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Lawmaker sponsors 30 youths on vocational training

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A member of the House of Representatives, Mr Ehiozuwa Agbonnayima, announced on Wednesday that he has sponsored 30 youths on vocational training to make them self-reliant.

Speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Benin, Agbonnayima said that he was delighted that the youths were now providing for themselves and their families.

He said that the youths were trained in different vocations, including fashion designing, hair dressing, manicure and pedicure, barbing, carpentry, bead-making, shoes and bag making.

The lawmaker said that he had also provided facilities to enable beneficiaries of his training scheme to takeoff in their various trades, disclosing that he had also given them money to pay for shops.

“My effort is to fulfil part of my campaign promises to make youths self-reliant and employers of labour rather than job-seekers or resorting to traveling oversees for greener pastures.

“Most successful men and women all over the world had their roots in small-scale business,” he said.

Agbonnayima advised youths in his constituency to take advantage of the vocational training he was sponsoring to make themselves useful.

 

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3 Turkish opposition lawmakers arrested after status revoked

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Turkey’s three opposition deputies were arrested on early Friday after their parliament statues were revoked.

Leyla Guven and Musa Farisogullari from Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) and Enis Berberoglu from Republican People’s Party (CHP) were stripped of their seats in the parliament on Thursday after the final verdict from the Supreme Court of Appeals over their cases.

Ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has 291 deputies in the 600-seat assembly, while the CHP now has 138 seats, keeping it the main opposition party in Turkey, and the HDP has 58 seats.

Berberoglu was sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2017 on espionage charges of leaking footage to a journalist showing Turkish intelligence trucks being stopped en route to Syria in January 2014.

He was released from prison after 15-month imprisonment and re-elected for the parliament in the 2018 elections.

Guven was released from prison in January 2019 after an 11-week hunger strike. She was accused of “conducting terror activities” following her statements and social media posts on Turkey’s “Operation Olive Branch” launched against the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units in northwestern Syria.

Farisogullari was sentenced to nine years in prison for being in the Kurdish Communities Union which is accused of being affiliated to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

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Enugu lawmaker decries alleged invasion of constituency by Ebonyi communities

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Chinedu Okwu, Member representing Aninri Constituency, in Enugu State House of Assembly has called on the state government to urgently intervene in the alleged invasion and destruction of houses and farmlands by some communities in Ebonyi.

Okwu, who made the call in a petition submitted to the House during plenary in Enugu on Thursday, listed the communities as Uburu, Akaeze and Ishiagu communities in Ebonyi.

He said that land grabbers from the three communities were claiming part of Aninri land, in spite of the obvious boundary features, adding that “they could not render any sustainable account of such claim.

“We complain in tears, about the unwarranted invasion, killing and maiming of our people by the three communities in Ebonyi, Uburu, Akaeze in Ohaozara and Ishiagu in Ivo Local Government Areas respectively, that share common boundary with us.

“Shortly after their kinsman, His Excellency Mr David Umahi, became the governor of Ebonyi, they returned to our land with much more force and a new turn of claim.

“Initially, they were making individual claims of ownership of different parts of our land but now, they claim and act for and on behalf of Ebonyi government.

“They forcefully re-enter with tractors bearing the inscription, Ebonyi Government and destroyed our cassava, yam and rice farms respectively, spanning about 100 hectares and deforested our popular Egu-Nkwo, which over the years used to be the major source of our timber business,” he said.

The lawmaker alleged that Ebonyi government had entered into agreement with a Chinese company for mining activities of the Led and Silicon deposits in the land.

“The company just started getting the revenue and other benefits accruable from the mining, which is supposed to be for Enugu State, and now is being enjoyed by the Ebonyi government.

“Our people are dying in pains, the thought of watching helplessly another state driving us out of our land and taking over by force our source of livelihood, when we also have a state government, is quite unbearable”, Okwu lamented.

Reacting, the Speaker, Ubosi urged the Deputy Governor, Mrs Cecilia Ezeilo, to dialogue with her counterpart in Ebonyi, to resolve the land encroachment issue amicably.

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


Edited By: Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)

 

 

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Lawmaker urges rape victims to speak out

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The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Rep. Rotimi Ogunsoye (APC-Lagos), has urged rape victims to speak out and report cases to appropriate authorities.

Speaking with journalists on Thursday in Abuja, Agunsoye said that keeping quiet would only escalate the dastardly act.

“Whosoever is a victim of rape should not see the stigma but speak out and report; parents should educate their children particularly our daughters on this matter,” he said.

The lawmaker said that most cases go unreported saying that the law enforcement agencies should be ever ready to look into cases of rape and not to treat it with levity.

Agunsoye said that there were test kits to prove rape cases and not extra difficult to do.

Speaking on the recent rape and murder of Miss Vera Uwaila Omozuwa, a 22-year-old microbiology student, Agunsoye said it was a double tragedy for the perpetrators.

“It is sad that a crime like rape, which is a sin in heaven and a sin on earth was committed in a place of worship; that makes it a double tragedy for the perpetrators.

“We agreed in the house that capital punishment be recommend for perpetrators; a state of emergency has not been declared on the matter and we shall bring a bill to amend to that effect,” he said. 

 


Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)

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Legislative, Judiciary Funds bills will promote democratic ideals – Ogun lawmakers 

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Ogun lawmakers on Thursday said that the bills on Legislative and Judiciary Funds Management remained veritable legislations aimed at promoting democratic ideals, self-independence and accountability.

The lawmakers took turns to lend their voice in support of the bills during the second reading at plenary in Abeokuta.

They unanimously noted that the passage of the bills was essential to the successful take-off of the Executive Order 10 issued by President Muhammadu Buhari recently.

The bills include a bill for a law to make provision for the Ogun State House of Assembly Legislative Funds Management and other matters connected therewith.

There is also a bill for a law to make provision for the Ogun State Judiciary Funds Management and other matters connected therewith.

Mr Solomon Osho (APC-Remo North) explained that the bills were aimed at promoting separation of powers among the three arms of government.

Osho, who is the Chairman, House Committee on Justice and Public Petitions, noted that the bills were also aimed at strengthening the judiciary and legislature in the discharge of their respective duties.

Mr Abayomi Fasuwa (APC-Ijebu North East) and Kemi Oduwole (APC-Ijebu Ode) said that the implementation of the bills would make the state retained her leading position in the comity of states in the nation.

They said that the bills would improve the activities of the legislative and judiciary arms, with a view to achieving efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of quality service to the people.

Other lawmakers commended President Buhari for the issuance of the Executive Order 10, which they noted would reposition the system of governance in the nation.

The lawmakers added that the two bills would speed up the financial autonomy of the two arms of government and curb undue interference to bring about efficiency in the principle of check and balances through unhindered oversight function.

The Speaker, Mr Olakunle Oluomo (APC-Ifo1), noted that the bills which remained instrumental to the implementation of the Executive Order would rather promote harmonious relationship among the three arms of government as spelt out in the constitution.

Oluomo gave an assurance that the bill would bring about rapid development of the state’s economy, while putting the state in its pride of place among the progressive states in the country.

He, however, committed the bills to the Committee on Rules and Businesses for further legislative actions.

The Assembly, also passed a resolution calling on the state government to compel all companies and corporate organisations operating in the state to effect not less than 30 per cent local content in all categories of their staff composition.


Edited By: Modupe Adeloye/Adeleye Ajayi (NAN)

 

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COVID-19: Lawmaker, 3 others die in Nasarawa- Gov Sule

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Gov.  Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State on Thursday confirmed that four persons  have so far died of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in the state.

The governor made the disclosure in Lafia at the review meeting of the state’s  COVID-19 committee.

According to the  governor, the state unfortunately recorded four deaths including the member of the state assembly representing Nasarawa-West out of the 90 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state.

The governor also said that 705 samples were taken from the state to the Nigeria Centre of Disease Control (NCDC) for testing  since the pandemic started.

Out of the 705 samples taken, we have so far received 658 results and 90 were confirmed positive, while results of the remaining are  still being awaited.

“Those receiving treatment at the various isolation centres in the state are so far responding to treatment,” Sule added.

The governor assured the people of the state that the government under his leadership would always prioritize their welfare, health and security in line with the oath of office.

He also expressed gratitude to traditional rulers, security, health personnel, journalists and other stakeholders for their efforts toward containing the virus.

Sule also thanked God for sparing the life of Joseph Masin, Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the state who recently regained his freedom from kidnapers.

He expressed gratitude to the security agencies for their efforts and his family and indeed the entire Christians in the state for their patient during the abduction of the CAN Chairman. .


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)

 

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Lawmaker lauds FG, Sokoto State over response to Sabon Birni banditry attack 

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Alhaji Aminu Boza, a lawmaker representing Sabon Birni North at the Sokoto State House of Assembly has lauded the Federal Government for its quick response to banditry attack in his constituency.
Boza said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Sokoto on Thursday.
He
also commended the state government’s response to the attack, describing it as encouraging.
Today as I speak with you, we have noticed a lot of commitment by security agencies in addressing the security challenges bedeviling the eastern zone of Sokoto.
“We
experienced heinous activities by bandits that crippled our social and economic lives and has led to the loss of hundreds of lives and property worth billions of naira.
“However, the bloodiest attack happened on May 27, where more than 70 people were killed during bandits’ attacks across the eight Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the zone.
Presently, I am at  ease seeing the security formation in the area as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari,” he said.
The lawmaker appreciated Gov. Aminu Tambuwal for his dedication toward uplifting the living condition of the people in the affected areas.
He urge people to sustain  prayers toward addressing the ugly situation and continue to remain vigilant and report suspicious movements to relevant security agencies.


Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)

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COVID-19: Plateau lawmaker organises training for healthcare workers 

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bol Daniel, member representing Langtang North Central  Constituency in the Plateau House of Assembly,has organised a training for healthcare workers in his constituency on how to cope with Coronavirus (COVID-19) challenges.

In a statement signed by Mr Miri Nyantau, the Legislative  Aide to the lawmaker, and made available to News Agency of Nigeria on Thursday, the lawmaker said that the training, which was to avail healthcare workers at the local level with in-dept understanding of the dreaded COVID-19 was held in Langtang.

According to Daniel, who is also the House Committee Chairman on Health, the training was to forestall eventual community transmission.

“The training is to enlighten health workers on how to ethically communicate with the community in order to prevent community transmission.

“To give them better understanding of the challenges of contact tracing and techniques to be  in identifying the contacts,”he said.

He stated that the training which was organised in collaboration with the Primary Health Care Centre,  Langtang North, was to ensure that the area had a healthy population.

Daniel said a healthy population would contribute to the development of not just Tarok Nation, but Plateau and Nigeria.

“Additionally, the health workers would be equipped with the knowledge, attitude and practice in response to COVID-19 pandemic.

“The training assessed how prepared health workers in Langtang North are to respond to myths and facts about COVID-19.

“Their competency, consistency, confidence to response to COVID-19  was equally assessed.

“Preventive messages were dished out for front line healthcare workers and the public and they were also drilled on the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and demonstration of donning and doffing of PPE,”he said.

 

Mrs Hajara Datol, Director of the Primary Health Care, Langtang North, charged the participants to replicate the knowledge gained at their various work stations.

Datol stated that doing so would educate other staff who were not part of the training.

According to her, the training was a vital one as it would help healthcare workers at the frontline of the fight against Covid-19.

She added that the healthcare workers should endeavour to develop strategy for community engagement in their various wards.

Mr Sargwak Yildom of Primary Health Centre Reak, on behalf of other participants thanked the legislator for imparting the needful knowledge in them.

Yildom said that the training was timely and useful in view of the current realities in the country.


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Court reinstates 5 suspended Kano lawmakers

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A Federal High Court sitting in Kano on Wednesday set aside the suspension of five members of the Kano State House of Assembly.

The lawmakers were opposed the dethronement of Emir Muhammad Sanusi II, by the speaker of the House,  Abdulaziz Gafasa

The lawmakers are: Labaran Abdul Madari, APC representing Warawa Constituency, Bello Bututu, APC, representing Rimin gado/Tofa Constituency, Isyaku, PDP Gezawa, Garba Yau APC Kunci/Tsanyawa and Maje Gwangwazo PDP, representing Kano municipal.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that on March 16, the assembly had suspended five members over alleged involvement in snatching a mace during plenary, while hearing a motion for the investigation and dethronement of former Emir Sanusi.

The lawmakers in an originating summons urged the court to declare their suspension as a violation of Section 109 of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

They said that the section stipulates and guarantee their tenure in office.

The five lawmakers had opposed to a motion for investigation and dethronement of the former 14th Emir of Kano on March 16 leading to a fight at the assembly.

Nuraini Jimoh, Counsel to the lawmakers, said that the suspension contravenes article 13 of the African Charter on people’s and human rights and Section 109 of the Constitution.

The presiding Judge, Justice Lewis Allagoa, however, agreed with the submission of the counsel to the lawmakers.

Allagoa, in his judgement, said that the suspension was unconstitutional, null and void.

He also ordered the Speaker and the Kano State House of Assembly to pay salaries and allowances of the five suspended members.

Counsel for the speaker and the assembly, Mr  Marcelenious N. Duru, had earlier urged the court to dismiss the prayers made by the plaintiffs.

“I am satisfied with the court verdict, the truth had resurfaced at the end of the day,” Madari told newsmen


Edited By: Debo Oshundun/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Alleged certificate forgery: Court admits lawmaker to N5m bail

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An Abuja Area Court on Wednesday admitted a lawmaker, Ahmed Ndakene, charged with alleged certificate forgery to bail in the sum of N5 million.

Ndakene, who represents Edu/Moro/Patigi Federal Constituency of Kwara, appeared before the Court over alleged criminal breach of Section 88(1), 89(3) and 109c of the Administrative Criminal Justice Act (ACJA) 2015 brought against him by Mahmud  Babako.

Babako, a candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the election that Ndakene emerged as winner, under the APC alleged that the defendant forged his certificate.

Babako also alleged that the said forged document was presented to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the form he used to contest for the 2019 election.

He alleged that the defendant deposed on oath to facts which were not true and his occupying the seat of his constituency was based on false information and forged documents.

Babako lead counsel, Labio Orji prayed the court to allow Ndakene to take his plea instead of seeking for police investigation into the matter before he would be arraigned.

Alex Edim, the lead counsel to Ndakene, however, opposed the application and predicated his objection on Section 89 (5) of the ACJA, 2015.

In the stated section, according to Edim, the court has the powers to refer any matter before it to the police for investigation before any further action can be taken.

He said that it was wrong to arraign his client over an investigation by the complainant without following the due process of informing the police.

“All complaints made directly to the court may be referred to the police for investigation before any action can be taken,” Edim said

He added that sections 106 and 89 of the Act did not give any private individual any right to prosecute or commence criminal proceedings or matter before following the due process or seeking for approval and fiat of the Attorney-General

He, therefore, urged the court to use its discretion and for the interest of justice to allow the police to investigate the matter and by so doing the case would not be prejudiced.

But Orji urged the court to disregard Edim’s argument because the Sections of the Act use the word ” may” and not ” shall” as “may” in the context meant a discretionary word and not mandatory.

Orji said that by allowing the defendant to take his plea, the interest of justice would not be prejudiced as the stated Sections of the Act said a Legal practitioner authorised by the Attorney General and any Act of the National Assembly can conduct criminal proceedings.

The Judge, Inuwa Maiwada, after listening to the submissions of both counsel, pointed out that the Sections quoted did not specify that only the police could investigate a matter but any government security agency.

Maiwada also said the law stipulated that where an issue cropped up before an arraignment, the defendant woul remain in the custody of the court.

The judge said due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to decongest the correctional facility he would grant the defendant bail.

He, therefore, admitted the defendant bail in the sum of N5 million and one reasonable surety in like sum with a financial standing for the bond to be entered.

Maiwada equally ordered that the surety must reside within the court jurisdiction, which must be verified by the court officials.

He adjourned the matter until June 11 for ruling on submission of the points raised by both counsel.


Edited By: Joe Idika/Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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