36 STATE HOUSES OF ASSEMBLY ENDORSE LOCAL GOVT AUTONOMY
The 36 State Houses of Assembly have unanimously endorsed local government autonomy for grassroots development in the country.
This was part of the resolutions adopted yesterday at the conference of Speakers of state legislatures of Nigeria in Yola, with all the 36 states Speakers in attendance.
The chairman of the conference, Hon. Ismail Abdulmumini Kamba, who is also Speaker of Kebbi State House Assembly, said public hearing on the autonomy will be conducted across the country for more inputs from Nigerians.
Kamba explained that far reaching decisions and inputs aimed at positioning the country is expected at the end of the public hearing.
He urged the National Assembly to hasten the transmission of the approved Bill on devolution of power to state assemblies for consideration, validation and adoption
He reiterated the commitment of states assemblies in pushing forward the idea of devolution of power for sustainable growth and development.
“The State Houses of Assembly are ready to push forward the idea of devolution of power in the country. We urged the National Assembly to hasten the transmission of the approved Bill to respective state assemblies for inputs and subsequent approval”, Kamba explained.
HON. BIMBO DARAMOLA, BEST FOR EKITI.
As people of Ekiti prepares for the next leadership of the next administration in 2018, I owe my Ekiti compatriot the duty to identify in guiding them on the choice of the next Governor.
I am convinced that the past experiences from 1999 till date and particularly the present realities will help in making the perfect choice. Today I start with one man that Ekiti cannot afford to vote. He is Congressman Bimbo Daramola and these are the reasons.
He built a 32 bed hospital and equipped it, and handed it over to the State government. Why would a sane minded person commit his personal resources to what some administrations either at local or state did not do? Or indeed any politician in Ekiti has never done!! Including those who have occupied the seat he is seeking!
He gave 1000 free JAMB/UTME FORMS to young boys and girls who are challenged but seeking tertiary education.
His constituency projects, during his tenure as a member of Representatives was applauded the best, for all the solar lights, solar powered boreholes, opening of rural access roads, boreholes with overhead tanks and more.
As a politician, he has never decamped, he is consistent, defending his party.
This same Bimbo Daramola painted the entire ACN party headquarters in Wuse Zone 6 in Abuja in 2012!!
In the House of Representatives, his records of contributions and performance on the floor is still second to none since Ekiti has been sending representatives to National Assembly. Ekiti needs such a person for Governor.
____________________________________GOV TAMBUWAL REVEALS WHY BUHARI IS SENDING ATIKU, NORTHERN GOVERNORS TO SOUTHEAST, NIGER DELTA
Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, on Monday disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari is sending a delegation of some governors to the Southeast and South-South regions of the country.
He said the delegation is being sent as part of Buhari’s effort to douse tension in the region, adding that the visit also targets to promote peace and dialogue among all sections of the country.
This was contained in a statement the Sokoto State governor released through his media spokesman Imam Imam.
Included as members of the delegation as disclosed by the statement are the chairman of Northern Governors Forum and Borno State governor, Alhaji Kashim Shattima, Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi and Hon Simon Lalong of Plateau States.
“The delegation will hold meetings with their counterparts in Rivers, Abia and Imo states. Apart from the visit to political leaderships in those states, the delegation is expected to meet with traditional and religious leaders. They will also confer with northerners resident in those states.
“Importantly, the delegation will reassure their counterparts in the South-South and Southeast that all Nigerians are free to stay in all parts of the country, especially in the North, and that the entire North stands with the people of South East in this period of heightened tension.
“The visit has the blessing of President Muhammadu Buhari and the consultations will continue with all stakeholders so as to enhance unity and peace in the federation,” the statement read.
The development is coming despite the continued exercise of the Nigerian Army’s “Operation Python Dance” in the Southeast after the region’s apex body and other leaders called for the withdrawal of the soldiers over its alleged human rights abuses as a result of its clash with the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Abia State.
NIGERIA FOREIGN DEBT GROW UP BY 40% UNDER BUHARI —NBS REPORT
Nigeria’s total domestic and foreign debt stocks as at June 30 stood at about $15.1 billion and N14.1 trillion respectively, the National Bureau of Statistics said on Tuesday.
A review of the total foreign debt profile of the Federal and the 36 states governments and the FCT also shows a continuous rise since the coming of the present administration, from $10.718 billion in 2015, to $11.406 billion in 2016 and $15.047 billion in 2017.
Out of the current total figure of $15.047 billion, the Federal Government accounts for $11.106 billion, or about 74 per cent, while the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Abuja owe about $3.94 billion, or 26 per cent.
The Federal and State government shares of the debt stock grew from $7.349 billion and $3.369 billion in 2015, to $7.84 billion and $3.568 billion in 2016, and $3.94 billion and $11.106 billion in 2017 respectively.
The NBS gave further disaggregation of the country’s foreign debt to include $9.67billion as multilateral debt; $218.25million as bilateral (AFD) and $5.15billion from the Exim Bank of China credit to the Federal Government.
Details of the debt figures show that the domestic debts figures of the 36 states of the federation and the FCT have continued to grow since 2015 under the present administration.
From about N2.503 trillion in 2015, the NBS data showed the figure rose to N2.959 trillion in 2016 before reaching the latest point of N3.001 trillion in 2017.
According to the statistics agency, out of the total N14.017 trillion national debt stock, the Federal Government accounts for about N11.058 trillion, or 78.66 per cent, against about N2.959 trillion, or 21.34 per cent by all the states and the FCT.
Further breakdown of the Federal Government domestic debt stock by instruments show that about N7.56 trillion, or 68.41 per cent were in bonds; N3.28 trillion, or 29.64 per cent in treasury bills, while N215.99 million, or 1.95 per cent went into treasury bonds.
Although the NBS did not provide the Federal Government domestic debt figures for 2015, figures obtained from the Debt Management Office, DMO, website on Tuesday showed that total domestic debt by instruments as at December 2015 stood at N8.836 trillion.
This consisted Federal Government bonds N5.808 trillion, or 65.73 per cent; Nigerian treasury bills N2.773 trillion, or 31.38 per cent, and treasury bonds of N255.99 billion, or 2.90 per cent.
Among the 36 states and the FCT, Lagos recorded the highest foreign debt profile, accounting for about 37 per cent of the states’ foreign debts, followed by Kaduna (six per cent), Edo (five percent), Cross River (four percent) and Ogun (three percent).
On the domestic front, Lagos State again took the lead, with the highest domestic debt profile among its colleagues and the FCT, accounting for about 10.39 per cent of the total figure, followed by Delta (8.04 per cent), Awa Ibom (5,18 per cent), FCT (5.09 per cent) and Osun (4.90 per cent).
36 STATES OF THE FEDERATION WILL BE CONNECTED BY RAIL SOON….
The Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, has disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari ordered him and the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, to connect the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) by rail.
Amaechi made the revelation during the 15th National Council on Transportation, NCT, in Sokoto.
He said, “The President called two of us, myself and my colleague in the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola; and told me specifically that I must ensure that the 36 states including Abuja are connected by rail”.
He added that the ongoing rail projects in the country would create employment opportunity for the teeming youths.
He said that to grow the economy effectively and efficiently, the railway must be developed.
Amaechi said the federal government was on the verge of signing a contract agreement with General Electric for the rehabilitation of the rail lines across the country to ensure they are put to use in the very shortest time.
He further disclosed that government has ordered more Locomotives for the Standard Gauge rail lines.
Amaechi also said the President has given approval for the construction of Abuja-Itakpe rail line, while preparation is in top gear to commence activity on the Ajaokuta-Warri line which will be completed in June 2018.
NO ROOM FOR GODFATHERS IN OUR PARTY NATIONAL CHAIRMAN
The chairman said the party had allocated 30 per cent of its elective positions to women, 25 per cent to youths and five per cent to physically challenged.
The National Chairman of the Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA), Malam Shittu Mohammed, says the party has zero tolerance for godfathers, but will give all members a level playing field.
Mohammed made the declaration on Saturday in Yola while addressing members of the party.
He assured the members that they were all automatic delegates in the selection of candidates for all elective posts.
“We have no godfathers, we have no moneybags; ours is a level playing field for all members, ” Mohammed said.
The chairman said the party had, however, allocated 30 per cent of its elective positions to women, 25 per cent to youths and five per cent to physically challenged.
“ We also believe in restructuring and devolution of power. I want to appeal to the National Assembly to revisit the issues,” he said.
In his welcome address, Adamawa state chairman of the party, Alhaji Umar Jada, said APDA had a huge number of followers in the state, where it was considered as a liberator.
Jada said many people in Adamawa had started defecting from other political parties to APDA.
Highlights of the national chairman’s visit to Yola include the swearing-in of the State and Local Government executives of the party and the inauguration of the APDA state headquarters.
The national chairman, who met with party executives, also paid a courtesy call on Lamido of Adamawa, Alhaji Barkindo Mustapha.