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Tinubu Appoints New Leadership For Nigeria’s Climate Change Council

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– President Tinubu appoints Dr. Nkiruka Maduekwe as DG of National Council on Climate Change
– Maduekwe also appointed Co-Chairperson of Intergovernmental Committee on National Carbon Market Activation Plan
– Two other appointees named to climate-related roles

President Bola Tinubu has appointed Dr. Nkiruka Maduekwe as the Director General and Chief Executive Officer of the National Council on Climate Change.

Maduekwe, is a renowned climate policy expert with over 15 years of national and international experience.

In addition to her appointment as DG, Maduekwe will also serve as the Co-Chairperson of the Intergovernmental Committee on National Carbon Market Activation Plan.

Furthermore, President Tinubu has appointed Mr. Ibrahim Abdullahi Shelleng as the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Climate Finance & Stakeholder Engagement.

Shelleng, will handle all matters related to Climate Finance & Stakeholder/Donor Relations and serve as a member of several presidential committees.

Additionally, Mr. Olamide Fagbuji, has been appointed as the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Climate Technology and Operations.

Fagbuji will oversee the digitalization of a new open procurement process and cross-departmental procedural optimization initiative.

According to the President’s spokesperson, Ajuri Ngelale, “The President expects the new appointees to bring their expertise and discipline to bear in these very important assignments.”

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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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