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Tinubu charges security chiefs to end insecurity

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President Bola Tinubu has urged the nation’s security chiefs to ensure a definitive triumph over the various security challenges confronting the country. This directive was revealed by Ajuri Ngelale, a presidential spokesperson, in a statement released on Friday.

During a Presidential Security Briefing at the State House in Abuja, President Tinubu addressed security chiefs and heads of intelligence agencies, acknowledging progress in eliminating certain security threats across different fronts. However, he stressed that true success would be marked by a resolution to the multifaceted menace.

President Tinubu emphasized the need to make strategic investments in both soft and physical infrastructure, social security, MSME empowerment, and other growth facilitators. He expressed the importance of concluding the ongoing efforts against enemies of progress for the nation to achieve its goal of a $1 trillion economy in the coming years.

While commending the recent improvements in coordination among security agencies, the President pointed out that avoidable errors, such as those witnessed in Kaduna, are unacceptable and should not be repeated. He urged the armed forces to focus on their objective of ensuring the country achieves a sustainable production of two million barrels of crude oil per day by the first quarter of 2024.

President Tinubu issued a stern warning that all malign actors, both internal and external, working against the national agenda will face justice. He emphasized the imperative of sustaining momentum and declared that failure is not an option under his leadership.

Additionally, the President lauded the dedication and commitment of specific officers, including the Commander of the Presidential Air Fleet, the Commander of the Brigade of Guards, and his Chief Personal Security Officer. As a token of recognition, these officers were promoted: Air Commodore Olayinka Olusola Oyesola to Air Vice Marshal, Adebisi Olusegun Onasanya to Brigadier-General, and Usman Musa Shugaba to Deputy Commissioner of Police.

President Tinubu expressed his admiration for the officers’ loyalty and dedication to duty, emphasizing that their promotions reflect their service to the country. The event was attended by top military officials, intelligence heads, and presidential aides, and the newly promoted officers were decorated in the presence of their spouses.

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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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