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Cost of Governance: Tinubu govt under scrutiny over Dubai summit

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The recent dispute surrounding Nigeria’s 1,411 delegates at the ongoing COP28 climate summit in Dubai has sparked serious concerns about the government’s commitment to reducing governance costs in the face of escalating inflation and economic challenges. This arises as the administration continually urges citizens to endure hardships and make sacrifices, leading to widespread criticism that the government is not aligning its actions with its appeals.

President Bola Tinubu’s arrival in Dubai with the largest African delegation, totaling 1,411 individuals, has drawn widespread condemnation, especially given Nigeria’s economic struggles. Many Nigerians have expressed dismay at the high number of delegates, the third-highest at COP28, amid the economic suffering caused by government policies. This criticism follows the government’s claims of inheriting an ’empty treasury’ and ‘bankruptcy,’ as inflation rises and citizens face increased poverty.

Despite public outcry and calls for measures to reduce the cost of governance, the government has not taken visible steps in that direction. Instead, substantial funds have been allocated for a presidential yacht, state house vehicles, and the renovation of presidential lodges, further aggravating public discontent.

In response to criticism, the Presidency clarified that only a fraction of the 1,411 delegates were sponsored by the Federal Government. The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Temitope Ajayi, emphasized that a significant portion of the contingent consisted of private sector players, civil society organizations, and delegates from Nigeria’s oil-producing Niger Delta region. However, on Monday, the federal government acknowledged funding 422 delegates to the climate summit.

Various figures and discrepancies in official statements have fueled skepticism and dissatisfaction among the public. Critics, including the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr. Peter Obi, and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), have lambasted the administration for what they perceive as an extravagant and wasteful delegation.

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In an interview, Dr. Reuben Abati criticized the lack of coordination in the government’s response, pointing out contradictions between statements from different spokespersons. Meanwhile, civil society groups and public affairs analysts have raised concerns about the moral justification for sending such a large delegation, considering the pressing issues of poverty and hunger within the country. Calls for the government to prioritize essential needs over frivolous expenses and to address the nation’s critical challenges continue to resonate.

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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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