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Wase reiterates commitment of 9th Assembly on good representation

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The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Idris Wase has reiterated the commitment of the 9th Assembly towards ensuring that it represents the will of the Nigerian people.

He said that the resolve by the 9th Assembly to ensure that it truly represents the people is in line with legislative reforms recently announced by its leadership.

“This is a new assembly; there is focus on Nigeria and Nigerians. Our dealings, from the beginning to the end, would be on how we are going to improve our country.

“As a parliament, we will collaborate with the Executive to ensure Nigeria moves forward,” he said.

Wase further reiterated the commitment of the legislature to support President Muhammadu Buhari for posterity sake.

He said that there is also the political will by the National Assembly to ensure that laws were made in the interest of the country and the people.

“One of the good bills we passed (yesterday) has been lying in the National Assembly for the past five years. It is on fighting corruption.

“The international community has given a standard to say we could not repatriate our money without having that law passed, but because there was no strong political will to fight corruption, the bill remained dormant.

“We have passed the bill because we believe the country must come first before any other interest,” Wase added.

“We will do only those things that support the peaceful coexistence of Nigeria,” he added.

Speaking on behalf of the group, Mr Babatunde Adejuwon, the Editor-in-Chief said the group is ready to be “partners in progress with the Buhari-led administration”.

Adejuwon urged the leadership of the National Assembly to ensure that it make available information that would drive good governance in the country.

Edited by Abiodun Esan

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Service delivery: Group hails Buhari’s stellar cabinet

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The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) says it believes that President Muhammadu Buhari has chosen a stellar team of ministers that will deliver optimal results in the last half of his two-term tenure.

BMO said this in a statement signed by its Chairman and Secretary, Messrs Niyi Akinsiju and Cassidy Madueke, respectively, in Abuja on Wednesday.

The organisation expressed belief that the president had done his home-work well, going by the backgrounds, qualifications and impeachable records of the crop of ministers in his cabinet.

It added that the nation would be better for it.

According to the organisation, the president has made very sound and deliberate choices in these men and women who have very inspiring backgrounds and records.

“The team of ministers just sworn-in are an exceptional crew. A quick look at their records in their private and public service would excite any observer.

“They are men and women of capacity, who have etched their names in the history books, as trailblazers and achievers.

“They have stood out, as the best in their fields of endeavours and are capable and fit for the job ahead.

“These are the very best, and we are sure that they would bring in their best to the execution of their duties, while in service to the nation as ministers of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” it said.

According to the organisation, these achievers are not just picked at random.

The president was deliberate, conscious and perspicacious in the selection of these ministers.

“Each brings to the table something that stands him or her out. President Buhari has consequently assigned to each of them, a role that he wants them to play, given their unique talents, records and past achievements.”

BMO noted that the newly sworn-in ministers would play a pivotal role in the President’s strive to deliver on the promises he made to the Nigerian people.

“President Buhari had campaigned in 2015 and 2019 on the delivery of three key promises to Nigerians: securing the nation, rejuvenating the economy and fighting corruption.

“He has achieved a great deal in each of this. And, there is a general unanimity among Nigerians about this.

“The new ministers would play key roles in building on the foundation that had been laid by the President and his team in the first tenure.

“These ministers would consequently continue the good work that has been started,” it said.

The group also hailed the re-appointment of Mr Femi Adesina and Malam Garba Shehu as the president’s as Special Adviser, Media and Publicity; and Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, respectively.

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Deliver campaign promises to Nigerians, ex-lawmaker charges new ministers

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A former member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr Olusegun Olulade, has urged the newly- inaugurated ministers and commissioners in Lagos State to immediately get to work and deliver on the promises made during the electioneering.

Olulade, who represented Epe Constituency II between 2011 and 2019, gave the charge in a statement issued in Lagos on Wednesday.

“Lagosians in particular and Nigerians in general have been looking up to your inauguration as ministers, commissioners and special advisers.

“Now that portfolios have been assigned, it is time to get straight to work so they can deliver on the promises the ruling party made during the 2019 campaign,” he said.

Olulade advised the ministers to carry out the policies of the government that would eradicate poverty and reduce the rate of unemployment in the country.

The lawmaker admonished Nigerians to give their full support to the newly constituted cabinet by the President in order to achieve the desired greatness in the country.

According to him, “I am using this medium to congratulate all our brand new ministers, commissioners and special advisers in Lagos State.

“It is important for the citizens as well to play their expected roles and responsibilities by cooperating with the government at all levels and paying our taxes.

“It is through that the government can respond to all our needs and yearnings,” he noted.

Olulade also commended President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for job well done, adding that both of them had painstakingly taken their times to shop for the best hands.

He said the appointees would complement their efforts, saying that he was optimistic that by 2023, Nigerians would be glad they voted for the ruling party.

Edited by Wale Ojetimi

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APC (UK) advises ministers to put Nigeria first in service

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The United Kingdom chapter of the All progressives Congress (APC) has advised the ministers to put the country and the people first in the discharge of their duties.

Mr Ade Omole, leader of the chapter, gave the advice in an interview with Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday in Abuja.

He said that probity and accountability remained the sure way through which the ministers could help the APC-led administration to achieve the promises of the “Next Level’’.

Omole congratulated the ministers and expressed satisfaction over the composition of the cabinet, saying that they were round pegs in round holes.

“President Muhammadu buhari has assembled men and women of integrity who are all capable of delivering the promises of the Next Level,’’ he said.

He thanked Nigerians for renewing the mandate of the APC in the last presidential election by re-electing Buhari, saying that their trust in the party was not misplaced.

According to him, the APC-led government will surprise Nigerians as they journey ahead by implementing people-oriented policies and delivering good democracy dividends.

He stressed that the APC-led government was aware that what Nigerians needed at this point in time was good governance, probity, accountability and selfless leaders.

Omole, therefore, advised the ministers to see their appointments as a call to service over other endeavours, adding that they should ensure accountability and openness in their dealings.

He expressed the optimism that going by the calibre of people who were sworn in by the president, it was certain that “Nigeria had stepped on the pedestal of growth.

“In my view, the new ministers have the capacity to look at the cards ahead and deal with situations as they arise in the interest of the country and the people’’.

He urged the new ministers to consolidate on the achievements recorded in various sectors of the economy in the first term of the Buhari-led administration.

Similarly, Mr Jacob Ogunseye, spokesperson of the chapter, called on opposition political parties to join hands with the APC and the Buhari-led Federal Government in building the country.

NAN reports that out of the 43 newly inaugurated ministers, 13 former ministers in Buhari’s first term in office made the list while 18 former ministers were not re-appointed.

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Consultant urges Kogi governor to prioritise tax administration

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Mr Abdulazeez Obadaki, a private tax consultant, has urged Gov. Yahaya Bello of Kogi  to prioritise tax administration policy to fast track economic development of the state.

Obadaki also lecturer at the Nigerian College of Accountancy, gave the advice in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday in Abuja.

He commended Bello over the improvement in area of security, saying that he should prioritise tax administration to boost the state economy and create platform to develop on democratic dividends.

According to him, he should continue his good works and invest more in areas where there are lapses such as tax administration to achieve growth.

“He must come up with strategic policy to promote accountability in the tax administration of the state.

“If that is done, then he will be able to identify problems associated with the tax sector and also solve it,” he said.

Obadaki identified poor tax administration, poor tax collection and tax evasion as factors that contributed to problems associated with tax operational system.

He expressed confidence in Bello’s bid to run for second term of office, saying he was very sure the governor would improve on the success recorded given the mandate to contest.

He mentioned some achievements recorded by Bello to have been in areas such as security, road construction and provision of potable water.

He decried insecurity in terms of kidnapping, armed robbery and other social vices, saying they had hindered economic development of the state in the past.

“No matter how leaders perform not everybody will speak well about them;  as far as he is running for second term there will be continuity of infrastructural projects in the state.

“Given the chance to run second term as governor, I am confident that Bello will deliver on democratic dividends in the state,” he added.

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Edited by Grace Yussuf

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Oyo Anti-Open Rearing and Grazing Bill not against Fulanis – Oyo Speaker.

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The Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Mr Adebo Ogundoyin, on Wednesday denied that the Open Rearing and Grazing Regulation Bill, 2019, which had passed its second reading, was legislated to witch-hunt Fulanis.

According to him, the bill was never intended to make life and business unbearable for the Fulanis in the state.

He said, “The Open Rearing and Grazing Regulation Bill, 2019 before the 9th Oyo Assembly is significantly meant to regulate the activities of herders in Oyo State in the area of grazing and rearing of livestock.

“The bill seeks to prevent destruction of farms and properties by cows, prevent clashes between livestock owners and farmers, as well as protect the environment from degradation and pollution caused by open grazing,” he said.

Ogundoyin called on all Fulanis and herders in the state to go about their business activities without fear, urging them to be ready to abide by the provisions of the bill when fully operational.

He said that the bill would expose the fake and criminally-minded people who hide under the guise of herders or livestock owners to perpetrate evils, especially kidnapping and other heinous crimes.

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