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BREAKING….We’re ready for Buhari’s N8.7trn budget presentation tomorrow — Lawmakers

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Both chambers of the National Assembly, resolved to receive President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday (tomorrow) in a joint session for the presentation of the N8.7trillion 2019 budget proposals as requested by the President last week.

ROYAL NEWS reports that this is even as the striking workers of the National Assembly, said it would continue with the four-day strike started on Monday over the non-payment of their 28 per cent salary increment since 2010 and allowances captured in the 2018 budget.

But the federal lawmakers declared the ongoing strike by the workers under the aegis of Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria, PASAN as inconsequential to their plenary sessions generally and the budget presentation by President Buhari today in particular.

President Buhari had on Thursday last week in separate letters addressed to the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives , Hon. Yakubu Dogara, requested the federal lawmakers to grant him the hours of 11:00am of Wednesday, December 19 for 2019 budget presentation.

Motion for the approval of the presidential request was moved by the Senate Leader, Senator Ahmad Lawan, APC-Yobe North and seconded by the Senate Deputy Minority Whip, Senator Emmanuel Paulker, PDP-Bayelsa Central.

The motion got overwhelming approval of the entire senators at the session when put to voice votes by the Senate President.

Meanwhile, the parliamentary staff members have vowed to continue with their strike even as President Buhari presents national budget today.

The workers, who stormed the gate of National Assembly for the second day, yesterday, prevented people from gaining entry into the complex even as there’s tight security as directed by the management.

But leadership of the legislature has said that the strike would not stop both chambers from sitting.

In separate interviews with journalists, Leader in the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila and Hon. Yusuf Tajudeen said no strike action can disrupt the workings of the National Assembly.

Hon. Gbajabiamila said the federal lawmakers are not employers of PASAN the same way PASAN are not employees of the federal lawmakers, so the question of their strike action affecting our plenary sitting is not there.

“Though penultimate Tuesday when they first carried out the protest , we granted them the honour of hearing from them by not sitting that day . That does not mean that they have the right to shut down the chamber.

“The Legislative Privileges Act is even against any body or group of persons carrying out any action to disrupt legislative sessions , by making provision for six months imprisonment for such an offence which I know every member of PASAN is aware of.

“PASAN members may continue with their strike action but as far as we are concerned as federal lawmakers, their action will not stop us from sitting and hosting the President tomorrow (today )”, he stressed.

Hon Tajudeen in his own reaction to PASAN strike action, said it was wrong for the parliamentary workers to continue with the strike action despite intervention made by the leadership of the National Assembly in getting their demands met by the management of of the federal parliament.

“The money they are requesting for is already captured in the 2018 budget but yet to be cash backed the same way, many of the budgetary provisions appropriated for the federal lawmakers in the 2018 budget are yet to cash backed”, he said.

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FG urged to declare state of emergency on federal roads, Senate tasks

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Disturbed by the deplorable conditions of road networks across the country, the Senate on Tuesday, charged the federal government to declare a state of emergency on all federal roads.
This was as the upper legislative chamber mandated  its Committees on Petroleum (Downstream), Federal Roads Maintenance Agency, FERMA and National Planning to investigate the Petroleum Products Price Regulatory Agency, PPPRA on the non-remittance of five percent user charge pump price of petrol.
Besides, the joint committees were also asked to investigate the non remittance of international vehicle transit charge accruing to FERMA and other established state roads maintenance agency.
These resolutions followed deliberations on a motion sponsored under Orders 42 and 52 of the Senate rule by Senator Geshom Bassey (PDP Cross River South)  who lamented the deplorable state of federal roads in the country.
Presenting the motion, Senator Basset expressed concern that several thousands of lives have been lost to road accidents due to bad and un-motorable roads, while bad portion of roads are safe haven for kidnappers and armed robbers on Nigerian highways.
Supporting the motion, Senator Chukwuka Utazi (PDP Enugu North) said the state of the federal highways are highly deplorable and that urgent attention is needed especially within this budget cycle to do something drastic to address the situation.
Utazi said “and like you prayed that the PPPRA should release the fund for totally provided for FERMA to do  it’s job.
“Mr President, the raining season is just gradually coming to an end and this is the opportunity for FERMA to go and start rehabilitating our roads so that Nigerians can move freely.
“This period is also the time for harvest and in order to ensure that farmers that are in the hinterland get to the appropriate market to get adequate prices for their goods, we  have to make sure the roads are properly done.
“You also know that because we don’t have the rail lines that should be in place, most of the goods and services that we move from one place to the other are done through trucking and if you continue to do trucking, you know that the life span of any  major federal highway may not last long.
“This is a very important motion moved at the most appropriate time to get the desired attention and I’m standing here lending my support and full weigh to get that being done knowing fully well that those of us from the south east are the major complainants of the bad roads in this country and we hope that we get the desired attention from FERMA if  this motion scales through.”
In his remark, President of the Senate, Dr. Ahmad Lawan said he believe that every part of the country suffers from this problem of deplorable  roads.
He expressed optimism that the  committees mandated to look into the matter will  swing into action and attend to the issue associated with this motion.
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SAD… Taraba INEC REC is dead

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The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, (REC) in Taraba State, Alhaji Baba Abba Yusuf, is dead.
INEC Secretary, Rose Oriarian-Anthony, said the REC died on Saturday night at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Borno State, where he had been on admission.
She said: “The Independent National Electoral Commission regrets to announce the death of the Resident Electoral Commissioner for Taraba State, Alhaji Baba Abba Yusuf.
“He died last (Saturday) night at the University of Maiduguri Teaching Hospital, Borno State, where he was on admission for sometime.
He was buried today (Sunday) September 29 2019 at 4pm in Maiduguri.
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Transgender: Sade Adu’s daughter finally becomes a man (PHOTOS)

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Izaak and Mum

Sade’s transgender son has shared a heartfelt message of thanks to the soul singer, as he completes his transition from female to male.

Izaak Theo Adu, born Mickailia ‘Ila’ Adu, has spent the past six months in recovery after undergoing phalloplasty surgery, the reconstructive procedure typically undergone by transgender and non-binary people.

After returning home to his family, Izaak shared a sweet photo of himself hugging Sade, 60, along with a message praising the iconic singer for her unwavering support. In the Instagram post, Izaak wrote: ‘It’s been a long hard road but We did it!! We are coming home!!!! ‘Thank you for staying by my side these past 6 months Mumma. Thank you for fighting with me to complete the man I am. ‘Thank you for your encouragement when things are hard, for the love you give me. The purest heart. I love you so much. Queen of queens ♥️ #mumma #lioness #queen#iloveyou.’

Izaak is Sade’s only child from her former relationship with reggae music producer Bob Morgan.

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