Senate Kicks Against Medical Tourism Abroad
Buhari, Others Must Discontinue Medical Treatment Abroad.
The Senate on Thursday directed State House officials to equip its clinic in order to prevent President Muhammadu Buhari from travelling abroad to seek medical attention.
The Chairman Senate Committee on Federal Character and Intergovernmental Affairs, Senator Danjuma Lar gave the directive when the Permanent Secretary of the State House, Mr. Tijani Umar, appeared before the panel to defend his 2021 budget estimates.
The State House official had presented a budget of 19 point 7 billion naira for 2021, out of which N1.3bn was proposed for the State House Clinic.
Senator Lar said the committee would approve the budget for the State House Clinic but insisted that the President and other top officials of his government should no longer be flown abroad for medical tourism.
Presidency Insensitive To Plights Of Universities-ASUU
The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of being insensitive to the crisis plaguing the Nigeria education sector.
The Union also accused the federal government of weaponizing hunger and starvation to cripple ASUU members who are holding onto the strike action and warned that they would not be subdued into submitting to the government.
Kano Zonal Coordinator of ASUU, Professor Mahmud Lawan while speaking to newsmen at the Bayero University University BUK, Secretariat of ASUU, Kano, also took a swipe at the Minister of Education Adamu Adamu, his Labour counterpart, Dr. Chris Ngigefor and the Office of the Accountant General for failing to mediate adequately between the union and the presidency.
Professor Lawan also expressed ASUU’s deep concern over the federal Govt’s decision to leave Nigeria universities at the mercy of TEETFUND.
Federal Universities across the country have been shut for several months over the Federal Govt’s inability to meet ASUUs demand.
Buhari Vows To End Estimated Billing in Nigeria
President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday vowed to end estimated billing system in Nigeria’s electricity supply.
President Buhari stated this in a series of tweets on his verified Twitter handle.
While stating that the 6.5 million meters, which would be locally sourced in the Presidential Mass Metering Initiative, would meet the national deficit, he disclosed that his administration has commenced the distribution of one million free meters in some parts of the country.
President Buhari explained that the locally sourced meters would impact an estimated 30 million homes in Nigeria, adding that it would help create employment in the country.
Police To Resist Fresh Protest In Lagos-Lagos CP
Still on Lagos, The Lagos State Command has vowed to resist any protest or demonstration anywhere in the state.
The warning came on the heels of plans by some groups to begin what it described as the the mother of all protest” across the country in order to drive home their demands against police brutality, bad governance, and insecurity.
But in a swift reaction, the police command said it would not allow any demonstration under any guise because according to the command, Lagosians were still nurturing the wounds of the violence that characterised the #ENDSARS protest.
A statement by the spokesman, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, said the command has received Intelligence to the effect that some unpatriotic elements or group of people have concluded plans to orchestrate another set of violence in the state in furtherance to the recent #ENDSARS violence, which has been analysed as dangerous and counterproductive.
Imo Govt. To Rebuild Burnt Police Facilities- Governor.
Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma has promised to rebuild and rehabilitate all police stations burnt in the aftermath of the #EndSARS protest in the state.
Uzodinma made the promise on Thursday during the Security Summit held in Owerri, the state capital with the Inspector=General of Police, Mohammed Adamu who is in the state to assess the level of damage to police formations and other properties was in attendance.
While condemning the carnage and destruction occasioned by hoodlums hiding under the #EndSARS protest, he said every Nigerian has the right to protest but when it protracts and graduates to disturbance of public peace and chaos is will not be allowed.
Food Crisis Hits Northern Nigeria———FAO
16 States of the Federation and the FCT may face food crisis in 2021.
This is contained in the 2020 Cadre Harmonize October – December report of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, FAO.
Cadre Harmonisé (CH) is a current regional framework aimed at preventing food crisis by identifying affected populations and proffering appropriate measures to improve their food and nutrition security. However, the 2020 report is not looking well for 16 states and the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria.
Low access to funding, limited physical and economic access to food availability, Covid-19 pandemic amongst others are said to be some of the contributing factors.
The report says 9.8 million people are prone to the crisis and might fall into worse situation by December 2020 while 13.9 million people are expected to be in crisis or worse by June and August 2021. States most likely to be affected are majorly in the Northern part of the country.
Fix Faulty Traffic Lights In Effurun=Motorists To Delta Govt.
Motorists in Effurun and its environs have called on the Ministry of Transport and the Delta state Traffic Management Agency DESMA, to fix the faulty traffic lights in Effurun metropolis to ease vehicular movements in major intersections in the area.
They stated that one of the traffic lights on the Refinery Junction has been out of service for a while leading to confusion at the strategic Junction linking motorists to other parts of the metropolis and beyond.
The motorists also called on the Chairman of Uvwie Local Government Council, Mr. Ramson Onoyaike to urgently carry out maintenance on the ever busy Jakpa Junction that has continued to cause traffic gridlock.
They stated the traffic lock jam occasioned by the deep pot holes in the Junction have assumed notorious dimension as motorists spend several hours on that spot before navigating their way out of the gridlock.
Deltans Commend Delta State Govt For Reviewing Curfew
Residents of OSUBI, Warri, Effurun and their environs have commended the state government for reviewing the curfew imposed on the state to curb the violence that followed the ENDSARS protest from 10pm to 6am.
Speaking to Radio Delta, they stated that the move will revive the night life in the areas that was paralyzed due to the curfew.
They expressed optimism that the decision to review the curfew from the earlier time of 8pm to 6am will boost commercial activities and the hospitality industry in the areas.
The State government had in a statement signed on Wednesday by the Secretary to the state Government, Mr. Chiedu Ebie, reviewed the curfew from 8pm to 6am to a new time of 10pm to 6am with effect from Wednesday 4th of November, 2020.
INEC TO INTRODUCE ELECTRONIC VOTING IN 2021
The Independent National Electoral Commission says electronic voting might be introduced in the Anambra state election in 2021.
Chairman of INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, disclosed this in Abuja after a budget defence session with the House of Representatives Committee on INEC.
Prof. Yakubu, said the electoral umpire is looking at better ways to conduct free and fair election in the country.
Observers however said the introduction of electronic voting requires an amendment to the Electoral Act.
DELTA ASSEMBLY CALLS FOR PARTNERSHIP WITH PRIVATE SECTOR TO ADDRESS HOUSING DEFICIT IN THE STATE
To address housing deficit in Delta state, the State House of Assembly Committee on Housing and Women Development has called on the private sector to partner with the state Govt.
Chairman of the House Committee, Hon Ferguson Onwo made the call when management of the Delta Development and Property Authority, DDPA, appeared before the Committee to defend its 2021 budget proposals.
Hon Onwo who represents Isoko South 2 Constituency in the House, said there was need for collective efforts to address the housing challenges in the state due to rising costs of building materials to make housing affordable to Deltans.
While reminding the management of DDPA that one of the cardinal objectives of the agency is to bridge the housing gap and provide good shelters for the people, particularly the low income earners stressed that much has not been achieved in the housing sector in the Delta State.
The management of the DDPA had during the session said seven hundred and sixty eight million naira is needed to complete the six blocks of flats and seventy-two units of thirty-six two bedroom and thirty-six three bedroom housing projects being executed by the agency.
The agency said the project is expected to be funded from deposits payment from prospective buyers.
Delta Govt. Budgets Two Billion Naira For Agriculture In 2021
The Delta State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, has proposed two billion naira for the development of the Agricultural sector in the 2021 fiscal year.
The Commissioner, Mr Julius Egbedi disclosed this while defending the 2021 budget of the Ministry before the State Assembly Committee on Agriculture in Asaba.
Mr Julius Egbedi, said out of the figure, the Ministry is proposing three hundred million naira for the development of cassava programme, two hundred and five million naira is earmarked for the development of livestock while one hundred million naira is for poultry development.
He explained that piggery is allocated Ninety million naira while small non-ruminants will gulp Fifteen million naira among others.
Mr Egbedi stated further that the Ministry is also proposing the sum of one hundred million to promote value chain development with emphasis on the processing of palm oil While expressing optimism that a total of one thousand four hundred direct and indirect jobs would be created through the programme.
Benin-Auchi Road Now A Nightmare-Motorists
The Benin-Auchi road has become a nightmare to motorists as armed robbers have constantly blocked the road dispossessing passengers and drivers’ of their belongings due to the absence of police on the roads.
There are reports that robbery on the road is now a daily occurrence as police were yet to return to their duty post in the state. Before the #EndSARS protest, the presence of police in all flash points and other parts of the road had led to a reduction in the rate of criminality on the road.
Some motorists who to radio delta decried the development saying that the road was no longer safe for anyone and appealed to the police to return to their duty post in the interest of the people.
Efforts to reach the Edo State Police Public Relations Officer, Chidi Nwanbuzor on the development were unsuccessful.
Military Kills 22 Insurgents In Theatre Of Operations In Nigeria
The Nigeria military said it has killed 22 insurgents in the North East and three bandits at Diskuru village in Faskari Local Government Area of Katsina State in the ongoing battle to dislodge terrorists from the country.
Coordinator of Defence Media Operations, Major General John Enenche, stated this on Thursday in Abuja while briefing newsmen on the activities of the military in the fight against insurgency and banditry in the northeast, north-central and south-southern parts of the country.
He said that during the operations, three abducted women and their infants were also rescued.
The Defence Headquarters spokesman disclosed that in the last five days, the land component of Operation Lafiya Dole repelled terrorist attacks on troops’ location at Army Super Camp, Damboa in Borno State.
Enenche however, regretted that a soldier was killed in an attempt to save one of the rescued nursing mothers in the heat of the encounter.