NASS will adjust defence budget to meet security challenges – Ndume

THE Chairman Senate Committee, Army, Sen. Ali Ndume on Thursday said the National Assembly will adjust the defence budget to meet current security challenges in the country.

Ndume said in an interview with newsmen in Kaduna that the allocation for the Armed Forces contained in the 2020 budget proposal before the National Assembly was grossly inadequate in view of the current security challenges.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ndume led joint members of the National Assembly on fact finding mission, needs assessment and oversight to Army formations in Kaduna State.

Anambra govt sets up Victims Support Fund Account for fire victims

GOVERNOR Willie Obiano of Anambra State has opened a bank account to assist the fire victims in response to enquiries by the people on how to assist the victims of the petrol fire in Onitsha on Wednesday, Oct, 16.

According to a statement by C. Don Adinuba, State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, the account is known as the Anambra State Victims Support Account with account number 5030105029, Fidelity Bank PLC.

Nigerian govt, states, LGs shared N693.529b in September – FAAC

The Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) has shared a total of N693.529 billion to the three tiers of government for the month of September.

According to a statement on Thursday, the money comprises revenue from Value Added Tax (VAT), Exchange Gain, and Gross Statutory Revenue.

The committee chaired by the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), Ahmed Idris, announced that the balance in the nation’s Excess Crude Account was $323.692 million as of October 17, 2019.

Buhari orders forensic audit of NDDC from 2001

President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered a forensic audit of the operations of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

He gave the order on Thursday in Abuja, following the persistent criticisms of the operations of the agency.

Receiving governors of the states that make up the Commission, led by Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, the President directed that the audit should cover the operations of NDDC from 2001 to 2019.

Okowa exemplifies character, temperament required of leaders – Obi

By Valentine Amanze

The Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Peter Obi, has commended the Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, for his determination to make a difference via exemplification of character and integrity, which he described as a desiderata in governance in Nigeria.

Breaking: Buhari approves N10b intervention fund for Enugu Airport

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the sum of N10billion as an intervention fund for the upgrade of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu.

The President disclosed this in a tweet on his official handle @MBuhari

“I have approved the sum of N10billion for an Intervention fund for the upgrade of the Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu. I have the assurance of the Minister of Aviation that the work will be done speedily and to the highest standards.

South-East leaders meet with Buhari, seek speedy completion of Enugu Airport

South-East leaders including governors on Thursday met with President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria at the State House Council Chambers in Abuja.
During the meeting the leaders called for special Federal Government intervention for the speedy completion of the Enugu International Airport (Akanu Ibiam International Airport) and rehabilitation of federal roads in the region.
On behalf of the leaders, Chairman of the South-East Governors Forum and Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi, urged the President to declare a state of emergency on roads in the South East.

How petrol tanker explosion in Anambra kills mother, child

A petrol tanker has exploded in the upper Iweka axis of Onitsha in Anambra state after falling off its lane, killing a woman and her child in the process.

No fewer than 40 buildings, ranging from two- storey to four- storey buildings were also razed in the explosion.

Over 500 lock-up shops were also gutted by the fire along the Iweka street leading to Ochanja and menax market.

The tanker’s head reportedly fell off and went up in flames after spilling its content within the area.

Channel N10b Presidential Fund to Kogi workers, PDP advises NASS

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the National Assembly to invoke its statutory powers and directly channel the N10.069 billion Presidential funds for payment of salaries and pensions of suffering Kogi state workers.

According to the PDP, it is scandalous that the Presidency would seek to “mislead the National Assembly by asserting that the fund is for projects done by the state government on behalf of the Federal Government, when in reality no one can point to any such project executed by Governor Yahaya Bello in the last four years”.

Minimum wage: Nigerian govt, Labour meeting again ends in deadlock

The meeting between Organised Labour and the Federal Government again ended without both parties reaching a conclusion.

After several hours of the meeting, which started at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday and ended in the early hours of Thursday, both parties failed to reach a resolution in the consequential adjustment of workers’ salaries as a result of the new minimum wage of N30,000.

However, both parties agreed to adjourn the meeting until 7:00 pm on Thursday to continue deliberation.