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Fashola cries foul following illegal Ministry’s Budget Alteration by NASS
Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, has raised alarm over the insertion of projects outside the purview of his ministry in the 2017 Appropriation Act by the National Assembly.

Fashola, a senior advocate, said it was unfair to the Executive arm for the inclusion of such projects after public hearings on the budget and defence of the fiscal estimates by the ministries.

“What I have in my budget now is primary healthcare centres, boreholes,” he said at an interactive session with editors on Thursday.

“That was the meeting we had with the Acting President and that was the reason why the budget was not signed on time. We were ask to complete those abandoned projects; the budget of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway was reduced by the National Assembly from N31 billion to N10 billion. We are owing the contractors about N15 billion and they have written to us that they are going to shut down. Also, the budget of the 2nd Niger bridge was reduced from N15 billion to N10 billion and about N3 billion or so was removed from the Okene-Lokoja-Abuja road budget,” he said.

“Everybody is complaining about power supply but they also cut the budget for Manbila power project and the Bodo bridge that connects the Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Station was also cut and all these were also discussed. If after we have defended the budget and we had gone and the legislature unilaterally changed the budget, what is the purpose of deliberation?” he said.

According to Fashola, it is unfair to Nigerians after public hearings were conducted with tax payers’ money and consultations with the lawmakers only for the budget to be altered, cut or padded.

The minister said that apart from the 200 uncompleted roads he inherited from the previous administration, the lawmakers added 100 roads.

“These roads are not federal roads and some of them do not have designs, how do we award roads that were not designed irrespective of the power you have? It is unconstitutional for the National Assembly (NASS) to legislate on state roads.

A budget is an estimation plan that set in motion what is to be spent, how much will be borrowed and how much will be collected.

The executive controls all the machinery for collecting taxes and other revenue with relevant data from the Ministries of Finance, Physical Planning and the Budget Office and others.

I am not saying that the legislature cannot contribute to the budget, but I hold the view that it cannot increase the budget because they do not collect the revenue with which to run or implement the budget,’’ the minister said.

Fashola, who held sway as Lagos State Governor between 2007 and 2015, however, said the National Assembly “might mean well and not do the right (thing)”.

He canvassed interdependence and collaboration among the three arms of government rather than independence to ensure a harmonious relationship.

The minister said that without it, the country would not make progress and would be bogged down by the politics of total separation of power and what he called “power of example rather than example of power.’’

“The society benefits more from the power of example and interdependence rather than the example (show) of power; it requires that we show good examples.’’

On the concept of interdependence, Fashola said the President and the Vice-President could not swear themselves into office but by the judicial arm, while the president also proclaims the National Assembly without which it could not start business.

In the same vein, he said the National Assembly confirms ministerial nominees and justices of the courts who are in turn sworn-in by the executive.

He urged the intervention of the judicial arm of government to set the necessary parameters and set things right.

Fashola, however, blamed the electorate for putting pressure on the lawmakers and expecting them to do what was outside their constitutional duties of law-making, representation and oversight.

“There is need for mass orientation

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Liberia's Ruling Party Expels President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Liberia’s Ruling Party Expels President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

The Liberia’s ruling Unity Party has ousted the country’s outgoing president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, from the party.

President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was voted out of Unity party late Saturday over her decision not to support Vice President Joseph Boakai, the party’s candidate in last year’s presidential poll.

Joseph Boakai, who has been President Johnson Sirleaf’s vice for 12 years, lost the election to former football superstar, George Weah.

George Weah visits Prophet TB Joshua

The one time world best footballer of the year won the presidential runoff by 61.5 percent of the votes casted in 14 of Liberia’s 15 counties.

Prior to the presidential runoff, Weah visited Prophet TB Joshua in Lagos, Nigeria to seek the face of God and prayers.

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This is Why Buhari Could be impeached

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This is Why Buhari Could be Impeached

Adesina Ogunlana, the President of Nigeria Bar Association, Ikeja branch has condemned President Muhammadu Buhari’s silence and inaction on herdsmen killings around the country.

According to Adesina Ogunlana, Buhari’s attitude is enough ground for him to be impeached.

While talking to the press, Adesina said the President is indirectly approving the killing by Fulani herdsmen. In his words:

“We have seen the federal government display its might and concern for security in certain parts of the country, the question and puzzle now is why the government is quiet in the face of the Fulani herdsmen which has led to the massacre of thousands of people and displacement of thousands of people from their normal abode.”

“The baffling silence, indifference and very low key response to the menace of the Fulani herdsmen who have been rated as the fourth deadliest terrorist organization in the world. This has raised grave allegation of partiality against the Federal Government in its clear relation to the menace of the Fulani herdsmen who have become notorious for mass slaughter of Nigeria people.

“We are joining hands and crying against the governor that it has not done enough. The chief reason, responsibility and duty of government is to ensure the security of life in its area. I dare say that the failure of the government to rise to the issue is enough ground for the impeachment of the President.

“Government where it fails to do its duty especially where it appears that indolence and ineptitude is deliberate and contrived, people would come to their own rescue and there would be no sympathy for that kind of a government.”

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Forbes: Aliko Dangote Remains Africa’s Richest Man

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Forbes: Aliko Dangote Remains Africa’s Richest Man

Billionaire business man Aliko Dangote, has again been named Africa’s richest man with a net worth of $12.2billion.

This is the for the seventh year in a row Dangote is topping the list of Africa’s richest man. He got an increase of $100m from a year earlier.

Only recently he was selected as the only African named in Bloomberg’s world 50 best persons in the year 2017.

Diamond mining heir, Nicky Oppenheimer of South Africa, is named number two on the list of Africa’s richest people with a net worth of $7.7bn. Making a whopping $700m from last year.

A notable change in the Forbes Billionaire List this year is the dropping of some notable Nigerians which includes Globacom Chairman, Mike Adenuga (5th richest man in Africa), with a net worth of $5.8bn, and Folorunsho Alakija (15th Richest in Africa), whose estimated $1.6bn fortune is in oil exploration.

However, two of the 23 listed African billionaires are women (unchanged from 2016) and they are; Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of Angola’s former President, Jose Santos, is worth an estimated $2.7bn, down from $3.2bn in 2016. Her net worth dropped in part due to a lower value for Banco BCI, as its book value plunged in 2016 amid a tough year for the oil-producing country.

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