Speaker, House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila has urged Nigerians to be more united for the common purpose of building a country that meets the best expectations of all.
In a message marking Nigeria’s 61st Independence anniversary on Thursday, September 30, in Abuja, the Speaker re-echoed the fact that Nigeria is “the only country we can call our own.”
He said: “As far as I am concerned, there is no country on earth like Nigeria and I know every patriotic Nigerian hold this view.”
Citing the well-known aphorism “United We Stand, and Divided We Fall“, Gbajabiamila said unity was priceless while urging Nigerians to drop their sentiments and work together for a better nation.
The speaker also added that Nigerians must all work together to fulfill the dream of a nation of peaceful coexistence and abundant prosperity.
He said in the past 61 years, Nigeria had grown and developed beyond imagination; though he recognised the fact that “we still have significant challenges we must overcome together.”
Gbajabiamila said Nigerian leaders were doing their best to see an end to the challenges facing Nigeria; especially the insecurity across the country.
He noted that such efforts required the support of all citizens; irrespective of their political affiliations.
The speaker reassured Nigerians that the Ninth Assembly would always give the necessary legislative interventions; to other arms of government to smoothen the task of governance.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has warned that the October 31 deadline; for linking their National Identity Numbers with their Subscriber Identity Modules remains sacrosanct.
This was contained in a statement issued on Wednesday, September 29, by the NCC Director of Public Affairs, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde.
The statement is titled, ‘NIN-SIM Integration: NCC sensitises telecom consumers on October 31 Deadline.’
Adinde explained that Nigerians without NIN would soon be denied the opportunity; of acquiring driving licences and passports.
The statement read, “NCC has reminded and urged telecoms consumers to link their NINs with their SIMs; before the expiration of the deadline of October 31, 2021, set by the Federal Government.”
“Speaking during the live programme, Director, Public Affairs, NCC, Dr Ikechukwu Adinde; advised Nigerians to make use of the extension of the NIN-SIM integration exercise to October 31, 2021; to enrol with NIMC, get their NINs and link them to their SIMs.”