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Kogi Legislature Not “Rubber Stamp” Of Executive – Speaker

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Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.

The legislative arm of Kogi state government denied that it is rubber stamp and a toothless bulldog used by executive to get its way.

Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Hon. Mathew Kolawole, who was responding to questions from Journalists at an interactive session on Sunday in Lokoja, said that the state assembly has been discharging its responsibilities as expected.

Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Hon. Mathew Kolawole and Kogi State Governor Yahaya Adoza Bello

Hon. Kolawole who disagreed with those that are of the believe that the legislature must be confrontational in its dealings with the executive arm, do not mean well for the government and the people of the state.

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His words, “The Kogi State House of Assembly is not a rubber stamp. What will be the benefit to the ordinary man if the assembly engages in needless friction with the state executive under our amiable governor, His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello.

“Why should people crave needless disharmony between the executive and the legislative arm?

Citing the example of what transpired under the 8th National Assembly, he asserted that the stalemate that ensued between the executive and the legislature under the leadership of Senator Bukola Saraki, erstwhile Senate President, did not augur well for the ordinary Nigerian.

According to him: “The governor will for example forward a bill to the assembly, which are mostly beneficial to the people of the state.

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“Take for example the issue of counterpart funding. The governor will usually send a bill to the assembly for approval for the release of the state’s portion. The money is there, and if the assembly fails to approve, the Federal Goverment may not care. At the end, who is the loser? Kogites of course.

Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Hon. Mathew Kolawole

“Ours is to work in harmony with the state executive, to assist the governor in delivering on the dividends of democracy to the good people of the state. That remains our priority, and we will continue to cooperate and assist His Excellency in this respect.”

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On the non implementation of the States’ legislative autonomy, the Speaker said in Kogi state there is partial autonomy as already the state assembly commission has been inaugurated and monthly subvention is still being paid by the executive.

Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Hon. Mathew Kolawole and President Muhammadu Buhari

He appealed to the people of the state to mount pressure on Governor Yahaya Bello to contest 2023 Presidential election in interest of the state and the entire north central Nigeria.

Kolawole equally appealed to all meaning Nigerians youths to support Bello presidency if he finally yields to pressure

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Abaji Council Secretary Host FG Team Of Conditional Cash Transfer For Households.

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Abaji Council Secretary, Hon Nasiru Sani, (m) in a group photograph with the team of the FG conditional cash transfer for the house - holds in the area when they paid a congratulatory visit to the secretary in his office on Tuesday
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Abaji Council Secretary Host FG Team Of Conditional Cash Transfer For Households.

By Sadiq Abubakar, Abuja.

The newly appointed Secretary of Abaji Area Council, Hon Nasiru Sani, on Tuesday, recieved in audience the team of the Federal Government Conditional Cash Transfer for the households in the area in his office.

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Earlier, the Desk Officer of the FG conditional cash transfer for the households in the area, Mohammed B. Isah, who led the team on courtesy visit, told the council secretary that they were in his office to congratulate him on his new appointment as the secretary of the council.

The Abaji Council Secretary, Hon Nasiru Sani, left in a hand shake with the desk officer of the FG conditional cash transfer for the house- holds, Mohammed B Isah, when he led the team on a congratulatory visit to the secretary in his office on Tuesday

The Abaji Council Secretary, Hon Nasiru Sani, left in a hand shake with the desk officer of the FG conditional cash transfer for the house- holds, Mohammed B Isah, when he led the team on a congratulatory visit to the secretary in his office on Tuesday

He informed the council secretary that, the team saw the need to also briefed him about the activities of the FGs conditional cash transfer, which he said been successful without any hitches since the programme started in 2019.

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He disclosed that the conditional cash transfer scheme started with three political wards, which he said were Yaba, North/East and Rimba-Ebagi wards, saying Nuku-Sabon ward was later included after it was discovered that the scheme was going on smoothly without any hitches.

“Sir, and it would also interest you know that after Nuku-Sabon ward was included, we now proceeded to include Agyana- Pandagi ward, while Alu-Mamagi, Gurdi and the remaining other wards were later captured in the scheme, while the beneficiaries identity cards has been issued to them,” he said.

The desk officer, said though, those that were captured in the scheme have not started receiving the N5,000 conditional cash transfer, while he assured the team support to the new council secretary.

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Responding, the council secretary, Hon Nasiru Sani, thanked the team for taking time of their tight scheduled to come and congratulate him for his appointment as secretary of the council.

He therefore, solicited for the team support and prayers in order for him and the council chairman, Hon Abdulrahman Ajiya, to succeed in piloting the affairs of the council.

Abaji Council Secretary, Hon Nasiru Sani, (m) in a group photograph with the team of the FG conditional cash transfer for the house - holds in the area when they paid a congratulatory visit to the secretary in his office on Tuesday

Abaji Council Secretary, Hon Nasiru Sani, (m) in a group photograph with the team of the FG conditional cash transfer for the house – holds in the area when they paid a congratulatory visit to the secretary in his office on Tuesday

“And I will also want to solicit that I need your advices because I am new here, which I believe with your good advice we can move the council to a greater heights,” he said.

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FCT Minsiter Urges New FRSC Sector Commander On Advocacy, Enlightenment.

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The outgoing FCT sector commander of the FRSC, Ayuba Wobin Gora (m) Minister of the FCT, Muhammad Musa Bello,with some top security personnel
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FCT Minsiter Urges New FRSC Sector Commander On Advocacy, Enlightenment.

By Sadiq Abubakar, Abuja.

The FCT Minister, Muhammad Musa Bello, has charged the incoming new FCT sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps, (FRSC), Mr Samuel Ogar Ochi, to ensure the enforcement of all traffic regulation on FCT roads and also embark on enlightenment and advocacy in the discharge of his duties.

Minsiter of the FCT, Muhammad Musa Bello, right present a souvenir to the outgoing FCT sector commander of the FRSC, Mr Ayuba Wobin Gora

Minsiter of the FCT, Muhammad Musa Bello, right present a souvenir to the outgoing FCT sector commander of the FRSC, Mr Ayuba Wobin Gora

Bello, gave the charge when he received the new FRSC Sector Commander in his office on Monday in Abuja.

“In the discharge of your duties, your keyword should be enforcement, enforcement, enforcement. After these three keys, you can go to the second one which is enlightenment and advocacy because so many people on the streets are driving vehicles without knowledge of traffic regulations”,he said.

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He also urged Mr Ochi who had previously functioned as the Head of Operations of the FRSC in the FCT, to pay adequate attention to, and meet the traffic challenges along Airport Road, which he reminded the official is a 10 lane expressway comprising of numerous bus stops, pedestrian bridges, has several settlements bordering it and a major gateway into the city

The minister, while expressing confidence in the ability of the new Sector Commander to meet the challenges, also said that apart from the Airport Road, he should also focus on the Nnamdi Azikiwe Expressway.

“And starting all the way from the interchange junction, right through to the Apo Interchange, as well as the Aminu Kano Crescent in Wuse II. These are some of the areas in the city where you have the greatest concentration of traffic and also the greatest challenges”, the minister said.

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He further urged Mr Ochi to ensure the commitment of the men and women to their jobs, while pledging the continuous support of the FCT administration to the FRSC in the discharge of its responsibilities in the FCT.

In his response, the new FRSC Sector commander, pledged to work hard to meet the challenges of ensuring road safety in the FCT, saying that he was already familiar with the demands of his assignment in the FCT.

The outgoing FCT sector commander of the FRSC, Ayuba Wobin Gora (m) Minister of the FCT, Muhammad Musa Bello,with some top security personnel

The outgoing FCT sector commander of the FRSC, Ayuba Wobin Gora (m) Minister of the FCT, Muhammad Musa Bello,with some top security personnel

He also commended the FCT Minister for the steps taken to improve traffic management in the Territory inclusive of restrictions placed on the operations of tricycles and commercial motorcycles as well as the construction of roads saying “you can now drive to Dutse as if you are within the city”.

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Speaking earlier, the outgoing sector commander Mr Ayuba Gora Wobin, expressed his appreciation to the FCT Minister for all the support he enjoyed from the FCT Administration as the Sector Commander.

He said the job was challenging due to the constant influx of people into the FCT, even as he maintained that cooperation of officials of the FCT administration contributed to the successes he enjoyed.

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Global Times Nigeria, report that the FCT minister presented a letter of commendation and a souvenir gift to Mr Wobin, who was deployed to Jos Plateau state as the new zonal head of the FRSC.

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FCT Minister Lays Foundation For Widows, Orphans Housing Estate in Abuja.

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Minister of the FCT Muhammadu Bello Umar, right lays the foundation stone for Widows and orphans housing estate in Wassa Abuja.
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FCT Minister Lays Foundation For Widows, Orphans Housing Estate in Abuja.

By Sadiq Abubakar, Abuja.

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Muhammad Musa Bello Umar, has laid the foundation for a housing estate for the widows and orphans being constructed by Qatar Charity, a Qatari Non Governmental Organization (NGO) in Wasa District of Abuja.

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According to a statement by the minister’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Anthony Ogunleye, the significance of the project was in the cordial and mutually beneficial relations that exist between Nigeria and the State of Qatar.

The minister of the FCT Muhammad Musa Bello, during the foundation laying for the construction of housing estate for Widows and orphans in Wassa Abuja

The minister of the FCT Muhammad Musa Bello, during the foundation laying for the construction of housing estate for Widows and orphans in Wassa Abuja

The project is a partnership between the FCTA and Qatar Charity, whereby financial cost would be borne entirely by the charity while the FCTA has provided the land.

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Country Director of Qatar Charity, Mr Hamdi Elsayed, was quoted in the statement as saying that the estate is being constructed on about 13 hectares of land and has a planned completion period of 12 months.

Minister of the FCT Muhammadu Bello Umar, right lays the foundation stone for Widows and orphans housing estate in Wassa Abuja.

Minister of the FCT Muhammadu Bello Umar, right lays the foundation stone for Widows and orphans housing estate in Wassa Abuja.

“The housing estate, according to the Country Director, will contain 200 units of two bedroom houses, a school, a vocational training centre, shops, and recreational facilities among other amenities,” he said.

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Mr Hamdi also revealed that benefitting widows and orphans will not own the houses allocated to them but will remain as occupants until such a time when they will no longer need them, in which case they will be allocated to other beneficiaries.

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