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Governor Akeredolu Signs ₦187 Billion Ondo 2020 Appropriation Bill Into Law

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Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu,SAN, has signed the 2020 appropriation bill into law.
Education has the largest percentage of the budget provision, followed by infrastructure.

The Governor said the 2020 budget christened ‘Budget of Growth’, passed by the State House of Assembly, provides for aggregate expenditures of N187,858,525,273.00.

He said the amount is divided into N10.508 billion, representing 5.6% for Debt Servicing, N14,180 billion representing 7.6 % as Statutory Transfers to Ondo State Oil Producing Area Development Commission (OSOPADEC), Ondo State Internal Revenue Service (ODIRS) and 10% share of Independent Revenue to Joint Account and Allocation Committee (JAAC) of Local Governments in the State.

According to the Governor, the sums of N82.700 billion and N80.470 billion, representing 44.1% and42.7% are for Recurrent Expenditure and Capital Development respectively.

Arakunrin Akeredolu explained that the policy directions of the budget are largely the products of the inputs garnered during Town Hall meetings with various stakeholders across the State and the 5-point development agenda (the Blueprint to Progress) of his administration.

The Governor, who identified unavailability and inadequacy of required funds as one of the key challenges to budget implementation, said his administration has designed many ingenious and innocuous ways of bringing in more prospective payers into the tax net.

He said: ”One of the key challenges to budget implementation is unavailability and inadequacy of required funds. This is as a result of the recurring dwindling Ondo State’s share of the Federation Account.

This is occasioned by a fall in oil revenue which incidentally, and regrettably too, provides over 80% of the country’s revenue receipts.

“The Independent Revenue, even though has increased substantially since the inception of our administration, has not grown to the level of delivering the State from depending on Federal Transfers.”

The Governor called on the good people of the State, both in the public and private sectors, Donor Partners, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Community Based Organisations (CBOs) and others to join hands with the Government in the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of this budget in order to achieve the desired economic growth that would engender human capital development and emancipation of the people.

Arakunrin Akeredolu thanked members of the state House of Assembly, led by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Bamidele Oloyelogun for the detailed scrutiny and passage of the budget in record time.

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PDP Reacts To Dethronement of Sanusi As Emir of Kano

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called the dethronement of Emir Muhammad Sanusi II, by the Kano state government a huge political blunder.

The PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, stated that the timing of the action is worrisome.

The statement read: “The PDP however calls for calm and circumspection from all quarters, especially, given the security and political stability concerns in our nation.”

Recall that the State Government dethroned Muhammad Sanusi II over what it described as disrespect of lawful instructions from Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State and other lawful authorities.

Just few hours after he was removed, a new Emir, Aminu Ado Bayero, was immediately appointed by the state government as the 15th Emir of Kano to replace Sanusi.

The Peoples Democratic Party further noted the deposition of Emir Muhammad Sanusi II by the Kano state government at a time that the nation is battling worsening insecurity challenges shows the insensitivity and poor appraisal of core national stability issues by the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration.

The PDP, however called for calm and circumspection from all quarters, especially, given the security and political stability concerns in the nation

 

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Women Exchange Blows Over Toilet Roll As Coronavirus Causes Shortage

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A video has surfaced online showing the moment three women physically assaulted each other over a pack of toilet rolls as Coronavirus causes shortage.

The incident, according to reports, happened in Australia as citizens of the country are stocking up on supplies just in case the worst happens and it is leading to altercations.

The video shows one of the women with a trolley stacked with packs of toilet rolls in a shopping centre and the other woman wanted only one pack but she wouldn’t agree.

As she also desperately needed some of the scarce product, she insisted to get one at all cost, resulting in an altercation and physical attacks.

The Australian police have charged the women over the fight.

More than 102 000 people have been infected and the death toll keeps increasing by the day.

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Former President Obasanjo Speaks On Removal Of Sanusi As Emir of Kano

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A former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has broken his silence following the dethronement of Sanusi as the Emir of Kano. Recall that Governor Abdullahi Ganduje-led governement on Monday dethroned Sanusi as Emir of Kano for being disrespectful to lawful authorities.

Reacting, Obasanjo in a statement he personally signed on Monday, said Sanusi’s dethronment was good and bad. According to him, the dethronment is good because Sanusi has paid the price.

The statement, which was shared by Senator Dino Melaye on Twitter reads, “I woke up this morning and after my morning exercise and meeting with my staff, I heard the sad and good news of your removal by the Executive Counicl of the Kano State Government.

“It is sad because it is underserved, it is good because you have paid the price. My prayer is that God should give you the fortitude and the courage to continue in the path that you have chosen for yourself in the best interest of our country and humanity.

“Please accept, Your Royal Highness the assurance of my highest consideration.”

Meanwhile, one of the sons of late Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero, Aminu Ado Bayero was immediatemy named as the 15th Fulani Emir of the state.

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