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Presidential Committee Harps On Legislature, Judiciary Autonomy

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The Presidential Implementation Committee on autonomy of state legislature and judiciary has tasked state governors on full implementation of autonomy for the two arms of government.
This is contained in a 12- point communique issued at the end a two-day retreat in Abuja last Friday.
The communique was signed by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, Chairman of the committee, the Secretary, Sen. Ita Enang and 20 other members of the committee .
The committee noted that following the assent by President Muhammadu Buhari to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Fourth Alteration) in June 2018, granting financial autonomy to state legislatures and judiciary, it was observed that it was honoured more in breach than in compliance.
“As a result, President Muhammadu Buhari, inaugurated a Presidential Implementation Committee on the Autonomy of State Legislature and Judiciary (The Committee) on March, 22.
“The committee is to fashion out a workable national strategy for the implementation of financial autonomy of state legislature and judiciary in accordance with the provisions of Section 121(3) of the Constitution.
“This is to ensure that funds appropriated to these two tiers of Governments at the State level, are released to them directly.
“Upon inauguration, the committee adopted its work plan and held a number of technical meetings, sub-committee meetings, strategic consultations among others which culminated into the 2-Day Retreat.
“The retreat was to provide a broad based platform for stakeholders to brainstorm and articulate an effective national strategy for the implementation of autonomy of States’ Legislature and Judiciary,” it noted.
The Retreat was attended by a cross section of stakeholders from the Legislature, Judiciary, Representatives of Judicial Staff Union of Nigeria, Representatives of Parliamentary Staff Union of Nigeria (PASAN), Civil Society Organisations, among others.
They commended President Muhammadu Buhari, for the bold step in signing the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Fourth Alteration) into law.

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Buhari Wants Senate To Pass Six Bills

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President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday, transmitted a letter to the Senate, seeking consideration and passage of six Aviation Bills.
The President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan read the letter during plenary.
The President, in the letter said: “Dear Distinguished Senate President; Transmission of Six Aviation Sector Bills to the National Assembly for consideration and passage into law.
“Pursuant to Section 58 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended, I formally request that the following six bills be considered for passage by the Senate.”
The bills include: Civil Aviation Bill 2019, Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria Bill 2019, Nigerian College of Air space Management Agency Establishment Bill 2019.
Others are: Nigerian College of Aviation Technology Establishment Bill 2019, Nigerian Meteorological Agency Establishment Bill 2019 and Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau Establishment Bill 2019.
“While I trust that these bills will be expeditiously and favourably considered by the Senate, please, accept Mr Senate President the assurances of my highest consideration,” the president said.
In his remark, Lawan urged the Clerk to the Senate, Nelson Ayewoh to ensure that the bills were gazetted and distributed to all the Senators for consideration.

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Dickson Was Insensitive To Stakeholders’ Needs – Ex-Aide

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Former Special Adviser to the Bayelsa State Governor on Niger Delta, Kennedy West, has said that the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in last Saturday’s governorship election did not come as a surprise following irregularities in the administration of Governor Seriake Dickson.
The Tide reports that this is the first time the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will be losing governorship election in Bayelsa State since the return of democracy in 1999.
Also, West said the election was lost to the APC, the main opposition in the state because the PDP under Governor Seriake Dickson was insensitive to the needs of stakeholders there, even as he alleged that incumbent Governor Dickson picked a governorship candidate against the wishes of the people.
West, who spoke when he appeared at a live Radio programme in Port Harcourt monitored by The Tide last Monday, also said the failure of the PDP under the leadership of Governor Dickson generated from the governor’s disconnect from the elites of Bayelsa State, noting that the governor is secretive.
“He (Dickson) has been shrouded with secrecy and sycophancy. As I was coming from Bayelsa State, droves of people came out to celebrate. This is the first time, can you recall any defector from APC to the PDP from when INEC blew the whistle?
“One thing that politicians should know when you make empty campaign promises, when you alienate yourself from the people that elected you, know that there is a day of reckoning. You can’t cheat a man and cheat him for too long. You can cheat some people sometime, but you cannot cheat all the people all the time, especially in a democratic dispensation.
“Bayelsans and the Ijaw people were able to tell the state of Nigeria that you do not mistake the gentle movement of the cat for weakness,” the ex-aide to Governor Dickson said.
On what he meant by insensitivity to the needs of the people, he said: “We don’t have PDP in Bayelsa State. In a state where you singlehandedly picked a governorship candidate against the wishes of the people.
“You singlehandedly brought your deputy governor who was your Personal Assistant when you were Special Adviser to the former President, who was your Personal Assistant when you were Attorney-General of the State.
“Who was your Personal Assistant when you were a member of the House of Representatives and who became your Commissioner of Works for eight years and then you brought him?”

 

By: Dennis Naku

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Rivers PDP Slams Kogi Electorate Over Bello’s Victory

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Rivers State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has faulted the result of last Saturday’s governorship election in Kogi State, describing the victory of Yahaya Bello as a disrespect to the people there.
The State Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Darlington Orji, stated this in an interview with newsmen in Port Harcourt, the state capital said the administration of Governor Yahaya Bello is characterised by poor performance.
Orji said it is surprising that a governor who is allegedly owing salaries of civil servants for over 30 months would be reelected by the people, noting that in a normal democracy the reverse would have been the case.
“For us (Rivers PDP) what we saw in Kogi in particular is a rape of democracy. If democracy is actually working, people like Yahaya Bello can never return because they have nothing to offer to the people.
“A man that has been indebted to the people for about 38 months, what else did he tell the electorates before he was elected? For us it is a shocker.
“You saw what happened in the Senatorial election where about 70, 000 votes were cancelled from our own candidate (referring to Senator Dino Melaye),” the Rivers PDP spokesman said.
Orji said he expects the people of Kogi and the PDP to contest the election, pointing out that Governor Bello has failed abysmally and does not deserve a second term.
“For us at this point we cannot do otherwise, rather for the people of Kogi State and the PDP to take a decision to challenge the outcome or not,” he said, noting that the PDP is still a party to beat any day, anytime.

 

By: Dennis Naku

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