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Reps summon CBN gov, perm sec over budget implementation

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The House of Representatives ad hoc committee investigating the non-implementation of the capital component of 2015 budget yesterday summoned the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele and permanent secretary, Federal Ministry of Finance, Mrs. Anastasia Mabi Daniel- Nwaobia, to appear before it next Tuesday.

Also, the committee has directed the Budget Office of the Federation, the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), the Fiscal Responsibility Commission and other agencies and parastatals in the ministry to furnish it with details of the capital budget implementation by next Tuesday when they are expected to appear before it. Chairman of the committee, Hon. Aliyu Ahman- Pategi, gave the orders at the botched hearing of the committee, which could not hold yesterday due to the absence of the permanent secretary and the failure of most of the agencies to adhere to the terms of the letter of invitation.

Ahman-Pategi said the presence of the permanent secretary and the CBN governor was paramount in getting the true account of the capital budget implementation hence the decision not to take them by proxy. Director-General of the Budget Office of the Federation, Alhaji Aliyu Gusau, had appeared before the committee to represent the permanent secretary, a development the committee frowned at and insisted that the permanent secretary must be present.

Gusau had apologised on behalf of the permanent secretary, whom he said was on official assignment with the president to welcome the Togolese president to the country. But his plea fell on deaf ears.

Also, Senior Special Assistants to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang (Senate) and Hon. Abdulrahman Kawu had appealed to the committee to excuse the permanent secretary’s absence, assuring that President Muhammadu Buhari would not condone any disrespectful act towards the parliament.

He advised the seven agencies invited to furnish the committee with details of the capital budget as regards releases and implementation. Earlier in his welcome address, the chairman expressed dismay that with few months to the end of the year, the implementation of the capital component of the 2015 budget was abysmal.

He lamented that the attempt by the executive to pick and choose which portions of the budget are implemented, especially with regards to the capital expenditure, has proved detrimental to the whole process.

The lawmaker commended the executive for the introduction of the Treasury Single Account (TSA), saying “we have no doubt that this directive if strictly adhered to, will bring more revenue to all tiers of government and change the dynamics of the Nigerian budget process.”

It will be recalled that the House of Representatives had on August 12 passed a resolution setting up the Ad-Hoc Committee with the mandate to look into the alleged non-implementation of the 2015 budget.

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BREAKING: ASUU meeting with FG end in deadlock, strike to continue

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The meeting between the federal government and the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Tuesday ended without an agreement.

As a result of this, the six-month-old strike embarked on by public university lecturers is set to continue.

The lecturers met with the Professor Nimi Briggs Committee at the National University Commission (NUC) in Abuja with high hopes of resolving the impasse.

A senior member of ASUU said that members of the Briggs renegotiation committee didn’t come with any new offer on the table.

According to him, the committee pleaded with the lecturers to suspend the ongoing strike, with promises that their concerns will be included in the 2023 budget.

The meeting started at about 12pm and lasted for about three hours.

ASUU has been on strike since February 14.

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Suspected thugs destroy Tinubu’s Emilokan billboard in Lagos (PHOTO)

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Some persons suspected to be political thugs have vandalized a billboard of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, in Lagos.

The billboard located on the close to the third mainland bridge was destroyed on Tuesday morning.

The action sparked tension online as some APC members have accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the state.

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EFCC recovers another 1.4bn naira for NHIS

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EFCC writes INEC, demands APC, PDP, other aspirants’ bank details

The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has recovered an additional sum of one billion, four hundred million naira (N1.4 Billion) for the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

In a statement via its official Twitter handle, the money, according to the commission, was part of the funds which some commercial banks ‘fraudulently’ refused to transmit to the Treasury Single Account, TSA, since 2015.

The statement further said the money had been released to the NHIS since August 5, 2022.

It also revealed that the Commission had in similar fashion on February 10, 2022, released a sum of N1.5bn to the scheme.

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