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Rep objects inclusion in pro-Jonathan’s advert

A member of the House of Representatives from Nasarawa State, Mohammed Ogoshi Onawo, on Wednesday denied being part of those who congratulated President Goodluck Jonathan on the celebration of Nigeria’s 53rd Independence.

A national daily (not Daily Trust) had on Tuesday, October 1 published a full-page advert in which 140 PDP members in the House purportedly congratulated President Jonathan on Nigeria’s 53rd Independence anniversary.
Onawo who represents Awe/Doma/Keana Federal Constituency also denied being part of those who were purportedly paid the sum of $25,000 recently to destabilize the leadership of the House.
The lawmaker who spoke at the House chamber during plenary said he was not contacted for any such advert nor did he collect any amount for any purpose.
Onawo also expressed displeasure that the advert caused him a lot of embarrassment with a number of his constituents calling him to ask if he had been given the $25,000. He maintained that of the 140 members whose names appeared on the advert, 22 have so far denied any knowledge.
“It was insinuated that all those whose names appeared on that advert were paid $25,000. I make it clear that I don’t know anything about the advert and the money. My name is Mohammed Ogoshi Onawo, but they wrote Mohammed J. Onawo, and I’m the only Onawo in this House; that is why I have to raise my concern,” he said.

Last Updated on Saturday, 05 October 2013 21:38

Culled from National suger development council

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The Southern Region Sensitization Workshop on Nigerian Sugar Master Plan for Stakeholders in the Sugar Sub-Sector organized by the National Sugar Development Council (NSDC) was held at Premier Hotel, Mokola Hill, Ibadan Oyo State, on Tuesday, 26th February, 2013. The theme of the one day workshop is: “Stimulating Investment in the Sugar sub-sector: Nigerian Sugar Master Plan (NSMP) as Strategic Tool”.

The Chairman of the occasion was Honourable Mohammed Ogoshi Onawo, Chairman, House Committee on Industries, National Assembly Complex, Abuja, while the Special Guest of Honour was Honourable Adeola Akande, Chief of Staff to the Executive Governor, Oyo State, who was ably represented by Mr. Peter Odetomi, Hon, Commissioner of Agriculture and Rural Development, Oyo State.  The Keynote Address Titled: “Key Elements of the Nigerian Sugar Master Plan” was delivered by Dr. Abdulatif D. Busari, Executive Secretary, National Sugar Development Council, Abuja.


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Reps Frown At 26% Capital Vote Release To SON
« on: September 26, 2013, 08:22:23 AM »

The House of Representatives Committee on Industry yesterday  expressed dissatisfaction with the 26% capital expenditure release to the Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) as at August 2013.

Chairman of the Committee Rep Mohammed Ogoshi Onawo made this known while reacting to the presentation of the Director General of SON, Dr Joseph Ikemefuna Odumodu, when the committee visited the head office of the organization in Abuja on an oversight function.
Daily Trust gathered that out of the  N54 million  appropriated for capital projects for the organization, only N14 million  has been accessed whereas 87% of the overhead expenditure has been accessed.
The house committee also lamented the inadequate staff strength of the organization currently put at 1300 noting that the organization is grossly understaffed to execute its core mandate of enforcing the highest possible standard of products in the Nigeria
Hon Onawo also charged SON to beam its searchlight on the quality of cement in the country, the quality of fuel dispensed in the various filling station to curb adulteration that have resulted in loss of lives.
Other products recommended for close evaluation is the quality of power generating sets to curb excessive noise and smoke that are not environmentally friendly.
The committee also hinted at a bill to provide for stiffer penalty for substandard goods and confer  SON with more powers to enforce the law.
Dr Odumodu had earlier pleaded for more support from the legislators to tackle particularly importers and organized marketers who often put up strong  resistance to SON’s concerted effort at ridding the market of fake products, nothing that these groups even threaten to shutdown the market to incite public outcry against SON.

The committee is expected to continue its oversight to  the ultramodern laboratory of the SON undergoing construction in Lagos state before the week runs out.

Last Updated on Friday, 27 September 2013 22:34

culled from the nation news paper

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ITF needs N112b for training facilities’ upgrade

THE Industrial Training Fund (ITF) needs $740million (N112billion) to upgrade its facilities and build new training centres nationwide, its Director-General, Prof Longmas Wapmuk, has said.

Wapmuk, who spoke when members of the National Assembly House Committee on Industry visited ITF’s Industrial Skills Training Centre, Ikeja said the figure was an estimate by a technical partner in Brazil.

He said Fund was seeking the cooperation of SENAI (Servico National de Aprendizagem Industrial), a similar institution in Brazil, adding that ITF was looking forward to receiving experts from Brazil in a fortnight.

He said SENAI was expected to help Nigeria achieve a similar feat it recorded in Brazil and should give the organisation the exact amount to complete the work after its assessment of ITF’s facilities.


Last Updated on Friday, 27 September 2013 22:30

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