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Bauchi Assembly okays N42.82bn 2020 supplementary budget

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Bauchi State House of Assembly has approved Bauchi State Supplementary Budget Bill 2020 of the sum of N42,824,390,705.

This was done during plenary on Thursday presided over by the Assembly’s Deputy Speaker, Danlami Ahmed Kawule.

Chairman, House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulkadir Umar Dewu, laid the report of the committee on the appropriation of the proposed supplementary budget before the House for deliberations.

According to the report of the committee, the supplementary budget sought additional funds to enable the state government to continue with its developmental projects.

The committee said the proposed supplementary budget would be funded from refunds from statutory and other sources to the tune of N12,824,390,705 and domestic loans and borrowings from financial institutions to the tune of N30,000,000.

The committee having thoroughly examined the fundamental factors which necessitated the presentation of the proposed supplementary budget 2020 recommended for its consideration and adoption.

Majority Leader of the House, Tijjani Muhammad Aliyu moved that the Supplementary Budget should undergo third reading and was seconded by the Minority Leader, Bakoji Aliyu Bobbo.

Upon approval by the members, the Speaker directed the Deputy Clerk of the House, Lamara Abdu Chinade, to carry out the third reading of the bill and it was subsequently done after which it was approved.

The report of the House Committee on Education on the Bill for a Law to Establish Oil and Gas Academy in Alkaleri was also laid by the chairman of the committee, Babayo Muhammad, representing Hardawa Constituency.

According to the report, the academy is crucial to the people of Bauchi State as the state has already joined the league of oil and gas producing states stating that the feat has not only added another feather to the Northern states but also boost the production capacity of Nigeria among OPEC countries.

The committee further observed that the objectives of the academy are in line with both national and international standards and when established, would go along way in providing quality training in oil and gas to the indigenes of Bauchi State.

The committee, therefore, recommended that the House should adopt and pass the bill into law and after the Speaker put the recommendations to voice vote, the members adopted them unanimously.

Tijjani Muhammad Aliyu, Majority Leader representing Azare/Madangala Constituency, requested the House to allow the Bill on the establishment of Oil and Gas Academy Alkaleri to undergo third reading and was seconded by the Minority Leader, Bakoji Aliyu Bobbo representing Chiroma Constituency.

The House unanimously approved the motion, thereafter the Speaker asked the Deputy Clerk of the House Lamara Abdu Chinade to carryout out the third reading following which the Bill on to establish Oil and Gas Academy Alkaleri is passed into law.

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Vacate Kano now to allow peace, Arewa group tells Bayero

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Vacate Kano now to allow peace, Arewa group tells Bayero

The Arewa Social Contract Initiative on Sunday, May 26, asked the dethroned emir of Kano, Aminu Bayero, to vacate the ancient city quietly for peace to reign.

Bayero, who was dethroned alongside four other first-class emirs following the enactment of a new law, has returned to Kano and is occupying the Gidan Nasarawa palace, while Sanusi is in the main palace, a situation that is causing intense tension.

The national chairman of the Arewa Social Contract Initiative, Alh. Sani Mahmoud Darma, on Sunday, May 26, said the solution to the stalemate over the emirate tussle is for Bayero to vacate Kano.

Darma, who addressed a press conference in Kano, said all the Arewa executives from the 19 northern states had met, critically analyzed the situation, and decided that Bayero was the problem and should leave Kano.

He said: “It is very unfortunate that after his dethronement, Aminu Ado Bayero accepted the decision and packed all his belongings from the palace and left Kano state, then some people from the top brought him back and claimed his lost position.

“If he feels his dethronement was unlawfully done and he wants to reclaim it, he would have stayed somewhere and pursued it through the court. But coming back to Kano and attempting to occupy the palace is a sign that he wants to cause violence and chaos in Kano.”

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He reminded the dethroned emir to look back and recall history and accept that his sack was from God and should leave Kano immediately to avoid bloodshed.

Darma said: “This is unacceptable! It happened to Sanusi and he benefited. When Sanusi was dethroned and he (Bayero) was appointed he accepted everything in good faith and left Kano for Bayero to occupy the palace. Why is he back now that he is the victim? It shows he is still interested in the throne.

“He should congratulate Sanusi and vacate Kano immediately for peace to reign. If he is still interested in the position, he should go and stay in another state while he seeks justice from the court.”

He said the Arewa members are 100 percent strongly behind the new emir (Sanusi), because Governor Abba Yusuf, during his gubernatorial campaign, had promised the Kano people that he was going to bring back Sanusi.

The people were happy and they voted for him. What the governor has done is just a fulfillment of his promise and the people are happy about the governor’s decision because it is a long-awaited thing. So, we are (Arewa) also happy about Sanusi’s reinstatement, because he was victimised.

“What has happened is purely the decision of the State House of Assembly, the governor, the kingmakers, and the people of the state, after the old law was repealed. So, it is purely a state affair. We were even surprised when the issue of court order came about,” he said.

Vacate Kano now to allow peace, Arewa group tells Bayero

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President Tinubu arrives in Lagos for Lagos-Calabar highway flag-off

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President Tinubu arrives in Lagos for Lagos-Calabar highway flag-off

President Bola Tinubu has made a notable arrival in  Lagos to commence the flagging-off ceremony for the construction of the Lagos-Calabar highway. Welcomed by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and other government dignitaries at the Murtala Muhammed Airport, President Tinubu’s presence marks a significant step forward in infrastructure development for the region.

The announcement of President Tinubu’s visit was preceded by statements from Olusegun Dada, Tinubu’s Special Assistant on Social Media, who had earlier indicated that the president would inaugurate several projects in commemoration of his first anniversary in office.

Minister of Works, Dave Umahi, had confirmed that Tinubu would initiate the construction of the Lagos-Calabar highway on May 26, emphasizing the administration’s commitment to enhancing transportation infrastructure across the nation.

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During a meeting with a delegation of Yoruba leaders of thought at the State House in  Abuja, President Tinubu reiterated his administration’s dedication to fostering tangible impacts on the lives of Nigerians. He expressed optimism about the country’s trajectory towards prosperity, highlighting the progress made during the past 12 months despite inherent challenges.

President Tinubu’s visit to  Lagos and the subsequent commencement of the Lagos-Calabar highway project underscore the administration’s commitment to accelerating socio-economic development and improving connectivity across regions.

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FG drags 36 states to S’Court over local govt autonomy

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FG drags 36 states to S’Court over local govt autonomy

The federal government has sued the thirty-six governors before the Supreme Court to ensure the autonomy of the nation’s local governments.

In the suit, marked SC/CV/343/2024, was filed on May 20, by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice (AGF), Lateef Fagbemi (SAN) on behalf of the federal government.

The federal government is praying the Apex Court for an order prohibiting state governors from unilateral, arbitrary, and unlawful dissolution of democratically elected leaders for local governments.

It also prayed the Supreme Court for an order permitting the funds standing in the credits of local governments to be directly channelled to them from the federation account in line with the provisions of the Constitution as against the alleged unlawful joint accounts created by governors.

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It wanted an order stopping governors from constituting caretaker committees to run the affairs of local governments as against the constitutionally recognized and guaranteed democratic system.

Also, the federal government wants an order of injunction restraining the governors, their agents, and privies from receiving, spending or tampering with funds released from the Federation Account for the benefit of local governments when no democratically elected local government system is put in place in the states.

FG drags 36 states to S’Court over local govt autonomy

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