Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has shunned the coronavirus pandemic protocols by attending an event few hours after he returned from an international trip.
Makinde who travelled to the USA on December 30 ,2020 to meet his wife, returned to Nigeria around 3pm on Tuesday.
The Governor, however, on Wednesday attended a gathering, christensen “annual inter-faith service” to mark the beginning of 2021.
The gathering had in attendance Makinde’s Deputy, Engineer Rauf Olaniyan, government officials, civil servants among others.
DAILY POST gathered that the event was held on Wednesday morning, about seventeen hours after Makinde returned from the foreign trip.
Our correspondent learnt that the presence of Makinde at the event was contrary to COVID-19 protocols which states that anyone from a foreign trip must be quarantine for fourteen days.
The governor did not state the reasons he shunned the pandemic protocols as stressed by the COVID-19 Task Force established by the federal government of Nigeria.
But while addressing the gathering, he promised bumper deliverables for workers and people of the state in the 2021 fiscal year, despite the challenges posed by coronavirus pandemic.
The governor equally declared that his administration was on top of the insecurity challenges in the state.
“First, let me thank God for the gift of life and His protection over us all in the past year. 2020 has been described in many quarters as a tough year. We did not survive last year because we are tougher, we survived only by His grace and that is why it is good that we are holding this inter-faith service in gratitude.
“We are starting this year in good spirits. We are confident that this year, the seeds we planted in the previous year will yield good fruits. Last year, I didn’t know where the International Airport was from February till December. We all stayed together to experience the pandemic.
“On the 30th, I decided to spend the New Year in the United States of America and before I came back, critics were saying I went to America to enjoy myself while Oyo State was burning. My belief is, they were criticising me because they had no other thing to say. Well, I am back and we will continue to serve the people of Oyo State.
“So, we are looking forward to commissioning various projects that we started last year. For example, the 65km Moniya-Ijaiye-Iseyin road will be commissioned this year. Also lined up for commissioning this year are: the 21km Airport- Ajia-New Ife Express road with a spur to Amuloko; the 12km Apete-Awotan-Akufo road, which will be the first concrete road belonging to the state government.”
He reeled out other projects scheduled to be commissioned this year.
House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi has insisted that no one is above the law.
She said this after signing an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump.
Trump was impeached for a historic second time on Wednesday evening, and Pelosi did the signing, a ceremonial step that precedes the article being sent to the Senate.
The signing makes the article official shortly after it passed the House. Ten Republican members backed the Democrats to impeach Trump.
The President who has a week in office, was accused of inciting his supporters to attack the US Capitol, an incident that claimed some lives last week Wednesday.
Trump was impeached by the House on a single charge of incitement of insurrection.
“Today, in a bipartisan way, the House demonstrated that no one is above the law, not even the president of the United States,” Pelosi said before signing the document.
“That Donald Trump is a clear and present danger to our country and that once again we honor that oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States, so help us God.”
By this development, the US leader made history by becoming the first American President to be impeached twice.
The House will submit the article of impeachment to the Senate, although a trial is not expected to begin until after next Wednesday’s inauguration.
US President-elect, Joe Biden has sent a message to the Senate after the House of Representatives impeached President Donald Trump on Wednesday.
Biden asked the Senate to conduct Trump’s impeachment trial while simultaneously handling other critical issues.
Biden does not want issues surrounding the current administration to slow down his government when he takes office next week.
He said the Senate needs to be able to follow through on the outgoing President’s impeachment trial while working on his agenda.
“This nation also remains in the grip of a deadly virus and a reeling economy,” Biden’s statement after Trump’s impeachment on Wednesday added.
“I hope that the Senate leadership will find a way to deal with their Constitutional responsibilities on impeachment while also working on the other urgent business of this nation.”
The House voted 232 to 197 on Wednesday, a week after the deadly Capitol attack, to impeach Trump, on the charge that he incited the violence.
The House Democrats were able to secure the support of 10 GOP lawmakers to impeach Trump.
After the November 3 presidential election, Trump had continued to make comments worthy of rising tensions and resulting to violence.
In a plot to stop the Congress from certifying the President-elect, Trump was said to have incited his supporter to launch a deadly attack on the US Capitol.
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