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Maulud: Engage Govt Through Dialogue, Lawan Tells Youths
Senate President Ahmad Lawn has felicitated with Nigerians, particularly the Muslim Ummah, on this year’s Eid-el-Maulud, the celebration of the birth of Prophet Muhammed.
Lawan noted that this year’s celebration came at a time Nigeria was striving to restore law and order in the chastening aftermath of the #EndSARS protest.
He urged the youths to embrace peace and engage government through dialogue, as the corrections they seek can only manifest under a peaceful atmosphere.
Don’t Destroy Oil Facilities, Omo-Agege Begs N/Delta Avengers
Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo-Agege on Wednesday appealed to members of the Reformed Niger Delta Avengers to halt their planned attacks on oil facilities in the region.
A coalition of nine militant groups in the Niger-Delta region had threatened to resume hostilities by attacking oil and gas facilities if Federal Government did not meet the demands of #EndSARS protesters.
Speaking when he hosted a delegation of Oil and Gas Host Communities of Nigeria in Abuja, led by Wellington Okrika, Omo-Agege urged the agitators to sheathe their sword and allow peace to reign. He said going ahead with their threat would create economic setback for the country and additional environmental degradation in the area. He assured that their demands would be tabled before the Presidency.
Kaduna Relaxes Curfew In All LGAs
Kaduna state government has relaxed the curfew in all 23 local government areas of the state and now permits movement from 6am to 6pm.
The state had earlier maintained a 24-hour curfew in Kaduna south and Chikun local government areas after it relaxed the curfew in other LGAs over what the state government maintained was an attempt by criminals to violate life and property.
However, the state Commissioner of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan on Wednesday stated that after a review of the security situation, it decided to review the curfew hours throughout the 23 LGAs of the state.
US Opposes Appointment Of Okonjo-Iweala As WTO’s Director General
The United States has opposed the appointment of Nigeria’s former Finance Minister, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, as the new Director General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) by consensus.
Bloomberg reported on Wednesday that the Donald Trump’s administration said it won’t back the appointment of Okonjo-Iweala to be the WTO’s next director-general.
The report indicated that the U.S. could not support a consensus decision to appoint Okonjo-Iweala. The Deputy U.S. Trade Representative, Dennis Shea, reportedly said this during a meeting of WTO delegates in Geneva, according to the Bloomberg’s report.
Zulum Offers Scholarship To Orphans, Donates N180m, Foodstuffs To Civilian JTF
Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, has approved government scholarship for children, most of them orphans, whose fathers were volunteers among Civilian JTF, hunters, and vigilantes killed at battlefronts while fighting Boko Haram in the last seven years.
Zulum also flagged off a welfare package of N50, 000 each for widows of killed volunteers and the distribution of N180m and 27,000 bags and cartons of food variety to 9,000 volunteers.
He announced all the interventions made on Wednesday in Maiduguri, while addressing a gathering of about 9,000 volunteers who have been fighting alongside the Nigerian armed forces to contain Boko Haram insurgency in Borno. The volunteers were gathered at the campus of Borno State University.
Each of the 9,000 volunteers is to receive N20, 000 cash, a 50kg bag of rice, a carton of spaghetti and a gallon of cooking oil, all of which were outside their regular monthly allowances.
PDP Tasks Reappointed INEC Chair On Credible, Conclusive Polls
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the reappointed INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu to ensure that all future elections are credible and conclusive.
President Muhammadu Buhari has renewed the appointment of Yakubu for another term of five years.
The PDP in a statement on Wednesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan said the re-appointment entrusts on Prof. Yakubu the fate, hope and future of Nigerians as well as the generations yet unborn.
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