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71 Reps commence process to revert Nigeria to parliamentary system

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71 members of the House of Representatives on Thursday commenced a process to revert Nigeria to parliamentary system of government away from the current presidential system of government.

The lawmakers jointly sponsored a bill, which passed for first reading on the floor of the house, seeking to alter the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Briefing newsmen after plenary, the Deputy Chairman of the group of lawmakers, Rep Nicholas Ossai (PDP-Delta), said that the position of the lawmakers in the legislation clearly pointed to the compelling advantages of parliamentary system of government.

According to him, studies have shown that countries run by presidential system of government consistently produce lower growth rate and higher inflation.

The lawmaker said that there was also a greater income inequality in economies under presidential system compared to the parliamentary system, as the rich got richer while the poor got poorer.

Ossai said records showed that output growth under presidential system were sub-zero, while those under parliamentary systems were from one point and above.

He added that in countries run under presidential systems inflation was on average six per cent point, higher than those under parliamentary systems.

According to him, this is due to the excessive powers domiciled in one man under the presidential system, as consensus building that was often required for economic decision was always lacking.

The legislator further stated that economies of nations were known to thrive on the confidence of investors in the system and character of the government.

“The instability and volatility of presidential systems make it difficult to achieve these economic objectives.

“Over-centralisation of government decisions that are prevalent in presidential systems obstructs economic development when compared to the parliamentary or hybrid systems.

He also said that the presidential system was often not conducive to consensus building, which is known to have favourable effects on the economy.

Ossai added that the parliamentary system helped in quick passage of economic bills, due to the fusion of power that it embodies.

“The decentralisation of powers in parliamentary system helps to douse tensions in countries, including Nigeria, where ethnicity, race, religious differences and ideological divisions are prevalent.

“Thereby, promoting peace and unity, which are ingredients for economic growth and development,” he said.

The lawmaker noted that 169 countries made 123 changes in the form of government they practised within the period 1950 and 2003.

He said that these countries include 10 post-Soviet Union countries, moving from presidential to parliamentary systems in the 1990s as well as 10 countries in North Africa and Middle East, switching in opposite directions since 1950s.

Ossai recalled that, more recently, France made changes to its constitution in the direction of parliamentary systems.

He said constitutional reforms had been on the agenda in a number of countries in the Middle-East since the 2011 Arab spring.

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FG urged to declare state of emergency on federal roads, Senate tasks

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Disturbed by the deplorable conditions of road networks across the country, the Senate on Tuesday, charged the federal government to declare a state of emergency on all federal roads.
This was as the upper legislative chamber mandated  its Committees on Petroleum (Downstream), Federal Roads Maintenance Agency, FERMA and National Planning to investigate the Petroleum Products Price Regulatory Agency, PPPRA on the non-remittance of five percent user charge pump price of petrol.
Besides, the joint committees were also asked to investigate the non remittance of international vehicle transit charge accruing to FERMA and other established state roads maintenance agency.
These resolutions followed deliberations on a motion sponsored under Orders 42 and 52 of the Senate rule by Senator Geshom Bassey (PDP Cross River South)  who lamented the deplorable state of federal roads in the country.
Presenting the motion, Senator Basset expressed concern that several thousands of lives have been lost to road accidents due to bad and un-motorable roads, while bad portion of roads are safe haven for kidnappers and armed robbers on Nigerian highways.
Supporting the motion, Senator Chukwuka Utazi (PDP Enugu North) said the state of the federal highways are highly deplorable and that urgent attention is needed especially within this budget cycle to do something drastic to address the situation.
Utazi said “and like you prayed that the PPPRA should release the fund for totally provided for FERMA to do  it’s job.
“Mr President, the raining season is just gradually coming to an end and this is the opportunity for FERMA to go and start rehabilitating our roads so that Nigerians can move freely.
“This period is also the time for harvest and in order to ensure that farmers that are in the hinterland get to the appropriate market to get adequate prices for their goods, we  have to make sure the roads are properly done.
“You also know that because we don’t have the rail lines that should be in place, most of the goods and services that we move from one place to the other are done through trucking and if you continue to do trucking, you know that the life span of any  major federal highway may not last long.
“This is a very important motion moved at the most appropriate time to get the desired attention and I’m standing here lending my support and full weigh to get that being done knowing fully well that those of us from the south east are the major complainants of the bad roads in this country and we hope that we get the desired attention from FERMA if  this motion scales through.”
In his remark, President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan said he believe that every part of the country suffers from this problem of deplorable  roads.
He expressed optimism that the  committees mandated to look into the matter will  swing into action and attend to the issue associated with this motion.
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SAD… Taraba INEC REC is dead

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The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, (REC) in Taraba State, Alhaji Baba Abba Yusuf, is dead.
INEC Secretary, Rose Oriarian-Anthony, said the REC died on Saturday night at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Borno State, where he had been on admission.
She said: “The Independent National Electoral Commission regrets to announce the death of the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Taraba State, Alhaji Baba Abba Yusuf.
“He died last (Saturday) night at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Borno State, where he was on admission for sometime.
He was buried today (Sunday) September 29 2019 at 4pm in Maiduguri.
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Transgender: Sade Adu’s daughter finally becomes a man (PHOTOS)

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Izaak and Mum

Sade’s transgender son has shared a heartfelt message of thanks to the soul singer, as he completes his transition from female to male.

Izaak Theo Adu, born Mickailia ‘Ila’ Adu, has spent the past six months in recovery after undergoing phalloplasty surgery, the reconstructive procedure typically undergone by transgender and non-binary people.

After returning home to his family, Izaak shared a sweet photo of himself hugging Sade, 60, along with a message praising the iconic singer for her unwavering support. In the Instagram post, Izaak wrote: ‘It’s been a long hard road but We did it!! We are coming home!!!! ‘Thank you for staying by my side these past 6 months Mumma. Thank you for fighting with me to complete the man I am. ‘Thank you for your encouragement when things are hard, for the love you give me. The purest heart. I love you so much. Queen of queens ♥️ #mumma #lioness #queen#iloveyou.’

Izaak is Sade’s only child from her former relationship with reggae music producer Bob Morgan.

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