Buhari Commends ‘Good Neighbours’ Niger

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The President Elect of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu buhari, has commended the President and people of Niger Republic for being good neighbours to Nigeria.

Speaking in Abuja shortly after hosting the President of Niger, Mr Mahamadou Issoufou, to a meeting held behind closed doors.

Buhari said that the continued existence of Nigeria as a united nation is for the good of other African countries.

He said that citizens of Nigeria, Niger and some other countries would have been one people, were it not for the scramble and partition of Africa by the Europeans.

President Mahahadou Issoufou had earlier met with President Jonathan in the Presidential Villa, where he commended President Jonathan’s statesmanship saying President Jonathan has always conducted himself in a very humble manner, adding that the ECOWAS leaders will forever remember him for that.

Senator Tinubu Congratulates Nigerian Workers

Senator TinubuSenator Oluremi Tinubu has joined in felicitating with Nigerian workers as they mark the Workers Day, appreciating the “immense contributions” they have made to national growth.

In a statement on May 1, the Senator representing Lagos Central Senatorial District, said that Nigerian workers have formed a formidable force in the growth of Nigeria with their commitment to duty and “they must be proud of their contributions”.

The statement reads; “As a nation we must continue to acknowledge and celebrate their selfless service and their overall contributions to the development of Nigeria.

“As the nation shares and rejoices with you for the hard work, patience and patriotism on May 1st of every year, it is my resolve as member of the 7th Senate and Vice Chairman, Senate Committee on Employment, Labour and Productivity to work to ensure that the Nigerian Worker is adequately remunerated and his welfare maintained.

“I will continue to advocate for adequate protection of the Nigerian Worker against industrial hazards.

“In spite the of threats and dangers workers face in the discharge of their national duties and the erroneous security challenges that has crippled our economy over the years due to bad leadership, our workers have remained dedicated and undaunted to the position of government and senate.

“As we celebrate, I congratulate Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC), they deserve commendation for uniting and giving a sense of direction to Nigerian Workers . Indeed, the labour of our heroes past has been uplifted.”

Senator Tinubu noted that the 7th Senate had passed into law, legislation intended to encourage, protect and improve the welfare of workers as well as sustaining their standards.

The National Minimum Wage Act and the Nigerian Workers Safety Bills were among the legislation, which she hoped would be sustained as Nigerians usher in a new era of democratic dispensation.

Senator Tinubu Faces Senate Panel Over Comments

Oluremi_tinubuVice Chairman of the Committee on Employment, Labour and Productivity, Senator Oluremi Tinubu is to face the senate committee on ethics and privileges to explain statements credited to her about the activities of the senate.

On Thursday June 26, Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba (SAN), faulted a comment made by Senator Tinubu, over her criticisms of the upper chamber and its leadership in the media.

Ndoma-Egba drew the attention of his colleagues to some newspaper publications on the interview granted by Tinubu where she reportedly condemned “the rot” in the Senate.

The senator, who represents Lagos Central Senatorial District, had alleged that the actions of the Senate leadership were always sympathetic to the People’s Democratic Party-led executive arm of government.

Ndoma-Egba said, “I would have brought this matter on the first day of our resumption but for respect for the memory of our departed colleague, Senator Dahiru Awaisu Kuta.

“Today, therefore, is my earliest opportunity to raise it.

Tinubu, at a media parley, to mark her third anniversary in the Senate said activities in the upper legislative chamber were depressing because its leadership had failed to address a lot of pressing national issues for partisan reasons.

She accused the Senate leadership of pandering to the wishes of the executive arm of government which is led by the PDP.

“Mr. President, Distinguished Colleagues, as I said before, I’m a Senator first and foremost and by the grace of my colleagues, a member of the leadership of the Senate and to the best of my knowledge, Senator Tinubu has never raised any concern with me or with the leadership on the activities of the Senate.

“I think it is most unkind, it is most uncharitable for a distinguished Senator who has the opportunity of raising concerns with her colleagues, not doing so and going straight to the media to play to the gallery.

“So, I object very, very seriously to the comments made by Senator Tinubu and I want to submit that my privilege, as a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has been breached by the said Senator.”

The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over the session referred the matter to the Committee on Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions chaired by Senator Ayo Akinyelure, a Labour Party member representing Ondo Central.

Ekweremadu said, “This matter is referred to the committee so that they can have Senator Tinubu present her own side of the story and if possible, invite the newspapers which published the stories.”

He mandated its committee on ethics and privileges to look into the matter and report to the Senate for consideration in two weeks.