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FG unveils Independence Day celebration committee

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The Federal Government has inaugurated a 15-man Inter-Ministerial Committee for the country’s 63rd Independence Day celebration.

The committee is headed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator George Akume.

Members of the committee include: Minister of Information and Culture; Minister of Interior, Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of the FCT, National Security Adviser, Inspector-General of Police, Director-General of the Department of State Services, and Commander of the Guards Brigade.

Others are: Permanent Secretary, General Services Office; Permanent Secretary, Special Services Office; Permanent Secretary, Ecological Project Office; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health; and Permanent Secretary, Political and Economic Affairs Office.

Speaking at the event, Akume noted that the committee was constituted to plan, organise and execute all approved activities befitting Nigeria’s 63rd Independence anniversary celebration on October 1, 2023.

The SGF said the celebration of the 63rd Independence anniversary had provided an opportunity to reflect on the contributions and sacrifices of the national heroes and heroines who fought for the independence of Nigeria from the colonial masters.

He said the celebration also allowed the government to showcase its achievements in dealing with myriads of challenges in social and economic sectors confronting the nation.

He stated that the proposed activities for the celebration would be subject to finalisation by the Inter-Ministerial Committee.

Akume revealed that on October 1, there would be a presidential broadcast by President Bola Tinubu as part of the programmes lined up for the celebration.

He said, “The proposed activities for the celebration would be subject to finalisation by the Inter-Ministerial Committee and would involve the following to be anchored by sub-committees:

“World Press Briefing, September 25; symposium/public lecture, September 28; public lecture/Juma’at Service, September 29; Presidential Broadcast, October 1; Church Service, October 1; and Parade, October 2, 2023.

“The celebration affords the government an opportunity to showcase its achievements in dealing with myriads of challenges in social and economic sectors confronting the nation.”

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Nnamdi Kanu seeks negotiation with FG over trial

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– Nnamdi Kanu seeks negotiation with FG over ongoing trial
– Kanu’s lawyer moves two applications before the Federal High Court
– FG’s counsel says defendant should approach Attorney General for negotiation

Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has expressed willingness to negotiate with the Federal Government over his ongoing trial.

Through his counsel, Alloy Ejimakor, Kanu informed the Federal High Court in Abuja of his intention to seek negotiation under Section 17 of the Federal High Court Act.

Ejimakor had earlier moved two applications before the court, including one objecting to the jurisdiction of the court. If the applications are denied, Kanu’s lawyer plans to invoke Section 17, which promotes reconciliation and amicable settlement among parties.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government’s counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo, stated that the defendant should approach the Attorney General of the Federation for negotiation.

Justice Binta Nyako, the presiding judge, clarified that the court’s role is to hear cases, not to solicit negotiations. Kanu has been in DSS custody since June 2021, facing terrorism-related charges levelled against him by the government.

His lawyer’s latest move may signal a potential shift in the case’s trajectory.

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30,000 Students to Benefit from FG’s Interest-Free Loan Scheme

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– Over 30,000 students selected for federal government’s student loan scheme
– Scheme aims to support underprivileged students in pursuing higher education
– Loan is interest-free and does not require a “godfather”

The federal government’s student loan scheme has selected over 30,000 students to benefit from the initiative.

This was announced by Senate President Godswill Akpabio during a visit to the Nigeria Institute of Legislative and Democratic Studies in Abuja.

Akpabio praised the student loan bill, signed into law by President Bola Tinubu, for enabling vulnerable Nigerian students to access higher education without financial burdens.

He expressed his personal admiration for the bill, stating it is one of the most important bills passed by the 10th National Assembly.

The Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELFUND) has assured the public that every eligible Nigerian student will benefit from the interest-free loan program.

Thee application process will be open, fair, and transparent, without requiring a “godfather,” according to Dr. Fred Femi Akinfala, NELFUND’s Executive Director of Finance and Administration.

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