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House of Assembly: Enugu to pass Bill for Life Pension of Ex-govs

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The House of Assembly Enugu State is in the process of passing a Bill, which seeks to pass into law the payment or provision of a Life pension payment scheme for all former governors and deputy governors of the State. The Bill has already scaled through the hurdle of the first reading within the Enugu State House of Assembly.

The Executive bill to provide Life Pension for Ex-governors and their deputies was presented before the house for first reading during the plenary on Thursday the 11th day of March 2021. The bill sought to grant ex-governors and their deputies an entitlement in the form of a life pension for life, after their 4-8 years of service or terms of Office in the state and at the expense of the Enugu State government.

While on the other side, the Bill goes on to provide for medical allowances not exceeding the tune of N12 million per annum for one surviving spouse of an ex-governor or their deputies; so far as the said spouse was married to the governor while in office.

Amongst other things, the Bill seeks to provide adequate security for ex-governors for the entirety of their lifetime, and also would require that the state government provide them with three (3) vehicles which is to be replaced every four years.

The bill likewise provides that the state government must arrange and bear the cost of the burial of an ex-governor and their deputies upon demise. the State government shall in lieu of the same, pay condolence allowance of a sum equivalent to the annual basic salary of the incumbent governor at that time to the next of kin of the deceased ex-governor or their deputies.

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The Bill however comes with a caveat that for any ex-governor or their deputies to be entitled to the benefits of this intended law, he or she must not have been impeached from office.

The Deputy Speaker of the Enugu House of Assembly, Uche Ugwu presided over the plenary and adjourned the said plenary after the first reading to Tuesday the 16th day of March 2021 for further reading before the House.

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El-Rufai vows not to pay ransom if Son kidnapped, Prays he makes heaven instead

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El-Rufai vows not to pay ransom if Son kidnapped, Prays he makes heaven instead

Governor Nasir El-Rufai vows not to pay ransom if Son kidnapped, or for the release of any kidnapped victim in the state. This comes after a statement from previous interviews where he said categorically that said kidnappers do not deserve to live and should all be wiped out.

El-Rufai said that even though his son is kidnapped, he would not pay a ransom. I’d rather pray for him to go to heaven than pay any ransom, the governor said during a radio interview in Kaduna.

He reiterated that he has cautioned his family members to be cautious to avoid being kidnapped, emphasizing that he had already made it clear to them that he will never pay a ransom for their release if any of them are kidnapped.

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“I mean it, and I will say it again, here. Even if my son is kidnapped, I will rather pray for him to make heaven instead, because I won’t pay any ransom.”

The governor has been under pressures to find and free the abducted students of the Federal College of Forestry and Mechanisation in Kaduna and went on to reiterate that the government is looking at other ways to secure their release.  He did, however, rule out paying the ransom as part of those ways being considered.

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Breaking: Nigerian Activist Yinka Odumakin is dead

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Breaking: Nigerian Activist Yinka Odumakin is dead

According to reports reaching Izzygong; Spokesman Afenifere, Human Rights Activist, Nationalist and a true democrat Yinka Odumakin is dead.

While the circumstances of his death are still unknown, a source told Daily Trust that he died as a result of COVID-19 complications.

After the annulment of the June 12, 1993 election, Odumakin was a core member of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), which fought General Sani Abacha’s rule.

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He was also a spokeswoman for the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders’ Forum (SMBLF), an organization that represents ethnic groups from the South-West, South-South, South-East, and Middle Belt.

Odumakin, who is married to another activist, Dr Joe Odumakin, has been a vocal critic of the current administration.

He has repeatedly chastised the Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government for perceived bias and favouritism in the recruitment of officials to different positions.

He was also outspoken in his criticism of killers’ actions in Yorubaland.

He recently cautioned the Federal Government not to arrest Sunday Igboho, who recently gave a quit notice to Fulani herders in Ibarapa, Oyo State, and expelled the Sarkin Fulani in Igangan.

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Bayern Munich to bid for Tottenham Hotspur star Son Heung-Min as new contract stalls

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Bayern Munich to bid for Tottenham Hotspur star Son Heung-Min as new contract stalls

According to sources, Bayern Munich to bid for Tottenham Hotspur star Son Heung-Min as new contract stalls, his contract talks with the club have stalled with parties yet to reach any reasonable agreement or conclusion.

The South Korean winger is one of Tottenham’s most dangerous attacking players this season, with 18 goals and 16 assists for the north Londoners.

Son has been in talks with the club over a new £200,000-a-week contract since October, according to Sportsmail, but no agreement has been reached as the season nears its end.

According to Football Insider, Bayern Munich is willing to give Son a new five-year contract worth more than what Tottenham is demanding, and the Bundesliga club is willing to wait a year to sign him.

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Before joining Tottenham in 2015, Son made his name on the European stage when playing in Germany, scoring 49 goals in all competitions for Hamburg and Bayer Leverkusen.

Despite the delay in talks, the 28-year-old has just over two years left on his current Tottenham deal, and Jose Mourinho was optimistic that the winger will sign an extension.

‘Son is not a concern, he has a deal for a couple of years if I am not mistaken, maybe even three,’ the Spurs manager said in February. I believe it is just a matter of waiting for the right opportunity.

‘With the state of the nation, I don’t believe it is the best time for players and clubs to worry about contracts when so many people are losing jobs, not working, and experiencing difficulties.’

‘I assume that when the sun shines again for the country, the club and Sonny will be able to reach an agreement fairly quickly.’

Since Mourinho’s most recent remarks regarding Son’s future, Spurs have left the FA Cup, the Europa League, and the Premier League title chase, with former Tottenham striker and current Sportsmail columnist Peter Crouch believing the winger could leave to play at a higher level.

Spurs haven’t won a trophy since Son joined the club in 2015, while Bayern Munich won the treble last season, including the Champions League.

‘Son and (Harry) Kane are players who deserve to be competing at a higher level than the Europa League,’ Crouch told BT Sport after Spurs were knocked out of the competition by Dinamo Zagreb. ‘Of course, they are loyal to Tottenham, as we all hope, but games like that don’t help.’

Son has 103 goals in 270 Tottenham matches since joining the club from Germany six seasons ago.

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