Lawan Condoles With Governor Zulum Over Aide’s Death

A file photo of Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum. Photo: [email protected]

 

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has commiserated with Governor Babagana Zulum of Borno State over the death of his Chief of Staff, Babagana Wakil.

In a statement issued on Wednesday by his spokesman, Senator Lawan sent his condolence to the family of Wakil, the government and people of Borno over the sad loss.

He described the late chief of staff as a loyal and trusted aide to Governor Zulum.

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Senator Lawan noted that Wakil “made a great contribution to the efforts of the state government in rebuilding a state that has been devastated by several years of a mindless insurgency.”

While praying for the repose of his soul, the Senate President asked God to grant the deceased family the fortitude to bear the loss.

Senate President Condoles With Senator Ben Murray-Bruce Over Wife’s Death

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

 

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has condoled with Senator Ben Murray-Bruce over the death of his wife, Evelyn Murray-Bruce.

Lawan commiserated with the entire family of the Senator who represented Bayelsa East Senatorial District in the Eighth Senate and the people of Bayelsa State over the tragic loss.

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He said the late Mrs Murray- Bruce was a pillar of support for her husband and their entire family, saying her untimely passage has left a void that will be difficult to fill.

Lawan urged Senator Murray-Bruce to take solace from the enviable life that she lived and the fond memories she left with all those whose lives she touched.

The Senate President prayed that God will comfort the Senator, the children and other loved ones she left behind and grant them the fortitude to bear the loss.

PHOTOS: Buhari Receives Senate President, Yobe Governor In Abuja

President Buhari receives Senate President, Ahmad Lawan and Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on March 19, 2020. Credit: State House

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday received the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan and Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State.

The duo met with President Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

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Although the details of the meeting are unknown, it may not be unconnected with the security challenges facing the northeast region.

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Moghalu Writes NASS Leadership As TBAN Launches Petition For Electoral Reform

The presidential candidate of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), Professor Kingsley Moghalu.

 

To Build a Nation (TBAN), the nationwide non-partisan citizens movement founded by Professor Kingsley Moghalu, a presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections and a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has announced the kick-off of its campaign for one million signatures to a petition to the National Assembly for fundamental electoral reforms in Nigeria.

In separate letters addressed to Senator Ahmad Lawan, President of the Senate, and Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Moghalu stated:

“As a citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and with the understanding of my constitutional role and duty as a citizen, I am writing to petition the National Assembly on the need to immediately ensure the fundamental reform
of the legal framework governing our electoral process in order to safeguard our democracy and to strengthen our democratic institutions.”

Professor Moghalu called on all Nigerians who desire a deep reform of the legal framework for the country’s electoral system to join by downloading and signing a copy of the petition, which is available on TBAN’s website.

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According to the statement, the petition calls for electronic accreditation of all voters, electronic collation of all votes, electronic transmission of votes from polling units, and the legal empowerment of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to adopt electronic and digital voting in pilot phases by 2023 and fully by 2027.

The petition also called for eligible Nigerians in the diaspora to be allowed to exercise their political franchise by voting digitally in Nigerian elections by 2023.

Prof. Moghalu, who is a former senior official of the United Nations and a Professor of Public Policy at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, USA, resigned his membership of the YPP in October 2019 and convened TBAN in order to campaign for electoral and political reforms on a non-partisan basis.

The movement is dedicated to advocacy and mobilisation for the entrenchment of democratic ideals, including making citizens’ votes to count and a more informed electorate.

TBAN also advocates lower cost of governance, and for a constitutional restructuring of Nigeria back to true federalism.

Senate Hails Withdrawal Of Suit By Unity Forum

National-assembly-NASS-Senate-House-RepsThe Upper Legislative Chamber has commended some of its members for withdrawing a suit they filed over allegations of forgery of the Senate Standing Orders 2015 used for the inauguration of the 8th Assembly.

A statement released by the Chairman Senate Adhoc Committee on Media and Publicity, Senator Dino Melaye, commended members of both the Unity Forum, loyal to Senator Ahmad Lawan, and Senators loyal to Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki, for their maturity.

The Unity Forum Senators had filed the suit before the Federal High Court, Abuja, seeking to impeach the Senate President and his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremadu.

Justice Ademola Adeniyi of the Federal High Court struck out the case and terminated further hearing on the matter after the plaintiffs withdrew their suit.

Senator Melaye said the plaintiffs and their supporters have demonstrated that national interest is superior to an individual or group.

Bill to decentralize kerosine distribution suffers setback in Senate

A bill which seeks to decentralize kerosine distribution has suffered setback in the Senate.

The bill seeks for direct allocation of kerosine from the Petroleum Pipeline Marketing Company (PPMC) to peddlers.

The sponsor of the bill, Senator Nkechi Nwaogu (PDP Abia) stressed that if passed into law, the bill would help stabilize the price of kerosine as well as ameliorate difficulties associated with kerosine distribution to rural areas.

Other lawmakers however did not support the bill on the grounds that the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) currently before the National Assembly seeks to encourage total deregulation of the downstream sector.

Speaking against the bill, Senator Ahmad Lawan (ANPP Yobe) said supporting the bill would be encouraging inefficiency in the distribution of kerosene in the country.