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Fresh Crisis Looms Over 2018 Budget

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Fresh Crisis Looms Over 2018 Budget

There are indications fresh crisis looms between the Presidency and National Assembly over the estimate of this year’s nine trillion Naira budget.

The National Assembly overruled on Thursday, President Muhammadu Buhari’s recommended virement of a hundred and forty-three billion Naira for next year’s elections from the nine hundred and forty-four billion Naira service wide votes provisions in the budget. The lawmakers approved from five hundred and seventy-eight billion Naira special votes in the general budget,  reducing next year’s INEC budget by N200 million.

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Chairman of Joint Committee on Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, Suleiman Nazif, asked the president to source the fund from the service wide votes, to avoid increase in the size of this year’s expenditure frame work.

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Service wide vote is a special intervention fund for the presidency to use in special projects at its discretion.

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Group Seeks Compensation For Building Collapse Victims In Lagos, Oyo

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Group Seeks Compensation For Building Collapse Victims In Lagos, Oyo

Advocacy group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, has called for investigation into circumstances surrounding buildings collapse incidents in Lagos and Oyo states last week.

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SERAP said the two states should take immediate steps to investigate the latest incidents and bring to justice complicit developers and contractors.

SERAP’s Deputy Director, Kolawole Oludare, says the group is ready to offer free legal services to affected families.

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Building Collapse: Lagos Demolishes 13 Buildings

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Building Collapse: Lagos Demolishes 13 Buildings

Five more buildings in Lagos Island have been brought down by the Lagos state government, bringing the number of demolished buildings to thirteen.

Lagos state building control agency embarked on this demolition on Friday to prevent another disaster after Wednesday’s collapsed building incident in Ita-Faji, Lagos Island.

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Twenty persons were killed; forty-five others were injured when a four-storey building, housing a school at its top floor, collapsed. Most of the dead were children.

Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Rotimi Ogunleye described the exercise as a holistic response to the challenges posed by derelict structures and unapproved schools.

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The government has taken over the site of the collapsed Massey street building.

Government officials say the ministry had identified 149 distressed and defective buildings, of which 40 have been demolished.

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10 Killed In Attack On Kaduna Community

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10 Killed In Attack On Kaduna Community

Ten persons have been killed in a fresh attack in Nandu community in Kaduna State.

Chairman Sanga local government council, Charles Danladi, says the attack happened in Nandu village in which eleven houses were burnt.

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This is happening at a time when the state struggles to contain repeated attacks in Kajuru local government area of the state for two months now.

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Dozens of civilians have been killed there in communal violence believed to be between the Adara people and their Fulani neighbours.

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