NATIONAL NEWS 07 07 2021

HIGHLIGHTS

  • SENATE APPROVES BUHARI’S 2.34 TRILLION NAIRA LOAN REQUEST.
  • ARMY BOSS, YAHAYA, GETS NEW RANK.
  • ZULUM PROFFERS SOLUTION TO OPEN GRAZING CONTROVERSY.
  • COURT THROWS OUT NYSC CERTIFICATE FORGERY CASE AGAINST ADEOSUN.

SENATE/BUDGET

The Nigerian senate has passed a supplementary budget of 895.84 billion naira into law.

The passage followed a report presented to the house by Chairman of its committee on appropriation, Jibrin Barau, who hinted that the supplementary budget would augment effort of various government agencies to discharge their responsibilities.

Barau stressed that passing of the bill would help the security agencies procure arms and equipment needed in combating insecurity across the country.

In his reaction, President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan passed the bill after consideration, charging government agencies to utilize the funds judiciously.

SENATE/LOAN REQUEST

The Senate has approved President Muhammadu Buhari’s 6.1 billion dollars equivalent to about 2.34 trillion naira loan request.

The red chamber gave its approval after considering a report presented to the house by the committee on local and foreign debts at plenary and its Chairman, Clifford Ordia.

Presenting the report, Ordia revealed that the external borrowing should be for the financing of part of the deficit authorized in the 2021 appropriation act.

President Buhari had in May requested the senate to approve the loan, saying the loan would be used to fund projects from priority sectors of the economy, adding that it would be raised from multilateral and bilateral tenders as well as the international capital market.

FG/COPYRIGHT ACT

The federal government has kick-started the process for the first major reform of the nation’s copyright system in over three decades.

Director-general of the Nigerian Copyright Commission, NCC, John Asein, gave the hint in a statement made available to the press in Abuja.

Asein explained that the move to overhaul the 1988 copyright system in Nigeria followed transmission of the copyright (repeal) bill as approved by the federal executive council to the national assembly for enactment into law.

He stressed that the review also seeks to, among others, strengthen the enforcement mechanism for copyright violations through stiffer penalties and more effective procedures best suited to the digital environment.

BUHARI YAHAYA

President Muhammadu Buhari has promoted the Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Faruk Yahaya, to the rank of lieutenant-general.

In a post released on his Facebook account, special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, said Yahaya was promoted from the rank of major-general to lieutenant-general during his decoration ceremony at the presidential villa, Abuja.

Reacting, the newly promoted army boss thanked the president for the gesture, assuring that the force will do all within its powers to nip insurgency raging across the country in the bud.

Yahaya’s decoration comes a week after the House of Representatives confirmed his appointment as the army boss, following the demise of Ibrahim Attahiru in a plane crash in Kaduna on May 21.

BORNO/ZULUM
The prohibition of herders from grazing openly in some states in Nigeria will not work until the insecurity situation as well as the socio-political and economic dimensions of the crisis is addressed.

Borno state governor, Babagana Zulum, stated this while fielding questions from newsmen, stressing the need to urgently address the insurgency war in the north-east and in some parts of the country.

Bemoaning the increasing food insecurity and growing poverty in the north east, Governor Zulum tasked the Nigerian military to create the enabling environment for farmers to go to their farmlands so as to cultivate their lands.

He further hammered on the need for the Nigerian army to engage mercenaries and leverage on external collaboration with neighboring countries to win the insurgency war which has claimed thousands of lives in the last 11 years.

NSCDC/SCAM

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corp, NSCDC, has raised an alarm over the activities of fraudsters offering non-existing jobs to unsuspecting members of the public.

NSCDC Commandant-General, Dr. Ahmed Audi, who raised the alarm in an interview with newsmen, disclaimed the 2019/2021 recruitment list circulating on social media platforms, insisting it is the list of those offered employment by the agency.

Audi blamed unscrupulous elements for taking advantage of the economic situation in the country to defraud unsuspecting members of the public.

He therefore warned the general public to disregard the fake recruitment list, stating that the agency’s recruitment list will be published in the mainstream media as soon as it is ready.

COURT /NYSC CERTIFICATE

A federal high court sitting in Abuja has cleared the former Finance Minister, Kemi Adeosun, of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC certificate forgery scandal, which resulted in her resignation in 2018.

The Presiding Judge, Justice Taiwo Taiwo, upheld that Adeosun does not need the NYSC discharge certificate to take up any ministerial appointment or before standing for any elective office in the country.

Justice Taiwo argued that the former minister, who graduated in a London university in 1989, was already 36 years of age at the time and was therefore, exempted from participating in the scheme.

According to him, Adeosun would have committed a grave crime against Nigeria if she had participated in the NYSC having attained the exemption age of 36 years.

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