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APC panel meets Dogara, says restructuring impossible without National Assembly

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The Committee of the All Progressives Congress on True Federalism said, on Tuesday, that no progress on discussing the future of Nigeria could be achieved without going through the National Assembly.

It explained that any debate on true federalism or restructuring must be channelled through the legislature.

The Chairman of the committee and Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, stated this in Abuja when members of the committee visited the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara.

The governor noted that the ruling party believed in true federalism and was ready to implement it.

He said this was the reason the APC made it a key point in its pre-election manifesto in 2015.

El-Rufai stated that the APC would implement it by first encouraging a comprehensive debate on burning issues by Nigerians.

He added, “There is an imbalance in our federalism. It is the realisation of this that made the APC to embark on this exercise.

“There has never been a comprehensive debate on true federalism or what is referred to as restructuring in Nigeria.

“Besides, the debate has so far excluded some critical stakeholders, especially the youth population.”

El-Rufai, who disclosed that the committee had so far held 12 public hearings in selected locations in the country, told Dogara that the views collated would ultimately reach the floor of the National Assembly after a report had been submitted to the APC’s leadership.

In recognition of the role of the National Assembly, the committee had requested the inclusion of two members of the House to participate in its proceedings.

Dogara, who yielded to the request, confirmed that the Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Abdulrazak Namdas, and Mr. Oladele Olatubosun had been nominated to serve on the committee.

On the outcome of the 12 public hearings the committee conducted, el-Rufai said Nigerians expressed “very deep” views on the progress of the country and how they could have a better country.

He did not speak on specifics, but assured Dogara that a report would be compiled and submitted to the party as soon as the assignment was completed.

“Our hope is that when we compile the views of Nigerians and submit to the party, they will be most useful to Nigeria,” the governor said.

Dogara commended the APC for embarking on the assignment, saying it would further deepen democracy in Nigeria.

He informed the committee that the House, on its part, set up an ad hoc committee on political agitations to look into all the issues responsible for the recent spread of hate speech across Nigeria.

Dogara added that lawmakers were elated to hear President Muhammadu Buhari admit that the only channel to address agitations was the National Assembly.

He promised that the legislature was always ready to support the party and the government to build a better Nigeria for all Nigerians.

© 2017, Sunday Emmanuel. All rights reserved.

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leaked photo of a few of the remaining statues that Governor Rochas is yet to commission..can you tell who they represent?

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Can you guess who the other statues represent?

See a leaked photo of a few of the remaining statues that Governor Rochas is yet to commission..can you tell who they represent?

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Police arrest gang leader behind massacre in River State community

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One Osita, the leader of the gang who killed 15 people in Mgboshimili-Rumueme community, a suburb of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has been apprehended.

“Based on Information the OC F-SARS Rivers State CSP AKIN FAKOREDE under the Command of the Commissioner Of Police CP ZAKI M. AHMED Stormed a Private Clinic in Ada-George were Mr OSITA who Led the Gang of Cultist that Massacred 15 Persons in Mgbuoshimini Axis of Rivers State Recently was Receiving Treatment. An Army unit was also on ground to arrest the Situation.
The Suspect Mr OSITA has been taking to Army Barracks for Interrogation. The Military Police is working with the F-SARS Operatives of The Nigeria Police Force Rivers State Command to ensure a Breakthrough.”  Security expert, Bosindelive wrote.

A statement issued by its Spokesman, Nnamdi Omoni, said the suspects are members of a notorious criminal gang responsible for killings and other cult-related activities in the community

Police arrest gang leader behind massacre in River State community

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Remembering legendary Nigerian journalist, Dele Giwa, 31 years after!

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Today marks the 31st remembrance anniversary of Sumonu Oladele “Baines” Giwa(16 March 1947 – 19 October 1986); a legendary Nigerian journalist, editor and founder of Newswatch magazine.

 

He was the son of a laundry man, graduate of Brooklyn College, New York City, Fordham University, former New York Times News Assistant for four years, a fearless Nigerian ace journalist & founding Editor-in-Chief & Chief Executive Officer of Newswatch magazine alongside fellow journalists Ray Ekpu, Dan Agbese and Yakubu Mohammed in 1984 that “changed the format of print journalism and introduced bold, investigative formats to news reporting in Nigeria”.

 

Dele Giwa was assassinated through a parcel bomb in his residence on 25, Talabi Street, off Adeniyi Jones Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria on October 19, 1986.

 

Late Giwa married an American nurse in 1974. His second marriage, to Florence Ita Giwa, lasted 10 months. He later married Olufunmilayo Olaniyan on July 10, 1984, and they were married until his death in 1986.

 

31 years after, his legacy still lives on!

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