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Ondo Politics: Court sacks Honourable for having dual citizenship

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The Election Petition Tribunal, sitting in Akure, Ondo State Capital, has nullified the election of Hon. Ikengboju Gboluga, representing Okitipupa/Irele Federal constituency in the federal House of Representatives under the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

The court nullified the election of Gboluga for sworing his allegiance to the United Kingdom having acquired the citizenship of the country. The court said he was not eligible to contest for the February 23, 2019, National Assembly election for his allegiance with UK.

The three-man panel headed by Justice Nuhu Adi also declared Albert Akintoye of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as winner of the election, ordered INEC to issue Certificate of Return to Akintoye after withdrawing same from Gboluga.

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President Buhari present year 2020 budget

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Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday formally presented N10.729 trillion for the 2020 fiscal year before a joint session of the National Assembly.

 

Buhari said the 2020 budget is based on the proposed new VAT rate. The increased revenues will be used to fund education, health, and infrastructure.

The budget proposal was prepared based on the following assumptions: Benchmark of $57 per barrel, daily oil 1.86 million barrel per day.

Buhari said the goal of presenting the 2020 Appropriation Act early to the lawmakers is so it can come into effect on January 1, 2020. He also stated that the main emphasis of the budget is on the completion many ongoing infrastructure projects, instead of starting new ones.

The Ministry of Works and Housing got N262 billion, transportation ministry got a budget of N123 billion, Agriculture ministry received N83 billion.

UBEC got N112 billion, Defence ministry N100 billion, Water Resources was allotted N82 billion, Education sector got N48 billion, health has N46 billion.

North East Dec Commission got N38 billion, SIPs was given a budget of N30 billion, FCT got N28 billion and the Niger Delta ministry got N24 billion.

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APC Governors express worry over internal crisis

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Governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), yesterday did an appraisal of the ruling party, and admitted that there is internal crisis rocking the party, especially with the lack of synergy between the state executives and the federal parliament.

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The APC governors under the aegis of Progressive Governors Forum have therefore expressed concern over the lack of cooperation among elected members of the executive arm of government and the legislature.
The Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Kebbi State, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu, who led the governors on a visit to the leadership of the National Assembly, explained that they were in the country’s apex legislative institution to present the report of the Forum’s committee on Legislative Matters, headed by the Governor of Katsina State, Alhaji Aminu Masari to the National Assembly.

Commenting on the report, Masari lamented that all efforts by his committee to come up with an acceptable mutual relationship between the governors and the National Assembly members had not achieved the desired results.

According to him, the absence of coordination between the elected state executives and the federal parliament had produced crisis of trust which is capable of destroying the party.

“The absence of coordination (between the executive and the legislature) has produced crisis of trust, which if care is not taken can destroy our party and the political process.

“So, as leaders, we need to make amends, especially in the area of management of political relations among all the party stakeholders. We need not remind ourselves of what happened between 2015 and 2019. The Progressive Governors Forum has a standing sub-committee on Legislative Matters that started in the last assembly. But unfortunately, no success came out for obvious reasons.

“So, we thought that we should contact you (National Assembly) early enough so that we put a machinery in motion in making sure that this time around, we are on the same page, that is, the Progressive Governors Forum and the National Assembly.

He added that “in doing so, we want to use this opportunity to address some fundamental issues that does not only affect APC alone as a political party but the whole nation. We have itemised some areas which we want to discuss for the purpose of this courtesy call. The details will come when your subcommittee and our subcommittee meets and discuss in detail.

“We can recall that President Muhammadu Buhari recently reminded us of our responsibilities in providing leadership to and prioritise building of strong relationships between all elected representatives both in the executive and legislative arms of government as well as our party leaders.”

Masari also expressed concern that the avoidable circumstances were preventing the elected officials of the APC from providing the necessary leadership.

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NLC threatens to go on strike over minimum wage

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The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) on Monday urged the nation’s workers and the citizenry to brace up for a prolonged nationwide strike as the ultimatum it issued to the Federal Government to implement the N30,000 new minimum wage has expired.

The warning came On Monday during this year’s World Decent Work Day celebration in Lagos.

At the rally to mark the celebration, NLC President Ayuba Wabba, who was represented by the union’s Deputy General Secretary, Ismail Bello, stressed that if government failed to address the issue on or before October 31, the labour movement would take action. The union leader urged the government to agree to consequential adjustment of the salary and begin payment immediately.

The workers, as early as 7 am, gathered at “Under Bridge” in Ikeja, the state capital, from where they marched to the House of Assembly.
Bello said government’s dillydallying on the matter had strained its relations with labour, adding that this could cause a major national strike in a matter of days.
“Accordingly, we would use this opportunity to appeal to the government to do the needful by urgently commencing the implementation to what we agreed on. We also would like to use this same opportunity to urge workers to fully mobilise for a prolonged national strike and enforce their right.

“This strike action becomes the inevitable last option for us and we crave the understanding and support of all Nigerians and businesses.

“We would want to assure workers that their labour, patience and diligence will not be in vain and that this leadership remains committed to giving all that it takes to ensure that they get just and fair wages due to them in a decent work environment appropriate to their well-being,” he said.

Also, Lagos State NLC Chairman Agnes Funmi Sessi stressed that if other states pay N30,000 minimum wage, Lagos workers would not take less than N50,000.

The union leader said this is because Lagos workers faced a lot of hazard every day, while the state is also special.

“We, workers in Lagos State, will not take anything less than N50,000 as minimum wage. This is because workers face lots of hazards. There should be allowance for transportation, rail and many other things. The roads are bad. There is no electricity. The living condition is bad.”

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National Assembly to receive 2020 budget

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The National Assembly is set to receive the 2020 Appropriation Bill. Findings showed that the Appropriation Committees of the two chambers are also in top gear to receive the fiscal document when it is referred to them.

Buhari had in a letter to the Senate President, informed the Senate that he would present the 2020 Appropriation Bill to a joint session of the National Assembly on Tuesday, October 8, 2019.
This is the first time the Appropriation Bill would be presented to a joint session of the National Assembly in October for consideration and passage.
The 2019 budget was presented to the two chambers on December 19, 2018.

Senate President, Senator Ahmad Lawan, has been consistent in his assurance that the 2020 budget would be passed before the National Assembly goes on its Christmas recess if the Appropriation Bill is submitted in September or first week of October.

The presentation of the budget is coming on the heels of the consideration and passage of the 2020 Medium Term Expenditure Framework and Fiscal Strategy Paper (MTEF/FSP) by the Senate.

Chairman Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Adedayo Adeyeye, had informed Senate Correspondent on Thursday that the President would present 2020 Appropriation Bill on Tuesday.

He also underscored the importance of the budget presentation, saying it was in line with the legislative agenda of the Senate and the desire of the President of the Senate to change the budget cycle.

“On Tuesday by 2pm, the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari, will address a joint sitting of the National Assembly on the 2020 national budget.

“On Tuesday, we will still have our plenary but we will adjourn and move to the House of Representatives to receive the President and welcome his address.

“I think this is in tandem with the 9th Senate’s Legislative Agenda and part of the Senate President’s manifestoes when he was running for this office to change the budget circle in Nigeria and now the President has taken a cue and we want to commend him.

“He is going to present the budget by Tuesday next week, which is unprecedented in the last few years,” Adeyeye had said.

The Senate’s spokesman added that the National Assembly is determined to pass the 2020 budget before its Christmas break.

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