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December 2018

PROTOCOL. 1. I am delighted to be at the 2018 Zuma Film Festival. It is always a pleasure to mingle and interact with members of the Nigerian creative industry, especially as these are the people doing the utmost to burnish the image of Nigeria internationally. I am very happy to be here; and I thank Dr. Chidia Maduekwe, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Film Corporation (NFC), for inviting me. 2. The critical role of the creative industry in the Nigerian economy is hardly a

PROTOCOL. 1.    I am delighted to be at this 2nd Session of the African Union Sports Council (Region 2) Ministers Meeting which brings together Ministers from the entire West African sub-region. On behalf of the entire members of the Nigerian National Assembly, I warmly welcome visiting Sports Ministers to our serene capital city, Abuja. 2.   I would like to thank the Honourable Minister for Youth and Sport Development, Solomon Dalong, for the considerable work that has gone into hosting this very second ministerial conference meeting designed to bring more

PROTOCOL. 1. I am very pleased to be in this auspicious gathering organised to invite the participation of the Diaspora in addressing issues pertinent to the development of our country. I am impressed with the array of stakeholders from the international community, including our international partners here present. This spread affirms a growing interest in home affairs, as it underscores a real need to get our economy working for all. 2. The economy is one sector that is multi-pronged, with deep-rooted impact on the lives and activities of

PROTOCOL. 1. I am honoured to be at the 10th Year Memorial Activities for the Late Senator (Chief) Evan Enwerem Esq., Former President of the Senate and first to hold the office in the extant Fourth Republic. I consider it a rare privilege to serve as Chairman of this memorial event in honour of a great parliamentarian. I wish to express my gratitude to Chief (Mrs.) Vivienne Enwerem, the dutiful Wife of the former President of the Senate and matriarch of the family, for her kind invitation

PROTOCOL. 1. It is a pleasure to be at the first West African Regional Workshop on the Role of African Parliamentarians in the Implementation of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. We are most happy to welcome the delegates, fellow parliamentarians from across Africa, to this maiden edition of the West Africa Regional Workshop holding here in Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja.   2. I must commend the joint effort of the Federal Government of Nigeria, ECOWAS, African Development Bank, Climate Parliament and the Nigerian Chapter of the Global Legislators for

PROTOCOL. 1. It is a pleasure to be at the maiden edition of the Nigerian Airforce International Air Power Seminar 2018. The Nigerian Air Force, one of our foremost security institutions, continues to work tirelessly to preserve the fundamental rights of all Nigerians, particularly the protection of life and property. I commend the organisers of this 3-Day event, which is so needed, given the security situation in our country at this time.   2. Intended as a dialogue between various stakeholders on improving the architecture of the Nigerian

PROTOCOL. 1. It is an honour and a privilege to stand before you today as Chairman of this auspicious occasion, which is the 7th Zik Lecture of the Annual Zik Series, holding here at the eponymous institution of higher learning named for the foremost nationalist and first President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the immortal Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, GCFR, the one and only Zik of Africa. 2. I thank my distinguished friend, Sen. High Chief (Dr.) Ben Ndi Obi, CON, for the kind invitation extended to me to

PROTOCOL. 1. I am delighted to be part of this gathering of talented young people at this year’s National Youth Convention organised by the National Progressive Youth Forum of Nigeria (NPYFN). Many of you will be aware of my dedication and passion for youth empowerment and the involvement of Nigerian youth in every aspect of the Nigerian economy. It gives me great pleasure, therefore, to address you all today. 2. Let me take this opportunity to commend the organisers and partners of this event; and to thank the National

PROTOCOL. 1. It gives me great pleasure to be at this important event to not only declare it open but also join in the discourse of an issue with strong bearing on our polity and democratic journey. I would like to commend our ever-engaged publishing entity here in the Parliament, the National Assembly Legislative Digest, for organising this forum; and for their dependable and robust reportage, promotion and dissemination of the activities of the legislature. 2. This is why the theme of this seminar ‘The Law and Political

PROTOCOL. 1. It has been a special privilege to participate in this great gathering of the 73rd Executive Session and Conference of Speakers of the African Parliamentary Union hosted by Nigeria. 2. On behalf of the Executive members of the National Assembly, I thank you all for coming to Nigeria for these meetings, and for championing so strongly the cause of Africa. The sessions have been highly constructive, the knowledge and expertise have been impactful, and the dedication and commitment of the delegates have been inspiring. 3. As we bring this