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Hope Rises For Work Place Safety As Federal Government Ratifies ILO Convention No.190

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President Muhammadu Buhari has signed the Instrument of Ratification for International Labour Organization (ILO) Convention No.190 on Violence and Harassment and the document is set to be deposited with the Director General of the International Labour Organisation by the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment. A statement signed by Olajide Oshundun, Head, Press and Public Relations at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment stated that the  Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Ms Kachollom Daju, made the announcement at the opening ceremony of a 2-day Regional Sensitization Workshop on ILO Convention No. 190 on Violence and Harassment and Eliminating Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in the Workplace for Professional Officers in the three Northern Geo-Political Zones. The statement said Daju noted that Nigeria is the fourth country in Africa and the eighth in the world to ratify the Convention, adding that the Ministry has already inserted prohibitions on violence and ha

PSC Appoints Two DIGs, Promotes 12 CPs to AIG, Approves Promotion Exam For Police Officers

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The Police Service Commission has approved the promotion of four hundred and seventeen Senior Police Officers (417). The Commission also approved Promotion Examinations for Police Officers scheduled to start from next year 2023 in line with the Public Service Rules. These were the highpoints of the 15th Plenary Meeting of the Commission holding in Abuja and presided over by Justice Clara Bata Ogunbiyi, JSC (rtd), acting Chairman of the Commission. A statement signed by Ikechukwu Ani Head, Press and Public Relations of the Police Service Commission said it  also approved the appointment of AIG Bello A. Sadiq, currently AIG Zone 1, Kano and AIG Dandaura Mustapha, AIG Zone 4, Makurdi, to the substantive rank of Deputy Inspector General of Police. While the new DIG Sadiq was appointed to fill the vacant position of DIG, Force Intelligence Bureau (FIB), DIG Dandaura whose appointment takes effect from October 20th, 2022 will be replacing, DIG Sadiq who is expected to retire from

Social Action Applauds ICPC On Arraignment Of NDDC Director, Call For Immediate Publication Of Forensic Audit Report

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A non governmental organization,  Social Development Integrated Centre otherwise known as  Social Action have applauded the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) on the recent arraignment of Dr. Solomon Okpa Ita, a director with the Niger-Delta Development Commission (NDDC) before a Federal High Court in Abuja.  His arraignment was in connection with an alleged diversion of N45million, being part of the funds paid for one NDDC contract awarded to the Radiant Women Association group. A statement signed by  Comfort Agbebaku,  Communications Officer  Social Development Integrated Centre, quotes the  Programmes Coordinator of Social Action, Mr. Isaac Botti as saying, “We are happy that an anti-graft agency like the ICPC is taking a bold step to ending the monstrous corruption in the NDDC. We believe that there are more corrupt officials in the NDDC including former directors of the Commission, who have diverted contracts funds meant for dev

The Peace Accord I Signed With Jonathan Contributed To A Peaceful Election In 2015 - Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari says the signing of the Peace Accord with former President Goodluck Jonathan and other presidential candidates in the build up to the 2015 elections contributed largely to the peaceful outcome of the polls.   A statement signed by Femi Adesina,  Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity) said Buhari made the comment while r eceiving the National Peace Committee (NPC), led by former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, on Thursday at State House. The President urged all the signatories to the 2023 election Peace Accord, and their supporters, to abide by its content and spirit.   The President noted that the signing of the First National Peace Accord by presidential candidates in the 2023 election, earlier at a separate event on Thursday, was aimed at committing political parties, aspirants and their supporters to conduct their campaigns in a peaceful manner, devoid of ethnic, religious and hate speeches that could mar the upco

Yobe North: Lawan Accepts Court Judgement Depriving Him Of APC Ticket

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President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan has said that he would not appeal the judgement delivered on Wednesday by the Federal High Court, Damaturu, in Yobe State with respect to the forthcoming Yobe North Senatorial District elections. The judgement had declared that Bashir Machina was the rightful candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Yobe North Senatorial ticket which the party had tried to hand to Lawan after he failed to get a consensus ticket o the ruling party for the office of President. Lawan said in a statement which he personally signed and released on Thursday that he has accepted the judgement of the court which disqualified his candidature and participation in the elections. The statement titled: "Court Judgement on Yobe North Senatorial District Candidacy" reads: "Yesterday, Wednesday, 28th September, 2022, the Federal High Court in Damaturu delivered judgement on the rightful candidate for Yobe North Senatorial District for the

Gangsta's Paradise Rapper, Coolio Dies At 59

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US rapper Coolio, known for the iconic hit Gangsta's Paradise, has died at the age of 59. His longtime manager Jarez Posey told US media the artist was found unresponsive on the bathroom floor of a friend's house in Los Angeles. Coolio started making music in the 1980s, but he cemented his place in hip hop history when he recorded Gangsta's Paradise in 1995. The exact cause of his death on Wednesday has not yet been revealed. However Mr Posey told TMZ, which first reported the news, that paramedics believed he may have had a cardiac arrest. Coolio, whose real name was Artis Leon Ivey Jr, won a Grammy for Gangsta's Paradise, which was part of the soundtrack for the movie Dangerous Minds starring Michelle Pfeiffer. The haunting track continues to be widely listened to and has just passed a billion streams on Spotify, according to his official website. BBC

Flood: Senate Urges NEMA, Others to Help Victims in Jigawa State

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The Senate Tuesday directed the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and other relevant agencies to provide urgent humanitarian assistance to affected flood victims in Jigawa State and other parts of the country. It also urged relevant disaster management agencies to provide timely early warning to flood prone areas with a view to forestalling loss of lives and property in affected areas. Senate resolutions to these effect, were sequel to a motion sponsored by Senator Danladi Abdullahi  Sankara (APC Jigawa North West), on recent  tragic flood incidences that happened in several communities in Jigawa State. Senator Sankara in the motion titled: "Urgent Need for Humanitarian Support and assistance to victims of flooding across the country, especially Jigawa State", lamented that over 1500 houses of residents in Ringim, Kazaure, Gumel Dutse and Hadejia Emirates in Jigawa State were washed away with attendant loss of about 100 lives. He added that thousands of

NNPC Denies Shunning Senate Summon

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), has disowned a letter allegedly written by it to the Senate Committee on Finance as an independent corporation insulated from being summoned by any relevant committees of the National Assembly. Disowning the purported letter by NNPCL, concides with the summoning of its Group Managing Director (GMD) Mele Kyari,  by Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream) on Wednesday. Chairman of the upper legislative chamber's committee on Finance, Senator Olamilekan Adeola (APC Lagos West),  had penultimate Wednesday during interface with heads of various MDAs, said NNPCL wrote the committee through its liaison officer in National Assembly stating that it is now a limited liability company insulated from appearances before committees of the National Assembly. Senator Adeola at the interface,  specifically told the NNPCL General Manager Public Affairs, Garbadeen Muhammad that NNPC is 100 percent owned by the Federal government

Attack On Peter Obi Support Group: Redeploy Katsina State Commissioner Of Police Now - Labour Party

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The Labour Party has called for the immediate redeployment of the Katsina state Commissioner of Police, Idris Dauda Dabban for negligence in sitting idly while a support group for the Peter Obi presidency was attacked by a group which it described as the military wing of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). Videos of the disruption  of a good governance march by the various Peter Obi support groups had gone viral on Social media Monday. A statement signed by Comrade Arabambi Abayomi,  National Publicity Secretary of the Labour Party (LP) said the attack on the innocent and law abiding supporters of Peter Obi and Yusuf Baba Ahmed is a declaration of war on the Labour Party. The statement read;  "Our party attention was drawn to a mercilessly co-ordinated assault and  attack by the military wing of the All Progressive  Congress (APC)  Kastina State Chapter on the peace loving Obedient political movement supporters of the Mr Peter Gregory Obi, the  incoming Preside

Labour Party Not Involved In Pro-Obi Marches Across Nigeria - National Chairman

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Labour Party's National Chairman, Barrister Julius Abure says the party does not fund or is involved in Pro-Obi marches across the country. Writing in a press statement which he personally signed, Abure said; "th e rallies are not surprising, it is because the Labour Party has a people oriented candidate that will work for the people and that will effectively serve the interest of the party.  "Of course, the people must own the process, the people will fund the process because they say he who plays the pipe dictates the tune. And therefore the people are the owners of the party and that is why they are funding these activities.  "People are contributing money, N1000, N10,000 and so on to carry out rallies for themselves. People are donating their buildings and the people of Nigeria are gradually owning the Labour Party.  "And of course, you know that the Labour Party is a party for the poor, the artisans, students, market women, the down trodden, civ

Constables Recruitment: Police Service Commission Extends Deadline For Application

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The Police Service Commission has extended the deadline for the on-going 2022 Constables Recruitment application by one month. The spokesman of the Commission, Ikechukwu Ani said in a statement that the Commission's Recruitment portal originally scheduled to be closed on Monday, September 26th, 2022 will remain open to applicants untill the 26th of October 2022 to give enough time and accommodate all interested applicants. It said e ligible applicants who have been unable to apply are advised to take advantage of this extension, adding that the  Commission is committed to ensuring that no body interested in pursuing a career in the Nigeria Police Force will  be denied the opportunity.  The Commission further stated that it will not deviate from its established Policy of conducting a transparent and merit driven Police recruitment based on defined rules and regulations, even as a pplications are free and at no cost.

Assault On Police Orderly: Police Service Commission Calls For Review Of Activities Of Special Protection Unit

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The Police Service Commission has raised concerns over the assault on a Police orderly, Inspector Teju Moses by  Prof. Zainab Abiola said to be a Lawyer and Human Rights Activist. It would be recalled that Inspector Moses of the Special Protection Unit of the Nigeria Police Force was said to have been battered by her Principal and aides for refusing to carry out unlawful orders. A statement signed by the spokesman of the commission, Ikechukwu Ani said the Commission condemned the act which it considers barbaric and inhuman.  It added that the assault is a direct threat to national security and a calculated attempt to ridicule the Nigeria Police Force and what it stands for. The Commission also called for immediate investigation and prosecution of all characters involved in what it described as the show of shame, noting that the operations of the Special Protection Unit SPU, should be reviewed to ensure that only few Nigerians who genuinely deserve such protection are availe

Federal Government Appoints New Permanent Secretary For Police Service Commission

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A new Permanent Secretary, Dr. Ifeoma Adaora Anyanwutaku has assumed office in the Police Service Commission with a pledge to move the Commission forward. A statement signed by Ikechukwu Ani,  Head, Press and Public Relations of the Commission said  Dr. Anyanwutaku until her deployment to the Commission was the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture.  She takes over from Mr. Anietie Donald Etiebet, who was the Director overseeing the Office of the Permanent Secretary. According to the statement, the new Permanent Secretary promised to ensure a cordial working relationship between the Commission and the Nigeria Police Force adding that the nation does not need any distraction at this time when all hands should be on deck to surmount the prevailing security problems. Dr. Anyanwutaku said the Commission will continue to promote the effectiveness and efficiency of the Nigeria Police Force within its Constitutional powers to appoint, promote and d

ASUU To Appeal Court Ruling Recalling Striking Lecturers

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU says it will appeal the order by the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN) asking its members to call off the seven-month-long strike. The University of Abuja chapter chairman of ASUU Dr Kasim Umar stated this while reacting to the order by court in Abuja. Dr Umar said the national executive Council of ASUU will meet today to conclude modalities on the appeal process. Meanwhile the pro chancellor of the University of Abuja Prof. Ahmed Modibbo Mohammed has advised the federal government to apply caution in handling the crisis with the union. According to Modibbo the said a court order cannot resolve the crisis between ASUU and the government. Reacting to the court judgment, Professor Modibbo while appealing to both the government and ASUU to embrace dialogue in order to find a lasting solution to the strike, insisted that resorting to force was not a solution. He stressed that dialogue remain the best means to resolve the c

Court Orders ASUU To Call Off Strike

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The National Industrial Court has ordered the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), to call off it's ongoing Strike. Delivering a ruling on the interlocutory injunction filed by the Federal government, Justice Polycarp Hamman restrained ASUU from continuing with the industrial action pending the determination of the suit. This order comes a few hours after the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) threatened not to allow any political campaign hold across the country till students of public universities return to classrooms.

Breaking: Shekarau Officially Rejoins PDP In The Senate After Dumping NNPP

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A month after defecting from the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator  Ibrahim Shekarau (Kano Central), has officially made his defection on the floor of the Senate Wednesday. Shekarau had on Monday, August 29, 2022, defected along with thousands of his supporters to PDP from NNPP on grounds of alleged unfair treatment by the party led by Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso who is the Presidential candidate of the party. Announcing Shekarau's defection through a letter received to that effect, the President of the Senate, Ahmad, said the Kano Central Senator wishea to officially inform his colleagues of his latest move. Shekarau in the letter read by the Senate President, said his defection and thousands of his supporters in Kano from NNPP to PDP, was to carry out their political aspirations in a party well disposed to them. Expectedly after the announcement, PDP senators led by the minority leader, Philip Aduda and the minority whip

Court Orders INEC To Accept LP Candidate's Name For House Of Reps Election In 2023

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A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to allow the Labour Party (LP) submit the name of its candidate, Clarita Ogar, for the 2023 Cross River House of Representatives election. Justice Donatus Okorowo, in a judgement, held that the Electoral Act, 2022 is superior to INEC guidelines on elections. Justice Okorowo stated further that Section 31 of the Electoral Act, 2022 allows parties to still submit names of candidates that emerge from substitution primaries not later than 90 days to the election. He said that the electoral umpire, by its own manuals, cannot limit the time provided for by the Electoral Act. It would be recalled that Ogar emerged the LP candidate for the 2023 Yala/Ogoga Federal Constituency poll in Cross River state. However, the party could not meet up with the INEC's guidelines for the submission of Ogar's name as its candidate for the constituency. The commission had given July 15 for

Senate President Insists On Issue-Based Campaigns in Election Season

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The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan has urged all political actors to focus on issue-based campaigns as the nation urshers in the electioneering season. A statement signed by his  Special Adviser (Media)  Ola Awoniyi, said  Lawan made the appeal in Abuja on Monday while declaring open a "High-level forum on political communications and issue-based campaign in the 2023 general elections." The forum which was also attended by the Speaker of House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, was organised by the National Institute For Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) in partnership with The Kukah Centre. The Senate President told the forum: "I wish to passionately implore all stakeholders to be conscious of their messaging and focus on issue-based campaign that shuns violence and hate speech. "As the most populous black nation and the largest democracy in Africa, the burden is on us to deliver credible and peaceful elections. The Senate Pr

Police Service Commission Set To Enforce Constitutional Mandate

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The acting Chairman of the Police Service Commission, (PSC) Justice Clara Bata Ogunbiyi, retired Justice of the Supreme Court, has begun moves to enforce the constitutional mandate of the Commission which staff of the agency believe has been usurped by the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba. A statement made available to this blog by the spokesman of PSC,  Ikechukwu Ani said the acting Chairman  addressed the Staff of the Commission on the mandate of the Commission as provided for in paragraphs 29 and 30 of the 3rd Schedule of the 1999 Constitution as amended and Section 6(1) of the Police Service Commission Establishment (Act) 2001. The statement said Justice Ogunbiyi informed the Staff that the Management will engage in personal interface with the Office of the Inspector-General of Police and the Minister of Police Affairs with a view to understanding the common ground of each others responsibility. She further said that the Management intends to operate an al

Planned Shutdown Of Ladipo And Oyingbo Markets Is Economic Attack on Igbos in Lagos - Labour Party

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The Labour Party (LP) has reacted to plans by the Lagos state government to indefinitely shutdown the Ladipo and Oyingbo Markets following what the government described as the indescriminate disposal of waste in the markets thereby causing environmental problems. A statement issued in Abuja by the  National Publicity Secretary of the party, Arabambi Abayomi, expressed shock at the planned shutdown of the markets, adding that it is a further sign of the intolerance of the APC led administration in Lagos. The statement read; " Our party attention was drawn to the announcement made by the Lagos State Government plans to shut down both Ladipo and Oyingbo markets in the state indefinitely by this week Thursday 22nd September 2022 due to Lagos State claims of traders’ indiscriminate waste disposal. "Our party further noted with utmost shock the  state government deceptive reasons was  because they could no longer tolerate any more violations including reckless waste dum