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Labour Party will champion sustainable development in Nigeria across board-Julius Abure

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National Chairman of Labour Party, LP Julius Abure has vowed that the party will wholeheartedly champion sustainable development across board as depicted in the party’s logo.

Speaking at the just concluded retreat of the party where its Presidential candidate, Peter Obi declared free party cards for members Abure said:

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“As clearly captured in our party’s logo all Nigerians will be adequately protected through properly designed developmental goals that will carry every Nigerian aboard.

Abure who spoke extensively on the retreat theme tagged:’ Nigeria at a
Cross Road; Labour Party as The Only Option with the following sub themes;
1, Labour Party in focus.
2. The role of organized Labour in the 2023 general elections.

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He noted that” The party has expanded on all fronts and as such the need has arisen to have this retreat to bring everyone together to strategize and develop a methodological
approach for the campaign with a view to ensuring victory for the party and all o
its candidates.

“Never in the history of this party have we had the opportunity and platform that WE have today.

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“I urge Nigerians to embrace the party, as it is “in the best position to proffer valid and effective solutions to the ills that plague our nation”
Abure lamented that Nigeria had in the past seven years, witnessed retrogressions in all the indices of economic development, adding that “ global terrorism research/ analysis, from organisations that specialises in collation of data on terrorist activities worldwide, recently, ranked Nigeria as the second most terrorised country, second only to Iraq”

“If we speak to the average Nigerian under the age of 35 years, the majority are interested in leaving Nigeria for greener pastures”.

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He also cited cases of international airlines divesting from Nigeria, with increasing air fares and high prices of food items.

According to him, “The naira is falling as fast as the balance of our external reserve account; the latest World Bank Poverty Assessments state that poverty reduction figures stagnated since 2015”

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Abure opined that Nigeria was in a free fall, adding that “the county cannot afford another four years of business as usual”

He declared that the LP under the Obi/ Datti team was offering Nigerians an opportunity to put the country back on the right track.

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“Labour is a fundamental factor of production. For production to be sustained, it requires security, education health care and basic infrastructures”

He assured that the party will work hand in hand with the nation’s budding ecosystem to rebuild the country.

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“We have a strong economic development strategy that will be unveiled to the public very soon,” he added.

The event witnessed the unveiling of the party’s membership registration portal and membership cards, which the national chairman said would be distributed free to willing members nationwide.

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Presidential candidate, Peter Obi, Femi Falana, Ayuba Waba NLC,Festus Osifo TUC and Prof Pat utomi were in attendance.

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Elderly Woman Falls On Her Knees To Pray For Peter Obi In Jos Rally

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As political campaigns for the 2023 general elections commenced on Wednesday, a elderly woman has been captured praying for the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi, during a solidarity rally held in Jos, Plateau State.

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The Director-General of the Obi-Datti Campaign organization, Doyin Okupe, in a tweet on Wednesday disclosed that the LP candidate and his vice, Datti Baba Ahmed, will attend the Jos rally although the party is yet to commence campaigns officially.

”Today in Jos, HE Peter Obi & his running mate Datti-Ahmed, will honour an invitation from the Middle Belt forum to attend a solidarity rally. We are yet to commence our own campaigns.

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To comfort our students, We urge the FG to quickly resolve the lingering ASSU Crisis,” the tweet read.

Amongst persons seen at the venue to welcome the LP flag bearer was an elderly woman on her knees in the midst of other supporters praying for Peter Obi at the Rwang Pam Stadium Jos, Plateau state.

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UNIBEN releases post-UTME, DE screenings date

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The University of Benin has fixed dates for its Post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination and Direct Entry screenings for 2022/2023 session.

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The university in a notice by its Registrar, Ademola Bobola on Wednesday in Benin, said the exercise would hold between Nov. 14 and 25.

Bobola said the screening would be conducted in designated centres at the Ugbowo main campus of the institution, using the Computer Based Test mode.

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“Only candidates who applied through JAMB for the 2022/2023 UTME and Direct Entry admission and chose the University of Benin as First Choice and scoring 200 and above for UTME candidates are eligible for this screening exercise,” the registrar said.

Bobola, however, referred admission seekers to the institution to the university’s official website.

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Presidency denies authorising Katsina security outfit to carry arms

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The Presidency has denied that any state has been issued authorisation to procure automatic weapons for its security outfit.

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Last week, Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu had accused the Federal Government of bias in refusing to allow the Western Nigeria Security Network Agency, also known as Amotekun Corps, to carry sophisticated firearms, while allegedly granting approval to the Katsina State security outfit to carry sophisticated firearms.

That was as the Inspector General of Police, Usman Baba said that quasi-security outfits established by state governments have no legal basis to function during the 2023 general elections.

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In a statement on Tuesday, the Presidency said the possession of automatic weapons and AK-47 remains illegal in the country.

“The Presidency wishes to strongly assert that there is no state, not Katsina, not any other state in the federation, that has been authorized to procure automatic weapons for their security outfits,” the statement reads.

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“Under this administration, the President has repeatedly made it clear that nobody is allowed to illegally carry AK-47 or any other automatic weapons and that they must surrender them”.

The Presidency however said neither Katsina nor Ondo is allowed to purchase automatic weapons for security outfits.

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“Under the existing regulations, only the Office of the National Security Adviser can issue such authorization, upon proper clearance by the President and Commander-in-Chief and as it is at this moment, no such approvals have been issued to any state government.

“In the specific Katsina State often cited, the Governor, Aminu Bello Masari wrote to explain that the administration invited the Provost of the Civil Defence Training College in Katsina to train their vigilantes for a five-day period….

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“in the handling and operations of Pump Action Rifles,” emphasising that “the vigilantes were not trained to take over the responsibilities of the security agencies of the Federal Government of Nigeria but to assist them”.

The Presidency added that it “appreciates the active involvement of states with security matters. As they continue to expand their capabilities as well as their active collaboration with law enforcement agencies of the federation, the joint efforts continue to yield good results, thwarting attempts of terrorists to wreak havoc and destruction on communities”.

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President Muhammadu Buhari was quoted as saying he has received reports “of acts of utmost bravery and professionalism” by operatives of state security outfits.

“He thanked them for their alertness that is helping to defeat nefarious plots against targets at grassroots levels”, the statement added.

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Furthermore, the Presidency called on leaders at various levels “to exercise restraint in their speech, even as we are in a political season”.

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