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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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Senate panel suspends budget defense over attacks by hoodlums

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Senate panel suspends budget defense over attacks by hoodlums

Senate committee on Interior yesterday suspended budget defence by the agencies under its purview on account of the #ENDSARS protests that was hijacked by hoodlums and the COVID-19 pandermic.
The committee chairman senator Kashim Shetima said most of the paramilitary organisations were victims of the attacks by the hoodlums as some of their offices were attacked and others burnt down.
He said they have submitted their 2020/2021 budget containing details hence there was no compelling need for them to hang on.

“Those paramilitary organisations, the Federal fire service and the Civil Defence submitted their budgets containing details of expenditure.
“We have received and will subject them to public scrutiny and when the need arises we will call them back to shed more light.

“In the light of the growing challenges and the issue of the  pandemic we felt compelled not to dissipate their useful time and energy answering a lot of questions from us.

He said there are no compelling issues to hold them back.
“If there is need for them to appear before us as we said earlier, we will call them back and subject them to scrutiny.
“We have the budget and there are explanations on  how the funds are expended.
“If we want an additional information we will inquire from them but right now some of their organisation are being attacked some of their offices were burnt down, so how do you expect us to hold them to ransome here while their needs for them to attend to outside.”

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Senate faults FG’s lackadaisical approach to environmental safety

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Senate faults FG’s lackadaisical approach to environmental safety

**Minister says Ogoni cleanup is FG’s priority

The Senate committee has on Environment has expressed disappointment over Nigeria’s disregard for environmental safety issues.

This came to the fore Tuesday during the Budget defense by the ministry of environment before the the Senate Committee on Environment.

Chairman of the Committee, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, indicated that government’s failure to accord priority to environment issues is underscored by the relatively poor budgetary allocation to the Environment Ministry.

The Environment Minister, Mohammad Abubakar told the Senate Committee that his Ministry is presently tackling environmental issues including oil spills, among others.

The sum of N8.9 billion is the total allocation for the Environment Ministry, as captured in the 2021 budget.

When asked about the much talked about Ogoni cleanup that has lingered for some years the minister said,

“Three weeks ago we were able to completed six remediated sites that are being certified by National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA) right now. I think about three or four more are in the pipeline to be completed and certified and the remaining fifteen sites of the first 21 are being worked on seriously and we completion very soon. “There are 36 additional sites that have been awarded. They are at various stages of work. “There are livelihood programme that are going on which have been part of the clean up project by UN Environment Programme (UNEP) that is ongoing currently.
“About 1200 women and youths are being trained in various skills like agriculture, aquaculture, poultry, welding and so on. A great number of youths have been employed by the projects.”
He said the cleanup of Ogoni is ongoing adding that it is one of the main project of this administration.

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CNA decries theft by Legislative Aide in NASS

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CNA decries theft by Legislative Aide in NASS
…As NASSLAF inaugurates new Exco

The Clerk to the National Assembly (CNA), Architect Ojo Amos Olatunde, has condemned in strongest terms, the burglary act recently carried out by a legislative aide in the National Assembly .

The CNA who made the condemnation in Abuja Friday during the inauguration ceremony of newly elected executives of the National Assembly Legislative Aides Forum ( NASSLAF), challenged the new executives to fish out bad eggs among them .

” It is sad to note the ugly incident that occurred recently , when a legislative Aide was caught breaking into the office of a Lawmaker .
” What would have prompted such regrettable incident? There is the need for this newly elected executives to be vigilant by flushing out any bad eggs amongst you ” , he said .
He also admonished the executive to run welfare – driven Unionism and not confrontational one against the management in any way, since accordimg to him, most of their outstanding demands, were met within his first 28 days in office as Clerk to the National Assembly .

His words, “This EXCO must be guided that Unionism is all about welfare of all and sundry .
“Union matters must witness a new dawn and turn, which must be separated from the ugly past.
“I am proud and elated to state that under my watch, we have fulfilled the promise of the ‘First 28 Days’, and we are resolved to make sure that not only all statutory claims of Legislative Aides are promptly paid, but training programmes are pursued to logical conclusions ” .

The President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan who was represented by the Senate Deputy Leader, Senator Robert Ajayi Boroffice ( APC Ondo North), also tasked the newly inaugurated EXCO to make NASSLAF the required lubricant of the operational engine of the Federal lawmakers .
In his inauguration speech, the Chairman of NASSLAF, Alhaji Salisu Zuru, promised to run an EXCO and Union that will not be confrontational to the management of the National Assembly at all levels but collaborative .
“As a union, we intend to run an inclusive administration . We shall ensure collaborative synergy with relevant stakeholders like the National Assembly Service Commission , National Assembly Management and the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies ( NILDS).
“History has taught us that constructive engagement achieves results, more than unnecessary grandstanding and confrontation.” he said.

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