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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

By: Our Reporter

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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Zulum launches Rep Talba’s palliative to 1,500 constituents

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Borno State Governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, has launched a distribution of palliative provided by the member representing Marte, Monguno and Nganzai at the House of Representatives, Engr Bukar Talba, on Sunday.

Governor Zulum who is on the entourage of Mr President to Qatar was represented by the Deputy Governornor, Umar Usman Kadafur, at the occasion.

Over 1,500 constituents from three local government areas of Marte, Monguno, and Nganzai benefited from the distribution which took place at the state mechanical workshop.

Each of the three local government councils has 500 people that received a bag of rice, a bag of maize grain and N20,000 cash.

Speaking at the occasion, Governor Zulum commended the lawmaker for his effort in alleviating the suffering of the people in his constituency.

Delivering his address, Engr Bukar Talba expressed his gratitude to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Vice President Kashim Shettima and Governor Babagana Umara Zulum for being role models and for providing the leadership required for the development of the country.

In their separate remarks, Borno State APC chairman, Bello Ayuba, and the senator representing northern Borno, Barrister Mohammed Tahir Monguno, described the lawmaker’s gesture as unprecedented.

Secretary to Borno State Government, Hon. Bukar Tijjani, Head of Service, Barrister Mallam Fannami, members of the House of Assembly, commissioners and many top government officials attended the occasion

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Interior Minister Decorates Nandap As Comptroller General of Immigration

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Interior Minister Decorates Nandap As Comptroller General of Immigration

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The Minister of Interior, Hon. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo has decorated Kemi Nanna Nandap as the 19th Comptroller General of the Nigeria Immigration Service.

Her appointment, which was earlier announced on 21st February, 2024, follows the retirement of the former Comptroller General of Immigration, Caroline Wura-Ola Adepoju after years of meritorious service to her fatherland.

During the event on Friday at the Civil Defence, Correctional, Fire and Immigration Services Board in Abuja, Tunji-Ojo expressed his confidence in Nandap’s capabilities and described her appointment by President Tinubu as significant.

He charged her to ensure the effective protection of Nigeria’s borders, stating that: “Your performance will be judged by how effectively you safeguard our borders. The security of Nigeria relies heavily on the Nigeria Immigration Service. I encourage you to be innovative and bring your qualifications and training to bear on your duties”

Responding, CGI Nandap expressed gratitude to the president for the trust and confidence reposed in her to lead the service. She assured him of her commitment to serve the nation with integrity and placing the welfare of her officers at the forefront of her leadership. Nandap stressed her dedication to enhancing policies against irregular migration and bolstering border security, stating, “A secure border is a safe nation.”

Kemi Nanna Nandap is native of Abeokuta in Ogun state. She was born on 3rd June 1966 in Zaria, Kaduna state. She attended Corona Primary School Jos and St. John’s College Jos, before proceeding to the University of Ibadan where she bagged a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry

She was recruited into the Nigeria Immigration Service in 1989 as an Assistant Superintendent of Immigration. A participant of the 24th Basic Superintendent Course at the premier Immigration Training School Kano, and in 2016 attended the Immigration Command and Staff College (ICSC) Sokoto, where she emerged the best student in academics.

Kemi Nanna Nandap rose through the ranks while serving in different capacities in various Formations of NIS, including Ogun state, Lagos, Bauchi, Anambra, FCT, Plateau State Command, Murtala Mohammed International Airport Command, Zone F Headquarters and the Service Headquarters.

She holds a master of science in International Relations and Strategic Studies from the University of Jos. Master in Business Administration from the University of Abuja. Certificate in Entrepreneurial Development from the Lagos Business School (LBS), Certificate in Leadership and Succession Planning, from the Centre for Management Development (CMD). She is also a Member of Myproject Institute of Strategic Studies (MMIS), A Fellow, Chattered Institute of Public and Diplomacy Management and also a Fellow, Chartered Institute of Strategic Management, Nigeria.

Until her recent position as CGI, Kemi Nanna Nandap was the Deputy Comptroller General in charge of Passport and Other Travel Documents.

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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.

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

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