Top Happenings: DDL Enugu gets new sisters and Presidential Tribunal fixes 6th September for judgement

Top Happenings: DDL Enugu gets new sisters and Presidential Tribunal fixes 6th September for judgement


Enugu – DDL gets new Rev. Sisters

29 sisters of the Daughters of Divine Love congregation over the weekend took their vows during their final profession. 

Among the sisters that took the vow is Sister Veronica Chime of the office of the Vice Chancellor, Godfrey Okoye University Enugu.

The event which featured a Holy Mass was officiated by the Bishop, Catholic Diocese of Enugu,  Most Reverend Dr. Callistus Onaga, assisted by other priests. 

Reacting, Sister Veronica Chime expressed gratitude to God for making it possible for her to be part of the event. 

Sister Chime was confident that the final profession would enable her to serve God better. 

The event saw the joyful sisters dance to the glory of the Lord as they received cheers from members of the congregation,  their families , friends and the public who were at the headquarters of DDL in Enugu to witness the event.

National news.

FG to establish Solid Minerals Corporation

The Federal Government, through the Ministry of Solid Minerals, plans to establish a Solid Minerals Corporation, which will be a state-backed company, to manage its minerals and provide funding in the mining sector.

In a statement yesterday by Deputy Director of Press in the Ministry, AlabaBalogun, said the minister, Mr Dele Alake, lamented the lack of access to funding for mining operators during the unveiling of the ‘Agenda for the Transformation of the Solid Minerals for International Competitiveness and Domestic Prosperity’, in Abuja.

The new company, according to the minister, is strategic in helping the country revive the mining sector.

The statement added the company would have subsidiaries doing business in the seven priority areas that require immediate intervention, which include gold, coal, limestone, bitumen, lead, iron ore, and baryte.

He noted that Nigeria has similar companies like the National Iron-Ore Company, which the minister said would be reviewed, alongside the Bitumen ConcessioningProgramme.

Alake directed that all miners engaged in the illegal extraction of mineral resources in the country an ultimatum of 30 days to join notable mining cooperatives or face the full wrath of the law.

National news

The Federal Government has appealed to the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress to shelve its planned two-day warning strike slated to commence tomorrow.

The appeal according to report was made today by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong, in Abuja.

He identified the reverse of the gains already made by Federal Government among others as the reason for the appeal while promising to attend to the contending issues raised by the NLC holistically if given some time to settle into the office.

Lalong said, “It has become pertinent to appeal to the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to suspend its intended two-day warning strike, as such action would be detrimental to the gains already being recorded on their course to securing a greater future for Nigerian workers and citizens at large.

He requested that the leadership of the Nigeria Labour Congress gives this government some time to settle and address the issues on the ground holistically.

National news.

The presidential tribunal sitting in Abuja is expected to deliver judgment on Wednesday, September 6, 2023.

The tribunal had on August 1, 2023, reserved judgment on the petitions filed by the presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, AtikuAbubakar, and Labour Party’s Peter Obi.

The tribunal reserved judgment on the petitions after adopting the parties’ final written addresses.

The duo of Atiku and Obi according to report are challenging the declaration of President Bola Tinubu as the winner of the February 25 election.

Registrar, Court of Appeal Umar Bangari while confirming the date,  said that September 6 has been fixed for the judgment. He state the a statement would be released to this effect.

International News 

Gabon’s coup leader, General Brice OliguiNguema, vowed, after being sworn in as interim president today aa to restore civilian rule through “free, transparent and credible elections” after a transition and amnesty prisoners of conscience.

In a speech after taking the oath of office, Nguema said the elections would be the stepping stone to “handing power back to the civilians, although he did not give a timeline.

Nguema said he was seeking the participation of all of Gabon’s “core groups” to draft a new constitution, which will be adopted by referendum.

He also said he would be instructing the future government to consider ways of amnestying prisoners of conscience” and “facilitating the return of all exiles” from abroad.

International News.

French authorities were today imposing a newly-announced ban on the abaya Muslim dress for women in schools, with over 500 establishments under scrutiny as children across the country returned to class.

The government announced last month it was banning the abaya in schools, saying it broke the rules on secularism in education that have already seen Muslim headscarves banned on the grounds that they constitute a display of religious affiliation.

The move reportedly gladdened the political right but the hard-left argued it represented an affront to civil liberties.

“Things are going well this morning. There is no incident for the moment, we will continue all day to be vigilant so that the students understand the meaning of this rule,” said Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne as she visited a school in northern France.

Business news

The Acting Director General/CEO of the National Identity Management Commission, Abisoye Coker-Odusote, has said that there would be a seamless registration process for the National Identification Number in the country and in the diaspora.

According to a statement yesterday  in Abuja, Coker-Odusote said that NIN registration remains free for all eligible citizens while reaffirming the commission’s commitment to ensuring accessibility for all Nigerians in line with global best standards.

The new NIMC head also said that a comprehensive national identity system would streamline government services and enhance service delivery.

Sport News.

Nigerian football sensation TaiwoLawal has officially signed a two-year contract with Turkish Women’s League outfit AtasehirBelediyespor, bidding farewell to her former club, Robo Queens.

Report stated that the football journey of the Nigerian attacker started with Aseyori Queens before her rise to prominence with Robo Queens.

She showcased her goal-scoring prowess by clinching the Golden Boot Award at the 2022 Betsy Obaseki Women’s Cup, netting six goals in the competition.

Lawal, who gained prominence as a prolific forward, has announced her transfer on her X (formerly Twitter) account, expressing her enthusiasm about embarking on this new chapter in her career.

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