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“Tinubu will not dance to music played by political adversaries” – APC chieftain



“Tinubu will not dance to music played by political adversaries” – APC chieftain

“Tinubu will not dance to music played by political adversaries” – APC chieftain

The All Progressive Congress (APC) says its presidential candidate, Sen. Bola Ahmed Tinubu, will not dance to the tune of political adversaries who organise debates or town hall meetings.

The party’s National Vice-Chairman in the Southwest geopolitical zone, Mr Isaac Kekemeke, made the declaration on Sunday in Akure when he spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

He said Tinubu was not afraid of engaging any of his political opponents in debates, but as a strategist, he is too experienced to allow his competitors to dictate the pace of events for him.

Kekemeke added that the APC’s presidential candidate has his own strategies, which are far superior to, and more rewarding than those of his adversaries.

“Your adversaries have gathered to beat the drum and you want to walk in and dance to it?

“That’s not wise. You don’t go to the house of your political adversary and allow him to dictate the tune.

“When the time comes, Asiwaju will be open to debates. We all know how hardworking he has been about his campaign. He was at Chatham House, London, making his case to Nigerians abroad.

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“His wife is busy making his case. His son is busy making his case. The governors are busy making his case. I’m busy making his case and everyone that believes in him is making his case.

“If he can talk to Nigerians directly, why should he debate with innocuous pretenders?

“It will just make some people important; people who have no base; they have nothing to offer and you’re now debating with them, You will be making them to feel important,’’ Kekemeke told NAN.

According to him, participating in town hall meetings organised by political adversaries will amount to a mere waste of time when there are many important things to do.

Going directly to the electorate that will deliver the votes on Election Day is more profitable, he argued.

Kekemeke explained that that was why Tinubu, in his wisdom, chose to go to the Nigerian people directly rather than allowing some funny people to gate-keep and waylay him.

“Tinubu is definitely not running away from any debate,’’ the APC chieftain stressed.

The national vice-chairman described Tinubu as wise, smart, strategic and calculating and added that the presidential candidate would not allow his political foes to set the agenda for him in any guise.

He noted that if elected, Tinubu would create a country of prosperity; a country of peace where there would be ample job opportunities for youths.

According to him, Tinubu will turn Nigeria to a country where entrepreneurs can fully realise themselves, a restructured country of justice, equity and fairness.

While stressing that Tinubu and the APC were not perturbed by negative and unguarded statements by adversaries, Kekemeke said the party’s presidential candidate could not be pulled down “because he is a focused man’’.

He said Tinubu would not be discouraged by those who spoke against him, but would be encouraged by those who spoke in his favour.

“Tinubu doesn’t dance to music played by others; he plays his own music and dances to it.

“What he is saying is that he can do better for Nigeria than what he did for Lagos State and that he has enough strength to do this.

“They say he is old, but Joe Biden (America’s president) is older. They say he is old, but Donald Trump (a former American President) was older when he took office.

“They say he is old, but Nelson Mandela (South Africa’s deceased president) was older when he became president. Back home, Awolowo and Azikiwe were older when they contested in 1983.

“The old man is going to everywhere from Gbaramatu in the Niger Delta to Kano; from Ebonyi to Lagos, but the people that are not old cannot be found anywhere,’’ he stressed.

The party’s national vice-chairman urged the electorate, particularly in the Southwest, to cast their votes en-masse for Tinubu, saying the opportunity might not come again in the next two decades.

“We have our own that is competent and intelligent. We must not make the mistake we made in the past.

“Sixty per cent to 70 per cent votes for Asiwaju are not enough. We must rally round him and give him at least 90 per cent of our votes.

“Let us do for Asiwaju what people of the Northwest did for Muhammadu Buhari in 2011, 2015 and 2019.

“The people of the Northwest stood with President Buhari since his foray into politics. They delivered an average of 70 per cent votes for him in 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015 and in 2019,’’ Kekemeke stressed.

“Tinubu will not dance to music played by political adversaries” – APC chieftain

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CCNE Applauds Supreme Court for Releasing Local Government Funds




CCNE Applauds Supreme Court for Releasing Local Government Funds

CCNE Applauds Supreme Court for Releasing Local Government Funds

The Concerned Citizens of North East (CCNE), a non-governmental organization dedicated to promoting good governance, transparency, and accountability, has welcomed a recent Supreme Court ruling mandating the immediate release of funds earmarked for local government areas (LGAs).

The was contained in a press statement signed by CCNE’s Secretary General Babangida Inuwa Muhammad, marks a significant victory for grassroots development and governance in the region.

The Supreme Court’s decision addresses longstanding issues of fund misallocation and diversion that have impeded local development efforts.

By upholding constitutional provisions ensuring direct allocation of funds to LGAs, the court has bolstered principles of transparency, accountability, and effective governance.

CCNE views this ruling as pivotal, asserting that it empowers local authorities and strengthens the foundation for sustainable development across communities.

“This landmark decision ensures that LGAs receive the financial resources necessary for development and governance, reinforcing transparency, accountability, and good governance principles,” stated CCNE in their press release.

The organization emphasized the ruling’s potential to revitalize local governance, enabling communities to better tackle their unique challenges through empowered local authorities. CCNE called upon relevant authorities to promptly implement the court’s decision, ensuring funds are utilized judiciously to benefit residents.

“We believe this judgment will enhance LGAs’ capacity to deliver essential services, improve infrastructure, and drive socio-economic development,” CCNE affirmed.

CCNE also urged local officials to transparently and efficiently allocate funds, prioritizing projects that directly benefit residents.

They pledged to monitor the judgment’s implementation closely, collaborating with stakeholders to promote accountability and good governance at all levels within the region.

“This ruling signifies a renewed commitment to decentralization and local governance, crucial for addressing community-specific challenges,” CCNE added.

Looking ahead, CCNE reiterated its commitment to advocating for the rights and welfare of Northeastern communities, ensuring local authorities are equipped to drive sustainable development.

They affirmed their ongoing role in safeguarding community interests and fostering an environment conducive to transparent and effective governance.

However, CCNE’s support for the Supreme Court’s decision reflects a broader commitment to advancing accountable governance and empowering local communities.

By championing the efficient use of allocated funds and advocating for sustained development efforts, CCNE aims to foster a region where grassroots needs are met and local governance thrives.

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Minimum Wage: Private sector committed to N57,000 – NECA



Minimum Wage: Private sector committed to N57,000 - NECA

Minimum Wage: Private sector committed to N57,000 – NECA

The Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA), says the private sector remains committed to the N57,000 earlier proposed at the Tripartite Committee meeting on National Minimum Wage.

NECA’s Director-General, Mr Adewale-Smatt Oyerinde, in a statement on Sunday, said the amount represented 90 per cent increase in the national minimum wage.

Oyerinde said that this was notwithstanding ongoing challenges, made worst by rising interest rates, astronomical logistics cost, increasing energy tariff and multiple taxes, levies and fees.

“With organised businesses declaring over one trillion naira in combined losses and many shutting down their businesses for different reasons, while others are relocating to other climes, the ability to pay the prevailing N30,000 was already compromised.

“It will be practically impossible to guarantee enterprise sustainability and job security with the current demands of organised labour,’’ he said.

The director-general, however, said that NECA would continue to support the welfare of workers and the protection of their jobs, which could only be guaranteed by the survival of the enterprise.

Following negotiations on the national minimum wage, he urged the tripartite committee to prioritise job creation and job security.

Oyerinde said that the call was in view of the worrisome and increasing rate of unemployment in the country.

According to him, the committee should refocus its effort on protecting jobs, boost the capacity of the private sector to create more jobs and ensure sustainability and ability to pay.

He said that productivity should be a key driver of higher wages.

“According to the National Bureau of Statistics, the combined rate of unemployment and time-related underemployment as a share of the labour force population (LU2) increased to 17.3 per cent in Q3 2023 from 15.5 per cent in Q2 2023.

“In specific terms, the unemployment rate increased significantly in Q3 2023 at 5.0 per cent.

“With these figures, more efforts should be concentrated on keeping more people in employment, while government continues to implement its planned interventions in transportation, food security and general macro-economic stability,” Oyerinde said.

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Reps seek free medicare for pregnant women



Reps seek free medicare for pregnant women

Reps seek free medicare for pregnant women

The House of Representatives has urged the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to mandate public healthcare institutions to provide free medical treatment for pregnant women during and after delivery.

The call was sequel to the adoption of a motion by Rep. Mohammed Shehu (PDP-Bauchi) at plenary on Wednesday.

They also urged the ministry to implement routine checks to ensure continuity, compliance by medical personnel, and sustainability of childbirth processes.

Moving the motion, Shehu said that the government established public healthcare institutions to provide medical services to humanity.

He added that drugs were supplied to the institutions and equipped with modern medical facilities and charged with the responsibility of handling healthcare-related matters.

Shehu said though healthcare services were not restricted to pregnant women, efforts to encourage free treatment for expectant mothers have not been fully realised.

He said that giving the fertility statistics in the country, there was need for free medical treatment for pregnant women to boost the country’s fertility rate.

“Nigeria is grappling with high disease rates, resulting in an annual maternal mortality rate of expectant mothers and children due to pregnancy complications and the polio virus.

“Further aware that government requires public healthcare institutions to have medical professionals, give adequate attention to patients, including pregnant women, during childbirth to address complications and find permanent solutions.

“There is a need for the government to prioritise policy actions aimed at improving healthcare delivery systems, particularly for pregnant women, to alleviate their hardships and boost their confidence,” he said.

In his ruling, the Deputy Speaker, Rep. Benjamin Kalu mandated the Committee on Healthcare Services and Healthcare Institutions to liaise with the Minister of Health and Social Welfare to ensure compliance.

The committee is to report back within four weeks for further legislative action.

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