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Relieve Kogi Budget Commissioner, Overhaul Ministry CSO tasks Gov Bello

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Relieve Kogi Budget Commissioner, Overhaul Ministry CSO tasks Gov Bello

By John Akubo

The Executive Director, Centre for Human Rights and Conflicts Resolution, Comrade Idris Miliki, has called for the removal of the Kogi State Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Hon. Paul Maiwada.

Aside the sack of the Budget Commissioner, stakeholders at a one day budget summit organized by Centre for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, in partnership with Shehu Musa Yar’ Adua Foundation with support of Mac Arthur Foundation held in Lokoja, also called on government to quickly reorganise the Budget and Planning Ministry for effective performance.

He decried copy and paste budget syndrone that has become the hallmark of the State budget process which he said is indicative of cluelessness on the part of the ministry on budget requirements.

According to Com. Miliki, the budget office has over the years failed to meet the purpose of delivering acceptable and implementable budget in the state.

Comrade Miliki tasked the state government to take more than a passing interest in preparation of the state budget, as he frowned at the nonchalant attitude of the ministry of finance, and budget whom he noted have not paid greater attention to budgeting process.

Com. Miliki pointed out that budget and its process was supposed to be inclusive and participatory, as he called on citizens of the state to make input in budget making process of the state as well as to monitor its implementation.

Miliki indicated that the people are always at a loss when budget usually described as laudable by the executives, does not translate to improving their living standards accusing the government of induging selective implementation of budget, late release of capital votes and disregard for the appropriation act as the norm in the state.

Earlier in his presentation, the lead speaker, Eze Onyekpere esq, said development should be about the people, as he urged citizens to own, drive and work for the success of budget and its implantation.

While he described budget as a work in progress he cited poor implementation, not abiding by the financial regulations and bureaucracy as challenge bedevilling the successful implementation of budget.

The lead speaker tasked the state government to make audit a key component in determining the successful implementation of past budgets, advocated for training of personnel and providing the political will to the state auditor general in carrying out it responsibility.

In an opening remarks, Honorable Haruna Idoko, Chairman Kogi State House of Assembly Committee on Budget commended the Centre for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution for their interest in government providing good governance, assured that the efforts would be made to make the 2019 budget inclusive and participatory.

Panelists and other stakeholders at the summit called for a review of the budget process, making the public account committee of the state house of assembly functional to enable it Carry out oversight functions as well as subjecting the budget from it inception and implementation to public scrutiny, with the media asked to dig deep into the making and implementation of budget in the state.

The centre expressed its willingness to partner, with Kogi state House of Assembly on public hearing for the 2019 budget, to make it more, inclusive and people oriented.
The center challenged the Assembly and the KGSG to raise the ante in the state budget so it should not just be an annual ritual but people oriented document.
It decried the copy and paste syndrome that has bedevilled the State budget in recent times ascriebing it to laziness civil servants.

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Senator Opeyemi lampoons Buhari over refusal to sack service chiefs

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The senator representing Ekiti Central Micheal Opeyemi Bamidele has asked President Muhamadu Buhari to respect the resolution of the National Assembly that he should sack the service chiefs without further delay.
The senator while contributing to the motion on the beheading of 67 farmers in Borno, by Bokoharam insurgents: Need for Urgent, Decisive action pleaded with the service chiefs to voluntarily resign based on national interest.
He said they can then wait to be appointed as Presidential Advisory Panel on security.
“For me the number one resolution that I will like to reemphasize on this floor of the senate is for the President to allow the service chiefs to go, they have done their best, they have worked so hard, the best anybody can give is his best.
“You cannot give what you do not have and if the President believes so much in these service chiefs he should remove them as service chiefs and constitute them as Presidential advisory committee on security matters and they will still be there to be advising him and let the younger ones take over as service chiefs to move the country forward.
He said, “It is yet another moment when we run the risk of Nigerians looking at us as a group of elected representatives who sit in the red chamber to shed crocodile tears but we know that is not what we do.
“We are victims of certain circumstances that make it look like that. There is probably nothing any of us could say here today that has not been said, the only thing that is new is that more people have been killed in most barbaric manner. Yet we have to say something as representatives of the people.
“We are unhappy about what happened in Borno, Katsina and Niger States and some Northern parts of the country. Even in the South South, south East and south west where people are being kidnapped, there are some forms of insurgency.
“In Ondo State just last week a paramount ruler was killed. My own contribution is this, let us stand on existing resolution, in addition of course to the prayers that the mover of this motion made clear to us.
“Fighting Bokoharam cannot be something we do by habit, it cannot become part of our national life, it cannot become what we budget for year in year out as a routine.”
He lamented that the war was becoming a routine adding that there is a need to bring it to an end as lives are being lost on a daily bases.
He also made refrence to a constitutional provision in section 14(1)b which defines the primary purpose of Government to be the welfare and security of the people.
“We all agree that this is not being fulfilled and where a Government is deemed to be in breach of section 14(1)b the Government is also automatically seen to have breached section 32 and 34 of our constitution which provides for the right to life, right for personal liberty, and life against torture.
“These are things that goes together once you fail to fulfill the provision of section 14(1)b so what are we talking about let these service chiefs go.
“If the President would not remove them we call on these service chiefs in the interests of the public to resign and look forward to being appointed as members of Presidential committee on security. So this is one contribution that I really want to make.”
He also made reference to the budget of over N800b set aside for all of the armed forces, whereby more than 60% of it is specifically tailored towards prosecuting the war against insurgency.
“I believe before this budget is passed it is either the president come to address this parliament on the way forward on how to address the security matter or we hold a joint session and do a public hearing and allow Nigerians an opportunity to also speak to this issue.
“I dont think it should be a question of us sitting down to pass this budget it should not be business unusual.”

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Buhari tells mothers to admonish their wards on need for dialogue over #EndSARS

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Apparently piqued by the growing youth restiveness which engulfed parts of the country in the last few weeks,
President Muhammadu Buhari has urged women to engage with children and youths on the need for dialogue that would yield better understanding.

The President spoke on Thursday while hosting the representatives of women at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said Nigeria remained committed to ending violence against women and girls in Nigeria and the rest of the world.

According to him, although the country had not achieved the 35 percent affirmation on the participation of women in governance, the current administration intended to exceed the benchmark.

“I want to assure you that this administration remains resolute to not only meet the 35 percent National Gender Policy, but to exceed it across key decision-making role in government,” he said.

He restated his commitment to end child marriage and boost girl child education in all parts of the country.
The Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, earlier appealed to President Buhari to ensure that the issues responsible for the ongoing strike by university lecturers were resolved amicably, to enable universities reopen and students go back to school

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Labour disowns FG over petrol price hike, as it asks for reversal to N160

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**decries FG insincerity

The organised Labour has expressed disappointment with the Federal Government over its high level of insincerity with the union.
The general secretary of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Emma Ugboajah indicated that labour movement’s agreement with Government was for local refineries to be be rehabilitated to boost local refining.
He said almost eight weeks after the negotiations, the Federal Government has not shown any commitment to all the items that were agreed upon.
He stressed that out of 161 buses that are powered gas, none of them has been supplied to the movement.
“We never supported deregulation that is anchored on price increment. Our minimum request is that the Federal Government must reverse back to N160,” Ugboajah said. “We agreed that the refineries should be out to work. We have not seen any work in that regard.
Also, we have seen the NNPC maintaining a stranglehold on importation.”
He said the are demanding for a reversal of recent hike in the petrol price adding that they did not endorse deregulation that is anchored on price.

He said the strikers option is still opened for them to explore

The President of Trade Union Congress (TUC), Quadri Olaleye, said things are going out of hand if urgent steps are not taken.
His words: “We cannot pretend that things are not going right. It seems government wants to create crisis when none exists. We have been coming here to ensure the hardship on the people is reduced.
He accused the Government of sponsoring miscreants who torment them with insults through text messages on daily bases making almost impossible for them to move freely

“Academic staffers have been on strike. We set up a committee for more than two months and nothing has happened. A month to the end of the year, nothing has been done. If today’s meeting does not solve the problem, we will mobilise outselve and stage a walk out of the meeting. I hope today’s meeting will be productive. ”
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, said the meeting was supposed to have been held in October but for #EndSars protests that rocked the nation last month.
Ngige said the Federal Government is ready to begin rolling out the palliatives as from today, Monday.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha said government is already working on some of the agreed area such as reduction of tariff on the importation of cars from 35% to 10% and other steps that the Federal Government has taken.









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