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Kaduna Received N600bn In Seven Years With Nothing To Show For It, Says El-Rufai

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Nasir-El-RufaiThe governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Kaduna State, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, on Monday alleged that the Kaduna State Government had received over N600bn from the Federation Account in the last seven years with nothing to show in the state for the huge allocations.

El-Rufai made the allegation when he appeared as guest on Barka da Warhaka, a Hausa programme on Freedom Radio, Kaduna.

He also claimed that Kaduna was the second most indebted state in Nigeria.

He, however, added that though Lagos State was more indebted than Kaduna State, the former had the capacity to pay its debts, arguing that Kaduna received the second highest statutory allocation from the Federation Account in the North after Kano, “but has nothing to show for it”.

El-Rufai said, “Although, Lagos State is more indebted than Kaduna State, but it (Lagos) has the capacity to pay. Governor Babatunde Fashola generates about N20bn monthly internally but Kaduna State does not get N1bn from Internally Generated Revenue”.

The governorship candidate noted that his criticisms were not borne out of partisanship because other PDP states like Gombe and Katsina states are executing laudable projects.

“Why should our own PDP government in Kaduna State be different?” he queried.

El-Rufai, who is a former Minister of the FCT, faulted the state government’s claim that it used most of the money that accrued to it in the last seven years to service debts as the government was still indebted to contractors to the tune of N30bn.

According to him, there was no reason why Kaduna should be the second most indebted state after Lagos since the Ahmed Makarfi-led administration had liquidated all debts in 2006 before leaving office in 2007.

El-Rufai recalled that by 2005, the country had exited external debts during the ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s administration, saying what remained were debts between states and the Federal Government.

“By 2006, the Makarfi administration had paid off all domestic debts. This fact can be verified from the website of the Debt Management Office”, he stated.

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Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari

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Ganduje Reinstates Suspended Aide Who Attacked President Buhari

Governor Ganduje

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has reinstated his Special Adviser on Social Media, Tanko Yakasai.

According to reports, the Kano State Governor who had earlier suspended his media aide for condemning President Muhammadu Buhari over #EndSARS protests reinstated the aide without many details.

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Yakasai on his Twitter account had accused Buhari of being insensitive to the plights of Nigerians during the #EndSARS protests across the nation.

The development saw Governor Ganduje suspend his aide who was commended by Nigerians for the courage.

Ganduje, however, has ordered the reinstatement of his aide two weeks after his suspension.

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Fayemi Presents Over N109 billion As Budget Estimate For 2021

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Fayemi Presents Over N109 billion As Budget Estimate For 2021

Governor Fayemi

Governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi has presented the proposed budget for the 2021 fiscal year in the State.

The Governor on Monday presented a budget estimate of over N109 billion for the 2021 fiscal year.

Governor Fayemi, while presenting the budget at the State House of Assembly complex yesterday in Ado-Ekiti described the 2021 budget as “Budget of Recovery and Economic Restoration.”

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The budget has a recurrent expenditure of N57, 997,898,982.62k while the capital expenditure has N51, 668,386,739.99k.

Fayemi, said the budget proposal presented contains the policy thrust, programmes, and vision of his administration for 2021, saying efforts shall be made to source the needed resources to fund the budget.

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP

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National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over 'Disappointing, Empty' Speech – PDP

Muhammadu Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has blasted President Muhammadu Buhari over his nationwide broadcast over the ongoing #EndSARS protest rocking the country.

Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.

He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.

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Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.

The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.

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