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Top 10 stories of Monday, May 16, 2016

FG, LABOUR MEET TODAY

In a bid to stop a nationwide strike by organized labour and its civil society allies over the N145 per litre new pump price of petrol, the federal government has invited labour leaders in the country for a meeting today at the office of the Secretary to the government of the federation by 10am.

Leaders of the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, Trade Union Congress of Nigeria and Civil Society allies, had on Saturday given government up till midnight tomorrow to bring back the pump price to N86.50 or face a nationwide strike.

JONATHAN DIDN’T FOUND NIGER DELTA AVENGERS –  IYC

The Ijaw Youth Council nationwide have described allegations by an ex-militant, Israel Akpodoro that former President Goodluck Jonathan founded the Niger Delta avengers as untrue and inhuman.

The Ijaw Youth Council spokesman, Eric Omaro lamented bitterly over the allegation, saying it is nonsensical to imagine Jonathan being part of the group. However, in no distant time, those behind Niger Youth Avenger will be fetched out.

BUHARI MUST APOLOGISE OVER FUEL HIKE

President Muhammadu Buhari must apologize to Nigerians for the latest hike from N86.50k to N145 of the premium motor spirit  (PMS), that was made known to the public last week by Minister of petroleum, Dr. Ibe Kachikwu.

He must also render an apology to the ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, for setting up a policy that would have been carried out four years ago. Meanwhile, Nigerians are waiting for the apologies and pray they would be wiser when next politicians come with sweet but empty promises.

NIGERIA BEGINS RICE EXPORTATION IN TWO YEARS –  CBN

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN)  has said that Nigerian farmers would begin exportation of rice in two years time. This was made known by Acting Director, corporate communication of the apex bank, Isaac Okoroafor who disclosed this over the weekend.

Okoroafor further spoke on the backdrop experiences of the farmers. He expressed joy over the Kebbi state farmers for contributing over one million tone. He, however, urged other states to do same, as they have set up an anchor borrower programme to assist farmers all over the state.

BATTLE FOR 2019 HAS BEGUN –  SHERIFF

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), told party members at a press conference in Jalingo, Taraba state, yesterday, that the battle for 2019 general elections has began and they could no longer afford to remain divided, if desired goals was to be expected.

He urged members that in the 2019 election, the PDP must surely bounce back to retain its position. Sheriff said any aggrieved member should bury their hatchet and join hands with the present leadership and restore Nigeria’s confidence. Meanwhile, former education minister, Alhaji Dauda Birmah said, the PDP will fail because, they had gone to the market and exchanged their gold for monkey.

OYINLOLA ADVISES APC MEMBERS

The Chairman of the fact-finding and reconciliation committee of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for Edo State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, has advised stakeholders in the state to avoid anything that would put them in the opposition political party.

Prince Oyinlola who was the former governor of Osun State gave the advice while addressing aspirants. He said Buhari won the last general election as a result of transparency. He, however, enjoins all leadership to resolve their differences.

BAYELSA NSCDC KILLED THREE MILITANTS

Operatives of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps have killed three suspected Niger Delta militants in Bayelsa State during a sporadic shoot out. Although two Corps were badly injured, other hoodlums fled.

Confirming the latest attack, Mr. Desmond Agu, the commandant NSCDC, Bayelsa State command explained that his men were on patrol before the attack. He stated that pipelines and other assets are being protected, because the Police, Soldiers and Navy are working together.

S’WEST PDP CONGRESS ILLEGAL, SAYS ZONAL LEADERS

Elected officers of the Peoples Democratic Party from the south west have said it is absolutely wrong for governor Olusegun Mimiko and governor Ayodele Fayose of Ondo and Ekiti State respectively, to preside over elections of new officers into the party zone when they are still in the office. However, the matter was taken to court.

Justice Ibrahim Buba of the Federal High Court in Lagos had on Thursday stopped the party from going on with its zonal Congress. But the two governors in disobedience to the court orders led members of the party from the zone to hold Congress. It was argued that the Congress held by the governors were illegal and its outcome should not be respected by the National leadership of the party.

POLICE RESCUE BOY FROM ABDUCTORS

An 11 year old boy identified as Chisom Okafor has been rescued by Operatives of the Rivers state police command from four hoodlums. He was  taken away on May 1, 2016 after a friend to his father sent him on an errand.

The State Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ahmad Muhammad, said Chisom was rescued by policemen who were in a stop-and-search on Eliozu bridge in Port Harcourt. The four suspects escaped after the boy (Chisom) came down, they  left the boy and zoomed off. Muhammad urged the parents and other relatives of Chisom that arrangement are in place to locate the community of the victim after his rescue.

AMBODE ORDERS REPAIR OF OSHODI-APAPA EXPRESSWAY

The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has ordered the immediate repairs of some sections of the Oshodi-Apapa expressway. He gave the order when he made an unscheduled inspection of the road while returning from the grand opening of a 70, 000 capacity motorbikes assembly plant, in Mile 2 area of the state.

The governor, however, gave directives to the state’s ministry of works and infrastructure as well as other relevant government agencies to move to the site and fix the bad portions of the road. Ambode while addressing the large crowd who came out to welcome him, assured them that an immediate solution will be coming soon to ease the suffering, motorists are undergoing.

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