The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has eulogised the President of the Senate, Distinguished Senator Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan who is marking his 61st birthday.
The Speaker said Lawan, who has been in the National Assembly since 1999 serving first in the House and later in the Senate, is one Nigerian that has actively contributed to the development of the country’s legislature.
In a congratulatory message he personally signed in Abuja on Saturday, the Speaker recalled the valuable contributions of the Senate President while he served as a member of the House and later as a non-presiding officer in the Senate.
He said Lawan has been a worthy ally in the onerous task of “building the Nigeria of our dream,” particularly since his emergence as the President of the 9th Senate.
“President of the Senate Distinguished Senator (Dr) Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan is a man of honour. I have known him for close to two decades now, and in all the years we have been together, he has exhibited a high level of patriotism.
“Senator Lawan has a passion for good governance, and at every opportunity, he has proven himself to be one of the best legislators around. No wonder he was unequivocally chosen by his colleagues to be the President of the 9th Senate.
“I know together, we will provide good leadership for the 9th National Assembly, which will take Nigeria to enviable heights in the near future.
“On this day of his 61st birthday, I wish him Allah’s continuous protection and blessings. I also wish him many more years in good health,” the Speaker said.
Lawan, who became the President of the 9th Senate on June 11, 2019, the same day Gbajabiamila was elected as Speaker, was born on January 12, 1959.
How Rotary International’s 3-day health outreach brought relief to hundreds of indigents in Port Harcourt
The three-day Family Health Program of the Rotary International District 9141 has come as a lifeline for many residents of Port Harcourt and its environs as the impact of the global health pandemic which has been made worse by the current recession has pushed access to health care farther away from those living in poverty.
Speaking to journalists at the flag-off ceremony of the medical outreach at the Churchill Road Primary Health Centre, Port Harcourt, on Thursday, November 29, the District Governor, Virginia Major said: “it might seem like N5,000 is a little money to some of us, yet it is a lot of money to some families. For them to spend that kind of money on health, they won’t be able to eat for some time.”
The outreach which took place simultaneously at four different locations in Rivers State provided free testing, screening and examination for ailments like HIV, hepatitis B and C, MP, blood sugar level, cervical cancer. Beneficiaries received free eye test, dental cleaning and dental examination. Participants were given free drugs after proper diagnosis after diagnosis. Also, nursing mothers received free-mosquito nets as well as sanitary pads.
As the program wound up on Saturday, hundreds of adults, children and even infants and children had found some reasons to smile in these difficult times.
A community leader in the Old Port Harcourt Township, Daniel Clement Iyalla told newsmen that the medical outreach by Rotary International in the past five years has saved several lives through the distribution of free mosquito nets and other medical services which many cannot afford.
He said: “some are dying because they cannot take care of themselves. Even to buy drugs for malaria is a problem. This program is laudable.”
Assistant program officer of the cervical cancer program of the Clinton Health Access Initiative, Sophia Dunu, told FR News at the Churchill Road Primary Health Centre, that they were working in partnership with Rotary International as part of their cervical cancer secondary prevention program. She said the program involves the screening and treatment of pre-cancerous lesions in eligible women.
“Currently we are implementing in 50 health facilities across 19 local governments in Rivers state. So far, we have trained Master Trainers who have facilitated training for health care workers across these 50 health facilities”, she added.
Meanwhile, the Permanent Secretary of the Rivers State Primary Healthcare Management Board, Dr. Agiriye Harry has praised the efforts of Rotary International to reach out to the sick and vulnerable in the society and for championing the fight that eventually led to the eradication of polio in Nigeria and Africa.
Niger State Gov Cuts Own Salary: Civil Servants, Political Appointees Also Affected
The Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello has appealed for understanding of civil servants and political appointees over a reduction in their November salary, as a result of the shortfall from the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FACC).
The salary cut was revealed in a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mary Noel Berje, Bello, describing the situation as unfortunate, especially now that the economy is hitting hard on people due to recession.
The governor added that the government’s decision is temporary, and hopefully soonest, the situation will improve.
Bello, who attributed the shortfall to the present poor economy, noted that the situation is not peculiar to Niger State alone and promised that his administration will expedite action towards improving its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) to complement Federal government allocation.
The Governor also said that he and his deputy are also affected by the salary cut.
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