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Professor Thuli Madonsela says Parliament needs to step up their game

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Professor Thuli Madonsela

Former Public Protector Professor Thuli Madonsela said on Wednesday that Parliament needed to be more vigilant and monitor what elected leaders are getting up to in the office.

Madonsela was speaking virtually during a DA live broadcast on Wednesday about the State Capture Report released by Justice Raymond Zondo earlier this year. DA leader John Steenhuisen was also in attendance. The broadcast was hosted by DA national spokesperson Siviwe Gwarube.

“I think Parliament is one of the dimensions of the state that did not step up and play its part. I think part of it is the PR, the PR arrangement in which people are loyal to their party, instead of loyal to democracy and their people.

“The second thing is the toxic relationship between parties and Parliament and I think now when we start after the next State of the Nation Address (Sona), I would recommend that leaders in Parliament come together to agree on what is common ground. Do we all believe that corruption is wrong? Do we all believe that there should be consequences for corruption? Steenhuisen shared Madonesela’s remarks relating to Parliament’s poor oversight and said it was because of “its teeth being stripped out” over the years.

“When President Mandela was President of the Republic, we would have President’s questions every two weeks. Oral questions for the President, you would have a thing called interpolation where you would be able to take on a Minister in an unscripted way. Unscripted questions.

“Committees were far more vigilant, but as these oversight mechanisms became uncomfortable for the ANC and for the governing party, they started to pull those teeth out. We then went once a month under President Mbeki to four times a year under President Zuma and President Ramaphosa.

So Parliament is going to have to sit down and ask itself how do we become a more effective watchdog against corruption,” Steenhuisen said.

The State Capture Report was handed over by Judge Zondo to President Ramaphosa on January 4, which Ramaphosa described as a defining moment for the country. The report, which focuses on how state owned entities and structures of government were manipulated for profit, is set to be released in three volumes.

The first volume covered South African Airways and companies associated with it, while volume two deals with the Gupta-owned media company the New Age, among other entities. Other volumes will also focus on the dismantling and manipulation of the South African Revenue Service (Sars).

Source: SABC

In other news – Boity hints at buying a new house

Boity Thulo hints at buying a new house after talking about the stress that comes with it. The rapper is yet to officially announce what she’s doing off the spotlight, as she’s known to be private.

Boity

However, it’s weird that she randomly just spoke about buying a house without buying, hence some fans assumed she’s buying a house that’s why she could tweet about it. Learn more

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Gov Bello grants state pardon to 24 inmates, pays N20m judgement debt

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Niger State Governor, Alh. Abubakar Sani Bello has granted state pardon to 24 inmates and settled fines to the tune of N20 million for 80 others unable to pay their judgement fines. He carried out the exercise under the powers of prerogative of mercy in the state.

The State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Nasara Danmallam made this disclosure in while handing over the affairs of the Ministry of Justice to the permanent secretary in Minna.

According to him, “as a parting gift, Governor Bello has granted pardon to 24 inmates across the state under his powers of prerogative of mercy. Some of them have been on death row whose sentences have been commuted to a few years of prison term”.

Among the beneficiaries, the commissioner explained, were six civil servants convicted of fraud and other related offences and were dismissed from service based on the offences they committed.

Danmallam disclosed, “other beneficiaries of the pardon by Governor Abubakar Sani Bello are six dismissed civil servants who are now reinstated. Those of them who have attained retirement age are now to be retired with full benefits.

“The Governor also spent the sum of N20 million to pay judgement fines for 80 inmates as part of humanitarian gesture to the underprivileged individuals before handing over on Monday ”

The commissioner further stated that so far a total of 115 bills and legal instruments were promulgated into law, while thanking the staff of the ministry for the success recorded under him in the state.

Source:dailypost

In other news – Fear grips residents as insecurity heightens in Owerri zone

The insecurity situation in Imo State is currently on the upswing, as unknown gunmen and kidnappers have taken over most parts of the state. The peaceful Owerri Senatorial district is fastly becoming the latest flashpoint.

Imo State

Orlu and Okigwe zones have experienced severe insecurity which has resulted in at least a thousand murders and the destruction of property worth hundreds of millions of naira since the inception of Senator Hope Uzodinma’s administration three years ago. Learn more

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President Muhammadu Buhari denies meddling in National Assembly’s affairs since 2015

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President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday attributed the successes recorded by his administration to the harmonious relationship between the Executive and the Legislature, as well as refused to meddle with the affairs of the Legislature and promoted instead, a culture of mutual respect and collaboration between the two arms.

Buhari, who disclosed this during the official commissioning of the permanent site of National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS), expressed optimism that the magnificent complex has the potential to significantly boost the capacity of the legislature in Nigeria and Africa at large.

He said: “As you are all aware, I have traversed all parts of Nigeria in the last few days commissioning several critical national infrastructures that my administration has completed over the last eight years. Our successes as a government are primarily due to the harmonious relationship between the Executive and the Legislature.
The legislature is the cornerstone of any democracy and is vital to ensuring that the wishes and aspirations of all Nigerians are considered during the lawmaking process. It also performs critical functions of overseeing the Executive and ensuring that government spending aligns with legislative intent.

“As you are aware, from the moment of my election in 2015 and subsequently, I supported the idea of an independent National Assembly, one that is able to decide its Leadership and develop its agenda in line with the manifesto of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

President Muhammadu Buhari

“I refrained from meddling in the affairs of the legislature and instead promoted a culture of mutual respect and collaboration between the two arms. The numerous positive outcomes for our country Nigeria underscore the importance of a harmonious Executive-Legislature relationship.

“Working with the National Assembly, we have passed an unprecedented number of Bills into law, provided funding for key infrastructure, implemented several governmental reforms, and addressed some of the long-standing challenges that have hampered economic growth and development.

“Our achievements in reforming the oil and gas sector, strengthening the electoral framework, diversifying our economy, improving transparency and accountability, tackling insecurity and entrenching good governance are easily verifiable. As such, this 9th Assembly will be remembered as one of the most productive in terms of outputs and outcomes. Again, I thank the Leadership of the National Assembly for giving me the support required to deliver on my promises to Nigerians.

“Nigeria is immensely endowed in many ways. However, our single greatest asset is the people of this country. Our teeming youth population provides the labour force, we need to industrialise and develop our economy. This underscores the need for a more sustained investment in human capacity development.

“Accordingly, my administration prioritised social investment programmes and a range of other initiatives to reduce poverty, upgrade the standard of living and improve the economy.

“Human capital is the essential lifeblood of a state and its public institutions, including the legislature. The National Assembly and State Houses of Assembly stand to perform their constitutionally assigned mandate better when provided with all the required resources.

“In 2018, I signed the NILDS Amendment Bill into law, thus expanding the mandate of the Institute to provide capacity not only to legislators but also to other political actors. This edifice would enable the Institute to better meet its expanded functions.

“It is my expectation that NILDS will utilise this site to provide targeted capacity building to legislators, political parties and civil society to enable them better respond to changing circumstances,” he noted.

In his remarks, Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan asserted that Buhari’s administration over the past eight years has pursued what has been described as the most ambitious infrastructure programme since independence in 1960.

“We in the Ninth National Assembly have supported the President in ensuring the timely delivery of these critical infrastructures. Notably, in the last three years, the Senate and the House dedicated a substantial part of the national budget towards funding infrastructure development across all six geo-political zones.

“As a result of this collaboration between the legislature and the executive, hundreds of roads, bridges and rail lines across Nigeria have been constructed or rehabilitated. In addition, we have also passed several legislations to provide an overarching framework for sustainable economic growth and development. Significantly also, the investment in infrastructure development extends to all six geo-political zones of the country.

“Indeed, history will remember President Buhari’s tenacity and unwavering commitment to charting a new course for Nigeria. While acknowledging that the time for the 9th Assembly to wind down draws to a close, Senator Lawan assured that the Assembly will “leave behind an enduring legacy for the succeeding Assemblies.

“I challenge the incoming Leadership and Members of the Tenth National Assembly to carry on with the same vigour and dedication as we did and build on our achievements. I call on the Director-General, Management and staff of the Institute to utilise this edifice to advance democracy in Nigeria and beyond.”

On his part, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila urged President Buhari to grant assent to both the Federal Audit Bill and National Assembly Budget and Research Office (NABROl Bill which seeks to enhance the oversight function of Committees as critical legislative priorities as well as improve transparency and accountability in government processes.

Also speaking, NILDS Director General, Professor Olanrewaju Sulaiman observed that: “Despite these challenges, the Institute has established itself as Africa’s premier legislative capacity-building institution, as attested by its highly valued services and outputs. In the past decade, NILDS has considerably closed the capacity challenges that have limited the effectiveness of the legislature in Nigeria. Moreover, through its various programmes and interventions, the lawmaking and oversight functions of the legislature have also been significantly strengthened.

He also eulogized the roles played by successive leadership of National Assembly, especially, Senator David Mark who laid the foundation for this project, as well as Professor Ladi Hamalai who worked tirelessly towards actualising this permanent site.

Source: dailypost

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Air fryer salmon rissoles recipe

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Air fryer salmon rissoles recipe

Air fryer salmon rissoles recipe. Rissoles are one of our favourite family-friendly dinners, and they’re even better when they’re cooked in our favourite appliance, the air fryer. This canned salmon version is made with leftover mashed potato (or you can buy tubs from the supermarket) and is ready in just under an hour. They’re crispy on the outside (thanks to the air fryer) and are warm and moreish on the inside. Expect the family to request this dinner weekly.

8 Ingredients

– 475g tub mashed potato or leftover mashed potato

– 2 x 200g cans boneless and skinless salmon, drained

– 1/3 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

– 2 green shallots, thinly sliced

– 1 lemon, rind finely grated, juiced, plus wedges, to serve

– 120g (1 1/3 cups) dried breadcrumbs

– 3 eggs

– 160g (2/3 cup) mayonnaise

5 Method / Steps

Step 1

Place mashed potato, salmon, parsley, shallots and lemon rind in a large bowl. Add 2/3 cup breadcrumbs and 1 egg, and mix well to combine. Divide mixture into 8 even-sized portions. Shape portions into balls and flatten to form 2cm-thick rissoles.

Step 2

Beat remaining eggs in a shallow bowl until combined. Place remaining breadcrumbs in a shallow dish. Dip rissoles in egg mixture, then coat in breadcrumbs.

Step 3

Spray air fryer basket with oil. Place half the rissoles in basket and spray generously with oil. Cook at 180C for 15 minutes or until cooked through, turning and spraying rissoles with oil halfway through cooking. Repeat with remaining rissoles.

Step 4

Meanwhile, combine 2 tbs lemon juice and mayonnaise in a small bowl.

Step 5

Serve rissoles with lemon mayonnaise and lemon wedges.

source – cooking365coza

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