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Rivers State on Edge as Youths Storm LG Headquarters Amid Tenure Crisis

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– Tension rises in Rivers State as youths occupy LG headquarters
– LG chairmen refuse to vacate office despite expiration of tenure
– Police deploy security operatives to maintain peace

Tension mounted in Rivers State on Monday as youths occupied the Degema Local Government Area headquarters, demanding that the council chairmen vacate office.

The youths, who were seen singing war songs, barricaded the entrance and vowed to remain until Wednesday.

The crisis follows the expiration of the tenure of local government chairmen in the state, with the chairmen refusing to step down citing a new law passed by the state House of Assembly.

The law empowers them to extend their tenure by six months, a move opposed by Governor Siminalayi Fubara.

In a similar development, youths stormed the Asari-Toru Local Government Area headquarters, occupying the building and vowing to resist any attempt by the council chairman to remain in office.

The situation was tense but peaceful, with security operatives deployed to maintain order.

Meanwhile, the outgoing chairman of Eleme LGA, Obarilomate Ollor, warned those eager to throw him out of office not to come close to the council, threatening to unleash terror on such invaders. “Some people are ganging up, they want to use force to enter into the local government, If you go there against the law, what you will see you will not believe it.”

The police have urged everyone to maintain peace in the state, with the spokesperson, Grace Iringe-Koko, saying “Our men were on a show of strength this morning. We are still monitoring the situation.”

 

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Osun Governor Pushes for Power Decentralization

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– Osun State Governor calls for devolution of power to states
– Inflation and economic hardship require urgent attention
– National Economic Council meetings brainstorm solutions

Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, has called for decentralization of power to tackle Nigeria’s economic challenges.

He believes this strategy will yield better results than centralization.

Adeleke made this call at the Adeleke University convocation, where 1092 students graduated. He emphasized the need to move items from the exclusive legislative list to the concurrent list.

Governments at different levels are working hard to address the parlous state of the economy. The National Economic Council meetings regularly brainstorm solutions to economic hardship, unemployment, and hyperinflation.

Adeleke said, “For us as a state, we believe the solution lies in the devolution of powers and financing to the state governments.” He stressed the importance of economic federalism for subnational prosperity.

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₦70,000 Wage ‘Not Enough’ – Ndume

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– ₦70,000 minimum wage approved by Federal Government
– Ndume condemns new wage, urges review upwards
– Tinubu administration faces criticism over minimum wage

Former Senate Chief Whip, Ali Ndume, has criticized the newly approved ₦70,000 minimum wage, stating it can only buy a bag of rice, during an interview.

He made this statement in a viral video posted on Friday, emphasizing the need for a higher minimum wage.

Ndume’s comments come after his removal as Senate Chief Whip for speaking out against the Tinubu administration. He emphasized the current economic hardship, saying, “People are suffering, people are angry, people are not happy.”

The new minimum wage was agreed upon by the Federal Government, Nigeria Labour Congress, and Trade Union Congress, in a meeting at the State House on Wednesday. However, Ndume argued that it is insufficient, saying, “Realistically, that is like the amount for a bag of rice”.

Ndume called on President Tinubu to listen to the people and reconsider the minimum wage.

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