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Tinubu, Nigeria’s long-awaited messiah –Yoruba Ronu Group



The Chairman of Yoruba Ronu Group, Prince Diran Iyantan, has congratulated the President-elect, Sen. Bola Tinubu, for winning the Feb. 25 election, saying he is the long-awaited messiah for Nigeria.


Iyantan, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State, stated this in a statement signed by Mr Steve Otaloro, Director of Communications, Yoruba Ronu Group, on Friday in Akure.


He described Tinubu and the Vice President-elect, Sen. Kashim Shettima, as the best team for Nigeria at this material time.

Iyantan, who said Tinubu’s presidential victory was fought and won through “thick and thin”, noted that he is an ideal person for the job and whose time has come.

“Your victory at the presidential election has filled me with immense joy. I take this opportunity to congratulate you on your well-deserved success.

“You must be highly contented with this position as someone from a poor background fought the odds to lead the most populous black nation on earth with the largest economy in Africa. You have undoubtedly worked very hard to achieve it.

“Asiwaju Tinubu, the Jagaban of Borgu, please accept my warm congratulations on your victory and my best wishes for your success as you prepare to take up the responsibilities and challenges of your high office.

“As you embark upon your new responsibilities, I wish to assure you on behalf of Yoruba Ronu Group the continued friendship and sympathetic interest of the members and people of the South-West,” he said.

Iyantan, former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in Ondo State, promised that the group would continue to protect and guide the President-elect towards achieving a successful tenure.

“We look forward to working with you not only to develop closer relationships between us but also to concert our efforts in the cause of peace and the brotherhood of all peoples of Yoruba extractions worldwide.

“As a group fighting for the cause of our people, we are very passionate about anything and everything that will promote the Yoruba race and her people.

“Once more, congratulation on your well-deserved promotion. It’s terrific to see that your hard work and perseverance have paid off.

“Without a doubt, Nigerians will benefit from your wisdom and administrative experience acquired over time in the private and public sectors,” Iyantan stated.

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Breaking news: Minimum Wage: Labour rejects FG’s N54,000 offer



The organised labour has rejected the Federal Government N54,000 new minimum wage proposal.


According to reliable source, the meeting on the ongoing negotiations on new minimum wage has been adjourned till Wednesday after the organised labour.


Media report has it that the Federal Government upped its offer from its earlier proposed N48,000 to N54,000.

Tuesday’s meeting came as a result of the walkout staged by members of the organised labour following the proposal of N48,000 as minimum wage by the Federal Government during last week’s meeting.

During that meeting, the OPS had also proposed N54,000 while labour insisted on its N615,000 living wage demand.

Our correspondent who spoke to sources who attended the follow-up meeting on Tuesday learnt that the Federal Government upped its offer from N48,000 to N54,000.

“Well, during the meeting, the government increased its offer from N48,000 to N54,000. However, labour rejected that offer and the meeting has been adjourned till Wednesday,” a source who asked not to be named said.

When asked if the government’s side was showing any sign of seriousness, the labour leader said, “No seriousness at all. Even state governors did not show up. Those who represented them, like Bauchi and Niger states, did not have the mandates to speak on their behalf.

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EFCC bars dollar transactions, orders embassies to charge in naira



The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has barred foreign missions based in Nigeria from transacting in foreign currencies and mandated them to use Naira in their financial businesses.


The EFCC has also mandated Nigerian foreign missions domiciled abroad to accept Naira in their financial businesses.


The anti-graft agency said the move is to tackle the dollarisation of the Nigerian economy and the degradation of the naira

The Commission, therefore, asked the government to stop foreign missions in Nigeria from charging visa and other consular services in foreign denominations.

The EFCC gave the advisory in a letter to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Amb. Yusuf Tuggar, for onward transmission to all foreign missions in the country.

In the letter, the EFCC said it issued the advisory because the practice of paying for consular services in dollars was in conflict with extant laws and financial regulations in Nigeria.

In a letter dated April 5, 2024, which was addressed to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Yusuf Tuggar, titled: “EFCC Advisory to Foreign Missions against Invoicing in US Dollar,” the EFCC Chairman, Ola Olukoyede expressed dismay over the invoicing of consular services in Nigeria by foreign missions in dollars.

The EFCC cited Section 20(1) of the Central Bank of Nigeria Act, 2007, which makes currencies issued by the apex bank the only legal tender in Nigeria.

The letter read, “I present to you the compliments of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, and wish to notify you about the commission’s observation, with dismay, regarding the unhealthy practice by some foreign missions to invoice consular services to Nigerians and other foreign nationals in the country in United States dollar ($).

“It states that ‘the currency notes issued by the Bank shall be the legal tender in Nigeria on their face value for the payment of any amount’.

“This presupposes that any transaction in currencies other than the naira anywhere in Nigeria contravenes the law and is, therefore, illegal.”

The commission further stated that the rejection of the naira for consular services in Nigeria by certain missions, along with non-compliance with foreign exchange regulations in determining service costs, is not just unlawful but also undermines the nation’s sovereignty embodied in its official currency.

The letter continues: “This trend can no longer be tolerated, especially in a volatile economic environment where the country’s macroeconomic policies are constantly under attack by all manner of state and non-state actors.

“In light of the above, you may wish to convey the commission’s displeasure to all missions in Nigeria and restate Nigeria’s desire for their operations not to conflict with extant laws and regulations in the country.”

Diplomatic sources said yesterday, May 10, that some embassies were wondering whether the EFCC’s advisory represented the position of the Federal Government.

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