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What A Loss! Ambode Becomes First Lagos Governor To Miss Out On Abuja Mansion For Losing Second Term Ticket

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Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State will be the first governor in Lagos State since 2007 to miss out on a mansion in Abuja after leaving office, PUNCH’s investigation has revealed.

The Public Office Holder (Payment of Pension) Law No 11 official Gazette of Lagos State, 2007 states that former governors of Lagos State are entitled to a house in Lagos and Abuja in any location of their choice.

However, the law adds that any governor who does not serve for two consecutive terms, will only be entitled to a house in Abuja.

Section 2 states, “One residential house each for the governor and the deputy governor at any location of their choice in Lagos State and one residential house in the Federal Capital Territory for the governor on two consecutive terms.”

Following his loss to Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the All Progressives Congress governorship primary in October, Ambode will not be returning to the Alausa Governor’s Office on May 29, 2019.

The state government has built houses for former governors of the state in Lagos and Abuja in line with the law.

A house was bought for Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in Ikoyi and the Asokoro area of Abuja next to the Lagos State Governor’s Lodge.

Although no actual figure was placed on how much the houses procured would cost, our correspondent learnt that to build or buy houses for former governors of Lagos would cost between N500m and N1bn.

For instance, the construction of a “section” of the house of the immediate past Deputy Governor, Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, on 15 Cameron Drive, Ikoyi, costs the state N329,929,551, according to the Lagos State budget of 2014, which was obtained by SUNDAY PUNCH.

However, Ambode will be entitled to other fringe benefits which comprise a house in any location in Lagos State, six brand new cars every three years, 100 per cent of the basic salary of the serving governor, (N7.7m per annum) free health care for himself and members of his family.

The law also says a former governor will be entitled to furniture allowance, which is 300 per cent of their annual basic salary (N23.3m); house maintenance allowance, which is 10 per cent of basic salary (N778, 296); utility allowance, which is 20 per cent of the salary (N1.5m) and car maintenance allowance, which is 30 per cent of the annual basic salary (N2.3m).

Other benefits include entertainment allowance, which is 10 per cent of the basic salary (N778,296) and a personal assistant, who will earn 25 per cent of the governor’s annual basic salary (N1.9m).

The law adds that a former governor is entitled to domestic workers comprising a cook, a steward, a gardener and others whose appointments are pensionable.

A former governor will be entitled to eight policemen and two officials of the Department of State Services for life, according to the Lagos law.

However, any governor of the state will miss out on all the goodies if he is removed from office by the Lagos State House of Assembly.

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City Photographer, Bright Izuwa Celebrates 30th Birthday With N30 Million Photography Studio In Lagos

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In an era where youths are either dependents, restive, or trying to make a headway with their lives, Bright Izuwa, an Abia State-born Photographer and an under thirty (30) serial entrepreneur who horned his photography skills from a renowned studio have set the pace in his time.

Bright is set to celebrate his 30th birthday with his new photography studio valued at thirty million naira (N30Million) and situated in the heart of Ikeja, Lagos.

According to Bright, June 4th Studios which is coined from his month and date of birth, located at 13B, Ladipo Kuku Street Allen-Avenue Ikeja Lagos Nigeria will definitely become the client’s favourite after a first-time experience, he assures.

The state-of-the-art studio comprises a Makeup Section, Photo Book Section, a Photography Studio section, a passport section, a dedicated dressing room section, and a section for his photography academy.

He further reiterated his readiness for the studio’s grand opening on the 4th of June, 2020 where individuals born on the month of June will be giving free shoots while others not born on the month of June will pay an affordable fee alongside loads of complimentary shoots.

 




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BREAKING: 268 China Returnees Arrive Abuja

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About 268 Nigerians evacuated from China have arrived in Abuja this afternoon.

The flight that conveyed the evacuees landed at the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport on Saturday afternoon.

Disclosing this in a tweet, the Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, said the returnees would proceed on compulsory 14 days quarantine as stipulated by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.

Some of the nationals had faced serial racial discriminations in Guangzhou, China, from provincial officials.

They were reportedly evicted from their apartments and hotels following their alleged refusal to go for the mandatory quarantine imposed by the Guangdong Provincial authorities sequel to the outbreak of coronavirus.

Some Nigerians sent a video of a woman with two children who were staying on the streets.

In the footage, the unidentified woman was feeding her infant daughter as the older second child slept in a baby walker; she was allegedly evicted from her apartment.

But the Chinese authorities said they subsequently provided free hotel accommodations for 207 Nigerians.

The government said the beneficiaries included Nigerians who were evicted from their hotels and apartments by officials in the wake of the compulsory quarantine and testing of foreigners for coronavirus by the Guangzhou Municipal Authorities.




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Fritz Awards Maiden Edition Calls For Entries

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Fritz Awards, Nigeria, has opened its call for entries. The event date is December 16, 2020.

The award in its maiden edition seeks to be the foremost platform rewarding creativity, excellence, ingenuity, and hard work in the film industry globally, continentally, and locally. It strives to tell stories that are diverse, experimental, compelling, and that matter.

June 1, 2020 – Submissions open

July 31, 2020 – Final Deadline

October 12, 2020 – Notification

Submit your entry here https://fritzawards.com/submit-your-entry/

You can find out of the rules and regulations and how to enter on here:

https://fritzawards.com/rules/

The award is named in honour of Friedrich Christian Anton “Fritz” Lang, Austrian-German-American Filmmaker, Screenwriter, and Film Producer.

Aside the many qualities that stood him out among his peers including tenacity, doggedness, and the drive for excellence, he is noted to be the first filmmaker to feature a black person in his movie.

You can learn more about the award on our website: https://fritzawards.com/about/




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