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The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has called on Nigerians not to despair over the myriad of challenges confronting the nation.

Expressing optimism that Nigeria will surmount its travails, Senator Omo-Agege harped on the need for citizens to eschew bitterness and ill-feelings towards one another as the country stands to gain a lot from a united front.

The Deputy President of the Senate stated this on Friday in Abuja while giving his opening remarks at the National Prayer Breakfast.

He said he remained an incurable optimist about a better Nigeria despite security challenges in some parts of the country.

His words: “The promise of God is that He will not conceive a nation – from the many nations of Nigeria – and not see it to fruition. This is His promise in Isaiah 66: 8- Who has ever heard of such things? Who has ever seen things like this? Can a country be born in a day or a nation be brought forth in a moment? Yet no sooner is Zion in labour than she gives birth to her children. Here He says that he will not start a thing and not see it to the end. God that began our nation in 1914 will see it to perfection.

“As we seek the birth of a new nation, we must be reminded that no nation is built in one day. Rome, they say, was not built in a day. Nigeria holds a great potential for itself, for Africa, for the black race and indeed for mankind. It is not uncommon for a people with such unusual potential to continually be bedeviled by the schemes of the evil one through his agents. We are all familiar with the story of Job; his travails and his ultimate triumph. This is the lot of those who know God and who put their trust in Him.

“We must never despair over the weight of challenges facing our nation. It is because among nations, Nigeria is a nation of the chosen. We are blessed with some of the best resources the world has ever known. Our mainstay natural resource namely oil, is said to be of the best quality type in the world being practically Sulphur-free. In terms of the human resource, Nigeria has some of the best brains in practically all fields of human endeavour.

“Would we now wonder why we seem to be going through what appear to be unusual, heavy travails? The devil has no business with failures. He only goes after successes or entities with huge potential for success. Look around you, nations that are blessed by God are the most troubled by threats of all kinds. But they rise above their travails because God is with them. God Himself did not promise us the absence of trials, but He promised that we will not be encumbered by trials that will overwhelm us, if we put our trust on Him. And the only way we can qualify for this covenant with God is through our faith, fervent, unceasing prayers, and by doing His will.

“As we pray today for Nigeria, let us ask God to give us the courage as a people, never to stumble. Let our obstacles be stepping stones and not stumbling blocks. Let God give us the courage to positively explore our differences rather than negatively exploit them, such that they are sources of strength rather than of weakness. Let God give us, individually and severally, the wisdom and the love to emphasise and celebrate those things that unite us, rather than those that divide us. This is the foundation towards making a nation out of the many nations of Nigeria.

“Finally, while we live through life as individuals, as brethren and as a nation, there are crosses to be borne, sorrows to be shared. This is why we are going through the mask of travails that we see today as a people. We must tear this mask. We must emphasise those things that unite us, and in the process heal those that seem to divide us. This way we build a united country under one God. At the end, a crown of victory awaits us all and our children, and even generations unborn. This is the promise of God. The perfect will of God is not to bring our nation to ruin, even in spite of the machinations of the devil and his agents. His thoughts for us are of peace, and not of evil, to bring us to an expected end (Jeremiah 29:11-For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”). An end with a crown of victory as one united Nigeria”.

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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



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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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