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Diaspora Voting Bill Passes Second Reading in House of Representatives

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– Bill seeks to grant voting rights to Nigerians living outside the country
– Sponsored by Speaker of the House and lawmaker representing Sabon Gari Federal Constituency
– Aims to include diaspora citizens in electioneering process

The House of Representatives passed a bill for second reading on Tuesday, seeking to allow Nigerians living outside the country to vote in general elections.

The bill, sponsored by the Speaker of the House and a lawmaker from Kaduna State, aims to include diaspora citizens in the electioneering process.

Lawmaker Sadiq Abdullahi argued that Nigerians in the diaspora have the fundamental right to exercise their civic responsibility, despite their location. He noted that they contribute significantly to the country’s development through remittances and should have a say in choosing leaders.

Abdullahi stated, “Nigerians in the diaspora make considerable contributions to the Nigerian economy through huge financial inflow.”

He added that the bill provides a platform for diaspora citizens to participate in elections conducted in Nigeria.

The bill was referred to the Committee on Electoral Matters for further legislative action.

If passed, it would grant voting rights to Nigerian citizens living outside the country. According to Abdullahi, “Section 1 of the bill guarantees the voting rights of Nigerian citizens living outside Nigeria.”

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ABUTH Resident Doctors Embark on Warning Strike Over Unpaid Salaries

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– Non-payment of salaries owed to some resident doctors
– Five-day warning strike commenced on Monday
– Demands include repayment of withheld salaries and implementation of CONMESS upward review

The National Association of Resident Doctors at Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH) has begun a five-day warning strike, effective Monday, to protest the non-payment of salaries owed to some of its members.

The strike follows the expiration of a one-week ultimatum given to the hospital management on July 15.

The affected doctors, who were paid in percentage in June, are being owed salary arrears for 2021, amounting to N58,000 to N60,000 each.

The association is demanding the repayment of these withheld salaries, as well as the implementation of the 25% CONMESS upward review of salaries for members on the GIFMIS platform.

The hospital management had proposed to pay N2 million monthly from the overhead cost to offset the arrears of accoutrement allowance, which translates to N5,000 per member monthly.

However, the association is seeking N25,000 per member, as is the practice in over 60% of Federal Tertiary Health institutions in the North West zone.

The association is also demanding the payment of accrued allowances, including the arrears of accoutrement allowance, which has been pending since 2021.

The strike is expected to affect medical services at the hospital, with the association warning of further industrial action if their demands are not met.

 

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FCT Police Commissioner Urges Residents to Shun Nationwide Protest

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– Nationwide protest scheduled for August 1
– FCT CP Bennett Igweh warns against participation
– Police efforts to ensure security in FCT may be jeopardized

The FCT Commissioner of Police, Bennett Igweh, has appealed to residents and indigenes to refrain from participating in the upcoming nationwide protest.

He emphasized the potential risks to the security efforts made by the police in the FCT.

Igweh highlighted the sacrifices made by the police to ensure safety in the FCT, citing the loss of officers in recent operations. He urged residents to appreciate these efforts by shunning the protest.

The CP acknowledged the government’s efforts to provide infrastructure, such as good roads, and urged residents to act maturely. He emphasized the importance of maintaining peace and security in the FCT.

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