House Calls For Release Of Judiciary Allocation

House of Representatives, JudiciaryThe House of Representatives has condemned the failure of the Executive to release the funds approved for the judiciary in the 2016 budget.

The lawmakers made the criticism on Thursday, following a motion of urgent public importance raised by a member of the lower chamber from Sokoto State, Representative Aminu Shagari.

The House was informed that the National Judiciary Council has not received allocations for the months of November and December 2016.

The lawmakers have appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the relevant government agency to urgently release all the outstanding funds approved for the council.

They also asked the state governors to pay workers who were yet to receive their entitlements in the various states of the country.

Edo Governorship Election: Dogara Congratulates Obaseki On Victory

Yakubu Dogara, congratulates Godwin ObasekiThe Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honourable Yakubu Dogara, has congratulated the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Godwin Obaseki, on his victory at in the just concluded Edo governorship election.

In a statement on Friday by his spokesman, Mr Turaki Hassan, the Speaker said, “the Edo State governorship election was not won just by the APC and Godwin Obaseki, but by the people”.

“The conduct of the people of Edo State during the election was commendable, as reports have shown that the election was peaceful and no life was lost nor violence reported.

“The rest of the country would do well to emulate the people of Edo State subsequently”.

He added that “the APC’s victory in Edo State is a telling challenge for politicians and leaders, as  it has shown that the Nigerian voting population is now more aware than ever of the fact that delivering the dividends of democracy to those we lead guarantees that our party will always be favoured.

“Governor Oshiomhole has done very well in Edo State and it is safe to say that the APC’s victory was largely predicated upon his  record of performance in the state”.

Mr Dogara described the Governor-elect as a renowned technocrat whom he believed would government the state efficiently.

“I believe strongly that his vast knowledge and wealth of experience will translate to efficient and effective management of the affairs of Edo state.

“I would also like to thank the people of Edo state for placing their trust in our great party and choosing APC once again”, the Speaker added.

Buhari Invites U.N. As Negotiator For Chibok Girls’ Swap

Muhammadu-Buhari-woos-investorsNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, says Nigeria would welcome intermediaries from the United Nations as a show of commitment, to swapping the abducted Chibok girls with Boko Haram fighters in custody.

President Buhari told the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 71st UN General Assembly in New York.

In a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adeshina, “The challenge is in getting credible and bona fide leadership of Boko Haram to discuss with,” the President said.

“The split in the insurgent group is not helping matters. Government had reached out, ready to negotiate, but it became difficult to identify credible leaders. We will welcome intermediaries such as UN outfits, to step in.”

The President reiterated that the teachings of Boko Haram were far from being Islamic, as neither Islam, nor any other religion, advocates hurting the weak and innocent.

“The fact that they kill men, women, children, and other people wantonly, and shout Allahu Akbar (God is great) shows that they do not know that Allah at all. If they did, they would not shed innocent blood,” President Buhari said.

He thanked Ban Ki-Moon for the moral and material support given to Nigeria, which has enabled the country surmount many of the challenges facing her.

In his response, the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, congratulated President Buhari on the anti-corruption war, declaring: “You are highly respected by world leaders, including myself. Your persona has given your country a positive image.”

He said the UN recognized the achievements of the Buhari administration against Boko Haram, urging that human rights be upheld always, to prevent a repeat of the scenario being witnessed in Syria.

Ban Ki-moon also thanked the Nigerian leader for his commitment to issues on climate change, adding that the government should “own the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),” for the good of its citizens.

Anti-Corruption War: We Will Ensure Justice And Fairness To All – Buhari

anti-corruption, Muhammadu BuhariNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has said that patriotic Nigerians have nothing to fear in the fight against corruption as his administration will ensure justice and fairness to all.

Speaking to journalists on Monday in Daura after attending Eid prayers to celebrate Eid El Kabir, President Buhari said that those who abuse public trust will face justice, in addition to returning their stolen assets to the nation’s coffers.

The President thanked Nigerians for supporting the Federal Government policies, programmes and actions aimed at improving security, revamping the economy and combating the fight against corruption.

In a statement made available by his spokesperson, Garba Shehu, the President said, ‘‘We should thank God this year, the reports I’m getting, which is very pleasing, is that we will have a bumper harvest this year.

‘‘I want Nigerians to realise that what this government inherited after 16 years of the PDP government was no savings, no infrastructure, no power, no rail, no road and no security.

‘‘Nigerians can see what we have done on Boko Haram and what we are doing to resolve the problem in the Niger Delta.

‘‘Before the elections, we identified three major problems confronting our country. The first is security; we need to sufficiently secure our country to manage it well.

‘‘The second is economy, especially job for the youths and fighting corruption which is continuous.

‘‘For the youths, graduates and non-graduates who are interested in agriculture, the Federal Ministry of Agriculture in collaboration with the CBN are doing something to provide employment for them,’’ the President said.

President Buhari is observing this year’s Eid holiday in his native home Daura, Katsina State and will return to Abuja after the two-day public holidays.

Senate Throws Out Anti Social Media Bill

Petroleum Industry BillThe Senate has thrown out the Frivolous Petitions Bill, also known as the Anti Social Media Bill.

The Senate threw out the Bill after its Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters recommended that the Bill be withdrawn.

Many Nigerians and human rights groups had criticized the Frivolous Petitions Bill commonly called the Anti-Social Media Bill, describing it as an instrument to prevent free speech.

Reading the report of the committee at plenary, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Senator David Umaru, said the committee observed after the public hearing that the Penal Code and the Cyber Crime Act have sufficient provisions to address the issues that the proposed law seeks to address.

Senate To Partner CSOs On Budget Preparation

National Assembly in Nigeria-BudgetThe National Assembly has confirmed that it would partner with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in budget preparation, to ensure robust public inclusiveness in the budgeting process.

This decision was reached after the Senate considered a report by its Committee on Diaspora and Non-Governmental Organizations.

The report was based on the outcome of an earlier interactive meeting between the National Assembly and the CSOs on the 2016 budget.

The Chairman of the Committee, Senator Rose Oko, read the concerns raised by the Civil Society Organisations in the 2016 Budget.