Advert guru and immediate past chairman of the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria, Dr May Nzeribe has described as un-necessary the seven day ultimatum issued to the United States Government by the National Assembly over the inclusion of Nigeria in the list of terrorist sponsors nations.
He said the nations handlers should instead urge the US government to be more rational and objective in their decision, since what is involved is a matter of security. He expressed concern about the fact that the nation’s crop of leadership themselves create a situation that made the country a subject of scorn among the commity of nations. “If we can do the right thing and push the country to where it should be both as leaders and followers, we won’t have a lot of people taking a shot at us. According to him, it is the responsibility of any reasonable government to provide for the safety of its people once a threat is identified, survival should be of paramount importance.” The only thing is that we could ask them to be more rational and objective. This is a matter of life and death, a responsible government will do what it has to do, even if it is subjective to take care of their citizen”. “I don’t think threat or ultimatum will achieve anything, the worst is that you put extra check on them too, but you ask the question how many of them come in compared to Nigerians who go there”, he stressed.
He further berated the federal government for its inability to meet up with the projected 6000 megawatts of electricity despite all the resources channelled to it and challenged those put in charge to ask themselves the honest question if they did what they had to do right despite having identified that the problem is that of distribution not generation.
On the expectation from the government in this new year, he said the expectation had always been that of the need to ensure good governance and channel resources for the benefits of the down trodden instead of serving the interest of the few. He said he hopes to see a country with leadership that looks more at the nation especially the common man and not self.
Tinubu Signs Bill Unifying Retirement Age For Judicial Officers
Asiwaju Bola Tinubu yesterday signed his first piece of legislation as President, when he assented to a constitutional amendment bill bringing uniformity to the retirement age and pension rights of judicial officers in the country.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the State House Director of Information, Abiodun Oladunjoye, yesterday.
The statement is titled ‘President Tinubu assents to constitutional amendment Bill on uniformity in retirement age of judicial officers’.
The statement read in part: “In exercising the powers vested in him under the 1999 Constitution as amended, President Bola Tinubu yesterday at the State House assented to a fresh amendment of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“President Tinubu signed into law the ‘Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Fifth Alteration) (No.37), 2023’ presented by the outgoing 9th National Assembly”.
It added that “With the signing of the Constitutional amendment Bill, retirement age and pension rights of judicial officers have been effectively brought into uniformity and other related matters”.
While signing the amendment Bill into law, Tinubu pledged his administration’s dedication to strengthening the judiciary, ensuring the rule of law, and empowering judicial officers to execute their responsibilities effectively.
Democracy Day: FG Declares Monday Public Holiday
The Federal Government has declared Monday, June 12, as a public holiday in commemoration of 2023 Democracy Day celebration.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Dr Oluwatoyin Akinlade, on behalf of the Federal Government.
While congratulating Nigerians on the occasion, Akinlade stated that the country’s democratic journey has encountered stormy and smooth sails, just like in many other climes.
She said, “But the ship of State, its institutions and most importantly, the Nigerian people have remained steadfast on the tenets of democratic governance.”
“On this memorable occasion therefore, Nigerians and friends of Nigeria are invited to appreciate the progress that has been made, celebrate the milestones covered and look forward to a better future for the country’s democracy.
“The Permanent Secretary wishes all Nigerians a Happy Democracy Day celebration, “ the statement added.
RSHA Screens Five For Commissioners, Today
Five commissioner nominees are to appear before the Rivers State House of Assembly, today for screening.
The nominees include Engr. Chukwuemeka Woke, Barr.(Mrs) Inime Aguma, Hon Nwafor Uchechukwu, Dr. Kenneth Chisom Gbah and Hon. Henry Ogiri.
In a statement signed by the Acting Clerk of the House, Dr. Emeka Amadi, the five commissioner nominees are expected to appear before the lawmakers by 10am.
The nominees are also requested to submit 40 copies of their original credentials to the office of the Acting Clerk on or before 9am, today.
Four commissioners had earlier been screened by the Assembly and sworn in by the State governor, Sir Siminalayi Fubara, last week.
These nominees, if screened and confirmed, will therefore, bring the number of commissioners in the State to nine in the last one week.
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