By Amb. Saifullahi Yusha’u
In any democratic dispensation, political party leaders are important actors that bring well-deserving candidates to limelight, they serve as the bridge which link both side (electorates and the candidates) and indeed display the manifestos of such personality thereby making him or her popular which at last result to victory. The party leaders before and after elections always work like a mother who could not sleep in solace until its baby sleeps, meaning that they rest not till people they publicly advertised execute projects that touch lives in many positive ways.
Youths are the most important group in every society, they are the strength that geared speedy developments to their different domains but yet youths are not getting the things they deserved because leaders that represented in were habitually lazy that lacked foresights. Dr. Aliyu Ibrahim Yakub is here to redeem the lost glory of such wonderful group of people. As we all know, All Progressive Congress was built on truth, trust and impactful projects likewise its leaders who are famous in reminding all elected officials about their campaign promises.
Youth leaders’ position in the APC therefore require nothing less than the selfless services, visionary leadership of Dr. Aliyu who was politically coached by people of true integrities. Aliyu who hails from Kano State has been a leader who started from the cradle that was privileged to create avenue to his fellow youths and brought countless number of other from the shackles of poverty and unemployment. When we talk about the people that unarguably bring equal distribution of anything regarding the wellbeing of youths or opportunities in actualizing their dreams, I have no iota of doubt that Dr. Aliyu Ibrahim Yakub would be the first in the list.
When a personality like him is contesting and was just silent; thousands of people that benefitted from him and his works would speak loud to the people about him. If we are to put square shape in a square hole it means a person with a wide experience should be put forward to lead youths to a brighter future under the platform of APC; Dr. Aliyu is the man who fits the cap. It is a known fact that before reaching the apex, encountering challenges is inevitable; All Progressive Congress too is on that verge and hopefully all will come to pass. But it is important to note that good party official are key towards its emerging victorious during elections.
North-West in Nigeria for years has been on the brink of so many contingencies especially that of insecurity which has affected most of its States, given a chance to youths would do everything humanly possible and influence politically elected officials bring back the endearing peace in the whole region. President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 signed a law on ‘Not Too Young to Rule’ which was aimed at bridging the gap of youths in political positions and agreed to contest any position they like in-so-far they have the necessary requirements. One of the reasons for the zone’s slow development for years was that youths are not given the mandate to oversee positions that belong to them.
The opportunity given to youths would never be in vain as youths in recent years sought for political offices they felt afraid to in the past. Foresighted Dr. Aliyu would let many like him who have the zeal to make things right for the betterment of all irrespective of religious, tribal and racial differences. He would encourage patriotic youths that are still dodging politics, he would use his experiences and leadership skills to pave way for them to feel at ease and help humanity too. Dr. Aliyu Ibrahim has been there and has all it takes to change the bad impressions people had about Nigerian youths. The foresighted Aliyu is a young lad who never encourage do or die politics but preaches gospel of peace. Lastly, Dr. Aliyu Ibrahim Yakub is behaviorically kind, politically equipped and philanthropist who always offers a helping hand to those in need; he has done a lots before and he will do more if given a chance.
Amb. Saifullahi Yusha’u Muhammad, Nat’l Chairman Youth Peace Ambassadors Initiatives.
Refineries Not Created To Reduce Petrol Price, Kyari Tells Senate
Forty eight hours after being summoned by the Senate, the Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO) of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) Limited, Mele Kyari, has now appeared before the joint committee on appropriations.
The Senate had issued a 24-hour ultimatum on Wednesday to the NNPCL boss after an observations that he had in previous occasions, shunned summons by the Senate to appear before its ad-committee probing over 11 trillion naira expenditure on turn around maintenance of refineries in the country between 2010 and 2023.
Responding to questions by the senate committee on appropriations on the potential drop in pump price of petroleum owing to the expected functionality of refineries, Kyari clarified his comment after he was interrogated again. He explained that it might be possible to have a reduction, but it is not the main objective of the refineries.
He buttressed that maintaining the energy security target has fostered the confidence that in 2024, Nigeria will become a net exporter of petroleum products.
The NNPCL boss affirmed that no subsidy is charged to the federation, adding that the NNPC has contributed 4.45 trillion naira as direct revenue into the federation in a combination of taxes, royalties and dividends and paid 406 billion naira as dividend to Federal Government’s account from July 2023.
According to him, Nigeria does not have credible data for PMS consumption in the country because of the absence of the instrument to measure.
The Chairman of the Senate Appropriation Committee, Senator Adeola Olamilekan, had on Wednesday, directed Kyari to appear before the committee in 24 hours.
Olamilekan, who asked Kyari to appear in company of the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), warned that failure to appear undermines the legislature and sabotages the process.
They are required to present the list of all individual companies operating with OML licenses in Nigeria as well as total production output approved on a daily basis.
The lawmaker expressed concerns that some of the revenues required to drive the 2024 budget was attributed to the NNPCL, which according to him, was owned by the Federal Government and responsible to it, and by extension the three arms of government. Channels TV.
Labour Leaders Meet To Work Out Living Wages
Ahead of the expected resumption of negotiation between the Federal Government and the organised labour on the new Minimum Wage, the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, is meeting in Abuja to brainstorm so as to arrive at a living wage that is commensurate with the prevailing cost of living.
This came as the NLC has vowed not to be deterred by the recent assault on workers and their leaders in Imo State, which it said poses a grave threat to freedom of association and collective bargaining as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended and the ILO Conventions 87 and 98 on Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining.
These were contained in the welcome address by the NLC President, Mr. Joe Ajaero, at the Opening Session of the NLC 2023 Harmattan School with the theme: “Building Workers’ Skills for Policy Engagement” in Abuja.
Ajaero, represented by the Congress Deputy President, Benjamin Anthony said: “In the face of adversity and brutality encountered while advocating for the rights of workers to earn their legitimate income and benefits, our resolve remains unwavering. We are motivated to continue our efforts towards achieving decent work and improving working conditions in the formal and informal sectors of the economy.
“The recent assault on workers and their leaders in Imo State poses a grave threat to freedom of association and collective bargaining as enshrined in Section 40 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended and the ILO Conventions 87 and 98 on Freedom of Association and Collective Bargaining, and should unequivocally be condemned by all people of goodwill.
“The only thing that can assuage our pains is for the Imo State Government to address all labour issues and return the so called ‘ghost workers’ to their jobs, pay all outstanding salaries and pensions and call back all victimized workers to their jobs.
“It has become very necessary for governments at all levels to recognize that life and living conditions are exceedingly difficult, especially for working people in both the formal and informal sectors of the economy.”
“The removal of subsidy on petroleum products has further exacerbated the challenges faced by working people, unleashing severe pain and contributing to galloping inflation and increasing inequality and poverty.
“We must reckon that a well-motivated and well-remunerated workforce has a positive impact on productivity and national development,” he added.
He implored participants to approach the training programme with a quest and thirst for knowledge through asking of questions and sharing of experiences with the facilitators and with one another.
He thanked the representative of the Minister of Labour and Employment, the Country Director of the ILO for the English Speaking, West African Countries, the Director General of the Nigeria Employers’ Consultative Association, NECA, the Resident Representative of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, FES, Country Director of the Solidarity Centre, members of the NAC, CWC and NEC of the NLC for finding time to attend the Opening Session of the 2023 School.
Operatives Of NDLEA Uncover Illicit Drugs Concealed In Dolls, Local Soap, Milo Tins
Operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) have uncovered illicit substances bound for Europe, United Arab Emirates and Asia.
Disclosing this in a statement on Sunday, NDLEA spokesman, Femi Babafemi, said the illicit substances intercepted included various quantities of methamphetamine and opioids concealed in hems of new jeans trousers, dolls, buttons, local soap and tins of milo beverage.
Noting that the operation was carried out by operatives of the Directorate of Operations and General Investigation (DOGI) at courier houses in Lagos, he said some of the items seized included tramadol 225mg concealed in hems of new jeans trousers heading to Cyprus; shipment of cannabis sativa hidden in heads of dolls going to Dubai; sachets of tramadol 225mg buried in tins of milo beverage going to UAE; and another set of same drug hidden in local soap also going to UAE.
Others were a consignment of methamphetamine concealed in buttons heading to Hong Kong; and a shipment of another illicit substance coming from Florida, USA.
“Operatives in Lagos on Friday 1st December also arrested a drug kingpin, Okechukwu Ogala, 56, who specialises in exploiting and recruiting young citizens to export meth to Asian countries.
“He was arrested at Blue Moon Hotel in Okota area of Lagos with 60 wraps of methamphetamine weighing 1.009 kilograms.
“In another operation in Lagos, operatives on Friday 1st December recovered 393kgs of cannabis in a shop at Akala, Mushin while a suspect, Justin Enuonye, who deals in Canadian Loud was arrested by the police at Victoria Island and transferred to Lagos Command of NDLEA on Friday 1st December with 154 parcels weighing 92kgs.
“A team of NDLEA operatives also intercepted a vehicle at Oyingbo area of Lagos and recovered 108kgs of cannabis from it, while 675 kilograms of the same substance were recovered from the store of a wanted dealer, Wahab Olota at Adedoja area of Mushin, Lagos,” Babafemi said. Channels TV.
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