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Nigeria – Ghana Group, Traders Laud Gbajabiamila Over Intervention In Trade Dispute

The spokesman of the Speaker House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, Mr Lanre Lasisi, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Speaker, House of Representatives, Federal Republic of Nigeria. In a statement issued early today said.

“The Nigeria-Ghana Business Council and the Nigeria Union of Traders Association Ghana (NUTAG) have commended the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila over his intervention in the trade disputes with the government of Ghana.

Members of the Nigeria-Ghana Business Council said through their President, Omoba Bambo Ademiluyi, that Gbajabiamila’s visit to Ghana has made positive impact and paved the way for an amicable resolution to the trade dispute.

In a letter of appreciation and commendation dated September 5 and addressed to the Speaker, Mr Ademiluyi said: “It is on record that your trip brought about the highest involvement of both governments in this dispute that has been on since 2007.

“Your proposals and presentations have given rise to two very vital solutions to the problem: 1. The review of the GIPC Act demanding $1,000,000 deposit for foreign investors in Ghana as it concerns Nigerians. 2. The promotion of the Nigeria-Ghana Business Council backed by legislation to superintend on trade and business issues between the two countries.”

He said the formation of the business council as proposed by the Speaker was a welcome development.

“Our objectives and activities align with the proposal which is being introduced to superintend trade issues of the two countries.

“It is, therefore, our wish to express support for the formation of this council and request that we work with your team to see to a successful emergence of a government-backed Business Council.”

On their part, members of NUTAG said in another letter addressed to the Speaker dated September 6 that Gbajabiamila’s visit and engagement with the Ghanaian authorities were timely and a right step in the right direction.”

The spokesman further said:

“In the letter, signed by the association’s President, Chief Chukwuemeka Nnaji, the Nigerian traders urged the Speaker not to despair in ensuring that resolutions reached during the interface are implemented by all concerned parties.

The traders noted that Gbajabiamila’s intervention was a testimony that President Muhammadu Buhari and the government of Nigeria have the interest of Nigerians at home and abroad at heart.

The letter reads in part: “Your Excellency, please, allow me to seize this opportunity to thank you from the bottom of my heart on behalf of the Nigerian Union of Traders Association of Ghana (NUTAG), for your kind, responsible and timely intervention to quell the much travails we have been experiencing at the hands of Ghanaian authorities and our Ghanaian counterpart, Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA).

“Sir, the leadership of NUTAG and all Nigerian traders in Ghana, as well as other Nigerians living in Ghana, deeply appreciate your recent visit to Ghana in order to try and resolve the lingering trade impasse between Ghana and Nigeria; in unison, we hail this as the right step in the right direction.

“The move at once displays that the Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria led by His Excellency, President Muhammad Buhari has all Nigerian citizens very close at heart, both at home and abroad.

“We are indeed very grateful to you and the entire team who embarked on this journey, and we are optimistic that an end to our travails in Ghana is at hand.”

“The president of the trade union, however, stated that a lot of Nigerian traders in Ghana are finding things difficult as their means of livelihood have been shut down.

The traders appealed to the Nigerian Government to engage with the Ghanaian Government to reopen the said shops pending an enduring solution the impasse.” He concluded.

Gbajabiamila Spearheads African Speakers’ Push For Debts Cancellation

The Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Speaker of the House of Representatives,
Federal republic of Nigeria, Lanre Lasisi, speaks as Nigeria to host maiden Conference of African Speakers and Heads of Parliament. Where he said:

“Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila on Monday convened a meeting of some African Speakers of Parliaments where it was agreed that there is an urgent need to push for debt cancellation for the continent from their multilateral and bilateral partners.

This is as Gbajabiamila’s initiative to establish the Conference of African Speakers and Heads of Parliament (CoSAP), a body that will facilitate increased collaboration between Speakers, Heads of Parliament and National Assemblies across Africa got a boost.

The African Speakers will also seek to advance the African development agenda within and outside the continent in conjunction with both the executive arms of government as well as African regional institutions.

These emerged following a virtual meeting conveyed by Gbajabiamila on Monday with Hon. Tagesse Chafo, Speaker, House of Peoples Representatives, Ethiopia; Rt. Hon. Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye, PhD, Speaker of Parliament, Ghana; Hon. Justin Bedan Muturi, Speaker, National Assembly, Republic of Kenya; Rt. Hon. Donatille Mukabalisa, Speaker, Chamber of Deputies, Rwanda; and President Moustapha Niasse, AFP, President, National Assembly, Senegal.

In his opening remarks, Gbajabiamila said there was an urgent need to join local and global efforts to push for the cancellation of the external debt owed by various countries on the continent.

Saying that development across the continent has become stunted due to the heavy burden of the debts, Gbajabiamila noted that the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has compounded the issue for the continent, considering the socio-political and economic consequences of the disease.

“We all agree that Africa’s debt burden has become an existential threat to our societies, our economies and the future; we leave to posterity, and we need to do something about this and treat it as a continent-wide priority.

“It is safe to say that the burden of debt servicing, vis-à-vis spending on education and health care for example, is a threat to our continent’s stability and development, especially in the era of Covid-19.

“When we find ourselves having to make policy choices between paying debts or saving lives, we know something is not morally right. And as democratically elected representatives of our people, we cannot be silent. We must speak up and we must act. And the time to act is now.

“Furthermore, is the need for us to reflect on, the processes that led to Africa’s heavy indebtedness in the first place, the role parliamentarians can play to address this going forward and what assurances we as parliamentarians can give our borrowers that if our debt is cancelled, the freed-up resources will be invested in social and economic development of our citizens.

“If we want debt cancellation, we must be able to build the confidence of the borrowers that the cancellation will indeed save lives and livelihoods across the continent, and we, as Speakers and Heads of our parliaments, will ensure that is indeed the case”.

On the need for the establishment of the Pan-African Speaker’s Conference, Gbajabiamila noted that collective efforts at tackling challenges facing the continent have become expedient.

He said: “The motive behind this initiative is that each year we identify a theme, issue, or challenge that is pan-African in scope and we meet to deliberate on how we can work together across parliaments in Africa to tackle these continental issues and challenges.

“As heads of our respective parliamentary entities, it will also be a good platform to share experiences and expertise in different aspects of our legislative duties pertinent to the growth, development and sustenance of our economies and our societies; and on ways to enhance the capacity and impact of our parliaments on our democracies and the lives of the peoples we all represent.

“We have spent decades learning from the rest of the world, now we must begin to learn from one another”.

Throwing his weight behind the two initiatives, Hon. Tagesse Chafo, Speaker, House of Peoples Representatives, Ethiopia, noted that though almost every government on the continent has been trying to seek debt forgiveness, this should not, however, stop the parliaments from contributing to the efforts through a platform such as this.

“As representatives of our people, we are to come together, advise and campaign about the issue, we don’t have to keep quiet because debt cancellation would be good for the resuscitation of our economies that have been ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic,” he added.

In the same vein, Rt. Hon. Prof. Aaron Mike Oquaye, Speaker of Parliament, Ghana noted that the debt burden is essentially a common challenge on the continent, as most African countries have to depend on foreign loans to execute their national budgets.

He, however, noted that the Speaker’s group, in its efforts to push for debt cancellation must be able to convince the creditors about accountability if they hope to succeed.

He said: “Donor agencies are interested in accountability because they are confounded about the issue of corruption, and we must be able to give the assurance and that is why the Speakers Conference is critical. And if nothing is done, there may be no economy to service the loans”

Hon. Justin Bedan Muturi, Speaker, National Assembly, Republic of Kenya also emphasised the need for the initiative, adding that, the coronavirus pandemic has undermined most African economies because conditions attached to most of the loans have been eroded by the consequences of the novel pandemic.

On her part, Rt. Hon. Donatille Mukabalisa, Speaker, Chamber of Deputies, Rwanda, while noting that African countries depend on and heavily burdened by loans even before the pandemic, however, added that the group must be clear about the kind of debt it is seeking to address and from which partners.”

The Speaker’s spokesman further said:

“While President Moustapha Niasse, AFP, President, National Assembly, Senegal also regretted that the pandemic has affected all economies on the continent negatively, he, however, suggested that opinions of members of the forum must be sought on how to solve the issues between suspension or cancellation of debt
“We must be convinced that we have a job to do at the level of parliament,” he added.

It was also agreed that a Communique would be released in the first week of September 2020, while the campaign for implementations of the plan of action would begin in the second week of September 2020 as well.”

“According to the forum, the third week of September would be devoted to the planning for the 2021 conference by the Secretariat.

While it was decided that Nigeria would host the maiden edition of CoSAP chaired by Nigerian Speaker the Rt. Hon Femi Gbajabiamila, the new body is expected to meet again in the first week of September to approve the plans and swing into action.” He concluded.

Group Angry With Speaker For Cover Up On NDDC, After Minister Sends Lists of Hon. Contractors

The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Godswill Akpabio, has sends names of members of the National Assembly who al­legedly got over-bloated and unexe­cuted contracts from the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

This was contained in the letter by the minister sent to the National Assembly and released to the public.

The National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), which presented the docu­ment to the media in Abuja on Sun­day, expressed disappointment that the Speaker, House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, refused to dis­close the list of the federal lawmakers who benefitted from the contracts awarded by the NDDC.

According to the document, Senator Godswill Ak­pabio listed, Senator Peter Nwao­boshi’s name against 53 projects which included emergency repairs of Asue Street, Owa Phase 2, emer­ Road via Ojemaye, emergency repairs of Otolokpo College Road, Otolokpo, and emergency repairs of Idumuogbe gency repairs of Police Ishu Ani Ukwu Road, Issele-Uku. ­

“They also included emer­gency repairs of old Sapele Agbor Road, Obiaruku; emer­gency repairs of Ehwerhe Obada Road, Agbarho Road; emergency repairs of Hon. If­eanyi Eboigbe Street, Boji Boji Owa/Goodwill Street, Owa Alero, and emergency repairs of Ahiama Okwu to Obuocha Okwu, among others.

“Also the minister listed (Hon. Nicholas) Mutu’s name against 74 projects which in­cluded various emergency road projects in Delta, Akwa Ibom, Bayela, and Rivers states.

“Other lawmakers that Akpabio listed projects against are Senator Matthew Urhoghide (6), James Man­ager (6), Sam Anyanwu (19), and others simply identified as Ondo and Edo reps.”

While addressing newsmen in Abuja, the President of the Youth Council, Mr Solomon Adodo, said:

“Mr. Speaker did not do us justice when he did not dis­close to the National Assem­bly that the list of the benefi­ciaries he demanded had been disclosed and attached to the letter sent to him.

“Gbajabiamila’s decision to cover up his colleagues is unfair to the fight against cor­ruption, quest for transparen­cy, and to the commonwealth of our nation.

“We, therefore, urge Mr. Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, to resign for covering up for a set of people who had erred and breached the rules of contract.

“All the National Assem­bly members who benefitted from the contracts without executing them should be prosecuted to serve as deter­rent to those who may want to follow a similar path.

“It is a clear case of organ­ised crime to have individuals who benefitted from illegality now rising to probe the fact that their illegality is being exposed.”

He added: “We call on all the anti-graft agencies and security agencies to, in line with the directive of Presi­dent Muhammadu Buhari, immediately proceed and go ahead with their investigation of the matter.”

The youths said they were firmly in support of the fo­rensic audit instituted by the Ministry of Niger Delta Af­fairs because it had exposed those who had benefitted in the corruption that had fes­tered in the NDDC.

In the document displayed by the youths council, Akpa­bio was quoted as having said that his letter became neces­sary because “the investigat­ing committee on NDDC re­fused and/or neglected to give me the opportunity to explain that reference to most NDDC contracts yearly being award­ed since 2001 from the records allegedly to members of the National Assembly in both chambers were done without the knowledge of the alleged beneficiaries”.

Akpabio added: “However, the two chairmen of the com­mittees in both chambers had adequate knowledge.”

Reacting, Senator Peter Nwaoboshi challenged Ak­pabio to publish the names of directors of the companies that got the contracts.

“Akpabio is a confused man. NDDC used N39 mil­lion to launder his image. Let him not divert attention from the N81 billion they shared in NDDC”, he said.

Watchers of event are however saying they cannot take Nwaoboshi after-thought outburst because, according to one of them, “Akpabio as lawyer cannot be saying things he does not know. So, the National Assembly leadership still owes the country a duty to purge itself of all of these allegedly corrupt members by submitting them to probe outside the Dome and by independent investigators.”

National Assembly: Why we updated our Legislative Agenda – Gbajabiamila

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has said that the current realities brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic have necessitated the House to review its Legislative Agenda launched last October and come up with an updated version.

The Speaker said the House took into cognizance the fact that COVID-19 came with a lot of challenges that could not be addressed by the first Legislative Agenda, which was prepared long before the outbreak of the pandemic.

In a keynote address at the retreat for the leadership and members of the House on the updated Legislative Agenda on Saturday in Abuja, tagged ‘Our Contract with Nigerians,’ the Speaker said the House would ensure it follows the objectives of the updated Legislative Agenda logically so as to achieve success.

Gbajabiamila said though the House came up with the last Legislative Agenda a year ago, “However, in all our planning and imagining, we did not know that the world will soon change drastically, in ways we could not then conceive of, and with consequences beyond our wildest imagination.

“Before now, the extent of our difficulties was well known to us. We have population growth that far outpaces the rate of economic growth. Insecurity has made vast swathes of our country uninhabitable for citizens and unattractive to investment.

“We are at war, fighting insurgents in the North East who want to remake our world in the image of a medieval theocracy. Our education system is producing graduates who cannot compete in the 21st-century knowledge economy.

“At the same time, economic and social inequity exacerbates our age-old conflicts, making cooperation and progress difficult, and often impossible.

“As a consequence of the new realities imposed on us by the Covid-19 pandemic, the question then is, how do you achieve your ambitions in a world where the signposts of certainty have moved so far that we can barely even see them, or recognise where they used to be?

“This is the reality from which the Nigerian people are looking to us for lasting solutions. Are we able to rise to the challenges of our times? I believe that we are. This updated Legislative Agenda, and the implementation plan which we have tagged ‘Our Contract with Nigerians’ sets out the new priorities of this 9th House of Representatives and commits us to a plan of action over the next year, and for the rest of our tenure.

“We have called this document a contract because that is what it is: a written account of what we owe the people and how we intend to meet our obligations within the shortest possible time. These documents represent our intention to be held accountable based on what we have freely committed to achieving, and which I am confident we will realize, to the glory of God and the edification of our people.”

Gbajabiamila said the retreat was an opportunity to empower members “with the confidence to dare and the skills to deliver.

“I encourage all of us to use the time here today to learn from the speakers and each other, exchange ideas and develop individual roadmaps that would guide our interactions as we work together to deliver a House of Representatives that meets the highest expectations of its citizens.

“I want you to remember today as always what our mission is: to protect those who need us, to shield them, to empower through opportunity, to decide what future we want and then to build it.

“This is our mandate, and we will deliver because we must, because there is no alternative. I pray for God’s guidance on all our endeavours and I wish journey mercies to all those who will be travelling today and the days ahead.”

In a goodwill message, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Bar. Boss Mustapha, said the retreat could not have come at a better time “because our nation and indeed the entire world is facing the most important emergency of our generation in the form of COVID-19 pandemic.”

He said the impact of the pandemic has disrupted all global systems, including governance, economy, lawmaking, food production, transportation, education and health systems to mention, which was why the legislature needed to recalibrate and reposition itself on the delivery of the expected outcomes of its contract with Nigerians “because the next three years will be very critical to our nation.”

The SGF, who is also the chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 (PTF), said the mutual relationship that currently exists between the Executive and the Legislature has made governance more result-orientated and development driven.

“The list of examples of mutual respect and understanding range from the respect for the principle of separation of powers, constant consultations, promptness in dealing with requests from the Executive, thorough and timely passage of the budget and a host of other positives steps taken by the legislature.

“There is no doubt that we are laying a sound foundation for future generations of Nigerians to build upon in governance, accountability and behaviour, all pointing in the direction of convergence of our determination to develop a peaceful, strong and virile nation.”

The updated Legislative Agenda is divided into three components: immediate legislative action, intermediate legislative action and long term legislative action so that the lawmakers would have the opportunity to propose laws and take actions that would fit in the current realities.

Signed:
Lanre Lasisi, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Speaker, House of Representatives, Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Speaker House Reps Urge Journalists To Be truthful in your reportage

The Speaker of the House of Representatives Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has tasked journalists to always be truthful in their reportage, which he said would promote good governance.

Speaking during the inauguration of the newly elected officials of the House of Representatives Press Corps on Thursday at the National Assembly, Gbajabiamila said journalists must contribute to the well-being of the society through their coverage.

The Speaker said journalists have the capacity to shape different narratives in the society, hence the need to be truthful.

He also tasked journalists to ensure balanced and objective reportage to avoid being one-sided, saying doing so would enhance the business of news reporting.

He said when Nigerians read stories that are not true, the media would lose credibility.

He admonished the newly elected officials of the House Press Corps to always remember their oath of office in carrying out their functions.

He said the leadership of the House under hin would ensure a conducive environment for all journalists covering the activities of the House.

He challenged journalists to do away with the bad eggs among them, which he said could be found in any institution or profession.

“We talk about reforms here and there; there has to be reform in your work too. Just recently, we had people from the media come and apologised for false reporting.

“You have the potential of even killing your business in a newspaper house, because in a society if you’re sued, that’s the end of your job. So, what does it pay anybody, knowing especially that the story you’re publishing is false?

“My own is an admonition, and there’s nothing wrong with admonition. Get me right, we want you to report the truth. Whether it is negative or not, one thing is just to make sure it’s the truth. Whether it goes against the House, it goes against the Senate, it doesn’t matter. But let it be the truth,” he said.

The newly sworn-in chairman of the corps, Grace Ike, in her remark, thanked the Speaker for attending the inauguration.

She said as journalists, they would always ensure that their reports are truthful, balanced and objective.

Signed:
Lanre Lasisi,
Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Speaker, House of Representatives,
Federal of Nigeria

The Gov’t of Ghana Will Rebuild The Demolished Building Belonging To The Nigerian Embassy in Accra, Ghana

Ghana to cede property, documents, rebuild demolished embassy building, says Gbajabiamila


Mr. Lanre Lasisi, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Speaker, House of Representatives, Federal Republic of Nigeria. In a Press Statement from the Office of the Speaker, House of Representatives, released on 26th June, 2020, said:

“Ghana to cede property, documents, rebuild demolished embassy building, says Gbajabiamila

The government of Ghana will rebuild the demolished building belonging to the Nigerian embassy in Accra, Ghana, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila has said.

According to Gbajabiamila, the Ghanaian government has also promised to cede the property as well as all documents relating to it to the Nigerian embassy.

Gbajabiamila disclosed this on his official social media pages on Friday where he revealed that the promise was secured through a telephone discussion he had with the Speaker of the Ghanaian Parliament, Rt. Hon. Aaron Mike Oquaye, on Thursday.

The Ghanaian Speaker had assured Speaker Gbajabiamila that the parliament will work with their Executive to ensure the matter is resolved diplomatically.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, the Speaker, who expressed sadness at the demolition of the embassy structure had promised to take the issue up with his Ghanaian counterpart.

His words on his Twitter page read, “Yesterday (Thursday) I had a good and constructive discussion with His Excellency Rt. Hon. Aaron Mike Oquaye, Speaker of the Ghanaian Parliament. He reassured me of the respect and regard the people of Ghana have for Nigeria.

“He stated the Ghanaian government is taking the demolishment with all seriousness and has taken the following actions: 1) Perpetrators have been arrested and investigation is ongoing; 2) the Property will be ceded and all documents handed over to Nigeria under the Compulsory Acquisition Act of Ghana; 3) the destroyed High Commission quarters will be rebuilt by the government of Ghana”.

According to Gbajabiamila, his Ghanaian counterpart stated firmly that “Ghana will not allow anyone to peril the deep and long relationship between our two countries. Together, we will find sustainable ways to rebuild good relations btw our countries and unite our people in our collective interest as Africans”.

Recall that the Speaker had promised to take the issue up with the Speaker of the Ghanaian parliament while meeting with the Minister of Foreign of Affairs on Tuesday, June 24 at the National Assembly where he declared that the demolition of some part of the nation’s Embassy in Accra was an affront and insult on the sovereignty of the Nigerian nation.

Gbajabiamila expressed sadness at the demolition saying, “I think we should make it clear to the authorities in Ghana that Nigeria is not going to sit down and fold its arms.”

He made it clear at the meeting that Nigeria cannot continue to fold its hands while its citizens and assets in other countries are being attacked by citizens of their host country, while Nigeria look the other way, playing the big brother.

“Attacks on Nigerians in other countries, especially in other African countries has become a recurring decimal in the nation’s foreign policy engagements, adding that many countries within Africa have taken the liberty of hurting Nigerians, while Nigeria looks the other way in the name of brotherhood.

“We all have a responsibility to make sure that we uphold the honour and integrity of the country that we serve. The Minister has explained what happened and what they have done or doing. But I think we should look at it from the premise that it was the Nigerian State that was attacked, not just a building.

“In terms of visibility and otherwise of the property, I want to say that it is trite to understand that all countries exist through their Embassies in other countries. So for that reason, Nigeria was attacked by Ghana because if anything happens in Ghana, it’s the Nigerian Embassy that Nigerians will run to and get protection due to the diplomatic immunity that it should enjoy”. He concluded.

BAUCHI State House of Assembly Passed 9 Bills, 36 Motions In One Year

The Speaker of the Bauchi State Assembly Rt. Hon. Abubakar Y Suleiman (Dangaladiman Ningi) has disclosed that the 9th Assembly of Bauchi State under his leadership, has passed 9 bills and 36 motions since its inauguration one year ago.

The Speaker made the disclosure when he featured in a live phone-in programme of Bauchi Radio Corporation BRC Bauchi to commemorate one year in office.

He explained that 8 of the bills passed are executive bills while one is private member bill which he personally sponsored on violence against persons prohibition to end the growing cases of rape and other forms of violence.

According to him the House has also in one year moved 14 matters of urgent public importance, received 16 executive messages from His Excellency Governor Bala Mohammad, received 15 petitions and 15 Committees reports.

“Despite the hitches we faced at inception and the recent effects of covid-19 which affects our work, we were able to overcome the challenges and we have done creditably well in term of legislation, representation and oversight functions.

“The 9th Assembly has shown so much commitment in making sure people of Bauchi State are deriving a lot of dividends of democracy by burying all our differences and working together for the overall interest of the people of Bauchi State.

” Whenever we go to the Chamber, we put our parties aside and put Bauchi State at the centre. Our political party is Bauchi State we worked for the best interest of Bauchi State. He said

Rt. Hon. Abubakar Suleiman commended Governor Bala Mohammad for his cooperation and synergism with the legislative arm which he said has helped a lot in bringing lasting peace in the Assembly.

According to the Speaker, Governor Bala Mohammad is carrying members of the State Assembly in all decisions and policy formulation of the government which he said is strengthening their relationship and accelerating development in the State.

On the pandemic corona virus ravaging the world, Rt. Hon. Suleiman explained that Bauchi State Assembly actively participated and contributed in all efforts to curb the spread of the disease and cushion its effects in the State.

He added that the lawmakers have donated the sum of ten million naira to the Bauchi State Taskforce Committee on Covid-19 in order to consolidate the fight against the dreaded disease and engaged in mobilization and sensitization of their constituents on the disease.

The Speaker therefore urged people of Bauchi State to respect all the regulations, protocols and guidelines set by the government and medical professionals to fight the disease.

On the effects of corona virus pandemic on the economic of the State, Rt. Hon. Abubakar Suleiman said due to such effects the State Assembly is currently helping the State Government in coming up with measures to improve internally generated revenue and reduce over dependence on the monthly federal allocations.

“We have recently passed a bill to harmonise, consolidate and all revenues collectible by ministries, departments, agencies and local governments and related purposes thereon. This law will help in blocking financial leakages and improve the revenue generation and administration in the state.

” The State Executive Council has approved the revised 2020 budget and sen it to us. We will work on it immediately so as the Budget will reflect the present reality.” He said.

On the financial autonomy to States Assembly and judiciary recently granted by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Speaker said lawmakers of Bauchi State received the news with excitement because the autonomy will enhance their work and strengthen democracy.

On the allegations that State Governors are against the autonomy, he explained that there is no such problem in Bauchi State because Governor Bala Mohammad being a former lawmaker is solidly behind the financial autonomy of the two arms.

Speaking on his stride in his Ningi Central Constituency, the Speaker expressed that he has achieved a lot in delivering dividends of democracy to his constituents ranging from provision of clean water, youth and women empowerment, welfare, healthcare delivery, infrastructural development, education to religious activities.

A caller Abdurrahman Amfel from Shekal lauded the 9th Assembly of Bauchi State for their people oriented representation. He described the Assembly as one of the best in the history if Bauchi State.

The caller called on the Speaker to help in resuscitating Bauchi Radio Corporation which is at the verge of collapse.

Responding, the Speaker revealed that Governor Bala Mohammad has gone far in his plan to restoring the glory of the station and all other media organizations in the State to suit the modern time.

Another caller Abdullahi Wutin Dada lauded the Speaker for the prompt information dissemination on the activities of the Assembly which he said they never witness since 1999.

According to him as soon as the Assembly conduct any function, they get informed immediately on both the social and mainstream media which according to him is commendable.

Speaker Abubakar Suleiman assured people of Bauchi State to expect more people oriented legislations, resolutions and representations as well as purposeful leadership in the remaining three years of the 9th Assembly.

The report is by the Spokesperson to the Speaker, Bauchi State House of Assembly,
Abdul Ahmad Burra,