The Women and Youths Pathfinders Initiative (WAYPI) has urged Nigerians, especially the wealthy, to do more for the needy and vulnerable in the society, especially the youths, in the interest of national development.
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The National President, WAYPI, Lady Lilian Dizo, made the appeal on Sunday in Abuja, when she led a delegation of some national officers of the initiative to the Abuja Headquarters of the Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation (WOTCLEF), where they made donations to the foundation.
According to her, their visit was to appreciate the efforts of the founder of WOTCLEF, Hajiya Amina Titi Atiku Abubakar, wife of a former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar.
“The WAYPI is impressed with what WOTCLEF is doing and we feel that we should add our own to the wellbeing of the children, especially in the fall out of the COVID-19 pandemic and its socio-economic impacts in the country.
“We also use this opportunity to donate some items ahead of the Christmas celebration, especially that many people may travel early for the celebration. We want to urged other to remember this beautiful and wonderful children being hosted here and in other places,” Dizo said.
Also, a national executive member, Mr. Peter Okofu, said that those in the WOTCLEF should be assured that WAYPI would not forget them and that their coming was part of demonstration to their welfare.
He said that they should be assured that the entrepreneurship drives the WAYPI was planning was to make their have other skills apart from their educational pursuits and certificates.
Responding, the Counsellor, who is also the Administration and Account Officer of WOTCLEC, Mrs. Precious Williams, expressed appreciation for the visitors’ gesture.
She also said that some of the children are interested in vocational and entrepreneurship activities, despite being in various classes in primary, secondary and tertiary classes and levels.
The Presidential Committee on the 195 million U.S. dollars Deep Blue project on Friday visited Warri in Delta to assess the level of preparedness for its commencement.
The entourage comprised the Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi, Minister of Defence, Maj-Gen. Bashir Magashi (rtd), Chief of Naval Staff (CNS), Vice Adm. Ibok-Ete Ibas and officials of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).
The entourage also included the Flag Officer Commanding, Central Naval Command, Rear Adm.
Saidu Garba and Commander, Nigerian Navy Ship (NNS DELTA), Commodore Semiu Adepegba.
They inspected facilities at the Nigerian Navy Air Arm station at Effurun, Uvwie Local Government Area and the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) jetty in Warri South.
Addressing newsmen, Magashi said the visit was in continuation of the inspection of the Deep Blue project of the maritime sector.
“It is a continuation of our maritime activities. We want to see how we can deploy our assets across the coastal area. And so far so good, things are moving according to plans as regards the deep blue sea project.
Law students in the country have sued the Academic Staff Union of Universities and relevant ministries representing the Federal Government for the lingering ASUU strike which has led to the shutdown of various public universities since March 2020.
The students through the National President of the Law Students Association of Nigeria, Blessing Agbomhere, sought an award of N10bn as compensation for the violation of their rights to education for the period of about nine months that their public institutions of learning had been shut down.
The suit marked FHC/ABJ/CS/1551/2012 was filed at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday.
Agbomhere, a final year Law student of Baze University, who is the sole plaintiff, said he was mandated by a resolution of the Senate of LAWSAN to institute the suit in a representative capacity.
Joined as defendants are, ASUU; ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi; the Minister of Education; the Minister of Labour and Employment; the Attorney General of Federation; and the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Agbomhere, through his lawyer, Luqman Momodu, urged the court to, among others declare that he representing other students of his association, was entitled to right to education by virtue of Section 18(1), (2) and (3) of the Nigerian Constitution and Article 17(1) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Right (Ratification and Enforcement) Act Cap, A9 LFN, 2004.
He also asked the court to, in affirming his right to education, declare that the 3rd – 6th defendants (the ministers and the Federal Government) “are under obligation to create the necessary, supportive and conducive environment to ensure that the plaintiff enjoys a crisis-free, peaceful and uninterrupted learning for the purpose of the promotion, enhancement and enjoyment of the Plaintiff’s right to education”.
The National Assembly is working hard to see to the passage of the 2021 Appropriation Bill in the next three weeks, Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan, disclosed on Friday.
He also revealed that the much-talked-about Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) will be ready by the second quarter of 2021 even as he assured that the Electoral Act, 2010 (Amendment) Bill and the ongoing review of the 1999 constitution will be done with in 2021.
Lawan made the disclosures at a retreat for top management staff of the National Assembly and National Assembly Service Commission (NASC) at the Transcorp Hilton in Abuja.
“We are working to pass the 2021 budget by the second week of December by the Grace of God,”
“We are working very assiduously, we will ensure that there is every possible scrutiny of the budget estimates presented to us by the Executive arm of government.
“So far, we achieved that in 2020 budget. We believe we did the right thing. We promised Nigerians that we will do that and it is going to be part of our legacy in the Ninth National Assembly,” Lawan said.
“The PIB which is one of the most essential legislations that we have to have in this country, we intend to pass it by the Grace of God before the end of the second quarter of next year.
“We will take our time because this is a very delicate and sensitive piece of legislation. We will take our time to ensure that what comes out of the National Assembly in the PIB is a product of legislation that will ensure that Nigeria earns it’s revenues from this industry as it should and of course also support our business people, the oil companies that are investing and infact retain and encourage new ones to come to Nigeria to invest.
“So it has to be a win-win for all of us. We will not be selfish as a country, trying to take everything. No!
Buhari commiserates with Ndoma-Egba over wife’s death
President Muhammadu Buhari has sent condolences to the family of Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba, over the death of his wife, Mrs. Amaka Ndoma-Egba.
Mrs. Ndoma-Egba died in a car accident on the Akure-Benin road.
Buhari, according to his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, prayed for peace and comfort for the entire family.
“President Muhammadu Buhari extends sincere condolences to Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba and members of his family on the sudden and tragic death of his wife, Mrs Amaka Ndoma-Egba,” Adesina said in a statement.
“The President says his thoughts and prayers are with them in their period of grief.”
He also prayed for repose of the soul of the departed.
Only last month, hoodlums who hijacked the #ENDSARS protests, invaded the Calabar residence of the Ndoma-Egbas,vandalised it and carted away valuables.