Hon. Segun Olulade from Epe Constituency 2 in the Lagos State House of Assembly was the Chairman, House Committee on Information. Publicity, Strategy and Security between 2011 and 2015.
Olulade, who is now the Chairman, House Committee on Health, decided to host members of the Lagos State House of Assembly Correspondents Association (LAHACA) at a dinner to appreciate them for their support, while he was the spokesperson of the House.
The dinner took place at the Renaissance Hotel, Alausa, Ikeja and the seasoned lawmaker used the occasion to speak on some issues of interest at an interview session.
Why have you decided to host members of LAHACA tonight?
I decided to host you to thank you all for your support for me over the years. I must confess that you made my job so easy and my brand so popular that I wish I had the capacity and capability to do more than I am doing tonight. I thank you for being my guests tonight. I thank you for your support for me as the Chairman of the LSHA Committee on Information and Publicity from 2011 to 2015. Though I was new, when I came in because I did not have the experience in journalism, but today I am now a publisher. Today, we cannot say I am not a journalist. You co-operated with me throughout. There were times we had challenges, sometimes I had to call some of you even in the midnight not to use or use some stories. I have read so many accolades that I look back and say that without LAHACA, it would have been impossible. I want to thank the former LAHACA Chairman, Mr. Okoeki Oziegbe because he was the one I met on ground. I thank you for all that you did for me and the Assembly because you have projected the Assembly in a way that is very uncommon in this part of the world. LSHA has become the most reported assembly in Nigeria today. That would not have been possible without your co-operation and without you sacrificing your time and energy despite the fact that we sometimes sat very late in the Assembly. You sacrificed your time and energy such that the radio, television and newspapers were flooded with the news of the assembly. Atimes, we used to have some issues and I had encounters with a lot of you. But what kept us together was our determination to see the best society that we wanted. You projected us in a way that made the people to have a rethink and for the people to see us in a good light. I thank you for all that you have done for us in the past. I might have left the Committee on Information and Publicity of the House as Chairman, but I am still a member of the committee. We are now starting again in the 8th Assembly. For the sake of Lagos residents and the people that we represent, continue to do your best for the Assembly. I wanted to come along with the current Chairman of the Information Committee, but I felt it was better I have this meeting with you personally first. I am going to introduce this gathering to him. I want to appeal to you to co-operate with Assembly and the Committee as a whole for us to have the kind of Lagos that we desire.
As the Chairman of the House Committee on Health, what are you doing to attract the attention of the state government to the deplorable situation in our public hospitals. Also, an NGO recently led a protest on this kind of issue to the House, what have been your efforts on this since then?
You would recall that the first statement I issued as the Chairman of the Health Committee had to do with efficiency in our health centres and our hospitals. Now, it would not be business as usual in the sector. We thank God for the Governor of Lagos State and the state government for this new budget because it would provide us infrastructure that would enhance health services in Lagos State. There is the health insurance scheme, where we will have some sorts of funds to enhance infrastructure and healthcare services. However, I just came in as the Chairman of the Health Committee and I only got the names of my committee members today, I cannot have a one-man show, which is why we had not been as active as expected before now. But, we will swing into action soon and visit some of the hospitals in the state and those, who are not serious about being health providers should find their ways out of the sector. I want to seek your partnership and support, we will visit the hospitals together and I want the visits reported. Healthcare is what we cannot joke about, it is our collective responsibility and all hands must be on deck. The Governor is committed to this, members of the state executive council and the LSHA are committed to this. We would ensure that there is efficiency in our health system. We are aware of the nonchalant attitude of some doctors and nurses in the state, we will not tolerate that again. We are creating a zero tolerance on inefficiency in our health sector. We will ensure that everyone that lives in Lagos or has anything to do with the state has a qualitative healthcare. This is our vision and we will see it materialising. If you go to any of our hospitals and you see inefficiency and anti-people behaviour by any health worker, don’t hesitate to let me know about it so that we can take actions. We have called the state Commissioner for Health, we have listened to the NGO that led the protest and we are calling on other stakeholders to assist us, we are working in the issues raised in the protest. January 2016 would be devoted to things like this because we would be busy with the budget this December. We will soon pass the budget and make it a New Year gift for the people of the state. We will perform our oversight functions, visit all the health centres and hospitals in Lagos State. We want to have a turn-around in the sector and efficiency that is not common in this part of the world.
What areas are you focusing as the Chairman of the Health Committee?
I want my name to be written in gold, when healthcare services is being mentioned in Lagos State and in Nigeria. The former Director of the National Agency for Food and Drugs Control (NAFDAC), the late Professor Dora Akunyili became popular based on her activities on drug control. I would look at the issue of children so as to reduce infant and maternal mortality rates. I would look at the services being rendered by our health workers. I want them to show care that we have known for like Eleniyan Care. I would look at the control of HIV/AIDS, diabetes, cancer and others. These are what lead to deaths of people everyday and we would all work together to reduce or eliminate this.
What is your relationship with the state Commissioner for Health?
We will have a family in the healthcare sector in the state, we will relate with one another on the issue of health in the state. Our personal interest would not affect the issue of healthcare in the state.
What is the update on the issue affecting the Kogi State Governorship election as it relates to Hon. James Abiodun Faleke?
Hon. James Abiodun Faleke has gone to the tribunal on the issue, so let us wait for the outcome of the matter. I wish we get to the Supreme Court so that we can rest the case. Even if he is called upon to be the Governor of Kogi State today, we will still have to go to court to deepen our democracy. This is necessary so that somebody would not come up with something that would destroy oue democracy tomorrow because the word ‘inconclusive’ has become the order of the day today, so that the people would not use ‘inconclusive’ in any matter that should have been declared ‘conclusive.’ For Faleke, the party, All Progressives Congress (APC) and for our democracy, we must go to court. The matter must get to the Supreme Court for proper interpretation. If we had to use the criteria they used for the Kogi State Governorship election for the last general elections in the country, a lot of us would not be in the state or National Assembly today, many would not have been governors today and even the senators, members of the House of Representatives, and the President of the country would not have been in office today. What they are saying is that where unlawful votes are cancelled, a winner would not emerge. We must go to court and make sure that the election is declared conclusive.
My father not arranging a new wife for Buhari, says Mamman Daura’s daughter
Fatima, daughter of Mamman Daura, has refuted social media claims that her father is arranging a second marriage for President Muhammadu Buhari.
Daura, who is Buhari’s older nephew, is often described as the head of the so-called cabal that takes most decisions under the current administration.
The cabal is said to have asked the president to marry Sadiya Umar Farouq, the minister of humanitarian affairs, to spite Aisha, his wife of 30 years, over constant criticism of the clique.
The rumour was so strong last week with the purveyors picking Friday, October 4, for the wedding ceremony that never was.
In an interview with BBC Hausa Service monitored by TheCable, Fatima said her father and Buhari are monogamists.
“Wallahi, it is a lie. It is all part of what I am saying about the false allegations against our father. He is not even aware of the rumours about the marriage issue because he doesn’t use the social media. They are both monogamous. Both my dad and the president practice monogamy. They are all lies aimed at blackmailing him. They keep falsely accusing him. It does not tally with reason,” she said.
Buhari’s wife has taken pot shots at the cabal in the past, saying those who did not campaign for her husband during the 2015 elections were the ones calling the shots in his government.
Fatima specifically denied the insinuation that her father was teleguiding the president, describing him as a shy person who only minds his business.
Asked if her father was indeed controlling the president, she replied: “I think the question should be directed to her (Aisha). If one would be objective, one would understand that they (Buhari and Daura) grew up together, shared the same friends and did a lot of things together, so if any one is appointed that is close to our dad, that person is also close to the president. They have been together and they do things together. Everyone has his own confidant that he listens to. I think that is the reason for the allegations. They are very close friends. They are also related by blood so there is no way you can separate them.”
She swore that her father is not the one controlling the president.
“Wallahi, it is not like that. You guys are journalists, you can investigate and see how our father is. He is a shy fellow, doesn’t talk a lot and hardly cares about other people’s businesses. Even we as his children, he doesn’t impose things on us,” she told the BBC.
“You know the president can seek his advice but he is not the kind of fellow that will impose or insist on something. He can simply advise and stay away at home minding his business. He hardly speaks, he is 80 years old. When you talk to him about the allegations, he says you should not bother yourselves, that God is clearing his sins by such false accusations. If you are reasonable, you will see that the powers being allotted to our father by his accusers are wrong. It is only God that has such powers. It doesn’t make sense.”
She said she feels sad that her father is being blamed for the goings-on in government.
“Definitely, it is sad to hear your father being wrongly accused. But for the fact that our father is solely dependent on God and we are also like that, it doesn’t bother us much. We see it as the price we have to pay for being loyal to the president, for being there for him and for supporting him. One day, the truth will come out,” she said.
N1.1million ‘Jesus Shoes’ with holy water soles and mini crucifix go viral
A pair of trainers dubbed ‘Jesus Shoes‘ — with holy-water injected soles coupled with a mini crucifix and drop of blood on the tongue to match — have begun to go viral.
The now-trending godly sneakers, which were created by MSCHF (Mischief), a Brooklyn-based creatives, sold out within minutes of being released online on Tuesday, October 8.
The MSCHF rebranded a pair of Nike Air Max 97 sneakers to implement the idea of walking on water with ‘Jesus Shoes’.
Nike was, however, not connected to the project in any way.
The ‘Jesus Shoes’, which are selling for as much as £3,000 (approximately N1.1million), contain holy water from the Jordan river in the bubbled soles, a steel crucifix on top of the laces of the right trainer and a red blob at the tip of each trainer tongue to signify the blood of Christ.
Each pair contains 60 cubic centimeters of liquid.
On the Stockx sneaker trading website the shoes are priced at $3,000-$4,300 a pair.
In addition to the holy water, which was blessed by a priest, there is also the biblical verse ‘Matthew 14:25’ — which accounts the act of Jesus walking on water — referenced on the side of the shoes.
The bottoms of the shoes are also dyed a reddish tint to mimic the shoes worn by popes long ago.
“We thought of that Arizona Iced Tea and Adidas collab, where they were selling shoes that [advertised] a beverage company that sells iced tea at bodegas,” Daniel Greenberg, the company’s head of commerce, told the New York Post.
“So we wanted to make a statement about how absurd collab culture has gotten. We were wondering, what would a collab with Jesus Christ look like?. As a Jew myself, the only thing I knew was that he walked on water.”
The company also disclosed that more of the sneakers will be available from October 22.
I’ll be helping five single mothers, says Tonto Dikeh as she celebrates 5M IG followers
Tonto Dikeh, Nollywood actress, singer and humanitarian, says she will be including five single mothers to the list of women who receive child support monthly from her foundation.
The talented movie star made the pledge on Sunday in celebration to the milestone of five million followers on her Instagram page.
Tonto, who could not hide her joy, called on single mothers who have no help from their spouse or baby daddy to send her private message.
According to her, the women would be placed on a monthly payment and added to ‘Tonto Dikeh Foundation’
“In Commemoration of my Instagram Hitting 5million. I Will Be Adding 5single Mothers To The List Of Women (Single Mothers) Who Receive Child Support Monthly From The Tonto Dikeh Foundation @t_d_foundation,” she wrote.
“If you are single and have no help from your spouse or baby daddy? This is for you, We already have 5 and we just about to add 5more…
“This is an initiative By KING ANDRE DIKEH @kingandre_dikeh through the TONTO DIKEH FOUNDATION…#DM ONLY and we will investigate you #PRIVATE SELECTION#WISH YOU ALL THE BEST…#THANKS FOR TOUR IMMENSE SUPPORT TO MY MINISTRY….”
The controversial actress had recently admonished ladies not to sleep with “a large number” of men just to get the new iPhone 11.
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