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Why Nasarawa LGs didn’t pay March salaries in full -Gov. Sule

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Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has explained why some local government areas in the state were not able to pay the March salaries in full.

The governor who made the disclosure while hosting officials of the Nasarawa State Students Association (NASSA) on Tuesday said it was due to the economic challenges posed by the outbreak of COVID -19 pandemic.

Sule said even though the state government was able to pay its workers and pensioners in full, some councils were only able to pay their workers in percentage.

The governor pointed out that he refused to comment earlier about the development in order to respect the autonomy the councils presently enjoys.

“I didn’t say anything about it because the LGAs are autonomous, a lot of people didn’t get to understand what is happening.

“At the state level we have paid workers 100 per cent of their salaries, 100 per cent of their pension, irrespective of the challenges we are facing.

“But because of the autonomy, a lot of the LGAs were not able to pay 100 per cent of salaries,” he explained.

Sule also disclosed that the state government has been assisting the local governments to pay full salaries for about three to four months now.

He said that the assistance could not be sustained in March because there was no extra resources left to assist the councils, adding that the state government would look into the matter.

NAN reports that Covid-19 pandemic had affected global economy and led to drop in oil price to less 30 dollars per barrel.

Nigeria and the states were not left back in this global meltdown, which has limited the available financial resource.

Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Ismail Abdulaziz
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Gov. Okowa mourns Justice Karibi-Whyte

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Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta has expressed deep sadness over the demise of a legal icon, author and Professor of Law, Justice Adolphus Karibi-Whyte.

The governor’s condolence was conveyed in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olisa Ifeajika, on Saturday in Asaba.

He noted that Karibi-Whyte, renowned retired Supreme Court Judge, who hailed from Abonnema in Akuku-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers, died at the age of 88, on Friday in Port Harcourt after a brief illness.

Okowa commiserated with the people of Kalabari Kingdom, Rivers Government and Abonnema community over the passing of the renowned scholar, jurist and elder statesman.

He described the late judge as a quintessential jurist, scholar par excellence and intellectual colossus whose judicial pronouncements on the bench had continued to resonate in Nigeria and beyond.

According to the governor, the deceased was a well-respected scholar and a man of stellar accomplishments who was driven by his passion for justice according to law, firmly resolute with unassailable and reputed integrity.

“The news of his death came to me as a shock and I send my heartfelt condolences to the family, the people of Akuku Toru Local Government Area, Abonnema community in particular as well as the government and people of Rivers on the passing of the renowned elder statesman and retired Justice of the Supreme Court.

“As a bastion of knowledge and inspiration, a man of great wisdom and insight, a leader of leaders, he contributed immensely to the development of our country’s jurisprudence in the several capacities he served.

“As a government, we acknowledge his role and efforts as Chairman of the Nigerian Constitutional Conference of 1994-1995.

“As a scholar, Justice Karibi-Whyte authored 13 books and over 55 academic publications in local and international learned journals, which till date remains an indelible contribution to the academic world,’’ the governor said.

According to him, in acknowledgement of his outstanding accomplishments in life, he was honoured with the Hallmark of Labour award as well as two national honours.

“On behalf of the government and people of Delta, I mourn the exit of a great elder statesman, Honourable Justice Adolphus Karibi-Whyte, whose fountain of knowledge has remained an inspiration to many.

“He will be sorely missed, especially for his dissenting opinions on judgements which had become illuminating judicial guides for the Supreme Court in subsequent similar cases and the basis of legislative intervention,’’ Okowa said.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

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Amaechi mourns Karibi-Whyte, lauds his virtues

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Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has expressed profound sadness and pain over the demise of a retired Supreme Court jurist, Justice Adolphus Karibi-Whyte.
Amaechi, in a statement on Saturday in Abuja, referred to the deceased as `a father and a great advisor’.
During his time as governor of Rivers State, Amaechi appointed Karibi-Whyte Pro Chancellor of the Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST) to strengthen the institution’s education and values.
The minister said: “Justice Karibi-Whyte, for me, was a father figure. He was an exemplary personality, a great advisor and I have the utmost respect for him.
“During his tenure as Pro Chancellor of RSUST where he brought his astute disposition and intellect to bear, there was a remarkable turnaround in the quality of education and handling of affairs in the institution.
“He was also a key member of the State’s Economic Advisory Council when I was governor and my administration and Rivers State benefited richly from his wealth of experience and expertise.
“As a Justice of the Supreme Court, he was very upright, fearless and upheld the rule of law.
“ He was a colossus and great teacher. I will miss him deeply. Rivers State and Nigeria just lost a good man, a great man,” he said.
Amaechi prayed for the repose of the soul of the departed Justice and comfort for his wife and entire family.

Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Why I did secretariat toilets project — NYSC member

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A National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member in the Surulere Local Government Area of Lagos State, Miss Ifeanyiwa Momah, said undertook a project of refurbishing some toilets in the NYSC secretariat in the area in order to leave a lasting legacy.

Momah told the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday that her donation, to give the toilets a better look, was a thing of joy for her, and for others to emulate.

She also said that as the President of Sustainable Development Group, she wanted to uphold one of its goals which was to make clean water and good hygiene available for everybody.

“I am so delighted to achieve this target which is part of the sustainable developmental goals of my Community Development Service Group.

“As president of the group, it beckons on me to do something which will stand as legacy and befitting gift to the secretariat.

“I am able to achieve the goal with the help of well wishers and private organisers,’’ Momah said.

According to her, good hygiene is important to the development of society and it is good for her to contribute her own quota.

“ I feel fulfilled with what I have done, and know lots are still yet to be done,” the youth corps member said.

The Lagos State Coordinator of the NYSC, Mr Eddy Megwa, commended Momah’s efforts in refurbishing the toilets at the secretariat.

“She is a great person with vision for doing something meaningful in her community, indeed it is a well thought out project, we must appreciate her efforts,” Megwa said.

Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

Momah pointing at the refurbished toilet tanks

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Abe condoles NJC, family over death of Justice Karibi-Whyte

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Sen. Magnus Abe has condoled Nigeria Judicial Council (NJC) and the family of Justice Adolphus Karibi-Whyte over the death of the legal icon.

Abe, who represented Rivers South-East Senatorial District in the 6th National Assembly, gave the condolence on Saturday in a statement signed by his spokesman, Mr Parry Benson, in Port Harcourt.

The senator described the late justice, who died on Friday at the age of 88, as one of Africa’s foremost international jurist and legal luminary during his time in service.

Abe stated that the death of Karibi-Whyte is a great loss of wisdom, wealth of experience and calm fatherly disposition which would have been invaluable to judiciary and the country at this time.

He also described the late legal icon as an accomplished lawyer, teacher, a man of character and proven integrity whose immense contribution to the development of the judiciary in Nigeria cn never be forgotten.

“Justice Adolphus Karibi-Whyte meant different things to different people, to me, he was a father, a friend and a counselor. I was mesmerized by his passion and commitment to justice.

“Although, the final chapter in the life and times of this great jurist is now closed, but there are many  gifts and life changing lessons that his life of service has bequeathed to humanity.

“We join his family and admirers across Nigeria to mourn the passing of a great man.

“We pray that God in His infinite mercy will give strength to his wife and family to bear this tragic loss,”Abe said. NAN

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NBA mourns late Justice Karibi-Whyte

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The President of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr Paul Usoro, has expressed condolence to the family of late retired Justice of the Supreme Court, Adolphus Karibi-Whyte, who died on Friday.

He was aged 88 years.

In a statement signed by NBA Spokesman, Mr Kunle Edun, the association described the late justice as a quintessential jurist whose impact in the Nigerian legal system could not be forgotten in a hurry.

“The NBA hereby expresses its deep condolences to my Lords, Honorable Justices of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, the entire Nigerian judiciary, government and people of Rivers State, families and friends of our departed noble Lord.

“Justice Karibi-Whyte left behind sterling legacies and delivered landmark judgments that continue to define the Nigerian legal jurisprudence,” it said.

The NBA described the late Supreme Court jurist “a judicial colossus and one of the greatest jurists that Nigeria ever had.

“Hon. Justice Karibi-Whyte was a retired Justice of the Supreme Court and an erudite Professor of Law.

“He served in other capacities as Chairman of several high-powered Commissions of Inquiry and Tribunals.

“Justice Karibi-Whyte also served as a Judge and Vice President, International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia (sitting at the Hague) on November 7, 1993, and Chairman Nigerian Constitutional Conference between 1994 to 1995.

“He authored thirteen books and 55 academic publications in reputable local and international journals, and was highly sought after speaker on legal issues,” the NBA said.

Karibi-Whyte was conferred with the National Honours of Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) (1998), and Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR) (2008).

The NBA said Karibi-Whyte was a gentleman of indisputable stellar accomplishments and prayed God to bless his soul and grant him a peaceful rest.

Edited By: Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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NBA mourns Justice Karibi-Whyte

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The Ikorodu branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), has mourned former judge of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Justice Adolphus Karibi-Whyte, who passed away on May 22 at the age of 88.

Expressing sadness over the passing of the famed jurist, Mr Bayo Akinlade, the Chairman of the Ikorodu branch of the NBA, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the country had lost an eminent jurist who was a “rare breed.”

“Another legal icon is gone and it just goes to show that there is a need for persons in the legal community to be unafraid to do what is right.

“We need more individuals like the late Karibi-Whyte who will analyse issues properly and do what is fair for all,” he said.

The NBA Ikorodu Branch Chairman, who described the late jurist as very knowledgeable and bold, said the Nigerian legal community was running out of icons that younger generations of lawyers could look up to.

“The nation has lost a brilliant mind, may his soul rest in peace,” he said.

NAN reports that late Karibi-Whyte was a professor of law who hailed from Abonnema in Rivers.

He was judge of the Federal High Court from 1976 to 1980, judge of the Court of Appeal from 1980 to 1984, and justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria from 1984 to 2002.

He wrote 13 books and 55 academic publications in local and international learned journals.

He was conferred with the Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) and Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR) in 1998 and in 2008 respectively.

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Buhari mourns legal icon, Karibi-Whyte

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President Muhammadu Buhari has sent his condolences to the government and people of Rivers over the passing of legal icon, author and law professor, Justice Adolphus Karibi-Whyte.

The President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, conveyed the message in a statement in Abuja on Saturday.

Buhari prayed that God would comfort those mourning the legal luminary, especially his family, the academia, Nigerian Bar Association and Body of Benchers as well as friends and associates.

He commended Karibi-Whyte’s contributions to law and jurisprudence in Nigeria and beyond, saying that Karibi-Whyte left a legacy of integrity and nationalism.

The president noted that Karibi-Whyte used his knowledge, wisdom and experience in serving the nation.

Buhari also acknowledged that the deceased worked diligently as a scholar for many years before transiting to the judiciary, to pursue his passion of ensuring fairness through the Federal Revenue Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court of Nigeria.

He affirmed that Karibi-Whyte played historic roles in growing Nigeria’s legal system, strengthening democratic institutions and shaping the policy direction of many governments and international agencies.

Karibi-Whyte served as Chairman, Nigerian Constitutional Conference, 1994-1995, Counterfeit Currency Tribunal, Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Committee of Pro-Chancellors of State-Owned Universities as well as Judge and Vice-President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia at The Hague.

Buhari said that the jurist lived and led by example, set a standard for resourcefulness and patriotism and brought honour to Nigeria.

He prayed God to grant Karibi-Whyte eternal rest.

Edited By: Silas Nwoha (NAN)

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Lawyers pay glowing tribute to late Supreme Court Justice Karibi-Whyte

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Some lawyers in Lagos on Saturday paid glowing tribute to late Rtd Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Justice Adolphus Karibi-Whyte, who died on Friday in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the late Justice Karibi-Whyte was aged 88.

Reacting, Mr Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa,SAN, said:”Nigeria has lost a foremost jurist and a fearless adjudicator with a robust intellectual mind.

“He was full of wits, wisdom and judicial stamina to tackle most cases that he participated in, either in writing the leading judgment, supporting judgment or dissenting judgment.

“He rendered very profound explanations behind the reasonings contained in his judgments, all of which have helped to shape the course of judicial history in Nigeria.

“He deployed his knowledge and experience garnered from private legal practice, up to the Bench as a judge of the then Revenue Court, now known as the Federal High Court, up to the Supreme Court, in the practical application of the determination of cases brought before him.

“His book on the practice and procedure of the Federal High Court is always a delight for judges, lawyers, law teachers and law students alike.

“I, hereby extend my heartfelt condolences to the Nigeria Bar, to the Governor and good people of Rivers State, to the Chief Justice of Nigeria and the President on the demise of this erudite jurist.

Also speaking, a former Chairman of the Ikorodu Branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr Adedotun Adetunji described the death of Justir Karibi-Whyte as a huge loss to the legal community.

He said the late jurist was an epitome of knowledge and a Professor of Law whose judgement could only be described as sound and classic.

“His Lordship was a fine jurist with penetrating and lucid reasoning in his judgements.

“Significantly, His Lordship was courageous to dissent with majority views while he was in the Supreme Court,” he said

He said that the demise of the legal icon leaves yet another legacy to be emulated by younger jurist.

Adetunji commiserated with the family of the deceased as well as the entire Nigerian legal community and prayed for a peaceful repose soul of the late Justice.

Another human rights activist, Mr Spurgeon Ataene in his reaction described the late jurist as a dogged fighter for the course of Justice.

He said:”I condole with the family of this legal Colossus Late Justice Adolphus Karibi-Whyte who retired from the supreme Court upon attaining the mandatory 70 years stipulated for retirement of Justices at that level

“He was such an enigma in every sense; one that should be emulated in hardwork and judicial activism.

“To have started out as a court clerk- the lowest in the court system and steadily acquired requisite education to become a lawyer, got his Masters degree from London and a PhD from University of Lagos.

“He was prepared for the journey to the bench, and was one with wide knowledge from the West and native intelligence from home in Nigeria.

“No wonder his gargantuan exploits on the bench cannot be easily matched.

“I commiserate with his entire family members, the legal community, and the country at large for Nigeria has indeed lost an almost irreplaceable brain,” he said

In the same vein, another lawyer, Mr Anthony Makolo described the late Judge as “the people’s jurist”

“When the news of his demise filtered the air, it simply reawakened in him, the consciousness that every man will be remembered for the legacy he leaves behind.

“I must extend my heartfelt sympathies to the NBA, the nation’s Judiciary, as well as the Rivers State Government for this great loss,” he said

NAN reports that Justice Karibi-Whyte hails from Abonnema, in Rivers State.

He was appointed as a Judge of the Federal Revenue Court in 1976, where he began his illustrious judicial career.

Thereafter, he was elevated to the Court of Appeal in 1980, and later to the apex Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1984 from where he later retired after a meritorious judicial service.

Some of his notable celebrated judgments include Government of Gongola State v Tukur (1989), Attorney General of the Federation v Attorney General of Abia State , amongst others.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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COVID-19 illustrates why investment must be central to development — WHO

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Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of World Health Organisation (WHO), says COVID-19 is not just a global health emergency but illustrates why investment must be central to development.

Ghebreyesus said at the two-day ongoing virtual World Health Assembly in Geneva.

The director general said: “pandemic is a vivid demonstration of the fact that there is no health security without resilient health systems, or without addressing the social, economic, commercial and environmental determinants of health.

“More than ever, the pandemic illustrates why investing in health must be at the centre of development.

“I will repeat this: more than ever, the pandemic illustrates why investing in health must be at the centre of development.

“We are learning the hard way that health is not a luxury; it’s a necessity. It is a necessity. Health is not a reward for development; it is a prerequisite.

“Health is not a cost; it’s an investment. “Health is a pathway to security, prosperity and peace.”

According to him, 40 years ago, the nations of the world came together under the banner of WHO to rid the world of smallpox.

“They showed that when solidarity triumphs over ideology, anything is possible. The COVID-19 pandemic is posing a similar threat – not just to human health, but to the human spirit.

“We have a long road ahead in our struggle against this virus. The pandemic has tested, strengthened and strained the bonds of fellowship between nations but it has not broken them.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is asking us two fundamental questions: what sort of world do we want? And what sort of WHO do we want?

“The answer to the first question will determine the answer to the second. Now more than ever, we need a healthier world.

“Now more than ever, we need a safer world. Now more than ever, we need a fairer world. Healthy, safe and fair.

“And now more than ever, we need a stronger WHO. There is no other way forward but together,” said Ghebreyesus.

He said he made a priority of transforming WHO into an organisation that is agile and responsive, focused on outcomes and impact since his election to the assembly three years ago.

“Two years ago, I presented and this Assembly approved the cornerstone of our transformation: WHO’s 13th General Programme of Work.

“At its heart are the ambitious “triple billion” targets: one billion more people enjoying better health and well-being.

“One billion more people benefiting from universal health coverage and one billion more people better protected from health emergencies.

“These are the targets that the world has set itself to achieve by 2023, to get on track and stay on track for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” he said.

The WHO Results Report, launched on Monday, he said, provided a comprehensive picture of what WHO, its Member States and partners had achieved in the past two years.

“On healthy populations, we’ve made important progress to improve the air people breathe, the food they eat and the water they drink.

“We have made progress to improve the roads they use, and the conditions in which they live and work are the most important, actually, in bringing health.

“On universal health coverage, the world came together last year to endorse the political declaration on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) – an unprecedented commitment to the ideal of health for all.

“We have expanded access to prevention, testing and treatment for HIV, tuberculosis, malaria, hepatitis C, hypertension, diabetes, cancer and more.

“And to keep the world safe, WHO has investigated and, when necessary, responded to more than 900 events in 141 countries.

“That includes coordinating a huge and complex response to the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, complicated by violence, a mobile population and a weak health system,” Ghebreyesus said.

According to him, all of these efforts have been supported by an increased focus on science, evidence and data.

In the coming year, he said the agency would launch the WHO Academy to provide training for millions more health workers around the world.

“And the WHO Foundation will be launched in the next few weeks, to broaden WHO’s donor base. I am proud of the progress WHO has made in these and many other areas,” he said.

Ghebreyesus, however, said much work needed to be done, adding that even before COVID-19, the world was off track for the SDGs.

“The pandemic threatens to set us back even further. It exploits and exacerbates existing gaps in gender equality, poverty, hunger and more.

“Already we have seen the impact of the pandemic on immunisation campaigns and many other essential health services.

“But the challenges we face cannot be an excuse to abandon hope of achieving the “triple billion” targets or the SDGs.

“On the contrary, they must serve as motivation to redouble our efforts, and to work aggressively in pursuit of the healthier, safer, fairer world we all want,”  he said.

The two-day World Health Assembly is holding as WHO is struggling to stop the spread of the COVID-19 and map out easing of associate stay-at-home orders and lockdowns.

Member states are discussing a resolution on improving access to COVID-19 diagnostics, and pending treatment and vaccines, as well as calls to investigate the origin of the virus and early response to the outbreak.

Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Salif Atojoko (NAN)

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