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9th Assembly Speakership race: Gbajabiamila locks horns with Bago



Election for the office of the Speaker of the 9th Assembly has commenced with Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila (APC-Lagos) and Rep. Umar Bago (APC-Niger) in the race.

This was sequel to the call for nominations by the Clark of the National Assembly, Mr Mohammed Sani-Omolori at the inauguration of members-elect on Tuesday on the floor of the house.

Rep. Abdulmumin Jibrin (APC-Kano) nominated Gbajabiamila for the office of Speaker and was seconded by Rep. Lynda Chuba (PDPAnambra) as supporters row is loud ovation.

While accepting the nomination, Gbajabiamila promised to serve selflessly if elected speaker of the house.

Also, Rep. Abubakar Unusa (APC-Gombe) nominated Rep. Umar Bago (APC-Niger) for the office of the Speaker and was seconded by Rep. Mark Gbillah (PDP-Benue)

Bago while accepting his nomination said that his aspiration is for generations to come.

News Agency of Nigeria reports that out of the 360 members- elect, 358 are present and legible to vote.

NAN also reports that election is ongoing and the Clerk will announce results immediately after voting is concluded.



NGO harps on need for financial empowerment of youths



Basic Economics and Entrepreneurship Education (BEEE) Initiative, a non-governmental organisation, has underscored the need for youths to be financially included in the nation’s agenda to stimulate self-reliance.

Dr Ngozi Egbuna, the Founder of the Initiative stated this on Wednesday in an interview with Nigeria News Agency in Abuja.

She said that financial empowerment programmes for youth could not be over-emphasised.

The organisation recently organised a quiz competition among 15 secondary schools in Abuja with a theme “Nairability Challenge 2019”.

The competition educated students on the Central Bank of Nigeria( CBN’s) financial inclusion target, a policy of the CBN which serves as a vehicle for economic development ensuring adequate protection, consumer confidence building trust in the financial services.

Winners of the competition included Holy Rosary Girls College, Gwagwalada which clinched 1st position, Louisville Girls Secondary School, Gwagwalada in 2nd position, and Divine Mercy Secondary School, Asokoro; 3rd position.

The participants from the school were Okonkwo Precious, Ogbole Sophie, Obi Jane, Usoro Precious, Owolabi Tolulope, Iro Michelle, Udeme Dominion, Onyekpere Chinyere and Ezirim Augustine.

Egbuna said that the Nairability challenge is a `brain-child’ of the organisation  aimed at giving economic and financial education to young people in order to make them financially and economically savvy.

“Our annual event seeks to encourage youths, teenagers and students to do vacation jobs during long holidays and also explore gaining knowledge on financial literacy which is now a front banner’’, she said.

She said that the NGO would continually run the programme to encourage students that although they did not offer economics as a West African Examination Council (WAEC) subject, no knowledge in life is a waste.

“The effort is to make sure that the coming generation are financially and economically literate and savvy.

“Economics is a life science. It gives one a broad room. Anybody who buys and sells, or consumes anything is practising the basic theory of economics which is demand, supply and scarcity’’, she said.

According to her, any student who is not financially and economically literate and savvy may end up  being corrupt and indulging in corrupt practices.

She said that any person, who lacked financial literacy, may engage in wrong investments that could eventually lead to bankruptcy in the future in.

Egbuna cautioned youths against investing in ponzi schemes, stressing that “it is detrimental to an  individual and to the nation to indulge in such investments.”

She said that the first ever Nairability challenge may have come and gone but that financial inclusion could not be over-emphasised.


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Bad roads worry Lagos House of Assembly — Committee Chairman



Mr Setonji David, the Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly ad hoc Committee on Lagos State Public Works Corporation (LSPWC), says the committee will not rest on its oars until Lagos roads are maintained.

David, who made the assertion in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday in Lagos, said that the committee’s oversights had gradually been putting roads in the state in good shape.

According to him, the bad condition of some of the roads in the state have become a major concern to the lawmakers, hence, the constitution of the committee by the Lagos State Speaker, Mr Mudashiru Obasa to tackle the issue.

“We know that there are still some bad portions but with our follow up operations, the LSPWC are moving in and they have assured us that within a very short period there will be significant improvement.

“We are not going to rest on our oars until our roads are maintained and put back in good shape because good roads enhance good health, economy and every other aspect of life.

“So we need good roads. Thank God the rain is subsiding; the corporation has the opportunity to mend all these bad roads in the state. We are on their neck on daily basis,” David said.

He said that the committee had been visiting sites of projects being carried out by the LSPWC to see what the corporation was doing and that it would continue with such visits.

“By next week, we are visiting some of those sites to go and look at what they have done, especially those areas they claim they have done.

“We are also urging them to ensure that they work even in the night when the traffic is light to ensure that people of Lagos enjoy good roads,’’ the chairman added.

NAN reports that the bad condition of roads in the state had become a source of concern to many residents of the state and even the House Assembly members.

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Lagos State cabinet: Lawmaker hails governor for including 14 women



A member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mrs Mojisola Alli-Macaulay, on Wednesday, lauded Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu for being the first state governor to include 14 women in his cabinet.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the number of women in the state executive council, who was inaugurated on Monday by Sanwo-Olu was the highest in the history of the state.

Alli-Macaulay, one of the three female lawmakers in the Assembly, representing Amuwo-Odofin Constituency I, told NAN that the step gladdened the hearts of women and it had become inspiration to others.

She said: “I am joyous, as this is the first time in the history of democratic process in Lagos that we have 14 women emerging to become members of this executive cabinet. I am so glad, it is a wonderful news.

“This landmark achievement that Gov. Sanwo-Olu has registered in the minds of millions of women all over the federation is not a celebration for women of Lagos State alone, but a yardstick of hope for women of other states.

“I want to appreciate the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, most especially of the National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the new governor for taking the impressive step in changing the narrative.

“A lot of women happen to be pathfinders in terms of electoral processes during elections; women are all out to cast their votes. They work assiduously during campaign periods”.

According to her, women go through a lot of assaults, face a lot of domestic challenges and never relent in their “wholehearted participation”₩ during electoral processes.

The lawmaker described the state as a real progressive state that set the pace for other states to follow the new idea.

Alli-Macaulay lauded the leadership of the state for acting differently and responding to the yearnings of women.

“If you want things said, get men to say it; if you want things done, get the women to do it. Women are natural multipliers and divine incubators”.

The lawmaker lauded Sanwo-Olu for not turning his back against the promises he made during campaigns for women.

She, however, advised the women in the cabinet not to disappoint the trust and confidence reposed in them while not allowing their family and marriages to suffer.

The lawmaker added: “I just want to urge them to please put their very best into whatever they have been assigned to do.

“The married ones should not allow their marital responsibilities to lag behind. I want them to create a balance between their official duties and their marital responsibilities”.

She said that the country needed more women in politics to move forward, urging men to release and support their wives.

On the plight of women generally, the lawmaker urged the governor to give adequate attention to the cause of women through the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.

The lawmaker, who expressed confidence in the competence, experience of the new Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Mrs Bolaji Dada, said Lagos women needed more empowerment.

“We have so many women who are not yet covered. Women should not relent in their push to be emancipated, they should keep on pushing and there is going to be a balance eventually.

“I want to urge the governor to come up with more empowerment programmes that can cover a wide spread of women being emancipated at a go.

“When women are empowered, you have empowered a nation. This is why we want more women to be empowered,” she added.

NAN reports that Gov. Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday inaugurated 35 commissioners and special advisers into the state executive council out of which 12 were women.

One of the three governor’s nominees, who were declined confirmation by the House on Monday, was also a woman making the number 13.

NAN also recalls that he governor had earlier appointed a woman, Mrs Folashade Jaji, as the Secretary to the State Government bringing the number of women to 14 altogether.


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NGO urges youths to shun election violence, vices



A Non Governmental Organisation, the Useful Youth Vision Concept (UYVC), has advised youths in Kogi and Bayelsa states to shun violence and other social vices before, during and after the Nov. 16 governorship polls in the states.

The Executive Director of the organisation, Mrs Adetokunbo Shonibare, gave the advice in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday in Abuja.

Shonibare urged youths in the two states and the country in general to desist from taking hard drugs in order to guard against violence.

“As the Kogi and Bayelsa polls draw nearer, I want to call on youths and other Nigerians to shun violence and divisive tendencies along ethnic, religious and political divides.

“I urge youths to vote leaders of proven integrity.

“As we are all aware that the security challenges facing some parts of the country has affected our lives and socioeconomic development of the country negatively, there is the need for all hands to be on deck to fight the menace.

“No nation will experience meaningful development in an atmosphere of rancour; this is because peace is a necessary requirement for the development of any nation and peace is priceless and non-negotiable,” she said.

The executive director also enjoined the youths to get involved in building a virile nation by investing more on themselves, and acquiring knowledge and developmental skills.

She advised the youths to be law abiding and should always partner the government strategically toward nation building.

“I also want to appeal to people in other states of the federation to embrace peace, irrespective of their ethnic, religious and political affiliation, for the overall development o f the country,” Shonibare said.

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I’m in governorship race to transform Kogi – Audu



Alh. Yahaya Audu, a governorship aspirant under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi, says he is in the race to transform and better the lives of people of the state.

Audu, younger brother to a former governor of the state, the late Abubakar Audu, said this on Tuesday shortly after submitting his expression of interest and nomination forms at the APC National Secretariat on Tuesday in Abuja.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the ruling party ended the sale of expression of interest and nomination forms on Aug. 20, while submission will close on Aug. 21.

NAN also reports that the party has scheduled its primaries to select the standard bearer for Aug. 29.

“We are starting the train of liberation and I’m calling on all ‘Kogites’ to follow this train which is going to bring a lot of transformation into the state.

“The obvious reason is that I spent 38 years in Europe. I was a bank manager in London.  This means that I know what it means to rule the state successfully,” Audu said.

The aspirant promised to provide free education and healthcare, if given the opportunity to serve.

“I can assure you that my administration will take good care of the people of Kogi, particularly women in the state,” he said.

In a related development, Mr Hassan Abdullahi, a member of House of Representatives, has joined the list of governorship aspirants in the state by picking expression of interest and nomination forms at the party secretariat in Abuja.

Edited by Tayo Ikujuni and ‘Wale Sadeeq


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