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WHY MR. PRESIDENT, NIGERIA GOVERNORS’ FORUM (NGF) AND THE PDP GOVERNORS’ FORUM (PDP-GF), INTERVENED IN THE BUDDING RIVERS STATE CRISES.

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WHY MR. PRESIDENT, NIGERIA GOVERNORS’ FORUM (NGF) AND THE PDP GOVERNORS’ FORUM (PDP-GF), INTERVENED IN THE BUDDING RIVERS STATE CRISES.

The Peoples Democratic Party Governors’ Forum, PDP-GF, under the leadership of its Chairman and Governor of Bauchi State, H.E. Senator Bala Mohammed, CON, is moved to respond to the vicious, speculative media reports alleging that our Chairman, H.E Senator Bala Mohammed, the Governor of Bauchi State, was leading the opposition into oblivion by his recent courtesies to the President, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, GCFR, on his interventions in the recent Rivers State crisis and non-interference in the proceedings of the Tribunals and the Judiciary as a whole in its rulings.

For the avoidance of doubts and to clarify the sequence of events, it was in fact the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), HE. Governor Malam Abdul-Rahwan Abdul-Razaq of Kwara State, an APC Governor, that took leadership in intimating Mr. President of the situation in Rivers State.

All the Governors of 36 States supported the move. In particular, the Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, H.E Bala Mohammed, lent his weight and support to the move. It should be noted that Gov. Siminalayi Fubara is a member of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum and the Vice-Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum. The President, H.E Bola Tinubu, GCON, agreed to intervene as requested.

It is most disingenuous for certain persons to lampoon the courtesies extended to Mr. President for his intervention. It should be noted that the events that played out in Rivers State had national security implications; it had the potential to lead to a breakdown of law and order. Indeed, the Rivers State Police Command acknowledged as much in its statement issued on Wednesday, November 1, 2023.

Mr. President as the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, and effectively the Chief Security Officer of the nation, had to intervene to nip the crises in the bud. Indeed, Nigeria’s history is replete with instances where a development in one state could snowball and affect the whole country. Rivers State is one of the major oil producing States in Nigeria. A breach of peace in Rivers State, considering its strategic value and importance, no doubt, could affect other States of the federation.

Indeed, it is a sign of good leadership and a high sense of duty that Gov. Bala Mohammed summoned and held an emergency meeting of the Forum immediately the Rivers State matter came up. We think that he deserves credit for this. In a communiqué issued by the PDP-GF at the end of its meeting on 31st October, 2023, the PDP Governors said “The PDP Governors were alarmed at the recent developments in Rivers State and welcomes the intervention of Mr. President to bring the crises to an end. The meeting urged all parties to the Rivers State crises to sheath their sword and resort to peaceful means of resolution. The Forum further offers its platform for a quick and just containment of the issues involved.”

There is no way Governor Bala Mohammed, being a lover of peace in all parts of the country could fold his hands and fail to act or appreciate the good efforts of the President in finding solution to the crisis. This further explains the shuttle diplomacy employed by the PDP Governors’ Forum led by Gov. Bala Mohammed in visiting and counseling the dramatis personae in the crises.

Those castigating the Chairman and other members of the PDP Governors’ Forum seem to have forgotten that the unity, peace and tranquility of the country transcend politics and political leanings.

The Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum has not in any way done anything wrong by thanking the efforts of the President to resolve the crisis in Rivers State.

Senator Bala Mohammed is not trying and will not do anything to hand over the PDP, a leading and formidable opposition party to the President, who was elected on the platform of another party.

The situation in Rivers State on 30th October, 2023 was not just a PDP affair. No.

Hon. C.I. D. Maduabum, LL.M
Director-General
PDP Governors’ Forum

WHY MR. PRESIDENT, NIGERIA GOVERNORS’ FORUM (NGF) AND THE PDP GOVERNORS’ FORUM (PDP-GF), INTERVENED IN THE BUDDING RIVERS STATE CRISES.

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

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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

By: Michael Mike

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.

Interior Minister Decorates Nandap As Comptroller General of Immigration

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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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