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Senate moves to amend DSS Act, Representatives summon AGF, Daura

As more criticisms trail the arrest of some judges, the Senate has resolved to amend the laws that establish some security outfits in the country, including the Department of State Services (DSS).

The Senate yesterday condemned what it called "the draconian way" in which the DSS invaded the residences of the judges and arrested them.

In the House of Representatives yesterday, the lawmakers agreed to invite the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister for Justice, Abubakar Malami and the Director General of DSS, Lawal Musa Daura over the arrest of the judges. The summons is to give the DSS and the AGF an opportunity to defend the action.

Considering a matter of pressing national significance raised by Kingsley Chinda, the lawmakers also concluded to set up an ad hoc committee to investigate all cases of invasion of property and arrest of persons for reasons outside the general responsibilities of the DSS as prescribed by the National Securities Act, since May 29, 2013 and report back to members within six weeks.

But from acting on the issue, claiming that based on the principle of separation of powers, the security agency is to interrogate anyone accused of corrupt practices Alabi Mojeed Olujinmi fought in vain to prevent his co-workers.

Amid protests by some members against the consideration and adoption of the matter, it was subjected by Speaker of the House Yakubu Dogara to voice vote, in which those who favoured naija latest news 24 the consideration carried.

Also yesterday, former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon expressed concern over the arrest of the allegedly corrupt judges and encouraged the government to give directives to the operatives not to go outside the laws of the land.

Gowon warned the situation, if mishandled, could be a threat to democracy. He advised authorities to do something to make sure it doesn't do additional harm.

The opinion was made by the elder statesman in Abuja while briefing journalists on the forthcoming 20th anniversary of the Nigeria Prays billed for October 15, 2016 Abuja, at the National Christian Centre.

Gowon said: "It is a serious thing that judges could be arrested. For legal reasons, you CAn't simply arrest anybody outside regulations, there should have been a suitable means of doing it."

Adopting a motion raised via matter of pressing national significance by Joshua Ledani (PDP, Gombe State), the Senate encouraged President Muhammadu Buhari to call all security agencies to order to observe the rule of law in the discharge of the obligations.

The Senate says that the DSS went beyond its bounds when it allegedly usurped the powers of the National Judicial Council (NJC) which has the statutory powers of managing issues of misconduct and indiscipline against judicial officers.

The upper chamber noted that the action of breaking into the dwellings of judicial officers at nighttime with chisel and hammer has worsened the image of Nigeria among the comity of nations. It pointed out that turning the law down to fight with corruption is an action of corruption by itself.

Opinion on the prayers of the motion, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, Senate President, said The National Assembly has been playing its role to support the government. We must ensure this fight is within the rule of law, any action of anti-corruption that goes against the rule of law does not help the corruption fight. That is why this activity was seen in this fashion and is condemned by the Senate. All agencies of government must ensure they act within the rule of law

President Muhammadu Buhari has sent the names of Justices Sidi Dauda Bage from Nasarawa State and Paul Adamu Galinje from Taraba State to the Senate for confirmation.

11 economical downturn bills will be passed by end of naija news today 2016, says Saraki

President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday stated that the 8th Senate would work to fulfill a 2016 deadline for the passage of all the 11 economical-priority Bills that it has scheduled to handle the economic recession.

A press statement issued from your media office of the Senate President stated that at a dialogue at the 22nd Edition of the Nigerian Economic Summit in Abuja, Saraki said since the start of the year, the Senate has worked to fast track the over 40 priority bills advocated by the National Assembly Business Environment Roundtable (NASSBER), an initiative at which Nigerian Economic Summit Group is a significant associate.

The Senate President also said that among the strategies the Senate has to ensure the passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) in this administration, is always to break the Bill into different sections for easier passing. The Senate President emphasised that Nigeria would create more revenue from petroleum — setting it on track to come out of the economic downturn.

" By focusing more out outcomes, rather than procedures," Saraki said, "The Nigerian Senate has not been unable to pass 20 Bills for Final Reading in two weeks."

Speaking on the the Senate President lauded the organisers for keying into the Senate’s plan for producing more revenue from home-grown businesses.

"Earlier this season, when in the Senate the ‘Made in Nigeria’ campaign was began by us, we knew how significant it was, but even we failed to foresee how far it would go he said. "To encourage the patronage of our domestic companies, the Senate has gone as far as amending the procurement act to encourage departments, government ministries and bureaus to key into this initiative."

"It is our expectation that Nigerian companies can begin to benefit from the finished N2 trillion naira in government expense in the 2016 budget, " he continued , that we can reduce the demand while simultaneously fostering our IGR."

At a question-and-answer section of the dialouge, Saraki also guaranteed the Senate would analyze Nigeria’s multiple taxation laws of companies, when it considers the 2017 Appropriation Bill — saying that it was time that its sales producing systems were improved by Nigeria.

"What we need to do is to enhance our corporate taxation system he said, "The Senate will be examining different alternatives for achieving this in the 2017 budget cycle in order that we can strengthen the tax value chain. We will also review other areas like the customs duties."

Troops kill suspected kidnappers

Troops of 33 Brigade Forward Operations Base, Burra in Bauchi State killed four suspected kidnappers on Monday.

Based on a statement by the Army spokesman, Col. Sani Usman in Abuja on Tuesday, the troops killed the suspects after they laid ambush for them following a tip off.

The kidnappers were said to be on their way. Them engaged and after exchange of gunfire, four kidnappers were confirmed dead.

The episode happened at Sabon Kura hamlet in Ningi Local Government Area of the state.

Three handsets, one cutlass, three Dane guns, some amount of hard drugs, and local appeals were recovered from them.

Why set telephony services are declining in Nigeria

Renovating fixed telephony services in the country stays challenging going by the present challenges in the sub-sector. The fixed telephony services marketplace comprises establishments providing voice services through physical media including wire or fibre optic cable instead of wireless transmission. These services are also known as landline or dedicated line services.

Indeed, fixed telephony services in the last 10 years have kept up a profile that was down, moving as at August 2016. active from about five million to 349,185 with just 161,742 lines remaining

But while there are challenges, especially with the dominance of the Global System for Mobile (GSM) Communicating, The Guardian investigations show that four telecommunications businesses are currently keeping the businesses living, though on a low key.

But efforts by the operators, including MTN, Globacom, IpNX and 21st Century, have only managed to set fixed telephony penetration at 0.1 per cent in the country. The GSM technology has 99.5 per cent, while the Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) operation has 0.4 per cent.

Statistics in the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) demonstrate that 21st Century has the biggest market share with 83 per cent penetration. One other three operators are in a far space, with Globacom in the second position having nine per cent market share, followed by MTN with six per cent and ipNX services with two per cent.

Worried about the ongoing decline of fixed line subscription in the nation, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, stressed the need for the nation to revitalise the service, saying that it should be a complementary telecommunication service to cellular telephony.

Danbatta attributed the continuing decline of fixed line telephony on total neglect by the telecoms operators and subscribers. He observed that before the arrival of digital technology in 2001, which ushered in GSM, Nigerians were using fixed line telephony, whose operator was majorly the Nigerian Telecommunications Limited (NITEL), but "it's suddenly been ignored for mobile digital telephony.

"In developed nations of the world, cellular telephony runs side by side with fixed line telephony and I see no motive Nigerians had to dump fixed line for cellular telephony."

Danbatta alleged that operators had been invited by many times, the commission, particularly those now offering the service for a meeting on how it can be improved in the country, but none of them showed up. "we've invited the companies to NCC to discuss how we can animate the sub-sector, but that invitation continues to be waiting to be honoured by them," he stated.

According to him, the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development get fixed line penetration rate at 0.01 per cent in Nigeria, whereas other states have better and deeper penetration. He explained that when the digital technology came, their analogue technology was never dropped by most countries, but got both to run side by side. "But we found that it was a different ball game in Nigeria."

According to him, it is not late for Nigeria to revive the sub-sector. "This is an invitation to potential investors that set telephony has feasible likelihood of flourishing in Nigeria. We now have the market. So as many investors that are ready, the NCC is open for partnership and dialogue."

But among the operators, who spoke to The Guardian said on restoring fixed telephony in the nation they did not receive any letter of invitation for discussion www.naija newspapers from NCC.

The landline may not really flourish again, even with new policies because of bureaucratic bottlenecks that are several, particularly from state governments, in regards to getting the right of way acceptance. They see telecoms operators as ‘cash cow’, so they where is the money now and are prepared to charge us anyhow?"

Buttressing the need to keep fixed lines afloat in the nation, Lanre Kolade, the Managing Director of Vodacom, said the development of broadband infrastructure that was fixed remained important, despite the predominance of its cellular counterpart.

"Telecoms operators will stay the principal investors in fiber networks to extend high speed rigid broadband services to enterprise customers and suburban neighbourhoods and affluent urban ," he stated.

While Nigeria fights to stay afloat, The Guardian findings showed that in other parts of Africa, for example Kenya and South Africa, where adoptions have already been between high and low rates, one another is engaging to restore it.

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