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Budget defence: Buhari’s aide on hot seat, Fashola defends Julius Berger on pace of work

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On Thursday, drama continued at the budget defence sessions by different committees in the House of Representatives.

The National Assembly is working towards ensuring passage of the N13.08trillion 2021 budget before the expiration of the 2020 budget by December 31st, 2020.

Buhari’s Aide and N26.9billion SDG budget:

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals and former deputy governor of Lagos State, Orelope-Adefulire explained to the lawmakers how COVID19 stalled SDG projects during budget defence before the committee on SDGs.

She disclosed that her office only got N3billion out of the N26.9billion budgeted for intervention projects to be executed by SDG office.

He further revealed why Rivers State was excluded from intervention on COVID19. She blamed the state government for not cooperating with her office.

“We provided 100 beds and facemask for every state except Rivers State because it does not cooperate with us. I don’t really know what the problem is, if we take anything to them, they don’t accept. But I’m making out time to meet with the governor,” she stated.

Following series of questions from the lawmakers, she was saved by the Chairman of the Committee, Rotimi Agunsoye, who is from Lagos.

Fashola defends Julius Berger on Abuja-Kaduna-Kano Express:

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola on Thursday revealed why the ongoing Abuja-Kaduna-Kano expressway has been going at slow pace.

It would be recalled that many have criticized Julius Berger, the German construction giant handling the project of slow pace. The House in 2019 summoned Julius Berger over the project.

Fashola at the budget defence before the committee explained that the construction company is dealing demolition of houses, right of passage and high rate of vehicular movement on the road.

Committee fumes as Aviation Minister fails to comply with directive:

The defence of the Budget of the Ministry of Aviation was postponed on Thursday after the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Serika failed to comply with the directive of the Committee.

According to the Chairman of the Committee on Avaition, Nnolim Nnaji, the Ministry of Aviation submitted its budget on Thursday against the directive of the Committee which asked all MDAs to submit budget before the day of defence.

“Honourable Minister, l don’t know how you expect us to continue this meeting since we just got your 2021 budget proposal this morning despite giving you over a week notice so that we can read through and digest it before today.

“I am not blaming you for this but l must say that I am disappointed in those who are supposed to have handled this but failed to do their jobs”, he stated.

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Rotimi Amaechi uncovers biggest obstacle to Nigeria’s development

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The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has indicted ethnicity for the inactive tempo of development in Nigeria.

Amaechi, in an opinion on Friday, revealed that rail projects around Nigeria were built for the improvement of the country’s economy rather than racial biases.

The former Rivers State Governor recognized what he called politicising of railway development as one of the main challenges thwarting the government’s effort to boost the economy.

The minister, who was speaking as a guest lecturer at the Annual Public Lecture of the Department of Economics at the University of Lagos, commented that transportation as a criterion involved logistics.

Ameachi said, ”It’s a key element in driving the development of economies all over the world and it creates possibilities for other sectors; therefore, you cannot even create employment if you don’t create logistics.

“Nigerians are too ethnically conscious. You think first of your ethnicity before you think as a Nigerian.

”Ethnicity is putting pressure on the economics of railway construction. What you hear is, ‘I am a Yoruba man, I am a Hausa man, I am an Igbo man.”

“Railway is fuelled by economic activities, it is not fuelled by tribes.

“Ethnicity isn’t the way to go. Those who flare the embers of ethnicity are those who were profiting from the government in the past, but are no longer profiting from the government.” He added.
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Ondo university vows to rusticate students over indecent dressing 

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Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State has thoroughly warned its entire students against indecent dressing that it will no longer condone such act from its undergraduates of the institution.

The Senate of the institution has put rustication as a form of portends for any student involved in any form of indecent dressing.

The authority of the institution, which gave the stern warning in a circular, disclosed that failure to comply with the directive would attract rustication from the school for a semester.

The circular with reference number AD/ REG/CIR/58/VOL. VI/309 was signed by the registrar of the school, Olugbenga Arajulu .

 

According to the circular, indecent dressing that would no longer be allowed on campus include, “wearing of skimpy skirts and blouses; leaving cleavages open by female students; and wearing of braids or dreadlocks, earrings, nose rings, tattered jeans, sagging etc by some male students.

“Any student of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, who violates the above Senate decision on indecent dressing is deemed to have committed a misconduct and he/she shall be sanctioned accordingly. Please be guided.” school management informed the students.

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Katsina:Three women are arrested by police for concealing petrol in bags for bandits

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Just on thursday, a team of policemen, operating along Katsina-Jibia road arrested a mother, her daughter, alongside another woman, for hiding petrol in their bag to take to bandits in the forest.

The Spokesman, Katsina Police Command, SP. Isah Gambo paraded the three suspects at the state police headquarters on Thurday.

The suspects, who admitted to have committed the offence in contravention of the executive order and other extant laws of the federation, are all said to be residents of the Malali Quarters, in Katsina metropolis.

“These women that you are seeing here were arrested along Jibia-Katsina road with these bags pretending to be normal travellers going to Magama in Jibia, a border town with Niger Republic.

“What they do is engaging in smuggling of petrol to bandits in Jibia forest but nemesis caught up with them and they were arrested with these exhibits.

“These exhibits you are seeing are not just travelling bags but they are loaded with petrol meant to be taken to the forest for the bandits.

“The suspects are Umma Bello, 45 years of Malali Quarters here in Katsina metropolis, Nusaiba Muhammad, 16 years and Dija Umar 50 years all of the same address.

“It may interest you to know that the suspects while confessing to have committed the offence also revealed that many of them in the area are involved in the business.

Futhermore, SP Isah Gambo said “What they do is to engage the services of ‘okada’, motorcycle riders to buy the fuel for them in their motorcycle tanks from filling stations and then take it back to Malali quarters for them where they siphon the fuel from the motorcycle tanks and then arrange them into bags like these to avoid the eagle eyes of the security agencies while taking it to the forest to sell to bandits,”

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