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Niger Governor signs 2023 appropriation bill into law

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Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has signed the 2023 appropriation bill, to the tune of over N243 billion, into law. The bill is N5 billion above the estimate he presented to the state House of Assembly for consideration earlier. It would be recalled that Bello had, on November 1, 2022, presented over N238 billion budget proposal to the state House of Assembly.

At a brief ceremony at the Council Chamber of Government House, Minna, the governor said his administration is not unmindful of the shortfall of resources but expressed hope that the budget will be for the benefit of all the people in the state.

According to him, “I am optimistic that the 2023 budget if implemented up to 90%, would bring about a better Niger State. This is the last budget I will be assenting to under my administration, the incoming administration might make some changes or maintain what is already approved”.

The capital expenditure is expected to gulp over N152 billion, while recurrent expenditure is over N91 billion. A sectoral breakdown showed that the Administration had over N9 billion, Economics over N102 billion, Law, and Justice over N1 billion, even as the Social sector gulped over N38 billion.

Bello commended the legislative arm for its continued support of the executive arm, particularly for working tirelessly to ensure the passage of the budget. I also appreciate the leadership and members of the State Budget and Planning Commission, all Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) for contributing to making sure the budget was passed,” he added.

Source: dailypost

In other news –  Atiku clears the air on using Peter Obi’s image for campaign

The spokesperson for the Atiku, Okowa Presidential Campaign Council, Daniel Bwala has denied that his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is using the face of Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, LP, to campaign in some northern States.

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Bwala made the clarification on Thursday while fielding questions on the Arise Television Morning Show programme. Learn more

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Lagos govt denies alleged plan to lure communities for petrol project

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The Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development has debunked reports claiming the ministry is enticing residents of four communities in Ketu to accept the building of a petrol station in their area. The Deputy Director, Public Affairs of the Ministry, Mr Mukaila Sanusi, said this in a statement on Monday in Lagos.

Sanusi, who named the four communities as Demurin, Oba Nle- Aro, Doyin Omololu, and Irawo Osan, said the allegation was false, biased and unfounded.He said, “Contrary to the insinuation of bias by a section of the media, the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Dr Oluyinka Olumide, has disclosed that the stakeholders meeting at Demurin, Oba Nle- Aro, Doyin Omololu, and Irawo Osan community was part of the routine of treating such technical proposals to ensure fairness to all sides.

“Advocacy by proponents for supposedly non-compatible proposals is a welcome development in town planning which, once received by the ministry, must be validated with the host community through dialogue.

“Advocacy has been made to the ministry by the proponents of the project on the basis that Demuren and the adjoining roads are axial roads, serving the Lagos Ikorodu road, with appreciable vehicular coverage.’’

Sanusi explained that the meeting with the community aligned with the Lagos State Urban and Regional Planning and Development Law 2019 (as amended).

He further highlighted that the meeting was consistent with the Lagos State Government’s established approach of involving the public in decision-making, particularly regarding physical planning and governance in general.

He said that such open discussions would help to consider different perspectives and reach the best decision for the state and its residents.

Sanusi added that such dialogues had led to approvals or rejections of various facilities such as markets, cemeteries and petrol stations, among others.

He pledged the ministry’s commitment to fair and transparent procedures, including community involvement, in making decisions related to urban development projects

Source: Dailypost

In other news – Nigeria Customs investigates officer accused of extortion

The Comptroller, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘B’ Kaduna, Mr Dalha Wada-Chedi has handed over the officer alleged to have extorted N500,000.00 from a car buyer, Muhammad Ahmad, to the Customs Police Unit.

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The suspected officer, who was alleged to have committed the offence along Mokwa-Jebba Road in Niger, was on Monday handed over to the Assistant Provost Marshal (APM) of the unit in Kaduna. Read more

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Nigeria Customs investigates officer accused of extortion

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The Comptroller, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), Federal Operations Unit, Zone ‘B’ Kaduna, Mr Dalha Wada-Chedi has handed over the officer alleged to have extorted N500,000.00 from a car buyer, Muhammad Ahmad, to the Customs Police Unit.

The suspected officer, who was alleged to have committed the offence along Mokwa-Jebba Road in Niger, was on Monday handed over to the Assistant Provost Marshal (APM) of the unit in Kaduna.The comptroller, while addressing newsmen in the premises of the unit confirmed that the suspected officer involved in this unwholesome act was an operative of the unit deployed to Mokwa Patrol Team.Wada-Chedi said that the unfortunate incident occurred in the early hours of Thursday as reported by the complainant.

The comptroller said, “Upon hearing the alleged unfortunate incident, I directed the Police Unit in the Zone that is responsible for enforcing discipline in the Service to apprehend the Officer and move him to the Unit’s Headquarters here in Kaduna for further interrogation. Also, the complainant was invited to assist in the investigation as well.

“The Comptroller General of Customs, Bashir Adeniyi and his management team frowned at such unruly behavior as such the disciplinary committee will be diligent and firm.

“In fact, the service is very pragmatic and practical in disciplinary cases and this one will not be an exception.” According to Wada-Chedi, the suspected officer was handed over to the APM Customs Police Unit for further investigation.

Source: vanguardngr

In other news – This is why Women rejected me due to my looks – Stephen Alajemba speaks out

Veteran Nollywood actor Stephen Alajemba, aka Uwaezuoke, has revealed that he experienced rejection from women and people in general while growing up due to his physical and facial appearances. The thespian said his mother told him that as a baby, people refused to carry him because he was not looking attractive.

 

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He disclosed this in a recent interview with popular YouTuber, Yan Kontent Factory.Alajemba said he promised his mother that he was going to make her proud because she told him that he did not “earn anything good” for her as a child. Read more

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Army arrests suspected kidnapper in Edo

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Troops have apprehended an alleged kidnapper in Iguomor, a community situated in Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of Edo State, and retrieved vehicles and other items in the process.

The operation was carried out by troops of 4 Brigade and personnel of Operation Wabaizigan, who arrested a suspected kidnapper and gun runner, Ekenaye Festus, along with four of his accomplices.

The Nigerian Army made this known in a statement issued by the spokesperson of 4 Brigade, Chinonso Polycarp Oteh, on its X handle on Monday.Part of the statement reads: “Consequent upon consistent support of the good people of Edo State through the provision of timely and actionable intelligence to Nigerian Army, troops of Headquarters 4 Brigade, personnel of Operation Wabaizigan, acting on credible intelligence, successfully arrested a suspected kidnapper and gun runner, Ekenaye Festus alongside four of his collaborators in the general area of Agbor Road, in Iguomor community, Ikpoba Okha Local Government Area of Edo State.

“The suspects who were arrested in the early hours of 25 February 2024 have been terrorising the Obagie community and were suspected to have been carrying out kidnappings and other criminal activities within the state.

“Those arrested alongside Ekenaye Festus are Isaac Oghosa, Ameh Innocent, Odion Okpako, and Ajayi Ayoola.

Source: pmnewsnigeria

 

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