The United State of America President-elect, Donald Trump chosen Ben Carson as Housing Secretary and Urban development who will work under his administration after his swearing-in 20th January 2017.
Carson is a retired neurosurgeon who challenged Trump for the Republican Nomination but lost out to the president elect in the primary.
The Housing secretary is an African-American with no housing policy but has citied his poor childhood in Detroit as a qualification for the job.
In a statement by Trump, he describes Carson as a man with a brilliant mind “Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities, We have talked at length about my urban renewal agenda and our message of economic revival, very much including our inner cities.”
Carson said, “I feel that I can make a significant contribution particularly by strengthening communities that are most in need, We have much work to do in enhancing every aspect of our nation and ensuring that our nation’s housing needs are met.”
Although Trump cruelly mocked him on the campaign trail, accusing Carson of having a “pathological” temper.
Carson on the other hand endorsed the real estate billionaire after withdrawing from the race in March, describing his former rival as “a very intelligent man who cares deeply about America.”
He took Trump on a neighborhood tour of his Detroit hometown in September at a time when the candidate was looking to boost his image with African-American voters and he came to Trump’s defense following the release of a 2005 audiotape in which he bragged about groping women
Unhealthy Diet causing Death – Minister
The minister of health Prof Isaac Adewole has revealed that Nigerians are dying due to lack of proper healthy diet in their everyday meal.
Prof Adewole who was in Lagos during the First Annual Black Tie Gala event that was organized by the Tristate Heart Foundation (THF), to raise N500 million in support of cardiovascular care in Nigeria.
In his address note, the Professor said the low consumption of protein was one reason of bad health in the country, which also is the basis of premature diet caused by unhealthy diet.
“Sadly, there is widespread low consumption of proteins, fruits and vegetables and increasing patronage of fast food outlets by the population. There is also large promotion of sweetened products such as carbonated drinks, pastries, candies and other refined sugars, while excessive intake of salt is promoted by food additives such as monosodium glutamate common in delicacies such as suya, kilishi, isi-ewu, ngwo-ngwo, among others.”
He said THF’s sister organisation and the Tristate Cardiovascular Association (TCA), which operates the Tristate Heart and Vascular Centre, has done over 100 open heart surgeries and numerous cardiac interventions, with 60 per cent of the patients unable to pay their bills.
Also present was the, former Osun State Governor/ National Chairman of the APC Chief Bisi Akande,who said the Foundation was set up to tackle the incidents of deaths from heart deceases, which he said account for premature death of about 17.3 million people every year.
“I, Bisi Akande, currently a 78-year-old man, have decided to do my part by dedicating myself completely to an initiative that will improve the health of Nigerian citizens and prevent us from needless death.”
He said the funds would help the world-class Tristate Heart and Vascular Centre, under the leadership of Prof Kamar Adeleke, to treat those of little means.
The Foundation, he said, plans to sponsor a minimum of 150 open heart surgeries in the next one year.
Nigerians react to FRSC on Arms while on Duty
The Federal Road Safety Corps has been granted approval by the Federal Government to carry arms while on duty.
This new development was disclosed by the Corps Marshal and Chief Executive of FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi while speaking at the end of the year management strategy session for parastatal in Abuja over the weekend.
Corps Marshal Oyeyemi revealed that the need for the officers to bear arms is as a result of the increased number of violent attack and loss of the personnel while on duty.
In a bid to this, some good citizens of the country have reacted to the new rule by the Federal government by making their view known on social media
“no be only guns them for give FRSC , they can as well give them bomb, RPGs, Bazooka, tanks….yeye Lawmakers – OmoleTelvin”
“Arming FRSC: some people trying hard to sell weapons. These people are behind the continous Boko Haram insurgency – unbeaten_49”
“and now FRSC is another potential cause of death by bullets holes, so much for ‘road safety’ can we have a round of applause for bubu – Staticstatistic”
“we have now added FRSC to the list of undereducated individuals who have been given the license to kill Nigerians at their discretion – knightofdelta”
“who is advising the government, why is FRSC getting arms, why is the government trying to get us killed –Bolu_olofofo”
“the army, police, NSCDC, Vigilante and now FRSC? Our roads are going to be over –militarised. Deal with the disease, not the symptoms –kayodeadebayo”
According to Oyeyemi, about 5000 personnel are already undergoing trainings on firearms.