Insecurity: Gani Adams distributes 10 motorcycles to Southwest Security Group
As part of the contributions to find lasting solution to the worsening state of insecurity in the country and the dangerous incursion into the southwest region by murderous bandits and herdsmen, the Aareonakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Abiodun Ige Adams on Tuesday presented ten motorcycles to the leaders of Southwest Security Stakeholders Group (SSSG).
The motorcycles, which he facilitated through Afenifere leader and Grand Patron of Yoruba Summit Group (YSG), Chief Ayo Adebanjo, were to be used for information gathering, surveillance and other security activities across the southwest region.
The ten prominent security groups that benefitted from the gesture include the OPC, Agbekoya, Vigilante Group of Nigeria, Hunters and the Community Security Awareness Initiatives Corps of Nigeria (COMSAIC) among others.
While presenting the motorcycles to the groups,Iba Gani Adams expressed appreciation to Pa Ayo Adebanjo, saying the gesture would enhance security efficiency across the southwest and boost the operations of the security outfits.
He said the bicycles would serve as one of the tools for proper surveillance.
The Yoruba generalissimo, who is also the convener of the SSSG, insisted that the group would embark on continuous security surveillance across the region.
“This is a testimony of our resolve to beef up security across the southwest region. With the spate of kidnappings, killings and banditry in Yorubaland, it is without doubt that we have endured the most difficult moment in the southwest and this new development was part of the
measures and strategies toward ensuring the safety of our people across the region,
“As a group that is determined to secure the southwest, we are ready to complement the efforts of other security agencies and we would not relent in our efforts to get rid of criminal Fulani herdsmen.”
In his remarks, an Afenifere chieftain, Mogaji Gboyega Adejumo, urged the groups leaders to ensure that they use the motorcycles for the purposes for which they are meant, stressing that efforts are on to improve on this gesture in the future.
“We use this new security measure to build lasting synergy between the SSSG and YSG in ensuring that the southwest is safe for our people across the country.
“As leaders, it is our responsibility to support the Aareonakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Abiodun Ige Adams in his efforts to secure the southwest and as the traditional chief security officer of our race, the Yoruba, both home and in Diaspora look up to him as the generalissimo of Yoruba land.”
BREAKING: Military, civil servants to experience delay in May salaries
Nigerian civil servants under the employment of the Federal Government will experience a delay in the payment of May 2023 salaries, according to a report by The PUNCH.
It was gathered that this was because Ministries, Departments and Agencies were yet to get debit approval from the Central Bank of Nigeria.
Earlier, some civil servants in separate interviews with our correspondent noted that their salaries for May 2023 have not been paid.
In a memo addressed to workers of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria, the authority noted that the delay in the payment of workers was peculiar to all workers including the military and para-military.
The memo, signed by its acting General Manager, Administration, Oluwasola Awe partly reads, “This is to inform all staff that Management has uploaded salaries and is awaiting debit at the Central Bank of Nigeria. However, FAAN have been advised that the payment of May 2023 salary would be delayed beyond the normal cycle due to glitches from the CBN’s portal.
“Please note that this situation is not peculiar to FAN alone as other MD’s including the Military and Paramilitary agencies are experiencing the same delay. Management appreciates your co-cooperation and understanding in this regard.”
Confirming the development, a source in the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation said, “Yes, it is true. There is an order freezing accounts of MDAs from above. That’s why the CBN could not debit accounts and this delayed the payment of salaries.”
Subsidy: FG, NLC meeting ends in deadlock
The meeting between the Federal Government and the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) over fuel subsidy removal has ended without a consensus.
The meeting began around 4pm on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa.
Representatives of the Federal Government, including Dele Alake, the spokesperson for President Bola Tinubu; and the Group CEO of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, Mele Kyari.
Others government officials present were the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele; former Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole.
The Organised Labour was represented by the NLC National President, Joe Ajaero; and the President of the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC), Festus Osifo.
After several hours of meeting with the Federal Government, the NLC demanded that the Federal Government return to status quo by reversing the price of fuel before resuming negotiations with the NLC.
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The National President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Joe Ajaero, who criticised the removal of subsidy stated that statusquo returns before any formal engagement with the NLC to protect the Nigerian workforce and proffer additional solutions.
The NLC insisted that the Federal Government did not enter into any conversation even on palliative measures for Nigerians, hence the rejection of the latest announcement.
The union said it had decided to reconvene with its members to determine the next line of action.
Conversely, Alake described the meeting as robust, adding that talks would continue. He expressed hope that the parties would reach a reasonable conclusion at its next adjourned meeting.
‘Fuel Subsidy Is Gone’
On Monday during his inaugural speech at the Eagle Square in Abuja, President Bola Tinubu said the era of subsidy payment on fuel has ended, adding that with the 2023 budget making no provision for fuel subsidy, further payment was no longer justifiable.
“The fuel subsidy is gone,” Tinubu said. His government would instead channel funds into infrastructure and other areas to strengthen the economy, he added.
The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL) and House Of Representatives have since backed Tinubu’s decision.
However, the Trade Union Congress of Nigeria (TUC) argued the President could not unilaterally take a decision on subsidy removal, saying there was a reason the immediate past administration of Muhammadu Buhari pushed the “sensitive issue” to the new government.
Fuel queues have since resurfaced across the country since the presidential pronouncement as Nigerians forage for the premium product.
‘Tears And Sorrow’
Ajaero, on Tuesday, kicked against Tinubu’s announcement confirming the removal of fuel subsidy.
The NLC president described the development as not well planned, saying Nigerians feel betrayed by the move.
“By his insensitive decision, President Tinubu on his inauguration day brought tears and sorrow to millions of Nigerians instead of hope. He equally devalued the quality of their lives by over 300 per cent and counting,” he said in a statement.
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