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Information minister promises rubost publicity for humanitarian affairs ministry



The Minister of Information and National Orientation, Malam Mohammed Idris, has promised to ensure adequate publicity to the activities of the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.


The minister made the promise in Abuja when his humanitarian affairs and poverty alleviation counterpart, Betta Edu, paid him a visit.


Idris said the ministry would provide effective coverage for the ministry’s activities which he noted were targeted at addressing humanitarian crises and poverty reduction.

“The Social Register has been disputed in the past by state governors and many stakeholders. So, the first assignment of the humanitarian minister is to strengthen that document.

“The Social Register needs to be clean so that everyone will have faith in the document. The Register is very important because without data, planning becomes very difficult.

“Our job here is to ensure that every policy and programme of the government is publicised to ensure better understanding. Such good understanding will generate goodwill from the public.
“So, you have come to the right place. We have Federal Information Centres across the country and representation in the 774 local government areas through National Orientation Agency.

“The ministry also has the News Agency of Nigeria, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Nigerian Television Authority and Voice of Nigeria.

“As a public institution, we have the responsibility to report government activities in the best, most honest, positive and transparent manner,” Idris pointed out.

The information minister said that President Bola Tinubu’s eight-point Renewed Hope agenda is rooted in the need to be truthful, honest, transparent and accountable.

“This commitment to the truth is what this ministry upholds.

“We are so happy with the way you quickly identified the need for this partnership. It is very important.

“I assure you that we will work with you to ensure that all your programmes are propagated to Nigerians.

“All hands will be on deck. We will continue to collaborate and engage with you all the way,” Idris said.

Speaking earlier, Edu said the reason for the visit was to build a partnership that would help propagate the programmes of her ministry.

She explained that Tinubu had made certain commitments through the eight-point agenda with food security and poverty eradication as top priorities.

“We need publicity; we need to win the confidence of the populace. We need to seal the communication gap between the government and the people it governs.

“We have about 16 million people that are affected by humanitarian crises. We have programmes to help alleviate poverty and build shelter for people affected by humanitarian crises.

“The programmes include Renewed Hope Shelter, Home Grown School Feeding Programme, Conditional Cash Transfer, Traders Moni, Farmers Moni, Market Women Moni, N-Power, and many others.

“As we go out for the implementation of these programmes, we want to work together with the agencies under your ministry, especially the National Orientation Agency, which has representations across the country.

“We want to run a transparent system that will tell Nigerians what we are doing. We need you on this,” Edu said.


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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