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Niger senator lifts 10,000 Women, youths out of poverty in his Constituency

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***Empowers 500 Women, Youths

The Senator representing Niger East Senatorial District in Niger State, Alhaji Mohammed Sani Musa has empowered about 500 indigent youths, women and other vulnerable in his constituency with the distribution of items worth millions of naira as part of efforts to make them self-reliant.
The donation of the items, the Senator said is in fulfillment of part of his campaign promises to lift at least 10,000 youths and women from poverty within his tenure as Senator representing Niger East at the Upper Legislative Chamber.
Presenting the items to the beneficiaries who were drawn from the nine local government areas that make up Niger East, Senator Sani Musa said the empowerment was aimed at making the beneficiaries earn a living for themselves and become self reliant, stressing that it is the easiest way of eradicating poverty among the people.
He pointed out that to ensure that the items get to the targeted beneficiaries, a special committee has been constituted across the nine local government areas, namely Paikoro, Suleja, Gurara, Tafa, Shiroro, Munya, Rafi, Chanchaga and Bosso local government areas that will the distribution of the items.
Senator Sani Musa who is the Chairman Senate Committee on Senate services, reiterated his commitment to making the lives of his constituents better by providing them with efficient and quality representation at the National Assembly in line with his core mandate.
Senator Sani Musa who was represented by his legislative aide, Alhaji Zubairu Ismail, said empowerment of youths and women remained one of his priorities assuring that more of such empowerment programmes are underway, adding that the essence of governance is to make lives worth living for the people.
The Items distributed by the lawmaker include 21 Tricycle, 130 Bajaj Motorcycles, 80 Grinding Machines, 80 Deep Freezers, 30 Generators, 95 Sewing Machines, 45 Clippers and 24 Emel Tailoring M2 machines.
He disclosed that he is also facilitating the establishment of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Centres across the nine local government areas of the Senatorial district where youths would be trained on new technology skills which according to him are what the 21st century world is all about.
Senator Sani Musa also used the occasion to highlight some of his intervention in his constituency since his assumption in office as Senator which he said includes facilitating the enlistment of many youths in his constituency into various government and private parastatals, the Nigerian Air force, Nigerian Army, the Nigerian Police Force, Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps among others.
He urged the beneficiaries of the empowerment items to use them judiciously so as to enable them also empower other less privileged persons in their communities.
Some of the members of the committees saddled with the responsibility of distributing the items to the beneficiaries pledged to ensure the items get to them.
They thanked Senator Sani Musa for his kind gesture and for his effort at bringing development to his constituency.

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House of reps denies tendering apology to presidency for carrying out its constitutional mandate

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House of reps denies tendering apology to presidency for carrying out its constitutional mandate

From Doris Ferdinand

The House of Representatives has debunked news making the round that it apologised to the Presidency for exercising its constitutional mandate.
This was contained in a statement that was issued by the Spokesperson of the House of Representatives
Representative  Benjamin Kalu.
He said the news in a few sections of the media that the House apologized to the Presidency over the resolution of the House was not true.
He said the issue arose from the motion sponsored by members from Borno State, requesting for the invitation of the President to brief the nation on the state of insecurity in the country adding that the President never asked for any apology.

“The President or the Presidency as the case may be, never sought for an apology from the House of Representatives for carrying out her constitutional responsibility to the Nigerian electorate. “Where then did the media get the report that the House as an institution apologized to anyone? Media professionals are advised to uphold the ethics of their profession.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the House never apologized to anyone for exercising her constitutional mandate and the 9th Assembly of the House of Representatives under the leadership of Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila will not do anything to desecrate or destroy the critical institution of democracy – the Legislature.
“We strongly believe that President Muhammadu Buhari subscribes to these democratic ethos and ideals as well.”

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House leader claims no impeachment attempt was contemplated against Buhari

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House leader claims no impeachment attempt was contemplated against Buhari

***insists Chinda will face sanctions

Majority Leader, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon . Alhassan Ado Doguwa has debunked rumoured impeachment attemp in the Green Chamber against President Muhammadu Buhari.

In a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, the House Leader dismissed as untrue, threat by the opposition to consider impeachment option against the President over alleged infractions against the parliament.

Doguwa described utterances to that effect made by Hon. Kingsley Chinda as “unholy, unbecoming, and unhallowed unparliamentary conduct” insisting that such rumour is mischievous.

The Leader in the statement said “I wish to declare that Hon. Chinda’s unacceptable actions smacks of disdain, disrespect and desecration of the time – honoured legislative practice amounting to flagrant abuse of the individual and collective privileges as members of the House of Representatives.

“What makes it more worrisome is that no such matter has been raised or discussed at any plenary or at any point in the life of this 9th Assembly.

“Relying on our official records, I make bold to say that Hon. Chinda used to be the Leader of the PDP Caucus in the Green Chamber but he has since ceased to be the Leader of the PDP Caucus in the House of Representatives and therefore cannot claim to speak on behalf of the PDP Caucus whatsoever. His actions are regrettable, despicable and capable of jeopardizing the current working relationship with the Executive arm of government”.

The Majority Leader also stated that while the leadership and members of the House of Representatives had worked assiduously to maintain a harmonious Executive – Legislative relationship for the collective benefits of all Nigerians, it was unfortunate that Hon. Chinda’s singular action truncated President Buhari’s initial acceptance to honour the invitation of the House.

Declaring Chinda’s action as unacceptable, the Leader said the leadership, cannot fold its arms and watch a member undermine their institutional authority by spreading unfounded rumours.
“In the same vein, we as a House, and even in our respective Caucuses , have never contemplated any impeachment process against the President. There is virtually nothing in the horizon that points in that direction. “As leader of the House, I wish to seize the opportunity of this press statement to notify the general public that the House would be compelled to initiate and take legislative, legitimate and proper disciplinary action against Hon. Kingsley Chinda to serve as deterrent to others”.

Doguwa commended and congratulated President Buhari for taking appropriate actions in rescuing the over 300 abducted school boys in Kankara, Katsina State in fulfilment of the promises of his administration to protect lives and properties.

He, in the same vein, commended the government of Katsina State, governor Aminu Masari, the military, security and intelligent forces in tackling banditry, kidnapping and insurgency in the country, while he urged them to redouble their efforts to meet the expectations of Nigerians.

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President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said that the National Assembly would not accede to another request from the Executive to extend the capital implementation of the 2020 budget.

Lawan stated this in his remark after the upper chamber passed a N13.58 trillion budget for the 2021 fiscal year. 

According to the Senate President, the National Assembly’s approval granting extension for implementation of the capital component of the 2020 budget last week, should therefore be fully utilized by Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government.

He added that the extension of capital implementation of the 2020 budget till 31st March, 2021; alongside the implementation of the 2021 budget starting in January 2021, would guarantee sufficient injection of funds into Nigeria’s economy. 

“For Nigerians, this budget that has been passed in the National Assembly today, is to ensure that the economy is supported fully through public expenditure, because the economy of our country depends largely on public expenditure. 

“The budget extension period for implementation of the 2020 budget, which we did last year, is to ensure that the funds that are available for 2020 are not lost. 

“So, there will be two budgets running; funds from 1st January, 2021, up to 31st March, 2021; and then the implementation of the 2021 budget itself to start from January. That is absolute fight against the recession we are suffering from. 

“With a projected 3 percent growth in our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the 2021 budget, we believe that the recession which Nigeria is in will be over before the end of the first quarter.”

Lawan, while urging the Executive arm of government to ensure the implementation of the 2020 budget till March 2021 as extended last week by the Legislature, warned that the National Assembly would reject any further extension request on the implementation of  capital expenditure contained in the 2020 budget. 

“I want to urge the executive arm of government, first to ensure that they implement the 2020 budget that will last up till 31st March, 2021. 

“There will be no extension after 31st March. Everyone must be on their toes in the Ministries, Departments and Agencies to ensure they implement the budget 2020. 

“And for 2021, we have to do everything and anything possible to ensure that we implement the budget like we tried to do in 2020.

“I believe that the economy of Nigerians will receive the right kind of boost from the implementation of the two budgets,” the Senate President said. 

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