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Nigeria civil service records tremendous improvement under Yemi-Esan – Perm Sec.

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Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan

Last Updated on July 28, 2023 by Fellow Press

Dr Sani Gwarzo, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, has scored the nation’s Public Service high, considering numerous achievements under the leadership of Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan.

Gwarzo made the commendation at Juma’ah Prayer to mark the Civil Service Week, at the National Mosque Abuja on Friday.

He, therefore, called on all Muslim Faithful and all Nigerians to pray for the sustainability of the sector, being the engine room of the nation’s economy.

“The civil service has recorded tremendous improvement under the leadership of Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan and I cannot enumerate the number of areas of achievements to include digitisation of the civil service, performance management system.

“For the first time in history of Nigeria the office of the HOCSF does not work on paper, it is paperless at the moment.

“Everything you do, you interacts in that office, every approval process, every procedure is digitally maintained and that efficiency has also transcended down to the Ministries, ” Gwarzo said.

Dr Muhammad-Kabir Adam, Chief Imam of the National Mosque, in his sermon titled, ”Stand up to help one another”, called on Nigerians to try as much as they could to assist others who are struggling to live at such a difficult period we are in the country.

“The sermon of today is calling on Nigerians to stand to help one another. If you have, you also need to assist anyone that have not so that the life will be better for all as we are living together in this part of the world-that is Nigeria.

“Nigeria is our country, therefore, we have to assist one another. That is the main theme of the sermon of today. “

He also used the occasion to pray for all civil servants and leaders in the sector, tasking them to put more efforts to sustain their good works.

“We pray specially for the civil service celebration week. The civil service is the workforce of the country, they are the one that steering the management of this country.

“We call on them to continue to deliver good services as we regard them as representatives of Allah in their affairs. What they are doing is sacrificial services to the country, ” he said.

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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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