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Subsidy Removal, Ending Multiple Exchange Rates Are Initial Hurdles For Tinubu’s Presidency — Shettima

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Vice President-elect, Kashim Shettima, says removing petrol subsidy and ending the multiple exchange rate system are issues that will pose the initial challenge to the incoming administration.

Shettima spoke at the public lecture and Juma’at prayer held at the National Mosque in Abuja as part of the 2023 presidential inauguration program of events.

He appealed to Nigerians to stand with the government as it would be working to deconstruct the maze of challenges facing the nation.

He warned that the take-off point might be rough.

Shettima said the myriad of issues weighing on Nigeria had prevented it from taking its pride of place as a global power.

He, however, said the time had come for all Nigerians to stand together to face the challenges.

Shettima assured that Bola Tinubu, the president-elect, would treat all Nigerians equally, irrespective of political, religious, and ethnic differences.

“We are united by our common heritage of poverty and insecurity among others. This is time for all of us to coalesce into a single force,” he said.

“Ours is a great nation, waiting to unleash its great potentials to the world. China was once called a sleeping giant, but today, China has woken up. Nigeria needs to wake up. We are calling on all of you to pray for us for God’s guidance. I want to assure you that Tinubu will hit the ground.

“We do not have the luxury of time. The challenges facing us are getting worse. We are living in a pressing time. Be rest assured that in the fullness of time, Nigeria will pay glowing tributes to us. The starting point might not be rosy, let me be very honest with you.

“Oil subsidy is an albatross on our neck, the multiple exchange rate system is a drain on the national economy. There are certain decisions the president-elect will take, but in the fullness of time, Nigerians will not only appreciate but also celebrate us.”

He promised that women would be well represented and compensated in the incoming administration.

On his part, President Muhammadu Buhari said the economic and security problems faced under his watch were global challenges.

Buhari was represented at the event by Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF).

“The problems we have had within the economic, security, and social sector are not peculiar to us. The potentials are always there to make the country great,” Buhari said.

“How we managed during COVID-19 and the Russian /Ukrainian war among others have shown how Nigerians can come out of difficult situations. ”

He urged Nigerians to put aside their differences in the polls aside and support the incoming administration.

“Elections have come and gone. Another set of leaders has been elected. It is our duty to give them the necessary cooperation to enable them to deliver their plans towards transforming Nigeria,” Buhari said.

”As citizens, we must turn our differences into our source of strength to enable progressive development.”

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Aare Abisoye Fagade Joyously Celebrates The Coronation Of The 43rd Olubadan Of Ibadan, Oba Akinloye Owolabi Olakulehin

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In a momentous celebration that echoes through the vibrant streets of Ibadan, Aare Abisoye Fagade extends his exuberant congratulations to Oba Akinloye Owolabi Olakulehin on his enthronement as the 43rd Olubadan of Ibadan. This landmark coronation ushers in a new era of leadership, heritage, and progress for the illustrious city of Ibadan.

With a heartfelt connection that spans decades, Aare Fagade has cherished the guidance and wisdom of Oba Olamilehin, whom he has revered not only as an esteemed uncle but also as a distinguished entrepreneur and an astute politician, a legacy passed down through his father, the late Elder David Oladokun Fagade. The bond between their families is woven into the very fabric of Ibadan’s history, making this occasion deeply personal and profoundly significant.

“Today, we celebrate not just a coronation but the dawn of a new chapter in the storied history of Ibadan,” proclaimed Aare Abisoye Fagade. “Oba Akinloye Owolabi Olakulehin embodies the virtues of wisdom, integrity, and visionary leadership. His ascent to the throne heralds a future filled with promise and prosperity for our beloved city.”

Aare Fagade’s jubilant praise for the new Olubadan is accompanied by fervent prayers for his reign. “May the reign of Oba Akinloye Owolabi Olamilehin be showered with divine blessings, peace, and unprecedented growth. May his leadership unite us and inspire us to reach new heights of excellence and harmony.

The coronation of Oba Olakulehin is not merely a ceremonial event but a rallying cry for all Ibadan indigenes to come together in support of their new monarch. Aare Fagade calls upon every son and daughter of Ibadan to embrace this momentous occasion with unity and enthusiasm, pledging their support to a reign that promises to uphold the grandeur and legacy of Ibadan.

As the city of Ibadan rejoices in this historic event, the air is filled with anticipation and hope for a future sculpted by the vision and guidance of Oba Akinloye Owolabi Olamilehin. Aare Abisoye Fagade stands proudly with his fellow Ibadan natives, celebrating the dawn of a new era.

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JUST IN: President Tinubu Renames National Theatre After Wole Soyinka

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Nigeria’s President, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has renamed the national theatre in Lagos after Wole Soyinka.

Tinubu made the pronouncement in a birthday message to the Nobel laureate who turns 90 on July 13.

“It is also fitting we celebrate this national treasure while he is still with us,” Tinubu said.

“I am, accordingly, delighted to announce the decision of the Federal Government to rename the National Theatre in Iganmu, Surulere, as the Wole Soyinka Centre for Culture and the Creative Arts.

“We do not only celebrate Soyinka’s remarkable literary achievements but also his unwavering dedication to the values of human dignity and justice.”

 

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HEALTH: FG Inaugurates Committee To End Mother-To-Child Transmission Of HIV

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The federal government has established a multidisciplinary committee to eliminate the transmission of HIV from mothers to children in Nigeria.

Minister of State for Health and Social Welfare, Tunji Alausa, launched the Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT) and Pediatric HIV Programme Committee in Abuja on Thursday.

Alausa highlighted that Nigeria accounts for 25% of global mother-to-child HIV transmission and emphasized the ministry’s commitment to collaborating with the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) and the National AIDS and STIs Control Programme (NASCP) to ensure that no child is born with HIV, thereby eradicating vertical transmission.

“As you are aware, Nigeria contributes 25% of the global burden of HIV transmission between mothers and their children,” Alausa said.

“Despite testing approximately 4 million pregnant women in 2023, our PMTCT (prevention of mother-to-child transmission) and pediatric HIV coverage remain at about 35%, falling significantly short of the 95% target.

“Through the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA) and the National AIDS and STIs Control Programme (NASCP), we will provide effective governance for this programme.

“Eliminating mother-to-child transmission of HIV and ensuring care for all persons living with HIV, especially our children, aligns with the renewed hope agenda of Mr President.”

Also speaking, Temitope Ilori, the director-general of NACA, expressed concern over the low coverage of PMTCT and pediatric HIV in Nigeria.

Ilori said about 140,000 children below 14 years old are living with HIV as of 2023, with 22,000 new infections and 15,000 AIDS-related deaths occurring among underage people.

The NACA DG noted that the newly constituted committee will drive the implementation of the initiative, in line with the sector-wide approach to health care in Nigeria.

“Nigeria faces a critical challenge in preventing mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) of HIV and ensuring access to care for children living with HIV,” Ilori said.

“The objective of today’s meeting is to formally inaugurate the acceleration plan committee to provide oversight to the PMTCT and pediatric HIV programme implementation in line with the three-one principle of one coordinating agency, one strategic framework, and one M&E system.”

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