The Bayelsa House of Assembly yesterday, passed the state Appropriation Bill of N242 billion for the 2020 fiscal year.
The passage of the bill followed the adoption of the report of the House Committee on Finance and Appropriation during plenary in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa capital.
The Majority Leader, Monday Obolo, representing Southern Ijaw Constituency 2, had moved for a motion for the consideration of the report as well as passage of the bill.
Obolo noted that consideration of the bill had to be accelerated for its speedy passage because of COVID-19, now ravaging the whole world.
The majority leader said that the budget would meet the aspirations of the people of Bayelsa.
The motion was unanimously adopted after it was seconded by Mr Munalayeda Gibson, representing Ogbia Constituency 2.
The Speaker, Abraham Ingobere, who commended the lawmakers for the speedy passage of the bill, said the House properly scrutinised the recurrent and capital expenditures in the budget.
He noted that the speedy passage of the bill would enable government to begin timely implementation of the budget.
Recall that Governor Duoye Diri had on Tuesday presented the appropriation bill of N242 billion to the assembly for consideration.
Diri of the Peoples Democratic Party was sworn in on Feb. 14, after the Supreme Court had nullified the election of David Lyon of All Progressives Congress (APC), over discrepancies in his running mate’s academic credentials.
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Bode George Urges FG To Relax Lagos Lockdown
A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic.
George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges.
He said though government intended to curb the spread of the virus with the lockdown, the directive had left many Nigerians hungry at home without palliatives.
The PDP chieftain noted that there must be a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting livelihoods and asked the government to relax the lockdown while putting safety measures in place.
“Everywhere in Lagos is now locked down. The markets, banking halls, the local grocery shops, the supermarkets, the transportation services are all halted, frozen by the federal government directives since March 29.
“On the surface level, the federal government’s position is to ensure safety, prevent communal spread of the virus and banish this scourge from our shores.
“Lagosians have been staying at home for about a month now. In a largely informal economy where most of our people depend on daily wages, the burden of lack of income is devastating.
“There is a natural growing anger in Lagos as the most vulnerable are ravaged with hunger,” George said.
Prince Charles, Kagame, Others Condole Buhari Over Loss Of Kyari
Prince Charles has condoled with President Muhammadu Buhari, the government and people of Nigeria over the death of Abba Kyari, the former Chief of Staff to the President.
According to a statement by Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, in Abuja, last Wednesday, Prince Charles described the death of Mallam Kyari was “a desperately sad news”.
Prince Charles regretted that the death of Kyari had occurred through “this pernicious virus…I can only begin to imagine what an immense gap Mr. Kyari’s untimely death will leave in Your Excellency’s life and my heart goes to you and Mr Kyari’s family”.
In a message through the Embassy of Rwanda in Abuja, President Paul Kagame, the government and people of Rwanda extended their heart-felt condolences to the Nigerian leader.
Kagame used the opportunity “to express solidarity to the government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as we are faced with the Covid-19 global crisis”.
The former Vice president, Architect Namadi Sambo in his own message to the President, described the death of Abba Kyari as a “monumental national loss”.
In his condolence message to the president, an industry leader and businessman, Abdulsamad Rabi’u said he was deeply saddened by what he described as “this colossal loss”.
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