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Governor Makinde of Oyo revealed how corrupt Ajimobi padded the budget.

…awards two contracts

Governor Oluseyi Makinde of Oyo State on December 21, 2019 painted a picture of the alleged corrupt practices that characterised the administration of his predecessor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi of the All Progressive Congress, APC, in the management of the affairs of the state.

Makinde alleged that the era of the immediate past administration was characterised by corruption, budget padding, mismanagement of funds, kickback syndrome, inflation of contracts’ fees, lop-sidedness in projects management, award of contracts only to their cronies and re-awarding of projects at double price, among others.

He made this sttement on a live programme of the Oyo State Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State tagged ‘Live chat with GSM, a quarterly session with the Oyo State Governor’. He said;

“If I should talk about the finances of Oyo State as at the time we came on board, some people will not be able to walk on the streets. Up till date, we have not bought vehicles for the office holders. If we are to buy official vehicles for myself and other office holders, we will not spend less than N3 billion and we cannot afford that now. Up till today, I am still using my personal cars in office.

“Our priority is to the people. We prioritise what we can do to the people who gave the opportunity to serve them over ourselves. We don’t want to serve ourselves. On May 6, 2019, three weeks to take over, the last administration withdrew N5.2 billion and spent it to remain N19, 000 by May 29. Soon, those involve will have to explain how they spent the money on the people.

“When I resumed, I was scared. The government was running 67 banks accounts. So I asked for all the balances of the accounts. A particular account has N300 million, and another has N20 million. I asked the accountant general to prune the accounts down and put all the money in one account and which came to about N6 billion.”

“When we assumed office, some people came to me and said that this is how they shared money. I said don’t share the money to me. Let us use it to better the lives of the people of the state. IGR has gone up a bit because we have blocked loopholes. Let me also reveal this. We did not spend government money on those Christmas decorations that you see everywhere. Normally, at the end of the year, people and corporate organisations give gifts to the governor.

“So, when they came, I called my people and told them that these gifts should be channelled towards beautifying the state instead. So, we used the gifts to do those Christmas decorations that you are seeing. If we continue to be prudent, all will be well and things will go round. It is because we cut off the wastage, that is why we are able to do some of the things are doing”.

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Ngozi Iweala’s father buried after death at 91.

Former Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, joined other members of her family to lay their father, the late Obi of Ogwashi-Uku, Aniocha South Local Government Area of Delta State, Chukwuka Okonjo, to rest today December 21st.

The monarch who was a Mathematics professor, died in Septemer in Lagos at the age of 91.

In attendance at the funeral were Delta state governor Ifeanyi Okowa, former governor of Ogun State, Gbenga Daniels, and the pioneer chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nuhu Ribadu.

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Okonjo-Iweala?s father laid to rest (photos)

Okonjo-Iweala?s father laid to rest (photos)
Okonjo-Iweala?s father laid to rest (photos)
Okonjo-Iweala?s father laid to rest (photos)
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56th ECOWAS Session: Buhari holds Bilateral talks with leaders.

…outcomes still in progress

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday in Abuja held bilateral talks with some leaders of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

NobleReporters learnt that the meetings were held on the sideline of the ongoing 56th Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government.

N.Rs culled that among the West African leaders expected to meet with Buhari are President Alassane Quattara of Cote d’Ivoire, Patrick Talon of Benin Republic, Julius Maada Bio of Sierra Leone, George Weah of Liberia and Rock Marc Kabore of Burkina Faso.

N.Rs learnt that the outcomes of the meetings were still being expected as at the time of filling this report.

The 56th session of the ECOWAS is expected to consider, among other sub-regional and continental issues, the recommendations on the proposed single currency regime for the sub-region.

N.Rs understood that ECOWAS leaders had agreed on a single currency for the sub-region 30 years back, to boost cross-border trade and economic development.

They had formally agreed to name the common currency “Eco”.

The member states of ECOWAS are Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.

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Ganduje approves redeployment of perm secretaries.

Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has approved the redeployment of Permanent Secretaries in the state civil service for a more robust and result-oriented public service.

This is contained in a statement by Abba Anwar, the Chief Press Secretary to Ganduje, in Kano on Saturday.

He said that Lawan Ahmed moves from Ministry of Commerce to Office of the Head of Service; Saleh Ado Minjibir from Government House to Ministry for Local Governments; and Dr Binta Umar Bala from Ministry for Higher Education to Ministry of Health.

Others are Abba Kailani, from Ministry for Local Governments to Establishment; Abba Ibrahim Wada, from Establishment to Government House; Amina Aminu Kano, from Pension Board to Ministry for Water Resources and Usman Bala Muhammad, from Ministry of Health to Ministry of Information.

Also affected are Zakari Sadiq Buda, from Ministry of Finance to Ministry of Culture and Tourism; Binta Salihu, from SERVICOM to Council Affairs Directorate; Ahmed Salisu Abba, Director Budget to Perm. Sec. Ministry of Works and Infrastructural Development.

Others are Adamu Abdu Faragai, Ministry for Special Duties to Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Dr Zainab Braji, from Council Affairs Directorate to Bureau of Land and Physical Planning and Hussaini Umar, Director Local Government to Perm. Sec. Ministry for Special Duties.

Others are Lawan Shehu, Zonal Chief Medical Director, Gaya to Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance; Dahiru Ada’u, from Ministry of Works and Infrastructural Development to Ministry for Higher Education; Hadi Bala, from Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources to Administration and General Services/Office of the Secretary to the State Government.

Also Auwalu Ilyasu Riruwai moves from Ministry for Water Resources to Pension Board; Tijjani Bello Abubakar, from Bureau of Land and Physical Planning to SERVICOM and Hafsatu Ilyasu Aliyu, from Ministry of Information to Ministry of Religious Affairs.

He urged them to justify the confidence reposed in them and work for the development of state.

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Zamfara state commissioner resigns after 1 month in office.

Zamfara State’s commissioner for education, Alhaji Jamilu Aliyu Zannah has reportedly resigned after being in office for one month.

Zannah announced his resignation shortly after arriving Gusau from India where he received medical treatment.

The Commissioner who was the campaign coordinator of Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle, said he is resigning over Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle’s cold feet in fulfilling some necessary campaign promises made earlier to the electorate.

He said;

“Lack of consultations also were among the reasons that made me to resign from the governor’s nomination and appointment as commissioner.”

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Ebonyi government to begin minimum wage payment in January.

…plead with NLC

Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, has said he will pay the N30,000 minimum wage agreed with organised labour from January 2020.

He made this known during the signing of the state’s 2020 budget in Abakaliki, the state capital, on Friday.

He however, pleaded with labour unions to accept the inability of the state to pay the backlog of salaries, which had accumulated since the wage increase was reached.

In the absence of the arrears, he noted that the state had set aside N500m to help workers earn some income from agriculture.

“We have the N500m approved by the state House of Assembly to assist workers and other segments of the society, engage in alternative means of livelihood which is agriculture.”

Speaker of the state’s legislature, Francis Nwifuru, said the lawmakers were impressed with the implementation of budgets it had signed under Umahi’s administration.

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Details: How Akpabio tackles Oshiomhole, omo agege.

… men lose out in battle of wits, fight back

The battle for the control of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) took a dramatic turn during the week with President Muhammadu Buhari allegedly jettisoning the nominees whose names were confirmed by the Senate on October 29 for the board of the commission.

The Senate-approved board whose members had been waiting to be inaugurated by the President, was constituted with inputs from Niger Delta leaders, including the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole; the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege; former Bayelsa State governor, Niger Delta minister Senator Goodwill Akpabio and Chief Timipre Sylva, according to The Nation investigation.

As earlier reported by this paper, some Presidency officials had told Senator Omo-Agege, who is said to be very close to the Villa, that President Buhari needed upright and competent people to run the affairs of the NDDC because he believed that the huge sums hitherto pumped into the commission had not been well utilised by its managers.

It was on the foregoing basis that the President called for forensic audit of the commission when the governors of the states that make up the NCDC, led by Governor Seriake Dickson of Bayelsa State, paid him a courtesy visit at the Presidential Villa in October.

Senator Omo-Agege, however, felt that it would not be fair for him to nominate the commission’s members without inputs from other Niger Delta leaders. He therefore contacted Oshiomhole, Sylva, Akpabio and some other Niger Delta leaders who nominated a name each.

The battle for Commission’s key positions
With members of the Commission’s board nominated, the bone of contention became whose candidate would occupy the key positions in the board, particularly the chairman and the managing director.

As it turned out, the nomination of Dr. Pius Odubu and Bernard Okumagba, the candidates of Oshiomhole and Omo-Agege as nominees for the chairman and managing director positions on the board did not go down well with Akpabio, who felt that as the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, his candidate deserved to occupy one of the two positions.

Rather than engage Oshiomhole and Omo-Agege in a confrontation, Akpabio decided to play a fast one by announcing the appointment of a three-man interim management committee to manage the affairs of the commission while the newly constituted board awaited confirmation by the Senate.

Asked what would happen to the new board when confirmed by the Senate, Akpabio said they would have to wait to be sworn in after the interim management committee’s work was done.

Realising how dear Buhari holds the idea of forensic audit to heart, Akpabio also moved quickly to declare that his interim management committee would oversee the forensic audit ordered by the President.

Akpabio’s joker

To further win Buhari’s heart, Akpabio was said to have demanded from his interim management committee details of how the former managers of the commission ruined the place.

He was then said to have found his way into the Presidential Villa and paraded the details before Buhari.

While President Buhari nodded in approval of Akpabio’s professed disposition to forensic audit of NDDC, the Acting Managing Director of NDDC , Gboene Nunieh and member of her interim management board, announced the suspension of the Commission’s monthly payment of N1 billion to a consultant whose job with NDDC was merely to collect money from international oil companies (IOCs) on its behalf.

Speaking with reporters at the NDDC headquarters in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nunieh said the commission did not need middlemen to collect statutory funds due to it.

She said: “We have a consulting firm engaged as a collection agent. We have another company that also collects three per cent whenever money is paid by the International Oil Companies.

“We don’t need a middle man to collect three percent for gas. The money should just be paid into NDDC accounts with the CBN.

“That is why I have suspended the contract of a collection agent. We are no longer going to pay anyone N1 billion every month. That is wicked.

“That money can put mono pumps in rural communities in the Niger Delta. It can buy books and set up primary health centres. The three per cent for a consulting firm is over.”

The acting MD said things were beginning to look up as many contractors have gone back to site since she took charge.

She said: “We have about 57 contractors that have gone back to site. I am encouraging everyone to go back to site so that things will be done properly. Those that actually execute their contracts will be paid.

“No big contractors. We will get the locals who are plumbers to get the mono-pumps to work.

“We are going to take development to the people and that is why you no longer see the young men hanging around our gates.

“We have asked them to go back to their communities and we will meet them there.”

Amaechi’s men lose out in battle of wits, fight back

Former Rivers State governor and Minister of Transportation, Hon. Chibuke Rotimi Amaechi, is said not to be happy about the goings on at the commission because the dissolved board of the commission headed by the former Managing Director Nsima Okere, was his brainchild.

Apparently disappointed that the former governor has been sidelined, his people are said to be compiling dossiers on Akpabio’s people who allegedly got contracts in billions but did not execute them.

They are alleging that Akpabio’s people have been major players in the commission since it was set up about 18 years ago.

They are claiming that as Akwa Ibom governor, Akpabio nominated a chairman, a managing director and several state representatives to the NDDC board between 2007 and 2015. “How did they run the place?” they asked.
In their view,” the people there now should be sacked as well for a thorough forensic job to be done. ”

“The President means well for the Niger Delta. He should get an international firm of auditors to look into the books of the commission. What will be unearthed will shock Nigerians,” a leading politician from the region said in Abuja.

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Don’t return to Daura when your tenure is up – Akpabio tells Buhari.

…ensure that the votes are retained

President Muhammadu Buhari stirred curiousity at a meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on November 22 when he charged the leaders of the party to ensure that it does not die after his tenure.

It has now emerged that the President’s statement was not made in a vacuum. It was actually impelled by an appeal the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio had made to the President during a National Executive Council (NEC) meeting a few days earlier.

At the said NEC meeting, Akpabio was said to have stood up in his hilarious manner and told President Buhari that there are three major political parties in Nigeria, namely the APC, the PDP and the President himself as a custodian of 12 million votes.

Akpabio then pleaded with the President that when his tenure is up, he should not return to Daura with his 12 million votes but ensure that the votes are retained for the survival and progress of APC.

There and then, the President pledged his determination to see that APC survives beyond his tenure.

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I have no grudges with Oyetola – Rauf Aregbesola.

The Minister of Interior and former Governor of Osun State, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, on Friday dismissed insinuations that he was at war with his successor, Adegboyega Oyetola.

Aregbesola spoke in Osogbo during his recognition as the Amirul Waziril-Muminina by the Chief Imam of Osogbo, Sheik Musa Animasahun, at the Osogbo Central Mosque.

Oyetola and many members of his cabinet were absent at the ceremony.

There have also been insinuations that Oranmiyan, the political group of the ex governor , was not being given recognition in the present administration.

But Aregbesola, who spoke in Yoruba language while addressing the gathering, explained that Oyetola’s inability to attend the event was due to his trip to Saudi Arabia for Ummrah.

He said his relationship with Oyetola remained very healthy.

He added that the renovation of the Osogbo Central Mosque was funded by the Osun State Government with inputs of the present governor, who was then the Chief of Staff to the Governor.

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Buhari Regime: Wrong Advisers Are Threatening Democracy – Useni.

…there is a mix up

A former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Lt. Gen. Jeremiah Useni (retd.), has said that the influence of bad advisers working under the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), constitutes a threat to good governance and democratic practice in the country.

Useni, who stated this while speaking with journalists in Jos on Friday, said unless those responsible for misleading the regime and other Nigerians resolved to do the right thing at all times in their given areas of responsibility, the country might continue to experience problems.

Useni said, “As a president, Buhari does not do everything by himself; he has advisers. If you have advisers and they advise you properly, you will do proper thing but when you have bad advisers, you will have problems.

“What I am saying is that there are good and bad advisers. So if there is anything going wrong at all under the administration, it must be based on bad advisers and not that him, as an individual, will try to see that things are done badly.

“So, I think there is a mix up because some people do not understand what democracy is all about and only think it is all about lying to the people and not telling them the truth.”

He added, “I tell people that politics is not for people given to falsehood but sincere individuals who are desirous of helping the people and the society to solve their problems. Everybody tries to blame Mr President for every wrongdoing going on but he is just but one man.”

Useni also expressed concern over the security challenges facing the country.

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Buhari charged APC governors, says work hard.

…deliver good governance

The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has asked All Progressives Congress state governors to work harder in the next four years to deliver “good governance” to the people.

Buhari made the call while congratulating all the governors on the platform of the party, who defended their post-election petitions up to the Supreme Court and won.

He noted that the victories came after what he described as “your patient legal battles to defend your mandates.”

A State House statement by his media aide, Mr Garba Shehu, quoted the President as saying, “I am pleased and proud that you have successfully concluded your legal battles, and now is the time to concentrate fully on fulfilling your campaign promises after the distractions caused by the litigations.”

He added, “One of the great things about democracy is that it gives us avenues for redress through the courts…I am pleased that you used this opportunity to defend your mandates.”

However, the President asked the governors to put the judicial battles and the outcomes behind them by settling down fully to work for the people.

“With the legal battle now over, it is my hope that you won’t rest on your oars. You should work ever harder to deliver good governance in the next remaining four years of your tenure.

“I wish you God’s guidance, more wisdom and good health in the performance of your exalted responsibilities”, Buhari added.

As for those who challenged them in the courts, the President advised the governors not to make them their enemies.

He urged them “to see their challengers as enemies because they were exercising their democratic rights by going to the courts to seek redress.”

Buhari added that the governors should be aware of challenges still awaiting them ahead.

The apex court had on Wednesday, affirmed the victory of eight governors in its latest decisions.

Five of the governors are of the APC.

They include Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Kaduna, Nasir El-Rufai; Katsina, Bello Masari; Ogun, Dapo Abiodun; Nasarawa, Abdullahi Sule

Three others are of the Peoples Democratic Party. They are, Oyo State, Seyi Makinde; Akwa Ibom, Emmanuel Udom; and Ebonyi, David Umahi.

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Senate replaces Dino Melaye With Adeyemi as ‘Aviation committee chairman’.

… adjourned

The Senate on Friday held a special plenary to pass the Federal Capital Territory 2020 budget, which is N273.255bn

The upper chamber, thereafter, adjourned till January 28, 2020.

Before the adjournment, the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, named Senator Smart Adeyemi, as the Chairman, Senate Committee on Aviation to replace Dino Melaye.

The Senate would have adjourned on Thursday (yesterday) but shelved plenary in honour of the late Senator representing Imo North Senatorial district, Benjamin Uwajumogu.

Details later…

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Diaspora declares seven nights warfare against Nigerian politicians.

…who have come to steal, kill and destroy.

Nigerians in the Diaspora on the platform of Global Coalition for Security and Democracy in Nigeria have declared seven nights of spiritual warfare against Nigerian politicians.

Speaking through a YouTube broadcast, Global Coordinator of the group, Frederick Odorige, stated that this was a call to all Nigerians to change their prayer points and patterns.

He said, “Christians have been encouraged to pray for those in authority. `This has been done. We have also prayed for Nigeria our country. God has answered our prayers too.

“We can no longer continue to pray for this set of politicians who have come to steal, kill and destroy.

“Those in authority now are mostly principalities and powers who defy the laws of the land and continue to loot without remorse. They continue to spirit away our God-given commonwealth to satisfy their greed and lust. We shall no longer pray amiss.

“The time has come for us to re-direct our prayers of arrows against our unrepentant taskmasters. We shall make decrees against them since we have the power of life and death in our tongues. We have complained enough as a people.

“The prayer nights will commence from midnight Nigerian time for just one hour on 21, 28 December 2019; 4, 11, 18, 25 January and 1 February 2020.”

According to Odorige, members of the coalition, who are Muslims have been encouraged to contact the organisers so that a similar program could be arranged for them.

Recall that the coalition recently protested to the World Bank in Washington, United State, to submit a petition asking that further loans to Nigeria should be stopped because of misappropriation by politicians.

They also petitioned the Federal Bureau of Investigation to investigate the process of issuing loans to the Nigerian Government as there were growing allegations of bribery.

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