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President Tinubu swears in new ministers

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President Bola Tinubu on Monday swore in 45 new ministers that would form his cabinet.
The swearing-in ceremony which was held in the nation’s capital, Abuja, started at 10 am.

The new ministerial designates took their oaths in batches of five according to their states of origin.

Kwara-born Lateef Fagbemi, who was sworn in as the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, led the first pack of five new ministers.

Next to be sworn in was Nkiruka Onyejeocha from Abia State, the Minister of State, Labour and Employment.

The other three minister-designates to be sworn in from the first batch were Ekperipe Ekpo of Akwa Ibom State, the Minister of State (Gas) in the Petroleum Resources, the Minister of Women Affairs, Uju Kennedy and the Minister of Education, Tahir Mamman.

In the second batch, Ali Pate, the Coordinating Minister in Charge of Health and Social Welfare was first to be sworn in, followed by Yusuf Tuggar, Minister of Foreign Affairs.

The others that were part of the second batch include Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, Joseph Utsev, from Benue State, Minster of Agriculture and Food Security, Abubakar Kyari, from Borno State and Minister of State, ( Oil) Petroleum Resources, Heineken Lokpobiri.

The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Betta Edu of Cross Rivers State, led the third batch of the swearing-in of minister-designates.

Others include the Minister of Sports Development, John Enoh, from Cross Rivers State, Festus Keyamo, Minister of Aviation and Aerospace Development, Dave Umahi, the Minister of Works, and Abubakar Momoh, whose responsibility will be to serve as the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs.

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Appeal court affirms Douye Diri as Bayelsa governor

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The court of appeal in Abuja has affirmed the election of Douye Diri as governor of Bayelsa state.

A three-member panel of the appellate court dismissed the appeal filed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate Timipre Sylva, for lacking in merit.

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Senator Monguno replaces Ndume as Senate Chief Whip

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The Senator representing Borno North, Sen. Mohammed Monguno (APC-Borno) has replaced Sen. Ali Ndume representing Borno South (APC-Borno) as the Chief Whip of the Senate.

This was contained in a letter by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Abdullahi Ganduje to the President of the Senate Godswill Akpabio.

The letter titled “Complaints Against the Unbecoming Utterances of Sen. Ali Ndume” was read by Akpabio during plenary on Wednesday.

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Ondo LP Governorship candidate, Dr Ayodele Olorunfemi promises ₦120k minimum wage if elected

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Dr Ayodele Olorunfemi, the Labour Party (LP) governorship candidate in the November 16 election in Ondo State, says he will implement ₦120,000 minimum wage for workers if voted for.

Olorunfemi, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Lagos, said that well-paid workers tended to be more productive than poorly paid ones.

“As at 2023 when we were campaigning, we assured our people that LP would be paying a minimum of ₦80,000 minimum wage in Ondo, that was before the economy got to where it is today.

“With the situation in the market now, looking at the cost of living, if this state is put under our control, we shall not pay anything less than ₦120,000 as minimum wage.

“That is the minimum we can pay and we believe we will be able to afford it,” he said.

The candidate said that the party would engage more workers in the state and motivate them to be productive to improve the state’s Internally Generated Revenue.

“The fact that I know is that what we have now can pay the minimum wage.

“We want our workers to be productive so that more wealth can come to the state,” he noted.

Olorunfemi said that if elected, his administration would rigorously pursue the construction of a dry port to stop the inflow of traffic into Lagos from the state and its environs.

“When we take over as LP, the first agenda is to make sure there is a port in Ondo State, to boost business and the economy.

“We are working with Alaba International Market Association in Lagos. We are going to work on how to have our own dry port to decongest Alaba International Market in Lagos.

“We are getting a dry port at Ore and a very big international market that will reduce traffic inflow to Lagos,” he stated.

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