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CISLAC URGES PRIORTIZATION AND REVISITING THE PASSAGE OF THE PIGB

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The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre has urged the National Assembly and the Executive to re-visit and prioritize the passage of the PIGB into law.

In a statement signed by the Executive Director CISLAC Auwal Ibrahim Musa (Rafsanjani) on Sunday recalled that the National Assembly had passed the PIGB and sent it to the president for Assent. However, while the legislature was on recess, the president withheld his assent to the Bill raising some issues he was said to be uncomfortable with.

CISLAC recollected that the progress recorded so far in getting a law to regulate the oil and gas sector and deepen the reforms proposed by this administration has been a result of the initiative, proactiveness, doggedness and resilience of the two chambers of the NASS, which is quite commendable.

It is common knowledge that the PIGB being considered originated as a private member Bill. It is also on record that both Chambers had set up a Joint Committee on the PIB to fast-track the passage of the PIGB and other components of the PIB. The result is the successful passage of the PIGB. We however note that in spite of all the efforts that went into the Bill and the opportunities provided during the Public hearing, the president has raised some observations which made him withhold his assent.

CISLAC also noted that the president has returned up to 15 Bills to the NASS for review before assent. We note with delight that upon resumption on October 9, 2018, the NASS had commenced action on several of the returned Bills. The request for virement and funding for the INEC, as well as, the Electoral Act amendment, are worthy of note

” As we call on the NASS to also re-visit and prioritize the passage of the PIGB by addressing the genuine concerns of the president and re-sending it to him for assent as soon as possible, we also call on the President, through relevant channels to be proactive and liaise with the relevant Committees of the NASS, through constructive dialogue, to ensure that a Bill that will adequately address the challenges in the sector, serve the interest of Nigerians and receive presidential assent is passed” CISLAC said.

According to the statement This is not only because the Bill is a baby of the NASS which should not be allowed to die, but because of the damage its non-passage continues to cause in the sector upon which the nation’s economy is most dependent and it feeds perfectly into the president’s avowed commitment to stamping out corruption in critical sectors of our national life and his aspiration to mobilize sufficient revenues to fund development, diversify the economy and implement his administration’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan. This will distinguish this government from all previous ones which only paid lip service to the promotion of transparency and accountability in the extractive sector.

The million being lost in revenues and investments and other positive multiplier effects accruable from the sector can be avoided though the passage and assent to the PIGB and all other components of the PIB. This is in the light of subsistent budget deficit, rising debt profile, wide infrastructural gaps and bleak future revenue profile from the sector.

CISLAC also called on the executive to engage with the NASS to expedite action on the outstanding components addressing fiscal frameworks, host and impacted communities and sector administration issues. This is so that they can become law before the elections in 2019.

CISLAC and all well-meaning stakeholders are optimistic that this session of the NASS will conclude what they have started and contribute to supporting the executive so that this government can fulfil its promise to the Nigerian people as it relates to the passage of the PIB.

“We call on all stakeholders not to relent until this become a reality and we are committed to sustaining the advocacy as our contribution to bequeathing to generations to come, a nation where resources from natural resources benefit all Nigerians” the statement said.

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‎Bauchi Govt. To Conduct Selection Examination For 2018 Medical Team To Jerusalem.

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The Executive Secretary Christian Pilgrimage Welfare Board (CPWB) Bauchi, Engineer Daniel Shawulu on Tuesday says Selection Examination will be Conducted for Medical Personal team willing to work during the 2018 pilgrimage to Jerusalem from the state.

Shawulu stated this at press briefing on the level of preparation for the 2018 Christian pilgrimage to Jerusalem in Bauchi.

He said the selection examination for doctors and nurses, that will constitute the medical team to jerusalem this year is necessary to have merit personal and reduced bias in selection.

“The exams will be conducted through Computer-Based Test to the candidates who registered through our websites.

“The selection was an improvement based on merit, rather than bias of selection process of the medical team,” he said

According to him, we want to change the system instead of somebody sitting down in his house and making a list of people to represent the medical team, he added that “We felt that merit should take the fore front in the selection process.

“There is no Godfatherism here and that is what we are advocating for, that everything should be based on merit.

“The doctors will paid a bit more than the nurses, the doctors will pay N7000 and nurses will pay N5000 for registration,” Mr Shawulu said.

The Executive Secretary said registration of intending pilgrims have stated with registration fee of N180, 000 exclusive of Basic travelling allowances and Administrative charges.

He however warned that this year pilgrimage is strictly spiritual inclined not for merchandise or pleasure.

“This year’s pilgrimage is not for pleasure, tourism, merchandise or get way for you to leave the country.

“Pilgrims should be there to perform spiritual activities such as prayers for the nation’s peace and stability, unity prospects and pray for yourself and the family, he said.

Mr.Shawulu noted that arrangement will be concluded before the end of this month of November 24, for pilgrimage to be uplifted

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Save our future, invest in Renewable Energy- Africa environmentalists cry out

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Environmentalists on the continent of Africa have called on their respective governments to think more of the continent future and less of profiteering by transiting from fossil fuel to renewable energy resources.

They made the call in Abuja where they attended the two weeks long Biannual Meeting of the Friends of the Earth International (FoEI), where Just Energy Transition (JET) was one of the focuses.

The Activists who spoke to Peoples Daily exclusively appealed to the various governments on the continent to follow the global trend and embrace renewable energy sources for sustainable development.

According to David Kureeba of Association of Professional Environmentalists and the Coordinator, Friends of the Earth Africa (FoEI) Uganda, time has come for African Leanders to stop behaving like Rats who eats without remembering tomorrow.

He said apart from the environmental harzards posed to the environment, fossil fuel, which was non renewable, was subject to complete depletion someday, wondering what the continent was leaving for the future generation.

He argued that using job creation and general economic development as reason behind indiscriminate mining and minerals excavation in Africa was not tenable, saying a fully developed renewable energy sector could ensure that and even more.

He said: “In Africa and the world over we are aware that energy is the primary engine for development. Most African countries however see fossil fuel as the only energy and this is a non renewable resources that once depleted there would be a huge challenge.

“So, in the conference we are looking at how the funds gotten from fossil fuel can be invested in the development of the renewable resources for sustainable development.”

He said the task before Africa was to think of how best to transit from the use of fossil fuel to renewable energy.

“This is to ensure that Africa does not continue to mine oil and gas since the devastating effect of climate change is already steering the continent in the face.”

Citing his country, Uganda as example, Kureeba said “There is a creeping experience in Uganda where prolonged drought is being experience now, an experience that was not known to us. As a predominantly agricultural country this experience has come down hard on us since we can no longer predict rain fall.”

He said Uganda recently discovered oil in commercial and the country was already laying a pipe stretching about 1400km, a development he said would exacerbate climate change impact on the country.

“It is unfortunate that most African governments are only concerned with economic growth even when it is at the detriment of the environment. They bother mostly about creating jobs, middle income earners but they overlook the fact that developing renewable energy sector would not only ensure availability of employment opportunity but would also safeguard the future of the environment.”

On her part, Nora Bowvier of Friends of the Earth, Liberia and Coordinator, Sustainable Development Institute (SDI), Liberia, regretted that while it takes political will to overlook economic boom in favour of the environment, it was the quality lacking in African leaders.

She said: “They lack the courage to do what is right especially when it has to do with what with challenge their revenue sources.

” They must put on their thinking cap and device ways through which we can take advantage of our natural, abundant renewable energy resources for sustainable development.”

Kwami Kpondzo, Friends of the Earth, Togo, said African continent must go with the rest of the world in embracing renewable energy, adding that the continent can not afford to go in opposite direction from the rest of the world.

He said: ” We are calling on the government to do needful by joining the global movement from non renewable energy resources to renewable energy resources. They must know that they cannot continue to move in opposite direction from where the rest of the world is headed.

“We are calling on the governments around the African continent to remember that there is a generation after ours and they have the responsibility to save guard their future and that they should not continue to behave as if we are living for today.”

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‎Toro Science Old Boys Laments Decayed in Education system

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Government Science School Toro Old Boys Association Class of 88 in Bauchi State have lamented over decayed in education system that give birth to low quality of knowledge acquired.

The National President of the Association Mr Tanimu Umar stated this at the 30 years of reunion meeting with the theme 30 years after Toro ; the journey so far in Bauchi on Saturday.

He said the decayed in the education system is worrisome ,”30 years back we attend school with all the infrastructure in place, available books, functional libraries and laboratories in the school.

“Look at the situation now very pathetic, poor learning materials, no qualified teacher and many more facilities that are not available for students learning.

“If necessary steps are not taken to address poor funding, infrastructural decay, insecurity, especially as a result of insurgency, and poor performance the system will continue to get decayed.

He however called Toro Science old boys to give back to the school, according to him, we benefited much from the school and took us to where we are now, so we have to give back to the school.

In a paper presented at the meeting, A University Don Dr Usman Aliyu Consultant Pathologist ABU/ ATBUTH Zaria identified lack of harmony, tribal and religious crisis, vandalism, rustling, poor pay and welfare for teachers as the reasons for low quality of education.

“Poor funding of education sector affects feeding, hostels toilets facilities and incessant crisis and strike are the factors.

He said government can not do it alone the old boys need to come in with sacrifice to provide for the young children in the schools.

“We have to redefined a source of resources for the school to enhance its learning ability, make the younger generation feel the way we feel in those days. Dr Aliyu said.

He said there must be active and deliberate commitment by governments to actively invest in all levels of education to promote availability, affordability and accessibility of quality education.

In his remark the Chairman of the meeting Alhaji Mohammed Madugu who is also a old boy called on the members to partner the school authorities and contribute in the areas of learning materials and infrastructural development of the school.

“We have to start a fund to help the orphans and widow left by our friends and classmate who are deceased ,scholarship up keep allowances to ease their difficulties,he said.

The Chairman of the meeting pledged to establish ICT center in Toro Science School Bauchi state with Internet, and learning soft wears.

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