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COVID-19 Lockdown: CAN, JNI Laud Buhari’s Broadcast, Palliative Measures



…….It Is Insensitive, Dictatorial, says HURIWA


The Jamatul Nasril Islam (JNI) and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) have called for better handling of the palliatives announced by President Muhammad Buhari in his nationwide address on Monday.

President Buhari had in the address promised to offer palliatives for additional one million indigent Nigerians, among others.

Reacting, Dr Khalid Aliyu, the Secretary General of JNI, described Buhari’s speech as apt and timely.

“By and large, emphasis on the palliatives measures is laudable and at the same time problematic in terms of implementation going by the recent distribution.

“We advise that a better means should be explored by those saddled with the responsibility to truly reach the indigent and the common man,” the JNI secretary general said.

Also, the Chairman of CAN in Kaduna State, Rev. John Hayab, applauded Buhari for his decision, adding that it “came with love, care and concern from the heart of a leader”.

Hayab further begged Nigerians to “support this move by our president to preserve our people from Covid-19.”

“The decision he took was not an easy decision and it requires honest sacrifice from all of us. This sacrifice will bring about the best results for us all.

“We all must discipline ourselves to stay at home, follow the advice and guidelines of our scientists, medical workers and government officials.

“Mr President has again given the committee on palliatives another opportunity to correct the wrongs of the previous exercise.

“Nigerians will want to see a transparent and humane approach by the committee in distribution of palliatives so that it will build the confidence of citizens on their President,” the CAN chairman said.

He advised those entrusted with the responsibility of handling the palliatives to shun greed and ensure those who need support got it.

He added that CAN will encourage pastors to intensify the sensitization of members about the virus.

…… HURIWA attacks Buhari over extension of lockdown

Meanwhile, a frontline Civil Rights Advocacy group-: Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) has condemned unreservedly the speech by President Muhammadu Buhari, which ordered an indefinite lockdown in its attempt to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria.

Reacting to the Presidents address, the Rights group said the indefinite shutdown of Nigeria and the rigid language adopted by President Muhammadu Buhari shows that there are still some vestiges of the military dictatorial hangover surrounding the running of governmental affairs.

HURIWA Chairman

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Ebonyi Head of Service Position: Umahi Throws Application Open



Against the usual practice of picking from the top echelon of the Civil Service,  Ebonyi State Governor, Chief David Umahi on Tuesday threw the position of Head of Service (HoS) of the state open, asking civil servants on Grade Level 14 and above to apply within two weeks.

Umahi, in a statement by the Commissioner of Information and State Orientation, Mr Uchenna Orji, said civil servants across the 13 LGAs of the state are qualified to apply within two weeks.

“The Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi requests applications from Civil Servants from Grade Level 14 and above to fill the vacancy of the Head Of Service (HOS), who shall be bowing out of Civil Service on 30th June 2021 after a meritorious and selfless service to the government and people of Ebonyi State,” the statement read in part.

The Governor further directed the civil servants to forward their applications to the Secretary to the State Government (SSG): “All applications are to be addressed to the Secretary to the State Government and Coordinating Commissioner, and submitted with all relevant credentials no later than 30th June, 2021.

Umahi added that “In replacing the outgoing Head of Service, the Government will be looking for the best for the State to continue the good work that the outgoing Head of Service began.

He applauded the loyalty, committed efforts and selfless service rendered by the out-going Head Of Service, Dr. Chamberlain Nwele, in the state and wished him well in his future endeavours.

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Federal High Court Issues New Practice Direction For Filing Of Processes As Workers Resume



The Chief Judge of the Federal High Court (FHC), Justice John Tsoho, has issued a new practice direction on exemption of payment of default fees for filing of processes.

The development, according to a statement by Catherine Oby-Nwandu, Chief Information Officer of FHC, on Friday night, followed the resumption of work after the two-month strike by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) was called off on on Wednesday.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that JUSUN had, on April 6, shut down all courts nationwide to demand for financial autonomy for the judiciary at the state level.

Although the industrial action was called off on Wednesday, June 9, the workers union directed all its members to resume work on Monday, June 14.

Justice Tsoho, in the statement, therefore ordered that notwithstanding the provisions of Order 48 Rule 4 of the court rules, 2019, on computation of time for filling of court proceedings as provided by the Rules and payment of default fees for extension of time, the period covering the JUSUN strike action would be exempted.

The statement reads: “Following the resumption of work after the strike action by the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN) from 6th day of April, 2021 to 14th day of June 2021 which affected court proceedings and filling of processes, the Chief Judge of the Federal High Court of Nigeria, Honorable Justice John Terhemba Tsoho, announces to Hon. Judges, stakeholders and the general public, the essential need for a new Practice Direction on EXEMPTION OF PAYMENT OF DEFAULT FEES FOR FILING OF PROCESSES computation of time for the payment of default fees for extension of time for filing processes in the Federal High Court of Nigeria for the above period.

“Pursuant to the powers conferred on him, he thereby issues the following Practice Directions:
“COMPUTATION of Time for filing of court processes and payment of default fees for extension of time;
“Notwithstanding the provisions of Order 48 Rule 4 of the Federal High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules, 2019 on computation of time for filling of court proceedings or doing an act as provided by the Rules and payment of default fees for extension of time thereof, the period covering the JUSUN strike action, being from 6th day of April, 2021 to 14th day of June, 2021, is hereby exempted.

“APPLICABILITY; These practice Directions shall, save to the extent or as may be otherwise directed by the Chief Judge, apply to both criminal and civil causes and matters in the Federal High Court of Nigeria.

“CITATION; These Practice Directions shall be cited as the Federal High Court (Exemption of Payment of Default Fees for Filing of Processes) Practice Directions (No. 2) 2021.

“The Practice Directions take effect from Tuesday, June 15, 2021.”(NAN)

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President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Mr Balarabe Shehu Ilelah, as the new director-general of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC).

The minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced the appointment in a statement made available to NAN in Abuja on Friday.

The statement said Ilelah’s appointment is for a tenure of five years in the first instance.


It added that Ilelah is a veteran broadcaster.

Ilelah takes over from the acting director-general of the agency, Armstrong Idachaba, who had been acting since the removal of Ishaq Modibbo Kawu, the esthwhile director-general who was removed over alleged corruption last year.

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