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    Reps: Why we wanted to pass bill on compulsory vaccination without public hearing

Reps: Why we wanted to pass bill on compulsory vaccination without public hearing

The house of representatives says its attempt to pass the infectious diseases control bill without subjecting it to public hearing was an oversight. Femi Gbajabiamila, the speaker, said the lawmakers wanted a speedy passage of the bill to address health concerns amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The bill was introduced and passed for second reading in April without some of the lawmakers knowing about [...]

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    ICYMI: Reps agree to subject diseases control bill to public hearing

ICYMI: Reps agree to subject diseases control bill to public hearing

Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house of representatives, says the infectious diseases control bill will be subjected to public hearing. The speaker said the bill, which has been a subject of controversy, will reflect the opinions and wishes of Nigerians before it is passed. The green chamber introduced the bill last Tuesday and passed it for second reading, even with most lawmakers [...]

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    Our framework for managing COVID-19 is outdated, says Gbaja

Our framework for managing COVID-19 is outdated, says Gbaja

Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house of representatives, says Nigeria’s framework for managing the COVID-19 pandemic is outdated.  President Muhammadu Buhari had in March signed the quarantine act and ordered a five-week long lockdown in the federal capital territory (FCT, Lagos and Ogun.  At a session with the presidential task force on COVID-19 on Tuesday, Boss Mustapha, secretary to the government of [...]

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    Melaye sues Gbaja over bill seeking compulsory vaccination for infectious diseases

Melaye sues Gbaja over bill seeking compulsory vaccination for infectious diseases

Dino Melaye, a former senator from Kogi state, has sued Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house of representatives, over a bill which seeks compulsory vaccination for every Nigerian child against some infectious diseases. In the suit filed at the federal high court in Abuja on Monday, the former senator sought the protection of his fundamental rights over the infectious diseases control bill. He [...]

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    ‘Compulsory vaccination, arbitrary arrest’ — inside house of reps’ diseases control bill

‘Compulsory vaccination, arbitrary arrest’ — inside house of reps’ diseases control bill

When the house of representatives resumed plenary sessions on Tuesday, the lawmakers debated on a number of issues including the infectious diseases control bill which seeks to repeal the quarantine act of 1926 and provide new regulations that would enable Nigeria to adequately manage situations like the coronavirus pandemic. The bill, which passed for second reading on that day, has been [...]

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    EXTRA: Masks make it difficult for Gbaja to recognise colleagues at plenary

EXTRA: Masks make it difficult for Gbaja to recognise colleagues at plenary

Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house of representatives, says wearing face masks has made it “very difficult” to recognise fellow lawmakers in the green chamber, some of whom had their faces entirely covered. Gbajabiamila jokingly expressed frustration at identifying fellow lawmakers less than one hour into Tuesday’s plenary session. The green chamber resumed sitting after their five weeks recess, with each of [...]

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    Ehanire: I don’t know if Nigerian doctors are paid hazard allowance for COVID-19

Ehanire: I don’t know if Nigerian doctors are paid hazard allowance for COVID-19

Osagie Ehanire, minister of health, says he is not aware if medical doctors and other health practitioners managing COVID-19 patients in Nigeria are paid any hazard allowance. Ehanire, who met with the leadership of the national assembly in Abuja on Thursday, said what the doctors are doing is their routine job. The meeting was between the lawmakers and the members of the [...]

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    Doctors from China are under quarantine, says health minister

Doctors from China are under quarantine, says health minister

Osagie Ehanire, minister of health, says the medical personnel that arrived Nigeria from China to aid the fight against coronavirus are currently under quarantine. Ehanire, who met with the leadership of the national assembly alongside the presidential task force on COVID-19, in Abuja on Thursday, said the doctors have also been tested for the virus. On Wednesday, TheCable had reported that about 15 [...]

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    ‘Your reaction to our comment is baseless’ — Lawan tackles Maryam Uwais

‘Your reaction to our comment is baseless’ — Lawan tackles Maryam Uwais

Senate President Ahmad Lawan has described as ''unfair and baseless'' a statement made by Maryam Uwais, special adviser to the president on social investments. Uwais had reacted to comments credited to Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house of representatives, on the national social investment programme (NSIP). Uwais said the comments of the national assembly leaders were "regrettable and unfortunate". At a meeting [...]

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    ‘You got it wrong’ — Uwais tackles Lawan, Gbaja over SIP

‘You got it wrong’ — Uwais tackles Lawan, Gbaja over SIP

Maryam Uwais, special adviser to the president on social investment programme (SIP), says the claims made by Senate President Ahmad Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house of representatives, on conditional cash transfer are "regrettable and dangerous." Lawan and Gbajabiamila had faulted the manner in which SIP was being implemented during the 14-day lockdown ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari. At a [...]

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    Gbaja: We suspended $22.7bn loan request over south-east ‘exclusion’

Gbaja: We suspended $22.7bn loan request over south-east ‘exclusion’

Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house of representatives, says the green chamber suspended consideration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s loan request over the reported sidelining of the south-east. Gbajabiamila said this when he hosted Leaders of Faith Forum from the south-south and south-east in Abuja on Wednesday. South-east senators had alleged the exclusion of the region in the spending plan for the proposed [...]

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    Letter to the speaker

Letter to the speaker

BY OSSAI OSSAI His Excellency, Mr. Speaker, may recall that the House of Representatives recorded the first reading of the bill for "An Act to Establish Federal Polytechnic Kwale, Delta state, 2019 (HB. 296) on the 25th Day of July 2019; and unanimously passed it into law on the 14th day of November 2019 after due legislative considerations. And accordingly transmitted [...]

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    Gbaja on visa ban: US should not treat the giant of Africa this way

Gbaja on visa ban: US should not treat the giant of Africa this way

Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house of representatives, has sought a review of the immigrant visa ban which the United States imposed on Nigeria. Speaking when he received Mary Leonard, US ambassador to Nigeria, in Abuja, the speaker said: "Nigeria being the giant of Africa should not be treated that way." The US had issued a proclamation imposing a ban on the issuance of [...]

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    Jibrin, Gbaja’s ally, loses seat in house of reps

Jibrin, Gbaja’s ally, loses seat in house of reps

Abdulmumin Jibrin of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has lost his seat in the house of representatives. In the rerun election for Kuru and Bebeji federal constituency of Kano state on Saturday, Jibrin was defeated by Aliyu Yako of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) with a margin of 35,000 votes. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Yako as the winner after he [...]

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CAN has become a tool in the hands of politicians, says cleric

Isaac Itodo, general overseer of the Ark of Covenant Total Life Ministries, says the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has been fraternising with political opponents of the present administration in heating the polity in Nigeria at the detriment of uniting the body of Christ in Nigeria. The cleric stated this in a chat with journalists in the wake [...]

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    Gbaja, Makinde up for honorary doctorate degrees at JABU’s 10th convocation

Gbaja, Makinde up for honorary doctorate degrees at JABU’s 10th convocation

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