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Closure of Osun courts making judiciary lifeless – CSO

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The Osun Masterminds (TOM), a civil society organization, has expressed dismay over the prolonged closure of courts in the state due to the strike declared by the Judiciary Staff Union of Nigeria (JUSUN), describing it as rendering the judiciary inactive. TOM also criticized the strike as thoughtless and contradictory to the principles of maintaining law and order and ensuring justice in the state.

The organization accused the state government, led by Governor Ademola Adeleke, of displaying indifference toward the ongoing closure of the courts. In a state of the state address delivered by TOM’s Executive Director, Prof Wasiu Oyedokun-Alli, the group insisted that the state government should have taken proactive measures to address the issues leading to the industrial action.

TOM alleged that the silence of the state government could be interpreted as tacit support for the strike, highlighting that the government continued to pay salaries to judicial workers while overlooking the current paralysis of the court system in the state.

Oyedokun-Alli, calling for an end to the strike, warned that the group would not hesitate to take legal action against all parties involved if the industrial action persists.

“As a group, we will not hesitate to take legal action against the participants in the judicial battle before competent courts if the strike continues.

“We advise all concerned parties to act responsibly and uphold the oath they took. It is crucial that the Osun State Government, rather than showing indifference, takes active steps to resolve the issues leading to the ongoing industrial action.”

It is worth noting that JUSUN in Osun State initiated an indefinite strike in November 2023, following allegations that police personnel had used tear gas against members who were picketing and protesting against the Osun Chief Judge, Justice Oyebola Adepele Ojo.

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Third Mainland Bridge: FG announces 24-hour total closure

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The Federal Ministry of Works announced on Monday that both lanes of the Third Mainland Bridge in Lagos State will be shut down to traffic from Wednesday at noon until Thursday at noon. Mrs. Olukorede Kesha, the Federal Controller of Works in Lagos, provided this information in a statement to the press.

Kesha clarified that the complete closure is part of the ongoing rehabilitation efforts on the bridge. She emphasized that the bridge will not be accessible to traffic during this critical 24-hour period and urged all road users to seek alternative routes.

Motorists are encouraged to cooperate with traffic management officials to ensure smooth traffic flow during this time. Additionally, the Lagos State Government has also issued a notification regarding the planned closure of the bridge.

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AFCON 2023: We’re not stupid – Peseiro gives condition to invite NPFL players

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The head coach of the Super Eagles, Jose Peseiro, stated during his press conference in Abidjan on Saturday that only talented players from the Nigeria Premier Football League (NPFL) would receive invitations to the national team. Peseiro emphasized that the selection would be based on the players’ quality and abilities, irrespective of the league they currently participate in.

While addressing the media ahead of Nigeria’s opening fixture at the 2023 African Cup of Nations against Equatorial Guinea, the Portuguese coach clarified that he had not ruled out the possibility of inviting players from the local league. He mentioned the inclusion of Ojo Olorunleke in the team and expressed his openness to inviting other players from the NPFL if they demonstrated the required qualities.

Peseiro affirmed, “I have not said that no player in the local league can play for the Super Eagles, but I need to see if you have the qualities and capacities to play. Ojo [Olorunleke] is in the team, but if I see other players with quality, I will invite them. We coaches are not stupid. I need to choose the best players; if a local league player is better than the one outside, I will call him.”

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Benue executive council approves construction of two bridges in Makurdi

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The Benue State Government has granted authorization for the construction of two elevated bridges in Makurdi, the state’s capital. This approval was endorsed by the State Executive Council (SEC), as disclosed by Sir Tersoo Kula, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, during a press briefing at the government house where the decisions were outlined.

Kula conveyed that the State Ministry of Works, Housing, and Urban Development has received directives to formulate plans for awarding contracts for the construction of the two bridges, planned for the Wurukum and High-Level Roundabouts in the State capital.

Furthermore, the government is in the process of establishing the Benue Public Service Institute (BPSI), tasked with the responsibility of training and re-training Civil Servants to enhance their performance. Kula clarified that the Benue State Staff Development Center was initially established for a specific category of Local Government Civil Servants and not State Civil Servants. Given that many civil servants have not received training for over three decades, the Institute’s creation is deemed necessary. Additionally, the BPSI will coordinate the State Civil Service Promotion Examinations.

In alignment with the federal level, the SEC also sanctioned the restructuring of seven ministries to expedite progress in line with President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda.

Moreover, the SEC granted approval for the construction of three significant rural roads, each allocated to one of the three Senatorial Districts. However, Makurdi, the Benue State capital, will be excluded from this initiative due to the ongoing road construction in the area.

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