The federal government has declared Monday 2 October as a public holiday in commemoration of the nation’s 63rd independence celebration. This was disclosed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Interior, Oluwatoyin Akinlade, on Thursday 28th October who acted on behalf of the Minister, Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, congratulated all Nigerians both at home and in the Diaspora.
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Tuesday condemned the spate of military coups in Africa describing same as wrong and unreflective of the collective aspiration of Africans. Mr. Tinubu mentioned the above during his inaugural speech at the 78th session of the General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York. President Tinubu affirmed that democratic governance must be adopted as the best guarantor of the sovereign will and well-being of the people. "Military coups are wrong, as is any tilted civilian political arrangement that perpetuates injustice."
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has approved the resumption of collection of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) for registered voters ahead of the November 11 governorship elections in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi States. The Commission said the PVCs would be available for collection at all the Local Government area offices in the three States, eight in Bayelsa, 27 in Imo and 21 in Kogi.
Akwa Ibom State Governor, Pastor Umo Eno, has approved the immediate release of N1 billion to augment Federal Government’s palliatives, to cushion the effects of fuel subsidy removal. The governor also assured that the commencement of distribution of palliatives to residents of the State will start on Monday September 4, 2023. Speaking to journalists on Wednesday, the governor announced the approval for the release of N2bn being the second tranche for the payment of gratuities to retired teachers in both state and local government service. Governor Eno while giving reasons for the gesture said it is a quick fix by the state government to ameliorate the sufferings of the people as a result of the hardship occasioned by the fuel subsidy removal, while cautioning youths in the state against being used by persons to foment unrest.
President Bola Tinubu has departed Nigeria to attend the G-20 Leaders’ Summit in New Delhi, India, on the special invitation of Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi. Mr. Tinubu department in the early hours of Tuesday from the presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport. The summit is expected to hold from September 9 to 10. Earlier on September 1, Ajuri Ngelale, presidential spokesperson, said president Tinubu seeks to attract foreign investments to the country during the summit.
President Bola Tinubu is currently presiding over his maiden meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) in the Council Chambers of the presidential villa in Abuja. Also attending are the vice president, Kashim Shettima; the secretary to the government of the federation, George Akume; the head of service of the federation, Folashade Yemi-Esan; and the chief of staff to the president, Femi Gbajabiamila.