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China endorses Nigeria’s bid for UN security council seat

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China has expressed support for Nigeria’s quest to occupy a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council.
China’s position was disclosed by the Speaker of the People’s Parliament of China, Mr. Zhang Dejiang, during a meeting with the Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives, Mr.  Yakubu Dogara.
A statement by Dogara’s office on Monday said the two presiding officers met in New York, United States, on Sunday.
The Special Adviser to the Speaker on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Turaki Hassan, who signed the statement, quoted Dejiang as giving his country’s position after Dogara had pleaded with him to support Nigeria’s bid.
The statement said Dogara had urged China to use its influence as a permanent member of the UN Security Council to democratise the organ.
“We appreciate China for its effort to democratise the institution of the United Nations and appeal that you support our bid to occupy a permanent seat on the security council,” the Nigerian speaker had stated.
Dejiang, in his response, told Dogara that China believed Nigeria was a leading developing country that should sit on the UN Security Council.
“We support the legitimate demands of Nigeria for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council, together with the reform of the UN,” the statement further quoted the Chinese speaker as saying.
It explained that Dejiang and Dogara had met  on the sidelines of the ongoing convention of the Inter-Parliamentary Union holding in New York.
China, the US, Britain, Russia and France are the five permanent members of the UNSC.
But, of late, developing countries, particularly Nigeria, India and Brazil, have intensified campaign for the expansion of the council to accommodate more members.
Meanwhile, Dejiang also assured Dogara that China would look into Nigeria’s appeal to China to review its five  per cent tax on the country’s agricultural exports.
The Chinese speaker also condemned the wave of insurgency in Nigeria, assuring that his country would give Nigeria the necessary support to win the war against insurgency.

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BREAKING: ASUU meeting with FG end in deadlock, strike to continue

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The meeting between the federal government and the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Tuesday ended without an agreement.

As a result of this, the six-month-old strike embarked on by public university lecturers is set to continue.

The lecturers met with the Professor Nimi Briggs Committee at the National University Commission (NUC) in Abuja with high hopes of resolving the impasse.

A senior member of ASUU said that members of the Briggs renegotiation committee didn’t come with any new offer on the table.

According to him, the committee pleaded with the lecturers to suspend the ongoing strike, with promises that their concerns will be included in the 2023 budget.

The meeting started at about 12pm and lasted for about three hours.

ASUU has been on strike since February 14.

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Suspected thugs destroy Tinubu’s Emilokan billboard in Lagos (PHOTO)

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Some persons suspected to be political thugs have vandalized a billboard of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, in Lagos.

The billboard located on the close to the third mainland bridge was destroyed on Tuesday morning.

The action sparked tension online as some APC members have accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

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EFCC recovers another 1.4bn naira for NHIS

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EFCC writes INEC, demands APC, PDP, other aspirants’ bank details

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has recovered an additional sum of one billion, four hundred million naira (N1.4 Billion) for the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

In a statement via its official Twitter handle, the money, according to the commission, was part of the funds which some commercial banks ‘fraudulently’ refused to transmit to the Treasury Single Account, TSA, since 2015.

The statement further said the money had been released to the NHIS since August 5, 2022.

It also revealed that the Commission had in similar fashion on February 10, 2022, released a sum of N1.5bn to the scheme.

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