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I Reject Feelings Of Bad Blood Between Lagos Govt, Assembly – Sanwo-Olu

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Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Wednesday rejected claims that there are feelings of bad blood between the state government and the state House of Assembly.

Speaking during the swearing-in of 37 new commissioners and special advisers in Ikeja, the governor said he was aware of some feelings that greeted the initial rejection of some nominees by the lawmakers.

On August 23, the House rejected 17 commissioner-nominees and confirmed 22 others.

Speaker of the House, Mudashiru Obasa, who presided over the day’s sitting, said the confirmation followed rigorous and detailed screening of the nominees by an ad-hoc committee led by the Chief Whip of the House, Fatai Mojeed.

Also on September 7, the lawmakers rejected two of the commissioner-nominees sent by the governor. The house however confirmed 15 out of the 18 commissioner-nominees in the second batch sent by Governor Sanwo-Olu.

A week after the rejection, the governor said the move again forced him to submit a revised list of nominees for screening.

“Let me go further to say that I am not unaware of the feelings in some quarters that the initial rejection of some nominees by the Lagos State House of Assembly, necessitating the submission of a revised list of nominees, signified a call to arms between the Executive and the Legislature. I reject such feelings in totality,” he said.

“Were the Executive designed to be omnipotent and omniscient, the very important oversight function of the Legislature will be needless.”

The governor commended the state House of Assembly for a job well done during the nominees screening exercise which lasted about four weeks.

He also asked the new cabinet members to put in their best and ensure their work reflect excellence at all times by carrying the people along.

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Nnamdi Kanu seeks negotiation with FG over trial

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– Nnamdi Kanu seeks negotiation with FG over ongoing trial
– Kanu’s lawyer moves two applications before the Federal High Court
– FG’s counsel says defendant should approach Attorney General for negotiation

Nnamdi Kanu, leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), has expressed willingness to negotiate with the Federal Government over his ongoing trial.

Through his counsel, Alloy Ejimakor, Kanu informed the Federal High Court in Abuja of his intention to seek negotiation under Section 17 of the Federal High Court Act.

Ejimakor had earlier moved two applications before the court, including one objecting to the jurisdiction of the court. If the applications are denied, Kanu’s lawyer plans to invoke Section 17, which promotes reconciliation and amicable settlement among parties.

Meanwhile, the Federal Government’s counsel, Adegboyega Awomolo, stated that the defendant should approach the Attorney General of the Federation for negotiation.

Justice Binta Nyako, the presiding judge, clarified that the court’s role is to hear cases, not to solicit negotiations. Kanu has been in DSS custody since June 2021, facing terrorism-related charges levelled against him by the government.

His lawyer’s latest move may signal a potential shift in the case’s trajectory.

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30,000 Students to Benefit from FG’s Interest-Free Loan Scheme

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– Over 30,000 students selected for federal government’s student loan scheme
– Scheme aims to support underprivileged students in pursuing higher education
– Loan is interest-free and does not require a “godfather”

The federal government’s student loan scheme has selected over 30,000 students to benefit from the initiative.

This was announced by Senate President Godswill Akpabio during a visit to the Nigeria Institute of Legislative and Democratic Studies in Abuja.

Akpabio praised the student loan bill, signed into law by President Bola Tinubu, for enabling vulnerable Nigerian students to access higher education without financial burdens.

He expressed his personal admiration for the bill, stating it is one of the most important bills passed by the 10th National Assembly.

The Nigerian Education Loan Fund (NELFUND) has assured the public that every eligible Nigerian student will benefit from the interest-free loan program.

Thee application process will be open, fair, and transparent, without requiring a “godfather,” according to Dr. Fred Femi Akinfala, NELFUND’s Executive Director of Finance and Administration.

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