Ghana To Rebuild Demolished Embassy Building, Cede Documents – Gbajabiamila

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, speaks during a meeting in Abuja on February 5, 2020.

 

The government of Ghana will rebuild the demolished building belonging to the Nigerian embassy in Accra, Ghana, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has said.

According to Gbajabiamila, the Ghanaian government has also promised to cede the property as well as all documents relating to it to the Nigerian embassy.

Gbajabiamila disclosed this on his official social media pages on Friday where he revealed that the promise was secured through a telephone discussion he had with the Speaker of the Ghanaian Parliament, Rt. Hon. Aaron Mike Oquaye, on Thursday.

The Ghanaian Speaker had assured Speaker Gbajabiamila that the parliament will work with their Executive to ensure the matter is resolved diplomatically.

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In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, the Speaker, who expressed sadness at the demolition of the embassy structure had promised to take the issue up with his Ghanaian counterpart.

His words on his Twitter page read, “Yesterday (Thursday) I had a good and constructive discussion with His Excellency Rt. Hon. Aaron Mike Oquaye, Speaker of the Ghanaian Parliament. He reassured me of the respect and regard the people of Ghana have for Nigeria.

“He stated the Ghanaian government is taking the demolishment with all seriousness and has taken the following actions: 1) Perpetrators have been arrested and investigation is ongoing; 2) the Property will be ceded and all documents handed over to Nigeria under the Compulsory Acquisition Act of Ghana; 3) the destroyed High Commission quarters will be rebuilt by the government of Ghana”.

According to Gbajabiamila, his Ghanaian counterpart stated firmly that “Ghana will not allow anyone to peril the deep and long relationship between our two countries. Together, we will find sustainable ways to rebuild good relations btw our countries and unite our people in our collective interest as Africans”.

Recall that the Speaker had promised to take the issue up with the Speaker of the Ghanaian parliament while meeting with the Minister of Foreign of Affairs on Tuesday, June 24 at the National Assembly where he declared that the demolition of some part of the nation’s Embassy in Accra was an affront and insult on the sovereignty of the Nigerian nation.

Gbajabiamila expressed sadness at the demolition saying, “I think we should make it clear to the authorities in Ghana that Nigeria is not going to sit down and fold its arms.”

He made it clear at the meeting that Nigeria cannot continue to fold its hands while its citizens and assets in other countries are being attacked by citizens of their host country, while Nigeria looks the other way, playing the big brother.

“Attacks on Nigerians in other countries, especially in other African countries has become a recurring decimal in the nation’s foreign policy engagements, adding that many countries within Africa have taken the liberty of hurting Nigerians, while Nigeria looks the other way in the name of brotherhood.

“We all have a responsibility to make sure that we uphold the honour and integrity of the country that we serve. The Minister has explained what happened and what they have done or doing. But I think we should look at it from the premise that it was the Nigerian State that was attacked, not just a building.

“In terms of visibility and otherwise of the property, I want to say that it is trite to understand that all countries exist through their Embassies in other countries. So for that reason, Nigeria was attacked by Ghana because if anything happens in Ghana, it’s the Nigerian Embassy that Nigerians will run to and get protection due to the diplomatic immunity that it should enjoy”

Gbajabiamila Urges Resident Doctors To Reconsider Strike Action

 

 

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has expressed surprise over the news that members of the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) are embarking on a nationwide strike today despite committed efforts to meet their demands.

Gbajabiamila had last Tuesday personally held a meeting of about three hours with the leadership of the resident doctors and the executive arm led by the two ministers manning the Federal Ministry of Health where their demands were addressed to the satisfaction of all.

He had said at the meeting that the leadership of the House would not fold its arms while resident doctors embark on strike at this time of COVID-19 pandemic.

The meeting was held sequel to a strike notice issued by NARD, demanding that issues such as the outstanding payments of hazard allowance, arbitrary disengagement of 23 doctors at the University of Jos Teaching Hospital, non-provision of life insurance despite the death of some doctors from COVID-19, non-provision of personal protective equipment (PPEs), reduction of doctors’ salary by the Kaduna State Government, doctors’ residency training, among others, must be addressed.

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In his intervention, the Speaker promised that the House would ensure that the hazard allowance was included in the revised 2020 Budget and this was done.

In keeping to his promise on residency funding, the Speaker raised the matter during consideration of the budget on Wednesday, and the sum of N4 billion was approved by the House from the Service Wide Votes for the commencement of funding of residency programme as provided for by the Medical Residency Training Act.

The Senate concurred with that position on Thursday when it passed its version of the budget.

The issue of a template for implementation was also raised by the doctors, and the Speaker directed that an emergency meeting with the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission be held on Monday, June 15.

At the meeting, which held at the National Assembly, the Commission promised to produce the template in the next 48 hours. The leadership of NARD was also at the meeting.

At last week’s meeting, Gbajabiamila also hinted that if need be, the House would come up with a law that would not only back the payment of hazard allowance but would also define the same for clarity.

With all the positive steps taken in a bid to fulfill all promises, the Speaker had appealed to NARD to tarry a while as the government works assiduously to meet their entitlements since the revised 2020 budget was passed only last week and all processes for presidential assent and implementation are yet to kick-off in all Ministries, Departments, and Agencies including Health.

He also assured that the resident doctors’ training would be captured in the 2021 budget whether or not it is included by the Executive in the ministry’s budget.

On the issue of PPEs, it was revealed at the meeting that all Federal Government medical facilities were provided with that, while the sack of 23 doctors was also resolved.

However, Gbajabiamila said he could not believe that despite the steps taken by the National Assembly to intervene in the matter, the resident doctors could still embark on the strike.

Consequently, the Speaker appealed to them to call off the strike while all the resolutions reached at last week’s meeting are implemented one after the other.

He also called on them to consider the plight of average Nigerians as they consider shifting their position.

Democracy Day: Pray For Nigeria To Overcome Its Myriads Of Security Challenges – Gbajabiamila

A file photo of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.

 

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has congratulated Nigerians for marking this year’s Democracy Day.

The Speaker said since 1999, Nigeria has come a long way in democratic practice, noting that the country’s system is growing by the day.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, the Speaker said he believes Nigeria has learnt a lot in the last 21 years of uninterrupted democracy.

Gbajabiamila used the occasion to call on Nigerians to remain united in the face of daunting challenges facing the country.

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He also called for fervent prayers for the country to overcome the myriad of security challenges in parts of Nigeria.

He said Nigerian leaders and the citizens must work toward sustaining the country’s democracy as it is the system that protects the interest of all.

Gbajabiamila expressed satisfaction that June 12 has now become Nigeria’s Democracy Day, courtesy of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led government.

He paid glowing tributes to the heroes of Nigeria’s democracy, saying their efforts must be improved upon.

Gbajabiamila Inaugurates Committee On Power Sector Reforms

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila

 

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila has inaugurated an Ad-hoc Committee on Power Sector Reforms.

The committee will be charged with the responsibility of undertaking a holistic review of the power sector in Nigeria and recommending appropriate legislative action to the House.

Gbajabiamila during the inauguration on Tuesday explained that setting up the ad-hoc committee became necessary because of the resolve of the House to ensure a comprehensive review of all legislation relating to the power sector.

He noted that he was personally concerned about the myriad of challenges in the power sector, saying the issue of the estimated billing system “remains a no, no,” and that whatever needed to be done to address the issue must be carried out.

“Our nation has long struggled with the problem of fixing the power sector in Nigeria and getting it to work in the optimal interest of all our people. We have not succeeded, despite the best efforts of many.

“The consequences of that failure are evident in the many industries that have collapsed across the country. It is also apparent in the abysmally low productivity of existing industries due to the enormous cost of generating their power independently.

“The power sector is so integral to our national economic growth, to national security and even to social development, that we cannot ever stop trying to get it right. It is for this reason that the House of Representatives on the 12th of May, 2020 resolved to set up this AdHoc Committee to undertake a holistic review of the power sector in Nigeria and to recommend legislative action to the House of Representatives,” he said.

Gbajabiamila directed the ad-hoc committee, chaired by House Leader, Rep. Alhassan Ado Doguwa, to take steps and ensure that the House fulfills its commitment of a comprehensive review of all legislation in the power sector.

“The importance this AdHoc Committee’s assignment is perhaps best reflected in the choice of Hon. Ado Doguwa, the Majority Leader of the House as its chairman.

“It would not be an easy task. Nation-building rarely is. But it will be a worthwhile effort when at the end of it, we can initiate and complete necessary legislative reforms to remove the regulatory and bureaucratic bottlenecks that continue to mitigate against optimum performance in the sector.”

He expressed confidence in the ability of the committee leadership and the members to deliver on the critical assignment the House has given them.

“I assure you of my support and that of the House of Representatives. Still, I must ask you to keep three things in mind. First, the complexity of the issues in the power sector is such that your success will depend a great deal on your ability to engage productively with experts and stakeholders across the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI).

“Secondly, be sure to resist any and all attempts to compromise your work or unduly influence the recommendations you make to the House. Finally, remember that success in this assignment may very well be the defining factor of both your legacies as well as the legacy of the 9th House of Representatives.

“Estimated billing remains a no, no for me and members of the House. However we need to do it, we have to do it,” he said.

Earlier, the chairman of the ad-hoc committee, Doguwa, thanked the Speaker for finding him and other members of the panel worthy of carrying out such an important national assignment.

He noted that despite huge investments made in the power sector over the years, Nigerians hardly feel the impact, but that they would do their best to unravel the situation.

According to him, the committee would serve with their strength and sense of commitment, responsibility, and patriotism, and will not leave any stone unturned to write the wrongs in the power sector.

Delivering votes of thanks, the chairman of the House Committee on Power, Rep. Magaji Da’u Aliyu, who is a member of the ad-hoc panel, thanked the Speaker for giving them the opportunity to look into the complex issue in the power sector and assured that all hands would be on deck in discharging the assignment.

Reps Will Continue To Engage NLC For Improved Workers’ Welfare – Gbajabiamila

A file photo of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.

 

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has given an assurance that the House will continue to engage the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to improve the welfare of Nigerian workers.

The Speaker, who commended Nigerian workers for their sacrifices over the years, said the 9th Assembly would not hesitate to promote good ideals that would strengthen their working environment.

Gbajabiamila said he was deeply concerned by the issue of strikes that come up from time to time, which he said would not augur well for the country’s economy.

Speaking at a meeting with the national leadership of NLC led by its president, Mr Ayuba Waba, the Speaker encouraged Nigerian workers to support the government and do what is right at all times.

According to him, since the inauguration of the 9th House on June 11, 2019, the leadership of the House has intervened in several looming strikes in the health, education and power sector but urged the workers to always exercise some high level of patience.

“We’ll continue to strive towards a convenient environment for workers to avoid strikes and we’ll continue to work for the people.

“We’ll also encourage workers to do what’s right. For example, the issue of IPPIS shouldn’t have come up. When such issues come up, we won’t hesitate to be objective enough,” he said.

“In the 9th House, we adopted the mantra of Nation-Building: A Joint Task. This isn’t about any party, men or women, Islam or Christianity. But it’s about Nigeria and Nigerians. So, we’ll work with you. When it comes to national issues, we should all keep our affiliations aside.”

Gbajabiamila said the House considers the issue of casualisation of workers raised by the NLC president as a very serious matter, and that the House would also ensure the amendment of the labour law to accommodate certain concerns.

“The issue of workers’ right to belong to unions can’t be contested. The constitution guarantees such. On the social dialogue, we’re open to it. Try and bring the amendment. When you bring it, we’ll look at it thoroughly,” the Speaker added.

On the issue of climate change also raised by Waba, Gbajabiamila said: “We believe in it. I’m glad you believe in it. Whatever we need to do, we must do it to avert something that affects everybody all over the world. It’s an essential threat.

“You discussed the economy, that’s probably the most important thing in the front burner. We’re already looking at post COVID- 19.

“This government should be and must be given the credit that they’re walking the talk in terms of diversifying the economy, particularly in agriculture.”

On the concern raised in the area of power, the Speaker said the country must vigorously pursue solutions, noting that the House has for a while concluded work on a bill to criminalise estimated billing and has been forwarded to the Senate for concurrence.

Gbajabiamila also said that the solutions to the challenges faced in the oil and gas industry are the passage of the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB) and the fixing of Nigeria’s refineries.

Responding to the issue of fuel subsidy, the Speaker said the Appropriation Act should be the reference point, adding that “If there’s no such provision, and something is spent, it’s the responsibility of the National Assembly to look into that. I believe the committees of the National Assembly are doing a good job.”

To address the concerns expressed by Waba on ensuring transparency in spending COVID-19 funds, Gbajabiamila said the House had already constituted a panel headed by Rep. Haruna Mshelia.

He also said Nigeria needs to have a credible database to be able to make certain decisions and make good plans.

He commended the support of the House for the President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), Dr Akinwumi Adesina, in the face of ongoing adversaries against him, saying a resolution was passed on Tuesday in that regard.

Earlier, Waba said they were at the Speaker’s Office as part of NLC’s efforts to continue with their engagements with the National Assembly.

He said it has been part of their tradition to meet with leaders of the National Assembly from time to time, noting that: “It’s heartwarming that under your leadership the House has passed some pro-people legislation. I particularly remember the anti-casualisation bill and the issue of the minimum wage.

“‎I want to assure you that labour will be a partner in progress with the House as it has been from time immemorial. We will continue to commend the synergy between the National Assembly and the Executive on the current fight against COVID-19.

“It is also worthy of commendation that the House had to suspend its break to attend to the national emergency of COVID-19,” he explained.

While commending the Speaker for intervening in the planned strike actions by some bodies of the union, Waba said such leadership of purpose is what is needed.

He raised issues such as casualisation of workers, amendment of the labour law, rights of workers to belong to different unions, climate change, diversification of the economy, challenges in the oil and gas sector, credible data for the country, spending the COVID-19 fund, the politics in AfDB, among others, which the Speaker addressed.

Gbajabiamila Mourns Former Lagos Lawmaker, Senator Munir Muse

Senator Munir Muse

 

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has mourned former Lagos lawmaker, Senator Munir Muse, describing his death as sad and painful.

Muse represented Lagos Central Senatorial District in the House of Assembly from 2007 to 2011.

Gbajabiamila in a statement signed on Tuesday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, said Senator Muse would be missed by all Lagosians, especially those from his immediate senatorial district.

“On this day, I join millions of Lagosians to mourn a very distinguished man, who served his people with uttermost dedication and commitment. He was a perfect gentleman and silent achiever.

“As a politician myself, I learnt from his wealth of experience. I remember our public engagement at Eko Club, Surulere in 2018 where he encouraged me not to renege on the pursuit for the speakership seat in the interest of the country, A lot of people may have hoped to continue learning from him, but God Almighty has taken him away.

“I won’t forget in a hurry Senator Munir Muse’s towering achievements as council Chairman of Apapa Local Government, which earned him special recognition in Lagos State, hence his elevation by the people of Lagos Central to the position of Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” Gbajabiamila said.

He added that as a mark of honour, his successor, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, has been organising a football tournament annually in his honour.

“Though he is no more today, we find solace in the fact that he lived a life worthy of emulation,” Gbajabiamila said.

Senator Muse died on Tuesday in Lagos, at the age of 81.

Buhari, Gbajabiamila Condole With Media Industry, Mourn New Telegraph Editor

 

President Muhammadu Buhari and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, have commiserated with the media industry, particularly Nigeria Union of Journalists and Nigeria Guild of Editors, over the passing of Mr Waheed Bakare the Saturday Editor of New Telegraph. 

In different statements on Monday, the President and the Speaker condoled with the late journalist’s family.

President Buhari according to a brief communique signed by his special aide, Mr Femi Adesina, sent his condolences to the family of the deceased, and management of New Telegraph Newspapers, describing the editor’s death as a collective loss to the media and the nation that he served passionately with his talent.

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The President prayed that God will receive the soul of the departed, and comfort all that mourn him.

In a similar vein, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila described the passing away of the Editor as a sad loss.

Gbajabiamila also commiserated with the late Journalist’s family, the entire management and staff of the New Telegraph Newspaper over the loss, he also condoled with the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), stressing that Nigerian journalism has lost one of its dedicated members, whom he described as a diligent and hardworking individual.

According to his statement as sent out by his special aide, Mr Lanre Lasisi, the Speaker prayed that the Almighty Allah will grant the soul of Waheed Bakare a good resting place.

Mr Bakare is said to have died on Sunday after a brief illness, his remains have since been buried according to Islamic rites.

There are many who took to social media to mourn the loss, including former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and immediate past Senate President Bukola Saraki.

Below are their tweets.

Gbajabiamila Intervenes In Planned JOHESU Strike

A file photo of Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.
A file photo of Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.

 

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has intervened in the planned strike action by the Joint Health Sector Union and the Assembly of Healthcare Professionals (JOHESU), FCT chapter, over issues of irregularities in salary payment, among others.

The Speaker, at a meeting with the officials of the union at the National Assembly, Abuja on Monday, pleaded with the health workers to extend the ultimatum they gave the FCT Administration on the matter.

The JOHESU leadership had on May 7, given the government up to May 28 to address the issues of irregularities in salary payment since January, non-payment of arrears of promotion from 2016, 2017 and 2018, delay in the release of conversion and proper placement of some of the workers, among others.

But Gbajabiamila, while pleading with the FCT health workers to tarry a while on the issue, promised them that the House would deliberate on the matter at plenary on Tuesday, May 19, 2020, and come up with a strong resolution.

Gbajabiamila also hinted that the House would meet with officials from the FCTA, the Federal Ministry of Finance, the Budget Office and IPPIS officials to ensure that all issues are resolved with immediate effect.

Speaking at the meeting, the chairman of JOHESU, FCT chapter, Deborah Yusufu, while commending the Speaker for his intervention and for being physically present on two occasions to meet with them as well as directing the House Committee on Healthcare Services to continue meeting them, said she will take the speaker’s position back to her union.

She also commended the Speaker and the House for recognising health workers and their sacrifices in the fight against COVID-19 by way of standing ovation during plenary last week.

The meeting was attended by the Deputy Majority Leader, Rep Peter Akpatation; Deputy Chief Whip, Rep Nkeiruka Onyejeocha; Minority Leader, Rep Ndudi Elumelu; Chairman House Committee on Healthcare Services, Rep Tanko Sununu, while other JOHESU officials present were Shanabo Abubakar, Simon Audu, Kamaldeen Ibrahim, TIjjani Mufutau and Jama Medan.

Infectious Disease Bill Is Superfluous, Unconstitutional – Falana

Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Femi Falana, says there is no need for the Infectious Diseases Bill

The proposed Infectious Diseases Bill co-sponsored by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, and two of his colleagues has been described as superfluous, illegal and unconstitutional.

Human rights lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Mr Femi Falana, told Channels Television on Wednesday that the efforts to replace the Quarantine Act was a waste of time as the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and Prevention Act of 2018 has taken care of what the lawmakers are trying to achieve.

Mr Falana, who spoke about the controversial bill during an appearance, via Skype, on Politics Today, said, “It is pertinent to inform Nigerians that in November 2018, a law was enacted in this country – the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control Act, NCDC Act, which has taken care of infectious diseases in the country.

“So, it is not correct, in fact, it is misleading on the part of the House of Representatives to say that it is amending the 1926 Quarantine Act because there is already a development between 1926 and now. You had the 2018 Act which has taken care of the entire provisions of the new bill.

“The new bill, as far as the law is concerned, is superfluous. Its provisions are largely illegal and unconstitutional.”

A close look at some sections of the said Act shows that the legislation empowers the NCDC to prevent, detect, monitor and control of national and international public health importance.

The law also empowers the NCDC to develop and coordinate capabilities, measures and activities to control outbreaks and mitigate the health impact of public health disasters.

 

As Nigeria battles the raging COVID-19 pandemic, several measures have been implemented to halt the spread of the virus which has infected 2,950 people in the country and claimed 98 lives.

The introduction of the infectious disease bill has, however, proved controversial with many calling for it to be dumped.

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On Tuesday, in reaction to the controversy surrounding the bill, Mr Gbajabiamila defended it, saying it was conceived in public interest.

Gbajabiamila while addressing his colleagues at the resumption of plenary noted that since the introduction of the Bill a week ago, it drew a barrage of criticisms against it, with allegations of sinister motives.

“None of these allegations are true. Unfortunately, we now live in a time when conspiracy theories have gained such currency that genuine endeavours in the public interest can quickly become mischaracterised and misconstrued to raise the spectre of sinister intent and ominous possibility,” he said.

“This House of Representatives will never take any action that purposes to bring harm to any Nigerian here at home or abroad. As we have thus far shown by our conduct, the resolutions and actions we take in this 9th House of Representatives will always be in the best interests of the Nigerian people who elected us, and no one else.

“In the recent uproar, certain fundamental truths have been lost and are worth remembering. Our current framework for the prevention and management of infectious diseases is obsolete and no longer fit for purpose.

“The current law severely constrains the ability of the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) to take proactive action to prevent the entry into Nigeria of infectious diseases and the management of public health emergencies when they occur,” he said.

Workers’ Day: Gbajabiamila Salutes Nigerian Workers, Tasks Them On Productivity

 

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila has congratulated Nigerian workers in commemoration of this year’s International Workers’ Day.

Gbajabiamila said although the day is being marked quietly across the globe as a result of the lockdown necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic, there is much to remember about the sacrifices made by Nigerian workers.

The Speaker, in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, commended Nigerian workers for their commitment and dedication to work over the years, which he said has shaped the country tremendously.

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“I want to salute the courage of Nigerian workers, who have over the years given their best to their work. Indeed Nigeria and Nigerians are proud of you.

“I urge the Nigerian workers to redouble their efforts at this time of our national development. They must continue to put in their best in the work that they do for the betterment of the country,” Gbajabiamila said

The Speaker, then, called on Nigerian workers to be more productive now and always, saying what was achieved before now must be sustained and improved upon.

Nigeria Will Miss Akinjide’s Sharp Legal Mind – Lawan, Gbajabiamila Mourn Ex-AGF

 

Senate President, Ahmad Lawan and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila have mourned the former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Richard Akinjide.

Akinjide died in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital in the early hours of Tuesday after a brief illness at the age of 89.

In a statement by his spokesman, Ola Awoniyi, the Senate President condoled with the government and people of Oyo over his demise.

Senator Lawan noted that the former Justice Minister will be greatly missed by Nigeria following the sharp legal mind he exhibited.

“Nigeria will miss Chief Akinjide’s sharp legal mind, broad knowledge and wisdom gathered over several decades of discipline and hard work,” he said.

According to him, Akinjide lived a fulfilled life and carved a niche for himself as a walking encyclopedia of the law profession having made his mark on the sand of time before his exit.

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To Lawan, the erudite lawyer made great contributions to the legal profession as well as to the political and constitutional development of Nigeria.

While recalling his contributions as Minister of Education under the late Prime Minister Tafawa Balewa in the First Republic and as Minister of Justice under late President Shehu Shagari in the Second Republic, the Senate President explained Akinjide was a leading light of the Constitution Drafting Committee of 1975-1977.

Similarly, the House Speaker in a statement issued by his spokesman, Lanre Lasisi, eulogised the legal luminary describing his demise as a painful loss.

Gbajabiamila said Akinjide lived an exemplary life worthy of emulation, especially by the upcoming generation of lawyers in the country.

The Speaker believes that the late Justice Minister was instrumental to the temporary reversal of the execution of armed robbers as well as the abolition of a decree banning those on exile from returning to the country.

“Chief Richard Akinjide (SAN) was an embodiment of diligence and dedication to nationhood. He did not only live an exemplary life, but he also ensured that he used his knowledge and experience for the betterment of Nigeria.

“I recall the laudable ideas he brought during his tenure as the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister for Justice. That he became one of the reference points in the Nigerian legal profession was not a fluke, but by dint of hard work,” Gbajabiamila said.

Stressing further, he prayed that God will give the deceased family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss, asking for the eternal repose of his soul.

Lawan Condoles With Gbajabiamila Over Death Of Mother-In-Law

A file photo of the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, during plenary at the upper chamber of the National Assembly in Abuja.

 

The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, has condoled with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila over the death of his mother-in-law, Mildred Bisalla.

In a statement issued on Monday by his Special Adviser (Media), Ola Awoniyi, the Senate President commiserated with Gbajabiamila’s wife, family, and friends and mourned with them over the loss.

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He also condoled with the Government and people of Plateau state and the Anglican community where Bisalla served, as a devout Christian, in various capacities.

Lawan noted that Bisalla who was a trained nurse and the founder of the Plateau Nigerian Horticultural Society lived a fulfilled life as a community leader, and was a pillar to both her family and community.

While praying for the repose of the soul of the deceased, Lawan asked God to grant fortitude to those she left behind to bear the loss.