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AMOTEKUN: Buhari, FG Budgets N31M for Community Policing – Southwest Govs to Meet With IG.

 

It was reportedly revealed that the Federal Government has budgeted N31.08M for the establishment of resources for community policing activities in this year 2020. This budget appeared the provision of the expenditure under the Ministry of Police Affairs estimate.
However, it wasn’t stated clearly in the budget the resources to be purchased regarding the fund allocated to the community policing, rather it was just stated in the budget that the allocation is for procurement of resources.
Moreover, indication showed that federal government is yet to release the money allocated for community policing to implement the community policing scheme.
The Federal Governent had a month ago directed the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to start the way toward enrolling constables for the community policing. On January 23, Adamu, in a remote message to state officials of police, requested them to liaise with traditional leaders with the end goal of setting up screening boards of trustees for the recruitment.
In the interim, the governors of the six South-West states will meet with the Inspector-General of Police today to tweak conversations on Operation Amotekun.
The Chairman of the South-West Governors’ Forum, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, expressed this on Tuesday in Abuja during a visit to the Presidential Villa.
Akeredolu, who is the Governor of Ondo State, held a gathering with the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
Review that the states were approached to start bills to the lawmaking body in their individual jurisdiction to pass laws backing Amotekun.
This came after the Federal Government gave its gesture to the activity, which is currently expected to run one next to the other the administration’s community policing idea.
Akeredolu talked with State House reporters in a response to hypothesis that his visit to Buhari was regarding Amotekun.
The representative explained that his visit was to welcome the President to take part in the exercises arranged for the third commemoration of his organization.

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Buhari seeks National Assembly’s approval to reimburse five states with N148.13bn

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The Senate on Tuesday, received a request from President Muhammadu Buhari to approve the sum of N148,141,969,161.24, as promissory notes to five states for Federal Road projects executed by the States.

The states are: Bayelsa, Cross River, Ondo, Osun and Rivers.

Buhari’s request was contained in a letter dated August, 13, 2020 and read by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, during plenary on Tuesday.

It reads: “The Senate May wish to be informed that the Federal Executive Council (FEC), at its meeting of June 3, 2020 approved the reimbursement of N148,141,969,161.24 through the issuance of Promissory notes to the Bayelsa, Cross River, Ondo, Osun and Rivers State Governments for Federal Road Projects executed by the states.

“The approval by FEC was subsequent to the recommendation of an Inter-Ministerial Committee which reviewed the requests for reimbursement made by the State Governments for the projects. The Committee reviewed the documents submitted and carried out physical inspection and verification of the projects in the respective states before making its recommendation to FEC.”

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Out of the sum of N148,141,969,161.24, Bayelsa State is expected to be reimbursed N38,404,564,783.40; Cross River State, N18,394,732,608.85; Ondo, N7,822,147,577.08; Osun State, N4,567,456,673.63; and Rivers State, N78,953,067,518.29.

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2020 Budget: Reps threaten to sanction ministries, agencies

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The House of Representatives on Tuesday threatened statutory sanctions against Ministries and Agencies (MDAS) that have failed in their implementation of projects for which funds have been provided in the budget.
Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila who gave the warning in his resumption speech to members at the resumed plenary.
He said failure to implement budget, is a betrayal of the public trust that undermines faith in the government and frustrates good faith efforts at national development.
Gbajabiamila stressed that the Appropriation Act “is not merely a policy document or a statement of intent, but it is the law of the land that binds all Nigerians, particularly those in government”.
According to him, “Any expenditure of public funds outside of the Appropriation Act is a crime, as is a failure to implement programmes and projects for which funds have been allocated and provided”.
The Speaker assured that the “House will work with the Executive to develop and implement measures to support people that need help and ensure that the most vulnerable Nigerians can get through the reforms in the oil and power sectors with dignity”.
He said the House will exercise its oversight ” to hold people’s feet to the fire and deliver outcomes that are worthy of the sacrifices government is asking of the Nigerian people”.
Gbajabiamila announced the appointment of Henry Nwawuba (PDP-Imo) as Chairman of an Adhoc Committee to guide implementation of the updated Legislative Agenda across the Committees and other institutions of the House of Representatives.
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“We updated our Agenda to help us respond more effectively to the unique and far-reaching effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on our economy, on our national security and the general wellbeing of all our people.
“We must each always remember that this document is a contract with the people who sent us here and as such, our readiness and determination to keep our end of this bargain must never be in doubt” he added.
The Speaker also noted that the House has received and will shorty begin consideration of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) as part of the efforts to achieve wholesale reform of the oil and gas sector in Nigeria.
He said: “This is not the first time that we have initiated the Petroleum Industry Bill or similar efforts at broad oil and gas sector reform in the National Assembly. I assure all Nigerians that we in the 9th House of Representatives fully intend to succeed this time around”.

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