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Senate: Dino, Tinubu’s Men, Others Grab Juicy Committees

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By Jude Opara, Abuja

Some notable members of the Senate were yesterday named as chairmen of some notable standing committees of the upper legislative arm of government.

Senate President Ahmad Lawan who announced the reconstitution of the standing committees named his rival to the position of the senate presidency, Ali Ndume as the chairman of the committee on the Army, while Abba Moro will serve as his vice.

Dino Melaye was announced as the chairman of the committee on Aviation while his deputy is Bala Na’ Allah.

Also, wife of the leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Oluremi Tinubu is to head the committee on Communications with Ibrahim Bomai as her deputy.

The immediate governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha heads the committee on Culture and Tourism with Ignatius Longjohn as the vice.

Lawan made the announcement on Tuesday before the senate adjourned for its annual recess.

While naming chairpersons and deputy chairpersons of the various committees, the president of the senate said they were now ready to engage the executive on various issues bordering on governance.

The immediate past deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu was named chairman of environment committee, while Ibrahim Hadejia will serve as the deputy.

Bala Na’Allah, a former deputy senate leader in the eight senate, was named chairman of air force committee with Michael Nnachi as his deputy,

The full list:

Here is the full list of chairpersons and deputy chairpersons of the 69 committees;

Full list of chairmen of Senate standing committees and their deputies

1. Agriculture – Abdullahi Adamu, Bima Enagi.

2. Airforce – Bala Ibn Na’Allah, Michael Nnachi.

3. Anti-corruption and Financial Crimes – Suleiman Kwari, Aliyu Wamakko.

4. Appropriation – Barau Jibrin, Stella Oduah.

5. Army – Ali Ndume, Abba Moro.

6. Aviation – Dino Melaye, Bala Na’Allah.

7. Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions – Uba Sani, Orji Uzor Kalu.

8. Capital Market – Ibikunle Amosun, Binos Yero

9. Communications – Oluremi Tinubu, Ibrahim Bomai.

10. Corporation and Integration in Africa and NEPAD – Chimaroke Nnamani, Yusuf Yusuf.

11. Culture and Tourism – Rochas Okorocha, Ignatius Longjohn.

12. Customs, Excise and Tarrifs – Francis Alimekhena, Francis Fardausi.

13. Defence – Aliyu Wamakko, Istifanus Gyang.

14. Diaspora and NGOs – Bashiru Ajibola, Ibrahim Oloriegbe.

15. Downstream Petroleum Sector – Sabo Mohammed, Philip Aduda.

16.Drugs and Narcotics – Hezekaiah Dimka, Chimaroke Nnamani.

17. Ecology Climate Change – Mohammad Gusau, Olubunmi Adetunmbi.

18. Education (Basic and Secondary) – Ibrahim Geidam, Akon Eyakenyi

19. Employment, Labour and Productivity – Ben Umajumogwu, Kabiru Barkiya.

20. Environment – Ike Ekweremadu, Ibrahim Hadejia.

21. Establishment and Public Service – Ibrahim Shekarau, Barinadas Mpigi.

22. Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions – Patrick Akinyelure, Ahmed Babba-Kaita.

23. FCT – Abubakar Kyari, Tolu Odebiyi.

24.Federal Character and Intergovernmental Affairs – Danjuma Laah, Yahaya Gumau.

25. FERMA – Gershom Bassey, Kabir Barkiya.

26. Finance – Adeola Olamilekan, Isa Jibrin.

27. Foreign Affairs – Mohammed Bulkachuwa, Ignatius Longjohn.

28. Gas Resources – James Manager, Biobaraku Wangagra.

29. Health (Secondary and Tertiary) – Ibrahim Oloriegbe, Betty Apiafi.

30. Housing – Sam Egwu, Lola Ashiru.

31. ICT and Cybercrime – Yakubu Useni, Abdulfatai Buhari.

32. INEC – Kabiru Gaya, Sahabi Ya’u.

33. Industries – Adebayo Osinowo.

34. Information and National Communication – Danladi Sankara, Aishatu Ahmed.

35. Interior -Kashim Shettima, Diri Douye.

36. Interparliamentary Affairs – Godiya Akwashiki, Abba Moro.

37. Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters – Michael Bamidele, Emmanuel Oker-Jev.

38. Land Transport – Abdulfatai Buhari, Nicholas Tofowomo.

39. Legislative Compliance – Oriolowo Adeyemi, Sabi Abdullahi.

40. Local Content – Teslim Folarin, Sabi Abdullahi.

41. Local and Foreign Debts – Clifford Ordia, Bima Enagi.

42. Marine Transport – Danjuma Goje, Adebayo Osinowo.

43. Media and Public Affairs – Adedayo Adeyeye, Akwashiki Godiya.

44. National Identity and National Population – Sa’idu Alkali, Suleiman Kwari.

45. National Planning – Olubunmi Adetunmbi, Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo.

46. National Security and Intelligence – Abdullahi Gobir, Chukwuka Utazi.

47. Navy – George Sekibo, Elisha Abbo.

48. Niger Delta – Peter Nwabaoshi, Bulus Amos.

49. Petroleum Upstream – Albert Akpan, Ifeanyi Ubah.

50. Police affairs – Dauda Jika, Abubakar Tambuwal.

51. Poverty Alleviation and Social Investment Program – Lawal Gumau, Michael Nnachi.

52. Power -Gabriel Suswam, Enyinnaya Abaribe.

53. Primary Health Care and Communicable Diseases – Chuwkuka Utazi, Sadiq Umar.

54. Privatisation – Theodore Orji, Oriolowo Adeyemi.

55. Public Accounts – Mathew Urghohide, Ibrahim Hassan.

56. Public Procurement – Shuaibu Lau, Lola Ashiru.

57. Rules and business – Sadiq Umar, Yahaya Abdullahi.

58. Science and Technology – Uche Ekwunife, Robert Boroffice.

59. Senate Services – Sani Musa, Lawal Hassan.

60. Solid Minerals, Mine, Steel Development and Metallurgy – Tanko Almakura, Oriolowo Adeyeye.

61. Sports and Social Development – Joseph Garba

62. State and Local Government – Lekan Mustapha, Francis Onyewuchi.

63. Special duties – Yusuf Yusuf, Biobaraku Wangagra.

64. SDGs – Aisha Dahiru, Lekan Mustapha

65. Tertiary Institution and TETFUND – Ahmed Baba Kaita, Sandy Onor.

66. Trade and Investment – Rose Oko, Francis Fadahunsi.

67. Water Resources – Bello Mandiya, Christopher Ekpeyong.

68. Women Affairs and Youth Development – Betty Apiafi, Aishatu Dahiru.

69. Works – Adamu Aliero, Emmanuel Bwacha.

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Nigeria, Afreximbank Strengthen Ties on Economic Growth, Financial Integration

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By Tony Obiechina, Abuja

On the sidelines of the 6th AU Mid-Year Coordination Meeting of the African Union, the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Mr Wale Edun held bilateral talks with Dr. Benedict Okey Oramah, President of Afreximbank.

The meeting, which was held in Accra, Ghana weekend, reinforced the strong partnership between Afreximbank and the Federal Government of Nigeria, with a focus on driving economic growth and financial integration across Africa.

During the meeting, HM Edun acknowledged the fiscal policy measures implemented by the President Bola Tinubu-led Administration, which has significantly improved Nigeria’s revenue position.

He emphasized the critical need for comprehensive financial integration across Africa to drive intra-continental trade, investment, and development.

On his part, Professor Oramah reaffirmed Afreximbank’s unwavering commitment to supporting President Tinubu’s developmental objectives for economic growth.

 The bilateral talks underscored the importance of collaboration between Nigeria and Afreximbank in achieving shared economic goals.

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12 Storey Buildings at Risk of Collapse in Jos, Says Mutfwang

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From Jude Dangwam, Jos 

To forestall a recurrence, the Governor of Plateau State, Caleb Mutfwang yesterday inaugurated a Technical Committee to investigate the collapse a two-storey building that claimed lives of students and teachers of the Saints Academy, Jos, saying not less than 12 storey buildings are at risk of going down.

 He tasked the committee to thoroughly investigate the causes of the incident and examine the roles of all individuals involved in the construction and maintenance of the building.

Inaugurating the committee at the New Government House in Jos, the governor noted, “It is imperative that we understand why this incident occurred, identify any lapses in duty, and implement measures to prevent a recurrence.

“Reports indicate that around 12 other schools in the city are at risk of collapse, which necessitates urgent action.”

The governor said he remains committed to implementing stringent measures that will ensure the safety and integrity of buildings across the state.

“We will continue to enforce necessary changes with compassion, avoiding unnecessary hardship for our people.

“However, we cannot compromise on the safety of innocent lives. The loss of 24 children is a grave reminder of the urgency of our mission,” he stated.

Mutfwang directed the Secretary to the State Government to broaden the committee’s mandate to include the burnt Jos Main Market stressing that reports suggested that the remaining structure is also at risk of collapse.

He urged the committee to investigate the demolition process, the handling of materials, and the steps needed to ensure public safety.

Mutfwang called on the public to provide any information that could help prevent future building collapses in the state.

The chairman of the committee, Prof. Slim Matawal expressed gratitude to the governor for entrusting them with the critical task and assured that the committee would diligently work to prevent future incidents of building collapse in the state.

Members of the committee are: Prof. Slim Matawal as Chairman; Engr. Oke Ezema, Member; Arc. Olusegun Olukoya, Member; Bldr. Daniel Sani (NOIB), Member; Arc. Michael Yibial (ARCON) Member; Engr. Rose Daffi (COREN) Member; Arc. Barnabas Dafiel (JMDB) Member; Barr. Williams Habakkuk (MOJ) Member; ACP Dayyabu Ahmed (NPF) Member; and Mr. Yakubu Mallo (Director Administration, OSGS) as Secretary.A block of classrooms at the Saint Academy located in the Busa Buji community of Jos North Local Government Area caved in on July 12, killing as many as 22 school children and wounding others.

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Heed Voices of Aggrieved Populace to Avert Protest, Ajaero Tells Tinubu

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By David Torough, Abuja

In the countdown to the national protest against painful economic policies, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) yesterday called on President Bola Tinubu to heed the voices of the aggrieved populace to tackle the situation.

Speaking through a press statement, the NLC president underscored the urgent need for dialogue between government and protest organizers.

“These are dire times that call for dialogue, not discord,” Ajaero noted, urging compassion and understanding from the authorities.

He said the planned protest is not merely a political manoeuvre but a genuine expression of citizens’ anguish and demand for responsive governance.

He stated, “Nigerians deserve to have their voices heard without being dismissed as mere political dissenters,” adding that citizens are facing widespread frustration over economic conditions.

The NCL President added, “Millions of Nigerians are suffering under the weight of economic policies that have exacerbated poverty and deprivation.”

He condemned any hostility towards protesters, highlighting that such responses fail to address the root causes of public dissatisfaction.

“You cannot silence those suffering and expect peace,” he cautioned, urging a constructive approach to prevent further unrest.

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) revealed that approximately 133 million Nigerians live below the extreme poverty line, with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) reporting acute hunger affecting 32 million people in 2024 alone.

Unemployment and underemployment further compound the problems, pushing countless families to the brink.

Central to the NLC’s stance are grievances against recent government policies, including steep increases in fuel prices, electricity tariffs, and user fees for essential services.

These measures have significantly burdened ordinary Nigerians while seemingly benefiting a privileged few, intensifying public resentment.

The nationwide protest is billed to hold from Aug. 1 to 10.

The leadership of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) has thrown its weight behind it.

The National Chairman of SDP, Shehu Gabam at a press conference in Abuja last week said the demonstration is in the interest of the masses.

However, the Chairman of Progressive Governors’ Forum and Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma exonerated Tinubu from the inflation and economic challenge ravaging the country.

He argued that the biting hardship is a global phenomenon and not limited to Nigeria.

Mr Bayo Onanuga, a presidential aide on Sunday accused supporters of the Labour Party candidate in the 2023 presidential election, Mr Peter Obi of planning the protest.Onanuga who is Special Adviser to President Bola Tinubu on Information and Strategy said that Obi would be held responsible for whatever crisis that may emanate from the action.

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