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6 Major Decisions Tinubu Made During Meeting With Governors (FULL LIST)

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6 Major Decisions Tinubu Made During Meeting With Governors (FULL LIST)

President Bola Tinubu, alongside Vice President Kashim Shettima, convened a crucial meeting with the 36 state governors and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory in Abuja on Thursday.

News ToGo reports that the meeting addressed pressing issues including the escalating prices of food items, insecurity, and the persistent delays in salary and gratuity payments to workers and retirees. Temitope Ajayi, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, shared insights from the meeting via a tweet, with further details provided by Bayo Onanuga, Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy.

Key outcomes of the meeting include:

  1. Addressing Insecurity: President Tinubu proposed the establishment of state police, emphasizing collaboration between the federal government, state governments, and the National Assembly. He also urged governors to bolster their Forest Rangers to secure forests from criminal activities.
  2. Rising Food Costs: The President advocated for increased local food production instead of reliance on imports. He discouraged price controls, highlighting the need to incentivize local producers.
  3. Combatting Food Hoarding: President Tinubu instructed security agencies to monitor warehouses hoarding food items and prevent profiteering. He advised Governors to follow the example of Kano State in dealing with the hoarding of food for profiteering by commodities merchants.
  4. Livestock Development: Governors were urged to prioritize livestock development, particularly in poultry and fishing sectors.
  5. Salary Arrears and Gratuities: The President urged governors to clear outstanding salary arrears and gratuities to stimulate economic activity and alleviate financial burdens on citizens.
  6. Youth Empowerment: President Tinubu called on governors to create more economic opportunities for youth to enhance productivity and reduce unemployment rates.

The meeting concluded with a commitment from both the President and governors to collaborate in addressing these challenges and easing economic pressures on citizens.

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Peter May To Dump Labour Party As Fresh Twist Emerges

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Peter May To Dump Labour Party As Fresh Twist Emerges

Fresh indication has emerged that the 2023 presidential candidate of the Labour Party, LP, Peter Obi, may dump the party.

News ToGo reports that the is as the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, asserted that Obi is at liberty to leave the party if he desires.

NLC spokesperson Benson Upah reiterated this stance on Sunday, affirming the union’s disavowal of Julius Abure’s leadership despite what they view as an ‘illegal’ national convention that reinstated Abure as the national chairman of the Labour Party.

“Our position on this matter is clear and has not changed. Abure remains unknown to us. It is not a question of removal. As far as we know, he does not exist,” Upah stated.

In a parallel development, the Lagos Assembly of Labour Veterans and Trade Unionists, a group of retired workers, called for the resignation of Julius Abure and NLC President Joe Ajaero due to their contentious leadership struggle.

Peter Obi’s disagreement with the Labour Party’s leadership arose from the conduct of the convention in Nnewi, Anambra State.

During a session on X, Obi voiced his frustrations, citing his absence from the national convention due to the party leadership’s failure to heed his appeal for broader consultation with stakeholders beforehand.

Speculations regarding Obi’s potential switch to another political platform have been fueled by his recent comments, despite being assured the 2027 ticket at the convention.

However, Upah clarified that the decision regarding Obi’s party affiliation rests solely with him, emphasizing that he is free to chart his political course.

“The right of choice is available to Mr. Obi. If he chooses to leave the party, that is his preference.

“We can’t sit in judgment over him on that. But if he chooses to remain, of course, Peter Obi is an asset any day. I rest my case on that,” Upah concluded.

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Niger, Mali, Burkina-Faso Dare ECOAS, Announce Plan To Form Confederation

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Niger, Mali, Burkina-Faso Dare ECOAS, Announce Plan To Form Confederation

The governments of Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger, all led by military regimes, are moving forward with plans to establish a confederation, according to an announcement from the Malian foreign ministry on Thursday.

News ToGo reports that this move deepens ties among the three countries through an alliance that challenges broader West African integration efforts.

On January 28, the military administrations of Burkina Faso, Mali, and Niger declared their withdrawal from the West African bloc ECOWAS. They emphasized that this decision was a “sovereign” one and stated their intent to leave the Economic Community of West African States “without delay.”

Further solidifying their stance, the leader of Niger’s military junta, Abdourahamane Tchiani, reiterated on Monday that none of the three Sahel nations would seek to rejoin the regional bloc.

At a gathering in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, the ministers from the three countries confirmed their joint commitment to depart from ECOWAS promptly and continue their collaboration under the Alliance of Sahel States (AES). The Malian foreign ministry shared that they “reaffirmed their commitment to advancing resolutely in the process of implementing the AES and creating the Tri-State Confederation.”

Details regarding the functioning of the proposed confederation have not yet been disclosed, including plans for alignment in political, economic, and security matters. These countries are grappling with a decade-long battle against Islamist insurgents that has caused instability in the subregion.

In November, their finance ministers mentioned considering the establishment of a monetary union, and officials from all three nations have expressed varying levels of support for moving away from the West African CFA franc common currency.

These military-led governments have severed longstanding military ties with France, their former colonial ruler. This move has diminished France’s influence in the Sahel region and complicated international efforts to combat militants associated with al Qaeda and the Islamic State.

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A Major Edo Gov’ship Contender Quits Race

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A Major Edo Gov'ship Contender Quits Race

A prominent contender in Edo State, Dr. Ernest Afolabi Umakhihe, has opted out of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primary election.

News ToGo reports that he promptly announced his endorsement of Dennis Idahosa, the youthful representative of Ovia constituency in the House of Representatives, whom he hailed as “the choice of the party.”

Umakhihe, a retired federal Permanent Secretary from Edo North Senatorial District, made his withdrawal from the race official on Saturday morning.

In his statement, Umakhihe expressed gratitude to his supporters and declared, “Let us give our support to Hon. Dennis Idahosa, who is the choice of the party. There are greater days ahead.”

With the withdrawals of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu and Chief Lucky Imasuen, nine out of the 12 cleared aspirants remain in the race.

The governorship direct primary election is currently underway across Edo State, with collation slated for Benin later today.

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