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Toto Concern Youth Patriots Protests Over Marginalisation In Nasarawa State.

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By Yahaya Idris, Toto.

A group, Toto Concern Youth Patriots (TOCOYOP), has expressed its disappointment by the Nasarawa state government’s failure to capture Toto local government in its 2021 budget.

A statement signed by the Chairman and Secretary, Prince Muhammed Bashir Onairo Umaisha and Comr. Yahaya Idris Ahmed Toto respectively, said despite the massive votes the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) garnered from Toto local government area, the reward is not only exclusion, but total neglect and unwarranted marginalisation.

“We wish to remind the Governor of Nasarawa state, His Excellency Engineer Abdullahi Sule that Toto Local Government is still part of Nasarawa state and there should be no reason to neglect and even deny it of social amenities.”

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“We have observed the deliberate refusal to link Toto to national grid of electricity despite the efforts of the late Hon .Musa Baba Onwana of the House of Representatives, who wired electricity from Nasarawa town down to some few kilometres to Toto town. With the death of Hon. Onwana, the project seems to have gone into coma.”

“The other electricity link from Abaji in the FCT has been disconnected for over a decade now and efforts to reconnect failed. The only hope has been that Engineer Sule will complete the Nasarawa – Toto – Umaisha electricity project started by late House of Representatives member, Musa Onwana.” The group laments.

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While they commended the Governor for the swift action against bandits and kidnappers that were terrorising Toto local government area, the group also thanked the Governor for the few political appointments given to some people from the area.

They called on state government to consider Toto for a tertiary institution as the area is part of Nasarawa state, alleging that the area might have been schemed out by some inner members of ruling party, who are all out to sabotage the cordial relationship that exist between government and the people of the area.

The group therefore appealed to Governor Sule to look into the 2021 budget and consider Toto local government area for a project, as done to other 12 LGAs.

Gov Sule of Nasarawa State.

“Please consider our distance from the state capital, nearness to Abuja FCT and border local government, which the state could use to portray its developmental strides to other states of the country.

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“Neglecting Toto will not serve any purpose, we have everything agriculture, solid minerals and human resources.” They said.

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Gov Bello Presents 2021 Budget Proposal To The State Assembly

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Governor Yahaya Bello has presented a budget proposal of N130.5 billion as against N122.9 billion of the Amended Budget for year 2020 as the 2021 budget to the Kogi State House of Assembly.

The presentation was made on Tuesday in Lokoja. The 2021 appropriation bill christened “Budget of Accelerated Recovery” represents an increase of N7,575,110,017 or 6.16% when compared with the 2020 final budget.

During the budget presentation, the Governor stated that the fiscal strategy of Government was anchored on the on-going Public Financial Management Reform (PFM).

He explained that the 2021 proposed budget was carefully crafted to urgently address the pressing issues of internal security, food security and economic empowerment in the state.

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He added that his administration seek to eliminate waste of government funds and resources which might have eluded them in time past while blocking any remaining leakages in its IGR portfolio.

Governor Bello stated his administration will aggressively pursue repayment of debt owned the state by the federal government, reduced cost of governance and provide more justification for the state’s development partners across the world to contribute to the state’s economy.

Governor Bello commended the House for approving the revised 2020 – 2022 medium Term Expenditure Frameworks, Fiscal strategy paper and the passage of the revised 2020 appropriation bill into law in record time to ameliorate distractions from the Covid-19 pandemic to the state’s fiscal positions.

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He said the 2021 budget will prioritize payment of workers’ salaries, completion of on-going projects and introduction of important infrastructures.

Governor Bello noted that the 2021 budget objectives includes quality and affordable education, improve quality access to healthcare, food security, exploring full commercial potential of the state, gainful employment for youths, improved road networks.

He urged the House to ensure speedy passage of the budget so as to facilitate prompt implementation by the executive arm

In his welcome remark, the Speaker Kogi State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mathew Kolawole lauded Governor Bello’s resolve to take a stand against lockdown at the peak of Covid-19 pandemic, noting that such decision helped stabilized the state’s economy.

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He noted that as co-managers of the economy they would continue to perform their duty and facilitate accountability and probity in the implementation of the budget.

He called on ministries, departments and agencies of government to promptly appear before the respective committees when called upon for defense.

 

 

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Nasarawa Assembly, Pension Bureau Collaborate To Enhance Pensioners Welfare.

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Hon Mohammed Okpoku, member representing  Udege/ Loko Constituency

Further continue synergy among legislative and executive, the Nasarawa State House of Assembly has assured the state Pension Bureau of its continued support with sole aimed of improving welfare of the state pensioners.

Hon Mohammed Okpoku, the Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation stated this on Wednesday when the management of the State Pension Bureau appeared before the committee to  defend its 2021 budget proposal.

Okpoku said that effective collaboration between the House and the pension bureau would not only improve on the standard of living of the pensioners but would also improve on the standard of living of their family members.

Alhaji Abdullahi Sani Oseze, DG Pension Bureau 

The deputy chairman said that the House would continue to accord topmost priority to the welfare of the pensioners considering the active services they have rendered to the state.

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” We have invited you on the need for you to defend what you have proposed for the 2021 fiscal year.

” I want to commend you for being up and doing in improving on  the standard of living of the pensioners.

” I want to assure you that the committee will continue to support your activities in order to ensure pensioners improved welfare,” he said.

Okpoku urged the management of the pension bureau to continue to be transparent in its activities for the overall development of the state.

Earlier, Alhaji Abdullahi Sani Oseze, the Director General of the Bureau while defending the 2021 budget proposal said that they will continue to give adequate attention to the welfare of the pensioners .

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” Our bureau is service oriented aimed at ensuring payment of gratuity and pension to the pensioners.

DG State Pension Board, Alhaji Abdullahi Sani Oseze

” I want to assure this House and the state that we will continue to do our best in ensuring that pensioners welfare are improved, ” he said.

The director general commended Gov. Abdullahi Sule for giving adequate attention to the welfare of the pensioners in the state.

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Service Chiefs Will Remain As Long As Buhari Is Satisfied With Them – Garba Shehu

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Garba Shehu, a presidential spokesman, says the nation’s service chiefs will remain in office as far as President Muhammadu Buhari is satisfied with their performance.

Shehu, who featured during an Arise TV programme on Monday night, said the calls for the sack of the service chiefs are “out of place”.

Parts of the country have seen a rise in attacks in recent months, communities in the north-west and north-central regions have been victims of bandits attacks while kidnappers are on rampage across some states.

Over the weekend, Boko Haram insurgents struck in Borno state, killing more than 40 farmers in a community about 20 kilometres from Maiduguri, the state capital.

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As the growing security challenges renewed calls for the sack of the service chiefs, Buhari said he has given them a marching order “to take the fight to the insurgents, not on a one-off, but on a continuous basis”.

During the TV programme monitored by TheCable, Shehu faulted claims the tenure of the service chiefs have expired, saying the law does not prescribe such term limit.

“I am not aware that the tenure of service chiefs is subject to any law or regulation that is clearly stated. They serve at the pleasure of the president,” he said.

“If the president is satisfied with their performance, he keeps them. And the buck stops on his table with all due respect to the feelings of Nigerians.

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“The clamour for the sack is out of place considering that the president is not subject to the opinion of the opposition political party which has clamoured for this all the time.”

Shehu said contrary to the view of the opposition that “they have a role” in the tenure of service chiefs, it is “entirely up to him (the president) to decide”.

“He decides who he keeps as a service chief and for how long,” he added.

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