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Senate Presidency: Who’s after Godswill Obot Akpabio?

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It is obvious some minor cabals in the presidency are afraid of emergence of former Akwa Ibom state governor, Godswill Akpabio as the 10th Senate president of Nigeria.

At the moment, Akpabio is the President elect’s favourite to succeed Ahmad Lawan but how it is going to be fulfilled is what is playing out in some dirty ways.

For Akpabio’s dream not to be fulfilled as the Senate President of Nigeria, the former Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, has once more been invited for questioning by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) regarding charges of corruption against him.

This information comes in the wake of a recent rumour claiming that Bola Tinubu, had decided to assist Akpabio’s campaign for the Senate presidency. READ MORE…

 

Amaechi was behind my removal as NPA boss, says Hadiza Bala-Usman

Former Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, Hadiza Bala-Usman has said that former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi was behind her removal as MD of Nigerian Ports Authority.

Usman detailed the allegation of missing N156bn, her removal from office and her cordial relationship with President Muhammadu Buhari in the interview with PUNCH.

When asked who was exactly against her during her time in the NPA, she said: It was the (former) Minister of Transportation. READ MORE…

‘Women to benefit 35% inclusion in Tinubu’s govt’

The Executive Director of FAME Foundation, Aderonke Ogunleye-Bello  is confident that  President-Elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu will select at least 35% women into leadership roles in the country following the numbers of women listed in the transition committee.

Tinubu listed the Executive Director of Nigeria Export-Import Bank, Stella Okotete; APC National Women Leader, Dr. Betta Edu; and Zainab Marwa-Abubakar, daughter of the Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (retd.), in the Transition Committee ahead of the May 29 inauguration. READ MORE…

 

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Paris 2024: Canada defeat Super Falcons in friendly match

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Paris 2024: Canada defeat Super Falcons in friendly match

Nigeria’s Super Falcons fell to a slim 1-0 defeat against Canada in their friendly at the La Quinta Football Centre, Malaga, on Wednesday night.

Olympic champions Canada dominated the opening exchanges and scored the decisive goal in the 18th minute.

The Super Falcons had numerous chances to equalise but were let down by their poor finishing.

Paris Saint-Germain’s new signing Jennifer Echegini hit the woodwork seven minutes from time.

The defeat was Super Falcons’ first in 2024.

Randy Waldrum’s side will now shift attention to their opening fixture against Brazil at the 2024 Olympics.

The Group C clash will hold at the Stade Bordeaux next Thursday.

Source: Daily Post

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ASUU: Another long-drawn strike in the making

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ASUU: Another Long-Drawn Strike In The Making

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) branches across 53 Federal universities are currently mobilising their members to prepare for another showdown with the Federal Government.

They have asked the Federal Government to address the lingering issues affecting universities to avoid another disruption of academic activities on campuses.

Recall that the warning is coming on the heels of the ongoing battle between FG and the labour unions over a new minimum wage.

ASUU’s Demands

Prof. Adelaja Odukoya, the Zonal Coordinator, Lagos, during a press conference held by the zone of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) at Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, on Friday, June 21, 2024, listed the demands of the union:

A. Refusal To Sign And Implement Renegotiated Agreement

The deliberate refusal of the Tinubu-led Federal Government to sign and implement the concluded renegotiated 2009 ASUU-FGN agreement is a criminal violation of the Collective Bargaining principles as enshrined in the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention.

The renegotiated agreement was concluded in 2021 after five years of renegotiation. Both the Government and ASUU committed massive resources, hoping to reverse the dwindling fortune of our universities as the apex agency for human capacity development. With the deliberate refusal of the Federal Government to sign and implement the renegotiated agreement, our members have been stretched beyond their elastic limit of patience and our union urges the Tinubu-led Federal Government to without further delay, set in motion machinery for the immediate signing and implementation of the renegotiated agreement.

B. Funding and proliferation of State and Federal Universities

For the umpteenth time, our union again calls the attention of the public to the insincere proliferation and mushrooming of universities by both the Federal Government and Visitors to State Universities. The most disturbing aspect of this anomaly is that while most governments at the Federal and state levels have not been adequately funding existing universities (inadequate subventions; non-release of monthly subventions; irregular-payment of staff salaries; decayed and dilapidated infrastructures, non-payment/release of check-off and other third-party deductions etc.), visitors of Federal and State universities have turned establishment of universities to constituency projects.

This development is harmful, retrogressive and unacceptable. Our Union, hereby, calls for the review and strengthening of the NUC laws to arrest the negative trends.

C. Non-payment of Withheld Salaries and Arrears of Earned Academic Allowances (EAA)

Comrades and compatriots of the press, it is no longer news that the Federal Government is still holding on to three and a half months’ salaries of our members in the face of the government intransigence which necessitated the last strike action on the one hand and the current excruciating economic challenges confronting the nation on the other. In addition, the arrears of Earned Academic Allowances (EAA) since 2020 are still outstanding.

“Our Union unequivocally condemns this callous, unprogressive, destructive, anti-labour and inhuman act and demands the unconditional payment of all withheld salaries and arrears of EAA of our members.

D. Injurious Downside of the Discredited Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS)

“Our union’s unequivocally rejection of the IPPIS as a monster and an ill wind that would blow the Nigerian university system no good has become part of our history. Our stance and foresight had since been vindicated. We still insist that IPPIS is a cesspit of centralised corruption by government officials forcefully imposed and foisted on the Nigerian State by Breton Woods institutions of IMF and World Bank.

“Even with Government pronouncement on the exit of the universities from IPPIS, the deliberate refusal of corrupt Government and Ministry officials to migrate the University Payroll System away from IPPIS is unfortunate, condemnable and a confirmation that Nigeria is a becoming lawless State. It confirms that certain beneficial elements within the government and their collaborators are bent on continuing to defraud our members and the universities. Rather than implement the decision of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on the removal of Universities from IPPIS stranglehold as broadcasted to the nation, our members are still being paid by the same platform dubiously renamed “New IPPIS”. ASUU would continue to patriotically oppose the corruption-ridden IPPIS in whatever form because of its affront to our university autonomy.

E. Emanating from this stranglehold, the arrears of promotion since 2018 remain unpaid; non-remittance of third-party deductions such as pension deductions, cooperative deductions and Union check-off dues are wickedly and arbitrarily withheld. Our Union demands that all withheld deductions; unpaid promotion arrears; unpaid salaries of staff on sabbatical, adjunct, etc. be paid in the interest of peace in the Nigerian University System.

Our Union therefore, once again as part of her intellectual contribution to national development offers the immediate adoption by the Federal Government of the more economical, robust and efficient University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) to replace the illegal, widely rejected and corruption-infested IPPIS.

ASUU Intensifies Mobilisation in Varsities

At Federal University, Gashua branch in Yobe State, the union at the end of its meeting asked the Federal Government to address the lingering issues affecting universities to avoid another disruption of academic activities on campuses.

The Chairman of the branch, Melemi Abatcha, and his members who addressed journalists at Damaturu the state capital outlined funding for the revitalisation of Nigerian public universities, and the renegotiation of the 2009 agreement among the major issues.

Melemi who also corroborated the issues above as the union’s grouse with the Federal government said the backlog of Earned Academic Allowances amounted to N50 bn, and the withheld three and half months’ salaries of its members across the country.

He also explained that the removal of fuel subsidies without credible alternatives has brought untold hardship on the people, adding that it would not want to compound it with yet another disruption of academic activities.

The union also called on the FG to show sensitivity to the plight of Nigerians by speedily agreeing and implementing an acceptable living wage for Nigerian workers to assuage their sufferings.

NANS Appeals To Lecturers, FG To Shift Ground

The apex body of students in Nigeria, the National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS) has appealed to the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of the University (ASUU) to reach common grounds to prevent disruption in the academic calendar.

The NANS Senate President, Mr. Henry Okunomo, the association is appealing to the Federal Government to take immediate and decisive action to prevent disruption in the educational sector by preventing any strike.

He also urged President Bola Tinubu to allocate sufficient resources to the educational sector to improve infrastructure, provide necessary teaching aids, and ensure timely payment of salaries and benefits to lecturers.

He said that establishing a continuous platform for dialogue between the government, university administrators and lecturers to address grievances before escalation was important to prevent academic disruption.

“We are all acutely aware of the recurring disruptions caused by strikes in our universities. These strikes, often as a result of unresolved issues between university lecturers and the government, have profound and far-reaching consequences on the educational journey of countless students.

“We appeal to our lecturers to also embrace dialogue and shift ground where necessary to avoid collapse of the education system,” he said.

Source: independent.ng

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FEC okays N1.99bn CNG-powered vehicles to boost NDLEA operations

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President Bola Tinubu has relieved Prof. Aliyu Jauro and Dr. Adeniyi Aremu of their appointments as director-general of the National

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Bola Tinubu on Tuesday, approved the procurement of 33 units Mikano CNG-powered vehicles at N1.99 billion, to boost the operation of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

The approval was revealed by the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General of the Federation, Lateef Fagbemi, while briefing reporters at the end of the meeting.

According to the minister, “Procurement of 33 Mikano motor vehicles CNG powered is to boost the operation of NDLEA, Council considered and approved.

Fagbemi further disclosed that the Council also approved the procurement of firearms and ammunition to strengthen the counter-narcotic fight.

Fagbemi further revealed that procurement of 2 units of body scanners to be deployed for use both in Abuja and international airports at the sum of N985 million.

Source: Independent.ng

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Why we insist on state police, by Southern governors

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Why we insist on state police, by Southern governors

Southern governors yesterday said having state police will give them more control over security decisions in their states.

They believe locals are better placed to fight crime because they understand the terrain and language.

The state helmsmen met under the Southern Governors Forum (SGF) in Abeokuta.

They appointed host Governor Dapo Abiodun as chairman.

Anambra State Governor, Charles Soludo, was named Vice Chairman.

Also in attendance were Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Biodun Oyebanji (Ekiti), Alex Otti (Abia), Godwin Obaseki (Edo) and Ademola Adeleke (Osun).

Others are Bassey Otu (Cross River), Francis Nwifuru (Ebonyi), Peter Mbah (Enugu), Duoye Diri (Bayelsa) and Umo Eno (Akwa Ibom).

Deputy Governors Chinyere Ekomaru (Imo), Monday Onyeme (Delta) and Olayide Adelami (Ondo) represented Hope Uzodimma, Sheriff Francis Orohwedor Oborevwori and Lucky Aiyedatiwa.

Rivers State Governor, Similayi Fubara, was absent and was not represented.

Abiodun replaced former Ondo governor, the late Rotimi Akeredolu.

The governor, who featured on a national television last night, said the forum deliberated on state police, the political upheaval in Rivers, infrastructure and agriculture, among others.

He said the 17 Southern governors were united in their call for state police.

Abiodun said: “We all spoke with one voice in support of state policing.

“We spoke with one voice in support of regional security outfits which almost all regions have set up.

“The outfits are working hand in glove with the law enforcement agencies and providing them with intelligence and support.

“We all know that we cannot have any meaningful development in the atmosphere of insecurity.

“We all spoke with one voice in support of state policing, and regional security outfits, working hand-in-glove with the security outfits.

“The governors are called state chief security officers. But, we know that the Commissioner of Police is appointed by the Inspector General of Police and is only answerable to the IG.

“And when the governor needs to call the attention of the CP on an urgent task in his state, the governor will have to first clear with the IG.

“What have we discovered? In most cases, a policeman from Borno, Maiduguri, posted to Lagos or Ogun states, for instance.

“Such an officer doesn’t understand the terrain, he doesn’t speak the language and he does not get the level of intelligence he needs.

“By the time he is settling down to understand these factors, he is transferred to another state.

“We’re calling for community police to tame insecurity in the state and the nation.

“Under the state police arrangement, a policeman posted to his ward won’t have problems with language and intelligence.

“In that case, the policeman understands the community and the locals, language, the sentiments and, he knows the criminals within his territory.

“It is also common knowledge that the federal police have a shortage of manpower.

“We, as governors, are not in charge or control of our states as far as security is concerned.

“Yet, we fund the federal police operations, yet we are not getting the best from them. They don’t have enough personnel.

“State policing is not something new.

“We have several types of policing structure in other climes where we took our democracy from.”

Speaking on local government tenure, Abiodun said it was unconstitutional for anybody to extend the tenure of constitutionally elected public servants.

Referring to Rivers political quagmire where the House of Assembly extended the tenure of the local government chairmen, Abiodun said: “On local government administration, it is a constitutional issue that will be put to rest at a point in time.

“When your tenure has expired, it stands to reason that your tenure has expired.

“It is not up to the governor of that state or anybody else to extend the tenure of the local government chairmen.

“The collective position of the governors is that it would be a dangerous precedent and an abuse of the democratic ethos for the tenure of an elected local government chairman to expire and for anyone to imagine that their tenure can be extended by one day.

“I think that puts that matter to rest. If that is not the case, that becomes a precedent, a reference point, and the thing is that somebody will ask for a tenure extension.

“Our democracy has evolved and we should not do anything to truncate the process.”

Abiodun, who said the forum also agreed on a modal transport master plan for the region, noted that the governors were delighted with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the award of the coastal road project.

“We spoke about infrastructure. For us to be regionally integrated, we must have the infrastructure for investment facilitation, promotion, for enhancing movement of goods and services.

“On that note, we were unanimously appreciating President Tinubu for the construction of the coastal road.

“This road connects almost all southern states. It is a key enabler of economic development like no other. It will also create a lot of job opportunities.

“We also spoke of the need for the Federal Government to transfer some of the Trunk A roads to the states if a state government is prepared to take on such roads.

“We also agreed to have a modal transport master plan that allows us to connect rail, water and road transportation because we realised that transportation is key to enabling investment promotion, facilitation and the general wellbeing of our people.”

Source: The Nation

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How to sign up for Amazon Prime ahead of Prime day 2024

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How to sign up for Amazon Prime ahead of Prime Day 2024

Amazon Prime Day is coming up again, and exciting deals await on electronics, clothes, makeup and more — but there’s a catch. To access exclusive Prime Day deals, shoppers must first sign up for Amazon Prime and opt for a free 30-day trial or a full subscription.

Subscribers can save plenty on big brands like Apple, HP, Bose, and more if they shop on Prime Day in July this year, and they’ll also gain other Prime benefits, such as free delivery and hours of entertainment thanks to full access to Amazon Video, Amazon Music, and Prime Gaming.

Here’s how shoppers can sign up for Amazon Prime:

TOTAL TIME
5 minutes, email address or phone number
WHAT YOU NEED
Internet access
Step 1: Go to the Amazon Prime sign-up page and click on Start your free 30-day trial.

Head to Amazon Prime’s sign-up page.

Step 2: Input your email if you have an existing Amazon account or click on Create Your Amazon account.

A new sign-in page will open up on the website. Input your email or mobile number and password if you have an existing Amazon account or click on Create Your Amazon account. If you make a new account, you’ll need to provide some basic information such as name, email, and password.

Step 3: If you’re creating a new account, follow the steps to verify your email with a One-Time Password.

If you choose to create a new account, Amazon will send an OTP to your respective email address or mobile number for account verification. If you are using an existing account, skip to Step 5.

Step 4: Input the OTP and click on Verify.

Once the OTP verification page appears on the screen, input the code and click on Verify.

Step 5: Sign up for your free one-month trial or purchase a full subscription.

Now users have two options: sign up for a free one-month trial or purchase a full subscription, though many users might not qualify for a free trial if they have already availed it in the past with the same email or phone number. If you are purchasing a subscription, click on one of these four plans to become a prime member: Monthly Prime Membership — costs $14.99 per month Annual Membership — costs $139 per year or under $12 monthly Student Monthly Membership — costs $7.49 per month; students are eligible for exclusive offers including a 6-month free Prime trial. Prime for government assistance recipients — costs $6.99 per month (must verify eligibility)

Frequently Asked Questions

When is Prime Day 2024?
According to a press release, Amazon has announced that Prime Day will return in July 2024. Last year, Prime Day landed on July 11 and 12, and in 2022, it landed on July 12 and 13. Though we don’t know the exact dates yet, we’re expecting a similar mid-July timeframe for 2024.

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Digital Analyst expresses concern on potential risks internet poses to children, young people

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Digital Analyst Expresses Concern on Potential Risks Internet Poses to Children, Young People

A Digital Rights Advocate, Mr. Wale Bakare, has expressed concern over the potential risks the internet poses to its users, especially children and young people.

Speaking in Ilorin, Kwara state capital on Tuesday on the sidelines of the workshop organised by a non profit organisation, Webfalai Digital Skills for All Initiative (WDSFAI) for over 50 participants, Mr. Bakare stressed the need for digital citizenship and how to maintain digital wellbeing for children.

According to him, digital citizenship fosters responsible and ethical use of the internet and other digital devices, with emphasis on kindness and empathy.

Bakare, who said the internet had a lot of advantages, noted that children and young people could use the internet positively in different ways to promote learning, creativity and personal growth.

He highlighted exposure to obscene and inappropriate contents, cyber stalking, cyber bullying, addiction, impersonation, scams, sextortion, and consumption of misinformation and fake news as some of the risks internet usage poses to children.

The digital rights advocate, therefore, sensitised parents and teachers on how to ensure a secure and positive digital experience for young users.

Bakare encouraged parents and teachers to create a safe environment for open communication that will allow their children and students talk to them about their experiences online, noting that “guiding, not restricting, is key to fostering responsible online behaviour among children.”

He asked teachers and parents to demonstrate to children good digital habits they want them to adopt and to also equip them with skills to critically access various content they come across online.

He recommended security softwares parents and teachers could use to guide and monitor the online activities of their wards.

Additionally, he emphasised the need for parents to reduce screen time for their children by encouraging more offline activities and creating quality family time.

“As technology becomes increasingly integrated into every aspect of our lives, ensuring the digital well-being of individuals particularly children must be a crucial concern for all stakeholders, including teachers and parents.

“By prioritizing digital well-being, we can foster healthier, more balanced interactions with technology, enhancing the overall quality of life,” Bakare said.

Earlier, the WDSFAI Executive Director, Nafisat Bakare reiterated its commitment to make a safer online environment for children in the country.

She said that, the workshop was aimed to raise awareness and understanding about internet safety and to promote the importance of raising responsible and ethical digital citizens.

In a chat with newsmen shortly after the training, the Director of Communications and Strategy for Webfala Digital Skills for all Initiative, Hameed Muritala, said the training workshop marked a significant step forward in the organisation’s efforts to promote online safety and digital citizenship.

“Our organisation is committed to empowering individuals to navigate the digital world responsibly by equipping them with the tools and knowledge needed to foster safer online environments, especially for children,” he added.

Source: This Day

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