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Nasarawa Assembly Passes 2 Executive Bills

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The Nasarawa State House of Assembly on Monday passed two bills in order to tackle emergency situations.

The bills are aimed at boosting the revenue base for the overall development of the state, so as to reduce dependency on federation allocation.

The first one is: A Bill for a Law to Establish the Nasarawa State Emergency Management Agency and for Other Matters Related Thereto, while the second one is: a Bill for a Law to Provide for Levying and Collection of Radio and Television Licence Rates by Nasarawa State.

The second bill is to regulate the Administration of Radio and Television Licence Rates and for Connected Purposes.

Alhaji Ibrahim Balarabe-Abdullahi, the Speaker of the House, announced the passage of the two bills into law during the House proceedings in Lafia.

He said that the two bills, if assented to by Gov. Abdullahi Sule would boost the revenue base of the state, as well as improve the standard of living of the people of the state.

” A Bill for a Law to Establish the Nasarawa State Emergency Management Agency and for Other Matter Related Thereto read for the third time and passed.

” A Bill for a Law to Provide for Levying and Collection of Radio and Television Licence Rates by Nasarawa State.

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” The bill which is to regulate the Administration of Radio and Television Licence Rates and for Connected Purposes was read for the third time and passed,” he said .

The speaker directed the clerk of the House to produce  clean copies of the bills for the Governor’s assent.

Earlier, Alhaji Tanko Tunga ( APC- Awe North) , the Majority Leader of the House, moved a motion for the two bills to scale third readings.

Mr Abel Bala ( PDP- Nassarawa Eggon West) , the Minority Leader of the House, seconded the motions.

The House unanimously passed the two bills.

In the same vein, A Bill for a Law to Establish Customary Courts Law and Other Related Matters Thereto, sponsored by Mr John Osewu ( APC- Doma South), has scaled first reading at the assembly.

The speaker slated Nov.1, for the second reading of the bill.

Furthermore, the House received the report of the House standing Committee on Finance and Appropriation.

It is on a Bill for a Law to issue out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the State ( Supplementary Appropriation Bill) of N 5, 975, 076, 812.86 only.

The speaker slated Wednesday, Oct. 20, for deliberation on the report. ( NAN)

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NYSC DG Bags Award of Excellence from Alma Mater

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By Evelyn Terseer, Abuja 
The NYSC Director General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim has been presented an Award of Excellence by the University of Jos Alumni Association.
This, the University said was in recognition of his tremendous achievements since assuming duty as the 18th Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps over two years ago.


Speaking during the award presentation yesterday, the University of Jos Vice-Chancellor Designate, Prof. Ishaya Tanko extoled the sterling leadership qualities of the Director-General, adding that Unijos has been observing his transformational achievements in the Scheme.

He commended General Ibrahim for the uncommon feat, adding that the award bestowed on him was also in recognition of his undaunting commitment to national development by tapping Corps potentials.
The VC designate while presenting the goodwill message from the Senate, Management, Staff and Students of Unijos added that the institution recognizes the relevance of the NYSC Scheme to overall national development.
Prof Tanko stated further that universities are made stronger by the strength of their alumni adding that, “we will seek every opportunity to strenghten the synergy of all Unijos alumni to strenghten the institution”.
The National President, Unijos Alumni, Pastor Nuhu Sani described the Director-General as a good ambassador of the university, urging him to keep up the good work he is doing.
“Graduates of Unijos are making us proud and we will keep telling the world about them”, he said.
Also speaking, the Chairman, Unijos Alumni, Abuja Chapter, Mr Joseph Chukwu said Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim’s name came topmost when preparations were on-going for nomination for the award.
He said the Alumni would continue to harness the ingenuinety of NYSC Director-General and other alumni of the University of Jos for the benefit of humanity.
“We  will continue to pray for your successful tenure of office and also in future assignments” he said.
In his response, Brigadier General Shuaibu lbrahim congratulated the Vice-Chancellor designate on his appointment.
He stated that he is proud of the University of Jos because the institution has impacted his life and others positively.
Ibrahim lauded the management of the institution for reaching out to its alumni, saying, “l am so proud of the university”.
He assured the management of the University of Jos of his continuous support.
In the statement by the Deputy Director, press and public relations Emeka Mgbemena, he added that the award would spur him for greater achievements. He said the Scheme always thinks outside the box, and would leverage on the potentials of Corps Members for national development.
“Last year the NYSC generated over two hundred and eighty million Naira which we paid into the federation account.
This year we also realised five hundred and eleven million Naira which we equally paid into the Federation Account and we are determined that by next year we are going to generate more”, he said.
Ibrahim said the Scheme has revitalised its ventures: garment factories, bread and table water factories for maximum productivity. The ventures also serve as training avenue for Corps Members.
The DG said NYSC had partnered many institutions towards empowering Corps Members for self-reliance.
He listed the Bank of Industry, Central Bank of Nigera, Heritage Bank, Access Bank among others as institutions that offer start up capitals for Corps Members to finance their business proposals.
He also said efforts are in top gear with strong advocacy for the establishment of NYSC Trust Fund, which if actualised will enable Corps Members to have access to start-up captitals to finance their business ideas as they exit service.
The Director-General said NYSC film, NYSC National Cultural Troupe are some of the innovations introduced into the NYSC Scheme for the enhancement of Corps potentials for greater output.

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China Takes Over Ugandan Airport, Other Country’s Assets Over $207million Loan Deal

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This came despite reports that President Yoweri Museveni had sent a delegation to Beijing for a renegotiation with the Chinese government over toxic clauses that exposed the East African country.

The Museveni-led Ugandan government had on Tuesday, 17 November 2015, signed an agreement with Exim Bank to borrow $207 million at two per cent upon disbursement.

The loan had a maturity period of 20 years including a seven-year grace period, but it had now appeared that the transaction signed with the Chinese lenders practically means Uganda “surrendered” its most prominent and only international airport.

The Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) revealed some provisions in the Financing Agreement with China that exposed Entebbe International Airport and other Ugandan assets to be attached and taken over by Chinese lenders upon negotiation in Beijing.

Uganda, however, sought to renegotiate the deal but the latest visits and pleas to alter the original terms with Chinese authorities were declined.

According to the Daily Monitor, the Ugandan government waived international immunity in the agreement it signed to secure the loans, exposing Entebbe International Airport to take over without international protection.

In desperation, Uganda in March 2021 sent a delegation to Beijing hoping to renegotiate the toxic clauses of the deal but the officials came back empty-handed as China would not allow the terms of the original deal to be varied.

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Last week, Uganda’s Finance Minister, Matia Kasaija, apologised to parliament for the “mishandling of the $207 million loan” from the China Exim Bank to expand Entebbe International Airport.

Progress of works at the airport, built in 1972, has reached 75.2 per cent, with two runways having reached overall completion of 100 per cent.

Entebbe International Airport is Uganda’s only international airport and handles over 1.9 million passengers per year. Its seizure by China would greatly dent the legacy of the 77-year-old Museveni, who came to power on the back of an armed uprising in 1986, and expose him to election defeat.Naija360

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FG Set to Unveil Service Delivery Charter To the Public

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By Tony Obiechina, Abuja

The Minister of State for Finance, Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Agba is set to unveil the first Service Delivery Charter of the national planning arm of the ministry to the public.


Director of Reforms Coordination and Sevice Improvement Department of the ministry, Dr Anne Nzegwu disclosed this at the presentation of the draft of the Service delivery charter agenda to stakeholders, clients and customers for their inputs, on Friday in Abuja. 
She explained that the first service delivery charter was developed “when we were National Planning Commission, and just before the publication, we were merged and became Ministry of Budget and National Planning.

“The presentation is an opportunity for stakeholders to make their imputes before it’s formally validated and presented to the public,” she said while addressing the participants at the headquarters of the ministry”.
She however explained that just before the publication  of the charter, “we were further merged to become Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, adding that, “we are today presenting our draft integrated service delivery charter of National Planning Arm of Ministry to our stakeholders, customers and clients for input on their expectations while we present our obligations to them”.
Dr Nzegwu pointed out that, “Service Delivery Charter is the bible that guides the operational activities of the institution. It states the mandates, and targets of every department and unit including that of its parastatal. It states our expectation of our stakeholders, customers and clients”.
A Resource Expert, Dr Francisca Odeka presented the draft charter to the participants who were drawn from the Ministry’s departments and agencies (MDAs).
Among other provisions, the document specifies the rights and mandate of every government establishment and the expected conduct of every worker in the federal civil service.
Service delivery charter is the document that guides the operational activities of the institution. It states the mandates, and targets of every department and unit including that of its parastatal. It states our expectation of our stakeholders, customers and clients.
She said the stakeholders will be invited for validation of the completed document when the Minister of state for Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Agba will be presenting it to the public.

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