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Nigeria Derailed When It Adopted Presidential System Of Government – Benin Chief

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A famous nationalist and Elder Statesman, Chief David Edebiri (Esogban of Benin) on Friday said Nigeria missed its way to development and Progress when it adopted the American Presidential System of government, but not wholesomely.

Edebiri made the revelations in Benin on the occasion of his 93rd birthday celebration and the unveiling of his three books titled: ‘Tripod of Life: Essence of Benin Tradition and Culture’; ‘The life and Times of Iyase N’Ohenmwen’ and ‘Immortalizing our Heros Past: Nigerian Nationalists in Focus’.

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The Benin Chief who said his mentor, Chief Anthony Enahoro, when he was alive invited him many times to ask “is this the Nigeria we fought for,” maintained that those who fought for Nigerian independence did not fight for Nigeria for what they will gain from the system, but rather for the love of the country.

My mentor, Late Chief Anthony Enahoro would invite me to his house and will ask, “is this what we fought for ?” This is part of the questions he will ask before we start any discussion. This is not the concept of the nationalist who fought for the independence of this country, we derailed long ago.

“When we suddenly throw away the parliamentary system of government and embraced the American presidential system, but it was embraced haphazardly, because what we are doing today is neither American system, British system, nor Russian system.

“Some of us have been agitating for a return of the parliamentary system of government. If you want to adopt a country’s system of government, you adopted it wholesomely and not haphazardly.

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“Today, our judiciary is British and we are operating an American system. What we have is people going into politics for what they are to gain, that is not how it used to be. We fought for this country so that we can be free not because we want to be senators.”

Earlier in his welcome address, the Chairman of the Planning Committee, Prof C. E Ugolo said the launching of the three books makes it eleven titles from the nonagenarian, concluding that he is still strong at 93 years.

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It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to this special event put together to mark the 93 birthday of a distinguished Nigerian, an elder statesman, great politician, successful businessman, cultural activist and prolific writer Chief Dr. David Edebiri.

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“Today he is launching three of his latest books in the Benin Historical Series, making it eleven titles in all. Even at his 93rd Birthday, his creativity is still very fresh, fruitful and bustling. He has even outclassed some of us who are in the academic world

“However, due to the prevailing insecurity situation in the country, he has shifted from the traditional method of book Launch and thus adopted a model of individual launching from the comfort of their homes. Today’s ceremony is special in many ways that is, marking his birthday, with his primary constituency the press, having lunch with them, giving them the opportunity to interact with him on current political issues, and presenting his latest book titles.” He said

The books were presented by Prof Benson Osadolor, a former Vice Chancellor of the Ambrose Ali University Ekpoma and Prof Eddy Erahagbe,former Dean Faculty of Arts, University of Benin.

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Full List: Review Of Nigeria’s Minimum Wage From 1981 To 2024

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Minimum wages are the minimum amount of remuneration that an employer is required to pay wage earners for the work performed during a given period. It is set by law or a government authority to ensure that workers receive a basic standard of living and to prevent exploitation.

The specific amount of the minimum wage can vary significantly between countries and regions, and it can also be adjusted periodically to account for factors such as inflation and changes in the cost of living.

Minimum wages exist in more than 90 per cent of the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) member States, including Nigeria.

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In January 2024, the Federal Government inaugurated a 37-member tripartite committee to review the National Minimum Wage.

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However, yesterday, July 18, President Bola Tinubu approved a new minimum wage of N70,000 for Nigerian workers and pledged to review the national minimum wage law every three years.

Nigeria has reviewed its national minimum wage a total of four times after its initial establishment in 1981. The significant changes occurred in the following years:

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The first national minimum wage in Nigeria was established at N125 per month in 1981 by Ex-President Shehu Shagari.

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This introduction was influenced by the advocacy of the Nigerian Labour Congress, which sought improved worker welfare during that period.

In 2011, it was raised during ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s regime from N7,500 to N18,000.

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In 2019, the minimum wage was further increased during the regime of former president, Muhammadu Buhari, from N18,000 to N30,000 per month.

Most recently, in July 2024, President Bola Tinubu approved a new minimum wage of N70,000 and promised to review the minimum wage law every three years moving forward.

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Reps Laud NEDC On Bridges, Roads Construction In Bauchi

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The House Committee on North East Development Commission (NEDC) has commended the Commission for the construction of some major bridges and roads in Bauchi State.

The Chairman, House Committee on NEDC, Hon. Usman Zanna, made the commendation on behalf of the committee in Bara community of Kirfi Local Government Area while on project inspection on Thursday.

According to him, the projects would boost the economic development of the region, adding that the road linking Bauchi to Gombe also connected to other North Eastern in the region as well as Niger and Chad.

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“The media has been carrying reports that the NEDC is working and we have to commend the management team for this wonderful work because these are critical infrastructure which the Northeast wants.

“I would like to say Weldon to the Managing Director and we hope that this kind of project will also continue in the other parts of the state. Thank you very much for a job well done,” he said.

The lawmakers also commended the pace of work on the road despite the rainy season.

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Also speaking, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of NEDC, Mohammed Alkali, said that the Commission decided to intervene on the roads as commuters suffered loss of lives and property yearly especially, during the rainy season.

He explained that the commission approached the Federal Ministry of Works to intervene in some portions of the roads, saying that the road was awarded eight years ago.

“We are agencies of the federal government and this is a federal road, we are doing this as a Commission to ease the pain of our people,” he said.

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NEDC Committed To Ensuring Maintenance Of Projects – Says MD

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The Managing Director and the Chief Executive Officer of the North East Development Commission (NEDC) says the commission was working round the clock to ensure that all projects executed were properly maintained across the zone.

He stated this in an interview with newsmen in Bauchi on Friday while on projects inspection tour at a nearly completed mega school in the state.

Alkali, who was on the projects inspection tour with members of the House Committee on North-East Development Commission, said strategies would be put in place between the commission and state governors to ensure effective maintenance of all its projects

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“We are going to put in place strategies on how this project would be maintained and not only here in Bauchi, but across the Northeast.

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“There may be some kind of MoU between NEDC and the state governments so that if there is the need for us to come again to intervene, we should do that,” he said.

He said that the mega school was almost 80 per cent completed in terms of physical structure but only needed finished touches.

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The MD also assured that the project would be handed over to the state government within the next three months.

Also speaking, the Chairman, House Committee on NEDC, Hon. Usman Zanna, said most of the projects embarked upon by the commission were those that would have direct impact on the lives of the people of the region.

He however, commended the commission for not skewing project execution toward a particular state over others in the region.

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“I want to make it clear an insinuation that the MD and the NEDC are only doing jobs in a particular place of the zone because by seeing all the projects we saw in Bauchi state, we have to make it clear that the commission is working with all his team in all the states across the zone.

“I call on the MD and the management to collaborate with the federal House of Representative to look for more funding outside the government intervention.

“We have to think outside the box to look for more funds from the United Nations and other international agencies or development partners.

“When we get to Abuja, we will sit with the MD and the management to decide on where and how to look for more funds to continue this good work that you are doing,” he said.

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