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Buhari Presents Proposed 2021 Budget, Lists 2020 Achievements

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Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has on Thursday presented the proposed 2021 Budget of N13 trillion to the National Assembly.

During the presentation of the proposed budget titled “Budget of Economic Recovery and Resilience” the president said the pandemic had wreaked havoc on the global economy, including Nigeria’s and the budget is to help address key economic issues as the country tries to recover from the impact of the pandemic.

Buhari said his administration has implemented several priority projects in the year 2020 during that “agriculture has recorded appreciable success in rice and other crops mainly through the Anchor Borrowers Programme and the Presidential Fertilizer Initiative, anchored by the Central Bank of Nigeria and the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority, respectively.”

He added that “We are also accelerating the construction of 337 rural roads around key agricultural corridors to enhance access to market and reduce post-harvest losses.

The president said the government is determined to accelerate the country’s economic recovery process, while decrying the revenue generation challenges.

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Fashola To APC: Respect Your Zoning Plan In 2023

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Minister of works and housing, Babatunde Fashola, has advised leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to respect its zoning formula in picking a presidential candidate for the 2023 elections.

Fashola says this is the core of the agreement by APC founding fathers before the 2015 elections.

The minister said although zoning is not in the party’s constitution, party leaders had agreed on the zoning when the party was being formed.

Fashola has also advised party members to support the Mala Buni-led caretaker, extra-ordinary, convention committee, which he described as a product of necessity.

He says the caretaker committee must be respected because it is a by-product of the leadership crisis that engulfed the party.

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Police Begin Investigation Of Mysterious Death Of Three Children In Enugu

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Enugu State Police Command has begun a full-scale investigation into what it calls the mysterious deaths of three children at Itchi, in Igbo Eze south of Enugu State.

Police commissioner, Ahmad Abdurrahman, says the command will apprehend and bring to book, perpetrators of the act.  Addurrahman also urged parents and guardians to be vigilant and take good care of their children and wards especially in these “ember” months.

The commissioner said three of the children were found dead in a parked car in Itchi community, and that two other children were still alive when police got to the scene.  They are now receiving medical care at a hospital.

The police commissioner said the case has now been transferred to the state CID.

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FG Moves To Resolve Imo/Rivers Boundary Dispute

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The federal government has shown interest in settling the boundary dispute between Imo and Rivers States.

In its attempt to resolve the dispute, a federal government team, represented by members of the national boundary commission and officers from the office of the surveyor-general of the federation, has flagged off the Imo-Rivers inter-state boundary physical and tracing demarcation.

The federal government also inaugurated members of Imo State committee on the boundary demarcation with a joint task team consisting of officials from the two states, to ensure a fair and just exercise.

Imo state deputy governor and chairman of the state’s boundary committee, Prof Placid Njoku, assured the national boundary commission of the state government’s partnership and support to ensure a smooth boundary exercise.

He expressed optimism that the commission would end the lingering boundary disagreement by meticulously carrying out the exercise.

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