1. Edo Assembly crisis: Factions exchange words over planned sitting in shut complex
The 17 member faction of the state House of Assembly on Sunday said it would sit in the Assembly building, which is being repaired by the state government according to The Punch.
The factional Speaker , Victor Edoror, who stated this in an interview with The PUNCH on Sunday , described the renovation of the Assembly as unnecessary , saying the 17 lawmakers would access it and sit there.
He , however , stated that the lawmakers were not out to impeach Obaseki , whom he said had committed an impeachable offence .
However, dismissing the proposed sitting by the other faction , Okiye said such an action was a Nollywood activity that would have no bearing on the legislative duties in the state .
Okiye who is the speaker of the other faction also dismissed his Thursday purported impeachment as a non – issue.
2. JAMB, varsities meet today, fix new 2020 admissions’ date
The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board JAMB, on Sunday , said it was considering a new date for the commencement of the 2020 university admission process, reports The Punch.
According to the examination board, it had scheduled a meeting with all the tertiary institutions in the country for today (Monday ) on the issue .
The spokesperson for JAMB , Dr Fabian Benjamin , in a weekly bulletin on Sunday , said the board desired that all candidates , who had taken its Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination , be given equal opportunity to compete for the available openings.
As a result, he said the board will at the meeting , be looking at the possibility of ensuring that the various institutions either delay or prolong their screening to accommodate candidates , who will be taking the 2020 O’ level examinations to be conducted by WAEC , NECO , NABTEB, etc.
3. Lawan, Shekarau, 8 Other Senators Sponsored No Bill In 1 Year.
Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, Adamu Bulkachuwa (APC, Bauchi) and former governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau (APC, Kano) are among the 10 senators who have not sponsored a single bill in the last one year, reports Daily Trust.
The primary functions of a legislator include making laws on issues of public interest; representing the interest of citizens; and oversight of government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
Other senators with no single bill to their names are: Christopher Stephen Ekpenyong (PDP, Akwa Ibom), Godiya Akwashiki (APC, Nasarawa), Emmanuel Yisa Orker-jev (PDP, Benue), Kabir Abdullahi Barkiya (APC, Katsina), Nicholas Olubukola Tofowomo (PDP, Ondo), Peter Onyeluka Nwaoboshi (PDP, Delta) and Lawali Hassan Anka (PDP, Zamfara).
Unlike Lawan, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has 16 bills to his credit in the period under review. And just like Lawan, Gbajabiamila is a presiding officer.
4. Low Turnout as Lagos Churches Reopen Amid COVID-19 Protocols
Poor attendance greeted yesterday’s reopening of churches in Lagos State as worshippers strictly observed the safety protocols established by the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, reports THISDAY.
The churches, like other worship centres, were closed in March as part of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Despite the reopening of churches, the streets of Lagos were shorn of heavy traffic of worshippers as only a few of them attended services.
Under lock and key was Pastor Sam Adeyemi’s Daystar Church. Pastor Tunde Bakare’s church, Citadel Global Community Church (CGCC) ; Shepherd Superintendent of the Household of God Church of Rev. Chris Okotie; TB Joshua’s Synagogue Church Of All Nations (SCOAN), amongst others did not also open.
5. NUPENG commences strike action Monday over extortion, harassment of members
The Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) at the weekend, threatened to go on strike action effective on (today) Monday, over extortion, harassment of its members.
The union in a statement jointly signed by Comrade (Prince) Williams Eniredonana Akporeha, NUPENG National President and Comrade Olawale Afolabi, NUPENG General Secretary, a copy which was made available to Nigerian Tribune, said it made several appeals and reports to Lagos State Government and the Presidential Task Force for the decongestion of Apapa on these challenges but all to no avail.
It lamented the incessant extortion of money from Petroleum Tanker Drivers by various security agents stressing that this was already taking its toll on their financial state of its members
Also, it condemn the menace of Containerized Trucks at Apapa, Kirikiri and Beach Land axis of Lagos State and collusion of government officials hindering Petroleum Tankers from loading activities at depots and tank farms.
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