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Tinubu promises to establish industrial hubs to tackle unemployment

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The Nigerian government has unveiled plans to create industrial hubs as part of an initiative to boost job creation and address the escalating issue of unemployment in the country. President Bola Tinubu made this announcement during the 55th International Conference of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management in Abuja on Tuesday. The conference centered around the theme of “Sustainable Human Resources, Business, and National Development.”

Represented by the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Nkiru Onyejeocha, President Tinubu underscored the administration’s dedication to guiding Nigeria towards self-sufficiency and decreasing reliance on external sources in the face of global challenges.

The president articulated the vision for an unprecedented surge in industrial activity through the establishment of distinctive industrial hubs, each tailored to leverage the unique strengths of various regions across the nation. Emphasizing the importance of sustainable development, he highlighted the necessity of creating an environment with abundant job opportunities, ensuring food security, and combating poverty.

President Tinubu also stressed the significance of inclusivity in pursuing this vision, expressing a commitment to prominently featuring women and youth in all initiatives, recognizing them as indispensable contributors to the nation’s overall success.

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Mohbad: ‘I’m not the father’ – Oba Elegushi clears air on late singer’s son

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The Elegushi of IkateElegushi Kingdom, Oba Saheed Elegushi, has refuted allegations of being the father of Liam, the son of the late singer IleriOluwa Aloba, known as Mohbad. Oba Elegushi dismissed these rumors as a malicious attempt to damage his reputation.

Following Mohbad’s death, questions regarding paternity arose, with the late singer’s father calling for a DNA test to confirm Liam’s lineage. On TikTok, a user named Oloriebimusicproduction2 made multiple posts suggesting possible involvement of the monarch in Mohbad’s demise, alleging that Oba Elegushi was using his influence to obstruct justice.

In response, Oba Elegushi denounced these claims as unfounded accusations intended to tarnish his character. He revealed that a petition has been filed against those spreading these falsehoods.

A statement issued by his media consultant, Deyemi Saka, addressed the situation, clarifying that the allegations are baseless and orchestrated by specific individuals on TikTok and other social media platforms. Oba Elegushi has taken legal action to protect his rights and reputation from cyberbullying, expressing confidence in the Nigerian Police to address the matter.

While extending condolences to Mohbad’s family, Oba Elegushi urged the public not to involve the traditional institution in the paternity dispute. He emphasized the need for a thorough investigation and swift justice for Mohbad’s death, emphasizing that he shares the nation’s sorrow over the loss of the singer. The statement concluded with a plea to refrain from tarnishing Oba Elegushi’s integrity and the esteemed traditional institution he represents.

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Electricity tariff hike: AEDC not supplying 20 hours power in Abuja – Imole

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Renowned public analyst and lawyer, Dr. Charles Imole, recently revealed that despite a hefty 235% tariff increase, the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has failed to provide its Band A customers in Abuja with the promised 20 hours of power supply.

Imole made this disclosure via his official X account on Thursday. He pointed out that since the new tariff regime was implemented for Band A customers on April 3, 2024, consumers have only been receiving an average of 5 to 9 hours of electricity daily.

Expressing his disappointment, Imole emphasized that the government should have mandated the Distribution Companies (DISCOs) to demonstrate their ability to deliver the promised power supply before approving such tariff hikes.

He shared personal observations, stating that despite being a Band A customer himself, the longest duration of power supply he experienced in a day was merely 9 hours, with an average of 5 hours over the past three days. This, he noted, led to continued reliance on diesel generators.

Imole criticized the apparent lack of improvement in power supply despite the substantial tariff increase, questioning whether the DISCOs were set up to fail or if they knowingly agreed to service level agreements beyond their capabilities for financial gain.

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Expressing concern about the potential nationwide crisis of confidence if the situation persists, Imole stressed the importance of transparent communication from AEDC and other DISCOs. He emphasized the need for proactive measures and honesty about their current capabilities to rebuild customer confidence.

Imole concluded by stating his intention to monitor the situation for a few more weeks and, if necessary, request a downgrade of his meter classification to Band B if there is no improvement.

It’s worth noting that the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission approved a N225 per kilowatt-hour electricity tariff for customers on April 3. However, this decision has faced significant opposition from Nigerians and organized labor unions who have called for its reversal due to the prevailing economic hardships.

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Court admits Emefiele to N50m bail

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In a session held on Friday, the Ikeja Special Offences Court granted bail to the suspended Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele, in the amount of N50 million. Emefiele faces charges of abuse of office and fraud totaling $4.5 billion and N2.8 billion.

Justice Rahman Oshodi, in his decision, approved Emefiele’s bail with two sureties posting the same amount. Oshodi stipulated that the sureties must hold gainful employment and have a documented history of three years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government. Additionally, they must present proper identification and be registered in the Lagos State Bail Management System.

The judge also acknowledged the bail conditions of N1 million previously set for Emefiele’s co-defendant, Henry Isioma-Omoil, who is facing a separate charge before Justice Olufunke Sule-Hamzat at a Yaba High Court. Oshodi mandated that the bail documents be transferred to the special offences court and be registered in the Lagos State Bail Management System.

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arraigned Emefiele on April 8 on a 23-count charge related to abuse of office, accepting gratifications, corrupt demands, receiving fraudulently obtained property, and conferring corrupt advantage. His co-defendant faced a three-count charge for accepting gifts as agents. Both defendants pleaded not guilty.

As of the time of this report, counsels were seeking expedited hearing and trial.

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