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Senate Rejects Budget Proposal As Agency Sites 20 Projects In Minister’s LGA

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Many lawmakers get accolades at their constituencies when they take back development projects to their home territories.  These projects are usually approved by committees of the National Assembly.  But, sometimes, glaring over-ambitious presentations raise questions.

That is the case with the 2021 budget of the ministry of power which includes 20 projects of fifty-two million naira each that are being proposed for Lau local government area of Taraba State.

This would not have raised many eyebrows if not that, coincidentally or not, those projects are being located in the local government area in Taraba State from where the minister of power, Mamman Saleh, hails.

On this discovery, the budget defence of the senate committee on power and rural electrification agency deadlocked on Wednesday.

Committee members disapproved the R.E.A. budget proposal especially when they considered senator Yusuf Yusuf’s point on the lopsidedness of the distribution of projects in which the entire south-south geopolitical zone got just one power project for next year.

Committee member, senator Bala Ibn ‘Nallah, said the minister of power has violated his oath of office against which he has allowed his personal interests to affect his official conduct and decision.

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Police Extradite Maina From Niger

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Police spokesperson, Frank Mba, has confirmed on Thursday that former chairman of the pension reform task team, Abdulrasheed Maina, is now back in Nigeria after his extradition from Niger Republic.

Maina was declared wanted by a court over a 12-count money laundering charge filed against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The commission says Maina used his firm to launder two billion naira, some of which he used to acquire properties in Abuja.

In another development, a federal high court in Abuja has given a nod to a request by Maina’s defence counsel, Adeola Adedipe, to withdraw from the case.

Until Thursday, Adedipe represented Maina’s company -common input limited – that is charged as the second defendant in Maina’s money laundering trial.

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Nigeria Records 343 New COVID-19 Cases

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Nigeria’s coronavirus cases have risen to 68,303 after the Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) announced 343 new cases of COVID-19 in fourteen states with the federal capital territory recording its highest ever figure of 123 cases.

Lagos hosts 106 cases, Kaduna recorded 72, while Nasarawa and Rivers posted 14, and 5, respectively.

Nine other states shared the rest of the cases.

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NCDC Confirms 122 New COVID-19 Cases

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The Nigerian Center for Disease Control has confirmed one hundred twenty-two new cases of coronavirus in the country on Wednesday, pushing up the nation’s total confirmed cases to sixty-seven thousand nine hundred sixty.  Only four thousand one hundred twenty-one patients are still being treated.

Kaduna reported the highest number of cases at thirty-seven, followed by Lagos with twenty-nine.  Plateau held twenty-five while Ekiti hosts nine cases.

Rivers, Ogun, Edo, Kwara, Bayelsa, Bauchi and Kano shared the rest of the infections.

NCDC also reports the fatalities now stand at eleven hundred seventy-seven.

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