The Ekiti House of Assembly adopted the state’s Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) of 2023 to 2025 on Wednesday.
The adoption was made at the plenary session presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Mr Hakeem Jamiu.
Motion for the adoption was moved by the House Majority Leader, Chief Gboyega Aribisogan (APC-Ikole 1) and seconded by Mrs Olubunmi Adelugba (APC-Emure).
In his earlier letter to the House read by Jamiu, Gov. Biodun Oyebanji stated that the MTEF had a breakdown of N135.8 billion for 2023, N142.5 billion for 2024 and N166.6 billion for 2025. Oyebanji sought the consideration and approval of the House for the MTEF in accordance with the state’s Fiscal Responsibility Law 2019. Also on Wednesday, the House of Assembly screened and confirmed two additional Commissioner nominees and Chairman of the Ekiti Internal Revenue Services (EKIRS).
The commissioner nominees are Mr Akintunde Oyebode, the immediate past Commissioner for Finance and Dr Oyebanji Filani, the immediate past Commissioner for Health and Human Services.
Answering questions from members of the Assembly, Oyebode promised to ensure that the state’s funds were used for maximum delivery of dividends of democracy.
He also promised to prioritise payment of gratuity to pensioners.
His counterpart, Filani promised to ensure more access to quality healthcare services by residents if given the opportunity.
Filani also promised that he would consolidate and expand the Health Insurance Scheme by increasing the number of participants.
He promised to adopt Performance Management Strategy to ensure behavioural change on the part of medical personnel in the way they related to patients.
The House confirmed Mr Olaniran Olatona as the Chairman of EKIRS.
Olatona gave the assurance that his tenure would ensure aggressive increase of Internally Generated Revenue that would not harm the general public, but beneficial to residents.
“We will adopt tax orientation and negotiation mechanism for increased IGR without necessarily adding to the burden of Ekiti residents,’’ he said.
Malam Muhammad Bello, the Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), says 26 districts will benefit from the Greater Abuja Water Supply project when completed.
He said this while defending the FCT’s 2022 Statutory Appropriation Bill before the Joint National Assembly Committee on Thursday in Abuja.
The minister said that the project was a bilateral initiative to enhance water supply in the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA).
“Its implementation will extend the supply of potable water to about 26 districts in phases II and III covering Gwarinpa 1 and 2, Utako, Dutse, Gudu Kaura, Wuye, Mabushi, Jahi, Kado, Karmo, Galadimawa, Lokogoma, Kabusa, Dape,” he said.
Bello said that the construction of the 14km Mpape-Shere Galuwyi Road was a bold initiative of the administration to ensure successful resettlement of original inhabitants in about 16 communities.
“The resettlement site covers about 900 hectares of land in Bwari Area Council, to resettle the 16 villages namely: Utako, Maje, Mabushi, Jabi Samuel, Jabi Yakubu, Kpaadna, Zhilu, Gishini, Dakibiyu, Gwarimpa, Galadima,” he said.
Bello said that N607,952,023,580 was proposed for the FCT 2022 Statutory Budget comprising Distributable Revenue of N370,215,843,779 and Non-Distributable Revenue of N237,736,179,801. “When compared with the Revised 2021 Appropriation of the sum of N329, 963, 491, 522, there was an increase of the sum of N277, 988, 532, 058 in the 2022 budget,” he said.
Sen. Rochas Okorocha (APC-Imo) called for enabling laws to develop the Abuja City Centre.
“Because of the issue of insecurity, there is influx of people into Abuja.
In the next five years, we may have serious security problems.
“If you go to satellite towns, there is a growing number of out of school children,” he said.
He said that the N52 billion budget for the education sector in the FCT was inadequate calling for more funding in the sector.
Earlier in his remarks, the Chairman of Senate Committee on FCT, Sen. Smart Adeyemi said that the national assembly through its oversight functions would ensure that the beauty and status of FCT as the pride of Nigeria and the world was retained.
He also commended the minister for the number of projects so far executed while assuring FCT residents of the completion of ongoing projects.
Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State mourned the passing of the Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Mr Funminiyi Afuye on Thursday.
Afuye died on Wednesday in a brief illness at the age of 66. In a statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Gboyega Akosile in Ikeja, Sanwo-Olu described Afuye (APC-Ikere 1) as one of the illustrious sons of Ekiti.
He said Afuye contributed immensely to the growth and development of Ekiti during his lifetime.
The governor said that the deceased was a principled politician, progressive, loyal, trustworthy and a committed member of the ruling APC in Ekiti.
He said the lawyer and rights activist, turned politician spent his life in the service of humanity, of Ekiti and of Nigeria.
Afuye served as a Commissioner for Information, lawmaker and later Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly.
Sanwo-Olu also commiserated with his Ekiti counterpart, Mr Biodun Oyebanji, the former governor of the state, Dr Kayode Fayemi and the entire members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly on the death of the former speaker.
He urged Gov. Oyebanji, the deceased’s family, friends, and the entire people of Ekiti to preserve the legacy of the deceased by immortalising the good name and the struggle of the deceased speaker.
“On behalf of the people and government of Lagos State, I sympathise with Ekiti State governor, Mr Biodun Oyebanji and the entire people of the state on the demise of the Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Mr Funminiyi Afuye.
“Afuye was a committed public officer who served Ekiti passionately and selflessly in different capacities.
“He did his best for Ekiti as a member of the executive and legislative arms of government.
He was also a committed member of our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) till his death.
“I pray that God grants the soul of Afuye eternal rest and comfort the immediate and political families and the people of Ekiti he left behind,’’ Sanwo-Olu said.
A member of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Mr Solomon Osho (APC-Remo North), has appealed to the House to reconsider his suspension from the assembly and its activities.
Speaker of the House, Mr Olakunle Oluomo (APC -Ifo 1), read Osho’s appeal letter during plenary in Abeokuta on Tuesday.
According to the letter, Osho sought for the House’s pardon, promising that he will be law abiding.
The speaker, thereafter, referred the letter to the Executive session for further action.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the House, on Sept. 13, suspended Osho and Dare Kadiri for alleged breach of its rights and privileges.
Also during plenary , the House confirmed the appointment of Mr Lateef Balogun as the State Auditor General.
Mr Akeem Balogun (APC – Ogun Waterside), the Deputy Speaker, read the report of the Committee of the Whole House on the screening of the governors nominee for the state Auditor General.
Balogun noted that the Committee of the Whole House, led by the speaker, had screened the nominee on Thursday and found him eligible, qualified and suitable for the position.
He explained that the curriculum vitae of the nominee was thoroughly and carefully scrutinised by the committee.
The deputy speaker moved the motion for the adoption of the report and seconded by Mrs Bolanle Ajayi (APC-Yewa South).
Balogun stated that it was the opinion of the House that Mr Lateef Balogun is hereby confirmed as the state Auditor General as seconded by Mr Musefiu Lamidi (APC-Ifo 11).
Gov. Hope Uzodimma of Imo has received the new Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr Emeka Nduka, following the resignation of Mr Kennedy Ibe earlier on Monday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that no reason was given for Ibe’s resignation.
Receiving the speaker and some key legislative members at the Government House Owerri, Uzodimma commended them for the honour of introducing the new speaker to him.
He also commended the lawmakers for their peaceful conduct during the process that led to the election of the new speaker, saying that “it shows that African democracy is developing.
“We wish you well and we will continue to support the assembly with facilities that will help you function effectively as we have always done.
“I urge you to operate in a manner that will allow peaceful conduct of legislative duties and ensure that Imo people are better off,” he said.
Earlier in his remarks, the new speaker (APC-Ehime Mbano), commended his colleagues for nominating and electing him as their chief servant.
Nduka promised to be transparent in his dealings and also ensure that he carried out people-oriented programmes for the benefit of all.
“The harmonious relationship between the executive arm of government and the legislative arm of government will remain sacrosanct.
“By the special grace of God, I am going to live up to their expectations and up to the expectations of the people of Imo to make this government proud,” Nduka added.
Earlier, the Deputy Speaker, Mr Amarachi Iwuanyanwu, who introduced the speaker to the governor, said Nduka was nominated and elected unopposed as the speaker of the ninth house of Imo assembly.
Iwuanyanwu, who said 20 lawmakers attended plenary for the day when the election took place, said both members of the majority and minority caucus were present at the swearing-in of Nduka.
He commended the governor for the rehabilitation of the assembly complex which was inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari during his recent visit to the state.
NAN further reports that Nduka’s emergence makes him the fourth speaker in less than three years of Uzodimma’s administration.
Ibe (APC-Obowo) was sworn in as speaker on Nov. 8, 2021 following the impeachment of Mr Paul Emeziem (APC-Onuimo) for alleged forgery and highhandedness.
Emeziem took over from Dr Collins Chiji (APC-Isiala Mbano) in November 2020, after he was impeached for alleged unparliamentarily conduct and gross misconduct.
Chiji, however, appealed to the house to have his impeachment expunged from the legislative records and recorded as resignation, a request which was approved.
Imo House of Assembly elected its fourth speaker in four years on Monday in Owerri.
The new speaker is Mr Emeka Nduka (APC-Ehime Mbano) who replaced Mr Kennedy Ibe (APC-Obowo) who resigned from the position earlier.
Ibe’s two predecessors were impeached in 2020 and in 2021, respectively.
Ibe was sworn on as speaker on Nov. 8, 2021 following the impeachment of Mr Paul Emeziem (APC-Onuimo) for forgery and highhandedness.
Emeziem took over from Dr Collins Chiji (APC-Isiala Mbano) in November 2020 after he was impeached for unparliamentarily conduct and gross misconduct.
Chiji, however, appealed to the House to have his impeachment expunged from the legislative records and recorded as resignation, a request which was approved.
The fourth speaker, Nduka was elected on Monday at a closed-door special sitting presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Mr Amarachi Iwuanyanwu (APC-Nwangele) who called for nominations after reading Ibe’s letter of resignation.
The Majority Leader, Mr Kanayo Onyemaechi (APC-Owerri West) nominated Nduka, a nomination seconded by Dr Uju Onwudiwe (APC-Njaba).
No reason was given for Ibe’s resignation.
A member of the House of Representatives,(APC-Ikorodu), Mr Babajimi Benson, on Saturday empowered his constituents with 30 mini-buses and other items.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that other items shared during the programme include tricycles, sewing and grinding machines.
Other items include motorcycles, vulcanizing and tailoring machine, deep freezers, generating sets, as well as fans.
Distributing the items, Benson, who is also the Chairman, House committee on Defence, said the gesture was to enable the beneficiaries engage themselves in businesses and become self reliant.
“Today is a very happy day for me, surrounded by my people, this empowerment is one of my biggest achievements.
“Those who benefited today should utilise the items well and those who have not benefited should be patient, as it will soon get to them, because they are my priority now.
“I am determined to have a legacy project as it was done by my parents, bringing Voice of Nigeria(VON) to Ikorodu.
“As for me, I decided to establish Ikorodu radio as the first community radio in the division to consolidate my family legacy,” he said.
The lawmaker said that the beneficiaries were carefully selected from all the local governments and local council developmental areas (LCDA’s)that make up constituency While appreciating his constituents for their support, the lawmaker encouraged the beneficiaries to make good use of the empowerment tools.
Benson highlighted some of the projects that had been executed and completed by him, just as he promised to embark on new ones soon.
“I have constructed and completed not less than 30 roads in Ikorodu and we are embarking on Erunwen-Ajose road in our next phase.
“I have also started the construction of an 80-bed space hospital at Imota area and plan to build a stadium at Lagos State Polytechnic Iin-Ikorodu, as requested by my constituents” he promised.
Benson urged the people to come out en masse during the 2023 General Elections.
He urged: ”They should come out and vote for All Progressives Congress (APC)candidates, at all levels.
”I am hereby promising more dividends of democracy to Ikorodu residents.
” Also speaking, Mr Ibrahim Obanikoro, lawmaker, representing Etti-Osa federal constituency commended Benson for the gsture.
He urged the beneficiaries to make proper use of the items doled to them.
Obanikoro, congratulated the constituency for ”having a hard working lawmaker who has impacted greatly to the lives of people.
”He has touched lives of people through the empowerment programme.
What you are seeing now are dividends of democracy,” Also Speaking, Oba Kabiru Shotobi, the Ayangburen of Ikorodu said history had repeated itself, adding, ”Benson’s family had brought lots of projects to the community that stand as their legacy.
”The empowerment programme is a huge success in the division and the lawmaker has touched many lives in different ways.
” Miss Idowu Bilikisu, one of the beneficiaries urged her colleagues to use the items given to them to improve their lives
Ondo State House of Assembly has declared the seats of two members vacant for anti-party activities.
The House declared that Hon. Favour Tomomewo (APC-Ilaje 2) and Hon. Torhukerhijo Success (APC-Ese-Odo) were actively involved in Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) recent gubernatorial primary election in the state.
The declaration followed a letter earlier received from the Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Ade Adetimenhin, requesting for the sacking of the two lawmakers from the House.
Speaker of the House, Hon. Bamidele Oloyelogun, said the declaration was in consonance with Section 109 (1g) of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
He called on INEC to conduct election to fill the vacant seats within 90 days.
He also directed the two lawmakers to return all government properties in their custody to the Clerk of the House while all their benefits and entitlements have been stopped.
Oloyelogun expressed worry at the lawmakers’ action and said there was no crisis in the APC in the state to warrant it.
The House also passed a bill providing for the establishment of alternative dispute resolution in the state.
Imo Assembly summons school principal over alleged increase in cut off mark Imo Assembly summons school principal over alleged increase in cut off marThe Imo House of Assembly on Thursday, summoned the Principal of the Federal Government Girls College, Owerri (FGGC), Mrs Chinwe Obiagwu, over allegations of arbitrarily increasing the admission cut-off mark The house took the decision following a motion of urgent public importance moved by Mrs Ngozi Obiefule (APC-Isu constituency).
While moving the motion, Obiefule stated that the principal of the college had increased the approved cut off marks for admission into the school from 138 to 175.
She said that all unity colleges had approved cut-off marks during the last common entrance examinations which were displayed on their portals.
She further noted that several hopefuls who would have gained admission into the school had been affected by the new cut-off marks implemented by the principal.
Obiefule also stated that some parents alleged that they had been asked to pay as much as N300,000 to secure admission for their children who were affected.
She therefore urged the house to investigate the allegations and summon the principal to appear before it to explain the reasons for the new cut offs.
She further urged the house to invite parents whose children scored above the initial cut-off marks to brief the house.
Contributing, the House Committee Chairman on Education, Dr Uju Onwudiwe (APC-Njaba) said the performance of students in the examination served as a benchmark for setting the cut-off marks.
Onwudiwe added that schools had a limit to the number of students they could admit and as such, might need to increase the cut-off mark if their limit was exceeded.
She noted that the standing committee on education had been working hard to ensure every form of illegality was eradicated in schools.
Following a unanimous vote in favour of the prayers by the lawmakers, the Speaker, Mr Kennedy Ibeh (APC-Obowo), directed the Clerk, Mrs Chinelo Emeghara, to send out the necessary invitations to those concerned to appear before it.
The Chairman of the Labor Party in Osun, Mr. Adebayo Bello, has denied the report that the party's candidate, Lasun Yusuf, has collapsed his structure to support the Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Senator Ademola Adeleke.
Bello told reporters in Osogbo that the party could not and would not collapse its structure for anyone.
Yusuf, a former vice president of the House of Representatives, is the party's standard bearer in the state.
Bello described the news as fake and the work of mischief.
“Those who are spreading the news are just hallucinating.
“Lasun is still in the race and hoping for victory,” he said.
Meanwhile, Osun House of Assembly Speaker Timothy Owoeye praised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the timely arrival of election materials and the smooth conduct of the election.
Owoeye told those new to Ilesa that there had been a significant improvement and development when it came to the voting process.
The speaker also praised the electorate for their strong turnout in the elections.
“I have seen significant improvement and development when it comes to the voting process.
“The introduction of BVAS in our electoral process has made it easier for voters to vote quickly.
“And I would like to say that INEC has improved in this process,” he said.
Furthermore, the Finance Commissioner, Mr. Bola Oyebamiji, praised INEC for the introduction of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS).
Oyebamiji urged INEC to improve the deployment of human capital in future elections to deal with the large crowd.
He also praised the electorate for coming out en masse to cast their vote.
"The crowd here is overwhelmed and I think they will vote for us," Oyebamiji said.
Furthermore, Mr. Wale Adedoyin (APC-Ilesa West), praised the strong turnout of the electorate.
“The turnout has been massive and impressive as a result of raising awareness.
"People's fear has been mitigated by the presence of security men," he said.