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Female ministerial nominee promises value addition to Tinubu’s administration

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Mrs Uju Ken-Ohanenye

Last Updated on August 1, 2023 by Fellow Press

Mrs Uju Ken-Ohanenye, one of the females ministerial nominees, says her main goal is to empower the less privileged and the vulnerable groups in Nigeria.

Ken-Ohanenye, a former All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential aspirant, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja.

She said her target was to give voice to the vioceless, widows, less privileged and the poorest of the poor in the country.

She thanked President Bola Tinubu for nominating her and seven other women for a ministerial appointment and assured of living up to the expectations of Nigerians.

Ken-Ohanenye who was screened by the Senate along side other nominees, was the Vice-Chairman of the defunct APC Presidential Campaign Council (PCC).

“I went into business and education after graduating from Law School in Lagos, I have also been in real estate and humanitarian jobs, going to government hospitals to pay medical bills for indegent patients.

“Donating medical consumables to health centres in Kogi, Kaduna, Kano and other States across the federation, in the process of going to hospitals and engaging in humanitarian services.

“I saw a lot of things less privileged Nigerians are going through, not because they are not working hard, but because of their meager earnings and the challenging economy situation which made it difficult for them to take care of themselves.

“I really didn’t feel good about this, though I had never been a politician, but this prompted me to join the APC race in 2022 as the only female presidential aspirant,” she said.

Ken-Ohanenye said that she joined the race to serve as the voice of the down trodden, widows and the poorest of the poor who suffered neglect from the system, even from the hands of security agents and land offices.

She added that her desire was to also be a voice for poor widows who could not speak even when their lands and landed properties were taken from them because of some customs and traditions.

“As a lawyer, I felt if I can have the opportunity with government backing, I will be able to put smile on the faces of such persons and the general society.

“This I hope to achieve with the collaboration of other institutions and organisations,like FIDA and the Nigerian Union of Journalism (NUJ) among others.

“I am into politics to address issues of man’s inhumanity to man, especially the poor masses, widows, and the less privileged that are being maltreated daily in the society,” she said.

The ministerial nominee said it was unfortunate that some people died of certain illnesses like sickle cell anemia because of lack of sensitisation.

She said that sensitising the public on healthcare and national issues as well as being the voice of the vioceless would remain her focus in office as a Minister.

Other female ministerial nominees included:Hannatu Musawa, Dr Dorris Uzoka, Nkiru Onyeojiocha, Olubunmi Ojo, Stella Okotette and Betta Edu, APC National Women Leader.

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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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