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Gbajabiamila assures more youths inclusion in APC decision- making organ

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Gbajabiamila assures more youths inclusion in APC decision- making organ
Gbajabiamila assures more youths inclusion in APC decision- making organ

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila.

…Tasks teachers, principals on productive use of laptops***

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila,  says more youths will be included in the decision- making organ of the APC.

Gbajabiamila, made the call when the APC Lobby Committee on Youth Inclusion,  visited him in his office on Thursday in Abuja.

He commended the youths of the party for working together in unity, stressing that no far reaching decision could be reached without including youths in the decision-making of the party.

The speaker said youths remained the future of the country, saying that was why whatever the lawmakers did in the National Assembly, they ensured that the interest youths were protected.

“The motion for Nigeria’s  Independent was moved by a youth in his 20s, many also became commissioners and held other appointments as youths,” he said.

He said that power must be grabbed by the youth but added that such would not cone through the use of force.

The speaker said there was a time he proposed that  Ismail Ahmed, Chairman of the APC Youth Lobby Group, should be the Chairman of the party because of his youthfulness.

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Gbajabiamila said youths should be given opportunity in that capacity,  adding that there were many youths appointed as committee chairmen in the House of Representatives.

” There is need to give the young ones a chance but there is need to also consider experience which should not be sacrificed,” he said.

Earlier, Ahmed said the party needed to make itself more attractive to the youths.

He said the new set of voters, from 18- 23 years, should be the party’s target, stressing that the era of “Sai Buhari” which gave the party’s victory with the popularity of the President was over.

He said that President Muhammadu Buhari would no longer stand for reelection in 2023, hence, the party must strive to recruit youths from age 18.

He said his advocacy had done a bit of good by creating ways for youths in the party and subsequently governance.

Ahmed urged the speaker to be the ambassador of youths, adding that the committee was proposing a Progressive  Institute for the party, which would teach the ethos of what it meant to be a progressive.

In a related development,  Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of House of Representatives, has tasked beneficiaries of HP laptops in Surulere 1 Federal Constituency to make best use of the devices for improved results in teaching.

Cross section of some teachers, principals in Surulere 1 Federal Constituency , who are beneficiaries of HP Laptops, under an educational project initiated by Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of House of Representatives. September 2021.

Gbajabiamila, gave the charge on Thursday at the distribution of 99 laptops to teachers and principals in nine Junior and Senior Secondary Schools in Surulere.

He was represented by Hon. Shakirudeen Ajao, APC party leader in the constituency,

The newsmen report that under an educational project initiated by Hon. Gbajabiamila, a total of 242 laptops have so far been distributed in a four-day programme organised for the allotment of the gadgets.

Seventy-seven laptops were distributed at the kick-off of the four-day event on Tuesday, while on Wednesday, 66 more teachers and principals benefited.

Gbajabiamila noted that the laptops were provided out of clarion call by the teachers when laptops, IPADS and other learning materials were distributed to students.

“Honourable Gbajabiamila is passionate about education and the efforts teachers are putting to impart knowledge.

“Under this scheme months back, students were given IPADS. He promised to extend same gesture to teachers, and today, it is a promise fulfilled.

“ I urge you, therefore, to give priority to the purpose for which you are given the laptops. Guard it well, use it for researches; we want good outcomes,’’ he said.

Hon. Sheriff Balogun, a former Sole Administrator and Legislator in Surulere Local Government, said that education is key and essential in strengthening needed human capacity, development and nation building.

He reminded the beneficiaries that to “ whom much is given,  much is expected.”

Also Hon. Tajueen Sholanke, who did the official handover of laptops to the  Gbaja Girls Junior and Senior Schools, emphasised that the device was not for sale but strictly for academic purpose.

“ Congratulations to the beneficiaries of this first phase of the HP laptops distribution. I urge you to handle it with utmost care. It must not be sold but rather be used for educational purposes,’’ he said.

Responding, Mr Michael Oladipo, Principal of Adebola Baptist Senior School, Eric Moore, applauded the Speaker for living up to his promises by giving laptops to the instructors.

He prayed that his political journey as the number 4 man in Nigeria would record greater achievements in the constituency state and nation.

Cross section of some teachers, principals in Surulere 1 Federal Constituency , who are beneficiaries of HP Laptops, under an educational project initiated by Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of House of Representatives. September 2021.

Also,  Mrs Adenike Adeleke, Principal of State Senior High School, Surulere, expressed delight at the gesture.

“ Hon. Gbajabiamila has made the beneficiaries digital teachers and we will henceforth upgrade.,’’ she said.

Newsmen report that Hon. Gbajabiamila was represented at the distribution exercise of the laptops by Hon. Agboola Dabiri, Hon. Kabir Lawal, Hon. Afeez Kasumu and Hon. Afeez Odunewu.

The beneficiaries were from the  Lagos Progressive Junior and Senior, Ipori Grammar Junior and Senior, Itolo Girls Junior and Senior, Eric More Junior and Senior, Government College Junior and Senior schools.

Others were from  Adebola Baptist Junior and Senior, State Grammar School Junior and Senior, Community High School Junior and Senior, Gbaja Girls Junior and Senior schools.

 

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Edo Assembly Impeaches Deputy Governor, Shauibu

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Edo Assembly Impeaches Deputy Governor, Shauibu

The impeachment followed the adoption of the recommendation of a seven-man judicial panel led by retired Justice Stephen Omonua.

At plenary in Benin, the Majority leader of the house, Charity Aiguobarueghian said the report of the 7-man panel presented to the house found Shauibu culpable of disclosure of government secrets.

Aiguobarueghian further disclosed that though the panel was unable to establish the case of perjury against the deputy governor, it made two findings and one recommendation upon which the decision to impeach the deputy governor was anchored.

According to him, “the seven-man judicial panel of inquiry recommended that the deputy governor be impeached on the ground of disclosure of government secrets.’’

During voting on the motion, 18 out of 19 members present at plenary voted for the impeachment of the deputy governor while one abstained from the headcount and voting process.

The Clerk of the House, Yahaya Omogbai conducted a head count of the lawmakers who voted for and against the impeachment of Shaibu.

The clerk said with the figure, the house stated that it met 2/3 (16 members of the House was needed to carry out the impeachment).

The assembly thereafter upheld and approved the recommendation of the seven-man panel and thereafter impeached the deputy governor.

The speaker, Blessing Agbebaku directed the Clerk of the House, Yahaya Omogbai to forward copies of the impeachment to Gov. Godwin Obaseki for assent.

The Edo House of Assembly on Monday impeached the Deputy Governor, Mr Philip Shaibu.

The impeachment followed the adoption of the recommendation of a seven-man judicial panel led by retired Justice Stephen Omonua.

At plenary in Benin, the Majority leader of the house, Charity Aiguobarueghian said the report of the 7-man panel presented to the house found Shauibu culpable of disclosure of government secrets.

Aiguobarueghian further disclosed that though the panel was unable to establish the case of perjury against the deputy governor, it made two findings and one recommendation upon which the decision to impeach the deputy governor was anchored.

According to him, “the seven-man judicial panel of inquiry recommended that the deputy governor be impeached on ground of disclosure of government secrets.’’

During voting on the motion, 18 out of 19 members present at plenary voted for the impeachment of the deputy governor while one abstained from the headcount and voting process.

The Clerk of the House, Yahaya Omogbai conducted a head count of the lawmakers who voted for and against the impeachment of Shaibu.

The clerk said with the figure, the house stated that it met 2/3 (16 members of the House was needed to carry out the impeachment).

The assembly thereafter upheld and approved the recommendation of the seven-man panel and thereafter impeached the deputy governor.

The speaker, Blessing Agbebaku directed the Clerk of the House, Yahaya Omogbai to forward copies of the impeachment to Gov. Godwin Obaseki for assent.

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Court Remands Emefiele In EFCC Custody As Trial Begins April 11

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An Ikeja Special Offences Court on Monday remanded the embattled former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Godwin Emefiele, for alleged abuse of office and fraud to the tune of $4.5 billion and N2.8 billion.
It was reported that Justice Rahman Oshodi remanded Emefiele in the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) custody while his co-defendant, Henry  Isioma-Omoile, was remanded in the Ikoyi custodial centre.
Oshodi remanded the defendants pending the determination of their bail applications on April 11.
The judge adjourned the case until April 11 for the determination of bail application and commencement of trial.
Earlier, EFCC arraigned Emefiele on a 23-count charge bordering on abuse of office, accepting gratifications, corrupt demand, receiving property fraudulently obtained and conferring corrupt advantage, while his co-defendant was arraigned on a three-count charge bordering on acceptance of gift by agents.
The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge.
EFCC counsel, Mr Rotimi Oyedepo (SAN) had asked the court for a trial date following the defendants’ not guilty pleas.
Oyedepo also informed the court that the prosecution would be asking for a closed section for some of its witnesses who were willing to come to court to testify but scared for their lives.

Counsel to the two defendants, Mr Abdulakeem Labi-Lawal, had in their bail applications, urged the court to grant them bail on self-recognizance and liberal terms pending the determination of the case.
Labi-Lawal, in a 35-paragraph affidavit, said that the first defendant (Emefiele) complied with the bail application given to him by Justice Hamza Muazu in his ongoing fraud trial in Abuja.
He added that the charges against the first defendant were bailable.
“Though the first defendant was granted administrative bail by the prosecuting authority, he is seeking bail based on self-recognizance, and he is ready to attend trial.
“The court should also take into consideration the status of the first defendant as he was the former CBN governor of the country,” the counsel said.
The defence counsel further said that Emefiele religiously presented himself before Justice Hamza Muazu in Abuja to answer allegations before him.
According to the counsel, the first defendant was not at flight risk as he was the first person to arrive in court.
He also prayed the court to grant bail to  Emefiele on liberal terms
Labi-Lawal also moved a bail application for the second defendant and urged the court to grant him bail on liberal terms.
Prosecution counsel, Oyedepo, did not oppose the bail applications.
Oyedepo, however, urged the court to exercise its discretion judiciously in granting bail to the defendants.
In one of the charges, EFCC  alleged that Emefiele abused the authority of his office as CBN  governor by allocating foreign exchange in the aggregate sum of $2.2 billion without bids, the act which was prejudiced to the rights of Nigerians.
It also alleged that the ex-CBN governor corruptly accepted an aggregate sum of  $26.5 million from NIPCO Plc through Donatone Ltd.
The commission also accused Emefiele of receiving the sum of $400,000 from Source Computer Ltd. on account of the approval of a “contract” in favour of the said company by CBN.
The anti-graft also alleged that Emefiele used his position as the governor of CBN  to confer corrupt advance on his associate, Limelight Multidimensional Services Ltd. by approving payment of an aggregate sum of N900 million to the company.
Emefiele was also alleged to have used his position as the CBN governor to confer a corrupt advantage on Comec Support Services  Ltd. by approving the sum of N149 million to the company.
EFCC also alleged that the former CBN governor used his position to confer a corrupt advantage on  Andswin Resources and Solutions Ltd. by approving payment of the sum of N398 million to the company.
EFCC also accused Emefiele’s co-defendant (Isioma-Omoile) of giving the sum of $100,000 to the governor as a gift reward for allocation of foreign exchange.
According to the prosecution, the alleged offences violate Sections 8, 10, and 19 of the Corrupt Practices And Other Related Offences Act of 2000, Sections 65, 73, and 328 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2011.

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NAGAFF Vows to Stop Kwankwaso from Taking Over NNPP

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NNPP inaugurates 2023 Presidential Campaign Council, Aniebonam remains BoT Chairman

…Votes N150m take off professional fees for lawyers to begin litigation warfare!

Members of the National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF) will vehemently resist the taking over of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) by the group noted to be loyal to Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.

It would be recalled that the NNPP was originally founded by the National Association of Government-Approved Freight Forwarders NAGAFF, largely to provide a credible platform for maritime industry stakeholders to make a national impact within the nation’s political space.

It. would also be recalled that the former Governor of Kano, Senator Kwankwaso latched on the NNPP, after his effort to run as the flag bearer of another political party was dimmed by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar who emerged as the PDP presidential candidate.

NNPP inaugurates 2023 Presidential Campaign Council, Aniebonam remains BoT Chairman

Alhaji Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso

Presently, a statement issued by the NNPP National Publicity Secretary, Dr. Clement Iwegbuna, lamented that what started as a child’s play is becoming a reality with the body language and actions of Senator Kwankwaso to highjack NNPP from the original owners, the members of  NAGAFF.

In a swift move, the president of NAGAFF, leading the pack of resourceful young freight forwarders said the original are poised to match money for money and contact for contact to retrieve NNPP from the people tagged ungrateful.

The statement revealed that the sum of N150,000,000 has been contributed as a take-off professional fee for the lawyers to take on the serial litigations upcoming.

NAGAFF accused Kwankwaso of court abuse with the institution of a court case involving INEC at Kano State High Court. “And so what does it take someone who held the position of minister of defence and member of the national assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to know that it is out of jurisdiction to do so.

NNPP is a national party and INEC is a federal commission. “Let Nigerians be told that there is a new order in Nigeria judiciary at the moment. If Senator Kwankwaso likes let him, Elder Buba Galadima and all of them who are the former members of the National Working Committee led by Alhaji Abbah Kawu who was alleged not to be able to write a statement at the state police command, Abuja when he reported a case against Mr Phillip Oyana the Zonal Secretary North Central of New Nigeria Peoples Party.

“Our young, vibrant and informed lawyers shall meet him and his cohorts in court. Once again we hold no malice against any person. All members of NNPP and NAGAFF are children of God and always ready to show love to all manner of people who may come our way,” the statement further said.

The statement directed and appealed to all members of NAGAFF and NNPP to keep the peace of the society and be law abiding and respectful to the constitution of Nigeria.

“Regret to note that Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso had avoidably prided himself to have brought NNPP to relevance and recognition. Tell the American marine that trash for the fact that Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso forgot to note that NNPP is as old as People’s Democratic Party of Nigeria spanning over 24 years in existence. He joined less than 2yrs ago.

“We consider Senator Kwankwaso as someone who is avoidably arrogant and proud for no good reasons. This is because NNPP provided him the opportunity to contest the Presidency of Nigeria 2023 with great men like the current president of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar (PDP) and Mr. Peter Obi of the Labour Party

“Let it be on record that if NNPP were not winning elections for the period under review it would have been deregistered like the one he facilitated which was called Alliance National Party. As a matter of fact, the current headquarters of NNPP in Abuja is the same office used by the defunct Alliance National  Party whose chairman was one Moshood.

“We also know that the current executive Gov of Kano Alhaji Abbah Kabir who was shortchanged in the previous elections took advantage of us as children of God to be protected and today those evil men could not stop him from becoming the Gov of Kano State.

“Therefore senator RABIU MUSA Kwankwaso should be taught the principles of humility and gratefulness to people who have been nice to him.

“In all of these, he may wish to distance himself from elder Buba Galadima if he wants to make headway in politics. The former President, Gen. Buhari did realise and distanced himself to combine with Asiwaju B. A. Tinubu, the grand master to become the President of Nigeria.,” advised.

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