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Presidency, NASS strike deal

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Facts emerged yesterday why the National Assembly opted to give accelerated consideration to President Muhammadu Buhari’s request for N180 billion virement to fund 2016 budget. The lawmakers are likely to approve the virement next week.

The National Assembly leadership met on Tuesday to consider Buhari’s $29.96 billion loan request considering the fact that the Presidency may have released N100 billion for the lawmakers to execute their constituency projects.

It was that spirit that informed the swift consideration of the virement request.

Subsequently, the request was referred to the Committee on Appropriations and other relevant committees for further legislative action.

The unanimous adoption of the motion for Request for Virement of Funds Appropriated in the Appropriation Act, brought to the floor by House Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, was the major fallout of Tuesday’s meeting of the principal officers of the Senate and the House.

Daily Sun also learnt that the swift adoption of the request at yesterday’s plenary chaired by Deputy Speaker Yussuf Lasun,  caught many lawmakers by surprise.

Lasun didn’t give room for a debate as he simply put the motion for a voice vote and it was passed by the lawmakers on the floor without a single dissent.

According to a senior legislative source, who was privy to Tuesday’s meeting, it was agreed that the leadership of both Houses should ensure the virement request scales through.

He also disclosed the leadership is most likely to push for a compromise on the President’s request for approval for a $29.96 billion loan.

“Principal officers from both the Senate and the House are aware of recent capital releases for constituency projects in deviation from the earlier stance of the executive that it will not fund intervention projects.

“So, the National Assembly by starting the process of approving the request for virement wants to reciprocate the goodwill showed it by the executive”, the source said.

President Buhari had in a letter dated October 24, 2016 sent to Speaker Yakubu Dogara, disclosed that the sum of N71,800,215,270 is for Public Service Wage Adjustment; N35 billion is for Amnesty Programme, while N19,792,018,400 is for mobilisation of corps members.

Others include N14,667,230,014 for foreign missions; N13,933,093,000 is for Operation Lafiya Dole; N12,708,367,476 is for Nigerian Air Force; N5,205,930,270 is for internal operations of the Armed Forces; N2 billion for margin of increase in cost while N1.5 billion is for Presidential Initiative on North-East.

Under the contingency subhead, N1.2 billion is for salary shortfall for Public Complaints Commission; N932,400,000 is for Cadet Feeding of Police Academy, Kano while N900 million is for augmentation of meal subsidy for Unity colleges.

Buhari had explained that the request was in respect of virement of funds appropriated for special intervention (Recurrent) and special intervention (Capital) to fund some critical recurrent and capital items and the request was necessitated by a number of reasons, including shortfalls in provisions of Personnel cost, the inadequate provision for the Amnesty Programme,  the need to sustain the war against insurgency and the depreciation of the Naira.

The request for virement was sent with the $29.9 billion, while the Senate rejected the letter, saying it lacked details, the House has maintained that it was still consulting on the matter.

Senate also yesterday, commenced the consideration of the virement request.

Buhari sent a letter to the Upper Chamber, saying money would be transferred from special intervention (recurrent) and capital in Federal Government’s intervention programmes (capital supplementation).

“This request has arisen due to a number of reasons including; shortfalls in provisions for personnel costs; inadequate provision for amnesty programme, continuing requirements to sustain the war against insurgency and depreciation of Naira,” he said in the letter.

Moving the motion yesterday, Senate Deputy Leader Bala Ibn Na’Allah, said: “The Senate do consider the request of Mr. President virement of funds appropriated for Special Intervention (Recurrent) and Special Intervention (Capital) for funding of critical recurrent and capital items.”

The virement request has been referred to two committees, Appropriation and Finance. They are both expected to report back to the Senate next Wednesday.

Buhari had requested the lawmakers to urgently consider the proposals in order to support the efforts to improve the well-being of the citizens.

“I assure you that these proposals have been diligently evaluated, and are truly exigent,” he said.

Meanwhile, the leadership of the House of Representatives is facing an uphill task convincing members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Caucus to support the passage  of the Medium Term Expenditure Framework, (MTEF), the virement and the $29.9 billion loan request.

Sources at the APC caucus’ closed-door meeting held at the National Assembly yesterday and chaired by Lasun said not only was attendance poor, the Deputy Speaker and Gbajabiamila had a tough time convincing those around to support the move by the leadership of the National Assembly to get a soft-landing for Buhari.

APC lawmakers expressed disappointment that the request for virement was passed at yesterday’s plenary with only a few members on the floor, while others who were at oversight visits only heard about the decision of the House through phone calls.

The lawmakers said they were still not happy with the state of the executive/Legislature relationship, saying the executive has not shown its readiness to work with the National Assembly as members are hardly consulted on key issues.

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12-year-old boy kills landlady as condition to be initiated into a cult

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A 12-year-old boy, who allegedly robbed and killed his landlady at Abraka, Ethiope East Local Government Area, Delta State, yesterday, was among those paraded for various offences by the state Police Command, yesterday.

 

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Zanna Mohammed, who briefed reporters on the arrest of over 60 kidnappers, robbers, murderers, cultists and ritualists in the last three weeks, said the teenager confessed that he committed the act because a cult group told him that one of the conditions for initiation was that he must have been involved in a criminal act.

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Super Falcons striker, Asisat Oshoala, comes to Falz defence with regards to statement about glorifying fraudsters

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Nigerian professional footballer, Asisat Oshoala, who plays as a forward in the Chinese Women’s Super league for Dalian Quanjian F.C., took to her Instagram to express deep concern about how people are now proud to be fraudsters.

 

 

In Falz’ defense, she insisted fraudsters shouldn’t be glorified.

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Zimbabwean Church leader in s*x scandal as photos naked photos and sex acts with 33 girls is exposed

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A Zimbabwean church leader, Nyasha Light Nyatsungo is enmeshed in a sex scandal and might also be facing legal action, after his ex-girlfriend flooded social media with his nude photo.
It was gathered that the Nyatsungo allegedly sent a nude picture of his Cape Town based ex–side chick, Shingi Mavenge, to his other girlfriend only identified as Beula who later broadcasted it on social media.
According to H-Metro, in an apparent fit of rage, Mavenge posted a WhatsApp chat she had with Nyatsungo’s wife identified as Nyasha Nhahumbi as well as a group chat with some of her former lover’s concubines.
According to Mavenge, she has gotten information that Nyatsungo has at least 33 girlfriends and has ditched his wife of eight years.
She adds that Nyatsungo bedded a girl who was their neighbour as well.
Mavenge said that the church leader’s wife revealed that they even consulted their local pastor in Mutare who failed in his attempts to mend Nyatsungo’s ways.
According to H-Metro, Nyatsungo, a married father of two, has denied ever circulating the picture, labelling Mavenge as a bitter woman whom he just flirted with on Facebook and nothing more.
“This Nyasha guy must be stopped in his tracks. He is going to pay for all the damage that he has done to me. He was the only one who had that leaked picture and I am shocked why he would forward it to some other girl,” fumed Mavhenge who is working on taking legal action.
 
“I started dating this guy in 2015 and never knew he was married. He lied.”  fumed Mavenge yesterday.
“That guy is full of lies and at some point, we opened a group chat with his wife and some of his girlfriends. He normally targets single mothers” added Mavenge.
H-Metro was furnished with six other cellphone numbers of his girlfriend that include Fadzai, Mutsa, Essy, Juliana, Barbra among others. Mutsa confirmed she once had a relationship with Nyatsungo have since terminated it since she discovered he was married.
Mavenge confirmed they met once in Johannesburg when she had to fly from Cape Town to meet her man sometime in April.
“That night he didn’t even have money. I had to pay the R800 for the accommodation as he had no money. He wanted to have sex with me but I flatly refused. He even wanted it without protection and I said No. he looked terrible with clothes in a plastic shopping bag. I want to write a letter to Pastor Rex who is the head of (the church) in Harare so that this guy be stopped with his tricks and lies,” added Mavenge.
When contacted over the phone in Mutare Nyatsungo confirmed he knew Mavenge but never had a relationship with her.
“I know her and we once flirted on Facebook. We never had a relationship as she is alleging. I don’t know why she is bitter. I haven’t seen the nude pictures she is talking about but I heard about it from Beula. We live in a democratic country. She can go ahead and sue me if she feels her rights have been infringed upon. All the allegations she is making are false and I don’t know her motive in trying to tarnish my image,” said Nyatsungo.
He said he was still with his wife whose phone rang without response yesterday afternoon. Despite his denials, H-metro was furnished with pictures of Nyatsungo and Mavenge, the time they met in April.

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