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Buhari addresses 51st conference of Commonwealth Parliament in Abuja

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President Muhammad Buhari on Thursday addressed the opening ceremony of the 51st conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), Africa region in Abuja Nigeria.

Represented by Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the President commended the Commonwealth nations in Africa, for the synergy between the legislature and executive, vis-à-vis interparliamentary relations that exist amongst Members state.

According to Osinbajo, President Buhari was away in Paris for a Peace Forum, where Nigeria is expected to host a segment on issues concerning ... COVID economy.

Speaking on the theme for the 51st conference, ‘African Parliaments and the Challenge of COVID-19 Pandemic’, the President said the virus has wreaked great havoc on the socioeconomic fabrics of the world, “and in particular, Africa”.

He said, “virtually all African countries have had cases, with over 6 million people infected and well over 150,000 deaths.

“Already, troubling levels of poverty and joblessness were worse here in Africa. About 40 million people have been estimated to have been pushed into extreme poverty as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, while the unemployment rate in large Commonwealth African countries, like Nigeria and South Africa, was about 30%.

“In this mystery, obviously, women and girls are the worst hits. Indeed, the lockdown has greatly shown to have increased the rate of school dropouts amongst girls, especially those from low-income families; increased child marriages, adolescent childbearing and gender-based violence; a short drop in income for most families here in Nigeria and in most of the economies in Africa will mean that the families would be making choices of what will disfavour the girl child.

“In this situation, the African policymakers and legislators were compelled to respond through policies that drive growth, create jobs, improve lives and by paying special attention to issues that will improve the lives of women and girls”.

Buhari stressed that those countries (like Nigeria), that may not have the luxury of wonderful packages that wealthier economies have, would have to look inwards and explore the opportunities of boosting productivity and overproduction, adding that, it had been tough for Nigeria and many African countries.

“In many of our nations, the executive and the legislature, work, and are still working, consciously, to seamlessly and efficiently deliver budgets and legislations, to mitigate the economic problems, in the aftermath of the pandemic”, he said.

The President, full of hope, said the pandemic has provided the opportunity to reinvigorate the economy and revisit the social contract the political class had with the people.

On his part, Speaker of the House of Representatives of Nigeria and President-designate of CPA, Africa region, Femi Gbajabiamila, advocated full integration in Africa, using the legislative instrument to have a common passport, market and a single customs and monetary union.

Gbajabiamila, in his welcome address, noted that the CPA Africa Region had and would continue to play an essential role in advancing democracy in Africa, noting that it provided an opportunity for parliamentarians across Africa to engage with and learn from each other about the challenges they shared and the strategies for overcoming them.

He said, “…let us commit ourselves to use the tools of parliamentary diplomacy and authority to enable the achievement of a common Passport, a common market and a single customs and monetary union that will make full African integration possible.

“Let us agree to use the instruments of trade and common markets to set us irreversibly on the path to a future of honourable peace, abiding prosperity and brotherhood amongst the nations of Africa.”

The opening ceremony, which had Parliamentarians and delegates from 18 countries of the Commonwealth nations in Africa, was also attended by Speakers of various Houses of Assembly in Nigeria and other lawmakers.

There were goodwill messages from Mr. Stephen Twigg, the Secretary-General, CPA, United Kingdom; Mr. Ian Liddell-Grainger, the acting chairperson of the CPA International Executive Committee, and the Chairperson, CPA Africa Region Executive Committee and Speaker of Kenyan National Assembly, Rt. Hon. Justin B. N. Muturi, represented by Vice Chairperson of the Executive Committee, Dr. Christopher Elila.

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Don Jazzy reacts to rumors of being gay

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Popular music executive and Mavin Record owner, Don Jazzy has reacted to rumors that he is gay.

Reports circulating online by blogs had it that some celebrities are gay, seeking that they come out publicly and stop deceiving young girls.

Don Jazzy was among the celebrities that was called out in the report.

Reacting to the rumors on his Instagram page, Don Jazzy promised to come out following the accusation.

On his Instagram page, he wrote: “So I hear I’m gay all the time anyways click link in my bio to subscribe because I’m going to be coming out there.”

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We are suffering, hungry, we need our November salary – Policemen

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Some policemen from different formations and commands across the country have raised the alarm over the non-payment of their November salaries.

They made this disclosure when they spoke with DAILY POST on Tuesday and Wednesday morning.

The officers, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, insisted the non-payment of their November salary has compounded their suffering.

The officers, who said that they are hungry, said that other security agents have been paid their November salaries.

The officers noted several attempts to get their salary up till Wednesday have proved to be abortive.

They explained that the police authority in a signal do not state when their salaries would be paid.

One of the officers said, “Help us shout it loud and clear, no November salary for police, the signal above indicated like that.

“All others security agents have been paid. What is our offense, is it a curse to be in Nigeria police?”

Another officer said that anyone who reveal his or her identity would be accused of leaking official secret.

“Economic crunch has crushed most of us due to irrational cost of living, an hungry man is an hangry.

“Police is seriously hunting any one that air his views, they say you are leaking official secret, they want you to remain zombie, suffering and smelling, please cover the identity”.

Another police officer in his own submission said, “It is lame excuses, police can not bare the brunt, is not our fault it is leadership failures, for Christ sake all others security agents have been paid since last week, today is 8/12, how do they want us to survive when we are not doing other jobs or to go and commit crimes.”

But, the police authority in a signal issued by Force Headquarters in Abuja and obtained by DAILY POST on Wednesday, noted that the delay was due to delay in processing of funds from the federal ministry of finance.

The signal addressed to various commands and formations reads, “Information received from IPPIS unit of OAGF indicates delay in processing of funds from federal ministry of finance for payment of November 2021 salaries which that there will be delay in payment of November 2021 salary.”

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Simba TVS launches next generation tricycle

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Simba TVS, Nigeria’s leading tricycle company has launched the brand new TVS King Deluxe+ tricycle, with revolutionary iTouch technology. Aimed at creating an easier, safer and more comfortable riding experience, the innovative new starting system of the vehicle is a product of extensive research and development by TVS Motor Company – one of the world’s largest two- and three-wheeler companies.

At a glittering event held at the Oriental Hotel in Lagos, the Simba Group launched the TVS King Deluxe+ with iTouch, which contains several upgraded features and enhancements over existing models, with the revolutionary new starting system forming the cornerstone of this next generation vehicle.

This iTouch feature assures a one-touch noiseless start and is made possible as a result of a new starting system that completely eliminates the starter motor. This not only reduces the frequency of wear on parts, but also reduces fuel consumption resulting in significantly reduced operating costs of the vehicle. The rider also enjoys a starting mechanism that is more convenient and comfortable, and an enhanced riding experience overall as a result.

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Speaking at the event, Mr Mahendra Pratap, Business Head at Simba TVS said, “We are extremely happy to launch the TVS King Deluxe+ iTouch in Nigeria today. As the first and only tricycle manufacturer worldwide to have this patented and revolutionary technology we are very excited about the benefits that will be experienced by our riders, our fleet owners and our mechanic community. Once again, Simba TVS has driven the agenda in terms of innovation in this market, and we remain committed to not only bringing the best technology and products to Nigeria, but continuing to invest in the spares network and after-sales service, which has become the hallmark of our success over the last twenty years in this industry.”

This is another feather in the cap for Simba TVS who earlier this year won the “Tricycle of the Year Award” in addition to various other awards for manufacturing excellence, service and also commendation for their contribution to socio-economic improvement of Nigeria.

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