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Buhari felicitates ICPC Chairman Prof. Owasanoye @ 60

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President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), on his 60th birthday, May 15.

 

The President, in a congratulatory message by his spokesman, Mr Femi Adesina, on Sunday in Abuja joined family members, friends and professional associates in celebrating the lawyer and scholar.

 

According to the president, the professor has brought more depth into investigation and prosecution of corrupt practices in the country.

Buhari also noted that Owasanoye had worked with others on Asset Recovery Strategy; Whistle Blower Policy, Non-conviction Based Asset Recovery Framewory, Management of Recovered Assets Framework, Plea Bargain Manual and Corruption Case Management Manual.

He, therefore, saluted the courage, adeptness and rigorousness of the former Executive Secretary and Head of Secretariat of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC).

The president observed that Owasanoye had successfully managed the advisory and strategic work of the think-tank to prepare key policy and anti-corruption strategy interventions of the government since 2015.

He also noted Owasanoye’s contributions to the law profession in Nigeria and beyond.

He also lauded his commendable profile of working as Director of Research, and later Research Fellow at Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Professorial Research Associate, School of Oriental and African Studies University of London.

Owasanoye was alao a Visiting Professor, University of Pretoria, while consulting for many multilateral institutions.

Buhari prayed that God would strengthen the Chairman of ICPC in health, insight and capacity to keep serving the nation.

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

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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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Junior Pope betrayed me repeatedly – Yul Edochie

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Nollywood actor Yul Edochie has claimed that his late colleague, Junior Pope, betrayed him repeatedly despite his being there for him in his times of need.

 

According to Edochie, it was the reason he shunned the late actor’s burial in Enugu State on Friday.

 

He said he wanted to wait till after Junior Pope’s burial before he reveal how the late actor betrayed him.

He promised the full story of how Junior Pope betrayed him soon.

On his Instagram story, Edochie wrote: “I didn’t want to say anything till after his burial. I know many asked why I wasn’t there. Why I haven’t said anything about it since.

“I took him like a brother & good friend. I was there for him when he needed me. But he stabbed me in the back repeatedly. That’s life!

“I’ll drop the full details soon so others can learn from it.

“Be careful what you wish people, it could come to you.”

Recall that Junior Pope died on April 10, 2024, alongside three others after their boat capsized on the Anam River in Anambra State while returning from a film location.

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