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Creative Industry Group Raises Alarm on Youth Drug Crisis, Calls for Urgent Intervention

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The Creative Industry Group (CIG), a coalition of entertainers, has voiced profound concern about the surging participation of young people in illicit drugs, likening it to a pandemic that demands immediate intervention.

In a statement released in Lagos, Mr. Felix Duke, the President of CIG, highlighted the pressing need to address this worrisome trend urgently. Duke underscored the group’s concern, especially as some of its members, including musicians and artists who are considered role models by the youth, have unfortunately been labeled as drug addicts.

Duke clarified that while some entertainers may be involved in drug-related activities, it does not represent the entire industry. He acknowledged that the group is aware that some parents are complicit in the illicit drug trade and are accountable for their children’s addiction. Duke emphasized that some parents neglect to monitor their children’s activities and friends, who often serve as negative influences.

Calling on parents and guardians to be vigilant, especially concerning children in primary and secondary schools, Duke announced the group’s stance: a resounding “No to drugs.”

The president highlighted the need for a collective effort to combat the issue, stating that if left unchecked, the prevalence of illicit drugs among the youth could exacerbate Nigeria’s current crime levels.

To address this concern, CIG plans to organize a conference where celebrities, government representatives, non-governmental organizations, security agencies, and students will unite against the dangers of illicit drugs among the youth. The conference, themed “All Hands Must Be on Deck,” is scheduled for November 28 at OJs, National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos. Additionally, on November 23, the group will conduct a road walk from Ikeja Under the Bridge Bus Stop to Alausa Secretariat to draw public attention to the upcoming conference.

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Former Ondo PDP Chairman Resigns, Alleges Embezzlement, Extortion

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A former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State, Ebenezer Alabi, resigns as the internal crisis rocking the party deepens.
Mr Alabi, tendered his resignation to the party’s chairman, Ward 11, Akure North Local Government.

He said that he made the decision after wide consultation with his family members, political associates, and friends.

In the copy of the resignation letter dated July 18, 2024, the ex-chairman explained that he could not in good conscience continue with some party leaders who aim to make financial fortunes at every circle of elections in the state.

According to the politician, “The large chunk of money sent for mobilization during the past general elections ended up in the private pockets of these leaders at the detriment of the party’s victory.

“Some of them found it easy to extort money from many aspirants during primary elections and ended up allocating delegates’ votes to them in the proportion of amounts coerced to cough out.”

“I came to this conclusion after wide consultations with my family members, political associates, friends and followers on the pariah state of affairs of the party in the state,” said Mr Alabi. I cannot, in good conscience, further continue to co-habit with some political leaders whose aim is to make financial fortunes at every cycle of election.”

He alleged that the party’s overall success “is none of their concern, in as much as their personal aggrandizement is satisfied.”

The disgruntled erstwhile PDP chair added, “Unfortunately, the depressing reality is that I am yet to notice any radical departure from this ugly trend, hence my decision to quit in order not to be part of further political misfortunes.

“As I take a final bow today, let me use this medium to express my deep appreciation to you and all other party members for their support, respect and cooperation accorded me for the past 21 years.”

Mr Alabi’s resignation came barely 24 hours after some leaders and members of the PDP dumped PDP for APC.

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BREAKING: President Tinubu Approves N70,000 Minimum Wage

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President Bola Tinubu has approved a new minimum wage of N70,000 for Nigerian workers, with a commitment to review the national minimum wage law every three years. This significant announcement reflects the administration’s dedication to improving the livelihoods of Nigerian workers and ensuring that wage policies remain relevant and fair over time.

This development was shared in a post on X by Bayo Onanuga, the Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy, on Thursday. Onanuga stated that President Tinubu made these decisions during a meeting held with leaders of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in Abuja. This meeting marked the second time the parties had convened within a week, highlighting the urgency and importance of the discussions.

President Tinubu also emphasized his administration’s commitment to finding ways to assist the private sector and sub-national governments in implementing and sustaining the new minimum wage. This move is aimed at ensuring that the wage increase benefits workers across all sectors of the economy, not just those in federal employment.

The Labour leaders present at the meeting applauded President Tinubu for his “fatherly gesture” and proactive approach. The President also addressed the demands of university unions regarding unpaid salaries, promising to use his discretionary powers to meet their demands and resolve the issue of four months of unpaid wages. This assurance was met with approval from the union leaders, who expressed optimism about the administration’s commitment to addressing workers’ grievances.

In addition to the wage increase, President Tinubu highlighted the importance of continuous dialogue between the government and labour unions to address ongoing and future concerns. He emphasized that the government is dedicated to fostering a collaborative relationship with labour groups to ensure the welfare of Nigerian workers is prioritized.

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JUST IN: Appeal Court Dismiss Sylva’s Petition, Tpholds Diri’s tribunal Victory

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A three-man panel of Justices of the Court of Appeal, Abuja division, on Thursday, dismissed the appeal of the All Progressive Congress and its governorship candidate, Timipre Sylva, seeking to set aside the Bayelsa governorship election Tribunal judgment.

The appellate court while delivering judgment in the appeal, upheld Governor Douye Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party re-election victory.

The court held that it found no reason to set aside the earlier judgment of the tribunal which refused to nullify the outcome of the governorship poll held in the state on November 11, 2023.

The court dismissed Sylvia’s appeal for being incompetent and lacking in merit.

The appellate court also awarded N500,000 each as a cost in favour of the respondents.

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