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#EndSARS: Infrastructure and Works, Education, 3 others are prioritised in Lagos’ 2021 budget

Sectors would receive topmost attention as several assets were vandalized during the hijacked #EndSARS protests in the state.

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Lagos State is giving priority to the Infrastructure and Works, Education and Health sectors in its 2021 Budget of Rekindled Hope.

This was disclosed by the The state Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, while presenting the budget estimated at N1.155 trillion to the House of Assembly recently.

Its 5 strategic and key sectors being allocated chunk of the budget – representing 55.5% of 2021 budget estimates.

Budget estimates of the 5 key sectors:

  • Infrastructure and works: N172.24 billion (14.9%) as against N117.25 billion in Y2020 (10%). It is no surprising at all that this sector would receive topmost attention as several assets were vandalized during the hijacked #EndSARS protests in the state and very much needed to rehabilitate them, in addition to building of 250 roads in all the wards.
  • Education: N143.66 billion (12.4%) as against N136.1 billion in Y2020 (11.6%). This is intended to cater for the aggressive infrastructural development of the sector, through reconstruction of schools, provision of furniture for both primary and secondary schools across the state, and equipment for science laboratories.
  • Health: N118.360 billion (10.2%) as against N111.78 billion in Y2020 (9.6%). The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the poor health system of the state and needed to be given proper attention to revamp the sector with infrastructure and equipment.

(READ MORE: BREAKING: Sanwo-Olu presents N1.15 trillion 2021 budget to Lagos House of Assembly)

  • General Public Service: N108.01 billion (9.4%) as against N111.78 billion in Y2020 (23.7%). This is for the running of the affairs of the Civil Service.
  • Transportation: N98.93 billion (8.6%) as against N111.78 billion in Y2020 (3.8%). This is expected as quite a number of the BRT buses were either burnt or vandalized during the #EndSARS protests in the state.

The budget amount will help to purchase new buses and repair vandalized buses, as well as repair related facilities destroyed during the protests.

Johnson is a risk management professional and banker with unbridled passion for research and writing. He graduated top of the class with B.sc Statistics from the University of Nigeria and an MBA degree with specialization in Finance from Ambrose Alli University Ekpoma, with fellowships from the Association of Enterprise Risk management Professionals(FERP) and Institute of Credit and Collections management of Nigeria (FICCM). He is currently pursuing his PhD in Risk management in one of the top-rated universities in the UK.

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ICPC Chairman reveals #EndSARS protests was financed with cryptocurrency

ICPC Chairman has revealed to the Nigerian Senate that the #EndSARS protest was largely funded with cryptocurrency.

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The Chairman of Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Commission (ICPC), Bolaji Owasanoye has revealed to the Nigerian Senate that the #EndSARS protest was largely funded with cryptocurrency.

This is as he said there are strong indications that it could be used to fund Insurgency in the country.

According to a report from Vanguard, this disclosure was made by the ICPC Chairman, during an interactive session with Senate Joint Committee on Banking, ICT, Cybercrime and Capital Market led by Senator Uba Sani on Tuesday, February 23, 2021.

READ: ICPC uncovers N9.8 billion Government money hidden in Aso Savings

The Joint committee was mandated to look at the decision of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to ban Cryptocurrency in Nigeria.

The ICPC boss while supporting the position of the CBN, said that the nature of operations of Cryptocurrency exposes it to money laundering and terrorism financing.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) has said that the agency averted a $3million fraud linked to 20 bank accounts.

READ: ICPC moves against NDDC top management over corruption allegations, quizzes directors

Owasanoye further explained that the anti-graft agency currently has a number of cases linked to Cryptocurrency but is unable to track the suspects.

He brought the attention of the Senate to a period in 2018 when a number of globally rated financial institutions said their financial statements had been hacked with the perpetrators asking to be paid in Cryptocurrencies.

ICPC Chairman noted that the CBN as a regulator has the responsibility to ensure sound financial stability and it will be difficult to achieve in the case of Cryptocurrencies where the players are anonymous.

While sharing the experience of the Indian Supreme Court and how it ruled and admitted that it does not know what it is, he urged the Lawmakers to as a matter of urgency, take decisive action against Cryptocurrencies.

READ: Most powerful financial leader takes side with CBN, says Bitcoin is untrustworthy

What you should know

  • It can be recalled that the CBN had directed the financial institutions to immediately close the accounts of such persons or entities transacting in or operating cryptocurrency exchanges, warning of severe regulatory sanctions in the event of any breach of the directive.
  • The apex bank warned the Deposit Money Banks, Non-Financial Institutions and other Financial Institutions against doing business in crypto and other digital assets.
  • The latest directive is coming after the CBN had in 2018 stated that cryptocurrencies are not legal tender and as such are illegal.

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#OccupyLekkiTollGate: Lagos Attorney-General explains large police presence at Lekki toll gate

Lagos Attorney-General has stated that the State does not support the abuse of peaceful protesters.

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The Lagos State Attorney-General, Moyosore Onigbanjo says that the reason for large numbers of policemen at the Lekki toll gate during Saturday’s protest was to prevent the protest from getting hijacked by hoodlums.

The Attorney-General of the State disclosed this in an interview with Channels TV on Sunday evening.

“Our duty is to face the dictate of the law.

“The state does not derive any joy from seeing people brutalized, but we must ensure that we have a society where law and order prevails and where everyone is free and secure to go about their businesses.

“Your right to protests only extends to where the other person’s freedom of association starts,” Onigbanjo said.

READ: #EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu presents Buhari report on Lagos destruction by hoodlums

He added that the State Government wanted to prevent any problems during the protests, citing Covid-19 regulations preventing the mass gathering of people and hoodlums hijacking the protests.

“I believe that was the desire of the state government yesterday that people can protests, but think about the Covid-19 regulations, the existing laws.

“We cannot afford the sort of vandalism we saw before, the state was genuinely apprehensive that hoodlums might take over a peaceful protest, we have seen this before. And that was why the police came out in large numbers that this did not degenerate the last time,” he added.

READ: #EndSARS: Freezing of accounts may trigger further protests – Tunde Bakare

What you should know 

Nairametrics reported over the weekend that Officers of the Nigerian Police Force arrested #OccupyLekkiTollGate protesters at the Lekki toll gate on Saturday morning.

This was confirmed by multiple media images and videos on social media, showing the protesters being arrested and loaded inside police trucks and van, popularly known as Black Maria.

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