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Humanity First in the 21st Century

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Humanity First in the 21st Century

By: Omar Muhammad F.

At this 21st Century where developments as become a global project, what should be topmost on our mind is “Humanity First”.
In everything we do, humanity first. This is the motto of this association and believe. We however, encourage a peaceful resolution and diplomatic approach. In the 1990s a breakthrough agreement negotiated between Israeli and Palestinian leaders in Oslo, Norway, set out a process for a mutually negotiated two-state solution to be gradually implemented by the end of the decade. Although the process showed initial promise and progress, a combination of dissatisfaction and distrust led to the breakdown and delay of the process. After frustration and provocation led to the outbreak of violence in 2000, the process proved difficult to restart before coming to a virtual halt after 2008.

On the other hand, by the time the Trump administration unveiled its peace plan, which it touted as the “Deal of the Century,” the Palestinians had determined that the United States could no longer play a fair role as mediator in the conflict. The first part of the plan, which proposed significant development in the economy and infrastructure of the Palestinian territories, was announced in June 2019. The second part of the plan, the political component, was released in January 2020 and envisioned predetermined solutions to final status issues: Israel would keep nearly all of its West Bank settlements, impose sovereignty over the Jordan Valley located along the West Bank’s eastern border, and retain an undivided Jerusalem as its capital, while Palestinians would receive demilitarized self-governance within a reduced West Bank territory and the Gaza Strip. The plan, which was received favorably by Israeli leaders but condemned by Palestinian leaders, did little to revitalize negotiations before the end of Trump’s presidency. In 2021 the administration of U.S. Pres. Joe Biden began restoring aid to the Palestinians and promised to reopen the PLO office in Washington, D.C.

Looking at a way forward, the two-state solution has long been proposed as the best hope for peace in the Israel-Palestine conflict. It would see an independent Palestinian state established alongside the existing one of Israel – giving both people their own territory. It is the official position of the UK, US, United Nations – and even Israel itself – but many now say there is little hope of achieving it because the Palestinians don’t feel the judgement is just.
The world needs to work on this solution and bring in the Palestinians opinion once and for all in order to bring an end to this horror. We hope the world would act strongly towards bringing this conflict to an end. We hope all the parties especially the Israel government will respect the international law and bring an end to this war. The killing of innocent souls in Gaza region is becoming unbearable. The leadership in the world should please rise up and adopt strategies that will bring about peace in the world.

We see conflict all over the world, like in the case of the kidnapped pilot by the Papua Movement in Indonesia. The Kidnapping of the Susi Air Pilot in Papua is no uncall for at thie century where the aviation world has taken a new dimension especially from the advancement in Indonesia.
Indonesia recently flew its first commercial flight using palm oil-blended jet fuel, as the world’s biggest producer of the commodity pushes for wider use of biofuels to cut fuel imports.
Operated by flag carrier Garuda Indonesia, the Boeing 737-800NG aircraft carried more than 100 passengers from the capital Jakarta to Surakarta city about 550 kilometres (342 miles) away, Garuda Indonesia CEO Irfan Setiaputra said.

What is expected is an environment where people around the world will be able to live freely without any fear, doing their duty without the fear of kidnap like the case of the Susi Air Pilot. For several weeks now we learnt of the kidnapping of Captain Philip Mark Mehrtens by the members of the KKB led by Egianus Kogoya in Papua Province, Indonesia.

The Captained has stayed for about nine months now since he was abducted in February of 2023. Since the kidnapping there have been series of negotiation to secure the release of the Pilot. Papua Regional Police Chief Inspector General of Police Mathius Fakhiri said “Negotiation Process to free the Susi Air Pilot is on-going.”
I will like to condemn with strong terms any inhuman behavior around the globe, be it a war or kidnapping of any kind. Again, a subtle reminder that we are first humans before anything in this world. Whatever choices or decisions we take should always have a human face, that way we will have a society where peace and justice will reign. Humanity should be first above all.
I urge the armed separatist group particularly its leader Kogoyo to respect the rule of law and release the Pilot healthy and unharmed out of respect for humanity and international law, for his right to dignity inherent in a person. Our world accepts civil and diplomatic manner of solving any form of conflict. There are always other diplomatic ways of attaining freedom without infringing on the rights of individuals or even the society at large.

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PRESIDENT TINUBU TO TRIPARTITE NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE C’TTEE:’Be Guided By Social Justice, Equity, Ensure Timely Completion Of Task’

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PRESIDENT TINUBU TO TRIPARTITE NATIONAL MINIMUM WAGE C’TTEE:
‘Be Guided By Social Justice, Equity, Ensure Timely Completion Of Task’

*Says governors, ministers must attend committee meetings or send their representatives

By: Our Reporter

President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Tuesday inaugurated the Tripartite National Minimum Wage Committee, with a directive to its members to ensure their decisions are firmly rooted in social justice and equity.

In order to guarantee sustainability in all tiers of government, the President said the committee must pay attention to the ability of all parties to pay the new wage, just as he asked the committee members to ensure timely completion of of their assignment.

The President, who was represented by his deputy, Vice President Kashim Shettima, stated this while inaugurating the tripartite committee at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

“Our objective should be to surpass the basic Social Protection Floor for all Nigerian workers, considering the sustainable payment capacity of each tier of government and other employers or businesses.

“I express this viewpoint because the minimum wage represents the least amount of compensation an employee should receive for their labor, and as such, it should be rooted in social justice and equity. I hope that the results of your deliberations will be consensual and acceptable to all parties involved,” the President told members of the committee.

President Tinubu reaffirmed his administration’s promise to improve the welfare of Nigerian workers and, by extension, the entire nation, saying “the labour force stands as the cornerstone of the progress of every nation, and ours has been the enduring engine of our pursuit of development.”

Underscoring the significance of the assignment as reflected in the composition of the tripartite committee, the President urged all members to take their new task with all seriousness, even as he directed the committee to employ the principles of full consultation with social partners in all of its deliberations.

Accordingly, he directed that state Governors, Ministers and the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation who are members must personally attend the committee meetings, and in the event where they are unavoidably absent, their deputies, commissioners and Permanent Secretaries should represent them.

“Recognizing the significance of this initiative and to ensure a substantial engagement, I hereby direct that Ministers and the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation should personally attend the meeting. In their unavoidable absence, their Permanent Secretaries should represent them.

“Similarly, Governors are expected to attend in person or be represented by their deputies or commissioners where necessary. I urge you to consider the issue of a National Minimum Wage and all related matters with thoroughness and concern, keeping in mind not only the welfare of our workforce but also the impact on the country’s economy,” Tinubu stated.

On the prompt completion of their assignment, President Tinubu noted that “timely submission is crucial to initiate the necessary processes for implementing a new National Minimum Wage.”

He further stressed that “government’s decision, following the consideration of your final recommendation, will be presented as an Executive Bill to the National Assembly.

“This bill, enriched by the contributions of state governments and private sector employers, will undergo thorough legislative scrutiny before being passed into law,” he added.

Earlier in his opening remarks, Secretary to Government of the Federation, Sen. George Akume, urged the committee to give its best, noting that the task before it carries the hopes and aspirations of millions of Nigerian workers.

He said the inauguration of the committee to come up with a new national minimum wage is in fulfilment of the promise of the Tinubu administration to embark on a comprehensive review of the minimum wage for the average Nigerian worker.

On his part, Chairman of the Tripartite Committee, Alhaji Bukar Goni Aji, assured the President that the committee will do justice to the task assigned to it.

“We shall, by God’s grace, carry out extensive consultations with key stakeholders to arrive at a new minimum wage that is fair, practical and implementable,” Aji, a former Head of Service of the Federation, noted.

The 37-man tripartite committee has six Governors, some cabinet Ministers, representatives of the organised labour and the private sector among its members.

The Governors include Mohammed Bago of Niger State, representing the North Central; Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State, representing the North East; Dikko Radda of Katsina State, representing the North West; Charles Soludo of Anambra State, representing the South East; Ademola Adeleke of Osun State, representing the South-West, and Otu Bassey of Cross River State, representing the South-South.

The Ministers are Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Wale Edun; Minister of Budget and Economic Planning, Atiku Bagudu; the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. (Mrs) Yemi Esan, and the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha.

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Zulum: Plying roads with over 100 tons load economic sabotage

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Zulum: Plying roads with over 100 tons load economic sabotage

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Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, has described attitudes by some traders and owners of heavy-duty vehicles plying the Maiduguri – Gamboru Ngala road with loads exceeding 100 tons as economic sabotage.

Zulum stated this on Sunday in Gamboru town of Ngala Local Government Council.

Zulum highlighted the excessive strain that heavy trucks place on the road leading to accelerated deterioration.

He expressed concern over the long-term consequences of this practice, emphasizing that it undermines the federal government’s efforts to improve and expand the state’s infrastructure, hindering economic progress and development.

“It is sad to note what has been happening here. You can see trailers loaded with over 2,000 bags of cement or sugar. That entails more than 100 tons of commodities. This trend is only seen on this road and as a result, the road leading to Gamboru Ngala has been destroyed due to overload,” Zulum stated.

Furthermore, the governor emphasized the threat to public safety posed by overloaded trucks, citing the increased risk of accidents, particularly along the Maiduguri-Gamboru road. Zulum stressed the need for strict enforcement of weight regulations to protect both infrastructure and human lives.

The governor lamented that resulting from the impact of overloading, the bridge linking the Nigerian part of the border and other neighbouring countries was affected and nearly collapsed.

To address these concerns, Governor Zulum announced his administration’s plans to collaborate with relevant agencies of the federal government to address the issue effectively.

AThe governor also outlined a multifaceted approach, including increased enforcement of weight restrictions, strict implementation of penalties for violators and the establishment of weigh stations at strategic points along major transportation routes.

However, the governor noted that despite the government’s commitment to enhancing trans-border trade, appropriate measures will be implemented to maintain road infrastructure.

Zulum has lauded the efforts of the federal government for its commitment to revitalizing federal roads in Borno State.

Zulum: Plying roads with over 100 tons load economic sabotage

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Let’s Make Nigeria Green Instead of Seeking Greener Pastures, VP Shettima Tells Graduates

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Let’s Make Nigeria Green Instead of Seeking Greener Pastures, VP Shettima Tells Graduates

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Vice President Kashim Shettima has challenged graduates to embrace their potential and contribute to building a brighter future for Nigeria instead of jolting out of the country in search of greener pastures.

He gave the charge when the Chief of Staff to the President and former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila led the graduating class of the second cohort of the Legislative Mentorship Initiative on a visit to him at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

“I believe passionately that in this room, there are future Presidents, Vice Presidents, Senators, Members of the House of Representatives, and governors. We also have future drivers and captains of industry,” Senator Shettima noted.

The VP struck a chord of empowerment when he urged the graduates to reject disillusionment and embrace their potential within Nigeria.

“Let no one make you feel inferior as a Nigerian. One out of every four black men is a Nigerian. Let no one deceive you that the grass is greener at the other end. Certainly, we can make it green on our home turf,” he noted.

The Vice President acknowledged the country’s current challenges, offering a resolute vision for overcoming them.

He said, “Our country is going through some difficulties and challenges, but we are going to surmount it. We are going to cross the Rubicon. We are going to cross the Red Sea and take you to the land of opportunities and blessings.”

VP Shettima specifically praised the graduates’ digital prowess, encouraging them to leverage their skills for national development. “Most of you here are digital Wizkids – you are digitally savvy. Let no one deceive you about careering out of this country. Let’s stay here and make this country work. This is our country. The future belongs to you.”

He further challenged their perception of leadership, shifting the focus from physical strength to intellectual agility, even as he stated that “the hallmark of true leadership is not the ability to lift a bag of cement, but the ability to come up with robust solutions to a nation’s problems.

“Give us a couple of months. This country will bounce back. Say no to the naysayers and to the prophets of doom. It doesn’t serve any purpose. Our ability to accept each other; and our tolerance threshold will determine how far we can go as a nation. And the quality of governance is crucial to the goal and trajectory of our nation,” he added.

The Vice President called on the LMI graduates to become active participants in shaping Nigeria’s destiny.

“Their digital skills, combined with their newfound sense of purpose and national pride, have the potential to transform the nation’s landscape and certainly, we can make it green on our home turf,” he added.

Responding, the founder of the LMI programme, Hon. Gbajabiamila said the generation of young men and women in the cohort is a generation like no other.

He said, “Things have changed and we of the older generation have to change along with the time. These young people here came from a pot of over 5,000 applicants. These young men and women before us are going to be doing greater and mightier things than those who came before them last year. I wish I had somebody to mentor me when I was growing up. You guys are lucky.”

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