- Bulus Amos, a Nigerian senator representing Gombe approves the appointment of 118 constituency aides from across the forty wards in his senatorial district
- The senator explains that the appointment of the large number of aides is part of his empowerment drive aimed at reducing joblessness, youth restiveness, thuggery, and other social vices
- Amos notes that the 118 appointees comprised two personal assistants drawn from each ward and another 38 special assistants
Bulus Amos, a Nigerian senator representing Gombe South senatorial district has disclosed that he has approved the appointment of 118 constituency aides from across the forty wards in his senatorial district.
The senator made the disclosure in a statement through his spokesperson, Abdul Lauya, on Thursday, February 6, Premium Times reports.
The senator explained that the appointment of the large number of aides was part of his empowerment drive aimed at reducing joblessness, youth restiveness, thuggery and other social vices.
The lawmaker said the 118 appointees comprised two personal assistants drawn from each ward and another 38 special assistants.
Amos stated that the appointees serving as personal assistants are to serve as links between the lawmaker and the grassroots.
He said those holding positions as special assistants would represent various special interests including women, youth, students, physically challenged and the aged through the constituency office in Bambam.
Meanwhile, the speaker of Nigerian House of Reps Femi Gbajabiamila and the chairman committee on defence, Babajimi Benson, have stated their worry that foreign government is backing insurgency in the country.
According to The Nation, this was disclosed after the lawmakers had a meeting with security chiefs on Wednesday, February 5, following the growing concerns of insecurity in Nigeria.
The House of Reps speaker who confirmed that the conspiracy theory was discussed during the meeting urged the service chiefs to double up their efforts in the fight against insurgency.
The speaker while urging the security chiefs to be proactive because Nigerians were anxious to see peace suggested that the security chiefs think outside the box for practical and effective ways of curbing the killings.
In another report, the federal government has sought the approval of the Nigerian Senate for concessionary external borrowing of $22.8 billion through the minister of finance and national planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed.
The minister appeared before the Senate committee on local and foreign debts on Tuesday, February 4.
She said the loan sought for was segmented into seven concessionary loans from multilateral institutions, adding that it was part of the 2016 to 2018 external borrowing plan.
According to her, it was designed to enhance the productivity of the economy via the development of roads, railway lines, electricity projects, agriculture among other sectors.
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