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FG Voted N145bn for subsidy in 2015 budget – Reps say

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GEJ-RepsThe House of Representatives has said that a provision of N100 billion was made for subsidy on premium motor spirit (PMS) also known as petrol in the 2015 budget that was passed on Thursday.

The House was reacting to a statement by its Chairman, Committee on Legislative Budget and Research, Opeyemi Bamidele that subsidy had been removed by the outgoing administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.

Mr. Bamidele had described the move as a “booby trap” for the incoming government led by Muhammadu Buhari.

However, in a statement yesterday, Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Afam Ogene (APC, Anambra) confirmed that the subsidy was not included the budget document that was passed on Thursday.

According to him, provision of N145 billion was made for fuel subsidy but was contained in the Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and the revenue framework on which the budget was built, which was earlier passed by the House.

“The House noted that a total of N145 billion subsidy component was embedded in the 2015 Budget which it passed on Thursday, April 23, 2015”, he said, adding that these were made up of N100 billion for subsidy on petrol and N45 billion on kerosene.

Ogene continued: “When the Executive presented the 2015 budget proposals, it made provisions for N100 billion for petrol and another N45 billion subsidy on kerosene. Both items, alongside some others, are contained in the revenue framework upon which the 2015 Appropriation Bill was predicated.

“Having now passed the 2015 budget, the revenue framework wherein the subsidy quotient is located would now be sent along as part of the attachments accompanying the Appropriation Bill passed to the Executive for presidential assent.

“It needs restating that though the subsidy components were not included in the consideration of the budget proposals for Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), which the House dealt with last Thursday, the revenue framework upon which the entire budget proposals were predicated upon was jointly worked upon by officials of the executive branch of the government and the House Committee on Finance – and provisions outlined for fuel subsidy as earlier pointed out”.

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Injustice Made Me To Dump PDP For APC – Senator Abbo

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Injustice Made Me To Dump PDP For APC – Senator Abbo

Elisha Abbo

Senator Elisha Abbo has stated that injustice in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) made him leave the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He stated this on Thursday shortly after he was presented with the party flag by the Chairman of the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.

Senator Aboo said he has found justice, development, and purposeful leadership in the ruling party.

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“In the first place, the reason, why everybody should join politics, is to serve the people. The essence of government is to shield the poor masses and ensure justice,” he said.

“My main mission of joining the APC is because I have seen justice, I have seen development and I have seen the desire for the leadership at the highest peak to sacrifice their personal comfort just to make the poor people feel good. So I am in the APC to deliver, I am into the APC to help the people.”

The lawmaker promised to work to make sure the APC takes back Adamawa State from the PDP in 2023.

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NDDC Is A Cash Cow For Politicians – Nyesom Wike

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NDDC Is A Cash Cow For Politicians - Nyesom Wike

Governor Wike

Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has expressed that he has never seen a more corrupt institution than the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

He made this remark while speaking as a guest on Channels TV Sunrise Daily on Thursday morning.

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Governor Wike went on to describe the Commission as a cash cow for politicians, stating that this has been the practice for a very long time.

The Governor also stated during the interview that South-South Governors have challenged NDDC against carrying out projects without consulting the state government.

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BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

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BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

Elisha Abbo

Senator Elisha Abbo has defected from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party.

Senator Abbo, who represents Adamawa North in the Nigerian Senate announced his defection from the PDP to the APC in a letter addressed to the Senate.

Senator Ahmad Lawan, the President of the Nigerian Senate, read the letter during Wednesday’s plenary session.

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In his letter, Senator Abbo explained that his decision to defect to the APC is because of the mismanagement of the PDP in Adamawa state by Governor Umaru Fintiri.

Senator Abbo who is a first-term lawmaker was elected in 2019 to the Senate on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Meanwhile, the name Senator Elisha Abbo became popular amongst Nigerians last year after he made headlines for slapping an attendant in a sex toy shop for ‘disrespecting’ him.

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