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December 2017

PROTOCOL. 1.I am pleased to be here today for this all-important one-day Parliamentary Conference organised by the National Institute for Legislative Studies (NILS) in collaboration with the ECOWAS Parliament and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). I commend the spirit of collaboration that has led to the organising of this conference, being held under the auspices of the NILS Capacity Building Project (NILS-CAP), which is jointly funded by the National Assembly and the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF). I fully expect that this same

PROTOCOL. 1.It is my pleasure to be at this 7th Annual NLPGA Conference and Exhibition on the theme: ‘National LPG Policy – Running an LPG Economy’. I thank the Governing Council and the entire members of the Nigeria Liquefied Petroleum Gas Association for my invitation. 2.I congratulate the organisers on the theme, which speaks to the present national reckoning in terms of economic focus. For if indeed we are serious about the need to diversify our economy beyond lip service, we must wean our economy off

PROTOCOLS. 1.Good morning, Distinguished Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen. It was in 1985 that the first HIV case was recorded in Nigeria, with the diagnosis of a young girl known as Mary. Since then, we have lost Nigerians of every stripe to the disease - a veritable sea of humanity. And today, our country has the second largest burden of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in the world. One out of every three children born with HIV in the world today is a Nigerian. 2.And yet, only one out

PROTOCOL. 1.It is my pleasure to welcome you all to this Public Hearing by the Senate Committee on Information and National Orientation, on the National Orientation Agency Act Cap N100 LFN 2004 (Amendment) Bill 2017 (SB.333), which seeks to provide a legal framework for the activities of the Global Initiative for Harmony in Nigeria Corps, under the supervision of the Director-General of the National Orientation Agency. 2.Nigeria currently faces a disturbing level of violence, mutual suspicion amongst ethnic groups, hate speeches on the social media and

PROTOCOL. 1.I am very delighted to be at this Special Government Meets Business Dinner and Award Night. My thanks to the Governing Council of the Institute of Directors (IoD) Nigeria for my invitation as Special Guest of Honour and Special Awardee at this occasion. I understand that the award being conferred on my humble self tonight, has actually been on the pedestal since its approval last year. Better late than never, as they say. I thank you for this honour marinated in patience. 2.Just yesterday, I

PROTOCOLS 1.It is a special pleasure to be with you today at the 2017 Excellence in Public Service Awards. I thank the organisers of this event, BusinessDay Media Limited, for inviting me. It is indeed an honour to be addressing you today. Thank you all very much. I also wish to congratulate the organisers on the calibre of eminent persons gathered here this evening, which to my mind speaks volumes as to the integrity and credibility of this event. 2.The commitment of the BusinessDay Media Limited

PROTOCOL. 1.My sincere thanks to the Chairman and members of the Senate Committee on Establishment and Public Service for inviting me as Special Guest of Honour to declare open this Public Hearing on the consideration of five very important Bills, namely: i. Pension Reform Act Cap. P4 LFN, 2004 (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (SB.281);ii. Chartered Polymer Institute of Nigeria Bill, 2017 (SB.396);iii. South East Development Commission Bill, 2017 (SB.303);iv. Council for Facility Management of Nigeria Bill, 2017 (SB.340); andv. Chartered Institute of Directors of Nigeria Bill, 2017

PROTOCOLS. 1.Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my pleasure to be here today for this event marking Nigeria’s 2017 World AIDS Day commemorations, which is taking place under the theme, ‘Right to Health – Making it Happen’. Indeed, it is important to identify and support the fight against the spread of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and to raise awareness about treatment, while supporting and identifying with those living with the condition, even as we remember those we have lost to the disease by adopting the red

PROTOCOL. 1.It is my pleasure to be part of this Strategic Retreat for Members of relevant Committees of the National Assembly on the Progress of Anti-Corruption Bills pending before the National Assembly. This Retreat is even more important now, because of the peculiar position of Nigeria today in the global anti-corruption tapestry. 2.The commitment of His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari towards curtailing the incidences of corruption in our national life is not in doubt. The 8th National Assembly, in providing legislative synergy, made anti-corruption one of

PROTOCOL. 1.I am delighted to be invited as the Special Guest of Honour at this year’s Nigeria Clean Cooking Forum. Some of you will already know that I have been deeply involved, over the years, in advocating for cleaner forms of cooking for Nigerians and Africans as a whole. So, I am indeed happy to be given this opportunity to be a keynote Speaker at this event, for a cause that is very close to my heart. 2.Findings show that Nigerians consume between 1.9kg to 4kg/day/capita