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Poor Nigerians To Receive N5,000 Each: They Must Be Assisted To Survive – Osinbajo

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Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo says no decent nation can tolerate the level of poverty Nigeria currently faces. He noted that unless there was a functional social system where the highly vulnerable are assisted to survive, vast majority of the population would suffer untimely deaths.

Speaking  in Calabar, yesterday, while delivering a keynote address on the 10th anniversary of the Late High Court Judge, Peter Bassey Foundation lecture, Osibanjo said those against the Federal Government’s policy of Conditional cash Transfer where those without jobs would be given the sum of N5,000 each to assist them are only being callous and ignorant of the pitiable plight of large numbers of the population in the country.

“Social protection system is absolutely essential to assist the highly vulnerable in our society but  I hear some critics  say that people should work to earn money but the only way out for now  is to ensure that people  who earn  nothing can eat to avoid preventable deaths,” the vice president said.

Although, he said the government was working to create jobs and an enabling environment for the private sector to revamp and build industries, it still has a responsibility to ensure that the vast majority of Nigerians who are extremity poor are catered for through the conditional cash transfer system  to enable them  eat and take care of their health needs.

“If we have to wait until the industries are functional and the government is able to provide jobs for everyone, most people would be dead by the time we get to that stage,” he said.

Also lamenting the poor value system in the country, Osinbajo also said it has caused the country to remain underdeveloped.

“The justification of stealing, cheating and corruption is because we have not adopted the values for doing the right thing. The biblical injunction, ‘thou shall not steal is not only  to stop  stealing but attuned  to a just and right way of doing things  because  if you are supposed to report for work at 8:00 am but you show up at 11:00 am you are stealing your employers three hours and should therefore be paid for the time you reported and not a whole days work.”

He said development can only be witnessed in  the country if the right people are appointed  into the right position on merit not via federal character formula. “We have the chaos we have in the country today because people want to get away with anything and this is because federal character is the first  rule where people are appointed into positions based on the zone or state he comes from and not on merit, until there is a reverse, development will continue to elude us”.

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3 Comments

  1. Mr Okori Monday

    June 26, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Change must take place in Nigeria!!

    Corruption must stop!!!!!

  2. otuoze j

    June 26, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    Nigeria will change by the power of Almighty God ( Allahumma Amin )

  3. Mykonyx

    June 27, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    Abeg Enough Analysis, Explanation And Recommendation.. Action And Implementation Lo Matter.

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Nigeria’s Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

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Nigeria's Communications Minister, Isa Pantami, Loses 13-year-old Daughter

Communications minister, Isa Pantami

Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami, has announced the loss of his 13-year-old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali.

The Minister took to his Twitter account on Monday night to announce this sad news.

Pantami stated that the funeral prayer for the deceased will be conducted in Abuja on Tuesday at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2.

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The post by the minister announcing the incident reads; “Inna lil Laahi wa inna ilaiHi Rajiun! My 13-year old daughter, Aishah Isa Ali (Amal) passed away just a moment ago.

“Due to some necessities, funeral prayer tomorrow at Annur Masjeed, Wuse 2, immediately after Zuhr prayer In sha Allah. May Allah forgive and be merciful to her.”

 

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

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Cult Violence: Wike Imposes Two-Week Curfew Around Okoro-Nu-Odu

Governor Wike

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has imposed a 24-hour total curfew for two weeks on some parts of Port-Harcourt, the state capital.

The Governor made this known during a broadcast on Sunday where he noted that the curfew begins from Monday 23rd November 2020.

The statement noted that the upsurge noticed by the state government in cases of cult activities, other forms of violence, and killings is responsible for the curfew.

Also Read: Umahi Unhappy With PDP Because Atiku Picked Peter Obi – Wike

Wike in the statement declared that the entire area along and around the Okoro-nodu flyover up to a one-kilometre radius from Saint Emmanuel Anglican Church, Rumuokoro, extending to the Rumuodomaya Slaughter and Local Government daily market will be affected.

He added that no form of trading, human or vehicular movement is allowed in the affected areas until further notice.

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

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Zamfara Governor Secures Release Of 11 Kidnapped Victims

Bello Matawalle

Governor of Zamafara, Bello Matawalle has announced the release of 11 kidnapped victims.

According to reports, ten of the victims were male and a female from Bukkuyum Local Government Area.

Matawalle received the rescued kidnapped victims on Saturday night at the Government House in Gusau, the state capital.

The Commissioner of Security and Home Affairs, Abubakar Muhammed Dauran revealed that the victims were released without paying a ransom.

Also Read: Nigeria still needs SARS, Zamfara gov, Matawalle insists

He stated they were released as a result of the peace initiative and stakeholders meeting summoned by Governor Matawalle with all critical stakeholders from Bukkuyum Local Government Area on Thursday.

Governor Matawalle assured that his administration will not rest on its oars until total peace is achieved in all parts of the state.

 

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