National Assembly Is Broke, Begs For More Money
According to a report by The PUNCH, the House of Representatives has said the National Assembly is underfunded to function efficiently and effectively as a national parliament.
The House decried that the paucity of funds has made the working environment not conducive for lawmakers while they have not been able to carry out their legislative activities to the best of their ability.
The lamentation came from Chairman of the House Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Benjamin Kalu, at his weekly media conference on Thursday.
The National Assembly had a budget of N139.5bn in 2018, N125bn in 2019 and N128bn (N125bn proposed, N3bn added) in 2020. While the sum of N125bn was proposed for the National Assembly in 2021, it along with its affiliates got about N134bn.
Kalu was asked if it was true that the House reduced the number of days lawmakers sit for plenary per week – from three days to one and recently two – to cut costs. He said it was for safety reasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source – Tori NG
Igboho Demands For Yoruba Nation
Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho says his agitation is for Yoruba nation and that there is no going back on this.
Igboho, in a statement issued by his media aide, Olayomi Koiki on Thursday, called on anyone willing to join the agitation for Yoruba nation to join the group.
“Anyone who is willing to support the agitation for Yoruba Nation is highly welcome, the goal is ‘Yoruba nation now.’
Source – PM News
Police To Begin Shoot At Sight Order
Ekiti State Police Command has vowed to enforce the presidential directive by President Muhammadu Buhari that any non-state actor bearing firearms should be shot at sight.
The Commissioner of Police stated this at a stakeholders’ meeting in Ado Ekiti, the state capital held at the behest of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu to find solution to the lingering farmers/herders’ clashes.
Mobayo stated that the police in Ekiti are resolute to restore peace between the warring farmers and herdsmen in Ekiti, using the instrumentality of the laws and arbitrate when necessary to halt ethnic tension in the state.
At the meeting, All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) and Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Ekiti chapter, agreed that establishment of ranches will help in resolving the lingering crises between the two groups.
Source – The Nation
PDP Governors Shun Political Divide, Support FG To End Insecurity
The Governors Forum of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has pledged its support for the Federal Government to tackle the security challenges in the country.
Members of the forum led by the governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, declared their support for the government at a meeting held on Thursday in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
The governors elected on the PDP platform shunned their political divide to provide the necessary support that would in turn boost the effort of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led government in ending insecurity in the land.
Briefing reporters at the end of the meeting, Governor Tambuwal stated that the nation’s security challenges, especially banditry and insurgency, required the cooperation of all, irrespective of party inclination.
Source – Channels
Philippine Woman Searching For Her Nigerian Father On Social Media Gets Disappointing News
Grief as a 28-year-old Nigerian-Philippine woman who was searching for her Edo father discovered that he reportedly died few years ago.
WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that the 28-year-old woman, Kimberly Monick Ebohon, had taken to Facebook on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, seeking to locate her father, Andrew Joseph Ide Ebohon.
The mother of two from Batac, a city in the province of Ilocos North, Philippines revealed that her father worked as a researcher and Missionary in the Philippines in the early 90s.
Source – Within Nigeria
2023 Presidential Ticket: Anything Can Happen – PDP
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday said “anything could happen” in reference to the zoning of its 2023 presidential ticket.
The main opposition, however, said a final decision will be announced after the resolution of all pending issues.
The Board of Trustees Secretary, Adolphus Wabara, briefed reporters on the resolutions of an emergency meeting held on Wednesday.
The board members discussed the situation in the party nationwide as well as the political and economic tension in the country.
Source – Daily Post
NIPOST Reclaims Collection Of Stamp Duty Charges From FIRS
The Nigerian government on Thursday said it has replaced the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) with the Nigeria Postal Service (NIPOST) as stamp duty collector.
The development brought to an end more than three years of controversy over the claims of ownership of stamp duty collections in the country between the two Federal Agencies.
Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, made the disclosure at the launch of Nigeria’s 60th Independence Anniversary Commemorative Postage Stamps held at the Digital Economy Complex, Mbora, Abuja.
“Our efforts regarding the issue of stamp duty collection with other government Institutions have yielded positive results,” Pantami said.
Source – Within Nigeria