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State Assembly Speakers Disturbed By Trend Of Insecurity In Nigeria



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By Abdul Ahmad Burra

The Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria said that it is disturbed by the negative trend of the menace of insecurity in the nation.

This is disclosed by the Chairman of the Conference and Speaker of the Bauchi State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Abubakar Y Suleiman during the opening ceremony of the Conference’s general meeting themed; The Menace of Insecurity in the Country and the Role of State Assemblies to Restore Peace and Order which takes place at Presidential Lodge, Muhammadu Buhari House, Katsina, today.

He stated that insecurity in the country today has assumed a disturbing dimension and hence constituted a serious threat not only to the economic growth and development but also to the peace and unity of the nation, therefore, all hands must be on deck to fight the menace for the good of the nation.

“The Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria, is an umbrella body for the Rt Hon Speakers of the thirty-six state Houses of Assembly in Nigeria set up to, among other things, provide a forum for Speakers of the State Houses of Assembly to discuss and proffer solutions to issues and problems affecting the Conference and its members in particular and the nation in general.

“We have therefore convened this meeting to discuss and proffer solutions to this problem within our constitutional mandate. And we hope legislative frameworks at the sub-national level adopted will go a long way to compliment the efforts of the Federal Government to check the menace of insecurity in the country.” The Chairman explained.

Rt. Hon. Abubakar Y Suleiman also acknowledged the efforts and deep commitment of Governor Masari toward ridding Katsina state of every form of criminality with the support and cooperation of the Katsina State House of Assembly under the leadership of Rt. Hon. Tasiu Musa Maigari.

He urged the Governor and his colleagues in the parliament to continue supporting and cooperating with each other in the fight against insecurity and good governance in the State.

The Chairman noted that the efficiency and effectiveness with which the legislative arm can carry out its constitutional mandate depends largely on how financial autonomous the arm is as provided by the 4th Alteration to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which stated that financial autonomy for both the state legislature and judiciary is very germane for good governance in our country.

While acknowledging and commending the efforts and passion of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum in this regard in general and the individual governors that have assented to Fund Management Bills in their respective states in particular, he called on other state governors to give assents to the noble Bill for effective and efficient implementation of financial autonomy across the nation.

In his welcome address, the Speaker of Katsina State House of Assembly and Vice Chairman Northwest Zone of the Conference, Rt. Hon. Tasiu Maigari expressed the appreciation of the people of Katsina for the opportunity to host the third quarter general meeting of the Conference which he said will help the State greatly as one of the states being hit by insecurity.

According to him, the meeting will provide them an avenue to discuss the role states legislature will play in tackling insecurity and strengthening of democracy in the country.

He pointed out that exemplary leadership of Governor Aminu Bello Masari, cooperation mutual trust and respect between the legislative and executive arms in the the State which result in strong partnership to end security problems and excellent service delivery in the State.

Delivering keynote address, Governor Aminu Bello Masari commended the Speakers for choosing Katsina State to hold the very important meeting.

Governor Masari who urged the Federal Government to declare State of emergency on security in the country to restore peace and order in the country, explained that the Katsina State Government with cooperation of the State Assembly has provided legal framework and restructured existing ones, among other measures, to curb insecurity in the State.

The Governor highlighted that through the new laws, security committees are created to provide security agencies with useful information, collaborate with security agencies for the maintenance of law and order among other functions and reviewed the power and role of traditional rulers in the maintenance of law and order in their various domains.

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Former Perm Sec Commissions 4.6km Damare Road, Lauds Fintiri’s Achievements




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A retired federal permanent secretary and elder statesman Alhaji Ahidjo Bamanga has lauded Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri for his outstanding achievements in 3 years which have uplifted the status of the state

He was speaking during the commissioning of 4.6km ATV Damare road in Girei local government area.

Speaking shortly before the commissioning Alhaji Bamanga applauded the Governor for his commitment towards changing the fortunes of the state.

The elder statesman described Governor Fintiri as a committed, result oriented and great achiever who has salvaged the state from the shackles of underdevelopment urging all Adamawa people to support him for continuity.

Earlier Governor Fintiri said the 4.6km road is part of the landmark achievements in the deliveries of the urban renewal campaign of his administration.

The Governor said government has developed a two way approach to infrastructural strides which is urban renewal and rural infrastructure and community development and it will not rest on its oars till it achieves that.

He proudly noted that Adamawa is wearing a beautiful look and has fast become an investment hub for investors.

While pledging to continue to flag off and commission projects till the end of his tenure he reiterated his resolve to ensure that no one is left behind and nothing is left untouched.

Commissioner of works and energy development, Adamu Atiku
said the 4.6km ATV Damare road is strategic and important as it has ameliorated the plight of commuters and opened up the area for development.

There were goodwill messages from the District Head of Girei, Dr Ibrahim Ahmed Mustapha, and chairman Girei Local Government Council Judah Amisa and Baba Salam.

High points of the event was a display of three hearty cheers from corp members who are major beneficiaries of the road which leads to the NYSC orientation camp Damare.

The Governor while inspecting the road had a stopover at the NYSC camp and was cheerfully welcomed by the corp members.

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Accountability: Nat’l Lottery Trust Fund Emerges 2nd Best Compliant Agency In Nigeria




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Dr Bello Maigari, the Executive Secretary , National Lottery Trust Fund, has said that the Agency emerged the second best accountability compliant in Federal Government Agency’s Anti Corruption and Transparency Units ( ACTU) in 2021.

Dr Bello Maigari made the agency’s stand clear in a statement issued on Monday and signed by Muhammad Auwal Adam, Media and Puɓlications unit of the Trust Fund.

Dr. Maigari equally stated that the agency was the fourth best compliant among the government MDA in efficiency and transparency in the workplace.

“In less than Three years of the constitution of the Unit, the agency scored 84.45% to emerge the second best compliant in agency category in Nigeria and the fourth best compliant MDA with systems and processes put in place to promote efficiency and transparency in the workplace”. Maigari said.

According to Dr. Maigari, the success is attributed to the efforts put by the agency’s Anti-Corruption and Transparency Unit (ACTU).

The Executive Secretary stated that the development equally followed the high standards of transparency and accountability collectively exhibited by the management and staff of the agency.

Similarly, Federal Government has lauded the National Lottery Trust Fund for gigantic intervention in National Sports Development and urged other government MDAs to emulate.

According to Dr Bello Maigari, the commendation followed the giant intervention so far made by the agency in promoting nation’s sport.

He said that over N574m worth of sports equipment procured by the National Lottery Trust Fund and distributed to over 2000 selected public primary schools across the country.

He noted that the significance of the intervention would go along way in promoting good causes and sport Development among Nigerian Youths.//

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Ishaka Dedan Reelected As Adamawa NUJ Chair




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The Adamawa state Council of the Nigeria union of Journalists, NUJ Saturday held its election which saw the emergence of Ishaka Donald Dedan as the Chairman for the second term.

This was announced by the Chairman, Electoral Committee of the twenty twenty two election, Comrade Bashir Liman at the N UJ’s Secretariat, Press Centre Yola.

The returned Chairman, Comrade Ishaka Donald Dedan polled one hundred and ten votes to defeat his rival Comrade Kate Aliyuda who polled seventy two votes.

Meanwhile, Comrade Fidelis Jockthan polled one hundred and twenty votes to clinch the position of Secretary defeating his closest rival Jonathan Filibus who polled seventy three votes.

The office of the treasurer was won by Joy Diamond Leka with one hundred and sixteen votes beating her rival Felicia Amos who polled thirty seven.

Other positions of Auditor and Assistant Secretary were unopposed.

The newly elected leaders were administered oath of office by Barrister Sunday Wugira.

In an inaugural speech, the Vice Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalist, North East zone, Comrade Zare Baba charged the new executive to carry every body along and eschew bigotry and favoritism.

In an acceptance and victory speech, the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Comrade Ishaka Donald Dedan who thanked God for the victory pledged to play an open door policy.

Comrade Dedan who solicited prayers and support of the members urged them to advise them where necessary.

Speaking, the Permanent Secretary ministry of information, Barrister Isuwa Misali who congratulated the new executives to work together towards forging the union forward.

Other speakers at the event who presented their good will messages include NUT state Chairman, Comrade Rodney Nathan, representative of the Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria, JUSUN Adamawa state Chapter and Radio Television Theatre and Art Workers Union, RATTAWU.

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