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Today's Headlines: FG Approves N19bn For N-Power Training, Others; Seun Kuti Spends Night In Police Custody

FG Approves N19bn For N-Power Training, Others

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The Federal Government, on Monday, in Abuja, approved the total sum of N19.24bn for the training of 50,000 non-graduate N-power beneficiaries and the procurement of taxiway lighting system in the Port Harcourt, Lagos and Abuja airports.

The sum also covers consultancy services for the Dadin Kowa 40MW power project in Gombe State and the furnishing of the 10-storey headquarters of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency located in Victoria Island, Lagos.

The Ministers of Humanitarian Affairs, Social Development and Disaster Management, Sadiya Farouk, and her counterparts in the Ministries of Aviation, Education and Water Resources, revealed this to journalists after an extraordinary meeting of the Federal Executive Council presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the State House, Abuja.

In March 2023, The PUNCH reports that the FG had approved the engagement of four of its agencies to train 50,000 Non-Graduate N-Power beneficiaries for nine months. They include the National Institute of Transport Technology, Industrial Training Fund, National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism and the Hydraulic Equipment Development Institute.

Farouk said “The other memo is submitted, which is to seek Council’s approval for the engagement of four federal agencies for the training of the non-graduates N-Power beneficiaries. This is in the total sum of N14.21bn with 7.5% as VAT.”

She added that the life skills acquisition programme had been on since the inception of the N-Power programme in 2016 as the third batch begin training soon.

Seun Kuti Spends Night In Police Custody

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Seun Kuti, Afrobeat singer will be spending the night in police custody for assaulting an officer.

Benjamin Hundeyin, the Lagos police spokesman confirmed this to PREMIUM TIMES via telephone on Monday.

He said that the singer will face trial after the completion of their investigation.

Following the altercation with the yet-to-be identified officer, the singer turned himself in at the Ikeja police command in Lagos in company of his lawyer and family representative.

He was subsequently arrested, handcuffed and taken to the State Criminal Investigation Department at Panti, Yaba area of Lagos.

Earlier via his Twitter handle, Mr Hundeyin said that “the ongoing investigation will be detailed, transparent, professionally pursued; and justice will be manifestly served for all parties involved.”

Muyiwa Adejobi, the Force spokesperson said that the singer is being interrogated at the SCID.

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PDP Void Suspension Of Senator Makarfi

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The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has voided the suspension of former Kaduna Governor, Senator Ahmed Makarfi.

Channels Television reports that Makarfi, a one-time PDP Acting National Chairman, was purportedly suspended by the Executive Committee of his Tudun Wada Ward in Makarfi Local Government Area.

However, in a statement on Monday, PDP National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba, said the purported suspension was inconsistent with provisions of the party’s constitution.

Ologunagba, who issued the statement on behalf of the National Working Committee (NWC), said that being a member of the National Executive Committee (NEC), Makarfi cannot be suspended by the Executive Committee of his Ward.

Don’t Declare Enugu Gov-Elect Certificate Fake, Court Tells NYSC

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The Federal High Court in Abuja has restrained the National Youth Service Corps and its Director of Corps Certification, Ibrahim Muhammed, from issuing further disclaimers that the NYSC certificate dated January 6, 2003, issued to the governor-elect of Enugu State, Peter Mbah, was forged.

The defendants in the suit are the NYSC and Muhammed, while Mbah is the plaintiff.

Justice Ekwo made the order following an ex parte motion dated May 4, which was moved by Emeka Ozoani (SAN), on behalf of the applicant.

Recall that during the build-up to the March 18, 2023 governorship election, Mbah of the Peoples Democratic Party was accused by some opposition political parties of presenting a forged NYSC certificate to the Independent National Electoral Commission

The NYSC, in its response letter dated February 1, 2023 and signed by Muhammed, denied issuing the certificate to Mbah.

The plaintiff then approached the court for an order of interim injunction restraining the NYSC and its directors from issuing and publishing disclaimers in respect to the certificate saga.

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