Shehu Sani faults Wike’s public holiday declaration
Senator Shehu Sani, has faulted the declaration of public holiday by the Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike.
Wike declared public holiday in his state in order to enable residents of the state to come out en masse to welcome the president-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Wike in a statewide broadcast on Tuesday, ordered that all shops and business premises on the Rumuola to Rumuokwuta roads in the Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of the state should be closed from 8.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. on Wednesday.
Reacting to his directive, Sani in a Twitter post on Wednesday condemned Wike’s action, advising Tinubu to condemn the act else it becomes a norm.
His words: “Commissioning a project is a mark of a great achievement. Kudos. But Grounding the economic, Social & educational activities of the state for that purpose is a mark of desperation for favours & accommodation by a lickspittle.
“Tinubu can say no to that or else it becomes the norm.”
Buhari Unveils Agenda 2050
President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday launched a new long-term national development plan, the Nigeria Agenda 2050 (NA 2050).
Recall that he first inaugurated the National Steering Committee for the preparation of the Medium-Term National Development Plan 2021 – 2025 and Nigeria Agenda 2050 in November 2020.
The initiative’s objective is to ensure that the country attains a Per Capita GDP of $33,328 per annum, placing her among the top middle-income economies in the world by 2050.
It hopes to take Nigeria to an Upper Middle-Income Country and subsequently to the status of a High-Income country by 2050.
President Buhari inaugurated it before the commencement of the meeting of the Federal Executive Council at the Council (FEC) Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Senate approves Buhari’s N22.7trn extra-budgetary spending request
The senate has approved the sum of N22.7 trillion that was spent by the executive arm of government without the initial approval of the national assembly.
The upper legislative chamber approved the request on Wednesday, after Ibrahim Gobir, senate leader, presented a report.
The N22.7 trillion is money borrowed by federal government from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) through the “ways and means advances”.
President Muhammadu Buhari had asked the senate to approve the sum in December 2022, but some senators — mostly of the opposition — kicked against it.
They demanded that records of what the funds were spent on be provided before approval is given to his request.
Lawmakers Disagree Over Impeachment Of Abia Speaker
Lawmakers in the Abia State House of Assembly have disagreed over the impeachment of the Speaker, Hon. Chinedum Orji.
The impeachment was carried out on Tuesday by 18 out of 27 members of the Assembly who sat at an undisclosed location.
The lawmakers are accusing the Speaker of gross misconduct and highhandedness.
But in an interview on Channels TV’s Sunrise, Hon. Jerry Uzosike, a member in the Assembly and Ifeanyi Uchendu, a former Deputy Speaker of the Assembly disagreed over the impeachment saga.
According to Uzosike, there was no impeachment of the Speaker.
He said, “I stand with the law, the Speaker was not even impeached initially, the issue of the purported impeachment was only a show of shame. They ought to know the position of law but they chose to do it differently."
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