Today’s Headlines:You’re Responsible For Owing Workers’ Salaries Not Me–Orji;Ondo Monarch Dies At 80

You’re Responsible For Owing Workers’ Salaries Not Me–Orji

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Senator Theodore Orji, the immediate-past Governor of Abia State, has asked his successor and the incumbent Gov Okezie Ikpeazu to stop blaming him for his failure to pay the salary areears owed workers in the state.

Orji in a press statement asked the governor to take responsibility for failing to pay workers.

This is coming on the heels of workers in the state vowing to continue with their ongoing indefinite strike until their salary arrears are sorted.

The workers have also denied claims by the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Chris Ezem, that the strike had been suspended, dismissing the claims as untrue.

Expressing shock over the dilemma of the workers, the Senator, representing Abia Central who spoke through his Chief Liaison Officer Hon Ifeanyi Umere, asked Ikpeazu to stop shifting blame and own up to his failures.

Ondo Monarch Dies At 80

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The monarch of Oke-Agbe Community, the headquarters of Akoko North-West Local Government Area of Ondo State, Oba Oladunjoye Fajana, has joined his ancestors.

The late monarch reportedly passed on at the age of 80 years.

A traditional chief in the community, Otunba Solomon Oladunni, who confirmed the development described the monarch’s reign as peaceful, progressive and eventful for the ancient town.

When contacted, the palace historian,Prince Foluso Arasanyin, also confirmed the demise of the monarch.

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NAHCON Begins Pilgrims Airlift May 25

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The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria on Saturday said the airlift of pilgrims to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will begin on May 25, 2023.

The commission also stated that the four local airlines to airlift Nigerian pilgrims for the 2023 Hajj exercise have requested that the Hajj fare be increased by $250.

The Chairman/CEO of NAHCON, Hassan Zikrullah, said this in Abuja during a one-day workshop for Hajj officials organised by the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah.

The event was hosted by NAHCON while officials of the Saudi Ministry of Hajj and Umrah serve as resource persons.

Zikrullah said the airlines – Air Peace, Azman, Max Air and Aero Contractors – based the request on the crisis in Sudan, which they said would require a longer travel time to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The airlines had refused to sign the airlift agreement with NAHCON due to the additional financial cost of using another route.

The NAHCON CEO, however, assured that the pilgrims would not be asked to bear the additional cost.

Universities Pledge Support For Nigerian Students

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The chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has acknowledged the efforts of Igbinedion University, Okada, Edo State; Summit University, Offa, Kwara State; and American University, The Gambia, for showing interest in the absorption of Nigerian returnee students from Sudan.

Dabiri-Erewa stated this when she received the Vice-Chancellor of Igbinedion University, Prof. Lawrence Ikechukwu Ezemonye in Abuja.

The chairman, in a statement signed by the Spokesperson, NiDCOM, Abdulrahman Balogun, on Saturday gave assurances that the message will be related to the students and those who are interested, will follow the right procedures.

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