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Group backs ongoing reforms in Nigeria Civil Defence Corps, list reasons

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A Civil Society group operating under the umbrella of National Council for Civil Society Organizations and Vision One Leadership Development Initiative has thrown weight behind the ongoing reforms at the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC).

The Director General of the group, Comrade Emmanuel Johnny,. speaking at a press conference in Abuja on Thursday described the Commandant General of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Dr Ahmed Audi as a very active with sound intellectual propensity to deliver on mandates.

The group averred that it was important for all Nigerians to see security as strategic to the wellbeing of citizens, hence, it’s no wonder that the appointment of Dr. Audi by President Muhammadu Buhari was a welcome development, given his capacity and commitment.

The urged charlatans to keep off from activities and the ongoing reforms in the Civil Defence Corps as the development was already yielding positive results.

They posited: “For us, Dr. Ahmed Audi’s intellectual mobility, security professionalism, wide intra-NSCDC experience and presentable public personality are clear signs that his meritorious appointment as NSCDC Commandant-General is in the best interest of national security and wellbeing in Nigeria. We again thank Mr. President for this good appointment.

“Since the new Commandant-General, Dr. Audi, fully assumed office in NSCDC some eight months ago, we have carefully taken note that he has been implementing a spate of progressive reforms in the Civil Defence.

“Undoubtedly, Dr. Audi which has been clearly repositioning the Corps for greater professionalism and better security service delivery to the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

The group chided some elements who they said were trying to distract activities in the agency by unnecessarily accusing the leadership of unsubstantiated allegations.

“While observing and carefully documenting these new positive trends in the NSCDC, we have recently been rudely shocked by the unbelievable display of senseless and baseless activism by some unknown and faceless actors claiming to be Civil Society activists against the progressive reforms being presently implemented in NSCDC by Dr. Ahmed Audi.

“These shadowy ‘Civil Society’ actors have recently insulted every sense of decency and truth by their false claims that the nascent administration of Dr. Audi in NSCDC is guilty of Corruption.

“As the legendary Archbishop Desmond Tutu once said: “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.

“We, therefore, have chosen not to be silent or neutral in the face of this great accusatorial injustice to this fine and distinguished Senior Nigeria Law Officer whose is meritoriously serving his fatherland at this point in our history when national security is our topmost national priority.

“We have chosen not to fold our hands and watch some furtive ragtag forces of injustice persecute and oppress Nigeria through their clear evil agenda to weaken national security by their attempt to take a principal national security actor down for reasons best known to them only.

“For us, we have seen the new NSCDC Commandant-General, Dr. Audi, as a progressive reformer and outstanding security professional.

According to the group, they were convinced that since the incumbent Commandant General came on board few months ago, he has achieved much to be allowed a breathing space to continue the good works, which they maintained are, “Safe School Initiative which includes the establishment, training and commissioning of a formidable, well-kitted Female Squad to checkmate the menace of kidnapping of school children in the country.

The initiative, they claimed, has been replicated in all Civil Defence State Commands across the country.

“The vulnerability survey of all schools in the country to determine the number of schools that are prone to attack by bandits and kidnappers; and, this has helped in developing strategies for schools’ protection in Nigeria.

“Staff Welfare which includes the placement of personnel on their respective appropriate ranks. The fostering of steps towards payment of staff promotion arrears.

“The sanitization of the promotion process and the successful release of the 2019 promotion exercise and distribution of letters to successful personnel across State Commands.

“The recently completed promotions have been received as one of the most transparent and meritorious in the history of the Corps.

“The promotion of all junior officers; level 03, 04, 05 and 06. The payment of disengagement allowances to retirees who were abandoned and had lost hope of survival.

“The payment of burial benefits to over 120 next of kin of deceased personnel long forgotten.

“The issuance of Group Personal Accident cheques to over 30 officers and men who suffered varying degrees of accidents in the cause of discharging their duties within the last five years.

“The promotion of some Deputy Commandants who have been stagnant on their rank for ten or more years to the rank of Commandant. The provision of 200 units of two bedrooms and three bedrooms housing for junior and intermediate officers.

“Capacity Building which includes the roll-out of operational vehicles and equipment to different departments and directorates”, they noted.

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Labour Rejects FG’s Fresh ₦54,000 Minimum Wage Proposal

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The Federal Government has proposed to pay N54,000 as minimum wage, as the Tripartite Committee on the New Minimum Wage returned to the negotiation table after the Organised Labour pulled out of the negotiations last week.

At the reconvened meeting this week, the Federal Government made a fresh proposal to pay N54,000 as against the initial N48,000 it proposed during the last sitting.

However, a reliable source at the meeting said that the Organised Labour refused the new proposal, as it is a far cry from the N615,000 proposed by both the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC).

According to the source, the meeting which held behind closed doors at the Nicon luxury hotel in Abuja on Tuesday has been adjourned to Wednesday, May 22 to continue with negotiations.

The Organised Labour comprising the NLC and the TUC had on Tuesday given the Federal Government up till the end of May to conclude negotiations for a new minimum wage.

The unions also directed their members in states that are owing the N30,000 minimum wage to gear up for industrial action.

May 31 Deadline
The Federal Government had failed to present a nationally acceptable minimum wage to Nigerians before the May 1 Labour Day.

The situation has forced labour to be at loggerheads with the government. In the wake of the tussle, NLC President Joe Ajaero insisted on the N615,000 minimum wage, arguing that the amount was arrived at after an analysis of the economic situation worsened by the hike in the cost of living and the needs of an average Nigerian family of six.

With the cost of living rising following the removal of fuel subsidy, calls for a new minimum wage have continued to make headlines in Nigeria.

Ajaero and labour leaders gave the Federal Government a May 31 deadline to meet their demands.

 

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EFCC Arrests 78 Internet Fraudsters In Enugu, Imo

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The operatives of the Enugu Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) have arrested 78 suspected internet fraudsters in Enugu and Imo States.

EFCC spokesman Dele Oyewale disclosed this in a statement issued on Monday, May 20, 2024.

Oyewale noted that 29 suspected internet fraudsters were arrested in Enugu metropolis on May 15, while 49 others were nabbed in Imo State on May 17.

He said the suspects were arrested following actionable intelligence about their suspected involvement in online criminal activities.

The EFCC spokesperson listed items recovered from the suspects to include 13 cars, mobile phones, and laptops.

Oyewale added that the suspected internet fraudsters would be charged to court upon the conclusion of investigations.

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Lady Abandons Husband One Month After Wedding For Deceiving Her That He Lives Abroad

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A Nigerian Lady by name Nancy has left her husband after barely one month of the traditional marriage and church wedding ceremonies which took place in Isuochi Umunneochi LGA of Abia State this last Easter Sunday 2024.

She said she discovered he has no money but was sponsored by his family to come marry her.

“He lied to me that he came back from the US and would be returning after our marriage ceremonies, but I didn’t know he was brought back to the village to live permanently by his family” she said.

“I can only go back to that nonsense marriage only if he would go back to the US as he told me earlier, if not no marriage, I no come this world to come suffer” she added.

Though, rumours in Amunda community has it that the heart broken husband a.k.a. ‘Mentor’ has been threatening the runaway wife and her family with Juju Shrine summons.

According to the rumours, Mr. Mentor’ said it’s either her family refunds him back all his expenses or return the lady to him before seven days or she will run mad and kpai.

 

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