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Suspend Children’s, Democracy Days – HURIWA Tells Buhari

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The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to suspend this year’s celebrations of Children’s and Democracy Days.

In a statement, HURIWA said it had decided to petition the United Nations Education and Scientific Organisation (UNESCO) and the Secretary General of the United Nations to demand that these international bodies put pressure on President Muhammadu Buhari to put an end to the incidents of violent kidnapping of Nigerian students by different armed non-state actors.

The group said:  “We suspect that some members of the Federal Government  agencies and security forces are benefiting from the kidnapping of students through ransoms payment. We also think that Nigeria will appear hypocritical in the eyes of the international community if the nation under this government goes ahead to celebrate the forthcoming Children’s Day celebration and Democracy Day either on May 29th or June 12th  without rescuing the kidnapped Greenfield University student within 24 hours from today.

“The federal government should attend to the emerging news that a 400 level student of Aquaculture and Fisheries Management, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta(FUNAAB),Toyinbo Nathaniel Olayinka has been abducted by suspected kidnappers in a private farm at Abule, Itoko, Odeda, Ibadan Road.

“Abule Itoko where the student was reportedly abducted around 8:00 a.m. on Saturday is about 25 minutes drive from the university’s permanent site at Alabata Road, Abeokuta.

“According to the friend of the abducted student and a nursing mother who witnessed his abduction, he was kidnapped by gunmen at a private farm in Abule Itoko,a  village in Odeda Local Government where he’s been living and  working as a practising livestock farmer  for the past three years to sustain himself as a self- sponsored indegent student of the university.

“The management of the university has reported the abduction at Ogun State Police Command headquarters, Eleweeran and it’s working earnestly with the command to ensure the safety and release of the kidnapped student.”

In the statement by its national coordinator Comrade Emmanuel Onwubiko, HURIWA said that in the light of such Kidnapping, it was calling for the celebration of this year’s Children’s Day and the Democracy Day.

It said : “Nigeria will look like banana republic in the eyes of the world if we go ahead celebrating while Nigerian students are constantly  being kidnapped and their fundamental human rights are being violated on a daily basis and the government shows a lack of interest to protect these rights. Also, constitutional democracy suffers when government is incapable of defending the citizens because the primary legal obligation of government is the protection of lives and property of the citizens.

“It is shameful that the government has serially failed to rescue the remaining kidnapped Chibok Secondary School girls for so many years even when that was the first promise Muhammadu Buhari made to win the election in 2015 which he has failed to deliver.

“Aside from failing to rescue Chibok schoolgirls the government failed to stop the kidnap of Dapchi Yobe State schoolgirls. Although government went ahead and rescued some of the girls and left the only Christian girl named Leah Sheribu with Boko Haram terrorists till date, this government has failed the credibility test to defend Nigerian children/students. So it cannot be seen hosting a celebration of the commemoration of the Nigerian children nor does it make sense marking Democracy Day when the government can’t defend the fundamental freedoms of the citizens. This is because it makes no sense celebrating children you refused to protect.

“If we may ask, why has Muhammadu Buhari’s administration failed to arrest and prosecute the armed Fulani militants who kidnapped students in Zamfara, Kastina and Niger States? Why is the government promoting impunity and lawlessness? Why the selective enforcement of the law by Muhammadu Buhari’s Administration?

Why has this government refused to arrest Fulani kidnappers of students in the North, but has sent troops armed to their teeth to the South East to shoot on sight suspected members of IPOBS just for setting up Eastern Security Network (ESN) and for allegedly going after armed Fulani herdsmen terrorizing farmers in the South East?

“So this is an apartheid policy. Remember that students of Greenfield University were kidnapped over 34 days today.”

 

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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

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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

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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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