Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has urged members to attend Thursday’s plenary dedicated to seeking solutions to high rate of out of school children in the country.
Gbajabiamila who made the announcement at the plenary, yesterday promised to publish vote and attendance of members for the assessment of their constituents in national dailies.
He said that the electronic voting system would be used to determine what each member voted for and those who were absent.
“Thursday has been dedicated to out of school children otherwise known as almajiri children.
“Please be present at the plenary as we shall be setting aside everything to addressing this matter.
“Attendance will be taken and I do not mean the sign in register, we shall use the electronic voting and publish what each person voted for and those absent and it will be published in the papers,” he said.
Gbajabiamila said that the 9th Assembly promised accountability to constituents and that voting on major issues would be made public for constituents.
According to a survey conducted by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), it shows that there are more than 13.2 million out of school children in Nigeria.
The survey showed that most of the children are in northern states of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa, where Boko Haram insecurity has disrupted academic activities.
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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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