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BUHARI, 36 STATES GOVERNORS TASKED TO ENSURE TRANSPARENCY IN THE USE OF SECURITY FUNDS

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BUHARI, OTHERS TASKED TO DISCLOSE SECURITY VOTE FOR 2021 BUDGET

By Godwin Ogar

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to disclose how much the government has earmarked for security in the 2021 budget. This comes as a result of the high level of insecurity in the country.

SERAP made the call in a request presented to the presidency dated 26th December 2020, a request which is in line with the Freedom of Information, FOI, Act 2011.

The same request, according to sources, have been made to the 36 state governors in the country.

The statement which was signed by SERAP’s Deputy Director, Kolawole Oluwadare, called on the president, along with the 36 state governors to disclose details of proposed security votes spending in the 2021 appropriation bills of the federal and states governments “to ensure the security and welfare of Nigerians, and to explain the measures your governments are putting in place to prevent the misuse and embezzlement of public funds in the name of security votes”.

According to SERAP, the time has come for governments at all levels to show transparency and accountability in the use of public funds meant to ensure the security of lives and properties in the country, in view of security challenges such as the killing of over 43 farmers in Zabarmari, the kidnap of about 344 students at the Government Science Secondary School in Kankara, Katsina State, among many other incidences of kidnappings and killings carried out by bandits and Boko Haram members in the country.

SERAP states further that if the amount set aside for security is made known by the federal and states governments, it will help in creating understanding between the governments and their subjects concerning what the various governments are doing to address insecurity in the country.

The Freedom of Information Act which was signed by former president Goodluck Jonathan into law in 2011 gives individuals and organisations the right to request for information from all offices of government.

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Happy New Year 2021!

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Happy new year our highly esteemed reader! We wish you a very productive year 2021. We heartily thank you for trusting us to Lead you in the past years and we look forward to helping you to find the truths this year. We are the Lead Express.

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CAN Announces Death of NCGF President

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The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has announced the death of one of its own, the President of the Nigeria Christian Graduates Fellowship, NCGF, Prof. Charles Adisa.
In a statement made available to the media today and signed by CAN President, Rev. Samson Ayokunle,Prof. Adisa will be greatly missed by CAN as he will always be remembered for his contributions to the Christian fight for the restoration of the teaching of the Christian Religious Knowledge in public schools, the fight against the controversial RUGA settlements, the Companies and Allied Matters Act, CAMA, and the federal government’s lopsided appointments.

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Bishop Emeritus of Orlu is dead

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The Bishop Emeritus of the Orlu Catholic Diocese in Imo State, the Most Rev. Gregory Ochiagha, is dead.

This was made known in a statement from the Secretariat of the Orlu Catholic Diocese.

According to the statement which was made available to Lead Express, Rev. Ochiagha died at the Annunciation Hospital in Enugu where he had gone for a medical check-up.

Aged 88, Bishop Ochiagha (rtd) had, for sometime, been battling with minor health issues associated with old age.

He hailed from Mbano in Imo State.

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