1. Ahead of Senator Ademola Adeleke’s inauguration as the Governor of Osun State on Sunday, indigenes of Ede, Adeleke’s home town, are already in a joyous mood. It was gathered on Friday that all hotels and suites in the town had been fully booked, while most houses wore new looks as many residents gathered in groups to discuss the upcoming event.
2. The Independent National Electoral Commission, yesterday approved the publication and release of guidelines for the conduct of political rallies, processions and campaigns as well as finances and election expenses of political parties, candidates and aspirants. Accordingly, it urged political parties to make registered voters the targets of their campaigns.
3. Residents of Gidan-Goga village in the Maradun Local Government Area of Zamfara State have begun to panic as the deadline given to them by bandits to pay a levy of N20m draws near. A bandits kingpin, Bello Turji had told the community that the N20m must be paid on or before Sunday this week.
4. President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday asked African leaders to tailor their educational system and academic curriculum towards Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) to enable Africa achieve full industrialization by the year 2030.
5. The Senate Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions yesterday launched an investigation into alleged job racketeering in the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). The committee’s chairman, Senator Ayo Akinyelure, said there were a series of petitions by aggrieved job seekers who alleged that NDDC’s management did not allow them carry out any documentation despite issuing them letters of employment.
6. Popular gospel singer and Welu Welu crooner, Sammie Okposo, has died. The musician slumped on Friday morning at the age of 51. However, according to the statement released by the deceased’s sibling, Hector Okposo, the family is consoled as Sammie is reportedly, happily singing with angels in heaven.
7. A Federal High Court will on February 6 2023 rule on an application by a former governor of Imo State, Senator Rochas Okorocha, seeking to quash the 17-count criminal charge filed against him by the Federal Government. Justice Ekwo fixed the date on Friday after Counsels in the matter adopted their written addresses and other processes in their final arguments.
8. The long arm of the law yesterday caught up with a syndicate which posed as operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to defraud unsuspecting residents in Delta State, of huge sums of money. The suspects were arrested at a hotel in Asaba by the Delta State Police Decoy Squad in a sting operation.
9. The frequent appearance of queues of desperate motorists at filling stations in search of Premium Motor Spirit, otherwise known as petrol, could affect the Christmas and New Year festivities, oil marketers stated on Friday. It was also gathered that oil marketers are now free to sell petrol at any rate as the Federal Government was no longer restraining them.
10. Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has maintained that he will not grant the invitation by Arise News for a presidential town hall meeting. Tinubu made this assertion in a statement signed by Bayo Onanuga, the Director, Media & Publicity, APC Presidential Campaign Council on Friday.
President is not a magician, says Remi Tinubu
The first lady, Oluremi Tinubu, says her husband, President Bola Tinubu, would not wave a magic wand and solve all of the country’s problems in a flash.
The first lady said this on Sunday during an inter-denominational church service to commemorate Nigeria’s Independence Day.
She said her husband inherited the current challenges in the country, adding that the president is determined to fix them rather than blame past leaders.
“All we inherited are things that had happened many years ago. We are not here to put blame on any administration but to fix what has been damaged,” she said.
“My husband is not a magician. He is going to work and I believe and hope that we will have peace in this country. The best is yet to come to us.
“Good governance can only be impactful if the people follow the example of Jesus Christ, our Lord, who embodied the fruit of the spirit, including love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance and forgiveness.
“A Nigeria of abundance has begun, and to be part of the greatness that God has started in the nation, Nigerians must look beyond their current realities and embrace hope anew.”
Also speaking at the event, George Akume, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), urged Nigerians to remain patient, adding that measures are being put in place to provide solutions to the problems bedevilling the country.
“Solutions to Nigeria’s complex problems can never be as instant as expected. It will take some time, but measures are already being put in place to address them,” Akume said.
Lagos to clampdown on illegal dredging operation, reads riot act
Determined to end illegal dredging activities in the state, the Lagos State government has vowed to stop all illegal dredging operations and flush out those operating without a government’s permit in the dredging sector from the state.
The Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Dayo Bush-Alebiosu disclosed this during a meeting with the members of the executive council of the Dredgers’ Association of Nigeria, Lagos State chapter.
The meeting was called to seek the cooperation of the association in enforcing guidelines regulating dredging activities and to declare Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration’s zero tolerance for illegal dredging operations in the state.
According to the Commissioner, though the meeting is a familiarization forum to interact with members of the association and get first-hand information on how dredging activities could be improved upon with the view to maintaining the state’s waterfronts and prevent environmental degradation.
While soliciting their support in sanitizing dredging activities in the state, Bush-Alebiosu disclosed that the state would not condone the spate of illegal dredging activities being carried out in every nooks and crannies of the state.
Bush-Alebiosu also expressed the readiness of government officials to begin enforcement activities soon and that anybody caught violating dredging laws and regulations of the state would be prosecuted.
He therefore urged them to obtain all necessary permits and regularize their operations immediately.
He assured them of the government’s readiness to stand by the association in carrying out their lawful activities and also support them in all they do to ensure good waterfronts in Lagos State.
UN appeals to Lagos to allocate certain percentage of contracts to women-owned businesses
In his remarks, Mr Kehinde Gbajumo, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry expressed his delight that the state executive members of the association were present at the meeting, saying this would go a long way in conveying the views of the state government to their members.
Gbajumo noted that dredging activities in the state are “no longer business as usual,” adding that the ministry is now all out to enforce the laws regulating dredging activities, he also enjoined them to comply with the guidelines.
In his response, the President of the Dredgers Association of Nigeria, Mr Bature Akpomejero pledged their support and cooperation to the state government in getting rid of illegal dredgers in the state.
He solicited the support of the ministry for proper regularization of dredging activities to curb the activities of illegal dredgers and their impact on the environment.
Akpomejero also urged the ministry to look into the issue of overloading of trucks by dredgers and those moving wet sand on the roads, which cause a lot of damage to our roads.
The secretary general of the association, Richard Ntan, also lent his voice; assuring the ministry of maximum cooperation and collaboration of the association, noting that they are ready to cooperate with the government.
Ntan called for more such meetings with the ministry to be able to iron out grey areas affecting their operations while fashioning out areas of mutual benefit between dredgers and the state government.
The dredging operation terms and conditions were later distributed to the members of the association to further enlighten them on their obligations to the state.
Nigeria@63: God will heal our land – Pastor Adeboye
Pastor Enoch Adeboye has prayed to God to heal Nigeria, asking citizens to also pray for the betterment of the nation.
The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) said this on Sunday during the church’s October Thanksgiving Service and Nigeria’s 63rd Independent Day celebration.
Pastor Adeboye spoke on the topic ‘Freedom Indeed’ during the service.
“I pray in the name that is above every other name that God will heal our nation,” the preacher said.
“Independence is talking about freedom, that is why we would be talking about freedom indeed. You may be enjoying independence from the colonial master and still be a slave to sickness, poverty, terror, and forces of darkness,” he added.
“I am wishing you a very good celebration but more than anything else, I wish all of you who are in Christ freedom and freedom indeed.”
In many churches across the nation, the Christians marked Independence Day with praises and prayers for the country.
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