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Thursday Thrusts: National Assembly broke, borrows to pay lawmakers

Stark reality of the sharp drop in the nation’s revenue following crude oil price slump at the international market now stares Nigerians, including federal lawmakers in the face. Now, the National Assembly Service Commission which is on first line charge and used to get about N150 billion yearly to run its affairs, has come out to say it is cash-strapped and cannot pay salaries of its legislators most of whom have completed their tour of duty and were either voted out or did not seek re-election. Also unable to pay salaries in their states, governors will consult with President Muhammadu Buhari next week to discuss the way out of the quagmire. They will meet him under the aegis of the Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF) that has also congratulated and pledged to work with the leadership of the National Assembly.

RMAFC, SARAKI AGREE ON REVIEW OF LAWMAKERS FREEBIES
Senate President Bukola Saraki wednesday met with officials of Revenue Mobilisation Allocation Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) to ascertain the exact cost of wardrode allowance for lawmakers and how to effect a cut in lawmakers’ allowances. Saraki, who made this disclosure known on Twitter, said the commission would publish the earnings of lawmakers and simultaneously reduce the allowances in conformity with economic reality. “With the current challenge we are facing as a nation, RMFAC will be reviewing allowances to reflect the current economic trend. Fixing remuneration is the sole responsibility of RMFAC,” Saraki said.

 

BUHARI, LIKE OLD WINE, IS BECOMING TASTIER – PRESIDENCY
The Presidency on Wednesday explained that like a good wine, President Muhammadu Buhari who will clock 73 in December, gets better with age. The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, stated this in a statement in Abuja. He was reacting to a statement credited to Buhari during an audience he granted Nigerians resident in South Africa that his age would limit his performance as the President of the country. Buhari had told the gathering that, “I wish I became Head of State when I was a governor. Now at 72, there is a limit to what I can do.” Although he admitted that the President made the statement, Adesina said it was not an admission that Buhari was too old to cope with the demands of his office. He said the President currently in the saddle “is like an old wine that has got tastier.”

SUPER FALCONS TO GET N12M IF THEY BEAT USA
Nigeria’s Super Falcons on Tuesday in Vancouver crashed out of the ongoing FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada, after placing last in their first round group. An Abby Wambach volley few seconds before half-time earned the U.S. a 1-0 victory over Nigeria, meaning the Falcons finished with only one point from three matches in Group D. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that the Falcons had secured one draw and two losses, after they had earlier drawn 3-3 with Sweden and lost 0-2 to Australia. The victory over Nigeria had however sent the US through as Group D winners.

AGF, OTHERS BLAMED FOR $3.2BN JUDGEMENTS AGAINST FG
A report submitted to the Nigeria Governors’ Forum has blamed the former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Mohammed Adoke, and other key government agencies for two court judgments which awarded about $3.2bn against the Federal Government in 2013. The two judgments by Justice Adeniyi Ademola of a Federal High Court in Abuja awarded $3,188,079,505.96 against the Federal Government to be paid to the plaintiffs in the suit – Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, some firms and two lawyers. The report, which is an outcome of an investigation commissioned by the Nigeria Governors’ Forum in 2014, expressed concern about the action and inaction of the offices of the AGF, the Minister of Finance and the Accountant General of the Federation, who were defendants in the cases.

Sources: THISDAY|PUNCH|VANGUARD|GUARDIAN

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