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APC working to ensure better living condition for Nigerians — Ganduje

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

Last Updated on December 20, 2023 by Fellow Press

Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) says the party is working with the Federal Government toward ensuring a better living condition for Nigerians.

Ganduje said this at the public presentation of a book: “APC and Transition Politics”, authored by the party’s former National Vice-Chairman (North West), Dr Salihu Lukman on Tuesday in Abuja.

He congratulated Lukman on the launch of the book, adding that there was need to restructure and reposition the APC.

“The APC as a political and the ruling party for that matter, the APC is an institution that should be well structured and positioned to serve a two way traffic.

“First, as an institution that is in charge of the recruitment of elective and appointive positions.

“And secondly, as an institution that is concerned with the protection of the party’s manifesto from local to state and national levels.

“And it is also an institution that must harness the demands and request of the people in order to transmit same to the ruling government for implementation,” he said.

The APC national chairman added that the party also had the responsibility of showcasing government’s achievements to the people.

Also speaking, former Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, commended the author for a well researched book.

“People like him should be regarded as the conscience of our party and that voice in the wilderness that really wants our party to be progressives indeed,” he said.

Fayemi said the book should be a compulsory read for every member of the party, from its leadership, its National Working Committee (NWC) and to the ward level to commence its rebuilding.

Sen. Adams Oshiohmole (APC-Edo), also lauded the author for a job well done.
Chief Bisi Akande, the pioneer chairman of the APC, tasked its members to speak freely on issues that would build the party and the country generally.

“We are APC and will continue to be APC, and to be truly APC, we have to have the audacity to freely discuss,” he said.

Sen. Ajibola Basiru, the reviewer of the book which was the fifth edition by the author, said the book was a must read to every political stakeholder.

Lukman in his remarks, said one of his driving forces was to stimulate discussion within the party and hopefully get the its leaders to own it and maybe mainstream it into its structures.

Lukma, also a former Director-General of the Progressives Governors’ Forum(PGF) said from Ganduje’s remark and other guest at the event, including Oshiomole, it was obvious that the APC had a clear future.

“What is required is to try and give critical support to all our leaders so that they can revive all the structures of the party.

“The whole concept of progressive governance or progressive politics is about making a better life.

“We will continue to write and we will take all the advice given. We will remain who we are and we will try to serve the party to the best of our knowledge,” Lukman said.

The event was attended by lawmakers, representatives of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) members of APC National Working Committee (NWC) and some stakeholders.

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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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