Factual Pursuit of Truth for Progress
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has stated that the current insecurity in Nigeria is a threat to the country’s nationhood.
The Speaker said this in a paper he delivered at the School of Oriental Studies London on Wednesday, which was titled titled ‘Democracy in Challenging Times: The Role of African Parliaments in Safeguarding and Delivering on the Dividends of Democracy,’ as part of his ongoing official visit to the United Kingdom.
According to him, the Federal Government has responded to the challenges by taking certain measures such as increasing funding for the police and the military and recruiting personnel for security agencies, among others.
A statement issued on Thursday by the Special Adviser to the Speaker on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, titled ‘Insecurity Threatens Nigeria’s Foundations of Nationhood – Gbajabiamila…Says African Parliaments Working Together Through CoSAP,’ quoted Gbajabiamila to have pointed out that “the most pressing of these challenges today is the national security crisis that threatens the foundations of our nationhood and portends great danger for Africa and the world if it persists.”
Gbajabiamila said, “First, to address present challenges and then to build resilient institutions that can withstand uncertainty in troubled times, more than anything else, our focus must remain on the young and vibrant youth of Nigeria and Africa who have so much to offer the world and who have proven that they can thrive under challenging circumstances given half a chance. However, we cannot do this for as long as our present national security challenges persist.
“The government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has responded to the reality of our present challenges by increasing funding provisions for the police and armed forces, accelerating recruitment and training to put more boots on the ground, and also acquiring weapons systems designed to give the security agencies an advantage.”
The Speaker said after the 9th House resumed, “the scope of our challenges was evident, matched only by our confidence that we would do what was required to overcome those difficulties and deliver the dividends of democracy for our people.”
He added, “For me and the House, we understood that the best dividend of democracy is a just society, where individual rights are recognised and respected. Where citizens have the freedom to dream big dreams and the social resources and infrastructure to achieve those dreams.”
Gbajabiamila also said with the support of his other colleagues across the African continent, “I convened the first Conference of Speakers of African Parliaments as a platform for continental parliamentary cooperation and coordination that will allow us to try to change this dynamic.
“Already, the conference is participating in a broad partnership to renegotiate the terms of our national debts and free up much-needed resources for development whilst committing to a new regime of responsible administration of public resources.”
The Speaker said the Nigerian House of Representatives would this year host the inaugural in-person meeting of CoSAP to establish a framework of action to ensure the achievement of the objectives that motivated this unique partnership.
“As in most of Africa, Parliament in Nigeria is designed on the basic premise that the legislative function is entirely to make laws and perform periodic oversight to ensure that the Executive implements the laws. This is an outdated model that fails to reflect the public expectation of parliament or the value that parliament and parliamentarians can bring to governance in a differently designed system,” he said.
ICPC arraigns professor over $40000 bribe
The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) has arraigned one Professor John Kester Ifeanyichukwu over allegations of bribery and inducement of officers of the Commission.
In a single-count charge brought before Honourable Justice A.O. Otaluka of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), High Court 12, sitting in Apo, Abuja, ICPC is accusing the Professor of issuing a cheque valued at $40,000 to a staff of the Commission.
The cheque was part of the $50,000 and a house in Abuja, promised to the officer to compromise the investigation by retrieving the accused person’s devices, MacBook S/N CIML8BUGDTY3, MacBook S/N W80204J7ATN and iPhone pro11 which were in the custody of ICPC for investigative activities.
John Kester Ifeanyichukwu had earlier been reported to the Commission by the Presidency for alleged acts bordering on corruption, extortion and money laundering.
ICPC, in a Charge No: CR/025/2022, informed the court of how the defendant allegedly induced one of its operatives to smuggle out a particular iPhone and a laptop and to replace them with a dummy that was to be provided by his personal assistant.
The accused person’s action is contrary to Section 18 (b) and punishable under Section 18 (d) of the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000.
He pleaded not guilty to the charge when it was read to him. He was therefore admitted to bail in the sum of N10 million and two sureties in like sum. The sureties must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court and one of them must have a landed property in Abuja.
The trial judge also ordered that the Defendant’s international passport and other valid travel documents must be submitted to the court before the next adjourned date otherwise his bail will be revoked.
The case has been adjourned to the 21st of June 2022 for the commencement of hearing.
Biography, Age, Wife, Children, Education, And Career
Femi Adebayo is a Nigerian director, film actor, lawyer, producer, and Special Adviser to the Governor of Kwara State on Arts, Culture, and Tourism. He is the son of the veteran actor, Adebayo Salami. Here’s his Biography, Age, Net worth, Wife, Children, Education, Occupation, Parents, Awards, etc.
Who is Femi Adebayo?
Femi Adebayo Salami is a Nigerian director, film actor, lawyer, and producer. Adebayo attended the C&S College for his secondary school education. He then went to the University of Ilorin, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Law. He later earned a master’s degree in Law at the University of Ibadan.
Full name: Femi Adebayo Salami
Date of birth: 31 December 1978
Place of birth: Lagos State
State of origin: Kwara State
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Parents: Adebayo Salami(Oga Bello)
Education: C&S College, University of Ilorin, and University of Ibadan
Occupation: Director, film actor, Lawyer, Politician, and producer
Wife: Omotayo Maimunat Sanusi (m. 2016)
Net worth: $900,000
Awards: Best Movie Producer Of The Year (Yoruba) at the City People Entertainment Awards 2015.
Best Actor in a Lead role –Yoruba at the Best of Nollywood Awards(2017)
Best Kiss in a Movie at 2020 Best of Nollywood Awards
Social media: [email protected]https://www.instagram.com/femiadebayosalami/
Adebayo began acting in 1985, the same year he featured in his father’s first movie titled Ogun Ajaye. Femi has starred in over 500 Nigerian films, winning four awards as Best Yoruba actor at the 17th African Film Awards popularly known as Afro Hollywood awards at the Stratford Town Hall in London. He also won an award in the same category for the Best of Nollywood Broadcasting Organization of Nigeria Awards in 2012. Adebayo has a long list of movies to his credits, which includes the Sonto Alapata, Wura Ati Fadaka, Ma Wobadan, and Buga, among others. He is the MD/CEO of J-15 media network Nigeria.
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