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LAWMA celebrates World Cleanup Day with children

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The Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) said it used the 2019 World Cleanup Day to engage various stakeholders, particularly children, to promote cleanliness and environmental awareness in the state.

LAWMA Spokesperson, Folashade Kadiri, said in a statement that the authority believed in catching them young because children are the future of effective waste management.

She commended corporate bodies which partnered with LAWMA during this year’s World Cleanup Day to create awareness on the importance of a cleaner, healthier and livable environment.

Kadiri urged residents to support the Lagos State initiative of Blue Box to make the Lagos metropolis cleaner and enrich residents by sorting waste for recycling.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Sepyember 21 is World Cleanup Day, a global social action programme aimed at combating the global solid waste problem, including the problem of marine debris. 

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Lawmakers congratulate Edwin Clark at 93

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The Minority caucus in the House of Representatives has felicitated with Chief Edwin Clark as he turns 93.

The members extoled the  leadership qualities, patriotism and relentless commitment of the elder statesman and former Information Minister in the development of the country.

The Minority Leader of the House, Rep. Ndudi Elumelu (PDA-Delta), in a statement signed and issued  on Monday, described Clark as ‘a leading light, a forthright, fearless and outspoken leader’.

Elumelu said Clark had remained steadfast in his commitment toward the unity, stability and development of Nigeria.

”Chief Clark has remained a firm and uncompromised voice for the entrenchment of rule of law, social justice, adherence to the principles and tenets of constitutional federalism.

”He stands for equitable distribution of national opportunities and undiluted respect for the sensibilities and rights of federating units in the quest for a strong, united and virile nation,” he said.

The lawmaker said that over the years, Clark had remained philanthropic and dedicated to the good of the Nigerian people.

According to Elumelu, his commitment to the development of the younger generation is evinced in his roles, leading to the establishment of the University of Benin and the Edwin Clark University.

He said that Clark, in his service to the nation, had demonstrated the hallmark of statesmanship as well as a huge example for leaders at all levels.

Elumelu congratulated Clark on his 93rd birthday and prayed God to grant him more years in good health to continue in his good works for the nation and humanity at large.

 

Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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Eid-el-Fitri: Lawmaker urges Muslims to practice Ramadan lessons

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Rep. Tunji Ajuloopin (APC-Kwara) has called on Muslims to imbibe and practice the lessons derived from the just concluded Ramadan fast.

The federal lawmaker also urged Muslims in his constituency to contribute their quota to the growth and development of Nigeria.

Ajuloopin, representing Ekiti/Isin/Irepodun/Oke-Ero Federal Constituency of Kwara, made the call in a message to commemorate the Eid-el-Fitr in Omu-Aran, Irepodun Local Government Area of the state on Sunday.

He described Ramadan season as a sacred period that teaches good morals, showing kindness to fellow humans, noting that such exceptional attitude should be the guiding principles of every Muslim even after the Ramadan period.

The federal legislator charged the faithful to use the Sallah celebration as a sober reflection in finding workable solutions to the nation’s numerous challenges, particularly the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic.

“We don’t need to go back to those ungodly attitude we have jettisoned during the holy month of Ramadan as good and responsible citizens.

“Those positive lessons we have learnt and derived through our sacrifices while the Ramadan lasted should be our guidance and with prayers we can intercede for solutions to those challenges confronting us a nation.

“Ramadan fasting, as well as the Sallah celebration that follows, are such sacred period when prayers of devoted Muslims were promptly answered by Allah without hesitation.

“The act of building a virile society or nationhood is a collective responsibility of every stakeholder, irrespective of ethno-religious, tribal, cultural, political or geographic background to achieve the desired result.

“As we joined other Muslims across the globe in celebrating the Sallah, we should also reflect in our minds and attitude, as a mark of patriotism, to remember our country in prayers,” he urged.

Ajuloopin maintained that the nation’s socio-economic, security and other domestic challenges were surmountable through stakeholders’ collective efforts and prayers.

He said the country was in dire need of prayers to stem the tide of insurgency, killings, rituals, road accidents, armed robbery as well as the global COVID-19 pandemic that had deprived the citizens of freedom of association and social gatherings.

Ajuloopin said nothing could be accomplished without God’s assistance and permission.

“Therefore, fervent prayers, spiritual stability, magnanimous acts and love are needed in this festive period.

“This is the path towards ensuring growth, financial stability, peaceful co-existence among individuals and the larger society.

“In this period of Sallah celebration we must seek the face of God, especially for our constituency, state and the country in general.

“We desire God to grant every category of leaders, the knowledge, understanding and wisdom for the desired good governance.

“Prayer for this great nation called Nigeria is our collective responsibility, especially in this Sallah season,’’ he said.

He appealed to the nation’s religious leaders to be at the vanguard of campaigning and promoting a corrupt free and decent society, especially among the youths regarded as the potential leaders of tomorrow.

The legislator also called on parents to be alive to their responsibilities of inculcating decent and good moral upbringing in their children.

Besides, he urged the political class to imbibe moral standards, integrity and tolerance to command the confidence of the electorate who freely gave them their mandates.

“Definitely, our children are the leaders of tomorrow, we should do our best as religious leaders, political leaders and even parents to actualise their dreams and aspirations.

“What we desire most are continuous prayers, then the desired transformation envisioned for our constituency, the council, the state and the country will be a reality,’’ he said.

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Ex-lawmaker urges Muslims to pray for end of coronavirus

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A former member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr Olusegun Olulade, told Muslims on Sunday to use the Eid-el-Fitr celebration to pray to God to heal Nigeria and the world of COVID-19.

In his Sallah message to Muslims, Olulade said they should pray to God so that normalcy would return to the world, particularly Nigeria.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Eid-el-Fitr is celebrated after successful completion of the 30-day Ramadan fasting.

Olulade, who represented Epe Constituency II from 2011 to 2019, lauded Muslims for going through the fasting, in spite of the coronavirus pandemic.

The lawmaker told Muslims to remain committed to the teaching and lessons of Ramadan.

“The fasting may have come and gone but as Muslims, you must not forget all the lessons learnt during the Ramadan period. We must remain committed to all these lessons.

“As we celebrate Eid-el-Fitri, we must not forget that the world is going through a devastating period because of coronavirus.

“Our ways of life are not what it used to be. Today, we cannot do some things the way we use to do them before.

“Today, Muslims cannot go to the praying ground to observe Eid prayers. We cannot gather to hold Sallah celebration.

“This is indeed, a trying time for the world but in all, we should appreciate Almighty Allah for counting us to be among those who are witnessing today.

“You may not have the opportunity to go to praying grounds for prayers but we should use today to ask God to heal the world of this pandemic so that normalcy can return to the world.”

Olulade prayed that Allah would give the faithful opportunity to celebrate many more years in good health.

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COVID-19: Lawmaker donates cash, food items to widows, PLWDs in Plateau

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Rep. Yusuf Gagdi, the member representing Pankshi, Kanke and Kanam Federal Constituency of Plateau, has donated N5 million and 550 bags of 20 kg rice to widows, orphans and Persons Living With Disabilities (PLWDs) in his constituency.

Gagdi presented the items to beneficiaries on Sunday in Pankshin, Kanke and Kanam, the three local government areas that make up his constituency.

According to the lawmaker, the gesture is aimed at cushioning the hardship occasioned by the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic in the world.

Gagdi, who said the donation came from his personal savings, noted that the gesture was apolitical and devoid of religious and ethnic sentiments.

“What we have done today is to provide palliatives in cash alongside some food items to orphans, widows and the physically challenged in my constituency.

“This is my way of supporting them to cushion the crunchy fangs of the coronavirus pandemic they are faced with.

“If the effect of the pandemic is hitting hard on those who are strong, then what will be of these ones who can’t make a living for themselves?. It has become incumbent on me to assist them.

“I have a covenant with my people to identify with them in times of need and supporting these category of people with the little I have gladdens my heart.

“So, we have distributed N5 million to various persons; 550 bags of 20kg rice and some bags of millets to these persons without recourse to religious, ethnic or political affiliation,” he said

The beneficiaries appreciated the kind gesture and thanked the lawmaker for remembering them at this difficult time, and prayed God to reward him handsomely.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the lawmaker had a fortnight ago reached out to some of his constituents with some cash and food items.

Similarly, in the spirit of the Sallah, the lawmaker distributed 400 bags of 20kg rice to the Muslim Ummah and stakeholders in the constituency.

The lawmaker also donated N10, 000 each to all officials of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the three localities and ward Chairmen of the party, numbering about 87. .

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Eid-el Fitr: LG chairmen, lawmaker task Muslims on social distancing, hygiene

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Alhaji Ganiyu Egunjobi, Chairman, Agege Local Government, has advised Muslim faithful to adhere to the directives of government on COVID-19 as they celebrate the Eid-el Fitr.

Egunjobi gave the advice in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary Mr Rotimi Sulyman on Sunday in Lagos.

“Importantly, it is my prayer that God in His benevolence will help us beat the ravaging coronavirus.

“God will protect frontliners in the war against it and graciously imbue scientists with the knowledge to find cure and vaccine in no distant time,” he said.

According to him, we are hoping on God for mercy and I enjoin all residents to abide with the lockdown and social distancing protocols and maintain personal and environmental hygiene.

The council boss also enjoined all to keep to wearing face masks, washing hands with soaps regularly, using hand-sanitiser, among others.

Egunjobi advised the residents to adhere to ongoing curfew between 8.00 pm and 6.00 a.m. and the orders banning congregational worship and recreational gathering.

“May Allah accept all our sacrifices during the fasting period as an act of Ibadah and reward us abundantly,” he added.

Dr Augustine Arogundade, the Executive Chairman, Agbado Oke-Odo Local Council Development Area (LCDA) also congratulated Muslim faithful over successful completion of Ramadan fasting.

Arogundade in his congratulatory message to Muslims on Sunday appealed to all residents to comply with government directives on stay-at-home, social distancing, usage of face masks and frequent washing of hands during and after the Eid-el-Fitr festival.

He prayed the Almighty Allah to protect entire humanity against the pandemic.

Mr Bisi Yusuf, a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly (LAHA) also felicitated with Muslim faithful at Eid-el-Fit.

Yusuf appealed to Muslims to maintain the status quo of wearing the face masks and observing social distancing directives.

“I think many people are still sceptical about the pandemic, because they are not taking the lockdown seriously, including the elites.

COVID-19 is real and it can be curtailed with collective responsibility and government is working hard to bring normalcy to economy at both state and federal levels,” he said.

Yusuf who represents Alimosho Constituency I, advised Muslims to maintain social distancing during the celebration and reiterate the habit of regular hand washing to prevent the spread of the virus during the celebration.

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Lawmaker felicitates with Muslims, calls for adherence to COVID-19 protocols

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Rep. Jarigbe Agom, member representing Ogoja/Yala Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, has felicitated with the Muslim Ummah in his constituency and other Muslim faithfuls across the globe on the occasion of Eid-El Fitr.

Agom, in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Calabar, Congratulated the Ummah and all Muslims for their successful fasting.

According to him, the Eid-El Fitr, which marks the breaking of fast and the end of the Holy month of Ramadan, will enhance the peaceful coexistence between Muslims and Christians in the country.

“I wish to congratulate the Muslim faithful on the successful completion of the fasting period despite the formidable challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic which stood between them and the total observance of key rituals of the period.

“Sincerely, I urge the Muslim Ummah and other faithfuls in Ogoja/Yala Federal Constituency to continue to observe the safety protocols of Covid-19 Pandemic.

“At this point, we should continue the use of face masks, maintain social distancing, use of hand sanitizers and constant washing of hands with soap regularly.

“I enjoin all Muslims to continue to live in harmony with one another and key to the observance of health precautions and sustain the acts of purity, charity, perseverance and tolerance in our daily lives and general conducts,” he said.

He urged the Muslim faithful not to celebrate the moments within the Muslims brothers alone, but extend the hands of arms giving to all especially the non Muslims.

He added that the gesture would go a long way in giving them the sense of belonging and looking at Allah as a lover of unity, peace and love.

Edited By: Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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Eid-el-Fitr : Federal lawmaker felicitates with Muslims

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A federal lawmaker, Mr Tajudeen Adefisoye, on Sunday felicitated with Muslim faithful on the successful completion of the Ramadan and the celebration of the Eid-el-Fitr.

Adefisoye, representing Idanre/Ifedore Federal Constituency, in a statement in Akure by his media aide, Mr Oluyemi Fasipe,
urged Muslims to cultivate the virtue of giving to vulnerable persons.

The Deputy Chairman,  House Committee on Army, further urged Muslims to sustain the life of sacrifice, self denial and abstinence from sins.

Adefisoye said that Allah had made his abundant grace available to Muslims to successfully undertake and complete the spiritual activities of the  Ramadan inspite of the threats of the pandemic.

“The capacity to lend to those in need can only be given by Allah and Muslims are to reciprocate the grace of divine provision by reaching out to the vulnerable,” he said.

Adefisoye also advised his constituents to observe strictly all the prescribed hygiene practices to check the spread of COVID-19.

He urged Nigerians to keep praying for front line health workers and the gallant soldiers at the heart of insurgency war in the North East Zone.

“It is important to keep praying for our front line health workers in the battle against coronavirus.

”Our gallant soldiers that are combating terrorists in the Northeast are also deserving of prayers.

“I pray that Almighty Allah shall match the desires of all fellow Muslims with fulfilment and continue to protect and uphold Muslim faithful in good heath and material provisions,” he said.

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Lagos lawmaker distributes food items to 2000 widows, indigents in Badagry

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Mr David Setonji,  lawmaker representing Badagry Constituency 2 in Lagos State House of Assembly, has distributed food items to 2,000 widows and indigents in the area to cushion the effect of COVID-19 lockdown.

The Lagos Lawmaker said in a statement on Saturday that each of the beneficiaries received packages including wheat meal, Spaghetti, Semolina, Macaroni and noodles.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the lawmaker had on April 9, distributed 1,000 packages of food items to Badagry residents to reduce effects of COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

The lawmaker added that the second batch of the food palliative, which he had just distributed, was for the Eid-el-Fitr celebration and COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

Setonji said that he had gone extra mile to get over 2,000 branded food items from a reputable organisation for his constituents.

“The food items are mainly for the less privileged such as widows, the aged and handicapped in my constituency.

“The items will also be given to those who did not  received any in the first phase.

“The food items in the package are wheat meal, Spaghetti, Semolina, Macaroni and noodles.

“I implore everyone in my constituency to take the food relief with love and bear in mind that the food items, no matter the amount, could not still feed everyone.

“I’m very sure that this token wouldn’t reach you all enough, but I implore our people to bear with me because of the insufficient amount.

“The spirit wills but the financial capacity does not measure up to that, as I still have other people-oriented constituency projects, that I need to complete,” he said

Setonji reassured members of his constituency of good representation, adding that he would continue to serve his constituents with passion and vigour.

“Be rest assured, I will continue to do my best for my constituency and Badagry at large, God willing,” he assured.

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Eid-El Fitri: Ondo lawmaker distributes food items, cash to Muslim constituents

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Mr Toluwani Borokini, a member of the Ondo House of Assembly, representing Akure South Constituency I, on Saturday, distributed food items and cash to Muslims in his constituency, in commemoration of this year’s Eid-El Fitri.
Borokini congratulated the Muslims on the successful completion of Ramadan fast, in spite of the biting effect of the coronavirus pandemic.
He said that the gesture was in accordance with his tradition of reaching out to, and identifying with, religious groups in his constituency during religious festivities, irrespective of their ethnic affiliations.
The lawmaker, while commending their steadfastness and endurance throughout the fasting period, expressed appreciation to them for their prayers and support since his assumption of office about a year ago.
Borokini urged party members in his constituency to unite in order to ensure that the re-election of Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu became a reality.
Speaking on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mrs Titilayo Ajisafe, commended the Borokini for striving continually to meet the demands of his constituents in his little capacity.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Borokini, the Chairman, House Committee on Education, Science and Technology, is also the Chief Whip of the Assembly.

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Police extortion: Lawmaker pleads for calm over Badagry motorists’ protest

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A federal lawmaker, Rep. Babatunde Hunpe, on Saturday pleaded for calm as commercial motorists protested police extortion on the Lagos-Badagry highway.

Hunpe, representing Badagry Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, made the appeal in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Badagry, near Lagos.

On May 22, commercial motorists protested what they described as “high rate of police extortion on the Lagos Badagry Expressway.

“I was not happy when I heard about the protest by motorists plying Lagos-Badagry Expressway on the extortion by the security agents.

“The extortion has been on for long and has become a recurring decimal.

“I have sent a high-powered delegation led by Rep. Setonji Balogun to the Area Commander of Area K Police Station, Morogbo over the protest.

“The area commander assured me that he had personally waded into the matter

“Thereafter, the area commander met with the motorists union, drivers and stakeholders and promised to reconvene another meeting after sallah holiday,” he said.

The lawmaker appealed to the protesting motorists to sheave their swords and wait for the outcome of the meeting with the security agents.

Hunpe also appealed to other security agencies, including the Nigeria Immigration Service, Customs, Federal Road Safety Corps, Vehicle Inspection Officers and the Lagos State Transport Management Authority, to consider the pain being passed to commuters.

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Feature: Lawmakers at China’s annual legislative session

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Before sharing his stories in a live broadcast interview at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Luo Jie had been fighting COVID-19 on the front line for months in one of the hardest-hit areas in China.

The 53-year-old president of the Taihe Hospital in Shiyan, central China‘s Hubei Province, is in Beijing attending the annual session of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC), China‘s national legislature, which opened on Friday.

Luo, an NPC deputy, is among about 3,000 national lawmakers and 2,000 political advisors gathering in the capital for the “two sessions,” a major political event that also includes the annual session of the country’s top political advisory body.

Though this year’s two sessions are shortened, lawmakers and political advisors still take questions from reporters on the sideline of the meetings, mostly via video links in light of the current COVID-19 epidemic situation.

Luo was joined by deputies from all walks of life — from primary-level community workers, janitors to lawyers and ministers. Their experiences offer a glimpse into how the country’s lawmakers fulfill their duties as NPC deputies.

Drawing on his professional experience, Luo offered suggestions concerning public health emergency responses.

Through arduous efforts, China has achieved decisive results in the fight against COVID-19. The novel coronavirus is dangerous, but frontline doctors and nurses went all out to save every single life, Luo said.

More than 3,600 COVID-19 patients aged over 80 have recovered in Hubei, seven of whom were centenarians, Luo told reporters. “We value every life with our whole heart.”

He also took advantage of the live broadcast to express his gratitude to those who have helped people in Hubei.

“Tens of millions of Hubei people will never forget those medical workers coming from across the country to save lives day and night, and we are grateful for every mask, every protective suit sent from around the world,” he said.

As epidemic prevention and control becomes a regular practice, China is making its final push toward poverty elimination and completing the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects in this year.

The third session of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC) opens at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, May 22, 2020. (Xinhua/Xie Huanchi)

The third session of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC) opens at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, May 22, 2020. (Xinhua/Xie Huanchi)

The national endeavor to fight poverty is also a priority concern for Shi Liping, an NPC deputy of the Miao ethnic group in southwest China‘s Guizhou Province.

A folk craftsman of the traditional Miao embroidery herself, Shi said the craft has created jobs for half a million Miao women.

Statistics show that Guizhou relocated 1.88 million people from inhospitable areas in 2019. “We have built 100 anti-poverty Miao embroidery workshops in the resettlement sites,” Shi said.

NPC deputy Zhu Guoping, a community worker in Shanghai, shared her experience of getting local residents involved to contribute to law revision.

“I made my cell phone number public to the residents and led my colleagues to make door-to-door visits to listen to their voices and help them solve problems,” Zhu said in front of the camera.

According to Zhu, her community has participated in the revision of 35 laws, including laws on domestic violence and minor protection, with 610 opinions brought forward.

On Friday, the national lawmakers started deliberating a draft civil code, which, after approval, is expected to further refine China‘s basic legal system and rules of conduct in the civil and commercial fields.

In addition to a general provision and a supplementary provision, the 1,260-article draft has six parts on property, contracts, personality rights, marriage and family, inheritance, and tort liabilities.

The draft was prepared after extensive suggestions were solicited from the public. Xiao Shengfang, an NPC deputy and head of the Guangdong Lawyers Association, made 170 suggestions on revision since 2014 when the decision to compile the civil code was announced.

Considered “an encyclopedia on social life,” the civil code concerns every aspect of people’s lives, Xiao said. “I am glad that some of my contributions have been accepted.”

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Philippine lawmaker proposes tax targeting tech giants to fund virus fight

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A Philippine lawmaker has introduced a bill in parliament, aimed at taxing big tech firms such as Facebook, Alphabet’s Google and YouTube, Netflix and Spotify, to raise funds to battle the coronavirus.

The bill looks to raise 29 billion pesos ($571 million) by imposing a value added tax on digital services provided in the Philippines, a key growth area for e-commerce transactions as its people are among the world’s heaviest users of social media.

“We spent to fight COVID-19 and we need more to continue fighting it and recover,’’ Congressman, Joey Salceda, the bill’s principal author, told Reuters.

“It sends a strong signal to the world that the Philippines is ready for the digital transformation.

“We are putting our taxation in order.’’

Starting next year, Salceda said, funds raised from new taxes would also be used to finance digital programmes such as a national broadband project and digital learning, to fill the education gap caused by school closures.

But it may take a while before the proposal is scheduled for debate, as lawmakers are busy deliberating on an economic stimulus package to jumpstart the Philippine economy, ravaged by pandemic-induced lockdowns.

Google, Netflix, and Spotify were not immediately available for comment.

Facebook declined to comment.

The Philippines has recorded 13,434 virus infections, including 846 deaths and 3,000 recoveries and has run nearly 208,000 tests among its population of more than 107 million.

Last week, neighbouring Indonesia announced plans for VAT of 10 per cent on digital products from July, to boost revenues amid the pandemic.

Southeast Asian regulators held talks last year on a region-wide effort to tax tech giants more.

($1=50.74 Philippine pesos)

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Stronger Delta project: Lawmaker seeks more support for Okowa

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Mr Anthony Elekeokuri, Chairman, Delta House of Assembly Committee on Public Accounts, has called for more support for Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa in his strive for a stronger state.
Elekeokuri, representing Ika North-East constituency, said in an interview with newsmen in Asaba on Wednesday that every sector of the economy in the state had felt the impact of the Okowa-led administration.
”There is no local government area or constituency in the state without, at least, two projects to show,” he said.
Elekeokuri noted that even during the economic recession, the governor navigated through the trying times, with much impact on human capital and infrastructural development in the state.
He attributed this fear to what he called the prudent management of the state’s resources by the governor.
The lawmaker said that Okowa, in his quest for a stronger state, had built legacies that would outlive his administration.
According to him, the several finance-related bills introduced by the administration have helped to shore up the revenue of the state.
”The Audit bill, the Public Procurement bill, the Fiscal Responsibility bill and the Consolidated Revenue bill, among others, have helped to block loopholes and address lapses in the state’s financial system,” he said.
Elekeokuri expressed optimism that the state would witness more development, with increased revenue.
He also advocated for a constitutional review that would relieve the Federal Government of some of the items in the exclusive list, particularly the control of the oil and gas sector.
The lawmaker said that the state had a lot to offer in terms of human and natural resources.
He, however, said that the problem had been the right and powers to harness the resources without offending the law of the land and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
On the COVID-19 pandemic, Elekeokuri urged the people of the state to be more committed to the fight against its spread.
He emphasised that the state must be safe and healthy for its economy to grow and for an all-round development to thrive.
Elekeokuri assured that the legislature would sustain the existing harmonious relationship with the executive arm of government to enhance good governance in the state.

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State-wide fumigation: Lawmaker lauds Fayemi’s dogged fight against COVID-19

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Mr Tunde Idowu, the Chairman, Ekiti House of Assembly Committee on Environment. has lauded the efforts of Gov. Kayode Fayemi in the fight against COVID-19 in the state.

 

Idowu gave the commendation during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, on Thursday, in Ado-Ekiti.

 

The lawmaker, representing Ikere Constituency II at the State House of Assembly, applauded the fumigation exercise embarked on by Ekiti government across the state.

 

“I want to applaud Gov. Kayode Fayemi for leading the fight against COVID-19, the present dreadful enemy of the world.

 

“Fayemi is not only leading from the front, he is fighting the battle against Coronavirus with all resources available to him with rare determination and tenacity of purpose.

 

“I want to say that the state-wide fumigation exercise commenced on Sunday, May 17 with the use of drone and motorised sprayers.

 

“The aim of the exercise is to disinfect every nook and cranny of the state, as part of effort by the present administration to curb spread of COVID-19,” the lawmaker said.

 

He advised Ekiti residents to cooperate with the government and follow strictly the instructions from the State Task Force on the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

 

“I want to assure Ekiti people that with Gov. Fayemi leading us, we are sure that by God’s grace we are going to win the battle against COVID-19.

 

“This season shall be over, I urge Ekiti people to cooperate with government by staying safe,” he said.

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Lawmaker disburses cash to constituents in Katsina for Eid-el-Fitr celebration

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Mustapha Rabe, representing Mai’adua Constituency in Katsina State House of Assembly, has commenced the disbursement of N4.8 million to people in his constituency for Eid-el-Fitr celebration.

Mustapha (APC) told the News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday that the gesture, which also included 300 bags of rice, was to assist orphans and the less privileged in Mai’adua.

He said that each of the 500 beneficiaries, which cut across the 10 wards, would get N5,000 each, while the remaining money would be shared by APC stakeholders in the constituency.

He urged the people to celebrate with modesty and ensure they practice proper hygiene and social distancing during the celebration.

He enjoined the people to use Eid-el-Fitr to offer special prayers to Almighty Allah to overpower the COVID-19 pandemic in Katsina, Nigeria and the world at large.

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Lawmaker tasks farmers, herdsmen on peaceful co-existence in Nasarawa

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Mr Danladi Jatau, Minority Leader, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, on Wednesday, stressed the need for peaceful coexistence between farmers and herdsmen, saying it would boost food production in the state.
Jatau, who is also the Chairman, House Committee on Public Complaints, Petitions and Security, made the call while briefing newsmen in Lafia on the security situation in his constituency.
The lawmaker, representing Kokona West constituency in the Assembly, underscored the benefits of peaceful co-existence among people, maintaining that peace was priceless and non-negotiable.
“The farmers and herdsmen should see each other as brothers and sisters.
“I feel very sad about the security situation in my constituency. It is indeed disheartening that there is a problem between farmers and herdsmen in Bassa district of my constituency.
“What is happening in my constituency is unfortunate and needs urgent attention,” he said.
Jatau, however, commended Gov. Abdullahi Sule for taking proactive measures in addressing security challenge in the state.
“Gov. Abdullahi Sule deserves commendation over the steps he has taken to address the security challenge facing the state.
“He has met with President Muhammadu Buhari and briefed him on the security situation of our state and the president has approved the deployment of soldiers.
“We are expecting some of the soldiers in my constituency, especially the affected communities, in order to curtail the present security breaches,” he said.
The lawmaker also commended security agents for rising to the occasion, calling on them to put more efforts in protecting the lives and property of the people of the state.
He appealed to the affected persons and communities not to retaliate but to allow the law take its course in bringing the perpetrators to justice.
Jatau called on the Fulani leaders and the farmers in the constituency to assist the security agencies in fishing out the perpetrators of the heinous acts to serve as deterrent to others.
The lawmaker assured the people of his constituency of good representation through enactment of laws that would protect their lives and property as well as improve their standard of living.

Edited By: Kevin Okunzuwa and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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COVID-19: Lawmaker distributes 500 bags of rice, face masks to constituents

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Alhaji Mohammed Alkali of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, has distributed 500 bags of rice to the people of his constituency to cushion the effect of COVID-19 pandemic and to celebrate the forthcoming Eid-el-Fitri.

Alkali, who is a member representing Lafia North Constituency and the House Deputy Chief Whip, distributed the palliatives in Lafia on Wednesday.

He said that the gesture was to improve on the standard of living of the people of his constituency.

The lawmaker urged the beneficiaries to use the items for the purpose they were meant for to better their lives.

According to him, the beneficiaries were drawn from Shabu/Kwandare, Adogi, Ashige, Assakio, Arikya and Awuma Koron Kuje wards of the constituency.

“We have 250 bags of 50kg of rice and 250 bags of 25 kg of rice making a total of 500 bags distributed.

“I urge the beneficiaries to use the items in order to improve on their standard of living during the Muslim festival celebration and to cushion the effect of COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

Alkali also donated face masks to the people of his constituency in order to curtail the spread of coronavirus.

He urged the people of his constituency, the state and Nigerians at large to adhere strictly to all preventive measures against COVID-19 to contain its spread in the country.

Besides, the lawmaker also distributed 100 bags of NPK 20:10:10 of fertilizer under his Foundation “Talban Arikya Agriculture Support Foundation” to boost food security in the area and the state at large.

Alkali gave an assurance of quality representation as well as to protect the people’s interest and improve their welfare in appreciation of the mandate given to him by the people of the area.

He called on the people and the state at large to support government policies and programmes to enjoy more dividends of democracy.

Responding, the Councillor representing Ashige Ward in Lafia Legislative Council, Mr Yakubu Ali, appreciated the lawmaker for the gesture.

He promised their support to the lawmaker to succeed.

Edited By: Edwin Nwachukwu/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

 

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Lawmaker donates 2 transformers to Niger communities

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House of Representatives member, Alhaji Jafaru Mohammed, has donated two 500 KVA transformers worth N10 million to Bussa and Wawa communities in Borgu area of Niger to boost electricity supply of the communities.

The lawmaker represents Borgu/Agwara Federal Constituency of Niger in the National Assembly.

Mohammed’s Senior Legislative Aide, Alhaji Haliru Babangida, made the donation known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Borgu, Niger on Wednesday.

He said: “The donation became necessary considering the epileptic power supply facing the people of the area.”

Babangida said the people had been without electricity for three years; which compelled the federal lawmaker to make the donation.

Responding on behalf of the benefitting communities, Dr Mahmud Aliyu, District Head of Wawa community, lauded the lawmaker for the kind gesture.

“God bless Jafaru Mohammed for identifying with us at a time like this,” he said.
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Eid-el-Fitr: Lawmaker urges prayers against COVID-19

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Member representing Awe North Constituency at Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Alhaji Umar Tanko-Tunga, has urged his constituents to offer special prayers to end COVID-19 pandemic before the end of Ramadan.

He made the appeal while distributing food items to his constituents to enable them to enjoy Eid-el-Fitr celebration in Awe on Monday.

Tanko- Tunga, the Majority Leader of the Assembly, who was represented by Yusuf Abdullahi, also said the gesture was to cushion the lives of his constituents during the current lockdown.

The items distributed to various communities included 100 bags of 25kg of rice, 100 bags of 50kg of beans, 100 bags of 50kg of maize, 100 packs of salt and 100 cartons of Maggi.

“I want to call on the beneficiaries to use these items to better their lots and that of their family members.

“I also solicit your support to enable me succeed in the task ahead.

“I urge you all to support the state government policies and programmes to enjoy more dividends of democracy,’’ he said.

The lawmaker also assured the people of effective and quality representation in the legislature to make laws that would have positive impact on them.

Tanko-Tunga also urged Muslims and other Nigerians to use the period of Ramadan to intensify prayers for God’s intervention against Coronavirus in the country.

Besides, he called on Nigerians to adhere strictly to government directive and health experts advice to curtail further spread of the virus in the country.

Some of the beneficiaries who spoke during the distribution appreciated the lawmaker for the gesture and pledged their support to enable him succeed.

Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Lawmaker empowers constituents with industrial sewing machines

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Rep. Tunji Ajuloopin (APC-Kwara South) has distributed industrial sewing machines to 12 members of his constituency to boost their level of income.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that, Ajuloopin, who is the House Committee Chairman on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness, represents Ekiti/Isin/Irepodun/Oke-Ero Federal Constituency under the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Each of the beneficiaries, mostly fashion designers, which cut across the four council areas in the constituency, were presented with an industrial sewing machine each and certificates after an intensive training aimed at upgrading their production capacities.

The training, which was facilitated by Ajuloopin’s constituency office in Omu-Aran, was also in collaboration with Border Communities Development Agency (BCDA), Abuja, and Bizerve Nigeria Ltd.

The empowerment project, which was initially designed to cover the entire 42 wards of the constituency at a stretch, was done in batches as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and state government directive on social gatherings.

No fewer than 10 beneficiaries had earlier received their working tools across the wards under the same project in February.

Presenting the machines, Ajuloopin in Omu-Aran said it was meant to upgrade the capacities of the targeted beneficiaries for them to be more productive and self reliant.

Ajuloopin stated that tailoring had gone beyond relying solely on Butterfly machine, adding that there is need to ensure productivity with the industrial sewing machine in the constituency.

The lawmaker said that the empowerment was also part of a larger project plan designed to promote entrepreneurship development, skills and vocations and also a critical tool for human capital development.

“This is in fulfillment of the promises to our people during the electioneering to always interact with them, share in their difficulties and challenges and above all to be alive to their yearnings and aspirations at all times.

“The distribution of this particular working tools has a unique distinctive feature as it is quite different from ordinary sewing machines around.

“This is a modern industrial sewing machine with capacities for higher production and turnover within a short period.

“The essence is to improve and upgrade the capacities of our artisans by exposing them to new innovations and technologies in their line of trade and other activities.

“This distribution of working tools will not be limited to the fashion designers alone, but other relevant trade and business activities of our constituents.

“We want them to learn new techniques, innovations and ideas, which will in turn boost their capacities in terms of production and income generation.

“Our people have suffered neglect for a long period, they deserve to be empowered and encouraged, and that is exactly what we are doing.

“We have enough of this industrial machines to go round the wards and by God’s grace the distribution will continue in batches as we maintain the government’s social distancing directive,” he said.

Ajuloopin therefore urged the beneficiaries to ensure optimum utilisation of the items so as to serve its intended purpose and objectives.

Chief Sunday Olosunde, an APC stalwart in Ekiti Local Government Area of the state, described the gesture as unprecedented in the history of the constituency.

“We have many representatives in the constituency in the time past, but I want to say we are richly blessed and endowed to have someone like Rep. Ajuloopin at this critical time.

“Ajuloopin has demonstrated in many capacities since assuming office such sterling qualities expected of a good leader and I pray for God’s divine grace, guidance and protection for him to continue in that regard.

“I want to urge the beneficiaries of today to see their selection for this benefit as a unique opportunity to develop themselves and be self productive and reliance.

“To others still waiting for their turn, I want to assure everyone that Rep. Ajuloopin is a man of his words and stick to his promise in ensuring that no ward is left out.

“You only need to exercise patience and keep on praying for our Rep. member for more successes and achievements,” he said.

Mr Yemi Aransiola, the APC Chairman in Irepodun Local Government Area of the state, also commended Ajuloopin for being a role model and a good ambassador of the party through his people oriented programmes and initiatives.

Responding on behalf of other beneficiaries, Mr Ajiboye Kola from Omu-Aran and Mrs Damilola Sameul from Iloffa commended Ajuloopin for his foresight and described the gesture as highly beneficial and timely.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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