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Today's Headlines: Youth Corps Members kidnapped In Rivers; I Regret Making Tambuwal Become Speaker

Youth Corps Members kidnapped In Rivers

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The Rivers State Police Command has confirmed the abduction of yet-to-be ascertained number of members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) along the East-West Road in Rivers State.

The abduction of the youths came barely 24 hours after the chairman of Emohua local government area of the state, Dr. Chidi Lloyd, placed a bounty of N1million on a 22-year-old Onuigwe Wodi, for his involvement in the killing of policemen, cultism, kidnapping and armed robbery along the East-West Road.

Lloyd also announced the withholding of the salaries of operatives of the Emohua Vigilante Service (EMOVIS) following their inability to check the rising crime rate in the local government area.

The youth corps members were returning to Port Harcourt from the NYSC Orientation Camp in Ondo State, when gunmen suspected to be kidnappers hijacked their bus in the Emohua axis of the East-West Road on Tuesday night.

I Regret Making Tambuwal Become Speaker

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The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has expressed regret for leading a forum that championed the emergence of Aminu Tambuwal as Speaker of the House in the 7th National Assembly.

Aminu Tambuwal is the outgoing governor of Sokoto state and former speaker of the House of Representatives.

Speaking in Abuja at a meeting of the Joint Task – 10th Assembly, a coalition of members-elect of the All Progressives Congress and opposition parties in the coming 10th National Assembly on Wednesday, Gbajabiamila said I regret it, while recalling the previous attempts by speakership aspirants to oppose chosen candidates of their respective parties.

The coalition had adopted candidates of the APC for Speaker and Deputy Speaker, Tajudeen Abbas and Benjamin Kalu, respectively, for the 10th House.

Centre Scores NEDC Board Nominees High, Calls For Speedy Confirmation By Senate

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The Centre for Social Justice, Equity, and Transparency (CESJET) has hailed President Muhammadu Buhari for nominating distinguished and credible Nigerians to the board of the North-East Development Commission (NEDC).

The Centre said it was particularly thrilled with the choices of Barrister Bashir Bukar Ba’ale and Dr. Umar Abubakar Hashidu as Chairman of the Governing Board and the Managing Director, respectively.

In a letter to the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, and signed by its Executive Secretary, Comrade Isaac Ikpa, CESJET said the duo flaunts an incredible track record of excellence, integrity, and foresight to take the interventionist agency to the next level.

The Centre for Social Justice, Equity, and Transparency, therefore, urged the Senate to expedite action in confirming the nominees without hesitation in the country’s best interest.

IMF Approves $3bn Loan For Ghana

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The International Monetary Fund’s executive board on Wednesday approved a $3 billion, three-year loan program for Ghana, allowing for an immediate disbursement of about $600 million and a potential path out of the West African country’s worst economic crisis in a generation.

The IMF said in a statement that securing timely debt restructuring agreements with external creditors would be essential to successfully implement the Extended Credit Facility loan aimed at helping Ghana overcome immediate policy and financing challenges.

The Fund also said the new loan would help mobilize additional external financing from development partners and provided a framework for completing its debt restructuring.

Congratulations to Ghana for a strong program of reforms to revitalize growth and reduce the country’s debt burden, IMF Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva said in a video posted to Twitter.

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