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The Chairman of Ado Ekiti branch of Nigerian Bar Association () has called for mandatory psychiatric test for the personnel of the Ekiti State Security Agency called ‘Amotekun’ as part of recruitment rules.

Falade said the step became sacrosanct in view of alleged incessant misconduct of conventional security agencies, leading to brutality and unwarranted incarceration and killings of Nigerians.

The bill establishing the outfit, now awaiting Kayode Fayemi’s assent, was on Friday, passed into law by the Ekiti State of Assembly.

Speaking in Ado Ekiti on Sunday, the NBA boss said he had made the suggestion for the inclusion of mandatory psychiatric at the assembly’s public hearing held on Thursday, as part of the prerequisites for qualification for Amotekun operatives.

He said section 19 of the Ekiti State Security Network Agency bill sent to the House spoke about qualification, but issue of mental stability was not put into account, which he said spurred him to raise observation about that.

“Under the interpretation of sections, arms should not mean firearms alone, it should also include axes, cutlasses even stick. That I think would have been taken to into account before passage.

” Also, I proposed that in addition to criteria for employment of officials, a mandatory psychiatric test should be added in the law as stated in Section 19 which dealt with recruitment.

“The passed bill before transmission to the executive with amendments should include this. The mental stability of whoever carries arms matter to Nigerians.

“We have seen cases of how Nigerians were being abused by security operatives. We have seen how those that were supposed to guarantee safety ended up killing innocent people over flimsy excuses.

“I appeal to the House to effect this while doing the amendment before transmitting to the executive.

“I observed that the composition of a board that will superintend over the Agency was contained in the passed bill. I believe the board will be given the powers to set their own rules and criteria for recruitment when they begin operation.

“The board must adopt this as part of the rules for recruitment even if it ends not being part of the amendments.

“This should be taken seriously in the recruitment exercise so that the operatives won’t turn out to be lawbreakers”, the NBA boss said.

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Abass Sulaiman Adegoke, well known as Adegoke is a student of Federal Polytechnic Ede studying Civil Engineering, He is a media enthusiast, loves traveling, and has a special interest in personal development.

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President Muhammadu Buhari has charged the Ministry of Finance Budget and National Planning to ensure that Nigerian civil servants get their salaries paid promptly.

The President gave the directive on Thursday during a meeting with members of the Presidential Committee on the review of the Impact of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic on the Economy, held at the State , Abuja.

Recapping details of the meeting to State House Correspondents after the meeting, Chairman of the Committee and Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, also said the President further directed that measures to protect the poor and the vulnerable are put in place.

She said the committee met with the President to update him on the developments instigated by the COVID-19 Pandemic globally and how much effect it has had on the nation’s economy.

Speaking on the directives to issued at the meeting, she said besides ensuring prompt payment of civil servants’ salaries, she said the President ordered the protection of critical national assets.

“Well, he has directed that we should make sure that salaries are paid, make critical infrastructures like roads, rails are protected, as much as possible use local inputs so that we retain value within our economy. And also make sure that we have measures that protect the poor and the vulnerable.”

“This meeting was just to brief Mr. President as the situation we are in keeps evolving on a daily basis. As the health crisis gradually expands, affecting states and also the lockdown that has been ordered to help curtail expansion of the health crisis.

“The consequences of the lockdown is the additional slowing down of the economy and the measures that we need to take to mitigate the negative consequences of the slow trade and businesses”, she said.

Another member of the committee, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, said the Committee had cause to meet with the President to keep him abreast of developments around the economy and the worsening fortunes at the international oil market.

Also speaking, another member of the committee, the of the Central Bank of (CBN), Mr Godwin Emefiele, said the committee had met with the President to suggest ways to redirect the economy so as to get it insulated against approaching global economic recession.

“The global economy naturally like we all know at this time will naturally suffer growth problems and may even lead to recession globally. So we are trying to see what we can do as a country to rescue our own situation so we don’t go the direction many will go.

“It is not going to be easy but we can only assure our people that we are on top of it and that we will resolve it and Nigerians will still be better for it”, he said.

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[object object] PHOTOS: Buhari meets COVID-19 Presidential Committee PRESIDENT BUHARI METS CORONAVIRUS COMMITTEE ON THE ECONOMY B 1140x570 1
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PRESIDENT BUHARI MEETS CORONAVIRUS COMMITTEE ON THE ECONOMY A.  President Muhammadu Buhari receives briefing from the Minister of Finance, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed, CBN , Mr. Godwin Emefiele, Minister of State Petroleum Resoucres, High Chief Temipire Sylva and GMD NNPC, Mele Kyari during a meeting with the Presidential Committee to Review the Impact of Coronavirus on the Economy held at the State Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. APRIL 2 2020
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PRESIDENT BUHARI METS CORONAVIRUS COMMITTEE ON THE ECONOMY B.  President Muhammadu Buhari receives briefing from the Minister of Finance, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed during a meeting with the Presidential Committee to Review the Impact of Coronavirus on the Economy held at the State House Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. APRIL 2 2020
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PRESIDENT BUHARI METS CORONAVIRUS COMMITTEE ON THE ECONOMY 2. The Minister of Finance, Hajiya Zainab Ahmed, accompanied by The CBN Governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, GMD NNPC, Mr Mele Kyari and Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipire Sylva after the meeting with the President by the Presidential Committee to Review the Imapct of Coronavirus on the Economy held at the State House Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. APRIL 2 2020
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PRESIDENT BUHARI METS CORONAVIRUS COMMITTEE ON THE ECONOMY 1A&B. President Muhammadu Buhari after the meeting with the President by the Presidential Committee to Review the Imapct of Coronavirus on the Economy held at the State House Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. APRIL 2 2020

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