Gbajabiamila Welcomes Shettima’s Choice As Tinubu’s Running Mate

 

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, has described the choice of Senator Kashim Shettima as the running mate of the Presidential Candidate of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as a wise decision.

In a statement on Monday by Lanre Lasisi, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, the Speaker expressed delight that Tinubu settled for one of the best hands for the job of Nigeria’s Vice-President.

He said Shettima has over the years proved his mettle as a shrewd and progressive politician whose eight years as governor of Borno State – from 2011 to 2019 – was a defining moment for the state.


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“Asiwaju is widely known as the biggest talent hunter in the country who has over the years assembled an army of performers in governance irrespective of their ethnicity or religious leaning. This unique feature also can be found in Sen. Shettima following his track record of excellence in both the private and public sectors”, the Speaker said.

As a foremost banker, Gbajabiamila said Shettima has the right character and intellectual capacity to turn things around hence having him as the Vice-President under a Tinubu presidency will be a masterstroke in the management of the economy.

Recalling his first encounter with Shettima, Gbajabiamila said: “My first encounter with Gov Shettima, who I had admired from afar, was many years ago when he and I travelled together with Asiwaju to the UK to address the issue of terrorism with the British and Nigerians in the Diaspora.

“I was amazed by Shettima’s depth, ability and capacity to engage Christian Amanpour, a journalist of international repute. He earned my respect (and I must say that of his interviewer) even more ever since then.”

The Speaker said the Tinubu/Shettima ticket is a good combination that will lead to success at the polls for the APC.

Gbajabiamila congratulated the Asiwaju for making “the wise decision,” noting that Nigerians yearned for such a great team.

The Speaker called on Nigerians to support the Tinubu/Shettima ticket and other APC candidates for various elective offices during the 2023 elections.

Reps To Intervene In Farah Dagogo’s Arrest, Arraignment

A file photo of Mr Farah Dagogo.

 

The leadership of the House of Representatives is to intervene in the arrest and arraignment of a member from Rivers State, Farah Dagogo.

The decision of the House is sequel to a motion raised by Honourable Chisom Dike calling for the urgent release of the lawmaker.

Farah Dagogo, who is also a governorship aspirant under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was arrested on the order of the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, on the 28th of April and arraigned before a Magistrate Court in Port Harcourt on the 29th April.

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The Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, expressed concern that the lawmaker is still in police custody despite the charge against him being bailable.

He, however, insisted that the house will not take a position but rely on the law to take its course.

We Need To Reform Our Campaign Finance Laws – Gbajabiamila

Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, delivering a paper on “Consolidating Nigeria’s Democracy at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House) in London on Thursday.

 

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila has said reforming the campaign finance laws and amending both the Constitution and the Electoral Act even as Nigerians prepare to vote in the 2023 general elections. 

He emphasized the need to review the campaign laws of the country, especially in the area of finances for elections.

“Clearly, we need to reform our campaign finance laws and the entire system through which we fund politics and political operations in the country. This would require amendments to both the constitution and the Electoral Act.

“To be effective, such campaign finance reform legislation will impose a financial reporting mandate on candidates and campaigns and impose severe penalties on violators,” Gbajabiamila noted at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House in London on Thursday.

The Speaker, who presented a paper on ‘Consolidating Nigeria’s Democracy: Prospects for Strengthening Nigeria’s Electoral Systems Ahead of 2023 Elections,’ also harped on the need for enlightenment in voter education and participation.

“Voter education and enlightenment campaigns can help increase the rate of voter participation, getting more people to believe that there is power in the vote and that a ballot can change the course of a nation and improve the conditions of its people.

“Enhancing citizen participation,” the Speaker said, “is also about ensuring that the nation’s diversity is reflected in the composition of its political actors. The variety of voices, perspectives, and experiences can only improve the quality of debate and enhance the quality of outcomes.”

According to him, this would help clean up the flow of money into the political process. The lawmaker, however, said “there is a real risk that this ends up making the process more expensive by creating regulatory compliance costs.

“So, as we consider this option, we will consider others too and remain open to new ideas.”

Looking back, the Speaker outlined the steps taken by the National Assembly to ensure substantial improvement to the Nigerian electoral system.

He said: “After every election cycle, the National Assembly has initiated steps to document experiences, extrapolate lessons learned and, on that basis, amend the electoral laws to plug gaps and remove bottlenecks.

“Each electoral amendment effort reflects a considered attempt to provide a more robust statutory framework for elections. From the internal party processes to the final declaration of results and even pre and post-election litigation.

“At the same time, the Independent National Electoral Commission has in the last decade shown a remarkable willingness to learn from its own mistakes, embrace new technology, engage stakeholders, and take proactive action to ensure public faith in the electioneering process.

“They, and indeed the legislature, have often been helped in our joint efforts by aid and support from our international friends who understand that Nigeria’s democracy has been hard-won and deserves to be protected by all prudent and necessary means.”

Gbajabiamila, however, outlined the efforts the parliament and indeed government had made towards ensuring the forthcoming elections are free, fair, and credible.

“In the 2022 Appropriations Bill, the legislature has made provisions to allow both the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the security agencies to make adequate plans for these contingencies,” the lawmaker explained.

“And I am aware that in addition to funding issues, efforts are already underway to prepare for the unique challenges we face as we plan to deliver free, fair, and credible elections across the country.”

While acknowledging that democracy in Nigeria is still young and fragile, Gbajabiamila said sustaining it requires dedicated efforts. The success or failure of the 2023 elections would impact the Nigerian people, the African continent, and indeed, the world, he said.

Electoral Act: Your Election Can Be Annulled, Gbajabiamila Tells Appointees Yet To Resign

 

 

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila has advised political appointees seeking elective positions to resign, saying their elections might be annulled if they refused to do so. 

He made the call on Thursday while speaking to Channels Television in London on the sidelines of a paper he delivered at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House).

According to him, Section 84(12) of the Electoral Act 2022, which stipulates that political appointees should resign before seeking political offices in the next election, should be obeyed.

“There was a reason for every law. And that particular provision had a reason behind it,” the lawmaker said. “It had mischief it sought to cure and we all know what that mischief is.”

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‘Serious Risk’

Gbajabiamila is asking political appointees to resign before seeking elective posts in the next polls.

 

While some appointees have followed the provision, he said others “remain obstinate for want of a better word and hide under the cover that there is a court decision that has nullified that provision.

“But then, there is also a court decision that said that nullification by the court should not be executed as of yet. Then, there has also been an appeal by the National Assembly to set it aside.

“So, invariably, it is a personal decision that they have to make. Therefore, the risk they run at the end of it all is if the court does find that the National Assembly was well within its rights to make such a provision that you are contesting an election while still a political appointee, then you are on a very serious risk of having your election bid annulled”.

Insecurity Threatens Nigeria’s Foundations Of Nationhood – Gbajabiamila

File Photo of Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila

 

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila has said that the current security challenges in Nigeria are a threat to the foundations of the country’s nationhood.

Gbajabiamila stated this on Wednesday while delivering a paper titled ‘Democracy in Challenging Times: The Role of African Parliaments in Safeguarding and Delivering on the Dividends of Democracy’ at the School of Oriental Studies in London.

He noted that the Nigerian Government has responded to the challenges by taking certain measures such as increasing funding for the police and the military, recruiting personnel for security agencies, among others

Speaking on the challenges facing Nigeria, Gbajabiamila said: “The most pressing of these challenges today is the national security crisis that threatens the foundations of our nationhood and portends great danger for Africa and the world if it persists.

The Speaker, however, said: “First, to address present challenges and then to build resilient institutions that can withstand uncertainty in troubled times, more than anything else, our focus must remain on the young and vibrant youth of Nigeria and Africa who have so much to offer the world and who have proven that they can thrive under challenging circumstances given half a chance.

“However we cannot do this for as long as our present national security challenges persist.

“The government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has responded to the reality of our present challenges by increasing funding provisions for the police and armed forces, accelerating recruitment and training to put more boots on the ground and also acquiring weapons systems designed to give the security agencies an advantage.

The Speaker said upon the resumption of the 9th House, “the scope of our challenges was evident, matched only by our confidence that we would do what was required to overcome those difficulties and deliver the dividends of democracy for our people.

“Now the topic of this paper speaks to ‘dividends of democracy,’ a term that has been loosely and broadly interpreted to mean different things to different people but what exactly does it mean or what is a universally aceptable definition of the phrase dividends of democracy.

“For me and the House, we understood that the best dividend of democracy is a just society, where individual rights are recognised and respected. Where citizens have the freedom to dream big dreams and the social resources and infrastructure to achieve those dreams.

According to him, such moments create opportunities “for positive change, for righting wrongs and establishing new protocols better suited to the reality of the times than whatever existed before”.

Motivated by these understandings, the Speaker added that for the first time in the history of the Nigerian legislature, the 9th House began by developing a legislative agenda to articulate in detail “our governing priorities and the specific actions we intended to meet those priorities”.

The lawmaker noted that the House was moving quickly to implement its agenda, the Covid-19 pandemic hit the world, forcing certain drastic measures, including a reworking of the Legislative Agenda.

“We proposed landmark legislation to reform our public health emergency response system and update our public vaccination protocols. We received heavy criticism for these efforts, as a spirited disinformation campaign suggested malicious intent behind our actions.

“Barely a year later, the rest of the world caught up to the problems we foresaw and sought to prevent and have gone on to enact the same vaccine mandates for which we were then roundly criticised,” he said.

“In addition to refocusing our local priorities, Covid-19 reminded us in parliament of the indispensability of international collaboration in seeking solutions to shared problems. It is an unfortunate reality that despite the similarities of our governance challenges across the continent, there often aren’t enough coordinated efforts to share ideas, jointly consider solutions and adopt best practices to address our shared problems.”

Gbajabiamila said with the support of his other colleagues across the African continent, “I convened the first Conference of Speakers of African Parliaments (CoSAP) as a platform for continental parliamentary cooperation and coordination that will allow us to try to change this dynamic.

“Already, the conference is participating in a broad partnership to renegotiate the terms of our national debts and free up much-needed resources for development whilst committing to a new regime of responsible administration of public resources.

He said the House of Representatives would this year host the inaugural in-person meeting of CoSAP to establish a framework of action to ensure the achievement of the objectives that motivated this unique partnership.

“As in most of Africa, Parliament in Nigeria is designed on the basic premise that the legislative function is entirely to make laws and perform periodic oversight to ensure that the Executive implements the laws. This is an outdated model that fails to reflect the public expectation of parliament or the value that parliament and parliamentarians can bring to governance in a differently designed system,” Gbajabiamila added.

Gbajabiamila Congratulates Adamu, Other Elected APC NWC Members

File Photo of Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila

 

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has congratulated the new National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Abdullahi Adamu, on his election at the party’s national convention on Saturday.

Gbajabiamila also congratulated other elected members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) such as the Deputy National Chairman (North), Deputy National Chairman (South), the National Secretary, the six vice-chairmen, among others.

He said that Senator Adamu’s emergence through consensus arrangement proved that the APC remained one big family where its members resolved their differences amicably.

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He tasked the new chairman and the other members of the NWC to put heads together to transform the party ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Gbajabiamila expressed optimism in the ability of the new national chairman and his NWC members to rally around APC members and other Nigerians to take the party to victory.

He said with the calibre of the people elected as APC leaders at the national level, the party was in safe hands.

The speaker wished the APC National Chairman and the NWC members a successful tenure even as he tasked them further on uniting members of the party nationwide.

Reps’ Delegation Arrives Romania, Supervises Evacuation of Nigerians From Ukraine 

The majority of Nigerians in Ukraine are students.

 

A delegation from the House of Representatives has landed Romania to begin oversight and assist in the evacuation of Nigerians from Ukraine following Russia’s invasion of the Eastern European nation.

The group is led by the House Leader, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, a statement from the Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs to the Chairman, House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Nkem Anyata-Lafia, added.

“The lawmakers, who departed the country yesterday after very close monitoring of the degenerating situation in the last few days through which they maintained close contacts with officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Nigerian Missions in Ukraine, Bucharest, Budapest, Warsaw, and other regional neighbouring countries to Ukraine, as well as the fleeing Nigerian nationals, were received on arrival by officials of the Nigerian Missions in the area,” the statement said.

“The delegation was subsequently led to meet with Nigerian evacuees who were already at the airport awaiting the first flight that would leave for Nigeria.”

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Many foreigners have complained of racism amid the scramble to evacuate civilians.

 

During their interaction with the Nigerians, who are mostly students, the delegation conveyed the House’s goodwill and expressed confidence that the conflict will end soon.

Their arrival followed a resolution by the House during plenary last week with the Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila mandating Ado-Doguwa and the Chairman, House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Yusuf Buba Yakub, to visit Ukraine and ensure Nigerians who want to return home are supported.

Already, more than 2, 000 Nigerians have been received by Nigerian missions in countries like Slovakia, Romania, Poland, and Hungary. The first batch of evacuees is expected to land the country later in the day.

Officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs put the number of Nigerians in Ukraine at about five thousand six hundred.

Probe Of Nigerian Correctional Service Has Nothing With Tinubu, Says Gbajabiamila

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, presides over plenary at the lower chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

 

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila has insisted that the resolution to investigate the state of Nigerian prisons under the Minister of Interior Rauf Aregbesola has nothing to do with the leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bola Tinubu.

He was reacting to a matter of privilege raised by a representative Onofiok Luke who was furious with reports suggesting that the House’s resolution to investigate the state of the Nigerian Correctional Service was a political move by the Speaker against the interior minister.

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The House had on Wednesday mandated its Committee on Reformation Services to investigate the state of the Nigerian Correctional Service.

The development followed a motion of urgent national importance by the minority leader, Ndudi Elumelu, which is contrary to some media reports that suggested the motion to investigate the funds allocated to Nigerian prisons was motivated by the rift between the former governor of Lagos and the interior minister.

A lawmaker of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) Rep. Onofiok Luke, came under point of privilege to express displeasure and disbelief over the action of a section of the media.

Luke insisted that the motion had nothing to do with Gbajabiamila as a person but a normal parliamentary decision seeking to investigate how funds budgeted for federal government agencies were utilised.

“It was not the decision of Mr Speaker, but the decision of the entire House.

“This morning, there was a distortion of the resolution in a section of the media.

“This was a motion sponsored by the Minority Leader of the House to investigate the sordid state of Nigeria Correctional Service, despite the N165bn budgeted for its operations in the last two years”, he added.

Luke also noted that it was instructive that it was the opposition that moved the motion and not the majority caucus of the APC, which served the interest of both the speaker and the minister.

He went on to reel out several other resolutions previously passed by the House for the primary purpose of making institutions perform better, as against fighting the individuals heading them.

Commenting on the issue, the Leader of the House, Rep. Alhassan Ado-Doguwa, commended Luke for raising the point of privilege and helping to put the decision of the House in its exact perspective.

He urged members not to be cowed or pressurised to lose focus in performing their legislative duty of oversight.

Gbajabiamila, who presided over Thursday’s plenary as Luke raised his point of privilege, said he was as surprised as Duke when the misrepresentation caught his attention.

The speaker noted, “It’s unfortunate that this was misrepresented to mean a political fight initiated by the speaker against the minister of interior.

“We all read the unfortunate slant that was given to the well-thought-out motion by the minority leader.

“It’s the privilege of the entire House that was breached; it is aimed at distracting us.

“These are things that we ordinarily should ignore. More of it will still come, especially as we move toward the 2023 elections.”

Gbajabiamila added that he took consolidation in the fact that Nigerians were wiser now and could separate the truth from the inuendo dished out to the public by some media outlets.

 

COVID-19 Has Exposed Nigeria’s Health Institutions, Says Gbajabiamila

File Photo of Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila

 

The speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has said that COVID-19 has exposed Nigeria’s health institutions, which necessitated some interventions from the House.

He said that the National Assembly will continue to provide funds to strengthen the Nigerian health sector.

Speaking during the closing ceremony of a 3-day training for health workers in Plateau State held in Jos on Monday, the speaker said the Nigerian health sector needs a lot in terms of infrastructure and others.

According to him, since the inception of the 9th House, there have been a lot of unprecedented interventions in the health sector, including addressing issues related to strike action by health workers.

He said: “We’re all aware that in Nigeria, we have health problems: problem with our infrastructure, a problem with our health personnel and so many other things.

“But in the last couple of years, the covid pandemic exposed the underbelly of our health institutions.

“It was that covid experience, I believe, that triggered a lot of interventions that the House of Representatives and my office have made in the health sector.

“We have our Legislative agenda in the House of Representatives and health reform is a cardinal part of our Legislative Agenda. We have been doing all we can in terms of budgeting and other things. It was because of the deficit that we faced that we approved a lot of money to go into the health sector.

“It may not be enough, but we’re going to continue. We’re trying to tighten some of our laws. I make bold to say that we’ve been very supportive of the health workers.

“Never before has the House of Representatives involved itself with the health sector in Nigeria, including trying to resolve health issues and getting involved in the strike action between health workers and the government. There are a lot of those interventions.

“Health workers are very important. There’s no telling how many lives will be lost by just one health worker embarking on strike not to talk about a whole association. That’s why during our time in the 9th House, any time we sense the possibility of health workers downing their tools, we act quickly. I’ve been to your headquarters in Abuja to talk to your members, and I’m glad that they’ve been very cooperative.”

Accompanied by his wife, Mrs Salamatu Gbajabiamila, the speaker enjoined the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) to join forces with the National Assembly and tighten health laws to enable some health workers to sit up.

In a remark at the event, the Governor of Plateau State, Barr. Simon Bako Lalong, who was represented by his deputy, Prof. Sonni Gwanle Tyoden, said the training had been very engaging, revealing and educative for the participants.

While commending the speaker for setting the pace for strengthening healthcare workers, the governor said the training would help eliminate negligence and promote good medical practices.

“This will help in improving the health indices in the state and the country as a whole,” he said.

In a goodwill message, the Speaker of the Plateau State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Yakson Sanda, thanked the speaker for organizing the training in Plateau State.

“We want to sincerely appreciate you for the good work you’ve been doing. We the people of Plateau appreciate you. We pray that God will continue to protect and bless you.”

Also, the president-elect of the World Medical Association, Dr. Osahon Enabulele, said medical practioners have been clamouring for the political will to advance healthcare and thanked the speaker for his intervention.

“We are calling on others to emulate this kind of brilliant example. It’s through such things that we can advance health issues. It shows that Mr. Speaker understands the nexus between good health and ethical conducts.”

On his part, the president of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Prof. Innocent Ujah, noted the speaker’s “noble and innovative approach to health issues.”

He called on the speaker to ensure the continuation of such interventions, noting that medical ethics is an important part of medical practice.

Gbajabiamila, NBA Strengthen Collaboration With MoU On Law Reform

Gbajabiamila and the NBA leader during the event. Photo: Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila

 

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has underscored the importance of collaboration between public institutions and the private sector.

Gbajabiamila said partnerships between the public and private institutions are bound to promote good governance and sustainable development. The speaker Gbajabiamila said this on Monday during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) on law reform.

The leadership of the NBA was led by its National President, Olumide Akpata.

According to Gbajabiamila, the collaboration between the two bodies since the inception of the 9th House has witnessed positive results in the passage of some critical laws in the country.

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He said: “This is basically the formalization of something that’s already working. The signing of the MoU may seem symbolic, but I see it beyond that. I see it as a way of deepening our democracy and developing the country, which we all so passionately love.

“Contrary to what a lot of people think, I always believe that governance is about collaboration; it’s about everybody. It’s not about politicians alone, it’s about everybody, so we’ve got to maximize our efforts and potential to bold, bigger, and better things for this country.

“For me, this is a critical collaboration between two very important sectors. This is a public-private partnership between the legislature and the NBA.

“I’m glad that law reform is a core mandate of the NBA, and for us too, law reform is part of our core mandate. When we repeal laws and amend laws, we are reforming laws. It’s gratifying to know that we actually have a shared mandate, but what we do with that shared mandate is what will determine how far we can take this.”

Photo: Facebook/Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila

 

The speaker commended the leadership of the association and what it has been doing for the profession while emphasizing the commitment, speed, and diligence with which it worked and collaborated with the house on police and electoral law reforms, among others.

“I don’t think there’s been a time that the legislature and NBA have worked so seamlessly together towards making Nigeria a better place,” he noted.

Earlier, the NBA President, Akpata, appreciated the speaker and the House for being most accommodating with regards to collaboration and the potential of making progress together.

He said the pursuit of law reforms is at the heart of the association’s mandate and noted that the NBA is desirous of working with the legislature to bring to bear legislation for good governance.

Akpata stated that law associations are part of the legislative process in some countries, restating that the signing of the MoU was to remedy the past situation where the NBA seemed not to be keen on working with the legislature.

He recalled the signing into law of the Police Service Commission law due to the collaboration between the House and NBA following the 2020 #Endsars protests, saying it showed what collaboration of this nature can achieve.

He informed and solicited the speaker’s assistance about the Legal Practitioners’ Bill that is before the two chambers of the National Assembly.

He also commended the speaker and the House for the office space given to the NBA within the National Assembly complex.

The Special Adviser to the Speaker on Policy and Strategy, Dubem Moghalu, had earlier explained that the MoU was to formalize the ongoing operation between the Office of the Speaker and the NBA particularly on the issue of law reforms.

We Will Continue To Invest In Road Transport Infrastructure – Gbajabiamila

File Photo of Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila

 

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has assured that the Green Chamber will continue to help the transport industry to thrive and invest in its infrastructure. 

He stated this on Thursday during the Commissioning the national headquarters of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) in Abuja, where he noted the critical role played by the transport industry in the country.

“Government is not unaware of these realities. We will continue to do what we can to help your industry thrive,” he added.

“We will also continue investing significantly in road transport infrastructure, which will expand your routes and ensure that you can cover more ground quickly, safely, and at substantially less cost.”

He said the men and women who make up RTEAN play an essential role in facilitating trade and commerce in the country,

“Every day, you move millions of people and transport cargo worth billions across the towns, cities, and states of our federation.

“In this manner, you contribute immensely to the operation of the Nigerian economy,” the lawmaker said.

Gbajabiamila noted that he accepted to commission the RTEAN national headquarters to acknowledge the vital role of the association and assure them that their value to Nigeria’s economy and the country as a whole is recognised by governments at all levels.

The lawmaker stated that he looked forward to supporting RTEAN and working with them to achieve national development goals.

“As you are all aware, the world is still amid a global pandemic that has significantly upset the balance of our world. Here in Nigeria, we are still grappling with the effects of this pandemic on our economy,” Gbajabiamila noted.

“The road transport sector, like other sectors, has not been spared from the consequences of the economic contraction.

“At the same time, you are grappling with regulatory, technological, and policy changes that have adversely impacted your businesses and your business model”.

Gbajabiamila encouraged the RTEAN members to understand that they are operating at a time of rapid social and economic change due to technological advancement, changing public tastes, and policy and regulatory responses to both.

“You cannot standstill. You must be ready to adapt to new realities, modify your practices, and make sure that you thrive in whatever circumstances,” the Lagos lawmaker explained.

“This new RTEAN House stands today as a tribute to your ability as a union to mobilise people and resources to serve noble objectives. It is only through unity and dedication of purpose that you will achieve the best objectives for the men and women who make up your union. Therefore, I encourage you to continue in this regard.”

Gbajabiamila Greets President Buhari At 79

File photo: President Muhammadu Buhari and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, meet at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on April 26, 2021.

 

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has rejoiced with President Muhammadu Buhari on his 79th birthday.

Gbajabiamila said the Nigerian leader has done great things for the country since he came to power in 2015, noting that such a man should be celebrated by all well-meaning Nigerians on his birthday.

According to a statement by his spokesman, Lanre Lasisi, the Speaker lauded President Buhari for putting Nigeria first before any other consideration.

He said at 79, President Buhari has achieved a lot both as an individual and as a leader with uncommon character and integrity.

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Gbajabiamila said he believed the president would do a lot more for the country in the remaining period of his administration.

He noted with delight how the president keeps faith with the manifesto of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“Mr President, Nigeria and Nigerians are proud of you. The way you have been steering the ship of the Nigerian state has been commendable.

“I, therefore, join millions of our compatriots to wish you a happy birthday and more years in good health,” the Speaker said.