A bill for a law establishing Kwara State Social Investment Programme on Thursday passed second reading at the Kwara House of Assembly.
The executive bill was sent to the assembly by Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrasaq and sailed through the first reading during Wednesday’s plenary.
The News Agency of Agency of Nigeria reports that the bill, which was second since the 9th Assembly came on board, seeks to tackle poverty, ensure equitable distribution of resources and promote economic growth in the state
The motion for the the second reading was moved by the House Leader, Mr Abubakar Olawoyin-Magaji and seconded by Saheed Mohammed (APC-Patigi).
Leading the debate on the bill, Olawoyin-Magaji said the bill when passed into law would coordinate resources to tackle poverty in the state.
He added that the bill would ensure equitable distribution of wealth at all levels of development.
Other lawmakers, who contributed during the debate, called for proper monitoring of the fund to be earmarked for the programme to bring the desired result.
The Clerk of the House, Mrs Halimah Perogi, read the bill for the second time.
The Speaker, Mr Danladi Yakubu-Salihu referred the bill to a five man ad-hoc committee headed by Saheed Popoola (APC-Ojumu/Balogun) to organise public hearing on the bill and report back to the house in a two weeks.
Social distancing: NRC to work on coaches to resume operation – Official
The Lagos Railway District Manager, Mr Jerry Oche, made this disclosure in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Lagos while speaking on possibility of the corporation resuming service.
Oche said: “We are working round the clock to see how we can maintain social distance in the coaches, if we must run and keep social distance.
“Nobody can tell when this COVID-19 will end; it has come to say for some time and government is already opening up the space gradually.
“Coaches of the mass transit trains service are to be worked upon to accommodate the possibility for social distancing, if we must resume and maintain social distancing,” he said.
According to him, the Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs) trains are under repairs in case the need arises for the corporation to begin MTTS amidst COVID-19.
NAN recalls that the NRC announced the suspension of the Lagos-Ogun MTTS on March 25 as a measure to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the state and the country.
Though the MTTS has yet to resume, the corporation has been operating freight services from Apapa Port to Alagomeji Terminals in Yaba as well as to Ijoko Terminals in Ogun.
Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Ejike Obeta (NAN)
Social distancing still required in Spain despite slowing spread of virus
The spread of COVID-19 in Spain is slowing and the country is coming out of confinement with a gradual lifting of the lockdown, but social distancing norms remain.
Police in the city of Toledo in central Spain raided an illegal party on Sunday in which 29 people attended, violating rules of no more than 15 individuals in a gathering.
On May 31 it was reported that Prince Joaquin of Belgium and 27 other people faced fines after attending an illegal gathering in Cordoba, in southern Spain, earlier in the month. The Prince subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 and everyone who attended the party was obliged to start two-weeks quarantine.
The Spanish Health Ministry has warned in recent weeks that illegal gatherings are now one of the main vectors for virus infection, which has claimed over 27,000 Spanish lives.
Finland’s Social Democratic Party gains popularity: poll
The support for the Finnish Social Democratic Party (SDP) rose to 23.2 percent, showed a poll commissioned by the national broadcaster Yle and published on Thursday.
In the poll, the support for SDP rose by 1.1 percentage points, while support for the Center Party went down by 1.5 percentage points to 10.7 percent, which means SDP has further increased its lead over its main partner, the Center, in the current five-party coalition cabinet. The Green Leagues, also in the cabinet, surpassed the Center as well in the poll.
Tuomo Turja, research director of the Taloustutkimus, one of Finland‘s leading market research companies, noted on Yle that the speed of the ten percentage point increase in the popularity of the SDP since last December is unprecedented.
Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin represents the SDP, while Finance Minister Katri Kulmuni is chairman of the Center party.
The poll led to an open statement by the centrist parliamentary leader that the party could leave the cabinet. Antti Kurvinen, chairman of the Center Party Parliamentary Group, said on Yle that the party must get its policy goals through in the autumn, otherwise it may not continue. Kurvinen insisted that the government must agree on the “renewal of the labour market” to increase employment.
Bill to establish Plateau Social Investment Programme passes second reading
A Bill for a law to establish Plateau State Social Investment Programme (PLASSIP) has passed second reading at the State House of Assembly.
Mr Yahaya Mavo (APC, Wase,)who presented the bill to the house, said that the objectives of the document was to alleviate poverty and hunger in the state.
Mavo told the house at plenary on Wednesday that the law when passed, would ensure equitable distribution of resources to vulnerable population.
The lawmaker listed the vulnerable population to include youths, children, women, widows, traders, physically challenged and the aged that may be identified by the programme.
According to him, the PLASSIP will improve the socio-economic condition of the populace at the grassroots by promoting prompt delivery of services geared toward poverty reduction in the state.
“If enacted, PLASSIP will formulate policies and utilise strategies for the effective implementation of the programme aimed at poverty reduction.
“It will also stimulate economic growth as it supports those within the lowest poverty bracket.
“It will ensure human capital development through cash benefits, skills acquisition and empowerment to various categories of poor and vulnerable people.
“It will set up an appropriate amount annually to improve the living conditions of Plateau people as it collaborates with banks to achieve its goal,” he added.
Mr Nanbol Daniel, (PDP, Langtang North Central) in his contribution said that the programme apart from other benefits, would generate the data that might be used during crucial times like the pandemic.
“It will register, capture data and verify beneficiaries that may benefit in times of pandemic like COVID-19 or any disaster.
“It will go a long way in identifying the poorest of the poor, those who truly need help,” he said.
The lawmaker added that the programme would complement the Federal Government’s social investment programme with the aim of sustaining it.
The committee,according to Ayuba ,should report back to the House on July 17.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that the bill was sponsored by the Speaker, Mr Abok Ayuba, Mr Yahaya Mavo and Mr Nanbol Daniel.