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If Confab Report Goes To NASS, It Would Be Treated Like Other Bills – Ekwueme

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alex ekwuemeSecond Republic Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, has called on the National Assembly to avoid delays and treat the report of the recently-concluded National Conference with all seriousness, unlike the way it does to other bills.

Ekwueme said that the National Assembly should go ahead and approve the report instead of “taking it sentence by sentence”, stating that it should have been agreed earlier how the report of the confab should be ratified – whether through a referendum or by the National Assembly.

The former VP warned that if it goes to the National Assembly, it would be treated the same way the lawmakers treat other bills.

Ekwueme spoke with journalists in Abuja during the inauguration and commissioning of “Citadel and Towers”, a multi-billion Naira mega church edifice of the House on the Rock Churches, which would be used as a centre of National Transformation.

His words: “The decision whether the report of the 2014 confab should be ratified by the National Assembly or through a referendum should have been taken before the conference itself started. During our time (1995), it was a military government and there was no National Assembly and the document setting us up specified that whatever decision we arrived at will be accepted without amendment by the military government.

“In this case, the issue of whether it should go to the National Assembly or through a referendum should have been agreed before it started. If it goes to the National Assembly, it would be done the same way they do with Bills.

“They will take each section one by one, clause by clause, phrase by phrase and they will start patching and patching. But bearing in mind that the final report was approved unanimously, I think if people are logical and if the National Assembly itself means well, they should go ahead and approve it and not taking it sentence by sentence”.

Speaking on the recommendation by the confab for the creation of more states in Nigeria, the elder statesman said what was inherited from the British colonial masters and the nation’s founding fathers was not a multiplicity of states.

He said, “Well, you know my attitude. In the 1995 Conference Report, I was of the view that each of the six geopolitical zones should become a federating unit because in fairness to our founding fathers, what we inherited from them and from the British government was not a multiplicity of states.

“What we inherited and what we agreed (in the 1960 conference) was a country made up of three regions. It was agreed by all our political leaders and given to us at independence. My argument has always been that there were two things wrong with the structure we had at independence and thereafter.

“The first pitfall of it was that it brought a situation where it seemed that the Northern region has a population that was bigger than all the other regions altogether. If the region decides to support a political party, that party automatically becomes majority in parliament and under the parliamentary system, will produce Prime Minister.

“Which was why they didn’t bother about what was happening elsewhere. There was the Northern Peoples Congress which only focused on Northern region. Secondly, within each region, we have the majority ethnic recognition”.

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Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism

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Sanwo-Olu Names Building After Tinubu, Warns Youths Against Vandalism

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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos has named the newly built Apapa-Iganmu Local Council Development Area after the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

This was made known in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Gboyega Akosile.

Sanwo-Olu also named the Agboyi-Ketu LCDA after the late Senator of Lagos East Senatorial District, Adebayo Osinowo.

He stated that the recent #EndSARS protests brought out the need for the government to double their efforts and prioritize youth development and empowerment.

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The governor however warned youths against the destruction of the government’s assets built with public funds.

Sanwo-Olu disclosed that the decision of the council leadership in Agboyi-Ketu to name the edifice after Osinowo testified to the contributions he made to the development of the council.

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PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC

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PDP Governor, Matawalle Commends Umahi For Joining APC

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Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Matawalle, has commended Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State, for joining the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Governor Matawalle who is a governor on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) attributed Mr Umahi’s decamping to “bad blood in the present Peoples Democratic Party.”

Also Read: Gov. Umahi Sacks Political Appointees From Ohaukwu LGA

Governor Matawalle made this comment in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Zailani Bappa, on Friday.

He expressed that he would rather commend Umahi for “his bold decision rather than condemn him because everyone feels welcome only in a house where he feels comfortable.”

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You Are A Worthy Successor, Aregbesola Tells Oyetola

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Rauf Aregbesola, former Governor of Osun State and Minister of Interior, has described Governor Gboyega Oyetola as a worthy successor.

In a congratulatory statement in Osogbo on Friday to mark Oyetola’s second anniversary, the Minister said the Osun governor has weathered the storm of governance effectively.

Aregbesola wrote: “I write to congratulate you on the second anniversary of your administration.

“I look back with pride and nostalgia the hard-fought battle of your election and the continuation of progressive administration in the State of Osun.

Also Read: Oyetola Bans Sales Of School Uniforms

“There have been challenges along the line – the inclement national financial weather, the COVID-19 pandemic and others not so significant. But you have weathered the storm admirably and steadied the ship of state.

“The challenges will no doubt present a new format as you step into the third year. These are heightened political participation, pressure to deliver more dividends of democracy and increased demands from the political system. I have no doubt that you will cope nicely.

“Please continue to make the welfare of the people your biggest concern. They are the reason for the state. Without them there will be no government or any political office to occupy.

“Once again, congratulations, as I wish you a resounding success in office and every aspect of life.

“My kind regards to the good wife, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola and the entire cabinet of the State of Osun.”

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