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NASS to pass SERVICOM Bill soon – Official

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Mrs Nnenna Akajemeli, National Coordinator, SERVICOM, says the National Assembly will soon pass the bill backing the activities of Service Compact with all Nigerians (SERVICOM).

Akajemeli said this at a virtual joint stakeholders’ Review, Advocacy, Engagement and Policy Dialogue Forum on “SERVICOM Bill’’, organised by the SERVICOM to engage State and non-State actors, on Thursday, in Abuja.

She said that the bill had already passed through the first and the second readings at the National Assembly.

“Today is joint stakeholders’ meeting to get accurate feedback from the state and the non-state actors, and also from citizens, on the drafted bill, which has gone through the first and the second readings.

“We are at the point of getting feedback so that we can proceed to public hearing, which we are planning to do very shortly.

“The bill is to firm up the practice of improved service delivery in Nigeria. We are going through these legislative structures to give it laws that will back up the practice of service delivery in Nigeria,’’ Akajemeli explained.

The SERVICOM boss explained further that the process was a positive journey to make government’s businesses much more open, improve transparency, and hold service providers to be more accountable.

This, she said would lead to further having efficiently improved service delivery across Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

“Permit me to emphasise that the bill seeks to give legislative backing to SERVICOM by providing for the effective management and execution of the service compact with the citizens,’’ she said.

Also, Mr Agabaidu Jideani, a consultant and stakeholder, said the bill would serve as an empowering mechanism for the institution, to be more proactive in executing its mandate in the country.

“SERVICOM was established with the purpose of being a saviour, bringing the government closer to the people and bringing the people to the government by interceding and ensuring that public service is accessible,’’ he said.

Jideani, however, noted that the service compact with all Nigerians was not achieved as it should, hence the need to give it a legal backing through the bill.

Malam Adamu Basheer, co-Chairman, non-State actors, who appreciated Akajemeli for her numerous achievements, appealed to all stakeholders to join hands and ensure the successful passage of the bill into law. (NAN)

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Sanusi Reinstated As Emir Of Kano

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Four years after Muhammadu Sanusi II was deposed as the Emir of Kano, Governor Abba Yusuf of Kano State has reinstated him to the throne.

“With the full support of the kingmakers, I have approved the reappointment of Malam Sanusi Lamido,” the governor said to cheers at the Art Chamber of the Kano State Government House around 5:16 pm on Thursday.

He announced the decision right after signing the Kano State Emirate Council (Repeal) Bill 2024 into law.

The new law replaces the Kano State Emirates Council Law, 2019, and dissolves the emirate councils created by Governor Yusuf’s predecessor Abdullahi Ganduje.

It was based on the law that Ganduje split the Kano Emirate into five in December 2019 and deposed the 14th Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II on March 9, 2020. The emirates created by the Ganduje administration were Karaye, Bichi, Rano, and Gaya, in addition to Kano.

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FG Offers 2-Month Free Ride On Abuja Light Rail

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The federal government has offered 2-month free ride services to passengers on the Abuja Light rail after its inauguration on Monday.

Nyesom Wike, The FCT Minister, disclosed this in Abuja on Thursday at a ministerial press briefing on the one year in office of President Bola Tinubu.

He said President Tinubu would inaugurate the rail project on Monday, while it would start commercial services on Tuesday.

“For those who are saying that the rail system had already been commissioned, don’t make a mistake. What was earlier commissioned was the building. What we want to commission on Monday is commercial operations.

“If you are going to the airport, from here to airport is 20 minutes. Seeing is believing. Go on Tuesday. We are going to allow for free rides for two months.

“You know, Mr. President, he can even say extend it to six months just to reduce the pain of our people. That is renewed hope agenda. When you say something, you do it,” Wike said.

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Sanusi II To Be Reinstated As Kano Emir …..As State Assembly Dethrones Emir Bayero, Others

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Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II has been reinstated as the Emir of Kano, according to a report by LEADERSHIP newspaper.

This decision followed the Kano State House of Assembly’s resolution to dethrone the current Emir and also dismantle the four new Emirates in the State established under a controversial 2019 law.

Though it has not been officially announced, LEADERSHIP reported that it had it on a good authority that Sanusi II had been reinstated, and was expected in Kano on Friday.

“According to credible inside sources, ‘So certainly with the passage of the Bill, Sanusi automatically stands reinstated. No need for confirmation, the thing to is wait for the Governor to assent to it’.

“The then restructuring of the Kano Emirate is seen as a political manoeuvre to diminish the influence of then Emir Sanusi II, a vocal critic of the former Governor Abdullahi Ganduje administration. The creation of the new emirates fragmented the authority of the old Kano Emirate Council, diluting its power and influence.

“Meanwhile, the Majority Leader of the Kano State House of Assembly, Lawan Hussaini Chediyar Yan Gurasa, who sponsored the Amendment Bill, shortly after Thursday’s session, revealed to journalists that, “the bill has been sent to the governor for assent, now there is no longer an active Emir in Kano in all the five Emirates; Kano, Bichi, Gaya, Rano and Karaye. The law now provides the governor to call on the traditional kingmakers to choose a new king.”

“Our correspondent also reports that all the district heads elevated or appointed under the repealed law are to revert to their previous positions.”

 

 

 

Source: Leadership

 

 

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