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Demand Palliatives From Govs, FG Tells Nigerians …Denies Sharing Palliatives Among APC Members

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The Federal Government has distanced itself from the allegation that most of its projected palliative measures to cushion the economic hardship of Nigerians are being shared among members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The rebuttal was made by the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Idris Mohammed, when responding to questions on what the Federal Government was doing to ameliorate the sufferings of the masses ahead of the Yuletide season.
The minister admonished that it would be unfair for people to leave out state governors and blame the administration of President Bola Tinubu for noticeable lapses in the distribution of palliatives to the vulnerable in society.
He said, “That is not true. The FG is not sharing palliatives with party members. It is targeting Nigerians irrespective of political affiliations. In any case, nothing stops party members from enjoying it too. They are equally Nigerians. But we should not believe the narrative of the Federal Government targeting only party people for these palliatives.
“Remember that these have gone to the 36 states and the FCT. So, not all of them are controlled by the party. The distribution is also largely done by the state governors; even the N15m poorest of the poor initiative is also handled in conjunction with them.
“So, there is nothing the Federal Government is doing in isolation. That was why in the wisdom of the President (Bola Tinubu), the palliatives should go to the governors who know the people better and know how they would be distributed.
“If there is a problem with the distribution, especially for the immediate palliatives released by the President, we should ask the governors. The FG knows that it is not in Abuja that the people reside, it is the states.
“So, if there are accusations as you claimed, it shouldn’t just be targeted at the FG, it should also be directed to them at the state level.
“Even when grains were distributed, the FG gave it out for onward distribution to the states. So why will anybody leave the state governors and accuse the FG for things like this?”
Mohammed stated that it would be unreasonable for certain people to think that President Tinubu had not been having a sleepless night over the plight of his people.
According to him, Tinubu has never stopped pacifying Nigerians to exercise more patience as he works to improve the living standard of the people and revive the dwindling fortune of the country.
“The President said in his October 1 broadcast that he was aware that many Nigerians are feeling economic hardship occasioned by the removal of fuel subsidy. Again, whenever the Yuletide approaches, things naturally go up and that could lead to inflation in some areas.
“That is the reason the Federal Government decided to give immediate palliatives to state governors and the minister of the FCT because they are the ones closer to the people. The move is to ensure the palliatives reach them as an interim measure.
“Secondly, it is also the reason the government is giving out what we call the wage award to Labour. You will recall in the October 1 broadcast of the president where he said N25,000 was awarded to Labour.
“In the course of negotiation the FG had with Labour, the President added another N10,000, making N35,000 that they will keep getting for three months. That will be from October 2023 to March 2024.
“Those who are not working, on the other hand, were given some stipends from the N15m for poorest of the poor and vulnerable households for three months, which has started running from October to December to cushion the effect of the hardship,” he stated.
Continuing, the minister expressed a strong conviction that once the two measures are properly channeled, it will minimise the economic challenges people are facing.
He said, “Of course, we know these are interim measures. The FG is putting up more concrete measures that will ease the pains of Nigerians in the long run.
“Very soon, considerable changes will be seen. I am saying this because there are some long term measures the FG has also put in place.”

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Akeredolu will be remembered for truth, justice – Aiyedatiwa

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Gov. Lucky Aiyedatiwa of Ondo State on Wednesday said the late former Governor of the state, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, would be remembered for his good deeds, especially standing for truth and justice.

Aiyedatiwa stated this during a special court session held in honour of the late former governor at the Ondo State High Court in Akure.

He explained that the former governor used his knowledge, ebullience and capacities to defend the human peaceful existence.

Aiyedatiwa added that the deceased deeds during his life time were greatly impactful.

According to him, the deceased was after justice and rule of law.

Aiyedatiwa said that late Akeredolu was always not pleased when justice was not served.

He described the honour bestowed on the late governor as a well deserved because his life evolved around the legal profession.

“He was an achiever with success stories. He stood firm and was committed to truth and justice,” he said.

Also speaking, the Chief Judge (CJ) of the state, Justice Olusegun Odusola, said that late Akeredolu remained celebrated in death more than being alive considering a reference to his achievements and attainment in life.

Odusola said that the late governor was a courageous fighter, who faced the serious security challenges in the state with ingenious courage that had become a national model.

He stated that it was more-worthy that the late governor did not interfere with judicial activities, even when it did not favour his desires.

According to him, late Akeredolu was a man that lived with his words.

“In my last encounter with him at a time when his health was obviously failing, Arakunrin still reiterated his desire to construct a judiciary complex that will be the envy of other states in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“He also spoke about judges’ welfare and I wondered how a man in such a condition could still love the judiciary so much as to remember the little promises he made,” he said.

The CJ said that late Akeredolu was an outstanding legal icon and a political colossus, a man who was an exemplar of indefatigable courage, principled resistance with honesty and self-respect.

He stated that late Akeredolu would continue to be a good reference point in humanity.

In his remarks, the President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr Yakubu Maikyau, described the late governor as a man with keen passion to help humanity and secure peace.

Maikyau added that the deceased was a person of humility known for truth and justice, and asked the deceased family to take solace in the good deeds of the late governor.

Dignitaries present include Gov. Abdulrasak Abdulrahman of Kwara; Ondo State Deputy Gov, Olayide Adelami; Chief Olusola Oke, SAN; and APC Chairman in Ondo State, Mr Ade Adetimehin.

Others are human rights lawyer, Mr Kayode Ajulo; Ambassador Sola Iji, Speaker Ondo State House of Assembly; and former Inspector of Police, Mr Sunday Ehindero.

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Gunmen Kill Police Inspector In Rivers 

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The Rivers State Police Command said an Inspector was killed by gunmen who ambushed and attacked its men on a stop and search duty at the Eliozu Flyover in Obio/Akpo Local Government Area of the state on Wednesday night.

The spokesperson of the command, Grace Iringe-Koko, disclosed this in a statement issued yesterday.

Iringe-Koko said the gunmen who were spotted in a carton-colored Sienna bus with fully tinted glasses drove in from the Rumuodumaya axis, near Port Harcourt where they launched the offensive which claimed the officer’s life.

She, however, said the team rose to the occasion and returned fire and neutralised one of the miscreants who wore masks, but that other gang members escaped by the whisker.

The statement reads, “We are deeply saddened to announce a heinous incident that occurred on 21st February 2024, involving an attack on policemen attached to Operation Sting of the Rivers State Police Command.

“At approximately 2145hrs, while conducting routine stop-and-search at Eliozu flyover, the officers were ambushed by unidentified hoodlums operating in a carton-colored Sienna bus, with fully tinted glasses.

“The registration number of the vehicle remains unknown at this time.

“The assailants drove in from the Rumuodumaya axis, and opened fire on the police team, resulting in the tragic loss of one Inspector who valiantly gave his life in the line of duty.

“Undeterred, the police team responded with bravery, engaging the attackers and managing to neutralise one of them with a mask on his face, while the others managed to escape, potentially sustaining gunshot wounds.

“The command has launched a thorough investigation into this despicable act and has already identified the group responsible.

“Rest assured, we will relentlessly pursue these criminals and bring them to justice. No amount of intimidation will hinder our officers’ unwavering commitment to safeguarding the lives and property of the citizens.”

While noting that such acts of aggression against security forces detrimentally impact the safety and security of our entire society, she stressed that the command remains resolute in its duty to maintain peace and protect the well-being of the populace.

“The Commissioner of Police, Olatunji Disu, reiterates unequivocally that those who perpetrate violence against policemen or any citizen will face the full weight of the law.

“We urge all law-abiding citizens to continue with their daily activities without panic, as we are determined to uphold our mandate of preserving lives and property in the face of such challenges.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the family and colleagues of the fallen inspector, and we assure them that his sacrifice will not be in vain. Our resolve to serve and protect remains unwavering as we stand together against those who seek to disrupt the peace and harmony of our society”, she said.

Recall that last year, a former Divisional Police Officer of Ahoada Division, Bako Angbashim, was ambushed and killed by a cult gang.

Since the death of the cop, the command has been on his trail, with constant land and air bombardments in the various hideouts of the Iceland cult leader, even as some of his lieutenants were gunned down previously.

However, on Monday, Grace Iringe-Koko,  said intelligence reports revealed that the wanted cult kingpin was killed in a recent joint security raid in the Idu-Ekpeye community, Ahoada East Local Government Area of the State.

 

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Nigeria’s GDP Grew By 3.46% In Q4 2023  -NBS

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Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product grew by 3.46 per cent year-on-year in real terms in the fourth quarter of 2023, the National Bureau of Statistics has disclosed.

In its ‘Nigerian Gross Domestic Product Report (Q4, 2023),’ released yesterday, the NBS said the growth rate is lower than the 3.52 per cent recorded in the fourth quarter of 2022 and higher than the third quarter of 2023 growth of 2.54 per cent

It added that the service industry was responsible for the growth in the quarter.

Both the IMF and World Bank expected Nigeria’s economy to grow by 2.9 per cent in 2023.

The report read, “Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 3.46 per cent (year-on-year) in real terms in the fourth quarter of 2023.

“This growth rate is lower than the 3.52 per cent recorded in the fourth quarter of 2022 and higher than the third quarter of 2023 growth of 2.54 per cent.

“The performance of the GDP in the fourth quarter of 2023 was driven mainly by the Services sector, which recorded a growth of 3.98 per cent and contributed 56.55 per cent to the aggregate GDP.”

In terms of share of the GDP, industry, and the services sectors contributed more to the aggregate GDP in the fourth quarter of 2023 compared to the fourth quarter of 2022.

“The agriculture sector grew by 2.10 per cent, from the growth of 2.05 per cent recorded in the fourth quarter of 2022. The growth of the industry sector was 3.86 per cent, an improvement from -0.94 per cent recorded in the fourth quarter of 2022. In terms of share of the GDP, industry, and the services sectors contributed more to the aggregate GDP in the fourth quarter of 2023 compared to the fourth quarter of 2022. On an annual basis, GDP grew by 2.74 per cent in 2023 relative to 3.10 per cent in 2022,” the report added.

 

 

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