The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has urged the State Independent Electoral Commission (NASIEC) to fast track the process of conducting local government election in the state.
Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, the Speaker of the House made the call after Barr. Mohammed Ibrahim Alkali, the Chairman, House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs raised the issue under Matters of Public interest during the House Proceedings in Lafia today.
Balarabe Abdullahi said that the importance of conducting election at the third tier of government cannot be overemphasised, hence the need for the House resolution reminding NASIEC to fast track the process of conducting local government election.
” The resolution of the House is that;the House is drawing the attention of the state government particularly, NASIEC to commence the process of conducting local government election as the tenure of the present elected local government officials is gradually coming to an end.
” NASIEC should fast track the process of conducting Local government election in the state ” he said.
Earlier, Barr.Mohammed Ibrahim Alkali (APC- Lafia North) , the Chairman, House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs while raising the issue said that the Constitution has provided for democratically elected local government officials to hand over to democratically elected officials,anything short of that is unconstitutional.
” The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria(1999) as amended, in section 7(1) guarantees a democratically elected Local Government Council system and mandates every state to ensure their existence under a law which provides for the establishment, structure, composition, finance and functions of such councils.
” It is in view of this that I am drawing the attention of the state government and NASIEC to fast track the process of conducting election at the local government level as the tenure of the present elected local government officials will come to an end by May 2021, ” he said.
Hon Daniel Ogazi (APC- Kokona East) , the Deputy Majority Leader of the House seconded the motion on the need for NASIEC to fast track the process of conducting local government poll in the state.
Other House members unanimously supported the motion for the conduct of the local government election.
Hon Danladi Jatau (PDP-Kokona West) , the Minority Leader of the House also supported the move.
The minority leader however, stressed the need for free, fair and transparent Local government election in the state.
Aliyu Condemns Looting, Destruction Of Billions Naira Medical, Agricultural Equipments In Kogi
Following the massive looting and destruction of medical and agricultural equipments, the Federal Capital Territory Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has condemned in strong terms the wanton destruction of medical equipment worth billions of naira at the Central Medical Store and Agricultural Development Project warehouse both situated in Lokoja, the State capital by hoodlums.
In a statement signed and issue on Friday, by Special Adviser on Media, Austine Elemue, said the Minister described the hoodlums as enemies of the state, also called on the state government especially the Governor not to be deterred by the unfortunate incident, but be focused in repositioning the health sector for efficient service delivery.
Aliyu, who acknowledged that though the devastation of medical equipment in the state was quite enormous, she however expressed the hope that the state would bounce back better and stronger.
In her words; “My heart blends when I saw the wanton destruction of our essential drugs warehouse by hoodlums. I was particularly pained that these enemies of state and heartless looters came in at a time when the state government is taking steps to equip our health centres in view of the global health challenges.
“Nevertheless, I am convinced beyond any reasonable doubt that this trying period is just a phase, and Kogi state will come out better. Governor Yahaya Bello should not be deterred by this very sad development, but be focused in his health sector recovery efforts”.
The minister also commended the state police command for the arrest of suspected looters of items at various warehouses in Lokoja, just as she called on the commissioner of police to get rid of criminals masquerading as protesters in the state. The statement added.
FCCPC Signs Tripartite MoU With EFCC, FTC To Strengthening Cooperation, Addressing Mutual Cross-Border Problems
As parts of ongoing efforts to checkmate excesses in discharge of their official duties effectively and efficiently geared towards achieved set goal of the commission. The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) on Wednesday signed an updated tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and United States foremost competition and consumer protection authority, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and jointly, (the Agencies’).
The purpose of the MoU is to strengthen cooperation and collaboration in addressing mutual cross-border consumer protection/fraud concerns and problems.
The updated MoU reaffirms the Agencies’ intention and willingness to deploy their capacities to work together, share information, and assist one another in relevant investigations. It also establishes a Joint Implementation Committee to develop joint training programmes and provide assistance with regards to specific investigations.
The MOU also affirms the Agencies’ continuing support for econsumer.gov; a joint project of similar agencies from 40 countries for reporting international online scams. The MOU is a framework for voluntary cooperation that does not change existing laws in either country.
Babatunde Irukera, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO, FCCPC, Mohammed Umar Abba, Acting Executive Chairman, EFCC and, Joseph Simons, Chairman, FTC all signed the updated MoU on behalf of their respective agencies.
Commenting on the MoU, Babatunde Irukera, EVC/CEO, FCCPC said “this cross-border collaboration is perhaps one of the most vital tools for combating criminal conduct and consumer protection violations which now transcend territories. Indeed, criminals and exploiters specifically create arrangements and devices to exploit consumers globally from remote locations in order to escape justice and retribution. This framework strengthens our joint abilities and efforts to address this”.
FCCPC discharges its mandate of protection by both preventive and remedial action including complaint resolution, investigations and enforcement action, while the EFCC investigates and prosecutes financial crimes including frauds perpetrated on consumers. The FTC is the United States government’s equivalent of the FCCPC with a mandate to regulate competition and enforce consumer protection laws.
This MoU is consistent with FCCPC’s mandate and strategy to cooperate with counterpart agencies and other regulators to protect consumers and promote market competition in Nigeria.
Social Media Regulation: Desmond Elliot Broke Down In Tears On Live TV Over Social Media Attack
A serving house of Assembly member in Lagos State, Desmond Elliot has broken down in tears on Live TV, following the backlash he’s receiving from Nigerians over social media regulation.
Recall that the former actor, at the Lagos State House of Assembly in his submission, pushed for passing if social media regulation bill.
the controversial statement received lots of criticisms, as many Nigerian youths boast him for referring to youths as “children” and for also pushing for the regulation of social media.
Desmond Elliot in a new interview on Arise TV broke down in tears. This came after he apologized for his statement earlier.
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