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Just in: Lagos assembly reshuffle committee chairmen

NobleReporters reports that the reshufflement was contained in an internal memo issued to lawmakers by Clerk of the House, Mr Azeez Sanni.

N.Rs gathered that the committee chairmen were reshuffled 11 days after four lawmakers were suspended indefinitely through voice votes for alleged gross insubordination.

Sanni explained that the reshufflement was to enable the lawmakers serve the people of the state efficiently in their respective legislative duties.

“Following the approval of the House, be informed that the following House Committees have been reconstituted with effect from Friday,” he said.

Sanni explained that the former Deputy Majority Leader, Mr Olumuyiwa Jimoh, has been assigned as the Chairman of the Committee on Central Business District (CBD).

The clerk said Mr Rotimi Abiru, who was sacked as Chief Whip, is the Chairman, Inter-Parliamentary Committee.

He noted that the suspended Moshood Oshun, who was removed from Chairman, Public Accounts Committee (State), now Chairman, Committee on Legislative Compliance.

Sanni named Mr Nurudeen Saka-Solaja as the Chairman, Public Accounts Committee (State).

He said: “Mr Olatunji Oluwa is now the Chairman, House Committee on Tourism, Art and Culture, while Mr Rauf-Age Suleiman is now the Chairman, House Committee on Procurement.

“The suspended Kazeem Raheem is now the Chairman of Establishments, Training and Pensions, from his earlier position of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations.

“Raheem is swapping office with Mr Rasheed Makinde while Mrs Mojisola Alli-Macaulay will replace Mrs Mojisola Miranda as Chairman of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation Committee.”

The clerk said Miranda, who had been named one of the principal officers, is the current Chief Whip of the House.

N.Rs learnt that the two lawmakers suspended were Mr Moshood Oshun (Mainland Constituency II) and Mr Raheem Adewale (Ibeju Lekki Constituency II).

The two principal officers, also removed from office same day, were Mr Rotimi Abiru, former Chief Whip and Mr Olumuyiwa Jimoh, former Deputy Majority Leader


Stop allocating LGs to caretaker committee – Lawyers tell AGF

A Senior Advocate, Oba Maduabuchi, has called on the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice (AGF), Abubakar Malami (SAN) to direct the Federal Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) to stop payment of monthly allocations to councils without democratically elected chairmen.

Malami recently described the operation of caretaker committees at the local government level as illegal, unconstitutional and directed all affected state governments to disband them with immediate effect.

In a letter addressed to the Oyo State Attorney General, Prof. Oyewo Oyelewo and dated January 14, 2020, Malami described the caretaker committees as illegal and unconstitutional.

In addition, in the said letter with reference number HAGF/Oyo/2020/Vol.l/l, the AGF further stated that the Committees amount to a breach of the provisions of Section 7(1) of the 1999 constitution (as amended).

In a statement in Abuja, Maduabuchi said governors have developed a nauseating propensity for treating the 1999 constitution with levity.

He said Section 7(1) of the 1999 constitution guaranteed a system of democratically elected local government councils and urged the various governors to ensure their existence under a law which provides for their establishment, structures composition, finance and function.

“It is elementary knowledge that it is the same constitution that established the office of every state government and also that of the president. The same constitution also set up the three tiers of government all independent of each other unless as limited by the same constitution.

“But the first thing almost every governor does is to dissolve the local government councils as elected by the people and in their stead, appoint what is known as interim management to run these Councils.”

The senior lawyer observed that this virulent assault on our grundnorm (the constitution) has resulted to various litigations and the courts have all maintained that the governors did not have the vires to either dissolve the duly elected Local Government Chairmen or to appoint interim management committee in their stead.

The lawyer explained that the AGF “is both a person and authority within the contemplation of section 287 of the 1999 enjoined to enforce the judgments of the superior courts in Nigeria. He is the chief law officer of the federation and he has the power nay duty to ensure that the constitution is protected and obeyed.


Minimum wage: Kogi gets committee

The Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has approved the constitution of a 14-member committee on the negotiation of the mew National Minimum Wage.

This is contained in a statement made available to newsmen in Lokoja Monday by Secretary to the State Government, SSG and Chairman of the committee, Dr. Mrs. Arike Ayoade.

The committee’s membership is drawn from top political appointees, labour leaders and top civil servants. Some of the members are Mrs Deborah Ogunmola, Alh. Asiwaju Idris, Mr. Yakubu Okala, Alh. Abubakar Ohere and Com. Ayodele Thomas. Special Adviser to the Governor on Information and Communication, Kingsley Fanwo is to serve as Secretary of the Committee.

The statement noted that the composition is part of the Governor’s determination to ensure good working conditions for the workers. The committee is for inauguration on Tuesday in Government House.

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Nassarawa govt inaugurate 24-member committee over minimum wage

Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nassarawa State on Tuesday inaugurated a 24-member committee to work out modalities for the implementation of the new minimum wage in the state.

NobleReporters learnt that the committee is chaired by Dr Emmanuel Akabe, the state Deputy Governor.

The committee has 11 representatives from government and 13 from the organised labour.

Speaking at the inauguration, the governor said the committee was set up in fulfillment of his promise to improve living conditions of workers through better welfare package.

“This is in line with our determination to improve the welfare of public servants as they are the cornerstone for the implementation of government policies and programmes.

“We have continued to make consultation on how to implement the new minimum wage in the state,” he said.

Sule charged the committee to be guided by the revenue accruals to the state vis-à-vis its ability to pay the minimum wage

According to him, the terms of reference of the committee are to obtain and study the National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Act, 2019 and the consequential adjustment at the federal level.

Others, he said, are to obtain and study copies of agreements reached between the Federal Government and the organised labour in line with the consequential adjustment/increase in all the salary structures.

“To liaise with the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment (if necessary) for technical assistance on the implementation of the new minimum wage for the state,” the governor said.

He said that the committee had three weeks to complete its assignment and submit report for prompt action.

He assured the state workers that a committee to consider implementation of outstanding promotion arrears and proper placements of the civil servants would be inaugurated on Jan. 13.

Gov. Abdullahi Sule

Comrade Yusuf Iya, the State’s Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), commended the governor for the steps so far taken toward the implementation of the new national minimum wage.

Iya, who is also a member of the committee, however, expressed hope that the template used at the federal level would be adopted by the committee.


Outgoing appointees pledged their loyalty to PDP.

Outgoing appointees of the Restoration Government have pledged their loyalty and support to the Peoples Democratic Party and the State Governor, Henry Seriake Dickson.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Matters, Chief Fynman Wilson, who spoke on behalf of the appointees, commended the Governor for sustaining a large number of appointees throughout the eight years of his administration.

Wilson said that Dickson deserves commendation for combining such a large number of appointees numbering up to three thousand with the development of the state

He urged all political appointees to show the expected understanding that government has come to an end in less than two months to record eight years of unprecedented development in the state.

Wilson who stressed that Governor Dickson had done his best for the state, during the period thanked him on behalf of all political appointees.

He charged all appointees to be resolute in supporting the PDP and the Governor and to pray for the party’s success in the election petition tribunal and other pre-election matters.

He said, “First let me use this opportunity to thank Governor Henry Seriake Dickson for maintaining such a large number of appointees in the past eight years. The appointees should show understanding that government has ended and the Governor has done his best during this period.

“I am using the medium to thank the Governor on behalf of all appointees for engaging such a large number of people while still developing the state. It is a fact that this has not happened before. The government is in transition and it is a great thing that they resolved to continue to work for the party and pray for its success in the court.”


FG inaugurates committee to oversee agric projects.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has inaugurated a 13-man Steering Committee for the implementation of Livelihood Improvement Family Enterprises (LIFE-ND) project, valued at over 90 million dollars in some states of the federation.

The Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Sabo Nanono, while inaugurating the committee on Monday in Abuja, said the project was aimed at developing some agricultural commodities in nine states in the Niger Delta.

He said the commodities are cassava, plantain, rice, fish, cocoa, oil palm and poultry, adding that they had the potential to contribute immensely to annual agricultural productivity, food security and value chains development.

The minister pointed out that the nine benefiting states are Cross River, Rivers, Edo, Bayelsa, Ogun, Akwa Ibom, Imo, Abia, and Delta.

According to him, the project will be implemented within a six year implementation period and another six years financing gaps, making a total of 12 years project cycle.

“The organisational framework of LIFE-ND project has four levels: Federal, Regional, State and Local Government.

“Today we are inaugurating the National Steering Committee to be chaired by the Minister and Permanent Secretary and composed of representatives from relevant departments and agencies.

“The national steering committee is expected to meet once in a year and its strategic role is to provide oversight functions in the implementation of LIFE-ND and also approve the Annual Work Plan and Budget.

“Under the implementation of LIFE-ND project, the federal government has identified priority value chains for the Niger Delta region,” he said.

Nanono said government’s plan to replicate the project in the remaining five geo-political zones of the country had reached an advanced stage.

He called for transparency and accountability in the implementation of the project.

The Director Project Coordinating Department in the ministry of agriculture, Maimuna Habiba, said the steering committee would ensure prudent use of funds for the project.

“This National Steering Committee is to ensure that there is prudent use of fund within the project life so that people do not spend the fund the way they like.

“This project is from IFAD and it is worth 60 million dollars for six states, funded by IFAD and the remaining three states get 30 million dollars, funded by NDDC”

“The entire project’s are supposed to create jobs, improve agricultural production, creation of value chain, and we link them to market. We have 10 projects under the Project Coordinating Department,” she said.