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Ganduje inagurates road projects, distributes relief materials to flood victims in Sokoto

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Ganduje inagurates road projects, distributes relief materials to flood victims in Sokoto

Last Updated on September 9, 2023 by Fellow Press

Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman has inagurated newly constructed road projects in Sokoto metropolis and inaugurated the distribution of relief materials to 2022 flood victims.

Inaugurating Abarshi road on Friday, Ganduje expressed excitement over developmental strides recorded by Gov. Ahmad Aliyu within the span of 100 days’ stewardship.

He congratulated Sokoto citizens for electing Aliyu, saying,”he has demonstrated capacity to transform the state to better.

“With the developments he recorded within 100 days in office, the next four years will surely be fruitful.”

The party leader said that with the recent victory of President Bola Tinubu at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, Nigerians should expect more developments and they have an assurance that their votes had been genuinely counted.

Ganduje, who was the former Governor of Kano State urged Nigerians to be steadfast in prayers for the president to overcome all challenges to transform the nation to more greatness.

He enjoined the oppositon parties to accept destiny and consider the court’s verdict as a victory for democracy in recognition that all legs of the petitions were perused and decided by the reputable Judges.

Ganduje urged State Governors especially APC members to emulate Aliyu on his determination and courage to execute viable projects for the benefit of the citizens.

He further commended Federal and Sokoto State Governments for the distribution of relief materials to 15,668 victims of 2022 floods and vulnerable persons in the state, which he described as succour to them.

The APC national chairman also urged the beneficiaries to ensure the judicious use of the items aimed at cushioning the hardship they faced as result of the disaster.

Ganduje said that party was fully prepared for victory in the forthcoming off-season governorship elections in Kogi, Bayelsa and Imo State and other future elections.

He urged party loyalists to remain committed as well as shun all activities that might cause disunity among its members nationwide.

Meanwhile, Ganduje had met with APC state executives at the party’s secretariat in Sokoto where he stressed the need for unity and support to Aliyu and others for maximum successes to be recorded.

In his address, Aliyu extolled the leadership of Ganduje for uniting the APC in all strata and reassured his support to Tinubu and the party”s leadership.

Aliyu assured that the state government would continue to execute projects that would enhance the live of citizens as well as support the less-privileged and vulnerable persons in the state, in line with his 9-point agenda.

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) Team Lead and Officer in charge of Special National Economic and Livelihood Emergency Intervention Programme, Mr Sani Hamza, said the effort was to assist vulnerable persons.

Hamza also said that the gesture was to facilitate the quick return of normalcy in the 15 Local Government Areas affected by the flood disaster.

He said that the intervention was also expected to drive the sustainable socio-economic resilience of the targeted most vulnerable persons.

According to him, a joint committee that comprised NEMA and State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) officials had conducted a survey and needs assessment of the affected places and persons.

Other newly constructed roads included Nagwanatse, Bungudu, Gawon Nama and Diplomat, among others.

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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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