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BUHARI WILL RECEIVE BUDGET 2018 ON FRIDAY, SAYS SARAKI

** Senate President Bukola Saraki says the 2018 budget which the national assembly passed last week will get to President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday.

Saraki said this on Thursday when he led federal lawmakers to break the day’s fast with Buhari at the presidential villa in Abuja.

He attributed the delay to the harmonisation of the budget by both chambers of the national assembly.

TRENDING

*. President Donald Trump of the United States, U.S, on Thursday informed Kim Jong Un that their much-mouthed June 12 meeting in Singapore will no longer hold, basing the cancellation on the North Korean leader’s ‘tremendous anger and open hostility’ in a letter.  Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting,” Trump wrote in a letter to Kim released by the White House. In the letter, the American leader thanked Kim for the “wonderful dialogue” that had developed in recent weeks between the two nations

*. Pandemonium enveloped the Gombe State House of Assembly, on Thursday during an attempt to impeach the Minority Leader, Ahmed Usman Haruna. It was gathered that efforts to impeach the Minority Leader failed after a physical confrontation among members which resulted in the whisking away of the House Mace, its symbol of authority. A member against the impeachment overpowered the Sergeant-at-arms of the House, resulting in the snatching of the mace from the chambers of the House.

NEWS FLASH

1. FOREIGN SCENE:
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and French President Emmanuel Macron, both men who achieved so much at a young age, met to talk about  France as an innovation center for Europe. Macron, 40, hosted Facebook CEO Zuckerberg, 34, and other tech leaders at the Tech for Good summit in Paris on Wednesday. Macron, who is keen for his country to become a “startup nation”, hosted the gathering but demanded that tech companies pay their fair share in tax if they want to be part of France’s digital future. He told heavy-hitters at the summit, including the Facebook boss, that he favoured “tough regulations”.

2. FOREIGN SCENE:
North Korea has dismantled its nuclear test site, in a planned move portrayed by the isolated regime as a goodwill gesture ahead of a potential summit next month with the US. It is not known to what extent the northeastern Punggye-ri facility has been demolished, but foreign journalists invited to witness the destruction described a series of ‘huge explosions’. The explosions at the nuclear test site deep in the mountains of the North’s sparsely populated northeast were reportedly centered on three tunnels into the underground site and a number of observation towers in the surrounding area.

3. AFRICAN ISSUES:
The Ugandan government is to introduce biometric gadgets for the implementation of daily salary payment for civil servants. The gadgets are to be introduced following the resolve of the government to start paying civil servants according to the number of days worked rather than a guaranteed monthly salary. Prof. Ezra Suruma, the head of the Delivery Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), said they are for a start installing the gadgets at public health and educational institutions to monitor clock-in, clock-out of health workers and teachers at their duty stations.

4. PRESIDENCY:
President Buhari has written the Senate to confirm former Inspector-General of Police, Musliu Smith, as the chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC).
He also sought the confirmation of Clara Ogunbiyi and former Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Lawal Bawa, as full-time commissioners of the PSC. Four other members of the commission were also nominated. Mr Buhari’s request on Mr Smith and other members was contained in a letter read by the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, shortly after the plenary started on Thursday.

5. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
The Federal High Court in Abuja on  on Thursday voided the 180-legislative-day suspension imposed by the House of Representatives on a former Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin,‎  on September 28, 2016. Delivering judgment in the suit filed by Jibrin to challenge the sanction imposed on him, Justice John Tsoho, declared the suspension of the legislator as unconstitutional and ordered the lower legislative chamber to pay him all the salary due to him for the period he was unjustly suspended.

6. NATIONAL ASSEMBLY:
Members of the House of Representatives on Thursday rejected the attempt to override President Muhammad Buhari’s veto of the Peace Corps bill. President Buhari on February 27 declined assent to a Bill for an Act to Establish Nigerian Peace Corps, citing paucity of funds and duplication of duties of existing security agencies by the proposed corps as his main reasons.
Sources familiar with the situation told PREMIUM TIMES that members who were initially in support of the veto override began to back out due to pressure mounted on them by the presidency.

7. JUDICIARY:
Innocent Chukwuma, chairman of Innoson Motors Nigeria Ltd, says he was declared wanted in bad faith. Mojisola Dada, a judge, declared him wanted on Thursday over his failure to make an appearance in court for his arraignment for the fifth time.
Chukwuma is standing trial in a matter between his company and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). He had failed to appear in court for his arraignment on January 17, February 9, March 14 and April 25.
Reacting to the development, Chukwuma accused the judge of trying to “embarrass” him.

8. FAMILY:
30-year-old Michael Rotondo made the news after his New York parents took him to court because he refused to leave home even after they gave him 5 eviction notices (read here). Michael lost the eviction case but has gotten a job out of the publicity his story generated. The day after his family court battle made headlines, Michael was offered a job by online cam site, CamSoda. CamSoda sent him a letter of employment which TMZ has obtained. In the letter, the company first offered Michael condolences on losing the eviction case then offered him a paying gig in its “LifeStream”

9. ENTERTAINMENT:
FIFA has announced that Will Smith will be singing the official song for 2018 World Cup in Russia with fellow artistesNicky Jam and Era Istrefi.
The Hollywood actor and rapper Smith, and American singer Jam together with Kosovar musician Istrefi have collaborated on the song, titled ‘Live It Up’. According to the football governing body, the three-man line-up will perform at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscowbefore the final on July 15 and the song, produced by American DJ Diplo, will be officially released on Friday.

10. SPORTS:
Football legend, Ronaldinho has reportedly proposed to his two girlfriends and will marry them at the same time. The 38-year-old Brazilian whose full name is Ronaldo de Assis Moreira, will wed his two partners in a private ceremony in his mansion, Brazilian media reports. It was also alleged that Ronaldinho who’s living with ‘fiancees’ Priscilla Coelho and Beatriz Souza at his £5million Rio de Janeiro mansion, is planning on getting married to them in August.

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