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JUST IN: Court Declares Rivers N800bn 2024 Budget Illegal

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The Federal High Court, Abuja on Monday nullified the N800bn 2024 budget signed into law by the Rivers State Governor, Simi Fubara.

In December, the governor had presented an N800bn 2024 Appropriation Bill to a faction of the state House of Assembly, comprising four lawmakers.

Following the passage of the budget by the lawmakers, Fubara subsequently signed the budget into law.

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The Rivers Assembly became factionalised following a move by 27 lawmakers loyal to ex-governor Nyesom Wike to impeach Fubara.

The presiding judge, James Omotosho, held that everything done by the four lawmakers was null and void.

The court also recognised Martin Amaewhule as the speaker of the state assembly.

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JUST IN: Tinubu Appoints New Immigration CG

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President Bola Tinubu has approved the appointment of DCG Kemi Nanna Nandap to serve as the Comptroller-General of the Nigeria Immigration Service.

Nandap’s appointment would take effect from March 1, 2024, according to a statement on Wednesday by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Ajuri Ngelale,

Nandap takes over from Mrs. Caroline Wura-Ola Adepoju, whose term in office expires on February 29, 2024.

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Before she was appointed Comptroller-General, Nandap was the Deputy Comptroller-General in charge of the Migration Directorate of the Service.

“The President anticipates that the new Comptroller-General will deepen the ongoing reforms in the service and create a robust mechanism for efficient and dedicated service delivery to Nigerians, as well as strengthen the nation’s security through proactive and effective border security and migration management,” the statement said.

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JUST IN: Tinubu In Talks with Gowon At Aso Rock Villa

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President Bola Tinubu is currently in closed-door talks with former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon (retd.), at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Gowon arrived at the forecourt of the President’s office at minutes past 2pm where Tinubu personally received him.

Wednesday’s encounter is the first private meeting between the former Head of State and the President since the later assumed office nine months ago.

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It is not clear what both men will be discussing at the meeting.

Gowon, Nigeria’s Head of State from August 1966 to July 1975, currently serves in the Council of State.

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JUST IN: Senate Rejects Planned Increase In Electricity Tariff

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The Senate has kicked against the plans by the Ministry of Power to increase electricity tariff.

The Senate also rejected plans to remove subsidy from electricity given the present hardship in the country.

The resolution of the Senate followed its consideration and approval of a motion moved by Senator Aminu Abbas (PDP, Adamawa Central) during plenary on the need to retain subsidy on electricity in the country for the foreseeable future.

Last week, the Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, disclosed at a press conference in Abuja that Nigeria was not likely to sustain the current electricity subsidy.

He explained that the indebtedness of the country’s power sector to electricity-generating companies and gas companies had risen to over N3 trillion.

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He said, “Today, we owe a total of N1.3tn to the power generating companies, out of which 60 per cent is owed to gas suppliers. Today we have a legacy debt, before 2014, to the gas companies of $1.3bn; at today’s rate, that is close to N2 trillion.”

Sunday PUNCH reported that the Senate’s spokesperson, Yemi Adraamodu, said it would not allow any hike in the price of electricity that may add to the woes of Nigerians.

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