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NASS Library Trust Fund Amendment Bill Scales 2nd Reading in Senate




By Eze Okechukwu, Abuja

A bill seeking the amendment of the National Assembly Library Trust Fund has scaled second reading in the Senate.

This followed the presentation of the lead debate by Senator Bamidele Opeyemi, who sponsored the bill during plenary yesterday. He is also the Senate leader and represents Ekiti Central senatorial district of Ekiti State.

Titled “A Bill for an Act to amend the National Assembly Library Trust Fund Amendment Act No 11 of 2022, the bill sought to “change the name to National Assembly Library and Resource Centre to vie for an Additional Source of Funds for the Centre.

“Eliminate the Ambiguity in the Chairmanship Position of the Governing Council, Streamline the Functions of the Governing Council and the Office of the Director-General.

“And to Provide for the Application of the Funds of the Centre to set up the National Assembly Museum and for Related Matters 2024.”

In his lead debate, Bamidele said that the bill was first read on February 29, 2024 adding that the “pivotal legislation” sought not only to modernise but also to enhance the very essence of the legislative institute.

“It represents a significant step in our commitment to fostering knowledge dissemination, preserving our legislative heritage and advancing our democratic values.

“The bill proposes to change the National Assembly Library Trust Fund to the National Assembly Library Resource Centre.”

Bamidele explained that the change was more than a name alteration, stressing that it symbolised a shift toward inclusivity, accessibility and the recognition of the evolving need of Nigeria’s greatest institute.

“Furthermore, the establishment of the museum is a ground breaking initiative that will serve as a repository of our legislative history, testimony to our democratic journey.”

Opposing the bill, Sen. Eyinnaya Abaribe (APGA-Abia) said “At this age and at this time when the President has already directed the implementation of the Oronsaye report, which means we have to consolidate things.

“What’s the difference between the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) and particularly the Library and Resource Centre.

“Because in my opinion of NILDS, it was also a repository of the same resources that we are doing now.

“So rather than have two agencies as long as we would like to, why can’t we merge both agencies?”

Speaking in support of the bill, Sen. Neda Imasuen (LP-Edo) said that “For an institution like ours, yes it is developing, but we are also hoping that its developmental strides will grow.

“The institution will grow to an extent that other countries around us, students of universities, will find it a resource centre for research and it will deepen our democracy.”

In his remarks, President of the Senate, Godswill Akpabio while reacting to Abaribe said “Your prayer is very futuristic. What we have right now is a trust fund. 

“This was an act of parliament enacted last year. So realising the difficulty of operating under trust fund, they have come before us to have a change of name to National Assembly Library and Resource Centre.

“Let’s have the library and research centre and thereafter, we look at their functionalities and we see whether they need to come together as one.”

After the debate, Bamidele moved a motion for the bill to be considered next legislative day which is Wednesday, March 6.

“In compliance with Senate Rule 80 (1) of the Senate Standing Orders 2022 as amended, I move that the bill be referred to the Committee of the Whole to be taken on the next legislative day.”

The motion was seconded by the Minority Leader, Sen. Abba Moro (PDP, Benue South).


APC Primary: Gov. Aiyedatiwa Best Man for Ondo – Adu




A new entry into the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Muyiwa Adu, has thrown is hat in the ring in support of Gov. Lucky Aiyedatiwa of Ondo State.

Adu, a former chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State, who recently decamped to the APC, said that Aiyedatiwa was the best among gubernatorial aspirants seeking to contest the Nov.

20 governorship election.

Speaking at a public declaration of support for Aiyedatiwa, on Friday in Akure, the former PDP chieftain said that his decision followed wide consultation among his followers.

He urged party members to vote  en masse for Aiyedatiwa on April 20 during the APC primary election in the state.

According to him, the deputy governor who succeeded the late Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu, has a listening hear, which is a major attribute of a leader.

“ I want to tell people publicly that we  are supporting Aiyedatiwa  in the primary.

“I am a patron to about 73 associations in the state and we are all giving our support to the governor.

“As I told you that it’s  God that directed me to politics; therefore, it’s God’s directive and wide consultation that picked Aiyedatiwa for our support.

“We will follow our words with actions and Aiyedatiwa will become  our party’s candidate on  Saturday and come Nov.  16.

we will vote for him,” he stated.

Responding, Aiyedatiwa thanked Adu for having confidence in him, describing him as one of the leaders in the  party with a crowd of supporters.

“ I know that he cannot mislead you. What God told him in the secret is being revealed publicly today.

“All other aspirants have been to him to convince him and seek his support, but he has not picked any of them, but me.

“ I thank you  for this great mobilisation,” the governor said.( NAN)

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Tinubu Mourns Ex-Minister, Ogbonnaya Onu




President Bola Tinubu has extended his deepest condolences to the Onu family over the passing of Chief Ogbonnaya Onu, a former Minister of Science and Technology in the Buhari administration.

Chief Onu passed away on Thursday at the age of 72.

“The President mourns a luminous star in Nigeria’s political firmament.

The first civilian governor of Abia State; former minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, a principal draughtsman in the founding of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and a valiant partner in the victory of the party in the 2015 elections.

“Most importantly, the President celebrates the life of an accomplished scholar, first-class engineer; a man of proven integrity; defiant to indiscipline, but ever yielding to the highest standards of rectitude,” a statement by Chief Ajuri Ngelale, Presidential spokesman quoted the President to have said.

The statement said Tinubu affirmed that the late Onu epitomized Nigeria in concord; in wholeness, as the late statesman believed in and defended Nigeria’s unity, advocated peace, and promoted fellowship across the Niger.

The President also condoled with the friends and associates of Chief Onu, Ebonyi and Abia State Governments, and all Nigerians grieving this gaping loss.

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PDP Appoints Chinda as Chairman for Ondo LG Congress, Ahead of Primaries




The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has appointed Rep. Kingsley Chinda as the Chairman, Local Government Congress Electoral Committee for Ondo, ahead of Saturday’s governorship primaries.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Debo Ologunagba said this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

Ologunagba said that the constitution of the committee was approved by the National Working Committee (NEC) of the party.

“The committee members are to serve on the local government Congress Electoral Committee to conduct National Delegates Congress for the purpose of electing one national delegate per local government area in Ondo,” he said.

Ologunagba said that the congress would hold at the Collation Center of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in each of the local government areas of the state.

Ologunagba advised all the governorship aspirants, leaders, critical stakeholders and members in Ondo to take note and be guided accordingly.(NAN)

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