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Dogara sacks 22 ad hoc committees’ chairs

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Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, on Thursday, announced the dissolution of all ad hoc committees set up by the House prior to October 22, 2015.

Findings indicated that up to 22 committees were involved, including the Committee on the Investigation of Railway Rehabilitation and Modernisation Projects from 2010 to 2014.

The ad hoc committees were set up before the speaker appointed 96 standing committees of the current 8th House on October, 22, 2015.

Investigations by The PUNCH showed that a major reason for the dissolution of the committees was the alleged non-performance and failure to conclude assignments “over 16 months after some of them were set up.”

It was also gathered that, being ad hoc, many of the committees had no relevance anymore as the chairmen tended most times to clash with the chairmen of standing committees.

The PUNCH also learnt that some of the chairmen did not make any attempts to execute the assignments they were mandated by the House to carry out for the duration of the 16 months.

Announcing the dissolution on the floor on Thursday in Abuja, Dogara stated, “All ad hoc committees, set up before constituting the standing committees of the House have been dissolved.

“This announcement is very important to all members.

“The committees have been dissolved. Whether they completed their work or not, they have been dissolved.”

However, findings indicated that many of the dissolved committees could not deliver on their mandate because they were not adequately funded by the leadership of the House.

One source stated, “I think we have to consider the issue of funding.

“Committee assignments consume a lot of funds, especially where you have to conduct public hearings that will run for days or weeks.

“Also, many agencies of government have consistently frustrated the assignments of ad hoc committees.

“They will come up with all manner of excuses just to avoid answering questions.

“There are agencies that will never submit a single sheet of paper when you ask them to submit documents. These are some of the reasons.

“The failure of some of the committees to submit reports or conclude their investigative hearing is not entirely their fault.”

Source: Punch

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    June 29, 2017 at 7:14 am

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COVID-19 vaccine: US embassy celebrates Nigerian doctor Ogbuagu

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The United States Mission to Nigeria has celebrated Dr Onyema Ogbuagu, for his role in the development of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Ogbuagbu, who graduated from the University of Calabar in 2003, migrated to the US and rose to become an Associate Professor of Medicine and Infectious Disease Specialist at Yale University.

He was part of the team that helped pharmaceutical company, Pfizer, to develop a COVID-19 vaccine.

In a Facebook message on Monday, the US mission wrote, “Nigerians contribute to the world in so many ways. Our hats off to Dr Onyema Ogbuagu at Yale who helped develop a COVID-19 vaccine.”

Ogbuagu is the son of a former Vice-Chancellor of Abia State University, Prof Stella Ogbuagu. He also has a twin brother who is an engineer.

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Elon Musk surpasses Bill Gates to become the world’s second-richest person as Tesla’s market cap inches closer to $500 billion

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After beating Mark Zuckerberg in world rich list ranking — the billionaire Tesla CEO Elon Musk has now leapfrogged Bill Gates to grab the world’s second-richest ranking.

Musk’s net worth rose more than $7.2 billion on November 23, driven by another surge in the Tesla share price, according to the Bloomberg Billionaire Index. The current net worth of Elon Musk stands at $127.9 billion.

This comes as one of the biggest gains in the ranking of the world’s 500 richest people — Musk has added over $100.3 billion to his net worth this year.

Elon Musk surpasses Bill Gates to become the world’s second-richest person as Tesla’s market cap inches closer to $500 billion

In January 2020, he ranked 35th, but the soaring Tesla share price has driven his ranking to surpass other billionaires in the world.

The jump in Musk’s fortune came as the shares of the electric car-maker Tesla soared as the electric car makers market cap neared $500 billion on Monday.

Gates would have been on the top, had it not been for his philanthropy.

~BusinessInsider~

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#EndSARS Protest: Those who have murdered Nigerians will not benefit from trade or travel to the UK – Lyn Brown

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British politician serving as Member of Parliament, Lyn Brown has called for sanctions against those involved in the shooting incident during the EndSARS protest in Lekki on October 20.

Speaking during a debate in the house on Monday November 23, Lyn stated that the least they can do is to make sure that those who have “murdered” Nigerians and deprived them of their human rights are not able to benefit from trade or travel to the UK.

She added that these include government officials and the Nigerian army who are stopping a “transparent investigation and effecting of justice.”

The lawmaker also averred that it was unfortunate that the Federal Government went ahead to not only accuse protesters of sponsoring terrorism and freeze their accounts, but also blamed them for the increase in food prices.

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