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Gov. Tambuwal Presents N176.7bn 2021 Appropriation To Assembly

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Gov. Tambuwal Presents N176.7bn 2021 Appropriation To Assembly
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal, Sokoto State Governor

Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State on Thursday presented N176.7 billion as the proposed budget for the 2021 fiscal year to the state House of Assembly for approval.

Tambuwal said that the Appropriation bill included capital expenditure of N95.5 billion, a personnel cost of N36.2 billion, and an overhead cost of N30 billion.

Other expenditures are Interest payment on debt N9.1 billion, pension and gratuity and public debt service N4.2 billion, and internal debt service N1.6 billion.

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The Governor said the budget, tagged: “Budget of consolidation and Socio-economic emancipation,” would focus on reconstruction and rehabilitation of infrastructures damage and destroyed by flood disaster.

He said that it would also focus on the completion of projects started in 2020 as well as the execution of new ones.

He said the budget was carefully formulated in tandem with the State government’s desire to address the fundamental needs of the people in all parts of the State.

“Sokoto State is one of the few states in the country that fully adopted the principles of realistic and all-inclusive budget, where citizen’s observation and inputs are harnessed during stakeholders’ Town Hall meetings.

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“This is borne out of our desire to carry the people along in the derivation as to how their resources are expended.

“In the coming 2021 fiscal year, the government will lay emphasis on legacy projects, dry season farming, irrigation, and reconstruction of infrastructure affected by flood in order to safeguard and solidify our achievements,” he said.

He said that the sectoral allocation for the year 2021 showed that 22 percent of the proposed budget would go to education with N38.9 billion and Health, N17.9 billion representing 17 percent.

Speaking on the performance of the year 2020, the governor said that the year was characterized by the challenges of insecurity occasion by banditry, cattle rustling, kidnapping, and armed robbery.

“Indeed, the year 2020 has been a challenging year not only for Sokoto state and Nigeria but for the World as a whole due to COVID-19 Pandemic.

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“It is gratifying to note that despite the gloomy picture we have been able to manage our situation at government level and the people while responding to the outbreak of COVID-19 Pandemic, which has an effect on the health and economic activities of our teeming population.

“This is by laying emphasis on containing the spread of the pandemic in our society,” he added.

Tambuwal further explained that the policy thrust of the 2021 budget was to ensure sustainable economic development through substantial investment in critical sectors.

He listed the sectors as Education, Agriculture, Healthcare delivery, exploration of mineral resources, investment in renewable energy, and infrastructure.

“We will prioritize effective resources management and seek intervention in areas with high potentials to create job opportunities, generate income and improve revenue generation,” he said.

The Speaker, Alhaji Aminu Achida, assured the Governor of the lawmakers’ commitment to ensuring speedy passage of the bill to maintain the frequency of development in the state.

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Sanwo-Olu Gives N10m Each To Bereaved Families Of Late Officers

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Sanwo-Olu Gives N10Mn Each To Bereaved Families Of Late Officers

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state has honored three policemen who died in the course of their duties in the state with N30 million.

Sanwo-Olu, represented by his Chief of Staff, Mr. Tayo Ayinde, presented three individual beneficiary cheques of N10 million each to the bereaved families at the Government House, Alausa-Ikeja.

This is contained in a statement issued on Wednesday by the Media Director, Rapid Respond Squad [RRS], Mr. Taofiq Adebayo.

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The three beneficiary families include late Insp. Ajibola Gafari, PC Olufemi Richards of the RRS, and ASP Omisore Olamide of Lagos State Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement Unit).

The governor,  who empathized with the affected families, described the monetary support as a token and the government’s effort at comforting affected families.

He pointed out that no amount of financial gift could make up for the lost lives and the gallantry of the fallen Patriots.

He appreciated the gallantry of the deceased operatives, reassuring the families and Lagos residents of the government’s commitment to always work for the good and well-being of the masses.

A son of one of the deceased, Mr. Olufemi Odeniyi, who spoke on behalf of the three families, expressed appreciation to Governor Sanwo-Olu for the money, describing it as a lifeline.

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Ex-Nasarawa State Gov, Wife, Arrested For Alleged Corruption

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Ex-Nasarawa State Gov, Wife, Arrested For Alleged Corruption
Tanko Al-Makura

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has invited former Governor of Nasarawa State and serving senator, Tanko Al-Makura, and his wife, Mairo, over alleged corruption.

A source at the commission disclosed this to Newsmen on Wednesday evening.

As of the time of filing this report, the couple was being grilled by operatives of the anti-graft agency at its headquarters in Abuja.

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The source did not give details of the allegation against the ex-governor and his wife.

Spokesperson of EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren when contacted declined to comment on the couple’s arrest.

Al-Makura was the Governor of Nasarawa State between 2011 and 2019 before he was elected as Senator representing Nasarawa South Senatorial District at the National Assembly.

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Ondo Guber: Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Akeredolu

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Ondo Guber: Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Akeredolu
Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, Ondo State

The Supreme Court on Wednesday in a split judgment of four-to-three upheld the victory of Rotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Oct. 10, 2020 governorship election.

In the majority judgment delivered by Justice Emmanuel Agim, four of the seven-member panel dismissed the appeal by Eyitayo Jegede and his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the grounds that it was incompetent.

Justice Agim upheld an earlier judgment of the Court of Appeal, that the petition filed by Jegede and his party at the election tribunal was incompetent because they failed to include the Yobe Governor and Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the APC, Mai Mala-Buni as a party.

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In the minority judgment read by Justice Mary Peter-Odili, the court upheld the appeal and dismiss the cross-appeal by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Akeredolu, and the APC.

Odili and two other members of the panel were of the view that since the APC, for which Buni acted, was a party in the case, there was no need to include him as a party.

The main appeal was filed by the candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in the last governorship election in Ondo State, Eyitayo Jegede against Akeredolu, challenging the competence of APC’s sponsorship of Akeredolu for the election. 

Jegede approached the electoral petitions tribunal praying that the declaration of Akeredolu as the winner of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should be set aside.

He also prayed the apex court to declare him the winner on grounds that the emergence of the APC candidate breached the nation’s constitution.

On July 16, the Court of Appeal led by Justice Theresa Orji-Abadua had dismissed the petition filed by Jegede while affirming Akeredolu as the winner of the poll.

In its verdict, the Appeal Court had out of 7 issues raised for determination resolved four and a half in favor of Jegede and the rest two and a half in favor of Akeredolu.

Not satisfied with the decision of the Appellate Court, both Akeredolu, Jegede, and INEC approached the Supreme Court for the invalidation of both the Election Petition Tribunal and Appeal Court.

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