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Sanwo-Olu Emerges South West Govs’ Forum Chairman

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The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has emerged as the Chairman of the South-West Governors Forum.

This follows the death of the former Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, who died eight months ago.

Briefing newsmen at the Lagos House, Alausa after over four hours of meeting behind closed doors, Governor Sanwo-Olu, said the decision was a unanimous one by the six governors present.

He said the South-West Governors’ Forum kicked against the agitation of Yoruba Nation, and also assured citizens that the new minimum wage to be announced by the Federal Government will reflect true federalism.

The South-West Governors’ Forum, which restated its commitment to state police, adopted Ise Wa Fun Ile Wa as its anthem, and urged President Bola Tinubu to expedite action on rehabilitation of all federal roads across the country.

He commended the federal lawmakers on the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission bill to strengthen economic growth and food security among states and advocated speedy passage of the bill.

Those in attendance include Governors Lucky Aiyedatiwa of Ondo, Dapo Abiodun of Ogun, Mr Seyi Makinde of Oyo, Senator Ademola Adeleke of Osun and Mr Abiodun Oyebanji of Ekiti.

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FG, States Can Pay Minimum Wage With Recovered Loot, Says Falana

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Human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, on Thursday insisted that both the federal and state governments can pay the national minimum wage if looted monies are recovered.

The organised labour and the Nigerian government have yet to reach an agreement on the new minimum wage with the latter rejecting the former’s N62,000 offer. During the last meeting held by the Tripartite Committee on the New Minimum Wage on Friday in Abuja, labour reduced its demand to N250,000 from N494,000, while the Federal Government increased its offer from N60,000 to N62,000.

The proposed minimum wage may have to wait until 2 July because the National Assembly is on holiday. During the show, the senior lawyer asked the Nigerian authorities to muster the political will to pay the minimum wage.

“The state governments that are saying they have no money to pay, the money is there. All they need, including the Federal Government, is to muster the political will to collect and recover money either looted or withheld from the federation account,” he said.

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Restructure Nigeria,Implement 2014 National Confab Report, Edwin Clark Tells Tinubu

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Elder statesman Edwin Clark has written to President Bola Tinubu, demanding the implementation of the 2014 National Conference report.

Clark, in the letter dated 13th June and made available to journalists, also urged President Tinubu to carry out an immediate restructuring of Nigeria if the nation must remain one.

“Now that the elections are over, we must face the restructuring of this country,” the Southern and Middle-Belt Leaders’ Forum leader said.

“I repeat, the immediate restructuring of Nigeria must be carried out if this country is to remain one, and I appeal to Mr President to take immediate action to implement the historic 2014 National Conference Report which submitted 600 recommendations to the Presidency on how to restructure Nigeria in every aspect of our lives.”

The elder statesman also weighed in on the travails of the embattled leader of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) Nnamdi Kanu who has been in custody since 2021.

He wants Tinubu to apply a political solution to Kanu the way the Federal Government withdrew the three-count terrorism charge it entered against the detained President of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore Bello Bodejo.

In his letter, the leader of the Ijaw Nation accused former President Muhammadu Buhari of subjugating Igbos from the South-Eastern part of Nigeria.

The elder statesman claimed that the Buhari administration excluded the South-East from some of his appointments during his time in office.

To Clark, the “discrimination and injustice” against the Igbo had not abated under Tinubu’s administration, adding that while he (Tinubu) appointed 10 ministers from the South-West region, only six had been appointed from the South-East.

“President Buhari did everything to subjugate the Igbos for reason best known to him. Perhaps it may be necessary to cite some examples; the NNPC board which he constituted when he came into office had nine members, one from the South-West, one from the South-South, and no member from the South-East, even though three South-East states; Abia, Anambra, and Imo are oil producing states; the remaining members including his Chief of State came from the North, a non-oil producing region.

“Mr President, even in your administration, the discrimination and injustice against the Igbos has not abated. The old Eastern Region and the old Western Region, to which I belonged, were equal competitors and partners before and during the First and Second Republic but today, you have appointed 10 Yorubas as Ministers from the South-West, and only five (5) Ministers from the South-East, and you even failed to give them the ministerial appointment due to their region that would have made it six (6) Ministers. There is no justification for this grave omission and no effort has been made to correct it,” he added.

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We Remain Transparent, Compassionate In Our Housing Scheme – Ogun Commissioner

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Commissioner for Housing in Ogun State, Jagunmolu Jamiu Omoniyi, has debunked an alleged scandal in the housing scheme embarked upon by the government of Prince Dapo Abiodun, saying such allegation is an illusion by fifth columnists.

He added that individuals behind the alleged scandal are criminals in civil regalia who had tried unsuccessfully in the past to manipulate the laudable initiative, especially the ongoing Ogun State GRA Regeneration Schemes, especially that of Ibara Abeokuta.

It would be recalled that an online media platform alleged a scandal in the housing scheme, specifically that of Prince Court Estate, Kobape, Abeokuta.

The Commissioner, in a statement made available to newsmen in Abeokuta on Thursday explained that the issue surrounding the delay in the allocation of the property to various applicants was caused by the present galloping inflation in the country, which subsequently necessitated little variations in the price of the property.

He added that the market value of the property has astronomically gone up as high as N20m as against the N5.5m paid by the applicants, noting that government had immediately activated stakeholders’ meetings to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

The statement reads in part: “In actual fact, those who are behind this fake news are individuals who had tried unsuccessfully in the past to undermine and manipulate the ongoing Ibara Housing Estate Regeneration Scheme for selfish considerations.

“They, therefore, resorted to propaganda and cheap blackmail to paint the government and its laudable projects black in the eyes of the people, not knowing that the good people of Ogun State are too sophisticated to fall for these machinations.

“The truth of the matter is that the delay in the process of allocation to applicants was caused by the sudden need for variations in the cost of the property as a result of galloping inflation as witnessed in the last year, as the cost value of the houses have gone up as against the N5.5m initially paid by the applicants, with such houses commanding up to N20m in open market.

“Consequently, the Government plans to engage all the applicants through various stakeholders’ meetings, as there will be an adjustment in the price of the property.

“To this end, those who are willing and able to meet up with the little adjustment will immediately get their allocations attended to and delivery structured within record time at the conclusion of the stakeholders’ meetings while those who cannot afford the adjustment will be free to request for instant refund of their deposits plus CBN’s prescribed interest rate.

“We want to reiterate that unlike before, the administration of Prince Dapo Abiodun remains committed to its avowed pledge from inception, which is to be transparent, compassionate, and considerate in all its dealings without exception.”

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