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Nasarawa SWAN gets new Exco

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By David Odama

The Nasarawa State chapter of the Sports Writers Association (SWAN) has elected it’s new executive to run the affairs of the association for the next three years.

The new officials emerged Tuesday after a peaceful re-run election that took place at the Nasarawa State Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in Lafia.

Chairman of the electoral committee, Isacc Ukpoju of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) announced Smah George of the state owned Nasarawa Broadcasting Service (NBS) as winner having scored 18 votes to defeat his opponent, Solomon Abari of Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) who secured nine votes.

The electoral committee chairman also announced Umar Mohammed of Daily Trust as Vice Chairman, Abel Leonard of The Sun Newspaper as Secretary Nehemiah Gwamna of Radio Nigeria (Precious FM Lafia) as Financial Secretary, while Esther Akaa of the Voice Newspaper emerged as Treasurer.

Speaking shortly after the inauguration of the new executive members, National Secretary General of SWAN, Ikenna Okonkwo commended members of the association in the state and the candidates for the display of maturity during the election.

He congratulated the winners and urged them to carry others, especially their opponents along urging them to adhere to the roles and regulations of the association and the oaths of office.

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In an acceptance speech, the newly sworn-in chairman appreciated members for speaking through their votes that give him an age over other contestants and pledged not to disappoint them.

The Nasarawa State SWAN chairman also promised to work with his opponent and all members of the association in order to make the association viable in the state.

George announced that the association under him leadership would partner government and other stakeholders to promote sports development in the state.

Recalled that the chairmanship candidates had a tie of 13 votes in the july 6th election.

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Illegal Mining: Flush out all illegal miners now, Assembly urges Gov. Sule

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By David Odama

Worried by the increasing influx of illegal miners posing a security threat to Nasarawa State, the House of Assembly, Monday urged governor Abdullahi Sule to urgently flush out all illegal miners in the State to curtail insecurity and other criminalities.

The House also called on the State Government to ensure that miners licensed to operate in the state are screened and made to pass through all the necessary processes as required by law.

Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Danladi Jatau made the call in a matter of public interest raised by Hon. Daniel Ogah Ogazi during the House proceedings in Lafia.

The Speaker who lamented the negative impact of illegal miners in the State, said the House was worried over the growing and increasing rate of illegal miners which has been a new trend, especially in kokona LGA thus creating tension over safety of lives and properties of the affected communities.

” Our resolution is to the effect that I want to appreciate his Excellency Gov. Abdullahi Sule for attracting investors to the state and while he is doing that we will not allow anybody to destroy such efforts.

“The position of the House is also that the Hon. Commissioner of Police should mobilize his men to flush out all illegal miners in the state” He said

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The Speaker said that the House would support the state government to flush out illegal miners which will in turn promote peace and development in the State stressing that the issue is rampage creating tension across the State hence the need for security agencies to do the needful.

Earlier, Hon.Daniel Ogah Ogazi (APC Kokona East) while raising the motion under matters of urgent public importance appreciated the effort of the State Governor, Engr. Abdullahi Sule for attracting investors to the state.

Ogazi, however expressed worried over recent development in the state, especially in kokona LGA where illegal mining has become the order of the day.

“Where a mining site has been named Sambisa Forest in the area which create negativity and is threatening the security of the people of the area. There was a site of lithium found in Amba community, especially areas like Agaza, Kware, Ego, Egboka and Agbadu respectively.

“Mr. Speaker, the law that established mining act did not permit illegal mining so we call on government to flush out all illegal miners in the state.

Members, who were unanimous in their decision stressed the need for government to regulate miners presence in the state, ensure the safety of the communities.

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Contributors on the floor of the house included Hon. Solomon Akwashiki, Hon. Muhammed Omadefu, Hon.Onarigu Kana, Hon. Musa Ekye, Hon. Muhammed Isimbabi, Hon. Larry Ven Bawa, Hon.Esson Mairiga, Hon Jonah Dizaho, Hon. Ajegina Kudu and the majority leader of the House, Hon. Suleiman Azara, all spoke extensively on the matter as its affect the security of the state.

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Senate Hails Labour Unions for Accepting N70,000 Minimum Wage

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By Iyojo Ameh

Diket Plang, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Labour and Productivity, has lauded the labour unions for their acceptance of the federal government’s proposed minimum wage of N70,000.

In a statement issued to journalists in Jos on Sunday, Plang expressed appreciation for the unions’ patriotism and their constructive role during the negotiation process. He commended their collaborative approach, which he believes will foster positive economic outcomes for the country.
He noted the unions’ commitment to a peaceful resolution during discussions and the eventual agreement.

Plang also highlighted his personal involvement in extensive discussions with the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC). He facilitated multiple meetings between the legislative branch and the trade unions to achieve a consensus on the matter.

“I must thank them because they have a very patriotic approach to this issue. They were never violent at all.

“Our relationship is like a family, where dependents and children ask the father for more resources.

“The father, who loves the children, will look at them compassionately and explain his limitations.

“The ability to agree on a particular amount was commendable and shows understanding within the family.

“We must be careful to ensure that the federal, state, and local governments all pay the new minimum,” he said.

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Plang urged organised labour to meet the minimum wage requirements.

“May we also bring policies that favour the private sector so they can thrive, be productive, and be in a position to meet the minimum wage for our workers,” he said. 

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First Lady Calls for Gender Parity, Applauds APC Initiatives, and Encourages West Africa to Follow Nordic Models

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By Iyojo Ameh

Nigeria’s First Lady, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, has recognized the substantial barriers that women in the West African sub-region face in achieving gender parity.

Speaking at the ECOWAS Female Parliamentarians Association (ECOFEPA) event at the National Assembly Complex in Abuja on Monday, 22 July 2024, Tinubu emphasized the need for women’s active participation in politics, stating:

“Despite progress, significant barriers still exist. We must rethink women’s proportional representation in governance.”

Tinubu commended the All Progressives Congress (APC) for removing financial barriers for women in politics and highlighted the success of gender quotas in countries like Sweden, Norway, and Spain, which have led to more inclusive governance. She urged governments to enforce gender quotas through legal frameworks and monitoring systems, saying:

“Governments must take the bold step to kickstart the journey to an enduring democracy of quality representation.”

The First Lady expressed confidence in Nigerian women’s abilities, stating:

“Nigerian women are smart and intelligent and can work alongside our male counterparts, without friction, for the good and development of our country.”

She thanked ECOFEPA for its commitment to achieving 30% women representation in parliament, saying:

“The journey towards achieving 30% women representation in our parliament is achievable once we take the bold step to kickstart the journey to an enduring democracy of quality representation.”

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