Don’t Panic, I am Still Contesting, Says Lyon

David Lyon

The Governorship Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Saturday governorship election, Chief David Lyon, has asked the people of Bayelsa State not to panic saying he was still contesting the election.

Lyon said the Court of Appeal has asked all parties to return to the status quo and called on Bayelsans to come out on Saturday and vote massively for the APC.

Speaking through the Alternate Director General of the David Lyon and Degi Eremienyo Campaign Organization, Prof. Seyefa Brisibe, Lyon asked the people not to be deterred by antics of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Describing the ruling as a procured judgement, Brisibe urged Bayelsans not to panic but go ahead to vote the APC and its candidate during the Saturday governorship election.

He said: “Let me use this opportunity to let all Bayelsans and our teaming supporters know that there is no cause for alarm. Our candidates, Chief David Lyon and Bishop Degi Eremienyo are fully, squarely on the ballot.

“This is because, we, as law abiding citizens, have done what is proper, judicious and procedural to see that that judgement does not stand.

“I want to appeal to all Bayelsans in the remotest areas, which our next governor stands for, to come out enmass to vote the APC come November 16.”

Brisibe noted that all through the campaign across the state, the APC candidate enjoyed massive acceptance from the electorate following their love for him as a result of his philanthropic work.

He said it was clear that the opposition was jittery over the swelling popularity of the APC candidate whom he said was coming to liberate Bayelsans from the shackles of poverty created by the outgoing government.

Festus Adedayo: A Columnist Gone Rogue, By Laolu Akande

Mr. Festus Adedayo’s article above is a sad descent into the gutter by this gentleman. When a professional columnist of Adedayo’s age and experience puts his reputation behind outright fiction and absolute mischief, usually it is a sign that the poor fellow is compromised. This is the sad reality we face today and it is truly troubling.

But let us give Mr. Adedayo the benefit of the doubt. Let us assume that he has some facts to support the reckless insinuations and innuendoes in his article.

He should then be able to answer the following questions.

He claimed that the Vice President, together with some Redeemed Church ‘accomplices’, gathered to pray at some place unstated in his home State of Ogun, at a date that was not indicated, for the purpose of interceding for the VP to become President, and by extension, hoping for, or seeking the death of the President.

So where exactly in Ogun State did this prayer session take place, and when? Was it in a church, in which case there would likely be an audio recording? Who are the prominent pastors or other persons involved that can testify to what transpired – what are their names? Who is the “strong Buhari ally” who made a surprise appearance at the gathering and brought the story back to Mr. President? If, as Adedayo claims, the VP has been hounding and haranguing this Buhari ally since then, why is it so difficult for him to cry out and publicize his strange discovery?

Who primed Onnoghen to “package Buhari inside a judicial casket” during the 2019 elections? And to whose benefit? If, for any reason, the Buhari election was nullified by the judiciary, how would that benefit his running mate, since they contested on the same ticket?

These asinine stories put together by Mr. Adedayo betray a more evil motive. The Vice President’s commitment to the service of the Nigerian people under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari is unrelenting. But there is a desperation in some quarters to create a division between the President and the Vice President. It appears that they need some well known press names who are prepared to write anything. But for what reward? One wonders. They clearly found one here, as the writer’s jaundiced article bumbled from the realm of baseless claims to outright fiction.

We do not expect an apology from Mr. Adedayo to the Vice President. This is the style of these professionals gone rogue. They are prepared to smear others and stick to their vile stories. Their conscience seems unperturbed by their reckleness. But, again, we give him the benefit of the doubt, let him answer the questions we have asked.

Laolu Akande

Festus Adedayo: A Columnist Gone Rogue, By Laolu Akande

Mr. Festus Adedayo’s article above is a sad descent into the gutter by this gentleman. When a professional columnist of Adedayo’s age and experience puts his reputation behind outright fiction and absolute mischief, usually it is a sign that the poor fellow is compromised. This is the sad reality we face today and it is truly troubling.

But let us give Mr. Adedayo the benefit of the doubt. Let us assume that he has some facts to support the reckless insinuations and innuendoes in his article.

He should then be able to answer the following questions.

He claimed that the Vice President, together with some Redeemed Church ‘accomplices’, gathered to pray at some place unstated in his home State of Ogun, at a date that was not indicated, for the purpose of interceding for the VP to become President, and by extension, hoping for, or seeking the death of the President.

So where exactly in Ogun State did this prayer session take place, and when? Was it in a church, in which case there would likely be an audio recording? Who are the prominent pastors or other persons involved that can testify to what transpired – what are their names? Who is the “strong Buhari ally” who made a surprise appearance at the gathering and brought the story back to Mr. President? If, as Adedayo claims, the VP has been hounding and haranguing this Buhari ally since then, why is it so difficult for him to cry out and publicize his strange discovery?

Who primed Onnoghen to “package Buhari inside a judicial casket” during the 2019 elections? And to whose benefit? If, for any reason, the Buhari election was nullified by the judiciary, how would that benefit his running mate, since they contested on the same ticket?

These asinine stories put together by Mr. Adedayo betray a more evil motive. The Vice President’s commitment to the service of the Nigerian people under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari is unrelenting. But there is a desperation in some quarters to create a division between the President and the Vice President. It appears that they need some well known press names who are prepared to write anything. But for what reward? One wonders. They clearly found one here, as the writer’s jaundiced article bumbled from the realm of baseless claims to outright fiction.

We do not expect an apology from Mr. Adedayo to the Vice President. This is the style of these professionals gone rogue. They are prepared to smear others and stick to their vile stories. Their conscience seems unperturbed by their reckleness. But, again, we give him the benefit of the doubt, let him answer the questions we have asked.

Laolu Akande

The Man Malam Mamman Daura

History of Journalism in the North will remain incomplete without the mention of Malam Mamman Daura. As Editor of the New Nigerian, the then most influential newspaper in Nigeria, Malam Mamman Daura wrote one of the best articles and editorial that captured the country’s attention throughout history.

Growing up, Malam Mamman Daura was a stickler for excellence and after his basic education in Katsina, he was identified among his peers and found worthy to be sent to UK for higher education by the then Northern Regional Government.

He went ahead to study English Language, English Literature, Latin and British Constitution at Advanced Level at Bournemouth College. He was then admitted to the elitist Trinity College, Dublin (The Irish equivalent of Oxbridge) and received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Politics and a combined Masters degree in Public and Business Administration. He returned home and joined the mainstream civil service.

“Before going to England,I worked as a programme Assistant in the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation, in Kaduna. My schedule was: News Reader and Producer of Talks.” Malam Mamman Daura recalled in his personal reminiscences on Nigeria @50, which was published by DailyTrust in 2010.

As a businessman, Malam Mamman Daura was extremely successful. He was a key driver of the northern Nigerian industrial revolution of the late 1970s and 1980s; with local and international partners and investors – setting up and managing the following industries: Kaduna Aluminium Ltd, Kaduna Machine Works, Boots Nigeria Ltd, United Nigeria Textiles Ltd (UNTL), Funtua Textiles (FTL), Arewa Textiles, Nortex and Finetex.

Also, the Kaduna Furniture and Carpets Company (KFCC), which was at one time the largest furniture manufacturing company in West Africa. The KFCC furnished Transcorp Hilton at inception and several of other big companies and banks in the country.

The man Malam Mamman Daura has been a critical pillar of transparency and integrity. In the 1980s and 1990s, he was honored several times by the Kaduna State Government for constitency in remitting the rightful amount of corporate taxes as well as personal income taxes.

The chairman of LEADERSHIP Group Limited, Sam Nda Isaiah describes Malam Mamman Daura as a man who takes personal integrity very seriously. “While he was a businessman, his uncle, friend and close confidant Col. Muhammadu Buhari was the Federal Commissioner of Petroleum at the time.

“Malam Mamman Daura refused to have anything to do with the oil industry. And, in fact, of all his board appointments at the time (and he sat on several dozens of blue chip and multinational boards), he never sat on the board of any oil company.

“Even when GMB became the PTF chairman, none of his companies participated in any contracts. Not that it could have been wrong for him to have served in any of the boards of the oil companies or have delved into the business himself, or even his companies participating in the PTF, but he was just who he was. And that is the level of discipline and integrity of the man i have come to know very closely.”

That Malam Mamman Daura lives an exemplary family life is by all accounts evidenced in his relationship with his children, wife and his uncle, President Muhammadu Buhari, among others.

In her tribute to her father, Fatima describes him as a man who has touched many lives in his unassuming way. She also describes Malam Mamman Daura as someone who taught them contentment and patience.

“Patience in adversity, patience in moments of lack and patience with the vicissitudes of life.” She said.

The man Malam Mamman Daura is a technocrat, an intellectual and a journalist without parallel. He trained many, inspired many. He rose to be the Managing Director of the New Nigerian, and was nominated by the federal government to be a member of the constitution drafting committee under the chairmanship of Chief Rotimi Williams.

The Director General, National Broadcasting Commission, Is’haq Modibbo Kawu recalled in retrospect: “Malam Mamman Daura’s home in Kaduna was where we gathered during the evenings, whenever i was back home for weekends. That offered me a peak into several sides to his person… He would not fail to ask about your family, work and then show a genuine concern about the state of the country.”

As Malam Mamman Daura clocked 80 on Saturday, president Buhari said his “footprint on the development of the country, and quintessential attention to family values, will always be remembered and appreciated.”

Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu also celebrated the veteran journalist and entrepreneur.

He said: “A man of great character, you have been a resourceful pillar of support for our president, Muhammadu Buhari. Many have rightfully described you as imbued with immense talents, your character, however, remains an inspiration to me in particular.

“Our country is lucky to have you at this particular time. I’m highly honoured and privileged to know you because knowing you is a wonderful thing.

Indeed, Malam Mamman Daura, is a true son of Nigeria and an inspiration of millions of youth. Sadly, most youth “hardly ever know the real man beyond the persona that they themselves have constructed in the social space,” Modibbo Kawu noted.

“We are fortunate that elders like Malam Mamman Daura are still very much with us, whose experiences, sense of loyalty and easy manners, remain veritable fountains of knowledge. We can paraphrase the words of Professor Hampate Ba, that old people like Malam Mamman Daura, remain living libraries.”

Bayelsa 2019: APC Ends Governorship Campaign, Says Heavy Defeat Awaits PDP

Candidate of the APC, Chief David Lyon (Right) and National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, at the Grand Finale of the 2019 APC Bayelsa State Governorship Campaign in Yenagoa on Tuesday.

Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that the heavy defeat that awaits the People Democratic Party (PDP), on Saturday November I6 2019, is now causing panic within the Governor Dickson camp. 

He said this while speaking at the grand rally of the APC which held at the Oxbow Lake Pavilion in Yenagoa on Tuesday.

The APC leadership mocked the PDP led administration for failing the state.

Oshiomole said: “Dickson is panicking, how can he not panic when the Lion has arrived. Who will not panic when you cannot point at the schools you have built and the Lion is coming, won’t you panic? When you borrowed as much as he has borrowed to do things that people cannot see and now a Lion is coming to ask questions, why won’t you panic? 

“When you are been accused of spending almost a N100 billion to construct less than three and a half kilometers runway but nothing is running, and there is no way and you go there with your pajamas and you are crying and you want them to open the airport and the Lion is coming to ask you to account, won’t you panic?”

“So, I think Governor Dickson deserves our sympathy. But the best he can do is not to complicate his own problem by resorting to violence. It will not help me, it cannot take him more and he cannot survive it. Let me say here and now, we believe in one man, one vote, one woman, one vote, one Dickson one vote, and of course one Lyon one vote. With the votes we already have Dickson belongs to history. He has mismanaged not only the governance of Bayelsa State, he has mismanaged the Bayelsa family as a people”.

“He saw power as something that intoxicates, nobody else matters, every body was to serve him even those who have held senior national positions that helped him to where he is today. He thought the Okra tree could be taller than those who planted it. But come Saturday November 16, he will know the truth that the Okra tree cannot be taller than the person who planted it.

“That leads me to why we are here. You see, if you hear of Lion when you see him, his looks, the way he speaks, for those who understands psychology, you will see a harmless, humble gentleman, when they tell you this is a Lion you have to touch him to know the difference”.

“You know like they say, it is the empty drum that makes more noise. The Lion has grown up in this community, he has experienced what the ordinary Bayelsans have experienced. He knows the true meaning of poverty, he understands how poverty dehumanizes. He has struggled against forces of reaction, he is an example of what is possible when a man is focused.”

“Today, I believe that the people of Bayelsa State by coming out on Saturday to vote for one of your own, you will be making a bold statement that indeed this democracy that anybody who is focused who is determined, who remains with his people, mix with people and community, who empowers ordinary people, when he is out for change you will support him”.

“Dickson will soon find out that democracy is an equalizer. When you think that you are bigger than anyone, on election day you will discover that the unemployed, the deprived, the abused, the deceived on that day they are all equal. So I asked you that on Saturday that you will show more enthusiasm even much more that you have shown before. On Saturday, you must go out and vote, we do not believe in violence, not by bullet but by PVC. Dickson and his agents will be voted out and Lyon and his running mate will be voted in”.

“Let me assure you that President Muhammadu Buhari is fully here with us in spirit. He says he will give Lyon all the support he needs to make up for lost time. The President is pained. President Buhari gave Dickson, like other governors, bail out number one to go and pay salaries but Dickson collected the money and the workers were not paid. He gave the second one and he paid his family. Dickson got the refund of Paris Club, monies that were deducted from the tenure of his predecessors. It was refunded to him in billions, Dickson took it and Bayelsa is under darkness. To hear that for a state like Bayelsa with the revenue that accrues to you that even civil servants are not paid after all these monies have been released, even if you don’t punish him, your ballot papers will punish him.”

“He who climbs power and destroys the ladder that he used, will you be able to come down? So I ask you to join me in this prayers: Oh Lord, we the people of Bayelsa State eight years ago, we came to vote for a man called Dickson, we trusted him, we believe in patience, our leaders who we trust ask us to vote for him, in our innocence we give him, four years later we had mixed feelings, we were told give him second chance that he will repent from his sins and he will take Bayelsa to the next level, Lord it is eight years he has mortgaged our future, he borrowed from all the banks in Nigeria in the name of only one project and even that project is not on. Lord, we know we trusted him, now with you we are powerful.”

Earlier, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and leader of the party in Bayelsa State, Chief Timipre Sylva, who spoke in a veiled reference to the judgment against the Senator Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo, running mate to Lyon accused the PDP of throwing all kinds of obstacles on the way of the opposition in the state, but said that the party was too strong to be weakened by such antics.

“They have gone to every court in the land to try and discourage us. But the APC is stronger and more powerful than they think” he said.

In his remarks, an elated Chief David Lyon expressed gratitude to Bayelsans for their support promising better days ahead if elected governor. 

“Today, the people of Bayelsa State have spoken, for almost eight years just barely two months to leave office, PDP has been ruling this state in darkness. Let me assure you that I know what is development, I am somebody who is close to you and I want to assure Bayelsans, November I6 after being elected and sworn in on February 20, 2020, Bayelsa will see development.

“I know what it takes to solve insecurity. With the traditional rulers, youths and women we will solve insecurity and when we have handled insecurity, what is next is development.

“APC is not coming to decieve you people, no. Let me tell you that this election is not about David Lyon, it is about Bayelsa State, so let us stand firm to vote PDP out of this state.

“Bayelsans let me assure you today that David Lyon and Senator Degi Eremienyo pair will not disappoint you, I will never disappoint you, APC will never disappoint Bayelsa. I am saying this in the presence of my leaders. This election is not about Bayelsa, its about Ijaw nation because the present PDP government is not respecting the leaders of Ijaw nation. APC government will unite Ijaw people.”

Earlier Governors Badaru of Jigawa and his Osun State counterpart, Gboyega Oyetola, had in their separate remarks, urged the people of the state to come out in their numbers to vote for the APC on Saturday, and join the league of progressive states.

Dignitaries present at the grand rally include the national Working Committee APC led by the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, four state governors led by the Jigawa Governor and Chairman of the APC Governorship campaign council for Bayelsa, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, Minister of Niger Delta, Senator Godswill  Akpabio and others.

 

2019 Election: How Atiku’s Son-in-law, Babalele Gave Obasanjo $140,000 – Witness

Bashir Mohammed, a witness of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday told the Federal High Court in Lagos that Abdullahi Babalele, a son-in-law of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the last election, Atiku Abubakar, allegedly gave former President Olusegun Obasanjo the naira equivalent of $140,000, DailyPost reports.

Mohammed told Justice Chukwujekwu Aneke that he delivered the cash to the former President on behalf of his “close friend” Babalele.

Atiku’s son-in-law, Babalele is currently facing trial for allegedly laundering $140,000 in the build-up to the 2019 general elections.

He was arraigned by the anti-graft agency on two counts of money laundering in August.

EFCC claimed that Babalele procured Mohammed “to make a cash payment of $140,000 without going through any financial institution.”

EFCC prosecutor, Rotimi Oyedepo, informed the court that the money exceeded the threshold stipulated by the money laundering Act.

Oyedepo said, “The alleged February 20, 2019 transaction contravened Sections 18 (c) and (2)(b)of the Money Laundering (Prohibition) Act, 2011.”

Mohammed was called by the EFCC as its first witness on Tuesday.

Mohammed, who was led in evidence by the EFCC counsel, Rotimi Oyedepo, narrated how he allegedly delivered the sum to the former president at his Abeokuta, Ogun State home.

Mohammed told the court that he got a phone call from Babalele sometime in February, requesting him to deliver a message to “an elder statesman.”

He said on Babalele’s request, he supplied two bank accounts, which were credited.

He said he took the money to Obasanjo’s residence in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

According to him, “When I got to the gate, somebody came and took me inside where I met former President Olusegun Obasanjo and delivered the message.

“I called the defendant in the presence of former President Obasanjo and informed him that I had delivered the message. He said that was good and thanked me.”

Mohammed, who was cross-examined by the by the defence counsel, Mike Ozekhome (SAN), affirmed that he wrote a statement at the EFCC office during the investigation.

Ozekhome’s bid to tender the statement as an exhibit was, however, opposed by the prosecutor.

Justice Aneke adjourned till Wednesday (today) to rule on the admissibility of the statement.

Judge Gives EFCC Ultimatum To Extradite Diezani Madueke From The UK

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has given the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission until March 2020 to have a former Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke extradited to Nigeria from the United Kingdom, Channels Television reports.

The commission had in November 2018 filed a 13 count charge of money laundering against the former minister accusing her of unlawfully taking into her possession the sums of $39.7m and N3.32bn with which she allegedly bought choice properties in Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt in Rivers State, while she was in office as Minister of Petroleum Resources.

At the resumed hearing of the suit, Justice Ijeoma Ojukwu threatened to strike out the money laundering case should the anti-graft agency fail to produce the defendant in court by March 2020.

The prosecuting counsel, Mister Faruk Abdullah, had earlier on pleaded with the judge to adjourn the case indefinitely on the grounds that the EFCC was facing challenges in its bid to extradite the defendant from the United Kingdom.

Missus Diezani has been in the United Kingdom facing corruption investigations since 2015 when she left office as minister.

Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq: Redefining and Reinventing Governance, By Tobi Matthew

Kwara State Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq

For over a decade, the wheels of affairs in the State of Harmony was manned by a group of people who prioritized their individual gains over the growth and development of the State they had the mandate to protect and serve.

No doubt, the aforementioned setbacks incapacitated Kwara State for the said period of time, making her incapable of attaining her full potentials among her contemporaries created in 1967, and other frontiers in the committee of States.

In 2015, democracy afforded the good people of Kwara State another opportunity to elect leaders of their choice to paddle the canoe of their darling State at various levels of government – at the polls, the people of Kwara State voted Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazak to end the over a decade of maladministration and bring about the much desired growth and development in the State. Inarguably, this was done with high optimism that the new dawn illuminating light away from the darkness of the past would take the State to a greater height.

Expectedly, we must not fail to make concise comparison between the former administration and the incumbent – this will be a guide and also help our strategic planning geared towards surpassing the achievements of the past administration.

Thus far, the good foundation being laid by the Governor Abdurahman led administration in Kwara State, in its first 100 days in office, has now being reinforced by the recent forwarding and subsequent screening of list of commissioners to form the cabinet by the Governor and the legislature respectively.

The nominees, adjudged by many public and political analysts as the finest in the history of the State, owing to the fact of all-inclusiveness, youth/gender balance (with women taking more than 56%), and the touch of technocracy and political experience is another pointer that the new administration is ready for real business of good governance.

It is no fallacy that during past administrations, political appointees were not selected on merit and competence – a majority of them were political stooges, political thugs, and those deemed “experienced” but with no positive impact in governing the affairs of the State as manifested in the rot inherited by this administration. It was one of the darkest periods in the State Of Harmony – Interestingly, the good people of Kwara State survived that period and came out stronger and better, leaving their political tormentors and those who looted the treasury of their State to the wrath of their maker.

Alhaji Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, knowing the importance of having competent members in his cabinet and his led government by extension, decided to assemble youths and women with brilliant ideas, who are passionate about Kwara and have everything to give in to take the State to prosperity – through an all-inclusive and transparent process.

The painstaking screening session of the nominees which was characterized by rigorous questionings by the legislators and apt responses by the nominees, not only portrays the independence of the Kwara legislature but also brings out the kinds of personalities recruited into the Governor’s cabinet.

This no doubt, would consolidate the gains of the Governor on a solid foundation already established in preparation to finally begin the implementation of his administration’s policy to serve the people of the State through his people oriented policies. This move was a great deviation from the wish-wash process of selection that ushered in incompetent politicians who inflicted backwardness in our dear State, in the past.

To this submissions, it is pertinent to commend Governor Abdurahman’s lead for good governance in the State Of Harmony. Today, the coast is now clear for the new administration to unleash its various panacea for the quagmires facing the State of Harmony in tandem with peaceful coexistence, growth and development for better governance in a sustainable manner.

Tobi Matthew is on Twitter: @tobbiematthew

IGP Warns Against Plans To Disrupt Kogi Gov Poll

Speaking at the stakeholders’ meeting with political parties in Lokoja, the state capital, the Inspector-General says the police is ready to deal with any security concern before, during and after the elections.

TV C News Senior Political Correspondent, Ayodele Ozugbakun, who was at the meeting, reports that political parties, candidates and stakeholders took some time off their hectic campaign schedules to attend this crucial stakeholders meeting in Lokoja, the State capital.

Image result for Kkogi Elections: IGP warns against plans to disrupt electionsThey stormed the venue, with their supporters creating a rowdy situation at the place.

The atmosphere was charged by accusations and counter accusations by the candidates, while supporters of various political parties almost clashed at the event.

The Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu and other national officers hosted the event. He set the ball rolling by assuring Nigerians of INEC readiness to conduct a hitch-free exercise on Saturday.

Having carried out a pre-election security assessment across the state, the police, being the lead security agency in the election, appeared ready to deal with outbreak of violence.

The IGP said the police will come down hard on any individual or party attempting to foment trouble.

Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Musa Wada complained of thuggery, intimidation and arbitrary arrests across the state ahead of the election. The Governor, Yayaha Bello replied by accusing the PDP of adopting same tactics.

Twenty-four political parties participating in the election again signed a peace accord with INEC.

All eyes are on the Confluence State, as the people choose their governor and a senator for Kogi West Senatorial District.

Residents are however apprehensive ahead of the d-day, due to fear of possible threat to peace in the state.

NASS Working To Pass 2020 Budget November 28, Says Lawan

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan said on Tuesday that the National Assembly is working towards the passage of the 2020 Appropriation bill on November 28, 2019, Channels Television reports.

To achieve this target date, Lawan directed the Senate Committee on Appropriations to submit its report on the 2020 budget proposals on November 26, 2019.

Lawan gave the directive on the floor of the Senate during plenary.

The Senate President stated that the committee’s compliance to lay its report on November 26 would facilitate the passage of the 2020 budget on November 28, before the National Assembly proceeds on Christmas break.

He said: “On the Budget 2020 we are working on, the ball is now in the court of Senate Committee on Appropriations, the last committee standing.

“All the committees have done their work so well within the defined parameters and we, therefore, expect the Appropriations Committee to produce the report and lay it here by the 26th of November, next two weeks.

“I believe that the same thing will be done in our sister chamber, the House of Representatives, so that we are able to pass the Appropriation Bill 2020 on November 28, by the Grace of God.”

Meanwhile, a total of twelve bills scaled first reading on the floor on Tuesday.

The bills are: National Religious Equity Commission (Est.) bill, 2019, sponsored by Senator Stella Oduah; Constituency Development Fund (Est.) bill, 2019, by Senator Ali Ndume; National Agency for Technology Incubation (Est.) bill, 2019, by Senator Ajayi Boroffice; National War College Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019, by Senator Aliyu Wamakko; Compulsory Free Universal Education Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019, by Senator Rose Oko, and Private Security and Forensic Investigation Bureau of Nigeria (Est.) bill, 2019, by Senator Barinanda Mpigi.

Others are: Police Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019, by Senator Betty Apiafi; Federal University of Agriculture and Technology Funtua (Est.) bill, 2019, by Senator Bello Mandiya; Federal College of Education (Technical) Kaima, Kwara State (Est.) bill, 2019, by Senator Sadiq Umar; Federal University of Gashua (Est.) bill, 2019, by Senator Yahaya Abdullahi; Federal Medical Centre Dekina, by Senator Jibrin Isah, and National Commission for the Prohibition of Hate Speeches (Est.) bill, 2019, by Senator Aliyu Sabi Abdullahi.