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2016 Budget: FG Earmarks N500bn For Social Welfare

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The Federal Government has earmarked N500billion of the projected N6.04trillion 2016 budget for social welfare packages for the vulnerable in the society which the Muhammadu Buhari’s administration had earlier promised.
This was even as the entire 2016 budget profile of N6.04trillion is based on deficit of N2.22trillion on account of N3.82trillion projected as total revenues  expected by federal government in the year 2016.
As contained in a Medium Term Expenditure Framework ( MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper ( FSP) , forwarded to the National Assembly  Tuesday by President  Buhari  the  federal government is to collaborate with state governments in the implementation of the N500billion worth social welfare packages to the low income group of the society. .
The MTEF document read in part, “ The federal government will collaborate with state government to institute well structured social welfare intervention programmes such as , school feeding programme initiatives, conditional cash transfer to the most vulnerable, and post NYSC GRANTS.
Buhari explained that these interventions will start as pilot scheme and work towards securing the support of donor agencies and development partners in other minimize potential risks.
He also noted that a phased social welfare programme will be created to cater for larger population of the poorest and most vulnerable Nigerians upon the evidence of children’s enrollment in school and evidence of immunization.
On the planned rationalization of MDAs, the president stated that government would adopt a three- pronged approach in the management of public financial resources by improving on revenue generation , collection, and quality spending in a manner that would enhance transparency , accountability and results in service delivery.
He said that Government will, in the near to medium -term, continue to prone the size of the federal government and its NDAs to more efficient level without compromising efficiency and effectiveness.
His words  ”Over the medium term however, government will revisit the need to rationalize the agencies of government and strategically implement relevant provisions”.
On the TSA, Mr President  said  that the implementation of Treasury Single Account ( TSA), would be fully complemented with full implementation of the Integrated PayRoll and  Personnel Information System ( IPPIS) in all MDAs which would result in additional savings.
The proposed budget, according to the President which aims at curtailing the federal government expenditure profile, will cut down on the mounting number of claims for increases in salaries and allowances including pensions and other
According to the  MTEF document ,  N150billion  is earmarked for fuel subsidy , N115 billion for the National Assembly as against N120 billion earlier projected,  N29 billion for amnesty programme in the Niger Delta and  N45billion for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Other prominent projections in the  MTEF are N77.11 billion for Universal Basic Education ( ÜBE), N1.20billion for Public Complaints Commission ( PCC) and human rights , etc.
The budget represents a 30%  increament in the capital expenditure for 2016 as against  the 2015 budget.
Agriculture, Education, Health, Road maintenance , security, water supply and Defence got priority votes in the proposal with additional focus on human and infrastructure development.

 

Nneka Amaechi-Nnadi

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Police Kill Another Cult Leader In Rivers

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The Rivers State Police command has recorded another milestone in its fight against cultism in the State, as it has hacked down another cult gang leader, Peter Chukwu popularly called “Daddy Chukwu.”
Daddy Chukwu is a cult kingpin terrorizing Mgbuoshimini community and its environs in the State.
The killing of Chukwu who hailed from ONELGA is coming barely two weeks after police operatives eliminated two notorious cultists who were associates of late 2Baba in Ahoada Local Government Area of the State.
Chukwu, a 34-year old cultist and kidnap kingpin was the anchor head of Marine Iceland in Orashi Region in Ogba/Egbema /Ndoni local Government Areas of the state before he met his waterloo.
The late Iceland hitman was said to be the second in command to the infamous ONELGA cult leader, late Don Wani and was declared wanted in 2017 by the State Police command for his involvement in various killings in the State.
The State Commissioner of Police, Tunji Disu, while briefing journalists at the state police command in Port Harcourt, last Thursday, disclosed that late Daddy chukwu was responsible for the killing of over 21 persons in Mgbuoshimini community in Rumueme, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area in October 2017.
Disu disclosed that the late Chukwu was killed by the combined team of policemen from the state, Delta and Force Headquarters, Abuja and was trailed to his hideout in Delta State where he had gone to fortify himself with his native doctor at Obosi in Delta State after allegedly escaped from police arrest in a hotel in Igwuruta community, last month.
“Following his close shave with the authorities, he fled to Asaba in Delta State. He remained in hiding before returning briefly to Port Harcourt, where he boasted about his invincibility and the power of his charms. He returned to Delta, where he began plotting to kill the investigating police officers and to launch attacks on police facilities to free his arrested associates.
“Undeterred by the notorious gangster’s initial escape, on April 5, 2024, around 4 am, a coordinated team launched an assault on his hideout. The team, comprising the Rivers State Command Tactical Team and the Intelligence Response Team (IRT), advanced to Delta to locate the criminal’s hideout. With support from the Delta State Commissioner of Police, operatives from the command joined the conclusive operation, resulting in the neutralisation of the suspect following a fierce operation.
“He was tracked down and apprehended in Ibusa, Delta State, and found in a herbalist’s home where he sought spiritual fortification. Upon realising the presence of security forces surrounding the premises, Peter Daddy Chukwu fiercely resisted and attempted to flee. He put up a fierce resistance, and in an attempt to escaped he was fataly wounded and later was confirmed dead in a hospital where he was rushed to”, the CP stated.
He added, “In his scramble to escape, he left behind his personal effects, including a hit list containing names of his next victims and other vital documents and gadgets that gave the Police a clear picture of the extent of sophistication he operated with. This necessitated the urgency in arresting the notorious criminal.”
According to the police commissioner, the Police recovered tinted Black toyota highlander, AK 47 riffle, Pump Action gun, IED, Camouflage of Police and Army uniforms from the hoodlum.
He said the Police discovered a list of 11 persons Chukwu wanted to kill when the Police went to his hideout at a hotel in Igwuruta.
The CP, while given the breakdown of the various heinous crime committed by late Chukwu and his gang said they were responsible for the killing of the former Community Development committee (CDC) of Ngbuoshimini community, late Mr Ndidi Livingstone on January 13, 2024 at the Faith Ministry Church on January 13,2024
“The gang dressed in police uniforms on that day and brought out Ndidi Livingstone,Chairman of Comminity Development Committe(CDC)of Mgbuoshimini community,Obio/Akpor and killed him in the presence his wife,children and church members at the community on January 13,2024 ,and also responsible for killing of twenty -one in 2017.He also killed and multilated the body of one Miss Grace Asuquo who declined to honoure his invitation He is also in the business of hiring assasination job for people. He was contracted to kill a hotelier,one Victor .In a bid to kill the hotelier he installed tracker in the hotelier’s car and after unsuccessful two attempts to kill the hotelier, he planted bomb in his hotel which exploded and damaged big part of the hotel”, he stated.
The Police boss added that the late cult kingpin had a network of informants who shared to him intelligence information about activities of the people and the operations of the Police in the community.
Also speaking at the press briefing, the representative of Mgbuishimin community, Mr livingston Weche, thanked the State Commissioner of Police and the IGP for their timely intervention and urged the police not to relent in taking further proactive steps to eradicate crime and criminality in the community.

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NDLEA Recovers 900,000 Opioid Pills, 1,347.4kg In Seven States

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National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it has intercepted about 900,000 pills of opioid at Sabon Gari area of Kano State.
Spokesperson of NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi, in a statement issued on Sunday in Abuja, said that two suspects were arrested on April 9.
Babafemi said that another 48-year-old suspect was also apprehended at Essit Ebum area of Calabar with 39.4kg of cannabis sativa on April 9.
He said that NDLEA operatives on patrol on Owerri-Onitsha road, Imo, also intercepted a logistics truck, with registration number: JGB 403XB on Friday.
Babafemi said that 230 blocks of cannabis sativa, weighing 119kg and hidden under household items, were recovered from the suspect, after a thorough search.
He said that 252 kilograms of cannabis were also seized during a raid at Ijesa-Isu forest in Ekiti on Saturday.
Babafemi said that the suspects were caught loading 40kg of same substance to the engine compartment of a gas truck at Agho village, Owan-East in Edo.
“Two motorcycles used in conveying the consignment to where the gas truck heading to the North was parked were also recovered,” he said.
The NDLEA spokesperson further stated that a suspect was arrested on Friday with 79kg of cannabis at Imeko area of Ogun.
He said that an 18-year-old was equally nabbed with 410kg of the same substance when NDLEA operatives raided Obatedo camp, Itaogbolu forest in Akure North Local Government area of Ondo state.
“With the same zeal, the various commands of the agency across the country continued with the War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) advocacy campaign in the past week,” he said.
According to him, some of them include: WADA sensitisation lecture for students and staff members of Gboko Polytechnic, Gboko, Benue, officers and men of 15 Engineering Field Regiment Nigerian Army, Topo, Badagry, Lagos.
Others, he said, were meat butchers at Odo Eran abattoir, Osogbo, Osun and WADA advocacy visit to Kogi Governor, Ahmed Ododo, among others.

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HURIWA Tells Tinubu To Discontinue Plans On New National ID

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The Human Rights Writers Association (HURIWA) has urged President Bola Tinubu to discontinue the plans for the issuance of a new National Identity Card, describing the planned exercise as a misuse of the commonwealth of Nigerians, and a scheme to rip Nigerians of public funds.
The group also said the plan showed a lack of national strategy to formulate and implement beneficial public policies governing the issuance of the ID.
This was made known by HURIWA’s National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko in a statement, yesterday.
Recall that on April 5, 2024, the NIMC announced its collaboration with the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System to launch a new card having multiple functionalities, including for social and financial services.
The management of the commission had also clarified in a note last Friday titled “Key Facts About the Proposed New General Multipurpose National Identity Card”, that the new ID card would be a single, multipurpose card and not three separate cards.
HURIWA questioned how 133 million poor Nigerians suffering “crushing poverty”, were expected “to maintain working bank accounts to enable them to collect the so-called single National ID”.
The group said, “This is a scheme to rip off Nigeria of monumental and humongous amounts of public funds which will end up in the offshore bank accounts of top leaders and their mistresses and acolytes.
“We call on President Bola Tinubu to discontinue this sheer misuse of both the commonwealth of Nigerians and the plan to once more subject Nigerians to rounds of ordeals of queuing up in the hot sun or rains all over the country in their banks to access their so-called banks to obtain the dubious national identity card even as the Rights group said it is poor thinking for NIMC to assume that all Nigerians have functional bank accounts to enable them get the ID from those banks.”
HURIWA also stated that a report showed that 50 per cent of Nigerians were unbanked and unbankable due to terrible poverty, adding that it was of the view that the plan was part of a sinister plot by “fast fingers” in the corridors of power to use the public funds to “empower their mistresses, friends and cronies”.
The group urged the government to rather adopt the International Passport as the most critical ID card.

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