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Tagging me rubber stamp to executive laughable — Lawan

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The President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan has described insinuations that he is a rubber stamp to the Executive as “sentimental and laughable”.

Lawan made this known in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mohammed Isa, when addressing a group, Women Parliamentarians, led by Sen. Joy Emordi in Abuja.

He noted that his belief in President Muhammadu Buhari’s vision and that of the All Progressives Congress (APC) should not be misconstrued as not independent-minded.

He said: “During my campaign, I was called a potential rubber stamp Senate President to the executive; maybe because I am close to the President, or because I believe in his cause.

“There is no time that I will ever be a rubber stamp. Yes, I believe in President Buhari as a person and I believe in my party, the APC, but I believe that our problems as Nigerians are Nigerian problems.

“They are neither APC nor PDP problems, they are Nigerian problems, that require Nigerian solution. So, we have to work together.

“We will be there for the executive arm of government all the time in moving this country forward.

“We are going to challenge the executive in a manner that is decent but decisive.

“As a Minister, you have to do your ministerial job well. We will make government appointees to do what is required of them.

“We have to deal with the issues confronting us. It is not going to be easy, but we have to build a relationship that have mutual respect, collaboration and partnership. It is achievable.

“We are not here for self-serving. We came here with a lot of experiences to impact positively in our country. We are here and we will remain focus to make this government work.”

He used the occasion to charge Nigerian women to be more involved in politics.

“The political space in the country is wide enough to accommodate our women, but the ball is in their court to take the advantages,” he said.

Sen. Emordi congratulated the Presiding Officers and the leadership of the 9th Senate for what she described as smooth transition.

He urged them to use their expertise to better the lots of Nigerians.

Emordi said the group was formed to give support where necessary to serving women in the parliament.

“It is our objective to promote cordial relationship between the executive and legislature, and remove the boundaries on women participation in politics for good governance,” she said.

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Senate mandates committee to investigate alleged invasion of Federal High court in Abuja

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The Senate on Thursday mandated  its Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters to investigate the alleged invasion of the Federal High Court in Abuja during a court sitting by members of Department of State Security (DSS).

The resolution of Senate followed a point of order brought by the  Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Sen. Bamidele Opeyemi (APC- Ekiti).

Opeyemi cited order 43 of the senate rules, saying:

The reported alleged invasion of the court room by officials of DSS is one issue that has   raised a lot of concern in different quarters in Nigeria.

Mr President, the leadership and members of the judiciary are particularly concerned about this development  because they believe that the courtroom is meant to be a sanctuary.

But for us, as a Senate, we cannot begin to take a position  or analyse the issues based on conclusion without facts that we consider incontrovertible yet.

Much as we cannot jump into conclusion, we cannot pretend that Nigerians are concerned about this development.

The reason, I chose to come under order 43, is that so that we don’t debate on this issue that we don’t seem to have incontrovertible facts yet.

In view of this, I suggest we mandate our committee on National Security to investigate and report back to this Senate.

The President of the Senate, Mr  Ahmad Lawan, in his remark said that order 43 did not allow the Senate to debate the matter now.

He said the matter affected the judiciary.

Lawan suggested that the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters  investigate the matter and report back to Senate in one week.

Edited by: Chukwudi Ekezie
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 Gov. Abiodun sends list of 18 commissioner nominees to Ogun Assembly

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Gov. Abiodun sends list of 18 commissioner nominees to Ogun Assembly

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Abeokuta, Dec. 12, 2019 Gov. Dapo Abiodun of Ogun on Thursday sent a list of 18 commissioner nominees to the state House of Assembly for confirmation.

The Speaker, Mr Olakunle Oluomo, read Abiodun’s letter containing the list during plenary in Abeokuta.

Oluomo said that the governor had written to seek for the confirmation of the nominees.

The Nigeria News Agency , reports that some of the nominees were Mr Afolabi Afuape, a former Commissioner for Sports in the state.

Others included Mr Oludotun Taiwo, Mr Ganiyu Hamzat, Mr Funmi Efuape, Mr Kehinde Oluwadare, Mr Jamiu Omoniyi, Mr Toyin Taiwo, Mr Tunji Akinosi, Mr Ade Adesanya and Mr Adeola Odedina.

“In furtherance of our mission to build our future together, please find attached the list of nominees for the post of commissioners for your consideration. “Please accept the assurance of my highest regards,” he said.

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Kaduna council harps on citizens’ engagement in governance, policy formulation

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Mr Cafra Caino, the Chairman, Kajuru Local Government Council in Kaduna State, says the council is working with relevant stakeholders to strengthen citizens’ engagement in formulation and implementation of policies and programmes.

Caino told the Nigeria News Agency in Kaduna on Wednesday that the measure was aimed at ensuring quality citizens’ engagement in governance with a view to meeting the needs of the people.

According to him, citizens’ engagement is a crucial element of good governance and is required to meet the aspirations of the people.

Unless the community tells us what they need, we will not know how to serve them better; therefore, we have to carry the people along in whatever we do.

We are trying to organise the rural communities, but we cannot achieve much except we have the cooperation of the people.

My passion is to serve my people better and ensure that they live quality life,” the council chairman said.

He added that the council had embraced Local Government Accountability Mechanism to entrench transparency in its management of public funds.

Caino pointed out that funds coming to the council area was meant to improve the livelihood of the people through implementation of people-oriented projects and programmes.

He said: “as a local government that is open to the people, we are doing all we can to be transparent and accountable to the people we serve.

Just recently, I have inaugurated the Technical Working Group on Local Government Accountability Mechanism with a view to deepen local government reforms for improved service delivery.

The technical working group has been trained by civil society organisations in partnership with Ministry for Local Government Affairs and supported by DFID-Funded Partnership to Reform, Engage and Learn (PREL).

We will continue to do all we can to deliver quality service to the people through robust citizens engagement and by being accountable and transparent in managing public funds.

On his part, Mr Yusuf Goje of the Coalition of Association for Leadership, Peace, Empowerment and Development (CALPED), told NAN that the effort was to strengthen citizens engagement at local levels.

Goje explained that CALPED, along with other civil society organisations were training the technical working group in five local government areas of the state.

“This is preparatory to the take up of the Open Government Partnership in local government areas of the state in 2021,” he said.

Edited by: Oluyinka Fadare/Tukur Muntari.
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Expect more road repairs in 2020, lawmaker tells Lagosians

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The Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Works and Infrastructure has assured Lagosians that the state government would embark on more road rehabilitation works after the passage of 2020 budget.

Chairman of the committee, Mr Abiodun Tobun, told newsmen in Lagos on Wednesday that adequate fund had been earmarked in the 2020 budget for massive road construction across the state.

The lawmaker, representing Epe Constituency I, said the rehabilitation works would help to put some of the deplorable roads in good shape before another rainy season.

According to him, the state would spend N115 billion on road construction in 2020 as against the N78 billion spent in 2019.

He said the committee would continue to exercise its legislative oversight function to ensure good governance and accountability.

Tobun said the Ministry of Works had assured the legislature during its budget defence that most of the on-going projects in the state would be completed in 2020.

The state Ministry of Works has assured us that in 2020, most of the ongoing projects will be completed based on the budget presented by Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

The government is ready to work on the link roads and urban regeneration. If you look at the quality of the roads, they are not the kind of roads that would wash away soon.

Therefore, there will be massive construction of roads and there would be operation banish all potholes in the state. Lagosians should expect the best from this government,” he said.

Tobun said the House would slso monitor the budget performance of the executive to ensure full implementation.

The lawmaker said: “It is a periodic monitoring. We cannot be going to site on a daily basis to monitor the granite on site or what they do.

They give us reports, may be quarterly, then we will go and check what they have done. We can carry out integrity test on what they have done.

Our power is to appropriate and monitor their jobs. Once we detect anything, we will call them to explain.

For those saying we are not doing enough on our oversight function, it is because they do not understand the work of the parliament.

We don’t go to site with them. We will ask them to explain what they have done. We will ask them if they have done what they ought to do.

Tobun said he could not determine when the Agege-Pen Cinema flyover bridge would be completed but assured that work had started on Agric- Ishawo Road in Ikorodu while the Marina-Okokomaiko light rail project was work in progress.

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Yuletide: Sanwo-Olu’s wife urges Nigerians to be security conscious

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Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, the wife of the Governor of Lagos State, on Wednesday urged Nigerians to be security conscious as they travel during the festive period.

Sanwo-Olu, gave the advice at the annual thanksgiving and Christmas outreach service organised by Lagos State Public Service Christian fellowship, Office Of The Chief of Staff (COSCF), in Ikeja.

Represented by Mrs Atinuke Olowo, Sanwo-Olu urged people who would be travelling during the festive period to be careful and drive with caution.

I encourage everyone to be calm, especially those traveling.

Drivers should drive with care and everyone should be careful and security conscious.

I pray that there will be divine touch on every Nigerian and those in the executive, legislature and judiciary, and that there will be change for good,” she said.

Rev. Ayo Oladotun, the Presiding Chaplain of Chapel of Light Church Alausa, Ikeja, urged the Christian faithful and others to allow the light of God to radiate in their lives in the Yuletide and beyond.

Oladotun said, ” God is light and His plan is that we become light.”

The cleric said that anywhere there is light, there are positives, true profession, clarity and beauty, which are are the things God wants for Nigerians.

We should allow God to use us to spread His light, irrespective of whatever religion we practice,” he said.

Oladotun advised Christians to all go out and be the light of Nigeria.

He said that everyone should do everything in moderation as Christmas approaches.

They should not overdo anything, and if it is extremely important for one to travel, they should be discreet, be security conscious and above all put their trust in the Lord,” he said.

The cleric urged the federal government to put in more effort to alleviate the suffering of the masses.

I urge the government to put in more effort to alleviate the suffering of the people.

I pray that the prosperity in Nigeria will go round,” he said.

Nigeria News Agency reports that the highlight of the service was the presentation of scholarship to three students to help in furthering their education.

The beneficiaries are Mr Kunle Adeolu, Mr Jeremiah Asuquo and Miss Jumoke Oladimeji.

COSCF also presented money to 10 widows known as “Jesus wives” working in the public service to better their lives.

Also, 13 public officers were recognised and given  awards for their contributions, dedication and commitment to COSCF.

They include the wife of the governor; the Chief of Staff, Mr Tayo Ayinde; and the Head of Service, Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunola.

There was a large turnout of public officers at the service.

Edited by: Oluwole Sogunle
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