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Senator Yahayya Of Kebbi State Accuses Governors of Hijacking and Misusing LG Funds

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Sen Yahayya Abdullahi

Sen. Yahayya Abdullahi of Kebbi North has decried the misuse of state and local government joint account by some governors in the country.
In a paper to mark the 25th anniversary of the creation of the state in Birnin Kebbi on Saturday, Abdullahi said that the state and local government joint account had been misused and not operated in accordance with the spirit and letter of the law.

He said that most governors were guilty of hijacking local government funds.

He said that lack of adherence to the laws and rules manifested its consequences in the management of local governments and their finances.

Abdullahi lamented the collapse of the local governments as the third tier of government, saying that the incidences of fake or ghost schools, ghost teachers and ghost pupils abounded.

“To make matters even worse, some governors are in contempt of the law governing the disbursement of funds accruing to the local governments from the federation account and from state’s internally generated revenues,’’ he explained.

The senator said that any system of governance that was not based on the foundations of truth, discipline and justice would fail because it corrupted the whole society.

He also urged the Kebbi government to invest on human development as the unemployment and underemployment of youths from 20 to 45 year age bracket were indications that the state had not been investing in people

In his response, Gov. Alhaji Atiku Bagudu, who disagreed with the senator on the misuse of the joint account, acknowledged the failure in the local government system.

Bagudu said that many local governments could not undertake any meaningful project due to the high number of workers they employed.

“When we came into power, we ensured that local governments did what they should do with the revenue allocation, but what we found out later was shocking, as some of them after disbursement of salary to their workers were left with nothing.

“Aleiro local government alone has more than 1,000 workers while there are some local governments with more than 3,000,’’ the governor said.

Bagudu called for the stakeholders’ involvement to solve the problems of the civil service in the state.

Kebbi was created out of the former Sokoto State on Aug. 27, 1991. The state has a population of 3,137,989 people as projected from the 1991 census, with 21 local government areas

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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.”

Also Read: #EndSARS Protests Politically Motivated – Kogi Governor

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.

Also Read: President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech – Full text

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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PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria

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PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria

PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the killing of peaceful #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate, Lagos.

This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.

Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.

Also Read: Shehu Sani Condemns Shooting Of #EndSARS Protesters At Lekki Toll Gate

“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.

“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.

“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.

 

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