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Senator Accuses Nigeria’s Vice President Sambo Of ‘Dereliction Of Duty’

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A senator, Olubunmi Adetunmbi, on Friday accused Vice President Namadi Sambo, of breaching the constitution over his failure to hold the periodic National Economic Council, NEC, meetings.

namadi-sambo-2In a statement signed by his media aide, Tosin Omoniyi, Mr. Adetunmbi said Mr. Sambo’s failure to hold the council meeting for a fifth time was a neglect of duty by the Vice President. He urged President Goodluck Jonathan, and well-meaning Nigerians to call Mr. Sambo to order.

Quoting the constitution, Mr. Adetunmbi said the vice president is supposed to sit with state governors and the Governor of the Central Bank to periodically discuss issues surrounding national economy.

“The 3rd Schedule, Part 1, Section H (18) of the Constitution states inter alia, that the vice president shall have powers to advise the president concerning the economic affairs of the nation in particular the measures necessary for the economic planning efforts of the various governments of the nation.

The non-convening of these meetings constitutes a breach of the constitution and a dereliction of duty by the Vice President. It is on record that this is the 5th consecutive time that this meeting would be called and abruptly cancelled just a few days or few hours before the appointed time,” the lawmaker from Ekiti State said.

Mr. Adetunmbi, who is the Vice Chairman of the Senate Committee on Interior, also noted that the absence of discussions between the Federal and state Governments had stunted the growth of the economy while creating a needless barrier in the effective coordination of the nation’s economy between both tiers of the federation.

The Nigeria Governors Forum, led by Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers, had also lamented the failure of NEC to hold and abrupt cancellations of scheduled ones. The NEC statutorily headed by the Vice President, Namadi Sambo, has not met for months because of the crisis rocking the body.

The council advises the Nigerian president on the economy, particularly on measures necessary for the co-ordination of the economic planning efforts or economic programmes of the various governments of the federation. Membership of the Council, which should meet once every month, includes all state governors, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Ministers of Justice, National Planning, Finance and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.

The meeting of the council slated for last December was hurriedly shelved allegedly based on reports reaching Mr. Sambo that some of the state governors were planning to confront him on some economic issues.

The governors were reportedly disturbed by the state of the economy, including the $5 billion allegedly missing from the Excess Crude Account, ECA. Another one slated for January was also cancelled less than a day before the meeting.

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Rifle allegedly seized from drunk policeman (video)

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A drunk policeman identified as Garba Salisu is currently the talk of social media.

Passersby who saw a drunk police officer carrying a gun, seized the gun from him then poured water on him to help revive him.

In a video shared online, people are seen surrounding the police officers and commenting about the fact that he was inebriated already at that time of the day.

A man is seen pouring a sachet of water on the policeman’s head.

Voices in the video are heard saying the policeman was seen at about 4pm on Saturday, Nov 28, at CBN Junction, close to Abuja Police Command Headquarters.

Watch the video below:

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Settling down is not easy when you are a babymama — Actress Bisola Aiyeola

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Former Big Brother Naija housemate cum actress, Bisola Aiyeola, has said it hasn’t been easy raising a family.

The multi-talented TV star, in an interview with Sun News, revealed that getting married and building a new home might not be a bed of roses for someone who already has a child.

“There’s the urge to have that close nuclear family unit and then there’s the reality; it’s not that easy having another child and building a new home. I’ve heard from other people’s experiences too. Somehow, I’ve been able to manage all these years with my daughter.

I am proud of her; she’s in secondary school now. I just want to work on giving her the best. I won’t say that I am using torchlight to look for a family now, but if it does happen, I’ll embrace it with all of me. But the reality of it is that, it’s not as beautiful as it sounds,” she said.

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Nurse who is HIV positive, reveals how she’s been keeping her husband safe from the virus

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A nurse who is HIV positive is currently making rounds on social media and has taken to social media and revealed how she’s been keeping her husband safe from the virus.

The South African lady identified as Angela Motsusi disclosed this in a recent post she made on her Facebook wall.

According to her, HIV patients who take their ARVs daily, attend all clinic appointments and do blood checks as scheduled are safe of have sex with a negative partner.

She wrote on Facebook, “Living testimonies of #UequalsU , it’s simple really, if you are HIV positive, take your ARVs daily and attend all your clinic appointments and do blood checks as scheduled, by taking your treatment everyday you will be virally suppressed and with a sustained, suppressed viral load you CANNOT sexually transmit HIV to your partner, I am positive and he is negative. #normalizinghivchallenge #uequalsusouthafrica”

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