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South-West NURTW passes ‘vote of no confidence’ on President, Baruwa



The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) in the South-West has descried the “maladministration” of its National President, Tajudeen Baruwa, that led to the suspension of the activities of the union in five out of the six states in the zone.

Leaders of the union in the region on Wednesday converged on the union’s zonal secretariat in Osogbo for a meeting where they passed a “vote of no confidence” on Baruwa.

They, however, endorsed a former chairman of the NURTW in Lagos State, Tajudeen Agbede, as the sole candidate for the congress of the union in July.

The zonal leaders described as “illegal”, plans by Baruwa to hold a zonal conference this week, stating that the matter is in court.

According to them, efforts made by leaders to ensure that he (Baruwa) runs the union in line with the constitution failed.

While throwing their weight behind Agbede as his successor, the union’s founding members said the continued stay in office of Baruwa will further damage the union.

Speaking with newsmen, one of the leaders, Elder Samuel Jonah, said the South-West made a mistake in nominating Baruwa as “our representative from the zone to the position of president of our great union.”

Jonah said: “It was the turn of the South-West to produce the presidential candidate, and we made the mistake of supporting him then. But four years down the line, Baruwa has destroyed the union by imposing his own candidate against the wish of the majority and running the union with impurity.

“It is unfortunate that he (Baruwa) has been trying to manipulate some disgruntled elements to endorse him for second term. We, the major stakeholders from the South-West are saying ‘enough is enough. We cannot tolerate his poor leadership style. He should not be allowed to continue to wreak more havoc on our union.

“We have all agreed to withdraw our support for him. He is no longer representing our zone. Baruwa was a mistake we made four years ago and we are correcting ourselves now.”

Meanwhile, Special Adviser to the Osun State Governor on Security Matters, Samuel Ojo, has written to the state Commissioner of Police to prevent the zonal election organised by a faction of the union.

In the letter, Ojo said the court has not given the final verdict on a pending litigation and this might cause crisis among members of the NURTW in the state.

He said: “Since the case has been in the court, there is non-existence of the National Union of Road Transport Workers in the states of Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun and Ondo. The elected officials have been suspended/dissolved till the issue is addressed by the court.

“In view of the above, kindly use your good office to provide adequate security in the state to prevent election to be conducted by some factions of NURTW that might cause breakdown of law, peace and order in the state.”

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President Bola Tinubu Suspend Godwin Emefiele as CBN Governor



President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has suspended the Central Bank Governor, Mr Godwin Emefiele, CFR, from office with immediate effect,” the Director of Information, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Willie Bassey said in a Friday statement.

“This is sequel to the ongoing investigation of his office and the planned reforms in the financial sector of the economy.

“Mr Emefiele has been directed to immediately hand over the affairs of his office to the Deputy Governor (Operations Directorate), who will act as the Central Bank Governor pending the conclusion of the investigation and the reforms.”

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Details Of Meeting Between Tinubu, Ooni Of Ife, Sultan, Other Traditional Rulers Emerge



President Bola Tinubu on Friday met with prominent traditional rulers across the country under the auspices of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN) at the State House Conference Centre, Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Naija News reports the meeting, which is the first by the President with traditional rulers after his inauguration is part of ongoing consultations with various stakeholders across the country.

The traditional rulers were led into the meeting by the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’adu Abubakar who is the chairman of the council.

In his opening remarks, the Sultan of Sokoto said the traditional rulers were at the Villa to congratulate the President and pledge their commitment to supporting him in the huge task of running the nation.

He pointed out that the traditional rulers have various professional backgrounds and this would be a ready pool for the President to draw from.

The Sultan on behalf of his colleagues also expressed the confidence of the traditional rulers in the ability of President Tinubu to steer the affairs of the nation aright.

He said: “We thank God for the smooth way the elections took place. Many negative people thought this country will collapse but we are still here.

“We are here for you, for our people and our country. If you don’t reach out to us, we will reach out to you.

“We wish you the most successful tenure in good health.”

On his part, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Adewusi, who is the co-chair of the council, assured President Tinubu of their readiness to work with him in the area of insecurity. He urged the President not to underestimate what they can do.

“There are areas we will like to work with you, one of which is security. It is time to use us the more, we are not saying we are idle…but to make your work easier use us.

“The foundation of this country today are the traditional rulers. We are here to pledge our loyalty and support. We want to work with you to ensure you leave a legacy.

“Don’t underestimate what traditional rulers can do,” he said

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Lagos State Youngest Lawmaker Pledges Effective Representation



The thirty-six-year-old youngest member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Sabur Oluwa, has promised his Constituents of effective representation.

Oluwa, who is representing the Ajeromi-Ifelodun constituency II at the Assembly, was among the 40 lawmakers inaugurated at the 10th Lagos Assembly on Tuesday.

The lawmakers took the Oath of Office after Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu proclaimed the 10th Assembly on Tuesday.

Oluwa reiterated his commitment to quality representation that would bring speedy development to the constituency and also promote peace and harmony among constituents.

He said; “By the grace of God, the mandate given to me by my constituents in Ajeromi-Ifelodun constituency II will not be betrayed. The confidence they have in me will be justified. The love of my constituents for me, through their votes in the election that brought me in, will be reciprocated.

“The peculiarities of our constituency, being one of the most populous and ethnically diverse in Nigeria, set us apart. We will leverage these to attract the requisite attention and development to Ajegunle.”

“I will ensure effective and sound representation at the House of Assembly, Lagos, to positively impact the lives of Ajegunle people,” the 36 years old lawmaker said.

Oluwa is the youngest lawmaker in the 10th Assembly.

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