The House of Representatives, has urged the Federal Government to provide support to the family of the slain Yobe Cleric, Mr Goni Aisami pending the outcome of the case in court.
The call was sequel to the unanimous adoption of a motion by Rep. Zacharia Galadima (APC-Yobe) at Tuesday’s plenary.
Presenting the motion, Galadima said that the late Gashua based Islamic scholar was travelling in his car from Kano to Gashua when the incident happened in August.
He said that the cleric got to a suspected illegal checkpoint and was stopped by a soldier, Mr John Gabriel, who shot him dead with the aim of rubbing him of his car.
Galadima prayed the house to condemn the killing of the cleric, while the federal government and Nigerian Army should compensate the deceased family.
He also said that the house should mandate its Committee on Army to ensure compliance and report back.
Majority Leader Ado Doguwa (APC-Kano), urged the house to discountenance the motion, saying that the matter was in court and the prayers could be prejudicial.
He said that the suspect and his accomplices have been court marshaled and the matter was before a competent court of justification for determination.
Doguwa said that any decision taken by the house could be against the final decision of the court.
Minority Leader Ndudi Elumelu (PDP-Delta) however, said that in the interim, the government should assist the family, pending the outcome of the case.
In his ruling, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila mandated that the earlier prayers should be deleted.
The National Assembly says the Data Protection Bill will be passed into law within 30 days of receiving it from the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
The Chairman Senate Committee on Information Communication Technology (ICT) and Cybercrime, Yakubu Oseni, made the promise at a one-day sensitisation workshop on data protection organised for members of the National Assembly in Abuja on Monday.
According to Oseni, since the Federal Government has created the Nigerian Data Protection Bureau (NDPB) for data protection, there is a need to enact a law to guide its operations.
“I want to assure you that as National Assembly members, we will make sure that we do justice to the bill.
We need to give legal backing to the agency.
“We are waiting for them to bring the bill and we will ensure it gets to the president within one month,” he said.
According to the Senator, this is legislation that is supposed to have seen the light of the day since 2019. “But unfortunately when the bill was sent to the president it was not assented to.
“Now that it is coming from the executive side, I believe that it will see the light of the.
“This is an agency set up to protect the data of individuals and organisations,” he said.
According to him, your data is your property, and before somebody has access to your data in any form he or she has to seek your consent.
Also, the Chairman House Committee on ICT and Cybercrime, Abubakar Lado, gave the agency assurance that the House of Representatives would expedite action on the bill.
” As National Assembly, we are committed to the well-being of Nigerians.
“We want to assure the agency that anytime the bill comes to us we will ensure its speedy passage.
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami, who spoke virtually, harped on the importance of the bill to data privacy and confidentiality.
“The event is to sensitise our National Assembly members before the executive bill is presented to the national assembly so that they can block all the gaps.
“This bill will ensure the privacy and confidentiality of the data of our citizens,” he said.
The National Executive Officer of NDPB, Dr. Vincent Olatunji, while responding to questions said the bill would be ready by October.
Olatunji earlier said that the agency had created over 8,000 jobs by certifying over 5,000 data protection experts.
“By October we will send the bill to the minister who will forward it to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for it to be sent as an Executive bill to the National Assembly.
“Our belief is that the bill will be passed before the end of this year,” he said.
The Project Coordinator, Nigeria Digital Identification for Development (ID4D), Mr Solomon Odole, said all relevant stakeholders needed to be carried along to avoid hiccups with the bill.
‘We need to carry all relevant stakeholders along, such as National Identity Management Commission(NIMC), Legislations and others.
“We know that if they are not carried along the bill may suffer the same fate as the previous one,” he said.
Mr Olumide Osundolire from Banwo and Ighodalo Law Firm, who gave an overview of the current data protection landscape in Nigeria, highlighted the history and development of privacy and data protection.
Rep Babatunde Hunpe (APC-Lagos) has urged members of the party in Badagry to work for its success in the 2023 general elections.
Hunpe gave the advice during Unity Walk and Prayers for Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, the Presidential Candidate of APC in Badagry, Lagos on Saturday.
According to the lawmaker, the primary election has come and gone, candidates have emerged and we thank God that Tinubu, my father and mentor is now the flagbearer of the party.
“Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu is also returning and glory to God Dr Idiat Adebule, my sister is our senatorial candidate for Lagos West. “In Badagry, some of my brothers have emerged candidates of House of Representatives and Assembly.
“I have come home from Abuja to come and organise a good structure for them as independent campaign group so that we will deliver them in the coming election.
“Asiwaju being on top, I know good things will come to Badagry,” he said.
The lawmaker said the aim of the meeting was to ensure they recorded success in the general elections.
“The unity walk we did this morning symbolised that we are united as one in the party and the prayer is to ensure we record success in the coming elections.
“So, we have all agreed to join hands together to record huge success in 2023 general elections,” he said.
Mr Olusegun Onilude, the Chairman, Badagry Local Government, said it was the time for all members as one united force towards the success of 2023 general elections.
“This is the best time for all members to put their eggs in one basket and record success.
“The best is to have president from our state; this will make us to benefit immensely from the federal, state and the council,” he said.
Dr Doyin Johnson, the Director General, National Coalition of Tinubu Support Group, said Asiwaju was the best candidate for the post of president in Nigeria.
According to him, most of the presidents of Nigeria got to the post by chance but Tinubu had been nursing the ambition of becoming president long time ago.
He urged the people of Badagry to come together and mobilise themselves and give APC highest number of votes in the elections.
In his remarks, Dr Seyi Bamigbade, the Director General, APC Professional Council of Nigeria, urged all Badagry residents to mobilise themselves for the elections.
According to Bamigbade, we want our party members to be united and mobilise so that we can get the best results in 2023 elections.
He commended the people of Badagry for coming out en-mass for the prayers.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that earlier in the day, APC Chieftains, market women and supporters of Hunpe had walked from the popular roundabout down to Topo Garage.
Muslim and Christian clerics prayed for the success of the party in the polls.
No fewer than 100 youths were trained on vocational skills in Osun by Mr Babatunde Ayeni, a member of the House of Representatives.
Speaking during the graduation for the youths in Ilesa on Saturday, Ayeni, representing Ijesa South Federal Constituency, said helping the poor is a worthwhile effort.
He said that the training was aimed at reducing unemployment and poverty among the youths in the state.
Ayeni, who noted that the training which was done under his foundation, L.
B foundation, would afford the beneficiaries the opportunity to be self-dependent.
According to him, the empowerment has nothing to do with his political ambition and the beneficiaries were picked from his Constituency, regardless of political or religious affiliation.
“In the face of the recent global economic depression, youths and women must be trained to be their own bosses.
“Youths must shift focus from white-collar job and be self dependent,” he said.
Ayeni, however, urged the beneficiaries to make judicious use of the training and the grant given to them.
He also urged his constituents to continue to support him, saying the only way to reciprocate the gesture was for them to support his political ambition.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the trainees were drawn from Atakunmosa East, Atakunmosa West, Ilesa East and Ilesa West Local Government Areas of the state.
They were trained for three days in production of Air freshener, hand sanitizer, perfume, detergent, soap making, among others.
Each of the beneficiaries were also given grant for start up.
One of the beneficiaries, Iyabo Adegbayi, who spoke on behalf of others thanked the lawmaker for the training with a promise that the trainees would reciprocate the gesture by supporting the lawmaker.
Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige says the newly Nigeria Integrated National Financing Framework Report on Sustainable Development (INFF) will guide the country to mobilise financial support to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) four on quality education.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that President Muhammadu Buhari had on Friday inaugurated INFF at an event on the sidelines of the 77th United Nations General Assembly.
Through INFF strategy, countries take forward financing reforms to mobilise and align public and private financing with their national sustainable development priorities.
Ngige told newsmen in New York after the launch of INFF that the strategy would be aligned with the national plan to achieve quality education for the citizens.
“And you also know we have private sector involvement.
So, the private sector over here still can come and be part of the investments.
“Education as you know, is a mega framework in SDGs. So, expect that when this plan goes out effectively, it will also assist us,’’ he said.
According to him, the problem with the Nigerian education is education financing (funds).
Whether you’re talking about condition of service for lecturers, or you’re talking about infrastructure, development, classrooms, library, laboratory, equipment for teaching is funding.
“So, we need to have an articulated framework for our educational sector to benefit from proper funding.
’’ The minister said the TETFUND had been doing a lot on infrastructure, and research, and even human capacity development for the lecturers in all the tertiary level of education, but it’s not enough.
“So, we need to get private sector funding into it and part of what is happening here is that we can get such funds from partners to support the education sector,’’ he said.
On the benefit of INFF to labour and employment sector, he said it would help the sector to create more jobs and more employment.
He said it would help people get decent jobs, give them more robust labour relations between employer and employee so that we don’t have much of industrial action.
Speaking on lingering strike, he urged the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to obey court the National industrial Court ruling and call off its ongoing nationwide strike while negotiations are ongoing.
The court had on Wednesday ordered ASUU to call off its ongoing nationwide strike, pending the determination of a suit filed by the Federal Government.
According to him, the strike is detrimental to public university students who cannot afford to attend private tertiary institutions, and the Trade Dispute Act mandates workers not to embark on strike once an issue has been referred to the industrial court.
“The maximum in law is that when there is a court judgment or ruling or order you must first obey and then we can apply for an appeal if you so desire or apply for stay that is stay of execution.
“So, the maximum in law, jurisprudence and everything about the law, is that you obey the court’s ruling, judgment or order, no matter how bad.
’’ Ngige said the qualifying thing was that no matter how bad and no matter how they disagree with it, they should first obey, saying, like the military people say, obey before complain.
“So we expect them to get back to the classrooms but that doesn’t foreclose negotiations, the negotiations should be on as a matter of fact, it will be on officially and non officially.
“For example, the House of Representatives had invited us to come and brief them and together, they are stakeholders,’’ he said.
The minister said that Mr President said to the committee of Pro-Chancellors when they visited him, that he would do consultation.
He said the President had promised to do consultation as per the two request on putting an icing on the cake on the government offer to ASUU members and the issue of resettlement fund to cushion the effect of the “no work no pay” situation they found themselves in.
“So, we will interface with the House of Representatives and all of us collectively will advise Mr. President,’’ the minister said.
Prominent Nigerians, including Islamic scholars, on Saturday gathered at the Ansar-Ud-Deen Central Mosque, Abuja, for Fidau (third-day) prayers for late Zainab Ali, mother of the FCT Minister of State, Dr Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some of the dignitaries and Islamic scholars that attended the Fidau included the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, represented by Galadiman Sokoto, Alhaji Aliyu Attahiru; the Ohinoyi of Ebira Land, His Royal Majesty, Alhaji AbdulRahman Ibrahim; and the Sarkin Moza Kogi, Alhaji Khalid Bukar.
Others were Dr Usman Obaje, Ejeh Dekina, Kogi; Alhaji Ali Salihu, who represented Ohi of Adavi.
The Chief Imam of the Mosque, Dr Musa Olaofe, who stressed that the deceased had played her part as a true Muslim while on earth, called on the living to pray for her.
Earlier, ahead of the third day prayers, the President of the Senate, Sen. Ahmad Lawan, extolled the moral values the deceased has bequeathed upon her children.
While describing the FCT minister of state as a steadfast and committed politician who has contributed to the development of the downtrodden, Lawan noted that all the good qualities exhibited by the minister are inherent.
“We share in the grief over the loss of your mother who is also our mother.
We have been working together even before you became the FCT Minister of State.
“And we have always found you to be steadfast, to be committed, to be truthful, to be transparent, to be considerate and responsible.
“We cherish this kind of attitude.
In everything, you are so good.
Therefore, we hold you in very high esteem, and your family.
“We felt we should come here and deliver our condolences on behalf of all of us, 109 senators of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and indeed I can say even the entire House of Assembly, including the House of Representatives.
May the soul of mama rest in perfect peace”.
Other dignitaries that attended the prayers included Alhaji Suleiman Muhammad, the Ogah Attah Igala Kingdom, Dr Abdulkareem Ibrahim, Chief of Ebira in FCT, Alhaji Ahmed Talib and Alhaji Isa Mamman, the Ohi of Okene.
Also present at the prayer were Alhaji Usman Ngakupi, Sarkin Garki, and Alhaji Ibrahim Adebayo Yusuf, Deputy President Ansar-UD-Deen Society.
Dr Samuel Adejare, representing Agege Constituency, Federal House of Representatives, on Friday in Lagos, empowered 250 of his constituents with capacity training in agriculture and vocational skills worth N25 million.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the constituents from different fields of vocation including aagriculture were empowered with cash grants ranging from N50,000 to N100,000 each.
Adejare, in his remarks at the event, urged the beneficiaries to utilise the cash grants judiciously in the appropriate areas that would add value to their lives.
The lawmaker advised artisans among them to also use the working implements given to them to fight poverty and for the betterment and upliftment of their personal businesses.
He said, “I thank the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and President Muhammadu Buhari, for their support and contributions towards the development and upliftment of democracy in the country.
“Democracy is the government of the eople, by the people and for the people, so Nigerians and my constituents must enjoy the dividends of democracy.
“We are not stopping here at all, and this will not be the last.
The good people of Agege and Orile-Agege Federal Constituency should be expecting a mega and mother of all empowerment programs in a few months’ time.
” Adejare urged residents, especially youths in Agege to shun any form of political violence and thuggery as the 2023 general elections drew closer.
Mr Yinka Ogundimu, a member of Lagos State House of Assembly Representing Agege 02 Constituency in his remarks also appealed to the beneficiaries to use the money appropriately to improve their standard of living.
Ogundimu urged the residents of Agege to go all out to perform their civic responsibility during the 2023 elections by voting for the right people.
Mrs Bolanle Lawal, one of the beneficiaries, thanked the federal lawmaker for the empowerment and assured that he would use the grant appropriately for livestock farming.
“This is a great opportunity for me to be one of the beneficiaries on this empowerment, actually the grant will go a long way in poultry farming livestock feed and other materials needed to boost my farming,” she said.
“Mr Dele Shobande, also a beneficiary, hailed the lawmaker for the kind gesture, saying the grant would assist him in buying a washing machine for his laundry business.
“I have been trying all the years past to buy a washing machine to help me in my laundry job, but this grant will be used to purchase the machine to improve my business,” he said.
The House of Representatives Committee on Works on Friday, insisted on quality and timely delivery of Abuja-Keffi-Lafia-Makurdi road, urging the Ministry of Works to ensure Nigerians got value for their money.
Rep. Abubakar Kabir, Chairman of the committee who led other members on an oversight tour of the ongoing project, urged the contractor to ensure timely completion of the road by April 2023. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the inspection took off from the Kugbo end of the A-Y-A–Nyanya at the boundary between Abuja and Nasarawa.
The committee proceeded to the Keffi–Akwanga section of the project at kilometer 19, between Gudi village and Akwanga.
Responding to why the project was staggered, Mr Henry Usor, an official from the Road Sector Development Unit of the federal ministry of works, explained that compensation issues were responsible for such staggered implementation.
He said the ministry only took charge of portions on which compensations had been paid and asked the contractor to commence work.
He added that buildings and commercial facilities such as fuel stations could only be demolished after compensation issues had been settled.
He assured that whatever issues and observations on the job raised by the committee would be noted and corrections ensured by the contractor before take over of the project by the ministry.
Mr Arinzechukwu Awogu, Candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) for Ogbaru Federal Constituency in Anambra, says flooding is displacing Ogbaru residents.
Awogu, who raised the alarm in a statement on Friday, said that some people had been trapped in the flood and immediate evacuation was needed to save lives.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ogbaru is a riverine area with all its 16 communities located on island or the bank of River Niger.
Awogu, a rights campaigner and former Chairman of Ogbaru LGA, said that there was need to adequately equip four designated holding camps so that those displaced could move into them.
“Many families are displaced with nowhere to run to, as no IDP centre is prepared.
“Ogbaru is a disaster waiting to happen; we need massive mobilisation of food and non-food items to be made available.
“We also need immediate setting up of holding centres where the displaced can be sheltered,” he said.
The APGA House of Representatives candidate urged those still in lowland areas and not yet affected to voluntarily relocate to upland areas for safety.
He said, “Ogbaru is going under the water hourly, and it portends grave danger for the people of the area.
” Mr Thickman Tanimu, the Acting Coordinator of the National Emergency Management Agency, Enugu Zonal Office, had advised farmers and other people in about 14 flood-prone LGAs in Anambra State to relocate to upland areas and consider early harvesting of produce.
The Chief Whip, House of Representatives, Rep. Tahir Monguno, says political parties must focus on issues-base campaigns critical in delivering dividends of democracy to Nigerians.
Monguno said this on Thursday when he inspected the Abuja office complex of HUM Support Group for presidential race.
The Independent National Electoral Commission ( INEC) has scheduled Sept. 28 for the commencement of campaigns ahead of the 2023 general elections.
According to Monguno, all the political parties should focus on issue-base campaigns rather than mudslinging “Our campaigns should be based on the economy, security and how to improve the lives of Nigerians.
“How do we bring succour to the lives of Nigerians, especially against the backdrop of the Russia-Ukraine war and the COVID-19 pandemic that has brought about rise in the cost of living?
“How do we give succour to lives of Nigerians and improve security?
“I think campaigns should be centred on these issues.
“It should be issues base rather than being on personality or whether it is Muslim-Muslim ticket or Christian-Muslim ticket,’’ Monguno said.
He, however, said that chances of the All Progressives Congress (APC) winning the presidential election were high.
According to him, we will continue to maintain our winning streaks in the 2023 elections and this is purely as a result of the pedigree and the track records of our presidential candidate and the running mate Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Kashim Shettima.
“They have track records of performance as governors of their respective states.
“We are all living witnesses to how Tinubu transformed the economy of Lagos, making it the second largest economy not only in Nigeria but in Africa.
“And we have seen how Kashim Shettima has performed in Borno in spite of the daunting security challenges that he witnessed during his tenure.
“He was able to successfully navigate this daunting security challenge and deliver dividends of democracy to the door steps of the people.
“So, having regard to their track records and the facts that they are detribalised Nigerians that will carry everybody irrespective of religion or geo-political considerations, I think victory is certain by God’s grace,’’ the lawmaker said.
The Chairperson, HUM Support Group, Hajiya Hadizatu Mustapha, said that the group’s commitment to mobilise support from across the country for ticket was due to their notable performances while they served as governors in their states.
“We have coordinators from the six geo-political zones of the country, we have our structures from the national to state and local government areas of the country.
“We have been encouraging them to ensure they mobilise, especially youths and women to support the candidature of Tinubu and Shettima,’’ she said.