Reps Bemoan Low Participation of Women in Politics

….Task FG for more trainings ABUJA – The Nigerian House of Representatives, on Tuesday, urged the Ministry of Women Affairs, to designate a department with adequate budgetary provisions, to help groom, train, and support women in politics. This was, even as, the Green chamber also called on the education ministry at all levels, to design a curriculum in secondary schools, to encourage the inclusion of the role of women in political leadership. This was sequel to a motion brought before the Parliament, on Tuesday, by the Member representing Port Harcourt II Federal Constituency of Rivers State, Hon. Blessing Chigeru Amadi. There have been public outcries over the underrepresentation of women at both chambers of the National Assembly, since the beginning of the present dispensation. As at today, the numbers of female Lawmakers stand at 16 out of 360 House of Representatives Members, while the Senate has 4 women out of the 109 Senators, as all female Senators in the 9th Assembly lost their return bids. Leading the debate on the motion titled ‘Need to Provide Training and Support for Women …

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World Cup qualifiers: Super Eagles need psychology motivation to qualify— Fuludu

LAGOS- Edema Fuludu, ex-Nigerian international said that members of the Nigeria`s Men`s national team, the Super Eagles needed psychological motivation to win their remaining matches to qualify for the world cup. Fuludu, who stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos, said the team`s challenges were beyond coaching. According to him, the team needs psychological motivation to win matches rather than focusing on coaching challenges. “The real magic Super Eagles can make now is to win their next matches and play professionally, that’s the only magic the team needs. “I think the Eagles should rise up and play professionally, speed up the game and have the desire to win,” he said. The ex-international said Finidi George, the national team coach needed to apply an aggressive effective style and formations to tackle his opponents. According to him, formula and formations at times determine the outcome of a match with the players’ determination to win. “I urge Finidi to motivate the players to play professionally and have the determination to win their next matches. …

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Tinubu condemns Katsina attacks, directs security agencies to go after assailants

ABUJA- President Bola Tinubu has strongly condemned the recent attacks against citizens in Dutsin-Ma and Kankara Local Government Areas of Katsina State. Chief Ajuri Ngelale, Special Adviser to the President, Media and Publicity, said in a statement on Tuesday that the President described the latest attacks as grisly and sinister. He said the President emphasised that more would be done to secure citizens and completely degrade terrorists and other harbingers of death and sorrow in any part of the country. “President Tinubu directs security agencies to go after the assailants and ensure that they are brought to justice. “The President condoles with the families of the deceased, as well as the Government and people of Katsina State, and prays for the repose of the souls of the departed,” said the statement. (NAN)

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NECA solicits end of child labour

LAGOS- The Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association (NECA) has called for concerted efforts by stakeholders to end child labour in the workplace and across the country. NECA Director-General Adewale-Smatt Oyerinde made the call on Tuesday in commemoration of the World Day Against Child Labour marked on every June 12. Oyerinde said that there was the need for concrete actions and collaboration to fulfill the country’s commitments. “As stakeholders, we must reflect on our progress on this important issue and identify areas where we can intensify our efforts,” he said. He said that child labour remained a pressing issue in the country which “affects millions of children denied of basic rights to education, health and a safe environment. “This day serves as a poignant reminder of the urgent need to implement and strengthen policies. “These policies should be aimed at eradicating child labour in the workplace, particularly within business value chains and promoting overall child welfare”. The NECA boss said that the association had been pivotal in the fight against the worst forms of child labour. He said that the association had …

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Hoteliers laud FG’s ban on lodging of underage girls

LAGOS- The Nigerian Hoteliers Association (NHA) on Tuesday lauded the Federal Government’s ban on lodging of underage girls in hotels across the country. The association described this as  a step in the right direction. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Uju Kennedy-Ohanenye, on June 8 in Abuja announced the federal government’s plan to ban lodging of underage girls in hotels across the country. The minister said the ban will  take effect from June 20. Kennedy-Ohanenye cautioned hoteliers nationwide against accommodating underage girls in their facilities, as defaulters will face sanctions. She mandated them to put up a ‘No Lodging of Underage Girls’ signage outside their facilities. Eze Patrick Anyanwu, National President of NHA, while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview said “encouraging underage girls access into hotels is a way of promoting prostitution and must be discouraged”. Anyanwu said that hoteliers would cooperate with the federal government to implement the ban and ensure full adherance. “Accommodating underage girls in hotels is not good, we …

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Atiku condemns killing of policemen in Katsina, says Tinubu’s govt helpless

ABUJA- Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has expressed concerns over the recent attack on Yargoje village in Kankara Local Government Area of Katsina State. The attack resulted in the tragic loss of many lives and the kidnapping of vulnerable women and children. Atiku also commented on the unfortunate ambush of a police armoured personnel carrier by bandits at Gidan Tofa and Dan Nakwabo villages, which led to the deaths of four police officers and two members of the Katsina State Community Watch Corps. “Most worrisome to me is that these acts of banditry and terrorism have become routine, with the government seemingly helpless and nonchalant about it despite the enormous annual budget for defence,” Atiku stated. While expressing his condolences to the families of the victims, Atiku reiterated his call for the government to fulfil its primary responsibility of protecting the lives and property of its citizens.

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Democracy: It’s criminal for states to misappropriate LG funds- Ex Gov. Chime

ENUGU- The former Governor of Enugu State, Mr Sullivan Chime, says it is criminal for states in the country to misappropriate Local Government funds, saying that it hinders development at the grassroots. Chime stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Enugu while reacting to how far Nigeria has gone with her democracy after 25 years. He said that any governor that ran the local government system without a democratically elected council as stipulated by the Nigeria constitution, amounted to misappropriation. According to him, Nigeria has a perfect local government system as the constitution empowers states to make laws for the existence of the local governments under a democratic elected council. “But sadly, I don’t know how many states in this country since 1999 that obeys that constitution. “I can beat my chest that from 2007 when I became governor until we left, we ran a local government system in Enugu State by the democratically elected council uninterrupted for eight years. “When we came in, there was none in place so to meet …

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Edo/Ondo Elections: Prof Yakubu First Take The Plank Out of Your Own Eye

By Chief Malcom Emokiniovo Omirhobo It is sad that Mahmood Yakubu has not been given the boot as Chairman of INEC for his poor , deceitful , wasteful and manipulative performance at the last Nigeria general elections . It is laughable that a man like this has the temerity to vow to punish electoral officers engaging in corrupt practices in Edo/Ondo elections when he is yet to explain to Nigerians the technical glitch that occured during the Nigerian presidential election after receiving over N313.4bn to conduct the elections . In view of the above, verily, verily, I say unto Prof . Yakubu first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

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EFCC Secures Final Forfeiture of 20 Properties, 10 Vehicles, Others for Arthur Eze

By Okey Josiah ABUJA – The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) has through the Court of Appeal, Abuja recovered 20 properties, 10 vehicles and three princely wristwatches from two brothers, Olisaebuka Eze and Onyeka Nnadozie Eze for a petitioner, Arthur Eze. In a final forfeiture ruling on Friday, June 7, 2024 by a three-man panel of justices, the Appeal Court, Abuja, dismissed the appeal filed by the brothers and affirmed the final forfeiture of the properties, vehicles and other items to Arthur Eze, the nominal petitioner as presented by the Commission’s counsel, Ibrahim Buba, the statement released by EFCC on its official X account said. The properties all located in Federal Capital Territory, FCT,  Abuja were held by the court to have been acquired with proceeds of crime committed against Arthur Eze. The properties and items which Justice Modupe Osho-Adebiyi of the FCT High Court, sitting in Gudu, Abuja, had in April 2022, ordered their final forfeiture to the petitioner include: seven bedroom duplex at Plot 1772 Cadastral Zone B06, Mabushi District, FCT Abuja, located at No: 5 Ifeanyi Araraume Street Mabushi, Abuja; Plot No. 621, Cadastral Zone B07 within Katampe District with file No. JG 10188; nine units of two-bedroom flats located at Plot 375 off …

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