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Fr Kukah, Malami & others honours Tambuwal on his son’s wedding

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The President also congratulated the Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, on the occasion and wished him a happy and successful event.

President Muhammadu Buhari’s ministers, on Saturday, were guests at the wedding ceremony of the son of the Sokoto State governor, Najib Aminu Waziri.

At a well-attended ceremony in Argungu, Kebbi State, Najib hooked Amina Umar Tafida, the daughter of Senator Umar Tafida, Tafidan Argungu.

President Buhari was represented at the event by the Ministers of Police Affairs, Alhaji Maigari Dingyadi; the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN; the Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu; and Musa Haro, a Special Assistant in the Presidency.

According to a statement issued by Mallam Shehu, the President advised the new couple to commit their relationship to God and treat each other with respect. “I urge you to be loyal and committed, never to give up on one another,” he added.


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Worrries spike amongst Northern Govs over early marriage. [Nigeria]

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While advocating for better education, Hawkins further emphasised on women empowerment and equal opportunity to explore the deposited relent of the girl child.

Wife of Governor of Sokoto state, Hajia Maryam Aminu Tambuwal yesterday expressed worried over the increasing culture of early marriage and poverty among others predicament impeding girl child in Northern Nigeria.

Besides, the emir of Arugungu in Kebbi state His Highness Alhaji Samaila Mohammad Mera advocated compulsory completion of secondary school education for a child before marriage in the country.

This call came when the Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Pauline Tallen frown at the prevailing sexual harassment and other related gender-based violence against the girl child in Nigeria.

The three personalities spoke yesterday during a webinar conference organized by UNICEF in Kano to mark the international day for the Girl Child.

Mrs Tambuwal who explained that girl child in Northern Nigeria lacks equal opportunity to attain their full potential in life, worried on poor policies and political will to improve their well-being.

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Hajia Maryam raised concern on lack of infrastructure, poor welfare of teachers despite limited access to quality education, wanted concern authorities to prevail on challenges impeding quality of life of girl child in the region.

Alhaji Samaila Mohammad Mera who expressed commitment to ensure every child in his domain get quality education demanded institutional authorities for traditional rulers in Nigeria.

The royal father maintained that traditional rulers required full-pledged authorities that will enable them to exercise powers apart from offering support.

Mrs Tallen who insisted that until the cultural and systematic barriers against the girl child in the country are eliminated, the gender violence may remain unabated.

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The minister revealed that beyond gender violence, critical challenges including poor menstrual hygiene, poverty and stigmatization of rape victims were parts of challenges the government is working hard to finding a lasting solution.

She, however, regretted how women are being projected as sexual objects in the entertainment industry, calling for more professional means to dignifying women gender in the industry.

A representative of UNICEF in Nigeria, Mr Peter Hawkins who reminded that education is the only voice to guarantee equal future for the all-girl child, the tasked government on the provision of quality education in the country.

He assured that UNICEF will continue support to the right and potential of girls and women in Nigeria as part of its institutional provision.


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Sokoto gov, tambuwal says Obasanjo would always be Nigeria’s political advisor

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Sokoto state governor, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal on Saturday said former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, continues to remain relevant for consultations on issues of governance and challenges in Nigeria.

The Governor made the remarks while paying an unscheduled visit at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL) Pent House residence of the former President, according to a spokesman for Obasanjo, Kehinde Akinyemi.

The statement said the duo met behind closed doors for about an hour.

After the meeting, the governor hinted that they had a successful parley and he was happy that the elder statesman was in high spirit despite the Covid-19 pandemic atmosphere.

Sokoto state governor, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal with former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, on August 22, 2020. (Noble Reporters Media //)

“You know Baba is our leader, statesman,” he said. “And it is always good for us to come around to see how he is doing, pay homage and consult him on very many issues of governance, that is why we have come this afternoon. And, we brought him the greetings and felicitations of the good people of Sokoto state.

“We shall continue to learn from him, drink from his wealth of experience and fountain of his knowledge and wisdom on issues of governance and challenges of today. We prayed that God Almighty shall continue to give him good health as I have met him today, and may him and all of us survive this Covid-19 pandemic.”

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On governance in Sokoto state, the governor spoke on efforts of his administration to restore permanent stability after the recent outbreak of banditry.

“We are re-establishing peace in the northern part of the state, where we have been having challenges of banditry,” he said.

“Peace is returning and people are back to their farms and villages. Those of us in the IDPs camps are back in our homes and villages now. We are doing our best as a state government to ensure that we engender security. And we are doing our best to provide development and employment for our people,” Tambuwal disclosed.

The governor, who arrived in Obasanjo’s residence at about 2:30 pm and left at 3:30 pm, was accompanied by eight members of his special advisers.


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Kano records tens unusual death in 3 days


Kano State Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje on Monday directed investigation to ascertain the cause of the records tens of “unusual” deaths in the state.

No fewer than 40 corpses were reportedly buried since the declaration of the lockdown at Dandolo cemetery in Dala local government area of the metropolis, against the unusual three and at most five corpses daily, NobleReporters gathered.

At Kofar Mozuga Cemetery also in the metropolis, the number corpses brought for burial on daily basis hit 10, a development begging for serious concern, Aminu Abubakar said.

Reacting to the development however, Commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba who acknowledged the reported strange death told journalists that government has swing into action to examine the matter.

Although, Garba disagreed that the sudden rise in the case of death in Kano is related to COVID-19 pandemic, he noted that Governor Ganduje has directed the state ministry of health to investigate.

Also reacting to the development, director, Centre for Infectious Diseases Research, Bayero University, Kano, Professor Isa Abubakar Sadiq said research has not confirmed the development has anything to do with COVID-19 pandemic.

The Public health Consultant stressed that information so far obtained from on the development indicated death of aged persons who might have suffered from severe age induced illness.

” What we have seen so far is more or less false and rumour because there is no scientific research to prove that the purported mass death was due to COVID-19 pandemic.

“While investigation as directed by the government is still on, we stand to say the reports are false and it is meant to cause panic in the city. I did not subscript to the fact that there is unusual record of death. There are so many interest around and people are ready to generate unfounded stories”. Professor Isa noted.


>>> Sokoto records first COVID-19 case <<<


Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state has announced the recording of a first confirmed case of Coronavirus in the state.

In a special broadcast on Monday, Tambuwal said, “it is with a very heavy heart and sadness that I break this news to my fellow citizens today of a case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) here in Sokoto.

“The index person is receiving treatment at the Usman Danfodio Teaching Hospital, Sokoto, at the moment.

”Now that the case has been confirmed, the patient shall be transferred to the Sokoto state established isolation center at Amanawa.

“I appeal to our citizens to continue to obey and respect all the measures laid out by all the health experts for us to continue to contain the spread of the scourge of this virus, which is a reality.

“We have heard about it before, but it is nowhere with us. We must, therefore, redouble our efforts as a government and as citizens to curtail the spread.

“I, therefore, appeal once again, that all measures put in place should continue to be respected. And, if need be, for the safety of the generality of the people of Sokoto State, we may take further necessary measures,” he said.

The governor further appealed for support and cooperation, in the best interest of all.

“We pray that God Almighty shall Grant him a speedy recovery and that God Almighty shall help us to curtail the spread of this pandemic,” Tambuwal added.


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COVID-19: Tambuwal order closure of inter-state routes.


As cases of Coronavirus continues to increase, Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal has ordered the closure of all inter-state routes into the state.

The closure is to take effect from midnight on Friday, 27th March 2020 as part of efforts to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in the country.


So far, Nigeria has recorded 65 cases of COVID-19 as well as one death.

Tambuwal in a broadcast on Thursday said the closure will last for two weeks.


The governor advised Nigerians to obey relevant authorities and adhere to measures to curtail the spread of the deadly virus.

“Similarly, all state civil servants on GL 12 and below are to work from their homes for an initial two weeks from Friday, March 27, 2020, to Friday, April 10, 2020.

“Further measures to be taken by the State will be predicated on expert advice from the State Ministry of Health, Nigerian Center for Disease Control and Federal Ministry of Health as and when the need arises.

“Although the state has not recorded any case of this disease, the state government constituted a task force team of experts.”


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Supreme court re-elect Tambuwal as Sokoto governor


The Supreme Court has affirmed Aminu Tambuwal of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as the winner of the last governorship election in Sokoto State.

The apex court gave its ruling on Monday after dismissing an appeal filed to challenge Tambuwal’s re-election by the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state, Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto for lacking in merit.

A seven-man panel of justices of the court led by Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, Justice Tanko Muhammad, held that the appellant failed to present any credible evidence to support his petition against the outcome of the governorship election.


The Sokoto State Governorship Election Petition Tribunal had on Oct. 2, 2019, dismissed the petition against Tambuwal.

But dissatisfied with the tribunal judgment, the APC, through its lead counsel, Dr Alex Iziyon (SAN) appealed the judgment on three grounds of non-compliance with electoral laws, over-voting and other irregularities.


However, Justice Musa Abba-Ajji who delivered the lead judgement on Monday noted that Ahmed Aliyu produced 12 witnesses before the tribunal, 11 made their statements in Hausa language while the English version was tendered in evidence.

The apex court also stated that that the appellant failed to tender the original version of the statements he tendered in evidence and also failed to produce the translator to confirm the authenticity of the 11 statements.

Aminu Tambuwal (PDP) / Ahmed Aliyu (APC)


The apex court held that the appellant was unable to prove that the election was invalid by virtue of non-compliance with the Electoral Act.

The apex court also held that he failed to discharge the onus placed on him by the law, and accordingly dismissed the appeal marked SC/1466/19.


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Court postpone appeal against Ortom, Tambuwal, others


Hearings in the appeals challenging the election of Governors Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State and Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, including three other governors, were on Monday suspended by the Supreme Court following the sudden ill health of one of the justices on the panel.

Other governors whose appeals were affected are Emeka Ihedioha (Imo), Bala Mohammed (Bauchi) and Simon Lalong (Plateau).

Before then the court had to suspend its sitting over rowdiness and disorder in the court.


However, after the court reconvened and arguments in the appeal against Ganduje was concluded by counsel to the appellant, Chief Adegbeoyoga Awolowo (SAN), the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad announced that proceedings would be abruptly adjourned as one of the justices on the panel was sick.

After a long wait, an official of the court announced that the CJN had directed that all the appeals be adjourned till Tuesday.


Meanwhile, there has been tension in Imo State following the announcement by the Supreme Court that it would deliver judgment on Monday on the petitions against the declaration of Emeka Ihedioha as the Governor of the state by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

While members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) are upbeat that the Supreme Court would uphold Ihedioha’s victory, members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) are hopeful that the judgment would go in their favour.

In Sokoto, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of the PDP won with a slim margin of 342 votes after a supplementary election.

The APC in Sokoto State and its governorship candidate, Alhaji Ahmed Sokoto, challenged the victory up to the Supreme Court.


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Court postpone appeal against Ortom, Tambuwal, others


Hearings in the appeals challenging the election of Governors Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State and Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State, including three other governors, were on Monday suspended by the Supreme Court following the sudden ill health of one of the justices on the panel.

Other governors whose appeals were affected are Emeka Ihedioha (Imo), Bala Mohammed (Bauchi) and Simon Lalong (Plateau).

Before then the court had to suspend its sitting over rowdiness and disorder in the court.


However, after the court reconvened and arguments in the appeal against Ganduje was concluded by counsel to the appellant, Chief Adegbeoyoga Awolowo (SAN), the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Tanko Muhammad announced that proceedings would be abruptly adjourned as one of the justices on the panel was sick.

After a long wait, an official of the court announced that the CJN had directed that all the appeals be adjourned till Tuesday.


Meanwhile, there has been tension in Imo State following the announcement by the Supreme Court that it would deliver judgment on Monday on the petitions against the declaration of Emeka Ihedioha as the Governor of the state by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

While members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) are upbeat that the Supreme Court would uphold Ihedioha’s victory, members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) are hopeful that the judgment would go in their favour.

In Sokoto, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of the PDP won with a slim margin of 342 votes after a supplementary election.

The APC in Sokoto State and its governorship candidate, Alhaji Ahmed Sokoto, challenged the victory up to the Supreme Court.


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Scares as court judgement falls on Ortom, Ihedioha, Tambuwals


Tension and anxiety have gripped residents of Imo, Sokoto and Benue as the Supreme Court delivers judgment on appeals challenging the validity of the declaration of Emeka Ihedioha, Aminu Tambuwal and Samuel Ortom as governors.

A Notice signed by Ibrahim Gold, Director/HoD, Litigation, dated 10th January, 2020, said the appeals would be listed for hearing before the Supreme Court of Nigeria on Monday, 13th January, 2020.

Daily Sun confirmed that hearing notice has been issued to all the parties to the appeals.

In Imo, multiple appeals are contesting the judgment of the Court of Appeal which upheld the decision of the election tribunal which agreed with the declaration of Ihedioha as governor by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).


A five-member panel of the Abuja division of the Court of Appeal had dismissed all the three separate appeals challenging the victory of Emeka Ihedioha in the March 9 governorship election in Imo State.

The Justice Justice Oyebisi Omoleye-led panel in a majority judgment held that the appeals lacked merit.


The appeals filed against the judgment of the Imo Governorship Election Petition Tribunal, which upheld the election of Ihedioha, include that of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and his governorship candidate, Senator Ifeanyi Ararume; Action Alliance (AA) and his governorship candidate, Uche Nwosu and that of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and its governorship candidate, Senator Hope Uzodinma.

In their various submissions, the appellants are asking the court to set aside the decision of the tribunal and declare them winner of the March 9 governorship election or in the alternative order INEC to conduct a fresh election.


The three man panel of the tribunal had in a unanimous decision delivered on September 21, held that Ihedioha was lawfully declared winner of the governorship election by INEC.

Similarly, the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja had upheld the election of Governor Ortom and dismissed the appeal filed by the APC and its candidate in the poll, Emmanuel Jime, for lacking in merit.


The court also awarded N150,000 fine against him.

In Sokoto, police said it has deployed no fewer than 1,000 personnel, as the Supreme Court is set to hear the Appeal brought before it by the candidate of the APC, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto.


The Commissioner of Police, Alhaji Ibrahim Kaoje, who disclosed this yesterday, said the measure was to ensure peace reigns before and after the hearing.

“We are on a 24-hour red alert and we are on standby , round the clock, 24/7. We will not waiver in our sustained routine and surprise tactics to keep the peace .


“We will leave no stone unturned in keeping the State safe and secure , for all the law abiding residents to conduct their lawful businesses.

“The strategy would be maintained until further notice, in line with the recent directive issued by the Inspector General of Police (IGP), on a 24-hour, nationwide red alert.”


“The massive deployment of our officers and men has by the special grace of God, paid off and we will not relent in our efforts. This is to ward off any unpatriotic persons from breaching the peace, as well as the unrepentant criminals.”

The APC in the state and its candidate, Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto, have dragged Governor Tambuwal before the Supreme Court over his re-election.

The Tribunal and Appeal Courts had dismissed APC’s petition, for lacking in merits on the 2nd of October and 22 of November, 2019, respectively.

The four-member panel of Justices of the Court of Appeal Court, Sokoto Division in their unanimous judgment read by Presiding Justice Husseini Mukhtar agreed that the petition filed by APC and its candidate lacked merit.


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Waziri Tambuwal ‘Thumbs Up’ to N202bn 2020 Sokoto Budget.

…Hails lawmakers for speedy passage


Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has signed the 2020 appropriation budget of N202 billion into law as passed by the State House of Assembly.

The Governor, while appending his signature, applauded the Assembly members for their patriotism and unflinching commitment to the collective good of the people of the state.

According to him: “The Assembly, despite being controlled by the APC which is in the majority, has rallied round the government and supported it in the interest of serving the people of the state.”


He added that the lawmakers members have shown an uncommon patriotism to deliver democratic dividends to the people of Sokoto, and promised that their gesture shall not be misplaced.

Governor Tambuwal further applauded the Assembly for its speedy consideration of the budget in three weeks in line with the World Bank benchmark.


“The ball is now in the court of the executive to ensure proper implementation of the budget. We will work closely with the parliament in doing so,” he said.

Presenting the passed budget bill to the Governor, Speaker of the House, Rt Hon Aminu Muhammad Achida, noted that the Assembly was aware of the achievements of the administration despite financial constraints.


“The implementation of the 2019 budget has recorded a lot in the areas of education, health and rural development as well as many others.

“We will continue to accelerate the passage of any bill that is meant to improve the lots of the people of the state,” explained the Speaker, who said that the Assembly approved the budget during its sitting number 122.

Aminu Waziri Tambuwal


Achida commended the executive for “its record achievement in the modest improvement of internally generated revenue (IGR).

The Speaker affirmed that the budget 2020 of N202 billion presented to the Assembly by the executive earlier in the month has been approved in totality.


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Breaking – Zamfara Governor Stops Selling Of Cows Without Receipts And Photos.


The Zamfara State Government has announced a ban on selling of cows without receipts and photos.

The state commissioner of security and home affairs, Abubakar Daura who made the announcement in Daura said the decision was taken to curb the rate at which stolen livestock are being sold at markets in the state.

Recalling how five trailers loaded with cows and cattle stolen from Zamfara State was intercepted in Kaduna and Lagos state, Daura stated that security operatives in the state have been instructed to enforce the ban which includes verification of receipts and cows being conveyed and making sure both the buyer and seller take photos after the transaction has been concluded.


He said;

“We have been receiving series of reports bordering on stolen cows and cattle and the state government has recovered 500 stolen cows through the committee constituted by the state government on security issues.

“The state government would no longer tolerate the sale of cows and cattle with out any receipt in any market of the state.

“We introduced this so that it would be very easy to detect the sellers of stolen cows and cattle and the buyers of the stolen cows so they can be arrested as the are partners in crime. ”

The Commissioner also disclosed that the state government has enacted a law which stipulates that no vehicle would move out of the state or inside the state after 6pm to 6 am.


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APC drags Sokoto Governor, Aminu Tambuwal to court.

…Aliyu and APC calls Tambuwal to court.

The All Progressives Congress (APC), and its Gubernatorial Candidate at the 2019 Gubernatorial Elections in Sokoto State, have appealed the Judgment of the Court of Appeal, Sokoto Judicial Division that uphold election victory of Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state, at the Supreme Court

The Appellants were dissatisfied with the Judgment of the Court on 22nd November, 2019, delivered by the Presiding Justice, Justice Husseini, with the three other Justices concurring. They were Justices M.M.Oniyangi, J.O.K. Oyewole and M.B. Idris

Aliyu and the party had filled an appeal before the Court and challenged the affirmation of the election of the PDP Gubernatorial Candidate, Alhaji Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, by the Tribunal, in a Judgment delivered on 2nd October, 2019.

The Tribunal had dismissed the Petition filed before it by Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu and the APC, for want of merit.

In the Judgment of the Court of Appeal on the Appeal filed by Aliyu and the Party, it affirmed the decision of the Lower Court and dismissed the Appeal for the same lack of merit .

Dissatisfied with the decision of the Court of Appeal, the duo had on Monday, 2nd December, 2019, filed an Appeal against the Judgment of the Court of Appeal, at the Apex Court, the Supreme Court, on 31 grounds.

The Appellants, among others, the learned Justices were wrong to have affirmed the Trial Tribunal’s dismissal of the Appellants’ Petition.

According to the Particulars of Errors as contained in the Notice of Appeal, “the Appellants are entitled to the reliefs sought in the Petition, having proved on the balance of probabilities and preponderance of evidence in it.

“Both the Trial Tribunal and the Lower Court wrongly appraised the case of the Appelants, thereby resolving all the issues against the Appelants.”

Furthermore, in the Notice of Appeal, as contained in ground 31, the Appellants held averred that, “the Judgment is against the weight of the evidence.”

The Appellants are therefore cumulatively seeking four reliefs from the Supreme Court. The first relief seeks an Order allowing the Appeal, the second relief seeks an Order Setting aside the Judgment of the Court of Appeal, Sokoto Judicial Division, while the third relief seeks Such Orders granting the reliefs sought in the Petition No. EPT/SKT/GOV/01/19.

The fourth relief seeks,” Such Other Order(s) that this Honourable Court may deem fit to make . The Supreme Court will soon fix a date to hear the Matter, a source said.

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Gov. Tambuwal – Nigeria can’t be run like a military dictatorate.

Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto on Thursday expressed concerns over the proposed fake news and hate speech bills saying Nigeria’s democracy cannot be operated like a military dictatorship.

He said the bill sets fear and scary impact adding that” the bill on the social media and hate speech is quite scary.”

Tambuwal made the remark in Sokoto at the ongoing of 15th Conference of All Nigeria Editors on the platform of the Nigerian Guild of Editors(NGE).

According to the governor” Draconian legislation has no place in our democracy. Nigeria must be returned on the path of constitutionality and development.”

While noting that the media occupied a special and top most position in the fight for the country’s independence as well the return of the nation to democracy as well in fighting the excesses in power positions it has an impeccable role of putting leadership at all levels on their toes and be account able to the governed.

Though, Tambuwal noted that the country was fast demonstrating commitment to finding solutions to the irking socioeconomic challenges .

He further noted that the emerging security challenges occasioned by conflict, banditry and kidnappings were continually holding communities in parts of the country hostage, adding that” there should be in place an urgent mechanism to holistically overhaul the security architecture which will further provide avenue for the economy to regain its grounds amidst dwindling resources”, he pointed out.

Tambuwal also noted that the media like other organs of development was feeling the heat of the harsh economic, assuring that sooner or later the difficult times would pave way for a prosperous and vibrant economy.

According riding to the one time House of Representatives Speaker” the media especially the radio and television will have to be repositioned to favourably and aggressively compete in the best manner of practices as a search light of our polity to renew the hope of citizens against the gradual erosion of our democracy tenets and gains as dividend of good governance.

In his brief but inspiring remarks at the conference hall of the Sokoto International Conference Centre, former Ogun state Governor, Chief Olusegun Aremu Osoba stressed the need to fight against all media abuses by non professionals just as he frowned at attempts to punish conventional media for the wrongs of non professionals on the social media platform.

” They are not part of us by professional practice hence , such laws should not be used to deny us our constitutional rights to practice”, the veteran journalist pointed out.

He therefore urged media practitioners at all levels not to allow the bill on fake news and hate speech see the light of the day, adding that” even if it will take lobbying to resist the move, I offer myself for he struggle against its passage. We are the members of APC and I belong to this noble profession constituency and will have to make it survive”, he vowed further.

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