​El-Rufai appoints new permanent secretaries

By Habila Victor, Kaduna

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has appointed new permanent secretaries, following the exit of three permanent secretaries from the public office.

He made this known in a statement released on Tuesday.

According to the statement, “The Kaduna State Government has announced the appointments of five new Permanent Secretaries to fill vacancies created by the exit of incumbents, one of whom sadly died in service.

“Permanent Secretaries serve in the 14 ministries, the Governor’s Office, the statutory commissions, and other agencies.

“A statement from Sir Kashim Ibrahim House named the new Permanent Secretaries as Abubakar Umar, Yusuf Sale, Adamu Atama, Balarabe Wakili, and Ya’u Tanko.

“Following the new appointments, Permanent Secretaries are now deployed into as follows:

“Ibrahim Jere for the Ministry of Agriculture, Haliru Soba for the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Technology, Mohammmed Shuaibu for the Ministry of Finance, Adamu Mansur for the Ministry of Health, Habiba Shekarau for the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development;

“Stephen Joseph for the Ministry of Human Services and Social Development, Abdullahi Sani for the Ministry of Internal Security and Home Affairs, Chris Umar for the Ministry of Justice, Mahmud Yamusa for the Ministry of Sport Development;

“Phoebe Yayi for the Planning and Budget Commission, Abubakar Umar for the Ministry of Local Government Affairs, Yusuf Sale for the Ministry of Education, Adamu Atama for the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources;

“Bashir Lere for the Ministry of Public Works and Infrastructure, Nuhu Buzun for the Cabinet and Political Affairs (Office of the Secretary to the State Government), Muhammed Umar for the General Service (Office of the SSG), Aisha Mohammed for the Civil Service Commission;

“Murtala Dabo for the Public Service Office (Office of the Head of Service), Amina Sulaiman for Establishment, Balarabe Wakili for the Teachers Service Board, and Ya’u Tanko for the Local Government Service Board.

“Malam Nasir El-Rufai has expressed KDSG’ s gratitude for the services of three Permanent Secretaries: Musa Adamu, Amina Adamu Ikara and Sabiu Sani, who are leaving the public service.”

Constitutional Review: 1999 constitution lacks national standards – Gbajabiamila

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has listed the issues with the 1999 Constitution presently run by Nigeria, saying the law was hurriedly put together and falls short of the required standards.

Gbajabiamila said this in Lagos on Tuesday at the public hearing organised by the House’ Special Committee on the Review of the Constitution.

The Speaker noted that the hearing was part of a deliberate effort by the National Assembly to seek the guidance and support of citizens towards amending the Constitution.

He also noted that it was not the first time the parliament had undertaken such a task, “but this may very well be the most important constitutional amendment process in our nation’s recent history because the decisions we make now will have far-reaching consequences for the future of Nigeria.”

Gbajabiamila said, “A nation’s Constitution is the foundation of its existence. It is supposed to set the terms of our nationhood and define who we are in a manner that reflects both our common truths and highest aspirations. Our constitution falls short of this standard because the 1999 Constitution is the product of a hurried national compromise that we entered into two decades ago in order to ensure that the military returned to the barracks and that we returned to democratic government.

“It was always the intention that we will one day as one people and one nation, return to amend this document so that it gives voice to the yearnings of the Nigerian people and sets out in clear details how we intend to achieve the shared ambitions of our nationhood. Providence has cast upon the 9th National Assembly the responsibility to write such a constitution for the Nigerian people.

“The foundational constitution of the United States of America deemed people of colour to be ‘less than’ and denied women the right to vote. It did not include any limits on the President’s term of office and allowed for citizens to be denied the right to vote for failure to pay the ‘poll tax’.

“Twenty-seven reviews and amendments, over one hundred years cured these and other defects. No nation in the world has a perfect constitution, but we need a near perfect constitution in Nigeria and we can achieve that through substantive amendments that significantly alter the character of our nation.”

The Speaker stated that the task before the lawmakers was now to use the process of review and amendment to devise a Constitution that resolves the issues of identity and political structure, human rights and the administration of government, resource control, national security and “so much else that have fractured our nation and hindered our progress and prosperity.”

He added that the National Assembly is to produce a Constitution that “turns the page on our past, yet heeds its many painful lessons.” While noting that it is not an easy task, he stressed that it is a necessary and urgent one.

Gbajabiamila said, “We will not be able to deliver on this historic assignment if we restrict ourselves to tinkering around the edges of the constitution or by imposing upon ourselves artificial redlines that restrict honest conversation.

“We will have failed in our mandate if the Constitution that emerges from this process continues to look to our past rather than reflect our present and speak to our future. We have an opportunity for renewal, and we must seize it, or face the harsh judgment of history.

“Through this constitutional review process, we have it in our power to restructure our government to make it more effective, reorganise our politics to make it more inclusive, enshrine efficient mechanisms for holding the institutions of state to account and put an end to the debilitating conflicts that even now continue to tear our nation apart.

“We will do what is necessary to achieve these outcomes because all of us in the House of Representatives recognise that this moment in our history is fraught with promise and peril, and the future of our country lies in our hands.”

Source: Punch

​Constitution review: Senate to hold national public hearing Thursday

The Nigerian Senate are set to commence national public hearing to alter the provisions of the 1999 constitution will hold on Thursday through Friday this week.

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan made the announcement on Tuesday.

According to a statement issued by the Special Assistant (Press) to the Senate President, Ezrel Tabiowo, “the 2-day National Public Hearing on proposals to alter the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 is scheduled for Thursday 3rd to Friday, 4th June 2021, at the African Hall of the International Conference Centre, Abuja.”

The statement said Lawan “described the zonal public hearings which held last week in the six geo-political zones of the country as “quite successful”.
“Lawan appealed to Nigerians to seize the opportunity provided by the national public hearing commencing on Thursday to state their position on issues that would improve the quality of governance.”

The Senate President was quoted as saying, “Let me also congratulate the members of the Constitution Review Committee of the Senate, who had conducted the public hearings across the countries.

“[And] in fact, the report we received has shown that in all the centres, the public hearings were quite successful.

“I want to also appeal to Nigerians to take the opportunity of the national public hearing that will take place from Thursday.

“This is an effort that the National Assembly – particularly the Senate is attached to.

“We believe that we must do whatever is necessary to provide a platform for Nigerians to air their views, give their positions and canvass for whatever they feel would make our country better, and make governance more efficient and successful.

“Like I said before, we have no preconceived positions on anything and, therefore, this is for our citizens to take the opportunity.”