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Published On: Thu, Apr 12th, 2018

…As Reps vow to consider NGOs bill in honor of Jibrin

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By Christiana Ekpa

Member of the House of Representatives also, yesterday, took turns to extol the virtues and legacies of their fallen colleague, Hon. Buba Jibrin.
This was even as the lawmakers said, they may consider the Non Governmental Organizations (NGOs) bill which was instituted by late Jibrin as a mark of honor to him.
The lawmakers had upon resumption of plenary on Tuesday adjourned in his honor and slated Wednesday for tributes.
Late Buba Jibrin died 30th of last month after a brief illness, when the House was on Easter holiday.
Until his demise, the three terms lawmaker who hitherto represented the Lokoja/Kotonkarifi federal constituency of Kogi State was the Deputy Majority Leader of the House.
Before joining national politics, Jubrin had also served as the Speaker of Kogi State House of Assembly.
Amid other legislative functions he performed at the House, Jibrin famous with his bill on the Nongovernmental Organizations, NGOs, which later became a controversial issue with churches and mosques alleging a clampdown on them via taxations.
Paying tribute at a valedictory session in honour of the deceased, the Speaker of the House, Hon. Yakubu Dogara described Jubrin as a man of relentless vision.
“He was a man of relentless vision. His passion of courage drove him to adopt principles position in issues. One area he stood his ground was on the Billi on NGOs he sponsored on the floor of the house. I had appealed to him to reconsider his position on the bill in view of the appeals from diverse organization”, Dogara said.
The Speaker particularly lamented the news of unfortunate incident of deaths that had greeted the 8th Assembly, praying God to intervene.
“It is unfortunate that in this particular assembly, we have had to bury a lot of members. It has never happened in the history of legislature in Nigeria. It is our sincere prayers that God will stay the hands of death upon this institution.
“But as it is , these are wonderful people, exceptional legislators from the tributes that flooded the House and I believe on the floor of the Senate as well, you can attest to the fact that these are quite impactful individuals who impacted the lives of their constituents.”
Also in their respective tributes, the Deputy Speaker and Majority Leader of the House, Hons. Yusuf Lasun and Femi Gbajabiamila hailed the worthy contributions of Jubrin.
For Gbajabiamila, the seat occupied by his deputy would remain empty even though it might be reoccupied in the nearest future.
“Today we gather to say goodbye. I have heard a lot of anecdotes this afternoon. We are celebrating and mourning a legislator for the people and by the people. This seat right here next to me, it may be filled physically may be in the nearest future but this seat is gonna remain empty for me,” Gbaja said.
Among a host of lawmakers who also spoke at the session included Hons Mohammed Monguno (Borno), Nnenna Ukaeje (Abia), Nicholas Ossai (Delta), Chike Okafor( Imo), Tajudeen Yusuf (Kogi) and Sani Abdul (Bauchi).

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