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Reps Resume Plenary, Speaker Calls For More Seriousness In Serving Nigeria

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… Mandates Committee on Rules and Business To Discharge All Pending Priority Bills

By Gloria Ikibah

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The House of Representatives has resume plenary after its annually recess which lasted for two months.

Addressing the lawmakers, Speaker of the House, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, urged them to take the business of lawmaking serious, considering the limited time left in this legislative year.

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“Honourable Colleagues, in a few days, the campaign for the 2023 general elections will officially commence. Already, activities towards the campaign are in high gear with consultations and outreach by candidates and incumbents across the country. This is normal, and it is expected. However, those of us who hold office must endeavour to deliver on the mandate we hold for the duration of our term. So, we must strike a balance as we campaign, because we have a 4-year mandate”, Gbajabiamila said.

Speaker Gbajabiamila also said the 9th House of Representatives must ensure that it tries to live up to the commitments it made in its legislative agenda, as it will be assessed on that basis whether they like it or not.

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He further noted that on the authority of Order 18(3)(g) of the House Rules, he had instructed the Committee on Rules and Business to discharge ll priority bills pending in the various committees beyond the allotted time.

He named the priority bills to include legislation to implement essential reforms to our national security architecture, bills that aim to effect needed reforms of critical government institutions, as well as others that seek to improve our national ability to meet human capital development targets.

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“We have very little time left to finish the work we have been called to do in this Assembly. There is much left to do, and we cannot turn our attention to those whilst we have pending tasks to deliver. I urge all the Chairmen of the standing and ad-hoc committees to act promptly on pending bills and motions, conclude the activities of ad-hoc committees and submit their reports for consideration and subsequent action. Please take all proper and necessary measures to clear the backlog of assignments before the schedule becomes even more encumbered by budget activities and the pressures of the campaign season”, he said.

The Speaker also said that it has become necessary for the House to intervene in the extended faceoff between the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal Government.

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“This current impasse is due primarily to disagreements over conditions of service of the staff and funding of universities in general. Therefore, this afternoon, alongside the leadership of the House and the relevant committees, I will meet with representatives of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). Our agenda is to explore whatever options there are for parliament to help resolve the present crises so that our children can return to school. It is long established that access to education, more than anything else, is key to unlocking prosperity and improving social mobility outcomes in any society.

“And we all agree that government has a role in ensuring that our nation’s young people get a quality education that allows them to compete and thrive in the 21st-century knowledge economy.

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“Yet, evidence abounds that the current framework of government-sponsored tertiary education is no longer working as it should and hasn’t worked for a long time. Our immediate goal is to do everything to get our children back to school. However, the time has also come to begin a candid assessment of the current system and to consider all available options for complete reform. We owe this to our children and to our nation’s future”, Gbajabiamila said.

He also noted that while insecurity continues to be a scourge across Nigeria, the nation have recently recorded significant victories against the purveyors of violence and conflict across the country.

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“In the North East, North West, and North Central, men and women of our nation’s armed forces have neutralised scores of bandits and insurgents, taken out the heads of different cells, destroyed training camps and significantly disrupted their ability to organise against the peace and security of the Nigerian people. I salute the courage and gallantry of our fighting men and women. I assure them that this House will continue to do all we can to support them and honour their sacrifice”, he asserted.

Ths speaker also commended the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) which has made significant increased interdiction efforts across the country and at all ports of entry.

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“These efforts have resulted in record-breaking seizures of banned substances at the ports and inner cities. I commend these efforts and urge the Agency to continue doing this vital work. We cannot afford to have our country overrun by the cancer of the drug trade and the devastation it brings. Therefore, all of us, both in our official and personal capacities, must become soldiers in the war on drugs.

“We will continue to support the work of law enforcement to identify and apprehend the promoters of the trade and block their trade routes. We will consider policy interventions to ensure that the administration of justice recognises and reflects the critical distinction between victims and the kingpins who profit from the misery of the drug trade. But we must also ask ourselves what is causing so many young people to embrace the drug trade or become users themselves. How we answer that question will ultimately determine whether we will win this fight or be defeated by it”, the Speaker said.

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Hon. Gbajabiamila pointed out that due to theft and various acts of economic sabotage, Nigeria is experiencing a massive decline in the volume of crude oil exports.

“Our crude oil export of 972,394 bpd for August is the lowest we have recorded in the last two decades. At a time when we are already experiencing severe financial constraints, the perpetrators of this brazen heist threaten our ability to serve the Nigerian people and meet the demands of governance and nation-building. Their actions constitute treason against our country, for which they must be held accountable. There are mechanisms in place to prevent these sorts of bad actors, and the government spends significant amounts of money each year to protect oil and gas resources in the country. Evidently, these existing arrangements do not suffice. As such, there is an urgent need to review them and make the necessary improvements. It is also of particular importance that the perpetrators of these crimes against the state are identified, prosecuted and subjected to the stiffest penalties the law allows. Those who seek to impoverish our country in this manner have declared war against the Nigerian people. They are no different from the insurgents and terrorists against whom we are battling in various theatres. The government’s response must be sufficient to convince them of the error of their ways and deter others who might be tempted to join in their treason”. He said.

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The Speaker also apologized to members for resuming plenary in a makeshift Chambers following the ongoing renovation of the main Chambers of the House of Representatives and National Assembly as a whole.

“Our gathering today is somewhat unusual as we have convened the plenary in a different location due to the ongoing and long overdue renovation of the National Assembly Complex. The business of parliament is essential to the proper operations of democratic government. Yet, for some time now, the conditions of these premises have not reflected the importance of the work we do here”, he said.

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He however said that the contractors are currently working to ensure that the facility is fit for purpose earlier than expected.

The Speaker added that the House hopes to receive the 2023 Appropriations Bill from the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, in the first week of October.

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“I Admire Your Eloquence, Calmness,” Emir Of Kano To Obi

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The Emir of Kano Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero has declared that he admired the eloquence, calmness, humility of the standard bearer of the Labour Party, (LP) Mr Gregory Peter Obi.

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The Monarch stated these when the presidential candidate paid him a courtesy visit in his palace on Friday.

Said he “Iadmire your eloquence, calmness, humility, respect for culture, and fear of God.”

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A statement by the spokesman of the Thirdforce Dr Yunusa iTanko added that Obi visited the revered monarch as he arrived Kano to sympathize with the Kano Flood Victims as well as Beirut Road Collapsed Building.

The Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party the statement further stressed used the occasion of the visit to brief the Emir of his desire to serve Nigeria as the next president come 2023.

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The former Anambra State Governor, who said he had been exposed to various areas of governance for years, noted that he was experienced enough to lead Nigeria.

“Though l am in the state for sympathy visit, l deem it appropriate to make the Palace my first point of call to pay you Royal Homeage and to formally infor.m of my intention to run for president in the forthcoming election.”

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Mr Peter Obi furthet explained that he was also in the Palace to sympathize with him as a Royal Father for the twinntragedy that befell the state penultimate weeks.

The Emir who nited that the country was blessed with abundant resources but wondered why there were suffering, poverty and crimes, said he believed Obi was eminently qualified for the position as he did it as Anambra State Governor wished wished Peter Obi well in the pursuit of his ambition.

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Peter Obi was in company of Kano State Gubernatorial Candidate of Labour Party Engineer Bashir Ishaq Bashir, his running mate Dr. Datti Yusuf Baba Ahmed , Dr Yunusa Tanko and State Chairman of Labour Party Mall Raji in his entourage.

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2023: Obi Visits Emir of Kano, restated his Desire to Lead Nigeria+photos

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The Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party Mr. Peter Gregory Obi on Friday visited the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero where he reiterated his desire to serve Nigeria.

Obi visited the revered monarch as he arrives Kano to sympathize with the Kano Flood Victims as well as Beirut Road Collapsed Building.

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The former Anambra State Governor, who said he has been exposed to various areas of governance for years, noted that he is experienced to lead Nigeria.


While he told the Emir he is in the state for sympathy visit, Obi said he deemed it appropriate to make the Palace his first point of call.

The visit to the palace, Peter Obi explained, is to pay Royal Homage to the revered Emir and also to formally inform him of his intention to run for president in the coming election and also to sympathize with him as a Royal Father for the twinntragedy that befalled the state penultimate weeks.

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On his part, the Emir of Kano expressed his happiness for the visit and said he admires Peter Obi’s eloquence, calmness, humility, respect for culture, and fear of God. He also thanked him for having respect for culture.


The Emir who said the country is blessed with resources but wondered why there’s suffering and poverty and crime, said he believed Obi is eminently qualified for the position as he did it as Anambra State Governor where he wished Peter Obi well in the pursuit of his ambition.

Peter Obi was in company of Kano State Gubernatorial Candidate of Labour Party Engr. Bashir Ishaq Bashir, his running mate Dr. Datti Yusuf Baba Ahmed , Dr Yunusa Tanko and State Chairman of Labour Mall Raji in his entourage.

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2023: Newly wed couple join Obidients in Abuja one million man march+video

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Newly wedded couple on Saturday join the Obidients one million man march in Abuja trending video emerges online.

Naijablitznews.com reports no one seems to be left out as depicted in this video showing the newly married couple marching for LP presidential candidate Peter Obi.

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