BUSTED!!! Police Barracks Project Worth N4.5bn Found In NDLEA Budget

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On Tuesday, the Senate uncovered N4.5bn earmarked for the construction of police barrack in the 2022 budget proposal of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.

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This forced the Senate to reject the report of its Committee on Drugs and Narcotics.

Presenting the report, the chairman of the committee, Senator Hezekiah Dimka, said his committee uncovered the anomaly in the course of scrutinising the budget document presented to it by the Ministry of Finance and quickly raised the alarm.

The Committee on Appropriation, chaired by Senator Barau Jubrin, rejected the report on the NDLEA budget and asked the committee to go and correct the anomaly.

The Senate Committee on Environment, chaired by Senator Ike Ekweremadu, had, on Monday, uncovered N16bn proposed in the 2022 Appropriation Bill for repayment of a loan for the execution of the Nigeria Erosion and Watershed Management Project, NEWMAP.

Ekweremadu said the loan was still covered by a 10-year moratorium expiring in 2023.

He said the loan ought to be serviced by various state governments which utilised them, not the Federal Government.

Meanwhile, the Executive Officer, Connected Development, Hamzat Lawal, on Tuesday urged Nigerian students and youths to exert their energy on taking ownership of government projects in their neighbourhood and expose any corruption in the execution.

Lawal harped on the need for citizens, especially youths to track government budgets and ensure the full implementation by following the process towards putting an end to misappropriations and other corrupt practices in the country.

The CODE leader, represented by the Head, Democracy and Governance, Njoku Emmanuel, spoke at Federal University, Oye Ekiti, during the mme initiative organized by CODE in conjunction with the McArthur Foundation to raise awareness among students and youth for transparency and accountability by public office holders towards ending corruption.

He said, “The choice of the university environment for the anti-corruption drive was necessitated by the need to encourage youth participation in governance most importantly in the area of government spending across all sectors.

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“It also aims to expose students to how best to monitor government projects in their communities and report to appropriate authorities for effective service delivery.

“You will hear of many projects in Abuja that have been awarded as constituency projects, and mostly these projects are not executed or [they are] abandoned. So, when people are aware of these projects, they will be able to ask relevant questions.

“We believe these students are representing constituencies in this state and beyond. They can be champions of accountability and transparency in government projects and spending. What we are doing now is to recruit more activists and advocates for a better society.”

The organisation expressed optimism that political leaders would be responsible and take citizens serious, “when they notice that people at the grassroots especially our youths are aware of their rights and ready to follow it up.”

Accordingly, it stated that such would, in no small measure, bring about the needed socio-economic changes in the country.

DRAMA As APC Governors Fight, Engage In Shouting Match As They Disagree Over Direct Primary

Inside sources have revealed that the contentious issue bordering on the use of direct primaries by political parties in the country recently caused a heated disagreement between governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, during a closed-door meeting.

It was gathered that while some of the Governors are in full support of the recommendation by the National Assembly for parties in the country to adopt direct primaries in choosing their candidates, others feel it is undemocratic to insist on a particular method and parties should be given the freedom and flexibility to adopt whichever style suits them.

It will be recalled that ahead of the 2023 general elections, the National Assembly had recommended direct primaries in its amended electoral act bill which has been forwarded to President Muhammadu Buhari for his assent.

Source: Mcebiscoo.com

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