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Edo Assembly approves N409.2 billion supplementary budget for Obaseki

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Barely five months after assenting to the 2024 appropriation bill by the Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, the State House of Assembly has shored up the budget to N409, 217,894,248,87 billion.

DAILY POST reports that the governor had on December 22, 2023, assented to N342.825,969,909,21 billion appropriation bill, which was N17.5 billion higher than the N321.4 billion earlier presented to the House.

DAILY POST noted that the raising of the budget to N409.2 billion was sequel to the House’s consideration and approval of the Governor Obaseki’s letter requesting a revision of the 2024 budget.

The lawmakers, while speaking in favour of the revised/supplementary budget, noted that it would enable the governor to finish his eight-year administration of the state well.

Moving the motion, Charity Aiguobarueghian, the Majority Leader of the House, noted that the supplementary budget was necessary for the state government to get legislative backing for the implementation of the N70,000 new minimum wage approval for the state’s workers recently.

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Charity, also opined that it would also allow the governor to complete all the ongoing projects awarded.

Other lawmakers that spoke in favour of the supplementary budget include, Maria Edeko (PDP), the deputy speaker, Eric Okaka, (APC), the minority leader of the House, Eigbiremonlen Fada Sunday, (PDP), Esan Central and Ugabi Kingsley Oghenakhogie (APC), Etsako East constituencies.

They all noted that, if approved, the revised supplementary budget would give the government the financial enablement to complete all ongoing projects and thereby eliminate cases of abandoned projects.

The House, at the committee of the whole, however, shored up the 2024 fiscal year budget to N409.2 billion, an increase of N66.4 billion.

In the new supplementary budget, recurrent expenditure is now N182, 446,255,325, 16 billion, while capital expenditure stood at N226, 771, 634, 923, 71billion as against the earlier assented budget of N154, 276,225,868,96 billion and N188,549,744,040,26 billion, respectively.

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The Speaker of the House, Blessing Agbebaku, who summed up the deliberation, said a clean copy of the approval will be sent to the state governor for his assent.

CREDIT: DAILY POST

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Katsina PDP crisis deepens as CTC accuses faction of collaborating with APC to destroy party

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The Katsina State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Caretaker Committee has addressed an escalating internal conflict that threatens to undermine the party’s preparations for upcoming political events.

Speaking to the media, the committee’s spokesperson, Lawal Audi Yar’adua, aimed to clarify recent disputes raised by a faction led by former party chairman Salisu Uli. Yar’adua dismissed Uli’s claims as “misleading information.”

According to a DAILY POST report from June 19, 2024, Uli had alleged that five days before the scheduled end of form sales for the congress elections, the forms had not been made available by the committee. Yar’adua countered this, stating that the form sales had been transparently conducted and concluded over two months prior, during which Uli’s faction did not participate due to their contestation of the committee’s legitimacy.

Yar’adua suggested that Uli’s actions might be influenced by external political forces, particularly the Katsina APC, accusing Uli’s faction of ignoring national PDP directives regarding the congress. He alleged that Uli and his supporters, including House of Representatives member Salisu Majigiri, were aligned with elements within the APC aiming to weaken the Katsina PDP, especially following former Governor Ibrahim Shema’s defection to the APC.

Yar’adua called for party unity in the face of these destabilizing attempts and praised Senator Lado Danmarke for his leadership and commitment to the people of Katsina State. He contrasted Danmarke’s dedication with those intent on creating division within the party.

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“Senator Lado Danmarke embodies the true spirit of service and compassion that defines our party. His unwavering commitment to the people of Katsina State sets him apart from those whose only agenda is to sow discord and division,” Yar’adua stated.

He expressed confidence in the PDP’s resilience and urged members to stay steadfast in their support despite internal challenges.

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PDP, LP supporters decamp to APC in Benue

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Thousands of supporters from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other political parties in Benue State have defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

This occurred in Sankera, Kwande, and Ushongo local government areas on Wednesday during Governor Hyacinth Alia’s state-wide thank-you tour.

Speaking at events held at Katsina-Ala township stadium and LGEA primary school in Kwande town, Governor Alia expressed gratitude for the overwhelming support during the last elections. He reiterated his administration’s commitment to returning all internally displaced persons (IDPs) affected by armed herdsmen attacks to their ancestral homes to resume normal farming activities.

Governor Alia highlighted the severe impact of armed bandit attacks on the Sankera axis, a major yam production hub. He emphasized that security is a shared responsibility and called on everyone to help eliminate these attacks.

He encouraged the formation of cooperative societies for receiving farm inputs and other benefits from his administration to foster self-reliance. He dismissed widespread reports of borrowing large sums from foreign institutions for infrastructural projects.

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Governor Alia announced a contract for constructing the Sankera-Chito-Vaase Road to address the worsening insecurity in the area. He mentioned contacting President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who approved the construction of more road networks in Sankera, including the Katsina-Ala Head Bridge-Hausa Quarters/Victory Bible Church Wukari Junction and the Zaki Biam Yam Market-Iwar Ior-Y-Junction roads.

He urged patience with the president, assuring that he has good intentions for the state’s development projects.

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You want Nigerians to offer themselves as burnt offerings – CUPP tackles Tinubu

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Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, has slammed President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, accusing him of doing very little or nothing to solve the hunger issues Nigerians are going through.

In a statement by its National Secretary, Chief Peter Ameh, the Coalition said the President had deployed what it described as incompetent government policies which have all failed, wondering why Nigerians would now offer themselves as burnt offerings while government officials lived in luxury.

The Coalition further noted that the inability of the government to secure farms and farmers in the country was also a major contributor to the hunger being faced by the people.

“The luxurious lifestyle of our leaders is the reason we are in this mess, because those in government have misplaced priorities and have vehemently refused to do right by our people.

“Rather they prefer to spend money on white elephant projects that require high expenditure but never deliver returns or serve no useful purpose, like the proposal for a new private jet for the President.

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“Such money should have been channeled towards the development of projects that will have lasting positive impact on the lives of citizens,” Ameh said in the statement.

He added that, “The President and his Vice have spent over N8.64bn on travel expenses within the last three months while he continues to give speeches and false promises about plans to cut public spending; still, the cost associated with the running of government in Nigeria is far higher than most countries in the same economy bracket.

“The wasteful spending of those elected to oversee the affairs of running our government is a major contributor to the endemic poverty in Nigeria and the president should be concerned about the situation of the suffering masses and work hard to ensure that this situation improves for those affected (which is everyone by the way).

“Nigeria has a poverty rate of 38.9%, and approximately 87 million Nigerians live below poverty line and the reason can easily be attributed to incompetent and clueless leaders who have done nothing to improve the lives of the masses.

“Nigeria’s economic growth has been slow, and the country’s GDP per capita has been flat because successive government policies have failed to address the problems due to lack of foresight and corrupt public officials.

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“Corruption is a pervasive issue in Nigeria, and it discourages foreign investment and hinders economic development. I am referring to corruption in public office by government officials who have been involved in stealing public funds meant to benefit the people.

“What has Tinubu done to tackle that since his assumption of office and he is talking about ordinary citizens whose take home pay is not enough to help them meet a good standard of living.”

CREDIT: DAILY POST

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