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Group asks Buhari to immortalise Nigerian Youths who died during #ENDSARS protests

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A group under the auspices of Sceptre Leadership International has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to set aside a special date to Celebrate Nigerian youths that died during the #ENDSARS protests.Speaking at a press Conference in Abuja over the weekend the Convener and President of the group, Mr Martins Wealth said by so doing the date would be set aside as a reformation day or day of true change in honor of the youths that died.
By so doing, he said the President will easily pacify the #EndSars protesters and families that lost their loved ones as he also requested that thes families should be heavily compensated.He commended the youths for their courage and great work of reformation that was birthed by them in reclaiming their rights during the protests. “Those that were killed didn’t die in vain, they were martyrs of our Nation and have made history. ‘Our Voice has been heard and we have conquered’.”
He appealed to the youths to withdrawhenceforth from the end sars protest, while they await the federal government to implement the demands and requests of their protest.
Martins encouraged the youths not to allow evil merchants, hoodlums or enemies of Nigeria who want to use certain people with ulterior motive to disrupt and hijack the peaceful protest that has achieved it’s purpose already. 
He added that the prayers of the youths are working adding that God is involved indeed. “We shall not be partakers of other people’s wrong deeds and sins.”Wealth urged the state governors to stop relying on federal allocation to run their various States. 
He advised all the state governors to look inwards where they have comparative and competitive advantage to run their states as a primary source of revenue generation, stressing that, federal allocation should be secondary. He added that, the state governors should make agriculture very attractive so as to engage the youths.
To the country’s law makers, the convener opined that most of them were at one time or the other governors saying that they have served already especially those that have completed two tenures. Wealth advised them to give the youths and younger generation a chance to serve so they become elder-statesmen like other past leaders who served the nation diligently.
Also in the message to Nigerians, the convener stressed that, the narrative has changed and the youths below the age of 55years should be given the mandate. However, he specifically charge Nigerians to vote for the five percent(5%) of the incumbent crop of leaders that have clearly distinguished themselves in various leadership capacities.
Also in his message to the government in power, the convener urged her to budget fifty percent (50%) of revenue for agriculture, and fifty percent (50%) of Nigerian workforce should work for 8 hours daily and the remaining fifty percent (50%) workforce should be on part-time and four (4) hours basis as it is done in most advance countries like the United States, United Kingdom etc. The convener believes more youths will be gainfully employed if the above suggestions are implemented.
The convener urged the multinationals operating in the country to build industries based on the competitive advantage in the state they operate, as he urged government should create conducive environment for their businesses to thrive and succeed.
In like manner, the convener of the group called on the state governors to utilize the moment and maximise opportunities by aligning and taking the blueprint and roadmap from successful bodies like the Sceptre Leadership model who have a special education laboratory that is donated to more than 120 schools as the pilot through the ministry of education. “The special education laboratory is solely developed at a very minimal cost by the sceptre leadership special school initiative as well as the Sceptre nation builders for youth corpers which is capable of employing  millions of youths. 
By so doing, the governors will build an enduring legacy.
The convener in his closing remarks said the youths are the future leaders, heroes of Nigeria hence he said their interest must be protected and future preserved.

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Nigeria’s Minister of State for Power Jedy-Agba has disclosed that the country is set for a ‘bounce back’ programme in its green recovery initiative that will provide solar home systems to 5 million households

He spoke at a UK hosted Climate Change Conference Roundtable on Clean Power Transition on 11 January during a virtual visit to the UK on 10–12 January by United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres which he attended. 

The Minister added that off-grid power sources have become more competitive since the removal of fuel subsidies.

He stressed that Nigeria was taking steps to merge its energy access and energy transition plan. 
He acknowledged that the largest population without electricity globally resides within its borders, and identified financing as a major constraint to Nigeria’s clean and renewable energy transition plans. 
According to him, 

“With the help of the international community, we can improve the decentralized renewable energy market to create jobs, provide energy more quickly to those without access, and ensure that we maintain and eventually reduce our emission levels to achieve our net-zero objectives.

“As the COP26 Presidency, the UK Government is committed to supporting the Nigerian government to develop ambitious evidence-based plans to deliver on Nigeria’s own commitments ahead of the COP26 summit in Glasgow in November 2021. 
“The UK supported the solar sector in Nigeria with a £66m programme between 2014 and 2020 which  helped provide energy access to   5.5 million Nigerians since 2015.
He said the UK is delivering ongoing programmes to develop quality standards, financing and manufacturing arrangements for solar home systems.
“Many UK companies are also active in the solar home system market in Nigeria.
“The UK considers the licensing of mobile money to facilitate Pay As You Go arrangements for solar home systems a positive development.”

The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres at the event challenged developed nations to fulfil their pledges to provide $100 billion annually for developing countries’ clean energy transition.
During the roundtable, the Foreign Secretary announced that the UK will pledge up to £38 million to the Climate Compatible Growth programme, supporting developing countries to accelerate their transition to clean energy while growing their economies.
“The UK is already moving to clean power faster than any major economy, and last year committed to protect at least 30 per cent of its land and ocean by 2030.
“Together these announcements address the two leading sources of global emissions – electricity generation and land use – and demonstrate the UK’s leadership in fighting climate change ahead of the COP26 summit in Glasgow in November.”

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Akpabio denies giving Attorney general $5m bribe over NDDC sole administrator

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Akpabio denies giving Attorney general $5m bribe over NDDC sole administrator

 
The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio has denied paying $5 million bribe to the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami and others to secure the appointment of a Sole Administrator for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).
This was contained in a statement that was issued in Abuja on Sunday by his chief press secretary Anietie Ekong
He described the claim as a piece of fake news.
The statement reads in part,
“We wish to state categorically that this is a piece of malicious concoction manufactured from the pit of hell by mischief -makers.
“It is a figment of the imagination of the author of the fake news. Senator Akpabio denies the story in its entirety. The authors of the fake news should be ready to back up their claim or face the full wrath of the law.
 
“The story is a desperate attempt by some unscrupulous bloggers to impugn the integrity of the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs and the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami as the claim is not only spurious but utterly ridiculous. 
According to him, in a suit number ABJ/CS/617/2020 filed by a Civil Society Organization, Forum for Accountability and Good Governance, at a Federal High Court in Abuja, Justice Ahmed Mohammed had granted an order restraining the Interim Management Committee of the NDDC from performing the functions of the board and accessing the Commission’s offices and files.
 
“The Order clearly listed the Managing Director Professor Kemebradikumo Pondei, Acting Executive Director of Projects Dr Cairo Ojougboh, Mrs Caroline Nagboh and Cecilia Akintomide as those restrained.
He said the Order also asked that “the most senior civil servant or administrator in the Commission be appointed” to take charge of the Commission.
 
“It was based on this order that President Muhammadu Buhari approved the elevation of the Acting Executive Director of Finance and Administration, Mr Effiong Akwa, being the most Senior Administrator to take over the headship of the NDDC as an Interim Administrator pending the completion of the Forensic Audit Exercise.
 
“It is therefore absurd for anyone to even imagine that the Honourable Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio would bribe the Attorney General before an Order of the Court is complied with as the purveyors of the fake news have stated. “
He therefore advised the general public to discountenance the piece of trash.
 
He said, “It is obvious that some persons who are scared of the ongoing forensic audit of the NDDC as ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari are working tirelessly to scuttle the exercise by blackmailing the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio. 
“Their modus operandi is to churn out fake news in a bid to stop Senator Akpabio from sanitizing the NDDC.
“Otherwise, how can a responsible news website make such a grievous allegation without any shred of evidence to back up its claim.”
 
However, he restated the resolve of Senator Akpabio to continue to do the right thing as mandated by President Buhari adding that no amount of sponsored fake news and blackmail would deter him from achieving his mandate. “The Minister has the overwhelming support of the impoverished masses of the Niger Delta who have borne the brunt of underdevelopment of the region over the years.”
 
 

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NEF warns Nigerians against stoking religious war with unguarded statements

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NEF warns Nigerians against stoking religious war with unguarded statements

The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has asked Nigerians to watch and guard their statements so as to prevent any form of religious war in the country.
This was coming against the backdrop of inflammatory and inciting statements after the Christmas day sermon by fiery Bishop of Sokoto Catholic diocese leading to the issuance of a quit notice on the revered Bishop to leave Sokoto State.

NEF in a statement on Wednesday by its Director of Publicity and Advocacy, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed warned that Nigeria should not be subjected to further difficult circumstances capable of imposing fear in the mind of citizens.

Baba-Ahmed who expressed worries about certain disturbing comments in the polity, therefore, warned those spreading explosive and inciting statements to check their ways and desist from such acts.

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