A member of the rivers state House of Assembly representing Etche Constituency 1, Hon. Samuel Eke has called on the people of the State, and Etche ethnic extraction in particular, to see the period of Christmas as a time to reflect on the past.
Hon. Eke stated this Thursday while speaking with journalists in his office, noting that the yuletide season has always been misrepresented by people as a period to show-case wealth and affluence.
He stated that it is the period when families should reverend their God and pray for God’s forgiveness and abundant blessing in future.
The lawmaker urged the privileged people in the society to use the period to extend to the poor in the society, adding that the yuletide period is a time to share with one another.
He used the opportunity to call on Christian faithfulls to use the period to pray for the quick recovery of President Musa Yar’Adua as well as the unity of the country.
The lawmaker who is also the state House of Assembly House Committee Chairman on Sports commended the state governor, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi for his commitment and determination to develop the state.
He stated that the various developmental projects initiated by the present administration in the state were projects that have direct bearings to the life of the people, adding that the projects cut across all the sectors in the state.
The lawmaker urged the people of the state to close ranks with governor Amaechi in his desire to transform the state to high height, adding that the present administration in the state has performed very well and need support and commendation from all.
He assured the people of the state of the House commitment to enact laws that would continue to impact on the development of the people as it would affect the lives of the people.
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A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic.
George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges.
He said though government intended to curb the spread of the virus with the lockdown, the directive had left many Nigerians hungry at home without palliatives.
The PDP chieftain noted that there must be a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting livelihoods and asked the government to relax the lockdown while putting safety measures in place.
“Everywhere in Lagos is now locked down. The markets, banking halls, the local grocery shops, the supermarkets, the transportation services are all halted, frozen by the federal government directives since March 29.
“On the surface level, the federal government’s position is to ensure safety, prevent communal spread of the virus and banish this scourge from our shores.
“Lagosians have been staying at home for about a month now. In a largely informal economy where most of our people depend on daily wages, the burden of lack of income is devastating.
“There is a natural growing anger in Lagos as the most vulnerable are ravaged with hunger,” George said.
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