“I won’t be part of attempt to gag the media” – House of Reps. Speaker, Gbajabiamila

The Speaker House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has disclosed that he will not be part of any attempt to gag the Nigerian media. He disclosed this while speaking at the Second Dinner/Award night organized by the House of Representatives Press Corps with the theme: “Recognising Good Governance And Legislative Excellence In The Face Of Adversity”. The Speaker noted that the Nigeria Press Council (NPC) amendment and other media bills were meant to bring the needed reforms to transform the media industry as well as the practice of journalism in the…

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Finally, National Assembly passes Petroleum Industry Bill

…Allocates 3% operating expenditure of oil firms to host communities History was made yesterday, as the National Assembly yesterday passed the Petroleum Industry Bill, also known as PIB, after more than a decade. The passage of the Bill comes exactly 13 years after it was first presented to the National Assembly in 2008. The Bill was passed during the plenary, after careful consideration of each of the clauses by both the Senate and the House of Representatives. The House first passed the bill, before the Senate followed suit. The Senate,…

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Easter: “Our unity is Nigeria’s strength”, says House Speaker, Gbajabiamila tells Nigerians

…’Pray for peace to return’ – Atiku  The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has urged Nigerians, especially Christians, to use the 2021 Easter season to pray for the country. This was contained in a statement issued yesterday by the Special Adviser to the Speaker on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, titled: ‘Easter: Let’s pray for Nigeria, Unite for Our Progress, Gbajabiamila Urges’. According to him, despite the challenges facing the country, there will be light at the end of the tunnel, hence the need for prayers now…

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N500m compensation: Widow of vendor killed by Gbajabiamila’s aide disowns family over demand

The wife of the newspaper vendor who died from the gunshot by a Department of State Services, (DSS) operative attached to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has disowned her husband’s family over their demand for N500m compensation.  The family of Ifeanyichukwu Okereke had written to Gbajabiamila, demanding N500m. However, lawyer to the family, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN), in a letter dated November 23, 2020, said he was given the mandate to write the letter by the father of the deceased, Okorie Okereke and the younger brother…

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Reps Speaker’s aide reportedly shoots newspapers vendor dead in Abuja

A police officer attached to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila reportedly shot a newspaper vendor in the head yesterday, in Abuja, the Federal capital Territory, (FCT). According to reports, the victim, whose name was given as Ifeanyi Okereke died shortly after he was rushed to the National Hospital by his brother and some police officers. The incident was said to have occurred at the Federal Secretariat, Abuja, around 3 pm. The shooting incident happened when Okereke and other street vendors flocked around the convoy of the…

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NASS supports law on effective policing system – Gbajabiamila

Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, has reiterated commitment of the House to enact a law that would ensure effective policing system in the country. Gbajabiamila said this at the legislative agenda public policy dialogue series with the theme “policing and human rights in Nigeria,” on Wednesday in Abuja. He said that police reform had been the burden of the 9th legislative agenda, adding that it was meant to take off early in the year but derailed by the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. Gbajabiamila said that without…

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Insecurity threatens Nigeria’s existence – Gbajabiamila

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, has said the challenge of insecurity confronting Nigeria is threatening its corporate existence. Speaking at a two-day retreat in Abuja yesterday, Gbajabiamila said the insecurity challenge undermines the faith of the public in the government’s ability to protect lives and property. The retreat was organised by the House of Representatives’ Committee on National Security and Intelligence and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) Foundation. The speaker said the citizens expect the government to fulfill its constitutional responsibility of protecting them. “These internal…

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Gbajabiamila heads to Ghana over maltreatment of Nigerians

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has dsclosed that he will embark on a ‘legislative diplomacy’ visit to Ghana on Wednesday, over growing hostilities against Nigerians living in the West African country. Gbajabiamila made this known to State House correspondents after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday. The Speaker said he got the blessing of President Buhari to meet with the speaker of the Ghanaian parliament to find a solution to the problem of the incessant and growing attacks on Nigerians in Ghana. This is…

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PDP lambaste House of Reps for shutdown of corruption probes

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday lambaste the House of Representatives for shutdown of all ongoing corruption allegation investigations in its chamber. The party described the decision to halt the sitting of various committees carrying out investigation on allegations of corruption against the executive arm of government as a deliberate design “to cover the stench of corruption oozing out of the APC administration.” In a statement by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party charged the Speaker of the House of Representative, Femi Gbajabiamila, to “stop circumventing the…

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