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Lagos budget of N1.168 trn scales through second reading

IBRAHIM QUADRI

The 2020 budget of N1.168 trillion presented by the Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Monday scaled through second reading at the State House of Assembly.

The House took the debate following a motion to that effect by the Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade.

Members spoke glowingly about the budget as they commended the Governor for producing such a laudable document, which when properly and carefully implemented, would better the living standard of Lagosians.

Referring the budget to the House Committee on Economic Planning and Finance to look at it and report to the House in six weeks’ time, the Speaker, Rt Hon Mudashiru Obasa, urged his colleagues to support the Governor to be able to achieve the aim of the budget.

The State Governor had presented a budget size of N1.168trillion to the State House of Assembly.

The budget, which was christened ‘Awakening to a greater Lagos,’ has deficit of 97.5bn which would be financed through internal and external borrowings.

According to the Governor, the capital would be 773bn while recurrent would stand at 441.8bn representing 62:38 ratio respectively.

The budget brekadown showed that infrastructure got the lion share 115bn followed by education that got 48bn.

He explained further that he would ensure adequate performance of the budget before December 2020, saying “I’m energized through your cillective effort to take decision. It is to imagine a new Lagos and better Lagos.”

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Buhari hails Kogi Gov Bello on re-election

SUNDAY ODE, Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State on his re-election in the November 16 gubernatorial poll.

In a statement, the President described the election and emergence of the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate as “a race well run and a victory well won.”

The statement signed by the Presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, commended APC supporters for remaining steadfast and resolute even in the face of isolated incidents of violence.

The statement said President Buhari condoled with families and loved ones of those who lost their lives as a result of regrettable acts of violence by thugs doing the bidding of their political sponsors.

According to the President, “All political actors and stakeholders must take deliberate steps to eschew electoral violence as a peaceful and orderly process is vital to our quest for enduring democracy.”

He salutes officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies for creditably discharging their responsibilities under difficult conditions, the statement said.

It said Buhari urged Gov. Bello to see his renewed mandate as another opportunity to build on the foundations already laid towards improving the lives of the people of Kogi State.

“He also enjoins the governor to imbibe the spirit of magnanimity in victory by extending a hand of partnership to opposition candidates, while urging those dissatisfied with the outcome of the election to approach the courts,” the statement added.

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Bayelsa decides: Jonathan congratulates Lyon

Former President, Goodluck Jonathan, has broken silence on the emergence of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief David Lyon as the governor of Bayelsa State.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, declared Lyon winner of the 2019 gubernatorial elections in Bayelsa State.

Chief Lyon, won six of the eight local government areas of the state.

The total votes recorded by the APC candidate, Chief David Lyon is 352,552 as against 143,172 recorded by the PDP candidate, Senator Douye Diri.

We reports that the Minister of State for Petroleum, Chief Timipre Sylva, led APC leaders including governor-elect David Lyon, to visit the former president’s home on Monday.

Speaking during APC governors visit, the former president congratulated Lyon even as he tasked him to put the welfare and interest of the Bayelsa people above every other issue.

“As a former president of Nigeria, I am a father to all Bayelsans, hence my doors are open to all citizens irrespective of their political affiliations.

“I urge you to make the welfare of Bayelsa people a top priority and carry all of them along irrespective of the party they voted for.

“Elections are over now, so I want you to see yourself as the governor of all and not only to the sections that voted for you. This is the way to move Bayelsa forward,” he stated.

Jonathan also condemned the violence in some parts of the state during the elections, describing it as unfortunate and regrettable, NAN reports.

He said the nation’s democracy would never mature if the violence and irregularities during elections continued.

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Bayelsa Gov. elect, Lyon, speaks on election, receives certificate of return

The Bayelsa State Governor-elect, David Lyon, has urged his rivals to team up with him to form an all-inclusive government upon assumption of office.

Lyon, who gave the call in reaction to his victory at the Saturday’s election, lauded peoples of the state for their overwhelming support during the just concluded poll.

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had declared Lyon of the All Progressives Congress, APC, winner of the Saturday election in Bayelsa State.

However, Lyon, in a statement described his victory as a divine orchestration aimed at salvaging the people of the state from the shackles of guided oppression and internal colonialism.

He said: “Bayelsa is one family, and no individual or group of persons irrespective of their political affiliations or standards can separate us from our collective destiny,” he said.

“There is no victor no vanquished in politics. We will not segregate ourselves from each other because of political differences. We must unite and move forward together, that is the next level agenda.

“We must integrate our state into the mainstream politics to attract rapid development into our state.”

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Benue Permanent Secretary, wife, 2 kids burn to death

The Acting Permanent Secretary, Benue State Ministry of Energy, Science and Technology, Mr Seker Akaa, his pregnant wife and two kids were on Monday burnt to death in a fire incident in Makurdi.

The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) in Benue, DSP Sewuese Anene who confirmed the incident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) said the fire started at about 2.40 a.m at Kwarafa Quaters, Makurdi.

NAN reports that three other flats were also burnt including the resident of Evangelist Daniel Unongo, Chaplain of Benue Government House, who is also Senior Special Assistant to Gov. Samuel Ortom on Religion.

Anene said Mr Akaa, his pregnant wife, Linda, two children; Sender and Tertsegh Akaa, all occupants of Flat 1 were burnt to death during the fire disaster.

She said that the dead bodies had been deposited at the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Makurdi mortuary.

The police spokesperson stated that the cause of the fire was yet to be known, adding that “investigation into the matter had already commenced”.

Reacting to the development, the Deputy Governor, Mr Benson Abounu, who visited the scene, expressed shock at the level of destruction and loss of human lives.

According to Abounu, it is black day for Benue and the state has lost a prized asset in Mr. Akaa.

He prayed God to give the family the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

“We cannot undo what has happened. At the moment, the government will take responsibility for their burial and assist the other families to relocate. We warn against any looting of property.” Abounu said

The Commissioner, Energy, Science Technology, Dr Godwin Oyiwona also confirmed the incident and expressed the ministry’s deepest condolences.

NAN also gathered from an eyewitness who refused to be named, that the fire started in flat 1 the residence of the late acting permanent secretary.

He said the perm sec and his family would have been saved but because of the incessant cases of armed robbery recorded within the neighbourhood the neighbours thought it was armed robbers that were operating again.

“Actually the fire started at Mr Akaa’s house, we would have saved him and his family but we thought it was armed robbers that were again attacking us.

“You see armed robbers attack us here regularly. So, we have adopted ways of self-defense by providing burglary protection on the doors to prevent them from getting easy access inside, that too caused delay of getting to them on time,” it said.

The witness said firefighters from Benue Government House, Makurdi, came to the scene on time but they had little to do to save them.

Eyewitnesses said it might have been caused by an electrical fault as it razed down the entire house and extended to three other houses.

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