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Minister Says – Buhari still reviewing 2018 Budget

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President Muhammadu Buhari is not yet ready to sign the 2018 Appropriation Bill recently sent to him by the National Assembly.

The Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udo Udoma, gave the indication in an interview at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

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He said the President was currently busy reviewing the document transmitted to him by the federal lawmakers.

He added that the executive arm of government has a 30-day window to decide what to do with the document.

“The President is currently reviewing the budget. As you know, we have a minimum window of 30 days,” the minister said.

Pressed further on when the budget will be eventually signed, Udoma said” the President is currently reviewing it and as soon as he is through, he will sign it. That is what l can tell you for now,” he said.

The two chambers of the National Assembly had recently passed the budget and transmitted it to Buhari.

The lawmakers raised the total figure from N8.6trn to N9.1trn, six months after it was presented to them.

He said the President was currently busy reviewing the document transmitted to him by the federal lawmakers.

He added that the executive arm of government has a 30-day window to decide what to do with the document.

“The President is currently reviewing the budget. As you know, we have a minimum window of 30 days,” the minister said.

Pressed further on when the budget will be eventually signed, Udoma said” the President is currently reviewing it and as soon as he is through, he will sign it. That is what l can tell you for now,” he said.

The two chambers of the National Assembly had recently passed the budget and transmitted it to Buhari.

The lawmakers raised the total figure from N8.6trn to N9.1trn, six months after it was presented to them.

He said the President was currently busy reviewing the document transmitted to him by the federal lawmakers.

He added that the executive arm of government has a 30-day window to decide what to do with the document.

“The President is currently reviewing the budget. As you know, we have a minimum window of 30 days,” the minister said.

Pressed further on when the budget will be eventually signed, Udoma said” the President is currently reviewing it and as soon as he is through, he will sign it. That is what l can tell you for now,” he said.

The two chambers of the National Assembly had recently passed the budget and transmitted it to Buhari.

The lawmakers raised the total figure from N8.6trn to N9.1trn, six months after it was presented to them.

Source: The Punch

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Ex-Super Eagles Footballer Nwankwo Kanu was robbed of N4m in Russia

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Super eagle’s football legend Nwankwo Kanu has been robbed on the way to Kaliningrad in Russia, according to reports.

According to TASS Russian News Agency, it was reported that US$11,000 (approximately N4m) was stolen from the former Arsenal striker while he was traveling from London to Moscow.

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Kanu’s final destination was Kaliningrad, the city that will host the Super Eagles World Cup opener against Croatia on June 16.

At Khrabrovo airport, he received his baggage and discovered that the money was stolen when he got to his hotel. Two Sheremetyevo Airport staff have been detained on suspicion of stealing the money from the Nigerian star.

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President Buhari congratulates Olisa Agbakoba at 65

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday congratulated a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), on his 65th birthday.

In a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, the President said he joined family members, friends and professional colleagues of the lawyer and human rights activist in celebrating his many achievements over the years.

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Buhari commended him for his strong advocacy for the rule of law and a better life for the underprivileged.

The statement read in part, “The President commends the legal luminary for his relentless fight for the return of democracy in the country and his sustained and purposeful effort in ensuring that the principles and practice of good democratic governance become a norm.

“As the former NBA president turns 65, President Buhari believes he has left his footprints in the development history of Nigeria and has successfully proved his position as a patriot and dependable nationalist.

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“The President prays that the Almighty God will grant Mr. Agbakoba longer life, more strength, and wisdom to keep serving the country.”

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Donald Trump says detained American must be released in Venezuela

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U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Saturday that Venezuela has released American Joshua Holt after nearly two years in jail in the leftist-ruled country.

Trump, in a tweet, did not identify Holt by name but Utah Senator Orrin Hatch confirmed that the Utah resident had been freed.

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“Good news about the release of the American hostage from Venezuela,” Trump tweeted. “Should be landing in D.C. this evening and be in the White House, with his family, at about 7:00 P.M. The great people of Utah will be very happy!”

Holt’s release came after Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, met in Caracas Friday with President Nicolas Maduro.

Senator Hatch said Holt was on his way to the United States and praised Corker’s “pivotal efforts.”

Holt, a Mormon, was being held at a prison in Caracas known as the Helicoide where political prisoners are held by the Venezuelan intelligence service Sebin.

He was arrested shortly after arriving in Venezuela nearly two years ago.

He surfaced in a video calling on the US government to help get him out during a prison protest earlier this month by jailed opposition activists.

On Friday, the government released 20 jailed activists held in the western state of Zulia amid moves by Maduro to ease domestic tensions.

Maduro was re-elected to a six-year term in controversial elections May 20 that was boycotted by most opposition parties and rejected as illegitimate by the United States and other countries.

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