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December 2017

PROTOCOL. 1.It is indeed a pleasure to be here today on the invitation of the Embassy of the Republic of Burundi in Nigeria for the Greatwaves Convention & Award (TGWACA), which, I am told, is the anniversary brand of DESTINATION AFRICA – Network for Peace and Sustainable Development. I thank His Excellency, Ambassador Emmanuel Mpfayokurera, the distinguished Ambassador of Burundi to Nigeria, for the kind invitation extended to me. 2.It is always a delight to identify with the work of an impactful organisation such as DESTINATION

PROTOCOL. 1.It gives me great pleasure to be a Special Guest at this public presentation of notable new books authored by the Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum, Dr. Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu, namely: ‘Forms and Precedents in Petroleum Law, Volumes I, II and III’; ‘Environmental Law and the Niger Delta Imperatives’; and ‘Rethinking Gas – A Directional Roadmap to Nigeria’s Gas Law and Policy Development’. 2.The titles of these books have really piqued interest as a lawmaker. I look forward to diving into the pages and

PROTOCOL. 1.It gives me great pleasure to be at this august occasion, which is the Flag Off of the 341 Unit Housing Estate for State House Nurses and other State House Staff, here in Dagbadna Village Karu. I thank the Chairman of the State House Nurses Cooperative Housing Estate Society Ltd, Mrs. Selina Akunna Enyioha, for my invitation to this very important event. 2.It is quite heartening to note that the foundation laying ceremony is being performed by the Wife of the President, Her Excellency, Mrs.

PROTOCOL. 1.It gives me great pleasure to be inaugurating the Ad-Hoc Committee on Investigation of Local Content Elements on the Egina Oil Field. I welcome all the distinguished members to this important event, which should beam a searchlight on the Egina Oil Field development, and assist us in our quest to unravel what may have gone awry in the local content component of the project. 2.Earlier this month – 5th December to be precise – the 8th Senate deliberated on a motion on the local content

PROTOCOL. A warm welcome to my Distinguished Colleagues, dignitaries, our international partners, speakers, invited guests and indeed all who have joined us at this Senate Roundtable on the Drug Use Crisis in Nigeria. We are here to wake the nation to the insidious threat of drug abuse, which has, for too long, been the unacknowledged enemy within for us as Nigerians. The time has come to look that enemy in the face and say – Enough. And by your standing up to be counted at

PROTOCOL. 1.Good morning to all distinguished guests and participants here at this very important National Workshop On War Against Abuse of Women and Children In Nigeria. No doubt, everyone present recognises the need to do something about the escalating incidents of abuse against women and children in our society. That is why you are all here; and I feel honoured to number among you. 2.I would like to thank the Wife of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Her Excellency, Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari,

PROTOCOL. 1.It is my pleasure to be at this maiden edition of the AFF Conference in Nigeria, hosted by the Africa FinTech Foundry (AFF) and supported by Access Bank as well as other stellar names in the industry, including IBM and Microsoft. My sincere thanks to the organisers for inviting me. I believe it is important to identify with the AFF Disrupt Conference 2017 – which is the title of this edition – for its laudable objective of accelerating the growth of FinTech start-ups in

PROTOCOL. 1.My Distinguished Colleagues, it is wonderful to be in Katsina, the Home of Hospitality itself. I feel very welcome indeed, and it is particularly gratifying that the Northern Senators Forum Retreat is taking place in this historic city, a seat of leadership in Nigeria for centuries, as we come together to lay the groundwork for a more viable future for this region, and Nigeria as a whole. 2.My sincere gratitude to Your Eminence, Your Excellencies, Your Royal Majesties and Highnesses who have made it a

PROTOCOL. 1.Good morning and a warm welcome to you all. I wish to thank my Distinguished Colleagues, Honourable Ministers and Heads of Departments and Agencies, our civil society partners, our international partners, and members of the general public joining us at this all important forum. 2.Today’s Special Public Hearing on Youth Development and Empowerment has been a long time coming, and is intended to focus attention on job creation and entrepreneurship. It is a follow-up on, as well as an expansion of, the Youth Development Roundtable