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I’m Competent for Speakership- Rep Abbas




Rep. Tajudeen Abbas (APC-Kaduna), the consensus candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 10th House of Representatives Speakership, has said that he is competent for the job ahead.

Abbas said this while speaking to newsmen at the end of the meeting of the Joint Task, a group of lawmaker pushing for his emergence on Tuesday in Abuja

He said: “I feel elated my party considered me for the job.

I feel inspired, because I believe that if the party is going to use competence as a yardstick, I’m the right person to be picked.

He said for the fact that the party did what was expected they would do, “I feel very elated and satisfied.

Asked if he has started reaching out to some aggrieved aspirants who were not happy with his choice as a consensus candidate, he said, “We are reaching out to them.

“We are in the process, we have reached out to so many, and we will continue reaching out to all of them and before the end of next week, I assure you we will reach out to all aspirants.”

Abbas said he would implore them and asked them to come on board, so they could together work for the good of Nigeria.

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The lawmaker said he would officially declare his intention next week in a 16 points agenda.

According to him, in that agenda, you will see all the areas we are going to work on in the 10th Assembly then you will know what we have for members and for this country.

Similarly, Rep. Benjamin Kalu (APC-Abia), the APC consensus for the Deputy Speakership, said: ”I feel good. I feel highly elated that my party considered me to go for this position.”

He said with his choice from South East, the APC has commenced strategy for the 2027 elections by making sure that they have a foot in the region.

He said what the party had done with his nominations was in the spirit of inclusion, adding that the South East would feel the power of cohesion and national loyalty.

This he said would be driven by virtue of inclusion that has taken place, adding that it was a wise decision to include the South East people in the structure of the new Government.

Also speaking, the Chairman of the Joint Task group, Rep. Bello Kumo, said the group would try as much as possible to ensure a rancour-free friendship and family in the 10th Assembly.

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He said there was the need to bring all members-elect to the general meeting to highlight the basis for the existence of the group.

“What we are doing is to partner with you and ensure that we have a stable 10th Assembly like other previous leaders and assemblies enjoyed.(NAN)

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Gov. Diri laments Slow Pace of Work After Paying N16bn Mobilisation Fee to Contractor




Bayelsa’s Gov. Douye Diri on Friday at Nembe expressed dissatisfaction at the pace of work on the 21km Phase One of the Nembe-Brass Highway.

He noted that the indigenous contractor, Setraco Nigeria Ltd., had collected N16 billion mobilisation fee from the state government out of the contract sum of N54 billion.

He stressed that the level of work done since the project began about a year ago was not commensurate with the N16 billion paid as mobilisation.

“I am not comfortable with the level of sand filling that you have done so far.

“We have timelines for this project and I do not want anybody to ever think that we are playing politics with this road.

“We know why we awarded this contract. We know the importance of this road leading to Brass and I do not want you as contractors to disappoint the government.

“This contract was awarded for the first phase for about N54 billion and your mobilisation fee was 30 per cent, which amounts to N16 billion.

“Government has paid the N16 billion, but the work done is not commensurate with the mobilisation fee that you have received.

“The next time we come here, we want to see this whole place sand-filled. Take this very seriously.

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“You are a serious company and you have been working with this government. You did the Sagbama-Ekeremor Road and now you are on this important road. So I expect that you will not disappoint us,’’ he said.

Responding, Setraco’s Area Manager for Bayelsa and Delta, Engr. J. J. Cosme, promised to increase the pace of work on the project to meet the timelines.

He assured that the company would not disappoint the government and people of the area.

Gov. Diri also inspected the on-going Onuebum-Otuoke Road project in Ogbia Local Government Area of Bayelsa. (NAN)

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Taraba: Bonzena Emerges 10th Assembly Speaker.




From Christiana Babayo, Jalingo

Rt. Hon John Kizito Bonzena, member representing Zing Local Government Area, has been re-elected to preside over the Taraba State House of Assembly.

Bonzena emerged Speaker alongside his Deputy, Hon. Haman Adama through a unanimous decision of the 24 members of the House on Friday.

In his speech after the swearing in, Bonzena applauded Gov Agbu Kefas for providing an enabling environment for the inauguration of the 10th Assembly.

” I wish to very specially commend His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Taraba State, Dr.

Agbu Kefas for deliberately creating an enabling envíronment for the inauguration of this Assembly today.

“Your Excellency, we commend and appreciate your understanding. In particular, Your Excellency’s presence here is a practical demonstration of how high Your Excellency holds the Legislature in the scheme of things. The Executive-Legislative relation must continue to be cordial and symbiotic”

He however lamented the poor state of the Taraba State House of Assembly, stressing that he was challenged by the problems and will do everything he can to surmount them.

He identified lack of office accommodations, Lack of training for both legislators and staff, unpaid backlog of allowances for the Staff, unpaid arrears of membership fees for Commonwealth and Parliamentary Association both Africa and international and digitalization of voting system among others.

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Bonzena reiterated his stand on tackling these issues with the support and advice from the members, while soliciting for their prayers for the success of the Assembly.

He commended Press men for their accurate reportage of the activities, the security, civil society groups, other non Governmental organizations, the clerk of the House and his team of support while encouraging them to do keep up the good spirit.

Bonzena is representing his people for the fifth time at the State House of Assembly, and he has presided over the affairs of the House since the former Speaker, Prof. Albasu Kunini resigned in December, 2022

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Shettima Inaugurates N570m NASS Mosque




Vice-President Kashim Shettima on Friday,  inaugurated the Jumu’at Mosque built by the Muslim faithfuls in the National Assembly.

In his remark, Shettima felicitated with the Muslim faithful in the National Assembly and urged the to act with humility as they discharge their responsibilities.

He advised the faithfuls to be mindful of their lifestyles as they must one day leave their positions and the world.

“50 years from now, many people will not be alive.

We should act with humility. power and wealth are gifts from Allah”,he said.

The vice-president commended all the people involved in the building and  completion of the Mosque.

Earlier, the Chairman, National Assembly Mosque Project Management Committee, Sen.

Ibrahim Shekarau said that the idea to build the Mosque came up in 2021.

He said the leadership of the Senate and the House of Representatives set up the committee comprising of four senators, 10 members of the House of Representatives and three members from NASS management.

Shekarau said that the aim was to build a bigger Mosque for Muslims as the existing one was  small for the Muslim community praying in the National Assembly.

“We had our first meeting meeting on September 22,2021.

After the committee’s meeting, a general meeting of all Muslim legislators was called and that was when the legislators was called and that was when the legislators converted and ordinary muted idea into a concrete reality.

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“All 227 of us agreed to bear the brunt of the project, and within eight months of this agreement, we had contributed well over N570 million.

“The magnificent state-of-the-art edifice you are about to commission is the result of the moral and financial commitment of Muslim members of the 9th Assembly and Muslim staff of the National Assembly,” he said.

In his remark, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alh. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, who was represented by the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Aminu Ado Bayero, commended all the people that made contributions to build the Mosque.

According to him, it is God’s will that chose the members of the 9th Assembly to do it otherwise, it would have been done earlier.

In his address, the Senate President, Sen. Ahmed Lawan said that the 9th Assembly had the opportunity to make history and provide a lasting legacy with huge rewards in the hereafter.

“We consider ourselves very lucky for chosing us to make this Mosque a reality,” he said.

Lawan said that Muslim senators contributed N400,000 monthly while members of the House of Representatives contributed 250 per month as the project lasts.

In his vote of thanks, the Speaker, House of Representatives,Femi Gbajabiamila said, the building of the Mosque was a sacrifice made for God.

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He said that it does not require anybody’s commendation as everyone is only looking for infinite reward from God. (NAN)

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