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Insecurity: National Assembly’s resolutions no longer effective, Deputy Speaker laments

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Insecurity: National Assembly’s resolutions no longer effective, Deputy Speaker laments

The Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ahmed Wase, on Wednesday, lamented that the Executive arm of the Federal Government does not recognise and implement resolutions passed by the parliament, particularly on the security crises in different parts of Nigeria.

Wase made this known during the debate on a motion of urgent public importance moved by Solomon Maren from Plateau State on the recent kidnapping of some traditional rulers from his constituency.

The Deputy Speaker, who lamented the killings and kidnappings across the country, said, “I beg to speak on this particular issue based on the barbaric acts happening in Plateau. When Honourable Maren came to me about this motion, I told him, ‘What is happening in your constituency, compared to my own constituency…and I showed him the numbers of the videos and the pictures in my constituency.’

“I presented three motions so far to this floor on this particular matter and the House has also taken very fast resolutions as to what it would take to resolve the matter. But unfortunately, we are moving into the raining season now and there is virtually not one or two days passed in my constituency without kidnapping and taking of ransom from villagers who go out to suffer to make their living, taking ransom not less than N10m. I am so pained. It is painful and every Nigerian should be concerned about what is happening.”

Wase added, “I want to tell you, Mr Speaker, and tell the House that as of today, I have lost people even after these kidnappers take money. I have lost close to five people. These kidnappers take the demanded ransom and then kill the people.

“These kidnappings take place where you have a small security presence; they will go there, shoot sporadically and abduct people and go away. Not more than three to four days ago, we lost close to a thousand cows in my own constituency. Kidnappers came, rustled the cows from their cages and ran away with them, and the villagers and our locals left.

“I am sincerely pained that after the resolutions of the House urging these peace agencies to put out formation in some of these areas so that we will be able to stop these unpleasant situations, till this moment nothing has happened. It shows that the resolutions of the House is not taking any effect on all these unpleasant killings and kidnappings. If the resolutions of the House had been taken seriously, by now all these would have stopped.”

Maren had moved the motion titled, ‘Urgent Need to Rescue Traditional Rulers of Panyam District and Abate Incessant Spate of Kidnappings and Banditry in Mangu/Bokkos Federal Constituency and Other Parts of Plateau State and Nigeria as Whole.’

Maren prayed the House to urge the Federal Government to direct the Inspector-General of Police, the Chief of Defense Staff and other relevant security agencies to “immediately do everything possible to ensure the safe release of the monarch and many others in kidnappers’ captivity across the country, including victims of Kaduna train attack.”

The lawmaker also prayed the House to mandate the Committees on Police Affairs and Army to invite the IGP and the Chief of Army Staff, “with the view to investigating the matter and report back to the House within two weeks for further legislative action.”

Maren noted that bandits numbering dozens abducted the District Head of Panyam in Plateau State, Aminu Derwan, during an attack on the traditional ruler’s residence in Panyam, the Mangu Local Government Area, after terrifying residence with gunshots in the early hours of Monday.

 

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Reps To Investigate Subsidy Regime From 2017 To 2021

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Reps To Investigate Subsidy Regime From 2017 To 2021

The House of Representatives on Wednesday resolved to set up an ad-hoc committee to investigate the petroleum products subsidy regime from 2017 to 2021.

The resolution followed a motion by Honourable Sergius Ogun who stated that component costs in the petroleum products subsidy value chain claimed by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) is highly over-bloated while the transfer pump price per litre, used by the NNPC in relation to Petroleum Pipeline Marketing Company (PPMC), is underquoted.

The lawmaker described this as fraudulent while also expressing worry that the subsidy regime has been used by the NNPC and other critical stakeholders to subvert the nation’s crude oil revenue to the tune of over $10 billion.

The committee is to report back to the House within eight weeks for further legislative action.

Wednesday’s move by the lawmaker came on the same day that the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mele Kyari ruled out the possibility of a subsidy for diesel.

He made the comments while appearing before the House of Representatives Committee on Downstream, alongside the CEO of Nigerian Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Authority (NMDPRA), Farouk Ahmed, among others.

“In our country today, we do not produce AGO and we regret that our refineries are not working,” he said. “Are we doing anything about it? Yes. I have heard the honourable members lamenting; yes, they (the refineries) are not working.

“This is the truth. I don’t want to bore you with why they are not working, but they are not working; I admit they are not working but we regret it. I will invite this committee at your convenience to join us to see how much work we have done to get them back to work, but they will not come back tomorrow.

“They will not! You cannot start it tomorrow. We regret this; we regret this situation, and we are doing everything possible. As a matter of fact, we have decided to do a quick fix for the Warri refinery. The reason is very simple: we don’t even want to go the long route of doing comprehensive turnaround maintenance because we are concerned.”

 

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2023: Presidency Must Return To Southern Nigeria, Fayose Insists

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2023: Presidency Must Return To Southern Nigeria, Fayose Insists

A former governor of Ekiti State Ayodele Fayose has insisted that the southern part of Nigeria must produce the country’s president in 2023.

Fayose, a two-time governor under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said this in a series of tweets on his official handle on Wednesday, pinning his argument on the party’s constitution.

“The PDP Constitution provides for a rotational Presidency. Section 3(c) provides that the Party shall pursue its aims & objectives by “adhering to the policy of the rotation & zoning of Party & Public elective offices in pursuance of the principle of equity, justice, and fairness’,” Fayose maintained.

“The current President of Nigeria is a 2-term Northern Presidency, thus implying that it MUST be a Southern Presidency in 2023 or NOTHING. Awa ‘South’ lo kan’. Nigerians should await details soon.”

Fayose, who contested the PDP presidential primary, lost out to former Vice President Atiku Abukar in the exercise held earlier this month.

He has been one of the strong advocates for a power shift to southern Nigeria despite the party Atiku from the northern region, as the party’s flagbearer.

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, who also lost in the exercise, had campaigned, among others, based on a power shift to the south.

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), however, is fielding a southerner – Bola Tinubu – as its presidential candidate to honour the power-sharing deal called zoning between the north and south.

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Senate confirms Buhari’s ministerial nominees

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Senate confirms Buhari’s ministerial nominees

The senate has confirmed seven persons nominated by President Muhammadu Buhari for ministerial positions.

The upper legislative chamber confirmed the nominees on Wednesday after they were screened by the “committee of the whole” chaired by Senate President Ahmad Lawan.

The ministers-designate will replace those who resigned to pursue political bids.

Rotimi Amaechi, Ogbonnaya Onu, Godswill Akpabio and Emeka Nwajiuba are some of the ministers who resigned to pursue presidential bids.

The ministers confirmed on Wednesday are Henry Ikoh (Abia), Umana Okon Umana (Akwa Ibom), Ekuma Joseph (Ebonyi), Goodluck Nana Obia (Imo), Umar Ibrahim Yakub (Kano), Ademola Adewole Adegorioye (Ondo), and Odo Udi (Rivers).

During screening, Ikoh said as a way of tackling employment in the country, “technical” graduates can be job creators.

“On the unemployment situation, we need more technical graduates to do most of the things we are doing right now. If you are a technical graduate, you can employ yourself and employ others,” he said.

On his part, Umana said the country could boost its foreign exchange earnings with its free trade zones.

“On the issue of how to boost foreign exchange, I want to say that even the free zones platform is a veritable platform for this,” he said.

“The free zone is a platform that can drive production because when you produce for export, you earn foreign exchange.”

Nakama said the federal government must be ready to make some compromise to end the strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

“On tackling the issue of ASUU, my answer is that there will be leave of compromise. Government and ASUU will have to come to a compromise and through this, we will able to solve these incessant strikes once and for all,” he said.

The remaining four nominees were asked to “take a bow and go” on the grounds of their experience.

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