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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Wednesday, 24 March, 2021 Edition)

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode visits President Muhammadu Buhari

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Committee: My selection, a call to serve APC, Nigeria –Ambode

Former Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode, says his selection as a member of All Progressives Congress 61-member Contact and Strategy Committee is a call to serve the ruling party and the nation.

In a tweet on Tuesday, Ambode wrote, “Along with other notable and distinguished colleagues, I was today selected by our party, the All Progressives Congress, to be a member of the Contact and Strategy Committee. This is a call to serve the Party and more importantly, our nation.”

Ambode, who was governor of Lagos between 2015 and 2019, stated this when the Chairman of the Caretaker/ Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee of the APC, Mai Mala Buni, inaugurated the committee in Abuja on Tuesday. Other notable persons inaugurated as members of the committee alongside Ambode are ex-Speakers House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole and Yakubu Dogara; and 12 governors.

We’re working to rule Nigeria for at least 32 years –APC

The Chairman of the Caretaker/ Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee of the All-Progressives Congress, Mai Mala Buni, has said the party is working towards retaining power for at least 32 years.

Buni said this while inaugurating the party’s 61-member Contact and Strategy Committee at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja on Tuesday. According to him, the party needs to be in power to consolidate on the delivery the dividends of democracy.

He noted that the party under his leadership had achieved a lot. Buni, the governor of Yobe State, said, “The constitution of the Strategy and Contact Committee, therefore, is to consolidate the achievements we are making in building a strong party with a solid structure that would accomplish APC to stand the test of time.

Ortom visits Buhari, govs say 2023 polls under threat

The Benue State Governor, Mr Samuel Ortom, on Tuesday visited the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, three days after he was attacked by herdsmen.

At the end of the meeting held behind closed doors, the governor told State House correspondents that with the current level of insecurity in the country, nobody would think of 2023 elections.

In the interview with the State House correspondents, the Benue State governor said there was no way Nigerians could be talking of the 2023 elections without first securing the country.

AGF frustrating our members, says ASUU

The National President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, has said the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation is frustrating members of the group because they discredited the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System. Ogunyemi, in an interview with The PUNCH, urged the OAGF not to cause another crisis in Nigerian universities.

In a recent report in The PUNCH, the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, said any person conceiving a strike after about one year of downing tools would be doing a disservice to students.

However, Ogunyemi maintained that the Federal Government should not expect ASUU to be silent while their dues were being withheld on frivolous excuses.

FG begs Labour over planned wage bill strike

The Federal Government has pleaded with the organised labour not to embark on strike over the minimum wage bill in the National Assembly.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, made the appeal Tuesday at the inauguration of the National Labour Advisory Council in Owerri, Imo State. The event was virtually declared open by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, on behalf of the President, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).

Delivering his inaugural address, Ngige said much as he supports the organised labour’s opposition to the bill, they should not embark on strike on account of the development.

Traditional worshippers demand stoppage of Reps hijab bill

The global head of Ifa priests, otherwise called the Araba Agbaye, Chief Owolabi Aworeni, on Tuesday cautioned the Kwara State Governor, Abdualrahman Abdulrazaq, against actions that might incite violence in the state.

Also, Aworeni urged the House of Representatives to halt a bill which sought to institutionalise the use of hijab in the country. The Araba, represented by his deputy, the Araba Oluisese of Ibadan, Ifalere Odegbola, in an interview with journalists in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Tuesday, said, “We are appealing to the Governor of Kwara State to caution against steps that are capable of turning Kwara State and the entire country into crises.

The issue of hijab has spurred heated reactions in Kwara State with Christian mission schools shut down in resistance against the move by the state government to enforce the use of hijab by Muslim students in the schools.

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