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Bill to strip convicts of national honour passes second reading in Reps

The Bill to strip convicted persons of their national merit awards successfully passed through second reading in the House of Representatives.

The bill is seeking an amendment to the Nigerian National Merit award Act Cap 122, Laws of the Federation, FLN, 2004, to require that any recipient that is convicted of a crimal offence shall be stripped of the honour.

The bill was brought by Ayodele Oladimeji, who said that the amendment he was proposing was in the bid to strengthen the anti-corruption war being fought by the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

“There is need for the law to be amended, this will strengthen the anti-corruption war of the government of the day,” he said.

“The awardee must be found guilty of any crime by a competent court of jurisdiction before the executive consider the stripping of such awards”, he said.

Contributing to the debate, Adamu Kamale, while giving support to the amendment said it would be make the recipients of such awards live up to expectation.

The bill passed the second reading following an overwhelming support given to it by the House presided over by Speaker Yakubu Dogara.

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.