As reactions continue to trail the proposed Death penalty for those guilty of hate speech in Nigeria which has passed the second reading on the floor of the Senate, Minister of State for Transportation Gbemisola Saraki has said that the penalty for hate speech is not particularly new in the country as a part of the cybercrime act has addressed it already.
Responding to questions from State House Correspondents after the weekly Federal executive council meeting at the Aso presidential Villa Abuja, The minister said Nigerians should not jump the Gun as this is just a proposal and not a law yet.
in her words, ” Let me just address the issue on hate crime and the bill before National Assembly. Like you rightly said it’s a bill, it’s not yet law. So the sponsor of the bill might have put the death penalty there. I think we are jumping the gun a bit, like you said he is proposing the bill it is not yet an act.
” Be that as it may, I think the cybercrime Act, there is a law already in Nigeria, the cybercrime act has the hate speech aspect in it. there is a law, I stand to be corrected I think it was passed 2014/2015 I am not particularly sure but there is a law that takes care of that already” Because cybercrime now a major issue and as your know internationally, the world over everybody is concerned about it being the new frontier to fight crime.”.
Briefing on the state of Federal Roads in Nigeria, Finance Minister Zainab Ahmed said capital releases to the works and housing ministry is a priority for this government.
according to her ” It gives me an opportunity to state that the Ministry of Works and Housing has a proposed budget of N247 billion for the year 2020 and the greatest component of this budget is the fixing of Nigerian roads. It is true that we are not able to fund the budget 100% but whenever we release funds for capital projects, the Ministry of Power, the Ministry of Works and Housing is always the priority and also the Ministry of Transport.”
“Our fiscal space is tight, resources are limited because revenues are underperforming but at time we have resources, funds to release, the highest proportion goes to Power, Transport, World and Housing. And also we have introduced some measures that have seen private sector participants getting involved in road construction. One of these measures is the Road Infrastructure Task Credit Scheme that Mr President approved by Executive Order early this year so far we have 17 companies that are carrying out 19 roads across the six geo-political zones.”
” I also want to remind you that for the past two years, we have issued Sukuku bonds. In 2017,it was for the construction of 25 roads. In 2018, 23 roads and there is also another one that is being processed.”
” We have a lot of roads in the country but not every road you see is a responsibility of the Federal government. The major arterial roads are the ones that are the responsibility of the federal government.” she noted.”