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President Buhari Holds Meeting With President Recep Tayyip Of Turkey

President Muhammadu Buhari is holding a meeting with President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the Presidential Villa in Abuja. Erdogan, accompanied by the first lady, Mrs. Emine Erdogan, arrived Nigeria on Tuesday for a two-day official visit. He is expected to hold bilateral talks with President Buhari, as the two leaders are expected to consider about 24 bilateral agreements and Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) among other issues.

Reps Pass Bill For Establishment Of South-East, South-West, North Central, North West Development Commissions

The House of Representatives, on Thursday, passed a bill seeking to establish a South-East, South-West, North Central Development Commission. All the six geopolitical zones will now have development commissions, as the Niger Delta Development Commission already exists for the oil-producing states in the South-South and some in the South-East and South-West. Hon. Femi Fakeye, while presenting the report of the Committee on Justice on a Bill for an Act to establish the South-West Development Commission during a penultimate sitting, said the commission will be amongst others, charged with the responsibility to receive and manage funds from allocation of the Federation Account, including donations and gifts, the reconstruction and rehabilitation of roads, houses and other Infrastructural damages suffered by the region. The report for the South-East Development Commission was also presented by the Deputy Chief Whip Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, who stated that the commission will serve as a catalyst to develop the commercial potentials of the South East.

Nigeria Will Overcome Its Challenges – VP Osinbajo

Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has expressed optimism that Nigeria will come out of all of its problems and emerged stronger. He encouraged Nigerians to exercise confidence because the country will succeed as one entity. He said Nigeria is better off as one nation, that is why it is strong and that is why the country can face the world. Osinbajo stated this on Saturday during an interactive session with top officials of Nigeria’s High Commission in the United Kingdom, held at the Abuja House residence of the High Commissioner in London. Prof. Osinbajo noted that President Muhammadu Buhari is Nigeria’s most popular politician in generations. Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, in a statement titled, ‘United as one people, Nigeria will overcome present challenges, says Osinbajo,’ urged Nigerian citizens at home and in the Diaspora should promote the message of one country. According to the Vice President, “If you look at all of us sitting here, we represent all the geo-political zones. This is the Nigeria that will succeed, anything else doesn’t make sense.” According to him, anybody who looks at how Nigeria operates will recognize that it is better off in this system.

Senate Passes Revised MTEF, FSP, Approves N16.39trn For 2022

The Senate has approved President Muhammadu Buhari’s revised submission of the 2022-2024 Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper (FSP). The MTEF and FSP are parameters on which yearly Appropriation Bills are predicated. The revised submission was received and referred to the Committee on Finance on Tuesday for expeditious consideration ahead of Thursday’s budget presentation to the National Assembly by President Buhari. In the revised MTEF President Buhari pushed up the projected aggregate expenditure of the federal government for the 2022 fiscal year from N13.98 trillion to N16.45 trillion. President Buhari had explained that the needed adjustments were necessary to reflect “the new fiscal terms in the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA).” The Senate in its recommendation, however, approved N16.39trillion as FG’s projected aggregate expenditure for the year 2022, representing a reduction of N60billion from the N16.45trillion total expenditure proposed by the President.

President Buhari Presents 2022 Budget To The National Assembly

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday informed the Senate and House of Representatives about his intention to present the 2022 Appropriation Bill on Thursday in a joint session of the National Assembly by 12 noon. The 2022 budget estimate has a projection of 16.39 trillion Naira.

Anambra Election: INEC Concerned Over Escalating Security Threats By IPOB

The Independence National Electoral Commission (INEC) has resolved to conduct the Anambra State governorship election on the earlier date of November 6. This is despite threats from the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to halt the exercise. This was disclosed by the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, during an emergency meeting on Tuesday. INEC however expressed concern that the IPOB threat might affect preparations and possibly the conduct of the Anambra election.
The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu expressed the concern at an emergency meeting of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) in Abuja on Tuesday. Yakubu said that INEC was particularly concerned about the safety of voters and election duty staff, including security officials who have also become targets of the attacks. He said that INEC was also concerned about the safety of thousands of young Nigerians from National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) and university students who were to be engaged in the conduct of the election. Yakubu said that during the last ICCES quarterly meeting on Sept. 9, a major concern was raised by the committee on the security situation in Anambra and the adjoining states.
Yakubu said that unfortunately, the situation had deteriorated since the last meeting, as many innocent lives had been lost and property destroyed in the state. “From reports that we have received, the stated goal of many of the attackers is that the governorship election scheduled for Nov. 6 must not hold. “This is worrisome for the commission. We are deeply concerned that specific electoral facilities and materials could once more become targets of attack,” he said. Yakubu said that in May 2021 the INEC office at Awka was attacked and all the non-sensitive materials assembled for the election were destroyed.

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