BUS DRIVERS DAUGHTER EMERGES AS 2018 LAGOS ONE-DAY GOVERNOR
** A 14-year-old daughter of a commercial bus driver in Lagos, Miss Gloria Ajala, on Tuesday, emerged as the 2018 One-Day Governor for Lagos state.
She is a secondary school 3 student of Lafiaji Senior High School, Lagos Island and she would perform the pseudo-role of the governor of the state at a yet- to- be announced date before the end of this year alongside his cabinet members.
Gloria, whose mother is a petty trader, earned the honour as a winner of this year’s edition of Spelling Bee Competition organised by the state ministry of education among the public secondary school students in the state. She defeated 56 others from across the six education districts of the state
*. President Buhari has warned the Nigeria Police Force to be on its toes because he’ll be paying close attention to the agency from now. The president issued the stern warning during a meeting with stakeholders in Kaduna State during his condolence visit to the state on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. The meeting was to address the recent spate of violence that led to the death of over 80 people in the state over the past two weeks.
*. President Buhari on Tuesday hosted aggrieved aspirants of APC in the just concluded party’s primaries across the country. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that those in attendance at the dinner included aggrieved gubernatorial, National and State Assembly aspirants who failed to secure the party’s tickets in the forthcoming 2019 general elections. The meeting was also attended by Secretary to FG, Mr Boss Mustapha, cabinet ministers and other presidential aides.
1. FOREIGN SCENE:
President Donald Trump said he will seek to limit the right of citizenship for certain children born in the United States in a new bid to dramatically reshape immigration policies that was likely to spark a congressional battle. Seeking to shore up support for Republicans ahead of the congressional elections next week, Trump told the Axios news website he would try to end the right of citizenship for U.S.-born children of non-citizens and illegal immigrants. The president said in an interview published today that he would make the move through an executive order
2. FOREIGN SCENE:
amal Khashoggi’s fiancee has said the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia has STILL not paid his condolences to her following the journalist’s murder. She believes Saudi authorities are responsible for his murder, and called on the kingdom should give more details so those responsible can be brought to justice. The death of Khashoggi – a Washington Post columnist and a critic of Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – sparked global outrage and pitched the world’s top oil exporter into crisis
3. AFRICAN ISSUES:
The UN is investigating the alleged embezzlement of up to €5 billion that disappeared from accounts owned by Muammar Gaddafi, the former Libyan leader, according to Belgian MP Georges Gilkinet. “UN documents confirm that Belgium failed to comply with a UN resolution on freezing Libyan assets,” he told the Belgian news network RTBF. He said that so far, he had received fragmented information from Belgian authorities and that is vital “to clarify the situation, which may lead to a big scandal
President Buhari, on Tuesday met behind closed-doors with State Governors from the South-South geopolitical zones, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. Four out of the six Governors of the zone were present in the meeting which lasted about one hour. They were reluctant to talk to State House correspondents afterwards, but in a brief answer to the reason behind their meeting at the Presidential Villa, Siriake Dickson who spoke on behalf of others simply said, “My colleagues and I came to have audience with the President, to discuss issues pertinent to our country and also pertinent to our respective states.
5. STATE GOVERNMENT:
Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos state, on Tuesday visited Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of the state, at the government house, Alausa, Ikeja. Obafemi Hamzat, a governorship aspirant in the state, and James Odunmbaku, leader of the Mandate Movement, the group which backed Sanwo-Olu to pick the governorship ticket, were among the APC leaders who joined Sanwo-Olu. This is the second time Ambode would be seen publicly with Sanwo-Olu since he lost his reelection bid.
As part of efforts aimed at wooing the South-West, PDP has decided to surrender the position of Speaker of House of Reps to the region if it wins the 2019 presidential election, The party had earlier ceded the position of Secretary to the Government of the Federation to the same region.
These were part of a political strategy being planned by the party to enable voters from the region to vote for its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and his running mate, Mr Peter Obi. Yemi Osibanjo who is running with President Buhari on the platform of APC hails from Ogun State, in South-West.
7. OIL AND GAS:
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said that there are no plans to review the prices of petroleum products in the country. The came in a statement from the NNPC on Monday where it noted that it is working to ensure the availability of the products during the festive season. “The Federal Government has no plan to review prices of white products either downwards or upwards,’’ the NNPC added. The NNPC thus warned against the spread of falsehood as it could have an impact on the price of the commodity.
8. MINIMUM WAGE:
The organised labour union on Tuesday invaded the presidential villa, Abuja in protest of an immediate implementation of what it agreed with the government as the new minimum wage. The protest led by TUC president, Bobboi Kagama, was tagged ‘National day of mourning.’ Kaigama speaking insisted that the labour union will not leave the Villa until the governors and executive committee on New minimum wage led by the vice, president Yemi Osinbajo respond positively to their demands.
9. MINIMUM WAGE:
Nigerian governors met in Abuja on Tuesday night and said they can only increase workers salary in their states from N18,000 to N22, 500 per month. The resolve of the governors was contrary to the demand of the Nigerian Labour Congress and the Trade Union Congress that the minimum wage must be increased to N30,000. FG had earlier offered to pay N24, 000 as minimum wage. Labour had declared that it would order workers to go on strike from November 6, 2019, if the government refused to take a decisive action on its demand.
Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel has stated that he remains fully committed to the national team and will make himself available for selection once he sorts out his ‘physical and fitness issues’. The Tianjin TEDA midfield maestro, who has not been in action for Nigeria since the World Cup in June, emphasised that he will keep supporting the Eagles as they look to seal their place in the 2019 AFCON billed for Cameroon. “I’m still not ready to come back yet. Still have some physical and fitness issues. I wish the team well and will always do.