, peace, and security for all our people depends entirely on the capacity and competence of our political leadership,’’ he said.

    Gbajabiamila said that LMI aimed to identify and train the next generation of public sector leaders, particularly in the legislature.

    According to him, the LMI mandate is to develop the leaders who will shape the future of our country and the world as young people are eager to make a change.

    He said youths would not change anything if they did  not understand and participate in the political and governance process, saying the aim was to involve more young people and direct their energies into national development.

    He said they bore  no allegiance to politics and politicians, and their judgment of governing systems was determined by whether the systems and or politicians met their expectations.

    “For these young people, Nigeria has been a democracy for all or most of their lives.

    As more of them come of age, they are questioning the systems and structures of politics of governance and challenging flaws and limitations as they see them.

    “They are not as inclined as generations before them to excuse the failures of democracy because the alternative of military rule is worse.

    And they will not accept incremental progress when radical reform is necessary and possible.

    “This is a good thing.

    It is also a dangerous thing.

    Nations are redefined and re-rejuvenated by the deliberate effort to reconsider the underpinnings of nationhood and remove deep-rooted assumptions and practices irreconcilable with the desired future,’’ he said.

    The British Deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ms Gill Atkinson commended the youth LMI saying that young people were the future of the country and would make the difference.

    She said the young participants had an opportunity to see what public officers did  first-hand, to learn from them and see areas where they could do better.

    Atkinson said that a huge voting population of the country was under 35 years of age and that 70 per cent of the newly registered voters were between 18 and 34 years  age bracket.

    She said that the creativity and dynamism of young people was critical to the development of Nigeria, saying that young people were the backbone and future of Nigeria’s democracy.

    Atkinson said the initiative was important in enhancing Nigeria’s great diversity as an opportunity to move forward, pledging the commission’s support to the National Assembly.

    Earlier, the Director- General of LMI, Mr Dapo Oyewole said that the 74 participants were selected out of 4000 applicants.

    He said the workshop would last for five weeks after which the participants would intern with lawmakers to be mentored and to experience lawmaking process.

    Oyewole said the initiative would catalyse leadership development in the public sector, urging the participants not to take the opportunity for granted.


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  •  The Federal Government has cautioned the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU over disobeying the order of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria NICN to call off its ongoing strike Dr Chris Ngige the Minister of Labour and Employment gave the advice in a statement signed by Mr Olajide Oshundun the Deputy Director Press and Public Relations in the ministry on Sunday in Abuja The union is dishonest and misleading its members and the general public that it has filed an appeal as well has a stay of execution of the order of NICN on Sept 2 though it has none of this Rather ASUU only filed an application for a permission to appeal the order It also attached to the application a proposed notice of appeal which it intends to file if the leave to appeal is granted The application for a stay of execution as of this moment has not even been listed for hearing Where then is ASUU coming from It is therefore contemptuous dishonest and misleading for the union to tell its members that it has not only appealed the interlocutory injunction by the NICN directing it to call off strike and return to work but that it also has a stay of execution he said Ngige therefore described the new directive by ASUU exhorting its members to continue with the action as an unwarranted lawlessness noting that the Federal Government strongly frowns at this The minister advised the striking lecturers to cease taking laws into its hands by directing its members to continue with the 8 month old strike According to him this is in defiance of the interlocutory injunction by the NICN which restrained the union from further action He accused the leadership of the union of misinforming and misleading its members and warned of consequences of contempt of court order Ngige reiterated government call to the union to respect the court order and return to work while negotiations are concluded on the remaining issues in contention The statement also denied reports that the minister walked out on the meeting between the House of Representatives and ASUU on Sept 29 It said the minister left the meeting to attend to other pressing matters with the permission of the Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila after making his presentation It stated that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation was earlier granted such permission by the Speaker The statement further recalled that at that meeting Ngige addressed the two major issues over which ASUU is still on strike It said according to the minister on renegotiation of salaries and wages of lecturers I sympathise with ASUU just like other Nigerian workers The economy is bad and hard time biting hard on everybody ASUU deserves no blame The Briggs Committee was the product of reconciliation of my ministry which had to move to the ASUU s direct employers Ministry of Education for a Collective Bargaining Agreement so we can arrive on what is good to be paid to ASUU subject to approval by the President The President has a Presidential Committee on Salaries and Wages chaired by the Minister of Finance with myself as co chair and other members National Salaries Income and Wages Commission Budget Office etc Every MDA whether drawing from the treasury or not must pass through this committee on any issue concerning salaries for approval before transmission to the President The report of the Briggs Committee did not unfortunately pass this route It said that Ngige also revealed that when the issue of payment platform UTAS came up he persuaded the President to give the platform a trial in the spirit of Executive Order 3 and 4 and the SGF supported me If the system is good we adopt it for the whole country but meanwhile the hardware is not there How do you do it The test the three of them IPPIS UTAS UPPPS have failed the test Do you recommend something that has failed a test So no matter how I love ASUU I won t support something that failed a test NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG cautions ASUU over disobeying National Industrial Court order
     The Federal Government has cautioned the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU over disobeying the order of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria NICN to call off its ongoing strike Dr Chris Ngige the Minister of Labour and Employment gave the advice in a statement signed by Mr Olajide Oshundun the Deputy Director Press and Public Relations in the ministry on Sunday in Abuja The union is dishonest and misleading its members and the general public that it has filed an appeal as well has a stay of execution of the order of NICN on Sept 2 though it has none of this Rather ASUU only filed an application for a permission to appeal the order It also attached to the application a proposed notice of appeal which it intends to file if the leave to appeal is granted The application for a stay of execution as of this moment has not even been listed for hearing Where then is ASUU coming from It is therefore contemptuous dishonest and misleading for the union to tell its members that it has not only appealed the interlocutory injunction by the NICN directing it to call off strike and return to work but that it also has a stay of execution he said Ngige therefore described the new directive by ASUU exhorting its members to continue with the action as an unwarranted lawlessness noting that the Federal Government strongly frowns at this The minister advised the striking lecturers to cease taking laws into its hands by directing its members to continue with the 8 month old strike According to him this is in defiance of the interlocutory injunction by the NICN which restrained the union from further action He accused the leadership of the union of misinforming and misleading its members and warned of consequences of contempt of court order Ngige reiterated government call to the union to respect the court order and return to work while negotiations are concluded on the remaining issues in contention The statement also denied reports that the minister walked out on the meeting between the House of Representatives and ASUU on Sept 29 It said the minister left the meeting to attend to other pressing matters with the permission of the Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila after making his presentation It stated that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation was earlier granted such permission by the Speaker The statement further recalled that at that meeting Ngige addressed the two major issues over which ASUU is still on strike It said according to the minister on renegotiation of salaries and wages of lecturers I sympathise with ASUU just like other Nigerian workers The economy is bad and hard time biting hard on everybody ASUU deserves no blame The Briggs Committee was the product of reconciliation of my ministry which had to move to the ASUU s direct employers Ministry of Education for a Collective Bargaining Agreement so we can arrive on what is good to be paid to ASUU subject to approval by the President The President has a Presidential Committee on Salaries and Wages chaired by the Minister of Finance with myself as co chair and other members National Salaries Income and Wages Commission Budget Office etc Every MDA whether drawing from the treasury or not must pass through this committee on any issue concerning salaries for approval before transmission to the President The report of the Briggs Committee did not unfortunately pass this route It said that Ngige also revealed that when the issue of payment platform UTAS came up he persuaded the President to give the platform a trial in the spirit of Executive Order 3 and 4 and the SGF supported me If the system is good we adopt it for the whole country but meanwhile the hardware is not there How do you do it The test the three of them IPPIS UTAS UPPPS have failed the test Do you recommend something that has failed a test So no matter how I love ASUU I won t support something that failed a test NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG cautions ASUU over disobeying National Industrial Court order
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    FG cautions ASUU over disobeying National Industrial Court order

    The Federal Government has cautioned the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) over disobeying the order of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) to call off its ongoing strike.

    Dr Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, gave the advice in a statement signed by Mr Olajide Oshundun, the Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations, in the ministry on Sunday in Abuja.

    “The union is dishonest and misleading its members and the general public, that it has filed an appeal as well has a stay of execution of the order of NICN on Sept. 2, though it has none of this.

    “Rather, ASUU only filed an application for a permission to appeal the order.

    It also attached to the application, a proposed notice of appeal which it intends to file if the leave to appeal is granted.

    “The application for a stay of execution as of this moment has not even been listed for hearing.

    Where then is ASUU coming from?

    “It is therefore contemptuous, dishonest and misleading for the union to tell its members that it has not only appealed the interlocutory injunction by the NICN, directing it to call off strike and return to work, but that it also has a stay of execution,’’ he said.

    Ngige therefore described the new directive by ASUU, exhorting its members to continue with the action as an unwarranted lawlessness, noting that “the Federal Government strongly frowns at this”.

    The minister advised the striking lecturers to cease taking laws into its hands by directing its members to continue with the 8-month old strike.

    According to him, this is in defiance of the interlocutory injunction by the NICN which restrained the union from further action.

    He accused the leadership of the union of misinforming and misleading its members and warned of consequences of contempt of court order.

    Ngige reiterated government call to the union to respect the court order and return to work, while negotiations are concluded on the remaining issues in contention.

    The statement also denied reports that the minister walked out on the meeting between the House of Representatives and ASUU on Sept. 29. It said the minister left the meeting to attend to other pressing matters  with the permission of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, after making his presentation.

    It stated that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation was earlier granted such permission by the Speaker.

    The statement further recalled that at that meeting, Ngige addressed the two major issues over which ASUU is still on strike.

    It said, according to the minister, “on renegotiation of salaries and wages of lecturers, I sympathise with ASUU just like other Nigerian workers.

    “The economy is bad and hard time, biting hard on everybody.

    ASUU deserves no blame.

    “The Briggs Committee was the product of reconciliation of my ministry, which had to move to the ASUU’s direct employers  – Ministry of Education for a Collective Bargaining Agreement, so we can arrive on what is good to be paid to ASUU, subject to approval by the President “The President has a Presidential Committee on Salaries and Wages chaired by the Minister of Finance, with myself as co-chair and other members – National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission, Budget Office, etc.

    “Every MDA, whether drawing from the treasury or not, must pass through this committee on any issue concerning salaries for approval, before transmission to the President.

    The report of the Briggs Committee did not unfortunately pass this route.

    ” It said that Ngige also revealed that when the issue of  payment platform – UTAS – came up, he persuaded the President to “give the platform a trial in the spirit of Executive Order 3 and 4, and the SGF supported me”.

    “If the system is good, we adopt it for the whole country, but meanwhile the hardware is not there.

    How do you do it?

    “The test – the three of them – IPPIS, UTAS, UPPPS – have failed the test.

    Do you recommend something that has failed a test?

    .

    So, no matter how I love ASUU, I won’t support something that failed a test.

    ’’
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  •  Solomon Peter a House of Representatives candidate on the platform of African Democratic Congress ADC said Nigeria will be greater after the 2023 General Elections Peter who is vying for and Yangtu Federal Constituency election said the year presented hope for free credible and transparent elections He told journalists on the sidelines of 62nd Independence Anniversary thanksgiving service in Jalingo on Sunday that the election would turn in good leaders into various elective positions The candidate said though Nigeria has not reached where it was supposed to be at 62 there was need for Nigerians to be grateful to God for keeping the country together in spite of challenges confronting it We are not where we are supposed to be as a nation but all hope is not lost by electing good leaders through the use of BVAS and electronic transmition of results the narrative will change for the better Democracy is the best thing that has happened to us as a nation but we are not practising it the right way we need to build a system that will work for us and for the future We need to build strong institutions to support our democracy not strong individuals that would end up enriching themselves and their families at the expense of public good To achieve this we must learn to elect people based on competence and track record not tribal or religious sentiments he said Peter said that his candidature was a true reflection of the yearnings and aspirations of the people adding that he would promote inclusiveness youth and women empowerment if elected This he said could be achieved through quality representation towards promoting peaceful coexistence to address youth restiveness in the area Peter also pledged to lobby for viable projects in the area of water supply roads healthcare education and agriculture for the overall wellbeing of the people NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria ‘ll be stronger after 2023 polls – ADC Reps candidate
     Solomon Peter a House of Representatives candidate on the platform of African Democratic Congress ADC said Nigeria will be greater after the 2023 General Elections Peter who is vying for and Yangtu Federal Constituency election said the year presented hope for free credible and transparent elections He told journalists on the sidelines of 62nd Independence Anniversary thanksgiving service in Jalingo on Sunday that the election would turn in good leaders into various elective positions The candidate said though Nigeria has not reached where it was supposed to be at 62 there was need for Nigerians to be grateful to God for keeping the country together in spite of challenges confronting it We are not where we are supposed to be as a nation but all hope is not lost by electing good leaders through the use of BVAS and electronic transmition of results the narrative will change for the better Democracy is the best thing that has happened to us as a nation but we are not practising it the right way we need to build a system that will work for us and for the future We need to build strong institutions to support our democracy not strong individuals that would end up enriching themselves and their families at the expense of public good To achieve this we must learn to elect people based on competence and track record not tribal or religious sentiments he said Peter said that his candidature was a true reflection of the yearnings and aspirations of the people adding that he would promote inclusiveness youth and women empowerment if elected This he said could be achieved through quality representation towards promoting peaceful coexistence to address youth restiveness in the area Peter also pledged to lobby for viable projects in the area of water supply roads healthcare education and agriculture for the overall wellbeing of the people NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria ‘ll be stronger after 2023 polls – ADC Reps candidate
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    Nigeria ‘ll be stronger after 2023 polls – ADC Reps candidate

    Solomon Peter, a House of Representatives candidate on the platform of African Democratic Congress (ADC), said Nigeria will be greater after the 2023 General Elections.

    Peter, who is vying for and Yangtu Federal Constituency election, said the year presented hope for free, credible and transparent elections.

    He told journalists on the sidelines of 62nd Independence Anniversary thanksgiving service in Jalingo on Sunday, that the election would turn in good leaders into various elective positions.

    The candidate said though Nigeria has not reached where it was supposed to be at 62, there was need for Nigerians to be grateful to God for keeping the country together in spite of challenges confronting it.

    “We are not where we are supposed to be as a nation, but all hope is not lost, by electing good leaders through the use of  BVAS  and electronic transmition of results, the narrative will change for the better.

    “Democracy is the best thing that has happened to us as a nation, but we are not practising it the right way, we need to build a system that will work for us and for the future.

    “We need to build strong institutions to support our democracy, not strong individuals that would end up enriching themselves and their families at the expense of public good.

    “To achieve this we must learn to elect people based on competence and track record not tribal or religious sentiments,” he said.

    Peter said that his candidature was a true reflection of the yearnings and aspirations of the people, adding that he would promote inclusiveness, youth and women empowerment, if elected.

    This, he said, could be achieved through quality representation towards promoting peaceful coexistence to address youth restiveness in the area.

    Peter also pledged to lobby for viable projects in the area of water supply, roads, healthcare, education and agriculture for the overall wellbeing of the people. 


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  •  President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in Abuja enjoined leaders at all levels to provide good leadership and ensure the active participation of the citizens in governance Represented by the President of Senate Ahmed Lawan Buhari made the call at the 62nd Independence Day Special Juma at prayer at the National Mosque Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria reports that there was also a Public Lecture with the theme Shura The Islamic Foundation of true Democracy As leaders we owe it a duty to provide good leadership and going by the topic today of Shura good leadership can be better achieved with consultations It can also be achieved through collaboration and partnership between leaders among themselves and between leaders and those that are made Buhari said According to him in the type of democracy practised in Nigeria it is necessary for those that are led to participate in governance Buhari added At that level participation is for the citizens to be consulted and even where they are not consulted they can advise to make their views known To show their preferences for making their lives better and leaders are under obligation to listen Therefore the theme is apt and is coming at a time when by the grace of God in February 2023 Nigerians will go to the polls to elect new set of leaders But the issue that I think is central is to how we reach there The day is a long time They say in politics but I also think in governance between now and then those of us who are at the moment at the sadle of leadership are supposed to continue to remain focussed They should also consult widely as to what we have been doing and make it better Buhari said The president was also optimistic that everything will end well by the grace of God Earlier Alhaji Sa ad Abubakar III Sultan of Sokoto and President General Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs called for a critical evaluation of the implementation of the Nigerian democracy Abubakar III observed that the system of democracy the country was practising was developed and nurtured in a European setting and values He said that the introduction of western democracy had raised a number of problems arising largely from the facts that western European democracy still has no roots in the sociocultural development of Nigeria The Sultan said It is important to take a total evaluation of the implementation of democracy in our society to do a cost benefits analysis This will allow us to actually know its true value and see what aspect suit us and what doesn t suit us Since we are supposed to be a free people who have gotten our independence some 62 years ago I am hereby worried about the erosion of our values that fuelled the unprecedented levels of corruption in our society all associated with democracy It is important not to lose sight of the points We are in a contemporary time and there are societies that do not practice western democracy Abubakar III said that some countries like China do not practise western democracy but they were striving adding their economy is growing and going higher and higher But we know in the world today the economy everywhere is bad so is Nigeria also part of the world But the countries that don t practice western democracy have been doing very well And so we need to look at how we can also manage our own democracy peacefully and inline with our values and traditions On his part Mr Boss Mustapha the Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF said if the principle of Shura was followed it would create an opportunity for dialogue Mustapha said that this enhances ethic communication while promoting national cohesion and identity This will go a long way in stemming intertribal communal and ethic suspicions animosity aggression and conflicts Mustapha said NAN also reports that at end of the public lecture a special Juma at prayer led by the Murshid of the National Mosque Prof Shehu Galadanchi was held The cleric sought divine intervention for an end of the security challenges bedeviling the country Galadanchi also prayed for the socioeconomic development of the country total eradication of poverty and all forms of challenges facing the country In attendance were the Speaker of the House of Representatives Mr Femi Gbajabiamila Chief of Staff to the President Prof Ibrahim Gambari the FCT Minister Malam Muhammad Bello and the Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed Others were the First Lady Mrs Aisha Buhari former Zamfara governor Sen Ahmed Yarima Minister of Water Resources Alhaji Suleiman Adamu and the Etsu Nupe Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria@62: Buhari, Sultan task leaders on good governance
     President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in Abuja enjoined leaders at all levels to provide good leadership and ensure the active participation of the citizens in governance Represented by the President of Senate Ahmed Lawan Buhari made the call at the 62nd Independence Day Special Juma at prayer at the National Mosque Abuja The News Agency of Nigeria reports that there was also a Public Lecture with the theme Shura The Islamic Foundation of true Democracy As leaders we owe it a duty to provide good leadership and going by the topic today of Shura good leadership can be better achieved with consultations It can also be achieved through collaboration and partnership between leaders among themselves and between leaders and those that are made Buhari said According to him in the type of democracy practised in Nigeria it is necessary for those that are led to participate in governance Buhari added At that level participation is for the citizens to be consulted and even where they are not consulted they can advise to make their views known To show their preferences for making their lives better and leaders are under obligation to listen Therefore the theme is apt and is coming at a time when by the grace of God in February 2023 Nigerians will go to the polls to elect new set of leaders But the issue that I think is central is to how we reach there The day is a long time They say in politics but I also think in governance between now and then those of us who are at the moment at the sadle of leadership are supposed to continue to remain focussed They should also consult widely as to what we have been doing and make it better Buhari said The president was also optimistic that everything will end well by the grace of God Earlier Alhaji Sa ad Abubakar III Sultan of Sokoto and President General Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs called for a critical evaluation of the implementation of the Nigerian democracy Abubakar III observed that the system of democracy the country was practising was developed and nurtured in a European setting and values He said that the introduction of western democracy had raised a number of problems arising largely from the facts that western European democracy still has no roots in the sociocultural development of Nigeria The Sultan said It is important to take a total evaluation of the implementation of democracy in our society to do a cost benefits analysis This will allow us to actually know its true value and see what aspect suit us and what doesn t suit us Since we are supposed to be a free people who have gotten our independence some 62 years ago I am hereby worried about the erosion of our values that fuelled the unprecedented levels of corruption in our society all associated with democracy It is important not to lose sight of the points We are in a contemporary time and there are societies that do not practice western democracy Abubakar III said that some countries like China do not practise western democracy but they were striving adding their economy is growing and going higher and higher But we know in the world today the economy everywhere is bad so is Nigeria also part of the world But the countries that don t practice western democracy have been doing very well And so we need to look at how we can also manage our own democracy peacefully and inline with our values and traditions On his part Mr Boss Mustapha the Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF said if the principle of Shura was followed it would create an opportunity for dialogue Mustapha said that this enhances ethic communication while promoting national cohesion and identity This will go a long way in stemming intertribal communal and ethic suspicions animosity aggression and conflicts Mustapha said NAN also reports that at end of the public lecture a special Juma at prayer led by the Murshid of the National Mosque Prof Shehu Galadanchi was held The cleric sought divine intervention for an end of the security challenges bedeviling the country Galadanchi also prayed for the socioeconomic development of the country total eradication of poverty and all forms of challenges facing the country In attendance were the Speaker of the House of Representatives Mr Femi Gbajabiamila Chief of Staff to the President Prof Ibrahim Gambari the FCT Minister Malam Muhammad Bello and the Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed Others were the First Lady Mrs Aisha Buhari former Zamfara governor Sen Ahmed Yarima Minister of Water Resources Alhaji Suleiman Adamu and the Etsu Nupe Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar among others NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Nigeria@62: Buhari, Sultan task leaders on good governance
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    Nigeria@62: Buhari, Sultan task leaders on good governance

    President Muhammadu Buhari, on Friday in Abuja enjoined leaders at all levels to provide good leadership and ensure the active participation of the citizens in governance.

    Represented by the President of Senate, Ahmed Lawan, Buhari made the call at the 62nd Independence Day Special Juma’at prayer at the National Mosque, Abuja.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that there was also a Public Lecture with the theme: “Shura: The Islamic Foundation of true Democracy”.

    ” As leaders we owe it a duty to provide good leadership and going by the topic today of Shura, good leadership can be better achieved with consultations.

    “It can also be achieved through collaboration and partnership between leaders among themselves and between leaders and those that are made”Buhari said.

    According to him,  in the type of democracy practised in Nigeria, it is necessary for those that are led to participate in governance.

    Buhari added: “At that level,  participation is for the citizens to be consulted and even where they are not consulted, they can advise to make their views known.

    ” To show their preferences for making their lives better and leaders are under obligation to listen.

    “Therefore, the theme is apt and is coming at a time when by the grace of God, in February 2023, Nigerians will go to the polls to elect new set of leaders.

    ” But the issue that I think is central is to how we reach there.

    The day is a long time.

    “They say in politics, but I also think in governance between now and then, those of us who are at the moment at the sadle of leadership are supposed to continue to remain focussed.

    “They should also consult widely as to what we have been doing and make it better,”Buhari said.

    The president was also optimistic that “everything will end well by the grace of God.”Earlier, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, called for a critical evaluation of the implementation of the Nigerian democracy.

    Abubakar III observed that the system.

    of democracy the country was practising was developed and nurtured in a European setting and values.

    He said that the introduction of western democracy had raised a number of problems arising largely from the facts that western European democracy still has no roots in the sociocultural development of Nigeria.

    The Sultan said:” It is important to take a total evaluation of the implementation of democracy in our society to do a cost benefits analysis.

    ” This will allow us to actually know its true value and see what aspect suit us and what doesn’t suit us.

    “Since we are supposed to be a free people who have gotten our independence some 62 years ago.

    ” I am hereby worried about the erosion of our values that fuelled the unprecedented levels of corruption in our society, all associated with democracy.

    ” It is important not to lose sight of the points.

    We are in a contemporary time and there are societies that do not practice western democracy.

    ” Abubakar III said that some countries like  China do not practise western democracy, but they were striving, adding, “their economy is growing and going higher and higher.

    ” But we know in the world today the economy everywhere is bad so is Nigeria also part of the world.

    But the countries that don’t practice western democracy have been doing very well.

    ” And so we need to look at how we can also manage our own democracy peacefully and inline with our values and traditions.

    ” On his part, Mr Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), said if the principle of Shura was followed it would create an opportunity for dialogue.

    Mustapha said that this enhances ethic communication, while promoting national cohesion and identity.

    ” This will go a long way in stemming intertribal, communal and ethic suspicions, animosity, aggression and conflicts,” Mustapha said.

    NAN also reports that at end of the public lecture, a special Juma’at prayer led by the Murshid of the National Mosque, Prof. Shehu Galadanchi was held.

    The cleric sought divine intervention for an end of the security challenges bedeviling the country.

    Galadanchi also prayed for the socioeconomic development of the country, total eradication of poverty and all forms of  challenges facing the country.

    In attendance were the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, the FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello and the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

    Others were the First Lady, Mrs Aisha Buhari, former Zamfara governor, Sen. Ahmed Yarima, Minister of Water Resources, Alhaji  Suleiman Adamu and the Etsu Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, among others.

    .


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