Reps propose six months jail term for anyone that jumps queues
The House of Representatives is proposing a six months jail term for
anyone caught jumping queues in public places. The bill which is
currently on the floor of the house, scaled second reading yesterday
According to the sponsor of the bill, Abubakar Amuda-Kannike
(Kwara-APC), the bill if passed will ensure that Nigerians conduct
themselves orderly in public places.
“The bill underscores the need to re-awaken a derailed national culture
by proposing disciplinary measures to guide Nigerians in their daily
behaviours. In our society today, out of total disregard for other
persons, who strive to do the right thing by conducting themselves
orderly in public places, a large number of Nigerians distort queues and
go unpunished. The bill if passed shall provide a starting point of
value and cultural re-orientation in Nigeria. The bill underscores the
need to re-awaken the derailed national culture by proposing
disciplinary measures to guide Nigerians in their daily behaviors. Any
nation that is not organised cannot have rapid growth. We should be seen
as organised people from point of entry but we have accepted that
anything goes. Every school should have civic education in its
curriculum to instil patriotism and orderliness in the country”he said
Another lawmaker, Sam Onuigbo who spoke in favor of the bill, said that
it would among other things, ensure orderliness, equity, fairness and
justice in the distribution of services in the country.
“It will be nice for us to be seen as orderly people from the point of entry into the country,” Onuigbo said.
Lai Mohammed explains why Buhari chose UK hospitals ahead of Nigerian Hospitals
The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has given
reasons why President Muhammadu Buhari shunned Nigerian hospitals and
decided to travel to the United Kingdom to seek medical attention.
Mohammed spoke during a live radio programme titled, ‘Morning Crossfire’, on Nigeria Info Abuja 95.1FM, on Thursday.
An angry caller had criticised the All Progressives Congress-led
government for going back on its promise to bar public officials from
travelling abroad for medical treatment at the expense of taxpayers.
In his reaction, however, Mohammed said,
“My answer is very simple. Mr President is our father, he
is the leader of the nation and I think he deserves the best in terms
of medical treatment.”
Responding to another question on why the Buhari government was
flouting court orders regarding the release of some detained politically
exposed persons, Mohammed said,
“If it is a court order and the order is not appealed, then you have flouted the order.
“But if the order is appealed, then it is not a final order. Also,
you have to balance national security with the rule of law. In the case
of Ifeanyi Ubah, I think it is neither here nor there.”
A caller commended the Federal Government for its achievements but
lamented the high cost of food prices, especially rice. Responding, the
“The truth of the matter is that in 2015, this government
imported 580,000MT of rice. We cut it down to 58,000MT in 2016 and we
have saved about $200m in the process.
“Yes, we understand the cost of rice is still high and we are going
to intervene through price fixing by subsidising the cost of
Bird Flu Breaks Out In 7 States
The Federal Government on Friday alerted the public to the outbreak of
Avian Influenza or Bird Flu in the FCT and seven states of the country.
Director of Veterinary and Pest Control Services, Federal Ministry of
Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr Gideon Mshelbwala, stated this at a
meeting with state Commissioners of Agriculture in Abuja on Friday.
listed the states affected by the outbreak to include Bauchi, Kaduna,
Kano, Katsina, Nasarawa, Plateau, FCT and lastly Kaduna, which reported a
case on May 30.
He said that the disease had spread across
26 states of the federation and the FCT since it started in 2008
affecting 800 farms in no fewer than 123 local government areas.
who said that there were no scientifically proven vaccines for bird
flu, noted that the Federal Government was adopting quarantine, movement
control, stamping out, decontamination and bio-security measures to
curb the spread.
The director expressed regret over the poor
bio-security practices by some poultry farmers, adding that it was the
major reason for the continuous spread of the disease.
According to him, the Federal Government has paid over N674m in compensations to 269 farmers across the affected states.
national action plan encourages proper regulation of the poultry
industry and enforcement of annual registration of all actors along the
poultry value chain including farmers, traders, egg merchants and feed
“It also encourages the creation of veterinary extension
services to facilitate the control and proper inspection of poultry and
poultry products,’’ he said.
Mshelbwala said that the way
forward to the containment of the disease was to ban importation of
poultry and products, quarantine and bio-security measures, among
He, however, warned poultry farmers against illegal
vaccination of birds, saying that it was a deadly alternative to the
control of the disease.