HERE ARE THE HIGHLIGHTS
- FG SETS TO LIFT BAN ON TWITTER, AS OPERATION OPENS OFFICE IN NIGERIA IN 2022.
- KOGI NLC EXPRESSES SHOCK OVER GOVERNMENT’S FAILURE TO IMPLEMENT MINIMUM WAGE.
- COURT REJECTS OKOROCHA ORDER AGAINST EFCC, IMO STATE.
- ON SPORT, ONDO GOVERNMENT ASSURES SUNSHINE STARS OF EARLY PREPARATIONS AHEAD OF 2021/2022 NPFL
The federal government is set to lift the ban on twitter in nigeria soon.
The minister of information and culture, alhaji lai mohammed disclosed this while briefing state house correspondents at the end of the virtual federal executive council, fec, meeting presided over by vice president, yemi osinbajo at the presidential villa, abuja.
Mohammed, when asked to give update on the twitter ban in the country and the interface with the company said the end for amicable resolution is very much in sight, adding that the federal government has made it clear what they want from twitter operation.
He stated that some of the conditions made by the government for twitter operations to resume in nigeria include that the social media platform should establish legal presence in the country and register as a nigerian company with an address.
The minister however said twitter had agreed to open office in the country in 2022 while he appreciate the patience of nigerians, assuring them of a tremendous progress.
The federal government has stated that its strict travel protocols are put in place to protect its citizens from being infected by the covid-19 pandemic.
The minister of information and culture, alhaji lai mohammed stated this while speaking with newsmen, saying nigeria had been tagged as a very strict country in terms of travel protocols, explaining that the stand of the government was to protect its people against the spread of the virus.
Mohammed who said 4 countries including india and brazil had been labelled restricted countries due to high risk of contracting covid-19 by the presidential steering committee, psc, added that nationals from the countries are not allowed into nigeria.
The minister however said diplomats and those coming to fix the country’s infrastructure are exempted by the psc while others from non-restricted countries must observe the covid 19 travel protocols approved by the federal government.
The minister of information and culture, alhaji lai mohammed has tagged as incorrect the insinuation in certain quarters that nigeria is going cap in hand seeking donations for covid-19 vaccines.
Mohammed, in an interview with newsmen, clarified that the country is expecting a large number in batches of doses of covid-19 vaccine brands in a few weeks, which are being paid for, admonishing people with negative view points that, receiving donations while waiting to take delivery of its own should not be a basis for denunciation.
The minister therefore revealed that the government is not only expecting a large number of doses of the vaccines but working toward the development of home-grown vaccines by nigerian scientists which would be administered globally.
The independent national electoral commission, inec, ondo state chapter has charged ondo residents to troop out enmasse to register for their voters card.
The electoral officer, ondo west local government, selina becklin gave the charge when she visted the palace of the paramount ruler of ondo kingdom, his imperial majesty, oba dr. Victor adesimbo kiladejo, jilo the third, cfr calling on all eligible persons in ondo kingdom to visit inec offices for registration as well get their permanent voters card so as to participate in the 2023 general election.
She disclosed that the exercise which is in two phases, stated that the pre registration is the online and the final registration requires bringing the print out to inec offices in the town.
Commenting, the traditional ruler therefore advised all ondo residents to register for the exercise.
The nigeria labour congress, nlc, kogi state chapter has expressed shock over the failure of the state government to implement the 30,000 naira minimum wage.
Nlc chairman, comrade onuh edoka made the expression known while playing host to the new excos of the nigeria civil service union in his office, lamenting that the union is under serious pressure from workers in the state to see that the new minimum wage was implemented.
Edoka who noted that two years after a committee was set up by the government to improve the welfare of workers, the committee is yet to submit its report to governor yahaya bello, however assured that the union would not rest until the new minimum wage is implemented in kogi just as it is applicable in other states.
The chairman therefore called the state government to do the needful as things are getting out of hand while he implored the yearning workers to ensure they maintain industrial harmony with the government as the issue would be sorted out soon.
Ekiti state third youth parliament has advocated for one-year vocational/technical education for secondary school leavers to make them self-reliant.
Speaker of the youth parliament, hon. Oluwatoba fatunla, made this known, saying the call was part of the resolution of the parliament at a sitting at the state house of assembly in ado ekiti, the state capital, to mark the 2021 international youth day.
While emphasizing on the importance of youth inclusion in governance, fatunla noted that the parliament also resolved that at least 40 percent of people in government at all levels must be youths under the age of 40.
The speaker also stressed the need for parents and guardians to encourage their children to embrace technical education and vocational training so as to tackle the problem of unemployment in the country.
The federal high court sitting in abuja has refused to grant an order of interim injunction sought by former imo state governor, rochas okorocha against the economic and financial crimes commission, efcc and the imo state government stopping them from further interfering and confiscating his properties located in various parts of the country.
In his ruling, justice ahmed mohammed held that granting the order during various challenges to the court jurisdiction in the matter would not be in the interest of justice and that the motion on notice filed by okorocha cannot be heard during court vacation.
Meanwhile, okorocha asked the court to issue a restraining order against the efcc and imo state government from further interfering and confiscating his properties located in various parts of the country.
Mohammed however fixed august 24 to first hear the challenges by the efcc and imo state.
The ondo state government has assured supporters and fans of sunshine stars of early preparations ahead of the 2021/2022 season of the nigeria professional football league, npfl.
State deputy governor, lucky ayedatiwa gave the assurance when he received people united by sports, pubs in akure, the state capital.
It could be recalled that sunshine stars escaped relegation on the last day of the season by defeating rivers united 1-0 in akure, to finish in 16th position with 45 points.
Ayedatiwa, also the chairman of a three-man committee put in place by the state governor to steer the affairs of the team to ensure they escaped relegation, thanked the coaching crew for a job well done in achieving the results that helped the club to escape relegation.
The deputy governor therefore promised that the government would do everything possible for the club not to find itself in such a precarious situation again, explaining that goveror oluwarotimi akeredolu was keenly following the club’s activities with a view to helping it succeed.