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N’Assembly is open to informed criticisms – Senate President

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President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan said on Wednesday that the National Assembly is open to informed criticisms as long as they will add value to the law making process, his spokesman, Ola Awoniyi disclosed in a statement.


Lawan said the Federal lawmakers would readily welcome constructive criticisms and valuable contributions that would enhance better legislation for the governance of the country.


The Senate President spoke in Abuja at the unveiling of a publication titled: A Political Economy of Pandemics and Consequences of COVID-19 for Nigeria, which was produced by the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies(NILDS).


Lawan was excited at the presence at the occasion of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi and thanked him and his other colleague traditional rulers for their support and understanding.


“Your Majesty, let me commend you and the body of our traditional rulers across the country. You have shown understanding and total support and commitment to the National Assembly.


“Every one of our functions, that you are invited, you and the Sultan, you will always be there. This is what we expect from Nigerians.
“We want to have valuable contributions that will make the National Assembly legislate better for the governance of this country.
“We also want to open up the opportunity for Nigerians and all stakeholders really, to have the opportunity and the basis for informed criticisms on what we do because that benefits us. It makes us do better and Your Majesty, I believe that you are setting a very good example of what we expect citizens to do.
“The National Assembly is the National Assembly of Nigerians. We are only there to represent Nigerians.


“Anytime we do things that Nigerians are not happy with, show us the right thing to do. We are here to take our mistakes and correct everything that we feel are justified.
“And of course, legislation is not for members of the National Assembly to do alone. Legislation is for stakeholders, key stakeholders particularly, to contribute,” Lawan said. 
Commenting on COVID-19 pandemic and the Nigeria’s situation, Lawan said the National Assembly would continue to undertake a thorough review of all the emergency measures, including relevant legislations, to determine their effectiveness and prepare the government for future emergencies.


“We will equally maintain oversight of government interventions to ensure comprehensive reporting on how funds and other resources were utilised by relevant government agencies during the pandemic,” Lawan said.


The Senate President said the National Assembly is also in regular contact with these agencies to ensure due diligence in the procurement and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Lawan commended the Governing Council of the Institute for approving the worthy project and making critical suggestions that enriched the content of the book.


He also applauded NILDS and it’s Director-General, Prof. Abubakar Sulaiman for the laudable effort as well as for repositioning and strengthening the Institute to deliver on its mandate of providing technical and expert advice to the National Assembly and other institutions of democracy in Nigeria.
Lawan however challenged the Institute to do more in the area of specialised research, providing technical inputs and capacity building for legislators and staff at the national, sub-national and regional levels.


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Tanks head for Kosovo-Serb border as Balkans tensions grow

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A Kosovo security unit trooper guards the border with Serbia as the Balkan nations trade accusations.
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Kosovo’s Prime Minister Albin Kurti has accused neighbouring Serbia of “provoking a serious international conflict”, with tensions between the two countries at their highest for years.

In the latest flashpoint, two interior ministry offices in northern Kosovo were on Saturday attacked near border crossings blocked by local Serbs angered by a ban on cars with Serbian licence plates entering the country.

The car registration office in the town of Zubin Potok was set ablaze, and two hand grenades were thrown at the civil registration office in the nearby town of Zvecan, though they did not go off, police said.

There was no mention of any casualties.

Serbs from Kosovo’s north have blocked two main roads near the border since the government ban went into force on Monday.

Drivers from Serbia must now use temporary printed registration details that are valid for 60 days.

The Kosovo government says its move mirrors measures in force in Serbia against drivers from Kosovo since 2008, when Kosovo declared independence from their neighbour.

Serb fighter planes flew close to the border crossing of Jarinje where protesters cheered them. A day before, three helicopters also flew in the vicinity.

Media in Belgrade reported that tanks and other military equipment were heading towards the border, but the Serb army did not give any details.

NATO’s mission in Kosovo, where peacekeepers maintain a fragile peace, called for restraint.

Source: (NewDaily)


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Edo State Governor finally releases cabinet list

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By Goodluck Ikiebe

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has finally released list of Commissioner-nominees members of the State Executive Council.

The list was released by the Governor on Friday and obtained by our Correspondent.

Here are the names as follow;
1) Barr. Osamudiamen Wole-lyamu (Oredo).

2) Mr. Chris Nehikhare (Orhionmwon)

3) Mr. Richard Edebiri (Uhunmwode).

4) Barr. Andrew Emwanta Adaze (Egor).

5) Mr. Tony Aganmwonyi (Ikpoba Okha).

6) Mr. Ethan Uzamere (Ovia South West)

7) Ms. Efosa Uyigue (Ovia North East).

8) Barr. Donald Okogbe (Akoko Edo).

9) Barr. Anthony Innih (Etsako East)

10) Mrs. Omo Otse Omorogbe (Etsako West).

11) Hon. Damian Lawani (Etsako Central).

12) Mr. Jimfred Obaidiku (Owan West).

13) Barr. J O Braimah (Owan East)

14) Hon. Felix Akhabue (Esan West).

15). Fred Emefiele (Igueben)

16) Mrs. Anehita Ojezua-Emeya (Esan Central).

17) Dr. Olu Ayewoh (Esan North East).

18) Mrs Magdalene Ohenhen (Esan South East).


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Oyo CAN holds one million man peace prayer walk in Ibadan

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Oyo State Chapter, on Saturday embarked on a one million man prayer walk in Ibadan to pray for peace in Nigeria.

Newsmen report that the faithful wore white and green shirts and caps with inscriptions ‘Peace Be Unto Nigeria and CAN is 45.’

They began the prayer at the Oyo State Government House Remembrance Arcade, Agodi, proceeded to Idiape junction Iwo road, Gate, NTA junction, UCH, Agodi Garden junction, Oyo State Secretariat, among others.

NAN reports that prayers were made at each of the junctions by the faithful.

In the opening prayer, Apostle Sunday Popoola, General Overseer of Word Communication Ministry, Ibadan, remarked that the plans of God for Nigeria would surely come to pass.

Popoola prayed that God would continue to show mercy to Oyo State and Nigeria at large.

“We pray that righteousness shall continue to exalt Nigeria while sin will no longer be a reproach; Nigeria, Oyo State will know peace, progress and good governance,” he said.

Also speaking, Gov. Seyi Makinde of Oyo State urged the faithful to use the opportunity to pray for peace to reign in Nigeria and the state.

Makinde, represented by his Executive Assistant, Rev. Idowu Ogedengbe, congratulated CAN on its 45th anniversary and urged the members to continue to pray for the well being of the state.

Earlier, Oyo State CAN Chairman, Apostle Joshua Akinyemiju, said the prayer walk was part of its activities to celebrate CAN’s 45th anniversary.

“CAN clocked 45 on Aug. 25 but we decided to celebrate it through the prayer walk today.

“We have praised, prayed and made supplications to God concerning CAN, Oyo State and all of us, we believe He will surely hear us and grant our heart desires,” Akinyemiju said.

He, however, appreciated the ministers of God who supported the prayer carnival financially and morally.

NAN also reports that the faithful after embarking on the three-hour prayer walk reconverged at Agodi Government House where the final prayers were said.

Security operatives including the Federal Road Safety Corps, Civil Defence and Boys Brigade were on-ground to ensure peace and orderliness.

Source:( NAN)


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