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June 2019

PROTOCOL. 1. Distinguished colleagues, as we come to the final plenary and the last few days of the eighth Senate, it is a victory in itself that we are seeing the journey to its momentous end. That I am here today, that you are here today, is a victory for democracy. It is a testament to what people can do when they come together for the greater good. This is also one of those occasions when the Supreme Creator reminds us, once again, that power does

PROTOCOL. 1. It is with great pleasure that I welcome you all to this Public Hearing organized by the Senate Committee on Science and Technology and the Senate Committee on Petroleum Resources (Upstream) for the consideration of the Nuclear Safety and Radiation Protection Act No. 19 of 1995 (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill 2019 (SB.695). 2. Ensuring the safety of nuclear energy generation activities, as well as the protection of citizens worldwide, is of the utmost priority to leaders in our world today. Nuclear disasters such as Chernobyl in

PROTOCOL. 1. It is indeed a pleasure to join our great international partners the European Union in celebrating the 2019 Europe Day, which is held annually in commemoration of the Schuman Declaration, whose spirit of democracy and development through cooperation has brought us all together here tonight. 2. My warm greetings and gratitude to Ambassador Ketil Karlsen, Head of the EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, for my invitation to this event which, I note, is co-hosted by all 20 EU Members States in Nigeria. It is really

PROTOCOL. It is my pleasure to attend the Opening Ceremony of the conference marking the 2019 World Press Freedom Day organised by the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) and the European Union’s Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (RoLAC) Programme. I thank Mr. Dapo Olorunyomi, Chief Executive of PTCIJ, for the kind invitation extended to me to be at this event, the theme of which – ‘Press Freedom in Nigeria — the Rule of Law, Media and Violent Extremism’- remains a pertinent one for all

PROTOCOL. 1.   It gives me great pleasure to be at this Farewell Dinner for Governors being held as an opener to the Nigeria Governors’ Forum: Induction for Governors, a three-day event that has its grand commencement here tonight.   2. It is always a hugely gratifying time spent with esteemed former and present Governors as we come together to honour the work of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) – a body concerning which one has had the rare and unique privilege to make one’s own humble contributions

PROTOCOL. 1. I welcome you all to this Public Hearing organised by the Senate Committee on Police Affairs for the further consideration of the Nigeria Police Academy (Establishment, Etc.) Bill 2018 (SB 270). 2. I thank the entire members of the Committee under the able Chairman, Distinguished Senator Tijjani Y. Kaura, for the work they have put into the proposed law to see us to this stage; and for organising this Public Hearing to enable us take on a broad range of stakeholder views on the provisions of

PROTOCOL. 1. It is a pleasure to welcome you all to this Opening Dinner for the Senators-Elect and Members-Elect of the 9th National Assembly. Let me congratulate all the newly elected lawmakers who won the mandate to represent their constituents in the federal legislature. This is a worthy achievement. I wish each and every one of you a successful tenure. 2. As we all know, the legislature is the bedrock of democracy and the closest arm of government to the people. Legislators are held in a position of trust

PROTOCOL. 1. It is a special pleasure to be at the maiden edition of the Body of Benchers Award, which affords one the opportunity to be in the charmed circle of the brightest legal minds in our country today, albeit for only a few hours. This occasion is an affirmation of the honour and pride that reside in the Benchers, no matter the prevailing atmosphere. It is heartening to see esteemed and unbowed members of the Body of Benchers here tonight in celebration of that inviolable

PROTOCOL. 1. It is my pleasure to welcome you all to the Public Hearing on the 2019 Budget proposal, which was presented to the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, on the 19th of December, 2017. 2. As many of you will know, we have in the 8th Senate laid a precedence that emphasises citizens’ engagements in matters of national interests, particularly those that directly affect their aspirations and wellbeing. We believe that the citizens are major stakeholders in nation-building, and we have, therefore, since the inaugural edition, resolved

PROTOCOL. 1. I am pleased to be at the Nollywood Economic Outlook (NEO) 2019, which focuses on current global realities, trends, creating the right policies, recommendations and the future of Nigeria. I commend the organisers, The Nollywood Mandate, for putting together this important programme at this crucial time. I also wish to express my gratitude to Dr. Don Pedro Aganbi, President of The Nollywood Mandate and NEO, for my invitation to this event and the opportunity to deliver the Keynote Address. 2. To begin with, I must admit