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.
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.
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.
“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.
“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.”
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.
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
“Blessing Okoro CEO Claims She Surged Into Marriage Thinking Will Be The Shortcut To End Her Sufferings”.
Nigerian relationship counselor, Blessing Okoro Nkiruka also known as CEO has says that she got married at the age of 19 to a man who was 10 years older than her. This may have been possible, citing where she came from, that is, coming from a poor background who struggled to make ends meet.
Therefore, she may have been married off to reduce the family’s cost and gain financial support from the groom’s family as practiced in many African and especially Nigerian middle-class homes.
She disclosed that her love life started at the age of 14, and the marriage didn’t work out as they separated in less than two years.
Marriage is one of the Unions that has being instrumental in making some people showcase their best and applaudable versions, and to some people, it has only brought back some challenging memories.
There are diverse reasons why some people venture into marriage, some later reap their positive and reasonable intents, while some regret rushing into marriage, and that is the sad story of a Relationship therapist, Blessing CEO as she shared on her Instagram account.
The Relationship expert in her words gotten from Instagram said, “I remember when my mum used to struggle while I was a young girl, and at some point, all that she had got burnt and vanished away and I vowed as a young girl that I won’t struggle like my mom, which made me rush into marriage because I thought it was the only short cut I had to end the sufferings I have gone through.”
Blessing CEO (born on 23 May 1989) as Blessing Okoro Nkiruka is a 32 years old Nigerian relationship counsellor, social media personality and influencer.
She is prominently known for advising young Nigerians on relationships, dating, sex, and divorce.
She achieves this through various platforms like YouTube, Facebook, and her blog Break or make-up relationship.
FCT Teachers Strike: Senator Aduda Meets FCT NUT Executives.
By Sadiq Abubakar, Abuja.
Following ongoing strike by the primary school teachers if the Local Education Authority (LEA) over non payment of their promotion arrears and other entitlements, Senator Philip Aduda, on Saturday, met with the state executives of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in Abuja.
Aduda, while addressing the NUT executives, described the warning strike as unfortunate, in which he assured the union that he will meet with the relevant stakeholders in order to find a common ground for the benefit of the parents and pupils.
“And it was on this premise that I want to assure the union that I shall meet with the stakeholders across the area councils level in order to ensure that your demands are met so that our children can go back to school,”he said.
Responding, the chairman of the NUT in FCT, Comrade Stephen Knabayi, appreciated Senator Aduda for his intervention, saying the union will be eager to get positive response from the stakeholders so that primary school teachers can return to their classes.
Our correspondent had reported that, the NUT FCT had embarked on a five days warning strike, which elapsed last Wednesday, but the union had asked the secondary school teachers to return to classes and directed the primary school teachers to continue with the strike until their promotion arrears are paid by the council chairmen.
Alleged N19.3bn Bailout: Northern youths demand independent investigation, chide EFCC over media trial
The Northern Youths Movement (NYM) has demanded for an independent probe of the controversies over the N19. 33 billion Kogi salary bailout funds the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, claimed it recovered to the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.
Rising from its meeting in Abuja on Saturday, the NYM also chided the EFCC over what they called unending regime of media trial and unconstitutional actions.
It said it was imperative for a panel comprising representatives of the CBN, Sterling Bank, Federal Ministry of Finance, Accountant General of the Federation, Kogi State Government, EFCC, Police Special Fraud Unit, Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria and Civil Society Organizations to be set up to investigate the matter.
EFCC had said that it returned the N19. 33 billion Kogi State Government kept N19.33 billion bailout fund meant to pay salaries in Sterling Bank meant to yield interest and that the money was recovered to the CBN.
However, the Kogi State Government, which insisted that it did not open or create the said account with Sterling Bank, demanded from the EFCC, an apology and retraction of the commission’s statement.
In a release issued in Abuja on Saturday, which was signed by its Chairman, Mallam Ishaya Jato, the NYM also carpeted the EFCC for placing Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State under watchlist, saying that the commission’s action constitutes a clear affront on the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The youths said it was time the EFCC begins to act within the ambit of the laws of Nigeria and stop jumping to the media space, acting like a political tool.
The NYM wondered why no one has been put on trial if truly the EFCC claim on the alleged N19.33 billion fund was true.
They asked if in saner climes, a whooping sum of N19.33 billion bailout fund meant to pay workers salaries will be discovered to have been kept in a commercial bank account meant to yield interest and no one will be prosecuted.
The youths said questions as to where is the mandate letter from the Kogi State Government to open account number 0073572696 with Sterling Bank and who operated the account need to be answered.
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