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Ahead of the December 1 expected demonstration of the 2017 budget, President Muhammadu Buhari has promised that problems of budget padding would be addressed. Receiving in audience members of the Governance Support Group (GSG), directed by Hon. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, at State House, Abuja yesterday, the President also lamented the culture of electoral violence that has once again crept into the state’s political landscape and urged a quick remedy to it.

The President’s observation on the budget was to the controversies generated by the assumed padding of the 2016 budget leading to the removal and subsequent suspension of the Chairman of the House of Representatives Appropriation Committee, Abdulmuminu Jibrin.

In line with the President, "The distortions that occurred to Budget 2016, in which series of rogue projects and amounts were injected to the document that was financial won’t occur to next year’s budget, President Muhammadu Buhari has vowed. "I 'm waiting to be brought in Council to us.

Any indication of padding anywhere, it will be removed by me." Buhari re iterated that he had experienced government since 1975, variously as governor, oil minister, head of state, and Chairman of the Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF), "and never did I hear the word ‘padding’ till the 2016 Budget." He promised that such would never happen again under his watch. The President said the government stands by its tripod campaign promises of animating the market securing the country, and fighting corruption, but lamented that some folks are deliberately turning blind eyes to prevailing realities in the country.

They don’t need to reflect on the specific situation in which we are, economically. They need to live the same way; they only need business as usual he said. On violence that attend rerun elections in the country, President Buhari said: "I agonize within the elections in Kogi, Bayelsa and Rivers states.

We ought to have passed the phase where people killed because of who inhabits particular offices, and are beheaded. If we can’t ensure elections that are decent , then we have no business being. Edo State election was not bad, and that I anticipate Ondo State election to not be worse." Speaking on the anti-corruption cases before the courts, the President said he considered the cleansing now going on "will result in a better judiciary. When individuals are sentenced, Nigerians will believe that we have been serious."

Buhari told his guests that the improvement being made in agriculture and exploitation of solid minerals "gives lots of expectation," including: "Our grains go around Central African Republic, to Burkina Faso, nevertheless they can’t purchase each of the grains picked this season. And next season must be even better. We will concentrate on other products like cocoa, palm oil, and palm kernel, together with the grains. We can start exporting rice in 18 months, and we're getting fertilizers and pesticides in preparation for next year."

Speaking on behalf of members of GSG, Nwajiuba said the authorities had succeeded to a substantial extent on the security and anti-corruption fronts, adding that the group was favorable that the economy would soon experience a turnaround, "as the government is working very hard for the reason that direction." The group said the largest constituency of the President was the poor and lowly, and thus advocated what it calls "a societal re-armament of the poor."

Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, the APC governorship candidate in Saturday’s survey, on Saturday lamented the malfunctioning of some smart card readers installed for the exercise.

After casting his vote Akeredolu, who talked at his Owo home, also said INEC ought to have test run the devices before election day.

He explained reports had suggested that a few of the apparatus were malfunctioning.

The APC candidate, nevertheless, said that his major concern was the commission ensuring credible free and honest election.

The naija news for today Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that PDP flagbearer, Eyitayo Jegede and his Alliance for Democracy counterpart, Wole Oke, had also complained about the malfunctioning card readers.

The card reader had also rejected Gov. Olusegun Mimiko’s thumbprint when he wanted to vote at his Ward 7, Unit 20 Polling Unit in Ondo West Local Government Area.

But INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Mr Segun Agbaje, said the commission has more than 250 spare smart card readers to replace those malfunctioning.

"I 've called the Head of Department of ICT to get smart cards for regions with smart card challenges and quite soon they'll them.

" Card reader just isn't a major challenge because it might be addressed within 10 to 20 minutes; we've over 250 smart card readers for exchange in the event of malfunction,’’ Agbaje had said.

With voters no fewer than 1,280,580 Permanent Voter Cards were expected to vote in the election out of the 28 contestants.

although were voters 1,659,186 registered for the election, simply 378,606 collected their PVCs.

Minister Adamu Adamu said the Government would transform science and technical education to track the nation for technological development.

Adamu said this in a message to the 12th combined convocation of National Polytechnic, Birnin Kebbi.

The minister, who was represented by Dr Mas’ud Kazaure, Executive Secretary, National Board for Technical Education, said the authorities would also support researches for breakthroughs in most sectors of human endeavour.

Adamu warned students against indulging in issues inimical to their own future, including assessment malpractice, cultism as well as other deviant forms.

In his remarks, Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi advised the graduates to embrace agriculture instead of waiting for white collar jobs.

He used the occasion to urge the Academic Staff Union of Universities to amicably resolve all problems it's with government.

Bagudu assured the state government would continue to pay the tuition and enrollment fees of indigent pupils in the state studying in tertiary institutions.

Previously, Mr Sani Zuru, the Rector of the polytechnic said 351 pupils graduated, 6, out of which 238 had differentiations, 1, 338 had 1, 1, 754 credits that were lower and upper credits, 454 obtained pass grades.

pagely.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Nigerian_President_3568849b-1.jpg" style="max-width:400px;float:right;padding:10px 0px 10px 10px;border:0px;">Adamu charged polytechnics to breed the necessary professionals required in the country to accellarate development in technology and science.

He explained that the polytechnics must also function as centres for entreprenural instruction, to prepare the youths.

The minister commended the polytechnic for the provision of critical infrastructure which will put the association in a vantage poistion to serve the state better.

He recorded some of the challenges facing the polytechnic to include inadequate manpower and funding, and called for support from private organisations.(NAN)

Mr Eyitayo Jegede, the PDP candidate in Saturday’s governorship election, has expressed satisfaction with all the accreditation and voting procedure.

He also called on the electorate to vote for the nominee of their choice.

While voting at his Unit 9 Ward 2, Gbogi/Isikan, Sacred Heart Primary School 1 in Akure South Local Government Area Jegede discussed.

He expressed satisfaction with the voting procedure, saying it was peaceful and orderly.

Jegede, nevertheless, advocated INEC to undertake the challenge of flawed smart card readers in polling units.

"I 've discussed on the problems with card readers with the REC Ondo State at most polling units,’’ he added.

Also speaking, the governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy, lamented the malfunctioning of the card readers deployed by INEC.

After he'd voted at his Igbo Ward III Polling Unit 005, Oke said this within an interview with newsmen.

"I 'm not easily frustrated, but it is embarrassing as a candidate the card reader could not easily capture my hand,’’ he said.

Oke noted that the electoral process in the state had not been a perfect one.

The news now in naija Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that Oke voted at 9.17 a.m.

The AD nominee, nevertheless, said he was impressed with the turnout of voters in Ilaje council place.

Mr Eyitayo Jegede, the PDP candidate in Saturday’s governorship election, has expressed satisfaction with all the voting and accreditation procedure.

He also called on the electorate to vote for the candidate of their choice.

While voting at his Unit 9 Ward 2, Gbogi/Isikan, Sacred Heart Primary School 1 in Akure South Local Government Area Jegede spoke.

He expressed satisfaction with all the voting procedure, saying it was orderly and peaceful.

Jegede, nevertheless, urged INEC to tackle the challenge of faulty smart card readers in polling units.

"I have discussed on the problems with card readers with the REC Ondo State at most polling units,’’ he included.

Also discussing, the governorship candidate of the Alliance for Democracy, lamented the malfunctioning of the card readers.

After he had voted at his Igbo Ward III Polling Unit 005, Oke said this within an interview with newsmen.

"I 'm not easily frustrated, but it's embarrassing as a candidate that my hand could not be easily captured by the card reader ,’’ he said.

Oke noted that the electoral procedure in the state had not been a perfect one.

The News Agency of Nigeria(NAN) reports that Oke voted at 9.17 a.m.

The AD candidate, nevertheless, said he was impressed together with the turnout of voters in Ilaje council region.

A resident, who preferred anonymity, told the naija latest news and gossip Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Kafanchan that the hoodlums launched an attack from the residents between 2 p.m. and 10p.m on Friday.

Four individuals were killed when unknown gunmen attacked Mile One Village Kaduna State, in Tafan District on Friday, while several houses including the house of the village head were combusted.

Dr Bege Katuka, the Interim Chairman of Jema’a local Government Region, confirmed the incident via telephone.

He explained: "I merely left on the affected village barely 30 minutes ago, I was there to measure the extent of damage.’’

Nevertheless, reports say the residents of the neighbouring hamlets of Ungwuan Kagoro, Ungwuan Ninzo and Gidan Waya have fled for concern with attacks that are potential.

NAN reports that Kaduna State College of Education, in addition to the villages, have been turned to ghost towns.

NAN also remembers that Pasakori Village which share borders came under similar attack.

At last, the Nigeria Air Force (NAF) has verified that one of the choppers recently inherited Nigerian from the Presidency had a mishap after a mission in Makurdi.

President Muhammadu Buhari had through the office of the National Security Adviser (NSA) handed over two (2) Agusta 101 Westland Helicopters to the NAF in the Presidential fleet.

It was extensively reported on Thursday that one of the choppers crashed in Makurdi while on a mission to deliver logistics. All efforts to get official response Ayodele Famuyiwa, from the NAF spokesman, proved abortive, as he answered calls to lines nor returned same.

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Online security platform, PRNigeria, also represented in their own statement that even though its team worked yesterday to get the NAF to issue timely answer on the crash, this belated rejoinder may still be beneficial to clear the air.

The release reads in part: "Contrary to the crash report, it is pertinent to say that the mishap happened while the helicopter was taxing after having an effective mission.

"The episode happened at 33 on the www.naija news com. tarmac Logistics Group, Makurdi Hence, as it is standard in circumstances as this, a seven-man board of officers, headed by Air Vice Marshal Emmanuel Anebi, has been set up to investigate the remote and immediate causes of the incident. Details of the investigation would be communicated to the general public as soon as its assignment is concluded by the Board, the statement said.
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