By Henry Umoru
Strong indications have emerged that fresh crisis may be looming between the Presidency and the National Assembly over the 2017 budget, as senators and members of the House of Representatives are said to be very with Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, for downplaying their power to tinker with the budget.
Consequently, the lawmakers vowed not to entertain any virement or supplementary budget proposals that would come from the executive.
Vanguard gathered, yesterday, that the lawmakers, who had earlier agreed to entertain virement or supplementary budget proposals from the Presidency prior to the signing of the document last Monday by Osinbajo, had made a U-turn because they are obviously angered by the statements credited to Osinbajo which challenged their constitutional powers to tinker with the Appropriation Bill.
The lawmakers described the Acting President’s statements as “medicine after death,” designed to incite members of the public against the legislature.
The lawmakers, who are now angry that the executive was only setting the legislature up for another round of public bashing, however, accused Osinbajo of “bad faith” and “playing to the gallery.”
While accusing Osinbajo of undermining the legislature, some of the lawmakers are insisting that unless he comes up with a counter-statement, no request for virement or supplementary appropriation would be entertained from him.
According to a senator, the statements credited to the acting president negated the agreement he had with their leadership before the signing of the budget.
“If he felt strongly that we do not have the powers to change anything in the budget proposal and estimates, then he should not have assented to it and he should know that now that he has signed it, it is a valid law of the land and like the speaker noted in his comments on the issue last Thursday, he should know that it is an impeachable offence not to implement it,” said the senator, who pleaded anonymity.
The NASS members, whose leadership had last week responded to the Acting President’s statement, have reiterated that the comments were needless as both arms had agreed that if there was any issue arising in the implementation of the budget, the Presidency could forward a request for virement.
Virement would enable the executive move funds from one item to the other or even request for supplementary appropriation.
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FRSC begins recruitment process, announces requirements for applicants
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has announced the commencement of its nationwide recruitment exercise and has opened its portal to receive applications.
The FRSC says “qualified candidates” can apply for employment into the following positions; officer cadre, marshal inspectorate (MI) cadre, and road marshal assistant cadre.
According to Bisi Kazeem, the corps spokesman, candidates for the officer cadre are expected to possess a first degree, NYSC discharge certificates, and must not be more than 30 years old.
For the marshal inspectorate cadre, he said there are three subcategories namely, marshal inspector I, marshal inspector II, and marshal inspector III. He said the requirements for MI-I are higher national diploma, NYSC discharge certificates, registered nurse and midwife, and must equally not be above age 30.
The requirements for MI-II are Nigeria Certificate of Education (NCE), registered nurse or registered midwife. Applicants to this cadre, he said, must not be more than 28 years old.
Applicants for MI-III must possess national diploma, community health extension workers certificate (CHEW), and must also not be older than 28.
The statement further read: “Application into the category of RMAII requires a minimum of 5 credits in SSCE/GCE/NECO/NABTEB and must include Mathematics and English Language. For RMAIII, the requirement is a minimum of 3 credits in SSCE/GCE/NECO/NABTEB. Applicants into the two categories of RMAs must not be more than 27 years of age.”
Kazeem said artisans and tradesmen fall into the same categories of RMAs, however, they must possess a minimum of four passes in SSCE/GCE/NECO/NABTEB, have trade test or other professional certificates, as well as a valid class of drivers licence (for drivers and bikers), and must not be more than 28.
He said applications to any of the cadres can be done through FRSC website (www.recruitment.frsc.gov.ng).
Shortlisted candidates are expected to come along with a print out of their forms as well as the acknowledgment slip for screening.
The FRSC said the exercise attracts no fee and that applications must be submitted within six weeks of the publication of the advert.
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