The house committee on Finance, Electoral Matters and Power heard some more budget defenses on Wednesday during which Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed told committee members the one hundred billion naira Mambila hydro-electric power project had no allocation in the 2021 budget proposal.
She said the allocation did not make it into her ministry’s budget, which has a ceiling, because the ministry of power did not prioritize the project.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, had a tough time defending before the committee its proposal to spend two billion naira to furnish and partition its Abuja office.
NERC chairman, James Momoh, was grilled and rattled before the committee as he struggled to properly explain why his commission needs such huge funds for partitions and furnishings.
House committee chairman, Aliyu Magaji was not satisfied with Momoh’s reasons and threatened to delete the item from the budget if better details were not provided.
Senate Confirms Mahmood Yakubu As INEC Chairman
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.
Delta To Hold LG Election March 2021
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.
Nigeria Records 281 New Coronavirus Cases
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.