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EKITI ASSEMBLY PASSES VOTE OF CONFIDENCE ON FAYOSE

The Ekiti State House of Assembly has passed a vote of confidence on the state governor, Dr. Ayodele Fayose, saying he has performed creditably  well even with the meager resources available to the State government. The House also appealed to the Labour Movement in the state under the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), not to allow itself to be used by the external forces against the government of Ekiti state.

The House noted that, “The poor financial situation of the state was caused by the huge debt inherited from the Kayode Fayemi-led administration. They urged the NLC to show high level of understanding, as efforts were being put in place to see that the outstanding workers’ salaries are paid.

 

 MIMIKO PACKS REFUSE IN AKURE AS WORKERS PROTEST NON-PAYMENT OF SALARIES

The ongoing industrial action in Ondo state took another dimension on Thursday as workers staged a peaceful protest over non-payment of their five months’ salaries. They were led by the leadership of Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC), Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC).

> But while their protest was going on, governor Olusegun Mimiko with some members of his cabinet, were busy packing heap of refuse abandoned on major streets in Akure as the State Waste Management Board has also gone on strike. Addressing the protesters, he stressed the need for workers to show understanding with government on the basis of development. Despite the governor’s plea with the workers for two hours, they vowed to continue the strike.

 

MY ONLY SIN WAS TALKING TOO MUCH BEFORE 2015 ELECTIONS –  LAI MOHAMMED

The Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, has said that his only sin against Nigerians was talking too much before the 2015 general elections, which was won by Muhammadu Buhari, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC. The former spokesperson of the APC disclosed this at a town hall meeting held in Abuja.

He said that he believed he had to pay the price of talking too much before the election by making promises that are yet to be fulfilled. The minister reassured  Nigerians that they will begin to feel the impact of the administration as soon as possible.

 

HENRIETTA KOSOKO FOR BURIAL TODAY

Henrietta Kosoko, star actress and wife of Nollywood great, Prince Jide Kosoko, who died on Monday 6, June of complications related to diabetes will be buried today June 10, 2016 at Atan Cemetery, Lagos.

The widower, Jide revealed that the funeral service for the deceased will hold on Friday at Regina Mundi Catholic Church, Babalosha, Mushin Lagos. Interment follows at the Atan Cemetery, Lagos.

 

FASHOLA BLAMES POOR POWER SUPPLY ON PIPELINE VANDALISM

The Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola has attributed the poor electricity supply across Nigeria to attacks on oil installations in the Niger Delta region by militants.  The minister said this on Thursday at a forum organized by members of a civil society organization in Abuja.

Mr. Fashola argued that one year was a short time for government to deliver on all its campaign promises, while giving an account of his term in office. However, some members of the Civil society groups in the audience expressed displeasure with the minister’s reason for the present condition of electricity supply in the country. The minister advised the people to be calm as things are being putting in place.

 

 COURT FREES TWO MEN AFTER 5 YEARS IN PRISON CUSTODY

An Enugu High Court on Thursday freed two men, Emmanuel Eze and Chinedu Nnaji, for want of evidence by the prosecution after five years in prison custody for  robbery. They were arrested on September 11, 2011 for allegedly robbing a 73-year-old man and two other victims at Amagu Obeagu in Enugu state.

The presiding judge, Justice Eno Oluedo, said that the prosecution counsel failed to tender items recovered from the accused persons as evidence before the court. The judge ruled that the investigation was conducted poorly and the evidence by the prosecution was a mere speculation which the court will not rely upon. She therefore discharged the two accused persons from all criminal charges.

 

WHY WE CAN’T STOP NON-NIGERIAN HERDSMEN –  FG

The Federal Government on Thursday explained why non-citizens of Nigeria were still allowed to graze their cattle across the country despite the fact that it had been established that many herdsmen who were involved in clashes in Nigerian villages were not Nigerians.

According to government, the ECOWAS Transhuman Protocol has given the right of free movement to citizens of member countries, similar to the freedom of movement in Nigerian constitution. The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Audu Ogbeh noted that pastoralists who provide bulk of livestock and diary products employ mobility as a production strategy. He, however, regretted the movement of animals that has resulted in conflicts between herdsmen and farmers. He promised to settle this inhuman activities soon.

 

ADEGBORUWA SUES FG OVER DEADLY BIAFRA PROTESTS

Activist – lawyer Ebun- Olu Adegboruwa has urged the Federal High Court in Lagos to restrain the Federal Government from authorizing soldiers and policemen to invade Biafra protests which often lead to human casualties.

Adegboruwa wants the court to hold that the citizens are entitled to their freedom of expression and right to peaceful assembly and association without hindrances from anyone. According to Adegboruwa, unless the court acts  urgently to restrain the respondents, they will continue to kill and maim the Indigenous People of Biafra members and stop other Nigerians from expressing themselves, he lamented. No hearing date has yet been fixed for hearing.

 

AKABUEZE TAKES OVER AS DG, BUDGET OFFICE

President Muhammadu Buhari has demoted the Director General of Budget office, Tijani Mohammed Abdullahi. However, the president has appointed his Special Adviser on Planning, Ben Akabueze as the new Director General of the budget office of the Federation.

A statement by presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, said Akabueze takes over from Abdullahi who will now serve as Special Adviser to the president on planning and will continue to work with the Minister of Budget and National Planning. Their redeployment is part of an ongoing exercise aimed at repositioning its core mandate.

 

FG TO TRAIN, ENGAGE 100 NIGER DELTA YOUTHS

The Ministries of Niger Delta Affairs and Youths and Sports  in partnership with St. Georges UK, are sending 100 Niger Delta youths to European countries for a programme tagged ‘Train and Engage’. The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Usani Usani made the disclosure in Abuja yesterday.

The Minister added that the trainees would be readily absorbed and constructively engaged upon completion of their studies abroad. The minister therefore called on the restive youths of the region to put an end to destruction of national assets and embrace peace, adding that “we can together achieve much in peace than in war”.

 

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