Abolish security votes, peg minimum wage at N50,000 – Ekweremadu

Abolish security votes, peg minimum wage at N50,000 – Ekweremadu

Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu has said that if corruption must be nipped in the bud, it has become imperative for the abolition of security votes presently being enjoyed by State governors and the executive, just as he called for the need to peg the minimum wage at N50,000.

Ekweremadu decried a situation where the minimum wage was put at N18,000, while some State governors and executives could pocket as much as N2 billion under the cover of Security Vote, also called for the urgent decentralization of the war against corruption if it must be worn and decisively too.

It was love at first sight when i met my husband –BETTY AKEREDOLU

It was love at first sight when i met my husband –BETTY AKEREDOLU

Ondo state first Lady, Her Excellency, Arabinrin Betty Akeredolu has spoken out about how she met her husband, Ondo state Governor Arakunri Rotimi Akeredolu.

“I met my husband in Enugu, he was a youth Corper then in the State. I was also posted to Enugu.

So, a friend of mine visited me and she came along with her boyfriend who also came with my husband. That was how we met and it was love at first sight. I think people frown at love first sight but it worked for us.

I fell in love with his broad shoulders. Then, he was really looking cute. I can still remember what he was wearing that day – a red shirt, long sleeves and a jean trouser. That was 37years ago. He couldn’t even take me out because he didn’t have money as a youth Corper. It was quite magnetic and that was it.

There is 3-year age difference between us. i am older than him anyway. I was 25 then when he was 22. It was love that really endured.

I had graduated and in my place (Owerri, Imo State) when a girl graduates from the university suitors come from left, right and centre. And your parents would expect you to go for a made man with everything, but i have always known that there was no way i could have married a self-made man.

I will better build a home from the scratch with you because i want to have a say in my home.

Governor Wike, Dame Patience Jonathan in Omoku for Burial of Pa Obuah

Governor Wike, Dame Patience Jonathan in Omoku for Burial of Pa Obuah

Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike and Former First Lady of Nigeria, Dame Patience Jonathan joined thousands of Nigerians to witness the burial of Late Pa Bethel Obuah, father of the Rivers State PDP Chairman, Bro Felix Obuah on Friday at Omoku .

Also at the burial were Former Rivers State Governors, Dr Peter Odili and Sir Celestine Omehia, former Ministers, Senators, National Assembly members, Commissioners, State Lawmakers, traditional rulers, women and youth groups.

In his funeral oration, Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike announced that a private philanthropic foundation would be established in honour of Late Pa Bethel Obuah to sustain his philanthropy to the less privileged.

He described the late Pa Bethel Obuah as a man with a great sense of humour, noting that he was always committed to the welfare of his people.

PDP is dead, I pray Nigeria won’t be like it – Obasanjo

PDP is dead, I pray Nigeria won’t be like it – Obasanjo

Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has declared that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is dead, calling for prayers for Nigeria not to sink like the former ruling party.

Obasanjo was speaking during the display of 40 African traditional drums in his honour by the Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture.

Obasanjo, who was former chairman of PDP of Trustees, lamented that the party that was once in control of 30 states out of the 36 states in the country is now a shadow of itself. He stated that the situation was a result of protracted internal wrangling.

His words: “When all was going well, when Ahmadu Ali was the chairman of the party, we were 30 out of the 36 states.

“I brought Ahamdu Ali as the national leader of the party. But, when Ahmadu and I left, the fortune of the PDP sunk.”

Obasanjo added that “May the fortune of Nigeria never sink like that of the PDP”.

Many of those in attendance replied with a loud “Amen”.

Obasanjo and Gbenga Daniel reconcile in Abeokuta

Obasanjo and Gbenga Daniel reconcile in Abeokuta

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has reconciled with his one-time godson and ex-governor of Ogun state Otunba Gbenga Daniel.

Premium Times reports that Obasanjo extended an olive branch to Daniel by allowing him to visit his iconic hilltop residence in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital on Thursday, March 2.

Gbenga Daniel paid a visit to Obasanjo at his residence to rejoice with him on the occasion of his 80th birthday bringing to an end the political differences between the two men that has lasted for over 10 years.

Obasanjo reportedly cut ties with Daniel for being rude to him but during the visit that lasted for about three hours, both men ended their frosty relationship with hearty conversation and rib-cracking jokes.

Obasanjo was quoted as telling Daniel: “If I still hold any grudges against you, I won’t have allow you to come into my house. But all those are past things, and am convinced that you have learnt your lessons.”

Daniel was also reported to have said that he appreciated Obasanjo’s having a change of heart and noted he didn’t meant any harm against the former president and that he has always held him in very high esteem as the father of the nation and father of all.

Meanwhile, Obasanjo has prayed for Nigeria’s fortune not to ‘sink’ like his former political party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Obasanjo made this statement on Friday, March 3 at an event organized by the Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOP), Abeokuta to mark the ex-president’s 80th birthday.

 

Women ‘weaker, less intelligent’ – Polish MEP Korwin-Mikke

Women ‘weaker, less intelligent’ – Polish MEP Korwin-Mikke

A Polish nationalist member of the European Parliament may be punished after he said women “must earn less than men because they are weaker, smaller and less intelligent”.

The parliament’s president is investigating whether Janusz Korwin-Mikke broke the body’s rules with his remarks to fellow MEPs. The rules ban defamatory, racist or xenophobic language or behaviour.

A tweet shows Socialist MEP Iratxe Garcia-Perez scolding Mr Korwin-Mikke.

Parliament President Antonio Tajani was urged by the Socialists and Democrats (S&D) group to sanction the Polish MEP for his “shameful” comments.