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12 Dead Members Listed On N’Assembly Website As Serving Legislators

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The names of 12 deceased members of the National Assembly are still on the website of the Ninth Assembly as serving members in the upper and lower chambers, The Tide has learnt.
While the Senate lost four of its members, eight members of the House of Representatives have died since the inception of the Ninth Assembly.
The death of a former lawmaker representing the Lagos East Senatorial District, Bayo Osinowo, popularly known as Pepper, was the most recent death recorded by the red chamber.
He died of COVID-19 complications in one of the isolation facilities of the Lagos State Government in June, 2020.
In his stead, a former Commissioner for Finance in the state, Senator Tokunbo Abiru, was elected as a consensus candidate to the upper chamber.
Others who lost their lives were the lawmaker representing Imo North, Senator Benjamin Uwajumogu, who died on December 18, 2019; Senator Ignatius Longjan, who represented Plateau South and died on February 10, 2020; and Senator Rose Oko, who represented Cross River North but died on March 23, 2020.
However, findings showed that Osinowo’s name was on the National Assembly website as a serving lawmaker as of noon on Saturday.
The website also showed that Lagos had four senators, as opposed to the three constitutionally stipulated to represent each state of the federation.
On the website, members of the Senate from Lagos State, include Senator Bayo Osinowo (Lagos East), Senator Tokunbo Abiru (Lagos East), Senator Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos Central) and Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola (Lagos West).
The website revealed that other members at the upper and lower chambers whose names were still on the website were mostly from the ruling All Progressives Congress.
In the House of Representatives, the name of a former lawmaker, who represented Garki Bubara Constituency of Jigawa State, the late Muhammadu Fagen-Gawo, was on the website.
Fagen-Gawo was a second-term lawmaker and a member of the ruling APC before he died in the United Arab Emirates, Dubai, while on a medical trip in December 2019.
Like Gawo, another member from Jigawa State, Yuguda Hassan-Kila, who was the Chairman of the House Committee on Customs and Excise, died from an undisclosed illness in 2021.
Hassan-Kila, a former member of the House of Representatives, became the second federal lawmaker from Jigawa State to die in the current National Assembly.
But the former Customs comptroller-general had his details on the website as the lawmaker representing Gwaram Constituency in the House.
Apart from Hassan-Kila, another legislator, Ekpenyong Bassey, who represented Oron Federal Constituency in Akwa Ibom before his death on April 24, 2022, was listed on the NASS website as a serving member.
Although his name was removed, it was observed that other details, including his email address and date of birth, were still conspicuously placed on the website.
Also on the website were the details of the late Jude Ise-Idehen, who represented Egor/Ikpoba Okha Federal Constituency and secured the ticket of the PDP to seek reelection before he died, recently.

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RSNC GM Tasks Medical Practitioners On Emerging Pandemics

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The General Manager of the Rivers State Newspaper Corporation, Publishers of The Tide Newspaper, Chief Ernest Chinwo, has called on medical practitioners in the country to assist the government find workable solution to the array of emerging pandemics, including COVID-19, Lassa fever and monkeypox currently ravaging the country.
Chinwo said this in his office during a courtesy call by organisers of the Rivers State Joint Health Summit 2022.
Represented by the Acting Chairman of Editorial Board and Supervising Editor, Mr Nelson Chukwudi, the general manager also stressed the need for the health professionals to come up with private sector-driven health insurance scheme for the country.
He said that it also behoves on them to pool resources together with a view to building mega hospitals in the country to stem the tide of medical tourism abroad while at the same time curbing brain drain.
The general manager also tasked them to check the incidence of quackery in the medical profession.
Chinwo commended them for the proposed summit, assuring of the cooperation and support of the corporation, especially in providing adequate coverage to their activities.
He said the corporation, since inception has been on the forefront in publicising health issues, stressing that it was against this background that a page was dedicated in The Tide newspaper for health, and called for medical experts to contribute to the robustness of content on the page.
He further noted that beside newspaper publishing, the corporation also does all kinds of commercial printing jobs, and solicited patronage from the health professionals.
Earlier, Secretary General of the Rivers State Joint Health Summit, Dr. Joseph Olawuyi, said the summit with the theme “Repositioning HealthCare services in Rivers state” earlier proposed for the 22 to 26 of August 2022 was moved to October 2022 to ensure mass participation by both government and non-governmental organisations.
Olawuyi said the summit which is being put together by private medical practitioners in partnership with government aims at refocusing the health sector for quality service in the state.
He said a lot of people both within and outside the country have started registering for the summit.
According to him the event will also be used to train health practitioner’s on biomedical engineering as well as encourage the utilization of abundant medical equipment by practitioners.
He urged for a health bank in the country to create access to soft loans by health practitioners.
Olawuyi said the event which will be declared open by Governor Ezenwo Nyesom Wike will be attended by people from all walks of life including members of the armed forces amongst others.

By: John Bibor & Oreoluwa Adigun

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FG Spends N18.69bn Daily On Subsidy, Minister Confirms

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The Minister of Finance and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, has disclosed that Nigeria spends N18.69billion daily on petroleum subsidies.
She stated this, yesterday, when she appeared before the House of Representatives ad hoc committee investigating oil subsidies.
The minister claimed Nigeria consumes 64million litres per day, and that the figure could have been influenced by smuggling.
Ahmed said the executive is also concerned about the increment in daily consumption.
She noted that some of the products are being smuggled outside the country, adding that during COVID-19 locked down, daily consumption dropped significantly.
She stated that the president alone cannot take the decision on removing subsidy, insisting that there must be a multi-stakeholder approach, including all political parties, who must sit to make the decision.
The minister disclosed that the landing cost of petroleum is N448 per litre and that the NNPC takes care of the rest through under recovery.
She further said the Federal Executive Council has also expressed worry about the figure presented by the NNPC, adding that as the Minister of Finance, she has no access to the bank statement of the NNPC.
The Chairman of the Committee, Ibrahim Aliyu, questioned the figure provided by the minister.
Aliyu said even during the COVID19 locked down, Nigeria was still consuming high volume, which according to him was not logical.
He claimed the daily petroleum consumption was about 32million litres.
But the minister responded that she is not sure whether daily consumption has doubled and not also sure if the total number of vehicles in the country has doubled in the past 10 years.

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Over 20 Countries Arrive Abuja For 2022 INAC

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The 2022 International Arts and Crafts Expo (INAC), themed “Networking Nigerian Crafts to the World”, was, yesterday, declared open in Abuja, by the Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe.
The 15th edition of the Expo holding at the Abuja Sheraton Hotels & Towers has in attendance no fewer than 25 countries and eight states in Nigeria.
Some of the countries already on ground include Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Venezuela, Syria, India, Philippines, China, Iran, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba, Malaysia, Benin Republic, Sudan, Lebanon, South Korea and Tanzania.
States in Nigeria that have arrived Abuja for the annual international event are Lagos, Ogun, Akwa Ibom, FTC, Kaduna and Katsina.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Runsewe said the aim of the expo is to better project Nigerian crafts to various countries of the world given that our stories are better told by us. It is also to promote cultural exchange programmes and improve inter-country collaborations in music, arts, drama, etc.
The expo, as usual, is expected to amongst other items, feature skill acquisition trainings for young people, free medical examination and care, display of countries art documentaries, exhibitions of countries’ arts, crafts and culture.
Runsewe said: “This is another opportunity we have to showcase Nigerian crafts to the world and to let the world know that Nigeria is a safe place to be. We want Nigerians to know that the creative industry is capable of tackling Nigerian insecurity problems by engaging the youths in our crafts for revenue generation.”
The 2022 expo holds from August 18 to 20, 2022.

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