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Impeachment call: Chinda on a lone voyage says Kalu

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Impeachment call: Chinda on a lone voyage says Kalu

By Doris Ferdinand

The house of Representatives spokesperson, Hon. Benjamin Kalu has described the call for the impeachment of president Muhammadu Buhari by Hon Chinda as a journey in loneliness.

Kalu disclosed this in a press statement he issued in Abuja on Sunday.
In the Statement, he said, President Buhari’s impeachment call by Hon Chinda is his personal opinion which does not represent the voice of the entire members, House of Representatives.

The statement reads in part:

“The attention of the House of Representatives and her leadership has been drawn to the press release by Hon Kingsley Chinda, titled “ Nigeria saddled with the circus” circulated over most dailies on the 6th of December , 2020, where he called on constituents irrespective of political party, tribe or religion to compel their representatives to commence impeachment process against the president .

“This opinion of a single member of the opposition party in the house has been misinterpreted by journalists as the voice of the entire House of Representatives when it does not represent the weakest opinion of the minority-caucus of the 9th House .
“Even among the minority caucus , Hon Kingsley Chinda lost the opportunity to speak for the entire minority when he lost the minority leadership election to Hon Ndudi Elumelu the minority leader of the 9th Assembly, a wound that has refused to heal.

“It is the structure of the minority caucus leadership and majority caucus leadership that is recognised by the house as any statement not emanating from these and the spokesperson of the house does not in any way reflect either the minority, majority or general position of the 9th House of Representatives and should be disregarded like his other divisive , distracting, destabilising and destructive positions .
“Just last week the speaker warned the media to desist from ascribing to the house the opinion of a single member, since we have a spokesperson.

“The motive behind this press release as well as the timing leaves a bitter taste in the mouth of most progressives who were instructed by their constituents to request for an interaction with the president , a task many thought was not possible seeing that in the history of our Modern democracy none of the past presidents obliged the parliamentary request for an interactive session and none of the past leaderships of the assembly was able to use parliamentary back channel diplomacy, adopted and applied by the current leadership to secure the acceptance of the President to this invitation. An outing that has strengthened our democratic principles .

“If this call came post President’s visit for the failure to dialogue well enough in securing solutions or due to his inability to put our positions to use, it would appear logical .
“This call is not only illogical , It appears as a tool strategically thrown up to disrupt the agenda of the coming visit with all it sets out to achieve in the spirit of nation building which remains the mantra of the 9th Assembly and is considered a joint task .

“In the view of the 9th Assembly, it would remain a call made wrongfully to distract the members whose minds are set on the visit and the expected achievements .
“It is surprising, that Hon Chinda, was among those who insisted on the invitation of the president, probably expecting a gross disregard from the president who surprisingly broke the jinx and kindly obliged our request .
“Isn’t it obvious that apparently shocked by the acceptance of Mr. President, he is on a new lonely voyage of personal agenda strange to the legislative agenda of the house and leadership.” He asked rhetorically where his constitutional impeachment voice was when his previous presidents of PDP extraction were invited but ignored the house? He wondered why he is just remembering his constitution now that a president is coming to accept our inputs to the solutions he is seeking”. He said.

Kalu therefore urged Nigerians to be patient and await the outcome of the meeting with the President as he admonished that they should not allow themselves to be mislead by an opinion that does not speak for the entire house.

“I therefore, assure Nigerians that having asked us to invite Mr President, which we have done, you should be patient to wait for the outcome of our meeting, before been misled by a lone voice on the frolic of his own, whose private opinion in no way represents the position of the House of Representatives.

“We have only invited Mr. President for an interactive session and cannot be distracted by those with other self not house motivated agenda.” Kalu added.

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Nasarawa Assembly to probe exclusion of primary school teachers in payment voucher

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Nasarawa Assembly to probe exclusion of primary school teachers in payment voucher

From Daniel Abel, Mafia

The Nasarawa State House of Assembly, said it would summon the committee in charge of Primary School teachers screening exercise next week to investigate allegations by some teachers that their names were missing in the payment vouchers of their respective local government areas.

Hon Daniel Ogazi, the Chairman of the Committee made this known on Wednesday when he led other members of the committee on an assessment visit to ongoing construction and renovation of primary schools in Lafia, Obi and Doma Local Government Areas of the State respectively.

According to him, “We will invite the committee in charge of Primary School screening exercise next week in order to get to the bottom of the hues and cries by some primary school teachers that their names were missing in the payment vouchers”.

“We will do the needful after we hear from the committee. We will continue to stand for justice in the interest of peace and for the overall development of the education sector, ” he said.

Ogazi indicated that the inspection was aimed at ensuring that contractors adhere strictly to project specifications.

The lawmaker commended Gov. Abdullahi Sule for giving adequate attention to the education sector while assuring the state government of the assembly’s support to its policies and programmes.

The committee expressed concern over non commencement of work by some contractors in their various sites.

He also called on contractors, who are yet to complete their works to do so in their interest and for the overall development of the education sector.

“We call for speedy completion of all the ongoing works.

” We are out to ensure that the right things are done in the interest of our children and for the overall development of the education sector.

‘ We are out to ensure that we check deficiencies in projects execution in order to avoid wastage of government money, ” he said.

He urged communities across the state to take ownership of projects in their domains for the overall development of the education sector and the state at large.

Ogazi advised teachers to be disciplined in their duties for the overall development of the state.

The Committee Chairman also urged teachers to impart positive knowledge on the younger ones, adding that no society would achieve meaningful progress and development without quality education.

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Kogi: Senate tasks FG on immediate completion of Abadigba-Egwume power project

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Kogi: Senate tasks FG on immediate completion of Abadigba-Egwume power project
By Joseph Sunday

Senate on Wednesday mandated its Committee on Power to liaise with the Federal Ministry of Power to take necessary  steps for the immediate completion of the Abadigba-Egwume power project. 

The resolution was reached by the Upper Chamber sequel to the consideration of a motion to that effect during plenary on Wednesday. 

The motion titled: “Need for Immediate Completion of the Abadigba-Egwume Power Plant Project in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State” was sponsored by Senator Isah, Jibrin (APC, Kogi East). In his presentation, Jibrin noted that sometime in 2007, the Federal Government embarked on a power plant project at Abadigba-Egwume in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State to light up Kogi East Senatorial District, against the backdrop of the persistent poor power supply in the area;  He further noted that the project advanced with the installation of various equipment, including three giant power plants and two transformers, in readiness for connection with Geregu Power station at Ajaokuta. 

The lawmaker expressed concern that “the project has become one of the abandoned projects in the country as no effort has been made to complete it in line with the laudable intentions of the government, thirteen years after initiating it.” According to Jibrin, “the continued abandonment of the project has led to the destruction of some of the connecting wires and cables due to bush burning, in addition to vandalization by criminals, thereby occasioning avoidable losses to the government.”  He added that, “the project is at 70 percent  completion stage, according to information from engineers, and only requires minimal additional resources to make it functional.” The lawmaker while expressing optimism that completing the Abadigba power project would boost production activities and economic development, stressed that, “most companies and businesses outfits currently rely on  generations with the attendant increase  in cost of production, leading  to high  prices of services.”  Contributing, Senator Yakubu Husseini (APC, Kogi Central) bemoaned the number of abandoned federal government projects across the country.  He, however, said that completion of the Abadigba-Egwume power project “would support and improve the socio-economic development of the area and by extension, Kogi State in general and Nigeria.” He added: “When this project is completed, in line with the Light-up Kogi East project of the State Government–it would vis-à-vis complement this effort and improve the lives of the citizenry in Kogi State.  “I am always worried when I look at the  level and state of abandoned projects in Nigeria. This is a project that government funds; government scarce resources have been invested–over seventy percent–and at the end of the day abandoned.  “If this project is completed, it is a self-sustaining project. It is a project that will generate revenue for the government and would improve the life of the citizenry.” Accordingly, the upper chamber in its resolution mandated the Senate Committee on Power to liaise with the Federal Ministry of Power to take necessary steps for the immediate completion of the Abadigba-Egwume power project and report back to the Senate within four (4) weeks. 

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Senate panel orders MD of Onne Oil and gas free zone to remit 679m to federation account

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Senate panel orders MD of Onne Oil and gas free zone to remit 679m to federation account


By Sunday Joseph

The chairman senate committee on trade and investment has chided the managing Director of oil and gas free zone authority Onne Mr. Umanah Umanah for not following the circular of the ministry of finance in remitting its revenue to the federation account.This was happening during the 2020 budget performance appraisal and 2021 budget defense of the authority before the committee.The managing Director told the Senate committee on trade and investment that it generated 2.717b in 2020 and remitted 335m instead of 679m because of overhead cost. Senator Francis Fadausi orders the agency to remit the actual revenue which is 25% of the revenue generated and warned q the agency from operating the surplus.

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