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Minister hails NSCDC’s Professionalism

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The Honourable Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Arc. Olamilekan Adegbite, has commended and applauded the officers and men of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) over security measures taken to protect the mineral resources in Nigeria. The minister appreciates the Corps effort in tackling the illegal mining of mineral resources in Nigeria despite no financial support from the ministry, which he noted was a drain on the economy that offers no benefit to both States and the Federal Government.

Adegbite gave this commendation while on a courtesy visit to the Commandant General NSCDC Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu at the Corps’ headquarters, Abuja on Friday. Though the Minister of State for Mines and Steel Development Dr. Uchechukwu Ogah has been here before onbehalf of the ministry but I decided to be here in person to appreciate the leadership of NSCDC for the efforts giving to the ministry despite no financial backing by the ministry for now, Adegbite stated.

On the other hand, the Commandant General NSCDC Abdullahi Gana Muhammadu, expressed satisfaction for the visit made by the minister, he applauded the Minister’s professionalism in co-coordinating the activities in the Mining Sector, since his assumption of office.

Gana assured the Minister that the Corps would continue to support the ministry’s initiative in enhancing the mineral sector to ensue national growth. Our mandate is to ensure security of lives and properties. This, we have been doing, and we won’t relent, Gana said.

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Lagos Assembly Correspondents Mourn Lawmaker, Tunde Braimoh

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Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly Correspondents’ Association (LAHACA) have condoled with the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, other lawmakers, staff of the assembly and family members of the late Hon. Tunde Braimoh over his sudden death on Friday July 10, 2020.

LAHACA members described the death of Hon. Braimoh who was the Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Publicity, Security and Strategy as unexpected, sad and a great loss to the All Progressives Congress (APC), the parliament in Lagos State in particular, and Nigeria in general.

In a statement issued by the Chairman of LAHACA, Mr. Olanrewaju Adesanya, he said that the late Hon. Braimoh was an ebullient, eloquent personality and a wordsmith who spoke the English Language with dexterity.

“When Hon. Tunde Braimoh spoke, you just had to listen to him. He was blunt, effervescent, and persuasive. He was careful with his words.

“He was the Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Publicity, Security and Strategy. In that capacity, we became closer and we realized that he was good-natured.”

“In my last chat with him weeks before his sudden demise, I got a feel of how conscious he was about the wellness of his people and the residents of Lagos State in general. We spoke at length on the need for him to relate more with members of the press covering the Assembly,” the statement read.

The LAHACA Chairman then urged members of the Assembly community, his family members, his associates and friends to see his death as the will of the Almighty God, while praying that God would give his family members the fortitude to bear the loss.

Mr. Adesanya said that members of LAHACA would miss the late lawmaker and prayed that “God would give the Lagos Assembly community and the family members of the deceased the fortitude to bear this irreparable loss.”

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AGF Malami should not be paid back with evil, group tells fake news peddlers

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Group under the auspices of Network Against Cyber Bullying (NACB), has cautioned fake news and unfounded allegations peddlers to desist from attacking the person and personality of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister for Justice; Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN) on social and other media platforms.

The group in a statement signed and made available to journalists by the duo of Adamu Musa, Chairman; and Kesley George, Secretary; said, “We the members of the Network Against Cyber Bullying (NACB), have noticed a recent systematic attack on the person of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister for Justice; Mr. Abubakar Malami (SAN). Fake news and unfounded allegations have been circulating on the social media. This is coming days after a very top Government official was suspended, on the recommendation of a committee setup by the president, which the Attorney General chaired. The very successful Senior Advocate of Nigeria has served our country for so long and shouldn’t be paid back with evil”

The recent publications, emanating from known radical online platforms have been countered by the Attorney General. In a statement recently released by his spokesman, Mr Malami (SAN) denied all allegations.

The statement read: “The attention of the Honorable Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN has been drawn to a mischievous, deceitful and perfidious publication by the notorious factory of fake news in Nigeria, the Sahara Reporters with an intent to spread lies.

“It is regrettable that the information communication technology tools have been hijacked by disgruntled elements in spreading fake news and blatant lies.

“The report by these media platforms is a clear violation of ethical journalism practices on verification of facts and authentication of claims. It evinces lack of professionalism and exposes rash and reckless presentation of figment of imaginations shrouded with bigotry and bundled with sentiments of unscrupulous questions.

“For instance, who is the vendor of the purported house bought for the son of the Minister in Abuja at N300m? Where is the so-called mansion located in Abuja? Where are the title documents?

“While refuting the claim, Malami said “God knows that I did not purchase any house for him in Abuja. Not even a rented house was secured for my son in Abuja, because he has no plan to live in Abuja”.

“The allegation of hiring private jets for the marriage was preposterous. It is common knowledge that the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice had neither a father nor mother anywhere in Nigeria to be conveyed to Kano for the wedding. Who, then is the Attorney-General is using the chartered flight to convey? Which jets are chartered? Who paid for the charter? Through which means was the money paid?”

“Looking at the Minister’s response; Valid questions were asked, and we are sure the peddlers of this deceit, don’t have the answers.

“It may interest the public to know that this 53 year old SAN, is a successful lawyer with a lot of legal victories to his name. As far back as 2014 Mr. Malami aspired to be the Governor of Kebbi State but lost out at the primaries. He is a successful lawyer with a strong network.

“We call on the Attorney General to follow all legal procedures to stop this attack. Enough is enough for peddlers of fake news. Enough is enough for platforms who gain from blackmailing government officials.”

Signed
Adamu Musa
Chairman
Kesley George
Secretary

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AKHA PASSES INTO LAW FREE TUITION AND EXAMINATION FEE BILL

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The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, has passed a Bill for a Law to provide for free tuition and examination fees for Public Primary and Secondary Schools in Akwa Ibom State into law.
The Bill which was brought before the House by the Member representing Oruk Anam State Constituency and House Leader, Rt. Hon. Udo Kierian Akpan
Presenting the Committee’s Report at Plenary on Tuesday, the Chairman, House Committee on Education Hon. Godwin Ekpo noted that the Bill seeks to provide for free tuition and examination fee in all public primary and secondary schools in Akwa Ibom state.
The Lawmaker said the bill seeks to address existing challenges and promote favorable standard education in the state.
He said the Bill is predicated on the need to actualise the dream of the present administration to better the future of Akwa Ibom child.
The House after receiving and considering the Report at the Committee of the Whole, passed the Bill into Law.
At Plenary also, the House received several other reports from different house Committees to include a report from House Committee on Works regarding Equipping of Fire Stations in the State, Report from Adhoc Committee on Local Government led by Rt. Hon. Udo Kierian Akpan which considered the reinstatement of the suspended Chairman of Nsit Atai, Hon Lady Emem Ibanga with few other motions and Bills also considered.
Meanwhile, the House has adjourned its plenary to Thursday, Thursday 16, 2020.
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