Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has unveiled his 80-page action plan for a better Nigeria.
The document tagged “Renewed Hope 2023” was however, silent on actions his government will take to promote the rights and dignity of persons with disability, PWDs.
The manifesto prioritised national security, economy, agriculture, oil and gas, power and transportation, healthcare, digital economy, women empowerment, judicial reform, federalism/decentralisation of power and foreign policy.
Disability stakeholders have been angling for the domestication of the Discrimination Against Persons with Disabilities, Prohibition, Act 2018 by some state governments since it was signed by President Muhammadu Buhari, but no clear response has been received as 24 States are yet to domesticate the Act.
Tinub’s manifesto was unveiled by Buhari, who also inaugurated APC’s Presidential Campaign Council, PCC, in Abuja.
The president said, “We must record a sound victory in all elections, the future of this country is safer in the hands of the APC.
“I would like to congratulate the other contestants. I am glad that most of our aspirants transferred their structures, including campaign offices to our party’s candidate after the primaries.”
In his speech, Tinubu said, “We are sure that we can make realisable the Cross-Sahara pipeline realisable to bring our gas to Europe and compete with Russia and be better.”
On his part, the national chairman of APC, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, charged party supporters to remain united as the focus should be on fostering peace and a united Nigeria in development.
“We solemnly reassure Nigerians that our party is united around a common course. The cause of peace, unity, and national development,” he said.
Adamu congratulated the PCC members while acknowledging the task ahead as herculean.
”I salute all the members of the presidential campaign council and that is to work tirelessly, honestly, and committed for the victory of our party at all levels of the electoral contest next year; united around a common cause, the cause of peace, unity, and national development,” he said.
NEMA receives 542 stranded Nigerians evacuated from UAE
The National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, has received no fewer than 542 stranded Nigerians evacuated from the United Arab Emirates, UAE.
The evacuees arrived Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja aboard a Max Air Chartered flight operated with the Airline’s Boeing 747.
The evacuation is coming 24 hours after the UAE suspended visa issuance to Nigerians visiting Dubai, a decision that has triggered several missed flights and caused travel chaos in the industry.
On board the plane, which touched down at 4:29am, were 79 males, 460 females and 3 infants.
A statement signed by the Head, Press Unit, National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, Manzo Ezekiel, said they were received by a Federal Government team led by the National Emergency Management Agency, NEMA, and airport officials, security agencies including National Commission for Refugees and Internally Displaced Persons, NCFRMI, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NIDCOM, Nigerian Correctional Service, Nigerian Customs service, Port Health Services amongst others.
He said the returnees were screened by the health officials, profiled by various relevant agencies and cleared by Nigerian Immigration Service before given a token of transport fare by NEMA.
Receiving them on behalf of the Federal Government, Director General, NEMA, Mustapha Habib Ahmed, urged the returnees to learn from their experiences and be law-abiding citizens.
Represented by the Director of Finance and Accounts, Alh. Sani Ahmed Jiba, said the Federal Government approved the evacuation as well as a token for the returnees to support their movement back to their homes.
On her part, the Consul General of Nigeria in Dubai, Amb. Atinuke Taibat Mohammed, who accompanied the returnees back on the flight, appreciated the Federal Government for the special intervention in safe evacuation of the stranded citizens back home.
The evacuation followed the increasing harassment of Nigerians in the Middle East Country following the tightening of her immigration laws which invalidate the stay of some Nigerians.