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How FG Can Deal With States Creating LG Caretaker Committees

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Former Minister of Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh has revealed how the federal government can deal with states setting up illegal caretaker committees for Local Government (LG) administrations.

 

According to him, FG can stop the trend by stopping the payment of monthly allocations to states whose governors set up caretaker committees for administration of Local Government areas.

“Any governor who sets up a caretaker committee should not receive any funds because a caretaker is illegal, by the Supreme Court. Don’t send them cash, deduct their own and keep it,” the 76-year-old ex-minister said on Inside Sources with Laolu Akande, a socio-political programme aired on Channels Television on Friday.

 

There are 774 local government areas in the country but the efficiency of the third tier of government has been hampered by the weight of some controlling and overbearing governors who have been accused of mismanaging funds meant for the administration of local governments.

 

In the last few months, calls for local government autonomy have increased in Nigeria. President Bola Tinubu has also supported the calls and in May the Federal Government sued the 36 state governors over alleged misconduct of local government funds.

 

Currently, the Federal Government gets 52.68%, and states get 26.72%. In comparison, LGs get 20.60% of the country’s monthly revenue allocated by the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) which operates under the Presidency, and disbursed by the Federation Account Allocation Committee (FAAC).

 

Interestingly, LG funds are paid into a joint account operated by state governments and local governments in their domains.

 

Ogbeh, a former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said the Federal Government should discontinue the payment of LG funds to such joint accounts and move it to accounts solely operated by local government administrations.

“I can’t be sending you money that disappears. You don’t repair primary schools, you don’t do anything, the money vanishes and they say they are paying workers, for which work? Strolling around in the morning and drinking palm wine? These are the issues. Those failures are creating dangerous problems for the country,” he said.

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He said some governors appoint their stooges as caretaker chairmen for local governments, give them stipends and divert the large chunks of the money allocated for local government administration to questionable quarters.

 

The Nigerian agriculture minister from 2015 to 2019 backed the move by the Federal Government through the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Lateef Fagbemi, to restore financial and legislative autonomy to local governments in the country.

 

He said the President and the 36 state governors should sit down and decide what they want to do with local governments.

 

The Benue-born politician said should the LG system be functional, many social and environmental challenges ubiquitous in the country won’t be experienced.

 

“Here you have a system which unfortunately is not working. If it were working, a lot of these problems would not be there. You have a governor in the state and there are 10, 15 local governments, and the local government is failing,” he said.

 

He said governors ought to see local governments as partners in progress for the overall development of the people, especially in providing potable water for people and curbing the spread of infectious diseases like Cholera, repairing dilapidated primary and second school classrooms, storing drugs at healthcare centres in their domains, and provide other basic amenities for the comfort of people.

 

The ex-minister said the LG system should be scrapped if governors won’t allow it to function the way it ought to.

“What I want to say to Nigerians, if we don’t want the local government system, scrap it, if it were allowed to work, it would have been a fantastic system,” he said.

 

He said governors are building anger and frustration among people at the grassroots through the arbitrary dissolution of constitutionally elected LG chairmen and the imposition of caretaker chairmen.

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Diet-Friendly Apple Cookies Without Eggs: A Healthy and Delicious Recipe

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Introduction

These Diet-Friendly Apple Cookies are perfect for those who want a healthy, guilt-free snack. Made without any sugar or eggs, they are ideal for a wholesome treat. The natural sweetness from the apples and raisins makes these cookies delightful and nutritious.

Ingredients

  • 7 ounces (200 grams) grated apple (approximately 2 apples)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2.8 ounces (80 grams) durum wheat semolina
  • 3.5 ounces (100 grams) raisins
  • 1.8 ounces (50 grams) vegetable oil
  • 4.6 ounces (130 grams) flour (you can use the same amount of rice flour if desired)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

Nutrition Information

This recipe makes approximately 16 cookies. The nutritional information per cookie is as follows:

  • Calories: 80
  • Protein: 1g
  • Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2g
  • Sugars: 6g
  • Fat: 3g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.5g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg
  • Sodium: 20mg

Preparation Time

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Refrigeration Time: 1 hour
  • Baking Time: 30-40 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 55 minutes
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Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: Prepare the Apple Mixture

1. Peel and Grate Apples:

  • Start by peeling and grating two large apples (approximately 7 ounces or 200 grams).

2. Mix Ingredients:

  • In a bowl, mix the grated apples with 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 2.8 ounces (80 grams) durum wheat semolina, and 3.5 ounces (100 grams) raisins.
  • Cover the mixture with cling film and refrigerate it for 1 hour to allow the semolina to swell.

Step 2: Prepare the Dough

1. Mix Dry Ingredients:

  • Sift 4.6 ounces (130 grams) flour into a mixing bowl.

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  • Add 1.8 ounces (50 grams) vegetable oil and 1 teaspoon baking powder to the flour.
  • Mix well until you achieve a smooth dough consistency.

3. Incorporate Apple Mixture:

  • Remove the apple mixture from the refrigerator and incorporate it into the dough, mixing until well combined.

Step 3: Bake the Cookies

1. Preheat the Oven:

  • Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius (350 degrees Fahrenheit).

2. Prepare the Baking Tray:

  • Transfer the dough onto a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  • Flatten the dough evenly with your fingers and cut it into portions.

3. Bake:

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 30-40 minutes until the cookies are golden brown and cooked through.

Conclusion

These Diet-Friendly Apple Cookies are a fantastic way to enjoy a sweet treat without any added sugar or eggs. With the natural sweetness from the apples and raisins, these cookies are not only delicious but also nutritious. Enjoy these cookies as a healthy snack or dessert. Bon appétit!

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She’s aged like! This is how Patrick Swayze’s widow looks and lives years after the actor’s passing

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One of the most iconic, towering and exemplary couples used to be of P. Swayze and his wife Lisa. The spouses were absolutely inseparable even during the last minutes of the famous actor’s life. It was in 2009 that Swayze left the world in tears and sorrow with his passing at the age of 58.

For those who don’t know, it was on the set of the film «Ghost» when the future spouses first crossed paths. Even after being married for over 30 years, they still looked at each other with love and warmth. As Swayze claimed, it was her cold-bloodedness that attracted him at first sight…Click Here To Continue Reading>> …Click Here To Continue Reading>>

 

They first met when the film star was still in his early 20s, while Lisa was 15 and was enrolled in ballet school. Chemistry between them arose and in 1975 they got married. However, their life wasn’t as perfect as it might seem. The spouses experienced the loss of their child and couldn’t become parents.

Lisa became his biggest supporter and helped him navigate through that challenging time. READ FULL STORY HERE>>>CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING>>>

The spouses were hit by tragic news. In 2008 the «Dirty Dancing» actor started to suffer serious health issues. A year later he, unfortunately, passed away leaving his wife alone. Initially, Lisa considered it a betrayal to start a new relationship with another man after her husband’s passing.

Then, she met billionaire A. DePrisco and soon they got married. Swayze’s widow is already 65. The late actor’s wife and the American jeweler are happily married and often share romantic pictures delighting the network users. Lisa seems to still be «stuck» in her 20s and looks effortlessly gorgeous.

 

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I’m Selling My House to Get Rid of My Stepchildren

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Blending families with stepchildren can present unique obstacles that test patience, love, and personal space. For one man in particular, the pressure had become so strong that dramatic measures appeared to be the only option…Click Here To Continue Reading>> …Click Here To Continue Reading>>

 

He explained what happened.

My wife passed away in November 2022. She left me three adult stepchildren, all of whom have made it clear that I am not their parent despite being in their lives for more than ten years. Their father retired to the Philippines.

They are 21, 22, and 25. Their mother and I have been assisting them in finding a place to reside due to the high expense of living in our city. The youngest is still in school, but the other two have jobs.

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After their mother passed away, they stopped doing anything around the house. We had been charging no rent to help them save money. Aside from that, the elder two were responsible for paying their own bills. I paid for electricity, water, Internet, and all utilities. We even fed the youngest.

Now they do nothing to help around the house. I have had to hire a cleaning lady to help. It’s stupid.

So I placed my house up for sale. The price has risen so much since I purchased it that I could retire to the Philippines if that is my preference. READ FULL STORY HERE>>>CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING>>>

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It took no time to sell, and I’m moving to my cabin. I gave each youngster $10,000 and informed them that the house had sold. They are not idiots; they saw the for sale sign and attended the open houses.

They are now furious with me because I kicked them out of their house. I suppose they did some of their growing up there, but they never treated it as anything more than a place to sleep.

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I believe their mother would be disgusted by how they treated me and our house.

They pooled their money and got an apartment, but if they rely solely on the money I gave them, they will have nothing in a year.

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