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Ebonyi Governor Presents 2020 Budget Proposal Of N178bn

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Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, on Friday, presented the 2020 budget of N178.1 billion to the state House of Assembly.

The budget was lower than the 2019 figure of 188.4billion.

Umahi while presenting the budget, tagged: ‘budget of growth, consolidation, and transformation, thanked the House and other critical stakeholders who ensured the effective implementation of the 2019 budget.

The governor said the budget has a recurrent expenditure of N46.08 billion representing 25.8 percent and capital expenditure of N132 billion representing 74.1 percent.

He said: “The increase in the capital expenditure is due to the borrowing from the African Development Bank (ADB) for the construction of the state ring road.

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“It is pertinent to state that the fund is still with the ADB and not paid into the state’s accounts as the contractors will generate a certificate and get paid directly from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN.”

Umahi said personnel cost in the budget was N18.4billion with provisions for payment of the new minimum wage for workers in the state.

The governor added: “I use this opportunity to urge the organised labour to hasten its negotiations with the government on the minimum wage for its implementation.

“I have maintained that the minimum wage starts with the Local Government Areas (LGAs) because a chain is as strong as its weakest link.

“Whatever is agreed at the LGA level is what we will pay and I maintain that no LGA should spend more than 60 percent of its earning on paying salaries.

“The World Bank has instructed that citizens must be part of budgeting which means that they must be accommodated in it with every fund of the state belonging to them.” (NAN)

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  1. Kelvin Agbogidi

    December 14, 2019 at 11:15 am

    This is one of the few performing governors i have no doubt he is going to utilize the budget judiciously

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‘Rubber Stamp’ Tag Won’t Distract Us — Lawan

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Senate President Ahmad Lawan, on Friday, dismissed the insinuation that the ninth National Assembly is a rubber stamp legislature.

Lawan who returned to Nigeria Thursday morning after about three weeks private visit abroad, according to his Special Adviser (Media), Ola Awoniyi, in Abuja, said no amount of blackmail will discourage the present Assembly from working with the executive arm of government for the betterment of the people.

The Senate President was responding to a surprised belated birthday presentation by his North East Support Group at the Dutse Airport in Jigawa state on his way to his Yobe North Senatorial District in Yobe State.

Lawan said: “The ninth National Assembly is a National Assembly that is focused, that is united, that is determined to make a positive difference in the lives of Nigerians.

“We are so terribly misunderstood that when we say that we are going to work with the Executive arm of government in a very harmonious and productive manner, some people, some out of misunderstanding, some out of mischief, say it’s a rubber stamp National Assembly.

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“But let me say this: no amount of distractions or blackmail will stop us from being united in the National Assembly for the benefit of Nigerians who elected us and nothing will discourage us from working with the executive arm of government for the betterment of our country.

“As a legislature we know where our limits lie in terms of cooperation and in working with the executive arm of government. But we are going to give the President and his team every possible legislative support that they require to make this country better and greater.

“Where we feel that there is a breach of procedures and processes by the executive arm of government, we will insist that the right things are done.

“So it doesn’t mean that because we are peaceful and that we are cordial with the executive arm of government that we are rubber stamp but that is something that will not distract us.

“We have seen what a “rubber stamp” National Assembly could do. We have already passed so many important and critical legislations within the last six months and if that is what we can be achieving with that kind of understanding, so be it.”

The Senate President also expressed satisfaction about the prevailing cordiality among members of the National Assembly and sought the support and understanding of the people.

“Our colleagues in the Senate particularly and generally in the National Assembly have given us every support that we need to perform our functions as a legislature.

“We are going to continue to seek for your support and understanding and the support of all Nigerians in this enterprise.

“We believe governance is not only for those who are elected or appointed. Governance is for everybody. Those who are elected and appointed and those who will hold the offices in trust for.

“So you should continue to pray for us. You should continue to advise us. You should continue to ensure that we don’t derail,” Lawan said.

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Ihedioha: Ekiti PDP Protests, Demands Resignation Of CJN

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Members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State on Friday protested against the removal of Emeka Ihedioha by the Supreme Court and the declaration of Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress, as the duly elected governor of the state.

The protesting PDP members who stormed the party’s secretariat located at Ajilosun area in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital marched to the street to express displeasure against what they termed injustice against Ihiodioha and onslaught against PDP.

They bored placards with various inscriptions such as ‘Ekiti PDP say no to injustice’, ‘Ekiti PDP Condemned Jankara Judgement’, Judiciary stop being cowed by Buhari, ‘Only Ihedihoa we know’ and Stop robbing the PDP of its mandate’.

The protesting PDP members were accompanied on the protest by the police, operatives of the Department of State Security Services to forestall a possible breakdown of law and order.

Leading the peaceful protest, the chairman of the party in the state, Barr. Gboyega Oguntuase said the Supreme Court’s judgement is a clear indication that the judiciary is an appendage of the ruling APC.

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Oguntuase who described the verdict as travesty of Justice and onslaught against the wishes of people of Imo State, called on the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Ibrahim Tanko Muhammad to step aside for the judiciary to regain its lost integrity.

The Chairman urged the apex court to reverse itself and declare Ihedioha the winner, saying the decision is an attempt to disrupt the country’s nascent democracy.

He regretted that the judiciary that is regarded as the last hope of the common man has evolved into the masses’ enemies through its ‘irrational action and inactions’.

“We are here to express unequivocally that the judgement given by the Supreme Court sacking the duly elected governor of Imo State, Ihiodioha. That judgement is repugnant to fairness, justice, equity and an inferno that could destroy Nigeria democratic status.

“Here in Ekiti in conjunction with totality of negative expression that had been made in all over the 35 states and the FCT against the judgement of the spec court. We are here to say that the judgement is unacceptable and against the wishes of the people of Imo.

“It is not the entire justice of the supreme court that we are condemning but we are saying the pronouncement of those justice that served on that case is unacceptable to the ordinary man in the street. It is against logic, common sense and acceptable procedure.

“It was a shame APC want to take the state’s through the back door. We know the APC want to take over power in all segment of the 36 states of the federation forcefully despite the fact that the people had rejected the party for its failure to deliver the superlative services inherent in democracy.

“We are appealing to Nigerians to encourage the Justices of the Supreme Court not to be intimidated and cowed by a group of insensitive people called progressive” he said.

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Arewa Youth Leader, Yerima Declares Support For Amotekun, Tells North What To Do

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The leader of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), Shettima Yerima has declared his support for Amotekun, the South-West’s security outfit that has generated different reactions across the country.

According to Yerima, rather than criticise the initiative of the governors in the zone, their northern counterparts should begin to consider replicating Amotekun in their own region, which is heavily bedevilled by kidnappings, banditry and other forms of crime.

Yerima called the initiative a noble one, especially considering the rate of crime across the country currently.

He urged the federal government to end the controversy surrounding the creation of the group and tagging it illegal.

According to him, the government at the centre should provide the opportunity to liaise with the governors to ensure that the idea succeeds.

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Yerima, who described himself as a strong supporter of devolution of policing to the community level added: “I believe that Amotekun is a right step in the right direction which should be supported by all well-meaning Nigerians.”

He stated further: “As far as I am concerned the north should get ready to start its own version of Amotekun in order to be able to tackle the rising wave of insecurity in the region. It is only when one is alive that there could be governance.”

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