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RMAFC: North Central states back review of revenue allocation formula

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Idris Ahmed, Lokoja.

Kogi state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has lamented that the non review of the revenue allocation formula has increased the burden of states and local government councils in the country.

In his remark at opening ceremony of zonal public hearing on the review of current revenue allocation formula, organised by Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission, held in Government House, Lokoja, explained that this is the time to remove the extra, back breaking burden which states bear in catering for over bloated workforces particularly at third tier level which can not be retrenched without creating worse security, economic or political problem.

Governor Bello, who was represented by his Deputy, Edward Onoja, lamented that the federal government had entered into all sorts of agreement with organised labour, including minimum wage as well as enhanced professional careers, which invariably mean more money out of the already depleted allocation.

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While advocating for a total review of the vertical revenue allocation formula, the Governor urged the federal government to consider relinquishing portion of its share to states and local governments.

Stakeholders and participants from the six states of the North Central zone, unanimously appealed to the federal government to review the allocation formula in the interest of peace, justice and good governance.

In the various papers presented at the public hearing, the Kogi State government, represented by the Commissioner of Finance, Mukadam Asiwaju Idris, had suggested that the revenue allocation should be reviewed as follows Federal government 40 % State 39% and 26% for the local government.

Similarly Nasarawa State urged the federal government to take 40 percent share, State 35 percent and Local government 21 percent, while Benue State suggested that federal government should have 30%, while 40% and 25 go to states and local governments respectively

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The Kwara State Commissioner for Finance Mrs. Florence Olabisi Oyeyemi who participated through virtual arrangement suggested that 33 per cent should go to the Federal government while state and local should have 30 and 25 percent respectively.

The representative of Plateau state
posited that federal government should hold on to 40 percent and States and local governments will share 35 and 25 percent each.

The Chairman of Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission, Mr. Elias N. Nbam in his welcome address pointed out that the presence of critical stakeholders will further encourage the commission in its commitment to produce a new, fair, just and acceptable revenue allocation formula.

North Central Governors in Nigeria

North Central Governors in Nigeria

“Your contributions will certainly enrich the process and assist the Commission in coming up with a formula that will be acceptable to majority of Nigerians. As you may all be aware, the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) by virtue of Paragraph 32(b), Part 1 of the Third Schedule to the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (As Amended), is empowered “to review from time to time the Revenue Allocation Formulae and principles in operation to ensure conformity with changing realities, provided that any Revenue Formula which had been accepted by an Act of the National Assembly shall remain in force for a period of not less than five years from the date of commencement of the Act”’, he stress.

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“Blessing Okoro CEO Claims She Surged Into Marriage Thinking Will Be The Shortcut To End Her Sufferings”.

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Nigerian relationship counselor, Blessing Okoro also known as CEO has says that she got married at the age of 19 to a man who was 10 years older than her
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Nigerian relationship counselor, Blessing Okoro Nkiruka also known as CEO has says that she got married at the age of 19 to a man who was 10 years older than her. This may have been possible, citing where she came from, that is, coming from a poor background who struggled to make ends meet.

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Therefore, she may have been married off to reduce the family’s cost and gain financial support from the groom’s family as practiced in many African and especially Nigerian middle-class homes.

Nigerian relationship counselor, Blessing Okoro Nkiruka

Nigerian relationship counselor, Blessing Okoro Nkiruka

She disclosed that her love life started at the age of 14, and the marriage didn’t work out as they separated in less than two years.

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Marriage is one of the Unions that has being instrumental in making some people showcase their best and applaudable versions, and to some people, it has only brought back some challenging memories.

There are diverse reasons why some people venture into marriage, some later reap their positive and reasonable intents, while some regret rushing into marriage, and that is the sad story of a Relationship therapist, Blessing CEO as she shared on her Instagram account.

The Relationship expert in her words gotten from Instagram said, “I remember when my mum used to struggle while I was a young girl, and at some point, all that she had got burnt and vanished away and I vowed as a young girl that I won’t struggle like my mom, which made me rush into marriage because I thought it was the only short cut I had to end the sufferings I have gone through.”

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Biography:

Blessing CEO (born on 23 May 1989) as Blessing Okoro Nkiruka is a 32 years old Nigerian relationship counsellor, social media personality and influencer.

She is prominently known for advising young Nigerians on relationships, dating, sex, and divorce.

Nigerian relationship counselor, Blessing Okoro Nkiruka

Nigerian relationship counselor, Blessing Okoro Nkiruka

She achieves this through various platforms like YouTube, Facebook, and her blog Break or make-up relationship.

 

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FCT Teachers Strike: Senator Aduda Meets FCT NUT Executives.

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Senator Philip Aduda representing the FCT, in a group photograph with executives of the FCT NUT, led by its chairman, Comrade Stephen Knabayi, during a meeting with the senator over teachers in Abuja on Saturday
FCT Teachers Strike: Senator Aduda Meets FCT NUT Executives.
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By Sadiq Abubakar, Abuja.

Following ongoing strike by the primary school teachers if the Local Education Authority (LEA) over non payment of their promotion arrears and other entitlements, Senator Philip Aduda, on Saturday, met with the state executives of the Nigeria Union of Teachers (NUT) in Abuja.

Senator Philip Aduda representing FCT in a meeting with executives of the FCT NUT in Abuja on Saturday

Senator Philip Aduda representing FCT in a meeting with executives of the FCT NUT in Abuja on Saturday

Aduda, while addressing the NUT executives, described the warning strike as unfortunate, in which he assured the union that he will meet with the relevant stakeholders in order to find a common ground for the benefit of the parents and pupils.

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“And it was on this premise that I want to assure the union that I shall meet with the stakeholders across the area councils level in order to ensure that your demands are met so that our children can go back to school,”he said.

Responding, the chairman of the NUT in FCT, Comrade Stephen Knabayi, appreciated Senator Aduda for his intervention, saying the union will be eager to get positive response from the stakeholders so that primary school teachers can return to their classes.

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Our correspondent had reported that, the NUT FCT had embarked on a five days warning strike, which elapsed last Wednesday, but the union had asked the secondary school teachers to return to classes and directed the primary school teachers to continue with the strike until their promotion arrears are paid by the council chairmen.

Senator Philip Aduda representing the FCT, in a group photograph with executives of the FCT NUT, led by its chairman, Comrade Stephen Knabayi, during a meeting with the senator over teachers in Abuja on Saturday

Senator Philip Aduda representing the FCT, in a group photograph with executives of the FCT NUT, led by its chairman, Comrade Stephen Knabayi, during a meeting with the senator over teachers in Abuja on Saturday

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Alleged N19.3bn Bailout: Northern youths demand independent investigation, chide EFCC over media trial

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Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello and EFCC Chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa
Alleged N19.3bn Bailout: Northern youths demand independent investigation, chide EFCC over media trial
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The Northern Youths Movement (NYM) has demanded for an independent probe of the controversies over the N19. 33 billion Kogi salary bailout funds the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, claimed  it recovered to the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN.

Rising from its meeting in Abuja on Saturday, the NYM also chided the EFCC over what they called unending regime of media trial and unconstitutional actions.

It said it was imperative for a panel comprising representatives of the CBN, Sterling Bank, Federal Ministry of Finance, Accountant General of the Federation, Kogi State Government, EFCC, Police Special Fraud Unit, Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria and Civil Society Organizations to be set up to investigate the matter.

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EFCC had said that it returned the N19. 33 billion Kogi State Government kept N19.33 billion bailout fund meant to pay salaries in Sterling Bank meant to yield interest and that the money was recovered to the CBN.

However, the Kogi State Government, which insisted that it did not open or create the said account with Sterling Bank, demanded from the EFCC, an apology and retraction of  the commission’s statement.

In a release issued in Abuja on Saturday, which was signed by its Chairman, Mallam Ishaya Jato, the NYM also carpeted the EFCC for placing Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State under watchlist, saying that the commission’s action constitutes a clear affront on the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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The youths said it was time the EFCC begins to act within the ambit of the laws of Nigeria and  stop jumping to the media space, acting like a political tool.

The NYM wondered why no one has been put on trial if truly the EFCC claim on the alleged N19.33 billion fund was true.

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They asked if in saner climes, a whooping sum of N19.33 billion bailout fund meant to pay workers salaries will be discovered to have been kept in a commercial bank account meant to yield interest and no one will be prosecuted.

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The youths said questions as to where is the mandate letter from the Kogi State Government to open account number 0073572696 with Sterling Bank and who operated the account need to be answered.

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