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Senate Set To Probe Buhari’s N30trn Ways And Means Allegations

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The Senate has established an ad hoc committee to look into the N30 trillion Ways and Means secured from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) by former President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

Godswill Akpabio, President of the Senate, inaugurated the 16-member ad-hoc Committee, led by Senator Isa Jibril, and urged the committee to approach the task with a sense of responsibility, patriotism, professionalism, and integrity, adding that they should not leave any stone unturned in their pursuit of truth.

According to Akpabio, the formation of this committee demonstrates the Senate’s unwavering commitment to transparency, accountability, and good governance. It reflects our dedication to addressing the Nigerian people’s concerns while upholding democratic values.

“I implore the members of this prestigious committee to approach their duties with the utmost patriotism, professionalism, and integrity. Your investigation must be objective and fair, with the public interest and the welfare of our country always in mind. We must look everywhere to find the truth. As a result, conduct thorough investigations and gather information to help the Senate pass legislation for the betterment of our country.

“The success of this ad hoc committee is dependent on collaboration, cooperation, and a strong commitment to the greater good. Let us put aside our personal and political agendas and focus solely on the task at hand. We can work together to ensure that Nigeria’s Ways and Means are managed prudently, efficiently, and in accordance with the law.

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Akpabio informed the committee that confidentiality is essential to their work, stating that the information and data “we gather during our investigations are sensitive and must be handled with the utmost care and discretion.” Following strict protocols will ensure the security and integrity of the information you discover.”

He also emphasised that in carrying out their mandate, they “engage with relevant stakeholders, experts, and organisations.” Their valuable insights and perspectives will enhance the credibility and breadth of your findings and recommendations. I encourage you to remain open to constructive input and feedback while leveraging the knowledge and expertise of others to achieve your common goal.

“As you embark on this critical mission, please keep communication lines open with the general public. The Nigerian people must be kept informed of your progress and findings, as their trust in your work is critical. You must demonstrate your dedication to serving our country with distinction and honour.

He reminds them of the importance of the task at hand, emphasising that “the future of our nation rests on your shoulders, and you must approach this task with grave seriousness and determination.” Work tirelessly to ensure that Nigeria’s Ways and Means are managed responsibly, based on the principles of justice, fairness, and the common good.

“I am grateful to each member of this committee for accepting the responsibility of serving our country in this capacity. Your dedication and commitment to this cause are truly admirable, and I am confident that you will perform your duties with excellence.

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“I wish you all the best in your endeavour, and I pledge my full support in achieving our objectives in forming this committee. Let us uphold the values of transparency, integrity, and accountability as we work to promote responsible Ways and Means management in Nigeria.”

Akpabio, on the other hand, stated that the committee, which was formed in response to the report of the Joint Committees on Banking, Insurance, and Other Financial Institutions; Finance; National Planning; Agriculture; and Appropriations after consulting with the Federal Government’s Economic Management Team, is critical because it is charged with investigating the ways and means, including the Anchor Borrowers’ Programme.

The committee’s duties last six weeks, and the thorough investigations were intended to uncover information.

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Gov Otti Lectures At Johns Hopkins University 

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Abia State Governor, Dr. Alex Otti,  will be speaking live at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Affairs (SAIS) in a few hours from now.

He will be speaking on the topic: State Governance and Economic Transitions: Meeting the Challenges.

Programme Details:
Friday, April 19, 2024
4:30 – 6:00 pm (starting 9.15 pm Nigerian time)
JHU Bloomberg Center – Theater
555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW Washington, DC 20001

According to a terse statement from Kazie Uko, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, this is a FREE event but registration is required. Please go here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/state-governance-and-economic-transitions-meeting-the-challenges-tickets-881031257207?aff=oddtdtcreator

 

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Nigerian Government Restates Commitment To Provision Of Affordable Housing For Civil Servants

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The Nigerian Government has reiterated its commitment to provide affordable housing for civil servants through the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation’s(OHCSF) Federal Integrated Staff Housing (FISH) programme, in line with pillar six of the Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation plan 2021-2025 (FCCSIP-25).

Dr. Folasade Yemi Esan, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoSF), disclosed this during a site inspection of the ongoing construction of 116 housing units of two-bedroom semi-detached bungalows at Gwagwalada to be allocated to core civil servants upon completion.

Yemi-Esan called on all contractors involved in making the Estate habitable to expedite action on the provision of electricity, water and internal road network in the housing estate.

The Estate, which is fully funded by the Federal Government Staff Housing Loans Board (FGSHLB) and being constructed, in partnership with some Real Estate Developers, is projected to be commissioned in June as part of activities to mark the 2024 Civil Service Week.

Ibrahim Mairiga, Executive Secretary of the Federal Government Staff Housing Loans Board (FGSHLB), revealed that two developers have already completed and handed over their buildings to the Board.

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The commissioning of the FISH Estate, he said, will be a testament to the present administration’s pledge towards improving the welfare and well-being of civil servants, in tandem with its Strategic Plan.

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Obi’s Philanthropy,  Charity Work Predate His Politics, Says Media Office

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The Peter Obi Media Reach (POMR) wishes to inform the public of a new orchestrated plan to blackmail Peter Obi, the 2023 Labour Party Presidential Candidate, by linking him to frivolous, malicious, and unsubstantiated allegations of engaging in religious politics.

POMR is aware that some persons operating under the guise of civil society, and non-governmental organizations but acting at the behest of some powerful political interests have been deployed to petition and accuse Peter Obi of playing religious politics.

The aim is to malign Mr Obi’s purely altruistic motives in supporting underprivileged Nigerians of all faiths.

The ploy is to erroneously claim that he goes to religious places to carry out political campaigns off-season.

We should ordinarily ignore such mischievous ploys as they are only intended to distract attention from Mr Obi’s patriotic and compassionate position.

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For the avoidance of doubt and the protection of the gullible in our midst, it has become imperative to restate the truth and the facts.

Peter Obi understands fully the constitutional dictates of separation of church/mosque and state and that Nigeria is an undisputed secular state.

Nonetheless, his primary concern in and out of public office has always been to pursue the welfare of the underprivileged in society whom he believes should have a better life given the abundant human and natural resources bestowed on this country by God.

His acts of philanthropy and altruism transcend politics and religion.

The organizations that oversee the two dominant religions in the country, Islam and Christianity by their doctrines and concepts of charity are closer to the poor in our midst and naturally attract the generosity of kind hearts like Mr. Peter Obi.

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Peter Obi’s visit to Churches and Mosques is purely prompted by his urge to help the less privileged and has nothing to do with political campaigns.
In these places, Obi had given messages of hope to lift the spirit of the downtrodden. He hastily and never talked about politics, abused anybody or indulged in name-calling.

For instance during the Ramadan period, Obi visited some praying centres in the North and South breaking fast with Muslim faiths and dolling some items to help ameliorate their sufferings and even went further to provide basic amenities such as water in some communities.

Similarly, he also visited some churches during the Christian Holy Week and celebrated Easter with prisoners and in all he delivered a message of hope to the people.

What remains an undisputed fact, is that Peter Obi’s charity work predates politics and he would never be intimidated to change this personal disposition, which he believes is an assignment for him from his creator.

We, therefore, urge the public to ignore any insinuations of co-mingling politics and religion; and see them as a grand design to limit Mr. Obi’s freedom of movement and citizenship welfare action.

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Narrow-minded political agents are only embarrassed that Mr Obi’s transparent patriotism and compassionate commitment to the common good of all Nigerians have been self-evident.

Through these visits and acts of undivided fellowship with all Nigerians, Mr. Has come across as Nigeria’s foremost patriot and change agent.

His visits to the places where Nigerians feel the hurt, he is exposing the to enormity of unmet needs and unfulfilled promises across the nation as well as the acute failure of our selfish national elite in addressing proactively the needs of the underprivileged in our society. Obi’s preoccupation now is with the poor not politics.

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