Jigawa Assembly Approves N21.7bn Supplementary Budget

 

Jigawa State House of Assembly has approved a supplementary budget of the sum of N21.7 billion submitted by the state executive council.

The state Commissioner of Finance, Babangida Umar Gantsa, while addressing journalists after the approval said the state deems it necessary to seek the supplementary budget to finance some critical projects included in the 2021 budget.

He said the supplementary budget is for the state to achieve its desired goals in ensuring that all key socio-economic development projects and programs are fully funded and completed by the beginning of the 2023 fiscal year without having bequeathed unnecessary huge contractual commitments and liabilities.

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The Commissioner added that the 2021 budget was proposed on 11.9% inflation rate and now it is 17.9%, while $40 per barrel of crude now sold at $69.

“In a simple term, the cost of the project has increased and also the expected consolidated revenue has increased so it is indispensable to have supplementary for the full implementation of 2021 state appropriation bill,” he said.

The Chairman House Committee on Constituency project Haruna Aliyu Danyatin said, the executive submitted N18.99 billion as proposed supplementary budget but the House increased it to N21.7 billion.

He added that the supplementary budget approved by the House will be used to fund projects in Education, Health, Electrification, and Roads projects as contained in the letter sent to the house by the executive.

Jigawa State House Of Assembly Impeaches Speaker

 

The Speaker of Jigawa State House of Assembly, Isah Idris, has been impeached.

The Speaker was impeached on Thursday in what appears to be an emergency seating with 20 out of 30 lawmakers present.

The House, after the impeachment unanimously voted Idris Garba Kareka as the newly elected speaker of the House.

The new Speaker, Idris Garba, was impeached as the speaker of the House in 2017 in a similar process.

Two other principal officers were impeached alongside the Speaker. They include the majority leader, Honourable Sank Isiyaku representing Gumel and the Chief Whip, Honourable Aminu Sankara representing Ringim.

Honourable Kai’s Abdallah Malammadori was then elected majority leader and Honourable Bala Hamza of Kazaure as Chief Whip.

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The impeachment of the Speaker comes a few days after the mace was destroyed by the lawmakers who got into a fight over leadership.

The House was on Tuesday thrown into a rowdy session following a motion moved on the amendment of the standing rule of the state assembly.

A member representing Yankwashi constituency, Alkasim Karkarna, was reported to have hit the mace which resulted in its destruction.

 

Jigawa Women Group Demand Representation, Participation In Politics

Women in Dutse, the Jigawa State capital on Tuesday, stormed the state House of Assembly to demand full participation and representation of women in politics, including the 2019 general elections.

The women, under the group called the Association of Women in Politics, presented their demands alongside a bill on child abuse and drug abuse to the House.

According to the women, despite their contribution in the success of political candidates, women are not well represented in socio-political and economic sectors.

The demand of the women group was read to the members of the House of Assembly By Hajiya Abu Muhammad.

The women are demanding for the representation of women in politics; free education for the girl child; improve healthcare for women to reduce maternal mortality, implementation of nutrition policy, and laws and policies made to protect women against violence among others.

Speaker of Jigawa State Assembly, Alhaji Isa Idris in response said they will preside over their demands and justice would be done to there request.

Hajiya Ladi Dansure a stalwart of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and commissioner for women affairs, said women deserve equal rights with men, therefore, they should be given equal opportunity in a decision-making process.

Mrs Lami Yerima who also spoke to channels television said, women, if given the chance can do even better and this is evident in them raising a family.

Stakeholders Meet In Kano Over Public Safety And Security

Stakeholders have stressed their belief that fighting terrorism in Nigeria requires the collaborative effort of all security agencies, if the country is to ensure public safety and security.

This position was taken during a consultative forum on the development of a national policy on public safety and security for the North Western states held in Kano.

Initiated by the Ministry Of Police Affairs, the national policy on public safety and security will streamline relationship among various security agencies, as well as define meaningful and popular rules of engagement in such a way that public safety and security will not be jeopardised.

The stakeholders’ forum which brought in representatives from the North West geo-political zone of the country is aimed at consulting the relevant authorities on the overall framework of the policy.

Lead facilitator, Professor Femi Odekunle, who admitted that Nigeria is currently facing various security challenges ranging from terrorism to kidnapping, also maintained that the national policy on public is urgently required if Nigerians are to be protected.

However, according to the Speaker, Jigawa State House of Assembly, the performance of Nigeria’s security agencies at the volatile areas of Maiduguri, Yobe, Adamawa and perhaps Kano is not satisfactory; a situation which he said also requires the public safety policy to protect the innocent.

It was also agreed at the stakeholders’ brainstorm that Nigeria’s needs on security are not just about developing the paper work, but having the political will to implement the paper work.

Jonathan Condoles Family Of Jigawa Deputy Speaker

President Goodluck Jonathan has commiserated with the family of Honourable Inuwa Sule Udi, the Deputy Speaker of the Jigawa State House of Assembly, who was involved in a car accident while on his way home from Kano.

Describing the death of the lawmaker as ‘very painful and untimely’ President Jonathan also condoled with the Jigawa State House Speaker, members of the Assembly and the government and people of Jigawa State, saying that Honourable Inuwa Sule Udi’s legislative experience would be solely missed, not just Jigawa state alone but the nation as whole, while still expressing his shock at the death of the lawmaker who has been in the Jigawa State House of Assembly as a third-term member.

President Jonathan ended by praying that God Almighty would console members of the Udi family and grant the soul of the departed lawmaker peaceful rest.