President Donald Trump is still ranting that he won the election less than 48 hours before he leaves office, according to reporting from The New York Times.
He also called House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy a ‘p***y’ because McCarthy didn’t keep the Republican caucus together, The Times said.
Ten House Republicans voted with Democrats to impeach Trump for a second time last week.
The Times’ Maggie Haberman reported Monday that Trump had expressed dissatisfaction with McCarthy’s floor speech Wednesday, believing that the California Republican had bowed to pressure.
Trump didn’t seem to care that McCarthy actually came out against impeachment during his floor speech.
‘A vote to impeach would further divide this nation. A vote to impeach will further fan the flames of partisan division,’ McCarthy argued.
But he also placed blame on Trump for the January 6 siege on the Capitol Building.
‘That doesn’t mean the president is free from fault. The president bears bears responsibility for Wednesday’s attack on Congress by mob rioters. He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding,’ McCarthy said.
‘These facts require immediate action by President Trump, accept his share of responsibility, quell the brewing unrest and ensure President elect Biden is able to successfully begin his term,’ McCarthy also advised.
When Trump was impeached the first time, in December 2019, he would often boast that no Republicans joined the effort – and several Democrats voted against it.
BREAKING: Veteran actor Sadiq Daba is dead
The Nigerian Movie Industry has lost one of its finest actors, Sadiq Abubakar Dana.
Sadiq Daba died on Wednesday evening, 3rd March 2021 after a long battle with leukemia and prostrate cancer.
He breathed his last at his Marwa Garden residence at Alausa Ikeja
A close friend of his confirmed the passing of the veteran broadcaster.
Daba announced his diagnosis of Leukemia and Prostate Cancer in 2017 and was supported with fundraising by several well-meaning Nigerians including Josephine Obiajulu Odumakin, Mabel Oboh.
His demise has not been confirmed by his family yet
Sadiq Abubakar Daba, known simply as Sadiq Daba is a Nigerian actor and former broadcaster. In 2015, he won Africa Movie Academy Award for Best Actor for his role as “Inspector Waziri” in October 1.
On 3 February 2018, Daba joined Project Pink Blue to walk against cancer to commemorate World Cancer Day.
APAPA GRIDLOCK: LAGOS GOVT, NPA TALK TOUGH, TO IMPOUND TRUCKS PARKING ON HIGHWAYS
•Sanwo-Olu Meets Hadiza Bala Usman Ahead of The Launch Of Digital Call-Up System In Ports
Lagos State Government and the leadership of Nigerian Port Authority (NPA) have recorded a major progress in an effort to proffer lasting solution to the menace of trucks causing gridlocks in Apapa.
From next Saturday on, movement of trucks in and out of the Lagos seaports will now be organised through a transparent electronic call-up system that will be based on first-come-first-serve basis.
With the new system, no container-laden truck is expected to go on Apapa corridor without clearance from the call-up platform. Any truck that flouts the electronic roster and park along Apapa corridor will be impounded by the Taskforce already set up by the Lagos State Government.
The development was disclosed, on Tuesday, when Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu received the NPA Managing Director, Mrs. Hadiza Bala Usman, in audience at the State House, Alausa.
Sanwo-Olu expressed optimism on the transparent electronic call-up system, saying the move was the beginning of the end of Apapa gridlock. He said the call-up platform would be complemented with virtual dashboards that will be placed in strategic locations around the seaports, where all stakeholders will monitor scheduling of container movement.
The Governor praised NPA for the innovative approach towards tackling the truck menace around ports, pledging that the State Government would sustain the effort with strict enforcement of traffic regulations along the Apapa corridor.
He said: “This is the beginning of a better journey time for our citizens within the Apapa seaports and environ. This electronic system has limited interface with security operatives and unions, which usually cause the gridlock problem. It will be a simple case of possessing electronic clearance. If you don’t have it, you don’t have any reason to be around the seaports.
“In enforcing the new regulations, we are deploying more than enough towing vehicles to impound erring trucks. The huge amount to be paid as fine for flouting the call-up system will be a deterrent for drivers not to repeat it. The stakeholders need to understand we are serious about ridding Apapa of the menace that has brought pains to our citizens living and doing businesses along the corridor.”
Sanwo-Olu said the State Government would be deploying 500 officers of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) to work collaboratively with NPA and enforce the new call-up regulation, directing the State’s agency not to spare any effort in achieving free flow of traffic in Apapa.
The Governor said the State was working out a collaboration between the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS) and NPA to ascertain the road worthiness of trucks before leaving their stations to the seaports. This, he said, is to check truck accidents on the highways.
Sanwo-Olu said there would be regular review of the call-up system for sustenance of the progress and optimised performance.
He said: “We can bring back a better living experience for Apapa residents through the new system and have better traffic movement on routes in the area. Lagos Government is fully committed to ensuring all points we have agreed on will be implemented and get all relevant support.”
Ms. Bala Usman said the visit to the State House was to brief the Governor on the status of the electronic call-up platform before it would be fully launched. She said the development underscored NPA’s commitment towards ending the menace of trucks around the seaports.
She said part of the advantages of the new system was the creation of eight approved parks where all trucks must first be stationed before being electronically called into the seaports.
The NPA boss said the electronic system had addressed the excuses usually given by truck drivers for parking their vehicles on the highways, stressing that any truck found around the ports without electronic clearance would be impounded.
She said: “The deadline for the commencement of the electronic call-up system is February 27, 2021 and we are here to strengthen collaboration with the Lagos State Government on implementation and compliance as we commence the process. The new system will be done in collaboration with the State. We have worked seamlessly to ensure Apapa is rid of the menace of trucks.
“All truck owners and stakeholders have been briefed about the new development over the past months. Any truck found in Apapa corridor without call-up clearance will be impounded and Lagos Government will provide the platform with which any fine payment will be collected.”
Ms Bala Usman said the era of individuals depositing empty containers in the seaports was over. She said empty containers must now be deposited with the shipping companies, which are expected to keep the containers in their holding bays at no cost to individuals who own the shipment.
PUBLIC GOOD MUST BE YOUR OVERRIDING PRIORITY, SANWO-OLU TELLS NEW APPOINTEES
…Inaugurates IOGC Board, Judicial And Health Service Commissions’ Members
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has charged officers in the State’s public service to uphold trust as key element of public administration while discharging their statutory duties.
The Governor said all public officers, regardless of segments of service, owed the public a duty to perform their responsibilities with trust and integrity.
Sanwo-Olu spoke while inaugurating members of the Judicial Service Commission, Health Service Commission and Board of the State-owned Ibile Oil and Gas Corporation (IOGC) at the State House, Alausa, on Tuesday.
The Governor said the underlying responsibility of public officers must be to deploy their expertise in attaining overall public good. He charged the newly sworn in members of the statutory commissions and the corporation’s Board to consider people and the State’s interests as overriding priorities in their decisions.
He said: “I congratulate the newly inaugurated chairmen and members of the Health Service Commission, Judicial Service Commission and the Board of Ibile Oil and Gas Corporation, who have been privileged to have been nominated and subsequently confirmed fit and proper by the House of Assembly to occupy various positions into which you have just been inaugurated.
“I cannot emphasise enough the fact that you all have been called upon to serve the government and people of the State. The implication of this is that, the interest of the State and the people must always be the overriding consideration in all your recommendations and decisions. Public office is a trust and we owe it a duty to discharge that trust with utmost sense of responsibility.”
Sanwo-Olu stressed the need by the Service Commissions to ensure due diligence was strictly followed in recruitment, promotion, discipline and career management processes in their respective ministries, while also charging them to make justice and fairness their watchwords in addressing matters that will be brought before them for consideration.
Sanwo-Olu said: “As members of Health and Judicial Service Commissions, your actions or inactions will have a significant impact on the quality of healthcare and of justice available in Lagos, not just in the immediate future but for a long time to come. This realisation should guide your conduct and decision-making.
“The new Board of IOGC comprises knowledgeable and experienced personalities, and my expectation of the Board is to deepen the viability of the corporation and strategically position it as a leader in the Oil and Gas Industry. It must be managed to yield good returns on investment through significant contribution to the State Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) on a sustainable basis.”
He equally admonished the Board to promote good corporate governance in the management of the affairs of the corporation, which was established in 2013, following the discovery of crude oil in Badagry area of the State.
Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, said the constitution of the commissions’ membership and that of the Board was in line with extant laws of the State to promote fairness, justice and transparency.
He urged the appointees to bring their wealth of experience to bear in discharging their duties.
Speaking on behalf of all the appointees, chairman of the Health Service Commission, Dr. Muyinat Onayiga assured they would justify the confidence reposed in them by the Governor.
Members of the Health Service Commission are Mrs Kemi Ogunyemi, Dr. Mobolaji Olukoya, Dr. Olumuyiwa Solanke, and Mrs. Adepeju Muyibat Adeleye (to be confirmed by Assembly).
The Judicial Service Commission is chaired by the Chief Judge of Lagos, Hon. Justice Kazeem Alogba. Other members are Attorney General of the State Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN, Mr. Olasupo Ati-John, Mrs. Bamidele Akinyemi, Mr. Lateef Kareem, and Mr. Mahmud Dawodu.
The IOGC Board is chaired by Commissioner for Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources, Mr. Olalere Odusote. Other members are Mr. Abdul-Ahmed Mustapha, Mr. Wole Ogunsanya, Mr. Tokunbo Ishmeal, Mr. Goke Adeniyi, Omolara Cudjoe-Alakija and Doyin Akinyanju.