The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it totally rejects the decision of the President Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) Federal Government “impose” a N5000 fee for national identity cards.
The party says the very idea of ID Card fee by the Buhari administration is insupportable, reprehensible and completely offensive.
The PDP stresses that imposing such unwarranted and unjustified levy on Nigerians, for internal social safety instrument, amounts to wicked fleecing as well as stripping of their constitutional rights in their own nation.
Spokesman to the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan states that the party holds that issuance of national identity card to citizens, is an obligation of the state to its citizenry, and must remain free as established by the PDP.
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“The N5000 levy must be immediately rescinded before it triggers restiveness in the nation.
“Already, the fee is generating tension in the country as Nigerians have continued to register their rejection in the public space,” Ologbondiyan stated.
The PDP spokesman further charged President Buhari to direct the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to immediately cancel its decision to levy Nigerians for national identity cards.
He cautioned that such impositions as the fee for national identity cards, breed resentment and “erode the much-desired patriotism; leading to the escalation of social vices and low commitment to nation building by citizens”.
President of the National Industrial Court (NIC), Justice Babatunde Adejumo, has urged the two factions of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to resolve the leadership crisis rocking the union since the controversial 11th Delegates Conferences of the union held on March 12, 2015 and another Special Delegates Conference held on March 19, 2015 in Lagos.
The Ayuba Wabba led faction of the union had approached the court, praying it to, among other demands, declare the Special Delegates Conference of the Joe Ajaero led faction held in Lagos illegal, null and void.
The President of Textile Workers Union, Oladele Hunsu, said in a statement that when the case came up for mention on Wednesday June 24, Justice Adejumo urged the two factions to sustain mutual reconciliation instead of litigations that would further divide them.
According to the Industrial Court President, ordinary members of unions and the nation at large have high expectations of the Labour movement given its historic role in the nation’s history.
Emphasizing the importance of Labour in the development of the nation, Justice Adejumo stated that “workers constitute the engine room of the economy” adding that no matter the differences, a united NLC is better off than a divided one.
Justice Adejumo urged the counsels to both parties to help in the reconciliation process.
Meanwhile, the case has been adjourned until October 18, 2015, to enable the factions use the period of adjournment to find amicable and win-win solutions to the crisis.
The National Information Centre have said that President Goodluck Jonathan’s request for a loan of one billion dollars is to enable the military tackle insurgency and other security challenges in the country.
The Coordinator of the centre, Mr Mike Omeri, who addressed journalists in Abuja on Thursday, said that the amount requested was not just to fight Boko Haram but would be used to address some financial needs in the Army.
“The loan being sought for is not just to prosecute the Boko Haram war” Omeri reiterated, ”It is to reinforce the Army as the they have made a request because they have a need.
“So the funding is to ensure the long term provision of the requirement of the Armed Forces”.
Omeri also said that the security operatives were still on the trail of Abubakar Tsiga, the suspected chief mastermind of Nyanya bombing which killed dozens in April.
President Jonathan had requested for immediate approval of one billion dollars external borrowing by the National Assembly to tackle insurgency and terrorism in Nigeria’s northeast.
The President stressed that there was an urgent need to upgrade the equipment, training and logistic of the country’s Armed Forces and Security services to enable them confront the serious threat posed by Boko Haram sect more forcefully and efficiently.