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Emerging reports say that some federal lawmakers in the National Assembly have begun moves to invoke the constitution to force President Muhammadu Buhari to reveal his health status. The Guardian reports that lawmakers may try to call for the invocation of section 144 (1) of the 1999 Constitution in the bid to get President Buhari’s health status revealed. The move, which is causing serious panic in AsoRock, is actively supported by members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

According to the report, efforts to invoke the said section reached its peak last week when an attempt was made by chairman of the House Committee on Public Accounts Kingsley Chinda to present the move under matters of urgent importance on the floor of the House of Representatives.

The move was however blocked by Speaker Yakubu Dogara on the grounds that issue was weighty and had grave political implications.

NAIJ.com gathered that further reports say that this week, some PDP lawmakers may either re-present the issue as a motion or present it as a matter of privilege on either the floor of the Senate or the House of Representatives. A draft of the proposed motion, The Guardian says, specifically expressed concern over the president’s poor health status and the secrecy it has been subjected terming it “unsatisfactory and falls short of global practices.’’

The report however quoted rights activist and constitutional lawyer Mike Ozekhome as saying it would be tough to 28 out of President Buhari’s 42 ministers to invoke the constitutional provision even if the motion sails through at the National Assembly.

NAIJ.com reported earlier that President Buhari,, on Sunday night, May 7, received the leadership of the National Assembly in Senate president Bukola Saraki and the Speaker House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara just before his departure for the medical trip to London. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was also present at the meeting.

The president shared the photos of his meeting on his Twitter page and wrote: “This evening at home I received Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Speaker House of Representatives Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, ahead of my Trip to London tonight.” He added: “I have absolute confidence that Government will continue to function smoothly and normallywhile I’m away. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”

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P+ Measurement extends partnership with Global Communications Agency

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Media monitoring and evaluation agency, P+ Measurement Services has announced an extension of its media monitoring and evaluation partnership with global communications firm, Burness Communications for 2019. The extension will enable P+ to continue providing print, online, TV and radio monitoring and evaluation services to Burness in the Ghana market.

In a bid to continue the successful rollout of the partnership signed in 2017, P+ will continue to handle Burness Communications client public relations monitoring and evaluation activity while supporting their organizations objectives. Burness Communications specializes in advocacy campaigns, media relations, public policy engagement and event planning and P+ will help the brand maximize its communications objectives by providing real-time, high-quality media monitoring and evaluation services.

Speaking about the partnership extension, Lead Consultant P+ measurement services Nigeria, Philip Odiakose said.  “We are delighted to extend what has been an excellent partnership with Burness Communications to improve the availability of reliable, cost-effective media monitoring services across Africa. The media monitoring and evaluation market is a growing market and with the right frameworks and experts in place we believe we are on the right path to redefining the market with quantitative and qualitative analysis that adds value to marketing communications.“

“As we said at the start of this partnership, it remains true that the media monitoring and analytics market offers huge potentials to stakeholders. With the right partners providing support in the areas of media planning, analytics and reporting we believe we can help our clients make a difference in their business”. He continued.

Nigeria’s fast-growing media intelligence agency P+ Measurement Services continues to spur a PR measurement and evaluation literacy campaign for brands and government agencies in a bid to standardize a procedure that enables stakeholders to understand that implementing the right measurement and evaluation program will help companies get a clearer understanding of consumer habits and sentiment toward brand products and services.

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FMBN disburses N114.5m home renovation loan to 139 beneficiaries in Yobe

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The Coordinator, Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria, in Yobe, Abdu Goni, has said the bank has disbursed N114,500,000.00 as home renovation loan to 139 staff of Federal Medical Centre, Nguru.

The coordinator disclosed this yesterday while presenting cheques to the beneficiaries in Damaturu.

He said the loan, which is under the bank’s Home Renovation Loan scheme, followed a Memorandum of Understanding MoU)  signed with their employers.

Goni explained that the loan has six percent interest rate and is repayable in five years.

“Already federal government employees in 35 states of the federation and the FCT have benefited with exception of Yobe state.

“Contributors can borrow from one naira up to N1 million to renovate their homes. We solicit Yobe state government’s cooperation and understanding toward assisting and encouraging the employees who are contributing to the NHF scheme to also benefit from this window,” he appealed.

He commended the administration of governor Gaidam for according priority to welfare of its workers in terms of prompt payment of salary and gratuity and allocation of houses on owner-occupier basis.

Earlier, the special guest of honour, Governor Ibrahim Gaidam, who was represented by Permanent Secretary, Establishment, Bukar Dapchi said the government would look into the issues raised with a view to assisting its workers benefit from the loan.

Source: DailyTrust

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PDP alleges plots to arrest Atiku, Obi, Saraki, Dogara

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PEOPLE’S Democratic Party (PDP) National Chairman Prince Uche Secondus has raised the alarm, alleging plots by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to arrest some key leaders of the opposition party on trump up charges.

Secondus listed the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar; his running mate, Peter Obi; Senate President Bukola Saraki and House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara and the party’s other leaders as some of those marked for arrest.

But, the Presidency denied the reports claiming that the Buhari-led government ordered raid on the home of PDP presidential candidate’s son and the alleged blockage of the Obi’s bank accounts and his family.

A statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said the reports are manifestation of the PDP’s growing expertise in fake news.

He called on the public to disregard the reports.

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