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Doguwa Seeks Media, NASS Partnership in Nation Building

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By Orkula Shaagee, Abuja

The Leader of the House of Representatives, Hon. Alhassan Ado Doguwa has called for harmonious working relationship between media organizations and the National Assembly in the effort to develop the country.

Doguwa, who represents Doguwa/Tudun Wada Federal Constituency of Kano State in the House of Representatives made the appeal yesterday during a courtesy call on him by members of the House of Representatives press corps led by their chairman, Mrs.

Grace Ike.

The lawmaker, who noted that the  media have important role to play in the development of the country, said that the 9th House of Representatives under the leadership of Rt.

Hon Femi Gbajabiamila is out to reform the green chamber in order to make it more productive, as well as improve its relationship with other arms of government .

“The 9th Assembly is going to be productive not only in terms of our duties as legislators but it will be reproductive even terms of our relationship with agencies of government and other agencies of democratic institutions we are operating in this country. The press obviously is one.

“You are fourth estate of the realm, you have always form very critical component of our democratic process and believe in each of you know that you have a critical role to play not just disseminating information from one arm of government to another but even in terms of awareness.

“There is this very long standing problem we have about the institution of the National Assembly. This is one very wrong perception that we members or stakeholders in the institution cannot clear it ourselves and we will expect that role to be played by you people (press). You are operating in between the public and various institutions of government and you are here. We also consider you ambassadors of this great institution out there on the street.

“We urge you to always present the National Assembly in the best possible light. Where issues contain misunderstanding, misperception, ignorance and sometimes even blackmail, we expect the press to help us play this role by really putting everything in perspective. Sometimes we talk about issues of even our allowances and the budget we have here in the National Assembly. “When you talk of N 110 billion budget for the National Assembly most Nigerians think this N 110 billion is to be shared among the 360 Members in the House and 109 in the Senate which actually is not the case. The way we operate our finances here is very much known to you and we hope you will make known even to members of the public. That would go a long way to disabuse blackmails and possible mischief among the Nigerian public.

“Democracy can only work when every component of the democratic system work in tandem with the other organs of government or other institutions of democracy.  I look at the fourth estate of the realm, the press as an inseparable arm of government. When you have three arms of government, it is like you left out one significant arm of government that is charged with that moral responsibility to cooperate, synergize and work in tandem with the operations and policies of government so that at the end, government will succeed.

“So in my view, you have even a greater role to play because government is the business that is been done for the benefit of the people and when business is being done for the people and if they are not well informed, then we have a problem.  The 9th Assembly have a lot to expect from you in terms of disabusing the minds of Nigerians to make sure that the perspective in which the National Assembly is put is always apt and appropriate because we cannot go on the streets and speak for ourselves,” he stated.

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Emirship: Kano Police Command Assures Adequate Security

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The Police Command in Kano State on Monday assured the people of Kano State of adequate security in the face of the tussle over the Emirship seat.

Its Commissioner, Mr Usaini Gumel, gave the assurance during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano.

“We are battle ready to deal with any person or group of people tampering with the peaceful atmosphere our state is known for.

“We have the ability and capacity to provide required security measures in our areas of supervision, ’’ he told NAN.

He warned individuals, who intend to bring thugs into Kano from other parts of the country, to have a rethink, saying that the command would deal decisively with the situation.

He reminded the public that the Constitution of Nigeria was clear about the responsibility of the police in providing internal security for Nigerians.

“The police will not condone any act that can lead to chaos or violence in Kano State.

“Adequate security personnel have been deployed to arrest anyone who attempts to disrupt the peace or break the law in the state,’’ Gumel said.

He reminded the residents of the state that no one was permitted to carry dangerous weapons around the Emir’s palace and Nasarawa, the Emir’s residence.

“Rigorous stop-and-search and patrols are being conducted across all parts of the dissolved five Emirates,’’ he said.

He urged residents to provide credible information to assist the police to respond swiftly to any situation that could breach peace in the state. (NAN)

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UniAbuja Internal Council Voices Concern Over VC’s Election Plans

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The University of Abuja’s internal governing council has expressed concern over an alleged plan by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Rasheed Na’Allah to conduct an election of the council against the University laws.

The council therefore, said it has taken a legal action against the Vice Chancellor to get clarification.

It would be recalled that President Bola Tinubu’s administration had in June 2023 dissolved all the governing councils in federal universities in the country.

However, the federal government, few days ago announced the constitution of council members of Federal tertiary institutions.

Following the announcement, the University of Abuja’s Internal Governing Council has intensified its stance, asserting that the planned election of new internal members violates established laws of the University.

The University, unlike other Federal Universities in Nigeria operates under a governance framework comprising both external and internal governing council members. 

While the external council members typically consist of individuals appointed by the federal government, the internal governing council members are typically drawn from within the university community, including faculty members, administrative staff, and student representatives through an election.

Meanwhile, addressing a press conference in Abuja, a member of the internal Council of the University, Pof. Edmund J.C Nwana blamed the vice Chancellor for planning an election while their tenure has not expired 

“We were elected 12th of July 2022, there was a contest in senate and we emerged winners. We were subsequently inaugurated on the 15th of July 2021 for a four year term.

“When the new administration came on board, we were about council assignments until we got information that Council was suspended.

“So, we waited thinking it will be resolved in may be another week, but it has lingered for now almost going into a year. 

“As we were watching and listening to know what next government wants to do, the rumours started flying and they are quite serious that our administration here, lead by the Vice Chancellor was planning to call for another election on his own understanding that Council has gone.

“So, we got wind of it and decided that, we don’t have time for any physical engagement or argument so we decided to seek the interpretation of the law, because it is in the art of the University of Abuja.

“So, we sought a legal explanation through the Federal High Court in Abuja a few days ago. So that’s where we are today, he has been served notice of a case that is pending,” he added.

According to him, other federal universities where tenures are not ended for internal council members, the Institutions are not going about hitting up the polity, but the members are going to return and complete their tenures.

Also speaking, Barrister Maxwell Opara, a council to the members urged the VC not to hand himself out as somebody who doesn’t obey the rule of law. 

“So, we are calling on the Minister of education, executive secretary of NUC, the Anthoney General of the Federation and the president to call the VC to order. 

Contributing, the Chairman of ASUU, University of Abuja branch, Dr. Sylvanus Ugoh said it is fully behind the council members for the right thing to be done.

“Our internal council members here in university of Abuja got the wind that the University administration led by the Vice Chancellor are planning seriously to conduct another council election, which we know is not in accordance with the law.

“Internal council members were elected for a tenure of four years and they have not exhausted the four years and because of what the University administration is doing, the members went to court to seek interpretation and ASUU being a union of intellectuals, we come to be in solidarity with our members because we respect the rule of law and want them to pursue it.”

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FG Postpones Inauguration of Vasities’ Governing Council 

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The Federal Governmanet has  announced the postponement of the inauguration and retreat for Pro-Chancellors, Chairmen and Members of Governing Councils of federal tertiary institutions.

This is contained in a statement in Abuja on Monday by the Director, Press and Public Relations in the Ministry  of Education, Mrs Folasade Boriowo.

Reports says that the federal government had earlier announced the constitution of the governing councils while their inauguration was also scheduled for Thursday and  Friday.

Boriowo said the postponement was as a result of the Presidential directive, as conveyed by the State House Press Release dated May 23, for a comprehensive review of the membership of the governing councils.

“We regret any inconveniences this may cause. Further updates will be communicated in due course,” she said. (NAN)

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