Tuesday, November 16, 2021, has been declared a work-free day in Anambra in honour of Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, Nigeria’s first president who was born on November 16, 1904.
This is the third consecutive year Anambra State is celebrating the birthday anniversary of the man who led Nigeria to independence on October 1, 1960, and is popularly known as The Great Zik of Africa because of his extraordinary Pan-African vision and commitments.
“It was the Great Zik of Africa who inspired such outstanding Pan-African leaders as Dr Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana who led his country to freedom from colonial rule on March 6, 1957”, Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State declared in a statement signed on his behalf by the state Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, C. Don Adinuba.
“Zik, who was born in Zungeru in Niger State and grew up in Calabar and Lagos, studied various disciplines in the United States and remains the most urbane, cosmopolitan and intellectually engaging of all Nigerian leaders.
“He remains an unrivalled trailblazer, having established Nigeria’s first indigenous bank, African Continental Bank and Nigeria’s first indigenous university, University of Nigeria at Nsukka, among other monumental and farsighted achievements”.
Governor Obiano reiterated his call on the Federal Government to declare November 16 a national holiday in memory of The Great Zik of Africa.
After all, argued Chief Obiano, the Ghanaians observe the birthday of Dr Nkrumah as a national holiday, just the way Tanzanians observe President Julius Nyerere’s birthday as a national holiday .
“It is a huge national embarrassment”, observed the Anambra leader, “that Nigeria has yet to declare November 16 a national holiday”.
C. Don Adinuba
Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment
Kill Bandits And Bring Their Corpses – COAS Order
Chief of Army Staff Lieutenant General Farouk Yahaya Commissioning TRADOC Officers’ Transit Accommodation in Minna. He ordered troops to gun down bandits and criminals terrorizing the state and bring their corpses and weapons.
Giving the order during his visit to the 31 Artillery Brigade and Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), Minna, and the commissioning of the TRADOC Officers’ transit accommodation, on Sunday.
“I am here in Niger today as part of my operation visit to 31 Artillery Brigade and TRADOC.
“I commend the troops for the job they are doing. Don’t relent but continue and be more resolute and more decisive in dealing with criminals.
“When we engage the criminals and bandits, we kill them and bring their corpses and their weapons and that is what we will continue to do.”
Lieutenant General Yahaya said the visit enabled them to have first-hand relations with the troops and know their challenges and motivate them to put in their best for the betterment of Nigeria.
Appeal citizens to provide the Army and other security agencies with valid information to enable them to deal with the criminals.
“I urged all to lay their helping hand in the passage of accurate information to the Army and other security agencies.
“These criminals, many of them live with us. I want the public to operate and take it that security is everybody’s business. With synergy, we will be able to improve in what we are doing.”
Nigerian Professors Earn Less — UNILAG ASUU Chairman
The Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, University of Lagos chapter, Dr Dele Ashiru, has revealed that Nigerian professors do not earn more than N416,000 as monthly salary.
“No Nigerian professor earns more than N416,000 in a month as the total package. We are saying let us renegotiate this agreement so that people’s conditions of service will improve.
“As I speak to you, our members have been earning the same salary since 2009 till date. I don’t think there is any section of the Nigerian economy and society that has been so treated.
“The highest-paid professor which means that if he remains in the university system for the next 10-15 years will not earn more than the same amount he’s been earning since 2009.”
On Monday, ASUU issued a 21-day ultimatum to the federal government to implement the agreement that they had reached in 2020 following their strike action that lasted for nine months.
The federal government and ASUU had reached an agreement to enhance the welfare and remuneration of university lecturers, settle unpaid allowances, and supply a fund to revitalize Nigeria’s universities.
Ashiru, however, noted that the federal government had not signed the Memorandum of Agreement since May, despite a renegotiation.
Senate Approves Buhari’s Loan Request Of $16,230,077,718 billion, €1,020,000,000 billion
The Senate on Wednesday approved President Muhammadu Buhari’s loan request of $16,230,077,718 billion, €1,020,000,000 billion, under the 2018-2020 External Borrowing plan.
The approved was a grant component of $125 million and the request to the Bank of Industries for the issuance of €500 million.
The chamber’s approval of the loan requests was, however, accompanied by a resolution that the terms and conditions of the loan from the funding agencies be forwarded to the National Assembly prior to its execution for approval and proper documentation.
Satement signed by the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan’s spokesman, Ezrel Tabiowo, said the approval followed the consideration of a report by the Committee on Local and Foreign Debt on the proposed 2018-2020 External Borrowing (Rolling) Plan.
Senator Clifford Ordia (PDP, Edo Central), Chairman of the Committee, said Buhari’s request was in compliance with the provisions of the Debt Management Office (Establishment) Act 2003 and the Fiscal Responsibility Act 2007.
He added that the provisions of the statutes enjoin the President to seek and attain the approval of the National Assembly in respect of the External Borrowing Programme of the Federation and States.
Explaining that out of the total amount approved by the National Assembly, the sum of $3,529,300,000 billion would be sourced from the World Bank; $5,078,441,252 billion from China EximBank; $3,902,267,260 billion from Industrial & Commercial Bank of China; $2,893,693,930 billion from China Development Bank; and $698,500,000 billion from the Africa Development Bank (AfDB).
Lastly, he said €345,000,000 million is expected to be sourced from the French Development Agency (AFD); €175,000,000 million from the European Investment Bank; $190,255,276 million from European ECA/KfW/IPEX/AFC; €500,000,000 from the International Capital Market; and $62,120,000 from Standard Chartered Bank/SINOCURE.
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