Hope For People With Disability In Osun As Lawmakers Receive Bills

Osun-state-house-of-assembly-billsPeople living with disability and the elderly in Osun State are receiving attention, as the State House of Assembly on Thursday received four Private Member Bills sponsored by one of its members, Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, representing Obokun Constituency.

The bills are, Cattle Trading and Grazing Bill 2016; Forestry, Natural and Mineral Resources Development Agency (Establishment) Bill 2016; Mandatory Usage of Standardised Measure and Weight Bill 2016; and Special People’s Bill 2016.

At the plenary, the Speaker, Honourable Najeem Salaam, informed members of the presentation of the bill and read the covering letters to the members.

‘Prevent Frequent Clashes’

According to the letter read by the Speaker, “Cattle Trading and Grazing Bill 2016 is a bill to make provision for the regulation and granting of permit for cattle trading and grazing and the establishment of control posts in the state.”

He added that “the bill, when passed into law, will sanitise the business of cattle trading and grazing, prevent frequent clashes between herders and farm owners, and bring in more revenue to the coffers of the state”.

“The Forestry, Natural and Mineral Resources Development Agency bill will help to protect forestry, natural and mineral resources, as well as make the sub-sector attractive to investors, generate employment opportunities for the citizenry and increase revenue generation for the state”.

Mr Olatunbosun Oyintiloye said he has passion for the elderly, people with disability and special people

Salaam also stressed that the Mandatory Usage of Standardised Measure and Weight Bill, would reset the economy through promotion of equity and encouragement of stability and catalysed economic growth, boost confidence in trade and commerce in the state.

On the Special People’s Bill, the speaker said: “When this bill is passed into law, it would protect and provide special consideration for elderly citizens and people living with disability in the area of welfare, social development, poverty reduction and social security”.

Commending Honourable Oyintiloye for sponsoring four private-member bills, he said “this has portrayed the State Assembly as one that is also working towards making meaningful contributions to the development of the state”.

“I want to assure you that the House will give diligent attention to the bills.”

On why he proposed the bill, Honourable Oyintiloye ‎from Obokun Constituency said passion for the elderly, people with disability and special people moved him to propose the bills.

“The elderly and physically challenged people and the special people have been neglected for too long and they need to be made to belong to the society‎.  Let’s show them that we care,” he stressed.

Governor Bello Promises Full Implementation Of Budget

Governor BelloNiger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello, on Tuesday promised to ensure full implementation of the state’s 2016 Appropriation tagged ‘Budget of Restoration’.

He signed into law the sum of N85.09 billion as against the N74.74 billion he presented to the State House of Assembly in December 31, 2015.

The breakdown showed that N43.66 billion was voted for capital expenditure while N41.3 billion is allotted to recurrent expenditure.

Presenting copies of the bill to the Governor in his office in Minna, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Ahmed Marafa, said that the House painstakingly and thoroughly looked into all the submission of the executive to ensure that the financial working document of the state meets the yearning of the masses.

He told the Governor that the budget was slightly altered and increased by N10 billion to accommodate critical areas and to meet the restoration agenda of the state government.

The Speaker, who was accompanied by members of the House assured the people of the state that through its oversight functions, the lawmakers would ensure 98 percent implementation of the budget.

The Governor commended the patriotism of the legislators in the passage of the appropriation bill and assured them that the preparation of the 2017 budget will start in earnest to forestall delay.

“Though the Speaker proposed budget implementation at 98 percent, I want to say that we shall work towards full implementation of the budget,” the Governor assured.

Dogara, Lasun Commemorate With Nigerians On New Year

DogaraThe Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has assured Nigerians that the year 2016 offers a real opportunity for change in the country.

In a New Year message signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, the Speaker praised the unshakable commitment of leaders at all levels of government to a better Nigeria.

He cited the pro – people 2016 Budget of President Buhari’s administration which is before the National Assembly adding that “when passed into law and faithfully executed, will not only lift the common man from abject poverty, it will also usher in the much needed opportunities for innovation and investment that are the engines of economic growth and prosperity.”

The Speaker who expressed hope that happy times will be here again, however, maintained that, “the people must go to work to make it happen, as government alone cannot solve all our problems”.

“Democracy and governments do not build nations but it’s rather citizens of democracy who must take up the tools of democracy and embrace the opportunities created by their government that build the nation of their dream,” he added.

Hon. Dogara urged all Nigerians to abhor the culture of passivity and apathy which only produces docile citizenry saying that, “if our people expects that CHANGE means to be docile and allow government alone to bring progress and build our nation, they expect what never was and never shall be.”

Dogara advised that it’s time Nigerians take responsibility for their own lives and work towards making Nigeria great again in order to avoid over dependence on government, saying that, “a democratic government should always depend on its citizens as the reverse will only amount to slavery”.

“On our part, the National Assembly must also go to work as the central institution of democracy through which the will of the people is expressed.

“As parliamentarians we can no longer afford to remain observers or mere onlookers but actors. Our work is more urgent than before because the change we seek must not be anchored on the quick sands of expediency, but on the enduring solid rock of legislative frameworks that deal with corruption, eliminates gender based violence, strengthens democratic institutions, reinforces human rights and good governance.

“We must also not fail the nation in ensuring effective scrutiny of the national government to ensure implementation of all legislative frameworks,” he said.

While suing for peace and unity among Nigerians, irrespective of regional, ethnic, political or rel‎igious affiliations, Hon. Dogara urged the citizens to be security vigilant and support the fight against terrorism and sundry crimes in the country.

“As 2016 dawns with hopes anew, filled with promises of a brighter tomorrow; with courage, faith and great effort we shall achieve all we desire. I wish all Nigerians a happy and prosperous New Year and pray that our nation attains greater heights in the New Year,” the Speaker said.

In the same vein, the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon Sulaimon Lasun Yusuf, also said that there is serious hope for a better Nigeria, if the people support and cooperate with President Buhari in his anti-terrorism crusade.

Hon. Lasun said that the stage is set by the All Progressives Congress-led government to give a radical approach to the development of Nigeria.

He said that “Nigeria is on the threshold of regaining its full potentials because that is what we deserve and the signs are beginning to show.

“It is my appeal to Nigerians that we support the government of the day as it tries to address some of the fundamental problems confronting the growth of our country like unemployment, unstable power, deplorable roads and unacceptable healthcare delivery, Lasun said.”

Speaking on the Presidential media chat held on Wednesday night, the Deputy Speaker said that from the tone of the President, “Nigerians should be rejoicing that at last they have a leader who is ready to take them to the promise land”.

Eid-el-Maulud: Dogara Commemorates With Muslims

DogaraThe Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has commemorated with Muslims on the celebration of the Eid-el-Maulud.

Hon. Dogara called on Muslim faithful to imbibe the spirit of humility, gratitude and charity to one another, as demonstrated by the life and times of the Holy Prophet Mohammed.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, the Speaker noted that the virtues of service and exemplary leadership as demonstrated by the Holy Prophet should guide both leaders and the led on the need to give their all in the overall interest of the nation.

“Let me use this occasion to call on us all to reappraise our commitment to the unity and progress of the country as entrenched by our forefathers,” he stated.

“On our part as lawmakers, we shall continue to come up with legislative intervention that will guarantee a virile and united nation.”

While wishing all Muslims a Happy Maulud Celebration, Hon. Dogara urged the Ummah to use the occasion of the Prophet’s birth to reflect on the essential lessons of his life and to pray for the continued well being of the nation.

Imo Assembly To Issue Bench Warrant On Defiant Oil Companies

imo-state-house-of-asemblyThe Imo State House of Assembly has threatened to issue a bench warrant on top officials of some oil companies doing business and operating in Imo State.

This threat is coming after the oil companies failed to honour an invitation to appear before the lawmakers in order to explain the reason for allegedly failing in their Corporate Social Responsibility to both the host communities and state government, especially in the payment of outstanding ground rents and other statutory payments amounting to N40 billion.

Before ordering the officials out of the Assembly premises in deep anger, the Speaker, Rt Honourable Acho Ihim, told the officials that a new date will be fixed for the top management officials of the oil companies to appear before the house.

Mr Ihim stated that failure to honour the invitation will be tantamount to compelling the House to invoke Section 129 (B) of the 1999 Constitution, which invokes a bench warrant on the top officials wherever they may be.

Oil companies involved includes Shell, Chevron, Addax, Agip and Waltersmith Oil.

However, efforts to speak with the officials present at the House of Assembly proved abortive, as they all turned down interviews.

In June, the Imo State House of Assembly passed a bill urging the State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, to demand the immediate payment of outstanding ground rents and other statutory payments amounting to 40 billion Naira from oil companies operating in the state since 1978.

Pray For Peace, Unity, Stability Of Nigeria – Dogara

Yakubu-Dogara-Speake-of-House-of-RepsThe Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has felicitated with Muslim faithful in the country on the celebration of Eid-el-Fitr.

In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Turaki Hassan, the Speaker called on all Nigerians not to relent in prayers for the peace, unity and development of Nigeria.

He urged Nigerians, especially Muslims to use the Sallah period to pray for Nigeria to overcome the multifaceted challenges facing the nation.

He said, “More than ever before, the present crop of leaders are coming at a very difficult time when the country’s economy is in bad shape, and worsened by dwindling revenues.

“As leaders, we are ready and prepared to make the necessary sacrifice(s) and lead by example.”

Dogara maintained that recent happenings in the country, especially the renewed attacks by the Boko Haram in the Northeast are source of concern, expressing hope that Nigeria would surely overcome.

The Speaker described the resurgence of bombings of Churches and Mosques by the insurgents as last kicks of a dying horse, saying it would soon be a thing of the past.

Dogara commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the recent shake up in the military high command with the appointment of new Service Chiefs which he said has signaled the beginning of the end of insurgency in the country.

The Speaker promised that the National Assembly would continue to provide the much needed support and funding for the equipping of the military and other security agencies, to enable them succeed in the fight against terrorism, armed robbery, kidnapping and other crimes.

“So long as Nigerians remain united, there is nothing that we cannot achieve as a people and I will continue to call on our country men and women, keep hope alive as happy times will be here again,” he said.

Bayelsa House Debunks Defection Claims, Urges Jonathan To Contest

The Speaker and 18 members of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly have debunked insinuations that 11 of its members were set to defect to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

The 24-member House which is predominantly PDP with one non PDP member said that there was no issue of any of them leaving the PDP, as they were satisfied with the leadership style and developmental strides of the People’s Democratic Party.

The Speaker, Kombowei Benson, who addressed journalists at his residence in the state assembly quarters, after a closed door meeting with 18 members of the House, said that the speculations of defection were the handiwork of those envious of the peace and achievements of the State House of Assembly.

He also commended President Goodluck Jonathan on the strides he is making in the country and urged him to contest in the forthcoming 2015 presidential elections, as he is assured of the full backing of the South-South.

Other members of the House who spoke to Channels Television also insisted that Bayelsa was purely a PDP state and it would be impossible for other parties to thrive in the state.