Despite significant setbacks in its nation-building efforts and its fair share of global difficulties, Nigeria is a country on the rise, according to the governor of Kwara State on Saturday.
The FidelinfoNews gathered this was contained in a statement on Saturday by Rafiu Ajakaye, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor.
AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq congratulated citizens on the 62nd independence anniversary, saying leaders and citizens must play their roles to better the lots of the country and its people.
The Governor spoke at Nigeria’s 62nd Independence Anniversary parade held in Ilorin — amid colouful march-pasts by contingents from the security agencies, public and private primary and secondary schools, members of the national youth corps and the Red Cross in Kwara State.
The event was attended by the great and the good of Kwara State from different sectors, including Deputy Governor Kayode Alabe; First Lady Amb. Olufolake AbdulRazaq; Senator Sadiq Umar (North); House of Assembly Speaker Yakubu Danladi-Salihu and members of the House; Grand Kadi Kwara State Shariah Court of Appeal Justice Abdullateef Kamaldeen; cabinet members; security commanders; royal fathers; and party leaders, among others.
“Nigeria is a nation on the rise. I agree that we are struggling against various challenges of nation building. Yes, we are up against the fluctuations of the global economy,” he said, adding: “However, our country is not stagnant. We are not hopeless. Everyday, new successes are being recorded in the economy, infrastructural development, defence, and in our democratic journey.”
The Governor said “things will be better if everyone plays their role and prioritizes national peace, unity, and collective growth”.
He congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari and other Nigerian citizens on the celebration, appreciating God and all founding fellows for their excellent contributions towards gaining that freedom.
“With gratitude to the Almighty God and respect to all the founding fathers and mothers of our country, I join Mr. President to congratulate Nigerians on the 62nd Independence of our country,” he added.
AbdulRazaq said Kwara is equally waxing stronger under his watch, adding that the government has a duty to consolidate on some of the achievements recorded so far.
The Governor charged all Kwarans to continue to exist in peace, and make the State continually hospitable and attractive to investors.
“As a people, I urge Kwarans to continue to make this state the comfort zone for trade, hospitality, and peaceful coexistence. Together, let us build a state that works for all,” the Governor added.
The October 1 event is the annual commemoration of Nigeria’s political independence from Britain, with the Green White Green effectively replacing the British blue ensign with a Star of David surrounding the Tudor/Edward’s Crown. The latter had been adopted as the flag of Nigeria after the British amalgamated Northern and Southern Nigeria in 1914.
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Following a suspense-filled evening, the grand finale of BBNaija All Stars commenced at 7 pm tonight.
Housemates were gradually eliminated from the competition, with Cross, Pere, and Adekunle being the first to exit. This led to an extraordinary situation where the top three remaining contestants were all female, marking a historic milestone within the Big Brother franchise.
The tension continued, and eventually, Ceec was evicted, leaving Mercy and Ilebaye as the final two housemates competing for the price money of N120 Million
In the end, it came down to Mercy and Ilebaye as the top two finalists, with Baye who emerged victorious as the winner of the BBNaija All Stars Edition
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BREAKING: Jubilation across Nigeria as BUA Reduces Price Of Cement To N3,500
One of the major companies in Nigeria, BUA Group , has announced a reduction of ex-factory cement price to N3,500 per bag.
The company, which made this known in a statement on Sunday, said the reduction will take effect from 2 October, 2023.
The statement titled : ‘BUA Cement reduces ex-factory cement prices to N3,500/bag effective October 2, 2023’, reads in full :
“We refer to our previous pronouncements regarding our intent to reduce cement prices upon the completion of our new lines at the end of the year, in order to spur development in the building materials and infrastructure sectors.
As per the commitment made to reduce prices and following a periodic review of our operations for efficiency, the management of BUA Cement Plc wishes to announce and inform our esteemed customers, stakeholders, and the public that effective October 2, 2023, we have decided to bring the price reduction forward. As a result, BUA Cement would now be sold at an ex-factory* price of 3,500 Naira per bag so that Nigerians can begin to enjoy the benefits of the price reduction before the completion of our plants.
Upon completion of the ongoing construction of our new plants, which would increase our production volumes to 17million metric tonnes per annum, BUA Cement PLC intends to review these prices further in line with our earlier pronouncements by the first quarter of 2024.
NOTE: all pending, undelivered orders which had been paid for at the old prices will be reviewed downwards to N3500/bag in line with the new pricing from October 2, 2023. Our licensed dealers are also enjoined to ensure that end-users benefit from this reduction in ex-factory prices as we will monitor field sales to ensure compliance
“Total Shutdown”: List of Major Labour Unions that will Join Nationwide Strike
Barring any last-minute change of mind, Nigeria’s organised labour will embark on an indefinite strike on Tuesday, October 3.
The labour leaders in the country said they took the decision following the “failure” of the Bola Tinubu government to successfully implement policies to alleviate the sufferings of Nigerians following the removal of the subsidy on petrol.
“It’s going to be a total shutdown … until government meets the demand of Nigerian workers, and in fact Nigerian masses,” the labour leaders said.
October 3 strike: List of labour unions to join
There are numerous labour unions in Nigeria, cutting across different sectors.
Here is a list of the labour unions that have announced they will join the strike.
Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) is at the forefront of the strike. The union had earlier embarked on a two-day warning strike. It also gave the government a 21-day ultimatum, which has ended.
Joe Ajaero, the national president of the NLC, complained that “none of the demands put before the federal government had been addressed.”
The NLC is an umbrella body which houses unions for many industries, including nurses, road workers and printers.
Trade Union Congress (TUC)
The Trade Union Congress (TUC) is another major union whose members are ready to join the nationwide strike.
Members of the TUC include senior bank workers and high school teachers, among others.
Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG)
Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) is one of Nigeria’s main oil and gas unions.
NUPENG President Williams Akporeha said the union will also join the nationwide strike, according to Reuters.
Workers under NUPENG include fuel tanker drivers, pump attendants, among others.
National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE)
The National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has also directed its members to commence full mobilisation to join the indefinite strike.
Premium Times reported that the NUEE in a notice signed by its acting general secretary, Dominic Igwebike, urged its members to stop work from the early hours of Tuesday.
This means Nigeria may be plunged into a blackout when the strike begins.
Association of Senior Staff of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions (ASSBIFI)
The Association of Senior Staff of Banks, Insurance and Financial Institutions (ASSBIFI) has also asked its members to join the strike.
ASSBIFI’s directive to its members, according to PM News, was issued by the Assistant General Secretary, Admin and Planning, Saka Adekunle and Head, International & Industrial Relations, Anthony Emeh.
This implies that banks may also not be in operation during the strike.
NURTW says it won’t join strike
Unlike other unions, the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) has said that its members will not be participating in the strike, stating that the plan was “ill-timed and in bad faith”.
The union leader, Alhaji Tajudeen Badiru Agbede, stated the union’s position after an emergency meeting with all the state chairmen, secretaries and treasurers in Abuja, Nigerian Tribune reported.
Meanwhile, the federal government has made another move to halt the planned nationwide indefinite strike as it invited the union leaders for another round of interaction.
The peace meeting will be held on Sunday, October 1, at the presidential villa in Abuja
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