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We Will Make Laws To Protect Local Industries

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Senate President, Godswill Akpabio has disclosed that the National Assembly will make laws to encourage investment and protect local industries in the country.

Akpabio gave the assurance after leading the leadership of the Senate on a guided facility tour of  the World largest single-train refinery, Dangote Petroleum Refinery and Fertiliser Plant in Lekki, Lagos at the weekend.

The Senate President was accompanied on the tour by the Deputy Senate President, Barau Jibrin, Senate Leader, Opeyemi Bamidele, Senate Deputy Leader, Lola Ashiru, Senate Deputy Majority Whip, Nwebonyi Onyekachi, Senate Minority Leader, Abba Moro, Senate Deputy Minority Leader, Lere Oyewumi, Senate Minority Whip, Osita Ngwu and Senate Deputy Minority Whip, Rufai Hanga.

Others were Chairmam Senate Committee on Petroleum(Downstream), Ifeanyi Ubah and his Deputy Jide Ipinsagba who is also Chairman, Committe on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Tokunbo Abiru who is representing Lagos East which covers the site of the Refinery at Ibeju Lekki and Chairman, Senate Committee on NDDC, Asuquo Ekpenyong.

They were conducted round the huge industrial complex by the President of the Dangote Group, Aliko Dangote, assisted by the Group’s Vice President for Oil and Gas, Devakumar Edwin. The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu also joined them on the tour.

Speaking after the facility tour, Akpabio assured Dangote and Nigerian entrepreneurs in general that “we are going to consume what we produce.”

“Don’t expect any investment from us but we will invest in our ideas, we will invest in legislations to protect this business. Today, we are leaving here convinced that we are going to consume what we produce. We will no longer allow people to bring in products that will give our people cancer when we have the one that is cancer free.

We will make laws that will encourage investments and we will also make laws that will protect local industries. Nobody can fault us when we go out there and say we can no longer import what we know we can produce here. So let us consume what we produce.”

The Senate President also explained the rationale behind the facility tour of Dangote Refinery by the Senate leadership
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“To be honest, it is better for you to come and see. Out there in Abuja, many of us were told that this Refinery was a farce.

We were told that it was just another dream pipe, it was never going to work, when over 240 million people can build two refineries – one in Kaduna, one in Portharcourt, even another one in Warri and none has worked in the last 50 years.How can one human being now come and make a refinery to work in Nigeria?

You have shamed all the critics. Now you have challenged the National Assembly now to undertake major oversight into why Ajaokuta Steel Complex is dead. You have challenged us to find out why Aluminium Smelter Company in Ikot Abasi is dead.

You have also challenged us as Nigerians to find out why the biggest Paper company in the world at Oku- Iboku is also dead after billions of dollars has been sunk into them. Even with the presentation yesterday, I pitty you. You are going to have a lot of envious people around you. Even your friends will envy you because people will say why you. How can you succeed where others have failed? How can you succeed where nations have failed? How can you succeed where continents have failed?

But you have succeeded. It is the grace of Almighty Allah that has guided you to succeed. We came because the 10th Assembly is a progressive Assembly that believes in the people of Nigeria. We came because we believe that we must make legislations to encourage businesses and also encourage foreign direct investment in Nigeria.

We came, not as doubting Thomases but with a lot of hope that yes, we can use the Dangote Refinery to renew the hope of the young people in this country. For them to know that the future is brighter than what we saw in the past. We came to announce our own endorsement of this major accomplishment that you have brought to bare.”

Watch a video of him speaking below;




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Investigation Into Cause Of Lagos Cholera Outbreak Not Concluded

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The Lagos state government has explained that unregistered tiger nut drinks have not been identified as the cause of the recent cholera outbreak in the state.

There were reports that Kemi Ogunyemi, special adviser to the Lagos state governor on health, said unregistered tiger nut drinks had caused the outbreak.

In an interview on Saturday, Ogunyemi was quoted as saying a survey carried out in Eti-Osa LGA showed that people who visited hospitals in the early days of the outbreak all said they had consumed an unregistered tiger nut drink.

“We found empty bottles with a name on them, but we discovered that it wasn’t even registered with the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, the regulatory body that ensures the safety of consumables,” she was quoted as saying.

“There was a phone number and a name on the bottle, and we started tracing. We did contact tracing, similar to what we did with COVID-19. We combed the area to ask people where they got the drinks from.

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“We couldn’t find any full bottles. We only found empty ones, which were of no use because we could not test them. The phone number on the bottle was not reachable.”

Reacting to the reports, Tunbosun Ogunbanwo, spokesperson of the ministry of health in Lagos, said Ogunyemi was misquoted.

“Investigations into what caused the outbreak is still ongoing. It is not true that it was caused by tiger nut drink,” he said.

On June 11, Akin Abayomi, Lagos commissioner for health, said five people had died while about 60 residents were hospitalised as a result of the “suspected” cholera outbreak in some parts of the city.

Days later, the commissioner confirmed the cholera outbreak and said there have been 350 suspected cases — with 17 confirmed and 15 fatalities.

As of June 20, there have been 24 deaths and 35 confirmed cholera cases in Lagos.

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Christ Embassy Fire Under Control, Says Lagos Fire Service

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Margaret Adeseye, the Director, Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, has revealed that the fire that engulfed the Christ Embassy Church located at Oregun, Ikeja, Lagos has been brought under control.

We reported earlier on Sunday that the building caught fire, and officials of the LSFRS were also reported to be at the scene to put the fire out.

In a statement on Sunday, Adeseye provided updates on the situation, stating that no casualties have been reported.

She wrote, “At 07:27 hours, a fire outbreak was reported at the Christ Embassy Church located on Billings Way, Ikeja.

“Firefighting units from Alausa and Ikeja fire stations were promptly dispatched and arrived at the scene by 07:36 hours. The church auditorium was found to be engulfed in flames. The fire is currently under control.” READ FULL STORY HERE>>>CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING>>>

Adeseye added that some parts of the building have been pulled down to ensure that the fire is completely extinguished.

She added, “In addition, LASEMA’s excavator is being used to pull down some parts of the building to ensure complete extinguishment and to prevent further structural collapse.

“The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, and investigations are underway to ascertain its origin.

“No casualties have been reported at this time. Updates will be provided as more information becomes available.”

The President and founder of LoveWorld Incorporated, also known as Christ Embassy, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome, has also said the fire incident was not an accident but an avenue for bigger and better things.

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Ekiti University Student Slashes Her Colleague With Razor Blade During Argument

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Rachael Olufogbe, a 300-level student of the Federal University, Oye Ekiti in Ekiti State, has been arrested.

She was arrested by the police following a physical assault on a fellow student on Saturday.

It was gathered that the incident happened in a private hostel located in Oye Egbo, a community outside the school premises after Olufogbe and another female occupant disagreed with the right of drying line in the hostel.

The PUNCH correspondent learnt that the victim moved Olufogbe’s clothes to create space on the clothesline before spreading her clothes. However, Olufogbe protested this act, leading to an exchange of words between the two.

The situation escalated quickly as Olufogbe was said to have picked a blade to inflict bodily injuries on the victim. READ FULL STORY HERE>>>CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING>>>

Pictures obtained by our correspondent showed that the victim suffered bloody cuts in her throat, head, and chest.

The school’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof Sunday Fashina, confirmed the incident to our correspondent on Saturday.

He said, “The incident happened outside the campus in a private hostel. Nobody dares that within the campus because they know the rules and regulations. If anyone tries that, it will catch up with them. The police are already handling it.

“The suspect is in police custody, and once it involves the police, we cannot interfere. When they are done with their investigations, they will write to the Vice-Chancellor to give their report, then we conduct our investigation. So, let’s wait for the outcome of the police investigation.”

Efforts to reach the state Police Public Relations Officer, Sunday Abutu, were unsuccessful as calls made to his phone rang out and he was yet to reply to a message sent to his WhatsApp line as of press time.

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