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9th Assembly: Nwajiuba will maintain harmonious relationship with Presidency — Nwoha



Amaechi Nwoha, former Speaker Imo Assembly, on Monday said that a House of Representatives’ leadership under Emeka Nwajiuba would not only maintain harmonious relationship with the Presidency but ensure speedy passage of Executive bills.

Nwoha told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja that the acrimonious relations of the 8th Assembly with the Presidency was inimical to the country’s administrative progress.

He explained that a synergy between the Presidency and the legislature was imperative for economic and political development.

The former Speaker, who described Nwajiuba as an “apostle of good governance and believer in Buhari’s vision”, said he was a member of defunct Congress for Progressive Change.

Nwoha urged the lawmakers to elect Nwajiuba Speaker for rapid and hitch-free legislation.

According to him, Nwajiuba I know is not corrupt, neither is he selfish but a man of integrity who believes in getting things done rightly.

The former Imo Speaker said that Nwajiuba’s aspiration was coming at a time the desire for power balancing among the geopolitical zones was a national discourse given the fact that he was qualified to assume the office of Speaker.

“Although he ran the election on the platform of the Accord Party, it was simply to skip political plots of Rochas Okorocha aimed at stopping him.

“Nwajiuba remains in body and soul, a chieftain of the APC because he has always believed in the vision of President Buhari right from Congress for Progressive Change (CPC),” he said.

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Ondo Assembly cautions youths against uncouth character



Ondo State House of Assembly on Thursday advised youths to shun bad habits that could hinder them from benefitting from opportunities around them.

Mrs Favour Tomomewo, Chairman, House Committee on Women Affairs and Social Development, gave the advice during an oversight visit to the Ondo State Christian Welfare Board on Thursday in Akure.

Tomowemo, who was reacting to the board’s complaint about abscondment of some youths during their pilgrimage to Jerusalem, asked youths to be morally guided and imbibe moral character.

“Let me talk to the youths now that they must be morally guided so that they will not cut short various opportunities and benefits which abound around them,” she said.

She asked the Christian board not to deny the youths some of the knowledge that could be gained while attending pilgrimage.

“The image the board painted about our youths is ugly but we must not deny them of the opportunity because there are a lot of benefits that they will extract.

“I will only advise the board to lay down some policies restricting our youths during pilgrimage and work with some prominent personalities in the state like lawmakers to present trusted youths that will not abscond.

“I want to urge them not to strike out the opportunities from the youths,” she said.

The committee chairman tasked the board to be proactive and come up with ideas on sourcing funds from well-to-do people in helping the Christian body.

Earlier, Mr Tunde Ilesanmi, the Secretary of the board, said that the board had put stringent conditions on youth pilgrimage because of incessant cases of abscondment.

Ilesanmi explained that anybody below 50 years of age was always disqualified.

The secretary, who cited several cases of such abscondment, said that there was training session on agriculture for youths during pilgrimage.

The committee, which also visited the state Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, applauded the ministry for its unrelenting efforts in defending and catering for  the vulnerable in the state.

Tomowemo asked the ministry to adopt more strategies in addressing high rate of rape in the society and synergize with the committee on the provision for widows and others.

She stated that the ministry should create enough publicity for its humanitarian roles and prosecute rapists to serve as deterrent for others.

Earlier, Mrs Titi Adeyemi, the state Commissioner for Woman Affairs and Social Development, explained that the ministry was concerned and disturbed by rise in rape cases.

Adeyemi said that the ministry was collaborating with traditional rulers in the state on curtailing the menace of rape, promising that the House of Assembly would be briefed later.

The committee also visited the Ondo State Muslim Welfare Board.

Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Enugu Assembly confirms re-appointment of Emeka Odo as BIR chairman



The Enugu State House of Assembly on Thursday confirmed the re-appointment of Mr Emeka Odo as the Chairman, Enugu State Board of Internal Revenue Service.

Odo gave an account of his stewardship to the State’s Internal Revenue Board in the last four years in Enugu, adding that he had automated the revenue collection system in the state, to block revenue leakages.

He noted that the automation of the revenue collection system had greatly boosted the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).

Odo said that Enugu State generated more than N31 billion in 2019, as against the N14 billion  generated in 2016, when he assumed office.

He said that cash payment of revenue had been outlawed in the state, adding that he was currently working on a bill that would specify agencies responsible for revenue collection in the state.

In his remarks, the Speaker of the House, Chief Edward Ubosi, congratulated Odo on his re-appointment and charged him to address the issue of multiple taxation in the state.

Ubosi said the seventh Assembly would come up with legislation that would streamline tax collection in the state, to guard against multiple taxation, to avoid scaring away potential investors from the state.

The House thereafter adjourned to June 11 for further legislative activities.

Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)





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Edo Assembly condoles with APC Youth Leader over father’s death



The Edo House of Assembly, on Thursday, condoled with the All Progressives Congress (APC) Youth Leader in the state, Valentine Asuen, over the death of his father, Chief Scotty Asuen.
The Speaker, Francis Okiye
, who led members of the Assembly to the residence of the youth leader in Benin, described the late Asuen as a great leader.
“On behalf of members and staff of the Edo house of assembly, I wish to express my sincere condolence to you on the passage of your father.
“Our consolation is that your father lived a good life worthy of emulation. He was a father and beacon of hope to many people,” Okiye said.
He said that the deceased left legacies that would see his children through life.
In his response, the youth leader thanked the speaker and other members of the Assembly for the visit.
“On behalf of myself and my family, I thank you for your visit. I am honoured.
Mr Emma Asuen, an elder brother to the youth leader and APC chieftain, who spoke on behalf of the Asuen family, also thanked the lawmakers for their visit.
“My speaker, as a fellow party member, I am satisfied with your leadership style. You have shown yourself to be a man of integrity.
“We feel very proud of our father, because he lived a good life. He died in April at the age of 78,” Asuen said.

Edited By: Bola Akingbehin and (NAN)‘Wale Sadeeq

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Osun Assembly pledges improved public works, transportation



The Osun House of Assembly says it will give priority to ensuring that public works and the transportation system in the state are more functional for the benefit of residents.

Mr Taofeek Badamasi, the Chairman, House Committee on Public Works and Transport, stated this at an interactive session with officials of the state’s Ministry of Public Works and Transport at the House of Assembly in Osogbo.

Badamasi said the meeting was necessary to discuss common goals for the development of the state and not to witch-hunt anybody.

He also requested for documents from the ministry’s officials on the schedule of state projects and details of road contracts awarded.

In their various comments, members of the committee requested for clarifications on construction of primary healthcare facilities across the state.

Responding, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Works and Transport, Mr Toke Olaniyan, explained that lack of funds was the major hindrance in completing some ongoing projects in the state.

He, however, listed Oba Adesoji Aderemi East bye-pass, Osogbo Stadium fence and some primary health centre facilities among the ongoing projects in the state

Edited By: Folasade Adeniran/Mufutau Ojo (NAN)

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Ogun assembly passes mortgages bill



The Ogun House of Assembly on Thursday passed the bill establishing the Ogun Mortgages and Foreclosure Authority to regulate mortgages in the state.

Mr Damilola Soneye, the Chairman, House Committee on Lands and Housing, presented the committee’s report to the Assembly during plenary in Abeokuta.

Soneye (APC -Obafemi Owode) moved the motion for the adoption of the report and this was seconded by Wahab Haruna (ADC -Yewa North 11).

Mr Yusuf Sherif, the Majority Leader, moved the motion for the third reading of the bill and it was seconded by the Deputy Speaker, Dare Kadiri.

Mr Deji Adeyemo, the Clerk of the House, read the bill for the third time before the members of the assembly.

The Speaker of the House, Olakunle Oluomo, thereafter ordered that a clean copy of the bill be forwarded to Gov. Dapo Abiodun for his assent.

Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria in an interview on the importance of the bill, Soneye explained that the law would regulate mortgage banking and related businesses in the state.

The lawmaker said that the mortgage institutions would be better empowered to meet the demands of modern day housing development.

“The law will allow for proper mode of operations in managing our mortgages and foreclosure and ensuring the management of the expanding mortgage industry in the state,” he said.

Edited By: Bayo Sekoni/Mufutau Ojo (NAN)

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Benue Assembly grants Ortom’s request to obtain N2.5bn loan for healthcare



Benue House of Assembly has approved Gov. Samuel Ortom’s request to obtain a Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) loan facility of N2.5 billion for healthcare delivery upgrade in the state.

The approval followed a correspondence sent to the house by the governor and read during plenary on Thursday.

In the letter, Ortom informed the house that the CBN had introduced a health sector intervention fund to finance the building and expansion of healthcare facilities and acquisition of medical equipment across all states of Nigeria.

He pointed out that the global healthcare system had been overstretched by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic with the developed countries struggling to cope with the magnitude of the crisis.

The governor stated that the healthcare system in the state needed to be repositioned for a post COVID-19 delivery system that could effectively handle cases of infectious diseases across the state.

He informed the house that Access Bank PLC, as a participating money deposit bank, had submitted an offer for a facility of N2.5 billion at five per cent interest rate.

The governor further said the loan was with a 12 months moratorium and thereafter at nine per cent interest rate and 0.5 per cent management fee.

“The facility is offered at concessionary rate with a maximum tenure of 10 years,” Ortom added.

He urged the house to grant his request to access the N2.5 billion loan, saying that the CBN intervention fund was in the public interest.

The governor said its purpose was consistent with his administration’s vision for a healthcare delivery system that completely met the needs of Benue people.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ejike Obeta (NAN)

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Ogun Assembly passes Health Insurance bill, another into law 



The Ogun House of Assembly on Thursday passed into law a bill to amend the state Health Insurance Scheme.

Mr Adegoke Adeyanju (ADC -Yewa North 1) and Chairman, House Committee on Health, read the committee’s report on the bill during plenary in Abeokuta.

Adeyanju moved the motion for the adoption of the report, which was seconded by Mrs Atinuke Bello (APC-Odogbolu), who is also the Chief Whip of the house.

Mr Yusuf Sherif (APC-Ado Odo Ota 1), the Majority Leader, moved the motion for the third reading of the bill which was seconded by Ganiyu Oyedeji (APM-Ifo 11), the Minority Leader.

The Clerk of the House, Mr Adedeji Adeyemo, read the bill for the third time before the members.

Also during plenary,  the assembly passed into law a bill to prescribe approval of regulation by resolution of the Ogun House of Assembly and for connected purposes.

Mrs Modupe Mujota (APM-Abeokuta North) presented the committee report on the bill.

Mujota also moved the motion for the adoption of the report which was seconded by Abayomi Fasuwa (APC-Ijebu North East).

Sherif thereafter moved the motion for the third reading of the bill, which was seconded by Sola Adams (APC-Ijebu East).

Adeyemo, the clerk of the House, also read the bill for the third time for adoption by members.

Consequently, Mr Olakunle Oluomo (APC-Ifo1), the Speaker, ordered that the clean copies of the two bills be forwarded to Gov. Dapo Abiodun for his assent.

Edited By: Kamal Tayo Oropo/Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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COVID-19 : Ondo assembly urges wealthy indigenes to assist PLWDs



The Ondo House of Assembly has appealed to wealthy indigenes of the state to assist People Living With Disabilities (PLWDs) to  cushion the effect  of the novel coronavirus (COVID -19) pandemic.

Mrs Favour Tomomewo, Chairman, House Committee on Women Affairs and Social Development, made the call during the committee’s oversight visit to the Ondo State Agency for the Welfare of Persons with Disabilities, on Wednesday in Akure.

Tomowemo noted that there was need to support and empower the PLWDs in order  to ameliorate their plight.

” On behalf of other committee members and the state house of assembly, I want to appeal to all well-meaning Nigerians, especially Ondo state indigenes to show support for all persons living with disabilities in the state.

” Looking at these people living with disabilities, they have a lot of restrictions to cater for their needs.

“Please, let us support them, empower them with our resources,” she urged.

She asked the PLWDs to observe all COVID-19 preventive guidelines in order not to pose more danger to themselves.

The committee chairman urged the agency’s management to often liaise with lawmakers in their respective constituencies so as to be considered in their programmes and events.

She stressed the need for the agency to indulge technology-based innovation in order to be in tune  with global standard.

Tomowemo added that the agency should create policies and ideas that would enhance welfare and well-being of the PLWDs.

The committee chairman explained that the oversight visit was aimed at  helping the agency to achieve its goals.

Mr Taofik Mohammed, a member of the committee, noted that the state assembly would not relent in addressing the agency’s needs considering its special attention to the welfare of PLWD in the state.

Similarly, Mr Samuel Edamisan, another committee member, lauded the agency’s management for its diligence and efforts, saying that the committee would support the agency to make it better for humanity purposes.

Earlier, Mr Sanmi Alegbeleye, the Chairman of the agency, thanked the committee for the visit despite the COVID -19 effects in the society.

Alegbeleye appealed to the committee to fast-track the approval by the state governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, for the  employment at least 30 persons living with disabilities into the state civil service.

He said that the governor had  approved the said employment in 2018,  but the beneficiaries were yet to receive their letters of  employment.

“We don’t know the cause of the delay despite the governor’s approval of 30 persons. Please, help us because the governor has said it on several occasions.

” Also, we are yet to receive the  18-seater bus approved by the  governor for conveying the disabled to events and programmes.

” These people travel a lot but we have not seen the light,” he stated.

Alegbeleye appealed to the state government to remember the disabled in its COVID-19 palliative programme, saying that the  over 7,000 persons with disabilities in the state were yearning for help.(NAN)

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma and Isaac Ukpoju (NAN)

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Appoint Dongban-Mensem substantive Appeal Court President-Plateau House of Assembly begs Buhari



Members of the Plateau House of Assembly have appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint Acting President, Court of Appeal, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, in a substantive capacity.

 Dongan-Mensem was appointed in the Acting capacity by the president on March 5, to serve for three months.

Buhari on May 29, extended her acting appointment for another three months.

The Plateau lawmakers during plenary on Tuesday,  appealed to the President to appoint her in substantive capacity stating that she eminently qualified to be  so appointed.

The House presided over by its Speaker, Mr Abok Ayuba, appreciated the President for giving her the opportunity to serve the nation.

Mr Philip Dasun (APC, Pankshin North) who moved the motion of urgent public importance, said,”Mr Speaker, it is expected that she would be appointed in substantive capacity after three months in acting capacity.

“We are calling on other authorised bodies to lend their voice to this call,” he said.

Edited By: Abdullahi Yusuf (NAN)

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