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[Nigeria] Bill to establish army varsity passes second reading before Reps

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The lawmaker said that the bill, when passed into law would encourage and prove the benefits of education to the people.

A bill for an Act to establish the Nigeria Army University, Biu, Borno, to make comprehensive provisions for its management and administration has passed second reading in the House of Representatives.

The bill, which originated from the Senate, seeks to give legal backing to the university, which is already in existence, was presented by the Majority Leader, Rep. Ado Doguwa.

Rep. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta (PDP-Abia) argued that the army did not need a university to address the security challenge in the country.

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He said that rather than establish new institutions, the Nigerian Defence Academy and the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji should be strengthened.

Rep. Kingsley Chinda (PDP-Rivers) said that should the house pass the bill, Air Force, Navy, Civil Defence and other security agencies will also want to establish universities.

The lawmaker said that the country was already faced with the challenge of insufficient resources saying that establishing new institutions would further stretch the purse.

Supporting the bill, Rep. Ahmed Jaha (APC-Borno) said that Borno has only one federal university which is located in Maidugiri.

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He said that in the southern part of the state, there were no fewer than 60,000 orphans and widows as a result of the activities of the Boko Haram terrorist group.

According to the lawmaker, the ideology of the terrorist group is to discredit and abolish western education.

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Jaha said that in 2018, the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) approved 1,000 university slots for candidates but over 2,000 applied.

He said that in 2019, JAMB approved 15,000 slots but over 26,000 thousand candidates applied.

Jaha appealed to members to support the bill to enable children in the region to access university education.

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Also, Rep. Abdulrazak Namdas (APC-Adamawa) explained that the Nigerian Defence Academy is strictly for soldiers while and the Armed Forces Command and Staff College is for senior officers.

Namdas, who is the Chairman, House Committee on Army, said that Army University is open to both military personnel and civilians.

He said that military officers travelled abroad for further studies and trainings saying that with the establishment of the university such studies and training could be done here in Nigeria.

The legislator said that Nigeria had about 200 million citizens and that it needed more universities to meet the demands for higher education.

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When the matter was put to a voice vote by the Speaker of the house, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, members unanimously voted in support of the bill.

In his ruling, Gbajabiamilia referred the bill to relevant committees of the house for further legislative actions.

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Slapping Senator, Elisha Abbo slaps Young Man repeatedly in Adamawa

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The assault was done in the presence of an armed policeman who, rather than protect the victim, arrested her.

Abbo, representing the Adamawa North Senatorial District, was seen assaulting a young man in a video posted by a Twitter user, @Jacfelixchidama.

Nineteen months after assaulting a nursing mother, Senator Elisha Abbo, has again been caught on video slapping a young man repeatedly in his hometown in Adamawa State.

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Abbo, representing the Adamawa North Senatorial District, was seen assaulting a young man in a video posted by a Twitter user, @Jacfelixchidama.

The Senator first came to limelight in 2019, when he was captured in a video beating a female attendant, Osimibibra Warmat, at a sex shop in Abuja.

The police later arraigned Abbo before a Magistrate Court in Zuba, on a one-count charge of assault.

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Despite video evidence of the incident, Abdullahi Ilelah, the Magistrate, upheld the no-case submission filed by the lawmaker and dismissed the case.

However, Warmate instituted a separate civil suit at the FCT High Court and on September 28, Samira Bature, the presiding Judge, convicted Abbo and ordered him to pay N50 million as compensation to her.

Meanwhile, the latest video has sparked outrage on social media.

@Tonfiyo wrote; “This guy. What’s wrong with this guy.”

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@Djkelexray said, “That’s what we get when justice is not being served. He keeps doing more and thinks he is above the law, We have some bad leaders in Nigeria and the good once have to remove them before he eat them up!”

@TesswhyteT wrote, “This man and assault is 5&6. See his nonsense fried hair.”

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COVID-19: FMR French President, Valery Giscard dies at 94.

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After losing his legislative seat, he ended his active political career in 2004.

Former French president Valery Giscard d’Estaing, a leading advocate of European integration who led his country into a new modern era, has died of Covid-19, his family said. He was 94.

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Giscard, who had been in the hospital several times in recent months for heart problems, died late Wednesday “surrounded by his family” at the family home in the Loire region.

“His state of health had worsened and he died as a consequence of Covid-19,” the family said in a statement sent to AFP, adding that his funeral would be strictly private, according to his wishes.

French President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute to his predecessor, saying Giscard’s seven-year term had “transformed France”.

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“His death has plunged the French nation into mourning”, Macron said, describing Giscard as “a servant of the state, a politician of progress and freedom”.

Giscard made one of his last public appearances on September 30 last year for the funeral of another former president, Jacques Chirac, who had been his prime minister.

He became the 20th century’s youngest president at 48 when in 1974 he beat his Socialist rival Francois Mitterrand, to whom he then lost after his seven-year term in 1981 in a failed re-election bid.

His presidency marked a clear break from the Gaullist conservatism of postwar France, which had been dominated by Charles de Gaulle and his successor Georges Pompidou.

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In France, he is remembered for his radical reform drive, which included the legalisation of abortion, the liberalisation of divorce and the lowering of the voting age to 18.

In Europe, he helped drive moves towards a monetary union, in close cooperation with his German counterpart chancellor Helmut Schmidt, with whom he became friends and whose leadership years almost overlapped with his own.

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Together they launched the European Monetary System (EMS), a precursor of today’s single currency, the euro.

“For Valery Giscard d’Estaing, Europe was to be a French ambition and France a modern nation. Respect,” said Michel Barnier, the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator.

He “succeeded in modernising political life in France,” added former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, praising the “great intelligence” he used to master “even the most complex international problems”.

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Like Schmidt, Giscard was also a firm believer in strong ties with the US.

With his death, France “has lost a statesman who chose to open up to the world”, added Sarkozy’s Socialist successor Francois Hollande. He hailed a man who was “resolutely European” who helped strengthen Franco-German unity.

It was at Giscard’s initiative that leaders of the world’s richest countries first met in 1975, an event that evolved into the annual summits of the Group of Seven (G7) club.

‘A job unfinished’
With a more relaxed presidential-style than his predecessors, “VGE” was sometimes seen in public playing football or the accordion.

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He also hosted garbage collectors to breakfast and invited himself to dinner at the homes of ordinary citizens.

Giscard involved his family in his political appearances, had the blue and red of France’s “tricolore” flag toned down, and the Marseillaise national anthem slowed.

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Giscard was firmly part of the elite.

Tall and slender and with an elegant, aristocratic manner, he studied at France’s exclusive Ecole Polytechnique and the National Administration School.

Aged just 18, he joined the French resistance in World War II and took part in the liberation of Paris from its Nazi occupiers in 1944. He then served for eight months in Germany and Austria.

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He launched his political career in 1959, becoming finance minister in 1969.

After his defeat in 1981 — which he said left him with “frustration at a job unfinished” — he remained active in centrist politics, first regaining a seat in the French parliament and then serving in the European Parliament.

In 2001, he was selected by European leaders to lead work on the bloc’s constitutional treaty — which French voters then rejected.

The death of Mitterrand in 1996 followed by that of his successor Chirac in 2019 had left Giscard as France’s oldest surviving leader by far.

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In May 2020, French prosecutors opened an investigation after claims by a German reporter that he had repeatedly inappropriately touched her at his Paris office after an interview in 2018.

But Giscard strongly denied the allegations, describing them as “grotesque”.

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9th National Assembly lacks mandate to give new constitution – Ovie Omo-Agege

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The lawmaker described the proposal by the delegation that zones should replace states as another euphemism for going back to the regions.

Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, has urged Nigerians not to engage in wishful thinking that the 9th National Assembly would deliver a new constitution, saying it lacks the mandate to do so.

According to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Yomi Odunuga, Omo-Agege made the comment when he hosted members of the Alliance of Nigerian Patriots led by Ambassador Umunna Orjiako in Abuja.

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The deputy senate president, who chairs the Adhoc Committee on Constitution Review, explained that the National Assembly had no powers to replace the current constitution of the country but could only amend it.

He cited advanced democracies like the United States of America after which Nigeria’s presidential system of government was fashioned as well as Sections 8 and 9 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), saying what is obtainable is piecemeal alteration of the constitution.

Omo-Agege, therefore, urged those calling for a brand new constitution to channel their energy towards participating actively in the ongoing amendment by the National Assembly.

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“One of the issues you raised is the replacement of the 1999 Constitution. I am not so sure that we, as a parliament, have the power to replace the constitution. We can only make amendments. And it is explicit in Sections 8 and 9 of the constitution how we can do that and the requisite number of votes required.

“I say that because there are some top attorneys in this country who, for some reasons, keep saying that we don’t even need any of this, that we should just bring a new constitution. We can’t do that. What we are mandated to do by law is to look at those provisions and bring them up-to-date with global best practices, especially to the extent that they tally with the views of the majority of Nigerians. So we are not in a position to replace this constitution but we can only amend,” he said.

“We will look into that if that is what majority of our people want. You talked about devolution of powers. The preponderance of views we have received so far is that those 68 items are very wide and need to shed some weight and move them to the Concurrent Legislative List,” he said.

On the call for scrapping of the upper legislative chamber, Omo-Agege said;

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“One of the issues raised by #EndSARS protesters was that the government should abolish the Senate and merge us with the House of Representatives. We are not in a position to do that. Mr. President is not even in a position to do that as well.”

Earlier, Orjiakor called for the reconfiguration of the present 36 states structure into six zones as federating units, drastic cut in the Exclusive Legislative List and expansion of the Concurrent Legislative List, reform of the National Assembly to a hybrid presidential and Westminster systems, abolition of security votes to be replaced by regular security budget allocations and electoral reforms to ensure a truly ‘independent‘ Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

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Dapo Abiodun presents N339BN budget to Ogun Assembly

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The budget comprises recurrent expenditure of N162 billion (48 per cent of the total budget) and a capital expenditure of N177 billion (52 per cent).

Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun, yesterday, presented a budget proposal of N339 billion for the 2021 fiscal year to the State House of Assembly for consideration and approval.

The governor, while presenting the proposed budget at the state House of Assembly Complex in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the state capital, said the budget represented N110.974 billion reduction from the 2020 budget of N449.974 billion.

He stressed that the budget was meant to address the COVID-19 pandemic, #EndSARS protests, general feeling of disenchantment in the polity, socio-economic yearnings of the Ogun State people for good governance, as well as the stringent calls in all societal spheres for a more representative democracy that speaks to the issues of economic growth, consistent progress and equitable quality of life.

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Abiodun said that the 2021 Appropriation Bill tagged “Budget of Recovery and Sustainability,” would be financed with the monthly Internally-Generated Revenue (IGR) and the federal allocation

Highlights of the budget include infrastructure, N61 billion; social welfare and well-being N93 billion (includes health, housing, environment, physical planning, women affairs, etc); education, N58 billion; youth empowerment, N6 billion; agriculture, N15 billion and Enablers N106 billion.

Abiodun said the state would also set aside N12 billion for Stabilisation Fund and N10 billion for Public Debt Charges.

The governor reiterated his administration’s firm commitment to a legacy of hope, financial stability, and fiscal prudence, as he promised a drastic reduction in the discriminatory impact of poverty by strengthening all regulatory and institutional frameworks that are crucial to the preservation of the state’s rich cultural, financial and historical heritage.

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“We have resolved to keep exploring Public-Private Partnership strategies in provision of infrastructure, social services, and conversion of our challenges to opportunities within the context,” he stated.

Speaker of the House, Olakunle Oluomo, in his remarks, pledged that the legislature would give the proposal expedited passage to ensure prompt implementation of the budget.

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Breaking: NEF insist buhari must resign

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Renewing its call for the resignation of Buhari, the group said the President has failed as the Commander in Chief.

Northern Elders Forum, NEF, has maintained that President Muhammadu Buhari should resign and allow a more competent hand to pilot the affairs of the nation.

The Spokesman of the group, Hakeem Baba Ahmed, said this during an interview on NoRM‘s known Media TV show on Wednesday.

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He insisted that the fact on ground has supported their calls for the President to resign.

“The fact on ground supports what we are saying. The President swore under Quoran to protect the lives of citizens. He has failed to do so,” he said.

“This is his fifth year in office. The situation under him is getting worse and there is no indication that it is likely to improve.”

Recall with NoRM that following the killing of over 43 farmers in Zabarmari rice farm in Borno State, the northern elders had issued a statement, faulting Buhari government’s approach in tackling the numerous security challenges in the country.

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Over 43 innocent civilians were beheaded on their farmland in Borno State at the weekend as they tried to harvest their rice.

Although, Governor Babagana Zulum told reporters that the insurgents killed 43 residents of Zabarmari in their farm, Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau boasted that his terrorist group killed over 78 persons.

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MIX » Lil Wayne – No Ceilings 3

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Lil Wayne comes through with yet another new mixtape project titled “No Ceilings 3”

Year: 2020

Song: N/A

Artist: Lil Wayne

Album: No Ceilings 3 “Mixtape” Hosted by Dj Khaled

Feat: N/A

Prod:

Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., better known by his stage name Lil Wayne, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record executive, entrepreneur, and actor. He is regarded by many contemporaries as one of the most influential hip hop artists of his...
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MP3 » Lil Wayne – BB King Freestyle (ft. Drake)

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Lil Wayne comes through with yet another new song titled “BB King Freestyle” featuring Drake

Year: 2020

Song: BB King Freestyle

Artist: Lil Wayne

Album: No Ceilings “Hosted by Dj Khaled”

Feat: Drake

Prod:

Dwayne Michael Carter Jr., better known by his stage name Lil Wayne, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record executive, entrepreneur, and actor. He is regarded by many contemporaries as one of the most influential hip hop artists of his... 
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Quote Of The Day

“Losers quit when they fail. Winners fail until they succeed.”

–Robert T. Kiyosaki

COVID-19: Nigeria reports 122 cases; one death

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As the global stigma of COVID-19 gradually reduces, NCDC alleges smooth and close recoveries to total infections in Nigeria.

Nigeria reports 122 cases of COVID-19 as total death toll hit 1,177. NoRM reports

The Nation have since April, 2020 suffered over 67,000 cases as total infections hit 67,960 and total recoveries and discharge stands at 63,839.

Kaduna, Lagos & Plateau reports highest cases of 37, 29 & 25 respectively as Bauchi & Kano State reports lowest case(s) of 1 each.

Newest cases of 122 was reported from 11 states.

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122 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

Kaduna-37
Lagos-29
Plateau-25
Ekiti-9
Rivers-5
Ogun-5
Edo-4
Kwara-4
Bayelsa-2
Bauchi-1
Kano-1

67,960 confirmed
63,839 discharged
1,177 deaths

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Court snub EFCC’s petition to revoke FFK’s bail

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Again, the EFCC lawyer said he did not have Fani-Kayode’s phone number to know if his counsel was calling him.

The Federal High Court, Abuja, on Wednesday, refused to grant the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)’s application, seeking for revocation of the bail granted to the former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode.

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Justice John Tsoho ruled that the medical report brought by the defence counsel, Wale Balogun, that Fani-Kayode was indisposed was sufficient reason to reject the application by the EFCC’s lawyer, Mohammed Abubakar.

Noble Reporters Media (NoRM) reports that the ex-minister was, on Nov. 10, 2016, admitted to a N50 million bail bond with a surety in the like sum.

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Fani-Kayode is accused by the anti-graft agency of diverting N26 million alleged to have received from the ex-National Security Adviser, Col. Sambo Dasuki (retd.) during former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

At the resumed hearing, Abubakar, who said the matter was for trial continuation, noted that Fani-Kayode was not in court.

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The lawyer stated further that the former minister was equally not in court on two previous occasions, which he argued, amounted to jumping of bail.

Abubakar, thereafter, urged the court to revoke Fani-Kayode’s bail and issue a bench warrant against him.

He also prayed the court to summon his surety to show cause why the bail bond would not be forfeited.

However, lawyer to the former minister Balogun urged the court to dismiss the EFCC’s oral application.

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He argued that such an application should be filed formally.

According to him, the prosecutor has narrated some facts and such facts should be on record by way of an affidavit.

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Balogun further argued that before the commencement of the sitting, he met with Abubakar and gave him two reasons the ex-minister was not in court.

According to him, I told him that the defendant has been indisposed in the last two weeks.

“I showed him the medical report from the Kubwa General Hospital that the defendant should be on bed rest,” he said.

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Balogun said due to his state of health, he could not attend the sister case in Lagos.

Again, the lawyer said he also misinformed Fani-Kayode about the next hearing date.

“We have advised the defendant that the matter was for tomorrow (Thursday).

“It was our error, I mean the lawyers. I even called him (Fani-Kayle) on phone to the knowledge of the prosecutor but he has not picked.

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“I have called him more than 20 times just to tell him that the matter was for today.

“His absence today regrettably is due to our fault, the lawyers’ fault. We apologise.

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“We plead passionately with ur lordship that the defendant will be in court tomorrow,” he said.

Balogun added that his absence in the last two proceedings was not his making.

“The defendant has always been coming to court before now.

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“The last time, it was beyond him because the airspace was shut down,” he said.

Balogun, who said that the reason for bail revocation must be substantial, urged the court not to grant the prosecution’s application.

Abubakar, who responded on points of law to submissions by Balogun, said issues of bench warrant did not require a formal application.

He enjoined the court to take judicial notice of all the reasons adduced for Fani-Kayode’s absence.

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Abubakar argued further that the defence counsel, who announced his appearance after he did, had all the opportunity to tell the court why his client was not in court.

He said whatever information Balogun gave the prosecution on the absence of his client in court “goes to no issue because he is not the court.”

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He also argued that it was the personal responsibility of a defendant on bail, under the law, to know when he should be in court.

“Counsel cannot take responsibility for that,” he said.

Abubakar urged the court to grant his application.

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Justice Tsoho then asked Balogun for a copy of the medical report.

In his ruling, the judge disagreed with Balogun that an application for bail revocation ought to have been made orally, citing the law to back the decision.

He also agreed with Abubakar that the defendant had a personal responsibility to his case.

The judge, however, said that the reasons giving by the defence counsel for the absence of his client on the two previous occasions when the court sat were justifiable.

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Besides, Tsoho, who ruled that the medical report was sufficient to justify the absence of Fani-Kayode in court, declined to grant the EFCC’s application.

He adjourned the matter until Feb. 23 and Feb. 24, 2021, for the continuation of hearing.

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Breaking: Bola Oyebade announced as 40th rotary district governor

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The project entails screening of 2,000 men and building a prostate cancer centre at Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu.

Rotary International, District 9110, comprising Lagos and Ogun states has installed its 40th District Governor, Bola Oyebade.

Oyebade, at the investiture and fund-raising event, said the major project of his service year was the war against prostrate cancer.

“Our initial target was to screen 1,000 men this Rotary year but having already screened 60 per cent of that figure within five months of this administration, we decided to increase the number to 2,000,” he said.

Oyebade added that a soft revolving loan of N50, 000 each would be given to 100 petty traders under the Micro Credit Scheme of the district, with 60 traders already benefitted from the scheme.

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He said the interest-free loan is expected to be paid back within five months to enable other traders to benefit.

The immediate past District Governor, Dr. Jide Akeredolu, thanked Rotarians for their support during his tenure and urged them to give more support to his successor.

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Mahmood Yakubu will serve as INEC Chairman for another 5 years?

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Senate President Ahmad Lawan congratulated the nominee and wished him success in his second term.

SENATE CONFIRMS MAHMOOD YAKUBU’S REAPPOINTMENT AS INEC CHAIRMAN

The Senate yesterday confirmed the reappointment of Prof. Mahmood Yakubu as Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for another five years.

Yakubu was first appointed as chairman of INEC on October 21, 2015, by President Muhammadu Buhari. He was reappointed after his first tenure lapsed in October this year. His confirmation followed the consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on INEC chaired by Kabiru Gaya (APC, Kano).

Gaya, while presenting the committee’s report, said Yakubu possessed the requisite qualifications for the INEC’s top job and, therefore, recommended his confirmation.

Opposition PDP senators, who spoke after the presentation of the report, backed the reappointment of Yakubu, whom they described as unbiased and apolitical.

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The Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, commended Yakubu for the technological innovations he introduced at INEC, especially the transmission of election results to the central portal from polling units.

“He is moving in the right direction and we should give him the necessary support,” said Sandy Onor (PDP, Cross River).

Yakubu had, during his screening last week, challenged the National Assembly to expeditiously consider and pass the Electoral Act to ensure a seamless 2023 election. According to him, the amended electoral framework is germane to the conduct of the 2023 general elections.

The INEC boss said elections could not be conducted in an atmosphere of uncertainty, adding that work on the electoral framework has to be finalised before 2023 elections would be conducted.

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He said when the commission met with members of the Senate and House committees on the electoral matter in Lagos, they had extensive interaction during which they submitted 78 areas of electoral amendments. He said he also forwarded additional 13 areas of an amendment to the two committees.

“The earlier that is done, the better for us. There is no way we can conduct election successfully with uncertainty unless the legal framework is finalised for us to deploy our regulations and guidelines for the election,” Yakubu said.

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Quote Of The Day

“On my own I will just create and if it works, it works. And if it doesn’t, I’ll just create something else. I don’t have any limitations on what I think I could do or be.”

– Oprah Winfrey

COVID-19: Nigeria reports 281 fresh cases; 3 deaths

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As the global stigma of COVID-19 gradually reduces, NCDC alleges smooth and close recoveries to total infections in Nigeria.

Nigeria reports 281 cases of COVID-19 as total death toll hit 1,176.

The Nation have since April, 2020 suffered over 67,000 cases as total infections hit 67,838 and total recoveries and discharge stands at 63,430.

Lagos, FCT & Kaduna reports highest cases of 123, 64 & 38 respectively as Osun State reports lowest case(s) of 1 each.

Newest cases of 281 was reported from 13 states.

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281 new cases of #COVID19Nigeria;

Lagos-123
FCT-64
Kaduna-38
Imo-15
Rivers-11
Plateau-8
Ogun-5
Bayelsa-4
Kwara-4
Bauchi-3
Edo-3
Kano-2
Osun-1

67,838 confirmed
63,430 discharged
1,176 deaths

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Fayose blast Reps after Buhari’s invitation; call them ‘toothless bulldogs’

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The House considered a motion moved by members from Borno State on the recent killings of 43 rice farmers by Boko Haram insurgents.

Ayodele Fayose, a former Governor of Ekiti State, has labelled members of the House of Representatives as ‘mere toothless bulldogs’ that only exist on paper in the eyes of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Fayose made the claim while reacting to a resolution by the House of Representatives to invite the President to brief the House on the true state of security in Nigeria.

According to him, he would be surprised if Buhari honours their invitation.

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Recall with NoRM that the decision to summon President Buhari was taken at Tuesday’s plenary.

The debate became rowdy after the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, said it would be inappropriate to invite Buhari to disclose the actions being taken towards handling the security situation in the country.

Gbajabiamila described it as counter-productive.

Reacting to the development, Fayose, in a tweet via his Twitter handle on Tuesday, said: “I will be surprised if the President honours the House of Reps invitation.

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“The National Assembly that is supposed to be representing the people should know by now that in the eyes of this President, they only exist on paper because they are mere toothless bulldogs.

“Some of those Rep members at the forefront of the invitation of the President to appear before the House should expect EFCC invitation, freezing of their accounts or arrest for plotting to bring down the legitimate government of the President. I warned,” Fayose tweeted.

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