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Breaking: Ogun Former Senator Dies of Covid-19 Complications

A former Senator from Ogun East Senatorial District, Buruji Kashamu has died of COVID-19 complications.

The news of his death was confirmed by Sen. Ben Murray Bruce via a twitter post earlier today.

Kashamu was said to died at first Cardiology Consultants, in Lagos. He was 62 years old.

The former Senator was a member of Peoples Democratic Party and served in the 8th National Assembly.

He was the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 Ogun State gubernatorial election and lost against Dapo Abiodun of the All Progressives Congress in distance 4th.

Senate wants 2021 BUDGET by September

Sen. Ahmad Lawal, President of Nigeria’s Senate, has asked the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) to keep to the submission deadline of end of September this year for the 2021 national budget.

He made this statement while making reference to the 2021-2023 Median Term Expenditure Framework(MTEF) and Fiscal Strategy Paper(FSP), which were submitted to the federal Parliament by Buhari on Tuesday to the relevant committees of the Senate for necessary legislative action.

His prescription of the deadline was premised on the need to allow the National Assembly enough time to complete necessary works and transit the estimates to the president before the end of December.

He also asked the various committee members to engage all the revenue-generating committees very well to ensure that a thorough job is done.

National Assembly asks service chiefs to resign

The  Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has on Tuesday asked heads of the country’s armed forces to step down following the killings of soldiers fighting insurgency and banditry in  parts of northern Nigeria.

The Presidency has, however, disagreed with that position insisting that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), has all the prerogative to appoint and sack the service chiefs and not the Senate.

During the debate on the motion moved by the Chairman of Senate Committee on Army, Senator Ali Ndume,   the Senate said service chiefs should vacate for  “new ideas” to handle the nation’s security challenges.

Ndume said his motion tagged, ‘Matter of urgent national importance,’ was on the rising number of casualties among the Nigerian armed forces and other security agencies.

The call by the senators came barely a month after the President of the  Senate, Dr Ahmed Lawan, met with the President over the rising insecurity in the country.

In pressing its points, the Senate pointed to the recent news about the  236 soldiers who voluntarily resigned and the several cases of killings and bandits attacks across states in the North.

774, 000 Jobs : Buhari Goes Against National Assembly Directive, Ask Keyamo To Start Recruitment Exercise

President Muhammadu Buhari has given the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo ( SAN ) , the approval to supervise the recruitment of 774 , 000 youths under the Special Public Works Programme which go against the National Assembly’s directive, which says the exercise should be suspended.

The ministry of Labour confirmed this to via its Twitter account on Tuesday that it had received the instructions from Mr President , to proceed with the supervision of the preparation for the execution of the programme in accordance with the law and that the recruitment of the 774, 000 youths had started.

It was also learnt that Keyamo directed the NDE DG to halt further actions on the recruitment of the workers , which he insisted would be undertaken by the ministry .

Findings indicate that the SPWG portal , https :/ /specialpublicworks . gov . ng/ site / has started functioning . It contains the list of state selection committee members inaugurated by the minister a few weeks ago and other tips on the exercise.

Recall that Buhari had, a few months ago , approved the employment of 774, 000 workers as part of efforts to cushion the economic hardship caused by the COVID- 19 pandemic.

Under the programme , 1 , 000 Nigerians , who will earn N 20 , 000 each on a monthly basis for three months, will be recruited in each of the 774 local government areas of the country.

The programme was , however , hit by a crisis on July 1 when the National Assembly said it had suspended it because of a disagreement it had with Keyamo.

The legislators have denied receiving any information regarding the confirmation by Mr. President but will see to the issue during its sitting on Wednesday (today).

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