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South East youths’ apathy to Police recruitment worries PSC chairman

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Solomon Arase, the Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), has expressed his concern regarding the persistent lack of interest among young people in the South East when it comes to pursuing careers in the Nigeria Police Force (NPF). This statement was made in a press release by Ikechukwu Ani, Head of Press and Public Relations, on Wednesday.

Arase has called upon the leaders of the South East region to find ways to convince the youth to take advantage of the current recruitment opportunity. The statement emphasizes that if the people of the region choose to remain indifferent to the Federal Government’s offer of employment in the Police Force, it becomes challenging to address claims of marginalization.

Arase has encouraged the South East to make the most of the remaining five weeks for enrolling in the NPF. He highlights that, given the current situation where the region is experiencing unrest from non-state actors, the youth should be actively participating in the Police Force to provide local solutions to this issue.

The statement also provides statistics on the leading states in the ongoing recruitment application. Kaduna State is at the forefront with 20,259 completed online applications, followed by Adamawa State with 18,933 applications. Other states include Borno with 18,305, Bauchi with 16,554, Katsina with 16,232, and Kano with 15,888.

On the other hand, Anambra State, in the South East, lags behind with Ebonyi having 737 applications, Abia with 966, and Imo with 999. Bayelsa has 1,020 applications, while Enugu has 1,036, Lagos has 1,259, Delta has 1,338, and Edo has 1,526.

The statement also notes that 242,391 males have completed their applications, while only 35,405 females have applied.

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BREAKING: Oronsaye Report: Tinubu to scrap many agencies, merge others

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President Bola Tinubu will implement some of the recommendations contained in the Oronsaye Report.

This is majorly, in order to cut the cost of governance.

This is coming 12 years after the Steve Oronsaye Panel submitted its report on restructuring and rationalising Federal government parastatals and agencies and a white paper issued two years after.

According to Bayo Onanuga, the President and the Federal Executive Council on Monday reached a decision to implement the report.

He said: “Many agencies will be scrapped and many others will be merged, to pave the way to a leaner government.”

CREDIT: DAILY POST

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‘You’re responsible for Nigeria’s economic woes’— Atiku tackles Tinubu

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Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the 2023 general election, attributed Nigeria’s economic challenges to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

In a statement shared on his official social media account on Sunday, the former Vice President of Nigeria urged Tinubu to take cues from Argentina’s President Javier Milei on swiftly restoring investor confidence despite inheriting a troubled economy.

Atiku criticized Tinubu for deflecting blame onto the opposition and his predecessors, calling such actions unnecessary and shortsighted. He emphasized that market dynamics respond to concrete actions, not political rhetoric.

Drawing parallels with President Milei’s leadership in Argentina, Atiku highlighted the need for well-sequenced economic reforms. He commended Milei’s proactive approach in preparing for the post-reform challenges and ensuring the availability of mitigating measures.

Atiku contrasted Tinubu’s administration’s ad hoc and hurried reforms with Milei’s strategic sequencing. He pointed out Argentina’s lean government structure achieved through reducing ministries and privatizing state-owned enterprises, contrasting it with Nigeria’s expanding bureaucracy and excessive spending on official residences.

Atiku likened Tinubu’s administration’s approach to Nero fiddling while Rome burns, accusing him of evading substantive action and blaming the opposition for policy failures, reminiscent of characters in George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

Expressing admiration for Argentina’s reforms, Atiku suggested aligning his “Recover Nigeria Plan” with Milei’s stabilization strategy to alleviate Nigeria’s economic distress. He emphasized the need for transparent policies focused on economic revival and warned against dismissing discontent, particularly among the youth, which could manifest in protests.

The statement referred to the worsening economic conditions in Nigeria, highlighted by soaring inflation rates and high living costs, as reported by the National Bureau of Statistics, with headline inflation reaching 29.90% and food inflation at 35.42% in January 2024.

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BREAKING: Fire guts FCT Minister’s residence

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A fire broke out at the private residence of Dr. Mariya Mahmoud, the Minister of State in the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), on Sunday afternoon.

Situated at No. 9, Justice Roseline Ukeji Close in the affluent Asokoro district of Abuja, the property was reportedly completely destroyed by the blaze.

Despite prompt emergency response efforts, including the arrival of fire service personnel, nothing could be salvaged from the premises.

Mr. Austin Elemue, the Minister’s Special Adviser on Media, confirmed the incident, indicating that the cause of the fire remained unknown at the time.

Authorities have initiated an investigation to ascertain the cause of the fire.

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