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Video: Lagos state legislature defends its rejection of commissioner-nominees



The political face-off in Nigeria’s commercial capital, Lagos, took fresh dimension on Monday after the Speaker of State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa defended the decision of the House to reject 17 of the 39 commissioner-nominees sent by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for screening last week.

Speaker Obasa declared that no amount of intimidation would persuade the Assembly to reverse its constitutional decision about the governor’s rejected nominees.

The Assembly would not leak its discovery during the screening of the rejected commissioner-nominees, the Speaker, who presided over the House’s Monday plenary, declared, despite threats from some people.

Lagos is the political home of President Bola Tinubu, who lost the state to the Labour Party during the February 2023 presidential elections.

Some observers have attributed the ruling party’s (APC) performance in the state at the presidential elections to Sanwo-Olu’s limited reach at the grassroots. The same factor has been linked to why the state legislatures rejected some of his potential appointees.

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Video: Nigerian President, Tinubu promises interim wage increase to forestall labour strike



Nigerian President, Bola Tinubu, in a nationwide broadcast on the commemoration of the country’s independence, announced an interim wage rise for low income workers, and deployment of mass transit buses running on gas to ease the impact of petrol subsidy removal.

The announcement comes two days before labour unions are set to embark on an indefinite strike.

Tinubu said the decision was reached after talks with labour, business and other stakeholders. In the plan, federal government workers would get an additional 25,000 naira a month for the next six months, a marginal raise he said was necessary to avoid pushing up double-digit inflation.

That would take the minimum wage in Nigeria to 55,000 naira ($71) from 30,000 naira, although labour unions want Tinubu to reinstate the fuel subsidy and had previously demanded a minimum wage of 200,000 naira.

The Nigerian president said tax collection would be increased to improve investment in small businesses in order to boost employment, while a special investigator would soon present findings on what he called a “den of malfeasance” at the central bank.

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Video: UN environment chief, Munang wants climate capacity investment for African youths



In the video, the Deputy Regional Director of the African office of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Richard Munang, speaks on the need to focus climate investment on “African Catalystic Sectors.”

He noted that that Africa loses close to $50 billion annually due to post-harvest loses from inefficiency in the entire agro-value chain. Thus, the need to increase capacity of the continent youthful population to maximize climate and agro-based opportunities.

“We must be intentional with the feeder of the new knowledge. If it’s wrong, then everything will be wrong. How do you tell a mother in a village without access to electricity to hope when you can guide youth to retool their skills to turn waste into fuel, ” Munang argued.

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