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Ministry of Environment To Build Gun Armouries With N67.8m

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BREAKING: Ministry of Environment To Build Gun Armouries With N67.8m
Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola's image used for illustrative purpose.

About N67.8 million has been allocated to the Ministry of Environment for the construction of gun armouries in the 2022 budget. This is according to BudgIT, a Nigerian civic organisation that leverages technology for citizen engagement.

In a statement seen by Newsrand, BudgIT said even though the ministry is not a security agency, the N67.8 million was allocated for it to build the gun armouries in Cross Rivers, Kaduna, Borno, and Yobe States.

Aside from the N67.8 million corruptly allocated to the Ministry of Environment, BudgIT also uncovered 460 duplicated projects in the 2022 budget.

The statement read: “Our preliminary analysis of the 21,108 capital projects in the 2022 approved budget revealed 460 duplicated projects amounting to N378.9 billion. Recall that BudgIT observed 316 duplicated projects inserted into the 2021 FG Budget approved by the national assembly. ICPC verified 257 duplications, while the Budget Office confirmed the existence of only 185 duplicated projects worth N20.13 billion, after which it informed the public that funds were not released for the projects in 2021. 

“Furthermore, BudgIT notes that the occurrence of inflated projects amounting to billions of naira directly linked to the State House and the Presidency is a cause for concern. Examples include the N20.8 billion requested by the Presidency to construct a 14-bed presidential wing at the existing State House Medical Center, N28.72 million requested for the purchase of 2units of 10KG washing machine, and 6units of LG Televisions in the State House Lagos Liaison Office, among others.”

Slamming the National Assembly for padding the budget and ignoring the corruption loopholes, BudgIT’s Country Director Gabriel Okeowo said, “The loopholes for fraud in the 2022 FG budget is a crime against the 86 million Nigerians living below the poverty line, an injustice to hardworking taxpayers and an open mockery of countries and lending institutions that intend to borrow NigeriaN6.29 trillion in 2022.” 

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Kumuyi Bows To Pressure As He Cancels Crusade Over Threat

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Kumuyi Bows To Pressure As He Cancels Crusade Over Threat

Pastor William Kumuyi of the Deeper Life Bible Church, has finally cancelled the planned crusade in Aba, Abia State.

Kumuyi was said to have cancelled the crusade over rising insecurity and the threat he got since the crusade was announced.

The crusade was scheduled to hold in Aba from Tuesday, May 24, 2022, to Sunday, May 29, but the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) warned the 80-year-old cleric not to go ahead with it.

Confirming the cancellation, Kumuyi promised to communicate a new venue and date for the crusade to hold.

Also, the Chairman of the crusade’s organising team, Pastor James Akpofure, corroborated the development in a statement.

As there are currently some security challenges at the intended alpha location (Aba, Abia State, Nigeria), the Global Crusade Convener, Pastor (Dr) W.F. Kumuyi commiserates with our people in Abia State and will be praying along for God’s Divine Intervention,” Akpofure said.

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ASUU Strike: Latest ASUU News Roundup For Saturday 21st May 2022

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FG Slams ASUU As Strike Enters Day 50

Good day, here are the latest ASUU news headlines updates for today, Saturday, May 21st, 2022, on Newsrand.

1. ASUU To End Strike As FG Begins Payment Of Arrears

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), and the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP), may soon end their ongoing strike, as the Federal Government begins the payment of their minimum wage arrears.

The payment of minimum wage arrears, Newsrand, understands is part of move to put an end to the strike.

2. ASUU, FG To Resume Talks Over Ongoing Strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), and the Federal Government (FG) may meet on Monday, May 16, 2022, to resume talks over the ongoing strike.

The Chairman of the Federal University of Technology, Minna chapter of ASUU, and member of the union’s National Executive Council (NEC), Dr. Gbolahan Bolarin, disclosed this in an i

3. ASUU Extends Strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has extended its ongoing strike for another 12 weeks.

In a statement signed, ASUU president, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke said the strike extension became effective from Sunday, May 8, 2022, adding that the union took this decision after its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting which started at the Comrade Festus Iyayi National Secretariat, University of Abuja.

4. ASUU Writes UNIJOS Over Minister’s Certificate

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has written to the University of Jos (UNIJOS), demanding a probe and recall of the certificate of Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, the Minister of State for Education.

ASUU made this move as its strike, which commenced on Monday, February 14, 2022, continues.

5. Striking ASUU Members Don’t Deserve Salaries -FG

Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba has stated that the striking members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) don’t deserve to be paid salaries.

Newsrand understands that ASUU went on a strike on Monday, February 14, 2022, a development that had since grounded public universities activities across the country.

6. ASUU: NLC Warns Of Strike If Union Demands Are Not Met

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has warned the Federal Government of a 3-days nationwide strike if Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) demands are not met in the next 21 days.

This was disclosed by the congress’ Chairman, Ayuba Wabbba, during a pre-May Day rally held in Abuja, stating that within the 21-days ultimatum, a protest will be held.

Visit newsrand.com for more latest news updates on ASUU and other top trending stories/news in Nigeria and around the world.

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