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Obasa Lists 3 Major Areas Lagos 2023 Budget Must Address

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Obasa Lists 3 Major Areas Lagos 2023 Budget Must Address

– As Governor presents N1,692,671tn Appropriation Bill

– Speaker says Asiwaju has capacity to make Nigeria great again

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The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, on Thursday received the 2023 budget proposal of N1,692,671tn from Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu stressing that the Bill should address three areas for the benefit of the residents of the State.

The budget is with a capital to recurrent ratio of 55:45 percent.

 

 

Dr. Obasa, who noted some of the challenges currently facing Nigeria and its citizens, told Governor Sanwo-Olu: “The Year 2023 budget of Lagos should have more human face, be targeted at reducing poverty and improving the welfare of the residents of the State as part of the THEMES agenda that guides this administration.”

The Speaker said that though the Lagos Government had achieved a lot in its effort to improve the development of the State, it should constantly be conscious that the residents yearn for more dividends of democracy.

 

 

Obasa stressed the need for the Federal Government to approve the allocation of one percent special status for Lagos considering its population and the constant influx of people to the State.

Noting that this was the last budget to be presented by the current administration before the 2023 election, Obasa promised that the House would carry out its constitutional duty of scrutinising the proposal for the benefit of the residents of State.

 

 

“There is, therefore, no doubt that in the remaining months leading to the end of this administration, so much more needs to be done; so much is still needed from us as the good people of Lagos yearn for more dividends of democracy, especially at this critical time,” he said while promising that the House would continue to support the Executive arm of Government to achieve a better, safer society.

The Speaker also urged Nigerians to vote for the candidates of the All Progressives Congress both at the State and the national levels as he described the Presidential candidate of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, as one who has the capacity to make Nigeria great again.

 

 

 

Read Speaker Obasa’s full remarks below:

REMARKS BY RT HON. (DR) MUDASHIRU AJAYI OBASA, SPEAKER, LAGOS STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY, AT THE PRESENTATION OF THE Y2023 BUDGET, THEMED: BUDGET OF CONTINUITY, BY MR BABAJIDE OLUSOLA SANWO-OLU, GOVERNOR, LAGOS STATE, AT THE ASSEMBLY’S HALLOWED CHAMBER ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27, 2022.

Ladies and gentlemen,

1. It is with great joy that I heartily welcome you, on behalf of my colleagues and dedicated staff, to the hallowed chamber of the Lagos State House of Assembly, a legislative arm of government that prides itself as ‘above the common standard of excellence’.

2. Today’s formal presentation of the Year 2023 budget by Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the very hardworking Governor of Lagos State, signposts another positive chapter in the beautiful history of our State, her progress and development. For this and every other privilege we have had, it will only be wise to give all praise and adoration to the Almighty Allah, the giver and taker of life, the One who reverses the irreversible.

 

 

 

 

 

3. Around this time last year, Mr. Governor was here to present the Year 2022 budget themed: BUDGET OF CONSOLIDATION with detailed plans for the current year which is about to end. As we gather here, we have all witnessed the outstanding performance of the budget as regards infrastructural renewal and wealth creation. We can testify that Lagos is truly working.

4. Today, we have come together again to fulfill the requirement stipulated in Section 121 (1) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) which intendment is to deepen democracy, strengthen democratic institutions and create a society that is not only habitable, but which provides a pride of place for its residents.

 

 

 

 

 

5. Dear Lagosians, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, our Governor, has given us details of how the Government of Lagos intends to utilize the State’s wealth to further boost the development of the State. It is noteworthy that the Year 2023 ‘BUDGET OF CONTINUITY with a size of N1,692.671bn is the last to be presented by this administration as we move towards electioneering and the ushering into existence of a new dispensation next year by the special grace of God.

6. There is, therefore, no doubt that in the remaining months leading to the end of this administration, so much more needs to be done; so much is still needed from us as the good people of Lagos yearn for more dividends of democracy, especially at this critical time.

 

 

 

7. Mr. Governor, permit me to applaud your astuteness, courage, forthrightness and determined spirit for service. The result of true governance geared towards the smart city dream for Lagos reflects in many parts of State. Impressively, Lagos State has continued to thrive with the Government focusing on needed infrastructure including schools, bridges and hospitals. The Imota Rice Mill as well as the Lagos Film City projects are sure to stand our State out in the near future.

8. At our own end, we have passed a number of bills and resolutions that have greatly promoted economic and social development of the state. Our legislative activities have continued to standardise governance and legal procedures, protect peoples’ rights and encourage enterprise and investments in the state, since the last budget presentation by the Governor.

 

 

 

 

 

9. Ladies and gentlemen, Lagos, being the Centre of Excellence, is home to millions of Nigerian citizens. Each day, the State experiences an influx of people who come with the hope of having the opportunity to eke out a living. The State has sustained this attraction because it continues to enjoy good leadership. Lagos accounts for about 20% of the national Gross Domestic Product and about 10% of the nation’s population.

10. This is not, however, to gloss over the impact of such massive movement of people to Lagos State. The result is evident in the State’s infrastructures that are consistently overstretched, thus requiring constant attention. This is the reason why we continue to agitate for allocation of one percent special status for Lagos State.

 

 

 

 

 

11. Distinguished guests, exercises of this nature have raised our consciousness about economic situations and reactions to events and activities both nationally and globally. All the economic indices at home and abroad indicate that all is not well. These unfavourable variables are due to both human actions and natural occurrences.

12. The world still battles the aftermath of COVID-19 which ravaged the globe without the exception of Nigeria, particularly Lagos, our State. Its effect are still very glaring.

 

 

 

 

13. Furthermore, the life threatening effects of climate change have become apparent in the rate of flooding experienced across parts of the world leading to the destruction of farmlands and agricultural produce thus causing food shortages and hunger. Nigeria is also currently having its unpalatable share.

14. The effect of the unnecessary war between Russia and Ukraine that has resulted in astronomical surge in the price of energy across Europe and affecting standard of living and employment has also crept into the Nigerian economy. Over here, the impact is seen in the reduced direct remittances from diaspora and in direct foreign investments.

 

 

 

 

15. Beyond these global challenges, telltale signs of local issues including insecurity in many parts of the country and unemployment are noticeable in Nigeria’s rising inflation rate which has, in turn, caused skyrocketing prices of food and other commodities. The Consumer Price Index (CPI) report released recently by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) shows that inflation rose by 20.8% in September, this year. While this most recent figure is up from 20.52% recorded in August, the result is that it further digs into the pockets of the citizens. This affects their purchasing power.

16. While it is the constitutional responsibility of this House of Assembly to do the needful by meticulously working on the budget as presented by Mr. Governor, I want to assure Lagosians that members of this Honourable House will give a thought to the challenges so far highlighted as well as other considerations in the process of shapening the proposal to meet the aspirations of the people.

 

 

 

 

17. The Year 2023 budget of Lagos should have more human face, be targeted at reducing poverty and improving the welfare of the residents of the State as part of the THEMES agenda that guides this administration.

18. We will also, as usual, continue to give the needed support to you, our dear Governor, as we all match ahead to solidify the achievements gained since 2019 when you took the reins of government.

 

 

 

 

 

 

19. As I begin to round off my remarks, I want to urge you, dear Lagosians, to keep in mind the need to elect only candidates of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the House of Assembly, Governorship, House of Representatives, Senatorial and Presidential elections. No doubt, Lagos is a ‘Star State’ because it has enjoyed consistency in governance beginning from the administration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, our National Leader and by the grace of Almighty Allah, President of the country by 2023.

20. I also want to appeal to members of our great party in Lagos, Nigeria and in the diaspora to keep the tempo high by engaging Nigerians with Asiwaju Tinubu’s plan for a better country. Nigeria will be great again. And our collective hope should be on the APC presidential candidate, who understands what Nigeria needs at this time.

 

 

 

 

 

21. To all our party leaders, particularly the GAC members, we must continue in our determination and focus to keep Lagos strong and healthy enough for us. I am confident that we will continue to win in every situation and in the coming election.

22. We all know that our National Leader is an easy sell as his footprints of achievements remain indelible in Lagos. Today, our State enjoys an Internally Generated Revenue of N51 billion from the paltry N600 million it earned in 1999. This was the result of the various economic policies initiated by Asiwaju Tinubu while he was Governor. That aside, his education and health policies were the best of the period and are still being referenced till date.

 

 

 

23. Once again, I thank you all for coming and wish us a fruitful Year 2023.

Igbega Ipinle Eko, ajumose gbogbo wa ni.

Rt. Hon Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa
Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly

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Presidential Aide Schooled Atiku On His Call To Tinubu To Emulate Argentine Reforms

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Presidential Aide Schooled Atiku On His Call To Tinubu To Emulate Argentine Reforms

President Bola Tinubu’s Senior Special Adviser on Digital Media and New Media, O’tega Ogra has berated Alhaji Atiku Abubakar for calling out president Tinubu to Adopt the Argentine economic reforms.
It would be recalled that the 2023 presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has asked President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to adopt the reforms of his counterpart in Argentina, Javier Milei. According to the former Vice-President, Milei, like Tinubu, inherited a bad economy.
However, Ortega decided to school Atiku in an open letter he wrote to him via his official social media handle.
Respectfully, VP Atiku (1999 – 2007) sir, I come again.
I would like to start by first saying – respectfully, that Nigeria is not Argentina, and President Tinubu is not the President of Argentina.
To those who may be enchanted, just like our former VP, by the ‘Argentina Miracle’ he quoted, see below the January data of the situation Alh. Atiku praised and says he would have put on Nigerians – had he been 7th time lucky at his shot at the presidency which wasn’t successful.
I therefore advise a closer look at the data—lest we forget that even a broken clock is right twice a day:
– Argentine Inflation Rates: Jumped to 254% in January 2024 – the highest level since 1990.
  – Industrial and construction output in Argentina dropped by 12.8% and 12.2% year-on-year in December, respectively.
  – Economic activity in Argentina fell 2.5% year on year according to a Reuters survey.
  – Car registrations in Argentina declined by 33% year-on-year in January.
  – Retail sales in Argentina fell by 25.5% year-on-year in January.
  – Construction activity in Argentina  decreased by 28.2% in January.
  – Cement deliveries and motorcycle registrations also saw significant declines.
– Halting all public works, freezing public sector salaries and pensions, and eliminating many public subsidies, including for energy and public transportation.
– Tax Increases: Sharp rise in taxes, including import taxes.
– Real Salary Collapse: The real salary of registered private-sector workers in Argentina experienced the largest monthly drop in at least 30 years, with January’s real salaries potentially falling below the levels of the 2001 crisis
  – National taxes linked to economic activity across Argentina fell between 15% and 25% annually on a real basis.
  – Food sales in retail stores fell 37.1% year-on-year in January.
– Minimum Wage: The current Minimum Living and Mobile Wage (SMVM) is 156,000 pesos per month ($184), with no increase despite high inflation. At least Nigeria is reviewing its own.
– IMF Forecast for Argentina: Predicted a 2.8% recession in 2024.
This gloomy situation above is the situation former VP Atiku says in his statement that he would have put on Nigerians – had he won. Thank you, sir, for finally telling the Nigerian people what your true plans were. Now we know – stopping salaries, a recession, > 250% inflation, no investment in social security or infrastructure was your plan for Nigerians all along.
Koko Of The Matter:
I honestly appreciate former VP Atiku’s attempt to contribute to the economic discourse, albeit through a remarkably flawed lens. As for my principal – @officialABAT President Tinubu’s administration, we will continue to roll up our sleeves, not to play the fiddle as Rome burns, but to diligently work towards a prosperous, stable, and inclusive Nigeria.
Alhaji Atiku, your statement is perplexing. Your critique of President Tinubu’s administration, while glorifying Argentina’s dire situation, is akin to applauding the captain of the Titanic for its speed, ignoring the iceberg dead ahead I understand the allure of sensational headlines and the temptation to draw parallels where none exist, but let’s be clear: Nigeria is not Argentina, and President Tinubu is not President Milei.
Let me be clear: President Tinubu will continue to prioritize the well-being of Nigerian citizens over the theatrics of austerity masquerading as reform.
Thank you for indulging me once again, sir @atiku
#TheTiger @otegaogra

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Edo 2024: Our primary election a sham, says NNPP Ex Gubernatorial Aspirant, Okoeguale By Elvis Omoregie

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Edo 2024: Our primary election a sham, says NNPP Ex Gubernatorial Aspirant, Okoeguale By Elvis Omoregie

Edo 2024: Our primary election a sham, says NNPP Ex Gubernatorial Aspirant, Okoeguale

By Elvis Omoregie

 

 

 

Peter Okoeguale, a former aspirant of the New Nigerian People’s Party ( NNPP) has criticized the process that produced Past Azheme Azena as the party’s flagged bearer for the 2024 Edo State Governorship election.

 

 

 

Edo 2024: Our primary election a sham, says NNPP Ex Gubernatorial Aspirant, Okoeguale

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Okoeguale, at a press conference at the NUJ Press Centre, in Benin City, claimed that the delegates from Edo South Senatorial District were disenfranchised because they would have voted for him. He also alleged that Pastor Azheme Azena replaced the names of the original delegates with his church members and called for outright cancellation or he should be declared the winner.

 

 

 

 

“I was surprised because the Committee that were invited from Abuja to oversee the exercise gave me their words that they were going to ensure that the chairmen of the Local Government Councils were the one that will identify their members.

He said the exercise was going fine until when they said that it is going to amount to over voting, I was very surprised.

“I asked what is over voting when we are sure of our members from ward to ward and from local government to local government.

“They started from Edo North, but when they got to Edo Central. I was surprised that they were reducing my votes. I got them on camera, at a time the chairman of the Committee tried to stop the exercise, the light was going off and on because they were trying to do some manipulations”.

” I was already leading because the number of delegates was supposed to be 560, but at the end of the day only 360 delegates voted”.

“The names of other delegates were not on the list. I want to say that I am aggrieved now. It is either they declare me a winner or they should cancel the results from Edo South and have a rerun.” He said.

Recall that Pastor Azemhe Azena,of the Omega Fire Ministries emerged the New Nigeria People’s Party, NNPP, candidate for the Edo State September 21, 2024 governorship election on Friday

Azemhe polled a total of 211 votes to defeat Sebastian Iyere 25 votes, Balogun Engealeyeme Sunday 17 votes and Peter Okoeguale 100 votes in the primaries.

He, last month resigned from the Labour Party over alleged ill-treatment against him and his supporters by the Akoko-Edo Local Government chairman of the party during his campaign team’s visit to the locality.

Reacting through the telephone, Pastor Azemhe Azena, said he was not the person sent from the national to conduct the election in Benin City.

“The Committee they sent to come and conduct the election had a list sent to them from Abuja and it was like a judgement day, whosoever name was not found in the book of life was not allowed to vote , funny enough,he said I brought my church people to come and vote. If I have done that,I would have given him a gap. And a gap that he would not have recovered from. Why? Ikpoba Okha is where my church is.

“The names of my people were not part of the list from Abuja. I never had a list from Ikpoba Okha. I bought 500 delegate forms and none of their names came out. In Egor, none of my list came out from the list they brought from Abuja. In Oredo, only 3 people are my delegates from the list they brought from Abuja.

“Most of those from Edo South were not around,when they call their names, they will not be around. So that is what happened. When the names are called,you will not see their names in the register”. He said.

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Edo 2024: LP Chieftain Dr. Okundaye Kicks Against Parallel Primaries, Says Not Healthy For Democracy Congratulates Akpata On Victory

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Edo 2024: LP Chieftain Dr. Okundaye Kicks Against Parallel Primaries, Says Not Healthy For Democracy Congratulates Akpata On Victory By Elvis Omoregie

Edo 2024: LP Chieftain Dr. Okundaye Kicks Against Parallel Primaries, Says Not Healthy For Democracy Congratulates Akpata On Victory

By Elvis Omoregie

 

A Chieftain of the Labour Party in Edo State, Dr Kingsley Okundaye has described  the purported parallel primary of the lamidi Apapa faction as unnecessary saying the unity of the party at this point in time is more sacrosanct than attempting to destroy the party.

 

 

Edo 2024: LP Chieftain Dr. Okundaye Kicks Against Parallel Primaries, Says Not Healthy For Democracy Congratulates Akpata On Victory

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The Dr Okundaye who congratulated the former (NBA) National President, Olumide Akpata, as the party’s candidate said his coming will be changing the narrative of the party which the obedient movement had always wanted and will give the party an edge in winning the governorship  election slated for September 21, 2024.

In a chat with newsmen in Benin City, Dr Okundaye said that competence and capacity stands out the party’s candidate to win the election.

He said that the party has in the last few years concerned itself with deepening democracy by emphasizing competency and capacity over rotation and other considerations

According to him, “Akpata has come to realize that the election is about people and the people must drive the process and the process will go a long way to re-establish  LP’s commitment to democracy.

“Akpata has come to change the old order; Akpata will be a game changer in the election; he has built enough trust among the people by identifying with the dreams and aspirations of the people.”

Dr Okundaye disclosed that the ‘Obedient’ Movement would continue to be a force in ensuring that LP wins elections in the state

He said that the Labour Party Patriotic Members Congress (LPPMC) has commenced the process of exploring all avenues to address the internal wranglings in the party.

LPPMC is a congregation of stakeholders of LP, including elected party men and women in government at the state and national levels, members of the Obedient Support Group from across the 36 of the federation and Abuja who are committed to strengthening LP’s stronghold and enlarging its support base.

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