Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, says the ongoing constitutional amendments are to address Nigeria’s foundational deficiencies.
Gbajabiamila stated this during a meeting of the conference of presiding officers of Nigerian legislatures in Abuja, describing the legislature as the most important arm of government in any democratic setting.
He therefore called for collaboration between the national assembly and the 36 state houses of assembly to make review of the 1999 constitution successful.
The speaker added that once the national assembly was done with its part, it would forward the constitution review document to the state houses of assembly for their inputs.
Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state has relieved all his special advisers of their appointments.
Acting Secretary to the State Government and Head of Service, Alhaji Kabiru Balarabe, made the disclosure to newsmen in Gusau, the state capital.
Balarabe explained that the decision is meant to allow for an in-depth search of more and competent hands in the administration of the state, irrespective of political affiliations.
He therefore directed all the affected special advisers to hand over affairs of their respective offices and government property under them to their directors general and/or accounting officers, appreciating them for their contributions to the development of the state.
A huge rescue operation is under way in central Japan after a landslide hit the popular resort of Atami, killing two people and leaving 20 others missing.
A statement issued to newsmen revealed that hundreds of rescuers began sweeping the hillside for survivors this morning after a torrent of black mud crashed through the city a day earlier, sweeping away several houses.
A local resident hinted that the mudslide struck late night on Saturday, July 3, plummeting down a mountain in the prefecture of Shizuoka, weaving through the city of Atami towards the sea.
In his reaction, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga put together a taskforce to respond to the disaster and the wider emergency caused by heavy rainfall on the pacific coastline, urging people in the area to remain on alert.