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Governor Godwin Obaseki Swears-In Eight New Judges



Godwin Obaseki

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State on Mon boosted the state’s judiciary by swearing-in, eight new judges, into the state tribunal with a charge on them to dispense justice with nonpartisanship and fairness.

Obaseki who secure his administration’s support for the judiciary assured that within the new yr 2021, he would concentrate on reconstruction courts and judges quarters outside the city, even as he secure at hand over the fresh designed chooses Quarters to the Chief Judge later within the week.

The governor additionally assured judges within the state that he would supply the mandatory support for them to adopt new technology within the dispensation of justice. The gesture of support, he added, would be extended to the federal judicial establishments within the state, starting with the planned relocation of the Court of charm from its gift location.

We square measure creating history once more in Edo State with the swearing-in of eight new judges. this can be a part of our declared commitment as a government to strengthen the judiciary. As I actually have invariably same that for United States of America to own a virile democracy, we tend to should strengthen the rule of law,” Obaseki same.

The governor, whereas urging the new judges to hold out their duties without worrying or favour, since their appointment was divine, promise to “continue as government to assist invest within the needed infrastructure. Yes, we tend to square measure appointing judges we’ve got to additionally give the atmosphere for the judges to figure with efficiency and swimmingly. we tend to square measure about to be turning in the court advanced in the week. This year we’ll be fixing and reconstruction the judges quarters and courts outside of Dahomey town.

“We also are about to be operating with the judiciary to deploy tons additional technology, significantly in our court to ease the burden of labor on our judges. we tend to square measure within the government presently undergoing a significant transformation by utilizing technology all told our processes and in however we tend to add government, with Covid-19, it’s a touch troublesome if not risky to own physical conferences as we tend to wont to have within the past then we tend to square measure victimization technology keep it up government activities this we tend to believe is that the future and that we need to encourage the judiciary to adopt the employment of technology the maximum amount because it is feasible in effecting your activities,” he more assured.

We square measure committed to relocating the Court of charm from its current location in Ikpoba Hill and even as we tend to support our native judiciary we’ll additionally extend hands of support to different federal judicial officers and establishments in our state,” Obaseki further.

Present at the colourful ceremony control within the New competition Hall within the Government House, with strict observance of Covid-19 protocol was the primary feminine chief choose of the state, Justice Constance Momoh.



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France’s President Emmanuel Macron Wins Second Term in Presidential Election.



The first French president to be re-elected in 20 years faces challenge in uniting nation deeply divided along economic, generational lines

French President Emmanuel Macron was re-elected Sunday, according to projections based on early ballot counts, overcoming deep divisions among voters worried about inflation and the impact of immigration on France’s national identity.
Mr. Macron garnered 58.2% of the estimated vote Sunday, while far-right leader Marine Le Pen won 41.8%, according to a projection from polling firm Ipsos.
Mr. Macron, 44 years old, becomes the first French president to secure a second term in office since 2002, when then-President Jacques Chirac beat Ms. Le Pen’s father, Jean-Marie Le Pen, in a 64-point landslide. Since then, however, the country has fractured along economic, generational and geographical lines, with wealthier urban voters gravitating toward Mr. Macron and younger, working-class voters in France’s rural areas backing Ms. Le Pen.

Mr. Macron is now under pressure to unite millions of French who cast ballots for his rivals in the election’s first-round of voting, when more than 50% of the vote went to candidates on the far right and far left. At stake is Mr. Macron’s drive to consolidate years of pro-business overhauls to the French economy—from tax cuts to his loosening of rules on hiring and firing employees—that have fueled discontent among voters who haven’t prospered under his administration.

France’s Emmanuel Macron Wins Second Term in Presidential Election.
At the top of Mr. Macron’s agenda is his plan to streamline France’s complex pension system and raise the country’s retirement age to 65 from 62. Mr. Macron says the move is necessary to fund lower taxes and boost government spending on the country’s vaunted public-health system, which was severely stretched during the pandemic. Ms. Le Pen and other opponents say Mr. Macron’s push to make people work longer is unbearable for working-class French who started working much earlier in life.

Mr. Macron is expected to swiftly form a government whose composition will provide voters with the first indication of whether he intends to stick with his self-proclaimed “Jupetarian” style of governance, which has at times involved lecturing the public on his overhauls and marginalizing the role of the National Assembly in lawmaking.

A heavy-handed approach won’t work in Mr. Macron’s second term, some analysts say, as he is likely to find it much harder to secure the commanding majority his party, La République en Marche, and its allies enjoyed during his first term. Mr. Macron is expected to select ministers from outside his party who can help bridge the political divide.

“Macron will need to lead a policy of social reconciliation,” said Pascal Perrineau, a political-science professor at the Paris Institute of Political Studies, commonly known as Sciences Po.
During his campaign, Mr. Macron said he would build consensus through a series of nationwide debates on the country’s school system, hospitals and democratic institutions. He also said he would work more closely with local officials to improve public services across the country, including in rural areas.
Sunday marked Ms. Le Pen’s second consecutive defeat in presidential elections since her father, who was convicted of anti-Semitism, handed leadership of the National Front to her a decade ago. In 2017, she lost to Mr. Macron by 32 percentage points after calling for France to leave the euro, a stance that spooked many French households.


Ms. Le Pen dropped her opposition to the euro and focused on pocketbook issues, framing her 2022 campaign as a fight against inflation. She also zeroed in on the impact the war in Ukraine was having on France’s economy, particularly the higher fuel prices that affect working-class commuters.
Ms. Le Pen rebranded her party as National Rally in an effort to turn the page on its far-right history, a strategy the party calls “de-demonization.” She toned down her rhetoric and opened up about her personal life, musing on her love of cats.
Still, Ms. Le Pen stuck with a political program that seized on the anxieties many voters outside France’s largest cities feel about Islam’s place in French society. France has been targeted with terrorist attacks by assailants who cited cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in French media as their motive.

Ms. Le Pen campaigned on rewriting France’s constitution to give “national preference” to French citizens over immigrants—including documented ones—in seeking jobs, public housing and welfare benefits. She also proposed a ban on the Muslim head scarf in all public places, describing the garb as an instrument of Islamist ideology.
Mr. Macron zeroed in on such proposals in the final stretch of the election, accusing Ms. Le Pen in a national debate of seeking to foment a civil war in a country that has one of Europe’s largest Muslim minorities. To some voters, however, Ms. Le Pen is no longer the bête noire of French politics.
“I have nothing against Marine Le Pen, even if I wear a head scarf,” said Lilia Missoum, a mother of four children in the port of Le Havre, along the English Channel. She cast her vote for Mr. Macron because she approved of his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, including the subsidized paychecks her husband received during the crisis. Still, she says, Mr. Macron’s “door to immigration is too open.”
Parliamentary elections in June will represent a test for both Mr. Macron and Ms. Le Pen. In 2017, candidates across the country for Mr. Macron’s then-nascent party rode his coattails, securing a majority.
People who voted for Mr. Macron on Sunday only out of opposition to Ms. Le Pen, however, will be hard pressed to back his party in June, when other parties will have candidates on the ballot. Ms. Le Pen’s National Rally meanwhile has a history of struggling to win parliamentary seats.
Her party secured only seven seats in the last parliamentary election, because opposing candidates in districts where National Rally has a strong following tend to drop out of the race, allowing more mainstream voters to coalesce around a single establishment candidate.
Both Mr. Macron and Ms. Le Pen will face stiff competition from the party of far-left agitator Jean-Luc Melenchon, who nearly qualified for the presidential runoff after garnering 22% of the first-round vote on April 10. Establishment parties that fared poorly in the presidential election also are expected to field candidates across the country where their roots run deep.


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Aisha Buhari becomes Ambassador of ‘Merck Foundation More Than a Mother’



Nigeria’s First Lady, Dr. Aisha Buhari, has been recognized by Merck Foundation as an Ambassador of ‘Merck Foundation More Than a Mother’ for her efforts in building healthcare capacity, breaking the stigma of infertility, and supporting girl education in Nigeria.

Merck Foundation CEO, Senator Rasha Kelej, acknowledged the work of the first lady, saying that the long-term collaboration and ongoing efforts to strengthen healthcare capacity, encourage girl education, and empower infertile women in Nigeria cannot be overstated.

“After the enormous success of previous seasons, I am extremely glad to inaugurate the 2022 edition of Merck Foundation awards, together with Nigeria First Lady,” Rasha Kelej, who is also the President of “More Than a Mother,” stated.

“Through these awards, we hope to encourage the media, fashion, filmmaking, and music industries to raise awareness about important issues such as breaking the stigma surrounding infertility, highlighting the importance of girls’ education and women empowerment at all levels, ending GBV, and ending child marriage,” says the statement.

“We’ve been working closely with her since 2015, and together we’ve given over 30 scholarships to young Nigerian doctors in critical and underserved specialties like Fertility and Embryology, Diabetes, Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine, Endocrinology, Sexual and Reproductive Medicine, Respiratory Medicine, and Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases.”

“I am happy of our cooperation with Merck Foundation to empower infertile women via access to knowledge, education, health, and a change of thinking,” Aisha Buhari stated in response.

“We also try to improve our girls’ educational opportunities. I’m especially pleased to congratulate the winners of the Merck Foundation Media Awards, as well as to announce the new editions of the best song, best fashion designer, and best film award, with the goal of raising awareness and providing a platform to break the silence in our communities.”

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ASUU strike will be over shortly — Ngige



The Federal Government expressed hope Wednesday that the Academic State Union of Universities’ (ASUU) one-month warning strike, which began on February 14, 2022, would be ended soon.

Remember that ASUU organized a warning strike to persuade the Federal Government to fulfill its demands, some of which had been pending since 2009.

Senator Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, expressed hope for an end to the warning strike when speaking with reporters after a conciliation meeting between the government and the union.

According to Ngige, the group reached consensus on a number of issues, and a deadline for implementing the agreements was established.

According to him, ASUU officials committed to contact their members with government incentives and then contact him before the end of the week.

Many of the items in the 2020 Memorandum of Action, MOA, had been thoroughly addressed, while others were still being addressed, he said.

“Only one or two sections are new,” he explained. The revision of the Conditions of Service, dubbed the ‘2009 Agreement,’ is one of the new areas.

“In 2009, they agreed that their Terms and Conditions of Service would be reviewed every five years. In 2014, it was completed.

“We created one with Wale Babalakin, SAN, the former UNILAG Pro-Chancellor, as the chairman.

“After Babalakin, Prof. Manzali took over as chair, and the committee produced a draft document, which was proposed by the Federal Ministry of Education and ASUU.

“Manzali’s committee is no longer in existence now because many of the members are no longer pro-chancellors.”

Ngige stated that a fresh team had been formed to review the paper again.

“The education system in Nigeria is in crisis, and money is being lost at the primary, secondary, and postsecondary education levels,” said ASUU President Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke earlier.

He stated that money meant for education in Nigeria was being diverted to other nations, and he urged for a state of emergency to be declared in the sector to address the issue.

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