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Senators knock Presidency over non-release of N500bn intervention funds


Barely one month to the end of the year, the Presidency, yesterday, shocked lawmakers when it revealed that less than N1 billion, out of the N500 billion Social Welfare Scheme in the 2016 budget, has been released.
Special Adviser to the President for Social Protection Plan, Mrs Mariam Uwais, said this at a meeting of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) with the National Assembly Joint Committee on Appropriations, with respect to a N181 billion virement request by President Muhammadu Buhari.
She said since the 2016 budget became law, only N25 billion has been released for the scheme. Mrs. Uwais, however, expressed optimism that another N40 billion would be released to it before the end of the year but pointed out that it would be impossible for the scheme to utilise the funds within the remaining short period to the end of the year. She stressed need to vire the remaining fund to MDAs which had shortfalls in the budget.
“Out of the N500 billion appropriated for the social intervention programme, we have not spent up to N1 billion. We have been preparing, we have the framework in place but, unfortunately, we did not get the release early enough.”
At the meeting, some agencies presented figures which conflicted sharply with the figures presented by the president to the two chambers of the National for virement of N180 billion from the N6.06 trillion 2016  budget.  The joint committee expressed shock that the scheme, which is a key campaign promise of the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration could be treated with levity to the extent that only less than one billion had been spent out of the N500 billion appropriated for it. Committee members, led by chairmen of the Senate and House of Representatives’ Committees on Appropriations, Dajuma Goje and Mustapha Bala Dawaki, respectively, expressed reservations about the readiness of the executive arm to implement the scheme.
Said Goje: “I don’t know if you are aware that your agency is borne out of our campaign promises. And, you are here to say that you don’t need the money? You don’t need the balance of the money, you want it appropriated to other agencies? After we have promised people that we are going to provide them money and the money will be sent to them? It’s quite sad.”
However, discrepancies were observed in the figures presented for the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).
The development attracted the attention of lawmakers when  the Director of Finance and Accounts in NYSC, Mr. AIB Adeleke, informed the committee that the Corps only needed N8.5 billion as opposed to the N19.792 billion proposed by president Buhari.
Goje insisted that Adeleke should be sure of his facts and figures to avoid throwing the system into confusion but the NYSC finance director stood his ground that his figures were correct.
But, Director-General of the Budget Office, Ben Akabueze, swiftly intervened and informed the committee that Adeleke got the figures mixed up. Akabueze said there was another N11.2 billion which the NYSC had requested, earlier in the year, which Buhari wanted to deploy to take care of all NYSC needs at once by asking for N19.792 billion.
When called upon later to declare his final position, the seeming confused Adeleke rose and said “I agree with the submission of the DG Budget.”
Other agencies which presented conflicting figures with the President’s  fugures include Public Complaints Commision, which asked the committee to approve the sum of N2.5 billion against Buhari’s N1.2 billion.
Also, the Niger Delta Amnesty Programme for which the President voted N35 billion asked the National Assembly committee to approve N35.2 billion.

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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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