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Lagos Assembly Commences Probe Of Auditor-General’s Report For MDAs



Lagos Assembly Commences Probe Of Auditor-General’s Report For MDAs


















– says Obasa, lawmakers poised to fulfil promises to electorate













Sahara Weekly Reports That The Lagos State House of Assembly has commenced deliberation, probe and consideration of the 2022 Auditor General’s Report for Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in the state.






















Lagos Assembly Commences Probe Of Auditor-General's Report For MDAs




















Hon. Kehinde Olaide Joseph, Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (State), said the exercise was to ensure that the committee’s statutory oversight is used as an antidote to financial recklessness by MDAs in the State.










































Speaking on Monday at the Assembly complex where the exercise is holding, Hon. Joseph added that the consideration of the report is in consonance with the need for improved efficiency and best practices in the pursuit of the statutory objectives of the Public Accounts Committee (State).










































“The Assembly is poised to commence deliberations and considerations of the audited report of the State Auditor-General on the Accounts of the Lagos State Government for the year ended 2022, having been committed to the Committee for proper deliberations.










































“This exercise will cover the period from 1st January to 31st December 2022 as well as the economic activities of all the Ministries, Departments, and Agencies of government in all sectors of the State Government. The committee will be inviting all heads of indicted MDAs for clarifications regarding the queries raised in the Auditor-General’s Report to enhance service delivery.










































“The exercise will also ascertain the completion, accuracy, and reliability of the financial transactions within the sectors and confirm the level of compliance with financial regulations, relevant legislations, and accounting standards as well as reflect on each sector’s financial performance and position.










































“In addition, the committee would confirm the revenue and budget performances of all MDAs, capital expenditure, reconciliation of the financial records with the Oracle system of the MDAs, and ascertain the project management and control systems of MDAs in Lagos State,” he said.










































Hon. Joseph, while noting the herculean task before the committee, said the exercise must be carried out for the State to move forward and to attain probity.










































“I urge you to bear in mind that public expectation is high on this administration as we have been acknowledged as the reference point in probity and accountability in governance by other States in the Federation,” Hon. Joseph added.










































The committee chairman said the House of Assembly under the leadership of the Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa cannot afford to disappoint the electorate, especially as the present administration is positioned to build and improve on previous foundations laid for the development of the State.










































“It is not a witch-hunt on any MDA but to ensure that the committee’s statutory oversight is used as an antidote to financial recklessness by in the State. Let me assure you that reports of findings and recommendations would be compiled and forwarded to the House for deliberations after the exercise.










































“It is my hope that the resolution on the outcome of this exercise will facilitate effective management of resources in the State,” he added.










































Eromosele Ebhomele

Media Assistant to the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly.

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NASRE Applauds, Charges Tinubu On Economic Revival Amid 72nd Birthday









Sahara Weekly Reports That The Supreme Court judgement on local governments’ financial autonomy delivered today was a welcome development and a victory for democracy and the grassrooters. The Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, CDHR, commends the judgement that was delivered on Thursday 11th July by a seven-member panel of justices led by Justice Emmanuel Agim in a suit filed by the federal government against the 36 state governors.











According to the judgment, all federal funds for local government councils should be paid directly into their respective bank accounts’ and henceforth, no more payments of local government area allocations will be made to state government accounts.


The judgement also prohibits the governors from receiving, tampering with, or withholding funds meant for local governments while restraining the state governors from dissolving democratically elected officials for local governments and deemed such actions a breach of the 1999 Constitution.


In its reaction, CDHR described the decision of the Supreme Court as affirming the spirit, intent, and purpose of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the statutory rights of local governments and the Nigerian people at the grassroots. The judgement will rectify the challenges to the nation’s advancement over ineffective local government administration and economic development of the grassroots people. It will also break the bondage of the state dominion over the local government authorities, leading to eradication of poverty and improving the living standards of the citizens at that level.


In another development, CDHR commends president Bola Ahmed Tinubu for taking the bull by the horn towing the path of rule of law and constitutional provisions to deliver the third arm of the government from the age long bondage.


The organisation also gives kudos to Mr. President for keeping to one of the Renewed Hope manifestos of restructuring. According to CDHR, financial autonomy of the third tier of government is a starting point for restructuring. One of the aspirations and yawnings of various agitators of restructuring is financial independence of the third tier of government.


The judgement will also empower Nigerian people, especially the poor, to hold their local leaders to account for their actions and inactions as well as accountable to the electorates at grassroots levels. Transparency of whatever accrues to the local governments will be known, and no excuses will be entertained for not using it.


CDHR, however, demands immediate resolution of the new national minimum wage with the organised labour, advised the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to tow the same path of rule of law to mandate all the state governors to implement the agreement without compromise. The organisation also charges the FG to embark on more restructuring policies that will ease the suffering of Nigerian people.



Comrade Debo Adeniran,

National President CDHR Nigeria.


Comrade Idris Afees Olayinka,

National Publicity Secretary CDHR Nigeria.

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Hollywood actor George Clooney, others withdraw support for Biden



Hollywood actor George Clooney, others withdraw support for Biden


What if Hollywood, a key Democratic financial pillar, cut off Joe Biden’s campaign funding? That possibility now looms large after actor George Clooney and other wealthy donors urged the US president to withdraw from the White House race.

“I love Joe Biden. But we need a new nominee,” Clooney wrote in a column in the New York Times on Wednesday, after Biden’s disastrous performance in a televised presidential debate against Republican rival, Donald Trump rekindled fears around the 81-year-old’s fitness for office.

The statement dealt a serious blow to Biden, coming just three weeks after Clooney headlined a major fundraiser in Los Angeles for his reelection campaign.

At the gala, the president was able to raise more than $30 million in one evening, a record amount that showcased the industry’s might in financing the American left.



“If all these big donors pull out, he’s sunk,” said Steve Ross, professor of history at the University of Southern California who wrote a book on the influence of Hollywood on American politics. “Hollywood is still the one shop stop for candidates.”

Clooney is not the only one worried. In recent days, Netflix co-founder Reed Hastings, Walt Disney’s granddaughter Abigail and Hollywood mega agent, Ari Emanuel, whose brother, Rahm served as Barack Obama’s chief of staff — said they would not be financing Biden citing concerns over his age



Even though the millions generated by the American entertainment industry are essential to both parties, Hollywood’s hearts and wallets have predominantly leaned left for decades.

Both Bill and Hillary Clinton relied on Hollywood support in their respective White House bids. In 2007, Obama famously benefited from the “Oprah Winfrey effect,” receiving a boost to his profile after the star TV host organized a dinner to promote the man who was then still only a senator.

During the presidential race in 2020, the entertainment industry gave $104 million to Democrats compared to $13 million to Republicans, according to Open Secrets, a nonprofit that tracks campaign financing.

It wasn’t always that way.

In the 1980s, Republican president Ronald Reagan, himself a former actor, enjoyed the support of stars like Frank Sinatra and relied heavily on Hollywood’s coffers.

“Hollywood started as a conservative base for the Republican Party,” Ross told AFP.



“When Louis B. Mayer took over MGM Studios in the late 20s, he turned it into a fundraising publicity wing for the GOP, and he raised enormous amounts of money,” Ross said, referring to the Republican party.



The four Warner brothers, on the other hand, supported Democrat Franklin D. Roosevelt in the 1930s with their studio and their stars.

It was the election of John F. Kennedy in 1960 that marked Hollywood starting to shift to the left, as the era of blacklisting actors for suspected communist sympathies came to an end.

“It was a new era of free speech for movie stars who weren’t going to be blacklisted if they said anything deemed too radical,” the expert said.

Just hitting pause?

But even with its cultural and financial prowess, does Hollywood have the power to axe Biden from the race?

Clooney’s New York Times op-ed “is another pressure point, for sure,” said Steven Maviglio, a Democratic adviser who worked with former California governor Gray Davis.

But Maviglio believes the panic of certain donors to be “a temporary phenomenon.”



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General Buratai Applauds Supreme Court’s Ruling On LG Autonomy, Says its Transformational and A Radical Change 



General Buratai Applauds Supreme Court's Ruling On LG Autonomy, Says its Transformational and A Radical Change 

General Buratai Applauds Supreme Court’s Ruling On LG Autonomy, Says its Transformational and A Radical Change 

….Commends the Federal Government’s bold initiative.

-The Tinubu Renewed Hope Agenda is truly manifesting positively for the good of democracy and for the common man

The former Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai (retd.) has hailed the judgement delivered by the Supreme Court granting financial autonomy to  local governments.
General Buratai Applauds Supreme Court's Ruling On LG Autonomy, Says its Transformational and A Radical Change 
In his official statement, Buratai, who also served as Nigerian Ambassador to the Republic of Benin, appraised the verdict labelling it transformational and a radical change that will redirect the  fortunes of the local governments in the country. He also commended the federal government for the bold initiative at the  Supreme Court and applauded the judges too for upholding justice during delivery.
He said, “this is transformational and radical change that will redirect the fortunes of the local governments in the country. I commend the federal government under President Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR for instituting the case in the SC and also commend the SC for this landmark judgement”. Buratai further said that “the Tinubu Renewed Hope Agenda is truly manifesting positively for the good of democracy and for the common man.
Furthermore, he highlighted some of the  cardinal points of the judgement of the Supreme Court Judges which are allocations are to be paid directly to Local Government Councils immediately,  appointment of Caretaker committees is illegal and unconstitutional, and that no governor has any powers to appoint any CTC amongst others.
According to him, “the Supreme Court’s ruling is a significant victory for local government autonomy. It has set a precedent for future cases involving local government autonomy and financial independence. Also, the ruling will have far-reaching implications for the country’s political landscape, as local governments gain greater control over their finances and Local Government Councils will now be able to deliver services more effectively to their communities, without interference from state governors. Aside from that, it will have a positive impact on grassroots development, including grassroots security.
It would be recalled that the Supreme Court declared on Thursday that it is unconstitutional for state governors to hold funds allocated for local government administrations.
The seven-man panel, in the judgement delivered by Justice Emmanuel Agim, declared that the 774 local government councils in the country should manage their funds themselves.
The apex court held that the power of the government is portioned into three arms of government, the federal, the state and the local government.
The court further declared that a state government has no power to elect a caretaker committee and a local government council is only recognisable with a democratically elected government.

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