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Buhari declines assent to standard institute of training, Nigerian aeronautic research rescue billls




Abuja, March 19, 2019 President Muhammadu Buhari has declined assent to the Chartered Institute of Training and Development of Nigeria Bill.

The President also declined  assent to the Nigerian Aeronautic Research Rescue Bill.

The communication from the president to the House of Representatives was read on the floor of the House by the Speaker, Mr Yakubu Dogara, at Tuesday’s  plenary.

Dogara read: “The Presidential  declines  assent to the chartered institute of training and development of Nigeria bill.

“This is because there are concerns that the Institute does not possess the capacity of the requirements that might be imposed on it if the bill is Assented to.

“And some aspects of the bill might run fowl of  the stipulated guidelines as they should be,” he said.

The speaker further read that the president also declined assent to the Nigerian Aeronautic Research Rescue Bill recently Passed by the National Assembly.

“Presidential decision to decline assent to this bill  is because of the numerous discrepancies of the bill which makes it not in tandem with international best practices guiding the aviation industry worldwide.

“Certain sections are just a duplication of the functions of NEMA and other Agencies,” he said.

The President also wrote the House on the burning need to settle local debts for Delta and Taraba,  following approval of disbursements received from the NASS.

“The National Assembly should also review the reimbursement proposed for Kogi and Bauchi states,”  Dogara read.


Nullification of my election, a miscarriage of justice — Melaye



Sen. Dino Melaye, the Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial District, has described the ruling of the Election Tribunal which on Friday nullified his election as a miscarriage of justice.

Melaye stated this in a statement he personally signed and made available to journalists in Abuja on Friday.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the tribunal sitting in Lokoja invalidated Melaye’s victory in the March 22 election and ordered for a fresh election.

He said the decision of the tribunal was based on information that was alien to the fundamental matters brought before it.

He said: “The judgment is full of importation of information that is alien to the case.

“I however commend the courage and moral strength of the chairman of the tribunal for resisting evil and standing on the part of justice.”

On his next step, the Chairman Senate Committee on Aviation revealed that he would take his case to the appeal court where he believed his mandate would be reclaimed.

“I have confidence in the appeal court to right the wrongs as contained in the pronouncements of the judgement.

“I also want to tell those jubilating that their jubilation will be short lived while appealing to my teaming supporters to remain calm as their mandate is safe and secured and cannot be taken through any mischievous means.

“However, Our legal team is already working on appealing the judgment and I assure all that justice will prevail.”

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Kwara REC pledges to continue to uphold INEC’s integrity





Independent National Election Commission’s (INEC) Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Kwara, Malam Garba Attahiru-Madami has promised to continue to uphold integrity of the commission by conducting free and acceptable election.

Attahiru-Madami said this on Friday when he received an award of `Icon of Leadership’ in his office, Ilorin, from a delegation of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS).

The Resident Commissioner, who expressed satisfaction with the success of 2019 General Elections, implored staff of the commission to also uphold the integrity of INEC, further their education and be patriotic.

He enjoined youths in the country to shun all vices that may mar the attainment of their goals in life.

According to the REC, one of the ways he intends to sustain the integrity of the commission is through continuous voter education.

He said he would take voter education and sensitisation to secondary schools and tertiary institutions in the state.

Attahiru-Madami said that the initiative was to instill the right democratic values and skills in the coming generation, adding that it would also ensure that the future leaders as well as electorate were better informed.

Earlier, leader of the NANS delegation, Adebayo Joshua urged Nigerian leaders to always recognise people of distinguished characters in the country.

He explained that Attahiru-Madami was singled out for the award because of his unmatched role in success of the 2019 general election in Kwara state.

In a remark, the Kwara State Coordinator, National Orientation Agency, Mr Olusegun Adeyemi, recalled the various engagements of the INEC REC during the election and his determination to do things right.

Adeyemi affirmed that the award was well deserved and advised the students to shun vices that could mar their future.



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More Nigerians urge ministers to be transparent, avoid corruption



Two Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on Friday urged the newly inaugurated  ministers to be transparent and carry out their duties without any form of corruption.

The organisations made the call in interviews with Nigeria News Agency in Awka.

The CSOs appealed to the ministers to learn from  past mistakes and improve the well-being of the masses.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Abuja swore-in 43 ministers who would form his cabinet for the next four years.

The Convener, Women Arise for Change Initiative, Dr Joe Okei-Odumakin, urged the ministers to be more passionate about salvaging Nigerians out of poverty.

“I sincerely hope that Nigerians will experience an improvement in the capacities of the newly sworn-in ministers to deliver on their responsibilities as assigned by the president.

“They should effectively work as links between their various ministries and Nigerians.

“Most importantly, they must be transparent and carry out their duties without any form of corruption, “she said.

Also speaking, the President, Voters Awareness Initiative, Mr Wale Ogunade, also urged the ministers to deliver on the campaign promises of Buhari.

“The ministers should hit the ground running in their various ministries to ensure speedy economic growth, and support President Buhari to accomplish his campaign promises for the good of Nigerians.

“We expect improved healthcare to reduce medical tourism, improved education, power, housing, roads, transport system,  agriculture and more importantly, security.

“If they deliver on their mandates as should, I believe that Nigeria will become better,” Ogunade said.



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Plateau Speaker applauds Tallen’s ministerial appointment



Mr Abok Ayuba, the Speaker of the Plateau House of Assembly, has described the appointment of Dame Pauline Tallen by President Muhammadu Buhari, to serve as a Minister as a  ‘perfect choice’ from the state.

Ayuba made this known in a statement issued by his Press Secretary, Mr Bulus Azi, on Friday in Jos.

The speaker was optimistic that Tallen, a technocrat and a politician, would excel.

“Tallen will put her wealth of experience into good use in supporting the President, implement his policies and programmes.

“As a former commissioner, minister, and deputy governor, she has demonstrated high capacity, hard work and a deep sense of patriotism in achieving result.

“So, I have no doubt that as a Minister, Tallen will bring her wealth of experience and expertise to support the President in achieving the Next Level agenda,” he said

The Nigeria News Agency reports that Tallen was among the 43 ministers inaugurated on Wednesday by the President.

NAN reports that Tallen has since assumed duty as Minister of Women Affairs.


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Work to ensure improved economy, living — forum advises ministers



The Progressives Solidarity Forum, has called on the new ministers and Federal Executive Council members to work towards improved national economy and standard of living of the citizens.

Dr Ibrahim Emokpaire, the founder of the forum, made the call in a statement on Friday Abuja.

He noted that the cabinet should also sustain the fight against corruption which “constitutes the cardinal agenda of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government.

“I wish to remind members of the next level cabinet that Nigerians have high hopes in their capacity to find pragmatic and sustainable solutions to the challenges confronting the nation.

“Nigerians eagerly desire to see reinvigorated and concerted efforts by the executive arm of government towards achieving improved security of lives and property.

“Without doubt, delivering good governance towards building a united, well-secured, corruption-free, economically strong and politically stable nation is a huge responsibility that can be achieved.’’

Emokpaire, however, expressed optimism that the new Federal Executive Council members would live up to the expectations, deliver on its mandate and leave behind a great legacy of selfless service.

He congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari and members of the new cabinet for effectively taking off.

He observed that the cabinet with the mandate to take the nation to higher level in the next four years, will  lay a solid foundation for a more peaceful and prosperous Nigeria.

Emokpaire commended the leadership of the APC at all levels, especially its National Leader Bola Tinubu and its National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole.

He noted that their support for the president Buhari over the years had made him to discharge his responsibility in a seamless manner.

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