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Kwara Speaker emerges as Chairman, APC Conference of Speakers



The All Progressives Congress (APC) Conference of Speakers has elected the Speaker of Kwara House of Assembly, Mr Yakubu Danladi-Salihu, as its Chairman.


This is contained in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker, Mr Sheu Abdulkadir on Saturday in Ilorin.
“The conference announced Mr Danladi-Salihu as its new Chairman after a competitive, transparent, and democratic election.


”Other elected officials of the conference are Mr Moses Odunwo (Ebonyi) – Deputy Chairman; Mr Chiroma Buba (Yobe) – Vice Chairman, North and Mr Olamide Oladiji (Ondo state) – Vice Chairman, South.

”The remaining elected officials are Mr Elvert Ayambem (Cross Rivers) – Treasurer and Mr Yusuf Liman (Kaduna) – Financial Secretary.

”The conference recognised the indispensable role of legislative autonomy in upholding democratic principles and ensuring effective governance,” he said.

He added: ”It reaffirmed its commitment to safeguarding and upholding the autonomy of the legislative arm at all levels of government to promote good governance that would engender Nigeria’s growth and progress.”


Breaking news: Minimum Wage: Labour rejects FG’s N54,000 offer



The organised labour has rejected the Federal Government N54,000 new minimum wage proposal.


According to reliable source, the meeting on the ongoing negotiations on new minimum wage has been adjourned till Wednesday after the organised labour.


Media report has it that the Federal Government upped its offer from its earlier proposed N48,000 to N54,000.

Tuesday’s meeting came as a result of the walkout staged by members of the organised labour following the proposal of N48,000 as minimum wage by the Federal Government during last week’s meeting.

During that meeting, the OPS had also proposed N54,000 while labour insisted on its N615,000 living wage demand.

Our correspondent who spoke to sources who attended the follow-up meeting on Tuesday learnt that the Federal Government upped its offer from N48,000 to N54,000.

“Well, during the meeting, the government increased its offer from N48,000 to N54,000. However, labour rejected that offer and the meeting has been adjourned till Wednesday,” a source who asked not to be named said.

When asked if the government’s side was showing any sign of seriousness, the labour leader said, “No seriousness at all. Even state governors did not show up. Those who represented them, like Bauchi and Niger states, did not have the mandates to speak on their behalf.

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Real Madrid’s goalkeeper shares recovery insights after two injuries



Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has opened up about his recovery journey following two serious knee injuries.


Courtois said, “In August, I cried because the worst thing that can happen to you in football is a cruciate ligament injury. When I returned home, I said that I was going to work hard and come back stronger. That was my idea from the beginning: to stay positive, fight, never give up, and push my limits.


“Many thought my season was over, but I knew it wasn’t,” Courtois told Marca.

Recall that for most of the current season, Courtois missed out due to two injuries: a cruciate ligament tear and a meniscus injury. In his absence, first-choice goalkeeper was Chelsea’s loanee Kepa Arrizabalaga, and later, he faced competition from Andriy Lunin.

Upon his return, Courtois played in 3 La Liga matches, keeping clean sheets in all of them. In the last game against Alaves, the Belgian made 10 saves.

Earlier, it was reported that Courtois’ recovery from injury will be featured in a documentary series.

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