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Ex-APC chairman appeals to Nigerians to give Tinubu more time to fix hardships

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Ex-APC chairman appeals to Nigerians to give Tinubu more time to fix hardships

The former Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Enugu State, Dr Ben Nwoye, has urged Nigerians to be patient and give President Bola Tinubu more time to fix hardships within the country.

Nwoye made the appeal on Tuesday in Enugu while speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the planned palliative programmes and initiatives cutting across the sectors and human endeavours in the country.

President Tinubu, on Monday, announced list of planned palliatives in his national broadcast.

The APC stalwart said that the president should be given benefit of doubt, adding that Nigerians should take things cool with the president as “he clearly understood the current situation”.

According to him, President Tinubu has done enormous research and brainstorming with his team to come out with the laudable palliative programmes and initiatives.

“What the president needed from us now, as Nigerians, is to give him the benefit of doubt and be more patient with him.

“He also needed our encouragement, positive words and prayers for him to succeed with all his good and laudable intentions in terms of palliative programmes and initiatives which he enumerated on Monday.

“President Bola Tinubu has remained a focused and sensitive person all his life and he knows the pain and struggle Nigerians are going though.

“President Tinubu will be the last person to take Nigerians for granted, especially as they pass though some discomforts over the subsidy removal,” he said.

The former chairman, however, urged Nigerians to also look inward and see how much their state and local governments could do to cushion the situation by implementing palliative measures.

He urged Nigerians to also demand palliative from their immediate governments at state and local levels as they took part in monthly sharing of the federation allocation.

“Nigerians should not spare their states and local councils only to direct their needs to the Federal Government alone.

“States and local councils collect monthly federation allocation, which can be used to draw up and implement palliative programmes for Nigerians in their states and localities,” he added.

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I Still Get Attacked By People – Yakubu Aiyegbeni Reveals

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In a recent interview, former Nigerian football star Yakubu Aiyegbeni has revealed that he continues to receive messages and criticisms from fans, years after his infamous miss during the 2010 FIFA World Cup match against South Korea.

The moment, etched into football history, occurred during Nigeria’s crucial group stage game against South Korea. With the score tied at 2-2 and a spot in the knockout stages on the line, Aiyegbeni found himself with what seemed like an open goal opportunity. However, to the shock of fans worldwide, he missed the chance, leaving Nigeria unable to secure the much-needed victory.

Despite this moment happening over a decade ago, Aiyegbeni expressed his surprise at the ongoing messages he receives about the miss. “I still get messages from people, different messages,” he stated in the interview. “It’s surprising how that moment still sticks with people, even after all these years.”

The striker, who had a successful career playing for clubs like Everton and Portsmouth in the English Premier League, admitted that the miss was a tough moment in his career. “Of course, it was a big moment, and I wish it had gone differently. But in football, you have highs and lows,” he remarked.

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Job Losses, Factory Closures Loom As Unsold Goods Pile Up — MAN

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AGAINST the backdrop of sustained pressure in the foreign exchange market and high cost of production, the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN has indicated that inventory of unsold goods is escalating to levels now threatening the existence of companies operating in the production sector of the economy with attendant job losses.

Findings show that as of the weekend the foreign exchange market had recorded over 254 per cent plunge in the value of the naira since flotation of the currency by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in June 2023.

Recall that the naira traded for N471 per dollar in the official I&E market on June 13, 2023 before the floatation of the currency, but exchanged for N1,665.50 to a dollar as at February 23, 2024 on the Nigerian Foreign Exchange Market (NAFEM), indicating a depreciation of more than 253.6 per cent over the eight-month period. The forex crisis is also stoking inflation, and coupled with high energy costs, purchasing power has continued plummet, stifling demand for goods.

Speaking on the impact of this development on the manufacturing sector, Director General, MAN, Segun Ajayi-Kadir, said: “There are reports that across the board, many warehouses and plants of many manufacturing firms are stockpiled with unsold goods manufactured last year. “The development is as a result of the devastating effects of the exchange rate crisis, inflation, fake and sub-standard goods, smuggling and other macro-economics challenges.”

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