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Budget Crisis: Fayose Slams Buhari

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The Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Peter Fayose has described the raging controversies between the Presidency and the National Assembly over the 2016 Budget as a confirmation of his position that President Mohammadu Buhari was clueless and incompetent, saying; “Nigerians should expect more blunders like this until they send Buhari back to Daura in 2019.”
The governor, who said it was now obvious that the President and his All Progressives Congress (APC) only wanted power desperately without the wherewithal to govern, added that; “I warned Nigerians of the consequences of electing an octogenarian as president and with the international embarrassment that this budget crisis has become, I have been vindicated.”
According to a statement issued, yesterday by his Special Assistant on Pubic Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor said: “It is obvious that there is total disconnection between the President and his cabinet members as many of the ministers don’t even have access to him probably because the President spend most of his time resting as a result of his old age.”
He said; “The reality is that the President is challenged by age, exposure and ability. He did not read the budget proposal that he presented to the National Assembly and this should be a lesson for those who clamoured for a Buhari’s presidency that no man can give what he does not have.
“The question is; can a minister present supplementary budget to the National Assembly and can the National Assembly act on budget proposal submitted by a minister?
“It is shameful that after blaming former President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for close to one year, the Presidency is now blaming the National Assembly for its inability to prepare a common budget.”
The governor commended the National Assembly for exposing the alleged lies and hypocrisy of the Presidency, saying it was shameful that President Buhari and his men could blame the National Assembly for their incompetence.
He called on the National Assembly not to succumb to blackmail and intimidation from the Presidency, saying that the way and manner the Presidency was going about blackmailing and intimidating other arms of government, especially the judiciary should worry lovers of democracy and good governance in the country.
The governor, who declared that Nigeria will no longer be ruled by octogenarians, said; “Nigerians must have now come to terms that I warned them that Buhari is too old to govern a country like Nigeria.”

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Cost Of Kerosene Soars By 9.03%

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The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has said that the average price of kerosene rose by 9.03 per cent in May, 2021.
This was contained in its “National Household Kerosene Price Watch – May 2021”, released, yesterday.
The report explained the product also soared by 9.03 per cent on-year-on-year basis to N363.50 in the period under review from N362.68 in April, 2021.
The NBS said, “Average price per litre paid by consumers for National Household Kerosene increased by 0.23% month-on-month and by 9.03% year-on-year to N363.50 in May, 2021 from N362.68 in April, 2021”.
According to NBS, states with the highest average price per litre of kerosene were Ebonyi (N477.08); Enugu (N464.44); and Taraba (N437.04).
It added that states with the lowest average price per litre of kerosene were Bayelsa (N251.11); Yobe (N298.15); and Abuja (N305.33).
The data said similarly, average price per gallon paid by consumers for National Household Kerosene increased by 3.34 per cent month-on-month and by 4.94 per cent year-on-year to N1,266.99 in May, 2021 from N1,226.08 in April, 2021.
States with the lowest average price per gallon of kerosene, said NBS, were Bayelsa (N1,027.50); Delta (N1,050.00); and Adamawa (N1,078.33).
The NBS noted that the states with the highest average price per gallon of kerosene were Plateau (N1,490.00); Kebbi (N1,475.00); and Niger (N1,447.50).
Similarly, the report said states with the lowest average price of premium motor spirit (petrol) were Gombe (N161.33); Borno (N162.27); and Zamfara (N162.31).
It added that the average price paid by consumers for premium motor spirit (petrol) increased by 29.61 per cent year-on-year and month-on-month by 1.01% to N168.06 in May, 2021 from N166.38 in April, 2021.
The document said states with the “highest average price for the refilling of a 12.5kg cylinder for Liquefied Petroleum Gas (Cooking Gas) were Abuja (N4,825.00); Enugu (N4,754.55); and Plateau (N4,650.00).
States with the lowest average price for the refilling of a 5kg cylinder for Liquefied Petroleum Gas (Cooking Gas) were Jigawa (N1,726.86); Abuja (N1,808.20); and Lagos (N1,841.93).
“States with the highest average price for the refilling of a 5kg cylinder for Liquefied Petroleum Gas (Cooking Gas) were Bauchi (N2,486.39); Borno (N2,393.87); and Adamawa (N2,392.62).
“States with the lowest average price for the refilling of a 12.5kg cylinder for Liquefied Petroleum Gas (Cooking Gas) were Kaduna (N3,736.07); Zamfara (N3,749.04); and Katsina (N3,856.31)”.

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Troops Destroy Illegal Refineries In N’Delta

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The Defence Headquarters says troops of “Operation Delta Safe’’ have deactivated several illegal refining sites and disconnected illegal pipelines in the Niger Delta.
The Defence authorities said the troops have also intercepted and confiscated contraband vessels in the region in the last two weeks.
The Acting Director, Defence Media Operation, Brig-Gen Bernard Onyeuko, disclosed this, yesterday, in Abuja, while briefing newsmen on the military operations spanning June 3 to June 16 across the country.
Onyeuko said the troops also arrested many criminals during their anti-illegal oil bunkering and raid operations and thwarted activities of economic saboteurs within the period.
He said troops had on June 3 and June 4, deactivated illegal oil refining sites at Ibaa in Emohua Local Government Area and Kumufari and Yalama towns in Asari-Toru Local Government Area of Rivers State.
He explained that several barrels of illegally refined PMS and AGO were impounded and storage tanks immobilised during the operation.
“Also on June 4, troops intercepted and impounded several wooden boats, some laden with large quantities of stolen crude oil, others loaded with vandalised pipes at DSC Roundabout in Udu Local Government Area and Opuama Creek in Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State.
“Additionally, troops on June 5, disconnected an illegal pipeline laid by criminals connected to SPDC pipeline around Ibaa in Emohua Local Government Area of Rivers State.
“Troops also re-sealed some illegal oil refining sites reactivated by criminal elements at Koko Community in Warri North Local Government Area of Delta State on June 6,” he said.
Onyeuko also disclosed that troops on the same day arrested some criminals disguised as lunatics, who were in possession of some stolen and illegal items.
The items recovered include several fake military barrack permit ID cards and military uniforms at Tipper Garage and Navy Scrap Yard in Uvwie Local Government Area of Delta State.

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Our Govs Don’t Peddle Falsehood, PDP Slams Buhari

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said it is appalled by the unwarranted attack and name calling by President Muhammadu Buhari, against the governors elected on the party’s platform.
This is in reaction to a statement by the President in which he described PDP governors as peddlers of fake news, which according to the PDP is “because they pointed to his failures, and proffered solutions to the challenges facing our nation.”
The party said this in a statement titled, ‘PDP To Buhari: Our Governors Don’t Peddle Falsehood Like You,’ signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, yesterday.
According to the party, “For the avoidance of doubts, the PDP insists that our governors are responsible and responsive leaders, who have always shown concerns towards the plight of Nigerians.
“It is on record that they attend to the wishes of Nigerians in their respective states and do not by any whim recourse to peddling of fake news and lies like the Buhari Presidency and his All Progressives Congress.
“Nigerians will not forget how President Buhari and his party came to power by means of fake news lies, falsehood, fake promises, deceit, beguilements and negative innuendos, a scope they have widened and deepened in the last six years.
“In fact, it is equally on record that never in the history of Nigeria have we had a Presidency that so thrives on lies like that of President Buhari, to the extent that Nigerians have even given one of his ministers the appellation of a liar.
“Even most recently, President Buhari openly resorted to false claims when he told Nigerians that his administration has pulled out 10.5 Nigerians out of poverty in the last two years, only for the World Bank to do a fact check and discovered that, to the contrary, 7.8million Nigerians have rather been dragged below the poverty line in the last 12 months.
“It would also be recalled that in fishing for lies to justify its unwarranted ban on Twitter, the Buhari-led Federal Government alleged that Twitter makes billions of naira in Nigeria, only for fact checks to reveal to the contrary.
“Nigerians have not forgotten how the Buhari administration scammed Nigerians with a non-existent national carrier for which billions of naira was funnelled out of the treasury, in one of the biggest lies a government ever told its citizens.
“Since the Buhari Presidency has called itself out on its tradition of lies and falsehood, the PDP will not hesitate to publish the Buhari and APC compendium of lies, as told to Nigerians
“It is also ludicrous that President Buhari whose Presidency is a known sanctuary of corruption could attempt to point accusing fingers at governors elected on the platform of the PDP just because they pointed to the evident mismanagement of our petroleum and other national resources
“This is an administration which has not been able to account for over N15trillion reportedly stolen from NNPC coffers, including the N9.6trillion detailed in the leaked NNPC memo, the reported N1.1trillion worth of crude stolen with 18 unregistered vessels, the over N2trillion siphoned through various subsidy scams and other reported frauds in agencies such as FIRS, NPA, NDDC, NEMA, NHIS, among others.
“It is on record that unlike the PDP administration that exposed and prosecuted any official accused of any misdemeanour bordering on corruption, Buhari, in a very recent global interview admitted that his government and party are infested by corrupt people and that instead of exposing and prosecuting them, he devised a way of ‘easing them out’.
“The Buhari Presidency and the APC must know that their unwarranted attacks on our governors cannot sway the public or divert attention from the atrocities of the Buhari administration.”

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