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Fuel Price Surge Sparks Public Outcry: Tinubu Vows to Tackle Crisis Head-On

In his inaugural speech as the newly sworn-in president of Nigeria, President Tinubu addressed the pressing issue of the fuel crisis gripping the nation. He emphasized that there was no provision for fuel subsidy by the past administration, signaling the end of fuel subsidy. Despite the immediate onset of the fuel crisis, Nigerians expressed their support for Tinubu’s bold decision.

However, in response to the rising fuel prices and the resulting cost of living, Nigerians called for immediate palliative measures. They demanded an increase in the minimum wage to at least 100,000 Naira, 24/7 provision of electricity, and highly subsidized public transportation across states.

President Tinubu outlined his plans to tackle these challenges and provide relief to the Nigerian people. He emphasized that security would be the top priority of his administration and pledged to reform the security doctrine and architecture. This would involve investing more in security personnel through better training, equipment, pay, and firepower.

To address the economic issues, Tinubu’s administration aims to target higher GDP growth and reduce unemployment. They plan to implement budgetary reforms that stimulate the economy without causing inflation.

Additionally, they will employ fiscal measures to promote domestic manufacturing, reduce import dependency, and make electricity more accessible and affordable. The generation, transmission, and distribution networks for power will be improved, and states will be encouraged to develop local sources of electricity.

Tinubu also expressed his commitment to creating meaningful opportunities for the youth and delivering on the promise of one million new jobs in the digital economy. His administration plans to work with the National Assembly to pass an omnibus Jobs and Prosperity bill, facilitating labor-intensive infrastructure improvements, encouraging light industry, and providing improved social services for the marginalized.

In the agricultural sector, Tinubu aims to secure rural incomes through commodity exchange boards that guarantee minimal prices for crops and animal products. Nationwide programs for storage and other facilities will be implemented to reduce spoilage and waste.

Agricultural hubs will be established to increase production and engage in value-added processing, while the livestock sector will adopt modern practices and resolve conflicts over land and water resources.

Continuing the efforts of the previous administration, Tinubu’s government will prioritize the development of national networks of roads, rail, and ports. Monetary policy will be reformed to establish a unified exchange rate, reduce interest rates, and promote investment in the real economy. The policy on currency swaps will also be reviewed.

 

On the foreign policy front, Tinubu emphasized the importance of peace and stability in the West African subregion and the African continent. His administration will work closely with ECOWAS, the AU, and international partners to end existing conflicts and promote collective prosperity.

As Nigerians await the implementation of these plans, the National Labour Congress (NLC) has threatened to go on strike over the ongoing fuel crisis. It remains to be seen how President Tinubu’s leadership and proposed solutions will address the immediate concerns of the Nigerian people and pave the way for a more prosperous and secure future.

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Unknown Gunmen Abduct Channelstv Reporter In Port-harcourt

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Some unknown gunmen have kidnapped Joshua Rogers, the ChannelsTV reporter in Port-Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Politics Nigeria learnt that Rogers was picked up close to his residence at Rumuosi in Port Harcourt and to an unknown destination by the gunmen around 9pm on Thursday, April 11.

The reporter was driving his official ChannelsTV branded car when the hoodlums accosted, pointed a gun at him and took him away in the same vehicle.

 

Rogers was said to be returning from his official assignment in Government House after a trip to Andoni for a government event when the incident happened.

Already, the gunmen were said to have contacted his wife and demanded a N30million ransom for bis release.

His cameraman confirmed the incident and appealed to his abductors to set him free unconditionally.

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Lassa Fever Kills 150 In Nigeria — NCDC

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According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC), 150 people died from Lassa virus in 125 local government areas throughout 27 states in the federation between January and March 2024.

The NCDC reported that the deaths were recorded with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 18.6% overall from week one to week thirteen, 2024. This is higher than the CFR for the same time in 2023 (17.5%).

In its Lassa Fever Situation Report Epi Week 13, which was released on March 25–31, 2024, the agency revealed that 806 of the 5,295 suspected cases that were recorded were confirmed. Eyes Of Lagos reports,

According to the report, in week 13, the number of new confirmed cases decreased from 25 in Epi week 12, 2024 to 15. These cases were reported in Ondo, Bauchi, Plateau and Edo states.

 

In total for 2024, 27 states have recorded at least one confirmed case across 125 LGAs, even as 62 percent of all confirmed Lassa fever cases were reported from Ondo, Edo, and Bauchi states, while 38 percent of cases were reported from 24 states with confirmed Lassa fever cases.

Of the 62 percent confirmed cases, the NCDC said Ondo reported 24 percent, Edo 22 percent, and Bauchi 16 percent. The predominant age group affected is 31-40 years (Range: 1 to 98 years, Median Age: 32years), with a male-to-female ratio for confirmed cases of 1:1.

From the report, the number of suspected cases (5,295) increased compared to that reported for the same period in 2023 (4,338).

The agency confirmed that the National Lassa fever multi-partner, multi-sectoral Incident Management System has been activated to coordinate response at all levels at the Emergency Operations Centre, EOC.

No new healthcare worker was affected in the reporting week 13, the report noted.

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