The Chairman/CEO of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON), Alhaji Zikrullah Kunle Hassan has payed a courtesy visit to Comptroller General of the Immigration, Muhammad Babandede.
The visit which was made today Wednesday 19th February 2020, is to kickstart the planning of Hajj 2020 pilgrimage. See photos from the visit below.
The house of representatives has ordered ots committee on population to investigate the none issuance/ registration of the National Identification Number in Nigerians
The decision followed a motion of Urgent Public Importance moved by Rep. Ben Igbakpa (PDP-Delta) during plenary presided over by the Speaker, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila on Wednesday.
The Federal Government reportedly made NIN, the national identity card, as a requirement for all financial and institutional dealings in the country with millions of Nigerians yet to get it.
The motion is tagged “The Need for the PTDF to Suspend the National Identity Number as a Precondition for Scholarships, and Related Matters”.
Presenting the motion, Igbakpa said that the Petroleum Technology Development Fund ( PTDF) had announced that applicants for its 2020 scholarship for Masters and PhD degrees, must have a NIN and verify before applying for the scholarship.
The lawmaker alleged that the registration process of NIMC was “laborious and slow nationwide” and attributed it to inadequate facilities and manpower.
“The Director-General of NIMC, Mr Aliyu Azeez, recently admitted in a national daily that they are overwhelmed with work because, whereas they need about 4,000 centres nationwide, they make do with only 1,000 centres at the moment.”
Igbakpa called for the suspension of the NIN as a requirement for prospective applicants for the 2020 PTDF scholarship.
The lawmaker said that PTDF making NIN a prerequisite for its scholarship was undermining efforts at developing the nation’s human capital development.
“The motion is about trying to save our manpower; NIN, as a prerequisite for PTDF scholarship, should not be supported and I urged the house to use other (officially) recognised means of identification.”
He also called on other government agencies to suspend the requirement of the NIN in any registration or application and urged that the PTDF provide at least one-year moratorium for applicants who have not obtained the NIN to do so.
Also speaking, the Deputy Chief Whip, Rep. Nkiruka Ihejiocha called on the house to investigate NIMC over reasons why just a few Nigerians had got the NIN cards.
“We have to go beyond suspending the use of NIN because the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) recently also had to suspend the requirement of NIN for registration of exams.
“We need to investigate why the delay in people not getting the NIN.”
Rep. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta (PDP-Abia) urged the committee to interface with the agency and “not suspend the requirement of NIN”.
The Deputy Minority Leader, Toby Okechukwu added that “someone is not doing their job and we have to investigate why it is difficult for Nigerians to register”.
“The committee should investigate why it is impossible for Nigerians to be registered and report back to the house in two weeks.”
Okechukwu suggested that NIMC come up with a change in the mode of registration and take the facilities also to schools to capture students.
Rep. Ademorin Kuye (APC-Lagos), however, said that the PTDF and other government agencies should not suspend the requirement of NIN as a prerequisite for registration.
“Getting a scholarship is a privilege and if a person wants to enjoy that privilege, get the required means of identification.
“When JAMB suspended the requirement of NIN for the conduct of its examinations, registration at NIMC office stopped. All agencies must demand the NIN or else we will not move forward.”
The house, however, called on the Federal Government to put an integrated system for data collection in place for agencies responsible for data collection.
It said that the Local Government Indigenous Certificate be used in place of NIN and also mandated the Committee on Population to investigate the non-access of the identification number by Nigerians.
The lawmakers also urged the Federal Government to properly fund and equip NIMC for speedy and efficient nationwide delivery.
President Muhammadu Buhari is at the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA) Kaduna attending to the Passing Out Parade of the newly graduating Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)
The passing highlight months of extensive military training and grooming of the cadets, in preparation of a challenging and exciting career as the personnel of the EFCC
According to the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC the collaboration with the Nigerian army, is to ensure that the officers are not intimidated or corrupt in carrying out their duties.
The House of Representatives has called has called on the Federal Government to establish more fully-equipped kidney dialysis centres to ease access to the services across the country.
The call is contained in a letter addressed to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, by the Clerk, National Assembly, Mohammed Sani-Omolori.
It also called on the government to make adequate budget provision in the 2021 appropriation bill for the establishment of the centres.
The letter also quoted the lawmakers as urging the government to employ qualified personnel to manage the centres and subsidise treatments for kidney disease patients in order to encourage them to seek early intervention so as to save lives.
It also called on the Ministry of Health to formulate a regulatory framework for the operation, maintenance and administration of dialysis facilities and treatments.
In the statement the law makers also called on the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, National Orientation Agency and related outfits to sensitise members of the public, especially in the rural areas, on the need to seek early treatment in healthcare facilities when faced with health challenges.
The Supreme Court has adjourned hearing of the Imo state governorship candidate of the People Democratic Party PDP till March 2,
The PDP and Ihedioha are, by the application, praying the court to, among others, reverse its judgment on January 14 this, which sacked Ihedioha and replaced him with Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
At the mention of the case on Tuesday, Ihedioha’s lead lawyer, Kanu Agabi sought for time to enable parties file the necessary papers, a request other lawyers in the case did not object to.
A seven-man panel of the Supreme Court, led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Justice Ibrahim Muhammad, in a brief ruling, granted the request for adjournment and adjourned till March 2, 2020.
Paul Iwapele has being arrested for defiling 3 year Old Stepdaughter till her private part began to peel.
A painter simply known as Poul who stays n Ikorodu defile his 3 year old step daughter.
According to reports, Paul has promised the Mother of the girl he defiled that he was going to take care of her and her Daughter
He made this promise after Kemi lost her husband, the father of her daughter few months into the relationship,but he had impregnated her already.
Kemi disclosed that she started getting suspicious after her daughter began to point at her private parts,and was complaining about stomach pain,it was then she checked to see it peeling up.She also made mention that her daughter started touching Paul in an unusual way,she later took her to the hospital where she was told that she would undergo operation.
Paul later confessed to his crime that he usually does not understand how it happens that he finds himself sleeping with the girl.
Kemi has reported to the Authorities and she wants him to face the law.
A mother of four, Mrs Janet Ayoola, lost her 39-year-old marriage to her husband, Olajide Ayoola, for denying him sex for seven years.
An Igando Customary Court in Lagos on Monday granted the request of Janet’s enstranged husband, Olajide, for dissolution of the marriage.
The Court’s President, Mr Adeniyi Koledoye, said that since the petitioner insisted on divorce after several interventions, the court was left with no option than to grant him his wish.
“The court hereby pronounces the marriage between Mr Olajide Ayoola and Mrs Janet Ayoola dissolved today. Both of you henceforth cease to be husband and wife.
“Two of you should go on your separate ways unmolested. The court wishes both of you well in your future endeavour,” Koledoye ruled.
He, however, ordered Olajide to pay a severance of N200, 000 to Janet for her to move on with her life.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 70-year-old pensioner had earlier approached the court to terminate his marriage, accusing his wife of starving him of sex.
“Janet who stayed under the same roof with me refused me to make love to her for good seven years. She will not even allow me to touch her, let alone sleep with her,” the petitioner told the court.
Ayoola said that his wife wanted to terminate his life so as to inherit his property.
“She had attacked me both physically and spiritually,” he said.
The embittered husband said that Janet lacked care for him.
“My wife had to employ some domestic staff who came to wash my clothes and cooked for me.
“Janet was an ungrateful woman. I had established businesses for her severally but the businesses collapsed due to her inability to manage them well.
“ My wife is a fighter; she fights me and everybody on the street,” Ayoola said.
The petitioner said that the respondent lacked respect for him and also instigated their children against him.
He pleaded with the court to end their marriage on the ground of lack of love.
“Please court terminate our marriage because my wife may succeed one day by killing me in my sleep,” he begged.
The respondent denied all the allegations.
She made a fervent plea to the court not to annul their marriage, saying that she still loved her husband.
The 58-year-old businesswoman said that she did not starve her husband of sex.
“My husband asked me to leave our room for another room, claiming I snored.
“I never made any attempt to kill my husband nor instigated any of our children against him,” Janet said.
The mother of four said that her husband always refused her food for reason best known to him.
The Bayelsa police command have extended the curfew imposed on the state following the riot that erupted during the aftermath of the Supreme Court judgment in the state.
Supreme Court has voided the electoral victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate Chief David Lyon, which made the commissioner of police , Uche Anozia, declared a dusk to-dawn curfew from Friday to Sunday in order to maintain law and order
Anozia on Monday extended the curfew to February 23 from 10pm to 6pm following what he described as credible intelligence available to the police command.
He said: “The Bayelsa State police command wishes to commend the general public over their good conduct in observing the dusk to dawn curfew imposed on the state as a result of violent protest that accompanied the Supreme Court judgement on Thursday February 13.
“On the other hand, in the light of credible intelligence available to the command vis-a-vis the prevailing security situation in Bayelsa State, the command has deemed it necessary to review and extend the curfew to Sunday February 23, 2020 with effect from today February 17th 2020 from 10pm to 6am.
“Members of the pu lic are advised to remain indoors as security agencies will be out to arrest anyone who violates the curfew and such outlaws will be prosecuted.
“They are also advised to remain calm as the command is poised to ensure the safety of lives and property in the state”
A sad report indicates that 22 bridesmaids have tragicly lost their lives in an accident which occurred along Kankia-Danja road of Katsina state.
According to a report by Channels television, the accident happened on Saturday, and the crash involve two J5 buses which was carrying a total of 36 people. The bride and 10 others are said to be badly injured while 22 died and 3 persons miraculously escaped unharmed.
Speaking to reporters, the Spokesperson of the Federal Road Safety Corps in the state, Abubakar Usman, stated that 11 people were injured in the crash, while three others escaped unhurt.
Per the reports, the two buses burst into flames after the crash with all 22 persons who lost their lives were burnt to death.
An eyewitness also revealed that those involved in the crash included a bride, her friends and some married women and children who were escorting her to her marital home.
According to the eye witness, the bride and one of the drivers were among the survivors. May their souls rest in perfect piece.
A federal high court sitting in Abuja has placed a restriction on Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) from de-registering 31 political parties.
Recalled that INEC has announced the registration of about 74 political parties, due to failure to meet up with standard requirements of the electoral body.
However,Justice Anwuli Chikere, in a ruling, said INEC having failed to oppose the application by the applicants, the affected political parties had the legal right which must be protected.