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Shasha: NGF promises support for Makinde to rebuild market

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As a way of ensuring speedy economic recovery for the traders and residents of Shasha communities, Akinyele local government, Ibadan, the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) has expressed readiness to mobilise support for Governor Seyi Makinde to rebuild the ruins.

The Forum, which said it has already given some palliative to some victims, also called on all social media influencers to exercise restraint so as not to fan embers of crisis in their reportage.

Kebbi Governor Abubakar Bagudu gave the assurances on Tuesday while addressing journalists at the Oyo Governor’s Office, Agodi, Ibadan shortly after returning from a tour of the Shasha where meetings held with community leaders and residents of the area.

He assured he would mobilise more support for Governor Makinde and the state at the Nigerians Governors Forum meeting slated for Wednesday.

Bagudu, who led a team of three other northern Governors, including Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Abubakar Bello (Niger) and Bello Matawalle (Zamfara) to the state, were conducted on a tour of the crisis area by Makinde.

The Kebbi Governor said the team is pleased with what they saw on ground countering claims of panic, fears and brewing ethnic crisis in the state.

He commended Makinde, his team, security agencies and community leaders for what he described as a desire to establish peace.

He noted the visiting Governors have also identified the root cause of the crisis, which is the interest of some individuals in the leadership of Shasha market and nothing tribal as being wrongly portrayed in some quarters.

He called on those nursing certain fears of continuous attacks of the residents to report such at the Government House so the Governor can send a team to verify and douse every tension.

“As we speak, we are certain that some people are still afraid and unsure of what will happen but the onus is on us to ensure that we communicate properly so that those who are living in fear either in Ibadan or outside Ibadan in other states, because others in fear of reprisal must know that the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), President Mubammadu Buhari, security agencies are working hard to ensure that we treat things for what they are.

“Incidences are bound to happen, sometimes, they are exploited by miscreants in the society to loot, to steal and cause mayhem and part of what has happened in Ibadan has to do with that, just like we saw during the EndSars riot. But, we are glad that reason is prevailing and people are calming down and encouraging others.

“So, the NGF call on all those who communities, Hausas, Igbos, Yorubas and other tribes who are in fear to send their community leaders to the Government House in Ibadan so that the governor will know if at all there is, so that he can send teams to ensure that those fears are addressed immediately.

“But for the generality of Nigerians, it is important that they know that the street of Ibadan are calm, there are no people chasing each other and people are supporting each other to resume normalcy.

“To those outside Ibadan, particularly, the northern state, we want to say that a regrettable spontaneous incident has happened but it is not a tribal conflict, it is a regrettable conflict and the different communities in Oyo are working and holding each other hands to sort out.

“We are glad that the governor is rendering assistance and we the NGF are going to support him and in fact we have already given a token to support those who are already displeased and we will meet at a wider forum tomorrow and I am sure that more support will be mobilised.

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Ebonyi Head of Service Position: Umahi Throws Application Open

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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

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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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BUHARI REMOVES ARMSTRONG IDACHABA, REPLACES HIM WITH SHEHU ILELAH AS NBC DG.

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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.

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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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