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Only PSC has constitutional power to recruit for Nigeria Police — Commissioner



Chief Onyemuche Nnamani, Commissioner representing the Organised Private Sector in the Police Service Commission (PSC), says the commission has the sole constitutional power to recruit for the Nigeria Police.

Nnamani, also representing the South East geopolitical zone in the commission, said this while addressing newsmen on Monday in Abuja.

He said the recent advertisement calling for applications from qualified Nigerians for recruitment into the Constables cadre of the Nigeria Police was approved by the Plenary of the Commission.

According to him, the decision to place the advertisement cannot be overridden by any member of the commission, including the chairman.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that, in a reaction to the advertisement, the Nigeria Police urged the public to disregard it, adding that the force had not commenced its recruitment process.

The Force Public Relations Officer, CSP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, had in a statement, said the advertisement had no connection with the Nigeria Police or being in tandem with the Police recruitment process.

He said the Nigeria Police had not commenced recruitment process for the 2022 batch of Constables, contrary to the advertisement placed by the PSC.

Nnamani said the advertisement was placed to commence recruitment process in strict adherence to the provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

“Paragraph 30, Part 1 of the 3rd Schedule of the 1999 Constitution provides that the Commission shall have powers to (a) Appoint persons to offices (other than the office of the Inspector -General of Police) in the Nigeria Police Force.

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“The provision also empower the commission in (b) to dismiss and exercise disciplinary control over persons holding any office referred to in sub-paragraph (a) of this paragraph,” he said.

The commissioner said the Court of Appeal in its judgment of Sept. 30, 2020, in a case between PSC and the Nigeria Police Force, reiterated the powers of the Commission over Police recruitment.

Nnamani said the decision of the court followed combined provisions of various sections of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) that empowered PSC to undertake appointment and promotion in the Nigeria Police.

He said the appellate court, in the judgment, held that the PSC was the sole statutory body exclusively empowered and responsible for the appointment and promotion in the Nigeria Police.

Nnamani said the court also held that dismissal and exercise of disciplinary control over persons holding or aspiring to hold offices in the Nigeria Police Force was the responsibility of PSC.

He said the judgment held that the only exception was the appointment of the Inspector -General of Police (I-G).

According to him, it is imperative to restate that the judgment of the Court of Appeal is the law today in Nigeria until it is reversed by the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

“From the above constitutional provisions and the judgment of the Court of Appeal, it is obvious and incontrovertible that the PSC is right and legally empowered to commence the 2022 recruitment process for constables.

“It is also worthy of note and encouraging that the advertisement has continued to receive massive response from Nigerian youths who are desirous of a career in the Nigeria Police Force.

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“At the last check, over 40,000 applicants have successfully applied to be considered to serve their nation,” he added.

He said the publication by the Nigeria Police over the commencement of the recruitment process would not constitute any impediment to the ongoing exercise.

“Any publication that is not authorised by PSC with respect to the recruitment of Constables and Cadets for the Nigeria Police is not only illegal, null and void, but will also be contemptuous of the Court of Appeal judgment. (NAN)

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Greener Tomorrow: Transcorp Champions Environmental Project Promoting Waste Management and Recycling in Local Schools



Transnational Corporation Plc (“Transcorp”), Nigeria’s largest listed diversified conglomerate renowned for its investments in the Power, Hospitality and Energy sectors, has embarked on a groundbreaking environmental Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) project.

On Wednesday, September 20th, the group launched an initiative aimed at sensitising schools across the country on proper waste management and recycling, fostering a greener and more sustainable future for Nigeria.

Employees from various Transcorp Companies in Nigeria; Transcorp Plc, Transcorp Hotels Plc, Transcorp Power Limited, Transafam Power Limited, and Transcorp Energy Limited passionately participated in the project. The dedicated staff members visited two schools each across the different states they operate in, engaging with students and educators to raise awareness about the importance of responsible waste disposal and the advantages of recycling.

The project is aligned with Transcorp’s Africapitalism philosophy, which is embedded in its vision to power positive change within the environment the group operates. In executing this environmental initiative, the Group has chosen to work through the leaders of tomorrow, by partnering with secondary schools, to instill a sense of environmental responsibility among the young generation, inspiring them to become champions of sustainable practices.

During the engaging sessions representatives effectively communicated the significance of proper waste management techniques and the positive impact recycling can have on the environment. Students were educated on various waste segregation methods and the significance of reducing, reusing, and recycling materials to minimise their ecological footprint.

To reinforce the importance of recycling, Transcorp Group partnered with Recycle Points, one of Nigeria’s foremost waste recycling and social benefit company and an alumnus of the Tony Elumelu Foundation. Transcorp also donated segmented dustbins to each school, designed to facilitate and streamline the recycling process. These specialised dustbins will empower the students and staff to segregate different types of waste effectively, encouraging a culture of recycling within the school premises. They have also collaborated with a strategic partner who will ensure that the recyclables are collected, and proceeds used to train out-of-school children.

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Speaking at the occasion, President/GCEO of Transcorp Group, Dr. Owen Omogiafo OON expressed immense pride in the Group’s commitment to environmental stewardship. She stated, “At Transcorp, being the Africapalists that we are, we firmly believe that sustainable development is a shared responsibility. Actively engaging with local schools and investing in educational initiatives, allows us to create a lasting positive impact on our environment and inspire the younger generation to adopt eco-friendly practices.”

In his closing remarks, the representative of the School Principals, on behalf of Lagos State Government, Permanent Secretary, teachers and other staff, expressed his appreciation for this initiative. He encouraged students to imbibe the culture of environmental consciousness and the habit of recycling.

Transcorp’s dedication to sustainability extends beyond this project, as it continues to explore innovative solutions for reducing its own environmental footprint. Earlier in the year, the Group Chairman Mr. Tony O. Elumelu CFR planted trees at Transcorp Hilton Abuja to commemorate World Environment Day. Combining the resources and expertise of its subsidiaries in the Power, Hospitality, and Energy sectors, Transcorp seeks to lead by example and inspire other organisations to embrace environmentally responsible practices.

Transnational Corporation Plc (Transcorp Group) is a publicly quoted Conglomerate, with a diversified shareholder base of approximately 300,000. Its portfolio comprises strategic investments in the power, hospitality, and oil and gas sectors. Its businesses include Transcorp Hilton Abuja, Transcorp Hotels Calabar, Aura by Transcorp Hotels, Transcorp Power, Transafam Power, and Transcorp Energy.

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Tribual dismisses PRP petition against Peter Mbah’s victory



Enugu State Governor, Dr Peter Mbah

The Governoship Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Enugu has dismissed the petition filed by the Peoples Redemption Party candidate Chris Agu against the election of Governor Peter Mbah.

The chairman of the Tribunal, Kudirat Akano while delivering judgement on the petition on Thursday dismissed the allegation of PRP governorship candidate that Governor Peter Mbah’s NYSC certificate was forged.

The Tribunal further ruled that Governor Peter Mbah was duly elected by majority of votes cast at the election

On last issue the Tribunal ruled that the governorship election of March 18 and the return of Governor Peter Mbah as winner complied with the provisions of Electoral Act 2022

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Strike: NLC ultimatum ends today, FG allays fear



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Hours to the end of the 21-day ultimatum issued by the organised labour, the Federal Government, on Wednesday, said it has no fears about a potential economic shutdown.

This is despite last Monday’s parley being deadlocked as both parties failed to see eye-to-eye on the labour unions’ demands over the removal of petrol subsidy.

“I don’t think there is any problem. We don’t have any fears about some of the things they (labour) put on the table and also the suggestions and the package of the Federal Government,” the Minister of Labour, Simon Lalong, told State House Correspondents after a private meeting with Vice President Kashim Shettima, at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja, Wednesday evening.

Days earlier, Lalong met the organised labour in Abuja. However, both parties failed to reach a consensus as the Nigerian Labour Congress insisted that the FG must meet its demands ahead of the 21-day ultimatum it issued on September 1.

The union had handed down the 21-day ultimatum over the delay in sharing palliatives, saying it might be compelled to declare an indefinite labour action if its demands were not met.

It said all is set for a total shutdown of the economy, which would start at the expiration of the ultimatum on Friday.

Arising from his meeting with Shettima, the labour minister responded to questions about the deadline for an indefinite strike by the organised labour, saying, “As for me, I don’t think there is any problem. We have fully spent time with the Nigerian labour and the posture of the President too is towards the welfare and prosperity for workers.

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“We have no doubt and that’s why, in many of our meetings with them, we did not end up boxing ourselves. We hope that the best is going to come.”

On the strike threats, he said, “Don’t worry about that. That’s why I said it’s a friendly engagement we are having with them.”

Pressed for definite remarks on whether or not the strike kicks off on Thursday, the former Plateau State Governor sidestepped, saying “I don’t want to say that; I’m not the NLC’s President.”

Efforts by our correspondents to get the National President of the NLC, Joe Ajaero, to react were unsuccessful.

Among other demands, the NLC and the Trade Union Congress are asking for wage awards, implementation of palliatives, tax exemptions and allowances to public sector workers and a review of the minimum wage.

Though the FG committed to restructuring the framework for engagement with organised Labour on palliatives, the eight-week timeframe set for the conclusion of the process expired in August with no action. (PUNCH)

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