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PRESS STATEMENT: Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting for the month of May, 2017

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Dickson Governor of Bayelsa state

PRESS STATEMENT
Consistent with Government’s policy thrust on transparency, accountability and continuous engagement with the general public, be informed that Bayelsa State Government  received the total sum of N8.497Billion only as net receipts from the just concluded Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC) meeting for the month of May, 2017 held in Abuja. You may recall that the sum of N10.04Billion was the net receipts for the month of April, 2017.
Comparatively, FAAC receipt for the month of May represents a drop of about N1.543Billion.

When viewed against the backdrop of Government almost fixed personnel cost of N4Billion and local debts servicing obligations, a 15% dip in revenue is not only considerable but a worrisome deviation from Government
projections.

Government will continue to re-strategize on ways of creatively improving on the Internally Generated Revenue profile of the State. Also, efforts are also being directed at reducing the cost of governance through improvement in efficiency and value for money, eliminating wastages, and blocking leakages through deployment of appropriate technological solutions in government financial management systems.

We therefore call for patience and understanding from all well meaning people of Bayelsa State. We assure that Government is resolutely committed to the fulfilment of its responsibilities to the people despite the uncertain financial times.

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Maxwell Ebibai
Commissioner for Finance

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Buhari not a democrat, must be sacked in 2019 – Atiku averred

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Atiku with German Ambassador

POLITICS – Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of being undemocratic despite coming to power in 2015 through a democratic process.

Atiku stated this on Thursday when he visited Kogi State delegates of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

The presidential aspirant noted that Nigerians are presently suffering under the All Progressive Congress-led Federal Government.

He debunked the insinuation that he currently holds grudge against his former boss, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.

“I will continue to express my reservations on the willingness of President Buhari to hand over power. I have a simple and straight explanation for this. When Buhari took over power in 1983, they asked him of his transition to civil rule, then he responded, he doesn’t have.

“My stand is that one, he is not a democrat. Secondly, he is only using democracy to go back to power. If he loses election in 2019, he must hand over power” Atiku averred.

‘Buhari should be brought out to debate us, the media should force them out of hiding’ – Sowore

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NYSC member battling for life after soldier’s assault in Kaduna camp

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NYSC member battling for life after soldier's assault in Kaduna camp

A corp member is currently battling for survival after he was allegedly assaulted, yesterday, at the Kaduna State NYSC Orientation Camp (Black Gold Camp).

The corper, set to complete his service next month, had been appointed to the brigade band to train the current corps members. However, at the end of the parade, he excused himself and was planning to leave when a female soldier stopped him and said he couldn’t go.

NYSC member battling for life after soldier's assault in Kaduna camp

He allegedly tried to explain to the soldier that he had to leave, as he is not bounded by the camp rules, but the soldier started harassing him. A male soldier later joined his colleague and kicked the corper, who fell and landed awkwardly on his head. The soldier was said to have pulled him up with his belt, raised him high and dropped him, making him faint immediately.

The victim was then rushed to the camp clinic, where preliminary assessment showed that he broke his neck in the process. He was later rushed out of the camp to a clinic and it’s being rumored that he is now between life and death.

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