The Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria Rt. Hon. Abubakar Y Suleiman has commended the Executive Governor of Kogi State His Excellency Alhaji Yahaya Bello for cementing a cordial relationship between the executive and legislative arms of government in the State.
He made the commendation when he led members of the Conference to a courtesy visit to the Governor at Banquet Hall, Kogi State Government House Lokoja today.
The Chairman explained that for any meaningful development to take place in a democracy, there must be effective cooperation between all the three arms of government, saying that the cordial relationship between the two arms in Kogi State, is resulting in multiple dividends.
“In my State Bauchi, I am a beneficiary of such working relationship because my Governor is giving every support required to the State Assembly and it is resulting in a lot of development in the State.
“I therefore call on all other States to ensure this kind of relationship for the benefit of their people.” He said.
According to him, the Speakers are in Kogi State to honour the wedding of the daughter of the National Treasurer of the Conference who is also the Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Prince Mathew Kolawale and conduct an extraordinary meeting of the Conference.
Earlier Speaking, the Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Prince Matthew Kolawale thanked the Speakers for the honour done to him by gracing the wedding events of his daughter, saying that this is the first time Kogi State hosts the Speakers of State Assemblies which he described as great honour to the people of Kogi.
He narrated how supportive Governor Bello has been to him and the State Assembly which he said has led to uncommon transformation of the State.
In his response, Governor Yahaya Bello thanks the Speakers for the visit and honouring his brother the Speaker of the State, assuring that the visit will remain indelible in the memory of the people of the State.
According to him, for any democracy to thrive, there must be synergy, cooperation and understanding between all the arms of government especially executive and Legislative arms, explaining that this is what formed the basis of his support and cordial relationship with the State Assembly.
He explained that when he was elected as Governor of the State in 2016, he found the State ravaged by many mundane issues but with the support of the State Assembly, he was able to change the narratives to positive ones.
While explaining how he succesfully implemented measures that secure the State against, banditry, kidnapping, Boko Haram and all forms of political criminality, the Governor charged the Conference to work toward uniting and securing the country, stressing that the Conference has vital role to play in that regard.
Adamawa: CDD Joins Awareness Campaign Against Gender-based Violence
As part of activities commemorating 2023 16 days activism, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has sensitized Adamawa people on Violence Against Women and Girls VAWG.
The sensitization exercise begins with road walk from Bekaji roundabout to Jimeta modern market, Yola-North Local Government Area on Wednesday.
Mrs Amina Auwal, the team lead who spoke on this year’s theme: Unite, “invest to prevent violence against women and girls” described the commitment of stakeholders as the symbol of unity against Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the state.
She urged stakeholders to unite and reduce the rate of GBV in the state.
“This VAWG is like a cancer, it is eating up the community gradually but when it has been cut off completely we will have society free of GBV.
“We appreciated the CDD for sponsoring the programme of being able to sensitize the public to bring to an end the menace of VAWG”, she said.
Mrs Rose Zinas, Desk officer GBV, National Orientation Agency (NOA) urged parents, guardians and stakeholders to take advantage of the theme of the year and to invest on women and girls-child.
She said these would help them to have something doing to reduce over dependent on husband’s and parents as well as end violence against them.
Zinas called on the women to also be proactive in looking for something doing and not to be a liability.
In her remarks, Lubna Dodo, representing Federation of Women Lawyers Association, FIDA appreciated the contribution of CDD in the fight against GBV in the state.
She explained that the mission of the road walk is to create awareness on the theme of this year activism.
“This means invest by educating the girls-child and empower them with the knowledge and skills to succeed in future.
“These will go along way by reducing their vulnerability to violence anywhere they find themselves “, she said.
Dodo further said that the passage of Violence Against Person Prohibition (VAPP) law and Child Protection law as well as ongoing sensitization for implementation have also help in reducing the rate of GBV in the state . News Hunter.
Adamawa Govt Approves 42km NYSC Camp – Borong Road Project
By Muhammad B. Muhammad
The Adamawa State Executive Council Wednesday approved reconstruction of 42km road stretching from National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Orientation Camp in Damare to Borong community.
The feeder road project which covers the 2 LGAs of Girei and Demsa will cost over N836m.
The State Commissioner of Education, Dr Umar Garba Pella disclosed this while briefing newsmen shortly after the council meeting that held in the Government House, Yola.
Dr Pella said the project was awarded to Hydro Source and Resource Nigeria Limited and has the completion of period of 12 Months.
The Commissioner further disclosed that the council has approved over N117m variation for the construction of modern laboratory at Specialist Hospital, Yola.
Pella explained that the project was initially awarded at over N578m adding that the variation was to cover the cost of increased price of building materials.
The Wednesday’s 8th 2023 Council Meeting was presided over by the State Governor, Rt. Hon. Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri.
Bauchi SEC Approves Construction of 2 Flyovers , 200KM Roads
Bauchi State Government has unveiled a plan for the construction of sixteen strategic roads worth about one hundred billion naira across the state.
The project also comprises two flyovers at the busiest areas of Wunti and Central Market to beautify and decongest the city centre.
These among some other rural roads construction project across the state’s three senatorial zones were part of the resolutions made during State Executive Council Meeting presided over by Governor Bala Mohammed.
Some of the project that make a total of two hundred kilometers include two point six kilometers Sabon Kaura Birshi Gandu road, four point five kilometers Zango-Gwallagan Mayaka access road, one point seven kilometers Bayara township road, rehabilitation of Disina-Adamami road in Jama’are local government area and Dualization of A.D Rufa’i College to Misau town road among others.
Briefing journalists on the outcome of the meeting, the commissioners of Works and Transport Ibrahim Galadima and his counterpart of Special Duties and Rural Development Faruq Mustapha said the projects have been awarded to confitent contractors in line with developmental initiative of Governor Bala Mohammed led administration.
Also during the meeting, the Council has ratified and approved for upgrading of four palaces of Emirs of Bauchi, Ningi, Jama’are and Dass at sum of two point two Billion naira under the State Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.
The commissioner of the ministry Ahmed Sarki Jalam said the move was to creat a conducive environment for the traditional institutions to discharge their duties.
The council has also approved a memo for the 2024 Medium Term Expenditure presented by the commissioner ministry of Budget and Economic Planning Aminu Hammayo as well as a memo presented by the commissioner of Commerce, Trade and Investment Mahmud Baba Ma’aji on the preparation for the forthcoming Northeast Joint Trade Fair in Bauchi State.
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