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South-West leaders including state governors, traditional rulers and ministers have demanded a review of the nation’s architecture and reports of the 2014 and previous national conferences and adopt relevant recommendations on security and other troubling national issues.

The meeting hosted by Lagos State Government hosted was at the instance of all the six governors of the region, to forge a common front with traditional institutions in addressing the issues that led to the recent nationwide youth protest, which ended in violence.

President Muhammadu Buhari was represented at the event by his Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari.

Current members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) from the region and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Muhammed Adamu, attended the event.

This obviously is the fallout of the threat resulting from the recent destruction of key public and private assets in Lagos and other states in the unrest that followed the #endSARS protests and sought to find the way forward.

The leaders, in a communique issued after the meeting stated and signed on behalf of the participants by Chairman of the South-West governors, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State and Ooni of Ife Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, stated, called for a “review of reports of constitutional conferences including 2014 National Conference and implement some of the recommendations, especially with reference to security, economy and equal treatment for citizens all over the country.”

They stated, “The security architecture of the country requires adjustment to adequately address the threats and realities of insecurity in the country. There should be more police presence in communities in the South west states.

“While there are legitimate concerns contained in the initial ENDSARS movement, these have been hijacked by criminal and other elements with ulterior and negative forces and degenerated into anarchy.

“There is a need to undertake preventive actions aimed at prevention of repeat of what happened in the country following the ENDSARS demonstrators. Security needs to be strengthened in all states.

“We wish to encourage the Nigeria Police by responding to their needs and appeal to them to do more to protect lives and properties and enhance security all over the country.”

They noted that the prolonged closure of the border had caused economic difficulties and sought its review with a view to permitting the resumption of economic and trading activities.

The need to address youth unemployment and empowerment was also raised and demanded a comprehensive programme on this.

“We recognize the damaging and negative impact of fake/false news and worry about its destructive and dangerous potency of fake news. We call on Federal Government to use the instrumentality of existing laws and those regulations bench-marked from other countries to provide safeguards against the spread of fake news. 2015 Cyber Act will also be fully used.

“The Federal Government should ensure that technology is used effectively for the advancement of the Nigerian security and not its destruction by working with the technology cum social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. The regime of checks and gate keeping should be fully employed,” the communiqué stated.

On the prolonged faceoff between the FG and university lecturers, the leaders called for urgent resolution of the crisis so that students could return to school in earnest.

They also “endorse the call by traditional rulers call for regular consultations with state governors and federal authorities on challenges facing the state and for appropriate recognition of their role in the constitution.”

Earlier at the meeting, President Buhari, who spoke through Professor Gambari, had said the political class must go beyond the lip service and equip the young people with skills that would make them competitive in market.

He said, “Our government’s efforts are emerging from multiple levels. The vice president and governors are designing an engagement framework through the National Economic Council that will be rolled out across states of the federation.

“Chief among them is police reform across all its dimensions; community policing as an additional layer that can resolve some of our security issues.”

Ministers who attended were Lai Mohammed (Information and Culture), Babatunde Fashola (Works and Housing), Olurunnimbe Mamora (Health – State), Rauf Aregbesola (interior), Olamilekan Adegbite (Mines and Steel Development), Niyi Adebayo (Industry, Trade and Investment) and Sunday Dare (Youth and Sports).

Royal fathers in attendance are The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, Olugbo of Ugboland, Oba Akinruntan Obateru, Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, the Alawe of Ilawe Ekiti, Oba Adebanji Alabi and Olu of Ilaro, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle.

Also at the forum are the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji; the Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Kabiru Sotobi; the Olowo of Owo, Oba Olateru Olagbegi; the Orangun of Oke-Ila, Oba Adedokun Abolarin, among others.

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Presidency speaks on Aisha Yesufu’s claim of Tinubu being disgraced in South Africa

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Presidency speaks on Aisha Yesufu’s claim of Tinubu being disgraced in South Africa

Aisha Yesufu’s recent criticisms of President Bola Tinubu have ignited a heated exchange on social media, prompting a robust response from the presidency.

The controversy began when Yesufu alleged on Twitter that Tinubu was humiliated and overlooked by South African President Ramaphosa during an inauguration event following his re-election

In a sharp rebuttal, Presidential spokesman Bayo Onanuga described Yesufu and her supporters as “an uncouth horde of pessimists” who remain bitter over their candidate’s third-place finish in the 2023 elections.

Onanuga accused Yesufu of rushing to judgment and consistently displaying a negative attitude towards Tinubu, contrasting her behaviour with supporters of the second-place candidate.

Similarly, O’tega Ogra, Tinubu’s Senior Special Assistant on New Media, joined in the criticism, accusing Yesufu of exhibiting “crass ignorance” and engaging in behaviour aimed at garnering social media approval rather than constructive engagement.

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Ogra stated, “Aisha, you have the constitutionally guaranteed right to express yourself, but your consistent display of crass ignorance and shameful behaviour, seemingly aimed at garnering likes and retweets, in the name of your disdain and hatred (which you profess at any given opportunity) for Nigeria is shameful, to say the least.

“For the record: 1. The first row at today’s inauguration was reserved for South African kings/royalty. 2. The South African President wasn’t expected to start greeting dignitaries at the time of the video you shared. He was respectfully recalled to the podium by the inauguration compere (see video below). 3. Immediately after President Ramaphosa finished the anthem, he went ahead to greet the visiting presidents who were all seated in the second row (similar to the way visiting presidents were seated in the third row during Nigeria’s inauguration on May 29, 2023…).”

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Executive Secretary of National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), Prof. Idris Mohammed Bugaje

HND holders to get lecturing jobs – NBTE

In the new schemes of service approved for polytechnics, holders of Higher National Diploma (HND) will now be employed as lecturers in the institution.

This was disclosed yesterday during the presentation of the new schemes of service to polytechnics’ stakeholders by the Executive Secretary of National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), Prof. Idris Mohammed Bugaje.

The NBTE boss, while presenting the schemes as approved by the Head of Service, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, said under the schemes, the instructor cadre, which represents segregation against HND holders in the past, has been abolished.

Prof. Bugaje stated that the new schemes of service, which became operational from June 7, 2024, presents a unified approach to the recruitment and promotion of staff across Nigerian polytechnics, Federal, state, and even private.

According to him, “from June 7, 20024, all previous versions of the schemes of service, cease to become legal tender. We are all united from now onwards to operate the new schemes of service in the Nigerian Polytechnic System (NPS).

“This milestone has taken over a decade of struggle and efforts by our Staff Unions, Rectors of Polytechnics through their COHEADS/COFER bodies, the Federal Ministry of Education, and the NBTE. I must commend all of you for all your contributions and pray that we shall operationalize the new Schemes of Service with all sense of responsibility.

“When I took office in April 2021, I announced my 3-S Agenda as my key areas of focus as Executive Secretary, namely the Skills development agenda, the Spirit of work in the NBTE which must be revived and a new Scheme of service that gives recognition to the products of the Nigerian Polytechnic System. With gratitude to Allah, the Most High, I am glad to announce that, working with you as a team, we have been able to achieve all the three within 3 years.

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“Schemes of Service cannot be said to be perfect, since it is man-made, and could still be subject to future reviews. But we are happy with the new Schemes for the following innovations: HND Holders with good grades are now to be appointed as Academic Staff (Graduate Assistants), like their degree counterparts, in a system that is theirs.

“The instructor cadre, which represents segregation against HND holders in the past, has been abolished. The technician cadre has been subsumed by the technologist cadre, allowing ND holders to be appointed as Assistant Technologists.

“The Pharmacy Technology cadre has been maintained. For those with a HND in Pharmacy Technology, but who may not be allowed to work in hospitals by the Pharmacy Council of Nigeria, their space in the public service has been retained.

“An area of contention raised by ASUP is the terminal level for the Registry Cadre which is now the Deputy Registrar (CONTEDISS 15) since the position of the Registrar is tenured on consolidated salary like other principal officers.

“This matter is easily resolvable because the salary of the Registrar Cadre is CONTEDISS, not CONPCASS (academic staff). Equally, an area of concern for other Unions (SSANIP and NASU) is that skipping has been abolished. This is open for discussion with the HoSF to get this position streamlined along with the provisions in other cadres of public service.

“The requirement of NSQ Level 3 minimum for Senior Lecturers and above is a positive step aimed at institutionalizing skills training in the Polytechnics. Let me advise that current lecturers seeking promotion to senior level shall be given three years moratorium to acquire the NSQ (or its equivalent) and where necessary shall be offered Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) to qualify.

“This provision shall put check on the inflow of academic staff from universities into our polytechnics, especially those who may not have skills qualification. On the overall, the new Schemes of Service presents a unified approach to the recruitment and promotion of staff across Nigerian polytechnics, Federal, State, and even private.

“We shall use it as an instrument of accreditation in old and new Institutions in terms of compliance. These marvelous achievements were made possible by the Mother of Skills Development in Nigeria, the Head of Service of the Federation, a pillar of support for the Polytechnic sector, and a very fair arbiter in our affairs, Dr. Mrs Folasade Yemi-Esan, CFR. We are most grateful for her tireless efforts that culminated in today’s celebration.

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After police bar Fubara caretaker chairmen, Rivers plans parallel secretariats

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Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara

After police bar Fubara caretaker chairmen, Rivers plans parallel secretariats

Rivers State Governor, Siminalayi Fubara, has said 23 local government councils in the state will operate from alternative secretariats following Tuesday’s sealing of the councils by the police.

The governor, who said this after swearing in the 23 local government caretaker committee chairmen on Wednesday in Port Harcourt, the state capital, said they could operate from anywhere.

Fubara stated this as the police barred the newly inaugurated caretaker chairmen from from accessing their offices in all the 23 LG headquarters. The secretariats were barricaded with police patrol vans manned by armed policemen.

The state police command had on Tuesday announced that it had taken over all the LG council headquarters to forestall further bloodshed and to prevent a breakdown of law and order.”

A policeman and a member of a local security outfit were killed during a clash between supporters of the governor and his predecessor, the Federal Capital Territory Minister, Nyesom Wike at Eberi-Omuma in the Omuma Local Government Area of the state on Tuesday.

Fubara and his predecessor have been embroiled in a bitter disagreement since late last year.

The crisis led to the bombing of the state House of Assembly last year, factionalised the House while the governor survived an impeachment by Martin Amaewhule led 27 lawmakers of the House loyal to the FCT minister.

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The crisis worsened on Tuesday when youths loyal to the governor dislodged some chairmen loyal to Wike after the expiration of their tenure.

The three-year tenure of the 23 chairmen expired on Monday but they had vowed to remain in office, citing the Local Government Amendment Law 2024 made by the Martin Amaewhule-led House of Assembly.

The law by the 27 lawmakers loyal to the Minister of the Federal Capital Wike, empowers them to remain in office for six months due to the failure of Fubara to conduct local government elections.

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The governor after swearing in the newly appointed caretaker committee chairmen in the Government House on Wednesday, charged them to eschew violence, maintain the peace, and be guided by the Constitution.

 Fubara also directed the Auditor-General of Local Governments to commence an immediate audit of the accounts of the 23 councils, adding the new appointees could operate from anywhere

He said that the swearing-in of the chairmen would ensure seamless administration of local governments following the expiration of the tenure of elected chairmen and councillors in the state.

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