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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Ogun assembly passes mortgages bill
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 Deji Adeyemo, the Clerk of the House, read the bill for the third time before the members of the assembly.
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.
Benue Assembly grants Ortom’s request to obtain N2.5bn loan for healthcare
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.
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.
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.
Ogun Assembly passes Health Insurance bill, another into law
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.
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.
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.
COVID-19 : Ondo assembly urges wealthy indigenes to assist PLWDs
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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