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Kaduna State House of Assembly approves N233.6bn 2020 budget

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Kaduna State House of Assembly has on Thursday revised and approved N233.bn 2020 budget, which was initially had N259.25 billion as its figures earlier.

The approval followed a request to that effect by the state government.

Kaduna State House of Assembly in its sitting in Kaduna presided by the Speaker, Yusuf Zailani unanimously approved the revised budget, after a report by the Chairman, House Committee on Budget, Finance, and Appropriation, Ahmad Muhammad.

The chairman deemed the review necessary, as several factors have attributed to its revision. Factors include  COVID-19 pandemic and the depressed global crude oil prices, which affected the revenue projections of the state.

“The review of the 2020 budget was based on the price of crude oil at 20 dollars per barrel, as against 55 dollars per barrel.

“Exchange rate at N360 per dollar as against N306 per dollar, reduction in value added tax and oil benchmark, which was at 1.7m barrel per day as against 2.2m barrel per day,” the chairman said.

Mr Muhammad said the Kaduna State Government reviewed its budget in order to address the macroeconomic assumptions on which the budget was earlier predicated.

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He said N146, 112, 237, 760. 69 billion and N77, 489, 480, 486.22 billion were now allocated for capital and recurrent expenditure as against the sum of N184, 105, 599, 693.28 billion and N77, 145, 220, 040.38 billion respectively.

He said this would enable the state to continue its development programmes.

Also the percentage of the allocations, Mr Muhammad said, stand at 65.65 per cent and 34.35 per cent for capital and recurrent expenditure respectively as against the ratio of 73.7 per cent and 26.3 per cent for same in the budget earlier passed.

The Chairman stated that, the economic sector which was allocated with the sum of N80.6 billion has been reduced to the sum of over N54.2 billion, Social Sector which was at N76.5 now stands at N63.8 billion.

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He said the regional sector which was allocated N4.8 billion has been increased to N5.4 billion while general administration which was allocated N27.9 billion was reduced to N22.6 billion.

Mr Zailani later adjourned the sitting to July 7.

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FG threatens to make migration difficult for doctors

Wisdom Nwachukwu

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Dr Osagie Ehanire, The Minister for Health, made it clear that the federal government will do everything within her power to discourage doctors from travelling outside Nigeria.

The Minister said that the government will provide adequate medical facilities and also provide incentives that will discourage the Doctors from traveling outside the country, he said this on Friday in Abuja after inspecting the Cancer Centre in the National Hospital Abuja.

He said “I have heard the challenge of doctors leaving the country. We have plans to provide better funding for our hospitals in Nigeria and make such migration unattractive,”

Dr Osagie Ehanire praised the hospital staffs and administration, and encouraged them to better, he urged the hospital to be ready incase the global corona virus resurface again as seen in other countries. He advised the hospital to make judicious use of the funds made available to them.

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He added “Schools are resuming, people are travelling in and out the country so we must be prepared for any emergency”.

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Banks commence emergency system update due to threats from Anonymous

Wisdom Nwachukwu

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A global hacktivist network known as Anonymous stirred an aggressive campaign in Nigeria two weeks ago, Nigerian banks as part of the precautionary measure has decided embark on an immediate emergency upgrade.

Mohammed Abdullahi Minister of State for Science and Technology confirmed the threat from Anonymous, he clearly stated there was a well planned attacks on important government Databases.

Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy Isa Pantami, also  admitted that some government websites were tampered with. He said: ‘‘On my instruction, the NITDA and NCC worked almost round the clock last week to rectify the situation and ensure no vital data was compromised. I am happy the websites are back and running now.”

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He also assured Nigerians that stringent measures have been take taken to avoid further attacks,  emphasized  for all the relevant organization to upgrade their system.

 

 

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21 people confirmed dead in an auto crash at Enugu State.

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21 people have been confirmed dead in an auto crash at Enugu State

Twenty-one people, including schoolchildren, have died in an accident in Enugu State, south-east Nigeria.

The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Enugu, Ogbonna Kalu, confirmed the incident on Thursday.

He explained that the nature of the accident was a collision that involved a school bus and a trailer in the state.

Kalu added that the incident happened at Mgbowo in Awgu Local Government Area of the state, saying it was as a result of dangerous driving.

 

The Federal Road Safety Corps, on Thursday, confirmed the death of 21 people, including school children, in an auto crash at Mgbowo in Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State.

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The Enugu Sector Commander, Mr Ogbonna Kalu, who confirmed the incident, said the accident occurred on Wednesday afternoon.

He said the accident involved a school bus and trailer.

The commander blamed the accident on speeding beyond the limit and dangerous driving.

Kalu said, “21 persons have been confirmed dead and more than 50 persons were in the school bus.

“Also of note is that not all the deaths were school children. Those working on the roadside were part of the casualties.

“From available information, the accident was caused by dangerous driving.”

We gathered that the tragic incident occurred when a Lowbed truck belonging to a construction firm working at Oji-River – Awgu Federal Road lost control and rammed into a school bus conveying over 60 pupils of the Presentation Nursery and Primary School, Awgu owned by the Catholic Diocese of Awgu home.

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