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Be Patient With Laws You Dislike, Buhari Tells Nigerians

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The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Monday, urged Nigerians to be patient with any law of the land they had misgivings about.

He asked that such aggrieved Nigerians should “engage the process in line with democratic practices.”

Buhari made his position known in his remarks at the opening of the two-day joint executive-legislative leadership retreat with the theme, ‘Promoting effective executive-legislative partnership, finding a middle ground’, held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Buhari said the process of lawmaking and governance was dynamic and evolving.

He said, “Let me also remind our common patriots, gentlemen, and women, that the process of law-making and governance is dynamic and ever-evolving.

“I will seek their indulgence to be patient with any legislation or law which they have certain misgivings about and engage the process in line with democratic practices.

“Our interest is the sincere promotion of our collective will and aspiration to build a nation where justice, peace, and progress are the norm.”

Buhari said the principle of separation of powers as enshrined in the Constitution was designed to enable all arms of government to work together in a cooperative and collaborative manner, through executive and legislative engagements.

He said the collaboration had made it easier for the government to set and realize development goals, and respond to changes in the economy faster like the coronavirus pandemic that necessitated the review of the 2020 budget.

Earlier, the President of the Senate President, Ahmed Lawan, faulted those describing the 9th National Assembly as a ‘rubber stamp’ Assembly because of the lawmakers’ decision to work harmoniously with the executive arm for the benefits of Nigerians.

Lawan said those who made such comments were either doing so out of mischief or misunderstanding.

He said, “This National Assembly decided quite early to work with the executive very harmoniously for the benefits of Nigerians. I am glad that Mr President has expressed a similar commitment.

“In fact, this relationship is misunderstood by many. Some, out of mischief, described the National Assembly as a rubber stamp; some, out of misunderstanding.”

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, blamed the frequent rifts between the executive and the legislature on a misunderstanding of the responsibilities of the parliament.

He stated that lawmakers were there to only sponsor and pass bills.

Gbajabiamila, according to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, said, “The primary role of the legislator is to participate in the process of policy development and implementation as a representative of the people on whose behalf he serves. It does not fall to the legislature to implement projects that have been appropriated for through the appropriation process. That is an exclusive responsibility of the executive.”

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BREAKING: Gunmen Kidnap Nigerian Minister’s Brother In Kano

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Babawuro Tofai, the younger brother of Sabo Nanono, minister of agriculture, has been abducted in Kano.

Gunmen had whisked the victim away from his family house in Gabasawa local government area of the state on Monday morning.

One of the aides of the minister confirmed the abduction, saying the gunmen struck around 10 am on Monday.

Abdullahi Haruna, police public relations officer in Kano, also confirmed the incident, saying the investigation was ongoing.

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Morale Booster: IGP Promotes 16 Slain Police Officers, 82,799 Others

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The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has approved the promotion of 82,779 junior police officers to their next ranks.

The force said the promotion of the officers comprising 56,779 Sergeants to Inspector, 17,569 Corporal to Sergeants, and 8,431 Constables to Corporal was part of the efforts at boosting the morale of personnel and repositioning the police for greater efficiency.

About 38 policemen were reportedly killed while many others were injured during the violence that rocked the country.

Those promoted on Monday also include 86 junior officers negatively impacted by the #EndSARS riots, 16 of whom got a special posthumous promotion while 70 others injured during the violence arising from the protests were equally elevated.

This was contained in a statement by the Force spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, titled ‘IGP promotes 82,779 junior officers.’

It read, “The IGP while congratulating the officers, charged them to see their promotion as a mark of additional responsibility and a call to rededicate themselves to their professional calling.

“He enjoined them to continue to carry out their duties diligently and in conformity with best practices and respect for the rights of the citizen. He noted that the promotion albeit, posthumously, of the officers who were killed by some #ENDSARS protesters is a symbolic gesture in recognition of the ultimate price they paid in the service of the nation.”

The statement further said the IG also promised to work with all relevant agencies, organs of government, and other stakeholders in driving a successful reform of the police for improved welfare and conditions of service “towards better service delivery to the people.”

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Sanwo-Olu Appoints Olaleye New LASPOTECH Rector

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A chief lecturer at the Lagos State Polytechnic, Nurudeen Olaleye, has emerged as the 11th rector of the institution.

This was contained in a press statement by the Office of the Special Adviser on Education, Lagos State on Monday.

The statement titled ‘ASG appoints new rector for Lagos State Polytechnic’, was signed by the Head of Public Affairs, OSAE, Omolase Yejide.

It read, “Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, the Executive Governor of Lagos State has approved the appointment of Dr Oluremi Nurudeen Olaleye as the 11th Rector of the Lagos State Polytechnic.

“The appointment was a sequel to interview conducted by the Institution’s Governing Council and its subsequent recommendation is for 5 years single term and takes effect from 1st December 2020 at the expiration of the tenure of the Acting Rector, Mr. Olumide Olusola Metilelu.

“Dr. Oluremi Nurudeen Olaleye prior to his appointment was Chief Lecturer at the Polytechnic.”

The newly appointed rector studied Microbiology at the University of Lagos, Akoka, where he finished with second class, lower division, in 1994. He obtained his Master’s certificate in the same field in UNILAG in 1995.

He attended Loughborough University, United Kingdom, where he bagged his doctoral degree certificate in Public Health Microbiology with areas of specializations including, Water Microbiology, Water Sanitation and Safety, Water Safety Policy, Biotechnology, and Food and Industrial Microbiology.

He worked as quality control manager at Alateco Foods, Limited, Alimosho, Lagos between 1995 and 1999 before joining the service of the polytechnic as lecturer II at its Ikosi campus in 2000.

He became lecturer 1 in 2003 and was promoted to Senior lecturer in 2008. He later became a principal lecturer in 2013 and a chief lecturer in 2017.

Born on February 14, 1971, Olaleye served as the head of both food technology and science laboratory technology departments at various times.

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