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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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Senate Confirms Mahmood Yakubu As INEC Chairman

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Now, Independent National Electoral Commission chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, can continue as the commission’s boss after the senate confirmed him on Tuesday for a second and final term.

Yakubu was first appointed INEC chairman in November 2015, succeeding Attahiru Jega, who supervised that year’s general election.

Committee chairman, Kabiru Gaya, says Yakubu was re-confirmed because of his suitability for the position with no petition or incriminatory report against him.  Gaya says Yakubu is a nominee with a high level of intelligence, no affiliation to any political party and has never participated in any political campaign.

Yakubu resumes immediately.

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Delta To Hold LG Election March 2021

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Delta State independent electoral commission has fixed march next year for elections into chairmanship and councillorship positions in the state.

Commission chairman, Michael Ogbodu made the announcement after meeting with stakeholders and party chairmen on Tuesday in Asaba.

Ogbodu says additional 34 wards was created to add to the existing 466 wards across the 25 local government areas in the state.

The commission chairman approved immediate commencement of pre-election activities such as campaigns.

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Nigeria Records 281 New Coronavirus Cases

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The Nigeria Centre for disease Control (NCDC) has announced 281 new coronavirus infections in thirteen states and the Federal Capital Territory.

The total confirmed cases in the country have now risen to 67,838.

As usual, Lagos recorded the highest number of infections with 123, while the Federal Capital Territory, Kaduna and Imo reported 64, 38 and 15 infections respectively.

The rest of the cases were shared among nine other states.

The agency said 148 patients have recovered from COVID-19 and have been discharged from different isolation centers in the country.

Three new deaths were recorded as a result of complications from the disease.

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