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