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There’s no price for Nigeria’s unity ― Gov Sule

There’s no price for Nigeria’s unity ― Gov Sule

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Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule

By Soni Daniel and Luminous Jannamike, Abuja

Despite growing calls by secessionists for the breakup of Nigeria, the Governor of Nasarawa State, Engr. Abdullahi Sule, on Thursday, said the unity of the country cannot be traded for money or other selfish motives.

The governor, who said this while speaking at the official unveiling of nine books on the National Youth Service Corps and a film ‘Call to Service’ in commemoration of the 48th anniversary of the Scheme in Abuja, maintained that there was no reason to discontinue the NYSC.

He said, “Just as there is no price for security, there is also no price for unity, and the NYSC defines the unity of Nigeria.

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“If there’s anybody to talk to you about profitability, you are looking at one here. If you’re looking at money here, I was the managing director of African Petroleum, the group managing director of Dangote, and the managing director of Sadiq Petroleum Nigeria Limited. I have stayed where we have taken companies and actually returned profits to shareholders. I know the value of money and I know what it takes to make money, but there’s actually no price for unity.”

According to him, the NYSC was floated 48 years ago when a lot of the people who are calling for the disintegration of Nigeria were not born.

Therefore, he said, they may not be aware of the level of devastation that trailed the Biafra civil war which necessitated the establishment of the Scheme.

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Speaking also at the event, the Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Youth, Hon. Yemi Adaramodu, said the National Assembly had no plan to abolish the NYSC.

According to him, the NYSC is the most successful national programme for fostering national unity.

Recall that Hon. Awaji-Inombek Abiante, had in a Bill that has passed the second reading in the National Assembly called for the scrapping of the scheme.

However, Adaramodu said: “Anybody is free to sponsor a bill, but the speaker and the rest of the house believe that the scheme has come to stay in Nigeria.

“The scheme is going nowhere and it is not the plan of the National Assembly to scrap it. I want to let you know that we are with you and for you. We are fully with you, we are together.

He noted that the NYSC has remained the most successful national programme in Nigeria’s history.

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Kwara Assembly Passes 14 Bills Into Laws in Two Years — Speaker, Hon Danladi-Salihu

By Demola Akinyemi – Ilorin

Speaker of Kwara State House of Assembly Rt.Hon. Yakubu Danladi-Salihu said yesterday that the current legislature had in the last two years passed 14 bills into laws while 32 motions were moved with resolutions.

The current Assembly which clocked two years yesterday was inaugurated on 10th June 2019.

The lawmakers, dressed gorgeously with their wives for the celebration, took time, one after the other, to eulogize the leadership of the Speaker and poured encomiums on Governor AbdulRazaq for turning the fortune of the state around.

They also narrated their achievements in their respective constituencies in the last two years.

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The Speaker, Hon Danladi-Salihu speaking on the collective achievements of the current ninth Assembly said, “In the bid to enable the present administration in the State fulfill its campaign promises to our people, we have always ensured that consideration and passage of all money bills especially the Appropriation bills conform with the yearnings of the people as well as the international set standards”.

Danladi-Salihu added that “The House has also ensured that all bills and other legislative functions affecting key sectors such as health, education, social security, youth employment, and job creation, Land and Housing, Commerce, Women Affairs, People with Disability, Child Rights, Works, and Transport, etc. received the desired attention.

“Also, we did not leave provision of infrastructure solely in the hands of the executive as we facilitated in our various constituencies, construction of classrooms and health facilities, sinking of boreholes, opening of rural roads etc., under the Grassroots Development Project, an initiative of the present administration in the State that commenced in 2020.

 “All the projects under this initiative have been completed and delivered for the use of our people and the feats recorded by this 9th legislature in the last two years in office is as result of the dedication, loyalty and zeal of the management and staff of this Assembly under the clerk”..

The speaker who assured the people of the state that good laws that would move the state forward, will continue to be his priority called on the members of the house to continue to be up and doing so as to deliver more dividends of democracy to the doorsteps of the rural populace in the state.

He also pledged to continue to ensure all moves that would enhance peace and development of the state would be done so as to take the state to greater heights.

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Ubani petitions NASS over Onochie’s nomination as INEC REC

Ubani petitions NASS over Onochie’s nomination as INEC REC

By Henry Ojelu

The Chairman of Nigerian Bar Association Section on Public Interest and Development Law, NBA/SPIDEL, Dr. Monday Ubani has petitioned the Senate Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, over the nomination of President Muhammadu Buhari’s special adviser on social media, Lauretta Onochie as INEC Commissioner.

In the petition addressed to the Chairman, Senate Committee on INEC, Senator Kabiru Gaya, Ubani pointed out that Onochie’s nomination is a clear contravention of Section 152 of the Electoral Act, provides amongst other things that no registered member of a Political Party shall be eligible for or be appointed to carry out duties of a returning officer, an electoral officer, the presiding officer or Poll Clerk.

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Ubani stated that as a card-carrying member of the ruling party, All Progressives Congress, APC, Onochie is unfit for the position she is nominated for.

Part of the petition reads: “Distinguished Senate Chairman, considering the reality of Nigeria today, with the high level of insecurity, ethnic tensions, and mistrust among Citizens, the decline in trust and confidence by the Citizens in their elected officials and democratic institutions to mention a few, it is very important, that as the next election draws closer, whoever is to be nominated by the President to serve as INEC Commissioner, Chairman or as an unbiased Umpire for National elections must be in compliance with the law and must be persons that, the general public view as not being partisan or compromised in any form or manner.

“Sir, Section 152 of the Electoral Act, provides that. “no person holding an elective office to which this act relates or a registered member of a Political Party shall be eligible for or be appointed to carry out duties of a returning officer, an electoral officer, the presiding officer or Poll Clerk.

“Therefore, the nomination of Mrs. Lauretta Onochie, a clearly partisan individual by the President, an individual who has in recent years publicly displayed her partisanship and undying support for the ruling Party in her utterances, conduct, and interaction with the public cannot and should not serve as INEC Commissioner, a role reserved for an unbiased umpire. I on behalf of the Nigerian Public urge the Senate to righteously reject her nomination and confirmation forthwith.

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“As a card-carrying member of the ruling party or any other party for that matter, she is unfit for the position she is nominated. I also doubt that Section 154 (3) of the constitution was complied with, which prescribes that the President nominates the INEC Commissioner in consultation with the Council of State. Paragraphs B of Part 1 of the 3rd Schedule of the constitution provides that the Council of State shall have the power to advise the President in the exercise of his power with respect to (iv) the INEC including the appointment of members of the Commission. When was this Section and paragraph complied with? If I may ask.

“Most importantly paragraph 14 of part I of the third schedule of the constitution as amended in Section 30 No. 1 of 2010, a member of INEC should be “non-partisan”, can Ms. Lauretta Onochie be regarded by anyone in Nigeria, knowing her antecedent as the Special Assistant to the President as “non-partisan” under the Nigerian context? The right answer is No.

“I, therefore, on behalf of the Nigerian Bar Association urge that her nomination be rejected and her confirmation be denied forthwith.”

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Customers satisfaction key to business growth, says CEO Sonaira Business World

Sonia Omon-Obehi Ovuehor

The founder and CEO of Sonaira Business World, Sonaira Business World Sonia Omon-Obehi Ovuehor, has said that customers satisfaction was key to the achievement of growth of any business enterprise

Speaking in an interview with reporters at her expansive office, the boss of Sonaira Business World, which prides itself as the leading online and offline retail outlet in the country, observed that a lot of companies have gone under because they paid little or no attention to the customers’ satisfaction.

Sonaira Business World CEO, Sonia Omon-Obehi Ovuehor, said the trajectory of her business has changed for the business since she made customer satisfaction the central focus, with sales of its products rising considerably.

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While discarding the view that Sonaira Business World like most other companies was established with the primary aim of making maximum profit, Ovuehor, whose interests in commodities trading and entrepreneurship were horned by her petty trader mother, said she was satisfied with the strides made by Sonaira Business World since it’s started operations fully in 2017.

According to the CEO of Sonaira Business World, “our aim in business is not to make money as some people think. Our motto is to satisfy our customers even if it comes at a financial loss to us.

“At Sonaira Business, we know that customer satisfaction will lead to increased patronage for our products and more income will naturally flow into her coffers. We don’t pursue money at Sonaira Business World, rather, money chase us because we satisfy our customers”, said Ovuehor.

Ovuehor is a result-driven young entrepreneur, with an uncommon knack for excellence, noted that her objective for floating Sonaira Business World was to positively affect her target audience by providing services and a wide range of products that meet the expectations of the customers and clients.

The postgraduate student of Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State, said, she went through the mill before getting the experience and acumen needed to oversee the daily running of Sonaira Business World and steer it to the next level of greatness in the business world.

From the lessons instilled by her mother, her internship period in the defunct AfriHUB, UNIBEN Branch, to when she joined the Pan African Institute for Entrepreneurship and Community Development where she was tutored in a full course on MSI (Multiple streams of income)

“I regard myself as a lifetime entrepreneur because I derive so much pleasure from buying and selling major commodities with a holistic approach. This has given my business our remarkable alias “the jack of most trades”.

Speaking on how she began, Ovuehor said, “I loved people who had multiple sources of income because it guaranteed stability and liquidity. zest for multiple incomes came from her growing up, seeing her mother. It was not long, the business became a household because of her desire to having multiple streams of income and skills and the desire to improve daily on each one of them”.

The boss of Sonaira Business World said that life has dealt her with a mixed grill of good and bad, stressing that, “My growing up was quite sweet and sour. On one hand, I had parents who work hard to give me a quality education.

“On the other hand, it was filled with solitude because I had severe allergies due to my medical history, this made my parents overprotective by shielding me from going out or having playmates.

“It affected my interaction with people as I grew older and made me develop acute mood swings in my teenage years.”

On how she managed to wriggle her way out these bottlenecks which on any day, would have consumed the weak and fainthearted, Ovuehor said that she had to be courageous in confronting her challenges.

The CEO of Sonaira Business World said, “it took a lot of personal determination and doggedness now become a successful entrepreneur, making things happen at Sonaira Business World, “Ovuehor said that she had to be courageous in..confronting her fears.

“t took a lot of personal development and life experiences to shape and mold myself into the woman I am today. I also appreciate my parents, siblings, and close friends for guiding me through the whole reformative process,” added Ovuehor

Speaking further, Ovuehor said, “over a decade ago, I started business as a very young student. I sold cosmetics, thrift clothes, shoes, and bags. Then worked intermittently during the incessant academic strikes.

“A major career experience I had was working as an intern in the now-defunct AFRIHUB, UNIBEN BRANCH. It was an ICT company and my computer skills accelerated while working with them and this skill opened windows of opportunities for me after my first degree.”

“After graduation, I worked in a telecommunications company, another construction company, and lastly a beauty company before moving on to birth my own small and medium scale enterprise,” stated Ovuehor, the amazon running things, who noted that “Sonaira Business World is a well-thought business entity because it was designed to resolve daily challenges”

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Illegal Possession of AK-47: My shoot-on-sight directive remains— Buhari

For the Command from Lagos State government.

*Directs implementation of upward review of police salaries, benefits

*We ‘ll make Lagos inhabitable for criminals, Sanwo-Olu vows

President Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday, said that his shoot-on-sight directive to security agents against anyone illegally in possession of AK-47 and other assault weapons remained in place.

Similarly, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State vowed that his administration will leave no stone unturned to make Lagos inhabitable for criminals.

Buhari and Sanwo-Olu spoke at the official launch of newly-procured security equipment, including hundreds of patrol vans for the state security agencies by the Lagos State Government at the Parade Ground, Police College, Ikeja, Lagos.

Recall that President Buhari, in March, gave marching order security chiefs to go harder on criminals, and shoot anyone in possession of AK-47— illegally.

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Speaking at the event, President Buhari vowed that his administration will act firmly and decisively “against any and all person or persons fomenting or carrying out attacks on our Police Force and other security personnel.”

According to Buhari: “A nation that turns its Police personnel and infrastructure into targets of violence and destruction is a nation on the path of self-destruction.

“As Commander-in-chief, my primary responsibility remains the security of the country and the safety of all citizens.

“Despite the many challenges we are facing, I want Nigerians to be rest assured that we will secure this country.

“We will secure our infrastructure, our highways, our communities, and our forests, and we will secure the lives of our people.”

He told members of the Nigeria Police that as the government strives to improve their welfare and capacity, the citizens equally had expectations from them.

His words: “First let me commend the Inspector-General of Police and the entire Force for the recent efforts to restore peace to troubled parts of the country.

“I have charged the Inspector-General to leave no stone unturned in rebuilding the morale of his officers and men, especially in the aftermath of the mindless violence associated with the EndSARS protests, as well as the recent spate of attacks on police stations in some parts of the country.”

He commended the Lagos governor on the newly-acquired security equipment and assets, noting that it would go a long way in boosting the morale of the Police, and further enhance their capacity to fight crime and combat criminality.

On his part, Sanwo-Olu explained that the donation was in line with his administration’s THEMES Agenda; the ‘S’ being for Security.

The governor requested that Buhari grant Lagos State economic status as an investment that would ensure rapid growth in Nigeria.

According to Sanwo-Olu: “No society can survive without a motivated and well-equipped Police Force.

“Hoodlums and criminals know this, hence the relentless attacks on police installations nationwide. It is our responsibility as government to ensure that their nefarious aims are not achieved.

“They seek to demoralise and destabilise the Police and other law enforcement agents, but we will continue to boldly proclaim ‘Not On Our Watch!’

“We are determined to provide to the Police all the support they require, by way of additional equipment and logistics.

“I’m using this opportunity to sound a note of warning to criminals, cultists, traffic robbers to stay away from Lagos.

“We will leave no stone unturned to make Lagos inhabitable for criminals. We will look for and track criminals and bring them to justice,” he said.

Earlier, the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, commended the state government for the gesture, describing Sanwo-Olu as a game changer and the most security-conscious governor in the country.

The equipment Lagos donated are 150 double cabin vehicles, 30 saloon patrol vehicles, 1,000 ballistic vests; 1,000 ballistic helmets; 1,000 hand-held police radios/walkie talkies;100 security patrol bikes; two Armored Personnel Carriers, APCs; four High Capacity Troop Carriers; two anti-riot water cannon vehicles, office/command furniture and other ancillary support resources.

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