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FCC commissioner rebuffs Chairman’s letter for not appearing before Reps probe panel

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Last Updated on July 26, 2023 by Fellow Press

Mr Moses Anaughe, Federal Commissioner, Federal Character Commission (FCC), representing Delta has countered its chairman, Mrs Farida Dankaka’s letter, stating why she could not appear before the House of Representatives probe panel on employment racketeering.

Dankaka in a letter she wrote to the ad hoc committee investigating Federal Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs), and Tertiary Institutions on the mismanagement of personnel recruitment in Abuja claimed she was scheduled to see her Doctor.

The ad hoc Committee is also investigating employment racketeering and gross mismanagement of IPPIS.
The letter was read by the Commissioner, representing, Taraba, stating that she had a medical appointment with her Doctor.

But in a swift reaction to the letter, Anaughe said the Chairman, was in the office as at the time of reading the letter of her purported ill-health.
“Distinguished honourable members, I want to inform this House that the FCC Chairman as we speak is in her office, this has been her usual way of dodging committee invitation.

” I just want you people to know, as we speak right now if you send somebody there now may be they will call her or send her a message she will run.

“This has been her usual practice because if FCC has done very well this issue of inviting other commission and agency will not arise because the bulk of this investigation lie on FCC, I just want this committee to know.

“And if I may request, she is in her office as we speak, she knows the duration of this committee that is why she is asking for a one week extension, I just want this honourable house to get this information.

“And I want to stress that this is the usual character of Dankaka, the chairman, FCC of abstaining from every committee that invited her.

“If she wants to collect 10 per cent of employment from any chief executive officer of MDAs, she will insist that the such chief executive must meet such person one on one, so why is she not here,” he queried.

He pleaded with the committee to ensure that Dankaka appeared before the it to explain her stewardship for three years she had been in the saddled.

Angered by the information, the chairman of the Committee, Rep Yusuf Gagdi dared the FCC Chairman to test the will of the committee, adding that the aftermath of her refusal to appear before the committee would not be pleasant.

He ordered Dankaka to appear before the committee with the entire commissioners by 12 p. m on July 26, describing the commissioners as liars.

Not satisfied with the name calling, Mr Tonye Okio, FCC, commissioner, representing Bayelsa said, “I take exceptions to you calling us liars.

There is a document from our chairman and she signed stating that she had an appointment with her Doctor today.
The committee however recommended that the Department of State Security should provide every investigation linked to the chairman of FCC
The committee also resolved that the president should saction any heads of MDAs that are taking tax payers money for granted.

Reacting to the development Anaughe said, ” As soon as I made that information, somebody among us called her, she left the office immediately and what I am saying now, MTN can proof that where she was when I made the statement.
“I want to tell this committee that all commisonera in FCC are in Abuja and we are ready to come before this committee tomorrow, ” he said.

Anaughe’s disclosure is against the backdrop of information provided by one of the commissioner supporting the chairman that some commisonera were outside Abuja.

Mr AbdulRasaq Abioye, FCC, Commissioner, representing Osun however said as at 12 p.m when he left the office, the chairman was still at the office.
Gagdi however sad that no matter where any commisonera were, they must be present by 11 a. m at the investigative hearing including the chairman of FCC.

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Accept FG offer above N60,000 as new minimum wage, Opeyemi Bamidele to labour

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The Senate Leader, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele, APC, Ekiti Central has pleaded with the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC and the Trade Union Congress, TUC
to accept whatever the federal government offered them above N60,000 as the new minimum wage.

Bamidele urged the NLC and TUC to toe the path of dialogue and peace in the negotiation of a new minimum wage, which the President had promised to send a bill to the National Assembly for this purpose.

The Senate Leader has reiterated the need for Nigerians to demonstrate more patriotic spirit and oneness in their daily activities as the nation journeys through its socio-political trajectory towards the promised land.

He made the call in an Eid-el-Kabir message by his Directorate of Media and Public Affairs on Sunday, just as he highlighted some achievements of the administration of President BolaTinubu.

Bamidele said, “The federal government has conceded to N60,000, which translates to a 100 percent increase. But both NLC and TUC turned down this offer, leading to a two-day industrial action.

“The federal government has promised to make more concessions in this respect. As the federal government reveals its new offer, I plead with the organised labour to accept it in the national interest. The economy will remain in this condition. Collectively, we are taking multi-pronged measures to reverse disturbing economic indicators.”has conceded to N60,000, which translates to a 100 percent increase. But both NLC and TUC turned down this offer, leading to a two-day industrial action.

“The federal government has promised to make more concessions in this respect. As the federal government reveals its new offer, I plead with the organised labour to accept it in the national interest. The economy will remain in this condition. Collectively, we are taking multi-pronged measures to reverse disturbing economic indicators.”

While identifying with all Muslim faithful nationwide, Bamidele who noted that Nigerians, regardless of religion and tribes, should team up with and rally support for the Tinubu administration to safely steer the ship of the nation into a successful end, emphasised that no nation could travel the journey of national rebirth alone without the unwavering support of its citizens not minding their political, cultural and social backgrounds and orientations.

He assured that the current administration would leave no stone unturned in alleviating the economic hardship being faced by the majority of Nigerians and re-offer them a sense of pride in their home country.

In the spirit of the season, the Senate Leader urged all Muslims to emulate love and good neighbourliness exemplified by Prophet Mohammed (SWAT) during his time and how he related very well with people of other faiths and nationalities.

Bamidele who appealed that the ongoing reengineering efforts of the Tinubu Administration could only yield democratic dividends in an atmosphere devoid of insecurity, but where lives and property are protected, said: “Just to mention a few among ongoing projects like the 700 kilometres Lagos-Calabar Coastal Highway, the establishment of N50 Billion Pulako Initiative and annual recruitment of 30,000 new police personnel are Key Performance Indicators of this government.

“Only recently, this government declared a state of emergency in agriculture and launched the National Agricultural Development Fund with N100 billion, in addition to the Dry Season Farming Initiative and the Green Imperative Programme to ensure food security across the land.

“All these and other components of the 8-point Renewed Hope Agenda require the patriotic support and prayers for their deliverables to multiply at the doorsteps of Nigerians in the remaining three years of the first term of this government.”

He further urged the Muslim faithful to use the season of Eid el-Kabir to pray for the leaders of the country for divine wisdom and understanding that can match the enormous tasks of leading the country especially at a time when economic realities are not favourable around the world.

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FG updates on UAE lifting visa ban on Nigeria

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The Minister of Aviation, Festus Keyamo, has revealed that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) government will soon announce the date for lifting the visa ban that has been imposed on Nigerian travellers.

This information was shared during an interview with Otega Ogra, Senior Special Assistant to President Bola Tinubu, which is available on the official YouTube page of the State House of Nigeria.

Keyamo acknowledged that while a resolution was reached between President Bola Tinubu and UAE President Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan during President Tinubu’s working visit to the UAE in September 2023, additional processes were required before the ban could be officially lifted.

He said the processes have now been completed, paving the way for the imminent announcement from the UAE government.

“After that high-level meeting, Mr. President, credited to him, made things very easy for us all. We did our follow-ups as his ministers. We have done everything. We have resolved everything.

“Just wait for the announcement from the UAE government, and that announcement is imminent,” Keyamo stated.

The Minister further mentioned that he is aware of the specific date when the travel restriction will be lifted, but he emphasized that it is up to the UAE government to make the official announcement.

The lifting of the ban is expected to restore ease of travel for Nigerian citizens to the UAE, thereby enhancing bilateral relations and cooperation between the two countries.

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