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Looting: Osun governor restores curfew 24 hours after

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Barely 24 hours after suspending a curfew imposed on the people of Osun State, Governor Gboyega Oyetola has slammed another stay-at-home order on all residents of the state with immediate effect.

This, he said, was necessary to arrest the fresh looting and vandalisation of public and private property in the state.

The governor who announced this in a broadcast said the curfew would start from 3pm on Saturday.

Specifically, he said the curfew was announced to curb the looting of warehouses across the state.

Massive looting of warehouses was recorded in Ede and Ilesha on Friday.

Violence also broke out in Ile Ife and Osogbo over the looting of COVID-19 palliatives kept in warehouses.

The Iwo Local Government Secretariat and an office of a former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Lasun Yusuff, were reportedly looted on Saturday morning.

Governor Oyetola who condemned the looting and vandalism, described the actions as abuse of the suspension of the earlier curfew.

He said, “It is unfortunate that hoodlums and criminals have taken advantage of government’s action to wantonly loot government and private property, including private business premises and homes in several parts of the State this morning. This is unacceptable and it stands condemned.

“After an emergency security meeting this afternoon, where the whole situation was reviewed and assessed, we came to the inevitable conclusion to declare a curfew. Consequently, I hereby declare a 24-hour curfew across the whole state with immediate effect.

“This inevitable conclusion was reached to avert the continuation of this irresponsible act, especially now that the genuine protesters have suspended their protest earlier today.

“My fellow citizens, the declaration of a 24-hour curfew, which will be indefinite until further notice, is to prevent the current state of anarchy from degenerating into large-scale breakdown of law and order.

“For the avoidance of doubt, there shall be no vehicular (including Okada) or human movement during this period. Only those on essential duties will be permitted to move around. These persons too must carry with them proper identification to allow access.”

He said violators of the curfew rules would be prosecuted and enjoined all citizens and residents of the state to remain in their homes until further notice.

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Tinubu seeks Senate approval for N6.2tn addition to 2024 budget

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Tinubu seeks Senate approval for N6.2tn addition to 2024 budget

President Bola Tinubu has written to the Senate to seek approval for the 2024 supplementary appropriation to the tune of N6.2 trillion.

The letter was read on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday by the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio.

In the letter, the president said he is seeking the approval pursuant to section 58 (2) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.

He urged the Senate to consider the supplementary bill for consideration and passage.

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Tinubu explained that the appropriation act amendment bill sought to amend the principal act to provide the sum of N3,200,000,000,000 for Renewed Hope Infrastructure Projects and other critical infrastructure projects to be undertaken across the country and the sum of N3,000,000,000,000 to meet further recurrent expenditure requirements necessary for the prosper operation of the federal government.

The president said they shall be funded by accruing to the federal government of Nigeria.

Furthermore, he added that the proposed amendments to the Finance Acts 2023 were required to a one-time windfall tax on the foreign exchange gains realised by banks in their 2023 financial statements to fund capital infrastructure development, education, and healthcare as well as welfare initiatives all of which are components of the Renewed Hope Agenda.

The bill is already being given accelerated hearing by the senators.

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JUST IN: Two commissioners resign in Abia

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JUST IN: Two commissioners resign in Abia

Two commissioners in the cabinet of Governor Alex Otti on Wednesday, July 17, reportedly resigned from their positions.

The commissioners who resigned include Chima Oriaku, Commissioner for Science and Technology, and Prof. Mrs. Monica Ironkwe, Commissioner for Agriculture.

Our correspondent reports that news about the termination began circulating shortly after the State’s Executive Council meeting, presided over by the governor.

While some sources claimed the commissioners were dismissed, others asserted that they voluntarily resigned.

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At the time of filing this report, there had been no official statement from the governor or the Information Commissioner, Prince Okey Kanu, explaining the circumstances of their departures.

It was also reported that the two commissioners were unaware of the reasons behind their removal.

The development followed the recent dismissal of Dr. Ngozi Okoronkwo, the Commissioner for Health, during a State Executive Council meeting presided over by the governor in Nvosi, Isiala Ngwa South local government area.

Reacting to the news, Ukoha Njoku Ukoha, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, clarified: “The two commissioners resigned from the Cabinet. No one was sacked. Disregard the trending rumours.”

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BREAKING: Tinubu launches student loan scheme

President Bola Tinubu has launched the Nigeria Education Loan Fund (NELFUND), emphasising the importance of education as a vital tool in combating poverty and achieving national development.

Speaking at the official launch of the NELFUND and ceremonial disbursement of funds at the State House in Abuja on Wednesday, July 17, President Tinubu stressed that education is the greatest weapon against poverty, providing vision, development, and hope.

He noted that without education, conquering insecurity and achieving success is impossible, emphasizing that education provides the light at the end of the tunnel, no matter how slow the progress may seem.

Addressing the Board, members, and the management of the Fund present at the launch ceremony, President Tinubu reaffirmed the commitment of his administration to the Renewed Hope Agenda saying democracy is all about inclusiveness.

President Tinubu added that the target of his administration is to build a fair society that is built on successful inclusiveness.

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“What I believe is that education is the greatest weapon against poverty in any society, without education there is no vision, there is development, and you cannot successfully conquer insecurity.

“Education is that light at the end of the tunnel no matter how sluggish you move, it will give you the light and the hope”.

The President further noted that Nigeria will continue to invest in education to empower the citizens and deploy it as a tool against terrorism, banditry and insecurity.

“We are investing, we don’t want to try ignorance as an alternative, we want education from foundations to the topmost level and I am glad that leadership and its leadership accepted the responsibility.

“There is available here the hope and the genuine commitment, inclusiveness is what democracy is all about.

“Today I am fulfilling one of my greatest campaign agenda, you cannot find your way if you are not well educated, you cannot even fight terrorism and banditry.

“If we have successful inclusive and loan that is necessary for our people to get educated and invest in their own lives we would have built a fair society and a promise that we will earn a banner without stain to our children.

The President also symbolically presented loan cheques to students from each geo-political zone, indicating the beginning of the disbursement of the fund to qualified Nigerian students.

President Tinubu also presented cheques to Vice Chancellors of Bayero University, Kano (BUK), Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), amongst other institutions present.

Disclosing the NELFUND portal’s key metrics from 25th May till date, the Executive Secretary of the NELFUND, Akintunde Sawyerr, said a total number of 164,000 students registered for the loan with a total number of 103,000 of them applied.

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Sawyerr revealed that a total sum of N32 billion is currently available for disbursement to kick-start the program.

He said NELFUND aims to empower Nigerian youth by providing fair transparent funding and removing financial barriers to educational opportunities and academic pursuits.

Reeling out NELFUND’s progress since the launch, Sawyerr said the Fund got key amendments of the loan act on 3rd April 2024, secured dashboard metrics on May 25th May till date as well as the Prssidial disbursement of funds on 17th July 2024.

Sawyer explained that students apply for two types of loan, one is educational fees which are sent directly to institutions and the other is the student application for upkeep loan, which is the loan that covers a monthly stipend

“Institutions collected cheques for multiple applications also students cannot get stipend unless the fees are been picked by NELFUND”

Recall that the Student Loans (Access to Higher Education) Action, signed into law on 3rd April 2024, is a transformative initiative empowering countless Nigerian students to pursue their educational aspirations.

Present at the launch were the President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas, Chairman NELFUND Board, Jim Ovia, Minister of Finance, Wale Edun, Minister of Budget& Economic Planning, Abubakar Bagudu, Minister of Education, Mamman Tahiru, Minister of Youths, Jamila Bio Ibrahim, FIRS Chairman, Zach Adedeji, CBN Governor,  Olayemi Cardoso.

Others are, Jamb Registrar, Prof Isiaq Oloyede; Acting Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission (NUC), Chris Mayaiki, amongst many others.

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