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The Executive Governor of Anambra State, Professor Chukwuma Charles Soludo, has presented a N410,132, 225, 272 budget for the 2024 fiscal year to the State House of Assembly.


The budget, which is 57.8% higher than the 2023 budget, is focused on infrastructure development, education, and healthcare.


Key highlights of the budget include; a N96.2 billion allocation for recurrent expenditure, accounting for 23.46% of the total budget, N313.9 billion allocation for capital expenditure, accounting for 76.54% of the total budget.


There are significant increases in allocations for key sectors, such as Administration (50.85%), Economy (103.43%), Judiciary (72.9%), Social Sector (60.24%), Education (140.88%), and Health (169.55%).


Making the presentation, Governor Soludo also announced the following new initiatives; the development of three new cities: Awka 2.0, Onitsha 2.0, and a new Industrial City, the finalization of an industrial master plan and the completion of a railway master plan and feasibility study, the signing of a US$200 million project development, advisory, and financing agreement with Afreximbank, the continued implementation of the Ease of Doing Business initiative, the completion of the Fun City and the construction of a branded international hotel in Awka.


Other initiatives announced by the Governor include; the aggressive pursuit of urban regeneration, the acceleration of the Clean, Green, Planned, and Sustainable Anambra agenda, the targeting of the dualization of key highways and the modernization of mass transport systems, the creation of a new electricity market, the upgrading of security operations with high technology applications, significant investments in urban and semi-urban water schemes, the provision of 10 or more seedlings of coconut, palm, ukwa, pawpaw, soursop, and others, per household, to 100,000 households, among others.


The Governor emphasized the need for increased Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and called on all residents of Anambra to be patriotic by paying their taxes and thanked members of the Solution Team, the legislature, the judiciary, and all stakeholders for their sacrifice in the service of the state.


Earlier in his address, Speaker of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Somtochukwu Udeze, applauded Governor Soludo’s intensified efforts in infrastructure, education, health, and youth empowerment.


The Speaker said that such efforts reveals that Anambra belongs to all, irrespective of political affiliation, called on Ndi Anambra to join the Governor in taking the state to greater heights.


He assured the Governor of speedy approval of the budget once it passes first reading.


Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Solo Chukwulobelu, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Mr Ernest Ezeajughi, Head of Service, Barr. Theodora Igwegbe, Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Mrs Chiamaka Nnake, and Principal Officers of the State Assembly, Members of Anambra Executive Council, APGA State Chairman, Mr. Ifeatu Obiokoye, Members of the Civil Society Organization, Traditional Rulers among others, attended the event.

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– Directs security agencies to arrest perpetrators



The attention of Ondo State Governor, Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa, has been drawn to reports of alleged attacks on some persons and destruction of campaign materials in the wake of the visit of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to the State on Wednesday.


This was disclosed in a statement released by the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Ebenezer Adeniyan on Thursday.



According to the statement, the Governor says his administration will not tolerate any form of violence that is capable of threatening the peace and tranquility of the State.


As the Governor has said repeatedly, any political campaign that disturbs the peace in the State is unacceptable and must be met with the decisive actions of law enforcement agencies.


It is pertinent to make it clear that nobody associated with the Governor or the government of Ondo State was involved in any of the reported activities ascribed to “political thugs” during the President’s visit to Owo and Akure.


The Governor has therefore asked law enforcement agencies in the State to arrest and prosecute anyone found to be engaged in such violent activities.


The Governor urges politicians and their followers to ensure that their campings are issue based, devoid of blackmail, spreading falsehood, inciting the public and intimidating opponents.

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Wigwe Family Releases Burial Plan, City Of David Missing.










The City of David Parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) in Lagos will not play any visible role in the funeral rites of the late group chief executive officer  of Access Holdings Plc, Herbert Wigwe, who died  on board a chopper in US about three weeks ago.



According to Goldmyne report, Wigwe, who was an active member of the influential City of David Parish of RCCG, died alongside his wife, first son, a friend and former chairman of NGX, Abimbola Ogunbanjo, and crew members, in the air accident.


About two weeks after his death, a pre-planned lavish Diamond Jubilee birthday of the wife of the Parish Pastor, Dr Siju Iluyomade, was held that left tongues wagging.


Some netizens from far and near complained about the alleged insensitivity of the Pastor’s family at a time they opined the church should be mourning the Wigwes, being prominent members of the church while alive. But, others thought otherwise, absolving the Iluyomades of any offence, saying life must go on.


However, in the programme of events released by the Wigwe family on Wednesday, the City of David Parish of RCCG was conspicuously missing.


Not a few were surprised with the turn of events because they believed the church should feature as one of the venues for the funeral rites.

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– Olowo commends Governor Aiyedatiwa for giving late Akeredolu a befitting state burial




President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, accompanied by Ondo State Governor, Hon Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa, on Wednesday visited the ancient town of Owo to commiserate with the people over the death of the former Governor of the state, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu.


This was disclosed in a statement made available to media organisations through the Governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Ebenezer Adeniyan on Wednesday.


According to Adeniyan, the President visited the Palace of the Olowo of Owo, Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin Ogunoye, where he was received by prominent traditional rulers in the State.


Tinubu said the void left by the departed former Governor will be difficult to fill, adding that his legacy will endure forever.


Tinubu said it is honourable to depart the world when the ovation is loudest.


According to him: “This sentiment should inspire us to live each day with purpose, to pursue our goals with determination, and to leave behind a legacy that will be remembered fondly by those whose lives we have touched.”


The President acknowledged the courage and fearless nature of the late Akeredolu especially his passion for good governance.


“He truly embodied courage and fearlessness, especially in his relentless pursuit for good governance. I can only describe him as a fearless fighter, his unwavering commitment to the welfare of his people and his courageous nature will always be remembered”, he said.


The Olowo, Oba Ogunoye, conveyed heartfelt appreciation of the entire Owo community to the President and his entourage for his visit.


The monarch extended his gratitude to Governor Aiyedatiwa, acknowledging and commending the governor’s significant efforts in giving a fitting and respectful burial ceremony to the late Akeredolu.


Others in attendance at the palace included the Deputy Governor, Chief Olayide Adelami, Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Olamide Oladiji, Chief of Staff to the governor, and Prince Segun Omojuwa.


The President, accompanied by Chief Bisi Akande and Chief Pius Akinyelure, also visited the residence of the late Akeredolu, where he met with his widow, Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu and other members of the family.


The President was later led by Mrs Akeredolu to visit where the late former Governor was laid to rest near the residence.


Meanwhile, the President later paid a visit to the National Leader of the Pan Yoruba Socio-political group, Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti and other chieftains of the group, in Akure.


During the visit at Fasoranti’s residence, President Tinubu said his administration would fix various challenges facing the country including the issue of hardship.

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