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  •  The House of Representatives ad hoc Committee investigating non implementation of pay as you go package by DSTV and other satellite providers in the country has assured Nigerians of justice Chairman of the ad hoc committee Unyime Idem gave the assurance while addressing journalists on Tuesday in Abuja after the inauguration of the committee by the Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila Idem also Deputy Chairman House Committee on Communication representing Ukanafun Orukanam Constituency of Akwa Ibom said the matter before the committee affected vast majority of Nigerians As chairman of this ad hoc committee I want to assure Nigerians that their interest will be protected When I moved the motion on the floor of the house I stated that business of this nature the customers should be given the right to choose what they want We have interacted with Nigerians and what they want is pay as you go so that when they are out in their respective locations their subscriptions can be there and they will make use of it when they return We are here to defend our constituents who happen to be the consumers based on the inauguration today I can tell Nigerians that justice will be done at the end of the day he said Edem said the committee was ready to step on toes saying that constituents elected reps based on courage and boldness and that would be brought to play The lawmaker said all stakeholders including the regulators and service providers would be invited to deliberate on ways to open up the sector He said that all bottle necks would be critically looked into with the view to liberalising it for more interested Nigerians to benefit Edited By Chioma Ugboma Wale Ojetimi NAN
    DSTV: Reps C’ttee vows to implement pay-as-you-go package
     The House of Representatives ad hoc Committee investigating non implementation of pay as you go package by DSTV and other satellite providers in the country has assured Nigerians of justice Chairman of the ad hoc committee Unyime Idem gave the assurance while addressing journalists on Tuesday in Abuja after the inauguration of the committee by the Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila Idem also Deputy Chairman House Committee on Communication representing Ukanafun Orukanam Constituency of Akwa Ibom said the matter before the committee affected vast majority of Nigerians As chairman of this ad hoc committee I want to assure Nigerians that their interest will be protected When I moved the motion on the floor of the house I stated that business of this nature the customers should be given the right to choose what they want We have interacted with Nigerians and what they want is pay as you go so that when they are out in their respective locations their subscriptions can be there and they will make use of it when they return We are here to defend our constituents who happen to be the consumers based on the inauguration today I can tell Nigerians that justice will be done at the end of the day he said Edem said the committee was ready to step on toes saying that constituents elected reps based on courage and boldness and that would be brought to play The lawmaker said all stakeholders including the regulators and service providers would be invited to deliberate on ways to open up the sector He said that all bottle necks would be critically looked into with the view to liberalising it for more interested Nigerians to benefit Edited By Chioma Ugboma Wale Ojetimi NAN
    DSTV: Reps C’ttee vows to implement pay-as-you-go package
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    DSTV: Reps C’ttee vows to implement pay-as-you-go package

    The House of Representatives ad hoc Committee investigating  non implementation of  pay-as-you-go package by DSTV and other satellite providers in the country  has assured Nigerians of justice.

    Chairman of the ad hoc committee, Unyime Idem, gave the assurance while addressing journalists on Tuesday in Abuja  after the inauguration of the committee by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila.

    Idem, also Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Communication, representing Ukanafun/Orukanam Constituency of Akwa-Ibom, said the matter before the committee affected vast majority of Nigerians.

    “As chairman of this ad hoc committee, I want to assure Nigerians that their interest will be protected.

    When I moved the motion on the floor of the house, I stated that business of this nature, the customers should be given the right to choose what they want.

    “We have interacted with Nigerians and what they want is pay-as-you-go so that when they are out in their respective locations, their subscriptions can be there and they will make use of it when they return.

    “We are here to defend our constituents who happen to be the consumers; based on the inauguration today, I can tell Nigerians that justice will be done at the end of the day,” he said.

    Edem said the committee was ready to step on toes, saying that constituents elected reps based on courage and boldness and that would be brought to play.

    The lawmaker said all stakeholders including the regulators and service providers would be invited  to deliberate on ways to open up the sector.

    He said that all bottle necks would be critically looked into with the view to liberalising it for more interested Nigerians to benefit.


    Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

     

  •  The National Executive Committee of the Social Democratic Party SDP has denied rumours that it has dissolved the Ondo State Executive Committee of the party Mr Alfa Mohammed the National Publicity Secretary of the party said this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja Mohammed while calling for peace and calmness in the party noted that the malicious social media trending rumour was the work of usurpers and should not be paid any attention He said that for avoidance of doubt the NEC of the party had not dissolved any elected state organ of the party neither in Ondo State nor anywhere else across the country We urge the leaders and members of the party in the state to ignore any directive from usurpers who hold no position but are purporting to exercise powers which they do not have to dissolve any organ of the party We are yet to receive any official notification of the resignation of the erstwhile elected state chairman of Ondo State Chief Korede Duyile It is within the powers of the state Executive Committee of the party to appoint one of its elected members to occupy any vacant position and notify the National Secretariat of such an event However particulars of the successor who will assume the position in an acting capacity would be forwarded to the national headquarters for ratification or otherwise he said Mohammed urged party faithful in the state to cooperate with the leaders of the party represented by the elected executives including the current member of the House of Representatives Mr Tajudeen Adefisoye He said that members support would ensure the peace and solidarity that had existed in the party since its last state congress was maintained Edited By Razak Owolabi Ali Baba Inuwa NAN
    SDP denies dissolution of Ondo State Executive
     The National Executive Committee of the Social Democratic Party SDP has denied rumours that it has dissolved the Ondo State Executive Committee of the party Mr Alfa Mohammed the National Publicity Secretary of the party said this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja Mohammed while calling for peace and calmness in the party noted that the malicious social media trending rumour was the work of usurpers and should not be paid any attention He said that for avoidance of doubt the NEC of the party had not dissolved any elected state organ of the party neither in Ondo State nor anywhere else across the country We urge the leaders and members of the party in the state to ignore any directive from usurpers who hold no position but are purporting to exercise powers which they do not have to dissolve any organ of the party We are yet to receive any official notification of the resignation of the erstwhile elected state chairman of Ondo State Chief Korede Duyile It is within the powers of the state Executive Committee of the party to appoint one of its elected members to occupy any vacant position and notify the National Secretariat of such an event However particulars of the successor who will assume the position in an acting capacity would be forwarded to the national headquarters for ratification or otherwise he said Mohammed urged party faithful in the state to cooperate with the leaders of the party represented by the elected executives including the current member of the House of Representatives Mr Tajudeen Adefisoye He said that members support would ensure the peace and solidarity that had existed in the party since its last state congress was maintained Edited By Razak Owolabi Ali Baba Inuwa NAN
    SDP denies dissolution of Ondo State Executive
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    SDP denies dissolution of Ondo State Executive

    The National Executive Committee of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) has denied rumours that it has dissolved the Ondo State Executive Committee of the party.
    Mr Alfa Mohammed, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, said this in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja.
    Mohammed
    , while calling for peace and calmness in the party, noted that the malicious social media trending rumour was the work of usurpers and should not be paid any attention.
    He said that for avoidance of doubt, the NEC of the party had not dissolved any elected state organ of the party neither in Ondo State nor anywhere else across the country.
    “We urge the leaders and members of the party in the state to ignore any directive from usurpers who hold no position but are purporting to exercise powers which they do not have to dissolve any organ of the party.
    “We are yet to receive any official notification of the resignation of the erstwhile elected state chairman of Ondo State, Chief Korede Duyile.
    “It
    is within the powers of the state Executive Committee of the party to appoint one of its elected members to occupy any vacant position and notify the National Secretariat of such an event.
    “However, particulars of the successor who will assume the position in an acting capacity would be forwarded to the national headquarters for ratification or otherwise,” he said.
    Mohammed urged party faithful in the state to cooperate with the leaders of the party represented by the elected executives; including the current member of the House of Representatives, Mr Tajudeen Adefisoye.
    He
    said that members’ support would ensure the peace and solidarity that had existed in the party since its last state congress was maintained.



    Edited By: Razak Owolabi/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)

  •  The House of Representatives has urged the Board of African Development Bank AfDB to halt further harassment of the bank s President Dr Akinwumi Adesina The call was sequel to a unanimous adoption of a motion of Matter of Public Urgent Importance by the Minority Leader of the house Ndudi Elumelu PDP Delta at plenary on Tuesday Earlier Elumelu recalled that at a conference of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa UNECA in Khartoum Sudan in August 1963 an agreement was reached for the establishment of AfDB He said the agreement was co signed by 23 African Governments including Nigeria which birthed the bank Elumelu said that in 1964 the agreement came into force with a mission of fighting poverty and improving standard of living on the African continent He said the bank was also saddled with the responsibility of promoting the investment of public and private capital through the implementation of projects and programmes that contributed to the economic and social development of Africa According to the lawmaker on May 8 2015 a distinguished Nigerian and one time Minister of Agriculture Dr Akinwumi Adesina was elected the presumptive President of the bank being the first Nigeria to hold the office Elumelu said that the AfDB under the leadership of Adesina had been very remarkable in steering the organisation as its presence was highly visible and that it impacted much in less than five years Recently a group of whistleblowers petitioned Dr Adesina accusing him of 16 breaches of the bank s code of conduct some of which include private gains impediments to efficiency preferential treatment and involvement in political activities which he has continued to deny On investigation by the ethics committee of the board of directors the allegations were found to be frivolous unsubstantiated lacking merit and Dr Adesina was exonerated of all the 16 allegations The chairman of board of governors being satisfied that the committee had done a thorough job haven followed all known rules and procedures of the bank in handling such cases declared Adesina exonerated he said Elumelu however expressed worry that though the ethics committee had cleared Adesina the United States Treasury Secretary Mr Steven Mnuchin rejected the verdict The lawmaker said Mnuchin called for an independent investigation into the allegations against Adesina whose tenure was due for renewal given the fact that he was the only contender to the office According to Elumelu the interference portends a grave danger to the independence and laws governing the establishment of the bank and if not addressed will be tantamount to undermining its hard earned reputation Elumelu said the action may be an attempt to discredit Adesina and prevent him from seeking another term at the helm of Africa s largest multilateral lender He said that 11 former African Heads of State led by former President Olusegun Obasanjo in their wisdom issued a statement showing the grave danger it portended to disregard the laws governing an institution such as the AFDB The lawmaker said that the African leaders stated in clear terms that no nation no matter how powerful had a veto power over the AfDB If this sort of witch hunt and unnecessary harassment is not put to check and discouraged it may become a recurring decimal thereby destabilising the stability the bank has enjoyed for decades and the intended results on a steady decrease he said Rep Olufemi Fakeye APC Osun said that he was at the first inauguration of Adesina as AfDB president and that he had not lost sight and focus on his mandate The lawmaker said that Adesina had remained Afrocentric and had insisted on the independence of the bank He said that the bank s president had repositioned the bank to move Africa to the next level as he had set the continent on the path of industrialisation According to him soon Africa will begin to produce locally most of all she imports and this is not going down well with many Western powers Fakeye said that under Adesina s watch 10 billion dollars was made available to combat the COVID 19 pandemic Rep Nicholas Ossai PDP Delta said that there was no true African that did not support how Adesina had run the bank in the last four years He however cautioned the house to get more facts before making recommendations so that its position would be fact based Ossai described the ongoing call for investigation into the bank as international politics saying that there was need for the house to be more careful The lawmaker said that he was part of the committee that cleared Adesina for the office of the Minister of Agriculture and that he had no doubt about the integrity of the AfDB president The house urged the Federal Government to call on all African leaders to intervene in the matter with a view to protecting the independence of the bank In his ruling the Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila mandated the Committees on ECOWAS Parliament and Pan African Parliament to investigate resolve the matter and report to the house within reasonable time Edited By Chioma Ugboma Ejike Obeta NAN
    Reps urge AFDB Board to stop further harassment of Dr Adesina
     The House of Representatives has urged the Board of African Development Bank AfDB to halt further harassment of the bank s President Dr Akinwumi Adesina The call was sequel to a unanimous adoption of a motion of Matter of Public Urgent Importance by the Minority Leader of the house Ndudi Elumelu PDP Delta at plenary on Tuesday Earlier Elumelu recalled that at a conference of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa UNECA in Khartoum Sudan in August 1963 an agreement was reached for the establishment of AfDB He said the agreement was co signed by 23 African Governments including Nigeria which birthed the bank Elumelu said that in 1964 the agreement came into force with a mission of fighting poverty and improving standard of living on the African continent He said the bank was also saddled with the responsibility of promoting the investment of public and private capital through the implementation of projects and programmes that contributed to the economic and social development of Africa According to the lawmaker on May 8 2015 a distinguished Nigerian and one time Minister of Agriculture Dr Akinwumi Adesina was elected the presumptive President of the bank being the first Nigeria to hold the office Elumelu said that the AfDB under the leadership of Adesina had been very remarkable in steering the organisation as its presence was highly visible and that it impacted much in less than five years Recently a group of whistleblowers petitioned Dr Adesina accusing him of 16 breaches of the bank s code of conduct some of which include private gains impediments to efficiency preferential treatment and involvement in political activities which he has continued to deny On investigation by the ethics committee of the board of directors the allegations were found to be frivolous unsubstantiated lacking merit and Dr Adesina was exonerated of all the 16 allegations The chairman of board of governors being satisfied that the committee had done a thorough job haven followed all known rules and procedures of the bank in handling such cases declared Adesina exonerated he said Elumelu however expressed worry that though the ethics committee had cleared Adesina the United States Treasury Secretary Mr Steven Mnuchin rejected the verdict The lawmaker said Mnuchin called for an independent investigation into the allegations against Adesina whose tenure was due for renewal given the fact that he was the only contender to the office According to Elumelu the interference portends a grave danger to the independence and laws governing the establishment of the bank and if not addressed will be tantamount to undermining its hard earned reputation Elumelu said the action may be an attempt to discredit Adesina and prevent him from seeking another term at the helm of Africa s largest multilateral lender He said that 11 former African Heads of State led by former President Olusegun Obasanjo in their wisdom issued a statement showing the grave danger it portended to disregard the laws governing an institution such as the AFDB The lawmaker said that the African leaders stated in clear terms that no nation no matter how powerful had a veto power over the AfDB If this sort of witch hunt and unnecessary harassment is not put to check and discouraged it may become a recurring decimal thereby destabilising the stability the bank has enjoyed for decades and the intended results on a steady decrease he said Rep Olufemi Fakeye APC Osun said that he was at the first inauguration of Adesina as AfDB president and that he had not lost sight and focus on his mandate The lawmaker said that Adesina had remained Afrocentric and had insisted on the independence of the bank He said that the bank s president had repositioned the bank to move Africa to the next level as he had set the continent on the path of industrialisation According to him soon Africa will begin to produce locally most of all she imports and this is not going down well with many Western powers Fakeye said that under Adesina s watch 10 billion dollars was made available to combat the COVID 19 pandemic Rep Nicholas Ossai PDP Delta said that there was no true African that did not support how Adesina had run the bank in the last four years He however cautioned the house to get more facts before making recommendations so that its position would be fact based Ossai described the ongoing call for investigation into the bank as international politics saying that there was need for the house to be more careful The lawmaker said that he was part of the committee that cleared Adesina for the office of the Minister of Agriculture and that he had no doubt about the integrity of the AfDB president The house urged the Federal Government to call on all African leaders to intervene in the matter with a view to protecting the independence of the bank In his ruling the Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila mandated the Committees on ECOWAS Parliament and Pan African Parliament to investigate resolve the matter and report to the house within reasonable time Edited By Chioma Ugboma Ejike Obeta NAN
    Reps urge AFDB Board to stop further harassment of Dr Adesina
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    Reps urge AFDB Board to stop further harassment of Dr Adesina

    The House of Representatives has urged the Board of African Development Bank (AfDB) to halt further harassment of the bank’s President, Dr Akinwumi Adesina.

    The call was sequel to a unanimous adoption of a motion of Matter of Public Urgent Importance by the Minority Leader of the house, Ndudi Elumelu (PDP-Delta) at plenary on Tuesday.

    Earlier, Elumelu recalled that at a conference of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in Khartoum, Sudan, in August ,1963, an agreement was reached for the establishment of AfDB.

    He said the agreement was co-signed by 23 African Governments, including Nigeria which birthed the bank.

    Elumelu said that in 1964 the agreement came into force with a mission of fighting poverty and improving standard of living on the African continent.

    He said the bank was also saddled with the responsibility of promoting the investment of public and private capital, through the implementation of projects and programmes that contributed to the economic and social development of Africa.

    According to the lawmaker, on May 8, 2015, a distinguished Nigerian and one time Minister of Agriculture, Dr Akinwumi Adesina, was elected the presumptive President of the bank, being the first Nigeria to hold the office.

    Elumelu said that the AfDB under the leadership of Adesina had been very remarkable in steering the organisation as its presence was highly visible and that it impacted much in less than five years.

    “Recently a group of whistleblowers petitioned Dr Adesina, accusing him of 16 breaches of the bank’s code of conduct, some of which include private gains, impediments to efficiency, preferential treatment and involvement in political activities, which he has continued to deny.

    “On investigation by the ethics committee of the board of directors, the allegations were found to be frivolous, unsubstantiated, lacking merit and Dr Adesina was exonerated of all the 16 allegations.

    “The chairman of board of governors being satisfied that the committee had done a thorough job,  haven followed all known rules and procedures of the bank in handling such cases, declared Adesina exonerated,” he said.

    Elumelu, however, expressed worry that though the ethics committee had cleared Adesina, the United States Treasury Secretary, Mr Steven Mnuchin, rejected the verdict.

    The lawmaker said Mnuchin called for an independent investigation into the allegations against Adesina, whose tenure was due for renewal, given the fact that he was the only contender to the office.

    According to Elumelu, the interference portends a grave danger to the independence and laws governing the establishment of the bank and if not addressed, will be tantamount to undermining its hard earned reputation.

    Elumelu said the action may be an attempt to discredit Adesina and prevent him from seeking another term at the helm of Africa’s largest multilateral lender.

    He said that 11 former African Heads of State led by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, in their wisdom, issued a statement showing the grave danger it portended to disregard the laws governing an institution such as the AFDB.

    The lawmaker said that the African leaders stated in clear terms that no nation no matter how powerful had a veto power over the AfDB.

    “If this sort of witch hunt and unnecessary harassment is not put to check and discouraged, it may become a recurring decimal thereby destabilising the stability the bank has enjoyed for decades and the intended results on a steady decrease,” he said.

    Rep. Olufemi Fakeye (APC-Osun) said that he was at the first inauguration of Adesina as AfDB president and that he had not lost sight and focus on his mandate.

    The lawmaker said that Adesina had remained Afrocentric and had insisted on the independence of the bank.

    He said that the bank’s president had repositioned the bank to move Africa to the next level as he had set the continent on the path of industrialisation.

    According to him, soon, Africa will begin to produce locally most of all she imports and this is not going down well with many Western powers.

    Fakeye said that under Adesina’s watch, 10 billion dollars was made available to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Rep. Nicholas Ossai (PDP-Delta) said that there was no true African that did not support how Adesina had run the bank in the last four years.

    He, however, cautioned the house to get more facts before making recommendations so that its position would be fact-based.

    Ossai described the ongoing call for investigation into the bank as “international politics,” saying that there was need for the house to be more careful.

    The lawmaker said that he was part of the committee that cleared Adesina for the office of the Minister of Agriculture and that he had no doubt about the integrity of the AfDB president.

    The house urged the Federal Government to call on all African leaders to intervene in the matter with a view to protecting the independence of the bank.

    In his ruling, the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, mandated the Committees on ECOWAS Parliament and Pan African Parliament to investigate, resolve the matter and report to the house within reasonable time.



    Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

  •  The Speaker Plateau House of Assembly Mr Abok Ayuba has felicitated with the Deputy Speaker House of Representatives Rep Idris Maje Wase on the occasion of his 56th birthday Ayuba in a birthday message by his Press Secretary Mr Bulus Atang and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Jos described Wase as a torchbearer and worthy ambassador of Plateau The speaker noted that Wase s style of leadership at the National Assembly had engendered unity and harmony among his colleagues He is a vibrant compassionate lover of democracy detribalised and focused leader whose emergence has stabilised the parliament I urge him to remain focused and peoplecentric Plateau House of Assembly will continue to cooperate and collaborate with the National Assembly members from the state to ensure that Plateau reaps dividends of democracy he said The speaker prayed God to continue to increase Wase with wisdom guard and guide him toward writing his name in gold in the annals of public service in Plateau and Nigeria at large Edited By Chioma Ugboma Muhammad Suleiman Tola NAN
    Plateau Speaker salutes Rep Wase at 56
     The Speaker Plateau House of Assembly Mr Abok Ayuba has felicitated with the Deputy Speaker House of Representatives Rep Idris Maje Wase on the occasion of his 56th birthday Ayuba in a birthday message by his Press Secretary Mr Bulus Atang and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Jos described Wase as a torchbearer and worthy ambassador of Plateau The speaker noted that Wase s style of leadership at the National Assembly had engendered unity and harmony among his colleagues He is a vibrant compassionate lover of democracy detribalised and focused leader whose emergence has stabilised the parliament I urge him to remain focused and peoplecentric Plateau House of Assembly will continue to cooperate and collaborate with the National Assembly members from the state to ensure that Plateau reaps dividends of democracy he said The speaker prayed God to continue to increase Wase with wisdom guard and guide him toward writing his name in gold in the annals of public service in Plateau and Nigeria at large Edited By Chioma Ugboma Muhammad Suleiman Tola NAN
    Plateau Speaker salutes Rep Wase at 56
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    Plateau Speaker salutes Rep Wase at 56

    The Speaker, Plateau House of Assembly, Mr Abok Ayuba, has felicitated with the Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Rep.  Idris Maje Wase, on the occasion of his 56th birthday.

    Ayuba, in a birthday message by his Press Secretary, Mr Bulus Atang, and made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday in Jos, described Wase as a torchbearer and worthy ambassador of Plateau.

    The speaker noted that Wase’s style of leadership at the National Assembly had engendered unity and harmony among his colleagues.

    “He is a vibrant, compassionate lover of democracy, detribalised and focused leader whose emergence has stabilised the parliament.

    “I urge him to remain focused and peoplecentric.

    Plateau House of Assembly will continue to cooperate and collaborate with the National Assembly members from the state to ensure that Plateau reaps dividends of democracy,” he said.

    The speaker prayed God to continue to increase Wase with wisdom, guard and guide him toward writing his name in gold in the annals of public service in Plateau and Nigeria at large.


    Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

  •  Ahead of the Governorship Election in Edo former Deputy Chief Whip of the House of Representatives Mr Pally Iriase has recommended direct primary election for the All Progressives Congress APC In a statement in Abuja Iriase said that the direct primary election would be more effective and would conform more with COVID 19 guidelines According to him a study of the processes involved in indirect primaries as contained in the APC Constitution shows that the indirect method remains the safest way to protect voters during this Coronavirus COVID 19 pandemic Iriase said that Article 20 iv a provided that indirect primaries should be conducted at a designated venue by an electoral college of delegates He said the constitution provided that delegates shall be democratically elected by members of the party at their various Ward Congresses The APC chieftain however noted that there were no permanent elected delegates under the party s constitution for the exercise He explained that only Statutory Delegates as defined in the constitution under Article 20 iv c should join elected delegates to constitute the electoral college for indirect primaries After the direct election of delegates in the foregoing paragraph all members of the electoral college that is elected delegates plus statutory delegates will move to the designated venue for the indirect primaries It is therefore clear that we will have to do direct election of delegates first in order to have proper indirect primaries I submit that you cannot circumvent this process in Edo presently without dire consequences The atmosphere is charged and anything outside the provisions of the party s constitution will not work he said You cannot use the badly factionalised party executives as surrogates in place of elected delegates because there is no constitutional backing for that at all he added Iriase explained that direct primaries required that all party members in each ward who would have voted for delegates would rather vote for aspirants He said that they would easily turnout in their units within the wards observe social distancing wearing facemasks and vote for the aspirant of their choice According to him direct primary election is better than the indirect method which requires two tedious stages with huge but avoidable health challenges Edited By Chioma Ugboma Nyisom Fiyigon Dore NAN
    Edo Guber: Ex-lawmaker advocates direct primary election for APC
     Ahead of the Governorship Election in Edo former Deputy Chief Whip of the House of Representatives Mr Pally Iriase has recommended direct primary election for the All Progressives Congress APC In a statement in Abuja Iriase said that the direct primary election would be more effective and would conform more with COVID 19 guidelines According to him a study of the processes involved in indirect primaries as contained in the APC Constitution shows that the indirect method remains the safest way to protect voters during this Coronavirus COVID 19 pandemic Iriase said that Article 20 iv a provided that indirect primaries should be conducted at a designated venue by an electoral college of delegates He said the constitution provided that delegates shall be democratically elected by members of the party at their various Ward Congresses The APC chieftain however noted that there were no permanent elected delegates under the party s constitution for the exercise He explained that only Statutory Delegates as defined in the constitution under Article 20 iv c should join elected delegates to constitute the electoral college for indirect primaries After the direct election of delegates in the foregoing paragraph all members of the electoral college that is elected delegates plus statutory delegates will move to the designated venue for the indirect primaries It is therefore clear that we will have to do direct election of delegates first in order to have proper indirect primaries I submit that you cannot circumvent this process in Edo presently without dire consequences The atmosphere is charged and anything outside the provisions of the party s constitution will not work he said You cannot use the badly factionalised party executives as surrogates in place of elected delegates because there is no constitutional backing for that at all he added Iriase explained that direct primaries required that all party members in each ward who would have voted for delegates would rather vote for aspirants He said that they would easily turnout in their units within the wards observe social distancing wearing facemasks and vote for the aspirant of their choice According to him direct primary election is better than the indirect method which requires two tedious stages with huge but avoidable health challenges Edited By Chioma Ugboma Nyisom Fiyigon Dore NAN
    Edo Guber: Ex-lawmaker advocates direct primary election for APC
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    Edo Guber: Ex-lawmaker advocates direct primary election for APC

    Ahead of the Governorship Election in Edo. former Deputy Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Mr Pally Iriase, has recommended direct primary election for the All Progressives Congress (APC). 

    In a statement in Abuja, Iriase said that the direct primary election would be more effective and would conform more with COVID-19 guidelines.

    According to him, a study of the processes involved in indirect primaries’ as contained in the APC Constitution, shows that the indirect method remains the safest way to protect voters during this Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

    Iriase said that Article 20 (iv) (a), provided that indirect primaries should be conducted at a designated venue by an electoral college of delegates.

    He said the constitution provided that delegates shall be democratically elected by members of the party at their various Ward Congresses.

    The APC chieftain however, noted that there were no permanent elected delegates under the party’s constitution for the exercise.

    He explained that only Statutory Delegates, as defined in the constitution under Article 20 (iv) (c) should join elected delegates to constitute the electoral college for indirect primaries.

    “After the direct election of delegates in the foregoing paragraph, all members of the electoral college, that is, elected delegates plus statutory delegates, will move to the designated venue for the indirect primaries.

    “It is therefore clear that we will have to do direct election of delegates first in order to have proper indirect primaries.

    “I submit that you cannot circumvent this process in Edo presently, without dire consequences. 

    “The atmosphere is charged, and anything outside the provisions of the party’s constitution will not work,” he said.

    “You cannot use the badly factionalised party executives as surrogates in place of elected delegates, because there is no constitutional backing for that at all,” he added.

    Iriase explained that direct primaries required that all party members in each ward, who would have voted for delegates, would rather vote for aspirants.

    He said that they would easily turnout in their units within the wards, observe social distancing, wearing facemasks and vote for the aspirant of their choice.

    According to him, direct primary election is better than the indirect method which requires two tedious stages with huge but avoidable health challenges.


    Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Nyisom Fiyigon Dore (NAN)

     

  •  Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau has congratulated the Deputy Speaker House of Representatives Ahmed Idris Wase on his 56th birthday Lalong in a congratulatory message by his Director of Press and Public Affairs Dr Makut Macham on Monday in Jos described the deputy speaker as a compassionate politician He eulogized Wase as one of the dedicated loyal and patriotic sons of Plateau State who had continued to serve the State and the nation with integrity and excellence The Rt Hon Ahmed Wase is a consummate politician and a reliable ally who puts the interest of his people above personal gains He has used his influence to promote the cause of Plateau State by putting up strong arguments and lobbying for the good of the State at the National Assembly he said Lalong recalled that Wase recently led a delegation of all elected National Assembly members from Plateau State who donated some money to the Plateau State COVID 19 Endowment Fund He said the deputy speaker had also personally donated palliatives to the State and many people in his constituency apart from executing constituency projects which have touched the lives of the people positively Lalong appreciated the Deputy Speaker for supporting the programmes and projects of his administration and prayed for more years of peace good health and progress for him He also urged him not to relent in his efforts and continue to remain humble loyal and selfless while maintaining the good reputation he had built for himself over the years The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Deputy speaker was born on June 1st 1964 and is from Wase Local Government Area in Plateau Edited By Dorcas Jonah Oluwole Sogunle NAN
    Gov Lalong congratulates deputy speaker @56
     Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau has congratulated the Deputy Speaker House of Representatives Ahmed Idris Wase on his 56th birthday Lalong in a congratulatory message by his Director of Press and Public Affairs Dr Makut Macham on Monday in Jos described the deputy speaker as a compassionate politician He eulogized Wase as one of the dedicated loyal and patriotic sons of Plateau State who had continued to serve the State and the nation with integrity and excellence The Rt Hon Ahmed Wase is a consummate politician and a reliable ally who puts the interest of his people above personal gains He has used his influence to promote the cause of Plateau State by putting up strong arguments and lobbying for the good of the State at the National Assembly he said Lalong recalled that Wase recently led a delegation of all elected National Assembly members from Plateau State who donated some money to the Plateau State COVID 19 Endowment Fund He said the deputy speaker had also personally donated palliatives to the State and many people in his constituency apart from executing constituency projects which have touched the lives of the people positively Lalong appreciated the Deputy Speaker for supporting the programmes and projects of his administration and prayed for more years of peace good health and progress for him He also urged him not to relent in his efforts and continue to remain humble loyal and selfless while maintaining the good reputation he had built for himself over the years The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Deputy speaker was born on June 1st 1964 and is from Wase Local Government Area in Plateau Edited By Dorcas Jonah Oluwole Sogunle NAN
    Gov Lalong congratulates deputy speaker @56
    General news2 years ago

    Gov Lalong congratulates deputy speaker @56

    Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau, has congratulated the Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Ahmed Idris Wase on his 56th birthday.

    Lalong, in a congratulatory message by his Director of Press and Public Affairs, Dr Makut Macham, on Monday in Jos, described the deputy speaker as a compassionate politician.

    He eulogized Wase as one of the dedicated, loyal and patriotic sons of Plateau State, who had  continued to serve the State and the nation with integrity and excellence.

    The Rt. Hon. Ahmed Wase is a consummate politician and a reliable ally who puts the interest of his people above personal gains.

    ” He has used his influence to promote the cause of Plateau State by putting up strong arguments and lobbying for the good of the State at the National Assembly,” he said.

    Lalong recalled that Wase, recently, led a delegation of all elected National Assembly members from Plateau State who donated some money to the Plateau State COVID-19 Endowment Fund.

    He said the deputy speaker had also personally donated palliatives to the State and many people in his constituency, apart from executing constituency projects which have touched the lives of the people positively.

    Lalong appreciated the Deputy Speaker for supporting the programmes and projects of his administration and prayed for more years of peace, good health and progress for him.

    He also urged him not to relent in his efforts and continue to remain humble, loyal and selfless, while maintaining the good reputation he had built for himself over the years.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Deputy speaker was born on June 1st, 1964 and is from Wase Local Government Area in Plateau.


    Edited By: Dorcas Jonah/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)

  •  The Federal High Court Abuja on Monday fixed June 15 for definite hearing of the suit filed by Sen Dino Melaye challenging the Control of Infectious Diseases Bill 2020 The bill which is sponsored by the Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila and other lawmakers Pascal Obi and Tanko Sununu seeks to empower the Federal Government to convert any property in the country including private properties to isolation centres The bill also seeks to empower the government to upon mere suspicion that a person is infected with an infectious disease arrest and detain the person for as long as necessary among other things The presiding judge Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu adjourned the matter until June 15 and advised parties not to take any action that will jeopardise the action since it was already in court When the matter was called counsel to Melaye Mr Nkem Okoro told the court that the matter was for hearing however some respondents had served The 5th respondent s coun On Friday the 4th respondent equally served on us a notice of preliminary objection and a counter affidavit and the 3rd respondent on Thursday via WhatsApp also sent us his notice of preliminary objection In view of this development I will be applying for a short adjournment to enable us respond to all these processes served on us Okoro said He further prayed the court to ask all the respondents not to take any decision on the matter pending its hearing and determination by the court Counsel to Gbajabiamila Mr Kayode Ajulo urged the court to discountenance the request by Okoro saying he should have filed it properly if he was not playing to the gallery Melaye had dragged Gbajabiamila the Attorney General of the Federation Abubakar Malami and the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu to court over the controversial Control of Infectious Disease Bill 2020 Melaye also joined the clerks of the senate and house of representatives as respondents Melaye approached the court under the fundamental rights enforcement to the dignity of his person personal liberty right to private and family life right to freedom of movement and right to own immovable property in Nigeria Edited By Sadiya Hamza NAN
    Court fixes June 15 for definite hearing in Melaye’s suit against Infections Disease Bill
     The Federal High Court Abuja on Monday fixed June 15 for definite hearing of the suit filed by Sen Dino Melaye challenging the Control of Infectious Diseases Bill 2020 The bill which is sponsored by the Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila and other lawmakers Pascal Obi and Tanko Sununu seeks to empower the Federal Government to convert any property in the country including private properties to isolation centres The bill also seeks to empower the government to upon mere suspicion that a person is infected with an infectious disease arrest and detain the person for as long as necessary among other things The presiding judge Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu adjourned the matter until June 15 and advised parties not to take any action that will jeopardise the action since it was already in court When the matter was called counsel to Melaye Mr Nkem Okoro told the court that the matter was for hearing however some respondents had served The 5th respondent s coun On Friday the 4th respondent equally served on us a notice of preliminary objection and a counter affidavit and the 3rd respondent on Thursday via WhatsApp also sent us his notice of preliminary objection In view of this development I will be applying for a short adjournment to enable us respond to all these processes served on us Okoro said He further prayed the court to ask all the respondents not to take any decision on the matter pending its hearing and determination by the court Counsel to Gbajabiamila Mr Kayode Ajulo urged the court to discountenance the request by Okoro saying he should have filed it properly if he was not playing to the gallery Melaye had dragged Gbajabiamila the Attorney General of the Federation Abubakar Malami and the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Adamu to court over the controversial Control of Infectious Disease Bill 2020 Melaye also joined the clerks of the senate and house of representatives as respondents Melaye approached the court under the fundamental rights enforcement to the dignity of his person personal liberty right to private and family life right to freedom of movement and right to own immovable property in Nigeria Edited By Sadiya Hamza NAN
    Court fixes June 15 for definite hearing in Melaye’s suit against Infections Disease Bill
    Judiciary2 years ago

    Court fixes June 15 for definite hearing in Melaye’s suit against Infections Disease Bill

    The Federal High Court Abuja on Monday, fixed June 15 for definite hearing of the suit filed by Sen. Dino Melaye challenging the Control of Infectious Diseases Bill 2020.

    The bill which is sponsored by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila and other lawmakers; Pascal Obi and Tanko Sununu., seeks to empower the Federal Government  to convert any property in the country, including private properties, to isolation centres.

    The bill also seeks to empower the government to, upon mere suspicion that a person is infected with an infectious disease, arrest and detain the person for as long as necessary among other things.

    The presiding judge, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu adjourned the matter until June 15 and advised parties not to take any action that will jeopardise the action since it was already in court.

    When the matter was called, counsel to Melaye, Mr Nkem Okoro told the court that the matter was for hearing, however, some respondents had served

    “The 5th respondent’s coun

    On Friday, the 4th respondent equally served on us a notice of preliminary objection and a counter affidavit and the 3rd respondent on Thursday, via WhatsApp, also sent us his notice of preliminary objection.

    “In view of this development, I will be applying for a short adjournment to enable us respond to all these processes served on us,” Okoro said.

    He further prayed the court to ask all the respondents not to take any decision on the matter pending its hearing and determination by the court. Counsel to Gbajabiamila, Mr Kayode Ajulo, urged the court to discountenance the request by Okoro saying he should have filed it properly if he was not “playing to the gallery”.

    Melaye, had dragged Gbajabiamila; the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami; and the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu to court over the controversial “Control of Infectious Disease Bill 2020”.

    Melaye also joined the clerks of the senate and house of representatives as respondents.

    Melaye approached the court under the fundamental rights enforcement to the dignity of his person, personal liberty, right to private and family life, right to freedom of movement and right to own immovable property in Nigeria.”


    Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

  •  A member of the House of Representatives Mr Tajudeen Yusuf PDP Kogi has urged Gov Yaya Bello to take responsibility and tackle COVID 19 head on in Kogi In a statement issued on Sunday Yusuf stressed the need to stop the back and forth ruse between the governor and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC Yusuf who represents Ujumu Bunu Kabba Federal Constituency of Kogi said that the shenanigans as playing the ostrich cannot save Kogi from the pandemic It would be recalled that the NCDC on Saturday May 30 2020 confirmed that Kogi had two COVID 19 positive cases The state government has however distanced itself from the report accusing the NDDC of forcing confirmed COVID 19 cases on the state Yusuf said that it was necessary to accept the result so that the NCDC and other relevant bodies could swiftly commence efforts to help nip the problem in the bud The Rep also stated that the government of Kogi had yet to give any palliative to citizens since the beginning of the pandemic Kogi must now rise up against COVID 19 and immediately cease to play the proverbial ostrich that buries its head in the sand at the approach of danger Whatever palliative the people have received either came from National Assembly members State Assembly community development association or private individuals Even the food items sent from the Federal Government has not been shared no single test centre I am sure many would have died of COVID 19 without knowing and many would have been healed without knowing he said The lawmaker called on all parties to rise beyond the divides of politics faith and ethnicity for an effective war against the pandemic According to him this is so that all men women and children of Kogi can live long and attain their productive lives without undue mourning He commended the family of the Chief Imam of Kabba Sheikh Ahmad Ejibunu for the timely alert Yusuf said the family s consideration for others made them to stand out as true sons and daughters of Kabba The Rep said that the virus had ravaged all parts of the world with more than 100 000 persons said to have lost their lives in the U S which had some of the world s best medical systems According to him in Kogi where the number of available hospital beds and other resources are limited our best chance is to prevent a spread He called for proper and timely sensitisation to observing social distancing hand washing testing and other suggestions from the NCDC Yusuf said being positive is not a death sentence saying that out of 9 302 confirmed cases in the country 2 697 cases had been discharged He said that 261 deaths had been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory Edited By Chioma Ugboma Donald Ugwu NAN
    Tackle COVID-19 in Kogi: Rep tells governor
     A member of the House of Representatives Mr Tajudeen Yusuf PDP Kogi has urged Gov Yaya Bello to take responsibility and tackle COVID 19 head on in Kogi In a statement issued on Sunday Yusuf stressed the need to stop the back and forth ruse between the governor and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control NCDC Yusuf who represents Ujumu Bunu Kabba Federal Constituency of Kogi said that the shenanigans as playing the ostrich cannot save Kogi from the pandemic It would be recalled that the NCDC on Saturday May 30 2020 confirmed that Kogi had two COVID 19 positive cases The state government has however distanced itself from the report accusing the NDDC of forcing confirmed COVID 19 cases on the state Yusuf said that it was necessary to accept the result so that the NCDC and other relevant bodies could swiftly commence efforts to help nip the problem in the bud The Rep also stated that the government of Kogi had yet to give any palliative to citizens since the beginning of the pandemic Kogi must now rise up against COVID 19 and immediately cease to play the proverbial ostrich that buries its head in the sand at the approach of danger Whatever palliative the people have received either came from National Assembly members State Assembly community development association or private individuals Even the food items sent from the Federal Government has not been shared no single test centre I am sure many would have died of COVID 19 without knowing and many would have been healed without knowing he said The lawmaker called on all parties to rise beyond the divides of politics faith and ethnicity for an effective war against the pandemic According to him this is so that all men women and children of Kogi can live long and attain their productive lives without undue mourning He commended the family of the Chief Imam of Kabba Sheikh Ahmad Ejibunu for the timely alert Yusuf said the family s consideration for others made them to stand out as true sons and daughters of Kabba The Rep said that the virus had ravaged all parts of the world with more than 100 000 persons said to have lost their lives in the U S which had some of the world s best medical systems According to him in Kogi where the number of available hospital beds and other resources are limited our best chance is to prevent a spread He called for proper and timely sensitisation to observing social distancing hand washing testing and other suggestions from the NCDC Yusuf said being positive is not a death sentence saying that out of 9 302 confirmed cases in the country 2 697 cases had been discharged He said that 261 deaths had been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory Edited By Chioma Ugboma Donald Ugwu NAN
    Tackle COVID-19 in Kogi: Rep tells governor
    Politics2 years ago

    Tackle COVID-19 in Kogi: Rep tells governor

    A member of the House of Representatives, Mr Tajudeen Yusuf, (PDP-Kogi) has urged Gov. Yaya Bello to take responsibility and tackle COVID-19 head on in Kogi. 

    In a statement issued on Sunday Yusuf stressed the need to stop the back and forth ruse between the governor and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

    Yusuf who represents Ujumu/Bunu/Kabba Federal Constituency of Kogi,  said that the “shenanigans as playing the ostrich cannot save Kogi from the pandemic”.

    It would  be recalled that the NCDC  on Saturday, May 30, 2020, confirmed that Kogi had two COVID-19 positive cases.

    The state government has, however, distanced itself from the report, accusing the NDDC of forcing confirmed COVID-19 cases on the state.

    Yusuf said that it was necessary to accept the result so that the NCDC and other relevant bodies could swiftly commence efforts to help nip the problem in the bud.

    The Rep also stated that the government of Kogi had yet to give any palliative to citizens since the beginning of the pandemic.

    “Kogi must now rise up against COVID-19 and immediately cease to play the proverbial ostrich that buries its head in the sand at the approach of danger.

    “Whatever palliative the people have received either came from National Assembly members, State Assembly, community development association or private individuals.

    “Even the food items sent from the Federal Government has not been shared, no single test centre.

    “I am sure many would  have died of COVID-19 without knowing and many would have  been healed without knowing,” he said.

    The lawmaker called on all parties to rise beyond the divides of politics, faith and ethnicity for an effective war against the pandemic.

    According to him, this is so that all men, women and children of Kogi  can live long and attain their productive lives without undue mourning.

    He commended the family of the Chief Imam of Kabba, Sheikh Ahmad Ejibunu, for the timely alert.

    Yusuf said the family’s consideration for others made  them to stand out as true sons and daughters of Kabba.

    The Rep said that the virus had ravaged all parts of the world, with more than 100,000 persons said to have lost their lives in the U.S. which had some of the world’s best medical systems.

    According to him, in Kogi where the number of available hospital beds and other resources are limited, our best chance is to prevent a spread.

    He called for proper and timely sensitisation to observing social distancing, hand-washing, testing and other suggestions from the NCDC.

    Yusuf said  being positive is not a death sentence saying that out of 9,302 confirmed cases in the country 2,697 cases had been discharged.

    He said that 261 deaths had  been recorded in 35 states and the Federal Capital Territory.

     


    Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

  •  Indonesia is gearing up for a new normal scenario despite the current growing number of COVID 19 cases in the country with Saturday s tally totaling 25 773 and the death toll amounting to 1 573 Currently crowds of people are still seen in public places like traditional markets bus stations railway stations airports and traffic especially those in Indonesia s big cities including Jakarta West Java s capital of Bandung and the country s second largest city of Surabaya in East Java province Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Tuesday visited a railway station in the capital city of Jakarta and a shopping center in West Java province s city of Bekasi to see whether or not they are ready with the planned new normal scenario The president ordered his ministers chiefs of the Indonesian Armed Forces TNI and the State Police Polri to massively deploy soldiers and policemen among the crowds to ensure that people follow the health protocols As of today TNI and Polri will deploy their troops in an effort to make people more disciplined in abiding by the health protocols under the large scale social distancing policy the head of state said when closely observing activities at a railway station in Central Jakarta on Tuesday TNI and Polri will send their soldiers and policemen to four provinces namely Jakarta West Java West Sumatra and Gorontalo as well as 25 districts or cities which have been applying the large scale social distancing policy said the president The president expressed hope that the deployment of the troops would make the people more disciplined in exercising the health protocols in a bid to deal with the COVID 19 outbreak which has been affecting all the 34 provinces in Indonesia Meanwhile TNI Commander Air Chief Marshall Hadi Tjahjanto said his soldiers are posted in public areas including traditional markets tourist sites traffic shopping centers railway stations and bus stations where the health protocols are implemented The cooperation among TNI Polri and the COVID 19 Task Force was expected to meet the people s wish to resume activities free from the COVID 19 infections Tjahjanto said in the hope that the R0 a measure of a disease s potential would drop to 0 7 or even lower According to the TNI chief nearly 350 000 army men and policemen were sent to 1 800 points of the health protocols as of Tuesday In addition to the crowds in those places the government is also aware of an exodus of people who will return to Jakarta and its surrounding areas to resume works and other businesses after celebrating the Islamic post fasting festivity Eid al Fitr in their villages To anticipate possible new infections of the coronavirus likely carried by the returnees who usually bring more people from their villages the government has enhanced alertness on areas which share borders with Jakarta and its satellite towns The Transportation Ministry predicted that some 1 million vehicles including cars and motorcycles would drive back to Jakarta and its neighboring areas up to June 1 The government has issued a policy to ban people from going to their hometowns and urged those who are already in their villages to suspend their returns to Jakarta and its surrounding areas unless they have urgent reasons In response to the involvement of TNI and Polri in the government s measure to mitigate the COVID 19 pandemic a member of the House of Representatives Willy Aditya believed that the massive deployment of the servicemen and policemen would improve people s compliance with the health protocols The involvement of TNI and Polri is good Such a measure should actually be taken since early to guarantee the people s compliance and discipline said Aditya He was also upbeat that the government s measure would be successful provided that the military and police personnel in charge would work under strict procedures and rules void of severity in the hope the new normal scenario would be achieved In the meantime Chairman of the Indonesian People s Consultative Assembly Bambang Soesatyo reminded the government that the number of the COVID 19 cases in Indonesia is still on the rise Thus studies should be conducted seriously first in an effort to stop the increase in the COVID 19 cases before deciding to impose a new normal scenario in Indonesia Soesatyo said adding that there have been many people who make activities regardless of the undergoing large scale social distancing policy He also called on the government and the COVID 19 Task Force to evaluate the rate of people s compliance with the health protocols in every area in the country to see whether or not the new normal scenario can be implemented Likewise the COVID 19 Task Force should have valid data based on which the government can make an effective decision on the implementation of the expected new normal scenario he said XINHUA
    Roundup: Indonesia gears up for new normal under COVID-19 with servicemen deployed
     Indonesia is gearing up for a new normal scenario despite the current growing number of COVID 19 cases in the country with Saturday s tally totaling 25 773 and the death toll amounting to 1 573 Currently crowds of people are still seen in public places like traditional markets bus stations railway stations airports and traffic especially those in Indonesia s big cities including Jakarta West Java s capital of Bandung and the country s second largest city of Surabaya in East Java province Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Tuesday visited a railway station in the capital city of Jakarta and a shopping center in West Java province s city of Bekasi to see whether or not they are ready with the planned new normal scenario The president ordered his ministers chiefs of the Indonesian Armed Forces TNI and the State Police Polri to massively deploy soldiers and policemen among the crowds to ensure that people follow the health protocols As of today TNI and Polri will deploy their troops in an effort to make people more disciplined in abiding by the health protocols under the large scale social distancing policy the head of state said when closely observing activities at a railway station in Central Jakarta on Tuesday TNI and Polri will send their soldiers and policemen to four provinces namely Jakarta West Java West Sumatra and Gorontalo as well as 25 districts or cities which have been applying the large scale social distancing policy said the president The president expressed hope that the deployment of the troops would make the people more disciplined in exercising the health protocols in a bid to deal with the COVID 19 outbreak which has been affecting all the 34 provinces in Indonesia Meanwhile TNI Commander Air Chief Marshall Hadi Tjahjanto said his soldiers are posted in public areas including traditional markets tourist sites traffic shopping centers railway stations and bus stations where the health protocols are implemented The cooperation among TNI Polri and the COVID 19 Task Force was expected to meet the people s wish to resume activities free from the COVID 19 infections Tjahjanto said in the hope that the R0 a measure of a disease s potential would drop to 0 7 or even lower According to the TNI chief nearly 350 000 army men and policemen were sent to 1 800 points of the health protocols as of Tuesday In addition to the crowds in those places the government is also aware of an exodus of people who will return to Jakarta and its surrounding areas to resume works and other businesses after celebrating the Islamic post fasting festivity Eid al Fitr in their villages To anticipate possible new infections of the coronavirus likely carried by the returnees who usually bring more people from their villages the government has enhanced alertness on areas which share borders with Jakarta and its satellite towns The Transportation Ministry predicted that some 1 million vehicles including cars and motorcycles would drive back to Jakarta and its neighboring areas up to June 1 The government has issued a policy to ban people from going to their hometowns and urged those who are already in their villages to suspend their returns to Jakarta and its surrounding areas unless they have urgent reasons In response to the involvement of TNI and Polri in the government s measure to mitigate the COVID 19 pandemic a member of the House of Representatives Willy Aditya believed that the massive deployment of the servicemen and policemen would improve people s compliance with the health protocols The involvement of TNI and Polri is good Such a measure should actually be taken since early to guarantee the people s compliance and discipline said Aditya He was also upbeat that the government s measure would be successful provided that the military and police personnel in charge would work under strict procedures and rules void of severity in the hope the new normal scenario would be achieved In the meantime Chairman of the Indonesian People s Consultative Assembly Bambang Soesatyo reminded the government that the number of the COVID 19 cases in Indonesia is still on the rise Thus studies should be conducted seriously first in an effort to stop the increase in the COVID 19 cases before deciding to impose a new normal scenario in Indonesia Soesatyo said adding that there have been many people who make activities regardless of the undergoing large scale social distancing policy He also called on the government and the COVID 19 Task Force to evaluate the rate of people s compliance with the health protocols in every area in the country to see whether or not the new normal scenario can be implemented Likewise the COVID 19 Task Force should have valid data based on which the government can make an effective decision on the implementation of the expected new normal scenario he said XINHUA
    Roundup: Indonesia gears up for new normal under COVID-19 with servicemen deployed
    Foreign2 years ago

    Roundup: Indonesia gears up for new normal under COVID-19 with servicemen deployed

    Indonesia is gearing up for a new normal scenario despite the current growing number of COVID-19 cases in the country with Saturday's tally totaling 25,773 and the death toll amounting to 1,573.

    Currently, crowds of people are still seen in public places like traditional markets, bus stations, railway stations, airports and traffic, especially those in Indonesia's big cities including Jakarta, West Java's capital of Bandung, and the country's second largest city of Surabaya in East Java province.

    Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Tuesday visited a railway station in the capital city of Jakarta and a shopping center in West Java province's city of Bekasi to see whether or not they are ready with the planned new normal scenario.

    The president ordered his ministers, chiefs of the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) and the State Police (Polri) to massively deploy soldiers and policemen among the crowds to ensure that people follow the health protocols.

    "As of today TNI and Polri will deploy their troops in an effort to make people more disciplined in abiding by the health protocols under the large-scale social distancing policy," the head of state said when closely observing activities at a railway station in Central Jakarta on Tuesday.

    TNI and Polri will send their soldiers and policemen to four provinces, namely, Jakarta, West Java, West Sumatra and Gorontalo as well as 25 districts or cities which have been applying the large-scale social distancing policy, said the president.

    The president expressed hope that the deployment of the troops would make the people more disciplined in exercising the health protocols in a bid to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak which has been affecting all the 34 provinces in Indonesia.

    Meanwhile, TNI Commander Air Chief Marshall Hadi Tjahjanto said his soldiers are posted in public areas including traditional markets, tourist sites, traffic, shopping centers, railway stations and bus stations where the health protocols are implemented.

    The cooperation among TNI, Polri and the COVID-19 Task Force was expected to meet the people's wish to resume activities free from the COVID-19 infections, Tjahjanto said in the hope that the R0 (a measure of a disease's potential) would drop to 0.7 or even lower.

    According to the TNI chief, nearly 350,000 army men and policemen were sent to 1,800 points of the health protocols as of Tuesday.

    In addition to the crowds in those places, the government is also aware of an exodus of people who will return to Jakarta and its surrounding areas to resume works and other businesses after celebrating the Islamic post-fasting festivity Eid-al-Fitr in their villages.

    To anticipate possible new infections of the coronavirus likely carried by the returnees who usually bring more people from their villages, the government has enhanced alertness on areas which share borders with Jakarta and its satellite towns.

    The Transportation Ministry predicted that some 1 million vehicles including cars and motorcycles would drive back to Jakarta and its neighboring areas up to June 1.

    The government has issued a policy to ban people from going to their hometowns and urged those who are already in their villages to suspend their returns to Jakarta and its surrounding areas unless they have urgent reasons.

    In response to the involvement of TNI and Polri in the government's measure to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic, a member of the House of Representatives, Willy Aditya, believed that the massive deployment of the servicemen and policemen would improve people's compliance with the health protocols.

    "The involvement of TNI and Polri is good. Such a measure should actually be taken since early to guarantee the people's compliance and discipline," said Aditya.

    He was also upbeat that the government's measure would be successful provided that the military and police personnel in charge would work under strict procedures and rules void of severity in the hope the new normal scenario would be achieved.

    In the meantime, Chairman of the Indonesian People's Consultative Assembly Bambang Soesatyo reminded the government that the number of the COVID-19 cases in Indonesia is still on the rise.

    "Thus, studies should be conducted seriously first in an effort to stop the increase in the COVID-19 cases before deciding to impose a new normal scenario in Indonesia," Soesatyo said, adding that there have been many people who make activities regardless of the undergoing large-scale social distancing policy.

    He also called on the government and the COVID-19 Task Force to evaluate the rate of people's compliance with the health protocols in every area in the country to see whether or not the new normal scenario can be implemented.

    Likewise, the COVID-19 Task Force should have valid data based on which the government can make an effective decision on the implementation of the expected new normal scenario, he said.


    (XINHUA)

  •  The House of Representatives Committee on Aviation has warned that no UK based airline would be granted approval into the country for evacuation flight if a Nigerian carrier was refused landing rights for similar flight in UK The committee Chairman Rep Nnolim Nnaji issued the warning in a statement issued on Saturday The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the House had on May 12 adopted a motion mandating the committee to investigate why the Presidential Taskforce on COVID 19 engaged foreign airlines for the evacuation flights at expense of indigenous airline operators Nnaji explained that the committee arrived at this decision at the end of the investigative hearing on Friday The lawmaker said the hearing was on the use of foreign airlines to evacuate stranded Nigerians out of the UAE UK and USA by Emirates Airline British Airways and Ethiopian Airlines respectively He said that the engagement of foreign airlines in the earlier evacuations undermined the integrity of Nigeria as a leading economy in Africa Nnaji said that the House had equally on the account of the motion urged President Muhamadu Buhari to direct the Ministries of Aviation Foreign Affairs and other relevant bodies not to patronise foreign airlines in the evacuation of stranded Nigerians The lawmaker said the motion was to ensure that Nigerian airlines enjoy the right of first refusal in any future evacuation flights The committee also directed the Ministry of Aviation and the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority NCAA to deny approval to any airline from Canada Unless Canadian Authority give a Nigerian operator approval for evacuation of stranded Nigerians in Canada The Ministry of Aviation and its relevant agencies were also mandated to report Canada to the International Civil Aviation Organization ICAO This is for denying a Nigerian Airline landing rights for the evacuation of stranded Nigerian citizens in that country he said Nnaji said the Minister of Aviation Sen Hadi Sirika and his Foreign Affairs counterpart Godfrey Onyeama were in attendance at the investigative hearing The committee chairman said they blamed the frustrations the airlines were going through on what he described as international aero politics He singled out Sirika for his unprecedented support for the indigenous airline operators since he assumed office as the minister of aviation Nnaji said with the assistance of Sirika approval for importation of aircraft which used to take months before his tenure to obtain now takes less than 48 hours to get approved Edited By Bola Akingbehin Wale Ojetimi NAN
    Evacuation: Foreign airline whose country denies us landing right won’t be welcome here — House Committee
     The House of Representatives Committee on Aviation has warned that no UK based airline would be granted approval into the country for evacuation flight if a Nigerian carrier was refused landing rights for similar flight in UK The committee Chairman Rep Nnolim Nnaji issued the warning in a statement issued on Saturday The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the House had on May 12 adopted a motion mandating the committee to investigate why the Presidential Taskforce on COVID 19 engaged foreign airlines for the evacuation flights at expense of indigenous airline operators Nnaji explained that the committee arrived at this decision at the end of the investigative hearing on Friday The lawmaker said the hearing was on the use of foreign airlines to evacuate stranded Nigerians out of the UAE UK and USA by Emirates Airline British Airways and Ethiopian Airlines respectively He said that the engagement of foreign airlines in the earlier evacuations undermined the integrity of Nigeria as a leading economy in Africa Nnaji said that the House had equally on the account of the motion urged President Muhamadu Buhari to direct the Ministries of Aviation Foreign Affairs and other relevant bodies not to patronise foreign airlines in the evacuation of stranded Nigerians The lawmaker said the motion was to ensure that Nigerian airlines enjoy the right of first refusal in any future evacuation flights The committee also directed the Ministry of Aviation and the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority NCAA to deny approval to any airline from Canada Unless Canadian Authority give a Nigerian operator approval for evacuation of stranded Nigerians in Canada The Ministry of Aviation and its relevant agencies were also mandated to report Canada to the International Civil Aviation Organization ICAO This is for denying a Nigerian Airline landing rights for the evacuation of stranded Nigerian citizens in that country he said Nnaji said the Minister of Aviation Sen Hadi Sirika and his Foreign Affairs counterpart Godfrey Onyeama were in attendance at the investigative hearing The committee chairman said they blamed the frustrations the airlines were going through on what he described as international aero politics He singled out Sirika for his unprecedented support for the indigenous airline operators since he assumed office as the minister of aviation Nnaji said with the assistance of Sirika approval for importation of aircraft which used to take months before his tenure to obtain now takes less than 48 hours to get approved Edited By Bola Akingbehin Wale Ojetimi NAN
    Evacuation: Foreign airline whose country denies us landing right won’t be welcome here — House Committee
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    Evacuation: Foreign airline whose country denies us landing right won’t be welcome here — House Committee

    The House of Representatives Committee on Aviation has warned that no UK based airline would be granted approval into the country for evacuation flight if a Nigerian carrier was refused landing rights for similar flight in UK.

    The committee Chairman, Rep. Nnolim Nnaji, issued the warning in a statement issued on Saturday.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the House had on May 12, adopted a motion mandating the committee to investigate why the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 engaged foreign airlines for the evacuation flights at expense of indigenous airline operators.

    Nnaji explained that the committee arrived at this decision at the end of the investigative hearing on Friday.

    The lawmaker said the hearing was on the use of foreign airlines to evacuate stranded Nigerians out of the UAE, UK and USA by Emirates Airline, British Airways and Ethiopian Airlines, respectively.

    He said that the engagement of foreign airlines in the earlier evacuations undermined the integrity of Nigeria as a leading economy in Africa.

    Nnaji said that the House had equally on the account of the motion, urged  President Muhamadu Buhari, to direct the Ministries of Aviation, Foreign Affairs and other relevant bodies not to patronise foreign airlines in the evacuation of stranded Nigerians.

    The lawmaker said the motion was to ensure that Nigerian airlines enjoy the right of first refusal in any future evacuation flights.

    “The committee also directed the Ministry of Aviation and the Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) to deny approval to any airline from Canada.

    Unless Canadian Authority give a Nigerian operator approval for evacuation of stranded Nigerians in Canada.

    The Ministry of Aviation and its relevant agencies were also mandated to report Canada to the International Civil Aviation Organization, (ICAO).

    “This is for denying a Nigerian Airline landing rights for the evacuation of stranded Nigerian citizens in that country,” he said.

    Nnaji said the Minister of Aviation, Sen. Hadi Sirika and his Foreign Affairs counterpart, Godfrey Onyeama, were in attendance at the investigative hearing.

    The committee chairman said they blamed the frustrations the airlines were going through on what he described as,  “international aero politics”.

    He singled out Sirika for his unprecedented support for the indigenous airline operators since he assumed office as the minister of aviation.

    Nnaji said with the assistance of Sirika, approval for importation of aircraft which used to take months before his tenure to obtain, now takes less than 48 hours to get approved.



    Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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