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.
Senator Nnamani Pays WAEC Fees For 3,991 Female Students In Enugu
Chairman, Senate Committee on Cooperation and Integration in Africa/NEPAD, Senator Chimaroke Nnamani has paid the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) registration fees for all the female students in public secondary schools in Enugu East Senatorial District of Enugu State.
A total of 3,991 female students in the 68 public secondary schools in Enugu East Senatorial Zone are billed to take the May/June 2020 WAEC examinations.
In a statement in Abuja, the former governor of Enugu State confirmed that bank drafts had been raised in favour of WAEC for each of the 68 benefiting secondary schools in his constituency.
The 68 bank drafts for the schools he said had been submitted to the WAEC, Enugu Zonal Office in Enugu.
Consequently, the WAEC Zonal Coordinator in Enugu, Mrs C.O. Agwu has directed the generation of registration pin codes for the enlisted candidates.
The gesture, Sen Nnamani stated is in fulfillment of his promise in October last year during the commemoration of the 2019 International Day for the Girl Child to promote education for women especially the indigent ones.
“This gesture is part of my resolve to impact positively on my constituents through education and empowerment programmes,” Nnamani said.
One of the principals of the benefiting schools, Mrs Emmelda Nwachukwu of the Special Science Girls Secondary School, Agbani, near Enugu, expressed gratitude to Senator Nnamani for his benevolence.
She urged other well meaning individuals and organizations to identify with the education of the girl child in the country pointing out that “educate the woman, you educate the nation”.
Rivers Is One Of The Most Peaceful States Because Of God’s Blessings – Wike
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has declared that Rivers State is one of the most peaceful states of the country because of the blessings of God that flow from the prayers of Christians.
Speaking during the 2020 Diocesan City Wide Mega Crusade of the Diocese of the Niger Delta North in Port Harcourt on Saturday, Governor Wike said the relative peace in Rivers State is because God has honoured the prayers of the servants of God.
He said: “All through last year, despite the security challenges in the country, Rivers State remains relatively peaceful. The security of Rivers State is not because of the security agencies, but due to God’s enablement.
“The peace that come from God is necessary for all business activities to thrive and people to engage in education.”
Wike said that his administration will continue to partner with the Church to further the development of the State.
He noted that Rivers State remains a Christian State and will continue to do exploits for the good of the people.
“You have heard this several times before and I will repeat it here before thousands of Christian Faithful who are Anglicans. Rivers State is a Christian State.
“No matter the Intimidation and conspiracy, we will continue to declare that Rivers State is a Christian State. We are reaping the blessing of God”, he said.
Governor Wike urged Christian Faithful not to relent in their prayers for the peace, security and development of Rivers State.
The Rivers State Governor commended the management of Elechi Amadi Polytechnic for providing the venue for the all-important City Wide Crusade.
He lauded the Anglican Diocese of Niger Delta North for the City Wide Crusade which has blessed the souls of thousands of Rivers people.
Speaking at the Crusade, Rev Uma Ukpai said that God is one of the citizens of Rivers State, noting that God will continue to fight the battles of Rivers people.
He thanked God for the life of Rivers State Governor for his commitment to the work of God. He urged Rivers people to continue to praise God to attract more blessings.
The Guest Preacher, Rev Uma Ukpai prayed specially for the peace, security and development of Rivers State. He committed Rivers State to God for the prosperity and peace of the state.
The 2020 Diocesan City Wide Mega Crusade of the Diocese of the Niger Delta North in Port Harcourt had the theme “AlThings are Possible .”
Popular Gospel Musician, Chioma Jesus led a medley of praise and worship songs at the crusade.
My People Are Being Killed And Raped By Bandits — Sen. Sani Laments
Senator Mohammed Sani Musa, the lawmaker representing Niger East Senatorial district in the red chamber has cried out over the coordinated attacks residents of Shiroro Local Government Area of Niger State have suffered in the last few days.
The Senator behind the controversial social media bill, said the people of Kudodo, Galapai, Dnakpala, Makera and Dnalagwa were killed, raped and abducted by bandits who invaded the villages.
Senator Sani who cried out to President Buhari over the attacks, said villages like Tunga and Adunu were not spared either as the gunmen carried out murderous attacks with no security operative in sight.
His statement read;
“My people are under siege, innocent families have been displaced, killed, raped, kidnapped and community members straddled in a state of despair. As the attacks continued more villagers in my constituency are awaiting their fate as no sign of succour comes their way.
“It is confirmed that the bandits are attacking all through the night to this afternoon and most communities are in grave danger. For months now, most local governments in Niger East have been under the menacing grip of bandits with no succour insight.
“We are again calling on Mr President and all the security Chiefs to come to our aid without further delay as the people risk continued attacks from these ungodly killers.”
“The National Emergency Management Agency and other relevant authorities were also urged to come to the aid of the people of the affected communities.”