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Obaseki presents N214.2 billion 2022 budget estimates to Edo Assembly

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From Tony Osauzo and Ighomuaye Lucky, Benin

Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, yesterday, presented a budget proposal of  N214.2 billion  for the 2022 fiscal year to the state House of Assembly for consideration and approval.

Christened ‘Budget of Renewal, Hope and Growth’, the proposal showed an increase of 32.9 percent over the 2021 approved budget of N161 billion.

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Presenting the budget, Obaseki said it is made up of N95.9 billion recurrent expenditure and N118 billion capital expenditure.

“Mr Speaker,  the increase in capital expenditure over the previous year’s approved budget  underscores my administration’s commitment to enhance and stimulate the ease of doing business.

“Recurrent estimates of the budget are based on $57 per barrel bench mark for crude oil and an average daily production of 1.88 million barrels per day as well as increase of our IGR to N50.2 billion.

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“The proposed capital and recurrent expenditures ratios is put at 55 percent to 45 percent respectively.

“The total projected IGR for 2022 is N186 billion consisting of N65 billion statutory allocation,‎ Value added tax of N23 billion, IGR of N50.3 billion and N11.6 billion from grants”, he added.

Sectoral breakdown indicated that the sum of N24.6 billion is proposed for Education, Health N14.1 billion, Government buildings N21 billion, Road/Bridges N30 billion, Youth/Social Development N5 billion and Environment N8 billion.

Others are Agriculture N4.6 billion, water N1.2 billion, Electricity N2.7 billion and public safety and security N9.2 billion.

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Besides, the sum of N7.6 billion is proposed for Technology enhancement, enhancing working environment N15 billion, Tourism and development of Benin cultural districts N2 billion and administration of justice N5 billion among others.

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Sanwo-Olu, IGP, Ayangburen, others extol AIG Odumosu’s duty in Lagos

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By Lukman Olabiyi

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and many traditional rulers in the state yesterday, praised the performances of Assistant Inspector General (AIG) Hakeem Odumosu (rtd), as the Commissioner of Police (CP).

Sanwo-Olu  and others gave the commendation during the Farewell/Pulling-Out Parade in honour of AIG Hakeem Odumosu, who is the former CP of the state, held at the Police College, Ikeja.

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Sanwo-Olu said that the announcement of Odumosu as CP of Lagos on November 14, 2019, came with lots of high expectations for his job.

”His appointment at that time welcomed very high expectation, that his arrival will bring the much needed succour that a lot of Lagosians are crying for, because of all of the various security challenges in the state then.

”Their expectation was certainly not unfounded, based on his very deep knowledge of the nooks and crannies of the state, his very deep knowledge of all the security architecture in the state.

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”Tango One, as we all used to call him then, came with a wealth of experience and was evidence when he introduced several innovative approaches to the schedule and duties of his men in the command.

”Of course, those approaches led to better improved security of life and property.

”Who could forget ‘Tango One’, who could forget what he stood for? Tango One came, he saw and he conquered.

”I am indeed, happy to stand as your governor to say that you have served your state, you have served the citizens of Lagos State, you have served the Lagos State Command, you have served the Nigeria Police Force, you have served them with everything you have, ‘Tango One’, thank you very, very much,” the governor said.

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He said the the promotion of Odumosu to the rank of Assistant Inspector General of Police, Federal Operations, Abuja, was well deserved, owing to his outstanding performances in the Police Force generally.

Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Kabiru Shotobi and Oni Iru of Iruland Oba Gbolahan Lawal also showered encomium on the retired police boss for his good work while in service.

Oba  Lawal said that Odumosu was a 24-hour Police officer, who served Lagos State and Nigeria meritoriously.

Lawal said that during crisis in Lagos State, AIG Odumosu (rtd) exhibited bravery and gallantry, the way he handled the situation, therefore, prayed that God be with him as he retired.

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The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Usman Baba, who was represented by the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), coordinating the South-West Zone, Johnson Kokumo, congratulated Odumosu for meritorious service to the fatherland.

”He has been able to do this without blemish. He did his best to contribute to the tranquility of the country. Hakeem Odumosu is known for diligence, he is not involved in commercialising Police service,” Baba said.

The Chairman, Police Service Commission (PSC), Alh. Musiliu Smith said that Odumosu was diligent at work and offered his service with integrity, hence, urging officers in service to emulate him.

Speaking on behalf of the family, Mrs Olabisi Jaji, the immediate elder sister of Odumosu, thanked the state government for the opportunity given to his brother to serve.

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Jaji prayed that God would give the state and the country gallant officers to serve and defend the nation.

Responding, Odumosu said that his decision to join the Police Force was informed by the desire to serve fatherland and to contribute in his little way to humanity through policing.

He said that he never joined the Nigeria Police Force neither out of frustration, nor joblessness, since he had a promising teaching career.

Odumosu urged the serving officers to exhibit discipline and be professional at all times, so as to win the trust and the confidence of the people.

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2 hunters confess to paying N400,000 to kill neighbour

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Two local hunters in Adamawa State have confessed to paying a third person the sum of N400,000 to kill a neighbour.

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The hunters say the plot to kill the neighbour is out of bitter envy.

The two made the confession while being held in detention by operatives of the Adamawa State Police Command who arrested them as well as the man they paid to carry out the killing.

All the people involved in the report are residents of Ganye Local Government Area of the state.

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A statement sent to newsmen by the Adamawa Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Suleiman Nguroje, named those arrested for the offence as Yohanna Gayus, 45; Maxwell Hamajoda, 38; both local hunters and residents of Detti village in Sugu district who allegedly hired one Abdullahi Musa, 29, for the job.

The suspects allegedly confessed to having hired the hitman and paid him the sum of N400, 000 to abduct and kill one 28-year-old Lawal Emmanuel, a farmer who is also their neighbour and who the suspects allegedly complained against for working so hard and living so much better than them.

The police statement said the operatives attached to Ganye Police Division arrested the suspects on Monday, 24th January.

According to the statement, the suspects had during interrogation confessed to having offered the N400,000 to Abdullahi Musa to carry out the job.

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The statement commended the police operatives for the measures taken towards protecting the life of an innocent man and in preventing the suspects from committing their intended crime.

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