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We Gave Buhari’s Government Maximum Support – D.ra

Speaker Yakubu D.ra

We Gave Buhari’s Government Maximum Support – D.ra

… says 8th Assembly the most performing in Nigeria’s history

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Yakubu D.ra, has disclosed that the House, under his leadership, cooperated with the Executive arm of the Federal government under President Muhammadu Buhari by giving speedy consideration and passage to legislation and other requests forwarded by the President that will fast-track implementation of the administration’s policies and plans.

Noting that there were times the House passed Executive Bills within two days or one week, he added that the 8th House of Representatives is the most performing in Nigeria’s political history from independence in 1960 to date.

He spoke in Abuja when he received the Euro Knowledge Award in recognition of his exemplary leadership which was conferred on him last month at the United Kingdom’s Parliament and another one by Nigeria’s Federal government for his contribution to passage of Ease Of Doing Business Bills in Nigeria.

Receiving the award, Speaker D.ra said, “We have done exceptionally well. It is on record that this has been the most productive National Assembly ever, as well as unparalleled House in the history of the House of Representatives.

“We hope that those who are coming after us, those who will take over from us will do better and be able to rededicate themselves and to achieve the ideals they set out for themselves. When we started out on the 8th Assembly, it was our desire and thank God we can say today that we have cleaned up virtually all Laws we inherited from even 1800. For some of us who read Law, we may have knowledge on the Statutes of General Application.”

“Before we embarked on this massive exercise, some of our Law books were still containing Pounds Sterling, in some Laws, some addresses in the United Kingdom were even mentioned. To the credit of the 8th Assembly, all those things are no longer reflected in the body of our Laws. “

“For the Ease of Doing Business, anyone who thinks we have not supported Government enough in the bid to create a conducive business environment to attract better investment into Nigeria should check what we have done in the area of the ease of doing business in Nigeria.

“There were times when we ensured that within days or weeks, we passed these Bills that were required to jumpstart this process to bring Nigeria out of recession and prosper. This made Nigeria jump about 24 places in the Global Index of the World ranking of nations in the Ease of Doing Business. Words like these only spur one to do his best, we will continue to do our best in the interest of our country and of its people in whatever position we are.

“I want to specifically says that I am deeply indebted to the entire Membership of the 8th Assembly, they made all this happen, so I dedicate these Awards to the ever wonderful Members of the 8th Assembly.”

Speaking earlier, Chairman of the House Committee on Ethics & Privilege, Hon Ossai N. Ossai (PDP, Delta), who received the awards on behalf of the Speaker, stated that Hon D.ra was found worthy of the recognitions due to the impact and the kind of Laws passed by the House that have made great impact in Nigeria.

“One of such Laws is the ease of doing Business Law that you have championed, guided the House, shown positive contribution to, this has made the Nigerian economy which had gone into recession to jump another 24 points on the economic index and because of the positive impact you have, as well as the leadership stand you always bring to bear. Many people are placed in authority; very few, however, actually lead, you are one of such few. Your name will be positively etched in the history of Nigeria.

“This other Award was also handed to the House of Representatives for all the impactful Laws made, even the President has acknowledged your impact in effective Lawmaking. For your visionary leadership and for the path you have laid; we will continue to celebrate you because of your knowledge of the Legislature as an Institution of Government, and because you have protected that Institution very well.

On his part, Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Publicity, Hon Abdulrazak Namdas, who also received an award on behalf of the Speaker from the Arewa Online Publishers Forum said, “the forum believes that you have done credibly well to steer the ship of the 8th House of Representatives in the National Assembly. To be specific, they singled out the Legislative Agenda that you campaigned on for particular commendation as it has greatly improved the business of Lawmaking in the National Assembly.

“You also brought some positive reforms, for example when presenting budget, a Committee of the House was put in place to interact with external stakeholders to bring suggestions, even though the House could do it, but it was done to give Nigerians a say. As watchdogs of the society, they thought it necessary to honour you. I also collected on your behalf, a lifetime achievement award, no need to repeat myself, this is also for the same exemplary leadership you have continued to show.”

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Bandits shoot young girl in the breast, kill three men in Sokoto

Bandits shoot young girl in the breast, kill three men in Sokoto

Suspected bandits attacked Katsira Tsauna village in Sabon Birni local government area of Sokoto state on Saturday August 14, killing three young men.

 

Three women were said to have sustained gun shots wounds during the attack which took place around 5:00pm. One of the women was shot in the breast.

 

According to witness accounts, the attackers came to Katsira village on five motorcycles and started shooting sporadically.

“They killed three young men and injured three ladies who are now in the hospital,” one of the witnesses said.

”If not for the quick response of the Army drafted not too far from the area, the number of the casualty would have been more than this.”

 

Another account said the bandits had carted away cattle before the arrival of the Army.

 

The spokesman of the Sokoto Police Command, Muhammadu Sadiq, confirmed the attack but said information at his disposal was very scanty.

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Unknown gunmen kill village head in Plateau State

Unknown gunmen kill village head in Plateau State

Unknown gunmen, on Sunday night, attacked the palace of the Village Head of Kadunu, Muhammad Bayero in Langai District of Plateau’s Mangu local government area and killed him.

 

Daily Trust gathered that the village head, who goes by the title Rit Kadunu, was shot dead around 8:10 pm while another person in the palace was hit by a stray bullet in the leg.

 

Unknown gunmen kill village head in Plateau State

 

Confirming the incident, a former Commissioner of Trade, Commerce and Industry in Plateau State, Hon. Yakubu Idi Usman said the Rit was buried according to Islamic rites on Monday morning.

 

Hon. Usman told Daily Trust that there was a high probability that the village head was a target of assassination because he sustained several gunshot wounds.

“I have just returned from the funeral prayer,” said Usman, who also confirmed that the Police had visited the palace and taken the necessary evidence and statements.

 

He described the incident as tragic and said the Rit was like a brother to him and losing him at this time was a huge loss for the people of Mangu LGA and Plateau State.

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41-year-old-woman who gave birth to quadruplets after 15 years of marriage, begs Bauchi Governor for a job to enable her to cater for the babies

41-year-old-woman who gave birth to quadruplets after 15 years of marriage, begs Bauchi Governor for a job to enable her to cater for the babies

41- year- old Mrs Nyarum Luka Bot Balewa who recently was delivered of quadruplets after waiting for 15 years without a child, has cried out to Bauchi State Governor, Sen Bala Mohammed to come to the aid of her family by offering her employment to enable her to cater for the babies.

 

Mrs Balewa, who is a graduate of College of Health Technology, Ningi, Bauchi State, was delivered of three girls and a boy on July 3, 2019, at Bingham University Teaching Hospital, Jos, Plateau State.

 

Speaking with Journalists, Mrs Balewa lamented that although the babies have brought so much joy to her and her husband after waiting for 15 years, taking care of them has been difficult.

“To take care of these babies is not easy. My husband is no longer working. He is now retired. We have other children with us who are in school. It is not going to be easy. What I am saying is that if it is possible, I am appealing to the state government to give me employment. I have a Diploma in Environmental health. If it is possible to let them employ me so that I can help my husband”

 

Her husband, Luka Bot Balewa, who retired as a staff of Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi last year, said taking care of the quadruplets since their arrival has been a difficult task to the family. 

“It has not been easy. You can imagine that the babies are taking NAN milk. We were buying the smallest one at N2, 500 but of recent we are buying it at N2,150. In a day they consume one tin. It means that in a day apart from the mother’s milk, they consume a tin of NAN milk every day, N2, 150. if you begin to count per day and the mother will eat well. It has not been easy for the mother” said Balewa who claimed that he is yet to receive his benefits.

 

The father of the quadruplets appealed to the state Governor and other well-meaning Nigerians to come to their aid.

“Let me say that as many as God will touch their hearts to be of assistance to us, they are welcome. God has been so faithful. A lot of people have advised me to meet with the Wife of the Governor, Some advised that I should write but I don’t want this thing to look as if I am begging but truly, I am not finding it easy. Even if it were to be only one child that will be complemented with NAN milk, it is not going to be easy to talk less of four. If only the NAN tin milk will be taken care of, I will thank God. Whatever the government feels that he can do in order to assist in away is welcome”.

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