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Ramadan 2021: Sultan Asks Muslims To Look Out For New Moon

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The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), under the leadership of its President-General and Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has charged the Nigerian Muslim Ummah to search for the crescent of Ramadan 1442 AH immediately after sunset today, Monday, April 12, 2021, which is equivalent to 29th Sha’aban 1442 AH for the commencement of Ramadan fast on Tuesday.

The Sultan while felicitating with the Muslims in a statement signed by the Director of Administration Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Arc. Zubairu Haruna Usman-Ugwu on Sunday, prayed that Allah spares “our lives to this and many more Ramadans on the surface of the earth and give us the ability to carry out good deeds as much as possible because of the multiplicity of its virtues and the blessings of Allah in the Month.

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He enjoined all Muslims to be prayerful unto Allah, especially in this Month, (Ramadan), to help our nation and the world in general and our leaders in particular to be able to overcome the current C0VID-19 pandemic and the various extant and palpable security challenges.

 

The council advised Muslims in the country that as they await the announcement for the commencement of the Ramadan fast, “we should be vigilant and take extra security and health-measures to protect ourselves, loved ones and neighbours.’’

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According to statement, consequent upon the advice of the National Moon Sighting Committee (NMSC), ‘’The President-General enjoins the Nigerian Muslim Ummah to search for the crescent of Ramadan 1442 AH immediately after sunset on Monday, April 12, 2021, which is equivalent to 29th Sha’aban 1442 AH.

If the crescent is sighted by Muslims of impeccable character on the said evening, then His Eminence would declare Tuesday, April 13, 2021 as the first day of Ramadan 1442 AH.

 

“If, however, the crescent is not sighted that day, then, Wednesday, April 14, 2021, automatically becomes the first day of Ramadan, 1442 AH.

 

“At the same time, His Eminence also directs the Muslim Ummah to practice social distancing when looking out for the crescent. All COVID-19 protocols should be observed. I’tikaf should still be put on hold while strict observance of all COVID-19 protocols including avoiding lengthy or crowded sessions should be observed”, he said.

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PHOTOS: PDP Nat’l Chaiman, Prince Secondus, Maibaisira, Col. Austin Stormed IBB, House Minna

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PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, the National Financial Secretary, Abdullahi Hussaini MaiBasira and Col.

Austin Akobundu National Organising Secretary when the National Chairman paid a consultative visit to Gen.Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida(IBB) at his Hilltop residence in Minna, Niger state.

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BREAKING: Workers To Earn More As FG Seeks Pay Parity, Says Finance Minister

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Contrary to reports by some media, the federal government is not thinking of cutting wages, rather mulling salary harmonisation.

This is against the backdrop of the fact that there are some government agencies paying much higher than others, for staff on the same grade level.

Therefore, the government, according to Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, Honourable Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, is seeking more of pay parity. She disclosed at the ongoing ‘National Policy Dialogue on Corruption and Cost of Governance in Nigeria’ organised by the Independent Corrupt Practice Commission (ICPC) in Abuja on Tuesday that the President had directed the salaries committee to review payroll and also review the number of agencies.

“What government hopes to achieve is to redistribute wages equally across board.

Let us bring our salary structure within government agencies as close or as equitable and fair. “what we seek to achieve is to create fairness and equity and to reduce cost” With this readjustment, when finally done, workers in the public service will earn a fair and equitable wages,” she said.

“We still see government expenditure increase to a terrain twice higher than our revenue,” Ahmed said.
The government had approved a N13.88trillion budget with a deficit of over N5.6trillion, and projected a revenue of N7.98trillion to fund part of the 2021 budget.

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The Honourable Minister urged that all agencies must come together to trim their costs, given Nigeria’s dwindling revenue. According to her, the government would also remove some unnecessary items from the budget as a move to cut the cost of governance in the country.

She said, “We need to work together, all agencies of the government to cut down our cost. We need to cut down unnecessary expenditures. Expenditures that we can do without. Our budgets are filled year in year out with projects that we see over and over again, and also projects that are not necessary.”

“President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that the salaries committee, which I chair, work together with the head of service (HOS) and other members of the committee to review the government pay rolls considering stepping down on cost.”

She revealed that the government would also review the number of government agencies in terms of their mandates. Ahmed disclosed that for agencies with the same mandate, the government would look at merging the two.

The Chairman of ICPC, Mr. Bolaji Owasanoye, noted during the stakeholders meeting, that the cost of governance is the “driver of corruption in Nigeria.” He said that the government had committed to improving the country’s revenue from new and existing sources.

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Owasanoye said that the government’s commitment to streamline payroll, removal of subsidies and reduction of the cost of contracts and procurement are all for the benefits of the poor and vulnerable. He also said that a critical area of concern was he called ‘payroll padding’ and the ‘phenomenon of ghost workers.’

The ICPC boss lamented the duplication of projects such as the constituency projects of lawmakers, and noted that funding for such projects was usually released without any mechanism for monitoring and evaluation and reconciliation of the funding. He then cited a project executed by the Redeemed Christian Church of God which was inadvertently diverted as an executive project.

Yunusa Tanko Abdullahi
Special Adviser, Media and Communications
To the Honourable Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning
5th May, 2021

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Three Kidnapers Lynched by the Men of Vigilatee in Sokoto State.

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Reported case of lynching of three suspected kidnappers in Goronyo, OBSERVERS TIMES report.

They were burned by the Vigilante group who apprehended them.

The three suspects are two male and a lady aged between 18 and 25. This looks like a jungle justice as there is no confirmation of their offences by the constituted authority.

It’s a first experience in Goronyo and surrounding villages that have becomes one of the highly risk and dangerous area for the reported attacks and kidnapping cases in Sokoto state.

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