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NAFOWA doles out food, and medical items to wounded soldiers, orphans

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By: Omirin Joshua

The Nigerian Air Force Officers Wives Association (NAFOWA) in conjunction with the Airmen Wives Association (AWA) 105 Air Force Composite Group has urged Nigerians to show some love to wounded soldiers fighting an insurgency that it would aid their recuperate process.

NAFOWA President, Arc Rukyat Abubakar represented by Borno State Coordinator, Mrs Esther Olayera led the delegation to visit wounded soldiers at 7 Division Nigeria Army Hospital in Maiduguri on Wednesday.

She noted the peace enjoyed in the country was proof of the unwavering efforts of the Armed Forces.

Mrs Esther stressed that the soldiers have been very great in fighting against all forms of criminality and sacrificed a lot to defend the sovereignty of Nigeria, saying they deserve more love from well-meaning and cooperative organizations.

“We are to see you and pray for you in the shortest time you would be on your feet and go back to your various units. We are showing solidarity with you, and we hope that our little features will bring happiness to you.

“We appreciate your sacrifice and we can’t thank you enough for your efforts to protect this state, regions and the nation at large.

After doling out gifts to the smiled wounded, she said, “We love you, please accept these little gifts,”

While continuing, “We need to show our soldiers love and you can see how happy they were when we introduce ourselves to them. This will surely hasten their healing process and help their psychology,”

Mrs Esther and her teams also visited Fatimah Modu Sheriff Orphanage Home where they donated food and non-food items to support the orphans and promised to do more for the needy and vulnerable.

“I was emotional seeing those innocent children abandoned by their mothers, so it touched me, it is pathetic.

“I urge Nigeria to show love to this kind of people, especially those in the hospital and children at orphanages.”She said.

The delegation was received by Commander Medical Services 7 Division of NA, Lt Col. AA. Ogunsakin who thanked the NAFOWA leadership for their gestures, saying singular acts showed that they are efforts were not forgotten.

“It is a laudable gesture and it is a solid message to us that we are not left alone, and it shows that people think about the wounded soldiers and appreciate their sacrifices to the nation. This gesture will go a long way and its wit encourages them and boasts their morals.”Lt Col Ogunsakin thanked.

Also, the Director of Special Planning Ministry of Woman Affairs and Social Development, Aisha Shettima appreciated the support and prayed God’s response who contributed to providing while assuring that the items would be used according to the purpose meant for.

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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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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.

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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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