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Reps divided over El-Zakzaky’s freedom

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Reps divided over El-Zakzaky’s freedom

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After a long debate which lasted for more than two hours, Speaker of the House, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila put the matter to a voice vote, but he could not clearly rule as members shouted loudly in support and against the motion.

Gbajabiamila called for the House to be divided and that members in support of the motion should occupy the left wing and those against should occupy the right wing of the chambers.

While members were moving across the green chambers in a rowdy session, the speaker called for an executive session and journalists and guests were asked to go out.

Moving the motion earlier, Rep. Shamsudeen Danbazau (APC-Kano), said that the actions of the group had threatened the peace and security of the nation’s capital and the cooperate existence of Nigeria.

He said the killing of a Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mr Usman Umar and a National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member Mr Precious Owolabi among others victims and vandalisation of private and public properties were “terrorising.”

Dambazau called on the House to make recommendations that would outlaw the Shiite group as its activities contravened the 2011 Terrorism Act as passed by the National Assembly.

Rep. Stanley Olajide (PDPOyo) said that it was a critical situation and that it was important to be seriously dealt with.

Olajide said that it was easy to call for more security personnel to be positioned at strategic points but it was important to engage in dialogue.

Also Rep. Luke Onofiok (PDP-Akw Ibom), said that heads of security agencies should be invited to explain their challenges with a view to finding a lasting solution to the security situation in the country.

Onofiok said that a lot of resources were invested in training the late DCP, the corps member and other victims who were avoidably killed in the clash.

He commiserated with members of the families of the victims and the Nigerian Police Force and prayed for the repose of the souls of all those who had died.

Also, the Leader of the House, Rep. Ado Doguwa (APC-Kano) said that he had earlier engaged the Shiite group on behalf of the House.

The leader said that he promised the group to present their concerns to the leadership of the National Assembly and ensure they get results.

Doguwa said he was disappointment that the group invaded the Assembly the next day, injuring security agents, vandalizing public and private properties.

The lawmaker said that the National Assembly which is the symbol of democracy should always be respected as it plays its role in ensuring that the people’s voices are heard.

When the House reconvened after the executive session, members resolved to set up an ad hoc committee led by Doguwa to interface with the Executive with a view to resolve the matter.

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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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Be relentless, Buhari tells ministers

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President Muhammadu Buhari has directed ministers to be relentless in delivering services that are vital to the objectives of the present administration.

The president said this on Wednesday in Abuja during the swearing-in ceremony of ministers at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

According to him, growth and development is only possible if the ministers are relentless about delivering on specific actions and targets and implementation of government programmes.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the president swore-in 43 ministers on Wednesday who would form his cabinet.

Buhari expressed the optimism that the minsters, who had been with him for more than two days, should be ready to work tirelessly to ensure a future where every Nigeria could optimise its potential.

“I believe you are ready to get to work; indeed the work has already started,’’ he said.

The president said that the retreat focused on the road map towards the delivering of government policies, programmes and projects for 2019 to 2023.

He also urged the ministers to intensify efforts to reduce internal security threats and eliminate corruption at all levels.

This, he said, would ensure that citizens were perceived as corruption free in any environment they found themselves and could live and continue their businesses without fear and intimidation.

He said that while recognising the existing challenges and the urgent need to surmount them, Nigerians must not fail to note the progress that the administration had made since inception.

He said that their priority in the next four years was to act together towards delivering the results that the people of Nigeria expected from the ministers.

“We have agreed that we must, as an administration, build on the progress that has already been made in order to fundamentally shift Nigerians trajectory on the part of stable growth and development’’, he said.

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