A member of the House Committee On Basic Education, Hon Awaji-Inombek Abiante has said that public schools don’t have the capacity to observe the COVID-19 protocols laid down by the Presidential Task Force to avoid the spread of the disease.
The lawmaker made his views known on Monday during Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily Programme.
“Our concerns have been that nobody sustainably has done anything relative to providing the very basic means of adhering to the protocols as laid down by the government, especially with the public schools,” he said.
His statement comes following the reopening of schools across the federation for the 2020/2021 academic session.
The Federal Government had on January 14, insisted that the January 18 resumption date for schools in the country remains intact despite fears over the surge in COVID-19 cases in Nigeria.
Although the Federal Government through the Federal Ministry of Education directed that all schools and parents must ensure strict compliance with COVID-19 protocols such as wearing of face masks, social distancing among others.
The ministry said that these measures which are to ensure the safe reopening of schools for academic activities will be subject to constant review, thereby urging teachers, school administrators, and other stakeholders to ensure strict compliance.
The lawmaker, however, expressed concerns over the adherence level in public schools.
“There are schools in this country where the pupils sleep under trees, the challenge of accommodation is very huge in these schools.
“What has the government done between the first wave of the COVID-19 and the second wave?” He asked.
“We have no data suggesting and submitting that majority of the schools have the capacity and the willingness to ensure that the COVID-19 protocols are kept”.
Hon. Abiante called on the Federal Government to provide information that shows its readiness for schools to reopen.
A former lawmaker of Bauchi State House of Assembly Abdulmumuni Hassan Ningi has been kidnapped.
The former lawmaker was kidnapped on Thursday around 8 pm at his residence in Bauchi metropolis located behind BSADP along Isa Yuguda Guest House.
A family member narrated to Channels Television that the incident occurred when the lawmaker returned home from work and his son opened the gate for him at which he was immediately pointed a gun at by gunmen and whisked away while his son watched.
The kidnappers were also said to have left with the key to his car and the family believed that they did that to prevent being followed.
The Bauchi State Police Command Public Relations Officer, DSP Ahmed Wakili confirmed the incident and said the abductors are believed to be four in number and came in a red golf car.
The Police command PRO suspected that the lawmaker was being trailed right from his shop to his house.
He urged members of the public to vigilant and security conscious.
As of 4 pm Friday, the kidnappers are yet to make contact with the family.
“One Jumoke Babalola Oludele ‘f’ age 35 yrs that was kidnapped while returning from her shop by an unknown armed man, one suspect arrested after the anti-kidnapping squad of the Oyo Police Command swung into action,” the statement partly read.
“The suspect is currently being quizzed to obtain useful information. The effort intensified to rescue the hostage and also to arrest the culprits. Further development shall unfold soonest, please.”
A Makurdi Chief Magistrate Court presided over by Mr Isaac Ajim on Friday remanded the lawmaker representing Katsina-Ala East state constituency in the Benue State House of Assembly, Honourable Jonathan Agbidye in prison custody for alleged criminal conspiracy, armed robbery and kidnapping.
Agbidye of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was remanded with one Denen Zuamo of Katsina-Ala town for the alleged offence.
Earlier, the police prosecutor, Fidelis Ogbobe told the court that on May 22, 2018, a Toyota Hilux van with registration number SWA-215-FM and other valuables belonging to Apin Public Health Initiatives was snatched at gunpoint along Katsina-Ala -Tordonga road in Katsina-Ala Local Government Area of the state to an unknown destination.
He said that during police investigation, the duo was arrested with the said vehicle was re-registered as MKD-992-AD in Makurdi.
The prosecutor said a further investigation by the police revealed that Hon. Agbidye, Zuamo and others now at large conspired and belonged to a gang of armed robbers and terrorists headed by the notorious and wanted kingpin, Terwase Akwaza alias ‘Ghana’ who snatched, robbed and abducted the staff of Apin Public Health Initiatives.
He said the accused persons committed an offence contrary to Section 1(2) A and B and section 6(b) of the Robbery and Fire Arms (Special Provisions) Act, 2004, and Hostage, Kidnapping, Secret Cult and Similar Activities Law of Benue State, 2017.
“Failure or inability on the part of the Nigerian Army to have a constructive listening of intelligence gathering from the DSS and other relevant informants in the community led to this attack”.
He, therefore, urged the Speaker of the House to treat the matter as a national issue and with a sense of urgency.
“Mr Speaker, as far as I’m concerned, this is a national issue. It happened today in Borno but only God knows where next it will happen in the 36 states of the federation because of negligence or complacency on the part of our security operatives”.
The lawmaker representing Chibok, Damboa and Gwoza, Ahmahdu Usman Jaha, has accused the Nigerian Army of negligence and complacency in securing the country.
According to Jaha, it was the failure on their path to carry out their duties that led to the killing of 30 persons in Auno, Borno State.
“Failure or inability on the part of the Nigerian Army to have a constructive listening of intelligence gathering from the DSS and other relevant informants in the community led to this attack,” he said on Wednesday at the floor of the House.
He further stated that despite receiving fillers that there was a potential attack and some of the insurgents had been sighted hours before the attack, “nobody cared to do anything”.
Jaha said the situation was a national issue and if he could give his life for peace to be restored in the northeast, he would do so, as he cannot bear to watch the continued tragedy.
“I’ve said without fear of any contradiction that I am ready to give out my life if those in the northeast can live in peace,” he said.
“The most painful thing on earth is for you to stay in your comfort zone while your constituents are dying like animals.
“So, Mr Speaker, as far as I’m concerned, this is a national issue. It happened today in Borno but only God knows where next it will happen in the 36 states of the federation because of negligence or complacency on the part of our security operatives”.
Reactions have continued to trail the proposed N37 billion meant for the renovation of the National Assembly.
This time, some members of the House of Representatives, through a series of tweets rejected the amount earmarked to embark on the project.
In their tweets, three lawmakers – Bamidele Salam, Akin Alabi, and Legor Idagbo – shared the opinion that the National Assembly does not need to spend as much as N37 billion for renovation.
According to them, only an upgrade in the audio and recording system of the chambers is needed and not the entire structure.
The lawmakers, however, proposed that instead of spending such an amount on the project, the money should be channeled into the upgrade of schools and hospitals across the country.
Read the tweets below:
hospitals and roads which are mostly in a decrepit condition.
As an advocate of an aggressive microcredit strategy for job creation, I would rather want to see 370,000 small businesses get 100k interest free loan within 12 months rather than have 1 edifice swallow that sum
As a member of @nassnigeria, I don’t believe that the complex needs any renovation that would cost the country N37bn. We need more upgraded classrooms and hospitals to cater for the Nigerian people. –@HonLegor
I see no reason why we should spend N37b renovating the National Assembly. Yes, we need upgrade on some aspects like the electronic systems (sound system, voting system etc) as they are outdated but N37b? No. Let’s spend that on our schools and hospitals.
A Japanese lawmaker was arrested on suspicion of accepting bribes worth tens of thousands of dollars from a company that wanted to build a casino, Tokyo prosecutors said Wednesday.
Tsukasa Akimoto, a former member of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s ruling party, received three million yen in cash in 2017 ($27,400 at the current rate), prosecutors said in a statement without identifying the company.
The arrest could put pressure on the Abe administration, which legalised casinos in 2018 despite bitter opposition.
Akimoto, who denied the allegations in a tweet, was the senior vice minister in charge of overseeing the government’s casino policy.
Prosecutors alleged he received the money “knowing the company provided it for the purpose of asking for favourable arrangements” for casino projects.
Prosecutors also arrested three employees of Chinese betting company 500.com, which allegedly bribed Akimoto, according to public broadcaster NHK.
Akimoto resigned from Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party after his arrest.
Prosecutors also alleged he was “invited on a trip to Hokkaido… and received the financial benefits worth around 700,000 yen including airfare and accommodation”.
Japan’s government has long pushed for the construction of mega-resorts that integrate casinos, entertainment venues, restaurants, hotels and conference facilities, similar to Las Vegas.
The policy’s supporters argue that casinos will boost the stagnant economy by bringing in tourists and business, similar to regional gambling hubs like Macau.
Japan is often viewed as the holy grail of gambling in Asia because of its wealthy population, proximity to the huge Chinese market, and an appetite for other forms of legal gambling such as horse racing and pachinko, a slot machine-style game.
But many activists are concerned about Japan’s well-documented gambling addiction issues.
Emerging reports suggest that gunmen on Tuesday night shot and killed a former state chairman of the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA), Chief Frank-Anthony Igboka.
The former lawmaker was killed at Oye Nimo market in the state.
Channels Television gathered that the gunmen trailed Igboka in a Hilux truck while he was driving himself through the community’s market square.
They eventually caught up with the former lawmaker and riddled his body with bullets.
Confirming the killing, the Anambra State Police Command said that investigation has been opened on the matter, with a view to apprehending and prosecuting his killers.
Spokesperson of the command, SP Haruna Mohammed, stated that: “At about 8:18 pm of today 16/4/2019 there was a sporadic gunshot around Nimo market in Njikoka LGA of Anambra state.
Police patrol team attached to Nimo division rushed to the scene and discovered one chief frank Anthony Igboka on the driver’s seat of his Chevrolet SUV vehicle laying unconscious in the pool of his blood and his body was riddled with bullet wounds.
The victim was rushed to Beke hospital Nimo where he was confirmed dead by the medical doctor and corpse deposited at the hospital morgue for autopsy.
Preliminary investigation revealed that victim was shot at close range by four armed men who escaped in a pickup van towards Abacha Eziowelle road .twenty five expended ammunition of 7.62 mm ammunition were recovered at the scene.
The commissioner of police cp Mustapha Dandaura has visited the scene and ordered for a full-scale investigation to ascertain circumstances surrounding the incident and bring perpetrators to justice.
The public is enjoined to avail the command with useful information that could help in arresting perpetrators of this dastardly act through the following police emergency number 07039194332 for a prompt response, please.”
Prior to his death, Igboka, who was also a former Anambra State House of Assembly member, was the President General of Nimo community, where he was said to have helped rid the community of criminal elements.