N65 Billion Contracts: Senate Summons NDDC Boss

 

The Senate has summoned Enyia Akwagaga, acting Managing Director of
the Niger Delta Development Commission,  to appear before it on
Tuesday over the award of N65 billion contracts.

Matthew Urhoghide, Chairman Senate Committee on Public Accounts,
summoned Akwagaga over his absence at the hearing of the committee on
the contract.

The contracts were awarded between 2017 and this year for clearing
water hyacinth and desilting rivers in the region.

Urhoghide said the Committee was aware that N2.5 billion was allocated
for the contract, and that N65 billion has allegedly been spent so
far.

He said that if the information was proven, it would mean that the
budget for the contract was exceeded.

Urhoghide said: “We want to ascertain if due processes were followed
in the award of these contracts, particularly the information that we
have at our disposal that they exceeded budget limits.

“What we know is that N2.5 billion was budgeted for the desilting and
clearing of water hyacinths. We heard that the Commission has spent
over N 65billion. This committee is charged with the responsibility of
ensuring that there are transparency, accountability, and economy,
that is, there is value for money.

“Once we can ascertain that the Commission has done it well, of
course, they are not going to have any problem. If not, we will
recommend appropriate sanctions.”

The Committee also mandated the NDDC boss to forward all relevant
information about the contracts to it on or before next Monday.

The required information includes the project title, contractors’
names and addresses, contract location, contract sum, date of award,
the amount paid to date and the actual date of completion.

The committee also demanded the original copy of all the newspaper
advertisements for the contract, technical bids for the job by each of
the bidders, financial bids submitted by each of the bidders,
deduction of taxes, and evidence of remittances.

NDDC Director of Special Duties, Nosakhare Agbongiasede, said Akwagaga
could not honour the invitation because she was indisposed.

“She is sorry for her inability to come,” Agbongiasede said.
 

 

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BREAKING: Kogi Assembly Impeaches Deputy Governor

 

Deputy Governor of Kogi State, Simon Achuba, has been impeached by the state’s House of Assembly.

The incident, which took place on Friday, followed the submission of the report of the committee set up by the state Chief Judge, Justice Nadir Ajana, to investigate an allegation of gross misconduct against Achuba.

Leader of the House, Hassan Bello Abdulahi, who announced the decision of the Assembly, said Achuba stands impeached after careful consideration of the report.

The committee was set up in August following allegations of gross misconduct against Achuba after he accused  Governor Yahaya Bello of withholding his salaries and imprest since 2017 — an allegation denied by the government during hearing by the committee.

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How Buhari Spent 80% Of Abacha Loot -President’s Aide

 

Maryam Uwais, the Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on
Social Investments, has disclosed that 80% of the repatriated funds
looted by Sani Abacha, former Head of State, for the Social Investment
programme.

President Buhari initiated the Social Investment Programme in 2015 to
push cash into the informal market.

Uwais said this during training on recovering illicit funds and assets in Abuja.

She said the remaining 20% was from the World Bank ‘s credits.

She said 18,200 of them had taken loans from the intervention while
less than 1,000 had defaulted.

She said, “The funds for the social investments are from the World
Bank and the Abacha loot. We are using the credit that we got from the
World Bank in the ratio of 20:80. Eighty percent from the Abacha loot
so that we can pay the beneficiaries the amount that the government
has pledged to help them.

“This has been quite proactive for them because we have seen a lot of
activities in the communities. Today many of these women are doing
their business, they are trading, and engaging in agriculture. They
are doing very well in their homes.”

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Onitsha Tanker Explosion, Preventable –Atiku

 

Former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, has described the fire outbreak caused by a tanker explosion in Onitsha, Anambra State, as preventable.

The incident, which occurred on Wednesday, killed at least three people and also destroyed properties worth millions of naira.

In a post on Twitter on Thursday, Atiku said, “We’ve had many preventable fuel tanker tragedies.

“I received with sadness, report of a tanker explosion in Onitsha, Anambra State, which caused massive destruction to lives and properties in Ochanja Market area.

“My prayers and thoughts are with the families of the affected persons.”

 

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Nigeria, Egypt, 33 Other African Heads Of State Head For Russia Summit Next Week

President Vladimir Putin hosts dozens of African leaders next week as
Russia seeks to reassert its influence on the continent and beyond.
The heads of some 35 African countries are expected for the first
Africa-Russia Summit in the Black Sea resort of Sochi next Wednesday
and Thursday.

For Putin, the summit is a chance to revive Soviet-era relationships
and build new alliances, bolstering Moscow’s global clout in the face
of confrontation with the West.

“Russia has always been present in Africa, this is a very important
continent,” Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said ahead of the summit.
“Russia has things to offer in terms of mutually beneficial
cooperation to African countries.”

Though never a colonial power in Africa, Moscow was a crucial player
on the continent in the Soviet era, backing independence movements and
training a generation of African leaders.

Remnants of that influence remain, from the Kalashnikov rifle on the
flag of Mozambique to the Angolan flag with its
hammer-and-sickle-style gear and machete.

The leaders of former Soviet client states like Angola and Ethiopia
will be at the forum, but so will others from where Moscow’s
engagement has been traditionally low, like Nigeria and Ghana.

Egyptian President and African Union chairman Abdel Fattah al-Sisi,
who Putin has fostered as an ally, will co-chair, Agence France Presse
reports.

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After ‘Skirmish’ With Daura’s Daugther, Aisha Buhari Gets New Aides From President

First Lady Aisha Buhari
Aisha Buhari
First Lady Aisha Buhari

First Lady Aisha Buhari

 

First Lady of Nigeria, Aisha, on Wednesday received new sets of aides from her husband, President Muhammadu Buhari.

The appointments were announced in a statement by her Director of Information, Suleiman Haruna.

The appointees are Dr Mairo Almakura, Special Assistant (African First Ladies Peace Mission); Muhammed Albishir, Special Assistant (Organisation of African First Ladies for Development); and Wole Aboderin, Special Assistant (Non-Governmental Organisations).

Shortly after the announcement was made, Aisha apologised to Nigerians and her immediate family over the embarrassment that a video showing her had caused.

The statement reads, “Commenting on the video circulating on social networks, (Aisha) Buhari extended her apology to her children, immediate family members and all well-meaning Nigerians over the embarrassment that it had caused.”

On Tuesday, Fatima, daughter of Mamman Daura, President Buhari’s nephew, has accused the First Lady of almost physically attacking her inside Aso Villa in Abuja.

The lady made the allegation while commenting on a video where Mrs Buhari was seen complaining about being denied access to her residence.

Fatima said she recorded the video as proof that Buhari’s wife assaulted her.

She said, “On that day I filmed the video, my mom and dad were not around. So, my dad instructed I and my elder sister to move our belongings to a new apartment inside the Villa.

“All of a sudden, as we were busy packing our belongings, we heard noise from outside.

“On getting there, we realised it was the wife of the President. When she came, the door was locked and she picked a metal chair and broke the door.

“My sister who went outside was almost hit by the chair. She threw the chair which broke through the door and almost hit my sister.

“I was so shocked and afraid of getting outside because the First Lady was shouting and cursing, saying we should move out of that apartment.

“She had already said a lot of things depicting that she was being suppressed.

“I recorded the incident to show our parents and the security, so that they will know the truth should anything happen.”

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Senate Urges Buhari To Declare State Of Emergency On Federal Roads

Ahmad Lawan
Ahmad Lawan

Ahmad Lawan

 

The Nigerian Senate on Tuesday asked the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency on federal roads due to their deplorable conditions across the country.

The move followed a motion by Senator Geshom Bassey, who called the attention of his colleagues in the upper arm of the National Assembly to the terrible state of roads in many parts of Nigeria.

Bassey stated that the bad condition of the roads was leading to needless deaths caused by accidents.

Supporting the call, Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, said every part of Nigeria was currently being affected by bad roads.

Lawan expressed confidence at the capacity of the committees mandated to look into the matter to deliver on the task.

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Nigeria’s Debt Hits N25.7trn, Rises By N3.3trn In 12 Months

President Muhammadu Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari

 

The Debt Management Office on Tuesday said that Nigeria’s total public debt rose by N3.32trn in 12 months to N25.7trn as at the end of June 2019.

According to the agency, the Nigerian Government owed N20.42trn as of June 30, 2019 while the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory had a total debt profile of N5.28trn.

It said the debt stock is made up of N8.32trn ($27.16bn) external debt and N17.38trn borrowed domestically.

The nation’s public debt, which stood at N22.38trn as of June 2018, increased to N24.39trn in December 2018 and N24.95trn in March 2019, the DMO added.

 

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Ita-Giwa Commends Senate for Revisiting Anti-sexual Harassment Bill

Former Presidential Adviser on National Assembly  Matters and leader of the Bakassi people, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, has reiterated the need to speed up the deliberation and passage of the new anti-sexual harrassment bill by the upper arm of the Nigerian legislature.

Her call follows an investigative documentary by BBC Africa Eye exposing how university lecturers in Nigeria and Ghana were using their positions to demand sex from female students in return for academic favours. 

According to Ita-Giwa, sexual harassment against women must be immediately tackled in the society. 

In a statement, the former lawmaker commended the Senate for revisiting the issue and identifying with victims of sexual harrassment.

She opined that harassment against students or workers was unacceptable as the country’s educational system and workplaces had become theatres of abuses.

She said, “It’s time again to stand up against the ills of sexual harrassment. 

“I have always advocated for this and I urge my colleagues in the Senate to ensure the bill is speedily passed for Presidential assent.

“We can’t continue to fold our arms while we watch animalistic individuals abuse our girls and women in whatever guise.

“The law must be used to checkmate and prosecute them in order to serve as deterrent to others who may be concieving same.

“I urge victims to stand up and report all cases while I advise that they shouldn’t be stigmatised in any form.”

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Aisha Buhari Almost Attacked Me, Mamman Daura’s Daughter Alledges

Fatima, daughter of Mamman Daura, President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew, has accused the First Lady, Aisha, of almost physically attacking her inside Aso Villa in Abuja.

The lady made the allegation while commenting on a video where Mrs Buhari was seen complaining about being denied access to her residence, according to a report by TheCable.

Fatima said she recorded the video as proof that Buhari’s wife assaulted her.

She said, “If one reasons well, he or she will understand that it is not possible to say that the wife of the President was denied access to her apartment but let me give a context. 

“The apartment in question is called the Glass House. When President Buhari got into office, he gave it to our father, Mamman Daura.

“You all know that they are friends and are related, more so, they grew up together. 

“Our dad stayed there for three years until the President’s son, Yusuf, had an accident and went to Germany for treatment.

“When Yusuf returned, the President told our dad to move out of that apartment to an even bigger one in the villa, that his son was going to stay and be treated there. 

“On that day I filmed the video, my mom and dad were not around. So, my dad instructed I and my elder sister to move our belongings to the new apartment. 

“All of a sudden, as we were busy packing our belongings, we heard noise from outside. 

“On getting there, we realised it was the wife of the President. When she came, the door was locked and she picked a metal chair and broke the door. 

“My sister who went outside was almost hit by the chair. She threw the chair which broke through the door and almost hit my sister.

“I was so shocked and afraid of getting outside because the First Lady was shouting and cursing, saying we should move out of that apartment. 

“She had already said a lot of things depicting that she was being suppressed.

“I recorded the incident to show our parents and the security, so that they will know the truth should anything happen. 

“There are even other clips that have not been released. She was insulting the security personnel and drove them away.”
 

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Soyinka: There Are Names In This Country I’ll Never Mention Again

Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, says there are some names of
prominent citizens in Nigeria that he will never mention again.

Soyinka stated this at the Freedom Park in Lagos during a pre-launch
event of his latest book, ‘Beyond Aesthetics’ and the launch of
‘Beautiful: The Exposition’, an art collection.

The rights activist and playwright is considered a nemesis of former
President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Both men had in the past engaged in scathing references to each other
in their books.

Concerning names mentioned in the yet-to-be-released book, “So, please
don’t come at me and say why don’t you leave this man alone? It’s
nothing to do with me.

“It’s just a reality and this is also an opportunity to explain to
people that there is nothing really personal about some of these
heavy-duty antagonists you see or read about.

“No, no, it is not.  It’s taking power on and power turns ugly which
is 99 percent of the time.

“There are names in this country I have promised myself I will never
mention again. So, I will not mention any names. But if you find any
such name here, please have patience.

“Don’t just say what on earth is he giving them? Believe me, it’s
unrelated. Aesthetics, allusion for beauty…”
 

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APC Condemns Attack On Oshiomole’s Benin Home

The All Progressives Congress has condemned the attack on the home of its National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, in Benin, Edo State, on Saturday.

In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, the APC called on the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammad Adamu, to investigate the incident and prosecute the attackers.

Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, while also condemning the attack, said violence had no place in politics.

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Kogi Election Already Rigged, APM Candidate Alleges

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INEC voting sign

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Governorship candidate of  the Allied Peoples Movement in Kogi, Yusuf  Dantalle, has alleged that the election slated for November 16, 2019 in the state had already been rigged in favour of All Progressives Congress and its flag bearer, Governor Yahaya Bello.

Yusuf accused the Independent National Electoral Commission of working in connivance with the APC to hand Bello victory.

He disclosed this on Friday in Abuja while addressing journalists.

Yusuf said, “Political parties are already coming together to kick against the present REC in Kogi State because there is no confidence. 

“The election is being rigged before the election day itself.” 

He maintained that INEC had no constitutional powers to disqualify candidates. 

He added that the opposition parties in the state would resist any move to mortgage the destiny of Kogi people.

Effort to get the reaction of INEC were unsuccessful as the National Commissioner for Voter Education, Mr Festus Okoye, did not respond to the calls and a text message sent to his mobile line. 

 

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Osun, Gombe, Ekiti, Taraba, Ebonyi, Zamfara Earned Least Revenue First Half 2019 -Report

The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), says in the first half of 2019, Nigeria’s 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) generated N691.11 billion as internally-generated revenue.

This was stated in its ‘IGR at State Level for Quarter One and Quarter Two, 2019’ report.

According to the NBS, compared to N596.91 billion recorded in the second half of 2018, there was an increase of N94.2 billion, indicating a positive growth of 15.78 percent.

The report added that 31 states and the FCT recorded growth in internally-generated revenue, while five states recorded a decline in the period under review.

However, the report showed that the value of foreign debt stood at $4.23 billion, while domestic debt hit N3.85 trillion at the end of 2018.

The bureau stated that the revenues were derived from ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs), direct assessment, pay-as-you-earn (PAYE), road taxes, among other sources.

The data showed that Lagos state led the pack with N263.25 billion, while Rivers collected N151.8 billion, Delta N145 billion, Akwa Ibom N106.7 billion and FCT N72.8 billion.

Bayelsa state generated N71.6 billion, Kano N58.5 billion, Kaduna N54.7 billion, Ogun N48 billion, Edo N47.3 billion, Ondo N47.2 billion, Oyo N42.1 billion, Sokoto N38.8 billion, Benue N38.1 billion, Imo N37.4 billion and Kwara N36.6 billion.

Others are Niger state with N36.1 billion, Enugu N35.7 billion, Katsina N35.4 billion, Cross River N33.9 billion, Jigawa N33.9 billion, Bauchi N33.7 billion, Borno N33.6 billion, Abia N33.5 billion, Anambra N32.2 billion and Kogi N31.6 billion.

It added that Plateau state generated N30.7 billion, Kebbi N30.3 billion, Adamawa N28.2 billion, Yobe N27.2 billion, Zamfara N27.1 billion, Nasarawa N26.6 billion, Ebonyi N26.5 billion, Taraba N25.7 billion, Ekiti N25 billion, Gombe N21.7 billion and Osun N20.2 billion.

The recorded revenues made by the states did not include the monthly allocation received from FAAC.

The IGR data was computed by the NBS and the Joint Tax Board from official records and submissions by the boards of internal revenue across the 36 states.

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Buhari Suspends International Travels For Ministers, Others

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the immediate suspension of international travels by all cabinet members and heads of government agencies.

This is to enable ministers personally lead the process of budget defence at the National Assembly.

According to a statement by Director of Information, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Willie Bassey, the suspension of such travels will enable functionaries and agencies of the executive arm to provide the required cooperation with the legislature in order to ensure timely passage of the Appropriation Bill.

The statement reads, “Honourable Ministers who have already secured approval to travel are by this directive, required to revalidate such approvals with Mr President after confirming the schedule of appearances with the relevant committees of the National Assembly.

“Furthermore, all ministries, departments and agencies have been directed to liaise with the relevant committees of the National Assembly for their schedules of budget defence.”

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