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BREAKING: El-Rufai Signs N259.25bn Budget Into Law

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Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State on Monday signed the state’s 2020 budget of N259.25bn into law.

The governor disclosed that the budget size is N259.25bn, out of which N184.1bn (71%) was earmarked for capital expenditure.

The governor, who welcomed the N75bn allocated for capital spending in the Education and Health sectors, described the budget as reinforcing the government’s governance agenda to build human capital and promote equal opportunity.

El-Rufai noted that his administration has successfully aligned the fiscal and calendar years in Kaduna state for five consecutive years.

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  1. Kelvin Agbogidi

    December 2, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    As far it will be used for the purpose it was signed no problem

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BREAKING: NUPENG Orders Tanker Drivers To Withdraw From Lagos

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Petroleum tanker drivers may withdraw their services from Lagos from Monday based on a directive from national leadership of the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG).

NUPENG said on Friday the directive followed failure to address three major issues causing tanker drivers pains in the state for months.

Its National President Williams Akporeha and General Secretary, Olawale Afolabi, gave the directive in a statement titled “NUPENG leadership directs withdrawal of services by petroleum tanker drivers in Lagos State with effect from Monday, August 10, 2020.”

They said: “The entire rank and file members of the union are deeply pained, frustrated and agonised by the barrage of these challenges being consistently faced by petroleum tanker drivers in Lagos State and are left with no other option but to direct the withdrawal of their services in Lagos State until the Lagos State Government and other relevant stakeholders address these critical challenges.

“It is sad and disheartening to note here that we had made several appeals and reports to the Lagos State Government and the Presidential Task Force for the decongestion of Apapa on these challenges but all to no avail.

“We resolved to embark on an indefinite strike beginning from 12 am, Monday, August 10, 2020 if there are no decisive and convincing actions from the Lagos State Government to address these concerns and challenges.”

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BREAKING: AGF Orders IGP To Provide Security For 17 Anti-Obaseki Edo Lawmakers

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The Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation Abubakar Malami has ordered the Inspector General of Police to provide security for the 17 anti-Obaseki members of the Edo Assembly.

In a letter dated August 5 based on a petition to his office by Idahosa-West Chambers, Malami said the security measure is necessary to prevent breakdown of law and order.

The 17 lawmakers backing All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, have been locked in a battle to access the Edo Assembly complex on Ring Road, Benin with seven lawmakers loyal to Governor Godwin Obaseki.

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Doctors Will Get June Hazard Allowance Next Week — Chris Ngige

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Frontline health workers in fight against Coronavirus pandemic will get their June hazard allowance next week, the Federal Government has said.

Labour and Employment Minister Chris Ngige dropped the hint after Thursday’s meeting between representatives of the Federal Government and the leadership of National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) in Abuja.

In a statement by the Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Charles Akpan, the minister stated that despite shortfalls in revenues, the government would start the payment with six hospitals, while awaiting more funds.

The minister assured the doctors that government, through his ministry and the Budget Office of the Federation, in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, had rectified residency training for doctors in the budget while the processing would commence soon.

Ngige said: “Teaching Hospitals and Medical Centres have been directed to submit to the Federal Ministry of Health the list of names of their personnel who had some hitches in receiving their payments.”

The minister assured that the names would be forwarded to the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) for action.

He added that the issue of shortfall in payments had also been dealt with as the names of the affected persons would be compiled and forwarded to the Finance, Budget and National Planning Ministry.

Ngige disclosed that the case of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) had been amicably resolved, with the Chief Medical Director bringing back the interdicted resident doctors.

According to him, the two factors thrown up by the crisis in that local chapter of NARD had merged peacefully.

“Elections have been conducted to elect an interim executive to man the affairs of that chapter till December 2020, after which a fresh election would hold for a new executive that would take over in 2021,” the minister said.

He congratulated the Dr. Solomon Amadi-led interim government in UPTH and lauded the peace committee for brokering peace successfully and the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) for superintending over the election.

NARD President Dr. Aliyu Sokomba noted that although a few issues were still pending, significant progress had been made in addressing the concerns of the association.

He appreciated the Federal Government’s efforts as championed by Senator Ngige.

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