The Speaker of the House of Representatives , Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, says the ninth National Assembly is irrevocably committed to uplifting young people and will do everything possible to support them.
Gbajabiamila made the statement on Saturday in Lagos, while speaking at the empowerment programme he organised for the people of his Surulere 1 Federal Constituency
No fewer than 5000 constituents benefited from the empowerment programme with 351 tertiary institutions getting education grants of between N20,000 to N80,000.
The speaker also distributed laptops to 1020 teachers in the constituency while 1596 small business owners were given cash grants of between N50,000 and N150,000.
No fewer than 120 automobiles were presented to people of the area, while police stations ,the Lagos University Teaching Hospital and community hospitals in Surulere got patrol vehicles and ambulances.
The speaker said the country is blessed with young people with great potential , promising that the ninth national assembly would do all it could to create the right environment for them to thrive.
“Nigeria is blessed with a lot of young potential, young men and women who have the capacity, knowledge, know-how, drive, sincerity of purpose but unfortunately yet to have the endowment to thrive.
” I promise you today and I give you my solemn word that those of us in the ninth assembly will continue to do what we can, whenever, wherever, however we can to make sure that these young boys and girls, who we call the greater tomorrow, are indeed given a seat at the table and perhaps someday, sit at the head of the table.”he said .
The speaker also said the ninth assembly was passionate about the development of the country and would continue to work assiduously for the progress of the nation.
Gbajabiamila said the empowerment programme was in appreciation of the consistent support given him by his constituents and in redemption of his electoral promise to impact on the people of the area.
He promised to always work for the good of the people of the constituency and to bring more dividends of democracy to the people.
The speaker said his interventions in education in the area was owing to his passion about education and the future of the country.
He thanked Gov. Babajide Sanwoolu for offering purposeful leadership in the state and impacting positively on the people of the state.
The speaker also thanked the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in the state ,Mr Cornelius Ojelabi for his consistent support and giving direction to the party in the state.
Speaking ,a former Nigerian ambassador to Ghana, Sen.Musiliu Obanikoro described Gbajabiamila as a rare politician and a worthy representative of the people.
Obanikoro said Gbajabiamila had acquitted himself remarkably well as speaker of the House of Representatives.
“He has done well and I commend him. This is a speaker that is not only doing well at the national assembly but also doing extremely well for the people.
“I am proud of him and ready to support him anywhere he is going”, he said.
In a speech, Ojelabi described Gbajabiamila as a great ambassador of the party who had done the party proud in the state.
He said the speaker had redefined representation and leadership with his sterling performance at the house of representatives and the support for his constituents.
“You have done well for the people of Surulere and Lagos in general, and for this I am saying thank you and that the party is proud of you,” he said
Economic: Osinkolu Assures Nigerians Of Better Days Ahead
A financial expert, Dr Olusegun Osinkolu has appealed to Nigerians to exercise patients with the economic team put together by President Bola Tinubu, noting that relief will soon come.
Osinkolu assured that Nigeria will soon witness a great turn around by the time the economic team swings into full action.
“we will heave a sign of relief soon as the story would change for better”.
The Ayede-Ekiti born All Progressives Congress (APC) Chieftain in a statement issued on Friday and released to newsmen, described the appointments of the Central Bank of Nigeria Governor, Yemi Cardoso and Minister of Finance, Wale Edun as a round peg in a round hole.
Osinkolu, who was a banker of repute, described them as gentlemen and men of integrity, who are masters on their field of appointments.
He commended President Bola Tinubu for the appointments, describing it as well deserved and has raised the bar and shown that competence is the parameter for public service.
“I want to formally thank President Bola Tinubu for considering the duo of the CBN Governor and Finance Minister for their appointment.
I commend his open-mindedness to embrace and usher in vibrant patriots into the national mainstream politics.
“I wish to state that their appointment is not only well deserving, but also falls in line with Mr. President’s penchant for talent discovery that has characterised his bold and giant strides in Lagos state and the nation at large.
“I affirm that this particular appointment is a round peg in a round hole,”he stated.
He urged the duo of the CBN Governor and finance minister to focus on the vision and mission of Mr President, by refocusing through their short, medium and long term measures.
He assured Nigerians that the CBN and it’s Finance ministry under their watch will operate transparent monetary policies, while his administration will not tolerate and work towards correcting the errors made by past administrations.
He further urged the duo to comply with all constitutional duties and ensure that financial policies of the country are of international standard and in support of the Tinubu-led administration.
Senator Natasha lauds NDDC, NLNG partnership on local content
Senator Natasha Akpoti-Uduaghan, lawmaker representing Kogi Central senatorial district has commended the pact between Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) and Nigeria LNG Limited (NLNG), to develop local content capacity.
Both NDDC and NLNG recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to leverage shared aspirations and collaborate on diverse fronts in the delivery of sustainable development projects in the region.
Reacting, Senator Natasha urged NDDC to consider the need to be the primary recruiters of their trained workforce to achieve effective service delivery.
She gave the charge on Thursday during an interactive session between Senate Committee on Local Content and the NDDC Managing Director, Samuel Ogbuku.
As the Chair, Local Content Committee, Natasha tasked the NDDC on the need to not only build capacity and equip their workforce but also engage them efficiently.
“NDDC should consider being the primary recruiters of their trained workforce. Artisans or skilled professionals such as ICT workers can be absorbed by NDDC contractors, which in turn, will enable the commission reach the most vulnerable and neglected youth,” she said.
She also pledged to partner with NDDC on building a database of artisans within the country to strengthen the workforce and by extension achieve microeconomic growth for Nigeria.
“Local Content Committee intends to deploy innovative thinking for positive results, thus, we are building a database of carefully profiled artisans who have been trained by NDDC, SMEDAN, etc.; and work modalities to have the oil & gas companies, as well as government contractors, recruit from the pool of verified workforce.
“This would help curb unemployment by keeping the jobs locally. Such a project would also help the Local content board, NDDC and other agencies monitor and evaluate the performance of our collective capacity-building efforts towards achieving a common microeconomic growth for Nigeria and Africa at large,” she added.
In his remarks, the NDDC MD accepted her proposal and looks forward to a synergy with the Local Content Committee to develop strategies, and in turn, engage trained workforce for employment opportunities.
Update: 2024 Appropriation Bill Passes Second Reading At House Of Reps
The House of Representatives has passed the N27.5 trillion 2024 budget for a second reading.
The House leader, Julius Ihonvbere, on Thursday, November 30, while leading the debate on the general principles of the budget, commended President Bola Tinubu.
Ihonvbere noted that national security and education which got significant allocations will be enhanced if implemented.
He said, “Nigeria will be more secure with the allocation to defence and security. As a teacher, I am impressed by the emphasis on basic education. I am sure that education will be better off this time.”
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