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YEMI OSINBAJO SIGNS 2017 BUDGET

Acting president, Yemi Osinbaj finally signed the 2017 Appropriation Bill into law, a month after it was passed by the National Assembly. The budget was first presented on December 14, 2016, to the two chambers of the National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari who had an estimate of N7.28 trillion but was raised to N7.44 trillion by the federal law makers.

According to Osinbajo, after signing the document, it’s an important milestone in our economic recovery and growth plan laid in April by President Buhari.

 

APC GOVERNMENT INSINCERE ABOUT RESTRUCTURING – FALANA

Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) on Monday accused the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government of being insincere about its supposed commitment to national restructuring and true federalism.

Speaking at a public lecture commemorating the 24th anniversary of the annuled June 12, 1993 election, Mr. Falana emphasised that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) supported restructuring in its party’s manifesto during the 2016 Presidential campaign. However, the Governor of Ondo state, Rotimi Akeredolu who hosted the event further declared the popular democracy park to be named MKO Abiola Democracy Park.

 

AISHA BUHARI GETS N60M FROM CHINA

President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife, Aisha has received a donation of N60 million from the People’s Republic of China for her pet project.

Aisha’s spokesman, Suleiman Haruna explained that the donation to Future Assured was in recognition of her efforts towards improving lives. Haruna further said that the senior special assistant to Buhari , Dr. Hajo Sani, thanked China for the support and goodwill and promised that the money will get to its intended beneficiaries.

 

APC REAPPOINTS HUSEIN IN OSUN

The National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress, in the afternoon of Monday, June 12, 2017, made a move on the controversial by-election in the Osun-west Senatorial District as it cleared Mudashir Husein , who was earlier disqualified by the Rikiji led screening committee.

However, the National Working Committee of the APC, made a quick change of plans yesterday as they unanimously cleared Husein to participate in the party’s primary slated for Tuesday, June 13 alongside Ademola Adeleke, the younger brother to late Senator Isiaka Adeleke.

 

BUHARI’S REGIME WILL SOON END – FANI-KAYODE

Former aviation minister, Femi Fani-Kayode has condemned Monday’s invasion of the Sun Newspapers headquarters by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The former presidential spokesman urged Nigerians to endure with president Muhammadu Buhari’s Government adding that the regime will soon pass. He said the raid was barbaric and irresponsible. FANI -Kayode noted that he is not surprised by the development because he believes that is the way the government has been behaving for the last two years.

 

5 FEARED DEAD AS DINO MELAYE’S PROTEST AGAINST KOGI STATE GOVERNMENT TURNS BLOODY

No fewer than five persons were hit with bullet at the gate of Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja where senator Dino Melaye was holding the protest against the state government. The protest which started around 11 am turned bloody when gunmen yet to be identified invaded the venue of protest. The gunmen stormed the venue from the Nataco junction showcasing guns and cutlasses and started shooting into different directions sending people running for their safety, including journalists who were at hand to cover the event.

Before the army and the state commissioner of police could reach there almost an hour into the shooting, five persons fell victims of gun shots with a vehicle in flame as well.

 

LAGOS BEGS EMPLOYERS TO ACCEPT CORPS MEMBERS

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos state, on Monday, appealed to employers of labour in the state to accept members of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) posted to their organisations for the one year mandatory national assignment.

The Governor’s appeal comes as Mohammed Momoh, Lagos state coordinator of the NYSC, says the corps member are now being trained to create jobs and not as job seekers, upon conclusion of their national assignment. The Governor stressed the need for youths to blend with the communities and generate creative ideas that could move the communities forward.

 

NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT RECONSTITUTES CODE OF CONDUCT BUREAU

Nigeria’s Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo had on Monday approved the appointment of the 10 members of the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), as required by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The reconstitution of the bureau follows a court order flushing out members who have served beyond their term limits and colluded with corrupt politicians and public servants to alter their declaration of assets.

 

MAN DOCKED OVER N8.5 MILLION FRAUD

The Police Special Fraud Unit (SFU), yesterday charged Adeleke Isiaka, a 45-year old man over N8.5 million fraud.

The accused is standing trial on a three count charge of conspiracy, obtaining money by false pretences and stealing. He pleaded not guilty to the charges. Although the trial judge, Justice Muslim Hassan-Yusuf granted the accused N1 million bail with one surety in like sum, he said the surety must provide evidence of three years tax clearance. He ordered him to be remanded in prison’s custody pending the perfections ofthe bail conditions and fixed September 15 for commencement of substantive trial.

 

OSINBAJO BLAMES AGITATION ON FAILURE TO PROVIDE BASIC NEEDS

The Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has hinged the rising wave of agitations on failure of the states to provide basic needs for the people, forcing them to seek for succour in their respective tribal groups.

Speaking at the commemoration of the annulment of June 12, 1993 Presidential election held yesterday, he urged Nigerians to embrace peace. Meanwhile, northern leaders and the Igbos yesterday converged at the Arewa House in Kaduna and agreed to work for the unity.

 

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