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

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

The Senate yesterday condemned what it called "the draconian fashion" in latest news in naija today which the DSS invaded the dwellings of the judges and arrested them.

Enacting a motion raised via issue of urgent national importance 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 their responsibilities.

The Senate says that the DSS went beyond its bounds when it purportedly 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 act of breaking into the homes of judicial officers at night 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.

Ruling on the prayers of the motion, Abubakar Bukola Saraki, Senate President, said The National Assembly is playing its part to support the government. We must ensure that this fight is within the rule of law, any act of anti-corruption that goes against the rule of law will not help the corruption fight. For this reason this activity has been seen in this mode and is condemned by the Senate. All agencies of government must ensure that they act within the rule of law."

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 an opportunity to defend the action to the AGF and the DSS.

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 individuals for reasons outside the general obligations of the DSS as prescribed by the National Securities Act, since May 29, 2013 and report back to members within six weeks.

But Alabi Mojeed Olujinmi fought to prevent his colleagues from acting on the matter, arguing that based on the principle of separation of powers, the security agency is to interrogate anyone.

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

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

Gowon warned the scenario, if mishandled, could be a danger to democracy. He advised government to take action to make sure that it doesn't do further damage.

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

Gowon said: "It is a serious matter that judges could be arrested. Legally, you CAn't just detain anybody outside regulations, there should have now been an appropriate method of doing it."

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

11 economical recession bills will be passed by end of 2016, says Saraki

President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday stated that the 8th Senate would work to satisfy a 2016 deadline for the passage of all the 11 economic-precedence Bills that it has scheduled to undertake 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 beginning of the year, the Senate has worked to fast track the over 40 priority bills recommended by the National Assembly Business Environment Roundtable (NASSBER), an initiative when the Nigerian Economic Summit Group is a major partner.

The Senate President also said that among the strategies the Senate must ensure the passing of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) in this administration, is to break the Bill into distinct sections for easier passage. The Senate President emphasised that Nigeria would generate more earnings from petroleum — setting it on course to come out of the economical downturn.

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

Talking on the ‘Made in Nigeria’ topic of the summit, the organisers were lauded by the Senate President for keying into the Senate’s plan for producing more sales from home-grown companies.

"Before this season, when in the Senate we began the ‘Made in Nigeria’ effort, we knew how significant it was, but even we failed to foresee how much it would go," he said. "To encourage the patronage of our domestic businesses, the Senate has gone as far as amending the act that was procurement to urge departments, government ministries and agencies to key into this initiative."

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

At a question and answer section of the dialouge, Saraki also promised the Senate would analyze Nigeria’s multiple taxation laws of businesses, when it considers the 2017 Appropriation Bill — stating that it was time that Nigeria improved its revenue producing systems.

"What we need to do is to improve our corporate taxation system," he said, "The Senate will be examining the different options so that we can reinforce the tax value chain for achieving this in the 2017 budget cycle. We'll also review other places 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.

According to a statement by the Army spokesman, Col. Sani Usman in Abuja on Tuesday, the troops killed the defendants 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 event happened at Sabon Kura hamlet in Ningi Local Government Region of the state.

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

Why set telephony services are dropping in Nigeria

Restoring fixed telephony services in the state stays hard going by the present challenges in the sub-sector. The fixed telephony services marketplace comprises institutions supplying voice services through physical media including wire or fibre optic cable rather than wireless transmission. These services will also be referred to as landline or dedicated line services.

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

Danbatta attributed the continuing decline of fixed line telephony on absolute neglect by the telecoms operators and subscribers. He noted 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 has abruptly been discounted for cellular digital telephony.

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

Danbatta alleged that operators had been invited by the commission, many times, notably those currently offering the service on how it can be enhanced in the country for a meeting, but none of them showed up. "We have invited the service providers to discuss how we can animate the sub-sector, but that invitation continues to be waiting to be honoured by them," he said.

According to him, the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development put 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 arrived, most nations never dropped their analogue technology, but made both to run side by side. "But we discovered 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 fixed telephony has workable possibilities of flourishing in Nigeria. We have the market. So as many investors which are prepared, the NCC is open for dialogue and partnership."

But one of the operators, who spoke to The Guardian anonymously, said they failed to receive any letter of invitation for talk on restoring fixed telephony in the nation.

The landline may not necessarily prosper even with new policies because of several bureaucratic bottlenecks, especially from state governments, as it pertains to getting the right of way approval. They see telecoms operators as ‘cash cow’, so they're prepared to charge us anyway and where's the money now?"

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

"Telecoms operators will remain the principal investors in fiber networks to extend high speed rigid broadband services to business customers and wealthy urban and suburban neighbourhoods ," he said.

Truly, fixed telephony services in Nigeria 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 staying

But while there are challenges, especially with the dominance of the Global System for Mobile (GSM) Communicating, The Guardian investigations show that four telecommunications firms are now keeping the operations alive, 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.

Figures from the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) show that 21st Century has the biggest market share with 83 per cent penetration. The other three operators are in a far distance, 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.

While Nigeria struggles to remain afloat, The Guardian findings demonstrated that in other parts of Africa, such as for instance South Africa and Kenya, where adoptions have already been between low and high speeds, both government and private players are engaging one another to animate it.



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