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2021 Budget Passes Second Reading At Senate

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2021 Budget Passes Second Reading At Senate
2021 Budget Passes Second Reading At Senate

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The 2021 Appropriation Bill of N13.08 trillion on Thursday scaled Second Reading in Senate.

This followed a three-day debate on the general principles of the budget of “Economic Recovery and Resilience” presented to a joint session of the National Assembly last week Thursday.

More than half of the lawmakers gave their contributions on the floor of the Senate during the debate.

While many senators faulted the projections of the budget, especially having to borrow to fund the budget, others commended the executive for its plan on economic recovery.

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The N13.08 trillion appropriation bill was thereafter referred to the committee on appropriations, which will distribute the budget across the standing committees of the chamber for ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs) to appear before them and defend their 2020 budget performance and 2021 proposal.

The committee was given four weeks to report back to the whole house.

The senate president, Ahmad Lawan, also said the Senate will suspend its plenary after October 20 to enable MDAs to defend their budgets.

The budget defence, he said, will last till the first week of November.

 

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FEC Approves N2.9bn For Printing Of Question Papers, Others

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FEC Approves N2.9bn For Printing Of Question Papers, Others

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The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved a sum of N2.9 billion for the printing of both sensitive and non-sensitive examination materials.

The council also approved a total of N4.5 billion for projects in the Ministry of Education and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.

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This decision was reached at FEC virtual meeting on Wednesday, which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu said the contract was awarded to a group of eight printers.

According to the Minister, the materials are for the Basic Education Certification Examination, the Senior Secondary Certificate Examination, and the National Common Entrance Examination.

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Ike Ekweremadu Gets New Appointment

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Ike Ekweremadu Gets New Appointment

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The former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has been appointed by the International Parliamentary Congress as the Chief Coordinator for Africa.

The development was disclosed in a letter forwarded to Ekweremadu by the Secretary-General of the IPC and member of the Pakistani national parliament, Senator Muhammad Ali Saif.

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“We are proud to inform you that the Honourable President of the IPC has nominated your good self as Chief Coordinator Africa with immediate effect.”

This was announced in a statement by the media adviser to the Enugu West lawmaker, Uche Anichukwu, in Abuja.

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Gov Ayade Orders Restriction Of Trucks Conveying Scrap In, Out Of Cross River

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Gov Ayade Orders Restriction Of Trucks Conveying Scrap In, Out Of Cross River

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Governor of Cross River, Professor Ben Ayade has ordered the restriction of trucks conveying scrap in and out of the State.

This was contained in a statement issued on Wednesday by his Special Adviser, Media, and Publicity, Christian Ita.

The governor expressed that the attention of the state has been drawn to information that looters are attempting to move stolen items out of the state as scrap.

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The governor directed all transporters and motorists in the state to report anyone that approaches them to move scraps out of the state to security agents.

He also warned that any of them caught transporting looted items will be regarded as an accomplice and treated as a looter.

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