2013 Budget Impasse: Improper preparation responsible for hiccups

Adeyinka Ajayi the Chairman committee of aids and loans and a member of joint committee on the medium expenditure framework said there will always be a middle ground on issues of governance talking about the impasse on the 2013 budget between the executive and legislative arms of government.

He said while on board our breakfast show Sunrise Daily that the present executive arm of government delayed the 2013 budget in order to streamline their issues attached to budgeting so as not to have a poor presentation of the budget.

He however pointed out there other fundamental issues that have not been addressed and are quite critical which he explained.

NERC Official speaks on crazy billing by PHCN

Uche Okoro, the Special Assistant, Research and Strategy to the Chairman, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Sam Amadi on Tuesday blamed the reported incidences of overestimated billing by the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) to corruption in the electricity distribution companies.

Mr Okoro, who was a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, assured Nigerians that once the distribution companies are fully concessioned, the cases of estimated billing will be a thing of the past.

He also spoke about the plan of the NERC to ensure that all electricity consumer get the prepaid meter before the 18 month deadline set by the commission.

Watch the video below for the complete discussion.

Parks and Garden law: apply persuasion not punishment, lawyer tells Lagos govt

The Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ikeja branch, Onyekachi Ubani on Monday urged the Lagos State government to use persuasion in enforcing the new Parks and Gardens law which was recently established in the state.

The new law makes it mandatory for landlords of landscapes to beautify the perimeter areas of their properties. Violation of this law, according to the commissioner, shall warrant the penalty of N250, 000 or any amount the state shall incur in doing same on behalf of the property owner.

Mr, Ubani, who was a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, said while it is important to maintain a decent and clean environment, the government should also consider the living standard of residents of Lagos while enforcing the law.

Watch the video below for the complete interview with Mr Ubani.

 

New Parks and Garden Law will make Lagos the cleanest city – Commissioner

The Lagos State Commissioner for Environment, Tunji Bello on Tuesday said that it was necessary for the state government to establish the new Parks and Garden Law to ensure that the reputation of the state changes from the dirtiest to the cleanest cities in the world.

Mr Bello had last week inaugurated the Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency (LASPARK).

The agency is expected to manage all the parks and gardens and enforce the laws.

The new law makes it mandatory for landlords of landscapes to beautify the perimeter areas of their properties. Violation of this law, according to the commissioner, shall warrant the penalty of N250, 000 or any amount the state shall incur in doing same on behalf of the property owner.

According to Bello, all houses in the Lagos metropolis, no matter how small or congested must have flowers planted at their perimeters or the owners will face the law if they fail to comply.

Following the establishment of the law, critics have kicked against it insisting that the government does not have the right to punish any landlords for not beautifying their property.

Mr Bello however said the aim of the law is not to punish Lagosians but to ensure that the environment is liveable.

Watch the video below for the complete interview.


Respect National Assembly resolutions, Lawyer tells FG

A lawyer, Ikechukwu Ikeji on Monday said the various arms of government in Nigeria should show respect for one another insisting that the executive arm should “do unto others what you expect them to do to you.”

Mr Ikeji, who was a guest on Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise Daily, was responding to questions surrounding the controversial comments reportedly attributed to the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku.

Mr Maku was reported to have said that the position of the senate asking President Goodluck Jonathan to reverse the issuance of N5000 note was advisory and can either be implemented or ignored.

Mr Ikeji however said though the executive arm of government is not duty bound to implement the resolutions of the National Assembly, it must accord respect for such resolutions.

Watch the video below for the complete interview:

 

Minister’s comment on National Assembly’s resolution is irresponsible – former lawmaker

A lawyer and former member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Babatunde Ogala on Monday said the comments credited to the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku about the resolutions of the Nation Assembly is irresponsible.

Mr Maku was reported to have said that the position of the senate asking President Goodluck Jonathan to reverse the issuance of N5000 note was advisory and can either be implemented or ignored.

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Ogala said the information minister should have been more tactical in his comments.

“I guess we are coming from statement that was attributed to the information minister, which I would say with all respect was most irresponsible. He could have been more tactical,” he said.

 Watch the video below for the former lawmaker’s comment on the relationships between the three arms of governments.

 

Friction between Executive and Legislature should not be overheated – Doyin Okupe

In the wake of growing tensions between the legislature and the executive, senior special assistant to the president on public affairs has appealed to the legislature not to overheat the polity in the interest of democracy.

Speaking at a press conference in Abuja, Mister Okupe said it is normal for disagreements to exist between different arms of government in a democracy, but  appealed that disagreements must be held in moderation as both arms of government were working to better the lives of the people.


Noting that the present misunderstanding between the two branches of government was unhealthy, the presidential aide expressed the belief that the lawmakers were driven by their passion to ensure the substantial execution of projects as a way to accelerate the nation’s development.

Dr. Okupe said that the Federal Government meant well.

There have been renewed tensions between the executive and the national assembly over the failure of the presidency to implement resolutions reached by the national assembly.

Budget Implemetation:FG wants more cooperation with legislature – Sylvester Monye

Proper planning and cooperation between the executive and legislative arms of government in Nigeria will result in a higher performance of the nation’s annual budgets.

This is according to the Special Adviser to the President on Performance, Evaluation and Monitoring, Professor Sylvester Monye who appeared on our breakfast show, Sunrise Daily, to defend the Federal Government’s budget implementation strategy.