Good Morning Nigeria! Here’s our picks on today’s top stories in Nigeria. Enjoy!
FG disburses over $103million Abacha loot to 620,947 Nigerians
Maryam Uwais, the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Investments, has revealed that the Federal Government has disbursed $103.64million Abacha loot to poor Nigerians.
Mrs. Uwais stated this while speaking on Monday at the training on illicit funds. She noted that from August 2018 to October, $76,538,530 Abacha loot and $27,099,028 International Development Association credit have been disbursed according to the agreement between the Swiss Government, World Bank and the Nigerian Government.
Nigeria Police recover explosives from Imo INEC premises
The Nigeria Police Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit has revealed that it recovered an explosive material from the premises of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Owerri, the capital of Imo State; 50 cartridges of commercial high explosive and 100 pieces of electric detonator at the El-Rufai Motor Park in Abuja; and another IEDs were from the premises of the BUA Cement Company in Okpella, Edo State.
This was revealed by Maikudi Shehu, the EOD Commissioner of Police, on Monday in Lagos. Read more
Social media, fake news affecting war against insurgency – Army
Maj. Gen. Usman Mohammed, the Chief of Civil-Military Affairs, alleges that fake news and hate speech were affecting the battle against insurgency in Nigeria.
He noted that the social media has worked as a dangerous weapon to influence and shape the opinions of citizens, which in-turn affected the battle against insurgency.
“It is very obvious that what you say, the way you say it and how it spreads have far-reaching implications that most of us are aware of. We all have the power to positively influence the security architecture of this great nation with the right desire, particularly with the dominance of fake news and hate speeches.” Read the Army General’s full statement
Minimum Wage: Labour asks government to pay 5 months arrears
The Trade Union Congress on Monday called on the Federal Government to pay five months arrears of the new minimum wage from April 2019, when President Muhammadu Buhari signed the new minimum wage bill into law.
“We wish to advise that since the 2019 National Minimum Wage was signed into Law by Mr President on April 18, 2019, the implementation should start from that date so as not to trigger another avoidable round of agitation by public service employees and their trade unions,” Anchaver Simon, the acting Chairman of the TUC, and Alade Lawal, the Secretary of the TUC, said. More details
Jonathan’s transformation agenda failed because it wasn’t… – Former Nigerian High Commissioner
Christopher Kolade, a former Nigerian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, alleges that the Transformation Agenda of Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan failed because it was not centred on the people.
“Before the rhetoric of the change agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari, there was a transformation agenda of 2011 to 2015. The rhetoric at the time was that we were pursuing the transformation agenda of Mr President.
“I think we all know better, it was clear that the transformation agenda only belonged to Mr President and that was why it could not succeed. It has to be a transformation agenda of the people of the nation. I believe the prospects of Nigeria achieving that vision would have been strong only if the citizens of Nigeria saw themselves as owners of the vision,” he said while speaking at a capacity building workshop organised by the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria in Abuja.
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