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Lawan felicitates with Gbajabiamila at 58

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President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan has joined other Nigerians to rejoice with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honorable Femi Gbajabiamila, on the occasion of his 58th birthday.
This was contained in a press statement that was signed by Ola Awonyi his special adviser on media.
Lawan in the statement congratulated the speaker for his exemplary representation of his constituency and passionate service to Nigeria as a whole at the National Assembly over the years.
“Rt. Hon. Gbajabiamila has made robust contributions to building our Legislature to effectively play its role as a bulwark and foremost institution of democracy.

“In the Ninth Assembly, he has been a dependable partner in the efforts to focus the Legislature on entrenching democratic practices and patriotically helping the government to continually improve service delivery to the Nigerian people.

“Mr Speaker and I have a common vision of the role of the National Assembly in nation-building and national development and he has been consistent in the dogged pursuit of all that he considers to be in the best interest of our country,” Lawan said.

The Senate President also rejoiced with his family, friends, political associates and in particular the Honourable members of the House of Representatives on this occasion.

He prayed to God to continue to grant him good health and many more years of service to his fatherland.

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FG admonishes Nigerians on need for peaceful coexistence

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Following the growing tension in Ondo and Oyo States, the Federal Government has called on citizens and good people of Nigeria to put unity and peace above all.

Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola who gave the advice Tuesday in his office in Abuja, implored all citizens in the country to exercise restraint and pursue active efforts on how to use the tools of constructive dialogue, good neighbourliness and the primacy of peace-building as ways of dousing anger and resentment that can only lead to anarchy.

In his speech, titled “A TIME TO PUT UNITY AND PEACE ABOVE ALL”, which he personally signed, Aregbesola observed that “The regrettable incidences of heightening ethnic and religious tension in our country are, in part, outcomes of political and economic strains that have persistently defined our land and continue to exacerbate security challenges, making the task of development more traumatic.”

According to him, “Government is keenly aware and genuinely concerned about these complications that, sadly, have been sharpened by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic through the growth of anxieties about issues, life and livelihood in our communities.”

The Minister stated further that, Government is taking a holistic look at the challenges and will stop at nothing to bring lasting peace, security and amity to all our communities.

He emphasized that government would not tolerate any act or behaviour capable of jeopardising law and order as well as security of lives and property in any part of the country.
  “There will be no tolerance for any act or behaviour capable of jeopardising law and order and security of lives and property in any part of Nigeria.” He said.

 “Therefore, as the government is fashioning long term answers to address these problems, it urges citizens to appreciate that self-help and lawlessness cannot offer a path to sustainable solution.
“It can only lead to greater pain as well as costly human and material losses and disruption of the already difficult task of devising responses that will produce tangible peace and development in the country.”

Aregbesola assured that the Federal Government is moving in quickly to bring state, community, security, traditional institutions, religious organizations and youth groups into a purposeful dialogue that will bring effective resolutions to the problem within constitutional and legal frameworks.

He therefore called on all the citizens in the country to continue to work together as brothers and sisters towards building a peaceful community that will be beneficial to all, irrespective of ethnicity, religion and other differences.

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WIEN advocates for 35% affirmative action in governing board appointments

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Women In Energy Network (WIEN) is asking for 35% affirmative action to be applicable also in the appointment of Governing boards.
WIEN is an association established in 2020 to provide a platform for Women that work across the Energy Industry value chain; to network and build confidence and links to progress their careers or businesses.
The President of WIEN and Managing Director of Zigma Limited Mrs. Funmi Ogbue, spoke during her opening statement at the
Public Hearing on Petroleum Industry Bill ( PIB) 2020, organised by Senate’s joint Committee on Petroleum Downstream, Upstream and Gas,
She indicated that from research Boards of Directors with at least three women demonstrate improved
communications, greater adherence to codes of conduct, and
better criteria for managing strategy and monitoring its
implementation.
“WIEN would like to see the deliberate inclusion of policies that will
ensure that at least 35% of each Governing Board is constituted by
women.
“WIEN suggest that the PIB mandates the inclusion of a minimum
indigenous women from the Host Community on the Board of Trustees.
She raised concern over the proposal in the Petroleum Industry Bill that says each settlor, where applicable through the operator should contribute an amount equal to 2.5 % of actual operating expenditure in respect of all petroleum operation.
She also said the 2.5% is too expensive.
“WIEN posits that a total of not more than 1 % (one percent) consistent with other Statutory provisions like the Nigerian Local Content Act 2010, replace the current figure captured in the PIB.
“This will improve investors’ perception about the industry being already over taxed which will attract even more Foreign Direct Investment to the sector and country at large.
She kicked against the use of Gender Neutral Pronouns/Terms such as the PIB’s use of masculine terms “him, his, he” to refer to the position of “Minister, Commissioner Chief Executive, Executive Commissioner, Non-Executive Commissioner, Authority Chief Executive, Executive Director, Directors and Officers of the Authority , Transaction Advisor, Licensee of the Petroleum Exploration Licence, Receiver, Liquidator”

According to her, such gender terms should be changed to gender neutral terms “they, their, its, a person.”
“This is to avoid legal issues and confusion as in some other positions gender neutral terms are used.”

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Fashola inaugurates 1.67km internal road network at Fed. University Lokoja

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Fashola inaugurates 1.67km internal road network at Fed. University Lokoja


By Friday Idachaba


The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola (SAN) has inaugurated and handed over a 1.67-kilometre internal road network rehabilitated at the Federal University Lokoja, to the management of the institution.

Fashola while Inaugurating the road on Tuesday in Lokoja said it was part of the Federal Government’s intervention on rehabilitation of internal roads in 43 Federal tertiary institutions across the country which commenced in 2018.

The Minister who was represented by Engr Olatunde Kajogbola, Federal Controller of Works in Kogi State, said more than 18 such interventions had been completed and were being handed over to the various Federal tertiary institutions.

He said that while it was true that a lot needed to be done in all the sectors of the country’s national life including Education, the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government had stepped up to lead the process of getting the work done.

“The gap of our infrastructure needs is steadily being bridged by a gradual process of repairs, renewal and construction on major highways and it has reached the schools.

“It is undebatable that quality education will be impacted by the quality of infrastructure and the learning environment. Currently there are more than 43 such interventions in internal roads within tertiary institutions across Nigeria

“And the students are expressing a renewed enthusiasm with regard to attending classes because some defective roads have been restored to motorability”, he said.

Prof. Angela Miri, Vice Chancellor of the University in her response said there was no doubt that the completion of the project had added value and brought about improvement of ambience of students and staff to the institution.

Miri who was represented by Dr Sarah Dauda Yani, Chief Librarian said, “A city without roads is not known” adding that the intervention and the culminating ambience had placed the institution first among its equals.

She acknowledged the good will and gesture of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing as well as the Federal Ministry of Education for the intervention projects in the “Baby but great university.”

The Vice Chancellor also implored the Minister to consider performing similar feat at the permanent site of the university by intervening in the construction of its internal road network.

“Don’t be tired of us sir. Indeed, we are still growing and by the grace of God with your hand of help upon us, we will reach the destination we dream of”, Miri implored.

In his vote of thanks, Engr Ojo Olukayode, Acting Director, Physical Planning and Development, commended the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing for a job well done. (NAN)

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