The Senate Minority Leader, Sen. Godswill Akpabio has called on Nigerian leaders to uphold ethics and morality as part of efforts to curb corruption in the country.
I would not to express my opinion on whether the budget documents containing the budget is missing or not because there are certain things that should not be heard, it should not be heard, that money is missing from central bank, it should not be heard where there is no coup that the president cannot enter his office, it should not be heard that the senate had no paper recording material to record its proceedings and one other thing that should not be heard is that the document containing the budget of this country is missing, I believe that those that handled the issue mishandled it. Who keeps custody of the budget document? Has the custodian of the budget document declared that the budget document is missing? Has the president demanded for the budget document? And the custodian of the document informed the president officially that it is missing? Public service is not private service, that you can say one man keep all the document in the house. Every document has a channel of records, the last person that received the budget document after presentation, when it was discussed, deliberated on once or twice, the last person that received it will have it endorse in the movement register. So it is very easy to trace, where the budget document was last found. It should not get to the public domain. It is embarrassing to the president, embarrassing to the senate; it is embarrassing to the nation that the document containing the country budget is missing. It should not be heard, so we await the outcome of the investigation, what is even more worrisome is that while the president and the majority leader say the document is not missing, the senate house says it is missing, lets get the outcome of the investigation but I tell you that it dose not sound well to the hearing of the average Nigerian. On whassap and facebook it is been circulated that bin case you are buying groundnut, guguru, and roasted plantain you should check the paper if it is the budget document. Why would the senate allow such a very serious issue that touches the lives and existence of Nigerians to be trivialized? I feel very sad about it and I want to believe the issue will be handled expeditiously.
On the issue of minimum wage, are you in support that it should be reduced?
On the issue of minimum wage my position is that N18,000 is not a living wage for the least paid worker. With the inflation that is biting hard in the economy, N18,000 is not a living wage. I call for that review to be done forensically considering the state Nigerian economy today. I want all the stakeholders to sit and review it, let all the cards be placed on the table, the government from what we read in the papers are having challenges on paying the minimum wage. The question is how long will it take Nigeria government and the Nigerian economy to stop depending on oil? Because of the ungodly dependent on oil revenue, the state has gone to sleep in internally generating revenue, they have gone to sleep in harnessing the enormous natural resources within their domain, it is because we have a system of eating the cake instead of creating the cake, the time has come and I believe that what is happening in the oil prices globally is a wake up call to the states in Nigeria and the federal government and even to the private sector to look elsewhere to generate revenue in nigeria other than depending on oil. We have not developed the maritime sector, the solid –mineral sector, we have not developed our agricultural sector, I.T.capability is not developed, why should we not explore scientific development? Why should we not promote scientific invention? why should we not invent things and develop them and ensure we have mass production? Why must we continually depend on importation? Why should shipping companies charge Nigeria double for one cargo that is brought to Nigeria; because they are going to take the cargo empty, because they are not producing anything for export. I believe that rather than reduce the minimum wage we should think of developing all sectors of the economy to increase the minimum wage and make it a living wage. If N18000 was a living wage five years ago or six years ago, it is not today and I want us to balance the approach not just increasing the salary but the government make more money in terms generating more revenue. Nigerians workers cannot keep complaining of money, we cannot afford it.
The Swiss government has defended its law requiring asylum seekers to hand over assets in excess of $1,000 (£700; €900) following international criticism of similar proposals in Denmark.
l-r Wife of( SSG) Prof Ibiyemi Tunji Bello, Commissioner of health Lagos State Dr Jide Idris, wife of the Governor of Lagos State Mrs Bolanle Ambode, Special Adviser on primary Health care Lagos State Dr Olufemi Onanuga at Goodwill visit to public Hospitals to Welcome 1st Baby of the year held at Lagos Island Maternity Hospital on Friday 1.1.2016.
A Nigerian woman based in the US, Mrs Iby Ikotidem, has called for sustained assistance to victims of insurgency in the North East.
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The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) yesterday in Lagos, appealed to the National Assembly (NASS) to expedite action over passage of the supplementary budget submitted by the presidency.
The Lagos State House of Assembly four-man Ad-Hoc Committee on the recent mudslide in the state has said the government needed to do more on the safety of residents.