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Ex-Niger Senator denies Embezzling N50million For Renovation Of Schools In His Constituency

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Ex-Niger Senator denies Embezzling N50million For Renovation Of Schools In His Constituency

The immediate past Senator representing Niger East Senatorial District in Niger state, Senator David Umoru has debunked an online media report alleging that he diverted N50million meant for the renovation of some schools in his constituency in 2018.
The senator who was reacting to the media report in Minna at the weekend that he shortchanged his constituency during his tenure in office, described the report as completely false and misleading.
He said it was a calculated attempt to embarrass and tarnish his good image.
Umoru pointed out that contrary to the report that he embezzled money meant for the renovation of eight blocks of three classrooms in some local government areas of Niger East Senatorial District, he successfully carried out renovation of schools in his constituency beyond budgetary provisions because of his love for education of youths in his constituency.
The former senator who disassociated himself from any financial scam while in office, said when it comes to constituency projects execution, no senator since democracy in 1999 has done what he did for his people in terms of constituency projects, especially in the area of intervention in education.
According to him, “I have being struggling my ignored or to respond to this “funny journalism” with no iota of professionalism, because this publication was done without due regards to research or investigation. It is a paid Job meant to tarnish my image.
“However, I made bold to say that when it comes to constituency projects, you can hardly find a senator in the state that has done what I did during my time as a senator.
“Specifically I have taken constituency projects quite seriously during my time as a senator and in fact in most cases I go beyond the budgetary provision to ensure that such projects are completed”.
He disclosed that while the publication alleged that N50million was released for these schools renovation projects, the actual amount earmarked for the renovation work was N30million, adding that out of this amount only 70 percent was released.
“Usually when provisions are made in the budget, it is not the whole amount that is released to the supervisory Agency, usually it is 70 percent but in this particular case 70 percent was released but the work I did was 95 percent completed.
“That is why I found this publication so funny. The projects are there and very visible across the seven local government areas for everybody to see”, he added.
Senator maintained that the renovation of these schools is just one out his numerous interventions in the area of education in his constituency during his tenure in office, stressing that other interventions includes the sponsorship of 10 law students annually with full scholarship paid.
In addition to this, he disclosed further that “I have 77 undergraduate students across Universities in Nigeria with full scholarship and all their tuition fees paid. I also have 66 secondary students across unity schools in the country with full scholarships and Many other interventions”.
He maintained that “it is there funny for someone to alleged that I embezzled N50million meant for the renovation of schools in my constituency when I have in several instances gone beyond budgetary provision get these projects done”. He added.
“I didn’t go to the senate to be reach, that was not m intention, I went there to serve my people which I did to the best of my ability. I can say it boldly that I did credible well as a senator representing Niger East Senatorial District, so I see this publication as a paid job to rubbish me”.

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House of reps denies tendering apology to presidency for carrying out its constitutional mandate

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House of reps denies tendering apology to presidency for carrying out its constitutional mandate

From Doris Ferdinand

The House of Representatives has debunked news making the round that it apologised to the Presidency for exercising its constitutional mandate.
This was contained in a statement that was issued by the Spokesperson of the House of Representatives
Representative  Benjamin Kalu.
He said the news in a few sections of the media that the House apologized to the Presidency over the resolution of the House was not true.
He said the issue arose from the motion sponsored by members from Borno State, requesting for the invitation of the President to brief the nation on the state of insecurity in the country adding that the President never asked for any apology.

“The President or the Presidency as the case may be, never sought for an apology from the House of Representatives for carrying out her constitutional responsibility to the Nigerian electorate. “Where then did the media get the report that the House as an institution apologized to anyone? Media professionals are advised to uphold the ethics of their profession.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the House never apologized to anyone for exercising her constitutional mandate and the 9th Assembly of the House of Representatives under the leadership of Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila will not do anything to desecrate or destroy the critical institution of democracy – the Legislature.
“We strongly believe that President Muhammadu Buhari subscribes to these democratic ethos and ideals as well.”

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House leader claims no impeachment attempt was contemplated against Buhari

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House leader claims no impeachment attempt was contemplated against Buhari

***insists Chinda will face sanctions

Majority Leader, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon . Alhassan Ado Doguwa has debunked rumoured impeachment attemp in the Green Chamber against President Muhammadu Buhari.

In a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, the House Leader dismissed as untrue, threat by the opposition to consider impeachment option against the President over alleged infractions against the parliament.

Doguwa described utterances to that effect made by Hon. Kingsley Chinda as “unholy, unbecoming, and unhallowed unparliamentary conduct” insisting that such rumour is mischievous.

The Leader in the statement said “I wish to declare that Hon. Chinda’s unacceptable actions smacks of disdain, disrespect and desecration of the time – honoured legislative practice amounting to flagrant abuse of the individual and collective privileges as members of the House of Representatives.

“What makes it more worrisome is that no such matter has been raised or discussed at any plenary or at any point in the life of this 9th Assembly.

“Relying on our official records, I make bold to say that Hon. Chinda used to be the Leader of the PDP Caucus in the Green Chamber but he has since ceased to be the Leader of the PDP Caucus in the House of Representatives and therefore cannot claim to speak on behalf of the PDP Caucus whatsoever. His actions are regrettable, despicable and capable of jeopardizing the current working relationship with the Executive arm of government”.

The Majority Leader also stated that while the leadership and members of the House of Representatives had worked assiduously to maintain a harmonious Executive – Legislative relationship for the collective benefits of all Nigerians, it was unfortunate that Hon. Chinda’s singular action truncated President Buhari’s initial acceptance to honour the invitation of the House.

Declaring Chinda’s action as unacceptable, the Leader said the leadership, cannot fold its arms and watch a member undermine their institutional authority by spreading unfounded rumours.
“In the same vein, we as a House, and even in our respective Caucuses , have never contemplated any impeachment process against the President. There is virtually nothing in the horizon that points in that direction. “As leader of the House, I wish to seize the opportunity of this press statement to notify the general public that the House would be compelled to initiate and take legislative, legitimate and proper disciplinary action against Hon. Kingsley Chinda to serve as deterrent to others”.

Doguwa commended and congratulated President Buhari for taking appropriate actions in rescuing the over 300 abducted school boys in Kankara, Katsina State in fulfilment of the promises of his administration to protect lives and properties.

He, in the same vein, commended the government of Katsina State, governor Aminu Masari, the military, security and intelligent forces in tackling banditry, kidnapping and insurgency in the country, while he urged them to redouble their efforts to meet the expectations of Nigerians.

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No more extension for 2020 budget implementation says Lawan

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No more extension for 2020 budget implementation says Lawan

President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, has said that the National Assembly would not accede to another request from the Executive to extend the capital implementation of the 2020 budget.

Lawan stated this in his remark after the upper chamber passed a N13.58 trillion budget for the 2021 fiscal year. 

According to the Senate President, the National Assembly’s approval granting extension for implementation of the capital component of the 2020 budget last week, should therefore be fully utilized by Ministries, Departments and Agencies of Government.

He added that the extension of capital implementation of the 2020 budget till 31st March, 2021; alongside the implementation of the 2021 budget starting in January 2021, would guarantee sufficient injection of funds into Nigeria’s economy. 

“For Nigerians, this budget that has been passed in the National Assembly today, is to ensure that the economy is supported fully through public expenditure, because the economy of our country depends largely on public expenditure. 

“The budget extension period for implementation of the 2020 budget, which we did last year, is to ensure that the funds that are available for 2020 are not lost. 

“So, there will be two budgets running; funds from 1st January, 2021, up to 31st March, 2021; and then the implementation of the 2021 budget itself to start from January. That is absolute fight against the recession we are suffering from. 

“With a projected 3 percent growth in our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the 2021 budget, we believe that the recession which Nigeria is in will be over before the end of the first quarter.”

Lawan, while urging the Executive arm of government to ensure the implementation of the 2020 budget till March 2021 as extended last week by the Legislature, warned that the National Assembly would reject any further extension request on the implementation of  capital expenditure contained in the 2020 budget. 

“I want to urge the executive arm of government, first to ensure that they implement the 2020 budget that will last up till 31st March, 2021. 

“There will be no extension after 31st March. Everyone must be on their toes in the Ministries, Departments and Agencies to ensure they implement the budget 2020. 

“And for 2021, we have to do everything and anything possible to ensure that we implement the budget like we tried to do in 2020.

“I believe that the economy of Nigerians will receive the right kind of boost from the implementation of the two budgets,” the Senate President said. 

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