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Lawan denies alleged media reports that senators got N-Power job slots

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Lawan denies alleged media reports that senators got N-Power job slots

The senate President Ahmad lawan has debunked reports in an online publication alleging that the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Develolment has allocated N-Power recruitment slots to the Senate President and other lawmakers.
This was contained in a press statement that was issued by the senate president’s
Special Adviser(Media) Ola Awoniyi and was made availlable to the Guardian on Saturday in Anuja.

The statement advised members of the public to totally disregard the fake and malicious publication in its entirety as regards the Senate President.
According to the press Statement,
“It should be noted that the fairytale only blandly and obliquely claimed that some lawmakers printed out application forms from the portal of the scheme but failed to provide any evidence that this was to fill its speculated allocated slots is false.
“We wish to stress that neither the Senate President nor this office has anything to do with the purported slots mischievously credited by the publication to the Senate President.
He urged the media to always strive to be factual in their reports and abide strictly by the ethics of their profession which require them to hear from all sides and objectively establish the facts, especially before publishing accusations capable of damaging the reputation of public officials.
He restated that the story in reference is malicious and should be disregarded.

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Poverty Alleviation: Lawan requests India’s Support for Nigeria

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Poverty Alleviation: Lawan requests India’s Support for Nigeria


President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan has requested India to give support to Nigeria in its quest to take 100 million of its citizens out of poverty in 10 years.

Lawan made the request when the Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Abhau Thakur visited him on Monday in Abuja.

The Senate President said, at the moment the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is working towards taking 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in the next 10 years.

“We have this challenge. We believe India has done well in the area of poverty alleviation and we won’t mind getting some of the tips on how we can enhance our approaches to poverty alleviation and make the efforts of government more efficient.

“The government is doing quite a lot in so many areas to address the needs of Nigerians, but of course it will be a long haul.

“If you have to take out 100 million people out of poverty it means you have to have strategic and sustained institutions and efforts to address the needs of the people, and we are determined to do that”.

Lawan commended the Indian government for training the Nigerian security agencies in the area of fighting insurgency and terrorism.

“This is what we share in common. You also have your challenges in Kashmir region. Your experiences will definitely help us in the fight against insecurity, particularly the insurgency in the North East”, he said.

The Senate President also applauded the setting up of the joint working group between India and Nigeria and urged the two countries to ensure that the initiative worked for their mutual benefit.

The Senate President advocated collaboration between the parliaments of India and Nigeria.
He said though they are different, there are a lot of things to learn from each other.

“I believe that we should have a joint parliamentary friendship group, that we are able to establish relationship instead of a one-off visit,” Lawan said.

Lawan noted the long existing relationship between Nigeria and India and called for more sustained effort to strengthen the relationship particularly in the area of trade for the mutual benefits of the two countries.

On International Parliamentary Union (IPU), the Senate President said besides the forthcoming election in early November, reforming the body should also be considered utmost important.

He said, “we believe that IPU should be reformed to perform better and more efficient. Every chapter of IPU across the world needs to benefit in such a way that the individual chapters are able to enjoy the kind of support the headquarters of IPU will extend in terms of supporting not only parliamentarians but also the supporting staff.”

Earlier, Mr Thakur said the two countries shared a lot of social, economic and political similarities, and terrorism challenges which made it imperative for Nigeria and India to sustain and improve the long standing relationship that predated their independence.

Nigeria, he said, had remained one of the largest trading patner of India.

The High Commissioner also noted the support of each other by the two countries at several multilateral fora, such as United Nations and Commonwealth of Nations.

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Senate President gets commendation for sponsorship of 100 weddings

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Senate President gets commendation for sponsorship of 100 weddings

Some serving and former lawmakers from Yobe State have applauded the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan for offering helping hand to some underprivileged youths and orphans in Yobe State to realise their dreams of getting married.

The lawmakers also lauded Lawan for his thoughtfulness in considering the new couples for skill acquisition programme which will empower them to stand on their own.

They made the commendation at the weekend at a mass wedding conducted for another batch of 100 couples at the Central Mosque, Nguru in Yobe State.

The new couples were from Nguru and Karasuwa Local Government Areas of the State.

The first batch of 100 couples from Bade and Jakusko Local Government Areas had their turn in Gashua in September while the last batch of 100 intending couples from Machina and Yusufari Local Government Areas are expected to have their dreams realised soon to make up the six Local Government Areas in Yobe North Senatorial District.

Speaking at the ceremony on Saturday, former Majority Leader in the House of Representatives, Hon. Sani Dahiru Elkatuzu, described the mass wedding and skill acquisition Programmes by the Senate President for the poor as impacting positively on the lives of the youths in Yobe North.

According to him, this has made them embrace responsibilities that come with marriage and caused them to shun a life of crime and violence which they otherwise would have turned to due to hardship and unemployment.

“We believe that most of the problems we are having with the youths around here is because they cannot afford certain basic things of life.

“Part of it is, if they cannot afford to have families of their own when they are ready to get married, and because of financial difficulties, then it becomes a problem.

“That is why I believe the Senate President decided to assist in this regard. From experience on the one conducted in Bade and Jakusko, the people are really impressed and happy that this is happening.

“It did not only stop at getting them married, the Senate President also went ahead to train and empower them with skills with which they can fend for themselves and their families.

“Any effort that can reduce the number of unemployed youths from the streets is definitely a step in the right direction, and that is exactly what is happening here.

“A lot of our youths are getting married and trained in skills to enable them secure for themselves the basic necessities of life. It is commendable, and everyone in the society is praising the Senate President for this,” Elkatuzu said.

He added that with the replacement of rural provisions by urbanization needs, there is a gap created which the Senate President’s skill acquisition programme seeks to bridge by ensuring the youths within the various constituencies have access to requisite skills needed to cater to their basic needs.

According to the former lawmaker, most of these youths in the past before the the intervention programmes of Senate President Ahmad Lawan, were considered ideal candidates by Boko Haram for recruitment.

“Culturally, those of us around here in the North East feel as long as you’re not married, you’re still a child and the responsibility of your parents and extended family.

“Now, one cannot attain full responsibility in life if he does not work and have a family of his own. And in order to make this young men responsible, we have to get them married.

“This is a cultural issue, as you’re not considered responsible if you don’t have a family of your own. Therefore, what the Senate President is doing is making them responsible by helping them have families of their own.

“In addition to that, a lot of the means of livelihood are gone because they are supposed to be based on rural provisions. Now, we have urbanization in place and people do not have the required skills to engage in trades that are associated with urbanization.

“The kind of skills that are being impacted on these young men are the kind that will keep them up to date with the realities of modern day society.

“Also, most of our young men do not have businesses or skills that would afford them to make decent living, and that is why they are prone to the Boko Haram recruitment.

“But with the kind of skills they are getting now, you will realize they don’t get recruited. They have shunned all forms of violence and they are no longer likely to be recruited because they now have a trade of their own”, he said.

Speaking at the Emir of Nguru’s Palace moments before the couples were wedded at the Nguru Central Mosque, the Speaker of the Yobe State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Ahmed Lawan Mirwa, lauded the Senate President for fulfilling the promise made to the youths during his Campaigns ahead of the 2019 elections.

“By this, the Senate President has fulfilled his promise that he made during his campaign tour to the youths of our various constituencies.

“Today, we thank Almighty Allah that we have seen the marriages of one hundred ladies within two local governments; that is Karasuwa and Nguru local governments.

“Each local government married fifty each, and we thank the Senate President for providing all that is needed for the success of these marriages,” Mirwa said.

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Communities in Katcha get Two Cottage Hospitals courtesy of SMA

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Communities in Katcha get Two Cottage Hospitals courtesy of SMA

Efforts of the Member representing Bida/Gbako/Katcha Federal Constituency, Saidu Musa Abdul, (SMA) has started yielding dividends of democracy for the people as the long suffering residents of Niwoye and Dagba-Kota got a cottage hospital each in their communities.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Senior Legislative Aide to the Housw of representative member
Engr. Dodo Almustapha
According to the statement, the construction of the two cottage hospitals for the communities were part of the capital projects captured in the Appropriation Act of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for 2020 through the representation of the member.
He said, honorable Abdul had reiterated his commitment to alleviating the suffering of the people in accessing quality healthcare services through building of hospitals in the hard-to-reach communities in his Constituency.

Niwoye in Essa Ward and Dagba-Kota in Gbakogi Ward under Katcha Local Government of Niger State, have existed for many years without befitting hospitals where the rural populace could access quality healthcare services.
Upon completion and commissioning of the hospitals, the era of people traveling far and wide to address medical challenges with attendant excruciating bills will be brought to an end.

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