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National Assembly begins public hearing on Constitutional amendments – Speaker Abbass

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By El-Yakub Dabai, Birnin Kebbi

The Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Abbass Tajudeen, has called on Governor Nasir Idris of Kebbi State to use the opportunity of the forthcoming constitutional amendments to take a stand on the creation of state police due to the rising security challenges in the nation.

Abbas made the call in Birnin Kebbi on Tuesday during the 14th combined convocation of Waziri Umaru Federal Polytechnic held for the first time since 2017 to award Diplomas and Higher National Diplomas as well as Nigeria Certificate of Education to 4, 888 graduands of the Institution.

The Speaker who was a guest at the occasion also urged traditional rulers in the state to brace up for the upcoming constitutional amendments which would give them opportunity to seek for a defined role for them as royal fathers in the country to enable them discharge their duties diligently besides providing opportunities for participation in governance.

Speaker Abbass

The speaker, explained that the essence of the constitutional amendments was to re-engineer the only supreme law book in Nigeria which was gradually becoming mundane due to growing needs to add and subtract many things to ensure fairness for all Nigerians.

Speaking about the convocation, he tasked the graduands of the Polytechnic to use the knowledge acquired from the Institution to become self reliant not roam the streets in search of jobs because they were practically equipped with skills to become employers of labour not job seekers.

The Minister of State for Education, Yusuf Tanko Sununu, reiterated the commitment of the Federal Government in wiping out the menace of out-of-school children in the country through sustained support to schools nationwide, pointing out that his Ministry would construct an e- library and ultra modern students hostel for the Waziri Umaru federal Polytechnic.

Earlier, in his speech, the Rector of the Polytechnic, Dr Usman Abubakar Tunga, while thanking Governor Idris for his support to the institution also commended several educational support parastatals of the Federal Government for their unwavering financial support that made the institution record the milestone achievements being celebrated at the occasion.

The convocation also featured the conferment of fellowship of the Polytechnic to Governor Idris, Abdul Samad, CEO BUA Cement and the late Emir of Gwandu, Haruna Rasheed got his own posthumously.

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