The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has said that the House will stop at nothing to ensure the provision of quality education to Nigerian children.
He also stated that all efforts would be made to reduce the number of Out-of-school children in the country.
The Speaker was quoted to have said this in a statement issued on Tuesday by his spokesman, Lanre Lasisi, ahead of the 2020 Children’s Day Celebration.
“Nigerian children must be given all the necessary care and attention, especially quality education, that they require to attain their goals in life,” the Speaker said.
He also noted that in support of the age-long maxim that children are the leaders of tomorrow, concerted efforts must be done by all well-meaning Nigerians to achieve a better tomorrow for Nigerian children.
While celebrating them, he said he would always champion the cause of the Nigerian child both in Parliament and outside, to ensure that their potentials are carefully harnessed through good education and training.
According to him, the country cannot set aside May 27 every year to celebrate her children without taking decisive action to better their lives.
Consequently, the Speaker said all policies, including legislative framework, must be put in place to give qualitative education to the Nigerian child and ultimately, reduce the number of out-of-school children.
The new speaker until his emergence was the deputy speaker in the All Progressives Congress (APC) dominated Assembly.
Zilani was elected by his colleagues during plenary on Tuesday.
Although the former Speaker did not give any reason for his resignation, sources at the Assembly told Channels Television that members of the House have started collecting signatures to impeach him before he eventually bowed to pressure and resigned.
President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila on Wednesday met with President Muhammadu Buhari.
The meeting held at the Presidential Villa in the nation’s capital.
At the end of the meeting, Senator Lawan said the subsequent budget will not suffer delay as a result of the delay in the submission of the ministerial list.
He believes the budget cycle of January to December is possible should the Executive forward the proposal to the National Assembly early enough.
“I think there is nothing to worry as deeply; the budget itself is normally prepared by civil servants. The permanent secretaries superintend and the directors do the work most of the time,” the lawmaker told State House correspondents.
He added, “I believe that we are still on course and I believe that both the Executive and the Legislature are on the same page on this.
“We all desire and are prepared and determined to ensure that we pass the budget by the first or second week of December, by the grace of God, provided it is presented to us in September, end of September.”
The speaker of the US House of Representatives Paul Ryan held talks with Saudi King Salman in Riyadh on Wednesday on the first leg of a Gulf tour.
They discussed “bilateral cooperation” between the longtime allies, the official Saudi Press Agency reported without elaborating.
Relations between Riyadh and Washington frayed under the administration of Barack Obama after the US joined other major powers in agreeing a landmark nuclear deal with the kingdom’s arch foe Iran in 2015.
But they have improved markedly since President Donald Trump took office last year with a much tougher policy towards Iran that has seen his administration demand revisions that the other parties to the deal warn will torpedo it.
On Thursday, Ryan is due to travel on to Abu Dhabi for talks with leaders of close Saudi ally the United Arab Emirates.
Calm has returned to the Edo State House of Assembly after Monday’s sitting which saw the impeachment of the Justin Okonobo as speaker and Elizabeth Ativie as Deputy Speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly.
At the resumed sitting of the House on Tuesday morning Kabiru Adjoto assumed his seat as Speaker of the House with 16 other members in attendance.
The former Speaker, the Deputy Speaker and other members suspended were however absent from the sitting despite announcing a counter suspension on Monday.
The lawmakers are currently debating on the oil spillage in Uzanu, Igiode, Ikpeye in Etsako East Local Government Area and are appealing for the speedy intervention of government to remediate the damage done to the communities in the area.