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Subsidy removal: Hardship bites harder as Nigerians await palliatives

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Six months after the Federal Government’s announcement of the fuel subsidy removal, the resulting difficulties persist. Citizens eagerly anticipate the promised relief from both the Federal Government and various state governments. While the Federal Government proposed a N35,000 wage increase, states pledged varying sums from N10,000 to N25,000. The fluctuating exchange rate exacerbates the challenges faced by the public.

DAILY POST reports escalating prices for essential goods, transportation, and services. The government vowed to implement measures, including introducing Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles. However, citizens lament that none of these promises have materialized.

Transportation costs have tripled nationwide due to the high Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) prices, with no indication of a reduction in the near future. Despite President Bola Tinubu’s announcement of a N100 billion investment in 3,000 CNG-powered buses, citizens observe a lack of effective government intervention, making commuting increasingly difficult.

Cash transfer programs, announced by the President on Independence Day, aiming to assist vulnerable citizens with N25,000 monthly, have yet to benefit the intended recipients. Critics, such as Adebayo Mathew, a PDP chieftain, express skepticism, considering the worsening poverty levels and essential goods’ unaffordability.

Regarding local refineries, the government assures that the Port Harcourt refinery will commence operations by December 2023, leading to a reduction in petrol prices. However, many Nigerians doubt this timeline, citing past unfulfilled promises and expressing uncertainty about a correlation between refinery operations and lower fuel prices.

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While some, like Comrade Jare Ajayi, urge hope and patience until the year-end, others, like Mr. Kelvin Adanu, remain skeptical, cautioning against expectations based on previous unmet promises. The public continues to grapple with the economic challenges resulting from the fuel subsidy removal, awaiting tangible improvements from the government.

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Gov Yusuf reappoints Sanusi as Emir of Kano, orders ex-monarchs 48 hours to vacate seats

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Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf has approved the reappointment of Emir Muhammadu Sanusi II as Emir of Kano under the new laws.

The governor has given former emirs 48 hours to vacate their palaces and hand over Emirate Council properties to the Commissioner of Local Government, who also serves as State Deputy Governor.

Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf of Kano State has signed the Kano Emirates Bill 2024 into law, repealing the 2019 Emirate Councils Law that altered the state’s over 1000-year history.

By signing the bill, the governor declared that the 2019 law has been repealed and is now history.

The signing was attended by the Speaker of the State Assembly, Ismaila Falgore, Deputy Governor Aminu Abdussalam, Secretary to the State Government Abdullahi Baffa Bichi and others.

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The State Assembly has fulfilled one of its constitutional roles by signing the bill into law.

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Europa League: Lookman nominated for Player of the Week

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Ademola Lookman has been nominated for the UEFA Europa League Player of the Week. The Nigerian international delivered an outstanding performance, scoring a hat-trick in Atalanta’s 3-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday night.

His teammates, Davide Zappacosta and Ederson, have also been nominated for the award.

Additionally, Bayer Leverkusen defender Piero Hincapie is in the running for the accolade.

Lookman previously won the Player of the Week award during Atalanta’s semi-final victory against Olympic Marseille, where he recorded a goal and an assist in the second leg of the match.

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National Council on Sports: Tinubu lauds Mbah over safe environment, support

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Nigeria’s President, Bola Tinubu, praised Enugu State Governor, Dr. Peter Mbah, for creating a safe and conducive environment for the country’s sports stakeholders to gather for a national sports council meeting. Tinubu commended Mbah’s commitment to promoting sports, highlighting his administration’s satisfaction with these efforts.

Governor Mbah announced that his administration has partnered with the private sector to develop a state-of-the-art sports park aimed at enhancing sports development and talent discovery in the state.

During the inaugural National Council on Sports (NCS) meeting held in Enugu on Wednesday, President Tinubu, represented by the Minister of Special Duties, Hon. Zaphaniah Jisalo, emphasized the significant role sports play in a nation’s development. He noted that sports are not only a form of entertainment and recreation but also a business that warrants substantial investment.

Speaking on the theme “Sports for National Unity and Socio-Economic Growth,” President Tinubu urged Nigerians to view sports as a means to foster unity, promote health, and drive economic growth. He highlighted the opportunities sports provide for young people to develop character, discipline, and leadership skills, and called for innovative approaches to enhance sporting potential, inclusivity, and equal opportunities for all Nigerians, regardless of gender, age, or physical ability.

Governor Peter Mbah emphasized that sports serve as a powerful unifying tool, transcending tribe, language, and creed. He highlighted Enugu’s rich sporting heritage, including the achievements of Rangers International Football Club, and urged stakeholders to invest in the sports industry through effective partnerships.

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Mbah stressed the significant economic impact of sports globally and encouraged both public and private sector investment in the industry. He noted that his administration’s partnership with private investors to build a state-of-the-art sports park would provide a platform for youth talent discovery and sports enthusiasm. The facilities at the sports park will include training areas, athlete housing, and a physical therapy and sports medicine center.

Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh, remarked that Enugu was chosen to host the inaugural National Council on Sports due to its strategic importance in the nation’s sporting landscape. He emphasized the need for investment in sports infrastructure, talent development, and grassroots programs to nurture athletic talent, stimulate local economies, create jobs, and promote healthier lifestyles among Nigerians.

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