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Support executive on bills, ADP urges 9th NASS



The Action Democratic Party (ADP) has urged the 9th National Assembly to support the Executive on bills that would help in economic development of the country and its citizens.

Alhaji Yabagi Sani, the party’s National Chairman gave the advice in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.

Sani while congratulating Sen. Ahmad Lawan and Mr Femi Gbajabiamila for emerging as Senate President and Speaker of the 9th National Assembly, said the assembly should guide the Executive on the right path.

“The National Assembly should be on alert to properly guide the executive led by President Muhammadu Buhari, to prevent excessive use of power or contravening of Constitutional provisions,” he said.

He added that there must be checks and balances because separation of powers detailed on how all arms of government must operate.

The ADP chairman said for peaceful assembly, all political parties that made the house composition must be treated fairly and be carried along.

He said there must not be winner takes it all, which is capable of bringing internal rancor and stiff opposition.

He expressed optimism that the new leadership of the National Assembly under Lawan and Gbajabiamila would not disappoint Nigerians.

He, however, urged Nigerians within and outside the country to be hopeful in the 9th assembly.

He also urged Nigerians to pray to God to guide members of the 9th assembly on the right path to enable them pass bills that would have life changing impact on all sectors of the economy.

Sani extolled the maturity of all members of the assembly for peaceful conduct of the election which brought in principal officers without fracas or clamp down by security forces.

The ADP national chairman charged both Lawan and Gbajabiamila to take the service of the nation and unity of the country as their priority.

He stressed that it is important to uphold the independence of the Senate and House of Representatives by not allowing in external forces to hijack their operation.

“National Assembly leaders owe all citizens of the country their loyalty, and must work hard to change the perception that is already created during the electioneering campaign,”he said.

According to him, the earlier perception is that the elected members of the 9th national assembly are out to do the bidding of their godfathers or whatever their parties push as agenda.

“The 8th assembly led by Sen. Bukola Saraki and Mr Yakubu Dogara has been adjudged as the best in recent times by Nigerians and credible organisations across the world.

“This is because the assembly was perceived to be independent of the executive’s grip, a standard has been set.

“And it is the hope and expectations of our party that the 9th assembly will do better in all ramifications,” he said.

He,however, pointed out that being independent doesn’t mean unnecessary rebellion to the  executive’s good initiatives and lofty ideas capable of bringing peace, progress and unity to the country.

Edited by Chioma Ugboma


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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INEC begins distribution of  219,935 uncollected PVCs in Bayelsa, Kogi on Sept. 2



He said that there would be two teams of Distribution Officers per local goverment, adding that the officers would rotate the distribution of the PVCs in the RAs or from community to community, based on a schedule agreed upon by the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) and the stakeholders.

“The Resident Electoral Commissioners will provide contacts and telephone numbers where registered voters that have not collected their PVCs can call and make inquiries relating to the collection.

“The commission will send bulk short messages to the registered voters in the two states that have yet to collect their PVCs.

“The commission will also display the list of registered voters that have yet to collect their PVCs at the respective state and local government offices of the commission and at other designated public places,” he said.

Okoye added that the commission woild engage faith-based, professional, civil society and community-based organisations to create increased awareness for the collection of PVCs.

“A detailed breakdown of collected and uncollected PVCs for the states will be published at the end of the exercise,” he explained.

This, according to him, is in view of the fact that the commission now conducts nationwide Continuous Voter Registration(CVR) and the tight timelines and schedule for the conduct of activities relating to the state governorship elections.

“The commission appeals to all registered voters who have yet to collect their PVCs to avail themselves of the opportunity to do so during this window to enable them vote at the elections.

 “This critical as INEC does not intend to entertain any extensions due to the tight statutory timelines that it is bound to adhere to,” he said.

He reminded political parties that in accordance with the revised Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the election issued on  May 16, the last day for the conduct of primaries and resolution of all matters or disputes arising therefrom is Sept  5.

He also said that the last day for the submission of lists of candidates and their Personal Particulars (INEC Forms CF001 and CF002) is Monday  Sept. 9 at 6 pm at INEC Headquarters, Abuja.

 “Parties are enjoined to ensure compliance with these timelines as no extension or late submission will be entertained,” he said.

Edited by Kayode Olaitan

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