News across the country

BREAKING: MAKINDE JOIN APC

A MEMBER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FROM ONDO STATE, PETER MAKINDE, HAS DEFECTED FROM THE AFRICAN DEMOCRATIC CONGRESS TO THE ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS.

HON. MAKINDE, IN HIS LETTER OF DEFECTION, READ TO MEMBERS AT THE PLENARY  TODAY BY THE SPEAKER, FEMI GBAJABIAMILA, BLAMED THE DEFECTION ON THE ALLEGED DIVISION IN THE ADC.

SEVERAL MEMBERS OF THE PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC PARTY, HOWEVER, SCREAMED POINT OF ORDER.

A LEADER OF THE MINORITY CAUCUS, NICHOLAS OSSAI, WHO WAS ALLOWED TO SPEAK, HOWEVER, PROTESTED AGAINST THE DEFECTION, STATING THAT IT BREACHED SECTION 68 OF THE CONSTITUTION.

ACCORDING TO THE SPEAKER, THOSE PROTESTING AGAINST THE DEFECTION LACKED KNOWLEDGE OF THE GOINGS-ON IN THE ADC AND, AS SUCH, ARE NOT IN THE POSITION TO QUERY THE REASON CITED BY MAKINDE FOR THE DEFECTION.

ELEVEN DEFECTIONS HAVE SO FAR BEEN RECORDED BETWEEN OCTOBER 2020 AND FEBRUARY 2021, ALL TO THE APC.

Austrian police arrest mother for killing three daughters

A mother confessed Saturday to killing her three young daughters in an apartment in Vienna, Austrian police said, without giving a motive.

The 31-year-old called the emergency services in the early hours saying she wanted to kill herself, and when police turned up they found the bodies of an eight-month-old baby and a three-year-old girl.

The woman’s nine-year-old daughter was taken to hospital but was unable to be saved, police said, adding that the mother had some light injuries herself.

According to local media reports, the three girls were suffocated.

Banditry: Gov. Bello reassures residents of safety

Gov. Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state

Gov. Sani Bello of Niger,  has appealed to residents of Kagara town in Rafi Local Government Area to remain calm, as government was deploying resources at its disposal to ensure  protection of their lives and property.

A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mrs Mary Berje in Minna on Thursday, said that no responsible government would fold its arms and allow law abiding and innocent citizens to be mowed down.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that armed bandits on Wednesday,  attacked Kagara town, shooting sporadically to scare away residents.

Bello assured the people that the state was collaborating with the Federal Government and security agencies to address the menace of insecurity in the state. He commiserated with the families of those who lost their lives in the attack, and prayed for speedy recovery of all injured victims.

The governor solicited the cooperation of the people in providing useful information to security agencies and assured them that their identity will be protected. (NAN)

Osinbajo: We Must Sustain The Ease Of Doing Business Reforms

The Buhari administration’s business reforms, through the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC), is an opportunity to significantly boost local and foreign investments in the country, according to the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Prof. Osinbajo spoke today at a virtual meeting of the PEBEC to review the state of the reforms across a number of government agencies, noting that the Federal Government will continue to take the opportunity and ensure that more results are recorded.

As a result of the work of PEBEC, the World Bank has praised the economic direction of the Buhari administration and ranked the country higher in its annual Ease of Doing Business Rankings.

According to the Vice President, “This is a country with so much promise, this is a country that has so much resources and our administration has every opportunity to do something profound about investments in Nigeria.

“We must focus on how to get our business environment working.”

Earlier in his presentation, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo expressed optimism that the challenges observed in sustaining the successes recorded in the reforms will be addressed.

On his part, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Alhaji Mohammed Bello, said sustaining the PEBEC reforms is a priority for Nigeria as the country would not have risen in the Ease of Doing Business rankings if not for PEBEC.

The Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business, Dr. Jumoke Oduwole, said the Enabling Business Environment Secretariat (EBES) will continue to drive the mandate of PEBEC through extensive collaborations, adding that the National Action Plan 5.0 has been extended to July 29, 2020.

Attendance at the meeting, chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, included Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo; Minister of Interior, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola; Minister of FCT, Alhaji Mohammed Bello; Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Dr. Isa Pantami; Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Amb. Mariam Katagum; Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folashade Yemi-Esan; Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business, Dr. Jumoke Oduwole, amongst other members of the council.

*Laolu Akande,*
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity,
Office of the Vice President.
21 July 2020