Governor of Osun State, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola has presented the draft 2018 budget of N173,980,083,007 to the state House of Assembly.
According to a statement, the governor, who presented the budget tagged, “ Budget of Enduring Legacy,” on Thursday, said during the presentation that the appropriation bill was anchored on the commitment of his administration to provide a conducive living environment for the people of the state.
According to him, the budget is N27,347,336,027 higher than the sum N146,632,746,980.00 which was presented to the Assembly for the 2017 fiscal year.
Summarising the draft 2018 revenue budget, the governor told the House of Assembly that the state would finance the budget from its expected share of Federation Account – N27bn forming 15.56 per cent, and Value Added Tax N8.8bn (5.10 per cent).
Others sources are Excess Crude Account N77.7bn (0.04 per cent),other revenue from FAAC N5,052.6bn(2.90 per cent), personal and corporate taxes are put at N25.1bn (14.45 per cent) and N9.7bn (5.58 per cent) respectively,
Expected from licences is N1.5bn (0.92 per cent), general fees N20.8bn (11.99 per cent), general earnings N3.6bn (2.55 per cent), rent on government buildings and rent on lands and others at N335.7m (0.19 per cent) and N279m (0.16 per cent) respectively.
Other sources are, repayment, investment income, interest earned, reimbursement, domestic aids, foreign aids, domestic grant and foreign grants.
The governor put the total year expected receipts at N151.9bn (87.34 per cent), other sourced fund to finance specific projects are internal source and external are N1.5bn (0.86 per cent) and external source N20.5bn (11.80 per cent), respectively.
He said, “Our ultimate goal for the 2018 budget is to ensure a continuous improvement in the welfare and standard of living of our people. This will be achieved by consolidating the previous achievements of this administration and do everything possible to recover the lost glory of the state.
“Thus, the 2018 budget has been carefully packaged to ensure the effective realisation of our vision as encapsulated in our Six-Point Integral Action Plan.
“It is important to intimate this august Assembly that the preparation of the 2018 budget has been very participatory. Relevant inputs were sourced and received from various stakeholders across the state in order to enhance the quality of the budget.”
Source: ( Punch Newspaper )
Address Nigerians over #EndSARS protests – Senate urges Buhari
The Nigerian Senate has called on President Buhari to urgently address the nation so as to douse the tension in the country.
This comes as hoodlums continue to carry out various attacks on #EndSARS protesters and others in some parts of the country.
The Senators made the call for President Buhari to speak to the Nation after a motion was moved by Senator Biodun Olujimi and co-sponsored by all Senators on the ongoing nationwide protests believed to have been hijacked by hoodlums.
Part of the resolution of the Senators after deliberation include:
-Urge all tiers of government to put in place and sustain policies of social economic reforms that raise the standard of lives of our people;
-Call upon the Police to operate strictly in accordance with the rules of engagement appropriate in a democratic environment;
-Urge the Inspector General of Police to ensure a holistic comprehensive reforms of the police to increase the overall welfare including training and medical insurance of all members of the Nigeria Police Force
-Appeal to all Nigerians to resort to use of legal institutions to resolve disputes and conflicts;
-Urge the Nigerian youths and the Nigerian citizens to approach the National Assembly Committees Constitution and Reforms in order to secure far-reaching holistic amendments that are vital to the restructuring of our federation
-Urge the Federal Government to faithfully and comprehensively implement all the five demands of the #EndSARS movement and protesters with necessary timelines to rekindle confidence in government
-Appeal to #EndSARS movement and protesters to kindly in the interest of everyone stop their actions and embrace genuine dialogue; 7. Urge Mr. President to address the nation as soon as possible on these issues.
-Police should make it a duty to accompany protesters and should be involved in protecting genuine protesters.
IGP Deploys Personnel Over Attacks On Police Stations
With the rising violence in the country, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu has ordered the immediate deployment of anti-riot police personnel from the Police Mobile Force (PMF).
This is a move to protect the lives and property of all Nigerians and secure critical national infrastructure across the country.
The IGP’s order was contained in a statement issued on Tuesday by the Force spokesman, Frank Mba.
Mba said the IGP also “ordered massive deployment of Police operatives to strengthen the security around Correctional facilities nationwide.”
“The orders are coming on the heels of increasing attacks including acts of arson and malicious damage to public and private facilities as recorded in some states of the Federation including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).”
#EndSARS: Address Nigerians Now – Senate Tells Buhari
The Nigeria Senate has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately address Nigerians on the ongoing #EndSARS protest rocking most parts of the country.
The Senate gave the directive during its plenary on Tuesday.
The lawmakers also ordered the Nigerian police to protect all #EndSARS protesters to prevent hoodlums from hijacking their genuine action.
The Senate also urged #EndSARS protesters to halt their march to enable the federal government to meet their demands.
The Senate asked President Buhari to set up a judicial panel of inquiry made up of eminent Nigerians that would be respected by the youths to identify the notorious SARS operatives and ensure their arrest and prosecution.
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