Most Nigerian youths rely on hard drugs for joy – Murray-Bruce … – Daily Post Nigeria


The Senator representing Bayelsa East in the National Assembly, Ben Murray-Bruce, has decried the alarming state of drug abuse among Nigerian youths.

He said the majority of young people were not happy without hard drugs.

Speaking during plenary at the floor of the Senate, Murray-Bruce said drug abuse had eaten deep into Nigerian society, including the homes of the majority of Nigerian lawmakers.

“This is a very serious issue and I am sure my colleagues here when they were in school may have had classmates who were on drugs. When I was in high school, a few of my classmates were on drugs.

“I urge my colleagues to go home and pay attention to your children. You may be shocked that somebody in your household is on drugs. Always happy, always smiling and you have no idea why that child is smiling because that child is on drugs.”

The lawmaker said the issue of drug abuse was extremely serious as those drugs were easily accessible to Nigerian youths, both the poor and rich who relied on it to be happy.

“There are reasons why people get on drugs. The rich kids get on designer drugs because it makes them high and happy. Poor kids get on drugs because there is a level of hopelessness in their lives and when the drug makes them high it gives them relief.

“When we talk about rehabilitation, it is important we understand why people get on drugs first. Then we figure out a way to solve the problem. If we have 60 million Nigerians unemployed, 11 million kids out of school, 6 million people who just lost their jobs in the last two years, it is not surprising that lots of people are on drugs,” he said.

Bruce added that this serious issue was not limited to Northern Nigeria as some people wrongly believed but it was a general issue affecting Nigerian youths and it must be handled with a focus on the core of the problem.

“This is a serious problem and it must be addressed in a manner that deals with the cores of the problem. They say it’s in Northern Nigeria but it is all over Nigeria.

“It is a serious problem as the drugs are purchased readily available. I urge my colleagues to go home, there is no way 109 of my colleagues will go home and not find somebody in their household who is on drugs. I urge this Senate to take this very seriously,” he said.



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Most Nigerian youths rely on hard drugs for joy – Murray-Bruce – Daily Post Nigeria


The Senator representing Bayelsa East in the National Assembly, Ben Murray-Bruce, has decried the alarming state of drug abuse among Nigerian youths.

He said the majority of young people were not happy without hard drugs.

Speaking during plenary at the floor of the Senate, Murray-Bruce said drug abuse had eaten deep into Nigerian society, including the homes of the majority of Nigerian lawmakers.

“This is a very serious issue and I am sure my colleagues here when they were in school may have had classmates who were on drugs. When I was in high school, a few of my classmates were on drugs.

“I urge my colleagues to go home and pay attention to your children. You may be shocked that somebody in your household is on drugs. Always happy, always smiling and you have no idea why that child is smiling because that child is on drugs.”

The lawmaker said the issue of drug abuse was extremely serious as those drugs were easily accessible to Nigerian youths, both the poor and rich who relied on it to be happy.

“There are reasons why people get on drugs. The rich kids get on designer drugs because it makes them high and happy. Poor kids get on drugs because there is a level of hopelessness in their lives and when the drug makes them high it gives them relief.

“When we talk about rehabilitation, it is important we understand why people get on drugs first. Then we figure out a way to solve the problem. If we have 60 million Nigerians unemployed, 11 million kids out of school, 6 million people who just lost their jobs in the last two years, it is not surprising that lots of people are on drugs,” he said.

Bruce added that this serious issue was not limited to Northern Nigeria as some people wrongly believed but it was a general issue affecting Nigerian youths and it must be handled with a focus on the core of the problem.

“This is a serious problem and it must be addressed in a manner that deals with the cores of the problem. They say it’s in Northern Nigeria but it is all over Nigeria.

“It is a serious problem as the drugs are purchased readily available. I urge my colleagues to go home, there is no way 109 of my colleagues will go home and not find somebody in their household who is on drugs. I urge this Senate to take this very seriously,” he said.



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Many Nigerian Youths Rely On Hard Drugs To Be Happy – Murray-Bruce – CHANNELS TELEVISION


Save Aviation Industry Before Another Plane Crash – Murray-Bruce

A Federal lawmaker, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, has decried the alarming state of drug abuse among Nigerian youths saying the majority of young people rely on it to be happy.

Speaking on Tuesday during the plenary at the Senate House of Assembly, the lawmaker said the addiction of drug abuse has eaten deep into Nigerian society including the homes of the majority of Nigerian lawmakers.

“This is a very serious issue and I am sure my colleagues here when they were in school may have had classmates who were on drugs. When I was in high school, a few of my classmates were on drugs.

“I urge my colleagues to go home and pay attention to your children. You may be shocked that somebody in your household is on drugs. Always happy, always smiling and you have no idea why that child is smiling because that child is on drugs.”

READ ALSO: FG Sues Senator Misau Over Allegations Against IGP

The lawmaker who is representing Bayelsa East said the issue of drug abuse is extremely serious as these drugs are easily accessible to Nigerian youths, both the poor and rich who rely on it to be happy.

“There are reasons why people get on drugs. The rich kids get on designer drugs because it makes them high and happy. Poor kids get on drugs because there is a level of hopelessness in their lives and when the drug makes them high it gives them relief.

“When we talk about rehabilitation, it is important we understand why people get on drugs first. Then we figure out a way to solve the problem. If we have 60 million Nigerians unemployed, 11 million kids out of school, 6 million people who just lost their jobs in the last two years, it is not surprising that lots of people are on drugs.”

Bruce added that this serious issue is not limited to Northern Nigeria as some people wrongly believe but it is a general issue affecting Nigerian youths and it must be handled with a focus on the core of the problem.

“This is a serious problem and it must be addressed in a manner that deals with the cores of the problem. They say it’s in Northern Nigeria but it is all over Nigeria.

“It is a serious problem as the drugs are purchased readily available. I urge my colleagues to go home, there is no way 109 of my colleagues will go home and not find somebody in their household who is on drugs. I urge this Senate to take this very seriously,” he said

 



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Many Nigerian Youths Rely On Hard Drugs To Be Happy – Ben Bruce – CHANNELS TELEVISION


Save Aviation Industry Before Another Plane Crash – Murray-Bruce

A Federal lawmaker, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, has decried the alarming state of drug abuse among Nigerian youths saying the majority of young people rely on it to be happy.

Speaking on Tuesday during the plenary at the Senate House of Assembly, the lawmaker said the addiction of drug abuse has eaten deep into Nigerian society including the homes of the majority of Nigerian lawmakers.

“This is a very serious issue and I am sure my colleagues here when they were in school may have had classmates who were on drugs. When I was in high school, a few of my classmates were on drugs.

“I urge my colleagues to go home and pay attention to your children. You may be shocked that somebody in your household is on drugs. Always happy, always smiling and you have no idea why that child is smiling because that child is on drugs.”

READ ALSO: FG Sues Senator Misau Over Allegations Against IGP

The lawmaker who is representing Bayelsa East said the issue of drug abuse is extremely serious as these drugs are easily accessible to Nigerian youths, both the poor and rich who rely on it to be happy.

“There are reasons why people get on drugs. The rich kids get on designer drugs because it makes them high and happy. Poor kids get on drugs because there is a level of hopelessness in their lives and when the drug makes them high it gives them relief.

“When we talk about rehabilitation, it is important we understand why people get on drugs first. Then we figure out a way to solve the problem. If we have 60 million Nigerians unemployed, 11 million kids out of school, 6 million people who just lost their jobs in the last two years, it is not surprising that lots of people are on drugs.”

Bruce added that this serious issue is not limited to Northern Nigeria as some people wrongly believe but it is a general issue affecting Nigerian youths and it must be handled with a focus on the core of the problem.

“This is a serious problem and it must be addressed in a manner that deals with the cores of the problem. They say it’s in Northern Nigeria but it is all over Nigeria.

“It is a serious problem as the drugs are purchased readily available. I urge my colleagues to go home, there is no way 109 of my colleagues will go home and not find somebody in their household who is on drugs. I urge this Senate to take this very seriously,” he said

 



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[The Legislative Blog]: Watch Ben Murray-Bruce lash out at fellow senators for harbouring drug addicts – YNaija


It must have been such a bitter pill to swallow for all the senators who were present at plenary on Tuesday but Senator Ben Murray-Bruce went in hard as he made his submission on the issue of drug abuse on the House floor.

So a motion “The Need to Check the Rising Menace of Pharmaceutical Drug Abuse among Youths Especially in Northern Nigeria” was adopted by APC senator representing Borno Central, Baba Kaka Bashir. The Senator said one of the major challenges faced by Northern youth was the abuse of controlled drugs.

Over 30 other lawmakers sponsored the motion, some of who added that codeine syrups should no longer be made available over the counter.

In his turn, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce focused on the abuse of hard drugs and relayed his encounter with Indian hemp smokers in the Afrikan Shrine; a spot he clarified he visited “to enjoy Afrobeat”.

The high point of his speech was when he pointedly told the other senators to search within their households as he was certain they were accommodating drug addicts. WATCH:

Now that’s one mighty dose of common sense!



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Proceedings of Nigerian Senate 10th October and Request for Debt Approval – Proshare Nigeria Limited (press release)


Tuesday, October 10, 2017 11:34 PM /  Office of The
President of the Senate, Federal Republic of Nigeria

Senate
President Bukola Saraki took the official Prayer and led the Chambers into
today’s proceedings at 10.58am.
 

Senator
Abdulazeez Nyako moved for the approval of votes and proceedings of Thursday,
5th of October 2017. Senator Emmanuel Paulker seconded.
 


EXECUTIVE COMMUNICATION

Senate
President Bukola Saraki read a letter from President Muhammadu Buhari
requesting the Senate for approval of External borrowing to:

1.
Finance 2017 Appropriation and

2.
Refinance domestic debt.
 

The
Summary of the requests as follows

1.
$2.5bn issuance in the international capital market through Eurobonds or a
combination of Eurobonds and Diaspora Bonds for the financing of the deficit in
the 2017 Appropriation Act and capital expenditure projects in the Act.
 

II
$3.0 billion external borrowing for the refinancing of maturing domestic debt
obligations through the issuance of Eurobonds or through a loan syndication.
 


ANNOUNCEMENT

Senate
President Bukola Saraki welcomed people who were present in the gallery to
observe Plenary.
 


POINT OF ORDER

Senator
Philip Aduda raised a point of order and told the Senate that the Ministers of
Finance and Budget and Planning should clear the misconception that the Senate
isn’t working by delaying the approval of the external borrowing.
 

Senator
Obinna Ogba cited an order and sought a motion to celebrate with the Super
Eagles over their victory qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
 

Senator
Sam Anyanwu seconded and added that the team is to be commended for their
effort and also thanked Senate President Bukola Saraki for his presence at the
match.
 

Senate
resolved to:

i)
Congratulate agencies and team members.

ii)
To mandate the Federal Government for timely provision of funds.

iii)
Ensure the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) commences early preparation for
the team to ensure a successful outing.
 

Senate
President Bukola Saraki noted that it’s important that the Nigeria Football
Federation judiciously manage funds when released.
 


PETITIONS

Senator
Shehu Sani raised a Petition from a member of his constituency who was wrongly
dismissed by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) where he worked.
 

Senator
Mao Ohuabunwa raised a petition regarding students on Presidential honours list
sponsored to study abroad who have been abandoned.
 

Senate
President Bukola Saraki referred the petitions raised to the Committee on
Ethics, Privileges and Public Petitions to report back in 2weeks.
 

PRESENTATION OF REPORTs

1.
Report of the Committee on Culture and Tourism by Senator Mathew A. Urhogide.

-That
the Senate do receive the reports of the Committee on Culture and Tourism on:

a.
National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (Establishment, etc) Bill, 2017
(SB. 380), and b. Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation Act (Repeal and
Re-enactment) Bill, 2017 (SB. 428).
 

Senator
Shaba Lafiagi seconded that the Senate do receive the reports of the Committee
on Culture and Tourism on:

a.
National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (Establishment, etc) Bill, 2017
(SB. 380), and b. Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation Act (Repeal and
Re-enactment) Bill, 2017 (SB. 428).
 

The
reports of the Committee on Culture and Tourism was laid.
 


MOTIONS

1. The need to check
the rising menace of pharmaceutical drug abuse among youths especially in
northern Nigeria by Senator Baba Kaka Bashir

Senator
Matthew Urhoghide said drugs have been consistently abused and suggests that
these drugs should be made unavailable over the counter.
 

Senator
Oluremi Tinubu added that women resort to intake of drugs as a result of
emotional negligence from their male partners and urges the Nigerian men to
work on being emotionally available for their spouses.
 

Senator
Ben Murray Bruce said to fix the issue of drugs, the economy must be fixed,
also before rehab centers are established the cause of drugs abuse must be
understood.
 

Senator
James Manager said we should be coming up with a solution to the not
investigating what we already know of.
 

Senate
resolved to:

i.
Mandate its Joint Committee on Drugs and Narcotics and Health to come up with a
report back to the Senate on the needed Legislative interventions to combat
this trend, 

ii.
Urge the Federal Government to partner with relevant stakeholders, traditional
rulers, pharmacists council of Nigeria, NGO’s to create a holistic framework in
fighting this category of drug abuse especially in Northern Nigeria, and
 

Senator
Kwankwaso added that the State Government and Local Government be included to
prayer (ii), Senator Abubakar Kyari seconded.
 

iii.
Urge the National Food and Drug Agency (NAFDAC) to embark on a vigorous
sensitization campaign on the dangers of drug abuse and steps on achieving a
successful rehabilitation for people with drug addiction.
 

Senator
Oluremi Tinubu added a prayer that the Federal Government should establish
joint rehabilitation centers where victims of drug abuse can seek help when
needed. Senator Magnus Abe seconded the prayer.
 

Senate
President Bukola Saraki commended the sponsor and all co-sponsors of the motion
on considering the Socio-Economic state of the country and stated that a likely
solution is for the two Committees on Health and Narcotics to come up quickly
with the bill to be passed concerning this.
 

2.
Urgent need for pro-active steps to nip in the bud reported outbreak of Monkey
Pox Disease in Nigeria by Senator Ali Wakili.
 

Senator
Emmanuel Paulker stated that this is a situation that calls for all forms of
assistance across the Federation.
 

Senator
Magnus Abe noted that every machinery of the government should be mobilized to
ensure that this does not become an epidemic.
 

Senate
resolved to:

i.
Urge the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Federal Ministry of Health,
the various States Governments, Local Governments and CBOs to be pro-active in
containing and preventing the spread of Monkey pox disease from where it was
reported to have occurred; 

ii.
Aggressive enlightenment and education of the citizens about measures that can
be taken to mitigate risk factors of exposure to the virus;
 

iii.
Sustained public health education messages via the conventional media-
broadcast, electronic, print and the social media platforms; and
 

iv.
Proper liaison by the Federal Government with the World Health Organisation
(WHO) and other relevant donor agencies for contingencies against
eventualities.
 

Senate
President Bukola Saraki thanked Senator Wakili for the motion.
 


CONSIDERATION OF REPORTS

1.
Report of the Senate Committees.

2017
Budget of Corporations and Agencies of Government of the Federal Republic of
Nigeria by Senate Leader.

-That
the Senate do consider the report of the Senate Committees on the 2017 Budget
of Corporations and Agencies of Government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
 

Committee:
Finance.

Government
Owned Enterprise: Federal Inland Revenue.

The
Report of the Committee on Finance was approved as amended.
 

Committee:
Banking, Insurance and other Financial Institutions.

Government
Owned Enterprise: Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation.
 

Senator
Sam Anyanwu presented the report on the Committee of Banking, Insurance and
other financial institutions for Senate consideration.
 

Senate
President Bukola Saraki said we need to make sure the agencies aren’t just
keeping money, we need to do a thorough job on the agencies.
 

Senate
Leader Ahmed Lawan cited order 13 and moved that Plenary be extended beyond
2pm. Deputy Minority Leader seconded.
 

Committee:
Marine Transport.

Government
Owned Enterprises: National Inland Waterways Authority, Nigerian Shippers
Council, National Maritime Authority, and Nigerian Ports Authority.
 

The
report on the Committee of Marine Transport was approved as amended.
 


ADJOURNMENT
Senate
Leader moves that other items on the Order paper be moved to another
Legislative day. Minority Leader seconds.
 

Plenary
is adjourned to Wednesday, 11th October, 2017
 

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How nursing mothers, youths got involved in drug abuse in North … – Daily Post Nigeria


Senate leader, Ahmed Lawan has explained that larger number of drugs abuse in Nigeria takes place in the north.

In his contribution on the floor of the Senate, Tuesday, he said, about 60% of drug abuse in Nigeria takes place in the north, adding that nursing mothers and youths were heavily involved.

Lawan who was visibly disappointed attributed the development to the Boko Haram insurgency, sayings that nursing mothers who lost their husbands and dislodged, have to resort to drugs to suppress their frustration.

“Me President, distinguished colleagues, in the north today the circumstances of attacks by insurgents has heightened drugs abuse in the north”, he said.

“I can say, about 60% drugs abuse takes place in the north including nursing mothers and the yours”, he added.

Senator Ben Murray Bruce representing Bayelsa East Senatorial district reasoned that the country would have to be fixed before fixing drug problems, saying that it was a general phenomenon.

“Mr. President, distinguished colleagues, borh the poor and the rich fomomndrigs. The rich takes drugs to keep them happy, while the poor take it to suppress their thinking”, he said.

Earlier on, the sponsor of the motion on “the need to check rising menace of pharmaceurical drugs abuse among the youths in northern Nigeria”, Senator Baba Kaka Garbai has said, about 3 million youths consume coedine syrup in Jigawa and Kano states alone.

“Aware that research has shown that Jigawa and Kano States consume more than 3 million bottles of Codeine syrup daily, as abusers take up to 3 to 8 bottles per day”, he submitted.

After contributions, Senate President insisted that drugs rehabilitation centres be established across the country.

He also added that NDLEA Acts as well as Pharmaceurical Council of Nigeria be amended towards giving robust supervisory powers to cut the menace of abuse.

Saraki further revealed that they would be a round table stakeholders summit on drugs abuse at the end of the month to look into the areas of concern.

“Distinguished colleagues, I have the privilege of hosting executives of Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria yesterday and hope at the end of this month, we will hold round table stakeholders summit”, Saraki said.



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How nursing mothers, youths got involved in drug abuse in North – Senate leader – Daily Post Nigeria


Senate leader, Ahmed Lawan has explained that larger number of drugs abuse in Nigeria takes place in the north.

In his contribution on the floor of the Senate, Tuesday, he said, about 60% of drug abuse in Nigeria takes place in the north, adding that nursing mothers and youths were heavily involved.

Lawan who was visibly disappointed attributed the development to the Boko Haram insurgency, sayings that nursing mothers who lost their husbands and dislodged, have to resort to drugs to suppress their frustration.

“Me President, distinguished colleagues, in the north today the circumstances of attacks by insurgents has heightened drugs abuse in the north”, he said.

“I can say, about 60% drugs abuse takes place in the north including nursing mothers and the yours”, he added.

Senator Ben Murray Bruce representing Bayelsa East Senatorial district reasoned that the country would have to be fixed before fixing drug problems, saying that it was a general phenomenon.

“Mr. President, distinguished colleagues, borh the poor and the rich fomomndrigs. The rich takes drugs to keep them happy, while the poor take it to suppress their thinking”, he said.

Earlier on, the sponsor of the motion on “the need to check rising menace of pharmaceurical drugs abuse among the youths in northern Nigeria”, Senator Baba Kaka Garbai has said, about 3 million youths consume coedine syrup in Jigawa and Kano states alone.

“Aware that research has shown that Jigawa and Kano States consume more than 3 million bottles of Codeine syrup daily, as abusers take up to 3 to 8 bottles per day”, he submitted.

After contributions, Senate President insisted that drugs rehabilitation centres be established across the country.

He also added that NDLEA Acts as well as Pharmaceurical Council of Nigeria be amended towards giving robust supervisory powers to cut the menace of abuse.

Saraki further revealed that they would be a round table stakeholders summit on drugs abuse at the end of the month to look into the areas of concern.

“Distinguished colleagues, I have the privilege of hosting executives of Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria yesterday and hope at the end of this month, we will hold round table stakeholders summit”, Saraki said.



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[The Injustice Blog] The “unfortunate statement” from Ben Murray Bruce and its implications – YNaija


After the inauguration of the 8th Senate, it was evident Nigeria was prepared for a legislative arm with a difference, going by the crop of individuals that found their way into the upper chamber. They were refined professionals, distinguished and experienced individuals when it comes to leadership.

The Senate President himself, a medical doctor and a former governor of Kwara ably aided by his Deputy, a long-standing Senator and a Lawyer among other individuals which includes social activist Senator Shehu Sani.

The Senate also has a Businessman and media investor, Senator Ben Murray Bruce – representing Bayelsa East federal constituency. Not long had the Senate been inaugurated that he became a social media sensation with his “common sense” videos where he makes a presentation on national issues with accompanying solution.

The peak of his common sense message was the launch of a book titled, A CommonSense Revolution in commemoration of his 60th birthday and his decision to donate his wardrobe allowance to Osun state workers in June 2015, although condemned by Governor Aregbesola.

Since then, he has been busy with his videos and twitter rants which; always generating a divided opinion. One of the major controversies that have befallen the current Senate is their earnings as salaries and allowances which has been described as the highest in the world.

This discuss was reignited recently by the Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-corruption (PACAC), Professor Itse Sagay. He alleged that each senator earns the sum of N29 Million monthly and N3 Billion annually. This figure was however denied by the National Assembly which refused to mention how much they earn as monthly remuneration.

In a bid to get more information about this, a Twitter user asked Senator Ben Bruce how much he earns and he responded thus, “Except you are my constituent, it is silly for anyone to have a problem with the Senate’s salaries and come to me. Go to your own senator!

This statement  was roundly condemned by Twitter users but apart from condemning Ben Murray Bruce it has some implications for us as a Nation.

One, we are yet to get it right with the crop of people we elect into political office. Our inability to elect those we can call to order has made our responsibility as voters restricted to voting and nothing else.

Two, the National Assembly is a public “cult” or how do we describe a group of 469 individuals that maintain deafening silence when its comes to how much allowance they earn? Does it mean we don’t have an individual that can speak out and damn the “consequence” of speaking out?

Three, the National Assembly as presently constituted is a danger to democracy. The executive is the arm of government that is always at the forefront of corruption and impunity while the belief is that National Assembly will offer a check and balance. With this dead silence emanating from the National Assembly as it relates to their earnings, will they have the moral right to probe acts of corruption in the executive?

As sad as the word from Ben Murray Bruce might be, the implications are far-reaching.

 



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Why Murray-Bruce described those requesting to know Senators salaries as “Silly” – Naija News


A member of the National Assembly, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce, has described as silly, Nigerians asking him the salaries of Senators.

The Bayelsa East Senatorial District representative said it is ”silly for certain Nigerians to come to him with questions on the salaries of senators.”

He made the assertion on Saturday, via his twitter account.

Although, reasons for Murray-Bruce’s outburst on twitter are unknown, there have been clamour by members of the public for the government to make public, the actual salaries and allowances of the legislators.




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When common sense failed its proponent, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce | YNaija Effectiveness Ranking for Senators – YNaija


Before his foray into politics, Senator Ben Murray-Bruce positioned himself as the poster boy of new things in Nigerian politics. His common sense mantra echoed the sentiments of some Nigerians who saw his approach to issues in the polity as different from the norm of regular politicians.

Popularly called the common sense senator or the Twitter senator, Murray-Bruce who represents Bayelsa East in the red chamber is perceived as one who busies himself with tweets than with actually effecting any sort of change in the Senate.

In the week under review, Murray-Bruce made a gaffe on his Twitter page, saying, “Except you are my Constituent, It is silly for anyone to have a problem with the Senate’s salaries and come to me. Go to YOUR own Senator!”

Inasmuch as Bruce is the representative of the people of Bayelsa East, he is also a Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, who has previously said he will make details of his salary known. Bruce’s backtracking and approach to this issue by directing Nigerians to their respective Senators is as silly as the tweet. His condescending manner is disrespectful and may just be proof that he is someone who does not walk the talk.

Senator Dino Melaye is not one to shy away from controversy. Currently embattled in a fight for survival for his seat following the recall process he is facing, Melaye took time out to pepper Nigerians with his fleet of exotic cars. In a series of posts on his Instagram page, showing off his wheels, the Kogi West senator, wrote, “My Toys. My passion Noni! Talk oya talk”.

From the best to the worst, see our top ten below.

Name Zone Rank This Week Rank Last Week
Isah Hamma Misau Bauchi Central 1 1
Bukola Saraki Kwara Central 2 2
Ovie Omo-Agege Delta Central 3 3
Samuel Egwu Ebonyi North 4 5
Andy Uba Anambra South 5 6
Shehu Sani Kaduna Central 6 7
Utazi Chukwuka Enugu North 7 8
Gershom Bassey Cross River South 8 9
Fatimat Raji-Rasaki Ekiti Central 9 10
Biodun Olujimi Ekiti South 10 11

See full ranking here.



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Low Implementation of Capital Budget Ruffles Lawmakers – THISDAY Newspapers


Senator Udoma Udo Udoma

Restoring fiscal year to Jan-Dec may affect turn-over rate for N’Assembly
Damilola Oyedele in Abuja
The low implementation of the capital component of the 2017 N7.441 trillion by the federal government is currently causing major unease among federal lawmakers amid fears that it may affect their bid for re-election into the National Assembly in the 2019 polls.

The constituency projects, also called zonal intervention projects, are contained in the N2.1 trillion capital component of the 2017 budget, out of which only N440 billion has been released.
The low release of funds has ensured that only high priority capital projects are currently receiving the attention of the government, causing a complete neglect of the constituency projects for which N100 billion was appropriated.

THISDAY gathered that the executive has not released a kobo for any item listed under the constituency projects, even though some of the items have been listed in procurement adverts by several Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government.

The lawmakers are further ruffled by the recent push of the executive arm of government to restore the fiscal year from January to December to allow for an organic budget calendar, as this may further affect the performance of the 2017 budget.

While they generally accept that a predictable budget calendar ensures better economic planning particularly for the organised private sector which is dependent on public spending, the lawmakers fear that the proposal to roll over up to 60 per cent of capital projects would further affect the constituency projects.

At a recent hearing by the Senate on the performance of the 2017 budget, the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Senator Udo Udoma had told the Senate Joint Committee on Appropriations and Finance that MDAs have been instructed to roll over most of their capital projects, to the 2018 budget.

THISDAY gathered that the lawmakers are highly concerned about the impact this would have on their re-election bid in the 2019 general elections.

A highly placed source speaking with THISDAY said the decision to isolate the constituency project items under the N100 billion Zonal Intervention Funds, in a separate section from the statutory budget of the MDAs, was deliberate.

“Even if this has happened before now, the executive deliberately did it this time around because for them it is not priority. Despite any detente, the executive still considers the constituency projects a ploy to make money by the lawmakers. Remember the tensions caused by the constituency issue last year, at some point House members even said they would not entertain any request from the executive, until ZIFs (Zonal Intervention Funds) are released,” the source explain.

“2018 is just a few months away, and that is campaign year. 2019 is just the election year. If the projects are not done, it would affect the lawmakers. Many have promised their constituents that they would implement certain projects, and when such is not on ground during campaigns, they would not be able to point to what they have done, and why they should be re-elected,” the source said.

“The 2016 capital budget, N1.7 trillion was not fully implemented. Also, just about 80 per cent of the 2016 ZIF was released after intense negotiations. Obviously lawmakers who could not finish their constituency projects from that budget, would be relying on the current budget, and must have assured their people. Now no funds are being released under the 2017 budget, and it is obviously not a priority to the executive,” the source explained further.
The source disclosed that about 50 per cent of the ZIF could be released, but added that it would be hard for the lawmakers to get anymore than that in the current budget.

“It is not for nothing that the executive repeatedly says it is concentrating on priority projects, and these priority projects are in all the zones anyway,” the source said.
Lawmakers from the Senate and the House of Representatives who spoke with THISDAY off record expressed their displeasure at the development.

“We are the closest to our people, hence these projects. We promised our people, if we do not fulfill our promises, why would they re-elect us? Our constituents just want to see the boreholes, the primary health care centres, among others they would not understand the struggle here,” a lawmaker said.

Another lawmaker said it would be unfair to expect them to use their personal allowances for the constituency projects.

“Even our salaries are being delayed under this dispensation, and we get nothing extra. We cannot expend that on our constituencies. Admittedly, some of our colleagues use their personal funds for some things back home, particularly in places where the competition is stiffer. If you want to return, you cannot wait until the ZIF is released before fulfilling some of the promises to the constituents,” he said.

A House member further told THISDAY that the hearing at the Senate was ‘closely monitored’ by the members of the green chambers who were happy with the resolutions.

“The resolution cautioned against selective implementation of the capital budget, which is where our projects are. That is our way of demanding of the implementation of the ZIF items” he said.

Reacting to the development, the Deputy Spokesman of the Senate, Senator Ben Murray Bruce expressed hope that the constituency projects would be funded, as they benefit the people more, not the lawmakers.

Speaking in a telephone interview with THISDAY, Ben Bruce said the project is for the people who get angry when they are not implemented as promised by “If you promised a link road that costs N20 million, and you do not have the link road, then people would be angry. If you promise a borehole because people have dirty water and they have monkeypox, because of the dirty water and dirty environment, and you cannot provide clean water, then they would be angry, because they put you into office and you cannot provide them clean water.”

“In a place like Bayelsa state which is riverine, no toilets anywhere, people use the bathroom (ease themselves in the waters) and drink it at the same time, are you surprised there is monkey pox? So something as simple as water, which does not benefit the senator or the House of Representatives, it benefits the poor man who needs clean water, and then you do not deliver, first you have sick people, you have an epidemic, you have angry people, people who cannot understand that in a modern economy, some people do not have clean water to drink, who do you blame?”

“Last year, my constituency project was providing solar power, so children can do their homework at night. This year, its agriculture (fish, corn, rice) , people have to feed. If I do these, how would that have a negative impact on the economy, and why would the government not fund such projects? None of the projects benefit me, they benefit the people who voted me into office. So constituency project is not a bad word, not a bad thing to do and i am glad we have it in the budget. I hope they fund it,” the Senator said.




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Ben Bruce lashes out at Nigerians over senators' allowance ▷ NAIJ … – NAIJ.COM


– The senator representing the Bayelsa-East federal constituency in the upper legislative chamber, Ben Bruce, has asked Nigerians who don’t belong to his constituency to stop asking him questions about his allowance

– Bruce asked them to direct the question to their senators, stating that it was silly for them to be asking him such questions when he does not represent them

– The senator’s outburst may not be unconnected to recent increased criticism of the hefty allowances collected by Nigerian lawmakers

Senator Ben Murray-Bruce (PDP-Bayelsa East), has lashed out at Nigerians, stating that it is silly for those who do not belong to his constituency to question what he earns.

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In a post on his twitter handle, the senator exploded: “Except you are my constituent, it is silly for anyone to have a problem with the Senate’s salaries and come to me.

“Go to your own senator!”

NAIJ.com does not know why Bruce chose to lash out in such a manner; but it may have something to do with the recent increased criticisms of lawmaker’s hefty allowances by various Nigerians.

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In a related development, NAIJ.com previously reported that the chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption, Professor Itse Sagay, once again accused Nigerian senators of getting overpaid.

Sagay said the senators are wrecking the country’s economy with their unnecessary allowances.

He condemned the clothing allowances being paid to the senators and queried the importance of such frivolous spending.

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Nigerian Senator says questioning him on lawmakers' salaries 'silly … – Premium Times


A Nigerian senator, Ben Murray-Bruce, has said that it is ”silly for certain Nigerians to come to him with questions on the salaries of senators.”

Mr. Murray-Bruce, 61, who represents Bayelsa East Senatorial District, said Saturday on Twitter, “Except you are my constituent, it is silly for anyone to have a problem with the Senate’s salaries and come to me.

“Go to your own senator!” he exploded on his handle.

It is unclear what may have prompted the outburst from the senator, known for issuing short statements on the nation’s socio-economic and political challenges.

However, there has been public pressure on lawmakers to reveal how much they actually receive as salaries and allowances.

The Nigerian Senate and Itse Sagay, an aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, for instance, have been sparring lately over the latter’s claim that a senator’s monthly salary was about N29 million and over N3 billion a year.

The Senate said the figures presented by Mr. Sagay were false and exaggerated.

Senators and House of Representatives members reportedly earn as much as N6.78 billion as their official salaries and allowances in one year, according to a report published by PREMIUM TIMES last year.



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