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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

PROTOCOL. 1. It gives me great pleasure to be at the Inauguration of the 4th Session of the Nigerian Youth Parliament organised by the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development in collaboration with the National Assembly. I welcome all youth representatives as well as stakeholders present to this laudable initiative. I must commend the organising committee of the Nigerian Youth Parliament and the Speaker of this 4th session for staying the course in ensuring the continuous relevance and realisation of the vision and mission of this

PROTOCOL. 1. I welcome you all to this One Day Public Hearing on a Bill for an Act to Provide for the Establishment of the Federal Capital Territory Health Insurance Agency, which would institute the Federal Capital Territory Health Insurance Scheme FCT residents. 2. My sincere thanks to the Chairman of the Senate Committee on health, Distinguished Senator Dr. Olanrewaju Tejuoso for inviting me to declare open this important Public Hearing organised for the further consideration of the Federal Capital Territory Health Insurance Scheme Bill 2018. 3. Let me, once

PROTOCOL. 1.It is my pleasure to be here with you all today. My warmest greetings to the Northern youth representatives here present, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), representatives from Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), International partners, Northern community leaders and all participants gathered for this 2nd edition of the Northern Youth Leadership summit. 2.Let me start by saying that I truly appreciate the clamour for youth initiative, awareness, inclusion and empowerment in the Nigerian polity. This, without a doubt, is helping us to lay the necessary foundation

PROTOCOL. 1.I have the distinct pleasure of welcoming you all to this two-day Public Hearing organised for us by the Ad Hoc Committee on Accommodation, Logistics, Feeding Etc. Onshore and Offshore of Nigerian Pilgrims. The purpose of this Public Hearing is to deliberate and take a wide range of views on the Accommodation, Logistic, Feeding Offshore and Onshore of our Pilgrims to the holy land. 2.As we have just entered a new year and as a religious country, many Nigerians will be turning their minds to

PROTOCOL. 1. I am delighted to be here for the commissioning of new and crucial radio equipment acquired for Nigeria by the Federal Ministry of Communications. I congratulate the Honourable Minister of Communications, Dr. Abdur-Raheem Adebayo Shittu for bringing to fruition the procurement of these much needed 21st century equipment, once a statement of intent in the 2017 Appropriation, and the successful completion of which has brought us all here today.    2. This commissioning event is significant for many reasons, not least a remarkable advancement in our communications

PROTOCOL. 1. I am pleased to be at this Flag Off of the Campaign Against Drug Abuse by Nigerian Youths. I am grateful to my colleagues in the House of Representatives especially the Chairman of the Committee on Narcotic Drugs, Hon. Eucharia O. Azodo, for this important initiative. Indeed, commendation goes to the entire members of the Committee charged with looking into this issue - for the work they are doing; and for organising this event as part of the national fight against of drug abuse. 2. The

PROTOCOL. 1. It is my pleasure to declare open this Public Hearing organised by the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND. I would like to express my appreciation to the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Barau I. Jibrin – and to the entire members of the Committee - for all the work they have done on the Bills being looked at today, and for organising this Public Hearing for that purpose. 2. I welcome all stakeholders in the education sector, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs)

PROTOCOL. 1. I am honoured to be at the 8th Anniversary Lecture and Awards Ceremony of the Nigerian NewsDirect Newspapers being held here today in Nigeria’s Centre of Excellence, Lagos. I commend the Chairperson of this occasion, Mr. Muda Yusuf, Director General of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), for his efforts in recognising outstanding individuals who are working to reposition Nigeria as the giant of Africa. 2. I wish to thank the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the Nigerian NewsDirect, Prince (Dr.) Samuel Ibiyemi, for inviting me