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Senate appoints committee for office allocation, adjourns till July 2



The Senate at plenary on Thursday set up a 12-member ad hoc committee to liaise with management of the National Assembly for seat and office allocation to lawmakers.

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, made the announcement after an hour closed-door session.

He gave the committee two weeks to work, to enable the lawmakers have permanent seats in the chamber as well as permanent offices.

“I want to thank the committee in advance because the rest us will go on recess while they remain to liaise with the management on the allocation.

“Two weeks will be dedicated to the activities and other senators can make suggestions where necessary,” he said.

Lawan further announced that a one-page document from National Assembly Directorate of Finance and Administration had been circulated for lawmakers to fill appropriately to complete their documentation process.

Lawan thereafter announced Abubakar Kyari(APC-Borno) as Chairman of the committee, while members are senators Aisha Modibbo(APC-Adamawa), Gabriel Suswan(PDPBenue), Abdullahi Sabi(APC-Niger), Betty Apiafi(PDP-Rivers),Bassey Akpan(PDP-Akwa Ibom).

Others are Barau Jibrin(APC-Kano), Ibrahim Gobir(APC-Sokoto), Nicholas Tofowomo(PDP-Ondo), Solomon Adeola(APC-Lagos), Chukwuka Utazi(PDP-Enugu), Stella Oduah(PDP-Anambra).

The senate then adjourned plenary till July 2, after the motion for adjournment was moved by the Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo Agege and seconded by Sen. Philip Aduda(PDP-FCT).

Edited by Julius Toba-Jegede


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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Kano to convert 5 forests to herdsmen settlements – Ganduje



Kano State Government says it is planing to convert five forests to grazing reserves for herdsmen in the state.

Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State announced this  on Tuesday while speaking with journalists in Abuja.

Ganduje said that his administration had inaugurated a technical committee on farm settlements for herdsmen in the state.

He said further that the proposed settlement would assist in boosting socio-economic ventures in the state.

“We will provide social amenities such as hospital,  veterinary clinic,  market,  security post and schools, so that herdsmen will enjoy facilities just like other Nigerians,” Ganduje said.

According to him, herders settlement should not be a national issue, it should be state issue because they live and flourish in every state.

He said that his administration would redouble efforts to ensure that farmers enjoy more intervention programmes and projects to boost agriculture in the state.

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