Law­mak­ers’ aides give Buhari, Os­in­bajo 7 days to dis­close running cost

Sunday Trust - - NEWS - From An­drew Agbese, Kaduna By Is­mail Mu­dashir From Dick­son S. Adama, Jos

Agroup, the North­ern Eman­ci­pa­tion Net­work (NEN) has ad­vo­cated the prin­ci­ple of gen­er­a­tional shift in de­cid­ing who rep­re­sents KadunaCen­tral se­na­to­rial zone in the Se­nate from 2019.

Co­or­di­na­tor of the group, Malam Ab­du­lazeez Suleiman, in a state­ment said his group is call­ing on stake­hold­ers and all peo­ple in the zone to sup­port the as­pi­ra­tion of Al­haji Lawal Adamu, known as LA for the seat in or­der to al­low the youth con­trib­ute their quota to the de­vel­op­ment of the state.

Suleiman said LA, who re­cently in­di­cated in­ter­est in running for the chair­man­ship of Kaduna North Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment but opted out should heed the call of the peo­ple to run for a higher of­fice in the com­ing elec­tions in the state. ides of se­na­tors, Reps un­der the aegis of the Con­fer­ence of

Assem­bly Leg­isla­tive Aides (CONASSLA), have asked Pres­i­dent Muh­m­madu Buhari and the Vice Pres­i­dent, Pro­fes­sor Yemi Os­in­bajo, to make their running cost public.

The re­quest fol­lowed con­tro­versy trail­ing the state­ment by Se­na­tor Shehu Sani that se­na­tors re­ceive N13.5 mil­lion as monthly running cost.

CONASSLA, a fo­rum of cur­rent and for­mer aides to mem­bers of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and the Se­nate, ap­pealed to the Pres­i­dency, the Min­is­ter of Fi­nance, the Min­is­ter of Bud­get and Na­tional Plan­ning, and all other Min­is­ters to dis­close to the Nige­rian peo­ple how much the Pres­i­dent, Vice-Pres­i­dent, min­is­ters and heads of agen­cies and paras­tatals of the fed­eral gov­ern­ment re­ceive as running costs.

The state­ment was signed by Ab­dul­lahi Al­mustapha and Funmi Oyekan, CONASSLA’s chair­man and sec­re­tary, re­spec­tively.

“In the in­ter­est of full dis­clo­sure, and in-line with the trans­parency agenda of the Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari gov­ern­ment, we call on the ex­ec­u­tive branch to pub­lish the running costs of all the of­fices and in­di­vid­u­als within its purview within seven days.

“Fail­ure to do this will be an in­fringe­ment on the trust of the Nige­rian peo­ple who elected this gov­ern­ment into of­fice to curb ex­ces­sive spend­ing and of­fi­cial largesse by public of­fice hold­ers,” part of the state­ment read.

Com­mu­nal clashes: 150 Plateau youths trained as peace am­bas­sadors

Fol­low­ing the es­ca­la­tion of hos­til­i­ties in com­mu­ni­ties in Plateau State, 150 youths from the 17 lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas have been trained on how to man­age con­flicts and vi­o­lent ex­trem­ism across the state.

The train­ing was con­ducted dur­ing an in­ter­faith di­a­logue for youths from Bokkos, Mangu and Pankshin LGAs by the Cen­tre for Peace Ad­vance­ment of Nige­ria (CEPAN) and in part­ner­ship with the In­sti­tute of Gov­er­nance and So­cial De­vel­op­ment Re­search (IGSR).

Speak­ing at the event, the Se­nior Spe­cial As­sis­tant to Plateau State Gov­er­nor on Re­li­gious Mat­ters, Dr. Su­maye Hamza, said both Chris­tians and Mus­lims preach peace and so should be used as tools to re­solve crises.

Hamza urged the gov­ern­ment to check­mate the type of mes­sages preached by re­li­gious lead­ers to en­sure that they are free of hate speeches that are ca­pa­ble of set­ting the en­tire coun­try on fire.

“Most of the crises we are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing to­day in Nige­ria are purely po­lit­i­cal, but the minds of Nige­ri­ans have been shifted to­wards re­li­gion as the main cause of our prob­lems. The cri­sis has a po­lit­i­cal col­oration and peo­ple, es­pe­cially youths should be care­ful in man­ag­ing the sit­u­a­tion”, he said.

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