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Delta Assembly passes N71bn supplementary appropriation bill

The Delta House of Assembly on Wednesday passed the state’s N71 billion 2023 supplementary budget for the fiscal year ending December 2023.

It was reported that the figure is made up of N5.6 billion for the Recurrent Expenditure and N65.5 billion for the Capital Expenditure.

Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa forwarded the budget through a letter read during the plenary session on Tuesday by the Deputy Speaker, Christopher Ochor.

Okowa stated that there was projected increase in some fiscal receipts.

He also explained that the supplementary budget became necessary for appropriation to pay for some critical projects and government activities as well as fund ongoing projects across the state.

Why we renamed ministry of aviation – Minister

Hadi Sirika, the minister of aviation has explained why the ministry of aviation has been renamed as the Ministry of Aviation and Aerospace of Nigeria.

Sirika explained that the change became necessary because it is on the exclusive list.

He noted that the future of aviation had experienced an advancement such that aviation and aerospace were intertwined and Nigeria had the need to proactively set its policies to align with future occurrence

The Minister made the announcement in Abuja on Wednesday, moments after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Read more:Why we renamed ministry of aviation; Minister

Gbajabiamila adjourns plenary indefinitely over alleged fear of impeachment

Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, on Wednesday adjourned plenary indefinitely over fear of possible impeachment plot by some lawmakers.

Gbajabiamila, who presided over plenary after weeks of recess, called for adjournment over speculation of his impeachment.

He declared the adjournment under the guise of the induction of the members-elect, some people familiar with the politics at the federal legislature said.

It was gathered that some lawmakers unhappy with the selection and imposition of Tajudeen Abbas as consensus candidate for the speaker of the 10th Assembly of the House of Representatives had perfected plans to impeach him.

Some of the lawmakers who spoke with NAN on the impeachment plot under the condition of anonymity alleged that the speaker adjourned the plenary because of the fear of impeachment.

Senate urges CBN to release $717.4m trapped airlines funds

The Senate, on Wednesday, urged the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to release US$717, 478, 606 airlines funds trapped in the country.

The upper chamber also called on the CBN to allocate 25 million dollars to airlines operating in Nigeria at its fourth-nightly dollar auction.

These resolutions were reached following the consideration of a motion titled “Current Issues on Airlines blocked Funds in Nigeria,” sponsored by Sen. Biodun Olujimi (PDP-Ekiti), on Wednesday at plenary.

The upper chamber also called on the Federal Government to urgently reverse the current trend of increasing airlines blocked funds in Nigeria.

It called on President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, to pay up the blocked funds to the affected airlines.

Montana becomes first US state to ban TikTok

The state of Montana became the first US state to ban the Chinese social media application TikTok. The law is set to take effect next year as debate over data security and its impact on American society continues.

The prohibition, which was signed into law by Governor Greg Gianforte, will definitely serve as a legal test for perhaps a national ban of the popular social media application.

The law states that “TikTok may not operate within the territorial jurisdiction of Montana.”

Any time there is a violation, a user may be ordered to pay a $10,000 fine for every day it takes place.

The ban makes it a violation each time “a user accesses TikTok, is offered the ability to access TikTok, or is offered the ability to download TikTok.”

Under this law, big tech companies such as Apple and Google will have to remove TikTok from their app stores, a violation of which will attract daily fines.