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Magnus Abe dares Amaechi on council poll



Magnus Abe dares Amaechi on council poll_newtimes

Senator Magnus Abe faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, has expressed its readiness to take part in the forthcoming April 2021 local government election in the state despite the decision of the Transport Minister, Rotimi Amaechi’s faction to boycott the poll.

Speaking in Port Harcourt on Wednesday the faction said they were committed to ensuring that its members were fully involved in the poll.

Charles Nwile, the party’s Organising Secretary, Rivers state, who gave details of its level of preparedness for the election, said that they were determined to redeem the image of the APC in the state.

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He said: “We are here to bring you up to speed on our preparedness towards the 2021 local government council election in Rivers state. As a party, we are committed to ensuring that we are fully involved in the process and we have resolved to give all candidates when they emerge from the primaries the needed support to win both the chairmanship and councillorship seats as they contest in the 319 and 23 local government areas in the state.

“It will interest you to know that this election is a relaunch for our party in the state. You will recall that APC had been denied the opportunity to be on the ballot during the 2019 general elections in the state.

“As we speak the godfather is still not repentant about his high-handedness in the party, as such we will not allow our party to remain in the pocket of any one man. Our members across the state are overjoyed by these bold initiatives to redeem the party, we therefore urge everyone to come boldly on board irrespective of their previous allegiance or disposition towards the local government election.”

Nwile disclosed that members of its faction would not partake in the ongoing APC membership revalidation as doing so would amount to an outright disobedience of a court order restraining the party from the exercise.

Senator Magnus Abe maintained that until the party conducted its congresses in line with the Supreme Court order, the revalidation and membership re-registration would not be done in the state. “As for the issue of the purported advertised APC membership re-registration and revalidation exercise, our stand is known to you. There is an order of a court of competent jurisdiction restraining the APC from going ahead with the said exercise in Rivers state. We are not party to their plan to disobey the court order and as you all know, there are consequences for disobedience of an order of court.

“Remember that until our congresses are concluded in line with the judgement of the supreme court, there cannot be any membership registration or revalidation or whatsoever name called in Rivers State because you cannot be conducting membership registration or revalidation in the midst of a congress. Congresses started when members paid for forms and the supreme court judgement gave it force, it must be concluded.”

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Tinubu Approves N70,000 Minimum Wage



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By John Michael Ojo

The Federal Government on Thursday, pegged the new national minimum wage at N70,000.

This was made known by Mr Bayo Onanuga, a Special Adviser to President Bola Tinubu on Information and Strategy, in a statement posted on X, formerly known as Twitter.

“President Bola Tinubu has approved N70,000 minimum wage for Nigerian workers with promise to review the national minimum wage law every three years.

“President Tinubu also promised to find ways to assist the private sector and the sub-nationals to pay the minimum wage.

“President Tinubu announced the decisions at the meeting held with leaders of TUC and NLC on Thursday in Abuja, the second time the parties met in 7 days,” the statement read.

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Olaopa Urges Youths To Shun Japa Syndrome, Prepare For Leadership



Prof. Tunji Olaopa flanked by Hon Abike Dabiri (left )and Prof. Oladapo Afolabi , former Head of Service of the Federation ( right) at the event on Thursday.

The Chairman of the Federal Civil Service Commission, Prof. Tunji Olaopa, has urged youths to prepare for leadership positions early in life instead of travelling overseas to seek opportunities, a development that is popularly known as the Japa syndrome.

The seasoned bureaucrat and former federal permanent secretary said that opportunities abound for youths but that they could only access them when they begin early .

According to Olaopa who spoke on Thursday during the 2023/2024 graduation of KIA Lakeside Academy in Abuja, these opportunities will elude the youths if they opt to go and wander on the streets of foreign countries. He said : ” In the civil service I am very familiar with, people grow old and retire every day. We need youths to fill such vacancies that the old people leave behind . If all the youths go abroad to be doing menial jobs, do we go to Ghana and other neighbouring countries to employ their youths?

Prof. Tunji Olaopa and Prof. Oladapo Afolabi, former Head of Service of the Federation at the event.

He said that under his leadership of the Federal Civil Service, there is so  much hope for youths to access federal jobs. He said he had decided to maintain a policy of transparency and equity in making jobs in the civil service available for all eligible Nigerian youths through open advertisement.

He said in the area of political leadership, the older generation could not keep on dominating the sector. He said that the youths would be need to replace the old political leaders as they quit the scene.

According to him, the ability to prepare early for leadership goes hand in hand with a clear vision. He said nobody could prepare for anything if there is no clear vision of where they are going or what they want.

He said people who reach great heights in life always have a clear vision of where they are going early in life and they work towards it. He gave the example of former United States President Bill Clinton who as a youth had a clear vision of being his nation’s leader.

According to Olaopa, past and current leaders in Nigeria have had early in their youths clear visions of what they want in life. He said it was this clear visions early in life that made them trailblazers in different areas of life. In politics he cited Chief Obafemi Awolowo , Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe and others. He said that these were trailblazers in their youth. He said in business, young people have become trailblazers.

He said that because of the opportunities the current world offers, youths do not need to become old people before reaching great heights in life. According to him, youths have become trailblazers in technology . He mentioned the examples of Zuckerberg of Facebook, Elon Musk and a younger Bill Gates.

Talking about breaking the glass ceiling, Olaopa said that no gender barrier should stop anyone from reaching the summit of life. He said many women in the past and the present have been trailblazers. He mentioned Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti. Dora Akunyili,l and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. He said unlike in the past , many bank CEOs in Nigeria are currently women.

However, Olaopa said that nobody could be a trailblazer without preparation. He said this preparation comes in the form of education. He quoted Nelson Mandela who once observed that “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” He said if in the past people we regard as great today could get education despite the huge barriers they were faced with, youths of today have no excuse. He said Awolowo was faced with a huge educational disadvantage which he overcame by studying at home . He said Azikiwe had to find his way overseas where he suffered to educate himself. According to him, one of the greatest lawyers today in Nigeria is Chief Afe Babalola. He said Babalola overcame his challenges by studying at home and that today he owns one of the best universities in the country.

According to him, youths who lack the opportunity of going to formal university classrooms can avail themselves of the opportunities offered by the open university system that the Federal Government supports .

He said that in fact President Bola Tinubu has demonstrated his interest in the education of the less-privileged through his government’s Student loan scheme. He said that youths who desire to acquire university education but have no sponsors can use that scheme.

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Tinubu Appoints Walson-Jack Head Of Service As Yemi-Esan Retires




As the current Head of Service Folasade Yemi-Esan, CFR, is due to retire on August 13, 2024, President Bola Tinubu has approved her replacement. She is Mrs. Didi Esther Walson-Jack.

Mrs. Walson-Jack was appointed as Federal Permanent Secretary in 2017 and has served in several Ministries.

While thanking Yemi-Esan  for her stewardship, President Tinubu tasked the incoming Head of Service to discharge her duties with innovative flair, integrity, and stringent adherence to the extant rules and regulations of the Civil Service of the Federation.

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