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The British High Commissioner to Nigeria has advised the EFCC to partner the INEC to ensure that there is no vote buying in the build-up to the 2019 general election.

Paul Arkwright, in a visit to the anti-graft agency on Wednesday in Abuja, also advised the Commission against taking sides with any political party.

“INEC and EFCC should be there to preserve the integrity of the political process, including taking forward investigations without any prejudice on one side or the other, following the evidence and taking action where it is justified,” he said.

He further said, “We are pleased to see how the EFCC operates, and we are assuring you of the endless support of the British Government in the fight against corruption.

“The UK and Nigeria have evolved and made progress in the fight against corruption, and the EFCC’s achievements have been impressive.”

Responding, acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, said, “I assure you that there is no political interference in what we do. We will continue to work with stakeholders like INEC who we have an agreement with to ensure that there is no interference to ensure free and fair elections in Nigeria and we will stop people using money to buy votes.”

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Ooni Of Ife’s New Wife, Yeyeluwa Silekunola, Enters The Palace With Grace, Elegance [PHOTOS]

Gbemileke Ajayi

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Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has received his new Olori after the necessary rites have been performed, the Palace said.

“Her Majesty, Olori Moronke Naomi Silekunola Ogunwusi is the new Yeyeluwa Oodua. Necessary rites fully performed,” a terse message from the Palace said.

See the photographs, courtesy of the Ooni’s Palace:

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Jim Ovia Takes Africa Rise And Shine Book Launch To New York [PHOTOS]

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The Founder/Chairman of Zenith Bank Plc, Mr. Jim Ovia recently launched his book, Africa Rise and Shine in New York.

This prestigious event happened on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly and had foreign dignitaries and private sector captains of industry in attendance.

Earlier, Africa Rise and Shine was unveiled in Lagos at Eko Hotel and Suites on September 17, 2018. The event had Nigeria’s Vice President, His Excellency, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, GCON(SAN), other government functionaries, traditional rulers and private sector stakeholders present.

Africa Rise and Shine is available for pre-order online at Amazon and in-store at Laterna Books and Roving Heights.

See photo excerpts from the book launch in New York below:

The Chairman of Flour Mills of Nigeria, Mr. John D. Coumantarosduring a meet-and-greet with the Author of Africa Rise and Shine, Mr. Jim Ovia at the Book Launch in New York

The Author of Africa Rise and Shine, Mr. Jim Ovia with the moderator, Zeinab Badawi on the podium at the Africa Rise and Shine book launch in New York

Mr. Jim Ovia holding up his book, Africa Rise and Shine during its launch in New York

The GMD/CEO of Access Bank, Mr. Herbert Wigwe; The Publisher of Guardian Newspapers, Lady Maiden Alex Ibru and Chairman of Coronation Capital, Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede during a meet-and-greet with the Author of Africa Rise and Shine, Mr. Jim Ovia at the Book Launch in New York

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We Can’t Pay New Minimum Wage — Governors

Peter Okunoren

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Chairman of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, NGF, Abdulaziz Yari, said yesterday that governors were not against upward review of the minimum wage, but lack capacity to pay it.

This is as indications emerged yesterday that organized labour might resume its suspended strike over the issue as early as November 6.

Briefing journalists on the outcome of the forum’s meeting with the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Wednesday night, Yari said the issue was not just on the agreed figure to be paid by the governors but also the “ability or resources to take care of that agreed minimum wage.”

Noting that his colleagues made it known that they have no problem with a review of salaries but were being real, Yari, who is governor of Zamfara State, said: “The problem of the states is the capacity to pay what is agreed. As we are talking today, we are struggling with N18,000.

“Some of the states are paying 35 percent, some 50 percent and still some states have salary arrears. So, it is not about only reviewing it but how we are going to get the resources to cater for it.”

Yari’s statement caused a stir in the polity, yesterday. There was anxiety that labour leaders who met over the issue last night may call for industrial action. Some state chapters of the NLC, vowed to shut down the country if the minimum wage was not reviewed and implemented.

The NLC had demanded N30,000 as minimum wage, the governors proposed N20,000, while the Federal Government said it could afford N24,000.

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