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Kogi Federal Lawmaker Empowers Constituents with Over N100M

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Kogi Federal Lawmaker Empowers Constituents with Over N100M

By John Akubo

The member representing Okene-Ogori/Magogo Federal House in the Federal House of Representatives Honorable Tijani Damisa has expended over N100M to empower his constituents economically and for tackling diverse health challenges.

The empowerment were in different categories such as for the treatment of over 100 cataract patients, 1,112 malaria patients and empowerment of over 300 persons who just concluded Vocational Training in various skills.

The lawmaker who spoke in Okene while giving out the empowerment tokens to the 300 persons that graduated from Vocational training explained that they have also invited a team of medical consultants and surgical experts to attend to various health challenges and perform free surgeries for different disease conditions as part of his health intervention program.

He expressed the optimism that through the intervention, the suffering of his constituents would be relieved by restoration of sight to the blind and rekindling of their hope for better future.
According to him, in spite of the low performance of 2016 Budget, he still found it imperative and incumbent to scrutinised his performance against his promises.
He indicated that few months after being sworn in, he was able to offer free medical treatment to 100 cataract patients and 1,112 malaria patients in his constituency.
The lawmaker added that he also launched three different schemes such as Youth Empowerment and Skill Acquisition Scheme; Women and Youth Skill Acquisition Scheme on domestic product and Vocational Training for Youths with over 300 persons from the constituency trained.
Tijani pointed out that the idea of self-reliance became imperative to him during electioneering period when he met a widow who told him that her son dropped out of school because she couldn’t afford the School fee. “This particular story has left a lingering impression on me because of the tone of desperation I heard in that woman’s voice, and I am certain that there are so many people out there like the old woman,” he said.

He also mentioned that within the year under review, he had given scholarship to over 300 students and was able to influence the employment of over 15 qualified members from his constituency in various strategic places of work at senior cadre.

He stressed that once the implementation of 2017 Budget commences, many people-oriented programmes and projects will be executed to meet the yearning needs of his people courtesy of his humble legislative efforts.

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Senate commences public hearing on PIB to achieve assent by May 29 of this year

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Senate commences public hearing on PIB to achieve assent by May 29 of this year

After over 20 years of back and forth in efforts to pass the Petroleum Industry Bill
President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said they are working to ensure that the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) presently before the National Assembly is passed by April and President Muhammadu Buhari assents to it by May 29th of this year.

He said it is to ensure that Nigerians benefit optimally from crude oil production and sale of fossil fuel reserves. 

Lawan stated this on Monday while declaring open a 2-day public hearing on the bill by the National Assembly. 

According to the Senate President, the National Assembly in its consideration of the piece of legislation, would ensure that the bill when passed into law, guarantees improved revenue earnings for the country. 

Lawan said, “let me say this, we (National Assembly) will pass this bill not without ensuring that it is a bill that satisfies certain conditions. 

“Nigeria is blessed with these resources, we want Nigeria to benefit optimally from them. In fact, we are in a hurry because we have lost so many years of benefits that we could have had.” 

The Senate President, however, noted that the non-passage of the PIB had been a major drag on the industry over the years, significantly limiting its ability to attract both local and foreign capital at a time when many other countries are scrambling to exploit their oil and gas resources. 

“The mere knowledge that the nation’s oil industry is still being governed by laws enacted more than 50 years ago is ludicrous and extremely disappointing.

“As legislators, we will strive to deliver a Bill that will enhance the growth of our oil and gas industry, modernize our fiscal system and enhance competitiveness, while creating harmony for all stakeholders. This is a promise we have made and that we shall achieve.

“Nigeria must have an Oil and Gas Industry that benefits its people. Equally, our Oil and Gas Industry must be competitive. We must create a sustainable investment climate, where business in the sector will flourish,” he said.

He added that the determination by the legislature to pass the Bill “is driven by the need to overhaul a system that has refused to operate optimally in line with global standards, resulting into loss of continental competiveness, transparency, accountability, good governance and economy loss for the petroleum industry and the country.”

The Senate President noted that the challenges surrounding the future usefulness of petroleum resources and the increased level of uncertainty on oil demand calls for great concern. 

“It is estimated that with the evolving of new technologies, fossil fuel may be less attractive if not of no value in the next 20 years. 

“It is therefore time for us to make maximum benefit of our fossil fuel reserves through this reform before it fades away,”Lawan stressed. 

According to him, the Petroleum Industry Bill comprises of 4 chapters that outline how to create efficient and effective governing institutions with clear and separate roles for the petroleum industry; establish a framework for the creation of a commercially oriented and profit-driven National Petroleum Company; promote transparency, good governance and accountability in the administration of the petroleum resources of Nigeria among others;

He added that the piece of legislation among others, also seeks to promote the exploration and exploitation of petroleum resources in Nigeria for the benefit of the Nigerian people; promote the efficient, effective and sustainable development of the petroleum industry;

According to him, the PIB upon passage and assent into law by the President, would “foster sustainable prosperity within host communities, provide direct social and economic benefits from petroleum operations to host communities; create a framework to support the development of host communities among others; and

“Establish a progressive fiscal framework that encourages investment in the Nigerian Petroleum Industry, balancing rewards with risk and enhancing revenues to the Federal Government of Nigeria; provide a forward-looking fiscal framework that is based on core principles of clarity, dynamism and fiscal rules of general application; establish a fiscal framework that expands the revenue base of the Federal Government, while ensuring a fair return for investors.”

Lawan assured that the National Assembly during the public hearing would deal with all issues relating to the oil and gas industry with thoroughness and effectiveness, so as to avert colossal losses to the nation’s economy.

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NASS postpones resumption over APC membership registration.

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NASS postpones resumption over APC membership registration.

The administrative management of the national assembly has announced the postponement of resumption of members of the two chambers that was billed for Tuesday 26th January 2021 till the 9th of February, 2021.

This was contained in a statement that was signed by the clerk of the national Assembly Ojo Olatunde Amos.
The national Assembly had vacated for the Yuletide/new year breake on the 21st of December to reconvene on the 26th of January, 2021.
The statement indicated that the postponement is to enable APC caucus in the national assembly take active part in the membership registration and revalidation that will commence on Monday, 25th January, 2021.
The statement reads, “This is to inform all distinguished senators and Honorable members of the national Assembly that the resumption of plenary earlier scheduled for Tuesday, 26th January, 2021is hereby rescheduled for Tuesday 9th, February, 2021.
“This postponement is to enable members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) participate in the registration and revalidation of its membership, scheduled to commence on Monday, 25th, January  2021.
The clerck expressed regrets for any inconviniences that change in date may have caused all and sundry.





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Niger Assembly declares support for Medical Varsity Bill

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Niger Assembly declares support for Medical Varsity Bill

Ahead of the public hearing at the House of Representatives, the Niger State House of Assembly on Thursday threw its weight behind the Bill for an Act to Establish Federal University of Medicine and Health Sciences in Bida, Niger State.

The Speaker, Niger State House of Assembly, Hon. Barrister Abdullahi Bawa Wuse gave the indicatio in Minna when the State Lawmakers hosted the Member representing Bida/Gbako/Katcha Federal Constituency, Hon. Saidu Musa Abdullahi SMA (Gorozon Nupe) who was on a visit in furtherance of stakeholders’ engagement on the Bill.

The Speaker said he was “delighted with the Lawmaker for understanding the need for institutional collaborations which is healthy to the progress of the State”.

According to Bawa Wuse “we will go out as a State to get this University established here. Having University to run Medicine and related Courses in Niger State is long overdue”.

Addressing the State House of Assembly, Hon. Saidu said “the University. When established, will provide more opportunities and fair chance for Nigerians seeking to pursue a career in the medical sciences and most importantly address medical workforce shortfall in the country. It is a pan Nigerian project but more of Niger State”.

“Today, the number of Nigerian Students seeking admission to study medicine in particular and health sciences in general is on the increase but unfortunately, a significant percentage of them usually fail in getting admission not because they do not possess the required qualification but because those tertiary institutions do not have the capacity to accommodate them.

“It may interest you to know that Niger State is the only State in the North-Central Nigeria that has no degree awarding institutions in medicine and health sciences neither at Private nor public arrangement levels”.

Members from Gbako, Bida II, Suleja, Agwara and Chanchaga, all contributed brilliantly in support of the Bill.

After various contributions from the Lawmakers in favour of the Bill, the Speaker, Hon. Abdullahi Bawa Wuse constituted a Committee Chaired by the Member representing Agwara with a clear time of reference to prepare a position paper that will be presented at the Public Hearing in support of the bill.

The Speaker also said the 27 House of Assembly Members of Niger State will attend the Public Hearing.

Member representing Chanchaga, Hon. Ahmed Marafa Guni pledged to foot the bill for the transportation of all the Members of the State Assembly to and from the Public Hearing.

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