Lawan Meets With Officials Over Insecurity In FCT

 

 

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Tuesday, held a crucial security meeting with top officials who are directly charged with the security of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The meeting, which held at the Senate President’s office, was also attended by key officers of the Senate.

“We are very concerned, like all of you are, about the level of security challenges in the FCT,” Lawan said in his opening remarks before the meeting went into a closed-door session.

The Senate President said the meeting was to address the current security challenges in the FCT and chart the way forward.

Lawan said the meeting was a follow-up to an earlier meeting held last week, adding that the idea was to engage those who are directly dealing with the security issues within the FCT.

In attendance at the meeting were the National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno; FCT Minister, Mohammed Bello, and Director General of Department of State Service, Yusuf Magaji Bichi.

Others are the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Peter Ogunyanwo, who represented the Inspector General of Police; FCT Commissioner of Police, Bala Ciroma and Permanent Secretary in the FCT Administration, Chinyeaka Ohaa.

The senators in attendance include: Senate Leader, Senator Yahaya Abdullahi; Deputy Senate Leader, Senator Robert Boroffice; Chief Whip, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu; Deputy Chief Whip, Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi; Deputy Minority Leader, Senator Emmanuel Bwacha, and Minority Whip, Senator Philip Aduda.

Others are: the Chairman of Senate Committee on National Security and Intelligence, Senator Abdullahi Gobir; Chairman, Senate Committee on FCT, Senator Abubakar Kyari; Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, Senator Haliru Jika; Chairman, Senate Committee on Airforce, Bala Ibn Na’allah, and Vice-chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum (Downstream), Senator Ifeanyi Ubah.

 

2020 Budget: Defend Your Budget Estimates This October – Lawan Tells MDAs

 

The Senate President, Mr Ahmad Lawan has urged all Ministries, Departments and Agencies to appear before the committees for the defence of their budget estimate within October 2019.

Mr Lawan made the call at first joint session of the National Assembly which sat for the presentation of the 2020 budget proposal.

He stated that the National Assembly will work swiftly to see that the budget as processed in time.

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“The National Assembly, after the receipt of the budget estimate today will swing into swift action to start work, both chambers have constituted their committees we are therefore ready to start processing the budget estimate.

“In order for timely passage, all MDAs are expected to appear before the committees for the defence of their budget estimate within the month of October. We have earmarked the month of October to be the sole window for all budget defence activities in this year by all MDAs.

“Clearly, this effort is to enable the FG provides those laudable objectives of physical infrastructure and socio-economic services to our citizens,” he said.

The Senate President stressed the need for Nigeria to return to a January-December budget cycle, saying that the National Assembly would accelerate work on the 2020 Appropriation Bill being presented by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Senate Asks FG To Provide Alternative Sources Of Livelihood For Beggars

 

The Senate has urged the Federal Government to come up with a new policy and initiatives that will create alternative sources of livelihood for beggars in Nigeria. 

During plenary on Thursday,  the Senate also asked the Federal Government to integrate almajiris into the educational system in order to mop them from street begging.

This call comes on the heels of a motion sponsored by Senator Sankara Abdullahi, representing Jigawa North-west Senatorial district alongside 28 others.

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The lawmakers expressed concern that street begging by the almajiris has seen a great increase in recent times.

According to the motion, street begging was not only a scourge in Nigeria, but begging activities has extended to worship centres, thereby making it look like an Islamic culture.

“Notes with concern the exponential increase in the scourge of street begging and the nuisance it constitutes on the streets of major cities across the country. ”

Senator Sankara said begging used to be an activity of the physically challenged in the past, but has changed to corporate form as a result of sympathy of the society.

According to him, corporate beggars in Nigeria have taken advantage of begging to perpetuate crimes and remain jobless because they were getting cheap assistance.

In his contribution, Senator Rochas Okorocha asked that tax incentives should be given to charity organizations who are willing to take children off the streets and give them meaningful lives.

The former Imo State governor asked the Senate to look for new ways to proffer solutions that will help generate funds to support the needs of Nigerians, to create jobs and put food on the table of the masses.

Arrest, Prosecute Foreigners Engaged In Illegal Mining – Lawan

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan

 

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, has called on security agencies to arrest and prosecute foreigners and anyone engaged in the illegal mining of the country’s mineral resources.

Lawan made the call on Wednesday in his remarks after the consideration of a motion titled “The need to check illegal mining activities in the country.”

The motion was sponsored by Senator Ya’u Sahabi Alhaji (PDP, Zamfara North) and co-sponsored by 32 other senators.

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The Senate President, while speaking passionately on the motion, said “This Senate will look into the solid minerals sector seriously, and we will charge our Committee on Solid Minerals, Steel Development and Metallurgy to call for a public hearing on what the sector should be in this country.

“We know we have policies on solid minerals as well as legislation. The Federal Government gave N30 billion to the ministry just to revamp the sector in the last four years but I think as a parliament, we should be able to contribute very meaningfully to ensuring that this sector, which is so important to us, given the kind of situation the oil industry is going through, is given attention.”

Lawan called for proper revamping and protection of the mining sector, adding that illegal mining is unacceptable.

“We have to work to ensure that this particular sector is properly revamped and protected. The situation of illegal mining is unacceptable. We can’t tolerate it and allow that to happen.

“If there are any foreigners coming in their helicopters and on their feet to come and mine our resources without the necessary documentation, I think it is for us to ensure that our security agencies arrest them and prosecute them.

“I believe that this Assembly, particularly this Senate, must be at the vanguard of reviewing the situation in the mining sector and what we need to do if there are gaps in terms of legislation,” Lawan said.

Earlier, the sponsor of the motion, Senator Sahabi Alhaji, said: “illegal mining sites not only breed criminality but also exacerbates into full-scale terrorism and insurgency as witnessed in these states, particularly Zamfara State, where the state of insecurity can be traced to illegal mining sites.”

According to the lawmaker, the solid mineral sector’s contribution to the gross domestic product (GDP) of the country has dwindled over time due to illegal mining.

Nigeria At 59: Our Challenges, A ‘Process Towards Greatness’ – Lawan

 

Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, has said that Nigeria’s challenges are a process to greatness.

The Senate President stated this in a statement to mark Nigeria’s 59th Independence Day.

He said, “I felicitate with fellow Nigerians at home and abroad on the occasion of the 59th Independence Anniversary of our dear country, Nigeria.

“As Nigeria comes of age, with its people increasingly asserting themselves in every sphere of life across the globe, there is indeed much to be proud of in being a Nigerian. Let us count our blessings and be driven forward by them.

“But there is still much to be done to fully realise the lofty dreams that inspired our founding fathers in their brave struggle that ended colonialism on our shores 59 years ago. We must never lose sight of our God-given potentials and we must be prepared to do our part in realising Nigeria’s greatness.

“For this generation of Nigerians, we must not waver or be discouraged by the challenges of nation-building. The current challenges that Nigeria is going through are definitely not insurmountable and should be seen as a necessary process towards the attainment of greatness.

“Therefore, our historic mission today is to keep in mind those dreams of our founding fathers, put our hands to the plow of nation-building and hand over to future generations a great foundation to build on.

“The thrust of my goodwill message is to admonish my fellow compatriots to continue to have faith that Nigeria will be great and remain the indissoluble entity envisioned by our founding fathers.

“God has endowed us with all it takes to be great. It is imperative on all of us, therefore, to play our parts individually and collectively to build the nation we envision and achieve our destiny of prominence and influence on the global stage.

“With our creativity, resilience, hard work and the eagle spirit, we shall surely ride the storms of these challenges to reach the heights that we desire.

“We have no need to despair as people. The leadership of this country is working hard to improve the lives of Nigerians. I appreciate all citizens for the support and the understanding shown so far and urge everyone to remain steadfast.

“I assure fellow Nigerians that your representatives in the ninth National Assembly will provide legislative support for every idea and initiative geared towards making Nigeria our pride and beloved homeland”.

Senate President Wants Legislation For Budget Cycle

National Assembly Is Ready To Work For Nigerians – Lawan
A file photo of the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan. Photo: [email protected]

 

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has underscored the need to have a budget reform that will include a law on timeliness in budget passing.

“We can reform our budget cycle if there is a law on timeliness for budget passing,” Lawan said late Thursday in Abuja.

He spoke on “Reforming the Budget Cycle: A First Step in Our Journey to the Next Level” at the “Government Meets Business Dinner” of the Institute of Directors Annual Conference.

Lawan said timeliness and deadlines will give leaders focus and make more definite on deliverables.

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Reports, according to the Senate President, have shown that countries like the United States of America, Canada, Austria, Brazil, France and India have more definite budget cycles through legislation.

“We have resolved to be reform minded in the ninth National Assembly and improving the budget cycle is one area of focus.

“Our attention will be on the areas where enhancements are needed and we are surely not going to look away from them in the interest of national growth, development and wellbeing of our people,” Lawan said.

The Senate President said it is also important to improve on database showing the social economic conditions of the country.

He stated that a database would be more helpful for the appreciation of financial projections notwithstanding the current efforts by the National Bureau of Statistics and some multilateral agencies showing the sectoral performances of the economy.

The Senate President called for the amendment of the Public Procurement Act 2007 adding that “we are of the firm belief that the Act has not provided the intended efficacy it should produce.”

“Related to this is the need to match budget projections with fund release if accountability is to be appreciable.

“Proper documentation of financial activities and reduced political Interventions in the budgetary process are additionally important steps to follow.

“We should try to reduce frivolous items on the recurrent expenditure list to increase our disposition to produce, ensure judicious expenditure process and to guarantee value-for-money,” Lawan said.

We Are Hungry, Thirsty To Receive 2020 Appropriation Bill – Lawan

National Assembly Is Ready To Work For Nigerians – Lawan

 

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan said on Friday that the National Assembly is eager to receive the 2020 budget proposals.

“We are hopeful and optimistic, as well as hungry and thirsty, to receive the 2020 appropriations bill,” Lawan told reporters shortly on his arrival from a private visit abroad.

Lawan seized the advantage of the National Assembly current recess to travel on a private visit to Morocco and Germany.

“I am aware that the executive arm of government is working assiduously to ensure that the appropriation bill for the year 2020 is presented to the National Assembly by the end of this month.

“The National Assembly will work so hard to ensure that the 2020 budget is passed before we go on Christmas break,” Lawan said.

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The Senate President said budget is one issue that the National Assembly will take head-on to ensure that the undesirable trend of the budget is reversed.

“We believe this can be achieved, as doing so would make the economy better and predictable.

“We also think an early passage of the 2020 appropriations bill will have a desirable impact on Nigerians,” Lawan said.

Lawan also disclosed that the executive has forwarded to the Senate the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) which will be considered when the Senate is back from its recess next week.

“We hope to take on the MTEF within the first legislative week. Our committee on Finance will be saddled with its first major responsibility that it works expeditiously on the Fiscal Strategy Paper/Medium Term Expenditure Framework’s request of the executive arm of government and thereafter the budget will come after that.”

The Senate President said the ninth National Assembly would work assiduously with the executive arm of government to improve the security situation of the country.

The Senate, he added, will also evaluate the crisis that affected Nigerians living in South Africa.

“In the eighth Senate, we had an Ad-Hoc Committee that I was privileged to chair, to review the security architecture of the country. We are going to look into that report, and in addition, other contemporary issues that affect security in the country.

“We are also going to look into the crisis that affected Nigerians living in South Africa.

“You recall that this issue was reviewed before we went on recess. The Senate felt as an institution that our citizens’ diplomacy must be protected where ever they go in the world.

“The government must be there for them, and I’m happy that after the xenophobic crisis, the Federal Government was able to take a position.

“We need to be much more resolute, whatever the situation is; our citizens must be protected. If someone runs afoul of the laws of a country, there are processes and procedures on how such a person can be prosecuted.

“Therefore, we must try to protect our citizens. I also think we must be proactive to tell our citizens that if they choose to live in any country, they must ensure to stay within the limit of the laws of that country, just as we expect of foreigners in ours,” Lawan stated.

National Assembly Will Give Buhari’s Administration Full Support, Says Lawan

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President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said that the National Assembly will give its maximum support to the Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to achieve a better, prosperous and secured Nigeria for the good of the citizens.

Senator Lawan disclosed this in a statement through his spokesman, Ola Awoniyi.

He said, “We will make sure the ninth National Assembly gives him (Buhari) the full support needed to achieve the Next Level agenda in the interest of our people and the country,” Lawan said in his native home, Gashua, late Tuesday at a Town Hall meeting to round off a thank you visit to his constituents in Yobe State.

“Though there are pockets of opposition from other sides, I assure you all that we won’t fail the President,” Lawan told a mammoth crowd that welcomed him.

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The Senate President, for two days and for the first time since his assumption of the leadership of the National Assembly in June, visited the six Local Government Areas that make up his Yobe North Senatorial District.

He returned to Abuja on Wednesday after he assured the people that his colleagues at the National Assembly will endeavour to give good representation to achieve the set agenda.

“I solicit your prayers for all members of the National Assembly. I recall that I got 79 votes out of 107 Senators who voted during the Senate presidency election. This is above the All Progressive Congress votes.

“This shows that there is a cordial relationship along party lines, and that Senators are ready to work for the progress of Nigerians and Nigeria.

“In the current Senate, I have the full cooperation of the senators from the opposition parties, including the Peoples Democratic Party, because of the tremendous love and trust shown to us by President Buhari.”

Senator Lawan however appealed for patience saying there is no perfection in human beings.

He added, “Where we haven’t performed well, I encourage you all to draw our attention to it, and as your representatives, we will work with the President to meet your expectations.”

Before departing Yobe State on Wednesday, Lawan announced a donation of ten million naira to the victims of the flood incident in his Local Government Area of Bade pending the intervention of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).

The Senate President assured his constituents in Yobe North that he would strengthen his efforts to meet their expectations, and in this regard announced his decision to double his intervention in the area of education for the poorest of the families by paying the tuition of anyone who secure admission into tertiary institution.

NASS Ready To Pass 2020 Budget, Senate President Lawan Insists

National Assembly Is Ready To Work For Nigerians – Lawan
A file photo of the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan.

 

The Senate President Ahmad Lawan has assured Nigerians that the 2020 national budget will be passed before Christmas, this year.

Alhaji Ahmad Lawan made this disclosure in an interview with newsmen shortly after a visit to government house, katsina after he conferred with Governor Aminu Bello Masari, his Deputy, Alhaji Mannir Yakubu and other government officials.

The Senate President explained that the national assembly is expecting the budget next month of September from the Executive Arm, which the ninth assembly hoped to deliberate and passed within two months.

He said that the process would return Nigeria to the annual budget of between January to December.

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Similarly, the Senate President assured that the ninth assembly would passed the Petroleum Industry Bill for the oil and Gas sector to be given the desired reform.

Alhaji Ahmad Lawan expressed the resolve of the two wings of the national assembly to work harmoniously for the rapid required reformations in the education, agriculture and other sub sectors of the economy.

The Senate President was accompanied by the leadership of the Senate as well as senators representing katsina South,Mallam Bello Mandiya and that of katsina North, Senator Ahmad Babba kaita.

The Senate President told journalists too that he and the delegation had earlier paid Sallah homage to Mr President in Daura.

Upon arrival too, the Senate President along with Governor Masari, Deputy Governor and secretary to the government of katsina state,Dr Mustapha Muhammad Inuwa prayed Jumma’at prayer at Modoji Mosque.

The delegation of Senate President has since left for Abuja.

Eid-el-Kabir: Remember The Purpose Of Celebration, Lawan Tells Muslims

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A file photo of the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan. Photo: [email protected]

 

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, has felicitated with Nigerians, especially the Muslim faithful, as they celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Kabir.

The Senate President, in a Sallah message released by his Media Adviser, Ola Awoniyi, also congratulates all Muslims who have joined their brothers and sisters from across the world in participating in the rites of the Hajj in Saudi Arabia.

As they mark the very important pious occasion, Lawan reminds all Muslims to remember the purpose of the celebration, which is to commemorate the trials and triumph of Prophet Ibrahim.

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He says the Prophet is remembered and venerated across ages for passing a great test of faith.

The Senate President urges all Nigerians to be steadfast in their commitment to building the nation of their dream.

“I urge all to take inspiration from the exemplary virtues demonstrated by Prophet Ibrahim through his sacrifice, patience, steadfastness, generosity and obedience to Allah’s command and constituted authority,” the statement said, quoting Lawan who is currently in the Holy Land for this year’s Hajj.

Lawan also enjoins Nigerians to always remember their shared heritage and destiny of national greatness and to be guided by the Nigerian spirit of firm confidence as they tackle the contemporary challenges of nation-building.

The Senate President wishes all Nigerians happy Sallah celebrations.

Insecurity: Senate President Lawan Proposes National Summit

A file photo of the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan. Photo: [email protected]

 

President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan is proposing a national security summit to address the security situation in the country.

Senator Lawan’s proposition forms part of his contribution to a motion raised by Senator Ayo Akinyelure on the murder of Mrs Funke Olakurin, daughter of the Afenifere leader.

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Senator Lawan believes it’s the duty of the Senate to organise the security summit to proffer lasting solutions to the incessant killings across the country.

A minute of silence was held for her and other Nigerians who lost their lives under same circumstances.

Senate President Lawan Hails Kyari, Boss Mustapha’s Re-appointment

Ahmed Lawan

 

 The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, hailed the re-appointment of Chief of Staff  Abba Kyari and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Lawan, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mohammed Isa said the re-appointment was a confirmation of the confidence and trust the President reposed in them.

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He said, “the re-appointments of Mallam Kyari and the SGF by the President is an appreciation of their commitments and contributions to the President’s successes in the last four years.

“As key figures of this administration, the roles played by the Chief of Staff and the SGF in achieving the successes recorded so far by President Buhari cannot be over-emphasised”.

The Senate President urged the Chief of Staff and the SGF to use their renewed mandate to redouble their commitment, and deploy their wealth of experiences to assist the President in achieving his next level agenda.