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Punch Newspaper Headlines (Thursday, 29 April, 2021 Edition)

The Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria

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Senate demands explanation on N7.5bn withdrawals from NSA, Ahmed

The Chairman, Senate Public Accounts Committee, on Wednesday gave the Ministry of Finance, Office of the Accountant General of the Federation and the Office of the National Security Adviser till Tuesday next week to explain an alleged ‘secret withdrawal of N7.5bn from the two per cent National Automotive Council Design and Development Council Levy Account.

The Committee had two weeks ago while scrutinising the 2015 Auditor General for the Federation’s report summoned the affected agencies to appear before it. The representatives of the affected agencies were not present at the scheduled meeting on Wednesday. The Director General of NADDC, Jelani Tukur, presented the details of the withdrawal before the committee on Wednesday. He said that the agency had already written to the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed and the Accountant General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris, on the issue.

The committee chaired by Senator Mathew Urhoghide said that all parties involved in the withdrawal of money must be in attendance next week Tuesday.

IPOB names Imo Govt House after slain ESN commander

The Indigenous People of Biafra has named the Imo State Government House at Douglas road, Owerri, after Ikonso, the Eastern Security Network commander killed by security agencies.

The Director of Media and Publicity of the secessionist group, Emma Powerful announced the development on Wednesday in a statement.

“We, the global family of the Indigenous People of Biafra and Biafrans worldwide, wish to announce to the world, our unanimous decision to rename the Imo State Government House, Douglas Road, Owerri, and Awomamma Junction after the late heroic Commander of the Eastern Security Network, Ikonso, murdered in cold blood by cowardly Nigeria security operatives. The affected places will henceforth be called Ikonso Government House, Ikonso Way and Ikonso Junction respectively. This is with immediate effect and compliance is required of all ministries and parastatals beginning from today, the 28th day of April 2021.

Buhari pushing Nigeria to disintegration -Abaribe

The Senate Minority leader, Enyinnaya Abaribe, on Wednesday, alleged that the president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), was steering the country to war and disintegration.

Abaribe, who represents Abia Central, attributed the spates of insecurity and killings in all parts of the country to “Buhari’s policy of nepotism bad sectionalism”.

The lawmaker, who spoke in his keynote address at 2021 law week of the Owerri Branch of the Nigeria Bar Association, said that the president’s “enthronement of sectionalism and nepotism has led to the country to be on freefall.” The opposition senator stated that the “ethnic triumphalism of President Buhari’s tribesmen, Fulani, has equally helped in fueling disintegration of the country.”

INEC fixes date for 2023 general elections

The Independent National Electoral Commission has fixed Saturday, February 18 for the 2023 general elections in the country.

INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu made this known on Wednesday during a one-day public hearing on the National Electoral Offences Commission (Establishment) Bill 2021, organised by the Senate Committee on INEC.

He said, “By the principle established by the Commission, the 2023 General Election will hold on Saturday 18th February 2023 which is exactly one year, nine months, two weeks and six days or 660 days from today.

Cash crunch: NNPC writes govs, bloated subsidy eats up revenue

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation has alerted the federal and state governments to its dwindling contribution to the federation account as a result of the bloated fuel subsidy.

It said it would only be able to remit N12.966bn to the Federation Accounts Allocation Committee in June after removing fuel subsidy from its income.

The corporation, which stated this in a document titled, ‘January to March actual and April to June projected remittance to federation account,” indicated that it would not make any remittance for the April and May FAAC after paying fuel subsidy from its revenue.

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