HURRAY: President Jonathan signs 20313 Budget to avoid National Assembly’s veto

Published:27 Feb, 2013

President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday signed the N4.987tn 2013 Appropriation Bill into law thereby putting an end to the bad blood between the Executive and the legislature over their differences on the budget.

The President, however, signed the budget in secret contrary to previous years when it was done in full public glare.

He signed the document in secret despite the fact that State House correspondents, who were earlier mobilised for the signing ceremony, were waiting at the lobby of his office.

Except for the period when the late President Umaru Yar’Adua was sick and members of his kitchen cabinet claimed that he signed the budget on his sick bed abroad, successive heads of government had been signing the fiscal document in the full glare of media representatives and some members of the public.

The event is usually witnessed by the leaders of the two arms of the National Assembly or their representatives.
The President’s spokesman, Dr. Reuben Abati, later issued a statement that Jonathan signed the budget after consultations and an agreement between the two arms of government.

Abati said in resolving the matter, Jonathan reached an understanding with leaders of the National Assembly that the observations of the Executive on the budget would be considered through legislative action.

The statement read, “Following consultations and an agreement between the Executive and the Legislature on the 2013 Appropriation Bill, President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan today (Tuesday) signed the bill into law.

“President Jonathan wishes to reassure all Nigerians that the consultations have been in the best interest of the country and in pursuit of understanding and mutual cooperation between both arms of government.

“As part of the understanding reached with its leadership, the observations of the Executive arm of government about the Appropriation Bill as passed by the National Assembly will be further considered by the National Assembly through legislative action, to ensure effective and smooth implementation of the 2013 Appropriation Act in all aspects.

“The administration remains fully committed to the positive transformation of the country, and effective and efficient service delivery for the benefit of all citizens.

“All ministries, departments and agencies of the Federal Government have, therefore, been directed to work very hard to ensure that all the services, projects and programmes contained in the budget are successfully delivered on schedule in spite of the slight delay in its enactment.”

A Presidency source, however, told our correspondent that the decision to sign the budget on Tuesday was hurriedly taken because the President did not want the document to remain unsigned till March.

He added that the move was also meant to stop the National Assembly from overriding the President’s veto on the document

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The Education and Training Exhibition Nigeria 2015 will hold in Abuja with University of Wollongong Dubai campus, an Australian University and Skyline University in attendance to offer on spot admissions to eligible students and answer any inquiry regarding studying in Dubai.  Amteclinks International will also be on ground to provide counselling on studying abroad. The event will take place at the Ladi Kwalli Hall, Sheraton Hotel Abuja on the 5th and 6th of August 2015, 

NAFDAC DG, Orhi In EFCC’s Custody

The Director-General of the National Agency for Food, Drugs Administration And Control, NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhi, has been summoned by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission over allegations bordering on abuse of office. Dr. Orhi is currently being questioned by a crack team of detectives for allegedly awarding huge contracts to companies in which he has interests. An EFCC top source confirmed that the DG, who arrived the commission’s headquarters around 10am Monday had been...

Akon And Lighting Africa Team Meets Lagos Governor, Ambode

Akon and his Akon Lighting Africa Team met with Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday August 2nd at the State House. Also at the meeting was the artiste May D and Akon's Rep in Nigeria Ayo Shonaiya. Another photo below...

#AkwaIbom :Okori VS Akpabio; INEC’s Head of ICT testifies

...tenders Card Reader Report ...insists accredited voters , failed authentication must tally with total votes cast ...No election held,  Chief Sunny Ibanga, others,  tell tribunal The Hon Justice Goddy Anunihu led Akwa Ibom State National and State Houses of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting at the Customary Court,  Dutsen Alhaji , Abuja on Monday received as exhibit the Card Reader Report used for the conduct of the March 28, 2015 Akwa Ibom North West...

Certificate Forgery: Tribunal Rules on APC Suit August 15

The National and House of Assembly Election Petitions Tribunal sitting in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, has fixed August 15 to deliver judgement on the suit filed by the All Progressives Congress against the Peoples Democratic Party. Mr. Eddy Julius, the senatorial candidate for the APC in the last National Assembly election conducted in Bayelsa West Senatorial District dragged his PDP rival, Senator...

This Video Claims The World Will End October 7th 2015

A campaign found on the internet, with the website address, ct7th.com, claims the world would end on the 7th of October 2015. Read excerpts and watch video below:  We have now entered into the darkest time in Earths’ history, as we are living in the day of judgment, and heading for the final end of all things, the destruction of the universe, and the beginning of the new heavens and new...

Anybody Close To Me Knows That I Don’t Like Money – Rotimi Amaechi

Former Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, has accused his successor, Nyesom Wike, of leading people of the state to blackmail him. Amaechi noted that since Wike and members of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state are jittery that his appointment will be the main determinant of the state politics, they have moved to tarnish his image in the eyes of President Muhammadu Buhari, who detests corruption. The ex-governor spoke at a reception organized in his honour in Abuja...

Is Senator Dino Now Madam Saraki’s Handbag Carrier? By Ahmed Oluwasanjo

Dear Senator Dino,   Congratulations on your appointment as Chief Bag Carrier to madam Toyin Saraki. I must confess it's a well deserved appointment considering your support to her husband's emergence as our senate president.   I'm doing you this letter in response to your comic defense on your recent visit to the head quarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)...

Benin Republic Heats Up Fight Against Boko Haram, Pledges 800 Troops

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has said a new task force involved in the fight against terror group Boko Haram will defeat the insurgents by December. The leader made the comment as he was visiting Benin, one of the countries involved in the offensive. Buhari previously visited Niger, Chad and Cameroon to strengthen the antiterrorism cooperation. The five countries were already involved in a regional offensive against the terrorists which scored some goals since it was...

India Blocks Pornographic Websites

The Indian government on Monday in New Delhi, told internet service providers and telecom operators in the country to block 857 pornographic websites. The directive came after the Supreme Court in July expressed concern, over the Home Ministry’s failure to block websites, featuring child pornography. An official said on the condition of anonymity that the original petition, which led to the Supreme Court response in June argued that crimes against women and children were influenced...

5 Secrets to a Happy Marriage

1. Communication is vital We’ve all been told that communication is key to a healthy relationship, but according to Pillemer, his subjects couldn’t stress this point enough. Not only is conversing with your partner the best way to build a deeper connection, but it’s also crucial for solving any obstacles you encounter. Pillemer noted that the subjects in successful marriages believed...

Call For Senator Ben Murray Bruce To Retract Article Vindicating Boko Haram Immediately – ENDS

For those of us who have committed a majority of our lives and time these past few years to combating Boko Haram terror across West Africa, a recent article by a Nigerian Senator, Ben Murray-Bruce, published in ThisDay, could not be more insensitive, mischievous, malicious and suspicious, particularly at a time when at last Nigeria is concentrating on putting a lid on this dastardly menace that has seemed so intractable for too many years. The...

JTF Arrests 18 Suspects Of Oil Theft, Destroys 31 Illegal Refineries

The Joint Task Force (JTF) in the Niger Delta, ‘Operation Pulo Shield’, arrested 18 suspected oil thieves and destroyed 31 illegal oil refineries in multiple raids in July. This is contained in a statement issued by Lt.-Col. Isa Ado, media coordinator of the JTF, in Yenagoa yesterday. It stated that troops of JTF deployed at Iguododo community and Chanomi Escravos in Orhionmwon and Warri South West Local Government Areas of Edo and Delta discovered and...

Saraki Arrives Maiduguri, Expected To Visit IDP Camps

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Monday arrived in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno State, to assess the situation at several Internally Displaced Persons camps across the town and to receive briefing from the military at the forefront of the war against Boko Haram. He arrived the town in an aircraft 5N-FGV belonging to the Nigerian Air Force at 12:10pm. While in the town, he is expected to visit the Borno State government house, some IDP camps, military...

Boko Haram Releases New Video

Militant Islamists have released a new video on the insurgency in Nigeria, with Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau again failing to appear in it, reports BBC on Monday. His continued absence has increased speculation about his fate. He was last heard from in March, when he released an audio message pledging allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) group. Soon thereafter, Nigeria’s military said it had recaptured all towns and cities from Boko Haram. The military said on...

Niger State: Jonathan Vatsa’s Missing Money Claim, “a False Alarm”

Report that the sum of N150 million disappeared at the Government House, Minna, has been denied and described as "ignorant and malicious". This was revealed in a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant, ICT (Government House), Mr. Abdulbaqi Usman Ebbo. This is coming as a result of a revelation credited to the Publicity Secretary of the state chapter of APC, Mr. Jonathan Vatsa in the online portal, The Eagle Online. According to Mr. Ebbo,...

Turai Yar’Adua Runs To OBJ For Help As EFCC Goes After Her Daughter

Former First Lady, Turai Yar’Adua, on Saturday visited former President Olusegun Obasanjo in his residence in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital. Mrs. Yar’Adua, reportedly accompanied to the former president’s residence by businessman Kenny Martins, met privately with Mr. Obasanjo for more than an hour before departing in a convoy of three cars, our sources said. It is the former First Lady’s visit to Mr. Obasanjo since her husband died in office in 2010 after prolonged...

Nigerian Politicians and the Myth of Assets Declaration, By Amir Abdulazeez

It is safe to assume that many Nigerians showed little or no concern towards the declaration of assets by elected and appointed public officials prior to the emergence of Ummaru Musa ‘Yaradua as Nigerian president in 2007. This is probably due to the facts that the declarations are made in secret or because many Nigerians share the opinion that with or without assets declarations, our politicians are not just trustworthy. The trail blazing public assets declaration by...

New Video: Creddy F Ft. Timaya – Dashing Out

The official Video ‘Dashing OUT’ BY Creddy F is out. The video Featured Timaya, directed by Matt Max Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0caRo89910 Credit: Officialcreddy F

DJ Cuppy Covers Vanguard Allure

DJ Cuppy glows on the cover of Vanguard Allure, she talks about her work and Nigeria. The photos was taken by Aham Ibeleme.   Credit: Vanguard Allure

EFCC Invites Judge Who Accused Aregbesola Of Fraud To Shed More Light On Accusation

There were indications in Osogbo on Sunday that Justice Folahanmi Oloyede, who recently accused Governor Rauf Aregbesola of graft, had been invited to the Abuja headquarters of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission. A source close to the judge told journalists in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, on Sunday that the judge was contacted by an official of the EFCC, who asked her to come to the Abuja office of the commission to assist them in...

New Video Alert: Praiz Ft. Sammy – Lost In You

Praiz has released the video for his song ‘lost in you’, he sang along side Sammy. The video was shot in South Africa by Josh Clark. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tq8oQLB-3JU Credit: PraizVEVO

Burundi President’s Chief Security Officer Assasinated

Gunmen wearing military uniforms shot dead a former Burundian security chief who was a close ally of President Pierre Nkurunziza yesterday Sunday August 2nd. According to presidential spokesman, Willy Nyamitwe who confirmed the news, Gen. Adolphe Nshimirimana (pictured) was assassinated yesterday in a car alongside three of his bodyguards in the Kamenge district in Bujumbura. General Adolphe Nshimirimana was in charge of the president’s personal security at the time of his death. When a president refuses to step...

Quality Husbands Will Be Scarce In Nigeria In The Near Future – Catholic Women’s Group Leader Says

According to the National President of the Council of Catholic Women Organisation of Nigeria,Chief Felicia Onyeabo, there will be a scarcity of quality husbands in Nigeria in the near future following the increasing number of male dropouts from schools in the last 10 years. Mrs Onyeabo said this at a press briefing to herald the inauguration of a catholic school in Abuja last week “The future of this country is going to be very bleak for the...

Stephanie Linus Covers Genevieve Magazine’s Latest Issue

Stephanie Linus glows as she prepares to become a mum. Stylish as ever Stephanie looks beautiful in her maternity outfit on the cover of Genevieve magazine. In the magazine she talks about her pregnancy, Tv show and her latest movie dry. Credit: genevieveng.com

Good News! Ebola Vaccine Works, Offering 100% Protection In African Trial

A highly unusual clinical trial in Guinea has shown for the first time that an Ebola vaccine protects people from the deadly virus. The study, published online today by The Lancet, shows that the injection offered contacts of Ebola cases 100% protection starting 10 days after they received a single shot of the vaccine, which is produced by Merck. Scientists say the vaccine could help to finally bring an end to the epidemic in West Africa, now...

Naira To Rise Further As Banks Reject Dollars

The United States dollar will further tumble against the naira at the parallel market this week as Deposit Money Banks continue to reject cash deposit of foreign currencies into customers’ domiciliary accounts. The naira had appreciated against the dollar from 245 to 220 at the parallel market last week after banks started denying their customers opportunity to make cash deposits of dollar, pound and euro into their domiciliary accounts. Foreign exchange dealers told our correspondent...

Beyonce Goes Shopping In Birmingham, Spends £200k On A Pair Of Shoes

Beyonce has spent a frankly ridiculous  £200k on one single pair of shoes. It’s yet to be confirmed whether they did in fact come with a Range Rover. The reported outrageous purchase was made in no other than UK’s answer to Rodeo Drive, Birmingham where bling loving Bey was shopping ahead of a forthcoming video shoot. So what does £200k worth of shoe get you? Well, diamonds apparently. To be honest, for that price bracket we’d...

Rihanna And Timaya Spotted Together In Barbados

Timaya is currently in Barbados for the music festival held in the country, he met Rihanna after his performance on stage. Rihanna was seen dancing to Timaya’s music while he performed on stage. Source: ngtrends.com

Kanye West Cheating On Kim Kardashian?

      Kanye West’s libido has vanished, and Kim Kardashian is reportedly far from pleased about it. Not just because she wants to get some, either: Kim is reportedly suspicious that her rapper husband is cheating on her every time she leaves the house as a result of this new phenomenon! A source dished to CDL about the struggling celebs, “Kim is freaking out because her and Kanye’s sex life went from 100 to 0, overnight." Sure, plenty...

Death Row Soldiers Sue Army For Contempt

Soldiers in the Nigerian Army who were recently sentenced to death by a military court martial have initiated contempt proceedings against the Chief of Army Staff over non-release of the record of proceedings that convicted and sentenced them to death. This is just as the army, in a statement by its acting director of public relations, Col. Sani Kukasheka Usman, confirmed reports that the it had commenced an administrative procedure to review some recent disciplinary cases...

Mariah Carey’s Weird Relationship Demands: She Only Has Sex on Mondays?!

That may seem foolish, considering the ink is barely dry on Mariah's divorce from Nick Cannon, but if there's any truth behind the list of relationship demands recently reported by Star and OK, Mariah better lock down any dude who's crazy enough to go along with her insane diva tendencies. First of all, the tabloids claim that Mariah only has sex on Mondays. Seriously. “There’s a beauty routine she goes through beforehand,” says a source. “And...

Football Business: Ifeanyi Ubah versus Aliko Dangote – Aderonke Ogunleye-Bello

They are two great men worthy of emulation by any upcoming or aspiring Billionaire and of course their wealth can be traced, no doubt. In several ways, they have both shown interest in the round leather game and also, the most popular sport in Africa, if not in the globe. Billionaires in their own right, who have rightly invested home and abroad with visible achievements. I remember Gabros Football club during my days as a...

Is Tyga Moving In With Kylie Jenner?

We're less than two weeks away from Kylie Jenner's 18th birthday, and the racy reality star has some big plans for her life as a legal adult. No, we're not talking about the reports that Kylie will pose nude to celebrate her independence. (But don't be surprised if it turns out there's some truth to those rumors.) We're talking about Kylie's creepy relationship with her much-older rapper boyfriend. For months, we've been hearing that Kylie and Tyga will...

“Okonjo Iweala Became A Different Person When She Worked For Goodluck Jonathan” – Obasanjo

Former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has revealed that immediate past coordinating minister of the economy, Ngozi Okonjo- Iweala, changed under the regime of former president Goodluck Jonathan. Mrs Okonjo- Iweala who served under president Obasanjo as minister of fiance was accused of encouraging corruption under the regime of Mr Jonathan. She was also accused of approving funds not budgeted for, and rather than strengthen the Nigerian economy, she worked against the growth of the economy. “But...

Ghollywood Actor Majid Michel And Wife Virna Renew Marriage Vows As They Did 10 Years Ago

Ghollywood actor Majid Michel said I do again to his adorable wife Virna Michel. The couple has been together for 10 years; this was done in the presence of friends, family and celebrities.    

Dickson, Alamieyeseigha Ordered Out Of PDP BoT Meeting Held In Otuoke With Jonathan

The Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) o Sunday held an emergency meeting at the country home of former President Goodluck Jonathan in Otuoke, Bayelsa State,  it wades into the crisis rocking the state chapter of the party. At the meeting, both the state governor, Hon. Seriake Dickson, and former governor, Diepreye Alamieyeseigha, were ordered out of the venue by the party leadership. At the meeting which looked into the recommendations...