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Niger Reps member organizes 3 days sensitization program for youths

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From Naseer Mijinyawa Minna

Member representing Chanchaga Federal constituency Honorable Mohammed Umar Bago has organized a three day sensitization program for youths in his constituency.
The sensitization program was aimed at taking the youths out of the streets to better their lives for meaningful ventures that would make them useful to the society.
The popular adage that ‘an Idle mind is the devil’s workshop’ may have also be haunting the youths who have been engaging in all sorts of social vices ranging from thuggery, restiveness and attack on themselves with dangerous weapons resulting to the lost of lives and property.
Speaking in an interview with NationalUpdate in Minna on Wednesday, the chief of staff to the Honorable member Alhaji Abdulhakeem Abdulrahaman said a total of 800 youths from three wards in the federal constituency are to benefit from the sensitization program in the first phase.
He explained that worried by the spate of violence attacks on some youths of Angwandaji, Limawa, Maitumbi and Tunga areas leading to lost of lives among the youths, the federal legislature decided to organized the program to educate them on the danger of such nefarious activities.
He pointed out that the youths who were into drug and other related social vices were to be educated on the danger of drugs to their health and the consequences
He stated that the participants would be given some stipend to encourage them put more attention to the program
Alhaji Abdulrahaman noted that the sensitization program would among other things give them a sense of belonging and for them to them to know danger of drug to their future.
He appealed to those that were not captured in the first phase of the program to exercise patience assuring them that they would be captured in the subsequent programs
He disclosed that after the program, the participants would be put on watch list to see how the sensitization program has improve their lives after which they will be empowered with some skill aacquisition program that will enable them earn a living and becomeself reliance

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Kogi Lawmaker applauds Bello for giving automatic employment to constituent

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Governor Yahaya Bello has been commended for giving automatic employment to Miss Egamana Elizabeth Yakpesoko of the department of Science Laboratory Technician who scored 5.0 CGPA from College of Health Sciences and Technology, Idah.

Governor Yahaya Bello had offered Miss Miss Egamana Elizabeth Yakpesoko automatic employment with the Kogi State Specialist Hospital, Lokoja during the convocation of the college after it’s establishment forty five years ago.

A statement by the Member representing Bassa constituency in the state House of Assembly, Mr Rayi Daniyan described the gesture to his constituent as the demonstration of the love he has for the people of Bassa Local Government.

Daniyan who described the gesture of the Governor as second to none in the history of his constituency urged the people of the area to continue in their support for Governor Yahaya Bello.

The Lawmaker said Governor Bello was God sent to Bassa Local Government in view of his proactive step in stopping the insecurity in the Local Government.

He said the automatic employment given Miss Egamana Elizabeth Yakpesoko was a clear demonstration of the fact that Bassa Local Government has a special place in the heart of the Governor.

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Alleged breach of local content act: Senate decries non appearance of NLNG, NCDMB, Saipem, Daewoo

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The Senate Committee on Local Content has expressed concern that organisations handling the Train 7 gas project failed to honor its invitation over issues relating to alleged breach of local content act on implementation of the project.

The organisations invited by the committee, that failed to appear are the Nigerian Liquified Natural Gas (NLNG),Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board (NCDMB),Saipem and Daewoo.
Chairman of the Committee, Sen.Teslim Folarin, (APC -Oyo), while addressing journalists said there were petitions against the running and the promoters of Train 7, Gas Project.

According to him, there are a lot of pressure to escalate the matter to an investigative hearing.

Folarin, however, said the committee thought, it would be nice to hear from the four organisations involved, hence their invitation.

“We invited the four of them today, but as you can see, non of them honoured our invitation,” he said.

Senator Sabi Abdullahi(APC- Niger) and Vice Chairman of the committee, speaking further on the position of the committee said, the matter boarded on implementation of Nigeria’s local content policy.

Abdullahi said Train 7 gas project, which centred on increasig the nation’s output on liquified natural gas was an issue that was critical, given the increasing price of cooking gas.

He said given the huge deposite of gas, the National Assembly was interested on how the companies could make life meaningful to Nigerians in their participation on the train 7 project and on increasing the local capacity.

Abdullahi said the Senate had invited the companies to know what was happening on implementation of the project, but they had all surreptitiously failed to honour the senate invitation.

He said the committee resolved that given non appearance of the four organisations on the next invitation slated for Dec 2, the committee would excalate the matter to a full public investigation.

He said the attitude of the four organisations was an insult on the parliament as a whole, as they found it convienient on themselves not to appear before the senate committee.

Abdullahi said the parliament would not abdicate its responsibility of ensuring compliance to set local content rules and regulations,noting that it was committed to ensuring success of the Train 7 gas project.

He said it was the duty of the parliament to ensure that Nigerians were not short changed and taken for granted, while expressing hope that the concearned organisations would honour the next invitation slated for Dec 2.

He said with all the challenges of the economy, the matter was not what the senate would fold its arms and allow Nigerians to be short changed on the project.

He, however, said the Train 7 gas project was an attempt by the NLNG to increase Nigeria’s output from the current level to tap from the abundant natural gas resources in the country.

Abdullahi, who did not disclose further details, on the pertitions against the companies given its sensitive nature, said the committee would want to hear from the organisations.

He said it was too early to give further details until after engaging the companies.

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Senate panel makes case for N10b increase in 2022 judiciary budget

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**Insists terrorism taking its toll on the arm of Government

The Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters has made a case for an addition of N10b to the judiciary in next year’s budget.
Senator representing Ekiti Central and Chairman of the Committee, Michael Opeyemi Bamidele presented the request before the Senate Committee on Appropriation on Thursday at the National Assembly complex.
The Executive had made provision of N120 billion for the judiciary in the 2022 Budget.
Speaking with newsmen after his presentation before the Senator Jibrin Barau led Appropriation Committee, Senator Bamidele who disclosed that his Committee made a request for additional N10billion for the judiciary maintained that the budget estimate was inadequate, considering the enormous responsibilities before the judiciary.
“To begin with the Federal Government on its own in the 2022 budget proposal on its own had proposed and increased the budget by N10b for the judiciary. “Recall that the amount budgeted for the judiciary in the year 2021 budget was a sum of N110b. So on their own Government had proposed additional N10b subject to the approval of the national assembly, that is why we are talking about N120b with the N10b increase by the Federal Government.
Senator Bamidele indicated apart from the challenge thrown up by terrorism, there is the need to deploy technology in the dispensation of Justice.
“As we speak there are people awaiting trial as a result of the various insecurity problems that we have in the country, whether you call them bandits whether you call them terrorists, whether you call them gunmen or women the truth about the matter is there is insecurity in the country.
“This has brought additional burden on the judiciary to the extent that our constitution still guarantee right to freedom of fair hearing for everyone who is alleged, once he is arrested apprehended and bought to court.”
He said all that underscored the need for more money to be made available for the judiciary.

“So we are convinced as a committee that there is a need to give more money to the judiciary. Second reason why we are convinced that judiciary deserve to have more money is the fact that COVID-19 opened the eyes of everybody to the need for every court to be placed in a position where there can be virtual heating.
“You must be ready to deploy technology, all manners of technology that will make it possible for lawyers to electronically file their cases, that will make it possible for lawyers to be able to engage in virtual hearing.
“To make it possible for court to be able to sit virtually. All of these require deployment of technology and they don’t come cheap.
“We are talking of all levels of courts, from the magistrate court to the State high court to the Federal High court, to the court of Appeal to the supreme Court.
“There are other specialised courts like industrial court and the Code of Conduct tribunal and others. So definitely there is need to give money to the judiciary to respond to the global best practice standard needs that are confronting them today.
“It is for all of these things that as a committee both chambers we are asking that the senate committee on appropriation should take it beyond the N120b by the Federal Government for the year 2022 to a sum of N130b.
“We have also added the list of the courts and other judicial bodies like the Judicial service commission, judicial justice committee of FCT and all the other relevant ones.”

Asked about the secrecy surrounding the budget of the judiciary, the Chairman,
Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters dismissed it as a non issue as he noted that it was not peculiar to the judiciary.
“It isn’t our responsibility to monitor their expenditure but it is important that whatever is allocated under the National Judicial Commission is judiciously used.
“The secrecy you talked about isn’t peculiar to the judiciary. No one is asking about the budget of the Department of State Serviced or National Intelligence Agency.
Their budget (judiciary) isn’t up to one percent of the entire budget. We may choose to sensationalise it, but public interest is better served if the budget of the judiciary is at least one percent of the entire budget. We need a well funded judiciary so that it’s independence isn’t compromised.”

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