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3 senate committees express commitment to aiding IDPs return home, eradicate poverty

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Three senate committees oversighting the ministry of humaniterian Affairs, disaster management and Social Development have vowed to work together with it to eradicate poverty, manage disasters and ensure internally displaced persons return to their homes.The senate committee chairman on poverty Alleviation and Social Investment ProgramSenator Lawal Yahaya Gumau stated this over the weekend at an interactive session organised by the Ministry for focal persons of the National Social Investment Programs (NSIP)in the 36 States of the Federation.Gamau said,”I want to announce publicly that the national Assembly especially senate and the committee on Social investment, the committee on special duties and the committee on SDG are ready to support all the programmes of this ministry through legislative actions through providing funds for the operations of the ministry. “This is very important.I want to assure you that we will give all the support you need especially in the area of poverty eradication, disaster management and reduction of IDP and making sure they return to their permanent abode so that Nigeria can be what it used to be.Senate Committee chairman on special duties Senator Yusuf Abubakar Yusuf however, faulted the ministry for ignoring the National Assembly that appropriated the funds for the ministry.He spoke against the background that while watching a clip on the achievements of the ministry at the event, no mention was made of the national Assembly.
“When I was watching the video I didn’t see any single Item on National Assembly. I don’t know whether it is a forgotten institution that approves or appropriate the budget of the Ministry of Humanitarian affairs, next time give us encouragement and put us part and parcel of your success story. “This is a super ministry that is being oversighted by three committees in the senate, committee on special duties, committee on poverty alleviation and committee on sustainable development goals.”With a total number of senators not less than 50, so You can imagine how important this ministry is and the emphasis and the importance placed on humanitarian affairs, disaster management and social development.”He said though new, just one year old but they have all agreed it has impacted positively in the lives of the people in the country. He commended the minister and her lieutenants in the Federal, State and Local Governments who have done well. 
On the incessant attacks and criticisms of the minister by Nigerians he said it was normal, as even the National Assembly had been at the recieving end on criticisms also.”Whatever you do, there must be criticisms, I urge the minister not to be deterred. We in the senate we have been recieving the batching too so it will not be different. “As believers we know we are going to account for our actions and let that be our guiding principle and not what people say or how they assess your actions.”
He painted a gloomy picture of the poverty and deprivation in most of the IDP camps he visited while he was in Maiduguri recently to oversight North East Development Commission of the acactivities of NEMA.He said everyone of them was crying “As I am talking now at least one person will die in IDP camp in Maiduguri, and one life lost whether  it is a child, adult, Male or female is a life that we would not want to lose. “You can imagine what this ministry is coming to do. Let us stand up, give this ministry the courage to handle this humanitarian crises specifically in Bornor State, North East, Northern Nigeria and Nigeria at large. “It is not easy it is difficult, we have people who feed for one month, one bag of beans, one bag of maize, one bag of Rice, 4tins of tomato, one pack of magi, two packs of salt, family of six, it is sad, I cried. “Imagine we have children below the age of 10, some up to 18 who have no father, no mother, no sister, no uncle, no auntie, what is their future? Their future lies with us here. We as leaders, not even if we are from Borno but as Nigerians, will be held to account for not taking good care of these people. “You will agree with me from the number that we have seen, the Federal Government, the State Government our Development partners are spending not less than N5b monthly on just feeding and probably medical care. “You can imagine that cannot be sustaimed. We must find a way to contribute in every meaningful effort to making sure that these children do not become a bombshell for Nigeria in future. Yusuf also spoke on the opportunities in the NSIP especially the N-POWER program. I was in the 8th Assembly when the program was started. In A and B we have about 500 that are exiting the program. On average let say they are paid N20, 000, some are paid N30, 000 some N20, 000 stipend. Let’s use the average of N20000, N20000 paid to 500 people monthly. “The idea behind N-POWER is to provide employment to empower and to create wealth. Have we achieved that? “If we have not achieved that then we have to assess the program. I am made to understand from a over 5 million that applied for N-POWER about 400 000 may be enrolled. “The colossal sums of money, that the States and Federal Government spend was purposely to provide employment for our people. The program of this administration is to reduce poverty to the bearest minimum.”There is no way this amount of money that is spent would not bring positive impact on the economy even in the local economy.”He advised those who are given the opportunity of N-POWER to use what they have, the money That is paid to them judiciously.”Save 30% and use two third and what you save over a period of 2 years or three you will have the seed capital to start you own business. “Those that have passed through, some have abused the opportunity, some have actually taken the opportunity and we must advice those that are coming in to imbibe the opportunities and celebrate this Government as we move forward. He appealed to the minister to consult or operate and work well with the parliament. “You are doing your best we that work with you know but you must also encourage us by consulting us, by incorporating us. We represent the people.”By so doing he said they senators would be in position to defend the minister when people criticise her programs and activities.

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House of reps denies tendering apology to presidency for carrying out its constitutional mandate

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From Doris Ferdinand

The House of Representatives has debunked news making the round that it apologised to the Presidency for exercising its constitutional mandate.
This was contained in a statement that was issued by the Spokesperson of the House of Representatives
Representative  Benjamin Kalu.
He said the news in a few sections of the media that the House apologized to the Presidency over the resolution of the House was not true.
He said the issue arose from the motion sponsored by members from Borno State, requesting for the invitation of the President to brief the nation on the state of insecurity in the country adding that the President never asked for any apology.

“The President or the Presidency as the case may be, never sought for an apology from the House of Representatives for carrying out her constitutional responsibility to the Nigerian electorate. “Where then did the media get the report that the House as an institution apologized to anyone? Media professionals are advised to uphold the ethics of their profession.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the House never apologized to anyone for exercising her constitutional mandate and the 9th Assembly of the House of Representatives under the leadership of Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila will not do anything to desecrate or destroy the critical institution of democracy – the Legislature.
“We strongly believe that President Muhammadu Buhari subscribes to these democratic ethos and ideals as well.”

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House leader claims no impeachment attempt was contemplated against Buhari

***insists Chinda will face sanctions

Majority Leader, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon . Alhassan Ado Doguwa has debunked rumoured impeachment attemp in the Green Chamber against President Muhammadu Buhari.

In a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, the House Leader dismissed as untrue, threat by the opposition to consider impeachment option against the President over alleged infractions against the parliament.

Doguwa described utterances to that effect made by Hon. Kingsley Chinda as “unholy, unbecoming, and unhallowed unparliamentary conduct” insisting that such rumour is mischievous.

The Leader in the statement said “I wish to declare that Hon. Chinda’s unacceptable actions smacks of disdain, disrespect and desecration of the time – honoured legislative practice amounting to flagrant abuse of the individual and collective privileges as members of the House of Representatives.

“What makes it more worrisome is that no such matter has been raised or discussed at any plenary or at any point in the life of this 9th Assembly.

“Relying on our official records, I make bold to say that Hon. Chinda used to be the Leader of the PDP Caucus in the Green Chamber but he has since ceased to be the Leader of the PDP Caucus in the House of Representatives and therefore cannot claim to speak on behalf of the PDP Caucus whatsoever. His actions are regrettable, despicable and capable of jeopardizing the current working relationship with the Executive arm of government”.

The Majority Leader also stated that while the leadership and members of the House of Representatives had worked assiduously to maintain a harmonious Executive – Legislative relationship for the collective benefits of all Nigerians, it was unfortunate that Hon. Chinda’s singular action truncated President Buhari’s initial acceptance to honour the invitation of the House.

Declaring Chinda’s action as unacceptable, the Leader said the leadership, cannot fold its arms and watch a member undermine their institutional authority by spreading unfounded rumours.
“In the same vein, we as a House, and even in our respective Caucuses , have never contemplated any impeachment process against the President. There is virtually nothing in the horizon that points in that direction. “As leader of the House, I wish to seize the opportunity of this press statement to notify the general public that the House would be compelled to initiate and take legislative, legitimate and proper disciplinary action against Hon. Kingsley Chinda to serve as deterrent to others”.

Doguwa commended and congratulated President Buhari for taking appropriate actions in rescuing the over 300 abducted school boys in Kankara, Katsina State in fulfilment of the promises of his administration to protect lives and properties.

He, in the same vein, commended the government of Katsina State, governor Aminu Masari, the military, security and intelligent forces in tackling banditry, kidnapping and insurgency in the country, while he urged them to redouble their efforts to meet the expectations of Nigerians.

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President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said that the National Assembly would not accede to another request from the Executive to extend the capital implementation of the 2020 budget.

Lawan stated this in his remark after the upper chamber passed a N13.58 trillion budget for the 2021 fiscal year. 

According to the Senate President, the National Assembly’s approval granting extension for implementation of the capital component of the 2020 budget last week, should therefore be fully utilized by Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government.

He added that the extension of capital implementation of the 2020 budget till 31st March, 2021; alongside the implementation of the 2021 budget starting in January 2021, would guarantee sufficient injection of funds into Nigeria’s economy. 

“For Nigerians, this budget that has been passed in the National Assembly today, is to ensure that the economy is supported fully through public expenditure, because the economy of our country depends largely on public expenditure. 

“The budget extension period for implementation of the 2020 budget, which we did last year, is to ensure that the funds that are available for 2020 are not lost. 

“So, there will be two budgets running; funds from 1st January, 2021, up to 31st March, 2021; and then the implementation of the 2021 budget itself to start from January. That is absolute fight against the recession we are suffering from. 

“With a projected 3 percent growth in our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the 2021 budget, we believe that the recession which Nigeria is in will be over before the end of the first quarter.”

Lawan, while urging the Executive arm of government to ensure the implementation of the 2020 budget till March 2021 as extended last week by the Legislature, warned that the National Assembly would reject any further extension request on the implementation of  capital expenditure contained in the 2020 budget. 

“I want to urge the executive arm of government, first to ensure that they implement the 2020 budget that will last up till 31st March, 2021. 

“There will be no extension after 31st March. Everyone must be on their toes in the Ministries, Departments and Agencies to ensure they implement the budget 2020. 

“And for 2021, we have to do everything and anything possible to ensure that we implement the budget like we tried to do in 2020.

“I believe that the economy of Nigerians will receive the right kind of boost from the implementation of the two budgets,” the Senate President said. 

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