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Today’s Headlines: FG To Launch Passport Home Delivery –Aregbesola, Gov Abiodun Greets Olubara At 90

FG to launch passport home delivery – Aregbesola

The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has said the Federal Government has plans to launch a home delivery service for passports.

He said the government intended for anyone desirous of having a passport to do so within a reasonable time, and at an affordable price without any stress.

The minister spoke at the opening of the Nigeria Immigration Service Passport Front Desk Office in Auchi, Edo State, on Saturday.

A statement by his Media Adviser, Sola Fasure, quoted the minister as promising to conclude negotiations with the Nigerian Postal Service on the usage of its speedy mail service to start delivering passports to Nigerians.

The statement partly read, “What we are doing here is significant for two main reasons. The first is the right (and even the necessity) of Nigerians, especially those in the diaspora to hold the Nigerian passport. Except for those travelling outside the country or intending to, most of those who hold a passport do so for identification purposes. For some, it is also a thing of pride to be able to brandish the greenback of the passport.

Gov Abiodun greets Olubara at 90

The Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun, has felicitated the Olubara of Ibara Kingdom, Oba Jacob Omolade, on his 90th birthday.

The governor, in a statement by his spokesperson, Kunle Somorin, on Saturday, expressed gratitude to God Almighty for sparing the life of “a quintessential monarch, whose reign has brought unprecedented development to the Ibara Kingdom, especially his domain in the Capital city of Abeokuta”.

Abiodun who eulogized Oba Omolade for his uprightness, wisdom and astuteness, noted that the monarch remains of the highly revered traditional rulers, not only in Ogun state, but Nigeria.

He noted that as a retired Permanent Secretary in the civil service of Lagos State, the Olubara, has brought his public administrative acumen to bear on Ibaraland.

While praying for more fruitful years and good health for the monarch, the governor said that the principle stance of Olubara stands him out of his contemporaries.

ECOWAS commends Buhari’s contributions to unity, security in region

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria has received praise from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for his efforts in promoting regional integration and security.

During the First Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Parliament, Dr Omar Alieu Touray, President of the ECOWAS Commission, expressed deep appreciation and gratitude to President Buhari for his immense support in these areas.

“Under President Buhari’s leadership, Nigeria’s longstanding role in ECOWAS has reached new heights, particularly in mediation, peacekeeping, regional health, security, and the development of community institutions,” the regional bloc said.

President Umaro Sissoco Embalo of Guinea Bissau, Chair of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, was also recognized for his dynamic leadership and support for community institutions.

Clark condemns Abba’s reappointment as PTF chair

Chief Edwin Clark, a former Federal Commissioner for Information and South-South figure, has denounced Suleiman Abba’s reappointment as Chairman of the Police Trust Fund after he was fired as Inspector General of Police.

According to Clark, Abba’s reappointment appears to be ongoing pay or a commendation for a job well done for the roles he reportedly performed during the general elections in 2015.

A continuation of Abba’s appointment as Chairman of the Police Trust Fund, according to the Pan Niger Delta Forum’s head, appears to some of them as a continuous reward.

In the letter, Clark encouraged President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) to reflect on his conduct as his term comes to an end.

He emphasised that Nigerians cannot quickly forget Abba’s disloyal action, which resulted in his dismissal from the Police Force, when, as IG, he went to the airport to meet Buhari without the knowledge or authorization of his principal, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, the President at the time.