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Gbajabiamila Mourns as Afenifere Leader, Pa Fasanmi’s Passes On @94

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The Speaker of the House of Representatives Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila has expressed sadness over the demise of the leader of the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, Pa Ayo Fasanmi.

 

Pa Fasanmi, who passed away on Wednesday night, was also a former federal legislator in the First and Second Republics.

 

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, the Speaker said though the demise of the late patriot would be felt by the nation, the progressives and his family, solace would, however, be taken in the fact that his footprints have been firmly entrenched in the sand of time.

 

The Speaker noted that Pa Fasanmi’s passionate quest for democracy and good governance saw him leave pharmacy to join politics and later became the leader of the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere.

 

Gbajabiamila said: “As a federal lawmaker at the national level, first as a member of the House of Representatives and later a Senator, Pa Fasanmi came across as a symbol of humility, selflessness and integrity. These attributes have continued to inspire lawmakers across the country.

 

“It is my prayer that his soul rests in perfect peace, and may God give those he left behind the fortitude to bear the loss”.

 

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We Have Evidence on Govt Agencies ‘Diverting Public Funds’- Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila

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The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila on Thursday revealed that the House was in possession of “credible reports” indicating that some government agencies were diverting public funds to “finance frivolities.”

Gbajabiamila made the disclosure while declaring open a meeting between the House Committee on Finance and revenue generating agencies of the government in Abuja on Thursday.

The meeting which will specifically xray the  Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF)  and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP)  of the federal in order to determine how the government plans to fund it will last for five days.

Speaking further, Gbajabiamila acknowledged that the government cannot depend on foreign loans to fund its way out of the economic crises occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic saying that the government and its agencies must necessarily cut down on irrelevant spending and also deepen revenue generation as the way out.

“Our country is currently facing a fiscal crisis, compounded by the intense disruption that has been wrought on our economic performance and financial projections by the Covid 19 pandemic. We are not the only ones. Nations all over the world, including those we rightly consider to be leading lights, are facing a moment of reckoning that is redefining the way Government operates. Already, we have had to carry out severe cuts to the 2020 Appropriation Act, while at the same time borrowing more to fund urgent development needs and implement interventions to help the most vulnerable of our citizens get through these trying times with some dignity.

“All of us in the House of Representatives recognise that the challenges we now face will not abate in the medium term. Yet, we are committed to using the appropriations process as a tool for accomplishing our nation’s most pressing development objectives. We have a responsibility to act with urgent determination to build the infrastructure of opportunity that is required to lift millions of our fellow citizens out of poverty.

“ We recognise that we cannot accomplish these objectives using loans and outside financing alone. Therefore, we need impose deep cuts in the cost of governance and improve internal revenue generation and collection so that we can free up resources that can then be deployed to fund policy initiatives that will enhance the lives of our people,” the Speaker said.

Assuring that the House of Representatives was determined to play its constitutional role as the “keeper of the public purse,” Gbajabiamila said that the House will do its job irrespective of whose ox was gored.

“The revenue-generating agencies of the Federal Government of Nigeria have a vital role to play in this regard. There has thus far been a consistent failure to adhere to the revenue remittance agreements to which many of these agencies have committed. We have credible reports that these desperately needed funds have in many cases, been diverted to finance unnecessary trivialities. At the same time, the Government is left scrambling for alternative sources to fund priority projects. We cannot afford this dynamic, and we will not tolerate it any more.

 

“The legislature remains the keeper of the public purse, with broad constitutional authority to act on behalf of the Nigerian people, to ensure that our collective resources are efficiently administered in service of the public good. Let no one be in doubt, the House of Representatives will not hesitate to act on our constitutional authority notwithstanding whatever objections may arise,” Gbajabiamila warned.

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FHA Appointment: I will Be ‘Good Ambassador of the Legislature in the Executive’ – Abdulmumin Jibrin

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The former Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation, Hon. Abdulmunin Jibrin has assured the National Assembly and lawmakers that he was going to be “a good ambassador of the legislature in the executive arm [the] government.

Jibrin who was last week appointed the Executive Director, Federal Housing Authority (FHA) by President Muhammadu Buhari made the promise on Monday after a “thank you” visit to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila at the National Assembly.

Jibrin, popularly called the “kingmaker” by his admirers for his role in the emergence of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila and his Predecessor, Hon. Yakubu  Dogara have remained a controversial figure for his penchant for “speaking truth to power.”

The former lawmaker who was elected into the House of Representatives in 2011 to represent that Kiru/Bebeji federal constituency of Kano state hugged national headlines in November 2016 when he wrote, to President Muhammadu Buhari requesting that the then Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, Deputy Speaker, Yusuf Lasun, the Chief Whip, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa; and the Minority Leader, Mr Leo Ogor  be arrested and prosecuted for “padding” the 2016 national budget.

He was subsequently suspended by the House while he also lost his appointment as the Chairman of the highly influential Committee on Appropriation of the House.

He was re-elected into the House in the 2019 general election, but was later sacked by the appeal court in November, 2019.

He later lost his seat to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Hon. Ali Datti-Yako who polled 48,601 against Jibrin who scored 13,587 votes in the Appeal Court ordered rerun election.

His appointment by President Buhari has been long awaited as he was at different times touted as being positioned to take over at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

As an Executive Director in the FHA, Jibrin will be in charge of of the Business Development, Corporate and Social Housing scheme of the housing authority.

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Assent to CAMA Law, Confirmation of the ‘Joint Task’ Policy of Reps- Spokeman

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The House of Representatives has assured Nigerians that the revitalization of the economy remains the priority of the House even amidst the economic and other challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

 

The House, through a statement issued in Abuja on Saturday by its Spokesman, Hon. Benjamin Kalu (APC, Abia state) while reacting to the signing into law of  the Companies and Allied Matters Act (amendment) Bill (“CAMA”),  2020 by President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday stated that assent of the President to bill was a direct result of the “harmonious working relationship between the legislature and the executive.”

The stated revealed that the leadership of the House of Representatives had earlier assured Nigerians that the bill was going to be signed into law, especially with the tenacious efforts of the leadership of the House, and indeed the National Assembly.

According to the Spokesman, the 9th House of Representative would not and never relent in deploying  “legislative interventions” to help in solving the challenges of Nigeria.

 

The House’ statement described the  President’s assent to the bill was a “major landmark” as it will revolutionize the way business is don e in Nigeria, moving forward.

 

The House’ full statement reads:

 

“The 9th National Assembly has scored another major landmark with the Companies and Allied Matters Act (amendment) Bill (“CAMA”), which was signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, August 7, 2020.

 

“On February 25, while meeting with the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council led by Dr Jumoke Oduwole, the Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila had assured Nigerians that the House would fast-track the consideration and amendment of CAMA, stating that the bill was a key priority of the 9th House necessary to address national economic challenges and to improve the legal framework for doing business in Nigeria.

 

“The bill which was passed barely two weeks after that promise, comes as a result of the resolve of both chambers of the 9th National Assembly to facilitate the ease of doing business in Nigeria. Its final assent into law marks a key milestone in the fulfillment of the legislative agenda of the House under the leadership of Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila and is attributable to the harmonious working relationship between the Legislature and the Executive.

 

“The Nigerian economy remains a priority for the 9th House and in the same manner with which it swiftly and diligently passed the Finance Act, the Deep Offshore Sharing Formula Act, and the revised Appropriation Act 2020, the House will continue to deploy strategic legislative interventions to improve governance and make the business environment more accommodating.

 

“Going forward, the House will prioritize the Electoral Act (amendment) Bill, the Constitution Amendment, and the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill (PIGB), among other all-important legislation as promised by the Speaker at different fora and in line with the contract between members of the House and the Nigerian people, because ‘Nation Building’ is indeed ‘A Joint Task’.

 

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