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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

PROTOCOL. 1. I am honoured to be at the Opening of the 73rd Executive Committee Session and the 41st Conference of the African Parliamentary Union (APU). On behalf of the Executive  Members of the National Assembly of Nigeria, I welcome African parliamentarians to Abuja for this gathering of the peoples’ representatives from all over this great continent of ours. 2. Let me thank the APU  for granting the hosting rights of both meetings to Nigeria. I am sure that these events will go down in the annals of the African

PROTOCOL. 1. It is a special honour to host distinguished parliamentarians from all over Africa to this Dinner as part of the 41st Conference of the African Parliamentary Union (APU), which is holding here in Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja. We are delighted to be hosting this year’s Conference as well as the 73rd Executive Committee Session. You might say that we are setting the stage for greater and better cooperation between African parliamentarians for the good of Africa and her peoples. We are very proud of this. 2. Evidently, very

PROTOCOL. 1. I thank the Chairman of the Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND, Distinguished Senator Barau I. Jibrin, for inviting me to this Public Hearing which has been organised for the further consideration of five (5) significant Bills, namely: i. Federal Polytechnic Daura, Katsina State (Establishment, ETC.) Bill, 2018 (SB. 465); ii. Federal University of Education, Aguleri, Anambra State. (Establishment, ETC.) Bill, 2018 (SB. 653); iii. National Institute of Construction Technology and Management, Uromi, Edo State. (Establishment, ETC.) Bill, 2018 (SB. 630); iv. National Board for Technical Education Act (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill,

PROTOCOL. 1. It gives me great pleasure to be among you all at this wonderful occasion, which is the flag-off ceremony for the Rediscover Heritage Bikers Tour, holding here at the Eagle Square, Abuja. 2. I would like to thank the Acting Director-General of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM), Abdulkerim Oshioke Kadiri, CFA, for inviting me to this event. My thanks also to the organisers and partner agencies, First Entertainment Ideas Concepts, the Ministry of Information and Culture and the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS)

PROTOCOL. 1. It is indeed an honour to be part of today’s Convocation Ceremony, which represents a hallmark of a remarkable relationship between the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies and the University of Benin. I am delighted to note that this relationship, which started with the 2013/2014 Academic Session, has blossomed and is considerably expanded under our leadership and direction in the 8th National Assembly. As Chairman of the Institute’s Governing Council, I am pleased to see that NILDS has continued to grow into a

PROTOCOL. 1. Distinguished colleagues, I welcome you all back to this hallowed Chamber after an eventful summer break. I trust the time spent proffering solutions and engaging with constituencies on the electoral options to guide the vision of the next four years has been time well spent. The previously scheduled September resumption date was shifted by two weeks to allow members participate in the primary elections of the various political parties, and to fulfil obligations in that regard. 2. Let me use this opportunity to congratulate all our