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President Buhari Chairs Council Of State Meeting, Gowon, Abdulsalami, Jonathan Present (PHOTOS)

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President Buhari Chairs Council Of State Meeting, Gowon, Abdulsalami, Jonathan Present (PHOTOS)
PRESIDENT BUHARI PRESIDES OVER COUNCIL OF STATE MEETING 6. L-R; President Muhammadu Buhari, Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN, President of the Senate Dr Ahmad Lawan, Speaker Rt Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, Gen Yakubu Gowon, Former Head odf State Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar, Former President, Dr Ebele Goodluck Jonathan, former CJN Hoj Justice Belgore during the Council of State Meeting Head at the Council Chambers State House Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. FEB 10TH 2023

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently chairing a meeting of Council of State at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, ABN TV reports.

PRESIDENT BUHARI PRESIDES OVER COUNCIL OF STATE MEETING 9. L-R; Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Mrs Folasahde Yemi-Esan, SGF Mr Boss Mustaha, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo SAN, President Muhammadu Buhari, Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN, President of the Senate Dr Ahmad Lawan, Speaker Rt Hon Femi Gbajabiamila during the Council of State Meeting Head at the Council Chambers State House Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. FEB 10TH 2023
PRESIDENT BUHARI PRESIDES OVER COUNCIL OF STATE MEETING 7A&B. L-R; President Muhammadu Buhari, Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN, President of the Senate Dr Ahmad Lawan, Speaker Rt Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, Gen Yakubu Gowon, Former Head odf State Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar, Former President, Dr Ebele Goodluck Jonathan, former CJN Hoj Justice Belgore during the Council of State Meeting Head at the Council Chambers State House Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. FEB 10TH 2023

The meeting which started at 10:12am after the rendition of the national anthem is being attended by former heads of state and presidents, including Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd), Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd) and Goodluck Jonathan. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, joined online.

Others who join virtually include Governor of Sokoto State and Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), Aminu Tambuwal, Governor of Kebbi State and Chairman of Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Abubakar Bagudu, Governor of Plateau State and Chairman, of Northern States Governors Forum, Simon Lalong.

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The rest are governors David Umahi, Ebonyi, Yahaya Bello, Kogi, Ademola Adeleke, Osun, Abubakar Badaru, Jigawa, Dapo Abiodun, Ogun as well as Benue State deputy governors Benson Abounu, Nasarawa, Emmanuel Akabe, and Enugu Deputy governor.

Two former Chief Justices of the Federation, Alfa Belgore and Mahmud Muhammad are in attendance.

In attendance physically are Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, and Head of Service of the Federation, Folashade Yemi-Esan

Governors physically attending are: Taraba, Dairu Isiaku, Kaduna, Nasir El-Rufai, Borno, Babagana Zulum, Gombe, Inuawa Yahaya, Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Kwara, Abdulrahman Abdulrazak and Deputy Governor Bauchi, Baba Talla.

The National Council of State is an organ of the Nigerian government whose functions include advising the executive on policy making.

The meeting is expected to discuss national crises including petrol and naira scarcity, insecurity and others, ahead of the general elections.

Also present and awaiting their turn to brief the council are Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Alkali Baba, Commandant General, Nigerian Security, and Civil Defence Corps, Hammed Audi and Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele on the preparation for the February 25 presidential and National Assembly elections as well as March 11 governorship and state houses of assembly polls and new Naira notes respectively.

PRESIDENT BUHARI PRESIDES OVER COUNCIL OF STATE MEETING 3B. L-R; Former President Dr Goodluck Jinathan, Former Head of State General Yakubu Gowon and President Muhammadu Buhari during the Council of State Meeting Head at the Council Chambers State House Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. FEB 10TH 2023
PRESIDENT BUHARI PRESIDES OVER COUNCIL OF STATE MEETING 1A&B. L-R; President Muhammadu Buhari, Former Head of State Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar, Former President, Dr Ebele Goodluck Jonathan and Former Head of State Gen Yakubu Gowon during the Council of State Meeting Head at the Council Chambers State House Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. FEB 10TH 2023
PRESIDENT BUHARI PRESIDES OVER COUNCIL OF STATE MEETING 00A&B. L-R; Former Head of State Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar, Former President, Dr Ebele Goodluck Jonathan, Former Head of State Gen Yakubu Gowon. and President Muhammadu Buhari during the Council of State Meeting Head at the Council Chambers State House Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. FEB 10TH 2023
PRESIDENT BUHARI PRESIDES OVER COUNCIL OF STATE MEETING 0A&B. L-R; President Muhammadu Buhari, Former Head of State Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar, Former President, Dr Ebele Goodluck Jonathan and Former Head of State Gen Yakubu Gowon during the Council of State Meeting Head at the Council Chambers State House Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. FEB 10TH 2023

PRESIDENT BUHARI PRESIDES OVER COUNCIL OF STATE MEETING 1A&B. L-R; President Muhammadu Buhari, Former Head of State Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar, Former President, Dr Ebele Goodluck Jonathan and Former Head of State Gen Yakubu Gowon during the Council of State Meeting Head at the Council Chambers State House Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. FEB 10TH 2023
PRESIDENT BUHARI PRESIDES OVER COUNCIL OF STATE MEETING AB. L-R; Former President Dr Goodluck Jinathan, Former Head of State General Yakubu Gowon and President Muhammadu Buhari during the Council of State Meeting Head at the Council Chambers State House Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. FEB 10TH 2023

Supreme Court Affirms Ikechi Emenike As APC Guber Candidate In Abia

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Abia APC Guber Candidate, Ikechi Emenike, Other Party Leaders Pay Courtesy Visit On National Chairman (Photos)
Ikechi Emenike

The Supreme Court has affirmed Ikechi Emenike as the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abia State.

A five-member panel of the supreme court led by Tijani Abubakar on Thursday affirmed the judgment of the court of appeal delivered in December 2022.

The Abia APC had held parallel governorship primaries that produced Uche Ogah and Emenike as candidates of the party.

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On May 26, the APC declared Emenike the winner of the governorship primary in the state.

On November 11, Binta Nyako, a federal high court judge, sacked Emenike and ordered INEC to recognise Ogah as the party’s governorship candidate in the state.

Both APC and Emenike had filed separate appeals challenging the verdict delivered by Nyako.

Dan Eke, another aspirant, also filed an appeal challenging the judgment of the trial judge that recognised Ogah’s candidacy.

In December 2022, the court of appeal sitting in Abuja affirmed Emenike as the party’s candidate.

In the unanimous verdict, Olabisi Ige, who led the appeal court panel, read out the names of the party members sent by the APC national secretariat to conduct the governorship primary that produced Emenike, affirming that the exercise was valid.

Another candidate, Dan Eke, also filed an appeal in which he contested the trial judge’s decision to recognize Ogah’s candidacy.

The court of appeal in Abuja confirmed Emenike as the party’s nominee in December 2022.

Olabisi Ige, who presided over the appeal court panel, read aloud the names of the party members appointed by the APC national headquarters to oversee the governorship primary that produced Emenike and affirmed the validity of the process in the unanimous decision.

Senator Kalu Commends Labour Unions, President Tinubu On New Minimum Wage

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Senator Kalu Commends Labour Unions, President Tinubu On New Minimum Wage
Senator Orji Uzor Kalu

Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, representing Abia North has congratulated labour unions for accepting the new minimum wage of N70,000 approved by President Bola Tinubu.

In a statement released today, the former Governor of Abia State, Kalu praised President Tinubu for prioritizing the welfare of Nigerian workers, acknowledging that the new minimum wage is a significant step towards alleviating their suffering.

The Senator also commended the Minister of Labour, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief of Staff to the President, and other stakeholders involved in the negotiations.

Although Senator Kalu had initially suggested a minimum wage of N90,000, he expressed satisfaction with the agreed-upon amount, noting that it is a “decent minimum wage.” He also welcomed President Tinubu’s promise to review the national minimum wage law every three years.

Senator Kalu urged Nigerians to be patient with the President’s administration, assuring that this development is a sign of better things to come for the country.

Reps Adopt Benjamin Kalu’s Motion Seeking Deduction Of N600,000 From Lawmakers’ Salaries To Support Nigerians

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Rt. Hon. Benjamin Okezie Kalu

Members of the House of Representatives have agreed to cut their salaries by 50 percent for six months as part of their solidarity and sacrifice to support the economic hardship and hunger Nigerians are going through at the moment.

This followed the adoption of an amendment to a motion’s prayer moved by the Deputy Speaker of the House, Benjamin Okezie Kalu, on the need for lawmakers to sacrifice 50% of their N600,000 monthly salaries to support Nigerians in view of the hardship in the land.

Kalu’s amended prayer was to a motion by Rep Isiaka Ayokunle calling on proponents of the planned nationwide protests to jettison the idea and engage the government in dialogue.

The deputy Speaker said the salary cut is to be used to support federal government’s efforts to address rising cost of food stuffs in the country with the view to ameliorating the hardship Nigerians are going through.

By slashing their salaries by 50%, the 360 lawmakers will be sacrificing N108 million monthly for the next six months.

The motion was adopted and referred to the committees on Humanitarian Affairs, Finance and Budget for compliance.

FG, Labour Settle For ₦70,000 Minimum Wage — Minister

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The Minister of Information Mohammed Idris says the Federal Government and the leadership of the Organised Labour have agreed on ₦70,000 as the new minimum wage for Nigerian workers.

The minister said the agreement was reached at a meeting between President Bola Tinubu and the leaders of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) on Thursday in Abuja.

“We are happy to announce today (Thursday) that both the Organised Labour and the Federal Government have agreed on an increase on the N62,000 minimum wage. The new national minimum that Mr President is expected to submit to the National Assembly is ₦70,000,” Idris said.

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NLC President Joe Ajaero, TUC boss Festus Osifo, Labour Minister Nkiruka Onyejeocha, and other officials from both sides flanked the minister.

The agreement between the two sides followed a series of talks between labour leaders and the President in the last few weeks after months of failed talks between labour organs and a tripartite committee on minimum wage constituted by the President in January.

The committee which comprised state and federal governments and the Organised Private Sector had proposed ₦62,000 while labour insisted on ₦250,000 as the new minimum wage for workers who currently earn ₦30,000 as minimum wage.

Last Thursday, the President met with labour leaders and called for realistic expectations as regards minimum wage. “You have to cut your coat according to available cloth. Before we can finalise the minimum wage process, we have to look at the structure,” Tinubu had said.

In his Democracy Day speech on June 12, 2024, the President had said that an executive bill on the new national minimum wage for workers would soon be sent to the National Assembly for passage.

Imo Assembly Wants Sack Of Chief Judge, Chikeka Over Alleged Falsification

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The Imo House of Assembly on Thursday recommended the sack of the state’s Chief Judge, Justice Theresa Chukwuemeka-Chikeka, for misconduct and alleged age falsification pursuant to Section 292 of the Constitution.

During a plenary at the House of Assembly, two-third majority of the lawmakers overwhelmingly voted in favour of recommendations of the house adhoc-committee set up to look into a petition brought by a civil society group under the aegis of Civil Society Engagement Platform against the chief judge for age falsification.

The recommendation prayed the governor, Hope Uzodimma, to remove Justice Chukwuemeka-Chikeka from office for alleged misconduct, under Section 292 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

The house also recommended the resolution be forwarded to the National Judicial Council (NJC) for further and necessary action.

Earlier, the house set up a four-man adhoc committee for proper investigations and detailed report, following a petition brought before the house by the Civil Society Engagement Platform (CSEP)with the caption, “Petition Against The Chief Judge of Imo State, Hon Justice Theresa Chukwuemeka Chikeka For Age Falsification Which Is A Grave Criminal Offence And An Act For Which Many Other Judges And Justices Have Been Summarily Dismissed And Some Are Currently Being Prosecuted By The Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC).”

Consequently, according to the said provisions of Section 292(1) (a)(ii)of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the petition was referred to an adhoc committee with the following as members, Hon Ikenna Ihezue(chairman), Hon Bernard Ozoemenam(member), Rt Hon Clinton Amadi (member) and Hon Ebonine Beneath (member) with Mrs Anne Martins Ezirim as clerk of the committee.

In carrying out its assignment, the committee invited relevant persons and institutions who made oral and documentary submissions, which enabled the committee to make recommendations that were considered by the committee of the whole house.

Justice Chukwuemeka- Chikeka is said to have refused to honour the committee’s invitation through a letter she sent to the House on Friday, the 12th of July, 2024 citing the I999 Constitution as a reason for not appearing while saying she would only appear before a panel set up by the NJC.

The investigating committee invited the Petitioners, Civil Society Engagement Platform (CSEP), was represented by its director of investigations, Comrade Ndubuisi Onyemaechi who adopted and owned up the petition.

The Head of Service, Imo State; the Secretary, Imo State Judicial Service Commission; the Secretary to Council of Legal Education and Director of Administration, Nigerian Law School were all contacted by the ad-hoc committee to find out the actual date of birth of the Chief Judge as filled when she was admitted into the Nigerian Law School in 1981 and when she started work in the Civil Service of the State in 1993.

The Secretary to Council and Director of Administration at the Nigerian Law School, as well as the Head of Service, Imo state sent written responses to the adhoc committee from their records.

From the submissions that were received from all other persons and institutions contacted and invited, it was established that indeed, the Chief Judge, Theresa Chukwuemeka- Chikeka adjusted her date of birth from October 27, 1956 to October 27, 1958, by way of a Statutory declaration of age sworn in 2006 long after she filled her date of birth in her law school form. This Statutory declaration of age was submitted by to Judicial Service Commission.

Based on this finding, the four-member adhoc committee established that there was misconduct by Chukwuemeka Chikeka and consequently recommended her removal from the office by the Governor of Imo State.

The Committee also recommended that the House Resolution on the said recommendation for removal be sent to NJC for further necessary action.

These recommendations were adopted at the Committee of the whole House by all 19 members sitting and voting.

2024 UTME Top Scorers [FULL LIST]

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2024 UTME Top Scorers [FULL LIST]
UTME

On Thursday, the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) unveiled the 2024 top scorers of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

The Registrar of JAMB, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, unveiled the list during the ongoing policy meeting of the Board in Abuja on Thursday. They are;

1.⁠ ⁠Olowu David – 367- Ondo state
2.⁠ ⁠⁠Alayande David- 367- Oyo state
3.⁠ ⁠⁠Orukpe Joel-367- Edo
4.⁠ ⁠⁠Emmanuel Jeremiah-366- Akwa-Ibom
5.⁠ ⁠⁠Essiet Etini-365-Akwa-Ibom
6.⁠ ⁠Ezenwoko Zara-365-Abia
7.⁠ ⁠⁠Umoh Joshua-365-Akwa-Ibom
8.⁠ ⁠⁠Mamudu Abdulraham-364-Edo
9.⁠ ⁠⁠Adeleke Abdulbasit-363-Kwara
10.⁠ ⁠⁠Echem Victor-363-Rivers
11.⁠ ⁠⁠Etute Emmanuel-363- Edo
12.⁠ ⁠⁠Jedidiah Chidiebube-363-Imo
13.⁠ ⁠⁠Adesanya Oluwatimilehin-363-Ogun

After Death Of Female Worker At Inner Galaxy Company, Otti Meets With Management, Threatens Sanctions On Non-compliance To Government Directives

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After Death Of Female Worker At Inner Galaxy Company, Otti Meets With Management, Threatens Sanctions On Non-compliance To Government Directives

Abia state Governor, Dr. Alex Otti has charged Inner Galaxy Steel Company, a Chinese firm operating in Abia State to evolve initiatives that can contribute positively to the socioeconomic growth of the host communities and the State in extension.

Governor Otti was speaking during a meeting with the management of Inner Galaxy Steel Company and the Ukwa West Traditional Rulers Council held at the Governor’s residence.

ABN TV has reported that a staff of the company had died in controversial circumstances while performing her duties, a situation that pitched the company against the host community.

The governor during his monthly interaction with journalists in the state had said he would not shutdown the firm over the incident but engage with the management.

The Governor’s meeting followed a petition written by the Traditional Rulers Council of Ukwa West to the Governor against the company, which is sited in Umuahala-Obuzor, Ukwa West LGA, alleging acts of employees abuse and non-performance of corporate social responsibility by the company, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Ctz. Ukoha Njoku Ukoha said in a statement.

The Governor said that the matter involving the company showed that there was no good communication between the company and the host communities.

“Successful companies set up a host relations department, some people call it community relations, who interface between the company and the host community”.

“It is not very good for it to be reported that you have not sat down with the leadership of your host community and if they write you letters you ignore those letters”.

“The truth about it is that if the community is not there, you cannot exist. If the community is in turmoil, your business will be in turmoil no matter how much of security agencies you surround yourselves with”. Governor Otti stated.

He urged the management of the company to conduct an internal audit to find out the exact amount their staff are being paid to address the issues being raised about the minimum wage it pays.

The Governor said that the government’s resolve to broker peace between the company and the host community relied on its determination to encourage businesses in the state.

He however said that the continued operation of the company in Abia would be based on its good behavior and in playing by the rules, respecting the host community, carrying out its cooperate social responsibility and paying taxes accordingly.

The Governor stated that under his watch, Abia State Government would not tolerate any form of non-compliance to government directives.

The Governor said that the government follows due process in addressing every matter and called for a meeting to give fair hearing to all the parties involved but warned that he would not tolerate any form of disrespect to government directives. According to the Governor, “The reality is that, if the government gives an instructions and it is not carried out, I will shutdown the place”.

“I don’t joke, but I follow due process and this is the due process that we are following, by saying that the Mayor should coordinate periodic meetings between the company and the host communities.

“The issues raised must be discussed in the meetings and the parties must comply. If they do not comply, I will bring out the big stick and nothing will happen”.

“I am sure they have seen our government. It is a very serious minded government. We don’t cut corners, so if you are supposed to do something, you do it”.

“Somebody was trying to pollute the waterway in Umuahia, I shut down the company and everything until they complied:.

“The first thing to do is to listen to people and then give them room. So, you assume that everybody is innocent until they prove themselves guilty”.

“We cannot pass a guilty judgement without giving them opportunity to fair hearing. I will not even tolerate it”.

He enjoined the company to become a good corporate citizen by carrying out activities that would positively impact on its host community.

“If a road is bad and the road leads to your company, there is something called corporate social responsibility”.

“Our people say that charity begins at home and there is another saying that wherever you live as your home, that is where you will protect first”.

He said that there were reports that the company uses the security agents attached to the company to harass the members of the host community and he charged the company to desist from encouraging such acts.

Governor Otti further charged the management of the company to make concerted efforts to redeem its image because the company rarely elicits good remarks from members of the public.

“This is the second time I am meeting with you and the first time, I told you that your name is not good because anytime your name is mentioned, it does not bring good remark from people”.

“It means something is wrong and to add insult to injury, your staff was now involved in this one that I don’t want to talk about because it is still before the court”.

“While you may not take responsibility as a company because any person that commits a crime takes responsibility for the crime, but it is not a good scene”. The Governor concluded.

Governor Otti urged the company to hold quarterly meetings with the host community to improve the company’s engagements with the community and directed the Mayor of Ukwa West LGA, Mr Newman Azu, to coordinate the meetings, and ensure that reports from the meetings would be made available to him.

In his remark, the Chairman of the Ukwa West Traditional Rulers Council, Eze Augustine Dike, said that the council had received reports that the company mistreats its employees and added that the community had not felt any developmental impact from the company.

According to Eze Dike, “There are persons under their employment that are supposed to earn N30,000 but at the end of the month they are given N15,000”.

“If you use the convenience, the company would surcharge you and the company does not have a healthy relationship with the host community and has not done anything in the community”.

“They were using the Umuahala Road which leads to their company but immediately the road became impassable, they abandoned and created an entirely new access road for themselves”.

He said that the community had written several letters to the company for dialogue but all the letters had been ignored by the company.

The royal father further said that the decision to come to Gov. Otti was informed by the fact that he has the capacity to address the issue between the company and the community,

Also, the Mayor of Ukwa West LGA, Mr. Newman Azu said that for the past six years, the company which is a conglomerate of five companies with the sixth one about to be set-up, had not paid a dime to the Ukwa West Local Government Council.

He added that fundamental issues like pollution involving the company has been of utmost concern .

“The only waterway of the local communities around there is being polluted on a daily basis directly from the activities of Inner Galaxy Steel Company”. he said.

In his response, the Managing Director of the company, Mr Hongming Zhang said that staff welfare had remained a top priority in the company and the company ensures that it transacts it business in line with international best practices.

“We have a record of the amount we pay our workers and it varies from N60,000 to N500,000 which is dependent on the job each staff performs”.

“We provide accommodations for the staff that live in the compound and we have our canteen where staff can get food from using the meal tickets given to them by the company.

“The company does not delight in firing people because it costs the company money to train workers to get the required expertise for the job”, he stated.

He said that the company would make serious efforts to meet the demands of the community and improve its engagements with the host community. The meeting was attended by some members of the State Executive Council and other Governor’s appointees.

Latest FIFA Rankings: Spain Climb To 3rd As Super Eagles Drop Down

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Latest FIFA Rankings: Spain Climb To 3rd As Super Eagles Drop Down

The latest FIFA rankings has shown Super Eagles dropped to 39th position slipping one place from their previous rank of 38th

This comes as Spain, the new Champions of Europe, leap five places to claim the 3rd position globally.

The Super Eagles, currently without a manager following Finidi George’s resignation, remain within the top five teams on the African continent.

Morocco, ranked 14th in the world, retains its status as the number one team in Africa, a position solidified by their historic semi-final run in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

The Teranga Lions of Senegal follow closely, ranking 19th globally.

Mo Salah’s Egypt is positioned 36th in the world, while Sebastien Haller’s Ivory Coast holds the 38th spot, placing them third and fourth in Africa, respectively.

Nigeria completes the top five in Africa, despite their slight drop in global rankings.

The rest of Africa’s top ten includes Tunisia (41), Algeria (46), Cameroon (51), Mali (53), and South Africa (57).

On the global stage, EURO 2024 winners Spain have moved from eighth to third, reflecting their recent success. England, the runners-up, have also improved their standing, moving up to fourth.

Argentina maintain its position at the top of the rankings after adding the 2024 Copa America trophy to their 2022 FIFA World Cup victory. France remain steady in second place.

Police Stop SSANU, NASU From Protesting Four Months Unpaid Salaries In Abuja

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The Nigeria Police, Federal Capital Territory, FCT Command, on Thursday stopped the Joint Action Committee, JAC, of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions, NASU, from embarking on protest in Abuja.

As soon as the leadership of JAC started addressing members for the protest for onward movement to the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Labour and Employment, where they are to present letters to the ministers, the FCT Commissioner of Police, Benneth Igwe, stormed the Unity Fountain and warned that there would be no protest.

Consequently, the police used armoured vehicle and a Hilux van to block the entry and exit gates to stop the protest.

All entreaties made to the police by the leadership of the two unions could not persuade them to allow the aggrieved members to proceed with the protest rally.

Some of the non-teaching staff members had wanted to revolt against the police directive, but they were calmed down by their leaders not to do anything that could lead to violence.

The aggrieved staff wondered why the police could attempt to stop a peaceful protest in a democracy, describing the action as a bad omen for democracy.

In order to ensure that the letters were submitted to the relevant ministries, the leadership of JAC decided to use their vehicles instead of the initial peaceful protest to go to the Minister of Education, Prof Tahir Mamman, and his counterpart in the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Nkeiruka Onyejeocha.

The unions warned that if the four months withheld salaries are not paid by next week, they would be left with no other option than to shut down universities and inter-university centres.

Those who addressed the protesting workers are the SSANU President, Comrade Mohammed Ibrahim, the NASU President, Comrade Hassan Makolo, and the NASU General Secretary, Prince Peters Adeyemi.

Fire Outbreak Kills Seven In France, Four Children Inclusive

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A fire outbreak at an apartment early Thursday killed seven people in the southern French city of Nice and police were investigating the fire as a possible arson, authorities said.

The dead include three children – 5, 7 and 10 years old – and a 17-year-old teenager who tried to escape by jumping from a window, they said.

The apartment was occupied by a family believed to have Comoran origins, the regional prefect Hugues Moutouh said, referring to the southern African island nation.

Ten people were inside when the fire broke out.

Rescuers were alerted at around 2:30 am (0030 GMT) to the blaze on the seventh floor of the building in the low-income neighbourhood of Les Moulins, known for being a drug-dealing hub, in the west of the city.

In spite of the substantial resources deployed, “unfortunately seven people died during this fire”, firefighters said.

Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said on social media that the quick arrival of firefighters “probably prevented more deaths”.

Nice prosecutor Damien Martinelli said investigators were looking into a “criminal” cause for the fire.

“In light of the initial evidence, I have opened an investigation into acts of arson leading to death,” he told reporters at the scene.

The authorities said the blaze probably broke out on the building’s second floor and spread to higher floors.

Rescuers said that three people were taken to hospital, one of them with life-threatening injuries.

They said firefighters were confronted by a “raging apartment fire” on the seventh floor of the building. They carried out three aerial ladder rescues and evacuated dozens.

In total, 25 fire engines and 72 firefighters tackled the fire.

Twenty people were evacuated to a temporary shelter, with Nice Mayor Christian Estrosi saying a crisis unit to help anyone affected by the fire.

At Enugu Meeting, PDP Governors Express Worry Over Hardship, Economic Mismanagement

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum Wednesday rose from their two-day meeting in Enugu, saying that it has noted the “unprecedented hardship and impoverishment” of majority of Nigerians, which they said resulted from the mismanagement of the nation’s economy by the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led federal government.

The governors also raised concern that the minimum wage negotiations were becoming “unduly protracted”, even as they appealed for restraint in the discussions between organised Labour and the government.

In a communiqué signed by its Chairman, Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State, the forum said the APC-led federal government had eroded all the “Sixteen years of tremendous development under the PDP-led federal government”.

The governors recalled that the country “Witnessed single digit inflation, the establishment of the existing anti-corruption institutions and higher standard of living for every Nigerian” during the 16-years the party held sway at the federal level.

“The forum identifies with the Nigerian populace in these troubling times and promises to bring back those good old days, of low inflation rate, affordable food, fuel and transportation, steady FDI inflows resulting in high naira value and the greater quality of human life as recorded.

“In that regard, the meeting commended the governors of PDP-controlled states for their innovative approaches to governance in many fields, especially infrastructure, education, health, women and youth initiatives and the timely delivery of developmental projects, across the country.

“The forum therefore calls on all Nigerians to refrain from anarchy as we all march towards the return of the PDP to power in 2027,” the communiqué read in part.

Earlier during the opening session of the meeting, Governor Mohammed vowed that the party would reclaim and recapture all public leadership positions in the country currently occupied by other political parties come 2027 general elections.

“Our assessment has shown at the national level that the country was driving into anarchy. We will not allow that because we share history, we share aspiration for Nigerians.

“It is high time the party reclaimed its leadership position in all the states that are currently being occupied by other parties,” he said.

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