1. Edo State Government has disbanded the media crew attached to the Office of the Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu. In a statement on Monday by the State’s Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Chris Nehikhare, the government directed the Deputy Governor to henceforth request the Ministry of Communication and Orientation for media coverage of activities of his office.
2. A 39-year-old female tenant, OpeOluwa Agoro, allegedly bit off the right ear of her neighbour, Oloruntofunmi Folorunso, on Oremeta Street in the Igode area of the Ogun State on Sunday during an argument on electricity bill. It was gathered that the electricity distribution company servicing the area disconnected the house where both tenants live over a pending issue.
3. The Federal Government, on Monday, said all the frontline states on the path of River Benue may experience flooding within the next seven days as result of the opening of Lagdo Dam in Cameroon. Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Betta Edu, said this during a press briefing in Abuja.
4. President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has directed the Federal Executive Council (FEC) to achieve the targets of reviving the economy to make life more bearable for the people. He stated this when the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Wale Edun presented the “Roadmap for the economy” which was considered at the maiden federal cabinet meeting presided over by the president.
5. The main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has raised concern over the prevailing hardship in the country, saying that Nigeria is fast grinding to a halt under President Bola Tinubu and the All Progressives Congress (APC). PDP in a statement by Debo Ologunagba, the National Publicity Secretary of the party on Monday in Abuja, lamented that Nigeria is at the edge of the precipice under the APC.
6. President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has directed the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs to sto[ the processing of visas for all government officials seeking to travel to New York for the United Nations General Assembly without proof of direct participation in UNGA’s official schedule of activities. His spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale, said this in a statement on Monday.
7. The Fulani socio-cultural association, Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, on Monday, vowed to tackle injustice suffered by its members across the country, saying it must come to an end. To this end, the organisation has constituted a 55-member legal committee to take stock of all cases against its members nationwide with a view to seeking legal redress.
8. Kwara State Police Commissioner, Ebunoluwarotimi Adelesi, has described one Salam Ayodeji, who allegedly threatened traditionalists in Ilorin, as a terrorist wanted by the State Police command. She gave the family three days to produce the controversial Muslim cleric, adding that the command has also begun a manhunt for his arrest.
9. Troops of 144 Battalion have successfully rescued 25 hostages from the captivity of Boko Haram terrorists enclaves in Borno and contiguous states. The troops in conjunction with Hybrid Force, extricated 14 hostages in a clearance operation at Gobara village in Gwoza Local Government Area of Borno State on Saturday.
10. A warehouse in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital used by the State government to store foodstuffs and other materials was on Sunday invaded by some residents who stole food items. The items included bags of rice and garri, as well as cartons of noodles said to be part of the relief materials donated by some concerned Nigerians during the 2022 flood disaster in the State.
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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