Would you not just have loved it if President Tinubu used the ocassion of Fathers Day to announce a series of initiatives to better the lives of young Nigerian men

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[1] There will be free primary and secondary education for every Nigerian child

[2] Our federal government will offer one free meal a day to all primary and secondary school pupils

[3] The federal government will pay a N20,000 monthly stipend to all unemployed school leavers under the age of 24

[4] Every state government will be compelled by law to open at least one vocational training centre in each of Nigeria's 774 local government areas

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Canuk organises family fun day to Southend-on-Sea beach on August 3

DIASPORA body the Central Association of Nigerians in the UK (Canuk) has arranged a coach trip to Southend-on-Sea beach on Saturday August 3 as part of its community bonding programme aimed at fostering togetherness.

 

In the second-ever such programme of its kind, Canuk has hired two coaches that will leave from Euston and North Greenwich stations in London at 10am on August 3. They will travel to Southend-on-Sea beach for the day and then leave at 5pm in the evening.

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Over the last three days, the G7 has been meeting in Italy. I hope that as part of his Renewed Hope Agenda, President Tinubu sent them a set of proposals that read like this

Ayo Akinfe

[1] Nigeria is willing to offer all G7 member states observer status at the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas). This is to facilitate massive investment in West Africa with an annual minimum target of $500bn

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Canuk AGM initiates plans towards becoming a community interest company

DIASPORA umbrella body the Central Association of Nigerians in the UK (Canuk) has initiated plans towards becoming a community interest company (CIC) after delegates to its recent annual general meeting (AGM) mandated the executive committee to call an emergency general meeting (EGM) to look into the matter.

 

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Who else is perplexed that President Tinubu’s Democracy Day speech made no mention of resource control at given that he could not stop talking about it while in opposition

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[1] Nigeria will be made up of 42 states, with seven per each of her constituent geo-political zones

[2] Each state will be responsible for creating and funding its local governments as it deems fit. Local governments will be funded internally by the charging of a local tax, which will be augmented by a state grant representing no more than 10% of their total expenditure

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Dangote reveals that his group has paid back over half of what it borrowed to build Lekki refinery

ALHAJI Aliko Dangote has revealed that his company the Dangote Group has already paid back $2.4bn out of the $5.5bn loan it took out to construct the mega $19bn refinery in Lagos State designed to refine 650,000 barrels of crude oil per day.

 

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Two Nigerian restaurants in the UK avoid a legal battle over the name Aso Rock

TWO Nigerian eateries in the UK have avoided getting into a legal spat after a restaurant in Kettering in the Midlands agreed to change its name to Zuma Rock from Aso Rock following a legal threat from another outlet with same name.

 

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As Nigerian democracy matures, we have to move towards the politics of issues. That should entail us discussing policy matters like this and requesting that they are proposed this week, not petty talk like the president stumbling

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[1] Nigeria will release all political prisoners without charge and drop the pending charges against them. Chief among these will be Nnamdi Kanu. As from henceforth, all of them are free to advance their causes in an open and democratic manner and shall not face state harassment as long as they do not take up arms against the government

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10 proposals I would love to hear outlined in President Tinubu’s Democracy Day speech today. We should be using the ocassion to relaunch Nigeria as we seek to build a $1trn economy

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[1] Nigeria will from henceforth have an annual budget ratio of $1bn to every 1m citizens. In 2025 for instance, with a population of 200m, our national budget shall not be less than $200bn

[2] Every one of Nigeria’s 36 states shall generate at least twice the amount of its running costs. Any state that fails to do this over two successive quarters shall be dissolved and incorporated into one of its neighbours

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Capital market operatives confident bank recapitalisation will provide economy with big boost

CAPITAL market operatives are confident that the ongoing recapitalisation of the Nigerian banking industry will provide the economy with a much-needed shot in the arm that should result in increased investment.

 

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