By Idris Ahmed, Lokoja
Members of the Northern Progressives Governors’ Forums on Friday paid a condolence visit to Hajia Hawawo Bello, mother of the Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello over the recent death of her daughter.
The Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Kebbi State, Senator Atiku Abubakar Bagudu said their visit to the mother of Governor Bello was to condole and sympathise with her over the death of her daughter, Hajia Rabiat Bello who died on the 23 December after a protracted illness.
The forum described the death of Hajia Rabiat Bello as “shocking and painful”, especially given the difficulty for the aged mother to cope with such terrific loss of a daughter.
The Forum pray to God to grant her soul eternal rest and fortitude for the family to bear the irreparable loss.
The chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum and Plateau State Governor, Barr Simon Bako Lalong expressed the sympathy of the Northern Governors’ Forum to the family and prayed God to grant the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
He said the leadership of the Northern Governors’ Forum are with Governor Bello and his family at the moments of their griefs.
Responding, Hajia Hawawo thanked the governors for finding time to come to condole her family, noting that such visit would not be taken for granted.
She prayed to God to continue to grant the governors in Nigeria and President Muhammadu Buhari the wisdom, understanding and wherewithal to continue to provide the needed leadership for the country.
Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello expressed profound gratitude to his colleague governors for standing by him as well as his family in their grieving moments.
He said after the earlier visit of the chairman of the Forum to his residence in Lokoja, he did not expect further visits of the entire forum again and thanked the governors for their show of brotherliness,and solidarity.
Aliyu Condemns Looting, Destruction Of Billions Naira Medical, Agricultural Equipments In Kogi
Following the massive looting and destruction of medical and agricultural equipments, the Federal Capital Territory Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has condemned in strong terms the wanton destruction of medical equipment worth billions of naira at the Central Medical Store and Agricultural Development Project warehouse both situated in Lokoja, the State capital by hoodlums.
In a statement signed and issue on Friday, by Special Adviser on Media, Austine Elemue, said the Minister described the hoodlums as enemies of the state, also called on the state government especially the Governor not to be deterred by the unfortunate incident, but be focused in repositioning the health sector for efficient service delivery.
Aliyu, who acknowledged that though the devastation of medical equipment in the state was quite enormous, she however expressed the hope that the state would bounce back better and stronger.
In her words; “My heart blends when I saw the wanton destruction of our essential drugs warehouse by hoodlums. I was particularly pained that these enemies of state and heartless looters came in at a time when the state government is taking steps to equip our health centres in view of the global health challenges.
“Nevertheless, I am convinced beyond any reasonable doubt that this trying period is just a phase, and Kogi state will come out better. Governor Yahaya Bello should not be deterred by this very sad development, but be focused in his health sector recovery efforts”.
The minister also commended the state police command for the arrest of suspected looters of items at various warehouses in Lokoja, just as she called on the commissioner of police to get rid of criminals masquerading as protesters in the state. The statement added.
FCCPC Signs Tripartite MoU With EFCC, FTC To Strengthening Cooperation, Addressing Mutual Cross-Border Problems
As parts of ongoing efforts to checkmate excesses in discharge of their official duties effectively and efficiently geared towards achieved set goal of the commission. The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) on Wednesday signed an updated tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and United States foremost competition and consumer protection authority, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and jointly, (the Agencies’).
The purpose of the MoU is to strengthen cooperation and collaboration in addressing mutual cross-border consumer protection/fraud concerns and problems.
The updated MoU reaffirms the Agencies’ intention and willingness to deploy their capacities to work together, share information, and assist one another in relevant investigations. It also establishes a Joint Implementation Committee to develop joint training programmes and provide assistance with regards to specific investigations.
The MOU also affirms the Agencies’ continuing support for econsumer.gov; a joint project of similar agencies from 40 countries for reporting international online scams. The MOU is a framework for voluntary cooperation that does not change existing laws in either country.
Babatunde Irukera, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, FCCPC, Mohammed Umar Abba, Acting Executive Chairman, EFCC and, Joseph Simons, Chairman, FTC all signed the updated MoU on behalf of their respective agencies.
Commenting on the MoU, Babatunde Irukera, EVC/CEO, FCCPC said “this cross-border collaboration is perhaps one of the most vital tools for combating criminal conduct and consumer protection violations which now transcend territories. Indeed, criminals and exploiters specifically create arrangements and devices to exploit consumers globally from remote locations in order to escape justice and retribution. This framework strengthens our joint abilities and efforts to address this”.
FCCPC discharges its mandate of protection by both preventive and remedial action including complaint resolution, investigations and enforcement action, while the EFCC investigates and prosecutes financial crimes including frauds perpetrated on consumers. The FTC is the United States government’s equivalent of the FCCPC with a mandate to regulate competition and enforce consumer protection laws.
This MoU is consistent with FCCPC’s mandate and strategy to cooperate with counterpart agencies and other regulators to protect consumers and promote market competition in Nigeria.
Social Media Regulation: Desmond Elliot Broke Down In Tears On Live TV Over Social Media Attack
A serving house of Assembly member in Lagos State, Desmond Elliot has broken down in tears on Live TV, following the backlash he’s receiving from Nigerians over social media regulation.
Recall that the former actor, at the Lagos State House of Assembly in his submission, pushed for passing if social media regulation bill.
the controversial statement received lots of criticisms, as many Nigerian youths boast him for referring to youths as “children” and for also pushing for the regulation of social media.
Desmond Elliot in a new interview on Arise TV broke down in tears. This came after he apologized for his statement earlier.
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