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Senate receives 19 more ministerial nominees

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Senate receives 19 more ministerial nominees

 

The Senate, on Wednesday, received the second list of 19 ministerial nominees submitted by President, Bola Tinubu.

The Chief of Staff and the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila presented the new batch of ministerial nominees at plenary.

The Rules of the chamber were suspended at 3:15 pm to allow for the Chief of Staff to enter the hallowed Upper Chamber.

President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio had earlier received the letter but the list was read after the screening of the five leftover ministerial nominees from the first batch of 28 nominees.

The letter reads: “In compliance to the provisions of Section 147 (2) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended and further to my earlier correspondence of July 27.

“I’m pleased to forward to you the under-listed nominees for confirmation by the Senate.

“Ahmed Kwazo, Bosun Tijani, Tunji Alausa, Tunji Alausa, Dr Yusuf Sununu, Adegboyega Oyetola, Atiku Bagudu, Bello Matawalle, Ibrahim Gaidam, Simon Lalong, Lola John, Shuaibu Audu, Sen. Sabi Abdullahi, Tahir Mamman.”

Others are Sen. Alkali Saeed, Sen. Sen Heineken Lokpobiri, Uba Ahmadu, Zephaniah Jisalo.

“Whilst I hope that the above mentioned nominees will receive the expeditious consideration and confirmation of the Senate, please accept Distinguished Senate President and Distinguished Senators the assurances of my highest regards.”

In his remarks, Akpabio said “In view of the nominees we have just received we will give them time for them tomorrow for them to go through their code of conduct and other papers before appearing before us.”

 

Meanwhile the Senate has adjourned till Friday to begin screening of the second batch of ministerial nominees.

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Unknown Gunmen Abduct Channelstv Reporter In Port-harcourt

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Some unknown gunmen have kidnapped Joshua Rogers, the ChannelsTV reporter in Port-Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

Politics Nigeria learnt that Rogers was picked up close to his residence at Rumuosi in Port Harcourt and to an unknown destination by the gunmen around 9pm on Thursday, April 11.

The reporter was driving his official ChannelsTV branded car when the hoodlums accosted, pointed a gun at him and took him away in the same vehicle.

 

Rogers was said to be returning from his official assignment in Government House after a trip to Andoni for a government event when the incident happened.

Already, the gunmen were said to have contacted his wife and demanded a N30million ransom for bis release.

His cameraman confirmed the incident and appealed to his abductors to set him free unconditionally.

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Lassa Fever Kills 150 In Nigeria — NCDC

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According to the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC), 150 people died from Lassa virus in 125 local government areas throughout 27 states in the federation between January and March 2024.

The NCDC reported that the deaths were recorded with a case fatality rate (CFR) of 18.6% overall from week one to week thirteen, 2024. This is higher than the CFR for the same time in 2023 (17.5%).

In its Lassa Fever Situation Report Epi Week 13, which was released on March 25–31, 2024, the agency revealed that 806 of the 5,295 suspected cases that were recorded were confirmed. Eyes Of Lagos reports,

According to the report, in week 13, the number of new confirmed cases decreased from 25 in Epi week 12, 2024 to 15. These cases were reported in Ondo, Bauchi, Plateau and Edo states.

 

In total for 2024, 27 states have recorded at least one confirmed case across 125 LGAs, even as 62 percent of all confirmed Lassa fever cases were reported from Ondo, Edo, and Bauchi states, while 38 percent of cases were reported from 24 states with confirmed Lassa fever cases.

Of the 62 percent confirmed cases, the NCDC said Ondo reported 24 percent, Edo 22 percent, and Bauchi 16 percent. The predominant age group affected is 31-40 years (Range: 1 to 98 years, Median Age: 32years), with a male-to-female ratio for confirmed cases of 1:1.

From the report, the number of suspected cases (5,295) increased compared to that reported for the same period in 2023 (4,338).

The agency confirmed that the National Lassa fever multi-partner, multi-sectoral Incident Management System has been activated to coordinate response at all levels at the Emergency Operations Centre, EOC.

No new healthcare worker was affected in the reporting week 13, the report noted.

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