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Nasarawa Assembly Support Gov Sule’s Health Policy, Passes 2 bills Into Second Reading

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The Nasarawa State House of Assembly, has said its would continue to support Gov. Abdullahi  Sule’s commitment  to boost healthcare services of the people of the state.

Similarly, the House has also passed into second reading ” A bill for a Law for the Establishment  of the Nasarawa State Hospitals Management  Board, Law 2020 and for Other Matters Connected Thereto and A bill for a Law to Repeal and Re- Establish the Nasarawa State Primary Health Care Board and Other Matters Related Thereto.

Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, the Speaker of the House announced the passage of the two bills into second reading during the House proceedings in Lafia today.

Balarabe-Abdullahi said that the House allowed the bills to scale second reading considering the importance of health on human and societal development.

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The speaker said that the two bills if finally  passed into law would boost health care services at both the secondary and primary levels thereby improving on the health status of the people of the state.

” I will commit this bill for a Law for the Establishment  of the Nasarawa State Hospitals Management  Board, Law 2020 and for Other Matters Connected Thereto to the House standing Committee on Health to work on the bill and we are expecting the report on 14th December, 2020.

” I will also commit A bill for a Law to Repeal and Re- Establish the Nasarawa State Primary Health Care Board and Other Matters Related Thereto to the House standing Committee on Health to work on the bill and we are expecting the report on 14th December, 2020,” he said.

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The speaker said that the House would continue to support Gov. Sule’s efforts in the health sector among other sectors for the benefit of the people of the state and the overall development of the state.

Earlier, Hon Tanko Tunga, the Majority Leader of the House while moving motions for the two bills to scale second reading respectively said that A bill  for a Law for the Establishment  of the Nasarawa State Hospitals Management  Board, Law 2020 and for Other Matters Connected Thereto was to coordinate the activities of secondary health care facilities and for effective service delivery in the state.

Tunga while also giving the substance for A bill for a Law to Repeal and Re- Establish the Nasarawa State Primary Health Care Board and Other Matters Related Thereto said that the bill was to coordinate the activities of primary health care facilities in the state.

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Hon Danladi Jatau, the Minority leader of the House seconded the motions for the two bills to scale into second reading.

The minority leader said that if the bills passed into law, they would boost the health status of the people of the state thereby improving on their standard of living.

The House unanimously  agreed for the two bills to scale into second reading after some members Hon. Nehemiah Dandaura,the Dep. Speaker, Hon. Peter Akwe, Suleiman Azara,Mohammed Okpoku, Abdulaziz Danladi and David Maiyaki add their voices by supporting the bills.

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Aliyu Condemns Looting, Destruction Of Billions Naira Medical, Agricultural Equipments In Kogi  

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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.

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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”.

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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.

 

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FCCPC Signs Tripartite MoU With EFCC, FTC To Strengthening Cooperation, Addressing Mutual Cross-Border Problems

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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’).

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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.

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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”.

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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.

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Social Media Regulation: Desmond Elliot Broke Down In Tears On Live TV Over Social Media Attack

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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.

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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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