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Bauchi Assembly okays N42.82bn 2020 supplementary budget



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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Deborah’s killing un-Islamic, barbaric — Hausa community



THE Special Assistant to Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on Security Matters and youth leader of the Hausa community in Agbor, Ika South Local Government Area of Delta State, Junaidu Imam, has condemned the killing of the 200- level Home Economics student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, Deborah Samuel over alleged blasphemy, describing the killing as barbaric and un-Islamic.


Imam who doubles as the Chairman of, the United Rainbow Peace Movement, URPM, while reacting to the dastardly act, contended that the killing of Deborah was against the teaching of any religion in the world, noting that such practice was not an Islamic act as Islam promotes civility and peaceful coexistence.


While insisting that no individual was given the authority to kill, he said: “No matter how grievous an offence is, even if it attracts capital punishment, the Prophet allows retracting blasphemous pronouncement, which means the offender can evade the punishment. Whatever the version, her killing was despicable. She has the right to a trial before the abysmal level of her execution.


“The version I heard was that Deborah said Muslims were sending content to the class WhatsApp group. On that basis, the girl has freedom of expression. Islam says you cannot impose your religion on others. A verse also said ‘your religion is for you and theirs is for them’. So, as Muslims, you don’t cross the path. Everyone is entitled to their religion. Therefore, nobody can ascertain that Deborah has abused our Prophet Mohammed as it is the duty of the court to establish the fact.”


“They are not supposed to take it upon themselves to kill, beat, burn, destroyed place of worship and people’s property based on what they judged as blasphemy,” he further explained, even as he called for justice for the lynched NCE undergraduate.


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AbdulRazaq clinches Kwara APC guber ticket, talks of beating own record



Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq of Kwara state was Thursday evening reelected as the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2023 General elections.

The governor was the sole aspirant in the exercise that took place inside the Banquet Hall of the government house, ilorin where 965 delegates were expected to vote for him.

At the end of the exercise, Chairman Governorship/ House of assembly primaries sent by the National leadership of the party from Abuja ,Prof Emmanuel Dandaura who led the team that supervised the election said that there were 961 valid votes, and 4 invalid votes.

Professor Dandaura asked whether there was complaint from anyone to which there was no response. He therefore declared the governor as the gubernatorial candidate of the party for the 2023 governorship elections.

Governor AbdulRazaq in his acceptance speech assured that he would not take the support of the delegates and other stakeholders in the ruling party for granted.

He noted that,”2023 is the year to make it clear to the doubting Thomases that the revolution of 2019 was not a fluke”, stressing that “It is the year to reaffirm our decision to reclaim our dignity and have a state that serves everyone equitably.

“We must therefore keep what is left of our patrimony, and by all democratic means avoid a relapse to the years of the distress, Governor AbdulRazaq said.

He also said that, “between 2019 and now, the trajectory of Kwara State has changed. We have registered a bold presence in the comity of decent and respected states. We have positive strides and indices in education, health, access to water, improved youths engagement, gender mainstreaming, support for farmers and the vulnerable, and rural development to show for our mandate.”

Today, he said, that ” no part of Kwara State is left without government presence. Our politics has also evolved. The destiny of Kwarans is no longer tied to any particular person. That is the bold message from our primaries.”

Governor AbdulRazaq however said he’s not perfect, saying, “Are we perfect? No, we are not. What is not debatable is the magnitude of progress that Kwara has made over the last three years. We can only beat our own records of achievements.”

He also said, “So, we will campaign on our records of improving the lots of our people and reasserting the leadership position of Kwara State.

“We will campaign on our record of courageously opening up the democratic space for all. We will campaign on our records of courageously opening up our books for public assessments in our strong belief that perfection belongs to God alone. In doing so, we are steadily improving the old system and achieving more efficiency.”

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Alleged killing of Timothy: Ibadan based Radio CEO, Hamzat regains freedom



THE Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of an Ibadan based Radio Station, Agidigbo FM, Alhaji Oriyomi Hamzat, who was arrested and whisked to Abuja, on Thursday, has regained his freedom, we reliably gathered this morning.

Recall that Hamzat was arrested by Force Intelligence Bureau, FIB, operatives over his alleged role in seeking justice for a gruesome murder of a Postgraduate student of the Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU, Ile Ife in Osun State, Mr. Timothy Adegoke.

Recall also that Adegoke died in one of the hotels belonging to the Maye of Ife, Chief Ramon Adedoyin late last year. Adedoyin and some of his hotel staffers have been arrested and currently facing murder charges in connection with the killing.

A competent Radio station source, however, who did not want his name in print told Our Correspondent that: “Oga, Alhaji Hamzat, will reunite with us today. He will be in Ibadan from Abuja any moment from now.”

Police had earlier said he was arrested in connection with a case of Cyber Bullying under investigation.

Its position was made known in a statement signed by Force Public Relations Officer, Muyiwa Adejobi and made available to newsmen.







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