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Senate begins Tanko Muhammad’s screening behind closed doors

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The Senate on Wednesday went into executive session to screen Hon Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad as the Chief Justice of Nigeria in a substantive capacity.

Muhammad who arrived at the Senate around 10:10 am was ushered into the chamber around 11:13 am.

He was accompanied to the red chamber by top judiciary officers in the country.

Muhammad has been acting as the CJN since January 25 this year when the then CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, was suspended from office on alleged corrupt practices.

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President Muhammadu Buhari had last week Thursday forwarded to the Senate, a letter requesting for confirmation of Muhammad as substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria.

The President in the letter of request said the nomination was sequel to a recommendation made to that effect by the National Judicial Council.

The letter titled : Appointment of Chief Justice of Nigeria reads ” In accordance with Section 231 (1) of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), which gives the president the power to appoint a Chief Justice of Nigeria on the recommendation of the National Judicial Council and subject to the confirmation of the appointment by the Senate.

“I have the honour to forward the nomination of Honourable Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammed for confirmation as Chief Justice of Nigeria.

“It is my hope that this request will receive the usual expeditious consideration of the distinguished Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

In making the confirmation expeditiously, the Senate listed it on its order paper on Tuesday, upon which it resolved to carry out the screening at the committee of the whole tomorrow (Wednesday, July 17, 2019).

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The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, said all the relevant credentials of the acting CJN, have been distributed to all the Senators for required perusal.

He said, “Distinguished colleagues, please study the documents already distributed in preparation for screening and possible confirmation of Hon Justice Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad as Chief Justice of Nigeria,” he said.

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Edo people can’t be deceived by Oshiomhole’s lies, deceptions- Wike

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has said the people of Edo State can’t be deceived by Adams Oshiomhole, former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Wike spoke while accusing Oshiomhole of insulting the people of Edo State by asking them to vote for APC’s governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.

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Speaking on Channel’s television, Wike wondered why Oshiomhole would be campaigning for Ize-Iyamu whom he once accused of theft.

Stressing that the former APC National Chairman lacks integrity, Wike recalled how Oshiomhole once accused Ize-Iyamu of looting, being a fake pastor who should not be trusted with the role of a governor.

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He, however, expressed optimism that the PDP’s governorship candidate, Godwin Obaseki would be reelected.

According to Wike:

“Obaseki will be reelected, as the people of Edo state cannot be swayed to the contrary by the deceptions, lies and antics of the sacked National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole.

“Oshiomhole is displaying the highest level of insult and disdain for the people of Edo state for asking them to accept the APC candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu, whom he had accused to be a thief, treasury looter, fake pastor and rusticated student, who should not be trusted with the position of the governor of Edo state.”

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Fatai Adams emerges Ondo PDP chairman

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The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, now has a new Chairman in Ondo State.

PDP is set to battle the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in the October governorship election.

Fatai Adams was yesterday elected as the Chairman of the PDP in the State.

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Adams, who was the immediate PDP Vice Chairman in the state, polled 1,343 votes to defeat his co-contestant, Dennis Alonge-Niyi, who got 369 votes in the state Congress conducted in Akure, the state capital.

Over 2,000 delegates from the 18 Local Government Areas of the state voted in the election.

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Ebonyi govt pledges to promote breastfeeding, provides creches, jingles

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The Ebonyi Government has pledged to do everything possible to encourage breastfeeding among young mothers in the state to improve child and maternal survival.

The Commissioner for Health in Ebonyi, Dr. Daniel Umezurike disclosed this on Tuesday during a press briefing to mark 2020 World Breastfeeding Week in Abakaliki.

Umezurike revealed that the state government considered the feeding critical by creating public awareness campaigns and jingles with support from partners to advocate breastfeeding in the state.

The commissioner also disclosed that civil servants who were nursing mothers in the state had been observing four months of paid maternity leave to encourage breastfeeding.

He said that wife of the Governor, Mrs. Rachael Umahi had established creches in the women development center and strategic locations to enhance appropriate feeding.

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“This is for the mother to get close to their children, even at work so that they can breastfeed intermittently.

He added that they were also allowed after the leave resumption to close at mid-day to enable them to return home to their babies to feed them appropriately.

“Breastfeeding is the most important way of improving child and maternal survival. We take this very seriously.

“We do all these to encourage, protect and support breastfeeding in the state,” Umezurike said.

According to him, malnutrition is a challenge that reduces the production of breast milk, when nursing mothers are not properly fed.

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Umezurike added that such families to include the downtrodden and widows were supported by Mrs. Umahi to ensure family health was protected in the state.

He further stated that the COVID-19 pandemic had affected activities, food production, consumption practices degrading land, and ecosystems among others, thus every step is taken across the life cycle to mitigate environmental degradation and climate crisis.

He stated that the pandemic had demonstrated that the global world interdependent and dependent on the same planet, thus need a healthy planet with support of breastfeeding.

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Meanwhile, the Commissioner disclosed the current situation report of COVID-19 in the state, saying that totally confirmed cases are 871, deaths 25, discharged 804 and active cases are 36.

“We have three isolation centers and some on home isolation,” Umezurike said.

The Baby-Friendly Initiative Coordinator in the Ministry of Health, Mrs. Beatrice Ojinkama described breastfeeding as the foundation of life.

Ojinkama gave advantages of initiating breastfeeding to include serving as first immunization for a child to survive, help remove the reserved placenta, help in family planning among other processes.

She called on the media to assist partners and the ministry in achieving the scheme.

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