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Why we opened border for returnees despite presidential directive, Aregbesola explains

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The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has said it is embarrassing to deny citizens entry into the country, despite increasing cases of COVID-19 in Nigeria.
Mr Aregbesola while fielding questions from journalists at the Presidential Taskforce briefing on Thursday said every citizen has the right to return to his fatherland “at any time”.
”Every citizen of every nation has the right to return to his fatherland whenever he or she wishes regardless of the situation, even at war,” he said.
Nigerians have raised concerns over the entry of 127 returnees from Cote d’Ivoire last week out of which 12 tested positive to the COVID-19 virus.
The returnees, mostly from Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire’s densely populated economic capital, had returned home to avoid the planned lockdown of the city by the Ivorian government.
Following the record of the first death out of 165 cases in the country as of Saturday, the government locked down the city on Monday, barring movement except for people on essential duties.
The Nigerian government as of March 18, placed restrictions on international travels by closing the airport and land borders to contain the spread of the disease in the country.
However, some persons have reportedly returned into the country through the land borders.
On Friday, Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, reached out to Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun, informing him of six buses conveying indigenes of the state, who were stranded at the state’s boundary with Benin Republic.
The development, was a result of the closure of all international entry points to the state by the state government.
According to a statement issued on Saturday by Osun State’s commissioner for information, Funke Egbemode, Mr Oyetola was appreciative of the support granted the returnees, “who were not only allowed access to pass through the state but were also escorted by security operatives from the state.”
The returnees, mostly from Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire’s densely populated economic capital, had returned home to avoid the planned lockdown of the city.
Following the record of the first death out of 165 cases in the country as of Saturday, the government locked down the city on Monday, barring movement except of people on essential duties.
Ismail Omipidan, the chief press secretary to the Osun governor, had told our reporter on the telephone that on their arrival in the state, the returnees were led to their hometown, Ejigbo, “but restricted from mingling with the people as they were camped separately”
“The 127 of them were camped within the dormitory of a high school in the town and they were barred from moving out of the camp. The government has since been responsible for their welfare while their samples were taken for screening for the coronavirus disease.
“However, on Monday evening, results of 24 out of the 127 samples taken indicated that three were already positive. So as at Tuesday, we were still awaiting the results for the remaining 103.”
Checks revealed that late Tuesday when the results of additional 47 of the 103 returnees were released by the accredited testing centre at the Redeemed University, Ede, nine more tested positive, increasing the number of confirmed cases in the state to 14.
During Thursday’s briefing, Mr Aregbesola said the Nigerian government signed an international treaty “that says no human being is stateless”.
”We have signed into an international treaty that says no human being is stateless,” he said. ”We cannot deny our citizens entry into our nation. If we do that it will be embarrassing and not speak well of our nation.”
He also said measures are in place to ensure every returnee is isolated upon arrival.
“It is difficult for us to aggregate our responsibility to our nationals who return by land border. When they get to our land border, what the accredited officials of state do is to first determine they are Nigerians.
Once the issue of their citizenship is determined, the governments are contacted to find out if they could isolate them in their isolation centres,” he said.

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Ibrahim Isiaka’s Bill For Establishment Of National Technology Park Development Agency Enters Second Reading

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Ibrahim Isiaka’s Bill For Establishment Of National Technology Park Development Agency Enters Second Reading

House of Representatives member, Hon. Rep. Ibrahim Ayokunle Isiaka, representing the people of Ifo/Ewekoro federal constituency has once again fulfilled a significant aspect of his legislative roles by initiating a Bill for an Act to Provide Establishment of National Technology Park Development Agency; for Related Matters which has scaled through the second reading at the floor of the house of representative, Abuja.

The Bill is targeted towards youthful development as the passage of the bill will open up self-reliant opportunities for the teaming youths, as the whole idea is to establish the industrial park in the three geopolitical zones, it would be narrow down to Ogun State if possible to be propagated to the bearest minimum where the youths can brainstorm and showcase their ideas and creativity Amebo Newspaper NG learnt.

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Ibrahim Isiaka’s Bill For Establishment Of National Technology Park Development Agency Enters Second Reading

The bill was passed year’s ago and it entered second reading before the holiday of the house of representative members, from here now it would be passed to the committee and for concurrence and later passed to President Mohammadu Buhari for ascent and approval.

In the same vein, Honorable Ibrahim Isiaka he used his position as the chairman house committee on ecological funds, federal house of representative, Nigeria to bring succor to the constituent through erosion control and water project for sustainability of the dwellers of Ifo-Ewekoro federal constituency.

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Also, Honorable Ibrahim Ayokunle Isiaka constructed 3-kilometer roads and erosion control project at Ifo local government, water project in Ayedere under Ewekoro local government, Maternity Building for the constituency to enhance quality health care delivery.

He has been able to get the youths to work through agricultural value chain projects to enable the constituents to have sense of belonging quality representation.

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If a Northerner Succeeds Buhari, Hear Me, Heaven Will Fall ooo – Igbokwe Replies NEF

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Joe Igbokwe, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has reacted to the remark by the Northern Elders Forum, NEF, on President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor.

Igbokwe warned that heaven would fall if another Northerner is elected after Buhari.

Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, NEF spokesperson had said the North was not ready to relinquish power in 2023.

Baba-Ahmed had said anyone against a Northern president should leave Nigeria if one emerges in 2023.

The NEF spokesman had disclosed this at the Maitama Sule Leadership Lecture Series in Zaria, Kaduna.

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If a Northerner Succeeds Buhari, Hear Me, Heaven Will Fall ooo – Igbokwe Replies NEF

However, Igbokwe, on his Facebook page wrote: “Heaven won’t fall if another Northerner is elected president – Hakeem Baba-Ahmad.

“Me- Hear me well, heaven will falloooo.”

Most Nigerians have frowned against the North producing the country’s next president.

Against this backdrop, the Southeast has been clamouring to produce Nigeria’s next president.

Recently, Southern governors had insisted that their region should produce Nigeria’s next president.

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“…as Gov. Sule tasks supporters on House to House campaigns…”

The Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Rt.Hon Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi has said that the All Progressives Congress ( APC) will win the Oct. 6 local government election in the state with landslide victory.

Balarabe Abdullahi stated this during flag off campaign of Toto Local Government Area Chairmanship and Councillorship candidates today in Toto.

The speaker said that Toto LGA is the strong hold of APC in the state and will deliver the chairmanship and councillorship candidates of the party come Oct.6.

“Today we have no any other party than APC, Toto Local Government Area will continue to remain the home of APC in Nasarawa State.

” Also those big wigs in PDP yesterday are now in APC and by God’s grace, APC will come out victorious at Oct. 6 local government election.

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” His Excellency, I want to assure you that , we in Toto Local Government will not fail you and we will deliver APC come Oct.6 and beyond ,” he said.

LG Polls Nasarawa Speaker says APC will win Landslide

Balarabe-Abdullahi called on the people of the area to come out enmass and vote all APC candidates during the election.

He has assured of his people’s resolved to support Gov. Abdullahi Sule beyond 2023.

The speaker has appreciated Gov. Sule for his security efforts in ensuring peace in the area and called for its sustenance.

Besides, he also appreciated the stakeholders and members of the party in the area for their peaceful conduct during the ward and local government congresses in the state.

On his part, Gov. Abdullahi Sule has urged the supporters of the party in the area to embark on House to House campaign for the victory of the party come Oct.6.

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Sule, who was represented by his deputy, Dr Emmanuel Akabe has appreciated the speaker and other stakeholders of the party in the area for always ensuring the success of the party in the area and the state at large.

” I have heard you all and I have seen, in Toto Local Government there is no other party than APC .

” I urge you to embark on House to House campaign for the victory of the party come Oct.6, ” he said .

He has commended the speaker and other members of the state legislature for giving his administration the much needed support to succeed.

The Governor has assured of his administration’s continued commitment to key into positive policies and programmes that would have direct bearing on the lives of the people of the state.

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Also speaking, Mr John Mamman, Nasarawa State Chairman, Caretaker Committee of APC has urged the people of the area to vote All candidates of the party during the forthcoming local government election in the state.

” Let’s vote Abdullahi Aliyu Tashas, our Chairmaship candidate, his Deputy an all the 12 councillorship candidates come Oct.6 for the progress of our party and the state at large,” he said .

Earlier, Hon Usman Labaran Shafa, Alhaji Ahmed Shauibu, Member representing Toto/ Gadabuke constituency at the state legislature and the party chairman in the area respectively have assured that the party will win the forthcoming local government election in the area.

They have commended the leadership qualities of the speaker and called on the people of the area to support Gov. Abdullahi Sule to succeed beyond 2023.

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