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Matawalle Swears In New Zamfara Deputy Governor, Senator Hassan

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Governor Of Zamfara State, Bello Mohammed Matawalle, has sworn in the new Deputy Governor of the state, Senator Hassan Mohammed Gusau.

Delivering his speech at the Councils Chamber, Government House, Gusau on Wednesday, the Governor said following the impeachment of the immediate past Deputy Governor by the State House of Assembly, it became imperative to fill the vacancy as provided for by section 191, subsection 3 of the 1999 Constitution.

According to him, the person who should occupy the position of Deputy Governor should be an able lieutenant, loyal, credible and politically astute and relevant.

“This is the reason why after a wide range of consultation across the broad political spectrum, it was agreed that distinguished Senator Hassan Mohammed Gusau should be nominated for the position of Deputy Governor of Zamfara State, to which he was just sworn in following the confirmation of the State House of Assembly,” Governor Matawalle said.

The statement read in part: “We are grateful to Allah for guiding us to arrive at this critical decision at this crucial point in our political history.

Going by the pedigree of the new Deputy Governor, most especially his excellent record of political accomplishments, his excellent interpersonal relations, his accessibility, and closeness to his political constituency, I am confident that His Excellency, Senator Hassan Mohammed Gusau is not just the right person for this enviable position but also someone that will deploy his vast experiences in our relentless pursuit of building a new Zamfara State.

“While I congratulate you for attaining this feat, let me remind you that you are taking over this onerous responsibility at a time when Zamfara State, more than any time before, needs the services of competent and capable hands to join ranks to address our myriad of challenges.

As you know, the most formidable challenge before us is that of more than a decade-old banditry.

“Almost 26 years since the creation of Zamfara State, we are still confronted with many issues of development that require planning and proper channelling of resources to address.

Apart from the blueprint drawn for the development of the State during the first administration of Jibril Bala Yakubu, the State’s development has virtually remained without a roadmap.

This is what informed our decision to inaugurate a committee to draw a Development Plan that will guide the development of the State in the next 25 years.

“As my lieutenant, your role in the implementation of the plan and other government programmes is vital.

“As a Deputy Governor, your role as defined by the constitution is to assist the Governor in discharging his functions.

You are to also perform other responsibilities as might be delegated to you by the Governor.

You should therefore be ready for all the challenges associated with your new responsibility.

“At this juncture, let me commend the State House of Assembly for staying true to the course of democracy at this critical moment in our political journey.

As true democrats, they acted swiftly within the boundaries of the law to salvage our democracy and save the State from the incompetence, insubordination, and carefree attitude of the immediate past occupant of the office of the Deputy Governor.

“I call on the good people of our dear State to extend their usual prayers, support and cooperation to the just sworn-in Deputy Governor for him to perform as expected.

“As you assume office, I pray to Allah to guide you in the course of discharging all your functions with ease and a high sense of responsibility. Thank you very much. Wassalamu Alaikum”.

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Oyebanji Is Back From USA

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Ekiti State Governor, Mr Biodun Oyebanji this morning returned from his working visit to the United States of America.

A statement by the Special Adviser ( Media), to the Governor, Mr Yinka Oyebode said Oyebanji arrived the Muritala Mohammed Airport, Lagos around 10am and was received by some government officials.

The Governor will attend to some scheduled meetings in Lagos later today and head to Abuja on Thursday for other scheduled assignments.

Governor Oyebanji, in the course of the working visit to America, had extensive talks with some heads of governments and institutions, business leaders and development partners, exploring investment opportunities for the state’s power infrastructure, the Special Agriculture Processing Zone and the Ekiti Knowledge Zone, among others.

“These were outside his participation in the US-Africa Business Summit and the signing of MOU with CAVISTA Holdings for a multi billion naira 100,000 hectares cassava farm in the state.” the statement said.

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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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