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Melaye expecting not less than 1000 litigations on his antidote for corruption book

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Melaye expecting not less than 1000 litigations on his antidote for corruption book

By John Akubo

The senator representing Kogi West senatorial district in the national assembly during the presentation of his new book titled: ‘Antidotes for corruption, the Nigerian story’ has said he is ready for not less than 1000 litigations from many of those whose names he mentioned in the book as being corrupt.
Melaye who spoke at the Presentation of the book at the Shehu Musa Yaradua center Abuja recently however said he is ready to go to court with all those whose names he had mentioned saying he has all the evidences to defend himself.
“I am expecting not less than 1000 litigations from the book but I can tell you that I am ready and that anybody whose name is mentioned in that book I can defend it.
“I will say that it also happened when I wrote against the former attorney general of the federation Adoke, he sued me for libel for N1.2B and he assembled 47 SANS and the day we appeared in court I cross petitioned him and also said I was ready for the case but by the time we replied, he begged to withdraw the case.”
He said the same thing happened with the former minister of Niger Delta, adding that for those who thinks they are going to court he is gladly happy to meet them in court because he has evidence against whatever he had written.
However for those corrupt persons who are happy that their names were not mentioned he said volume two is on the way. 
The senator pointed out that the fight against corruption is collective one that everybody must embrace.
“Corruption is the bane of our development as a nation and when we talk about it we begin to look at it from the top, corruption also exists in low places, the tomatoe seller on Gwagwalada road who panel beats her measurement container to reduce quantity to her own advantage is a corrupt person. 
“The fuel attendant who fails to cancel the initial sales reading on the meter and continue with the next buyer is a corrupt person so corruption permeates through every class of our society.
He said Nigeria is yet to practice democracy hich is popularly defined as the Government of the people, for the people and by the people. 
“But I have also said what we practice in this country is not democracy but greedeocracy; Government of the greedy, by the greedy and for the greedy. The electorates who wants to vote for you they are greedy, if you don’t give money on election day some places they will not vote for you. 
“After winning through monetary mobilization you are taken to the tribunal, the lawyer that is taking you to court is also greedy their figures you cannot imagine it. 
“After attending to a greedy lawyer the court you are going to also is waiting for you to mobilize them so you find out that it is from one State of greed to another and the most versatile veritable ingredients for corruption is greed.”
Melaye said Nigerians like to accumulate what they don’t need saying that is the major problem of the country. 
“The fight against corruption is collective and you cannot fight corruption if you continue to sit in your cocoon, we must all come out and speak against it and adopt attitudinal change that will bring about ameliorative measures.”
Melaye admitted that corruption also fought him during the production of the book as the money meant for the publishers in the UK which he packaged through a middleman was never delivered.
The book launch became another political gathering of sort where some old rivals came together.
The wife of the former President Dame Patience Jonathan, former Governor of Kogi State and his former deputy Governor Idris Wada and Yomi Awoniyi respectively were accord recognition even though they are not of the APC fold.
The senate President Bukola Daraki, his deputy Ekweremadu and the speaker of the House of representatives as well as many senators were present to grace the occasion.

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PIB scales second reading in Senate as it assures its win-win for all stakeholders

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PIB scales second reading in Senate as it assures its win-win for all stakeholders

The Senate has passed the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) 2020 for second reading. 

It would be recalled that, from 2007 to date, PIB had defied passage and assent however the ninth National Assembly had expressed determination to get it passed and assented to. 

The executive bill seeks, among others, to promote the competitive and liberalized downstream petroleum industry that promotes the processing of petroleum within Nigeria and the development of fuel and chemical industry. 
It also aims at creating efficient and effective governing institutions, with clear and separate roles and to establish a framework for the creation of a commercially-oriented and profit-driven national petroleum company. 

The bill, after debate on its general principles, was referred to the Senate Committees on Petroleum Upstream, Downstream and Gas to be reported back in eight weeks. 

Senate President Ahmad Lawan said the ninth National Assembly would make the passage of PIB as part of its legacies. 

He assured that the National Assembly would passed the bill in good time without compromising proper scrutiny. 

He urged the committees to produce a balanced document that will ensure a win-win situation for Nigerians and investors. 
In his words,
“Just like the petroleum production sharing contract that we passed the ammendment last year, this bill should recieved the same treatment that is the determination, focus and the desire to reach to the end of the process.
“The PSC ammendment will remain one of our legacies, we should cap it make it the PIB the icing of the cake make the PIB one of our legacies as well.
“Because we have adopted a different approach this time around as a result of our experiences in the past it is looking possible that this bill will be passed after serious scrutiny and consideration by the national assembly chambers and the President will sign the bill into an act.
“So let us make it part of our legacies as the 9th senate. I want to use this opportunity to call on investors all over the world that this National assembly is determined to go all the way and we have the credentials to do that and therefore there is a legal framework in the horizon that will regulate the petroleum industry in Nigeria.
“Like we have said we are not going to be selfish as a country. There must be investment first before revenue.
“We must ensure that this bill provide a win-win for Nigeria and Nigerians and the investors in the oil industry in Nigeria.
“Oil is almost everywhere now we have a stiff competition so we have to make our environment better and much more attractive so that for them for not only remaining here for those that are here but also for those from other jurisdiction.”

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#ENDSARS: Address Nigerians now senate challenges Buhari

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#ENDSARS: Address Nigerians now senate challenges Buhari



The Senate has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately address the nation over the unending #ENDSARS protests.

The Senate also called on the protesting youths to embrace dialogue with the Federal Government in resolving the issues.
However,a former Kebbi State governor and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) minister, Senator Adamu Aliero, asked Buhari to adopt the use of force if dialogue fails.

Seconding the motion sponsored by Senator Abiodun Olujumi and co-sponsored by all other Senators, Aliero stated:

“While seconding, I want to also suggest very strongly that dialogue should be used to get the youths to suspend the #ENDSARS protest. Where dialogue fails then we should use whatever means possible otherwise it will lead to anarchy.”

He explained that “Already, a number of people have been killed and no responsible Government would allow lawlessness to take place while it is in power and for that reason Government should use whatever means possible to ensure that it bans the #ENDSARS movement.

“Of course in liberal democracy like ours protests take place but where it is being hijacked by hoodlums using violence on innocent citizens, Government should use its constitutional powers by ensuring that law and order is maintained.

“It is for that reason that I am supporting this motion and I am urging my colleagues to do the same” Aliero stated.

Adopting the motion, the Senate approved that all tiers of government should put in place machineries to address socio-economic issues affecting youths across the country.
It equally called on the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to embark on a comprehensive reform in the police .

The Senate asked the protesting youths to approach the Constitution Review Committees of the National Assembly and present issues they would want amended .

The Senate advised the President to immediately set up a Judicial Panel of enquiry to probe cases of abuse of human rights by policemen in the past.

Senate Minority Leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, who suggested the prayer, informed the Senate that some five notorious Special Squad Anti-Robbery (SARS) operatives who had killed people illegally were yet to be made to face the law adding that there was need to do so immediately .

Most Senators including the Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, testified that they had witnessed cases of police brutality in the past.
Explaining the motion, Senator Olujimi said most of the prayers adopted should serve as wake up calls to government.

She lamented that government had not been proactive in addressing issues pointing out that this government is worse in that regards.

According to her, ignoring the issues raised by the protesters could push the country into more difficult times.

The specific prayers of the motion tagged “#ENDSARS protest: Need for comprehensive and holistic reform” are:

That all tiers of government put in place and sustain policies and programmes of socio-economic reforms that raise the standard and quality of life of our people, particularly youths who are leaders of tomorrow;

That the police and other security agencies operate strictly in accordance with the rules of engagement appropriate to a democratic environment that abjures the use of aggressive and brutal force against peaceful protesters;

That the Inspector General of Police ensures a holistic, comprehensive reforms of the police to include the overhaul of the welfare, training and medical insurance of all members of the Nigerian Police Force;

That all Nigerians should resort to use of legal and institutional channels of resolving conflicts and disputes instead of misusing security agencies to secure undue advantages;

That Nigerian youths and the Nigerian citizens should approach the National Assembly Committees on Constitutional Reforms in order to secure far-reaching and holistic amendments that are vital to the restructuring and re-shaping our Federation to make it an inclusive and viable polity;

That the Federal Government should faithfully and comprehensively implement all the five demands of the #EndSARS movement and protesters;

That the #EndSARS movement and protesters stop their actions and embrace genuine dialogue in order to give the government the time and space to meet their demands.























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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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