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Women play critical roles in national development – First Lady

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Oluremi Tinubu

The First Lady, Sen. Oluremi Tinubu, on Friday in Abuja said women had enormous roles to play in driving the nation’s development and transformation efforts.

The first lady, after a meeting with the wives of former governors in her office, posited that women must be involved in critical stakeholder activities like assisting the government in promoting the welfare of Nigerians.

She said the wives of former governors, with a sphere of influence within and outside their states, played the roles that could not be looked down upon in nation’s development.

She acknowledged that the former governor’s wives played pivotal roles during the campaign of the election that brought her husband President Bola Tinubu to power, therefore, she could not push them aside.

She described the wives of former governors as mothers of nation in their various terrains that she required to work with her and the government in pushing the nation forward.

“We need them. They were all there during the campaign, we have to make sure they come in to talk about ways forward about the various programmes we have on the table.

“I need them to represent the government and to help me with the job, in spite that the current wives of governors are there, nobody is encroaching on anybody.

“I’m thinking of inviting wives of royal fathers and that of religious leaders too, to work with me in the Renewed Hope Initiative because I believe mothers have big roles to play.

“If we have to heal this country, women have to nurse this country back to life; there are many things going on in the society.

She said the walfare of people was significant to her, adding that she needed other women to support her in reaching out to the local communities via her national project.

“This is the first time we would have a state of emergency placed on food security and fuel subsidy is also there, I wish we can try to ameliorate the inconvenience all these new reforms are having on people.

“This is why I need the mothers, they are women of substance, and we need them to continue with what they have been doing, even if it is to reach out to the next neighbour, because I can’t get to all households.

“If we cushion whatever inconvenience we are facing now, it will go a long way. This is me going into familiar territories; however, all hands have to be on deck for this country to move forward; that is why I am asking the women for support.

The wife of the former governor of Ekiti State, Erelu Bisi Fayemi on behalf of the others, appreciated the first lady for stretching her hands of fellowship at them.

“We are here to spend time with our mother, we work together to ensure that our party APC won the election recently, it is important for us to continue to engage women in whatever we do.

“What have been the practice in the past is that when you go through an electoral act, the women do all the hard works and they make sure that the votes count, but after that is done, women are pushed to the margins.

“The first lady has acknowledged that mothers matter, therefore it’s not just about bringing the former wives of governors together, it’s about recognising the power that women have wherever they are in their local communities.

“We cannot achieve our development goal as a nation if we do not invest in the empowerment of women; therefore, we pledge to support our mother the first lady in all her works and that of our other sisters in the states.

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Navy disowns list of successful candidate for Batch 35 recruitment

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The Nigerian Navy (NN) has disowned the purported list of successful candidate for its Basic Training School (NNBTS) Batch 35 Recruitment, saying it is fake.

Commodore Adedotun Ayo-Vaughan, the Director of Naval Information, said this in a statement in Abuja.

Ayo-Vaughan said the exercise was conducted in three centres across the country, namely; Lagos, Rivers and Kaduna States.

He described the information, being circulated recently as fake, and handiwork of fraudulent miscreants who were trying to dupe some unsuspecting applicants.

He said the list of successful candidates had not been released and that no form of invitation for training, via text message had also been disseminated by the Nigerian Navy.

‘’The alarming rate of circulation of fake information by unscrupulous individuals, regarding enlistment or recruitment into Navy is quite worrisome.

‘’Efforts are on to track and arrest the miscreants.

“Members of the public especially prospecting applicants who participated in the said recruitment are strongly enjoined to always authenticate information from the NN official website, https://www.navy.mil.ng, and other official social media handles, as well as other credible mainstream media platforms.

“Similarly, miscreants and mischief makers are warned to desist from this unwholesome practice, otherwise they will face the full wrath of the law,” he said.

Ayo-Vaughan said the text message, had invited unsuspecting applicants to report for military training at NNBTS Onne, Rivers, following their purported selection.

He said the criminals further claimed in the text message that the exercise would commence on Oct. 6.

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Gov. Alia condemns kidnapping of commissioner, one other

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Gov Alia Hyacinth Alia

Gov. Hyacinth Alia has strongly condemned the kidnaping of Mr. Matthew Abo, his Commissioner for Information, culture and Tourism, and former Chairman Ukum Local Government Area (LGA), Mr. Iorwashima Erukaa.

This is contained in a press statement on Monday, signed by his Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Sir Tersoo Kula, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Makurdi.

According to the statement, while Mr Abo was kidnapped by unknown gunmen in his Sankara home at about 8pm on Sunday, September 24, Mr. Erukaa was taken away by a yet-to-be identified gunmen on Saturday, September 23.

The Governor, who described the act as barbaric and unacceptable, has directed security agencies to immediately commence operations to ensure the safe release of the duo.

He called on the people of the State to remain calm, as his administration would do everything possible to make the State safe for all.

“The kidnappers have made contacts with the family of Mr Erukaa but are yet to contact Mr Abo’s family,” the statement stated

Several gunmen had stormed the the commissioner’s residence in Zaki-Biam, Ukum LGA and kidnapped him.

Eyewitnesses who spoke to NAN, said that the kidnappers who came on four motorcycles, ordered everyone in the house, including the his wife and children, to lie face down and took him away to an unknown destination.

The witnesses said the abductors compelled the commissioner at gun point to sit behind the rider of one of the motorcycles while a gunman sandwitched him.

Mr Abo was sworn in as a member of the Benue State Executive Council on August 29.

He hails from Ukum Local Government Area of Sankera axis, a major flashpoint of criminal activities with rampant killings and kidnappings for years now.

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