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NYSC seeks active participation of LGs in orientation programmes




Last Updated on August 18, 2023 by Fellow Press

The Oyo State Coordinator, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Mr Abel Odoba, has called for active participation of local governments in the orientation course of corps members posted to the state.

Odoba made the call at the opening ceremony of the 2023 Batch ‘B’ stream II orientation course for the corps members deployed to state at the NYSC permanent orientation camp in Iseyin, Oyo state, on Friday.

The state coordinator said engaging the youth for one year in the task of nation building was quite a laudable programme.

He noted the scheme had been running for the past 50 years.

“NYSC programme plays a pivotal role in introducing the participants to the scheme and their host state.

“In consonance with the overall objectives of the NYSC, the corps members have their first contact with the people and the culture of their host communities at the orientation camp.

“As part of our efforts to draw the community close to us, we have sent out invitation letters to the various local government areas (LGAs) requesting that they make their presence felt at the camp.

“They have the opportunity to showcase their ocal government to the corps members here on camp.

“We hosted a few of the local government chairmen during the orientation exercise for the 2023 Batch B stream one corps members.

“I, therefore, wish to use this opportunity to appeal to our local government chairmen that have not been part of our programme to embrace this window of opportunity by honouring our invitation,” he said.

Earlier, Gov. Oluwaseyi Makinde of Oyo State while declaring the orientation programme open charged the corps members on hard work, discipline and commitment.

Makinde who was represented by the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. AbdulWaheed Soliu, said orientation course comprises scheduled activities designed as the first step to prepare corps members for the task of nation building.

“I want to let you know that answering the clarion call behoves a responsibility of hard work, discipline and commitment to the quest for national development and Oyo state in particular.

“One key component of the orientation course is the Skill Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development (SAED) programme in which you must participate actively in order to acquire the skills and trainings that will lift you far above the unabated youth unemployment confronting the country.

“The SAED programme is geared toward handing you the opportunity to escape the arduous experience of crisscrossing the corners and crevices of the nation for the ever elusive job after the service year.

“Therefore, I expect you to brace up and rise to the challenge with a mindset of sacrifice, dedication, persistence and humility, “he said.

The opening ceremony featured the administration of oath of allegiance on the 2,444 corps members comprising 771 males and 1,673 females by the Chief Judge of Oyo state, Hon. Justice Iyabo Yerima.


Nigeria marks 25 years of democracy with special parade



Last Updated on June 12, 2024 by Fellow Press

As part of activities to mark the 2024 Democracy Day, the Guards Brigade Nigerian Army on Wednesday led the Nigerian Armed Forces and Nigeria Police in a special parade.

Nigeria is also celebrating 25 years of unbroken democracy.

The theme for the Democracy Day Celebration is “25 Years of Enduring Democracy: Prospects for the Future”.

The parade was mounted by the personnel of the Armed Forces of Nigeria and the Police who displayed a colourful parade.

President Bola Tinubu, who is the reviewing officer for the parade mounted the special military parade vehicle with his Aide de Camp to inspect the parade at about 10.15 am.

Afterward, the troops began the match past, first to salute the dignitaries and seek permission to commence the quick match past.

This was followed by the silent drill display by the Guards Brigade, mass bang and cultural troupes display and other important activities

President Tinubu and his wife, Sen. Oluremi Tinubu arrived the venue at exactly at 10.00 am heralding the commencement of the programme.

The President of the Senate and Speaker, House of Representatives, Godswill Akpabio and Tajudeen Abbas as well as the Chief Justice of Nigerian and Secretary to the Government of the Federation arrived earlier.

Also present were Ministers, state governors, lawmakers and security chiefs.

Earlier in a nationwide broadcast, President Tinubu praised the winner of the annulled June 12, 1993, presidential election, Chief Moshood Abiola and other heroes of democracy, including General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua and Pa Alfred Rewane, among others.

In his Democracy Day broadcast on Wednesday, the President also celebrated other heroes including Chief Anthony Enahoro, Chief Abraham Adesanya, Commodore Dan Suleiman, Chief Arthur Nwankwo, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu, Chief Frank Kokori, and Chief Bola Ige, and other eminent Nigerians who made great sacrifices for the restoration of democracy in the country.

The President urged Nigerians to beware of elements who might want to undermine the current democratic dispensation.

He acknowledged the economic hardships in the country and expressed his commitment to supporting the citizens.

He said, “On this day, 31 years ago, we entered our rites of passage to becoming a true and enduring democratic society.

“Going through this passage was hard and dangerous. During the fateful six years that followed, we fought and struggled for our natural rights as human beings put on this earth by the divine hand of our Creator.

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Minumum Wage: Govs should resign if they can’t pay, says Labour



Last Updated on June 9, 2024 by Fellow Press

Organised Labour on Saturday tackled the state governors, accusing them of acting in bad faith towards the new minimum wage negotiations ongoing in the country.

Recall that the governors under the aegis of the Nigeria Governors Forum rejected the proposed N60,000 minimum wage for Nigerian workers.

In a statement issued on Friday by the Director of Media and Public Affairs for NGF, Halimah Ahmed, the governors said the proposed minimum wage was too high and not sustainable.

The governors said if the N60,000 minimum wage is adopted, many states would allocate their entire Federal Account Allocation Committee funds to salaries, leaving no resources for development projects.

However reacting on Saturday, the Organised Labour faulted the NGF’s position, saying every part of the new minimum wage agreement should be implemented and any of the state governors who can’t pay it should resign.

According to Punch, the Deputy National President of the Trade Union Congress, Tommy Etim, said, “There is no minimum wage. Every segment of it should be implemented. For the governors, we have said it very clearly. If you cannot pay minimum wage, please resign because you were voted for governance not for only infrastructure.”

“If you build the entire infrastructure and the people are not living to use it, who will use it? When they were campaigning did they tell us that? They didn’t tell us that. They make use of the poor to get to the top and when they get there, they start thinking outside the box. All the money they spent in electioneering campaigns, if they applied that to build infrastructure, to develop the revenue generation that would have solved some socio-economic challenges in their domain,” Etim said.

Describing the NGF statement as a recipe for industrial unrest, he said, “In this same country, the governors said that N30,000 was too much for governors to pay but it is in the same country that a governor emerged with over N80bn. What an irony! We cannot jump processes. We will also look at it together. Labour will be meeting. We are giving Mr President the benefit of the doubt to work the talk. The end will justify the means.”

Also reacting in a statement signed by its Head of Public Affairs, Benson Upah, the Nigerian Labour Congress said, “We do believe the Governors have acted in bad faith. It is unheard of for such a statement to be issued to the world in the middle of an on-going negotiation. It is certainly in bad taste.

“As for the veracity of their claim, nothing can be further from the truth as FAAC allocations have since moved from N700bn to N1.2tn, making the governments extremely rich at the expense of the people.

“All that the governors need to do to be able to pay a reasonable national minimum wage (not even the N60,000) is cut on the high cost of governance, minimise corruption as well as prioritise the welfare of workers.”

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