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NASS To Harmonize Oil Price Benchmark Soon – Enang

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PRESIDENT JONATHAN PRESENTING 2013 BUDGET PROPOSAL TO A JOINT SITTING OF NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

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The Chairman of the Senate Business and Rules Committee, Sen. Ita Enang (PDP–Akwa Ibom), on Sunday said the National Assembly would soon resolve the oil price benchmark issue.

Enang, who said this at a news briefing in Abuja, explained that the National Assembly was committed to reaching a common position on the oil price benchmark issue.

He said this was to enable President Goodluck Jonathan present the 2014 budget.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the two chambers of the National Assembly had been unable to agree on a unified position on the oil price benchmark.

This had been holding back the passage of the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF).

Enang said the National Assembly was working to ensure that the Federal Ministry of Finance furnishes it with the records of the Excess Crude Accounts funds.

“The two chambers of the National Assembly are cautious to ensure that the MTEF is adopted before the budget was presented, so as to avoid legal issues if laws guiding budget preparations were breached.

“Now, if the President decides to submit the budget without the MTEF, it may raise some legal issues. I think we should be a little patient”, he said.

The senator however said it was not unusual for the legislature to work, agree or disagree on issues of revenue.

“I think that what is happening now on the table of the legislature is not unusual.

“We will soon resolve it and pass what we have to give to Mr President,” he said.

Enang acknowledged that the disagreement between the Senate and House of Representatives could delay passage of the 2014 budget, but argued that it would not affect the economy.

“The Constitution had anticipated this situation. So, it will not affect the economy of the country at all.

“It doesn’t affect salaries. It may only affect capital projects. But then, contracts for most of the capital projects have just been awarded.

“The National Assembly is working the best way it can and there is nothing abnormal in where we are and what we are doing”, he said.

Enang said the Fiscal Responsibilities Act (FRA) provided the procedures for preparation of the budget before the executive presented it to the National Assembly.

He said a strict adherence to the provisions of the law would also eliminate budget-related disputes between the legislature and the executive.

“We should do things according to what our laws have said. Now, both parties have agreed that the appropriate thing should be done.

“We should have the MTEF which the President will now use in preparing the budget. So, the legislature may not have the excuse of either increasing or decreasing the amount of money available.

“This is the appropriate thing to do. As our democracy progresses, we must look at laws and make sure we comply with the laws. It is also to prevent post-budget disputations.

“The federal government, through the Ministry of Finance, should at every point in time make available to us (the National Assembly) the record of the excess crude and tell us what they want to use that money for”, Enang said.

NAN recalls that the Senate had fixed the oil price benchmark at 76.5 dollars per barrel while the House of Representatives had insisted on 79 dollars per barrel. (NAN)

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

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#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari

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The Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello has declared his intention to lead the #EndSARS protest against police brutality ongoing nationwide.

He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.

Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.

Also Read: Fayemi Names Members Of Judicial Panel On Human Rights Violations By Police

He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.

The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.

He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.

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#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me: Femi Adesina

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#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me – Buhari’s Aide, Adesina

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Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has revealed that he has been receiving curses from Nigerians through phone calls and text messages over a false report that he advised his principal to shun protesters.

Adesina stated in an article he wrote titled: “An Enemy of the People’ published on Thursday evening.

Also Read: #EndSARS: Nigerians Recount Their Horrible Ordeals In The Hands Of Thugs In Police Uniform

Adesina denied that he advised President Buhari for whatever reasons on the End SARS protesters, but said an online platform falsely accused him that he told Buhari to “ignore the protests and not give in to the demands of ‘Twitter warriors’.

He explained that his telephone numbers were posted on social media, thereby, making people reach out to him with curses.

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Sanwo-Olu Sends Condolence Message To Seyi Makinde Over Mother’s Death

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Sanwo-Olu Sends Condolence Message To Seyi Makinde Over Mother's Death

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Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has sent a condolence message to Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde over the passing away of his mother.

Recall that InformationNigeria earlier reported that Governor Makinde of Oyo State on Thursday lost his mother, Chief Abigail Makinde.

The governor’s mother passed on at age 81.

Also Read: Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother

Reacting to the news, Sanwo-Olu prayed for the dead and consoled the bereaved via his official Twitter handle on Thursday. He wrote:

“I commiserate with Governor @seyiamakinde on the passing to eternal glory of his dear mother, Mrs Abigail Makinde.

While I extend my condolences to the Makinde family, I pray that God grants them the grace and courage to bear the loss. May mama’s soul rest eternally.”

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