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Lifetime Pension: Bayelsa State Lawmakers Turn Laughing Stock

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In the light of accusations that states house of assembly hardly make laws that benefit the masses, the Bayelsa State House of Assembly has just enacted an interesting law.

www.theoctopusnews.com, can report that the state lawmakers have passed a bill into law that will see both past and present lawmakers recieving 500,000.00 annually till death.

The lawmakers described the payment a lifetime pension.

The lawmakers passed the bill into law on Wednesday, April 24th after the Leader of the House, Peter Akpe, representing Sagbama Constituency 1, moved the motion for the debate.  The bill proposed a monthly pension of N100,000 for members while the speaker and deputy speaker would be entitled to N500,000 and N200,000, respectively throughout their life after serving in the Assembly.

The Bayelsa State House of Assembly which is dominated by PDP members has since turned a laughing stock.

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Reacting to the development via a statement, APC,  publicity secretary, Doifie Buokoribo, said it was unsympathetic for members of the House of Assembly to seek to enhance their own lives at the expense of the vast majority of Bayelsa people living in pain and penury.  The party described the bill as “unjust, ungodly and self-serving,” also describing the life pension bill as an “unspeakable crime against our people.”  It called on the state governor not to assent on the bill.

The Statement In Part:

“The party has also observed how the strange idea, which was proposed as a bill and passed by the House on Wednesday has set the public pulse racing. APC Bayelsa completely rejects this life pension bill for members of the Bayelsa state House of Assembly.  “APC has been at the forefront of efforts to enthrone a regime of better life for the people of Bayelsa state. And we have led a robust opposition to the current system of anti-people governance in the state for close to eight years. Regarding this latest move by the House of Assembly, we again say that the idea is avaricious, wicked, and insensitive. “By proposing such a law, the lawmakers have merely portrayed themselves as a people who feel no concern for the feelings of their suffering constituents. They have once again confirmed that they are in cahoots with the executive in the serial impoverishment of the people of Bayelsa state.”

Meanwhile see reactions from Nigerians on twitter below:Nigerians react as Bayelsa state House of Assembly approves N500,000 life pension bill for past and present lawmakersNigerians react as Bayelsa state House of Assembly approves N500,000 life pension bill for past and present lawmakersNigerians react as Bayelsa state House of Assembly approves N500,000 life pension bill for past and present lawmakersNigerians react as Bayelsa state House of Assembly approves N500,000 life pension bill for past and present lawmakersNigerians react as Bayelsa state House of Assembly approves N500,000 life pension bill for past and present lawmakers

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COVID-19 UPDATE BY LAGOS INCIDENT COMMANDER, GOVERNOR BABAJIDE SANWO-OLU

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Dear Lagosians,

I have more great news for you from our Infectious Disease Hospital. Today, additional two female patients have recovered fully, having tested negative twice consecutively. They have been discharged from the facility.

With the newly discharged patients, we now have a total of 31 people that have fully recovered from #COVID19 in Lagos and discharged to join the community.

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We are full of appreciation to the front line health workers, working hard during this difficult time. Their successful strides in this war against COVID19 brings us joy and hope. I therefore enjoin citizens to continue to listen and obey health advisories issued by our health experts as they coordinate resources to beat #COVID19.

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I have no doubt whatsoever that we have the upper hand in this war. We are winning and we will eventually win.

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Dettol Suspends Airing Of Latest Funke Akindele Commercial

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Dettol Nigeria has suspended the airing of it’s commercial featuring thespian Funke Akindele.

Since the actress’s arrest, the organization has opted to go with an older commercial preaching the health advantage of using the brand.

This follow criticisms that has trailed the actress following her violation of the lockdown of Lagos State, Ogun State and Abuja ordered by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Reacting to the arrest of it’s ambassador, Dettol Nigeria took to Twitter to state it’s position on the violation.

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A statement read in part: “As a responsible organization, Dettol Nigeria does not condone any breach of the guidelines on Covid-19 and are concerned about the turn of events.”

NCDC, Dettol react to Funke Akindele

Recall that Akindele was arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for hosting a party to celebrate her husband’s birthday despite presidential order restricting movement and public gathering.

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Confirming the arrest of the actress, Lagos State Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, stated that the actress had been taken to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Yaba.

“Yes, we have arrested Funke Akindele and we are looking for the others. She has been taken to SCID,” Elkana stated.

 

 

 

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LAGOS GOVT TO OFFSET MEDICAL BILLS OF PREGNANT WOMEN, PATIENTS ON EMERGENCY IN PERIOD OF LOCKDOWN – SANWO-OLU

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…Governor Orders Free Treatment For Surgery Patients At State-Owned General Hospitals In New Palliative Scheme

…‘24 Patients Have Fully Survived COVID-19 In Lagos’

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Saturday, introduced more palliative scheme for vulnerable residents who might be affected by the ongoing 14-day lockdown directive imposed by the Federal Government in the State.

For the duration of the lockdown, the State Government will be offsetting the medical bills of any patient admitted into the State-owned secondary and tertiary healthcare facilities, Gov. Sanwo-Olu announced in a briefing after the State’s Security Council meeting held at the State House in Marina.

The new palliative scheme, Sanwo-Olu said, will cover the medical equipment expenses of pregnant women on maternity delivery and other categories of patients in emergency, casualty cases, laboratory testing and surgeries.

Also, the Governor said the cost of any medication bought at the State-owned secondary and tertiary healthcare facilities will be borne by the Government during the period of lockdown.

The move, Sanwo-Olu said, is to ameliorate the difficulties that may be experienced by the those whose wellbeing may have been affected by the ongoing restrictions initiated to curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic in the State.

Lagos is worst hit of the three states currently locked down by the Federal Government. Others are Ogun State and Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Sanwo-Olu said measures had been put in place to ensure the scheme was not compromised, adding that the palliative would make great impact on those in need of medical attention in the period of lockdown.

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He said: “Lagos State Government will, for the duration of the restriction on movement, be taking full responsibility for the medical bills of all patients who fall in the following categories at all Lagos State-owned secondary healthcare facilities.

“The first category are patients in emergency, casualty cases, including registration, laboratory tests, surgeries, and drugs. Those in the second category are maternity cases. We will bear the full cost of pregnant women on normal delivery and Caesarean sections in our hospitals in this period of lockdown.

“What this new scheme means is that, at this time, patients with the listed medical conditions will not need to pay to access treatment and care in all our 27 General Hospitals across the State.”

The Governor said the State had started to review the process of distribution of food relief package, which was introduced at the beginning of the restriction, admitting that the programme had made positive difference in the lives of the intended beneficiaries.

He, however, pointed out that there was ongoing appraisal of the social intervention programme, which, he said, was necessitated by pockets of irregularities observed in its implementation.

Sanwo-Olu disclosed that the restrictive measures had started to pay off, stressing that lockdown had afforded the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to keep up and make appropriate progress in tracing of contacts.

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“The restrictions have started paying off; the Nigeria Center for Disease Control has told us that they have been able to take advantage of the absence of traffic on our roads to make appreciable progress in their contact tracing,” the Governor said.

He said all patients in the State’s isolation centres were doing well and recovering faster despite the surge in Covid-19 case in Lagos. A patient, Sanwo-Olu said, was discharged on Saturday afternoon, making it 24 COVID-19 patients treated and released by the State.

Sanwo-Olu reiterated his Government’s commitment to security of residents’ lives and property, warning hoodlums who may want to take advantage of the ongoing restriction of movement to rob. The Governor ordered 24-hour security surveillance across residential areas and asked the police to dislodge hoodlums in various spots across the State.

He also said more measures would be introduced to ensure the lockdown remains effective.

On whether there would be extension of the lockdown, Sanwo-Olu said: “We are in the period of national emergency and the ongoing restriction was declared by the President. If there’s need for an extension, the Federal authorities will decide that based on the outcome of the ongoing measures.”

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