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President Tinubu Appoints Aderinsola Abiola As Senior Special Assistant



President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has appointed Ms. @RinsolaAbiola as the Senior Special Assistant on Citizenship and Leadership. In this role, she will be working closely with the leadership of the Ministry of Youth.

Ms. Abiola is a public relations professional and youth & gender advocate. She works at the intersection of politics and civil society to promote civic education and political literacy, and advocate for the enhanced inclusion of marginalized groups in decision-making/governance.

Rinsola is an active member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and a pioneer member of its youth and women’s wings. She is also a founding member of the party’s young women’s movement, and was appointed as one of three youth representatives to the party’s Board of Trustees in 2015. In keeping with her sustained advocacy for the full recognition of young women as equal stakeholders in the political youth movement, she made history in 2022 as the first woman to vie for the position of the APC National Youth Leader.

Ms. Abiola currently coordinates the activities of the Progressive Sisters’ Network (PSN), a women-focused, grassroots-oriented support group which she founded in 2022; the Network has active chapters in all 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The group was actively involved in the Renewed Hope campaign and has received awards for its contributions since the party’s victory in February 2023.

In addition to leading a notable women’s group, Rinsola also served in the women’s wing of the Tinubu/Shettima campaign as a member of the Administrative, Media and Contact & Mobilisation Committees.


Prior to her appointment as SSA to the President, Rinsola worked as Managing Partner at a Public Relations and corporate events firm which she co-founded in 2020, and which specialises in media and government relations.

She also previously worked as Senior Manager in charge of Government Relations & Partnerships (for Northern Nigeria) at ORide, the e-mobility arm of the fintech giant, OPay.

She has worked in several other roles in the private and non-profit sectors, including as Director of Public Affairs at a non-profit focused on voter mobilisation and civic education.

Rinsola also runs the Derinsola Abiola Foundation, which is domiciled in Abeokuta, her hometown, and which serves as an empowerment platform for women and young people. Since its launch in 2021, the foundation has introduced an empowerment fund for women and a scholarship fund for indigent students in government-owned secondary schools.

Rinsola volunteers as a facilitator at The Electoral College Nigeria, a non-profit organisation committed to civic education and youth mainstreaming in politics & governance.


Ms. Abiola has a BSc in Statistics and a Diploma in Public Relations, and has been on study visits to the United States (2016 International Visitor Leadership Program, sponsored by the US Department of State), Sweden (via the Swedish Embassy in Nigeria) and the United Kingdom (sponsored by the Westminster Foundation for Democracy).

She has also participated in other programmes by organisations such as the Nigerian Women’s Trust Fund (NWTF), the International Republican Institute (IRI), the Women in Politics Forum (WiPF) and INEC (party agents’ training), among others. Ms. Abiola also participated actively in the Not Too Young To Run campaign.

In recognition of her commitment to gender equity and women’s political and social advancement, she was selected as a UN Women Beijing Eaglet/Intergenerational Mentee in 2019 (i.e. one of 25 young Nigerian women chosen to carry on advocacy regarding meeting the goals outlined in the Beijing Platform for Action – BPfA). She also served on the advisory board of the World Youth Movement for Democracy (Africa Region) from 2019-2020, and has represented Nigeria at youth engagements across the Continent.

Prior to joining mainstream politics, Ms. Abiola was involved in the activities of the National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN) via one of its Voluntary Youth Organisations and she served as the South-West Coordinator of the Nigerian Youths Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue Summit Group



President Tinubu Seeks Senate Approval For Fresh $8.6billion, €100million Loans



The president made the request through a letter to the Senate, read during the plenary by the Senate President, GodsWill Akpabio, on Tuesday, noting that the fund was to execute critical projects in different sectors.

The President Bola Tinubu-led administration has sought the approval of the Nigerian Senate for $8.6billion and €100million borrowing plan.

The president made the request through a letter to the Senate, read during the plenary by the Senate President, GodsWill Akpabio, on Tuesday, noting that the fund was to execute critical projects in different sectors.

The request was said to be part of the federal government 2022-2024 external borrowing plan approved by former President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, according to the letter.

Tinubu explained that the projects to be funded with the loan cuts across different sectors of the economy, and were selected based on economic evaluation and the expected contribution to the country’s development.


The letter reads in part;, “I write in respect of the above subject and to submit the attached the federal government 2022-2024 external borrowing plan for consideration and early approval of the National Assembly to ensure prompt implementation of the projects.

“The Senate may wish to note that the past administration approved a 2022-2024 borrowing plan by the federal executive council (FEC) held on May 15, 2023.

“The project cuts across all sectors, with specific emphasis on infrastructure, agriculture, health, water supply, roads, security, and employment generation as well as financial management reforms.

“Consequently, the required approval is in the sum of $8,699,168,559 and €100 million.

“I would like to underscore the fact that the projects and programmes in the borrowing plan were selected based on economic evaluations as well as the expected contribution to the social economic development of the country, including employment generation, and skills acquisition.


“Given the nature of these facilities, and the need to return the country to normalcy it has become necessary for the Senate to consider and approve the 2022- 2024 external abridged borrowing plan to enable the government deliver its responsibility to Nigerians.”

In August, the National Assembly approved President Tinubu’s request for over $800 million loan to finance the National Social Safety Network Programme.

The National Assembly had also approved the 2022 Supplementary Appropriations Act of N819 million “for the provision of Palliatives to Nigerians to cushion the effect of fuel subsidy removal”.

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5,000 Federal Civil Servants May Not Get November, December Salaries



There is anxiety among federal civil servants as about 5,000 of them may not get November and December salaries.

The National President of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), Dr Tommy Okon, who disclosed this in Abuja, urged the Federal Government to resolve the issues swiftly.

He explained that out of the 17,000 who were delisted from the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) in October 2023 are on course to receive their salaries, only those who had earlier completed their verification exercise but were mistakenly delisted have had their salaries restored.

According to him, 5,000 civil servants still have discrepancies on their date of first appointment and date of birth. A total of 2,772 have been verified and forwarded to IPPIS for payment because there were no issues.”

While advising affected civil servants to constantly check the Head of Service of the Federation website for regular updates so as not to be caught unawares, he hinted that six teams are working to ensure that the exercise is completed on time.


“It is advisable for a public servant to develop the habit of checking the HOS Website for regular updates. We have confirmed that the salary for November 2023 is concluded. Therefore, those affected will not get their salaries for November,” Okon stated.

However, he assured that some of the affected workers might likely get their salaries for December, including the arrears from September.

Okon appealed to the Federal Government through the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation to expedite action to ensure that December salaries are not delayed while urging members of the union to exercise patience as everything is being done within the ambit of the laws to ensure that the issues are resolved expeditiously.

On the recent promotions examination for Directors aspiring to the office of the Permanent Secretaries, Dr Okon said such examinations will increase the efficiency of civil service being the engine room of government policies.

Indeed, the Public Service Rule (PSR) states that the selection shall be through a competitive examination process including but not limited to written examination, test of ICT proficiency and oral interview and Resource persons from the Civil/Public Service and Private institutions may be involved in the selection process.


Okon added: “It is expected that when you rise in your career as a director, you have gotten to the pinnacle of your career. Hence, the position of Permanent Secretary is another kettle of fish, which requires greater responsibility and a broader scope of competence. We are yet to understand how government projects and activities are to be driven effectively without having in place the best hands and brains.”

He lamented that over time, the Civil Service has suffered exponential decadence of its pool of highly skilled and knowledgeable officers, saying, “We cannot continue to pay lip service to the need to scale the quality of the civil servants especially those at the senior level who are expected to demonstrate impeccable character and capability to drive government projects and programmes.

“A situation where only 20 candidates out of 85 demonstrated the requisite knowledge and skill at the written examination and 18 candidates from that number made it to the final stage of the recently concluded selection exercise for the appointment of permanent secretaries leaves little to be imagined about the state of the quality of officers in the Civil Service.”

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