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Oyo begins evacuation of illegal motor parks, traders at Ojoo interchange

Oyo State government in its bid to actualize the promise of freeing traffic gridlock and put a stop to unnecessary life loss to accidents at the Ojoo Interchange in Ibadan has begun evacuation of traders and motorists at the Interchange to the provided space at Abatakan Motor Park, behind Total Filling Station at Ojoo, Akinyele Local government.

Aso Rock signing of MOU between Frieslandcampina Wamco & Niger State

From left, the Executive Director, Corporate Affairs, FrieslandCampina WAMCO, Mrs. Ore Famurewa; Non-Executive Director, FCWAMCO Engr. Mustapha Bello; President Consumer Dairy, FrieslandCampina The Netherlands, Mr. Roel van Neerbos; Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Sani Bello; Managing Director, FCWAMCO, Mr. Ben Langat; and Chairman of the Board of Directors, FCWAMCO, Mr. Moyo Ajekigbe, in State House Abuja recently, after the company and the state signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding on dairy development of 10,000 hectares of land in Bobi Grazing Reserve, Niger State.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said the ongoing border drill that has largely curbed foreign rice smuggling into Nigeria has boosted rice production while fast-tracking the country’s quest to achieve rice self-sufficiency.

Ongoing maiden National Transportation Summit organised by CIoTA in Abuja

President Chartered Institute of Transport Administration Nigeria (CIoTA), Dr. Bashir Jamoh (left) and Chairman, Integrated Oil and Gas Limited, Captain Emmanuel Iheanacho in a Press Conference at the ongoing maiden National Transportation Summit organised by CIoTA at the Shehu Musa Yar ‘Adua Centre in Abuja.

Xenophobia: Lawan explodes over attack on Nigerians in S/ Africa

..Jerks benchmark up from $55 per barrel to $57


Senate on Thursday passed N10.59 trillion budget for the year 2020 increasing the benchmark from $55 per barrel to 57 per barrel.

The lawmakers increased the budget by N264 which made the to be N10.59 trillion against the N10.3 billion submitted to National Assembly by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The passage of the budget came two months after the budget was submitted to the Joint session of National Assembly.

The passage of the annual 2020 budget before the end of the 2019 fiscal year by the upper chamber signals the country’s return to a January – December budget cycle after decades of its disruption.

Senators passed the budget into law after clause by clause consideration of the budget after the presentation of Senate Committee Chairman on Appropriation, Senator Jubril Barau.

The report of the Committee as passed by Senate showed that N560,470,827,235 is for statutory transfers, N2,725,498,930,000 for Debt Service; N4,842,974,600,640 for Recurrent (Non-Debt) Expenditure; and N2,465,418,006,955 for Contribution to the Development Fund for Capital Expenditure for the year ending on December 31, 2020.

The budget has a Fiscal deficit of N2.2 trillion and Deficit/Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 1.52 percent.

The budget is predicated on Crude Oil production of 2.18mbpd, just as proposed by the Executive; Oil Price benchmark of 57 dollar per barrel as against US$55 proposed by the Executive, Exchange Rate of N305 to US$1; Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and Inflation Rate of 2.93 percent and 10.81 percent respectively.

Capital Expenditure for Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government  (MDAs) for the 2020 fiscal year are: Ministry of Defence N116,181,290,730; Ministry of Foreign Affairs, N7,608,141,474; Ministry of Information and Culture, N7,555,803,233; Ministry of Interior, N34,035,825,302; Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, N1,722,796,040; Ministry of Police Affairs, N15,959,986,864; Ministry of Communication Technology, N5,919,002,554; and Office of the National Security Adviser, N27,418,469,323.

Others are: Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, N25,188,940,930; Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, N2,158,620,395; Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, N124,395,096,917; Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning, N4,976,199,925; Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, N38,583,331,761; Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, N24,445,756,678; Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, N62,882,531,566; Federal Ministry of Transport, N121,366,932,571; and Federal Ministry of Aviation, N52,061,533,122.

Also, for the 2020 fiscal year, the Ministry of Power has an allocation of N129,082,499,363; Ministry of Petroleum Resources, N3,337,444,887; Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, N10,431,563,177; Ministry of Works and Housing, N315,563,564,269; Ministry of Water Resources, N91,679,927,042; Ministry of Justice, N3,853,600,220; Federal Capital Territory Administration, N62,407,154,360; and Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs, N23,120,350,399.

Others include: Ministry of Youths and Sports Development, N3,735,486,210; Military of Women Affairs, N6,650,300,966; Federal Ministry of Education, N84,728,529,572; Ministry of Health, N59,909,430,837; Federal Ministry of Environment, N12,350,140,731; and Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, N61,085,146,003.

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, in his concluding remarks after the 2020 budget was passed, said, “when we came in, all of us approved our legislative agenda, and one of the key pillars of this agenda is to take back our budget cycle from the very undesirable cycle that cannot be defined to something that can be defined and bought into by our country and business partners living in and outside the country.

“Today, we have been able to achieve this. It means where there is will, there is always a way. This is something that we have been able to achieve together with the House of Representatives.

“I must give members of the Ninth National Assembly the credit, because we thought it was going to be impossible.

“Let me also commend the buying-in of the executive arm of government. When we continued to preach that we have to receive the 2020 budget estimates before the end of September, it was not easy for the executive.

“I know they (Executive) worked day and night. So it was presented to us on the 8th of October. We have been able to work harmoniously. There is no way we can achieve this without all of us working together.

“I want to commend our colleagues from the opposition. This Senate from the beginning, we said, will be bi-partisan. You have given us all the support that we require, and indeed, this is the way it should be”, Lawan added.

For a better society


Ongoing maiden National Transportation Summit organised by CIoTA in Abuja

…CIoTA Calls for Support from Government

Concerned by the state of the nation’s transport infrastructure despite increasing trade volumes, the Chairman, Integrated Oil and Gas Limited, and former Minister of Interior, Capt. Emmanuel Iheanacho has urged the Federal Government to expand the nation’s ports infrastructure, access roads and provide connectivity to the hinterlands.

43rd edition of Miss Nigeria Beauty Pageant contest held in Lagos

43rd Miss Nigeria Etsanyi Tukura who represented Traba State.

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