* Senate will debate 2019 budget on Wednesday —Saraki * Gov polls: Buhari returns to Abuja

* Senate will debate 2019 budget on Wednesday —Saraki                      * Gov polls: Buhari returns to Abuja




Senate will debate 2019 budget on Wednesday —Saraki

Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on Tuesday, said that the Senate would begin the debate on the 2019 Appropriation Bill on Wednesday. He made the announcement on the floor of the Red Chamber. According to the verified Twitter handle of the Senate, “Senate President, @bukolasaraki announces that the #2019Budget debate will commence on Wednesday, March 13th, 2019.” This is the first Senate sitting after the last governorship and state Houses of Assembly elections.

Gov polls: Buhari returns to Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday returned to Abuja after participating in Saturday’s Governorship and State House of Assembly elections in his hometown, Daura, Katsina State. The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the presidential aircraft that conveyed Buhari, his wife Aisha, and some of his aides, landed at the presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikwe International Airport, Abuja, at about 12.30p.m. The President was received at the airport by his Chief of Staff, Malam Abba Kyari, the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Malam Muhammed Bello, presidential aides, and other government officials.

Onnoghen absent from CCT over toothache, high blood pressure

The suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, was absent from the Tuesday’s proceedings of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, where he has been charged with six counts of non-declaration of assets. Explaining his absence to the three-man Bench of the CCT, his lawyer, Chief Adegboyega Awomolo (SAN), said the suspended CJN developed a toothache which needed to be treated urgently. To justify the defendant’s absence, Awomolo produced a medical report obtained by Onnoghen from the hospital where he was said to be receiving treatment.

Court restrains EFCC, DSS from arresting Fani-Kayode, Odumakin without due process

The Federal High Court Abuja, on Tuesday, ordered the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) not to arrest Femi Fani-Kayode and Yinka Odumakin without following appropriate due process of the law. Ruling on a fundamental rights suit filed by the duo, Justice John Tsoho, maintained that such arrest by the EFCC, Department of State Services (DSS) or the Police, must be subject to processes being in accordance with provisions of the law. Justice Tsoho also ordered that the EFCC’s public declaration to arrest Fani-Kayode and Odumakin on the basis of spreading false rumours was an infringement on their rights and a breach of their fundamental rights enshrined in Section 34(a) 35(1) (4) and (5) of the 1999 Constitution.

Ayogu Eze visits family of slain supporter, promises to take care of his children

The governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress in Enugu State, Senator Ayogu Eze, has promised to take care of the four children of his young supporter, who was killed on March 9 during the Governorship and House of Assembly elections. Eze said that his supporter was killed while protesting the intrusion into his home by some people claiming to be observers for Saturday’s election. The governorship candidate made the promise in Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area of Enugu State on Tuesday when he paid a condolence visit to the family of the deceased.

INEC declares Ishaku winner of Taraba Gubernatorial Election

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has declared Governor Darius Ishaku as winner of last Saturday’s gubernatorial election in Taraba state. Ishaku, who is the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), defeated the All Progressive Congress (APC) candidate, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Danladi, among others. Declaring the result in the early hours of Tuesday, the returning officer, Prof Shehu Adamu Iya of the Federal University of Technology, Yola, said Ishaku polled 520, 433 votes to defeat his closest rival, Abubakar Danladi who polled 362, 735 votes.

Kano Emir sues for calm over inconclusive results

The Emir of Kano Muhammad Sanusi II on Tuesday appealed to residents to remain calm over Saturday’s inconclusive governorship election. He told them to avoid rumours over the development as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) works toward rectifying grey areas. The Emir urged them to avoid unguided statements that may plunge the state into chaos. Muhammad Sanusi II made the call while addressing reporters at his palace to douse the tension. He said the inconclusive verdict on the election shouldn’t make residents embark on violence or destructive activities.

Declaring elections inconclusive will kill voters’ confidence in INEC —Don

A political scientist, Prof. Aloysius Okolie, has expressed concerns over the Independent National Electoral Commission’s declaration of governorship elections in some states as inconclusive. Okolie, who is of the Department of Political Science, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Nsukka on Tuesday that it was unfortunate that the electoral body has taken some steps backward rather than improve on the gains of the 2015 general elections. “I don’t think there was any inconclusive election in any state in the 2015 general elections, whereas in the just concluded governorship election, INEC has declared elections in six states inconclusive.

House mourns slain colleague, adjourns till Wednesday

As mark of respect for Hon. Temitope Olatoye aka Sugar, who represented Lagelu/Akinleye constituency of Oyo State who was shot dead last Saturday in his state during the governorship and state House of Assembly elections, the House of Representatives which reconvened Tuesday has adjourned till Wednesday. Announcing the adjournment, the Speaker, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, who bemoaned the lawmaker’s death, said: “It is unfortunate. We lost a member; we will take the prayers and we would adjourn as it is the custom.”

ECOWAS awards 790 scholarships – Buhari

No fewer than 790 scholarships are awarded to brilliant needy boys and girls by the 15 ECOWAS countries in the last one year, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has said. Buhari, who is current Chair of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of ECOWAS, said this at the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the UN headquarters, New York. Represented by Hajia Aisha Abubakar, Nigeria’s Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Buhari shared the interventions, accomplishments and challenges of the 15-Member States.

No plans to increase cost of road worthiness certificates – LASG

The Directorate of the Lagos Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS) has dismissed rumors of price increase for the issuance of Road Worthiness Certificate. In a statement on Tuesday, the Director of the VIS, Abdul-Hafeez Gbolahan Toriola, told motorists not to nurse any fears over rumoured increment. Such fears, he said, are unfounded and without any substance, reiterating the stance of the government to ensuring that Lagosians are able to process Road Worthiness Certificates (RWC) seamlessly. According to him, in spite of the cost of invested substantially in establishing 10 computerized centres across the state, the government is not considering increasing the price for the processing of Road Worthiness Certificate.

Nwakali receives call-up to Nigeria U-23 squad

Arsenal loanee Kelechi Nwakali is in contention to make his international debut for the Olympic Eagles in an U-23 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Libya at the Stade du 7 Mars, Ben Gardane on March 20. The Porto B starlet is among the foreign-based professionals invited to beef up the squad by manager Imama Amapakabo. Nwakali has vowed to join the Nigeria U-23s at their get-together in Abuja before they fly to Tunisia for the first leg match against the North Africans. But the attacking midfielder would be racing against the clock as Porto B have a league match against Cova Piedade this coming Sunday, three days before the second round tie.

Bale tough enough to deal with Real Madrid boo-boys, says Giggs

Ryan Giggs has backed star man Gareth Bale to shine for Wales despite his problems at Real Madrid, where he has been targeted by disgruntled fans. Bale has won four Champions League trophies in Spain but has been consistently relegated to the bench in recent weeks as Real’s season has unravelled. The 29-year-old’s limited integration into Spanish life has also drawn fire and Monday’s return of Zinedine Zidane as manager in place of the sacked Santiago Solari may also make the situation more difficult for Bale.

Alyssa Milano apologises for saying she’s trans, gay and a lesbian

Alyssa Milano has apologised after sparking outrage by tweeting that she was trans, a lesbian and a gay man. The former Charmed actress posted the message on International Women’s Day (March 8) while quote-tweeting a person called Kirk who asked her if she was trans. He posed the question after Milano said she was marking the day by celebrating her “transgender sisters.”

Milano wrote: “I’m trans. I’m a person of colour. I’m an immigrant. I’m a lesbian. I’m a gay man. I’m the disabled.

“I’m everything. And so are you, Kirk. Don’t be afraid of what you don’t know or understand. No one wants to hurt you. We are all just looking for our happily ever after.” The American star, who is a prominent figure in the #MeToo movement, apologised after people expressed anger about her post. On Saturday (March 9), she wrote: “I’m glad this tweet invoked conversation. I’m so sorry it offended some. I see you and hear you.

Renault, Nissan, Mitsubishi unveil new joint board post-Ghosn

Carmakers Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors unveiled the creation of a joint board Tuesday, seeking a “new start” for their alliance after the arrest of former boss Carlos Ghosn. The new board structure will be headed by Renault Chairman Jean-Dominique Senard and replaces two previous bodies based in the Netherlands — one joining Renault and Nissan, the other combining Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors. “We have decided to join our forces again, to enhance the strength of our collaboration,” Senard told reporters.

North Korea election sees 99.99% turnout: KCNA

Turnout in nuclear-armed North Korea’s single-candidate elections hit 99.99 percent this year, state media said Tuesday — up from a seemingly unimprovable 99.97 percent the last time they were held. With participation figures that Western democracies would never achieve, millions of North Koreans head to nationwide polls every five years to elect the rubber-stamp legislature known as the Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA). But with only one approved name on each voting slip in the isolated country, which is ruled with an iron grip by Kim Jong Un’s Workers’ Party, the result is never in doubt.


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Osigweh Lilian Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she obtained a B.A (Hons) in English, Masters in Public and International affairs (MPIA). Currently works with 1stnews as a Database Manager / Writer. [email protected]

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