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Buhari Swears In RMAFC’s Commissioners In Final FEC Meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday administered the oath of office to seven new federal commissioners of the Revenue, Mobilization, Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC). This ceremony took place just before the commencement of the Valedictory Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The newly appointed federal commissioners are Senator Ayogu Eze (Enugu State), Peter Opara (Imo State), Hawa Aliyu (Jigawa State), Rekiya Haruna (Kebbi State), Ismaila Agaka (Kwara State), Kolawole Abimbola (Oyo State), and Ayuba Ngako (Federal Capital Territory).

In the same meeting, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo delivered a report from the health reform committee. The committee, led by Osinbajo, was established to devise a plan for achieving Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria.

One key recommendation from the report is the increased funding for the health sector to over 10 per cent. This meeting marks Buhari’s final Federal Executive Council gathering as President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

 

Source: Naija News

 

 

Disgraced entertainer, Rolf Harris dies at 93

Artist, presenter and musician Rolf Harris, who was one of the UK’s best-loved entertainers before he was convicted of underage-sex crimes in 2014, is dead aged 93, his family said on Tuesday.

The Australian-born Harris’s family said in a statement: “This is to confirm that Rolf Harris died peacefully surrounded by family and friends and has now been laid to rest. “They ask that you respect their privacy. No further comment will be made.”

His died at his home in Bray, west of London of “metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of neck” and “frailty of old age”, his death certificate, dated May 23, records. It also says that Harris was cremated, without adding further details. The secret funeral came after British newspapers reported on May 11 that that a private ambulance with blacked-out windows typically used by undertakers was spotted outside his home.

Harris once painted Queen Elizabeth II, worked with The Beatles and hosted a raft of prime-time television shows in his adopted UK over the course of 60 years. In October 2022 it was reported that he was “gravely ill” after being diagnosed with neck cancer that had left him unable to speak and requiring round-the-clock care.

Harris lived his final years in disgrace after being found guilty of a string of abuse against young girls between 1969 and 1986. He was jailed in 2014 for five years and nine months after being convicted of 12 indecent assaults, but was released in 2017, protesting his innocence. His conviction came after a spate of allegations of abuse against high-profile entertainers in Britain following the death of the children’s television presenter Jimmy Savile.

Savile, who died in 2011, was found to have used his celebrity status to sexually abuse dozens of children. His grave in Scarborough, northern England, was dismantled when the allegations against him came to light, and had been vandalised with graffiti. As well as Harris, the police probe, Operation Yewtree, also saw the conviction of 1970s glam rocker Gary Glitter.

Glitter — real name Paul Gadd — was released from prison earlier this year, halfway through a 16-year sentence for sexually abusing three schoolgirls. But the 78-year-old rocker was returned behind bars after breaching his release conditions.

 

Source: Vanguard