FG to create new agency for recovered loot
The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the establishment of the Proceeds of Crime Recovery and Management Agency Bill.
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, disclosed this to State House correspondents after this week’s virtual FEC meeting, which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa .
According to Malami, the bill is targeted and intended to have in place a legal and institutional framework through which all recovered stolen assets are pooled and managed under an agency, ending the era when various government agencies work at variance with regards to recovered assets.
He explained that once the bill becomes law and the agency is established, it would see to proper documentation and management of such recovered assets and thereby guarantee transparency and accountability.
NLC, others support Obaseki
Labour unions in Edo State, including Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC) and Nigeria Union of Local Government Employees (NULGE) have reaffirmed support for the second term bid of Governor Godwin Obaseki.
They promised to vote for the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by mobilising their members across the state.
The workers, who spoke to reporters at a rally in Benin City, hailed the governor’s developmental strides across the state, noting that Obaseki’s sterling performance would earn him victory at the polls on Saturday.
Edo NLC Chairman Emmanuel Ademokun hailed Obaseki for prioritising the welfare and well-being of workers, especially the prompt payment of salary and pension.
Osun closes isolation centre
The Osun State Government on Wednesday closed a 220-bed isolation centre to manage COVID-19 patients.
The government urged the citizens to take personal responsibility for their safety against the COVID-19 pandemic, irrespective of security measures being relaxed across the country.
A statement by the Information and Civic Orientation Commissioner, Mrs. Funke Egbemode, announced the closure of Mercyland Isolation Centre.
At the end of the week’s edition of the State Executive Council meeting, she said the state government would intensify the sensitisation of its citizens on the government and NCDC approved safety protocols, enjoining the citizens to take their adherence to the protocols seriously.
El-Rufai signs law to castrate child rapists
Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai has signed the Kaduna State Penal Code (Amendment) Law 2020.
According to a statement by the governor’s Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Muyiwa Adekeye, the amendment also updates the penalties for the offence of the rape of a child.
It noted that these new provisions include the punishments of surgical castration and bilateral salpingectomy for male and female convicts of child rape, and death.
Court orders resident doctors to end strike
The National Industrial Court in Abuja on Wednesday ordered the members of the National Association of Resident Doctors to immediately end their industrial action which started on September 7, 2020.
Justice Galadima issued the order in a ruling on an ex parte application filed by two civil society groups, the Citizens Advocacy for Social and Economic Rights, and Association of Women in Trade and Agriculture.
Joined as respondents in the suit marked, NICN/ABJ/124/2020, are NARD, the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr Abubakar Malami (SAN), the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, and the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige.
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