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1. Borno to employ 5,000 Civilian JTF members as Environment Vanguards
The Borno State government has concluded plans to employ 5,000 Civilian JTF members as street vanguards. The Sole Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, BOESPA, Alhaji Nasiru Surundi stated this in an interview with journalists in Maiduguri on Friday.
According to Surundi, the gesture was part of the efforts of the state government to ensure healthy, safe and clean environment as well as to create employment opportunities for the teeming youths, adding that this will go a long way in curbing lawlessness among them.
2. Tompolo explains why he called meeting with ex-militants
A commander of the defunct Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND), Government Ekpemupolo, better known as Tompolo, has explained that Saturday’s meeting of militant leaders is about calming the festering tension among ex-militants, who have been subjecting him to “intense pressure” over Federal Government’s perceived indifference to the amnesty programme.
Tompolo, who in a statement personally signed by him and issued on Friday, restated his commitment to the peace and stability of the country, revealing that pressure from stakeholders in the oil-rich region led him to call for discussions.
3. Like Minds Senators warn EFCC against witch-hunting Saraki's wife
Senators, under the aegis of ‘Like Minds’ have described decision of the anti-graft agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to invite the wife of the Senate President, Mrs Toyin Saraki, as pure ‘witch-hunt.’
The senators in a statement signed on their behalf by Senator Dino Melaye stated that they hoped that the invitation of Mrs Saraki was not politically motivated or connected with the on-going leadership crisis in the Senate.
4. Pay workers' full salary or face strike - NLC warns Governors
Factional leader of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Joe Ajaero on Friday issued a stern warning to state governors owing workers to pay their salaries or face mass action in their respective states.
A communiqué signed by Ajaero at the end of his National Executive Council meeting in Port Harcourt, Rivers, said it is unacceptable that despite the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari, the workers have not received their salaries in full.
“We have resolved that if non-payment of salaries and benefits continue till August, we will mobilise private sector unions for solidarity strike in affected states until arrears are paid,’’ the communiqué said.
5. Military recapture Dikwa from Boko Haram as Air Chiefs tour Operational units
A concerted effort by the Nigerian Air Force and the Nigerian Army has led to the recapture of Dikwa town in Borno State.
On Friday, a combination of the Nigerian Air Force Alpha Jet and surveillance aircraft jointly destroyed three ambush points heavily fortified with vehicle-mounted Anti-Aircraft Guns.
This paved the way for the Nigerian Army to move in and recapture the town with less resistance.
6. Boko Haram: Presidency denies report indicting the US
The presidency has denied claims in the local and international media that President Muhammadu Buhari has accused or indicted the United States Government of helping the terrorist group.
Special Adviser to the President on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, said in a statement that such reports are not only unfortunate, but misinterpretation and distortion of the President’s remarks at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) during his official visit to Washington DC.
7. Arunma Oteh gets world bank appointment
Arunma Oteh Former Director General, Security Exchange commission (SEC) has been appointed Vice President and Treasurer of World Bank.
The appointment was on Friday confirmed in a press statement issued by Jim Yong Kim, World bank President of the world.
8. Ondo Government Suspends Commercial Motorcycle Operations
This is as a result of the protest by commercial motorcyclists in the city on Thursday, which led to the vandalisation of government property and unwarranted harassment of government officials by the protesters.
According to a press statement made available to newsmen by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Aderotimi Adelola, government is also suspending ticketing activities of commercial motorcycle operators across the state.
9. Buhari Promises Press Freedom
President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his administration will upload press freedom.
The president who was represented by his special adviser on media and publicity, Mr Femi Adesina gave the assurance at the 5th triennial National Delegates Conference.
10. Generals Retires From Nigerian Army
Eleven generals of the Nigerian Army Ordinance Corps in Lagos State were on Friday pulled out of service. NASS reports that the officers were eight Major-Generals and 3 Brigadier-Generals who retired between 2013 and 2015.