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We ‘ re Not Demolishing NUJ State Secretariat, Shaibu Maintains



…… Hosts Edo Journalists*

…. Says Journalists Remain Watchdogs of Society,

Edo State Deputy Governor, Rt. Hon. Comrade Philip Shaibu, has allayed fears of planned demolition of the state secretariat of the Nigeria union of journalist in Benin city capital of Edo state

He stated while also commending Journalists for the cordial working relationship between the State Council of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ and the Edo State Government, that the state government does not harbour any plan to demolish the union’ s state secretariat

The Deputy governor dismissed speculations of the State Government’s plans to demolish the State NUJ Secretariat and take over the Union landed property.

He urged members of the Fourth Estate of the Realm to use their permanent voter card, PVC wisely in electing credible leaders in the upcoming 2023 general elections.

Shaibu made the remarks when he hosted Journalists from across Edo State to the 2022 annual breakfast meeting in his private residence in Benin City.

He lamented the worsening socio-economic challenges plaguing the nation, while urging the citizens to be conscious of their choice of candidates when casting their votes.

He affirmed the critical roles of Journalists as watchdogs of the society, assuring of his unwavering commitment towards their well-being at all times.

He lauded Journalists for their support for the present administration, while commending the State Executive Council of NUJ, under the leadership of Comrade Festus Alenkhe.

The event featured the presentation of awards to the three best investigative Journalists in the State for the outgoing year instituted and sponsored by the Deputy Governor.

Benedict Okate of Edo Broadcasting Service, EBS, emerged the best investigative Journalist of the year with a cash prize of #250.000.00, while Mike Osarogiagbon, Nigerian Observer and Mercy Onyemeli, Correspondence Chapel, won the second and third prize of #150,000.00 and #100,000.00, respectively.

Earlier in his address, the State Chairman of NUJ, Comrade Festus Alenkhe, appreciated the Deputy Governor for his magnanimity and support for Journalists in Edo and beyond.

He highlighted the measures put in place so far by his Executive Council to promote professionalism and checkmate the activities of quacks, masquerading as practicing Journalists in the State.

The breakfast meeting attracted top government functionaries, including Osarodion Ogie, Esq., Secretary to State Government,SSG; Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Hon. Chris Nehikhare; Commissioner for Youths and Gender lssues, Hon. Andrew Emwanta, Chief of Staff, Office of the Deputy Governor, Hon. Inusa lmonofi and Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor, Comrade Ebomhiana Musa, amongst others.

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FG Approves N24.2bn For Free Internet At Airports, Schools, Markets



THE Federal Government has approved free internet services worth N24.2 billion naira at 20 selected airports, 43 universities and six markets across the country.

The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Isa Pantami, disclosed this after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday

Pantami said that the airports were selected from the six geo-political zones.

“Certain intervention projects are going to be implemented by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Nigerian Communications Commission of providing Internet in 20 selected airports in Nigeria and higher institutions of learning and also some markets to support micro small and medium enterprises.

“In each geopolitical zone, you have around three airports. In the South-West, we have Lagos and Ondo. For the South-East, we have Anambra and Enugu.

“For the South-South, we have Port Harcourt and Akwa Ibom. For the North-Central we have Abuja and Ilorin. In the North-West, we have Kano, Sokoto and Kebbi. For the North-East we have Yola, Maiduguri and Gombe.”

The minister said the markets and 43 institutions which include universities and polytechnics were also drawn from the six geopolitical zones, adding that it will ease e-learning in schools and also enhance the transition to a cashless economy.

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Buhari Approves Appointment Of 6 New Perm Secs



President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday approved the appointment of six new permanent secretaries in the Federal Civil Service

The appointments followed after a recent conducted selection process.

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSF),Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, made this known in a statement by Mohammed Ahmed, Director of Communications of the Office of the HOCSF,

The appointees and their states of origin are Esuabana Asanye (Cross River), Mahmud Kambari (Borno), Richard Pheelangwah (Taraba), Lamuwa Ibrahim (Gombe), Yakubu Kofar-Mata (Kano) and Oloruntola Michael (Ogun).

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DSS Confirms Plot To Install Interim Govt



The Department of State Security Service has said that the plot to Instal interim government was real

DSS noted that the plot was “by some key players” to install an interim government and stop Bola Ahmed Tinubu from being inaugurated as president.

A statement on Wednesday, by Peter Afunanya, the public relations officer of the secret police, said: “The Department of State Services (DSS) has identified some key players in the plot for an Interim Government in Nigeria.

“The Service considers the plot, being pursued by these entrenched interests, as not only an aberration but a mischievous way to set aside the constitution and undermine civil rule as well as plunge the country into an avoidable crisis.

“The illegality is totally unacceptable in a democracy and to the peace loving Nigerians. This is even more so that the machination is taking place after the peaceful conduct of the elections in most parts of the country.”

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