Author: John Orevaoghene

Organized Labor and employers in Nigeria have vehemently rejected the latest data released by the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics (NBS), which claims that the country’s unemployment rate has decreased by 4.1%. Both parties have labeled this report as fraudulent. The representatives of Organized Labor argue that the figures presented are a far cry from the actual state of affairs on the ground. They caution that such misleading reports could seriously undermine the NBS’s credibility. A high-ranking official from the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) disclosed to Vanguard that the NBS appears to have recalibrated its criteria for measuring employment, resulting in…

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Victor Osimhen has been awarded the Paolo Rossi accolade for clinching the title of highest scorer in Serie A during the previous season. The recognition is dedicated to Italy’s renowned footballer, Paolo Rossi. Rossi was the leading goal scorer in the 1982 FIFA World Cup, a championship secured by Italy. Osimhen netted 26 goals in 32 league matches, contributing significantly to Napoli’s triumph in clinching the Scudetto after a lapse of more than thirty years. Read Also CSOs Warn ECOWAS Against Provoking Conflict in Niger Revamp Nigeria’s Economy by Dismantling Abuja Oil Cartel, Urges Fubara to Tinubu Medical and Dental…

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Amidst the ongoing political turmoil in Niger, a coalition comprising six civil society organizations (CSOs) across West Africa has publicly advised the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) against instigating an armed conflict in the region. The alliance contends that adopting such an approach only exacerbates the populace’s hardships. In a collective statement, Dr. Zikirullahi Mualeem Ibrahim, the convener of the coalition, asserted: “The coalition strongly opposes the efforts by decision-makers to compel the subregion into armed conflict, a move that would inevitably compound the suffering of regular citizens. Thus, the prospect of war and the actual mobilization of…

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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has received a call to shift the focus of the ongoing battle against oil theft in the Niger Delta’s waterways towards a potent oil cartel in Abuja. This cartel exploits their authority and influence to pillage the nation’s resources. Sir Siminalayi Fubara, the Governor of Rivers State, has brought to light the issue of the Federal Government entrusting contracts for oil pipeline security/surveillance to an individual or a select few. He criticized this move, asserting that it would not aid in combating oil theft. During a visit from the Joint Presidential Committee on Crude Oil Theft,…

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In a significant move towards preventing drowning incidents and ensuring the safety of water travel, Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara State presented over 1,000 life jackets to the residents of Patigi. AbdulRazaq handed over the life-saving equipment to Alhaji Umar Bologi II, the Etsu Patigi, following a meeting with distinguished first-class monarchs who had convened to discuss matters related to the populace’s security and overall well-being. Governor AbdulRazaq emphasized that similar provisions would be made for the state’s local Government and other riverine regions, reflecting the administration’s dedication to promoting secure water transportation.”We are starting with this donation of life…

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The Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has drawn criticism from the Federal Government for his disparaging remarks about President Bola Tinubu’s economic strategy. Obaseki, while addressing reporters in Benin on Thursday, expressed that the elimination of fuel subsidies and the foreign exchange reforms implemented during Tinubu’s administration contributed to heightened hardships for Nigerians.”With the removal of subsidies and realignment of the exchange rate, the most vulnerable individuals in the nation will disproportionately bear the weight of these policies. Astonishingly, those who campaigned across the country promising to eliminate subsidies had no concrete plans for the aftermath. They lack direction on…

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Engr Joseph Utsev, the Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, has issued a pressing plea to the Federal, State, and Local Authorities, urging them to promptly establish preventive protocols in anticipation of an imminent flood catastrophe. The call comes as torrential rains persist and water levels surge in River Benue and other water bodies. In collaboration with Bello Goronyo, the Minister of State for Water Resources and Sanitation, Utsev delivered an update on the current water levels and flooding conditions through a media briefing at the Ministry’s headquarters in Abuja. Utsev stated, “Hydrological Findings: The Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency has…

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Dele Alake, the newly inaugurated Minister of Solid Minerals, pledged on Monday to implement President Bola Tinubu’s comprehensive “Renewed Hope” strategy for the solid minerals sector. Alake affirmed this commitment while assuming his responsibilities at the ministry’s headquarters in Abuja. He emphasized that his team is fully dedicated to invigorating the solid minerals sector in alignment with the President’s directives, as dictated by the sector’s mandate. Additionally, he revealed plans for unveiling a roadmap for the industry shortly. “As a former cabinet member who collaborated with President Bola Tinubu for eight years, I grasp the significance of delivering concrete outcomes.…

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Former Governor Nasir El-Rufai cautioned President Bola Tinubu, stating that any military intervention by ECOWAS troops in Niger would essentially initiate a civil war against the northern region of Nigeria. El-Rufai, who has maintained a public silence concerning recent political developments in Niger and ECOWAS’ subsequent actions, conveyed this warning through a tweet on Tuesday morning. “As ECOWAS drums up the prospect of war, I’m reminded of the 1970s rock anthem by Dire Straits – ‘Brothers in Arms.’ A conflict within our subregion is equivalent to a battle between kin,” remarked Mr El-Rufai.He emphasized, “In truth, the people of Niger…

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The Bayelsa state government has pledged to disburse wage awards for all employees in local government sectors, starting from August, to alleviate the challenges arising from the removal of petrol subsidies. Deputy Governor Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo provided this reassurance during a meeting on Monday with local government stakeholders, including the eight caretaker committee chairpersons, labor leaders, and key officers from the LGAs at Government House, Yenagoa.He declared that the government, in partnership with the LGAs, would also guarantee the disbursement of pensions to retirees within the councils. He conveyed that the Bayelsa government had sanctioned a 30 percent payment of pensions…

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