Barely a day after President Muhammadu Buhari presented the 2020 appropriation bill, the House of Representatives has started debate oon its general principles.
But the debate was almost stalled by Kingsley Chinda, who raised a Point of Order that the budget was not ripped enough for consideration since President has not given the details of the budget.
He was, however, ruled out of order by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, who stated that only the general principle is considered at the second reading, therefore, no need for details.
Quoting Section 81 of the constitution, he said, “The President shall cause to be prepared and laid before each House of the National Assembly at any time in each financial year estimates of the revenues and expenditure of the Federation for the next following financial year.”
Afterwards, members took turn to speak on the budget, using the speech of the president to discus the general principle of the bill.
The Chief Whip of the House, Mohammed Monguno, in his contribution, commended the allocation to the agriculture sector, as he identified the sector as the main sector to combat unemployment.
Our population is growing at geometric progression, and our ability to put food on the table is growing at arithmetic progression And Agriculture is the most important way of solving unemployment, I am happy that N83billion has been enmarked to agriculture, although we are far away from Maputo declaration on food security. But the fact is that this govt is investing in Agriculture is commendable.”
Rotimi Agunsoye in his contribution called the National Population Census (NPC) to conduct a new census, to ensure proper planning.
“I will like to talk on population census, if we are planning, we must know the population of the actual Nigerians, the last census was in 2006, and we are 2019, we have been estimating our population, it is important that we know the population, so that we can know our needs.
“We need census for us to plan. The implementation is important. How do we control our population. The issue is our borders, our borders are porous.”
Most other speakers spoke in favour of the budget, while some persons raised concerns on the deficit which is more than the capital expenditure.
The debate has been suspended till Thursday
Oshiomhole suspects Obaseki of defection from APC
The National Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has become suspicious that Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State was creating crisis in the state ostensibly to dump the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
Oshiomhole also accused the governor of blackmail as excuse for possible defection someday.
But he, however, advised Obaseki to focus on delivery of good governance to the people rather than blackmailing his personality.
He gave the advice in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Simon Ebegbulem, in Abuja on Tuesday.
The APC chairman said: “We have it on good authority that the governor (Obaseki) intends to create disaffection and crisis in the state, APC and probably dump the party for another party.
“That is why, he has embarked on this brigandary which Edo people will resist. So, he should stop blackmailing me and face governance which is why Edo people voted him into power.
“We are even more scared now that the governor is making every effort to coerce me into giving him details of my movement in Edo State. Who knows what he is plotting again. But every evil plot against me will fail.”
He alleged that the last Saturday’s siege at his residence by Obaseki’s thugs was a good example.
“Before that incident, state government sponsored thugs have been harassing, intimidating APC members across the 18 Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state because APC leaders refused to adopt his second term aspiration.
“People are being sacked in their jobs everyday in the state,” he said.
PDP dismisses Villa feud as show of incompetence, urges NASS to probe Buhari for alleged illegal allotment
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Tuesday condemned the public fight between the First Lady, Aisha Buhari and President Muhammadu Buhari’s cousins, over rooms in the Presidential villa, as disgraceful that underlines the alleged managerial ineptitude and leadership failures of the Buhari Presidency
It, therefore, urged the National Assembly to probe the alleged abuse of office by Buhari following revelation that he assigns official facilities in the Presidential villa to unauthorized persons that have no official roles in governance, and apply appropriate sanctions.
The opposition party said the chaos in the Villa further exposed the Buhari Presidency’s poor management of issues and highlights why it has allegedly failed in delivering on any of its responsibilities in governance that allegedly left the nation in a shambolic situation in the last five years.
PDP spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan made this allegations in a statement made available to TIMELY POST in Abuja.
Part of the statement reads, “The feud further uncovers the impunity, disorderliness and vanity that
pervade the Buhari Presidency and how the once serious and productive seat of power has been turned into a house of comedy and an overcrowded quarter for illegal occupants.
“Nigerians can now see why it has become difficult for our nation to witness any stability or progress under the Buhari Presidency and why the Buhari-led Federal Government has been bedeviled by confusion, infighting, policy flip-flops, statutory violations, promotion of
violence, ingrained corruption and administrative indolence while millions of Nigerians wallow in poverty and neglect.
“Nigerians and the world can equally see why no one expects the Buhari Presidency to articulate any progressive idea or proffer and implement
any solution to the myriad of economic and security problems it caused our nation; they can now see why there is no hope in sight and why
compatriots are daily agitating for a new order.
“Our party notes that our dear nation has suffered enough disgrace from the Buhari Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC). The PDP
therefore charges President Buhari to immediately apologize to Nigerians for his failures and be ready to vacate office for more competent hands, since it has become obvious that he is leading our country to nowhere”.
Further, the PDP urged the National Assembly to sanitize the Presidential villa by probing allegations of illegal allotment of offices and apartments to unauthorized persons, including scammers and corruption fronts in Aso Rock.
867, 088 to vote in Bayelsa guber election
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Monday affirmed that a total of 867, 088 eligible voters are expected to vote in the November 16, gubernatorial election in Bayelsa State.
INEC National Commissioner supervising elections in Bayelsa, Edo and Rivers State, May Agbamuche-Mbu, disclosed this in Yenagoa, the state capital at the official presentation of the voter register to 45 political parties contesting in the election.
Mrs Agbamuche-Mbu, who presented soft copies of the register to the parties, explained that the document revealed the number of registered voters by polling unit, registration Area, local government areas and state.
“This is to enable eligible voters to check their details and know the location of their polling units,” she explained.
On appointment of party agents, the commissioner enjoined all political parties to submit names of their agents not later than 14 days before the election.
“Submit the names of your party agent on or before Nov. 2, as the Commission will not extend the deadline for submission,” she urged.
Also, the Commission’s National Director, Voter Registry, Iro Gambo, said though a total of 923, 182 voters were registered in Bayelsa at the end of the 2017 and 2018 Continuous Voter Registration (CVR) exercise, but only 867, 088 voters collected their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs).
Gambo, represented by the Deputy Director, Voter Registry, Paul Ayaeze, explained that the PVCs were made available for collection during the nationwide CVR exercise at all the local government areas in the state between April 2017 and August 2018.
“In all, the number of uncollected PVCs are 33, 974,” the director said.
In his remark, INEC’s Resident Electoral Commission (REC) in Bayelsa, Monday Udoh, restated the Commission’s readiness to conduct free, fair and credible election for the people.
Udoh, who was represented by the Administrative Secretary of the commission in the state, Edwin Enabor, enjoined all political parties to play by the rules and refrain from violence.
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