Good Morning Nigeria! Here are few stories you need to know this Wednesday morning????. Enjoy!
1. Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has asked the Federal Government to encourage the cultivation of medicinal cannabis (Indian hemp) in the country.
According to the governor, the Indian hemp business could create thousands of jobs in the state if cultivated in large quantity.
“We know how to grow it and it thrives well in the Sunshine State. How to grow cannabis is never a problem in Ondo State,” the governor said following his visit to Thailand with the Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Col. Muhammad Mustapha (rtd) for cannabis programme.
2. Report has it that 469 lawmakers-elect in the Senate and House of Representatives will received N4.68billion as welcome package immediately after their inauguration in June.
According to investigation by Punch, the package is to help the senators-elect and members-elect to get accommodation, furniture and vehicle.
Each member will receive N9.926,062.5 (N5,955,637.5 for furniture and N3,970,425 for accommodation) while each senators will receive N10,132,000 (N6,079,200 for furniture and N4,052,800 for accommodation).
Also, each senator and member will get N8,105,600 and N7,940,850.50 for vehicle respectively. The vehicle allowance is however a loan which is optional for the lawmakers.
3. The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has threatened to seal off Bet9ja.
The Senate Committee on Youths and Sports had on Tuesday said that it would order the National Lottery Commission to seal off the betting firm if it failed to honour its invitation again.
“If they do not honour our invitation again, we will ask the National Lottery Commission to seal off their offices,” Senator Obinna Ogba, the Chairman Senate Committee on Youths and Sports, said during the verification of lotto companies operating in Nigeria.
About 20 betting firms appeared before the committee on Tuesday, but Bet9ja which is considered the biggest was however absent. Read More
4. The Ogun State chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused Governor Ibikunle Amosun of diverting money meant to pay workers in the state to a fixed deposit account before eventually paying them recently.
“Amosun should bury his head in shame. He has not done any special favour to the workers. He should have paid the workers with the interests on their money he used as fixed deposits with leading commercial banks for years, thereby reaping billions of naira in interest,” Tunde Oladunjoye, the publicity secretary of the APC caretaker committee in the state, said. More details on Naija Buzz
5. Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court in Abuja has ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to stop probing Senate President Bukola Saraki.
“I am of the view, after due consideration of the aforesaid averment, that this court ought to make the order being sought by the applicant pending the hearing and determination of the originating motion on notice,” the judge said in his ruling.
“To do otherwise and not to restrain the respondents by asking them not to stay action will result in the court being faced with a fait accompli,” he added.
In his order, Justice Taiwo also restrained the the Inspector General of Police, Muhammad Adamu; Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami; the Department of State Services (DSS); the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC); and the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) from probing Saraki until the determination of his suits. Read More on Naija Buzz