Governor Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State House of Assembly, has commended a member representing Ogu/Bolo constituency, in the state House of Assembly, Hon. Maureen Tamuno for the completion of a civic centre in her constituency.
The civic centre nominated by Hon Maureen Tamuno into the 2009 budget was among other constituency projects constructed for the people of the area by the present administration in the state.
Governor Amaechi made the commendation during the commissioning of the civic centre in the area.
The state chief executive represented on the occasion by Senator Sekibo Thompson George, said the project has given a face lift to the Ogu community.
He described the project as a monumental edifice that would stand fall in the history of the community adding that, the commissioning of the civic centre is a glaring indication of the present administration’s commitment to the development of every local government area in the state.
The state governor thanked the state lawmaker for ensuring that her electioneering promised to the people were fulfilled and urged other state lawmakers to emulate the leadership qualities of Lady Tamuno by ensuring that they lived up to their responsibilities for their various constituencies.
He described Lady Tamuno as an asset to the state noting that the lawmaker has been able to do what many politicians could not do within a short period in office.
“Let me tell you, there is no limitation in politics and no going back in the game, as long as you are in. Those who are committed to the people’s heart never have enemies in politics”, he said.
The governor urged the people of Ogu community to continue to give support to their leaders at all times assuring that the good relationship existing between the executive and the legislature would be sustained, so as to attract more developmental strides to our various rural communities in the state.
Also speaking, the Ogu/Bolo local government council secretary, Mr Feberesima who represented the council chairman opined that the lawmaker has represented the people very well within the short period in office.
The council secretary thanked the lawmaker for the choice of the project in the area adding that the project has lifted the community high among its environs even as he urged the state legislator not to renage in her good representation of the people at the state level.
Responding, a member representing Ogu/Bolo in the state, House of Assembly, Hon Maureen Tamuno, said that the commissioned constituency project has added more joy to her and the people in her constituency.
She thanked God for making the day a reality, the chiefs, men, women, youths and the entire people of Ogu community for their support given to her to complete the project adding that without their approval and support, it would have been difficult to complete the project as scheduled.
The lawmaker urged them to continue to give peace a chance in the area so that sustainable development could be attained in the area, even as she promised to continue in her effort to ensure that more developmental projects are provided to the people.
Protest Rocks Kano Over Appeal Court Judgment
Protests erupted in Kano city and its environs on Monday afternoon with the demonstrators denouncing the recent judgment of the Court of Appeal that sacked the state Governor, Abba Yusuf.
The Tide’s source reports that uneasy calm pervaded the state capital following a contradictory Certified True Copy of the Appeal Court that affirmed the prayers of both the appellant and the respondent in the contentious Kano governorship, though the judiciary had since cleared the air.
In what appeared like a coordinated action on Monday, huge crowd of protesters had stormed strategic positions in the city as it visited temporary hiccups on commercial activities.
Kano- Zaria Road, Maiduguri Road by Muhammadu Buhari’s interchange, and Kantin Kwari (Kano textile market) were taken over by hundreds of youths who called for justice for Abba Yusuf.
Some of the placard read: “Kano my city my state”, “Justice for Kano”, “ Justice for Abba”, “Abba’s mandate was stolen in 2019, we will not allow it happen in 2023″.
The protest came on the heels of discovery by the Police that “some faceless group are bent on unleashing violence in Kano”, stressing that the police were on top of the situation.
Cp Hussaini Gumel told newsmen in Kano on Monday that already 7 suspects had been arrested and would be arraigned soon.
Gumel revealed that “we have the understanding with the leadership of the contending political parties, and they have signed a peace pact. In view of that, therefore, any one found outside this arrangement will be treated as common criminal”.
However, normalcy had since returned to the ancient city following the peaceful protest that lasted several hours.
NASS To Receive Tinubu’s 2024 Appropriation Bill, Today
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu will today, present the 2024 budget to the joint session of the National Assembly.
Secretary, Research and Information of the National Assembly, Dr Ali Barde Umoru, confirmed this on Monday to journalists while requesting the list of those to be allowed into the chamber during the budget presentation.
This will be the first budget estimate President Tinubu will present to the National Assembly in person.
He had earlier transmitted two supplementary budgets, 2022 and 2023, to the National Assembly, which the parliament speedily approved.
President Tinubu had, weeks ago, also forwarded to both chambers of the National Assembly, the 20224-2026 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP) where the sum of N26.1 trillion was proposed as the total expenditure for the 2024 fiscal year.
The Senate, following the recommendation of its joint committee, which scrutinised the document, approved the MTEF/FSP.
It approved the N26.1trn proposed as the 2024 budget and other parameters as proposed by President Tinubu.
It approved the new borrowings of N7.8 trillion, pegged the benchmark of oil price for 2024 at $73.96, and oil production volume per day at 1.78 million barrels.
Other parameters approved are a GDP growth rate of 3.76%, an inflation rate of 21.40%, an exchange rate of N700 to $1 dollar, and a projected budget deficit of N9.04 trillion.
Muslim Clerics Offer Prayers For Tinubu, Kwankwaso In Kano
Over 1,000 Islamic clerics have offered special prayers for President Bola Tinubu and the NNPP national leader, Rabiu Kwankwaso, for peace, progress and political stability in Nigeria.
Abdulmumin Kofa (NNPP-Kiru/Bebeji) hosted the ulamas at Kiru for the success of Governor Kabir Yusuf of Kano State at the Supreme Court, according to a statement by the lawmaker’s media aide, Sani Paki, on Monday.
During the prayer session, the clerics recited the Qur’an 1,101 times and prayed for peace, progress and political stability in the country.
Mr Kofa said his relationship with the president was no secret, noting that Mr Kwankwaso is his mentor. He said he would continue to support and promote a harmonious relationship between Messrs Tinubu and Kwankwaso.
Mr Kofa described NNPP as a promising party open to collaboration, alliance and merger with the APC and even with the People’s Democratic Party, Labour Party or any other party that showed interest, so long as it is for the good of Nigerians.
He also promised to deploy his modest political network to reach out to gladiators in Kano politics towards resolving all resolvable issues and to de-escalate the current tension in the state due to the Kano governorship seat.
Also, after the prayer session, the legislator hosted 5,000 primary school kids across his constituency, as he often does, and provided them with school kits.
According to the statement, Mr Kofa assured the pupils of the good plans of the federal and state governments, especially on free education and free school feeding programmes.
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