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Gbajabiamila, NILDS Allege High Turnover Of Lawmakers On Executive Rascality

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….Say practice of one tenure weakens, threatens democracy, disrupts legislature

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By Gloria Ikibah

The House of Representatives and
National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) have lamented the high turnover of lawmakers in every legislative year on executive rascality of state governors.

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Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabimila,
and DG NILDS, Abubakar Sulaiman, stated this at the 2022 Press Corps Week of the House of Representatives with the theme: “High Turnover of the Lawmakers: Impact and Way Forward” in Abuja on Monday.

Gbajabimila, who was represented by the Deputy Majority Leader of the House, Peter Akpatason, said the high turnover of legislators was due to inordinate desire of governors to maintain firm grip on political apparatus of their states.

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According to him, the development was worrisome as it has negative impact on the institution of the legislature which is the bastion of democracy and is also the victim of any undemocratic governance as it goes extinct.

“When you talk about executive rascality, I don’t think a lot of people actually know, it is a very serious issue in this country. We have the situation in which governors want to do everything, want to take everything in this country but it not in the interest of Nigerian.

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“It is not in the interest of democracy when a governor sits down and say XY must not come back, why? You are not looking at experience, competence, is not about inability to perform. The turn over of legislators is majorly due to the horde of the governors.

“The legislature as the bastion of democracy can do their job very well only when you have a stock of competent and experienced human beings. A federal turnover is a serious problem, serious in the sense that, the older the better, the more experienced the better legislature.

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“The best legislators are legislators who have seen it from every angle but you cannot come in and do one term and say you have seen. How much have you seen actually? How much would you know in National Assembly in four years?

“When there is military rule, you have the executives, you have the judiciary but the only one that is missing is always the legislature. So now that we are lucky to have democracy, the best that we can do to ensure that we have an efficient legislative arm is to maintain and sustain the experience already acquired by those who have been in service for quite some time”, he said.

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For the Director General of NILDS, Prof. Suleiman, most of the lawmakers that are not coming back to the Senate and the House in next legislative session is on account of executive rascality which must stop.

He warned that the practice of not re-electing lawmakers after four years or at most eight years was not healthy even for the constituents as only ranking members can become principal and presiding officers of the National Assembly.

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“In National Assembly or legislature, we talk about ranking. If you are doing rotational, your constituency will never produce principal officers.

“When I was taking about executive, one of the most vibrant senators today is Yahaya Oloriegbe (Kwara) but he’s not coming back again because the governor doesn’t like his face. When you look at senators that have the highest honour of bills, Senator Oloriegbe is one of them in the 9th Assembly but despite that performance, the governor said I don’t like himself so he’s not going back.

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“The governor gave it to a lesser person – he is a medical doctor and chairman of senate committee on health and now you are giving it to another person who is an OND holder. So when you look at it critically, where are we heading to? It’s a sad development.

“In term of right to that constituency they have lost, just as we lost in Kwara, they have lost too in the Yobe North because we need experience even when it comes to the issue of intervention funds, in terms of constituency project they have lost”, he said.

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Prof. Suleiman said that the desire of the governors to move to the legislature, particularly the senate after completing their tenures was why many serving lawmakers are denied the return ticket, in addition to financial demands from their constituents.

“Indeed most legislators who failed to secure their party primary tickets for the 2023 general election, blamed the outcome of the primary on the small number of delegates that determined the faith of candidates all over the country.

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“For instance only one delegate per Local Government determines the faith of the Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the just concluded party primaries in 2022 while three delegates per Local Government determined that of All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate in the same primary election.

“This situation has been attributed to the inadvertent omission of statutory delegates in participating in the primaries of their parties in the new electoral law 2022, which put a lot of the legislators seeking return ticket at a disadvantage,” he noted.

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Sulaiman decried that this trend weakens the legislature as greenhorn lawmakers cannot sufficiently hold the executive to account, and their quality of debates and legislative outputs are likely to be equally poor.

According to him, high turnover of lawmakers was a drawback for Nigeria as a country in terms of governance, funding, wasting of resources, and loss of manpower of lawmakers that know the job while disrupting the legislative processes.

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“The high turnover rate also disrupt legislative process and activities and do not ensure continuity between one session of the Assembly and its succeeding regimes. Imagine you commence work on one bill process, maybe it has gotten to the second stage and because the Senator that sponsored it is not coming back, another senator who may not even know where it stopped is coming to replace him to start the process all over again.

“The same applies to keeping tabs on the governance process. That was what affected critical bills like PIB over the years before it was recently passed into law.

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“The high turnover trend also incapacitates the Legislature as an institution in the country. Incapacitation of the Legislature in Nigeria through high turnover of legislators, four years interval and inadequate funding coupled with deficiencies of enabling laws, have made our practice of democracy to be less development-driven,” the NILDS boss said.

Earlier in her opening remarks, the chairman House of Reps. Press Corps, Grace Ike, said the theme for this year’s event was apt owing to the 2023 general elections that will birth a new Assembly.

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She said: “Since the return to democracy in 1999, the country has continuously witnessed a high turnover of legislators every election cycle.

“As Journalists covering the National Assembly, we are set to witness the highest turnover of Lawmakers in the 2023 election and this is a cause to worry about.

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“Obviously, about 70- 80 per cent of lawmakers will not make it back to both the federal and state Assemblies, which is quite worrisome and the adverse effect resulting to loss of institutional memories, experience and relegation of competency to the background among other issues.

“As we all know, Democracy cannot exist without the legislature hence the need for a critical stakeholders summit on the adverse effects of high turnover of Lawmakers: the good and the bad”.

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According to her the press will continue to carry out its responsibility in educating the citizens.

Ike assured that the Press Corps will continue to work towards promoting good governance. Be objective, balanced and fair in reporting Parliamentary activities as we look forward to the 2023 General elections.

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“For us in the Press Corps who have been covering the parliament for decades, we will continue to analyse and educate the public on its advantages and disadvantages.

“While we appreciate the speaker of the 9th House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila CFR on his role in stabilizing the 9th House, we will not forget in a jiffy reforms like the Police Act, the Petroleum Industry Act, among others that saw the light of the day under his able leadership.

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“In the course of our reportage, we have watched with keen interest individuals who have contributed their quota in promoting the legislative system and choose to honour them today. These individuals have distinguished themselves in building and sustaining democracy in their own way.

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After giving my wife, N100k, she lodged in hotel with her lover for 4days, man tells Court

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Mr Hakeem Olarenwaju has narrated his ordeal to a court, how he gave his wife, N100,000 and she lodged in a hotel with her lover for four days.

To this end, Olarenwaju, has approached Grade A Customary Court, Mapo, Ibadan, Oyo State, seeking that it dissolves the 16-year-old union between him and his wife, Fatima Olarenwaju.

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Hakeem told the court that his wife whom he met as a single parent started misbehaving a few years into their marriage.

The plaintiff stated that he went into marriage with the defendant despite his father’s disapproval of their relationship, and that today he is regretting his action.

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Hakeem explained that Fatima who was initially loving, dedicated and obedient, suddenly changed and became defiant despite allowing her to bring to his house the child from her first marriage.

According to the plaintiff, the defendant constantly denied him sex and rubbed shoulders with him in the house.

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He further stated that she took to leaving home without his knowledge and consent, adding that there were times she travelled without informing him.

Hakeem added that he later found out that she was having an affair with another man whom she sometimes lodged with.

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Fatima, he added, finally moved out of his house.

He thus begged the court, if his prayer of divorce was answered to grant him custody of their two children whom she has failed to be a good example to.

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Fatima was absent in court despite being served court summonses.

Hakeem while giving his evidence said, “I went against my father’s wish and went ahead in 2006 to marry my wife who I met as a single parent.

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“Fatima and I had a blissful marriage despite the criticism from my family and my father in particular.

“She was well behaved and dedicated to me and our children. We were always together and shared each other’s dreams. She was my best friend.

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“I gave her N100,000 to start a business which blossomed and flourished in a short period.

“We were a happy family until my wife started misbehaving in 2010.

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“Fatima cultivated the habit of leaving home without my knowledge and consent and would return home late.

“The more I complained, the worse she became. Fatima would call off my bluff any time I threatened to deal with her.

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” I overlooked her shortcomings and allowed her to bring her daughter by another man to my home. But rather than be thankful for my display of generosity, all I got from her were abuses as a result of her caustic tongue.”

The plaintiff further said, “My lord, my wife is unfaithful to me. She was dating another man while under my roof.

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“She would lie to me that she was going to cater at a party being a caterer, but would go and spend the weekend with her lover.

“Fatima once travelled out of town for four days without informing me. She left no clue about her whereabouts while her phone was switched off.

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“I later learnt she travelled with her lover for those days and this led to a quarrel between us.

“I reported her to her parents and they helped resolved our differences, but Fatima to my chagrin abandoned all her duties in the home.

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“She refused me sex and stopped cooking my food. Her daughter was the one preparing my meals.

“She totally neglected me and refused to have anything to do with me.

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“Fatima finally packed out of my house which was why I came to court.

“My lord, I entreat the court to officially end our marriage and grant me custody of our two children.

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“Fatima’s lifestyle is questionable and as such can’t be a good example to our children.

The court president, Mrs S.M Akintayo, adjourned the case after he has heard the plaintiff and ordered that a fresh hearing notice be served the respondent.

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Truck Kills Road Safety officials on patrol

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By Gloria Ikibah

Two patrol operatives of the Federal Road Safety Corps were crushed to death on the Ikot-Ikpene-Aba road on Friday.

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Corps Spokesperson, Bisi Kazeem said that the crash occurred as a result of excessive speed indulged in by the driver of a DAF articulated truck while trying to dodge a pothole along the axis.

“According to preliminary investigation, the fatal crash involved a FRSC Patrol Vehicle and a white coloured truck.

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“The road crash affected a total of eight male adults, out of which two sustained severe injuries, two were killed while the remaining four passengers were rescued without any injuries.

“The injured persons have been taken to Ikot Ekpene General hospital and the dead deposited in the mortuary of the same hospital”, Kazeem stated.

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The Acting Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, Dauda Biu, decried the incessant knock down and crushing of patrol operatives.

Biu said that the killing of the two officers was part of the recklessness of some drivers who have continuously violated the legally prescribed speed limit.

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He pledged the resolve of the Corps to apprehend perpetrators of the deadly act and make them face the full wrath of the law.

The FRSC boss conveyed his heartfelt condolences to the families of the staff who lost their lives in active service.

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Biu further assured the public of the Corps’ resilience to ensure that the perpetrators of such bad driving culture were forced to face the law.

“We advise motorists to desist from such act by complying with acceptable road safety regulations, as the Corps will not spare anyone engaged in this deadly act of recklessness on the road,” he added.

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Blind teacher In Oyo State Shares His Experience

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A visually impaired teacher and freelance broadcaster, Ayanwale Ayantola, who teaches English Language at the Adeniran Memorial Grammar School, Ogbomoso, Oyo State, and shares his experience.

*Some people with visual impairment had difficult childhoods. Was it the same for you?*

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I can say yes because the impression Nigerians have about people with disabilities is not encouraging. I was not born blind. I lost my sight when I was a SS2 pupil, though I had a visual problem when I was in junior secondary school. I attended Ori-Oke Baptist Primary School, Ogbomoso, and Ori-Oke Community High School, but did not graduate from the school because of the problem I had with my sight. As a JSS2 pupil, I noticed that I could not see clearly. That led me to use recommended glasses. Later, I found it difficult to see the blackboard unless I moved closer. My school principal and some other teachers noticed the problem when my performance dropped because they knew I was a brilliant pupil.

So, they told me to bring my parents to school and when they came, my father explained the challenges I had with my eyes. We later went to Jos, Plateau State, where I had the first surgery. Each of my eyes was operated on three times, but I did not know what the doctors told my dad. However, I was advised not to force myself to read with the eyes but rather to use the level of vision I had left to aid my movement.

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*Did the doctors tell your parents what was wrong with your eyes or why you could not see clearly?*

Yes. I was told I had glaucoma and my father was advised to enrol me in a school for the blind. In 2007, I was enrolled in the Oyo State School for the Blind, Ogbomoso, where I spent about eight months learning Braille and typewriting. I wanted to become a medical doctor and was a science pupil at Ori-Oke Community High School. I was told that I could not continue as a science student, so I became an arts pupil. After learning Braille and typewriting at the school for the blind, I went back to SS1 at Adeniran Memorial Grammar School, Ogbomoso, where I currently work as a teacher.

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*Can you remember the point when you completely lost your sight?*

When I was at the school for the blind, I could see partially and move about to do one or two things. I lost my sight completely in 2006. That was the time I forced my eyes to read printed copies of the materials I used to prepare for examinations organised by the West African Examinations Council. That was against the advice I was given not to read with my eyes. I can remember that on the day I lost my sight, I visited one of my seniors in school. As I tried to enter the class, I hit my forehead on one of the pillars and fainted. That was when I realised that I could no longer see.

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*How did your condition impact your relationship with people in your community?*

Many of my friends left me because they thought I was no longer part of them since I would attend a school for the blind, which was a boarding school. When I graduated from the school, I could not find any of them, because they had moved ahead of me academically, having returned to SS1 due to my condition.

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*How did you qualify as a teacher?*

I attended the Federal College of Education (Special), Oyo, and studied English/Visually Impaired Study. I graduated between 2004 and 2005. I found it easy to cope there because of my knowledge of the use of Braille. I could still see partially when I was at the college, so it was not difficult to find me around the school. In fact, I was the one guiding most of the blind students there. But now, people guide me because my sight is completely lost. I also attended the National Teachers Institute.

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*Were you bugged by your inability to attend a university and study Medicine, which was your dream course?*

I felt bad. My life has totally changed. If not for the advice I received, I wanted to commit suicide.

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*Read full story in Punch*

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