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Kwara Gets N3.2bn As Allocation Dips

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Kwara State government has received a total of N3,280,571,173:55 as total allocation (inflow) for March from the Federal Revenue Mobilization and Allocation Committee.

A statement obtained by the FidelinfoNews and signed by Daibu Bashir, the press secretary, Ministry of Finance indicated that there was a shortfall in allocation, and local governments will need the support of the State government in order to fulfil salary obligations for the month of March.

The statement read in parts, “The breakdown of the allocation figures comprises statutory revenue allocation (SRA) of N1,780,906,717:37 (net); Value Added Tax (VAT) of N1,450,601,517:80; Forex Equalisation Fund of N45,905,022:05; Excess Bank Charges of N3,157,916:33; and total deductions of N350,066,963:71.

“The total inflow for the month of March is lower than the one for February which was N3,579,792,341:91, the statement added.

The dip in the monthly allocation also affected the 16 local government areas as they got a total inflow of N2,003,444,477:39, as against the total inflow of N2,419,090,836:31 received in February”.

It also added “The breakdowns of the allocation to the 16 LGAs are SRA of N1,151,585,239:24 (net); VAT of N819,571,407:14; Forex Equalisation Fund of N30,209,637.68; Excess Bank Charges of N2,078,193:33; and total deductions of N253,936,350:68, inclusive of two months’ deductions for equipping healthcare Centres at Local Government areas”.

It further added that “With the LGAs having exhausted their savings to augment salary as allocations continued to drop in the past months, they now require a support of N110,721,693:89 from the state government to be able to pay 100 percent salary at N30,000 minimum wage”.

 

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BREAKING: Saraki Committee Fails, As Violence Mars PDP Northwest Congress

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The Ongoing Northwest Zonal Congress of the People’s Democratic Party has suffered a setback as violence erupted at venue of the Congress holding in Kaduna.

The FidelinfoNews gathered that the cause of the latest round of violence has not been determined as at the time of filing this report.

It will be recalled that the Bukola Saraki led reconciliation committee had given the greenlight for the Northwest and Southwest Congress to hold, as it claimed efforts to reconcile factions had been successful.

In the same vein Saraki Committee recently suffered another failure when the late Buruji Kashamu faction of the PDP in Ogun state defected to the ruling APC despite the committee declaring end to years of feud in the state’s chapter.

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Bauchi Jailbreak Attempt Caused By Mobile Phone – NCS

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The Nigeria Correctional Service has disclosed that the attempted jail break at the Bauchi Correctional centre was as a result of an attempt to smuggle a mobile phone into the centre.

The FidelinfoNews gathered that an officer tried to smuggle in a mobile phone for inmates, which is clearly illegal and against the rules.

Reports indicates that a scuffle ensued when inmates who wanted to benefit from the deal had a face off with other officers who busted the plan and enforced the rules.

The commission also affirmed that 2 officers and 5 inmates sustained injuries in the disturbance, and have been treated and discharged.

The restive inmates have also been put under control while the staff involved is undergoing interrogation, as ordered by the State Controller. This regrettable development is being investigated.

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Wike Bans Igbo Group’s Meeting Over Security Concerns

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Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has issued an ban on a meeting proposed to be held by United Igbo Community, an Igbo group in Oyigbo Local Government of the state.

The FidelinfoNews reports that the state government cited security concerns, as the meeting could spark another round of unrest in the area.

The Rivers state Commissioner for Information and Communications, Paulinus Nsirim noted that Wike directed security agencies to ensure that the planned meeting does not hold in a bid to prevent a breakdown of law and order in the area.

The governor had in October, 2020, declared a 24-hour curfew in Oyigbo after a police station was attacked by hoodlums.

The governor, who said Rivers won’t allow troublemakers to take the law into their own hands also declared a N50 million bounty on a leader of the pro-Biafra group, Indigenous People of Biafra, in the state, one Stanley Mgbere.

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