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N30,000 Minimum Wage Cannot Improve Living, Abdulsalami Tells FG

Former head of state and National Peace Committee Chairman, Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar, declared the inadequacy of a N30,000 minimum wage for meaningful human development globally.

Speaking at the Peace, Unity, and Reconciliation Summit in Jalingo, organized by the Taraba Independent Peace Committee, Abdulsalami urged Nigerians, especially in Taraba State, to tap into local resources to enhance their living standards.

Represented by Rev. Fr. Atah Bakindo, head of the secretariat of Kukah Centre and National Peace Committee, Abdulsalami called on Taraba residents to reject violence and embrace peace to utilize the state’s abundant natural resources for developments.

Despite Taraba’s resource wealth, Abdulsalami emphasized that development hinges on the essential foundations of peace and unity.

“I want to plead with the Nigerian president that the N30,000 national minimum wage cannot take Nigerians anywhere, it is not acceptable anywhere in the world and it cannot develop anybody, there is an urgent need to increase the wages for the betterment of our growth.

“I want to urge the people of Taraba State to reconcile whatever kind of difference that created clashes and disunity, you cannot harness any development if you are not in peace and unity, you are fortunate to have the natural resources, peace and unity is the only bedrock of development,” he said.

Addressing the Nigerian president, he pleaded for a reconsideration of the N30,000 national minimum wage, asserting its inadequacy on a global scale.

Abdulsalami urged Taraba’s people to reconcile differences, stressing that peace and unity constitute the fundamental bedrock for development amidst their fortunate access to natural resources.

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MC Oluomo Reelected NURTW Chairman In Lagos State

The Lagos chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Musiliu Akinsanya, popularly known as MC Oluomo, has been re-elected for a second term in office.

Akinsanya was reelected unopposed on Thursday at the 10th Quadrennial State Delegates Conference held at the state union secretariat in Agege, Lagos State.

Speaking, MC Oluomo appreciated the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu for standing by him during his crisis.

MC Oluomo vowed to continue his reform policies that have transformed the union’s activities in the state for the better.

Also speaking, the acting national president of the union, Alhaji Ore, hailed Akinsanya’s reelection and that of other executive members.

He said: “Those who will emerge victorious from this election must serve in such a way that demonstrates exemplary leadership, capacity, and sacrifice. Both the leadership and followership must strive through a collaborative effort to turn the union’s fortune for the better.

“Those elected must carry others along. I, therefore, urge you all to, within your limitations, try as much as possible to run an open administration that will be devoid of victimisation and committed to fairness, equity, and justice, so that unity and harmony will prevail amongst others and members of this great union at the various levels.”

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Gov Bago signs Executive Order on Niger Green Economy

Governor Umaru Bago of Niger State has signed an Executive Order on the Green Economy.

The Executive order which was titled ‘the Niger State Green Economy Initiative Order (No.3), 2023’ provides that the Green Economy Initiative shall be driven by the State Blueprint that details the strategic pillars and outlines the strategic key performance indicators, targets and timelines of the transition into a green economy.

Also enshrined in the Order, Niger State Government shall produce a State-Wide Land Use and Economic Development Plan to guide investment decisions and ensure investments that would stabilise the green transition are properly coordinated and planned.

The Order further directed all the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the State to adhere strictly to the initiative, adding that appropriate sanction will be carried out on any violator of the Executive Order.

Singing the Executive Order shortly before the commencement of the weekly State Executive Council (SEC) Meeting at the Council Chambers, Government House, Minna, Governor Bago explained that the Executive Order was to ensure the effective implementation of the Green Economy Policy.

Governor Bago appreciated Media Practitioners for the wide coverage given to his administration and encouraged them not to relent.

Recall that the Present administration initiated the Green Economy Policy, and hosted the first summit on initiative with the view to turn around the economy of the State and engender socio-economic development.

According to the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Bologi Ibrahim, “With the signing of Executive Order Three, the initiative has come to stay and its implementation is sacrosanct.”
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COP28: President Tinubu Meets King Charles in Dubai

President Bola Tinubu on Thursday met with King Charles III of England in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Both of them are in the country to participate in the United Nations Climate Conference known as COP28 taking place in the Emirati city.

Tinubu posted a message on his X account, on the meeting, describing the king as passionate climate advocate.

He posted: “I had a productive meeting with His Majesty, King Charles III of England who is also the Head of the Commonwealth, and a passionate climate advocate.

“The meeting was a significant step in strengthening the partnership between Nigeria and the United Kingdom, and I am optimistic about the positive impact our joint efforts will have on our planet’s future as we look forward to setting an equitable global standard for environmental stewardship at COP28.”
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