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“We will not Allow China Maltreat Nigerians” – Gbajabiamila Confronts Chinese Ambassador

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“We will not Allow China Maltreat Nigerians” – Gbajabiamila Confronts Chinese Ambassador

Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of Nigeria’s House of Representatives had a meeting with the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Zhou Pingjian on April 10 over the maltreatment of Nigerians living in China.

He confronted Pingjian with a protest video in which a Nigerian was seen challenging Chinese officials over the maltreatment. He also demanded that Chinese authorities address the issues.

In some of the videos, some Nigerian citizens were protesting against being forced into another 14-day quarantine after the initial 14- day they spent for same purpose over the COVID-19 pandemic in China.

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Commenting on the incident, Gbajabiamila said;

 “If the diplomatic relationships between our two countries are for the mutual benefits of our citizens, then there must be respect for our citizens, and we should not compromise it.

“As a government, we will not allow Chinese or other nationals to be maltreated just as we will not allow Nigerians to be maltreated in other countries.

“The way you treat your citizens, we expect that’s how you’ll treat others. We will not tolerate our citizens breaking your laws but the crime of one citizen cannot be used to stigmatize the whole country.

“It appears that’s what happened in this case. You can’t use one brush to smear the whole wall. Whatever the reason, it cannot be used and taken out on the entire community in China”.

Responding to the confrontation, Pingjian promised to take it up with the home government even though he has not been officially informed.

He said;

“We take our relationship with Nigeria very seriously. Until we receive a full report from back home, I cannot act but I can assure you it is not a policy issue.

“We treat everyone equally but during the implementation of the COVID-19 measures in China, it is possible for some incidents; all I do is to take it back home, today I will.”

Gbajabiamila further stated that he will be expecting a feedback from Chinese authorities.

He added;

“It is better we nip it in the bud so that it doesn’t escalate to another level. So, by Tuesday, if you have the information to give us, if steps have been taken, let’s talk about it and let’s see the way forward.”

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Domak Shelter Ltd. Partners with VIO, Offers 1000 Housing Units

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vio home welfare staff cooperative Society partner with Domak Shelter Ltd to Build 1000 Housing Units for Staff

DOMAK SHELTER LTD. PARTNERS WITH VIO, OFFERS 1000 HOUSING UNITS

A Leading real estate firm in Nigeria ‘Domak Shelter Ltd.’ is partnering with the Directorate of Road Services, Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO) to offer 1,000 Housing units to its Staff at Domak Garden City, Karshi.

Few days ago, Domak Shelter Ltd. launched the Face of Domak Project- a marketing competition platform through which all Domak products will be sold while the best marketer would be rewarded handsomely.

Interestingly, the Face of Domak project kick-started with 25,000 easy House ownership scheme and the marketers have already step up their games.

In line with this innovative project, the Management Team of Domak Shelter Ltd. ably led by the Chief Executive Officer ‘Amb. Kingsley Azonobi’ signed and sealed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today, 4th August, 2020 at the VIO Headquarters, Mabushi with the Management team of the VIO Home & Welfare Staff Cooperative Society Ltd. to build 1,000 Housing Units for the staff of VIO.

 This agreement was signed in the presence of the 9 members of the Face of Domak Board of Trustees, Management team of the VIO Home &Welfare Staff Cooperative Society Ltd. and the members of the press.

Bar. Felix Nnadi who is head of Consultancy Units of the Cooperative Society commended the leadership of Domak Shelter Ltd. for this innovative project and expressed his excitement about the signing of the MoU.

In his statement, He said the initiative came along with liberal terms which will mark a legacy in the life of the VIO officials. According to him, the approval for the signing of this MoU was obtained from the Head of National body of the Organization ‘Engr. Sir Paul Bebe’ as well as the excos of the Cooperative Society Nationwide.

Speaking on the August event, Usman Yahaya who is the Director of Administrations VIO made reference on a similar project with the former Minister of Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) who is now the Governor of Kaduna State ‘Gov. Nasir El- rufai’ and how benefiting the project was to the civil servants at that time.

However, he urges Domak Shelter Ltd to make the Housing Scheme an affordable venture for the civil servants.

“The issue of Housing is very important in any civil servant life. When you come to look at it critically, after you must have served for 35-36 years then you retire and the pension is not forth coming. (Even the Housing, where to put your head is no longer there). Therefore, this forms a very important aspect of any civil servant life.”  He said

“Coming up with this very exercise is a very nice one for the VIO. This will go along way to help the staff of VIO plan their retirement life” He added.

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Mr. Mberi Yaro, the Vice chairman of the Directorate, Conference of Directors VIO stated his willingness for every VIO officers to participate in this opportunity. He therefore advised the both parties involved in the MoU to ensure commitment to this laudable project.

Responding, Amb. Kingsley Azonobi expressed his gratitude and commended the VIO management team for the partnership deed. In his statement, he assured them his commitment towards delivering affordable 1,000 housing units to their staff as well as real time monitoring technology ‘Project Watch’ which will enable all subscribers get the actual coordinates to their land.

Worthy of note, the legal adviser to the VIO ‘Bar. Udah’ a 33 years legal practitioner commended the efforts put together in the preparation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). He therefore advised the both parties to honor the terms and conditions of the MoU.

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Secondary School Exit Classes to Resume August 4 for WAEC Exams Starting August 17

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Secondary School Exit Classes to Resume August 4 for WAEC Exams Starting August 17
Secondary School Exit Classes

The Ministry of Education has announced that exit classes in Secondary schools across the nation will reopen for academic activities on August 4.

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A statement released this afternoon July 27, by the Director of Press, Ministry of Education, Ben Bem Goong, says students in exit classes are to resume immediately after the Salah breaks so they can take their WAEC examinations scheduled to begin August 17.

Goong said this decision was taken at the virtual consultative meeting of the Federal Ministry of Education, Commissioners of Education in the 36 states, the Nigerian Union of Teachers, Proprietors of Private schools, and Chief Executive of Examination bodies.

The Federal government had initially suspended the reopening of schools due to the increase in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Read the statement from the Ministry of Education below;

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House of Reps Probes North East Development Commission Over the Misappropriation of ‘₦100 Billion in 1 year

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House of Representatives Probes North East Development Commission Over the Misappropriation of  ‘₦100 Billion in 1 year

The house of representatives probes the North-East Development Commission (NEDC) over the alleged mismanagement of N100 billion.

The happened as a result of the motion moved by Ndudi Elumelu, the minority leader of the house, on Thursday.

The commission was established in 2017 to reconstruct states affected by insurgency in the North-east.

According to Elumelu, the N100 billion given to the commission by the federal government “vanished” with nothing to show for it.

The Delta lawmaker accused Mohammed Goni Alkali, commission’s managing director, of awarding non-existent contracts.

“The N100 billion so far disbursed to the commission by the federal government is said to have vanished under a year without any visible impact on the refugees nor any infrastructural development credited to the name of the commission in the whole of the north-east,” Alkali said.

 

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“The corrupt practices include high handedness by the managing director, Mohammed Goni Alkali, over inflation of contracts, awards of non-existent contracts, massive contract splitting and flagrant disregard for the procurement laws in the award of contracts.

“There are allegations of how the minister of humanitarian affairs and disaster management, Sadiya Farouk, was said to have entered into an unholy deal with the managing director of the commission to illegally withdraw money for the purchase military vehicles without any recourse to the board.

“The act, which completely disregards the country’s procurement laws, must be seriously frowned at.”

The house adopted the motion after it was put to a voice vote by Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house.

The motion was referred to the house committees on finance, procurement and NEDC. The report on the probe is expected to be turned in after eight weeks.

The development is coming days after the house  has concluded its investigation on the alleged mismanagement of N81.5 billion by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

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