If everything goes as planned on the Onnoghen trial, the battled CJN might see a soft landing while the current acting CJN Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad will be confirmed as the new CJN before his 3 weeks expiration as acting CJN according to Nigerian constitution according to The Nation reports
According to the Nigerian Newspapers, President Muhammadu Buhari is most likely to accept the NJC’s recommendation that Justice Muhammad should be CJN, The Nation learnt yesterday.
The CJN has recommended that the acting CJN should be confirmed as new CJN while Onnoghen should receive a soft landing
But Buhari is said to be weighing whether or not to accept the NJC’s recommendations on the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria ( CJN), Justice Walter Onnoghen.
Buhari in his manner is not buying the recommendation that the Onnoghen should be provided with soft landing options according to his anti-corruption
Buhari and his Vice was said to have had a meeting before the president flies to Jordan where NIGERIA NEWS had reported of his travelling plan on Thursday
The acting CJC has also been freed from any error or misconduct by accepting the appointment of the president as the Acting CJN
The CJN rules that the appointment by the president was in order having been presented with an ex parte order of the CCT, which led to Justice Onnoghen suspension\
The Nation learnt that after receiving the NJC’s recommendations, the President elected to seek legal advice on them.
A top government official, who pleaded not to be named because he was not permitted to talk on the matter, said the President was considering:
- whether or not NJC’s conclusions on findings on Onnoghen did not amount to indictment;
if he should accept NJC’s soft-landing decision to retire Justice Onnoghen with full benefits;
Onnoghen’s retirement without benefits; and
whether the law should run its full course, including the conclusion of Onnoghen’s trial by the Code of Conduct Tribunal and a fresh trial by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Buhari is also believed to be thinking of asking NJC to recommend deterrence for Onnoghen or seeking further consultations with the council.
The President is also said to be planning to seek advice on whether the input of the Senate necessary in retiring Onnoghen?
The source said: “Since he received the NJC’s recommendations, the President has been thinking of how to manage the situation without rubbishing the anti-corruption agenda of his administration. He has the right to accept or reject the council’s recommendations on Onnoghen.
“The President is already seeking legal opinion on legal issues surrounding the NJC’s decisions. He does not want to set a bad precedent in tackling this Onnoghengate”.
The source confirmed that the President met with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. He believed Onnoghen’s case and other matters were discussed.
Responding to a question, the source said: “What NJC decided was a kind of soft-landing for Onnoghen with moral and legal implications.
“Apart from stepping down, there are concerns about what Onnoghen is really offering as deterrent. Some are saying why can’t the law run its full course?
“Others are pressurising the government to take advantage of the window created by the NJC to rebuild the ties between the Executive and the Judiciary as a result of Onnoghen’s travails.”
It was unclear whether or not the President would need the consent of the Senate to retire Onnoghen.
“This is part of the legal opinion being sought by the President,” a presidency source said, pleading not to be named.
Section 231 of the 1999 Constitution says: “(1)The appointment of a person to the office of Chef Justice of Nigeria shall be made by the President on the recommendation of the National Judicial Council subject to confirmation of such appointment by the Senate.
“(2) The appointment of a person to the office of a Justice of the Supreme Court shall be made by the President on the recommendation of the National Judicial Council subject to confirmation of such appointment by the Senate.
“(3) A person shall not be qualified to hold the office of Chief Justice of Nigeria or of a Justice of the Supreme Court, unless he is qualified to practise as a legal practitioner in Nigeria and has been so qualified for a period of not less than fifteen years.
“(4) If the office of Chief Justice of Nigeria is vacant or if the person holding the office is for any reason unable to perform the functions of the office,’ then until a person has been appointed to and has assumed the functions of that office, or until the person holding the office has resumed those functions, the President shall point the most senior Justice of the Supreme Court to perform those functions.
“(5) Except on the recommendation of the National Judicial Council, appointment, pursuant to the provisions of subsection (4) of section shall cease to have effect after the expiration of three months from the date of such appointment, and the President shall not reappoint a person whose appointment has lapsed.”
Part 1 of the Third Schedule to 1999 Constitution says: “The National Judicial Council shall have power to:
(b) recommend to the President the removal from office of the judicial officers specified in sub-paragraph (a) of this paragraph, and to exercise disciplinary control over such office’s;
(c) recommend to the Governors from among the list of persons submitted to it by the State Judicial Service Commissions persons for appointments to the offices of the Chief Judges of the States and Judges of the High courts of the states, the Grand Kadis and Kadis of the sharia Courts of Appeal of the States and Presidents and Judges of the Customary Courts of Appeal of the States;
(d) recommend to the governors the removal from office of the judicial officers specified in sub-paragraph (c) of this paragraph, and to exercise disciplinary control over such officers;
(e) collect, control and disburse all moneys, capital and recurrent, for the judiciary;
(f) advise the President and governors or any matter pertaining to the judiciary as may be referred to the Council by the President or the covernors;
(g) appoint, dismiss and exercise disciplinary control over member and staff of the Council;
(h) control and disburse all monies, capital and recurrent. for the services of the Council; and
(i) deal with all other matters relating to broad issues of policy and administration.
Meanwhile, the NJC has recommended the confirmation of Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad as the substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria.
Another source said: “The council actually did not find him culpable of infractions. He actually did not even want to be inaugurated as the Acting CJN until there was evidence of an ex-parte order from the CCT on Justice Onnoghen’s suspension.
“As the next in-command, the NJC said he should take over from the CJN.”
When contacted, a source in NJC said: “In line with Section 26 of the Judicial Discipline Regulations of 2017, the council has reached out to all those affected by its decisions.
Section 26 says: “The decision taken in regulation 25 of these Regulations shall be notified to the following persons: (a)The subject of the decision; (b)The Complainant and (c) The relevant Head of Court
“Upon a request made to the Council, the decision may be notified to any other person. The grant or refusal of such request is in the absolute discretion of the Council.”
Chimamanda Adichie Makes Another History At Yale University
Chimamanda Adichie makes another history at Yale University by emerging as the first African to deliver a speech at Yale’s 318th commencement to celebrate the Yale college class graduands, NIGERIA NEWS reports.
Chimamanda Adichie is popularly known for his book ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ and ‘Americana’. She has also featured in TED talk on several occasion. The Class Day address is as of date back as in 19th century which reflects the student four years at the university. It also constitutes giving prizes to students in several aspects of the University. The students are the one to choose any profoundly acclaimed figure to deliver the speech.
This time around Chimamanda Adichie is chosen to deliver the address on 19th of May, 2019, succeeding Hillary Clinton, the Presidential candidates for the Democratic in the last US Presidential election against the Republican, Donald J. Trump.
The lists of profound people who have been chosen to address on that occasion are, Tony Blair, Barbara Walters, Tom Hanks, and many others. Chimamanda Adichie is now the first African to be included among the list.
Chimamanda Adichie was described by the organizing committee for the event as “an inspiring global citizen whose words, teaching, and social activism has had an indelible impact on the diaspora and broader contemporary culture.”
Chimamanda as well got her master of Arts in African Studies in 2008 at Yale Unversity and commend the class that:
“I remember the many clever undergrads I met while at Yale and it’s an honor to know that a class of similarly clever students chose me to speak to them,”
“Be open to changing your mind. It is often a sign of growth. Be open to the possibility that you might be wrong. Ideology is a good thing but if you find that you yield unquestioningly to every orthodoxy of the ideology you subscribe to, then maybe it is time for some agility in your thinking.”
She further speaks as follows, “If you’re one day enrobed in corporate power, please hire women as executives and not just in human relations. Change the corporate culture. Have an on-site day-care. Make paid family leave standard and ordinary.”
NYSC 2019 Batch B Mobilization News Today
The NYSC 2019 Batch B mobilization timetable is out and the NIGERIA NEWS bring it to the notice of the Prospective Corp Members, PCM to be aware and take note of the date when the Online registration would start and also when they would expect to print out call up letter. In the table, the date for the commencement of orientation course is not stated but it would relay to you the moment it’s stated.
The Timetable For The NYSC 2019 Batch B Mobilization Is As Below:
|1||2019 Batch ‘A’ Post-Mobilisation Workshop.||8th – 10th May 2019|
|2||2019 Batch ‘A’ Pre-Mobilisation Workshop.||14th – 18th May 2019|
|3||Briefing/Sensitization of Final year students/prospective corps Members.||10th – 25th May 2019|
|4||Uploading of Senate/Academic Board Approved Results for Full/Part-Time Graduates and Revalidation Lists by CPIs||6th – 25th May 2019|
|5||Submission of Senate/Academic Board Approved Results for Full/Part-Time Graduates and Revalidation Lists by CPIs||25th – 30th May 2019|
|6||Online Registration by Foreign and locally Trained Nigerian Graduates||27th May – 12th June 2019|
|7||Entertainment of complaints from Prospective Corps Members by the state Deployment and Relocation officers and NYSC Help Lines/Desks officers.||27th May – 13th June 2019|
|8||Action by ICT Department||13th – 15th June 2019|
|9||Notification and Printing of Call-up Letters by PCMs||15th – 17th June 2019|
|10||Online Printing of Deployment Disposition by Corps Producing Institutions/Delivery of manual Call-up letters to Institutions||15th – 17th June 2019|
|11||Commencement of 2019 Batch “B” Orientation Course|
The Federal Government on Thursday give the update as to the implementation of the signed minimum wage of N30, 000, possibly they may start the implementation on the Batch B NYSC members.
The Minister of Finance, Zainab Usman said that the Federal Government have set up a committee to oversee as to which the implementation of the minimum wage of N30, 000 could be financed.
She said that the Federal Government would as well have to negotiate on some grounds with the labour union in order to determine the amount that would be added to the workers salary that has already equalize or above the newly approved minimum wage.
The full statements of Mrs Zainab as to how she brief the newsmen on the steps the Federal Government has taken towards the implementation of the newly approved minimum wage of N30 000, is as shown, quoted below:
“We have looked at the report and what we are working on now is how we can finance it”
“Apart from the increase of the minimum wage from N18, 000 to N30, 000, there is also consequential adjustment that we have to negotiate with the labour unions.
“The total implication of that would be worked out only after the negotiations and that would involve determining how much increase every other staff that is above the minimum wage would get.
The Minister further added that the NYSC also deserve to earn a little more than minimum wage of N30, 000 but said all would be more certain after the meeting with the labour union.
She said, “It could be a flat amount or a proportion, but the other aspect that is clear is that there would be an increase for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) as well because by the Act they should earn at least the minimum wage and the NYSC also has to increase to that N30, 000.
“So, because we have not done the negotiation with labour, I cannot give you the details of what we are projecting because it is simply on projections, at the end of the day, it is what we agree with labour that will be the amount that is due.”
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