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House Committee on Foreign Affairs chair charges members on commitment

Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, Hon. Yusuf Buba Yakub, has charged members of the committee to always strive to do their best to contribute meaningfully to the programmes and activities of the committee.

This,he said, was to realise the quest for a greater Nigeria that would be respected across the world; whose citizens would be free from every form of attacks, harassment and other forms of ill-treatment wherever they live or do business the world over.

Hon.Buba, stated this during the inaugural meeting of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, which was held at the National Assembly Complex in Abuja.

He used the occasion to remind members that the task ahead of them was an opportunity to join other great Nigerians and patriots to shape the destiny of the Nigerian nation and to beat a new path of development for a country.

He said Nigeria possessed all the necessary potential to lead the free world, but had continuously failed to live up to its optimal capacity due to some negative factors that must be surmounted for the country to move forward.

In his words, the Adamawa-born lawmaker and entrepreneur said: ”Following the wisdom of our political forebears and the framers of our Constitution,for Parliament to run with efficacy, order,shared responsibilities and,indeed,optimization of time and results emanating from varying ideas,there must be Committees in place to deeply analyze issues,critically examine policies and strategically aggregate various ideas that enhance nation-building.”

He reminded members of the committee that their appointment as members of the Foreign Affairs Committee had come at a time the nation was witnessing various challenges on different fronts of our national life and was already suffering the negative fallouts of these challenges across the world.

He,however, expressed optimism, that,with the right commitment and hard work, the Committee would achieve its mandate. He,again,called on all the members to devote more time and other resources to the activities of the Committee in the face of competing demands.

While pledging to lead by example, Buba said the leadership of the Committee would always allow room for all shades of opinion and divergent views in its attempt to ensure that the activities of the Committee remained both engaging and robust at all times. Buba also noted that,in spite of the fact that some of the Members had been chosen to head the Committee, they were merely firsts among equals, after all.

He solicited for the cooperation of all,stressing that the leadership of the Committee would always do its best to keep the trust of the members of the Committee.

Over half of the 24-member Committee were part of the inaugural meeting.

Sunday Olatunji
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.