Divergent views by lawmakers and other stakeholders rocked the proposed bill to establish the Clean Nigeria Agency for prohibition of open urination and defecation.
The Senate Committee on Water Resources on Monday held a one-day public hearing on the bill, but government agencies and the Federal Ministry of Water Resources differed extensively on the possibility of the agency, fearing that there might be duplication of responsibilities.
The Committee, which was chaired by Senator Bello Mandiya, could not arrive at a concrete direction given the bill’s trailing mixed reactions, particularly as the Federal Ministry of Water Resources which knocked the bill appeared to be convincing in their presentations.
Sponsor of the bill, Senator Clifford Ordia maintained in his submission that there need to end open urination and defecation in Nigeria, stating that the bill has passed second reading which the public hearing would afford the Senate to gather views for further legislative action.
Ordia said the bill would also complement the Presidential Executive Order 009 on enforcement and sanctions against Open Defecation System (ODS).
In his opening speech, Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, said the bill was necessary due to its implications on the size of the population, public welfare and the environment.
He said: “I want to urge the Committee to take a critical look at all presentations from stakeholders in order to arrive at a fair hearing.”
Also the Society for Water and Sanitation led by Attah Benson, expressed their own view, saying that there is a need for proper coordination and synergy on Sanitation and environmental issues between States and Local governments.
“State governments should strengthen their contributions to the issues because water and sanitation matters are human rights,” National Coordinator of the society.”
Sen. Bello Mandiya, Chairman of the committee, expressed concern that in spite of huge funds and availability of personnel with capacity, Nigeria still ranked the highest among countries that practised open defecation.
Mandiya was shocked that Nigeria had not attained significant progress in sanitation after four years of a committee to tackle the situation.
“Why have we not done well like India that tackled its situation within four years”, he asked.
Oshiomhole Clears Air On Calling Makinde ‘Over Hyped Social Media Gov’
Adams Oshiomhole, former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has reacted to tweets disparaging Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State.
Oshiomhole denied calling Makinde ‘an over hyped social media governor’.
The tweets ascribed to Oshiomhole denigrated the governor amongst other issues.
However, the former, in a statement signed by his media aide, Victor Oshioke on Sunday, distanced himself from the handle.
The former APC National Chairman described the Twitter handle as fake.
According to the former Comrade governor, the handle is not operated by him or any of his aides.
The statement reads: “The attention of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has been drawn to a series of tweets from a twitter account @A_Oshiomhole commenting on recent national issues. Specifically, there was a tweet that originated from this account on January 20, 2022 which seem to insinuate that H. E. Seyi Makinde, Executive Governor of Oyo State is an “Overhyped Social Media Governor.”
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“We wish to alert the general public that this twitter account is fake as it is not operated by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole or any of his aides.”
The APC chieftain stressed that he holds Makinde in high esteem; hence has no reason to disparage him privately or publicly.
“Let it be on record that all tweets that have originated from this account or will originate from it in the future do not represent the opinions or sentiments of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.”
Oshiomhole also disassociated himself from some Twitter handles carrying his names and photographs.
“Some of them are: @adamsoshiomhole, @Oshiomhole, @adamsosh, @_adamsoshiomole, @adamsOshiomhol, @Adamsoshiomol4, @Adamsoshiomol5”
Disclosing his handle, the former APC National Chairman said his “official handle which will be verified soon is @aoshiomhole.”
Matthew Ashimolowo Appoints Son As UK Resident Pastor, Hints At ‘Retirement’
Founder of the Kingsway International Christian Centre, Pastor Matthew Ashimolowo, has appointed his first son, Tobi Ashimolowo, as Resident Pastor 2 of the KICC in London.
This is as he briefly hinted at his own ‘retirement’.
Tobi will be assisting his mother, Yemisi Ashimolowo, who has been the resident pastor at the church for a long time.
A video posted on the Facebook Page of a Christian platform, Church Gist, on Sunday, showed Ashimolowo making the announcement to the excitement of the congregation.
In the video, Ashimolowo said, “In a very major way from this morning, we will no longer have one resident pastor. Yemisi has always been our resident pastor, so she will be Resident Pastor 1. Our new resident pastor is Pastor Tobi Ashimolowo. So, he is our Resident Pastor 2, he has to take some serious responsibility from now on. These guys are retiring their father.”
He prayed that his son will be anointed and favoured by God, and that God will use him to draw his own generation to God, and to shake systems.
Tobi is one of Ashimolowo’s two sons. He founded the Vault, a high-end store for men’s wear and accessories.
The KICC is a Pentecostal church which has branches in Europe, America, Africa including Nigeria. It started in North London in 1992 by Reverend Matthew Ashimolowo.
According to the KICC website, the church is “the largest growing church in Western Europe”. The church claims that it builds its members by investing in “the socio-economic and spiritual needs of multi-cultural communities and our overall desire and commitment to live our lives based on the teachings of Jesus Christ”.
Nigeria vs Tunisia: NFF Under ‘Fire’ Over Buhari’s Video Conference With Super Eagles
The Nigerian Football Federation, NFF, has come under fire for allowing President Muhammadu Buhari to address the Super Eagles.
Buhari had addressed the Super Eagles of Nigeria via a video conference, ahead of their match against the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia.
The Super Eagles will today tackle Tunisia in a knockout stage match at 8pm in the ongoing African Cup of Nations, AFCON, in Cameroon.
The President spoke with Coach Augustine Eguavoen, Captain Ahmed Musa , Amaju Pinnick, NFF President, and others
Mentioning two of the players, Kelechi Iheanacho and Moses Simon, President Buhari urged the Super Eagles to continue making Nigerians happy, not only by winning the second round match, but to eventually lift the trophy.
Reacting, former presidential aide, Reno Omokri, wondered why NFF allowed Buhari speak with the Super Eagles before an important match.
The socio-political activist recounted how Buhari spoke with Anthony Joshua and Eagles in the last AFCON, and they all lost their matches.
In a tweet, Omokri wrote: “Oh oh! Why did NFF allow Buhari speak with the Super Eagles players now! What is wrong with NFF?
“Have the forgotten what happened after he spoke to Anthony Joshua? Or Eagles in the last AFCON? Please we want to win. This nonsense must not repeat itself!”
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