Following the closure of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja, few days to the commencement of the World Pension Summit, President Goodluck Jonathan, on Monday ordered the Ministers of Finance, Federal Capital Territory and Aviation to meet and work out modalities for the construction of a second runway for airport next year.
The airport, which is the country’s second busiest after the Lagos Airport, was closed to allow for repairs of potholes on the only existing runway at the airport.
Speaking at the World Pension Summit, Africa Special in Abuja, President Jonathan tried to assuage the feelings of the visiting delegates by assuring them that he would address their concern on the airport.
“We are just trying to resurface the runway. I think the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, the FCT Minister and the Aviation Minister must meet and the Abuja second runway must commence next year”, Jonathan said.
He made the remark while reacting to the concern expressed by one of the co-founders and Co-President of the World Pension Summit over the closure of the Abuja airport and how it may have affected delegates’ entry to the nation’s capital.
Though the Nigerian president did not dwell much on the closure, he agreed with the Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala that Nigeria’s pension assets may grow to $100 billion in the next 20 years.
“Within 10 years of sustained policy innovation and meticulous management have facilitated confidence and credibility in our pension system and administration. We have also strengthened our pension institution as you can see from the deficit of about N2 trillion then, that is about $12.9 billion in 2004 to accumulated pension assets of over N4.21 trillion, that is about $27.2 billion by March this year.
“So, we can see that within 10 years, if we could move from a deficit of about N2 trillion to positive N4.21 trillion, that means we agree with the coordinating minister for the economy that in another two decades, we should get up to $100 billion”, President Jonathan stated.
Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun
Some of the vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were also destroyed by the thugs but the Governor himself was evacuated to safety by his security team.
As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.
While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.
#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Constitutes Panel Of Enquiry
In a bid to quell the #EndSARS protest which is spreading like a raging inferno across the country, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State has set up a panel of inquiry and restitution for victims of SARS.
This was announced in a statewide broadcast on Thursday.
The panel will be a 7-man panel which will ensure that all those with verifiable cases of SARS brutality or fatality receive compensation.
The Panel will be chaired by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, while members are Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN (representing the Civil Society), Taiwo Lakanu (a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police), Patience Udoh (representing the Civil Society); Segun Awosanya aka Segalink (Human Rights Activist).
Others are Olutoyin Odusanya (Director, Citizens Mediation Center), a rep/member of the youth-led protest, and a representative of the Human Rights Commission.
There will be a help desk for the complaints and petitions to the panel.
Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother
Abigail Makinde, the mother of the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is dead.
The Chief Press Secretary to Mr Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, however, told newsmen that the family will soon make an official statement on the death of the deceased.
He said: “Yes. The family will make an official statement.
“The family will soon make an official statement. In the next few minutes, the family will make an official statement, in few minutes.”
It was gathered that Mr Makinde lost his father, Olatunbosun Makinde, a few years ago.
It was learnt that Mrs Makinde died in the early hours of Thursday.
She died at the age of 81.
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