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Governors back Financial Autonomy

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Governors of the 36 states of the country have thrown their weight behind financial autonomy for state legislators and the state judiciary.

Governor of Sokoto state, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, who spoke to newsmen after he led the chairman of states legislators conference, Abubakar Suleiman, to meet with the chief of staff to the president, prof. Ibrahim Gambari at the presidential villa, Abuja, gave the assurance that modalities for the implementation of the financial autonomy would be concluded on Thursday next week.

Tambuwal was accompanied by governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State, who was one-time speaker of the state house of assembly, and his Zamfara state counterpart, bello Matawalle.

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Speaking on why the delegation was at the state house, Tambuwal, who was a former speaker of the house of representatives, said the meeting was at the instance of president Muhammadu Buhari.

Recall that the governors had come under criticism for allegedly frustrating efforts to grant financial autonomy to state legislators and state judiciary.

However, Tambuwal said that the governors were in support of financial autonomy for the state lawmakers, adding that there was no impediment towards the implementation of the president’s executive order. he said the governors hope to finalise on the framework and modalities of implementing the autonomy of the state legislature and the judiciary, by Thursday next week.”

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Nigeria Exited Recession Faster Than Expected – World Bank

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The World Bank has said Nigeria moved out of last year’s recession faster than expected.

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Nigeria slipped into recession in the second quarter of 2020 amid the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic but emerged from it in the fourth quarter.

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ICPC cautions Federal hospitals, finance directors against budget-padding

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ICPC cautions Federal hospitals, finance directors against budget-padding

The Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission ICPC, Prof Bolaji Owasanoye, SAN, has condemned the padding of budget by government officials, warning that the Commission won’t tolerate breach of government financial rules and regulations.

Owasanoye, according to a statement on Friday, by the ICPC spokesperson, Azuka Ogaga, advised the hospitals managements to carry out a proper evaluation of the number of personnel needed and for which services so as not to overshoot the number of non-regular staff required.

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He pointed out that it was an aberration for Federal Medical Centres to have more staff than teaching hospitals and criticised the fraudulent practices associated with outsourcing of services which was prevalent in the hospitals.

He noted that a review of the health sector undertaken by the Commission revealed that funds meant for specific projects in hospitals had been diverted to other unimportant areas.

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Osinbajo Calls For Coordination Between Govt, MDAs To Promote Economic Diversification

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Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has called for synergy between various tiers of government, Ministries, Departments, and Agencies at all levels.

Professor Osinbajo stated this on Friday in a keynote address delivered virtually at the 19th meeting of the National Council on Development Planning themed “National Development Planning in Nigeria: Issues and Challenges”.

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He said the coordination between the government and the MDAs was important to ensure that  national plans are inclusive In other to  promote high growth and economic diversification.

According to him,  Nigeria’s economic plan should  be modern and ambitious but yet realistic and flexible enough to absorb shocks and adapt to swiftly changing domestic and international conditions.

He further stressed that these  plans must accelerate domestic resource mobilisation and capacity building While noting that the best possible environment for the private sector to invest and operate must be created in other for Nigeria’s economy to thrive

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