Otti Receives Plang-led International IDEA, Reaffirms Zero-Tolerance Stance on Corruption

By Our Corresponden Abia State Governor, Alex Otti has received Mr. Danladi Plang-led International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) delegation to his state, reaffirming his administration’s zero-tolerance stance on corruption and dedication to good governance. Otti said that the visit of (International IDEA) signifies the commencement of the European Union-funded Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (RoLAC) Programme’s Phase II in our beloved state. He stated this when he took to his X account and said: “We received a delegation from the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA) led by Mr. Danladi Plang and his team members. The visit signifies the commencement of the European Union-funded Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (RoLAC) Programme’s Phase II in our beloved state. “The choice of Abia as a focal point for this transformative initiative is an acknowledgement of the strides we are making toward good governance. “The RoLAC programme is about strengthening the very fabric of our society – justice, transparency, and the rule of law. It aims to enhance the performance and oversight of our criminal justice …

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Reps Accuses Organised Labour of Championing False Narratives About Earnings of NASS Members

….Welcomes Suspension of Strike, Restates Commitment to Remain Responsive By Our Correspondent ABUJA – The House of Representatives has accused the organised labour of persistent misinformation and disinformation regarding the earnings of lawmakers and championing false narratives about the remuneration of Members of the National Assembly, exaggerating figures to stoke public resentment and undermine the credibility of the Legislature. This is also as the Green Chamber has acknowledged the recent industrial action undertaken by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) due to the breakdown in negotiations for a new national minimum wage. The People’s House is pleased to note that the strike action has been suspended for one week; to allow for further negotiation. During this period, as we have previously demonstrated, the People’s House remains responsive and committed to actively engaging all stakeholders to resolve the issues in the best interest of Nigerians. This was contained in a statement signed by the House Spokesman / Chairman, House Committee on Media & Public Affairs, Rep. Akin Rotimi, Jr made available to Precise Post in Abuja …

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Six injured as gunmen attack Benue community

Six persons sustained injuries as bandits attacked Antsa village in Makurdi Local Government Area of Benue State on Tuesday. Antsa village is the host community of the Joseph Saarwuan Tarka University, JOSTUM, Makurdi. It was gathered that the attackers stormed the community at about 1:00 am while some traders, who usually close late, were still at their shops. According to a source who pleaded anonymity, the bandits stormed the community and started attacking residents. “They brutally wounded the people and most of them were hospitalized. “About six persons had their bodies cut and one had his finger cut and it was seen on the ground. “We also heard they went to CAPS to inflict injury on some persons there. “Soldiers came that night, shooting, and they ran away.It was learnt that angry youths blocked the road for hours, burning tyres,” the source said. DAILY POST reports that, in March 2024, Governor Hyacinth Alia had given a two weeks ultimatum to herders to vacate the state. But they armed herders have continued to launch attacks in the state.

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EPL: Pochettino Addresses Chelsea Departure, Vows to Return Stronger

Mauricio Pochettino has finally spoken out following his departure from Chelsea two weeks ago, announcing on social media that he will be returning to Stamford Bridge in the near future. The Argentine led Chelsea back into European competition during his first season, despite a tumultuous start. He, however, parted ways with the Blues by mutual consent in May. Chelsea have since named Enzo Maresca as their new head coach, a decision confirmed on Monday. Pochettino’s exit surprised many, especially given his close relationship with the squad and a commendable sixth-place finish with only three losses in 2024. Despite the unexpected separation, Pochettino expressed his gratitude and fondness for Chelsea in a heartfelt message on Instagram: “To the owners, the sporting directors we appreciate the opportunity to return to the Premier League at this great club and for the support you gave us, as well as from all the players, staff and fans – thank you. “We understand how important this football club is to you all and that is why we work so hard to give you a Chelsea you …

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Kanye West in court for sexually harassing former assistant

Controversial American rapper, Kanye West has been sued for sexual harassment, breach of contract and wrongful termination. Lauren Pisciotta, who worked as his assistant for two years, said she was fired in 2022 and that a 3 million, £2.4 million, severance package was never paid.Pisciotta is accusing West of sending her vulgar texts and performing sex acts over the phone with her. According to reports, Pisciotta was primarily supporting herself via an OnlyFans profile in 2021 when she met West, and he was initially comfortable with her continuing her OnlyFans business. However, in 2022, he allegedly offered her $1 million to delete her only fans account, stating that he wanted her to be “God-like”. She alleges that she was bombarded with explicit text messages from West, including pornographic videos after she closed the account. Pisciotta also claims he masturbated while talking to her on the phone and that, on one occasion, he pleasured himself in front of her after “trapping” her in a private room on his plane. Pisciotta is seeking damages for alleged fraud, unpaid wages, and intentional infliction …

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Tinubu Honors Wole Soyinka with Abuja Highway Naming

President Bola Tinubu has named the newly inaugurated Arterial Road N20 in Abuja in honour of Nobel Laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka. On Tuesday, the President inaugurated the road, which runs from Northern Parkway to Outer Northern Expressway (ONEX) in Abuja. The Arterial Road N20 is one of the transverse arterial roads connecting the ONEX and the Outer Southern Expressway (OSEX) through the sector centres. The road, according to presidential spokesman Ajuri Ngelale, will enhance vehicular traffic circulation from the bounding districts of Mabushi, Katampe, Jahi, and Kado. Tinubu described the project as another testament to his administration’s development agenda of transforming every part of the country. He said, ”Let me say that the recommendation to name this Arterial Road N20 after Wole Soyinka is well received. He is our foremost playwright, novelist, and Nobel Prize winner. ”He has brought Nigeria fame, pride, and international acclaim. Thank you for thinking that way. We all accept your recommendation on behalf of the people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he said. The President said the project reinforces his government’s commitment to enhancing infrastructure …

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Kalilu Appointed as LAUTECH VC by Makinde

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has approved the appointment of Professor Razaq Olatunde Rom Kalilu as the substantive Vice Chancellor of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Ogbomoso. The governor approved the appointment on Tuesday. The approval was contained in a statement signed by the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Salihu Adelabu The statement said that Kalilu is to serve as Vice Chancellor for a single term of five years with effect from 12th June 2024. Kalilu joined the service of LAUTECH on September 1, 1992, and was pronounced a Professor of Arts and Arts History in the Department of Fine and Applied Arts, Faculty of Environmental Sciences on October 1, 1999. He was thereafter appointed as Acting Vice-Chancellor on June 12, 2023. Kalilu, an alumnus of the University of Ife and the University of Ibadan, is a polymath and specialist in Form and Material Technology. He hails from Ogbomoso.

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Tragedy in Niger State: Mining Pit Collapse Kills One, Traps 30 Others (PHOTOS)

One person has been confirmed dead, several others injured, and 30 persons including the site manager still trapped as a mining pit collapsed in the Galkago community of Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State. The Director General of the Niger State Emergency Management Agency Abdullahi Baba’arah and made available to newsmen in Minna, the mining pit was reported to have collapsed around Monday afternoon. According to authorities, 30 persons including the site manager whose name was given as Ibrahim Isyaku are still trapped in the collapse pit. Rescue operation is made worse due to the presence of bandits within the general mining area. However, authorities have deployed excavators to the mining site to remove debris and rescue those trapped. Shiroro local government is blessed with abundant gold deposits in Niger. It is also the epicentre of banditry and terrorism activities in Niger State.

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PSC Announces Successful Candidates for Police Recruitment

The Police Service Commission has announced the approval and release of a list of 10,000 successful applicants for recruitment into the constable and specialist cadres of the Nigeria Police Force. The commission noted that to ensure fairness and justice in the recruitment process, it worked with guidance from relevant stakeholders, including the Nigeria Police Force, the National Assembly, and the Federal Character Commission. It added that it ensured equity in the spread of successful candidates across the 774 local government areas of the country. The spokesperson for the PSC, Ikechukwu Ani, made the development known in a statement on Tuesday. Ani said, “The Police Service Commission has approved and released the list of 10,000 successful applicants for recruitment into the constable cadre of the Nigeria Police Force. “The commission today, Tuesday, June 4, 2024, received the report of the Police Recruitment Board. 9,000 applicants were approved for recruitment for General Duty, while 1,000 applicants were recruited for the Specialists cadre. “To ensure fairness and justice in the Recruitment process, the Commission worked with guidance from relevant stakeholders including the Nigeria …

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President Tinubu Orders Wale Edun to Submit Minimum Wage Plan by Wednesday

President Bola Tinubu has directed Minister of Finance, Wale Edun, to present a template for a new minimum wage. Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, said this in Abuja on Tuesday after a Federal Government delegation on the new minimum wage met with the President. “The President has directed the Minister of Finance to do the numbers and get back to him between today and tomorrow so that we can have some figures ready for negotiations with Labour. “Mr President is determined to go with what the committee has set. He is also looking at the welfare of Nigerians,” he said. Idris said the government is not an opponent of labour or wage increase. The FG delegation includes Idris; Edun; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, George Akume; Labour Minister Nkiruka Onyejeocha; Minister of Budget and Economic Planning, Atiku Bagudu; Chief of Staff to the President, Femi Gbajabiamila; and the Group Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, Mele Kyari. Labour Suspends Strike Earlier on Tuesday, the Organised Labour suspended its nationwide strike …

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‘I’ve never been in love before’ – Tems spills

Nigerian singer Temilade Openiyi, popularly known as Tems, has revealed that she has never been in love before. The 28-year-old, however, said she would love to experience love someday. Speaking on the recent episode of the Flow With Korty show, Tems stated that contrary to the saying, “love is blind,” to her love is felt with eyes wide open. “I haven’t been in love. Loving someone for me is more of ‘I see you and I still want to be in your life. Even though you annoy me sometimes, I choose you and I choose you.’ I would like to be in love, to experience something deep but really real not blind. I don’t believe that love is blind, I think if you really love someone you’re loving them with your eyes open,” she explained. “I feel like people get infatuated and they call that falling in love. If you’re blind that is not love. Love is when you’ve seen the person, their yansh is open and you’re like ‘I still want it. I still want that.’ I want someone …

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Bayelsa United: Coach Okara Acknowledges Mistake in Victory Against Plateau United

Bayelsa United head coach Meremu Okara admitted that his substitutions did not yield the desired result in the match with Plateau United. The Prosperity Boys secured a 3-2 win over Plateau United in a keenly contested encounter at the Samson Siasia Stadium. Plateau United rallied to score two goals in the second half after Bayelsa United netted three times in the first half. Okara assured that his team will work on the lapses noticed in subsequent matches. “We started well but towards the end of the game we couldn’t measure up with our opponent,” he stated. “The pressure was much and they scored two goals, we are going to work on that lapses. “The tempo was high as all the changes made didn’t meet up with the expectations of the game which caused the pressure. “The changes didn’t yield a positive result for us.”

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NOA Moves to Issue Standardised Version of New National Anthem

…Urges government Agencies seeking to play anthem at their functions to revert to NOA for the official copy ABUJA – As a result of the signing into law of a new National Anthem, The National Orientation Agency (NOA)  has assured Nigerians that a standardised version of the anthem will be issued by the Agency after consultation with stakeholders. Director General of the Agency, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu gave the assurance after several versions of the anthem appeared on the social media, with the community Orientation and mobilization officers (COMOS) also reporting citizens’ confusion with the correct lyrics, instrumental and audio rendition of the anthem, the Deputy Director, Press, Paul Odenyi has said in a statement on Tuesday. According to him, “our COMOS whom we ordered to learn the new national anthem have come up with a feedback that many of our people are eager to learn and promote the new anthem but are confused which of the ones they find online is the correct version. They have asked questions about which of the stanzas is the national prayer” The Director General …

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Tinubu Commissions FCT Expressway, Says We’ll Accomplish More If We Shelve Partisan Politics

…Says completion of critical infrastructure projects attests to power of collaboration ABUJA – President Bola Ahmed Tinubu @officialABAT has said the completion of critical infrastructure projects across Nigeria by his administration is a clear example of what the country is capable of achieving when its leaders decide to work together towards a common goal, irrespective of political divide and personal interest. Accordingly, he noted that the commissioning of the expanded Outer Southern Expressway (OSEX) completed by the FCT administration @myfctagov is a testament to the power of collaboration and partnership that goes beyond political and other affiliations. The President stated this on Monday at the Presidential Commissioning Ceremony of the full-scope development of the Outer Southern Expressway [OSEX] from Villa Roundabout to Ring Road 1 (RR1) in Abuja. This was contained in a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to The President on Media & Communications, (Office of The Vice President), Stanley Nkwocha released via X account. According to the statement, the President who was represented by his deputy, Vice President Kashim Shettima, noted that the expanded Outer Southern …

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Prioritise your health over work, Physician urges Nigerians

IBADAN- A family physician, Dr Folajimi Senjobi, has urged Nigerians to prioritise their health over work in the interest of their wellbeing.Senjobi, of University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan on Tuesday, said prioritising one’s health over work had become imperative for long-term success, happiness and fulfillment.He emphasised that by recognising the importance of self-care, setting boundaries and seeking support when needed, individuals could achieve a healthier balance between their professions and personal lives.Senjobi, who is the Publicity Secretary of Society of Family Physicians of Nigeria (SOFPON) in Oyo State, said that practising self-care and prioritising activities outside the work routine were essential components of a healthy lifestyle.According to him, recognising the value of self-care activities, such as exercise, adequate sleep, relaxation and hobbies as well as spending time with loved ones are also paramount.“These activities not only recharge and rejuvenate but also enhance productivity and creativity in the long run.“Organisations that prioritise employees’ wellbeing tend to have higher levels of job satisfaction, lower turn-over rates and increased productivity.“A supportive …

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Organised Labour Calls Off Strike For One Week

By Chris Udochukwu ABUJA – The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) have agreed to suspend the ongoing strike over disagreement on a new national minimum wage with the Federal Government for one week. A source attending the ongoing NEC meeting in Abuja confirmed this to our correspondent. “A joint NEC meeting of TUC/NLC has approved to relax the industrial action for one week with immediate effect,” the source said. The strike, which commenced on Monday, entered the second day on Tuesday. Economic activities were grounded as a result of the industrial action. The Federal Government on Monday expressed commitment to raise the N60, 000 offered as minimum wage after a meeting with the leadership of organised labour. This is labour is expected to resume talks with the tripartite committee on a new national minimum wage today.

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