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Nasarawa Lawmakers, Staff Trained On Public Hearing Conduct. 

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The Nasarawa state House of Assembly in Conjunction with Multiventures Resources Limited, Jos, Plateau state, has retrained the state legislators, management staff  and secretaries of the House standing committees on how to conduct public hearing for effective legislative proceedings and good governance.

The Three Day re- training workshop 2020  had its theme ”  Conducting Public Hearing As a Crticial Tool in Legislative Practice and Procedure is currently on going in Jos, Plateau State Capital.

Hon Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi, Speaker, NSHA.

The Speaker of the House Rt. Hon.Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi while declaring the workshop open said that the people of the state should expect more vigorous and robust legislative proceedings after the workshop.

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“First and foremost, I want to commend His Excellency, Gov. Abdullahi Sule for approving the workshop as the workshop will go a long way in boosting our legislative practice and procedure.

“I want to assure His Excellency of our readiness to give his administration the much  needed support and cooperation to succeed.

“I also want to urge all of us to take the workshop with all level of seriousness it deserves in order to acquire more knowledge on how to conduct public hearing so as to ensure peace and good governance in our state and the country at large.

“As public hearing is key to legislative practice. Public hearing could be conducted for different purposes, it could be for legislative, oversight and investigative so as to promote effective and good governance,” he said .

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Ibrahim Balarabe also urged the members, management staff and secretaries of the various committees to be good ambassadors of the state while in Jos.

He assured of his leadership readiness to give his necessary support to the Consultant of the workshop in order to achieve the aims and objectives of the workshop.

The speaker further assured  the staff of his continued commitment to key into good policies and programmes that would boost their morale for enhance legislative activities and for the overall development of the state.

While  presenting paper on the topic Public hearing: Theory and Practice, Prof. Bonaventure Haruna of Political Science Department, University of Jos said that public hearing is very importance in which lawmakers get the views of the public on critical issues that affect public lives.

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“The theme of the workshop is timely as Public Hearing is a mechanism by which parliamentary committees obtain information,  expert opinions and alternative perspectives on a proposal pieces of legislation..

He, however, enumerated the criticism of public legislative hearing to include  democratic ritual, lack of dialogue, expert citizen divides, high- jacked by stakeholders and political posturing among others.

The professor also made a second presentation on Planning and Organization of Legislative Public Hearing

It would be recalled that the workshop featured different paper presentations, questions and answers as members contributed positively during the workshop.

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Aliyu Condemns Looting, Destruction Of Billions Naira Medical, Agricultural Equipments In Kogi  

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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.

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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”.

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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.

 

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FCCPC Signs Tripartite MoU With EFCC, FTC To Strengthening Cooperation, Addressing Mutual Cross-Border Problems

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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’).

Barr. Babatunde Irukera

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.

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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”.

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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.

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Social Media Regulation: Desmond Elliot Broke Down In Tears On Live TV Over Social Media Attack

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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

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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