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2023 APPROPRIATION BILL: ABIODUN PROPOSES N472.25 BILLION

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Ogun State Government has proposed a total expenditure of N472.25 billion for the 2023 budget, comprising N201.84 billion and N270.41 billion as Recurrent and Capital expenditures respectively.

The State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, who made this known in Abeokuta, during the presentation of the “Budget of Continued Development and Prosperity” to the State House of Assembly, said the ‪2023-2025‬ Medium-Term Fiscal Framework of his administration was hinged on the five development pillars of ‘ISEYA’ mantra.

Abiodun noted that the present government would give more attention to the completion of ongoing projects, such as those with revenue potentials, employment generation to align with the seven thematic areas contained in the Medium-Term National Development Plan ‪2021-2025‬, namely, Economic Growth and Development, Infrastructure, Public Administration (Governance, Security, and International Relations), Human Capital Development, Social Development, Regional Development, Plan Implementation, Communication, Financing, Monitoring and Evaluation.

Governor Abiodun while disclosing that his administration would continue to focus on improving its revenue base, added that in doing this, government would rely on the provisions of the section 23 (1 & 2) of the fiscal responsibility law, 2020 (as amended) with a view to increasing the State’s Internally Generated Revenue, alongside with the Medium-Term Revenue Strategy (MTRS), to drive its Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF).

Governor Abiodun while highlighting the 2023 key capital projects, said his administration would develop a Dry Port at Kajola to leverage on the existing rail network in the axis, adding that rehabilitation, reconstruction and maintenance of roads across the State, as well as the completion of Agro Cargo Airport and the construction of Pilot Rural Road of 13.1km at Alapako-Oni and Mosa Junction would be prioritised.

GOV. ABIODUN’S 3-YEAR ADMINISTRATION UNPRECEDENTED
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The Speaker, Ogun State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Olakunle Oluomo, has said the last three years of the Prince Dapo Abiodun-led administration had witnessed unprecedented development in all areas of human endeavour.

Oluomo stated this in Abeokuta at the presentation of the year 2023 Appropriation Bill christened, “Budget of Continued Development and Prosperity” by Governor Abiodun before members of the State House Assembly.

The Speaker, who highlighted the various legacy projects executed by the present administration to include, construction of rural, urban, intra-city and inter-state roads across the nooks and crannies of the State, Agro Cargo Airport, Remo Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zone, among others, said “the Governor is indeed worthy of the National Honour of the Best Governor in Industrial Revolution in Nigeria bestowed on him by the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, General Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR”.

According to Oluomo, “You have succeeded in ensuring that Ogun State maintains its pride as the educational capital and industrial hub among the comity of States in the Country. Without mincing words, the good people of Ogun State, the entire citizenry of Nigeria, and by extension the whole world are all living witnesses to Your Excellency’s ongoing monumental achievements and how you have been turning your dream for a prosperous Ogun State into reality”.

The Speaker noted that the Ninth Assembly had been maintaining cordial relationship with the Executive Arm of Government, which had reflected in the level of achievements recorded by the present administration since its inception in 2019, commending the State Governor for approving the release of fund for the year 2022 Constituency Projects in the State.

Responding shortly after the Governor’s presentation, Speaker Oluomo said the State deserved nothing less than a vibrant and articulate Legislature, an innovative leadership as the head of the Executive arm and a fearless Judiciary as being witnessed in the Gateway State through the various completed and ongoing projects, assuring that the Legislative arm would redouble its efforts towards retaining its pride of place among other States in the Federation.

He promised that the State lawmakers would ensure timely passage of the bill to facilitate the provision of the needed facilities that would add value to the quality of lives of the people.

The budget presentation had in attendance the former Military Administrators, Col. Daniel Akintonde, Oladehinde Joseph and Navy Captain Rasheed Raji, the former Deputy Governor, Yetunde Onanuga and Salimat Badru, former Speakers Suraju Adekunbi and Tunji Egbetokun, State Head of Service, Dr. Nafiu Aigoro, the Chairman, Governor Advisory Council, Chief Olu Ogunboyejo, members of the State Executive Council, traditional rulers including the Paramount Ruler of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, the representatives of Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, as well as Olu and Paramount Ruler of Yewaland, the body of Permanent Secretaries, captains of industry and party stalwarts, among others.

2023 BUDGET: ABIODUN EARMARKS N66B FOR EDUCATION, PROMISES CONTINUOUS DEVELOPMENT

Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has earmarked a total amount of N‪66.793.498.512.13‬ as the proposed budget for the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, representing 14 percent of the total appropriation bill of N472.25 billion for the fiscal year 2023, to continuously promote education development in the State.

Presenting the 2023 budget proposal before members of the 9th legislature of the State House of Assembly in Abeokuta, the Governor said the aim of the budget was to further ensure development and prosperity for the citizenry, as well as to maintain and enlarge the economic base of the State.

Prince Abiodun noted that the government was committed to the provision of technical workshops, science laboratories, distribution of furniture and other equipment for public primary and secondary schools across the geo-political zones in the State, to aid good teaching and learning activities.

The Governor said “we will ensure provision of key infrastructure intervention for tertiary institutions, as well as supply, installation and provision of smart classroom equipment for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) teaching, to keep the existing legacy of the State as number one in education and to enhance the knowledge of learners.

He reviewed the achievement of his administration in the education sector to include, construction and rehabilitation of about 1,000 classrooms, distribution of 25,000 furniture, repositioning of Education Management Information System (EMIS) for data gathering, processing and presentation.

Others are; prompt and regular payment of subventions to the State-owned tertiary institutions, recruitment of 5,000 Ogunteach interns, regular promotion of teaching and non-teaching staff, distribution of wheelchairs and white canes to special needs learners, as well as resuscitation of braille book production centres among others.

OGUN 2023 APPROPRIATION BILL: AGRIC, INDUSTRY GULP N16B

A total of N16,482,708,788.43 has been proposed for Agriculture and Industry by Prince Dapo Abiodun’s administration for the 2023 Fiscal Year.

In his presentation of the 2023 budget to the State House of Assembly at Oke- Mosan, Abeokuta, Abiodun disclosed that the dream of his administration was gradually becoming a reality with the recent ground breaking of the Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zone (SAPZ), aimed at implementing road map on job creation, food security and poverty alleviation through Public Private Partnership initiative.

The State helmsman said the initiative would not only support smallholder farmers, but other value chain actors for increased agricultural productivity in crop, aqua-culture and livestock sectors, thereby turning Ogun to the food basket of South West.

“We have deployed agriculture for the effective implementation of our road map on job creation, food security and poverty alleviation by massively activating Public Private Partnership. We believe that this initiative would not only support smallholder farmers and other value chain actors, it will also boost job creation through agricultural value chain development”, he said.

Abiodun reeled out ongoing World Bank financed projects such as Ogun State Economic Transformation Project (OGSTEP) which targets 40,000 smallholder farmers, Nigeria COVID-19 Action Recovery and Economic Stimulus (NG-CARES) project, domesticated as Ogun-CARES for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

He added that the recently commissioned dairy hub at Eweje Farm Institute in Odeda Local government area in partnership with Fan Milk/Danone was expected to train and empower 1,500 local farmers in the area, as well as free distribution of 100 million tomato, cocoa and cashew seedlings and cassava stems to farmers.

HOUSING, COMMUNITY DEVT RECEIVE OVER N29B IN 2023 FISCAL YEAR

Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun said his government is determined to pursue an ambitious housing scheme in the coming year, with N29,102,408,070.75 allocated for housing and community development sectors in the 2023 fiscal year.

Abiodun stated this in Abeokuta during the presentation of the year 2023 Appropriation Bill at the Ogun State House of Assembly.

The Governor said the number of houses built by the present administration was more than the total housing units constructed by the previous administrations since the creation of the State in 1976, noting that about 1,500 housing units had been constructed and sold out across the three Senatorial Districts of the State.

He added that patronage of subscribers had propelled the present administration to build more 2- and 3-bedroom bungalow apartments in various locations across the State.

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25 Million Nigerians May Face Food Crisis By August 2023 – FAO

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Food and Agriculture Organization of the Nations (FAO) has estimated that 25.3 million Nigerians are in danger of experiencing food crisis between June and August 2023 unless urgent steps are taken to scale up and sustain livelihood and food assistance.

FAO said this was contained in its October 2022 Food and Nutrition Analysis.

The analysis reportedly indicates that about 17 million people including internally displaced persons (IDPs) and returnees in 25 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) were in “crisis or worse level” through October 2022.

Of that number, three million are living in Borno, Adamwa and Yobe states, FAO said.

“Furthermore, an estimated 25.3 million people are projected to be in crisis or worse levels during the 2023 lean season (June – August) with 4.4 million in Borno, Adamawa and Yobe, if immediate steps to scale up and sustain livelihood and food assistance are not taken,” it added in a statement.

The statement noted that the Government of the Royal Kingdom of Norway renewed its funding cooperation with FAO aimed at helping the most vulnerable populations in Borno, Adamawa, Yobe and Taraba states with a special focus on women-led households.

The three-year intervention will benefit 43,990 households (about 307,930 individuals), according to FAO, with at least 45 percent of them being women as direct beneficiaries receiving items such as agricultural inputs, livestock assets, and energy saving stoves.

The beneficiaries reportedly include IDPs, host communities and returnees of relocated households with special attention paid to women-headed households.

Speaking in Abuja at a signing ceremony to kick-start the project’s implementation, the Ambassador of the Royal Kingdom of Norway to Nigeria, Knut Eiliv Lein said his country remained committed to supporting the efforts to restore the conflict-affected livelihoods in the North-East.

“This project we are signing here today is part of Norway’s larger support to Nigeria in general, including humanitarian efforts specifically targeting those in need in the North-East region.

“We have partnered with many organisations in addressing a number of issues, including health, food security, democracy, gender equality and more,” Ambassador Lein said.

On his part, the FAO Representative in Nigeria and to the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Fred Kafeero appreciated the support by Norway, describing it as another milestone in strengthening the commitment in the fight against poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition in Nigeria.

“The new project, whose agreement we are signing here today, marks the continuous and fruitful collaboration, and partnership that exists between the Government of the Royal Kingdom of Norway and FAO in Nigeria,” Mr. Kafeero said.

“Thanks to this collaboration for years now, the conflict-affected populations of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe (BAY) states have greatly benefited from the agricultural-based livelihoods support that has enabled them to improve their food security as well as build their resilience.”

The support aims at enhancing resilience to the humanitarian crisis, climate variability and change of vulnerable communities; and building resilient livelihoods in the BAY states against the negative effects of climate change, FAO said.

The beneficiaries, who will reportedly receive special training on animal husbandry, farming and agribusiness, are IDPs, host communities and returnees of relocated households with special attention paid to women-headed households.

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Kaduna Train Attack Victims Wants Compensation From FG

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Victims of the March 28, 2022 train attack in Kaduna are demanding compensation from the Federal Government to enable them to restart life.

Their demand is coming just 24 hours after the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) resumed train operations on the Kaduna-Abuja route, eight months after it suspended operations following the attack that claimed the lives of nine passengers.

The victims, who spoke to journalists in Kaduna, lamented that most of them lost  means of livelihood when they were in the custody of the terrorists who kidnapped them during the train attack.

“So, many of us have lost what we are doing and our source of income. As a citizen of this country, which I am very proud to be, I am expecting more from them (the government),” said one of the victims Mariam Idris. “I am expecting them to come to our aid.”

They also claim that the Federal Government is yet to fulfil the promises made to them shortly after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari upon their release in October, noting that most of them are already suffering from depression and psychological disorders that require urgent medical attention.

“Actually, they did collect our contacts that they would get back to us. But till now, nobody has said anything,” Mariam added.

“We are just living by His mercy because as of the time our family members realised ourselves in this mess, they have gone through difficulties – let’s be sincere.”

Mariam‘s tale is not different from that of Bala Mohammed who said “nobody gave us a single kobo” even when some of them are having health challenges.

“The health challenge we are facing now is very critical,” he added.

While he thanked the Federal Government for rescuing them, Mr Bala is asking for more.

“Our demand is that the Federal Government should come to our rescue because the trauma we are facing now is very critical,” he said. “We don’t have money to go to the hospital to take care of our health.”

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Osun Tribunal Admits Adeleke’s Certificates as Exhibits.

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The Osun State Election Petition Tribunal on Saturday admitted in evidence the file with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) containing the secondary school certificate and testimonial of Governor Ademola Adeleke of the State.

This is just as the Petitioners, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola and the All-Progressives Congress (APC), closed the prosecution of the matter, leaving respondents to state their defence.

The admission of the documents followed the appearance of INEC representative, Mrs. Joan Arabs, who brought Adeleke’s original files containing the certificate he submitted to the Commission in 2018.

It will be recalled that during the last sitting of the panel, the Commission had submitted blank document as the secondary school certificate of the governor, a situation that compelled the panel to order that the original file be brought, and to threaten to invoke Coercive Power if it fails to do so.

At the resumed hearing of the petition on Saturday, Counsel for Oyetola, Chief Lateef Fagbemi (SAN), said the hearing for the day was basically meant for the appearance of INEC representative to produce the Adeleke’s file in line with the court order.

Counsel for INEC, in his response, said that INEC representative was already in court with the files containing a clearer and legible certificate and testimonial in question, saying he would be willing to apply for the return of the documents to INEC, when the tribunal is done looking at it.

After the production of the documents, the tribunal, while discharging the INEC official, said, “You can now go if you wish to. No policeman will accost you again.”

Subsequently, Oyetola’s counsel sought to tender the documents which contain form CFO01 and its attachments, including Adeleke’s credentials, saying the original file brought to court is a primary evidence and he was comfortable with it.

Counsel for INEC, Chief Henry Agunedo (SAN), said he would be objecting to the admissibility of the documents on the ground that the basis for the production of the whole file was because only two pages of the earlier-produced Certified True Copies were in contention, saying tendering the whole documents was out of place.

Counsel for Adeleke and PDP, Niyi Owolade and Alex Izinyon (SAN) respectively, said they have objection to the tendering of the said documents, but they would reserve their objections till final address stage.

Izinyon also observed that the only documents in contention were only two pages which are Adeleke’s certificate and testimonial, saying the CTC earlier produced has not been tendered before the court.

Responding, Fagbemi said the practice everywhere is that INEC can only apply and get back the files after the dispensation of the cases, saying, “We asked for CTC and now that they brought this. We are fine, we will take it”.

Ruling on the documents tendered, the tribunal led by Tertsea Kume admitted the credentials and the Adeleke’s nomination form as exhibit ‘FILE D’ and taken as read.

It was after the tribunal admitted the documents that Fagbemi informed the panel that he had decided to close his case, saying, “My Lord, we rest our case”.

When the tribunal asked INEC to open his defence, Chief Agunedo said, it would be difficult for him to open his case on Monday, saying non-availability of his witnesses would make it practically impossible.

The panel then asked the counsel to meet and agree on adjournment date after which Counsel for INEC briefed the panel the outcome of the meeting.

Subsequently, the tribunal adjourned the case till December 20 for the respondents to open their defence, saying the adjournment was based on another engagement by the tribunal somewhere else between 12th and 19th December 2022.

Earlier, Oyetola’s counsel had informed the panel that the Court of Appeal in Abuja had reverted the judgement of a Federal High Court which disqualified Oyetola from contesting the election.

Meanwhile, the outcome of the sitting excited the members of the APC who witnessed the hearing, as jubilations erupted after the sitting of the panel. They chanted songs to eulogise Oyetola and the APC.

 

 

 

 

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