Controversy Trails Benue Anti-Grazing Bill

Benue Govt. Denies Inducement On Anti-Grazing BillA major controversy appears to be brewing in Benue State over the change in the content and title of the Open Grazing Prohibition Bill recently sent to the legislative by the executive in the state.

The revelation was made by the State House of Assembly, after the letter sent by the executive substituting the earlier bill with the contentious livestock promotion bill was read in the Assembly.

The State Government, however, denied any external influence leading to the change as alleged in some quarters.

The executive added that the new version was drafted to accommodate more views in the bill.

Buhari Advocates Greater Teamwork Between Executive And Legislature

Muhammadu Buhari, Bukola Saraki, Legislature, ExecutivePresident Muhammadu Buhari has called for closer cooperation between Nigeria’s executive and legislative arms of government.

He is optimistic that proper collaboration would ensure the smooth implementation of government’s policies and programmes.

The president said that despite the Principle of Separation of Powers, both arms of government should be united in the promotion of the common good of the people.

President Buhari added that whatever differences that might occasionally arise between the two arms of government should not be allowed to compromise their common goals of promoting the greater progress and development of Nigeria.

In a goodwill message to Dr. Bukola Saraki on Monday signed by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, President Buhari felicitated with the Senate President on his 54th birthday anniversary on December 19, 2016.

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The President described the celebrant as “one of the most influential politicians of our time who has made tremendous impact on the country”.

He noted that Senator Saraki had successfully kept the memory of his late father alive by identifying with the grassroots in his home state.

Call For Greater Synergy

President Buhari wished the Senate President many more prosperous years ahead.

His call for greater synergy between the Presidency and the National Assembly is apparently made to prevent conflicting interests that followed the 2016 budget presentation.

One of these is the allegation of budget padding by the former House Committee Chairman on Appropriation, Representative Abdulmumin Jibrin, against the leadership of the House of Representatives.

The President’s statement is coming days after he presented a budget proposal of 7.298 trillion Naira for the 2017 fiscal year.

He proposed that the implementation of the budget be based on Nigeria’s economic recovery and growth strategy.

Rivers Rerun: Ex-Militant Leader, Ateke Tom Calls For Peace

Rivers Rerun: Ex-Militant Leader, Ateke Tom Calls For PeaceAhead of the December 10 new date for the conclusion of the legislative election in Rivers state, an ex-militant leader, Ateke Tom has called for peaceful elections.

In a meeting with journalists in Okrika, he advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure that the polls are transparent.

“I want Rivers people to go out for a peaceful election so that there will be peace in the state. Whether you are APC or PDP, go out on that day and vote peacefully.

“Any party that wants to do rally can do their rally anywhere, nobody should disturb them. If they want to use my bedroom for their rally, I will give them my bedroom key after all before APC or PDP, there was Rivers state.

“No one should use my name to cover their failure if they have failed before, you are free to do your rally anywhere,” he said.

There are fears that the tension that is already building up to the December 10 new date for the conclusion of the legislative rerun does not show good signs.

This is in view of the violence that greeted the 2015 general elections in the state and the March 19 legislative rerun in Rivers state which led to the cancellation of the exercise in some local government areas.

Ateke Tom’s community in Okrika also experienced some violence during a political rally in the 2015 polls.

Obasanjo Prays For Continuous Peace In Nigeria

olusegun obasanjoA former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has joined other Nigerians at a church service held at the Chapel of Christ the Glorious King in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, to mark the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

The former president, while praying at the occasion, prayed for continuous peace and unity in the land.

He also asked that the message of love and salvation embedded in the celebration, should be made to reflect on citizens’ daily activities.

Giving a road map of what ought to be done to reduce the effects of the hard times the Federal Government asked Nigerians to brace up for, the former president challenged all arms of government and Nigerians in general to make the necessary sacrifices to ensure economic recovery and growth in the coming year.

“I believe that the government has tried to let us know what the situation is likely to be, but I believe that we have done it before, we have had downs in our economy before, we have risen again, we have made money, we have squandered it and we must now know, if we are sensible at all, that there must be an end to squandering – squandamania. That is the first thing by everybody.

“I still believe that there are still areas of government that are not serious enough to make us feel that what is being said is something that will concern all of us.

“It will be very difficult for the people of this country to see that certain arms of government are living in luxury while the government is asking some of the ordinary people to continue to make sacrifice.

“I believe that all arms of government; the executive, legislative, judiciary, parastatals and indeed, the private sector should realise that if they are going to shorten the time of this hardship or have any cushioning effect for the ordinary people, there will have to be sacrifice made by those who have to make more sacrifice,” he said.

Adamawa Governor Impeached, Speaker Is Acting Governor

nyakoThe Adamawa State House of Assembly’s speaker, Umaru Fintiri, has been sworn-in as the Acting Governor after the House impeached the state governor, Murtala Nyako, on allegations of financial impropriety against him and his deputy, Bala Ngilari.

The governor was impeached on Tuesday by the lawmakers after reviewing the report of a panel of inquiry set up to investigate the allegations against him and his deputy.

Earlier, the state Deputy Governor, Bala Ngilari, resigned from office to avoid being impeached.

Mr Ngilari’s resignation letter was read at plenary by the speaker of the Assembly, Umaru Fintiri, after which the lawmakers approved it.

The seven man panel, chaired by Mr Bala Kaigama, who submitted the report to the speaker, observed that the panel encountered initial problem of having a venue for sitting but eventually overcame the challenge and produced four volumes of the report on allegations levelled against the governor and the deputy.

Both the governor and the deputy did not appear before the panel, but it continued with the investigation.

Receiving the report, the Speaker of the House, Honourable Umaru Fintiri, assured the panel that the report would be given appropriate attention, considering the importance of the panel in shaping democracy in Nigeria and the state in particular.

One of the accused, the deputy governor, had expressed concern on the procedure that led to the establishment of the panel, citing it as his reason for not appearing before the panel to defend himself on allegations of improper conduct against him.


Impeachment Rumour Will Not Distract Governor Al-Makura- Aide

vlcsnap-2014-07-12-16h15m41s186The Special Adviser on Public Affairs to Nasarawa State Governor, Mr Abdulhammid Kwarra, has described the ongoing impeachment saga involving the governor as “a mere allegation”.

Speaking on Channel Television’s Saturday breakfast programme, Sunrise, Kwarra stated that the rumour of the House of Assembly getting rid of the governor is untrue.

“We do not have a specific issue being mentioned as contentious between the executive and legislature, it is not on record in the State Assembly over any attempt to impeach the Governor.

“The so called allegation over the removal of the Governor does not deter the governor’s determination to be constructive in ruling the state, we see it as a distraction and my governor has never yielded to this distraction, he is very focused to accomplish the test of his own mandate,” he said.

Speaking alongside, the governor’s aide was the Defence Correspondent of Blueprint Newspaper, Jibrin Baba Ndace, who was of the opinion that the issue of stability and good governance should be looked beyond Nassarawa State.

He accused Mr Kwarra of being ignorant of the House of Assembly’s threat to impeach the Governor, insisting that it is in all “Social Media”.

He further claimed that major newspapers and online blogs published the alleged impeachment plot by the State House of Assembly members.

“It was stated in reports (online and print media) that a meeting was held in Abuja by some members of House of Assembly to impeach the Governor”, he said.

He further indicated that the military poses lesser threat to the development of democracy than politicians, who are saddled with the responsibility of developing the state.

“The action and inaction of our politicians is a threat to how our security forces perform their duties, what they say and do not say” he added, insisting that “party politics” also contributes to the major problems in the State.

Last month, Pioneer Chairman of defunct CPC, Mohammed El-Yakub, threatened legal action against the state Governor, Tanko Al-Makura, over the alleged embezzlement of the state’s internally generated revenue.

 

Government plans to increase spending by 5 per cent

Data and information analyst Babajide Ogunsanwo said from his observation of the 2013 budget compared to the 2012 budget government is planning to increase expenditure by 5% as the 2013 budget increased to N4.9 trillion to the 2012 budget of N4.7 trillion.

He gave an analysis that if the government is spending N4.7 trillion in 2012 and is planning to spend N4.9 trillion in 2013 and if you adjust those numbers for inflation you get to find that an expected growth of 5% on one hand and an inflation of about 12% on the hand.

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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.