The President of the Senate, Dr Ahmad Lawan, has said that with the recent constitution of the standing committees, the ninth National Assembly (NASS) is more prepared to work for Nigerians.
Lawan made the promise in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr Ola Awoniyi, in Abuja yesterday.
The statement quoted Lawan making the remark at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, shortly on his return from this year’s Hajj (pilgrimage) to Makkah, Saudi Arabia, in the early hours of the day.
He was said to have been received on arrival by Senators Barau Jibrin, Michael Opeyemi Bamidele and his Deputy Chief of Staff, Mohammed Karage.
He said: “The ninth National Assembly has been properly constituted, especially with our committees in place.
“We are ready, we are willing, we are capable, we are enhanced to work as an institution, to ensure that we provide those ingredients and inputs that the executive would want for it to implement laudable projects to develop the country.”
Lawan departed Abuja on August 5 to perform the Hajj, the first since his emergence as the President of the Senate.
In his company were Senators Sahabi Alhaji Ya’u (Deputy Minority Whip), Teslim Folarin, Bello Mandiya, Ajibola Bashiru and Sani Musa.
The statement said Lawan was full of gratitude to God for the opportunity to be part of the over 60,000 Nigerians that participated in the pilgrimage.
“We prayed for our country to achieve optimal security, to have stability, peace and progress.
“We prayed for the National Assembly too. It is our prayer that the ninth National Assembly will be one to work for Nigerians and for the benefit of those who voted for us.
“Nigerians in Saudi Arabia came together with other Muslims worldwide to pray for global peace. I’m sure that with the message that we heard as part of this year’s pilgrimage and Eid generally, is a message of sacrifice, brotherhood and unity.
“Nigerians should thank God that we are still together, as such we should work to ensure that the unity of this country is not compromised,” Lawan said.
The president of the senate urged Nigerians to continue to pray for their leaders, pointing out that “leaders are meant to serve the people, and no leader would like to deliberately fail to perform.
“Also, in times of challenges like we are going through presently, Nigerians should continue to be behind their leaders with prayers and support, backed by understanding, and by the Grace of God, Nigeria will reach those great heights that for long we have prayed for”.
Lawan reiterated his appeal to the executive arm of government on the need to be on the same page with the NASS to reverse “the undesirable trend of the current budget cycle in Nigeria”.
“We need to work for a budget that will be passed by the National Assembly by December.
“That requires that we work assiduously with the executive arm of government, to have the budget laid before the National Assembly by the end of September, and for the National Assembly to lock up the whole of October this year for budget defence, so that it can be processed and passed before we go on Christmas break.
“It is doable, it is achievable and attainable.
“I’m sure if we are able to achieve that, Nigeria’s economy will witness a boost. Businesses in Nigeria will have something predictable to work with.
“I believe that together with the executive arm of government, we should be able to do this, as this is fundamental to us in the National Assembly, and I’m sure the executive arm is also looking forward to that,” Lawan said.
I’ve No Intention To Seek Third Term Through Surrogate – Emmanuel
Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel has said he has no plans to seek a third term by using a surrogate.
The governor said this when members of the Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio, a socio- cultural organisation of the Ibibio youth, met him at the Government House at the weekend.
The group, led by Patrick Udofia, had met with the governor to congratulate him on his victory at the tribunal.
“I usually hear people say I have anointed someone who will take over from me so I can manipulate him to do my bidding after leaving the office. I want to assure you that it is not true.
“As I speak, it is only God who knows who my successor will be. When God presents him, we will support him to also succeed,” Emmanuel said.
The governor commended the group for its role in maintaining peace in the state and thanked the Akwa Ibom people for their support towards sustaining the development of the state.
Earlier in his remarks, Udofia said the association would keep supporting the governor so as to develop the state.
As PDP Chieftain Hails Tribunal’s Verdict
A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State, Chief Remigus Nwaokonkwo, has congratulated Governor Emeka Ihedioha on his victory at the Elections Petitions Tribunal.
Nwaokonkwo who is the leader of PDP in Orsu Local Government Area (OLGA) of the state
disclosed this while speaking with newsmen in Awka, yesterday.
He said that the victory was not just that of Ihedioha but for the entire people of the state.
He said the tribunal verdict was a further affirmation of the resounding victory of the governor who got overwhelming votes from the electorate.
“With the judgment of the tribunal which dismissed all petitions against Ihedioha, the people have won again just as we already won on March 9.
“It is a happy day for us because, it is a victory for people, I want to on behalf of the PDP in Orsu LGA congratulate our governor on his victory,” he said.
Nwaokonkwo said the development would reduce distractions to the governor whom he said was on the right track to rebuilding the state.
He enjoined people especially the opposition to see the victory as an act of God and rally around Ihedioha to enable him deliver good governance to the state.
“We have to move forward, the governor needs our support to succeed, I call on everyone especially those who went to court to see the state as our common heritage and join hands with the governor for common good,” he said.
100 Days: Wike Commissions More Key Projects
As celebration of the first100 Days of Governor Nyesom Wike’s second term administration entered its second week, the governor commissioned more key projects.
The projects inaugurated last week were the Rumuwoji International Market, the Real Madrid Football Academy, the Civil Servants Quarter, Sea Bed Model Primary School and the Reconstructed Government Craft Development centre ( GCDC).
Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum and Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi who commissioned the Rumuwoji market last Wednesday, expressed happiness at the rate the Rivers State Governor was delivering projects in the state.
“We are proud of him. We are proud of the work he is doing in Rivers State. He is going to continue to commission projects till 27th September. This is almost ten days from now.
“Even if it is one project per day, it will be almost ten days now.Now I understand why they refer to him as Mr Project”, Fayemi said.
Governor Wike stated that the market project was in fulfilment of the promise he made to the people during his electioneering campaign in 2014.
“ When we make promises to the people , we are bound to fulfil the promises. Hold us accountable to our promises because there is no excuses. We made a promise and we have fulfilled that promise “, he said.
Last Monday, the Governor also inaugurated the Sea Bed Model School. He assured Rivers people that his administration will continue to uplift the standard of education.
Wike announced that the state government had awarded contract for the construction of 69 primary schools across the state.
Chairman of the Rivers State Universal Basic Education Board, Ven. Fynface Akah said for 106 years the Sea Bed Model School has been in existence, the reconstruction by Wike administration was the first time it witnessed upgrade.
The Government Craft Development Centre, Port Harcourt was commissioned last Tuesday. Wike remarked that technical and vocational training remained one of the surest ways of reaching out to thousands of Rivers youths.
In the week under review, the Rivers State chief Executive, lamented deliberate marginalisation of Rivers State by the APC-led federal government.
He said: “The federal government released N148 billion for the reconstruction of roads and it didn’t consider one road in Rivers State”. This, he said is in spite of the fact that Rivers State produces the oil used in financing federal projects.
He made the lamentation, Thursday before the official commissioning of the Civil Servants Quarters in Port Harcourt.
He expressed happiness with the quality of the project and urged civil servants to maintain the facility.
Commenting on the constitution of his cabinet, Gov Wike disclosed that a list of possible nominees had been sent to the security agencies for profiling.
On Saturday, Rivers State Government unveiled state- of- the-art Real Madrid Football Academy in Port Harcourt.
The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, who did the official commissioning, said: “ There has always been great football talents from Rivers State. Great players like Taribo West, George Finidi and Joseph Yobo, this project will create more stars”, and commended Gov Wike for his commitment to the development of Rivers State.
In his address, Governor Wike said: “ Today is one of the happiest days of my life. Today, our dream has come to fruition by the help of God”.
Area Manager of Real Madrid Foundation for Africa and middle East, Mr Inego Vallejo assured Rivers State Government that the club will continue to support the sustained development of the academy.
Another major event last week in Brick House was the visit of six state Governors. They are Governors of Adamawa Umaru Fintri, Imo, Emeka Ihedioha, Oyo, Seyi Makinde, Benue, Samuel Orton, Sokoto, Aminu Tambuwal, and Zamfara, Muhammed Matawale.
Addressing journalists after a close door meeting Friday with Governor Wike , Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal said they were in the state to celebrate with Rivers people the good governance of Governor Wike as he marks the first 100 days of his second term administration.
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