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We are not sharing cars, Reps debunk media reports

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The spokesman for the House of Representatives Rep. Benjamin Kalu (APC-Abia) says members of the house were yet to get their official vehicles.

In a statement on Friday, Kalu described media reports claiming that the house had started sharing cars for members as “unfortunate”.

He said that not only had the National Assembly been closed since Tuesday, March 24, 2020 in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, but most lawmakers were in their constituencies.

“It has come to the attention of the House of Representatives that a newspaper report on Friday, March 27, 2020, had insinuated that the Green Chamber is distributing official vehicles for the 360 members of the House at this critical moment that the country is battling to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

“This story is rather unfortunate at this time that Nigeria and Nigerians are striving hard to address the pandemic that has forced the Federal Government, and even the various state governments to take drastic measures.

“As a House, we are not unmindful of the mood of the nation at this critical time and are committed to ensuring the country stands united in this trying times,” he said.

According to him, it is out of that commitment that the House on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, introduced and passed the Emergency Economic Stimulus Bill, 2020.

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Kalu said that it was on record that the leadership of the National Assembly on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, about 24 hours after adjournment, engaged some top government officials in the Executive arm.

He explained that the meeting led to the approval and release of N6.5 billion for the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), N10 billion for Lagos state, as part of efforts to address the pandemic.

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The Rep said that the House had expressed readiness to reconvene at any time to consider measures aimed at addressing the situation, including a possible review of the 2020 Appropriation Act.

“We are committed, as lawmakers, to join hands with the Executive arm to take measures aimed at containing the pandemic and providing succour to Nigerians as a result of the economic shock necessitated by Covid-19 all over the world.

“We, therefore, urge Nigerians to disregard the newspaper report on the vehicle distribution as it is mischief taken too far.

“We also call on Nigerians to join hands with governments at all levels in addressing the pandemic,” he said.

The lawmaker urged all Nigerians to adhere strictly to the preventive measures taken by the government to address the virus.

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Lagos discharges 20 more coronavirus patients

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The Lagos State Government has announced the recovery and discharge of 20 more patients who tested negative twice to coronavirus disease.

Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu said in a statement on Wednesday that a total of 928 were now discharged from the isolation centers.

”Good people of Lagos, today, 20 COVID-19 Lagos patients; 14 males and six females, all Nigerians were discharged from our Gbagada, Eti-Osa (LandMark) and Agidingbi isolation facilities to reunite with the society.

”The patients, 11 from Gbagada, eight from Eti-Osa (LandMark) and one from Agidingbi isolation centers were discharged having fully recovered and tested negative to COVID-19.

”With this, the number of #COVID19 confirmed cases that have been successfully managed and discharged in Lagos is now 928,” Sanwo-Olu said.

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I’m not dumping APC for PDP, says Obaseki

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Godwin Obaseki

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has denied speculation that he would dump the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

WuzupNigeria reports that Obaseki is seeking a fresh APC ticket ahead of the September governorship election. And while he may have to contest at the primaries for the APC ticket, there are speculation that he has been assured of an automatic ticket by the PDP.

But the Edo State governor who stormed the APC national secretariat on Wednesday to submit his nomination form said he has no such plot to dump the APC.

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He said he was determined to win the June 22 primary, no matter the option adopted by the national secretariat under the leadership of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.

Governor Obaseki is believed to have a preference for indirect primaries as against the direct option chosen by the APC National Working Committee.

He said:

“It is very absurd. I am someone that is very exposed. How can I collect from two parties when we have rulings in past disqualifying people on that. I am a party man to the core. APC is my party because I come from a progressive political family. I believe in the ideals of APC, I believe in our President, I believe in what he stands for so I am a party man to the core. I am not an old-style politician. I represent a new direction of politics that is based on facts and truth, not lies.”

Governor Obaseki justified his aspiration for a fresh mandate as he restated his mission to build on what he has achieved in the south-south state in the last three years.

“Three years is not enough, four years is not enough to crystalise all these reforms and we have all witnesses in Nigeria to have genuine reforms truncated. So, another four years will give me that opportunity to consolidate on what we have done and that is a promise of APC. We are a reformist party, we are a progressive party. That’s why I’m here today to indicate my interest and my desire to run for another term as governors of Edo so that I can continue in the service of my people.”

 

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COVID-19: Anambra to fine face masks defaulters N10,000

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The Anambra State Government will fine any resident who fails to wear a face mask the sum of N10,000.

This was disclosed by Governor Willie Obiano in a state-wide broadcast to the people of the state.

Obiano also warned traders in the state to keep to the COVID -19 rules or he would shut down the market again.

He said,

“We have 69 individuals on home quarantine and two individuals in the facility based quarantine.

“We shall continue to push back at this pandemic until we have reduced its presence in Anambra State.

“We are ramping up our testing capacity to ensure that we slow down the spread of this pandemic in our dear state.

“The Covid-19 Committees that we have set up in wards and local governments across Anambra State are helping us in driving the campaign to every nook and cranny of the state.

He said he had signed the COVID-19 Bill into law, adding that it was now an offence to be seen in the public without a face mask.

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“The offence attracts a fine of N10,000 or some hours of community service. I would like to re-emphasize that my administration is determined to enforce this law, adding

“The information we received from different quarters indicate that our people have started lowering their guard on the COVID-19 protocols.

“I have it on good authority that traders in various markets no longer comply with the enforcement of the wearing of face masks and the washing of hands.

” I want to warn that we may consider shutting down the markets if this trend is not halted with immediate effect.

“I have also received similar reports from churches and other religious groups in the state most of whom have discarded the wearing of face masks.

” I urge the leadership of all religious bodies in Anambra State to ensure compliance with the standard protocols of COVID-19 without further delay.”

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