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Fire alert centre inaugurated at Presidential Villa



Permanent Secretary State House Tijjani Umar sixth from left and Controller General of Federal Fire Service Liman Ibrahim seventh from left at the inauguration of State House Fire Centre

The Permanent Secretary, State House, Tijjani Umar, and the Controller General, Federal Fire Service, FFS, Liman Alhaji Ibrahim have inaugurated the State House Fire Alert Centre.

Inaugurating the Centre in Abuja, Mr Umar said it would safeguard national assets and ensure rapid response to emergencies within the precincts of the Presidential Villa and beyond.

The ICT-based Fire Alert System centre has already been installed in 13 States of the Federation and the platform in the Presidential Villa is the latest addition.

The Permanent Secretary said: ‘‘We have just commissioned this Fire Incident Reporting System which is not only going to take care of the precincts of the Presidential Villa but the Three Arms Zone in Abuja and beyond.

‘What this does immediately is to give everybody around this area (Three Arms Zone) the opportunity to use any electronic device to report a fire incident to safeguard lives, property and national assets.’’

He described the project as a ‘‘huge plus’’ in service delivery to the people under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

In his remarks, the CG of the FFS explained that the platform was designed by the Service to ensure rapid response to emergencies as first responders.

According to him, the communication gadget has provision for an application that can be installed on Android phones by subscribers, with which they can initiate emergency calls to the Fire Service.

“The Application enables a video transmission from the point of call so that the Fire Alert System Centre can view real live location from where the call is initiated,’’ he said.

He thanked the president for all the support to the Fire Service’ to enable it deliver its mandate of protecting the lives and property of Nigerians.

‘‘We have these communication gadgets in 13 States and we decided that before we proceed further we must bring one to the Presidential Villa because what we are today as a rebranded Federal Fire Service is the handiwork of Mr President.

‘‘Therefore whatever innovation we are doing in the Fire Service, the Villa should have a taste of it,’’ he said.

According to the CG, the Villa Fire Centre is linked to the Central Control System which can also respond to emergency incidents across the country.

He noted that under President Buhari, the Federal Fire Service had recorded massive transformation from 3 rickety fire trucks, some 600 staff and functional presence in just Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt to a Service with 141 modern fire trucks, over 6000 staff and presence in all the States of the Federation.


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Senate Blocks First-time Senators from Contesting Senate President, Deputy Senate President Offices



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**Approves nine other standing committees

The Senate has amended its standing rules to prevent first-time senators from contesting for the office of the President of the Senate and that of the Deputy President of the Senate.

The amendment was carried out at the plenary yesterday after the Leader of the Senate, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele moved a motion for the amendment of standing rules to accommodate new standing committees. 

The motion, which was seconded by the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Simon Mwadkwon, overwhelmingly received support of all the senators across all political affiliations when the President of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio put on voice vote.

At the plenary, also, the Senate carried out nine other amendments aimed at accommodating new standing committees.

As shown in its motion, the Senate created the Committee on Atomic and Nuclear Energy, which would oversee the Nigeria Nuclear Energy Regulatory Commission, Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission and their annual budget estimates.

The Senate also bifurcated the Committee on Federal Capital Territory (FCT) into two different standing committees namely the Committee on FCT and Committee on FCT Area Councils.

The Senate resolved that the Committee on FCT would oversee matters affecting the FCT, Planning and Development of the new Federal Capital Territory and control of development within the Federal Capital Territory and its annual budget

The upper chamber further resolved that the Committee on FCT Area Councils would oversee Area Council Mandate, Area Council Service Commission, Area Council Staff Pension Board, Auditor- General for the Area Council and other agency or department under FCT.

The Senate similarly divided the Committee on Sports into two standing committees to now reflect the Committee on Sports Development as well as Committee on Youth and Community Engagements.

According to the Senate, the jurisdiction of the Committee on Sports Development shall include Federal Ministry of Sport Development, National Lottery Commission, National Institute for Sports, Nigeria Football Federation, Sport Arena Development, national and international sporting activities, sports administration and annual budget estimates.

The Senate further said the jurisdiction of the Committee on Youth and Community engagements should include Federal Ministry of Youth Development, National Youth Service Corps, Citizens and Leadership Training Centre, Offices of the Senior Assistant to the President on Community Engagement in the six geo-political zones, youths movements activities and associations and its annual budget estimates.

The Senate also divided the Committee on Solid Minerals, Steel Development and Metallurgy into the Committee on Solid Mineral Development and the Committee on Mines and Steel Development.

The Senate said the Committee on Solid Mineral Development “shall oversee Federal Ministry of Solid Mineral Development, Nigerian Geological Survey Agency, Mining Cadastre Office and Council of Nigerian Mining Engineers and Geoscientist, Nigerian Metallurgical Training Institute, Solid Minerals Development Fund, Nigeria Institute of Mining and Geoscience, National Metallurgical Development Centre, exploration of minerals extraction and quarry, geological survey and minerals investigation as well as explosives.

“The Committee on Mines and Steel Development shall oversee Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, Aluminum Smelting Company of Nigeria, Ajaokuta Steel Development Company, National Iron Ore Mining Company, National Steel Raw Material Exploration Agency and their budgets.”


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NLC,TUC Make U-Turn Suspend Planned Strike, FG To Pay Workers N35,000



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Organised labour have suspended its planned nationwide indefinite strike action for the next month.

This was contained in a memorandum of understanding signed Monday by the NLC President, Joe Ajaero, and General Secretary, Emmanuel Ugboaja; as well as the TUC President, Festus Osifo, and Secretary General, Nuhu Toro.

The three-page document was also signed by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong; Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Dr Nkeiruka Onyejeocha; and Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris.

“The NLC and TUC accept to suspend for 30 days the planned Indefinite Nationwide strike scheduled to begin, Tuesday, the 3rd of October, 2023,” the MoU reads in part.

“The Federal Government grants a wage award of N35,000 (thirty-five thousand
Naira) only to all Federal Government workers beginning from the month of
September pending when a new national minimum wage is expected to have
been signed into law.”

The decisions come at the end of an hours-long meeting between the Federal Government, NLC, and the TUC on Monday.

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Nigeria@63: God Will Heal Our Nation – Pastor Adeboye



Pastor E.A.Adeboye

Pastor Enoch Adeboye has prayed to God to heal Nigeria, asking citizens to also pray for the betterment of the nation.

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) said this on Sunday during the church’s October Thanksgiving Service and Nigeria’s 63rd Independent Day celebration.

Pastor Adeboye spoke on the topic ‘Freedom Indeed’ during the service.

“I pray in the name that is above every other name that God will heal our nation,” the preacher said.

“Independence is talking about freedom, that is why we would be talking about freedom indeed. You may be enjoying independence from the colonial master and still be a slave to sickness, poverty, terror, and forces of darkness,” he added.

“I am wishing you a very good celebration but more than anything else, I wish all of you who are in Christ freedom and freedom indeed.”

In many churches across the nation, the Christians marked Independence Day with praises and prayers for the country.

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