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Zamfara Gov. inaugurates NSCDC agro ranger corps



Last Updated on June 4, 2024 by Fellow Press

Gov. Dauda Lawal of Zamfara State on Tuesday inaugurated the Agro Rangers Corps, a unit of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), Zamfara state Command.

At the inauguration ceremony, which took place at the passing out parade of members of the new corps, the governor reiterated his commitment to the security of lives and property of the people of Zamfara.

The agro rangers are special marshals of the NSCDC who underwent intensive refresher training.

“I have the singular honor and privilege to inaugurate these special marshals.

“I wish you the very best in the discharge of your responsibilities. I pray for Allah’s protection and guidance,” the governor said.

Lawal said that the special marshals were trained in preparation for the consolidation operation in the fight against brigandage in Zamfara.

While commending the NSCDC for the initiative, the governor said: “This comes at a crucial time and aligns with our commitment to embrace effective measures in the fight against insecurity.

“We consider this a monumental step in addressing the challenges that have removed our communities of farming activities, agricultural practices, legitimate trades, and other means of sustenance in the state.

“The government of Zamfara state identifies security and agriculture as major priority areas.

“We have initiated various measures to address the security challenges and thus boost agricultural production in the state”.

Lawal added that the government viewed the initiative by the NSCDC as a significant step in complementing the ongoing security measures of the state alongside security agencies in the state.

“As a government, we will continue to cooperate with institutions, groups, and individuals in the fight against all forms of criminalities.

” We are committed to providing the support these institutions and individuals require to discharge your duties.

”The primary objective is to secure our communities and make them safe for socio-economic activities that will facilitate the development of the state and the people,” Lawal noted.

He assured that the initiative to create the special unit would yield long-lasting solutions to the security challenges, especially in the agricultural sector.

Earlier, the State Commandant of the Corps, Mr Sani Mustapha, thanked the Governor for supporting the training program for the Agro Rangers Corps.

“Sir, your enormous support for the corps has earned us this fame. We sincerely thank you.” Mustapha said.

The Commandant said that the NSCDC was an outcome of peace and conflict resolution created to consolidate peace in a troubled area that the Nigerian military had been able to capture.


Minimum wage: Archbishop urges compromise



Last Updated on June 9, 2024 by Fellow Press

Archbishop Joseph Ojo, General Overseer of the Calvary Kingdom Church, Okokomaiko, Lagos State, on Saturday urged labour leaders and the Federal Government to reach a compromise as regards a new minimum wage.

Ojo made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

The archbishop described wage negotiation as a social contract that should be approached with empathy by parties.

According to him compromise is needed in the matter to save the country from anxiety.

“They should consider the fact that the unemployed are much more than the few that are in government employment.

“The federal, states and local governments only employed some workers.

“Others are in firms owned and operated by individuals that might not be able to pay higher wage.

“The higher they push it, the higher the inability of the unemployed to survive, because firms, which struggle to pay staff, may not talk of hiring new ones,” he said.

The cleric said that lack of employment might result in increase in crimes.

“There are private sector employers, who cannot cope with what the federal or states will offer,” he added.

The cleric said that high wage bill might compel private schools to increase school bills to meet up with overhead costs.

“Some parents will not meet up, and their children would be forced to drop out of school,” he said.

He also advised governments to consider subsisting social-economic variables, such as cost of food items, transport and medical bills, and offer a sustainable minimum wage.

“The parties ought to put all these into consideration to achieve progress in their negotiation,” the cleric said.

NAN reports that the Nigeria Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress are now demanding N250, 000 as a new minimum wage.

The Federal Government has offered to pay N62,000.

Negotiations are ongoing.

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Over 200 intending pilgrims protest in Ilorin over faulty aircraft



Last Updated on June 7, 2024 by Fellow Press

No fewer than 200 intending pilgrims from Kwara on Friday protested at llorin international Airport over the inability of an aircraft to transport them to Saudi Arabia.

The pilgrims, officials of the State Pilgrims Welfare Board and the 2024 state Amirul Hajj had boarded the aircraft since Thursday.

The aircraft was, however, said to have developed a technical fault.

Some engineers with the Federal Airport Authority had been making frantic efforts to repair the faulty aircraft since Thursday without success.

Consequently, some of the intending pilgrims staged a protest over the development.

The intending pilgrims, alongside their relations, took the protest to the highway linking the airport with other communities to express their displeasure over the situation.

Some of the protesters were seen singing solidarity songs condemning the situation, especially since they are the tenth and last batch from the state.

Sen. lbrahim Oloriegbe, the state’s 2024 Amirul Hajj, while speaking with NAN, attributed the failure to transport the last batch of the pilgrims to faulty aircraft.

Oloriegbe said the intending pilgrims had boarded the aircraft since Thursday but were unable to be transported following the development.

The Amirul hajj said that they are expecting another aircraft from Medinnah to transport the intending pilgrims and the officials.

He appealed to them to exercise patience, as the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria was on top of the situation.

He said that the board would continue to cater for the feeding of the intending pilgrims pending when they would be transported to the holy land.

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