Budget-Padding: CSO threatens mass protest against Akpabio

CSO Akpabio

A Civil Society Organisation, (CSO), ‘National Association For Peaceful Co-existence and Good Governance‘ has threatened to organise a massive protest against the President of the Senate Godswill Akpabio over the recent allegation of budget-padding levelled against him by senator representing Bauchi-Central, Abdul Ningi. Founder of the group, Comrade Isiaku Balogun Nathaniel, said the matter would not be swept under the carpet, urging President Bola Tinubu to probe Ningi’s allegations and the leadership of the Senate to make clarification and reinstate the suspended senator within one week. He said, “We are…

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Insecurity: CSO demands resignation Of CDS, Defence Minister

A Civil Society Organisation, (CSO), Oduduwa Development Initiative (ODI), has called for total overhaul of the security apparatus in Nigeria, in view of the increasing insecurity challenges plaguing the country. National President of ODI, Ambassador Akinyele Olasumbo, who stated this yesterday at a media briefing in Abuja, urged President Bola Tinubu, to sack Chief of Defence and the two Ministers of Defence for their failure and incompetence to secure lives and property of Nigerians. Olasumbo, who lamented the increasing rate of kidnappings across the country, particularly in the Federal Capital…

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COVID-19: “Investigate Ministers who allegedly mishandled funds” – CSO urges Tinubu

A non-profit organisation, One Love Foundation, (OLF), yesterday, called on President Bola Tinubu, to investigate former Ministers who mishandled Covid-19 funds and inflated contracts. The call was made by the OLF Founder and President, Chief Patrick Eholor, while commending Tinubu on his efforts to fight corrupt Ministers in his cabinet. Eholor, who described Tinubu’s transformative potential as the “stone the builder rejected who later became the chief cornerstone” said the President should not relent nor be distracted by anybody but should go on with the investigation as he had started…

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Supreme Court Receives Clarion Call for Justice in Election Disputes

A pro-democracy advocacy group, ‘Citizens Participation Against Corruption Initiative’, has called upon the judges of the Supreme Court to rectify perceived injustices in the verdicts delivered by Election Petitions Tribunals and the Court of Appeal regarding the 2023 elections in Nigeria. In a passionate address at a press briefing held in Abuja,  its Executive Director, Comrade Bishir Dauda Sabuwar-Unguwa Katsina, highlighted the crucial role of impartial and independent election petition tribunals in ensuring free and fair elections, and expressed concerns about the potential ramifications on democracy, peace, and stability.  The…

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Group Lampoons Media Attackers, Back Sokoto Governor’s Policies

Aminu Imam The Sokoto Progressives Forum (SPF) has hailed the State Governor, Ahmed Aliyu, for what it described as his “fast-growing masses-friendly administration, unrivalled in the last eight years”. The SPF, in a media statement it issued to newsmen in Kaduna and endorsed by its Chairman, Barrister Mohammed Sani Goronyo and Secretary-General, Bashir Isa, said Governor Aliyu has achieved in 100 days what his predecessor in the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), could not do in eight years. They cited an instance of the revamping of potable drinking water supply, describing…

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Tinubu, EFCC issued 7-day ultimatum to release Emefiele – CSO

President Bola Tinubu and the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) have been given a seven-day ultimatum to release the embattled former Governor of the Central Bank of Bank (CBN), Godwin Emefiele. The Coalition of Civil Society Organisation (CSO) gave the warning on Tuesday, while speaking on the irrational and excessive display of enthusiasm, saying the Commission should either free him or bring charges against him. Speaking during the “Free Emefiele Rally”, which took place in Abuja yesterday, the convener of the Coalition of Civil Society for Defence of Human…

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Fuel Scarcity: Northern Group accuses marketers of sabotage, demands NNPCL GMD’s sack

A northern-based civil society organisation (CSO), the ‘Mega National Movement for Good Governance’, has expressed concern over the sudden scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit, better known as petrol in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Kaduna State and other major cities across the country. The group, during a press conference in Kaduna on Friday, accused the independent petroleum marketers of creating the scarcity with the intention of hiking fuel prices in the coming days. The spokesman for the group, Ibrahim Tijjani, also expressed worry over the instability of prices of petroleum…

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“N25, 000 low-grade workers’ wage increase not enough” – CDCs, groups tell Tinubu

Leaders of Community Development Committees (CDCs), rights groups, politicians and other Nigerians have reacted to the subsidy palliative and economic intervention plans announced by President Bola Tinubu yesterday. Recall that in his Independence Day nationwide broadcast on October 1, President Tinubu announced a monthly wage increase of N25, 000 for average low-grade workers for the next six months as subsidy palliative allowance. The president also emphasised other plans of his administration to stabilize the country’s economy, direct fiscal and monetary policy to fight inflation, encourage production, ensure security of lives…

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PEPT: Tribunal judgement may erode progress made in use of technology in elections – CSOs

The Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room says the verdict of the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) on the 2023 presidential election may erode the progress made in the use of technology in elections. In a statement issued on Friday, jointly signed by the three co-conveners of the Situation Room: Y.Z Ya’u, Mimidoo Achakpa and Franklin Oloniju, the Situation Room said the verdict may present challenges for the innovative reforms achieved through the Electoral Act of 2022. The PEPT had on Wednesday, in a unanimous decision, dismissed the petitions of Atiku,…

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“Tinubu’s palliative programmes worsening Nigerians’ hardships” – Informal Workers’ organisation

…Backs NLC strike The Federation of Informal Workers’ Organisation of Nigeria (FIWON) says it supports the warning strike declared by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), and advised the Federal Government to create minimal social protection for workers. In an issued statement signed and issued by the federation’s General Secretary, Gbenga Komolafe, yesterday, it said, “The programmes announced by President Bola Tinubu’s government to cushion the effects of the present realities have further led to a spike in absolute poverty”. Recall that the NLC declared a warning strike to press for…

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