Connect with us

NEWS

2024 Hajj: Group Begs Tinubu, Governors to Give Bailout

Published

on

Share

Serve the Pilgrims Initiative (SPI), an NGO, has appealed to President Bola Tinubu, and state governors, to give advance loans to pilgrims’ agencies to secure the hajj slots allocated to them.

The Co-Chair of the group, Malam Yakubu Fagge, made the appeal in a statement on Sunday in Abuja.

Fagge said that the bailout would enable the state’s pilgrims boards and agencies to secure the hajj slots ahead of registration deadline for 2024.

He said the advance loan would be in the form of a bailout that would be paid back after the prospective pilgrims must have completed their payment after Ramadan.

The co-chair noted the inability of Nigeria to meet its 2024 hajj 95,000 quota would likely affect its hajj quota allocation in 2025.

He urged intending pilgrims to utilize the 30-day extension window provided by the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) to complete their payment.

” SPI is appealing to the state and Federal governments to give out these loans to enable their various pilgrims’ agencies to secure their allocations ahead of the Saudi deadline.

” It’s not going to be free funds. The fund would be refunded after all payments have been completed.”

He said the new Saudi hajj calendar was a good initiative, but would require gradual implementation” because most pilgrims in Nigeria and other parts of the world are used to paying hajj fares after Ramadan.

” This is largely because the majority of the pilgrims are either farmers or engage in commodity trading, which is done after harvest.”

” The bailout would go a long way in securing the seats allocated to the states and also safeguard the hajj quota allocated to Nigeria by the Saudi authorities.”

He commended Gov. Umar Namadi of Jigawa for advancing N2.2 billion to the state pilgrims’ agency, to secure 500 hajj seats ahead of the Dec. 31, 2023, deadline.

He also appealed to the Federal Government to allow intending pilgrims to access dollars at the exchange rate of N750 as captured in the 2024 appropriation act as passed by the National Assembly and assented to by President Tinubu.

He further appealed that the 2024 budget-approved N750 dollars exchange rate should be applicable to both Muslim and Christian pilgrims.

He commended the NAHCON extension of time for registration for Nigerian hajj pilgrims.

SPI, is a not-for-profit civil society organization, that protects hajj pilgrims from Nigeria, Africa, and beyond. (NAN)

NEWS

FG Revokes 924 Dormant Mining Licences as Minister Decries Racketeering

Published

on

Share

The Federal Government has revoked additional 924 dormant mining licenses.

Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr Dele Alake announced this on Wednesday in Abuja as he decried the racketeering of the issuance of the licences.

He told newsmen that mining licence racketeering was impeding the development of the sector and obstructing genuine investors from showing interest in Nigeria’s mines.

Licences revoked were 528 for exploration; 22 mining leases, 101 quarry licences and 273 small-scale mining licences.

The minister explained that a grace period of 30 days was given to defaulters to rectify their statuses, and to state reasons for dormancy on the sites allocated to them in line with Constitutional provisions.

He said that 963 licences were published in the official gazette of the Federal Government in December 2023 awaiting revocation.

Out of these, only 39 of the listed licence holders responded to the warning as they either moved to site immediately or they stated challenges hindering their operations, he added.

Alake stated that the revocation of the licences was taken to sanitise and reposition the mining sector to boost Nigeria’s economic profile and to accelerate its industrialisation.

He noted that the “first-come, first-served’’ rule in the licencing regime was a disincentive for genuine investors as the rule prohibited issuance of fresh licence on a site already allocated.

The ministry revoked 1,663 mining licences in November 2023 because of failure by licensees to pay statutory charges and other dues to the Federal Government.

Alake said that following the revocation of the 1,663 licences in 2023, government received a lot of pressure to reconsider the punitive measure.

According to him, in response to the pressure, government issued a policy for defaulters to make restitution and show remorse in order to be considered for reinstatement.

He said that the restitution varied depending on the category of licence revoked.

“The highest, which is on mining attracts a restitution N10 million per revoked licence payable to the Federal Government.

“For the small-scale licences, the restitution is N7.5 million for reinstatement and for exploration licence, the restitution is N5 million,’’ Alake said.

The minister warned in his 2024 New Year goodwill message that more mining licences would be revoked for other categories of defaulters.

He warned also that Nigeria’s mining sector would not continue to suffer from low investments because of nefarious activities of individuals who bought licences for promising mine sites only to resell them at the illegal market.

He added that the practice was tarnishing Nigeria’s image and was diverting funds that could be used for exploration to the illegal market to acquire licences at exorbitant prices.

Alake stressed that Nigeria was losing a significant amount of Foreign Direct Investment to the untoward practice. (NAN)

Continue Reading

NEWS

Sokoto Assembly Adopts Motion to Establish Skills Centre for Displaced Widows

Published

on

Share

The Sokoto State House of Assembly, on Wednesday, approved a motion advocating for the establishment of an Educational and Skills Acquisition Centre to support widows displaced by banditry and other security challenges in the state.

The motion, which was moved by Alhaji Abubakar Shehu (APC- Yabo) and seconded by Alhaji Atiku Liman (PDP-Silame), also urged the state government to repurpose the Sultan Maccido Waqf Centre for the initiative.

Shehu highlighted that the Sultan Maccido Waqf Centre, originally established by the State Zakkat and Endowment Commission in collaboration with Qatar Charity Organisations, could serve the purpose effectively.

He stated the importance of empowering widows and their children, emphasising the need to transition them from dependency to self-sufficiency.

“The conversion of the Centre into an Education and Skill Acquisition Centre for widows and children displaced by banditry is crucial to empower them economically and prevent them from becoming liability to the society,” he stated.

The lawmaker expressed concern about the sight of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in the metropolis, often seen begging without access to economic activities or education.

He said the proposed center would offer training in various skills such as catering, knitting, tailoring, cream making, welding, mechanics, carpentry and building, among others.

Shehu emphasised that funding for the centre should be a joint responsibility of the state government, Zakkat Commission, international donors and individual contributions.

Contributing to the discussion, Alhaji Bello Idris (APC-Gwadabawa North) stressed the importance of conducting a comprehensive census of IDPs in the state to ensure proper support and utilisation of the centre once established.

Following deliberations, Speaker Alhaji Tukur Bala conducted a voice vote, and the motion was unanimously adopted by the lawmakers. (NAN)

Continue Reading

NEWS

Undertake Reforms for Functional Justice System – Tinubu Tells Judiciary 

Published

on

Share

President Bola Tinubu has called on the nation’s Judiciary to embark on reforms that will ensure functional justice system and support economic growth.

Tinubu gave the charge on Wednesday when he declared open the National Summit on Justice, 2024, held at the National Judicial Institute, Abuja.

Represented by his Vice, Kashim Shettima, the President also emphasised the need for a legal framework that would guarantee basic human and political rights of individuals and provide security for all Nigerians.

According to him, much can be achieved when institutions of government, including the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary, unite to acknowledge their challenges and brainstorm.

” This is with a view to proffering solutions to the problems bedeviling Nigeria,” he said.

The President, therefore, urged the judiciary to align its activities within the tenets of his administration’s Renewed Hope Agenda.

” Particularly as they relate to the priorities on inclusivity, fairness, rule of law, and anti-corruption stance, among other things”.

He said that his administration had pledged to be impartial and adhere to constitutional principles.

Tinubu said that the Summit availed institutions in the justice sector “with an opportunity to push boundaries by identifying needed system changes and critical reforms that would allow Nigerians to reap the benefits of huge investments in the sector.”

He explained that the Federal Government was determined to implement its policies and promises made to Nigerians for a renewed hope, through the instrumentality of the “law and the dictates of justice to create opportunities for our people.”

President Tinubu said that his administration made funding for the third arm of government a top priority, doubling it in the Renewed Hope budget 2024 by more that 100 per cent from 2023, budget.

” I urge the leadership of all justice sector institutions to seek a new direction and focus on outcomes by creating a justice system that truly responds to the needs of our citizens.

” I demand informed and coordinated responses to the identified challenges plaguing the effectiveness and efficiency of the sector.

” I demand performance so that Nigerians can feel and acknowledge the impact of your reform efforts.

“;Ultimately, the expectations are that law and justice should aim to ensure public safety, economic development, peaceful co-existence, and the well-being of our people.”

Earlier, the President of Senate, Godswill Akpabio commended the commitment of all stakeholders in the justice sector in building a consensus that would ensure a more robust judicial system.

He underscored the commitment of the National Assembly to a more vibrant and transformative justice system

He assured that the legislature would play its part by deliberating on the outcome of the summit in a bid to enshrine the outcomes into law.

On his part, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Okukayode Ariwoola, said giving the high expectations from the judiciary, undertaking a holistic reform of the sector had become necessary.

He noted that constitutional, statutory and operational reforms in the justice sector was imperative in meeting the aspirations and yearnings of the general public.

The CJN attributed most of the achievements recorded in the judiciary to the support of Tinubu administration, particularly in the enhancement of the welfare of judicial officers and improvement in their working environment.

In the same vein, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Chief Lateef Fagbemi, emphasised the significance of the revised draft national policy on justice.

He noted that building a national consensus on the advancement of the justice sector has become necessary. (NAN)

Continue Reading

Read Our ePaper

Top Stories

NEWS2 hours ago

FG Revokes 924 Dormant Mining Licences as Minister Decries Racketeering

Share The Federal Government has revoked additional 924 dormant mining licenses. Minister of Solid Minerals Development, Dr Dele Alake announced...

NEWS2 hours ago

Sokoto Assembly Adopts Motion to Establish Skills Centre for Displaced Widows

Share The Sokoto State House of Assembly, on Wednesday, approved a motion advocating for the establishment of an Educational and...

NEWS2 hours ago

Undertake Reforms for Functional Justice System – Tinubu Tells Judiciary 

SharePresident Bola Tinubu has called on the nation’s Judiciary to embark on reforms that will ensure functional justice system and...

NEWS2 hours ago

EFCC Withdraws Appeal Against Former Kogi Gov. Bello

ShareThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), has filed a notice of withdrawal to discontinue an appeal against an order...

NEWS2 hours ago

Establish Base in Sambisa Forest, Zulum Tells Army

ShareGov. Babagana Zulum of Borno has urged the Nigerian Army to establish a military base in Sambisa Forest, to effectively...

NEWS3 hours ago

Alleged N80bn Fraud: Bwala Faults EFCC’s Media Trial, Disregard for Rule of Law

Share Mr Daniel Bwala, Former Spokesman of Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar on Wednesday faulted the Economic and Financial Crime...

NEWS3 hours ago

NCAA Suspends Dana Airline’s AOC Effective April 24

ShareThe Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has written to the management of Dana Airlines, informing it of the suspension of...

Education3 hours ago

Borno Varsity Secures Accreditation in all Programmes – VC

Share The outgoing Vice Chancellor of Borno State University (BOSU), Prof. Umar Sandabe, says the five-year old institution has secured...

NEWS3 hours ago

FRSC Apprehends 222 Trailers Conveying 3,169 Passengers

ShareThe Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) inter-agency task force, has apprehended 222 trailers conveying 3,169 passengers in Niger, Bauchi, Taraba...

NEWS3 hours ago

Rivers Finance Commissioner Resigns.

ShareRivers Commissioner for Finance, Mr Isaac Kamalu, resigned his appointment on Wednesday. He is the second commissioner to resign from...

Copyright © 2021 Daily Asset Limited | Powered by ObajeSoft Inc