Breaking News:Obasanjo Announces HIS Return To PDP(Pictures) .

According to social media ActivistA”I Cum political Analyst, Hon Ikechukwu Emeka Onyia  who reported to Morningstarnaija.com, how our  Ex  President Obasanjo defected to PDP at    launch of the book titled “My Transition Hours ” , written by former President Goodluck Jonathan at Transcorp Hilton , Abuja .

  • I am now a full member of PDP “
  • Obasanjo declares

… Announces his return to his former Political Party (PDP) .

OBJ made the declaration while speaking at the ongoing presentation / launch of the book titled “My Transition Hours ” , written by former President Goodluck Jonathan at Transcorp Hilton , Abuja .

He also also pledge to work with the current leadership of PDP and Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar in reviving our dear country 

Atiku’s Policy Document Embodies Yearnings, Aspirations Of Nigerians

November 19, 2018

Press Statement

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the resounding public endorsements that heralded the policy document articulated by its Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, is a confirmation that the noble document embodies the collective mindset, yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians in their quest for a new leadership and a better life in our country.

Whereas President Muhammadu Buhari failed to articulate any solutions or operable policy direction in his procured and pedestrian “Next Level” document, the Atiku Abubakar’s policy document offers solutions and practical direction for delivery in all sectors of our national life.

The negative reactions of Nigerans to the Next Level mantra have shown that the document is dead on arrival as Nigeria cannot afford the reinforcement of failure, especially as the electorate have already seen through the deception and cheap attempt to beguile them again ahead of the elections.

The Atiku Abubakar policy document is a product of very wide, painstaking and productive consultations with Nigerians from all walks of live, critical stakeholders and development partners in key sectors, in the overall determination to chart a new course for our nation.

The policy document foretells a new dawn as it articulates practical solutions and answers to the myriad of economic, social and political challenges facing our nation and sets out all-inclusive templates for national rejuvenation, cohesion, protection of human rights and democratic tenets, wealth creation, transparency and elimination of corruption in governance.

In line with PDP’s people-based manifesto, the Atiku Abubakar policy document places utmost priority on the people by focusing chiefly on their yearnings for job creation, infrastructural development, poverty eradication, human capital development, inclusiveness and national unity.

Nigerians are particularly happy with the Atiku Abubakar policy document as it seeks to implement pro-poor policies that grant all citizens, irrespective of financial and social status, unhindered opportunity to participate in economic activities to achieve self-reliance and become active contributors to national development.

Unlike President Buhari, who is adjudged by Nigerians to be aloof, detached and unconcerned, Atiku Abubakar, has always maintained a strong bond with the people; hence his ability to understand their challenges, collective aspirations and to proffer solutions with underlining political will.

The PDP therefore urges Nigerians to continue to take ownership of the Atiku Abubakar Presidential campaign, which embodies their collective aspiration as a people to make our dear nation work again.

Finally, the PDP counsels President Buhari to note that he has come to the end of the road. Nigerians will never follow a leader on a journey to NEXT LEVEL of failure, lies, poverty, hunger, disease, bloodletting, extra-judicial killings, humongous corruption, nepotism, disdain for citizens and institutions of democracy, decayed infrastructure, national divisiveness and embarrassment in the international arena.

Signed:

Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary

Faulty Microphones: Reps Adjourned For Third Time In One Week

The House of Representatives on Wednesday adjourned plenary over failure of the public address system in the chamber.

The technical itch, which has persisted for about three weeks, had forced the House to adjourn plenary three times within one week.

The lawmakers had earlier adjourned on Wednesday last week and on Tuesday this week.

The audio system attached to more than half of the seats in the chamber had been malfunctioning, making members who wanted to speak to relocate to other seats with functional microphones.

After saying the opening prayers on Wednesday, the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, announced that the chamber would have to adjourn sitting to Tuesday, with the hope that a temporary solution would be put in place.

Dogara noted that the system was manufactured in Germany and only the producer could supply a new one to the chamber. He also noted that the system was installed in 1999.

He said, “We are still grappling with the problem relating to the public address system and unfortunately, up till now, we have been unable to fix the problem.

“The technical department has done all within its power. I have been told that the row (section) on my right to the isle; the microphones from the first row to the sixth row are not functioning. And if we have want to sit there, almost all the rows there will be empty and the entire people at the front will have to vacate their seniority on the floor and move backward.

“We will take the two matters of urgent public importance and then, we will have to adjourn the House so that the technicians can make an improvisation relating to the public address system.”

“By the time we reconvene, hopefully Tuesday next week, all the reports from the heads of the committees should be ready for presentation.”

Dogara thereafter asked that only items listed on the Order Paper, which did not require debates, should be treated.

UJU EDOCHIE BLOG : APGA , A CATHOLIC PARTY OR A PARTY FOR THE CATHOLICS.

…….RESPONSE TO THE SPONSORED ARTICLE WITH THE CAPTION ABOVE MEANT TO DIVIDE ANAMBRA ALONG RELiGIOUS LINES.

Anambra State the light of our Nation Nigeria is too complex and stable for a few extremists to toy with along religious lines. After reading the Sun Newspaper advert of October 20, 2018, we were convinced that some felons are out to tarnish the good work of democracy that has kept Anambra State ahead of other states in the country. 
We  read with disgust, the above titled advert which appeared in the Sun Newspaper of October 30, 2014. A thorough perusal of the advert shows that it is the continuation of the war against Anambra state now hiding under the cloak of religion.
In the said advert, they tried to portray Anambra state as an unstable state whose cabinet and other positions in the government were occupied by 80% Catholics. 
The accusation is totally false and was calculated to diminish Anambra State and dredge us in religious crises.
We shall take the points they wickedly raised serially.
A. POLITICAL APPOINTMENT
It is not in doubt that the current Deputy Governor of Anambra state is a proud Anglican. We can take it further to still confirm that the Chief Protocol to His Excellency, Uzuegbunam Okagbue who also double as the Deputy Chief of Staff is a proud Anglican. So numerous to mention are Commissioners, Special Advisers, Senior Special Assistants, SAs and other appointees in this government are proudly Anglican. 
Going back memory lane, we have the capacity to open up the lies from the pit of hell of some disgruntled elements who do not wish Anambra state well.
Prof. Stella Chinyere Okunna, who tripled to the irritation of many, as the Chief of Staff to the former Governor; Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning; as well as the Chairman, Good Governance Group. Prof. Okunna is an Anglican.
Mrs. Vivian Nwandu was  Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Budget and Economic PlanningPlanning and also a member of the Good Governance Group and, in fact, the de facto Deputy Chief of Staff is an Anglican.
Kindly peruse through the list of former Anambra state appointees and the denomination they belonged to.
1. Mr. Oseloka Obaze, former Secretary to State Government Catholic2. Stella Okunna, former Chief of Staff and Comm. for Economic Planning/Budget Anglican3. Peter Afuba, former Comm. for Justice and Attorney General Catholic4. Azuka Enemo, former Comm. for Local Government Anglican5. Lawrence Ikeakor, former Comm. for Health, Anglican6. Henrietta Agbata, former Comm for Women Affairs Anglican7. Callistus Ilozumba, former Comm.for Works Catholic8. Edozie Aroh, former Comm. for Youths and Sports, Anglican9. Sebastian Okoye, former Comm. for Environment Catholic10. Ohamobi Chike, former Comm for Transport, Catholic11. Chibunna Okoli Akirika ,former Comm. for Lands Anglican12. Engr. Patrick Obi, former Comm. for Housing, Catholic13. Ngozi Okoye, former Comm. for Finance Anglican/Pent14. Emeka Nwankwu, former Comm. for Utilities Catholic15. Uju Okeke, former Comm. for Education, Catholic16. Okoli Christopher, former Comm. for Science and Tech, Anglican17. Ndubisi Menakaya , former Comm. for Agriculture, Anglican18. Vivian Nwandu, former Special Adviser on MDG, Anglican19. Godfrey Muotolu, former Special Adviser on Chieftaincy Matters, Catholic 20. Emenike, Obi, former Principal Secretary to the Governor Catholic21. Oby Nwankwo, Perm. Sec. Govt. House, Anglican22. Ferdinand Obi Permanent Secretary/closest aide Anglican
23 Mr George Asuegbu Ijezi (Secretary) Anglican 24. Barr Gabriel Onyeozili  Anglican25. Dr (Mrs) Kate Obioji Catholic26. Mrs Pauline Ndibe Catholic27. Mr. Shedrach Onuigbo Anglican
C. 1 JUDICIARY
Those that placed the advert also said that over 80% of Judges in Anambra State were Catholics, here are the statistics: 
Chief Judges in Anambra state in the last dispensation.
1. Justice Chuka Okoli Anglican2. Justice Nri Ezedi (appointed by Obi) Anglican3. Justice Emeka Nzegwu (appointed by Obi) Anglican4. Justice Paul Obidigwe (appointed by Obi) Anglican5. Justice Peter Umeadi (appointed by Obi) CatholicAnambra State Judiciary has 18 Judges. The under listed, 10 in number, belong to Anglican faith, while the rest belong to Catholic and other faiths:
1. Justice Ijeoma Onwuamaegbu Anglican2. Justice O.M Anyachebelu Anglican3. Justice J.I Nweze Anglican4. Justice O.C. Amaechina Anglican5. Justice P.C Obiora Anglican6. Justice V. N Agbata Anglican7. Justice G.C Anulude Anglican8. Justice Ike Ogu Anglican9. Justice C.C Okaa Anglican10. Justice Otti Anglican
C.2 JUDICIARY
The Customary Court of Appeal became functional in Anambra State during the last dispensation. The two Presidents of the court appointed then were Anglican!
1. Justice Chinwe Amaechi Anglican. 2. Justice Samuel Okoye Anglican 
C.3 JUDICIARY
The Magistrates Cadre has far more Anglicans than Catholics and other denominations put together..
D. PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CHURCH ON HEALTH
Anambra state supports Anglican hospitals that did not fall under the original hospitals slated for assistance, namely, Faith Hospital and Maternity owned by the Anglican Diocese of Awka. Another one is the Amichi Diocesan Hospital. Anambra state also assisted hospitals owned by the Pentecostal fellowship, an example being Jesus the Physician Hospital at Awka.
In Anambra state partnership with the Churches to build and rebuild institutions, the state built 10 maternities and four of them were for the Anglican Church and are located in:
1. Umueje, Anyamelum L.G.A2. Awba-Ofenmili, Akwa North L.G.A3. Ihiala, Ihiala L.G.A4. Umunze, Orumba South L.G.A
E. RETURN OF SCHOOLS
On the return of schools, there was no way any particular denomination was favoured. Schools taken over by Government in 1970 were all gazetted and it was those schools that were returned. Anglican Church benefitted more from some local Authority schools that were also returned to them. In few places there were disputes, Government set up a Committee to look into the challenges and resolve it.
Following the heroic return of schools, Anambra State Government gave to Catholic and Anglican Churches over 2 Billion Naira each to rehabilitate those schools and still dolling out millions every year to the curchrs in their partnership for a better Anambra. Anambra currently continued to pay the salaries of both tutorial and non-tutorial staff. This is now being adopted as a model across the globe.
Today, schools in Anambra come first in all external examinations. This is what Anambrarians should be celebrating rather than condone people who vilify the government who was the architect of it all.
F. CONTINUED SUPPORT TO THE CHURCH. 
In line with the development agenda of the government, churches in Anambra State still benefits from the government. Below are the some of the financial assistance to some Anglican diocese in Anambra state.
1. Anglican Diocese of Aguata 5 Million for faith-based micro credit scheme/vehicle2. Anglican Diocese of Ihiala 3 Million for faith-based micro credit/vehicle3. Anglican Diocese of Amichi 3 Million for faith-based micro credit/vehicle4. Anglican Diocese of Niger West 3 Million for faith-based micro credit/vehicle5. Anglican Diocese of Mbamili a bus for their newly established secondary school6. Other Anglican/ Methodist Dioceses and some other religious ​ ​denominations in the state benefitted
G. THOSE SENT TO THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR POLICY AND STRATEGIC STUDIES.
Among the Five persons sent to the Nigerian Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) at Kuru, Plateau State by Anambra state government, only two were Catholic. They also insinuated that the state is paying catholic priests and bishops salaries. This is the worst blackmail any human can peddle again a peace living state as Anambra. 
We know their plans which is to divide  Anambra state along religious lines going into the general election. Their plans have failed because Anambra state in in the hand of the God Almighty. Support Anambra state. Support APGA, Support governances.
ALLIANCE FOR EQUITY AND JUSTICE

Oshiomhole:It Will Be Strange For APC To Have ‘Graveyard’ Peace.

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, says it will be strange if the ruling party is experiencing “graveyard peace.”

He also said it was only morally right for the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to resign his position as he belongs to the minority party.

Oshiomhole, who spoke yesterday during a programme on Arise Television, said the APC was prone to controversies “because it is a large party.”

Last week, the party chairman was detained by the Department of State Services (DSS) and grilled for nine hours after some governors alleged that he received bribes during the party’s primary elections across the country.

“We have finished our primaries and we have submitted names to INEC and there are internal procedures for reconciliation and we are working on them.

“We are a large governing party and it will only be strange if we are having graveyard peace. People are allowed to grumble, grumbling is allowed. We should move on and find solutions,” he said.

When asked whether the party still had plans to remove Saraki, he said: “I think it’s about morality. We just had an election in the U.S. The democrats won more members in the congress. Without much ado, the leadership of the house changed. This question didn’t have to arise. Saraki belongs to a minority party as it stands today in the senate. The truth about democracy is that it’s a game of numbers. It’s unacceptable that minority provides leadership over majority.”

Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive to the APC that the name of an aspirant who won a primary election in Katsina State be recognized, has allegedly been shunned by Oshiomhole.

The name of the aspirant, Nuhu Danja, who won the primary election held for Bakori/Danja Federal Constituency was claimed to have been wrongly replaced with that of Aminu Tukur, the incumbent.

Tukur had lost the primary election after scoring 305 votes against Danja’s 314 votes.

Speaking to newsmen yesterday, Danja said Buhari’s directive had followed a protest letter from the governor, Aminu Bello Masari, and the party in the state which was addressed to the president, and dated October 23.

The letter, he said, affirmed that he was the rightful winner of the primary and not the person earlier forwarded to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

He alleged that the president’s directive had been ignored by Oshiomhole and the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party. According to him, the matter became important to be addressed quickly as November 17 is the final date for substitution of names with the electoral empire.

EFCC Has Become A Department In APC — Ortom

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom yesterday alleged that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission had become a department in the All Progressives Congress.

The governor also accused the anti-corruption body of being biased in its fight against corruption.

He spoke at the swearing-in ceremony for nine new commissioners who replaced those sacked in August.

Ortom said he would not succumb to any intimidation by the EFCC.

He said: “Despite intimidation from the EFCC that has become a department in APC, we are not going to be intimidated. In the past few months, civil servants working with me are being troubled for no just cause. Once you decamp from APC, EFCC comes after you. Fighting corruption should not be selective.”

He said the EFCC had been on the heels of members of a committee for the burial of the late Tor Tiv following the sum of N120 million used for “the burial and settling of the deceased family.”

The governor said:”if we do anything wrong we are ready to face the law. But we will not succumb to intimidation.”

He also said that his administration could now pay workers’ salaries as and when due because he had detached himself from godfatherism.

Ortom said since he left the APC for the Peoples’ Democratic Party, he had fared well in salary payment as he was no longer under undue “pressure” to satisfy the caprices of certain ‘men’.

“There is no godfatherism again in Benue under my watch. That is why you can see that since I detached myself from godfather, even salary I have been able to pay as at when due. I’m seeking for other ways in offsetting the remaining arrears of salaries.

“Since I left APC, I have been paying salaries. In APC, godfathers will not allow me but now I’m a free man,” he said.

The Rowdy Session In Anambra State House Of Assembly Early Today , Described As Bundle Of Illegality-Mbanugo Onyeka Nelson

Hon (Mrs) Rita Mmaduagwu, A Symbol Of Authority In Anambra state house of assembly.

By Mbanugo Onyeka Nelson

The Rowdy Session in Anambra state house of assembly early today is what I described as bundle of illegality

In as much as Principal Officers are concern, Nobody can impeach Madam Speaker( Rita Maduagwu (Nnewi South II Constituency)

because she have not committed any offence. They didn’t have any power known to any law to impeach her.
Last year the same Hon Ikem Uzoezie plotted to impeached our Able Governor, Chief Willie Obiano but Madam Speaker combatted it, ever since then He vowed to impeached Her, so that he can perform his evil attack against our great party APGA, Gov Willie Obiano and ndi Anambra state at large.

This is the second time that our Principal officers Sacrifices themselves for the  betterment of our dear Anambra state. That’s why I called him symbol of authority. They need two-thirds of the members to impeach the Speaker but they did not succeed . So,therefore Hon Rita Maduagwu still remain the Speaker of Anambra State House of Assembly.

Our people( ndi Igbo) said Nkita anaghi ata okpukpu anyawara ya n’olu which means that Any one entrusted with anything should not betray the trust, Hon Ikem Uzoezie your constituency (Aguata 11 constituency) entrusted and voted you for Anambra State House of Assembly, Aguata 11 constituency, so that you will deliver Dividends of Democracy to them but you failed woefully and started seeking for speaker positions, distracting and giving our dear state an impermeable name.

I want to congratulates all the Hon  members  , who summoned  courages like a Lion to counter and reserved the evil impeachment , will also like to mention some notable Senior citizens of Anambra State who also helped and supported him in reversing the injustice,because they understand that in difficult times, Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere and they stood up and fought it with their last drop of blood .
HON. PETE IBIDA (NJIKOKA II); HON. CHIDI UDEMADU (IHIALA I); HON. PATRICK ANIUNOH (ONITSHA I); HON. PASCAL AGBODIKE (IHIALA II); HON. BEVERLY NKEMDICHE IKPEAZU (ONITSHA SOUTH II); HON. UCHE OKAFOR (AYAMELUM); HON. NKOLI MMEGBUANAEZE (IDEMILI NORTH); HON. CHUKA EZENWUNNE (IDEMILI SOUTH); HON. TIMOTHY, Ifediorah ma, Hon Lawrence Ezeudu (Dunukofia) in a special way for saving our Immaculate Speaker, Gov Willie Obiano, Our great party APGA and our dear state from Mud. O na-abu Aka nri kwoo aka ekpe, aka ekpe Akwoo Aka nri, which simple means Unity aids progress) what we need in Anambra state is progess(Development) not impeachment

Long live Hon Rita Mmaduagwu (Speaker)!!

Long live Chief Willie Obiano!!!

GOD BLESS NDI Anambra state.

BREAKING NEWS: Ikem Uzoezie In Failed Attempt To Impeach Hon. Rita Maduagwu, The Current Speaker.

Ikem Uzoezie’s plan to impeach Gov. Willie Obiano after impeaching Hon. Rita Maduagwu exposed.
Some Members House of Representatives, Hon. Ikem Uzoezie , Harford Oseke and Barr. Enwezo has planned to unseat the present Speaker, Hon. Rita Maduagwu for Ikem to succeed her.

Recall that Ikem Uzoezie and family has been one of the highest beneficiaries of this present Government from first tenure to the present .

During Peter Obi’s regime ,Ikem Uzoezie’s mother was Commissioner for Women affairs for good 8years .

In this present Gov. Obiano’s regime, she was made provost in Nwafor Orizu College of Education, even after her tenure expiration, Gov. Obiano extended her stay with more than one year.

By championing impeachment of the present Speaker, Hon. Rita Maduakor gwu and succeed her by all means and also fermenting plan to impeach the Governor of Anambra state, Chief Willie Obiano has best described him as a man without conscience .

I’m Still Speaker Of Anambra State House Of Assembly…Maduagwu

 

By Emeka Modilim (ABS Legislative Reporter)

The Speaker of Anambra State House of Assembly, Barrister Rita Maduagwu has debunked the news that she has been impeached by the House.

Speaking to journalists at a press briefing in her office on Tuesday, November 13, 2018, Barrister Maduagwu revealed that the purported impeachment did not follow due process as no notice of impeachment was served her. According to her, those who perpetrated the purported impeachment did not meet two third majority of the House as required by the constitution. She mainted that Anambra State House of Assembly has thirty lawmakers and fifteen members of the House did not endorse the purported impeachment.

She maintained that she is still the Speaker, Anambra State House of Assembly.

Breaking News :Atiku Approved N33,000 Minimum Wage For All 100,000 Staff On His Payroll

Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has approved N33,000 as minimum wage for all staff in his conglomerate.

Mohammed El-Yakub, Managing Director of Gotel Communications, Atiku’s media outfit based in Yola, confirmed this to SaharaReporters on Thursday, saying “the N33,000 new salary scale, which takes effect from November 2018, includes domestic servants and all categories of workers on the former VP’s payroll.

El-Yakub said over 100,000 people are currently drawing salary on a monthly basis from the former Vice President.

Following the recommendation of N30,000 as minimum wage by the tripartite committee set up by the Federal Government, Atiku had urged President Muhammadu Buhari to endorse the figure.

Senate Adjourns Plenary For APU Conference

The Senate has adjourned its plenary session till Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

The adjournment was to enable the lawmakers participate in the 73rd African Parliamentary Union (APU) conference.

At the session on Thursday, Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu led principal officers into the chambers, after which the prayers were taken and the day’s proceedings began at 11:02am.

Senator Bukar Ibrahim moved for the approval of votes and the Wednesday proceedings, and was seconded by Senator Suleiman Nazif.

The plenary session for Thursday lasted less than 30 minutes and the plenary was adjourned.

The APU conference is being held at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) secretariat in Abuja.

2019: Don’t Stop Politicians From Snatching Materials, NYSC Officials Warned Corps Members

The Director-General Brigadier-General of the National Youth Service Corps, Suleiman Kazaure, has advised corps members that will be deployed for 2019 general elections against stopping politicians from snatching materials.

Addressing corps members yesterday at the NYSC permanent orientation camp in Darkingari, Kebbi State, Kazaure advised:”If politicians want to snatch election materials from you, don’t drag issues with them. Help them carry it to their vehicle to avoid problems”.

He also warned corps members against bribe taking during the elections, saying “You are not covered by any immunity; anybody caught violating the Electoral Act is going to face the full wrath of the law”.

Kazaure, who was represented by a deputy director at the Evaluation Department of the  NYSC Headquarters, Mrs Victoria Ango, also told the corps members: “You are the future leaders. So, don’t lose your life for politicians.

He said the NYSC had assisted in the successful conduct of elections across the country; while the election security committee had ensured corps members’ safety.

He said the scheme had set up a security committee to come up with mechanisms to monitor corps members during elections.

He said: “INEC will also train corps members on how to discharge their electoral duties during the polls”.

NYSC State Coordinator Mr Usman Barde commended corps members for complying with camp rules and regulations

Senate Denied , Moves Funds From 30 MDAs To Finance 2019 Polls​

The burden of funding the 2019 general elections has been shifted to 30 Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) by the Senate.

Against its earlier resolution on the sources of funding the budget, the Senate yesterday considered the MDAs as capable enough of taking care of half of the N242.2billion needed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies to execute the polls.

The other half of the money, according to the Upper House, would come through supplementary budget, solely from the Service Wide Votes.

The Senate went ahead to name the MDAs and the specific amount of money that should be come through virement from each of them.

The resolution followed a motion by the chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Danjuma Goje, at plenary.

In a voice vote, the Senate resolved that half of the election budget would be sourced from the MDAs, while the other half would come from the Service Wide Votes.

Consequently, the sum of N121.122billion would be sourced from the Service Wide Votes, while N121.122billion would come from the MDAs.

A breakdown of the amount to be sourced from the MDAs showed that N25.527 billion  would come from Power, Works and Housing; N12.6billion – Water Resources; N11billion – Agriculture and Rural Development.

Others are N10.238billion – Education and N8billion-Health; N8.9 billion- Budget and National Planning; N7.5 billion – Science and Technology; N6.7 billion-Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF); N7billion – Trade and Investment; N2.7 billion – Labour and Employment among others.

There was, however, a twist to the consideration for the budget as Senator Dino Melaye (PDP, Kogi) raised objection to the N27.3billion allocated to the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) for the conduct of the elections.

He said that it was unjustifiable to allocate such huge amount of money to the NPF, in view of the fact that many Nigerians were “battling with hunger.”

Goje countered Melaye’s observation, saying the amount had been approved and that the only change was the source of funding.

“I want to correct the impression created by the last speaker. There is usually massive deployment during elections.

“The amount may even be too small because you’re going to have policemen in every polling unit,” Goje said.

In his remarks, the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, said that while there was nothing wrong in ensuring funding for election, the implementation should be investigated.

The Senate consequently mandated the committees on Police Affairs and other security agencies to investigate how the police applied funds for the 2011 and 2015 general elections and report back in two weeks.

The Senate had approved the sum of N242.2 billion for the 2019 general elections.

Of the amount, N189 billion was earmarked for INEC and N9.5 billion for office of the National Security Adviser.

Others were N10.2 billion – Department of State Security (DSS), N5.6 billion – National Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), N27.3 billion – NPF and N2.6 billion – Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS).

. . . Probes Social Intervention Fund, SURE-P

Meanwhile, Senators of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have insisted that if President Muhammadu Buhari’s social intervention programme fund should be probed, ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) be investigated as well.

Consequently, the Senate yesterday resolved to investigate the alleged misuse of the social intervention programme fund and also to probe how funds allocated to the Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) were used.

The resolution followed the adoption of a motion by the Senate minority leader, Senator Biodun Olujimi (Ekiti, PDP) on alleged deployment of funds under the social intervention programme to buy Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) to ensure re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Olujimi who exhibited copies of signed forms used by an alleged beneficiary of the intervention fund, claimed that beneficiaries were made to attach their PVCs before they could benefit from the fund.

She said that it was unfortunate that the social intervention fund created for the benefit of every Nigerian was allegedly being manipulated to buy PVCs for Buhari’s re-election bid.

Olujimi who came under Order 42 (personal explanation) urged the Senate to investigate the issue as a matter of urgency.

She said that the upper chamber should insist that the social intervention fund must not be used for political purposes.

Senate leader, Senator Ahmed Lawan, described the allegation as completely unfounded.

As Lawan made to disabuse the minds of his colleagues about any untoward use of the fund, the Senate erupted with shouts of point of order.

Attempts by Saraki to control the situation failed for some moment.

He gave Senator Melaye the floor to move his point of order.

Melaye said that Olujimi’s motion should first be seconded before contributions would be made.

The house was divided along party lines. Lawan requested for protection and to be allowed to make his points.

Saraki said that Lawan should be allowed to speak.

Lawan said that “I listened attentively to the motion by Senator Olujimi.

“I want to say that the social intervention programme of this administration is transparent.

“For the first time in the history of social intervention programmes in Nigeria we have proofs that anywhere you are in Nigeria, you can apply” he added.

The shout of point of order continued.

Senator Albert Akpan (Akwa Ibom North East) took the floor to raise Orders 49 and 52.

Akpan reiterated Melaye’s position that Saraki should first allow Olujimi’s motion to be seconded.

He added that contributions in support of the motion should be taken after which those opposed to the motion should take the floor.

Saraki could take none of that. He said that Lawan should be allowed to conclude his contribution.

Lawan said that the social intervention programme of the government is computer-based which made it simple for Nigerians to apply wherever they were.

He urged the Senate president to be above board and blind to the debate.

Lawan added that Olujimi should tender the document she has while the investigation should be party blind.

At this junction, Senator Jibrin Barau (Kano North, APC) moved for additional prayer in Olujimi’s motion to include the investigation of the SURE-P.

The Senate adopted the prayer and resolved to probe  both Social Intervention Programme and SURE-P.

Shocking :Dead man wins election in U.S.

A dead man has been elected as a legislature in Nevada’s State Assembly, in the just concluded U.S. mid-term elections. Voters in Nevada just elected dead man Dennis Hof According to the Huffington Post, Mr Dennis Hof died unexpectedly in mid-October, but his name wasn’t scratched off the ballot under Nevada law.

The pro-Trump candidate still found favour with the voters and patrons of Hof’s Nevada brothel, even from the great beyond just to keep his memory alive.

Elections officials said that Republican Dennis Hof won a seat in Nevada’s State Assembly, with 53 percent of the vote in his Clark County, beating Democrat school administrator and political newcomer, Lesia Romanov, who amassed 47 percent of the vote. Hof had attempted to mould his political image on that of President Donald Trump, often referring to himself as “Trump from Pahrump” after his hometown in Nevada, according to reports.

The brothel owner, who ran an anti-establishment campaign, got into the crucial race after winning the primary but was not destined to see his political triumph. This October, Hof was found dead at Love Ranch, one of his legal brothels, after his 72nd birthday party, which featured guests such as legendary porn star Ron Jeremy and potential Republican Senate candidate Joe Arpaio. However, his name remained on the ballot in accordance with Nevada’s legislation, as the deadline for changing the roster had passed.

Despite the paradoxical outcome, there are procedures in place to ensure that when Hof’s posthumous victory is confirmed, local county commissioners may appoint another Republican to fill his seat.

This set the expectations of Hof’s campaign manager, Chuck Muth, high; as he suggested voters would still opt for the deceased Republican ahead of the General Elections. “They will feel much more comfortable casting the ballot for him, knowing there will be another Republican to replace him,” he said shortly after the pimp’s passing. Some mocked the U.S. election system for this rare occurrence.

Breaking News :Senate In Rowdy Session Over ‘Politicisation’ Of Buhari’s Social Intervention Programme

There was a rowdy session at the Senate on Wednesday when Abiodun Olujimi, the senator representing Ekiti South at the National Assembly, accused the Muhammadu Buhari administration of politicising its social intervention programme.

Citing Orders 42 & 52, Olujimi, who is also the Senate Minorty Leader, brought “an urgent matter of the politicization of the Social Intervention Fund” before the Senate, saying beneficiaries were being asked to provide their Permanent Voter Card (PVC) number.

“The funds have been used for political reasons,” she said. “I have one such forms where your BVN number, PVC number, gender and account details must be written. I urge that an Ad-hoc Committee be set up to look into this issue.”

Senate Leader Ahmad Lawan stood up to counter Olujimi’s claims, but he was resisted by Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers, who, led by Dino Melaye, the Kogi West senator, raised their voices.

The rowdiness lasted several minutes, with Lawan unable to speak until the situation mellowed.

Eventually, the Senate resolved to set up an ad hoc committee to investigate the matter.

It also mandated committee to investigate the implementation of Goodluck Jonathan’s Subsidy Reinvestment and Empowerment Programme (SURE-P) as well

Culled from SaharaReporters

NANS Gives FG 7-day Ultimatum Over ASUU Strike​

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) yesterday gave the federal government a seven day ultimatum to honour agreements reached with members of the Academic staff of Nigerian Universities  in October 2017 or face mass action.

While addressing a press conference in Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Tuesday, NANS spokesman, Azeez Adeyemi, said students would not fold their arms and watch their future mortgaged by the “lackadaisical  approach towards education at all levels in the country by the government.”

He commended the resilience of the Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union that had been on strike in the past two months.

Adeyemi “We will not fold our arms and allow our institutions to be short for months again because of Federal Government insensitivity and lackadaisical approach towards education at all level in Nigeria.”

Breaking News :US Institute Of Peace Denied Predicting Victory For Buhari

The United States Institute of Peace (USIP) has denied widespread reports of predicting a victory for President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential election.

A few Nigerian newspapers had reported as much because of a part of the report that read: “Many Nigerians feel their hopes have not been met. Some respondents suggest the electorate is sufficiently disappointed that voter apathy will be greater in 2019 than it was in 2015, with the unifying narrative of change that helped elect the APC in 2015 much less compelling as a factor in mobilising the electorate, and perceptions that another defeat of the presidential incumbent is less likely to happen in 2019.”

However, in a clarification issued very late on Tuesday night, USIP said it made no prediction at all about the outcome of the presidential election, but only presented the thoughts of the Nigerians it interviewed.

“A few Nigerian newspapers reported erroneously this week that the U.S. Institute of Peace has made a prediction about the possible outcome of Nigeria’s 2019 presidential election,” it said in the statement.

“USIP never makes predictions about election outcomes and has not done so in this case. The Institute’s work on elections is confined to helping nations avoid electoral violence.

“The erroneous news accounts misrepresent USIP’s recent 20-page report on the risks to a peaceful 2019 election in Nigeria. This study is based on interviews across the country with more than 200 Nigerian respondents—election administrators, political party representatives, security officials, civil society and youth groups, the media, traditional and religious leaders, prominent community figures, business people, academics and others.

“The USIP report noted that, in the interviews, “some respondents” discussed their own views of Nigerian public perceptions about an election outcome. A Nigerian news account mis-reported this passage as a USIP prediction of the outcome, and other Nigerian news organizations repeated the error. As USIP is a strictly nonpartisan institution, its work on elections focuses entirely on preventing violence.”

Breaking News :20,000 APC Defect To PDP From Akpabio’s Home

Twenty thousand members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Essien Udim, the home of Godswil Akpabio, former Governor of the state, on Tuesday defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the ruling party has said.

But the occasion was marred by an attack by hired thugs, with Moses Ekpo, Deputy Governor of the state, among party stakeholders and government officials to escape by the skin of their teeth.

The highlight of the reception for the new members, held at the Unity Hall of Essien Udim Local Government Council headquarters, was a massive declaration of support for Governor Udom Emmanuel by former and serving chapter and ward executive council members of the APC.

Prince Ukpong Akpabio, younger brother and former aide of the immediate past Senate Minority Leader, as well as Chief Michael Afangideh, regarded as Akpabio’s political godfather, also declared for Udom.

The Deputy Governor was receiving the APC defectors on behalf of the Governor when thugs suspected to be Akpabio’s supporters stormed the venue and attacked on the participants, including Ekpo.

The thugs, allegedly led by one Adionganye Akpabio, a cousin of Akpabio, and Imo Ibara from Ukana West ward1, arrived in buses and started launching missiles at everyone at the premises,
Speaking with Ukpong Akpabio, the state Commissioner for Investment, Commerce and Industry, thanked God for the prompt response of the Police to arrest the situation.

The miscreants succeeded in injuring some people and destroying some vehicles at the venue before escaping via a nearby river at Afaha Ikot Ebak.

A Honda Accord vehicle belonging to the PDP Chapter Chairman in Essien Udim, Hon. Ntiedo Usoro, was damaged, as well as some cars and motorcycles belonging to the APC members who defected to the PDP.

Elder Ufot EBong, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Technical Matters, said he was astonished by the nature of the attack.

“I have never seen anything like this; they came armed and they made bonfires on the road and attempted to barricade us inside so they can kill us,” he said. “This is very horrible and I am worried about this development.”

Breaking News :Buhari Endorses N30,000 New National Minimum Wag

President Muhammadu Buhari has endorsed the new national minimum wage of N30,000 proposed by the Tripartite Committee on National Minimum Wage.

The President gave the approval on Tuesday shortly after the report of the committee was presented to him.

While promising to forward new minimum wage bill to National Assembly for action, he urged Nigerian workers against being used as political weapons.

Stay tuned for more details…….

Breaking News : Four House Of Reps Members Dump APC

 

Four members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the House of Representatives have dumped the party.

According to Yakubu Dogara, Speaker of the house, who announced their defection during plenary on Tuesday, the lawmakers are: Adedapo Lam-Adesina (Oyo State), Dada Awoleye (Oyo State), Segun Williams (Ogun State) and Lawali Hassan (Zamfara State).

2019 :INEC Deleted 300,000 Names From Voter Register

This is just as the commission revealed that from today, November 6, to November 12, it would display the voter register in the 120,000 polling units nationwide for Nigerians to scrutinise and raise objections, if any.

INEC chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this when he received a delegation of ECOWAS Pre-Election Fact Finding Mission, led by the chairman of Sierra Leone’s National Electoral Commission, Mohamed Conteh, yesterday in Abuja.

Yakubu  said that the names were removed from the register after Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) was carried out on the biometric data of registered voters, noting that the commission had started the cleaning up of the register.

“For the registered voters, we have been cleaning up on our own, using the AFIS.  As at last week, before I travelled, I was told that over 300,000 names were dropped via the automatic fingerprints identification system.

“But the cleaning of the voter register is not the sole responsibility of the commission; it is also the responsibility of every Nigerian. That is why the law says that we should display the register for a period of six days between November 6 and November 12. We will display the voter register in 120, 000 polling units nationwide,” he said.

The INEC chairman urged Nigerians to make use of the opportunity to assist the commission to identify names of other persons who are ineligible to vote for further clean-up.

Yakubu told the mission that INEC was well prepared for the 2019 general elections, saying it had passed the planning stage, and was now on implementation of the line-up activities for the elections.

“In fact we can say that the 2019 general election is perhaps the most deliberately well planned election in our history.

“We have finished the strategic planning; we have finished our strategic programme of action, and we have completed the election project plan. We have issued the timetable and schedule of activities for the 2019 general elections,” he said.

Yakubu also disclosed that the commission would by November 9 or November 10 release the statistics of political parties that nominated candidates for governorship elections coming up in 29 states and the State Houses of Assembly in all states.

Speaking earlier, leader of the mission, Conteh, said that they were in Nigeria to gather relevant information and see how prepared INEC was for the general elections.

“This is a fact-finding mission to the Federal Republic of Nigeria ahead of the elections.

“As you are aware, it is common that before we start any election, organisations such as ECOWAs come and see the condition under which election is conducted and gather information in respect of the elections

“More importantly, meet with you as a major stakeholder, as election management body that is responsible for the conduct of election to discuss with you and see how prepared you are for the election,’’ he said.

Conteh thanked ECOWAS, ECONEC and the federal government for the assistance rendered to Serial Leone during its elections in April.

Another member of the delegation and former chairperson of Ghana’s Electoral Commission,  Dr Remi Ajibewa, said that the mission would use the visit to meet with other electoral stakeholders in the country.

These, according to her, include security agencies, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and political parties to ensure the conduct of free, fair and credible elections in 2019.

JUST IN: Head Of Service Directed Workers To Report At Their Duty Posts

Winifred Oyo-Ita, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, has directed workers to ensure that they report to their duty posts on Tuesday despite plans of the organized labour to begin an indefinite strike.

In a circular titled ‘Notice of court injunction on proposed strike action: Directive for compliance’ and dated November 5, 2018, Oyo-Ita said the order became necessary because the National Industrial Court had restrained the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) from embarking on the industrial action on Tuesday pending the determination of the substantive suit on Thursday November 8.

In the circular, signed on behalf of the HOCSF by the Permanent Secretary, Service Welfare Office, Mrs. Didi Walson-Jack, all permanent secretaries were asked to ensure strict compliance with the directive.

“The attention of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation has been drawn to the order of interim injunction by the Abuja Division of the National Industrial Court of Nigeria dated November 2, 2018 restraining the Nigeria Labour Congress, the Trade Union Congress and their members from embarking on or taking part in the strike or industrial action to commence on Tuesday, November 6, 2018,” read the circular.

“In view of the above, I am directed to inform you that all staff are expected to continue to report at their duty posts to carry out their duties pending the hearing and determination of the motion on notice for interlocutory injunction.

“All Permanent Secretaries and Heads of extra-Ministerial Departments and Agencies are to bring the content of this circular to the attention of their staff and ensure strict compliance.”

Breaking News : Labour(NLC) Suspends Nationwide Strike At The Eleventh Hour.

The organised labour has called off its industrial action originally scheduled to begin at 12am on Tuesday in the final lap of its agitation for the raising of the national minimum wage from N18,000 to N30,000.

 

Ayuba Wabba, National Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), made the announcement in Abuja very late on Monday night — minutes before the industrial action was to kick off — after the second leg of the marathon meeting of the tripartite committee constituted by the Federal Government to decide a new national minimum wage.

“The tripartite negotiating committee, as rightly put by the chairperson, has, this period, concluded its assignment; agreements have been reached, and also documents have been signed,” Wabba said.

“The report will be submitted to Mr. President tomorrow by 4:15pm. Therefore, organised labour, we want to use this medium to thank all the tripartite partners for their understanding, and importantly for concluding this important national assignment.

“And having reached this position, and also the fact that the assignment has been concluded, the organised labour also decided that the proposed strike action is hereby suspended.”

Ama Pepple, Chairman of the committee, added: “I am happy to report to you that we have concluded our assignment and we will submit our report to the President by 4.15pm on Tuesday.

“We will reveal the figure at the presentation.”

Neither party disclosed to the media exactly what agreement had been reached.

Breaking News : Tinubu In Closed-Door Meeting With Buhari

Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is currently at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, where he is meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari behind closed doors

Tinubu was seen arriving at the villa on Wednesday afternoon, at some minutes before 4pm, just as the Governor of Borno State, Kashim Shettima, was leaving.

Afterwards, he went into the meeting with the President.

Stay tuned for more details….

Breaking News : Minimum Wage: Labour Rejects Governor’s N22,500

THE organised labour on Wednesday rejected the N22,500 proposal by the Nigeria Governors Forum, NGF, as the new Minimum Wage.

Briefing journalists at the Labour House, Abuja, President of Nigeria Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba said with the new twist of things by the government, labour has gone back to its previous demand of N66,500.

Ayuba Wabba, NLC President Wabba said that the N30,000 which was the agreement at the end of the Tripartite Negotiation Committee meeting was a product of compromise.

He explained that 21 states responded through a proper memoranda at the initial stage of the negotiation and even the quoted figures. “There was public hearing and inputs were made before we arrived at N30,000. The demand of organised labour is not N30,000. Our demand is N66,500

Court Adjourned Matter Seeking Buhari’s Impeachment Till November 26

Justice Maureen Onyetenu sitting at the Federal High Court in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, has adjourned a law suit seeking the impeachment of President Muhammad Buhari till November 26.

The suit, filed on June 19, accused the president of various leadership gaffes. It also accused the National Assembly of “closing their eyes to the president’s gross misconduct”.

The suit, filed as an ex parte motion, urged the court to mandate the National Assembly to impeach the president.

In the motion, the applicants accused Buhari of violating the 1999 Constitution by contesting for election, winning and being sworn in as the president on May 29, 2015 without possessing the basic constitutional requirements, which would have qualified him to contest for the election.

The motion read: “In the light of the 4th Respondent’s placement to continue in the office as the president, he has no certificate and basic requirements upon which this placement to continue in the office can be placed.

“The 4th Respondent on the 29th day of May 2015, took an oath of office, among others, to the effect that, he would rule in accordance to and protect the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, particularly section 14 (2) (b) which stipulates that the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government. In the contrary, the 4th Respondent has proved to be unable to guarantee the security of lives and property of the citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in fulfilment of his oath of Office.

“The herdsmen killings of innocent citizens under the 4th Respondent have been uncountable, unbearable and unprecedented overheating figures in the globe. The 4th Respondent, in contravention of the due process and sections 80 and 81 of the 1999 Constitution, spent about $496 million on the purchase of Tucano Jets without the approval of the National Assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as required by the law.

“The 4th Respondent ordered to be withdrawing money from the public fund of the Federation without the approval of the National Assembly or the authorisation of its act and same used for the purchase of Tucano jets. The 4th Respondent has committed several impeachable offences, that is, gross misconduct.

“By the provision of section 143 of the 1999 Constitution, the 1st to 3rd Respondents (The Senate President, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the National Assembly) have the statutory duty to impeach the 4th Respondent as the president and Commander-in- Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on gross misconduct.

“The 1st (Senate President) and 3rd (Speaker) Respondents have closed their eyes to the gross misconduct of the 4th Respondent.”

The applicants, however, said they have the right to mandate the 1st and 3rd Respondents to perform their statutory duty of impeachment against the 4th Respondent.

They cited several constitutional authorities in the written address in support of the motion with a 44-paragraph affidavit.

It read: “Can the conduct of the 4th Respondent, particularly on the presentation of a forged certificate, be condoned in America or Great Britain unchecked? Can the 4th Respondent continue to benefit from his act of forgery and infraction of Constitution?

“Definitely, an American president cannot be genuinely accused of presentation of a forged certificate and still be allowed to continue as the president, likewise the Prime Minister of the Great Britain.”

Culled from SaharaReporters

2019: Seventh Day Adventist Sued INEC , FG To Court Over Saturday Voting

The applicants in the matter, Chief Emeka Anyabelem, Elder Asonye Onwudebe, Felix Minikwu and Chinedu Omesurum, said conducting elections on Saturday amounts to the violation of their rights to worship and disenfranchisement of other members of their church.

In the suit, PHC/2836/2018, the applicants prayed the court to declare that holding elections on Saturday, the worship day for the denomination, is a violation of the Seventh Day Adventist Church members rights.

The suit read in part: “A declaration that the applicants’ known day of worship being Saturday, they are entitled to their freedom of religion and worship on Saturdays unhindered or by any means, whatsoever, under the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended).

“A declaration that the fixing/scheduling of the 2019 presidential and National Assembly elections on Saturday, February 16, 2019, and the governorship and state Assembly elections/Federal Capital Territory (FCT) council elections on Saturday, March 2, by the first respondent, in concert with the second and third respondents, constitute a violation of the applicants’ fundamental rights to freedom of religion.”

The applicants said their rights being violated are guaranteed under Section 38 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, and Article 8 of the African Charter on Human and People’s (Enforcement and Ratification) Act, Cap A9.

The applicants further prayed the court to make an order of injunction restraining the third defendants, INEC, from conducting the 2019 election as scheduled or scheduling any other elections on Saturday.

Meanwhile, when the matter came up yesterday, in court, Ahamefule Owurre, counsel to the applicants, prayed for adjournment, to allow him to reply counter affidavit of the defence on point of law.

He said the desire of the applicants is that elections be fixed between Monday and Thursday to allow many people to participate in the electioneering process.

However, the trial judge, Justice M. Danagogo, adjourned the matter till December 18, for motions.

In 2011, the church threatened to sue the federal government over the general election should its members be disenfranchised through the fixing of poll dates on Saturdays and urged the government to shift election days to enable its members to participate.

Also, the church called on the former INEC chairman, Attahiru Jega, to reconsider changing the election timetable to enable its members to participate in the exercise.

FG Donates $500k To Support Guinea Bissau Election

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, disclosed this, in Abuja, when he received in audience, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General to Guinea Bissau, Jose Viegas Filho.

Onyeama said the Federal Government also approved electoral kits and vehicles to enhance the successful conduct of the election.

Onyeama said, “ Mr President (Buhari), as the head of ECOWAS heads of Government, sent a delegation to Guinea Bissau together with the president of ECOWAS.

“It is in the framework of establishing peace and stability in Guinea Bissau and starting with the election, Mr President has approved for a substantial number of elections kits to enable them to carry out this election.

“Without those kits which are over 250, it is going to be difficult to carry out the election. The last batch of it is about to be delivered and in addition, Mr President has approved the supply of vehicles with about 500,000 dollars.”

Onyeama further said President Buhari’s gesture was to help Guinea Bissau get out of what has been a very difficult situation for a number of years.

He added that Guinea Bissau was very important for the ECOWAS sub-region, adding that President Buhari, as the ECOWAS chairman, was interested in the political situation in Guinea Bissau.

Onyeama’s words, “And of course, he is happy with a lot of progress that has been made in that country. Nigeria has helped supply electoral kits to facilitate the election in that country.

“In fact, it seems that this was really a precondition for them to move to the electoral front.”

Onyeama added that Nigeria, in conjunction with the United Nations and ECOWAS, was determined to ensure the overall political stability in Guinea Bissau in order to usher in economic development that is needed in Guinea Bissau.

On his part, Filho expressed gratitude to the Nigerian government for its role in the Guinea Bissau legislative election.

Filho said, “We came here to exchange views and express appreciation not in the name of Guinea Bissau, but in the name of the of the international community because I represent the UN in Guinea Bissau. I thank Nigeria for the assistance to Guinea Bissau.”

Breaking News:Governors Announced N22,500 As New Minimum Wage

The Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) on Tuesday night announced that it has settled for N22,500 as the new minimum wage for government workers in the country.

The announcement came hours after national leaders of organised labour mobilized public workers for rallies and insisted the November 6 nationwide strike will go on as planned.

Labour has been demanding for N30,000 as new minimum wage while the federal government has declared intention to pay N24,000.

But in a communiqué issued at the end of second emergency meeting of the NGF in Abuja, the governors explained that the salaried workers constitute not more than five percent of the total working population.

They also noted that the interest of the larger population was taken into consideration before arriving at the N22,500 new national minimum wage.

A Communiqué read by Chairman of NGF and Governor of Zamfara state, Mr. Abdul’aziz Yari Abubakar, said: “Following a meeting of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum where we deliberated on the National Minimum Wage after a briefing from our representatives at the Tripartite Committee, we submit as follows:

“The welfare of all Nigerians is our ultimate concern. In all our states, we are concerned about the deteriorating economic situation experienced by the vulnerable segment of our population.

“In agreeing to a National Minimum Wage however, the Forum is even more concerned about development, particularly in the health, education and infrastructure spheres.

“It is therefore our considered position that since the percentage of salaried workers is not more than 5% of the total working population, our position must not just reflect a figure, but also a sustainable strategy based on ability and capacity to pay, as well as reflective of all our developmental needs in each State.

“Afterall, Section 3 of the National Salaries Income and Wages Commission Act provides that ‘the Commission shall recommend a proposition of income growth which should be initiated for wage increase and also examined the salary structure in public and private sector with reasonable features of relativity and maximum levels which are in consonance with the national economy.

“It is in this sense that we feel strongly that our acceptable minimum wage must be done in such a way that total personnel cost does not exceed 50% of the revenue available to each State. Govermors therefore agred to pay a national minimum wage of N22, 500.”