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Gov Ikpeazu Hale And Hearty – CPS



Abia State governor’s Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Onyebuchi Ememanka, has reacted to claims in some quarters that Governor Okezie Ikpeazu has been sick and bedridden.

The CPS in a statement on Saturday refuted the claim and described it as the handiwork of political fifth columnists and agents of destabilisation.

He said the governor “is hale and hearty” and even had a busy schedule on Friday, attending to a long line of official visitors, who were at the state government house in Umuahia for one issue or the other.

Ememanka therefore called on the citizens of the state to totally ignore the rumour, which he insisted was from “agents of confusion” who derive joy in evil.

He emphasised, that the “Governor is in perfect state of health and is prepared to challenge any of those spreading the rumour to a game of soccer.”

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BREAKING: Protesters Storm NASS, Calls For Cancellation Of Presidential Election



Some protesters have stormed the national assembly in Abuja over the just concluded presidential election in Nigeria.

The protesters carried placards with the inscriptions such as ‘Save our Democracy’, “INEC + Corruption, Politicians are killing our Democracy,” and “INEC killing the Nigerian Democracy.”

Recall that some of the women were crying and laying curses.

This is coming less than 24 hours after a protest erupted at the Unity Fountain on Tuesday in Abuja.


Details later…

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MRA Makes FOI Request On Scope of Independence Granted NBC By President Buhari



Media Rights Agenda (MRA) has asked the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) through an application made pursuant to the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act, 2011 to provide it with details of the independence reportedly granted by President Muhammadu Buhari to the Commission in the exercise of its regulatory functions.

NBC’s Director General, Malam Balarabe Shehu Ilelah, had announced at a media briefing in Abuja on February 9, 2023, that the President had approved the independence of the Commission from any political interference in the exercise of its regulatory functions, particularly with respect to the issuance and withdrawal of broadcasting licences.

In an FOI request addressed to the Director-General and signed by Mr. Monday Arunsi, a Legal Officer, MRA asked the NBC for further details on the nature and scope of independence granted to the NBC.

In particular, MRA asked for information on whether the power vested in the Minister of Information under Section 6 of the NBC Act to give the Commission directives with regard to the exercise by the commission of its functions had been abolished and if so, whether there are plans to amend Section 6 of the Act accordingly.

The organization also asked whether the NBC is now the final authority responsible for the issuance of broadcast licences as against the extant practice under Section 2(b) of the NBC Act which requires the Commission to merely recommend applications through the Minister of Information to the President for the grant of radio and television licences.

In addition, it said, if the NBC is now vested with final authority to issue radio and television licences it wanted to know if there are plans to amend Section 2(b) of the NBC Act accordingly.

MRA also asked the NBC to provide it with information about other issues regarding the Commission’s independence that have been affected by the President’s approval as well as other provisions of the NBC Act that are being considered for amendment as a result.

It asked the NBC to provide it with a copy of the communication from the President through which the approval of the independence of the NBC was conveyed to the Commission.

MRA said it hoped to receive the information from the NBC no later than the seven days response time stipulated in the FOI Act.

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Kano Senator Barau Joins Race For Senate President



…Says He’s The Best Candidate For The Job

The lawmaker representing Kano North in the Senate, Senator Jubrin Barau, has officially announced his intention to run for the position of President of the Senate in the 10th National Assembly.

His declaration is coming a day after the Senate Chief Whip, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, said it is his turn to be the Senate President of the country.

Speaking to journalists at the National Assembly Wednesday morning, Senator Barau said competence, capacity and experience should be the factors to determine who should be the President of the Senate in the 10th Assembly.

On the matter of religious considerations bearing in mind that he is of the same faith with the President and Vice President elect, he said religious sentiments should not be a factor in determining who will lead the 10th Assembly.

The race for the position of principal officers of the 10th assembly is heating up as some federal lawmakers-elect in the Senate have signaled interest in running and are reported to be lobbying their colleagues for support.

Other Senators-elect who have signaled interest in the position of Senate President include Godswill Akpabio and David Umahi.

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