Why herders cannot be asked to return to their state of origin – Barau reveals

ABUJA. -The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Barau I Jibrin, has said that all Nigerians irrespective of their states of origins should be allowed to live in any part of the country they wish without any hindrance. Speaking during a debate on a Bill for an act to Establish National Animal Husbandry and Ranches Commission for the Regulation, Management, Preservation and Control of Ranches throughout Nigeria sponsored by Sen Titus Tartenger Zam (Benue North West), he said Nigerians cannot be stopped from living, trading and working in any part of the country. ” There is a snag in this bill, there is a problem because you cannot stop any Nigerian from living in any area that he so wishes. The relevant section of the constitution has been read. I saw something just a few days ago: Senator Natasha visited a Fulani settlement in her senatorial zone. Those people do not have any home except that place. They have been there for so long. They have been part and parcel of that society.Now, to tell them to move to their …

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Senate Probes Disproportionate Employment Practices in Government Agencies

By Our Correspondent ABUJA – As part of efforts to address irregularities in the Ministries, Departments, Agencies and (MDAs) of government, the Senate on Wednesday has embark on measures to regulate job racketeering in the Country. Senator Allwell Onyesoh (Rivers East), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter-Governmental Affairs, made this known after an interactive session with the management of the National Assembly Service Commission (NASC). The Committee members expressed concern over recurrent job racketeering within government agencies, often conducted without public notice and in total disregard of federal character principles in job recruitment. These irregularities constitute violations of the Constitution of Nigeria. Addressing journalists after the session, Senator Onyesoh criticized the NASC leadership for disproportionately allocating employment to certain zones, which does not reflect the Federal Character Principle. The Senate demanded that the NASC provide additional documentation down to the state and local government levels across the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory to explain why the North Central region has 1,224 workers out of a total nominal roll of 3,721. Earlier, the Executive Chairman …

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NOA DG Unveils Official Version of National Anthem

…. Says it resonates with the people ….Stresses that the lyrics reflects our reality today By Simon Akwu ABUJA – The Director General of National Orientation Agency (NOA),  Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu on Wednesday unveiled the official version of the National Anthem to the Nigerian populace. This is also as the DG has said that the old but now new national anthem resonates with the people, stressing that the lyrics reflects our current reality. The unveiling became nevessary in view of the different versions of the anthem in circulation but today’s presentation of the official version  will clear all doubts about the correct lyrics as contained in the Act signed by the President. The DG reminded that the NOA’s values orientation programmes as envisioned under the Federal Government’s National Values Charter, seek to define the Nigerian citizens’ shared identity, with clearly stated commitment of both leaders and followers. According to the DG, “the National Anthem is part of the National Identity project of the Tinubu administration, being one of the seven programmes for the institutionalisation of our national values. “The Anthem  is one …

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World Environment Day: NNPC foundation plants 70 trees in college

BENIN- The Management of NNPC Foundation Ltd/Gte. says it has planted 70 economic trees in the premises of Federal Government Girls College, Benin,  in commemoration of the 2024 World Environment Day. The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that this year’s celebration has its theme as “Land Restoration, Desertification and Drought Resilience”. Speaking during the tree planting ceremony on Wednesday, the Managing Director, NNPC Foundation, Mrs Emmanuella Arukwe, said that the foundation’s mission was to support environmental sustainability through impactful initiative such as reforestation, conservation and education. Represented by Mrs Goodnews Willie, Deputy Manager, Education and Health care Programmes, Arukwe said that NNPC Ltd. was passionate about executing positive and impactful Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes in the country. “The World Environment Day is a global platform to raise awareness about environmental issues and foster action for sustainable development. “As a recently transited private company, NNPC Ltd. is positioned to align with global best practice in the energy industry and is committed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), “NNPC Foundation was established as the social arm of NNPC Ltd. to be …

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Paying tithe should not be forced– Clergy

ABUJA- Mr Sampson Amoateng, the General Overseer, House of Miracles Ministries, has advised churches to follow scriptural practice of making tithe payment a freewill and not by force. Amoateng, who made the call in a statement on Wednesday, explained that tithing was a biblical practice of giving a portion of one’s income to support religious institutions and the community. According to him, tithe and offering is a scriptural practice that is meant to be freewill and not by force. “The concept of tithe is rooted in the biblical teachings of the Old and New Testaments, as recorded in Deut. 14, Matt. 6 and Malachi 3:10. “I am against pastors or churches forcing people to document their tithe cards, saying, ‘my money is mine. “It is carnal to document tithe cards. Tithing is a spiritual discipline that requires faith, trust, and obedience,” he said. Amoateng said tithing demonstrates our gratitude for God’s blessings and provision, and also express our trust in His ability to provide for our needs. “Tithing has practical advantages; it helps to support the church and ministries, enabling …

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Doctors issue Lagos Govt 3-week uĺtimatum on CONMESS wage

LAGOS- Doctors under the aegis of the Medical Guild have appealed to the Lagos State Government to expedite the implementation of the reviewed Consolidated Medical Salary Scale (CONMESS) for medical doctors in the state. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Medical Guild is the association of doctors under the employment of the Lagos State Government. Dr Moruf Abdulsalam, Chairman, Medical Guild, made the appeal during a news conference on Wednesday in Lagos. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that CONMESS is the salary scale being paid to all Medical and Dental practitioners across the Federation. CONMESS was adopted to prevent internal brain drain and rural-urban migration among doctors. Abdulsalam expressed dissatisfaction over the slow bureaucratic bottlenecks causing delay in the implementation of the reviewed CONMESS wage increase in Lagos. He noted that colleagues in the employment of the Federal government had already started enjoying the payment since February 2024, with its accrued arrears. The chairman recalled that resolution reached at its General Assembly meeting held on April 27, resolved to give the state government four weeks …

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Why Tunubu Named Abuja Highway After Wole Soyinka

By Chris Udochikwu ABUJA – President Bola Tinubu has named the Arterial Road N20 from Northern Parkway to Outer Northern Expressway (ONEX) as Professor Wole Soyinka Highway as recommended by the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA). According to the presidency, in naming the road after the distinguished playwright, poet and novelist who clocks 90 on 13 July, President Tinubu said Soyinka was the first African to win the Nobel Literature Prize. He said Soyinka has brought honour and fame to Nigeria. Reacting to the statement released by Bayo Onanuga via his X account, A little kindness @addel_cares said, “No wonder he (Soyinka) hasn’t made any comment on his (Tinubu’s) failed administration after one year. A country where the unqualified lead and controls the most qualified 🤔. Precise Post recalls that Prof Wole Soyinka had shortly after he visited Tinubu at his Burdillon resident in Lagos towards the tail end of last year said he will not score the president’s performance until after his one year in office as has been his style.

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