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Today's Headlines: Buhari Tasks Incoming Govs On Nation Building; NYSC Shouldn’t Be Compulsory

Buhari Tasks Incoming Govs On Nation Building

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday tasked all the incoming State Governors on the need to deliver on their campaign promises or face the consequences during the next general elections.

President Buhari, who gave the charge in Abuja while delivering the keynote address during the Induction of Governors organised by Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), urged them to devise creative and judicious means of addressing the daily challenges faced by their constituents.

Mr President, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, highlighted the consolidation of Nigeria’s democratic process and urged the newly elected Governors to fulfill their promises to the people.

NYSC Shouldn’t Be Compulsory - Jega

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Prof. Athahiru Jega, former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), has recommended that the one-year National Youth Service Scheme (NYSC) should not be made mandatory.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the NYSC 50th anniversary celebration in Abuja on Monday, he said if any activity should be mandatory, then it should be only with the military.

He said the youth service corps ought to be voluntary for youths with proper qualifications and high CGPAs.

According to him, the best graduates who indicate interest should be selected for the exercise hence, adequate provisions should be made such as funding and facilities to enable them function well during the service programme.

Jega noted that the selected ones should also be mentored so that they are trained to occupy special positions in the country.

However, he insisted that if it must be mandatory for the massive number graduates that turn out from higher institutions for the programme, then all the resources and facilities to make it effective and impactful must be provided.

Buhari Gov't Created 12 Millions New Jobs - Presidency

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Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, says President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration created 12 million new jobs in agriculture alone. Shehu, in an interview on Channels TV’s Sunrise Daily, said the administration did well in many sectors including security, power, and fighting corruption among others.

“In agriculture alone, the Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria (RIFAN) is talking about 12 million new jobs, look at what we did in agriculture, this administration inherited just four functional fertilizer processing companies, and we have 52 that are working today. And this shifted the supplies of fertilizer to these 12 million new rice farmers, today rice farmers alone domestically produce rice. This country has achieved food sufficiency, we have diversified the economy, and we are no longer a monocultural economy. This country had spent $5 billion before this administration every day to buy foreign rice, today no one US Dollar leaves the Central Bank of Nigeria for foreign rice,” he said.

Yahaya Bello Wins Governor Of The Year Award

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Governor of Kogi State Yahaya Bello has won the prestigious “Governor Of The Year Award” at the 2023 edition of Global Excellence Awards.

The committee for the awards said Governor Bello was recognised for his achievements in the growth and development of the state, which had been corroborated by respected national and international organisations, including his unrelenting commitment to human capital development, empowerment, and infrastructure growth in the education and health sectors of the state’s economy.

“The commissioning of impactful and first-of-their-kind projects in the state by President Muhammadu Buhari was an eye opener to the extent of development in Kogi State in seven years. On different occasions, the state had also consistently stood out from the crowd in the World Bank’s States Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability programme, among other first-time feats of the state under Governor Yahaya Bello,” the organisers said.

Afenifere Lauds Yoruba Elders For Reconciling Tinubu, George

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The pan-Yoruba sociopolitical organization, Afenifere, on Tuesday, commended the recent visit made by some Yoruba elders to Chief Bode George to reconcile him with the President-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu. It was reported that some Yoruba elders, including Retired Justice Isola Olorunmibe and the leader of the Governance Advisory Council in Lagos State, Tajudeen Olusi, among others, recently paid a visit to Chief George in Lagos State. The PDP chieftain said the delegation came to apologise to him over past issues and sought his support for the President-elect.

To this end, the Organizing Secretary of the Afenifere, Abagun Kole Omololu, who spoke with our correspondent in Akure, the Ondo State capital, said Afenifere was delighted about the development. Omololu said the visit to Bode George was commendable and reasonable as it showed the promotion of unity among Yoruba sons and daughters.

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