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Group berates Uzodinma over high spending on Gov’s office, neglect of key sectors

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A civil society organization, Policy Alert, has criticized Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State for allegedly giving precedence to his office at the expense of the state’s social sector budget implementation in the third quarter of 2023.

In a statement signed by its Programme Officer, Fiscal Reforms and Anti-Corruption, Faith Paulinus, the group expressed concern over the imbalance in expenditure, noting that the Office of the Governor received a total expenditure of N11.84bn, while all other Ministries, Departments, and Agencies in the state combined had only N7.37bn capital release during the quarter.

Policy Alert, which advocates for fiscal and ecological justice in the Niger Delta, conducted a review of the Imo State Third Quarter Budget Performance Report for 2023 (July – September). The organization highlighted a trend indicating consistently high priority given to the Office of the Governor, with N31.5bn already released for the last three quarters of 2023, representing 95 percent of the budgeted N33.1bn for the entire fiscal year.

The group expressed concern that if the current spending trend persists in the last quarter, there may be a risk of the state government engaging in extra-budgetary expenses for the Office of the Governor.

While acknowledging that making expenditures for the Governor’s Office is acceptable if budgeted for, Policy Alert raised alarm over the total neglect of social sectors, emphasizing that no capital release was made for sectors like Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Education, Health, Youth and Social Development, Women’s Affairs and Vulnerable Groups, Agriculture, and food security during the quarter.

Policy Alert urged the state government to prioritize the social sector in the last quarter of 2023, emphasizing that the negligible capital release of N4.17bn for the entire Social Services Sector across the three quarters (only 14 percent of the budgeted N29.74bn for the year) implies citizens are being deprived of essential social services.

Additionally, the organization noted that recurrent spending in the quarter amounted to N18.76bn, while capital spending was only N7.37bn, urging the Imo State government to reconsider its prioritization of recurrent expenditure over capital expenditure.

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PHOTO: Gov Makinde Host Nigeria Police Games

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1: Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde (left) and Inspector General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun, during the opening ceremony of the 14th Biennial Nigeria Police Games, host by Oyo State Government, held at Adamasigba Stadium, Ibadan. PHOTO: Oyo Gov’s Media Unit.

2: From left, Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Barr Bayo Lawal; Governor Seyi Makinde; Inspector General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun and his wife Elizabeth, during the opening ceremony of the 14th Biennial Nigeria Police Games, host by Oyo State Government, held at Adamasigba Stadium, Ibadan. PHOTO: Oyo Gov’s Media Unit.

3: Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde (left) take a salute from the Police Mascots, during the opening ceremony of the 14th Biennial Nigeria Police Games, host by Oyo State Government, held at Adamasigba Stadium, Ibadan. PHOTO: Oyo Gov’s Media Unit.

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Economic crisis: Find more ways to improve your IGR – President Tinubu to universities

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The Nigerian government has called upon universities in the country to broaden their sources of funding amidst economic challenges. President Bola Ahmad Tinubu made this assertion during the 6th & 7th combined convocation ceremony of Federal University, Dutse, which took place on Saturday.

Speaking through Professor Kabir Bala, the Vice-Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, who represented him at the event, President Tinubu stressed the government’s dedication to facilitating a conducive environment for universities despite resource limitations.

He urged universities to actively explore alternative funding channels, underlining the significance of self-reliance in the prevailing economic circumstances. The President also encouraged universities to seek international funding opportunities for research, advocating for collaborations and the attraction of funds from global sources.

President Tinubu emphasized that government alone cannot shoulder the financial burden of universities, particularly amid economic challenges and competing demands from various sectors. Nonetheless, he reiterated the administration’s commitment to providing the necessary support within the available resources to ensure universities function as pillars of educational advancement and national development.

He further urged universities to pursue innovative strategies for generating revenue and to tap into international research funding opportunities. He assured that his administration remains dedicated to supporting universities in achieving their objectives as outlined in the Renewed Hope Agenda.

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Contempt threat against NLC, TUC leaders over public protest uncalled for – Femi Falana replies FG

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Human rights advocate and constitutional lawyer, Femi Falana, has clarified that the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) have every right to organize the nationwide public protest scheduled for February 27 and 28, asserting that it does not constitute contempt of court.

As a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Falana emphasized that Nigerian workers are entitled to freedom of assembly and expression as enshrined in the country’s Constitution. He urged the federal government, in a strongly worded letter to the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, to ensure maximum security for the workers and to participate in the protest.

In response to the AGF’s threat of contempt charges against the NLC and TUC leaders, Falana’s letter dated February 24 countered the threat, arguing that it lacked legal basis.

Falana pointed out the history of negotiations between the government and the labor unions following the removal of fuel subsidy in 2023, which resulted in court orders restraining the unions from striking. Despite compliance with these orders, the unions challenged them, and the contempt proceedings initiated by the government were subsequently withdrawn.

He highlighted subsequent legal actions initiated by the government against the unions, noting that these actions were contested by the unions on grounds of abuse of court process and lack of jurisdiction. Falana emphasized that since the contempt proceedings were withdrawn, there is no basis for the government’s threat of contempt charges regarding the planned protest.

He cited legal precedents affirming citizens’ rights to protest on matters of public interest without the need for police permits, emphasizing the democratic importance of freedom of speech and assembly.

Falana urged the government to respect these fundamental rights and directed the Inspector-General of Police to provide adequate security for the protesters in accordance with the Police Establishment Act.

In conclusion, he called on the government to reconsider its stance and assured that the protests would be conducted peacefully.

The federal government had previously warned of invoking relevant laws to charge the NLC leadership with contempt if the protest proceeds, citing it as a breach of agreement and a challenge to the court’s authority. The AGF, Prince Lateef Fagbemi, conveyed this warning in a letter to Falana, urging the NLC to abandon the protest to avoid violating the court’s order.

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