The Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, has urged the United Nations and the European Union to support the sanctions placed on Mali and Guinea coup leaders by the Economic Community of West African States.
Osinbajo who was representing the President, Major Gen Muhammadu Buria (retd.), said this at the ECOWAS Extraordinary Summit of the Authority of Heads of State and Government held on Sunday in Accra, Ghana.
He stated that the Authority had resolved to uphold the sanctions it had imposed on the coup leaders of Mali and Guinea on September 26, 2021, insisting that international organisations such as the UN and EU must support the sanctions for democracy to thrive in West Africa.
He said that coups are a thing of the past that should not be present in West Africa adding that ECOWAS Heads of State and Government will continue to prevail on the military juntas in Guinea and Mali to return their countries to democratic rule.
Niger State To Finance 2022 Budget With N100bn
Niger State government in North Central Nigeria is to fund the 2022 budget with N100.4 billion capital receipts to ensure the completion of ongoing capital projects, especially roads in the state.
The commissioner for finance, Alhaji Zakari Abubakar, who oversees the state planning commission stated this during a media briefing in Minna on the highlights of the 2022 budget aimed at consolidating development in the state.
He also explained that the capital receipts would be made up of external and internal borrowing as well as grants from various sources aimed at fast tracking infrastructural development in the state and ensure success of the 2022 budget.
He also said the budget would be funded through internally generated revenue of N17.190 billion , federation account (FAAC) N54.282billion, value added tax (VAT), N20.792 billion, dividends from North-South Power N500 million, refund from federal roads, N200 million and excess crude/other revenue N4.870 billion .
Ikoyi building: Lagos Assembly seeks compensation for bereaved families
Lagos House of Assembly has called on Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to compensate families of the victims of the collapsed 21-storey building in Ikoyi.
The lawmakers also urged the governor to direct relevant agencies to ensure that all requirements for buildings, as stipulated in the extant laws of the state, were strictly adhered to.
The assembly arrived at the resolution, sequel to a motion moved by the Chairman of, House Committee on Physical Planning and Urban Development Mr Nurein Akinsanya, during plenary on Monday in Lagos.
Akinsanya, expressed worries over the incessant collapse of buildings in the state.
Reacting to the motion, Oluyinka Ogundimu, representing Agege II constituency, said that the motion was all-encompassing, as the second part of it had given the committee the power to go into details, all in the interest of the public.
NCC Reassures Nigerians on Safety of 5G Spectrum
The Executive Vice Chairman of the National Communication Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta has assured Nigerians of the safety of their health, as Nigerians await the full operation of the new generation network, 5G.
This is just as the Commission proposed to generate N632.39 billion in 2022, from the sale of 5G spectrum to players in the telecom sector, among other revenue sources.
Danbatta who gave the assurance on Monday, when he appeared before the National Assembly joint committee on Communications to defend his commission’s 2022 budget proposal, said the commission’s response was sequel to the fear being expressed by Nigerians over the deployment of the new technology.
According to him, the revenue would be realised through the sales of 5G spectrum, fines among others.
He emphasized the economic importance of the 5G Spectrum network to the country and the nation’s social transformation.
Ighalo Grabs West Asia Player Of The Month Award
Super Eagles returnee Odion Ighalo has won the West Asia player of the month of October after his impressive performance for his Saudi Arabia club, Al-Shabab.
Al-Shabab confirmed the win on their Instagram page before the Nigerian international also reshared on his social media pages.
Ighalo has scored nine goals in 11 league games for Al-Shabab this season, with four coming in October.
Eagles coach Gernot Rohr recently announced that Ighalo was in his 40-man provisional list for next month’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers before the final list was released by the Nigeria Football Federation with the Al-Shabab star making the cut.