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CNA admonishes lawmakers to strengthen Nigerian institutions for stability

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CNA admonishes lawmakers to strengthen Nigerian institutions for stability

By Seidu Suleiman

The Clerk of the National Assembly Architect Ojo Olatunde Amos has admonished lawmakers to use their positions to reinforce the hinges of institutional stability.
When Nigerian institutions are strengthened it will give little or no room for graft.
He spoke while congratulating the speaker of the Bauchi State House of  for emerging as chairman conference of speakers of  state legislatures in Nigeria.
He said they should continue to embark on all round consultation and proactive collective leadership in the present legislative dispensation. 
Amos spoke in a congratulatory message to Abubakar Suleiman who was elected national chairman of Conference speakers of State Legistures of Nigeria.
The clerk said, “I am very proud to associate with you. because you have proved over years to be a mighty pillar standing in support of robust and progressive law-making in Nigeria. 
“Your recent appointment as the Chairman, Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria is a wonderful testimony of your pedigree for transforming any assemblage of persons into a team and motivating them with a collective sense of mission and group challenge.
“This is one of the secrets of your unprecedented success in continuing to lead the Bauchi state House of Assembly to greater heights. 

He said on behalf of his bureaucratic family in the national Assembly, “I felicitate with you and convey to you our deepest goodwill and fruitful tenure in office.’

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Senate receives Buhari’s request for confirmation of prof Yakubu as INEC Chair for second term

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Senate receives Buhari’s request for confirmation of prof Yakubu as INEC Chair for second term 


President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a request to the Sentae to confirm the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, for a second and final term in office. 

The request was contained in a letter dated 21st October, 2020, and read on the floor by the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan. 

The letter reads: “In accordance with the provision of Section 154(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), I am pleased to present for confirmation by the Senate, the nomination of Professor Mahmood Yakubu for appointment as Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission for a second and final term. 

“While hoping that the Senate will consider and confirm the reappointment of the nominee, please accept Distinguished Senate President, the assurances of my highest consideration.”
The President also in a separate letter, requested the red chamber to confirm Professor Abdullahi Abdu Zuru as National Commissioner representing the North West in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

It reads: “Pursuant to paragraph 14 of Part I(F) of the Third Schedule to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended), I am pleased to present to the Senate for confirmation, the appointment of Professor Abdullahi Abdu Zuru as National Commissioner, representing  North West in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).”

“The Senate is invited to note that, this request is sequel to the resignation of Abubakar Ahmed Nahuche, National Commissioner representing North West, who served for four (4) years in the Commission,” Buhari added.

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Senate moves to protect indigenous airlines seeks zero duty on aircraft importation, spare parts

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Senate moves to protect indigenous airlines seeks zero duty on aircraft importation, spare parts 

In a bid to protect Nigerian Indigenous Airlines from extinction the senate on Tuesday made some far reaching resolutions that will also impact positively on safety concerns.

It advised the Central Bank of Nigeria to make foreign exchange readily and easily accessible for the aviation sector, and make the interest rate a single digit for airlines so as to reduce the cost of capital.  

It also called on the Federal Government to fully implement the Executive Order on zero customs duty and zero Value Added Tax (VAT) on importation of commercial aircraft and aircraft spare parts, as well as implement the removal of VAT. 
The upper legislative chamber also called on the Federal Government to eliminate multiple taxes, fees and charges, the Senate mandated its Committee on Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions to facilitate review of the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM) Act to grant the externalization of insurance placements for domestic airlines. 

It also urged the Ministry of Aviation to allocate more entries and frequencies to domestic airlines on international routes, as well as create a business friendly environment in the air transport sector by fast tracking the clearance of Aircraft On Ground (AOG) spare parts. 

The resolutions came sequel to a motion considered on “The Need to Protect Nigerian Indigenous Airlines From Extinction.”

Sponsor of the motion, Adamu Aliero (APC – Kebbi Central), in his presentation expressed worry that despite the significant contributions of the Airline Operators of Nigeria (AON) to the growth and development of the Nigerian economy, domestic airlines in the country are faced with multiplicity of challenges that threaten their continuous existence. 

According to the lawmaker, the non-implementation of the executive order on zero customs duty and zero VAT on importation of commercial aircrafts and aircraft spare parts; high cost of capital and lack of single digit interest rate for airlines; replacement of NCAA five percent Ticket Sales Charge (TSC) among others, are pertinent issues that continues to plague Nigeria’s aviation industry. 

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Senate raises the alarm over imminent danger in air travels in Nigeria

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Senate raises the alarm over imminent danger in air travels in Nigeria

The Senate Committee on Aviation has warned the authorities concerned with aviation to give attention to needs of the airline operators or risk the grave danger pervading air travels in Nigeria.
The panel said airline operators in the country were compelled to cut corners in maintenance demands on their aircrafts due to their poor financial situation as there are no palliative from Government just as it is done in other climes.
Addressing newmen on Monday in Abuja, the chairman of the committee, Senator Smart Adeyemi (APC, Kogi) said the N4 billion bailout given to the airline operators by the federal government was inadequate, forcing them to cut corners.
He, therefore, appealed to the federal government to review the bailout upward.
Senator Adeyemi said: “In most nations there are special palliatives for airline operators because they must not compromise.
“If a part is needed in three weeks time and it is not available and the operators decide to be managing, well you know what will happen.”
“Let me explain what they are doing in some African countries so that you can understand what we are saying, because when we are convinced with our facts we would say these are the facts that we have gathered. It is left for those who are in the industry to dispute our position but these are the information we have gathered.
“I want to put it on record that there is danger in flying in Nigeria today. There are instances of some planes skidding off the runway.
“We must support the airline operators pending when we have our own   national carrier. But if we want to continue with the operators like most nations are doing today, we cannot afford to leave them on their own, because they will want to be in business and struggle to make profit, and by extension, there will be cutting of corners.”
He said the air safety Nigeria has recorded  over the years was because the operators were doing what is right.
The lawmaker said about N50 billion would be required by the airlines for them to remain in business.
“This increase in bailout is imperative if we are to keep our economy running, guarantee job security and mitigate retrenchment,” he said.
Senator Adeyemi said there were serious issues raised by airline operators during public hearing on six executive bills held recently by the Senate Committee on Aviation.
The issues, he said, were key to the economic stability and safety of air travelers.
He listed the issues to include non-compliance with executive order on import duty waiver on airplane spare parts as well as removal of VAT from air transport, multiple taxes and lack of access to single digit lending and foreign exchange by operators to buy spare parts.
He said: “Our further enquiry has also shown that airline operators are already discouraged and have resorted to cutting corners in carrying out maintenance requirements on their aircrafts.
“This is of course as a result of their poor financial situation. If this is not immediately checked, the effect is best not imagined. More definite measure has to be done to help the airlines respond to the impact of Covid-19 pandemic.
“As duly elected representatives of the people, we are mandated to take seriously any issue which may have adverse effects on the lives of the people we represent. Where we see red flags, we should immediately bring this to the attention of the people and ultimately, the Federal Government.
“It is important to note that the safety recorded so far in the aviation industry in Nigeria is primarily due to the availability of the spare parts, and a conducive atmosphere to operate. Let us note that no amount of money is worth the life of even one Nigerian and it’s on this note that we call the immediate and urgent attention of the Federal Government on the need for the increase on bailout funds for air line operators.
“As legislatures, we strongly advice the Nigerian Government to run a tax free, V.A.T free process for all spare parts and commercial aircrafts being imported to Nigeria.
“This will help in accelerating economic growth even in the face of a recession confronting nations of the world today, while helping the airlines stay afloat with an end goal to ensuring the safety of passengers.”

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