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We Won’t Remove Dogara, Top APC Rep Says

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The Chief Whip of the House of Representatives, Alhassan Doguwa, has dismissed rumours of the possible removal of the Speaker, Yakubu Dogara.

Mr Dogara, who recently defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) like the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, is expected to face impeachment threats in the House.

Shortly after his defection, the APC again insisted that Mr Dogara, like Mr Saraki, must resign or be prepared to be removed.

Mr Doguwa expressed his contrary view in a text message he sent to PREMIUM TIMES, saying the speaker reserves the right to belong to any political party he so wishes.

“Speculations about looming crisis in the House of reps over the Speaker’s defection to the opposition PDP were NOT true.

“Like every other member of the house, the Speaker has the right to associate or belong to any political party of his choice.

“Of course, all of us in the APC Caucus were not happy with this development. But we must know that the speaker did not commit any crime under the law,” he said.

The chief whip went further to say the defection did not in any way violate or breach any section of the House rules or the Nigerian constitution.

“As far as we are concerned, as an institution, we have no legal or moral cause to contemplate the removal of the honourable Speaker from office.”

He described the offices of the speaker and his deputy as nonpartisan and as such, can be occupied by a member of any political party.

“Any member from whichever political party can be elected Speaker or Deputy Speaker, whether HE or SHE is a member of the majority party or not.

“We as proud members of the ruling APC have nothing to lose from the Speaker’s defection to the PDP.

“We will, therefore, continue to allow him to preside for as long as he does not take any partisan steps to undermine the APC government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“And for the avoidance of doubt, the APC still remains the majority party on the floor of the House.

“We will rather continue to patriotically give priority to issues of national development and popular concern as against partisan issues.”

The Cable had reported that Adams Oshiomhole, the APC chairman, had been meeting with party members, particularly members of the House of Representatives, in a bid to remove Mr Dogara.

Quoting a source, the news outfit said the APC chairman had intensified efforts to oust the speaker after it became public that Mr Dogara was seeking for re-election on the platform of the opposition, PDP.

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Modular Floating Dock on course, NIMASA, NPA assure

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Modular Floating Dock on course, NIMASA, NPA assure

Director-General of Nigerian Maritime Administration Safety Agency (NIMASA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh, has assured maritime stakeholders that the agency’s modular floating dock is in the process of being deployed. Jamoh disclosed this during a visit to the Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) Hadiza Bala-Usman at the NPA headquarters, Marina, Lagos. Jamoh stated, “I […]

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Tambuwal Takes COVID19 Jab as A’Ibom Begin Mass Vaccination

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Okon Bassey in Uyo

Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal yesterday received the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID19 vaccine just as the Akwa Ibom State Government officially unveiled mass vaccination statewide.

In Sokoto, the Commissioner of Health, Dr. Ali Iname led a team of medical personnel to administer the vaccine on the governor at the Government House, Sokoto.

Tambuwal took the jab alongside the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Muhammad Dan’iya and other top government officials in the state.

Speaking after taking the vaccine, Tambuwal implored the people of the state to make themselves available for the vaccination.

He, therefore, enjoined the people of the state especially the vulnerable to come forward and be vaccinated against the deadly disease.

He further explained that prevention “is better than cure. Instead of running here and there in need of support, it is better to take preventive measures to ensure that everyone is vaccinated.”

When asked about the side effects of the vaccine, the governor said globally the success recorded so far is more than the side effects

In Uyo yesterday, the state governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel noted that the vaccines provided protection against non-treatable diseases while flagging public vaccination at Government House, Uyo.

Emmanuel, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, said no report of life-threatening side effects has so far been recorded.

The state government on March 10 took delivery of 69,030 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines from the federal government.

The governor lauded the efforts of scientists and researchers who made concerted efforts to come up with the vaccines.

The vaccines, he stressed, had been subjected to conventional safety and quality assurance processes and had received the approval of the World Health Organization (WHO) and other relevant bodies.

He said: “I want to assure the people of Akwa Ibom State that the vaccines have been put through conversational safety and quality assurance processes and was largely approved by WHO and other relevant bodies

“We started administration of the vaccine on health workers and l want to assure you that we have not gotten any report of life-threatening side effect”. he assured

The State Commissioner for Health, Prof Augustine Umoh had earlier declared that the vaccination was the last hope against non-treatable diseases and viruses.

He urged the people to step up the speed by accepting the vaccination as a modality to control the spread as well as protect oneself against contact or against the worst form of the virus.

Umoh listed those at first line charge of vaccination, based on the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency arrangement to include; frontline health workers, other health workers, opinion leaders, top government functionaries, security personnel and senior citizens.

Highpoint of the event was the vaccination of the representative of the governor and Secretary to State Government, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem and other top government functionaries as well as security chiefs.

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Burna Boy’s ‘Twice as tall’ nominated for 2021 BRIT awards

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‘Twice as tall‘, the album of Grammys winner Burna Boy has been nominated for the 2021 BRIT awards.

The Nation had reported the 29-year- old singer became the first Nigerian to win an individual Grammy for best album in the ‘World Music category’.

Organisers of the 2021 BRIT Awards, which is sometimes referred to as the British version of the Grammys, unveiled the nominees on Wednesday.

Read Also: Burna Boy: Insight into fifth album Twice as Tall

Burna Boy was nominated for the ‘International Male Solo Artist’ category alongside The Weekend, Bruce Springsteen, Childish Gambino and Tame Impala.

He was nominated for the same category last year for ‘African Giant’ his 2019 album but lost to Tyler The Creator, American singer-songwriter.

The awards will take place on 11 May 2021.

Usually held in February, the ceremony was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic

It will be hosted by comedian Jack Whitehall.

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Nigerian stocks extend loss as profit-taking in big-cap banks weighs

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The benchmark index fell by 0.57 per cent.

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