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Osinbajo urges Nigerians to appreciate local talents



Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo has urged Nigerians to show better appreciation of local abilities and talents to enable the country to be competitive globally.

Osinbajo made the call on Sunday when he inaugurated a five-star hotel, Wells Carlton Hotel and Apartments, in Abuja.

He described the hotel, located in Asokoro District, as luxury and an incredible plant that would add value to the entertainment and hospitality sector of the country.

The vice-president called on Nigerians to stop underestimating themselves in terms of talent and capacity.

`This is not just a hotel but a Nigerian hotel which is a home- grown hotel. The important thing is that this is our own luxury plant. This was tastefully built.

“Capt. Idahosa Okunbo has given us our own luxury plant, our own Sheratons, our own Hiltons. I am really glad that we have such an innovative thing.

“One of the very important things that happen to us as a country is that we very frequently underestimate our own capacity, we very frequently underestimate our own talents.

“I will like to congratulate Capt. Idahosa, his wife and the rest of his team for delivering on an incredible project and we all know that.

“This is an excellent example of what our entertainment and hospitality should look like. It is going to set a new direction for Nigerian entertainment,’’ Osinbajo said.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Yakubu Dogara, in his remarks, described the hotel as a beautiful edifice and one of the best in the FCT.

Dogara said that the National Assembly had set up a committee on ease of doing business up to ensure that a legal framework was built for businesses in the country to thrive.

He said that the committee included some members of the House of Representatives and the Senate.

The speaker congratulated Okunbo and prayed for God to give the family long life and the wisdom to be able to run the business successfully.

“I am here for the inauguration of this beautiful edifice and if I am not mistaken, even though I have not seen the inside, but we can judge the inside from the outside.

“ I am not here to celebrate the inauguration of this hotel but I am here to celebrate the spirit that distinguishes leaders from followers. That is the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation.

“ On our path from the National Assembly, we have done everything possible to ensure that we have an enabling environment for businesses to thrive in this country.

“We have already set up a committee and selected leader that are members of the National Assembly, the Senate president is a member.’’

In his speech, the Chairman of the hotel, Okunbo, said that the establishment guaranteed an uncommon experience of lasting impression and offered guests a perfect blend of luxury, business and pleasure.

He said that the five-star hotel aimed to meet international standards through personalised experience and emphasis on excellence.

The business magnate said that the multi billon investment was in line with the country’s economic policy and strategy, which was a profound contribution to the economy of the nation.

He stated that the hotel had created jobs.

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FG urged to declare state of emergency on federal roads, Senate tasks




Disturbed by the deplorable conditions of road networks across the country, the Senate on Tuesday, charged the federal government to declare a state of emergency on all federal roads.
This was as the upper legislative chamber mandated  its Committees on Petroleum (Downstream), Federal Roads Maintenance Agency, FERMA and National Planning to investigate the Petroleum Products Price Regulatory Agency, PPPRA on the non-remittance of five percent user charge pump price of petrol.
Besides, the joint committees were also asked to investigate the non remittance of international vehicle transit charge accruing to FERMA and other established state roads maintenance agency.
These resolutions followed deliberations on a motion sponsored under Orders 42 and 52 of the Senate rule by Senator Geshom Bassey (PDP Cross River South)  who lamented the deplorable state of federal roads in the country.
Presenting the motion, Senator Basset expressed concern that several thousands of lives have been lost to road accidents due to bad and un-motorable roads, while bad portion of roads are safe haven for kidnappers and armed robbers on Nigerian highways.
Supporting the motion, Senator Chukwuka Utazi (PDP Enugu North) said the state of the federal highways are highly deplorable and that urgent attention is needed especially within this budget cycle to do something drastic to address the situation.
Utazi said “and like you prayed that the PPPRA should release the fund for totally provided for FERMA to do  it’s job.
“Mr President, the raining season is just gradually coming to an end and this is the opportunity for FERMA to go and start rehabilitating our roads so that Nigerians can move freely.
“This period is also the time for harvest and in order to ensure that farmers that are in the hinterland get to the appropriate market to get adequate prices for their goods, we  have to make sure the roads are properly done.
“You also know that because we don’t have the rail lines that should be in place, most of the goods and services that we move from one place to the other are done through trucking and if you continue to do trucking, you know that the life span of any  major federal highway may not last long.
“This is a very important motion moved at the most appropriate time to get the desired attention and I’m standing here lending my support and full weigh to get that being done knowing fully well that those of us from the south east are the major complainants of the bad roads in this country and we hope that we get the desired attention from FERMA if  this motion scales through.”
In his remark, President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan said he believe that every part of the country suffers from this problem of deplorable  roads.
He expressed optimism that the  committees mandated to look into the matter will  swing into action and attend to the issue associated with this motion.
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SAD… Taraba INEC REC is dead




The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, (REC) in Taraba State, Alhaji Baba Abba Yusuf, is dead.
INEC Secretary, Rose Oriarian-Anthony, said the REC died on Saturday night at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Borno State, where he had been on admission.
She said: “The Independent National Electoral Commission regrets to announce the death of the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Taraba State, Alhaji Baba Abba Yusuf.
“He died last (Saturday) night at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Borno State, where he was on admission for sometime.
He was buried today (Sunday) September 29 2019 at 4pm in Maiduguri.
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Transgender: Sade Adu’s daughter finally becomes a man (PHOTOS)




Izaak and Mum

Sade’s transgender son has shared a heartfelt message of thanks to the soul singer, as he completes his transition from female to male.

Izaak Theo Adu, born Mickailia ‘Ila’ Adu, has spent the past six months in recovery after undergoing phalloplasty surgery, the reconstructive procedure typically undergone by transgender and non-binary people.

After returning home to his family, Izaak shared a sweet photo of himself hugging Sade, 60, along with a message praising the iconic singer for her unwavering support. In the Instagram post, Izaak wrote: ‘It’s been a long hard road but We did it!! We are coming home!!!! ‘Thank you for staying by my side these past 6 months Mumma. Thank you for fighting with me to complete the man I am. ‘Thank you for your encouragement when things are hard, for the love you give me. The purest heart. I love you so much. Queen of queens ♥️ #mumma #lioness #queen#iloveyou.’

Izaak is Sade’s only child from her former relationship with reggae music producer Bob Morgan.

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