Video: Senate passes, hikes 2018 budget by over N500bn

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===The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar has enjoined Muslims across the country to conduct the Ramadan fast peacefully as Muslims around the world begin the Holy month.

The Prime Minister of Britain, Theresa May and other world leaders have also extended good wishes to Muslims and called for renewed spirit of sharing, generosity and showing compassion to all and sundry, particularly the less privileged.

The Ramadan, a-month-long spiritual abstinence, is one of the five pillars of Islam observed annually.

====The Senate has passed the 2018 Budget of N9.12 trillion; this is coming six months after the budget document was presented to a joint session of the National Assembly in November.

The Budget document passed on the floor of the senate shows an increase of over N500billion from the N8.6 trillion presented in Nov. 2017 by President Muhammadu Buhari.

====Senator Dino Melaye who is standing trail for gun-running allegation has been granted bail of N10million with one surety in like sum.

Chief Counsel to Melaye had argued that continued incarceration of his client would jeopardize his health.

In another development, a Plateau High Court has remanded Sen. Jonah Jang, who has been in EFCC custody since May 7, in prison.

Jang is facing a 12-count-charge including alleged misappropriation of N6.3 billion while serving as governor of Plateau State.

====President Muhammadu Buhari today received the Minister of Mines and Steel Development and Ekiti State’s APC Gubernatorial Candidate, Dr Kayode Fayemi, who is set to exit President Buhari’s cabinet next week.

The President had earlier presided over the Federal Executive Council meeting with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, as well as other cabinet members in attendance

====The ECOWAS Commission has pledged to take appropriate measures to deal with food insecurity, in the 2017 to 2018 crop year.

President of the Commission, Mr Jean Brou, while presenting a report at the ongoing First Ordinary Session of ECOWAS Parliament in Abuja, said taking urgent measures had become imperative because agriculture was one of the key priority projects of the commission.

According to him, in spite of low rainfall being recorded in the 2017/2018 season; the region is expected to grow by 3.2per cent this year.

====The Saudi Football Federation has banned, for life, Fahad Al Mirdasi, a referee selected to officiate at the World Cup in Russia, for soliciting a bribe from a local club.

Al Mirdasi confessed to requesting the bribe, the SFF’s Discipline and Ethics Committee said in an online statement.

The committee banned him for life and recommended that the 32-year-old referee be suspended from participating in June and July’s World Cup in Russia and other international events.

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