Buhari Swears in Three INEC National Commissioners as FEC Commences
President Muhammadu Buhari has sworn in three National Commissioners of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
They include Dr Baba Bila representing the North-East zone, Professor Sani Adam, representing the North-Central zone and Professor Abdullahi Abdu, representing the North-West zone.
The swearing-in took place on Wednesday just before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council meeting which held at the conference room of the First Lady’s office at the State House.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha were among those physically in attendance.
Also present were the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; as well as the Minister for Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu.
Others include Ministers of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed; Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola and Interior, Rauf Aregbeshola.
The Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Folashade Yemi-Esan and other Ministers attended virtually from their various offices in Abuja.
Senate President Swears in Jarigbe to Represent Cross River North
Senate President Ahmad Lawan, has sworn in Jarigbe Agom to represent Cross River North Senatorial District.
Senator Jarigbe took the oath office on Wednesday immediately after the start of plenary.
The oath of office was administered by the Clerk of the Senate, Ibrahim Dauda El-ladan.
Jarigbe a member of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) replaces Stephen Odey as the Senator representing Cross River North.
His swearing-in comes on the heels of a Court ruling in Calabar on the 30th of July, 2021, which declared Jarigbe the winner of the December 5th, 2020, Cross River North Senatorial By-election.
Troops Burst Drug Syndicate, Recover Illicit Substances Worth ₦7.5m
The Troops of Operation Safe Haven (OPSH) in Jos have cracked a drug syndicate and recovered two hundred and forty-eight blocks of substance suspected to be cannabis estimated to be about seven point five million naira.
Military Information Officer, Major Ishaku Takwa said in a statement that the substance which was tracked down on Tuesday, September 14, was concealed in a Toyota Camry car.
The suspects, Ex-Corporal Essien Friday, a 60-year-old retired Army personnel and 50-year-old Ibrahim Ali, were arrested by the troops during stop and search operations along the Manchok road in Kaura LGA of Kaduna State, as they claimed that they were contracted to convey the illicit substance to Yola, Adamawa State from Ondo State.
According to Major Takwa, the suspects and items recovered have been handed over to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for further investigation.
Nigeria’s Inflation Rate Drops Further To 17.01% In August – NBS Report
Nigeria’s inflation rate has dropped by 0.37 per cent to 17.01 per cent (year-on-year) in August, from the 17.38 per cent recorded in July.
This was disclosed in the Consumer Price Index report just released by the National Bureau of Statistics.
According to the report, the composite food index also dropped to 20.30 per cent against 21.03 per cent in July.
The rise in the food index was caused by increases in prices of bread and cereals, milk, cheese and egg, oils and fats, Potatoes, yam and other tubers.
At the same time, the country’s urban inflation rate fell to 17.59 per cent year-on-year, from 18.01 per cent recorded two months ago. Rural inflation rate tapered to 16.43 per cent from a previous 16.75 per cent, while core inflation, which excludes the prices of volatile agricultural produce dropped by 0.31 per cent to 13.41 per cent from 13.72 per cent recorded in July.
ON THE FOREIGN SCENE
EU To Donate 200 Million More Vaccine Doses to Low-Income Countries
The European Union is to donate another 200 million Covid-19 vaccine doses to low-income countries, more than doubling its present pledge, the bloc’s chief said on Wednesday.
The extra doses announced by European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen come on top of 250 million shots the EU has already promised to give to other countries, particularly ones in Africa.
Von der Leyen told the Strasbourg assembly, the donation is an investment in solidarity, and it is an investment also in global health.
She recognized the disparity that has emerged between economically advanced countries such as the United States and those in Europe, which have pushed ahead in vaccinating the majority of their populations against the coronavirus, and poorer nations that are struggling to get hold of supplies.
She said Europe had done more than any other region to get vaccine doses to other countries, noting that half of the 1.4 billion vaccines produced on its territory had been exported abroad.
Super Falcons Battle Mali In Aisha Buhari Cup Opening Match
The maiden edition of the Aisha Buhari Invitational Women’s Tournament in the City of Lagos is kicking off today with Nine-time African champions, Super Falcons of Nigeria set to battle the Female Eagles of Mali.
Both teams had a feel of the remodelled Mobolaji Johnson Arena, hitherto known as Onikan Stadium yesterday, less than 24 hours to the opening Group A fixture.
Four-time African Woman Footballer of the Year, Asisat Oshoala who plays professional football in Spain for FC Barcelona will motivate the Super Falcons.
The star-studded Super Falcons squad also has renowned strikers like Rasheedat Ajibade, Francisca Ordega, Uchenna Kanu; Desire Oparanozie and Esther Okoronkwo.
Today’s opening match will be witnessed by the FIFA president, Gianni Infantino and CAF supremo Patrice Motsepe, the Lagos state Governor Sanwo-Olu and wife Mrs Sanwo-Olu, Sports Minister Sunday Dare, NFF President and FIFA Council Member Amaju Melvin Pinnick, members of the diplomatic corps, and top officials of Lagos State Government.
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