Buhari writes NASS over approval of N895bn supplementary budget

Buhari writes NASS over approval of N895bn supplementary budget

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, June 22, urged the National Assembly to approve a supplementary budget of N895bn.

This appeal was transmitted via a letter read by the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan at the plenary.

It could be recalled that the amount had earlier been approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

A large chunk of the money was meant to fund the procurement of military hardware to prosecute the war against insurgency and banditry.

The Federal Government is also expected to spend the remaining amount on health-related issues.

Earlier, President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed Mr George Ekpungu as the secretary of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

This pronouncement by Buhari was contained in a statement issued on Monday, June 21, by Dr Umar Gwandu, the spokesman for the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.

He noted that the appointment by the President was for a fresh tenure of five years.

According to Gwandu, President Buhari also appointed four other persons as Board Members of the anti-graft agency.

They are Luqman Muhammad (South South), Anumba Adaeze (South East), Kola Adesina (North Central), and Yahya Muhammad (North East).

Gwandu stated that the appointment was in line with Section 2 (1) and Section 4 of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission Act, 2004.

He said the EFCC has been operating without board members since 2015; and President Buhari has already directed that the names of the appointees be forwarded to the Senate for confirmation.

Meanwhile, Sheikh Abubakar Gumi, a well-known Islamic preacher, has revealed that bandits are angered by his insistence; on bargaining with the Federal Government without their approval.

Gumi further disclosed that there are 100,000 armed bandits in the North-West alone.

No school could be safe unless the government dealt with the herdsmen, according to the cleric.

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He made this assertion on Monday, June 21, during an interview with The PUNCH on the kidnapped students of Tegina Islamic School in Niger State.


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