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Top 12 stories of Thursday, March 24, 2016

  1. NLC, TUC PROTEST VERIFICATION POLICY BY KADUNA GOVT.

In their hundreds, they converged on the state NLC secretariat on Wednesday with representatives of affiliate unions and civil society organization to hold a mini rally in Kaduna State, Northwest Nigeria.

The workers under the umbrella of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) alleged that most of them had not been paid salaries for about eight months. The Kaduna State has given the workers till Monday, March 28 to fill and return the forms and has vowed to apply sanctions against defaulters.

 

  1. EKITI ASSEMBLY TO SUE DSS, FG FOR UNLAWFUL DETENTION

The Ekiti State House of Assembly says it has instructed its lawyers to sue the Federal Government and the Department of State Services for “the undemocratic, unpatriotic, dictorial and brutish” detention of a member, Afolabi Akanni for 18 days without a valid court order.

It claimed that Akanni was dumped in an unnamed private hospital by the DSS after 18 days in illegal detention. The Ekiti Assembly therefore, demands an official explanation from the DSS as to why Hon. Akanni was abducted and held incommunicado for 18 days.

 

  1. DELTA DEPUTY SPEAKER LAUDS OKOWA ON YOUTH EMPOWERMENT

Deputy Speaker Delta State House of Assembly, Mr. Friday Osanebi has called on Youth leaders to be proactive and people oriented in their leadership, always carrying their followers along in policies and programmes.

Osanebi gave the charge, when he supervised the disbursement of operation free your leaders in Asaba, Delta State, which was to empower and bring succor to the less privileged in their localities.

 

  1. EDO 2016: PDP ASSURES ON FREE, FAIR PRIMARIES

Ahead of the September Governorship election in Edo State, the Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Chris Nehikhare, has assured people of the state of the resolve of the party to organize free, fair and transparent primaries to select a credible and acceptable candidate.

He re-emphasized the party’s position on campaigns and uses the opportunity to respond to a media aide of one of All Progressive Congress, APC’s Governorship aspirants, saying that it was Governor Adams Oshiomhole that introduced hate campaigns into Edo politics.

 

  1. BUHARI URGED TO CONFIRM SEMENITARI AS SUBSTANTIVE NDDC MD

President Muhammadu Buhari has been urged to confirm the appointment of Mrs. Ibim Semenitari, as substantive Managing Director of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

President, Niger Delta youths for positive change and progress. Mr. Emmanuel Enisuu, who made the appeal in a statement in Port Harcourt, Rivers State said that as acting Managing Director, Semenitari had affected positive changes in the commission that needed to be consolidated with her confirmation as substantive MD.

 

  1. ERA OF RICE IMPORTATION GONE FOR GOOD – AMBODE

In line with the persistent calls for a paradigm shift from over dependence on oil as the major earner of the country, the Lagos State Governor and Kebbi State on Wednesday, March 23, entered into a partnership on the establishment of a commodity value chain that will give a quantum leap to food process, production and distribution.

The partnership is aimed at bringing about national food sufficiency and food security, as well as creating employment and wealth distribution for the benefit of both states and the nation in general.

 

  1. PERFORMANCE: OYEGUN, APC BEG NIGERIANS FOR MORE TIME

National Chairman of All Progressive Congress (APC), Chief John Oyegun has said he was unaware of any threat against his continued stay as the Chairman of the Party.

 Oyegun spoke at the end of a caucus meeting involving President Muhammadu Buhari, the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, Party’s former and serving governors, senators, amongst others, held at the presidential villa Abuja. The chairman who admitted reading about the speculation of his imminent removal from office, however, said it was one of such challenges inherent into the senate in the status.

 

  1. BUHARI COMMENDS SARAKI, DOGARA, AND LAWMAKERS FOR PASSING 2016 BUDGET

The special adviser to the president on National Assembly matters (senate), Sen. Ita Enang told newsmen at a press briefing in Abuja that the expeditious consideration and passage of the bill was laudable.

He further commended the Senate and House Committee on appropriation as well as the sub-committees for working hard in ensuring that the budget was passed. The Special Adviser further commended the legislature for approving the harmonized version of the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and fiscal strategy paper (FSP), adding that they were the parameter for passing the budget.

 

  1. FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SETS UP COMMITTEE TO PROBE EFCC AND ICPC

The Federal Government has set up a committee, named Presidential Committee on verification of assets to investigate high profile corruption cases that were allegedly compromised by the Economic and Financial Crime Commission. The Committee is yet to be inaugurated.

 

  1. FORMER PRESIDENT JONATHAN PRAISES BENIN REPUBLIC’S PRIME MINISTER

Nigeria’s former President Goodluck Jonathan has applauded the “exemplary conduct” of Benin Republic’s Prime Minister Lionel Zinsou for conceding defeat in the just concluded Presidential Elections in the country and calls it the “Highest Display of Patriotism and Maturity”. The Prime Minister lost to the opposition candidate, Patrice Talon.

 

  1. MULTIPLE ACCIDENT INVOLVING 7 CARS OCCURS ON OZUMBA MBADIWE ROAD                      

There has been an auto crash along Ozumba Mbadiwe way, Victoria Island, Lagos causing heavy traffic. It is clear that the crashes occurred sometime around 2pm, near 1004 Housing Estate on Wednesday afternoon.

 

  1. BITTERSWEET…WATCH “BEAUTIFUL THINGS”- A NEW MUSIC VIDEO BY NOMORELOSS

Even though he is passed on, the music of Olumuyiwa Osinuga aka Nomoreloss will continually live on. Despite the pain and tears after his untimely passing, it is bittersweet to hear new music from him, initially scheduled to be released this Easter.

  • @Chika Okorie for encomium.ng

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