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UK, US, EFCC to harmonise investigations

Two Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) detectives have been dispatched to the United Kingdom (UK) with more evidence in the investigation of former Petroleum Resources Minister Diezani Alison-Madueke, The Nation learnt at the weekend.

Mrs. Alison-Madueke’s latest trouble borders on the uncovering of $1.7billion contracts involving her and two business associates.

Mrs Alison-Madueke, who has temporarily forfeited some assets, may lose five more. The assets are under verification.

The anti-graft agency is also investigating the ex-minister on the whereabouts of $15.8billion NLNG dividends.

She is being investigated alongside some former officials of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company (NPDC), which is the upstream arm of the NNPC in charge of oil exploration and production.

But the United States, the UK, the EFCC and other agencies in some jurisdictions may harmonise the investigations.

A source in EFCC said: “You know the Department of Justice (DOJ) in the United States released the details of the underhand deals surrounding the oil contracts bordering on the implication of the ex-Minister and two associates -Chief Jide Omokore and Kola Aluko.

“What the DOJ released was just a fraction of corruption-related allegations against Mrs. Alison-Madueke. More revelations will soon be out from the EFCC and after the outcome of the investigation by the National Crime Agency( NCA) in the UK.”

Responding to a question, the source added: “The EFCC has gone far in probing the whereabouts of about $15.8billion NLNG dividends between 2000 and 2014.

“In an audit report sent to EFCC by the Nigerian Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative( NEITI), it was indicated that ‘it is doubtful if the entire $15.8 billion due from 2000 to 2014 is still intact’.

“The funds were neither paid into the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Federation nor the Federation Account.

“Also, about $7.85 billion out of the dividends was allegedly withdrawn in 2011 under the guise of funding Brass LNG Project.”

Five more choice properties belonging to the former minister are said to have been identified.

“We are trying to verify these assets and they will soone be confiscated in line with Section 7 of the EFCC Act,” another source, lwho pleaded ,not to be named so as not to jeopardise the investigation said.

Section 7 states: “The commission has power to (a) cause any investigations to be conducted as to whether any person, corporate body or organisation has committed any offence under this Act or other law relating to economic and financial crimes.

“(b) Cause investigations to be conducted into the properties of any person if it appears to the commission that the person’s lifestyle and extent of the properties are not justified by his source of income.”

Sections 28 and 34 of the EFCC (Establishment Act) 2004 and Section 13(1) of the Federal High Court Act, 2004 empower the anti-graft agency to invoke the Interim Assets Forfeiture Clause.

“Section 28 of the EFCC Act reads: ‘Where a person is arrested for an offence under this Act, the Commission shall immediately trace and attach all the assets and properties of the person acquired as a result of such economic or financial crime and shall thereafter cause to be obtained an interim attachment order from the Court.’

Section 13 of the Federal High Court Act reads in part : “The Court may grant an injunction or appoint a receiver by an interlocutory order in all cases in which it appears to the Court to be just or convenient so to do.

(2) Any such order may be made either unconditionally or on such terms and conditions as the Court thinks just.”

EFCC Acting Chairman Ibrahim Magu is in Port Harcourt for what a source described as a “morale booster”trip following the recent shooting of an official.

Magu, who arrived in Port Harcourt last night, would also inspect some seized assets.

The source added: “There are many high-profile suspects from Rivers-Bayelsa axis whose properties have been seized. Those concerned are ex-First Lady Patience Jonathan, some former presidential aides and Diezani, among others.

“The EFCC chairman will assess some of the seized assets. We have already handed over some of the assets to some firms to manage.

“Apart from meeting critical stakeholders, Magu will also pay a morale booster visit to to some staff in the Port Harcourt zone who are constantly being attacked, harassed and intimidated”.

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Three policemen attached to Ijede Division in Ikorodu, Lagos, have been dismissed from the Force for allegedly arresting and fleecing their victims of N200, 000.

Inspector Okelue Nkemeonye (136005), Sergeant Braimoh Sunday (355897) and Sergeant Yusuf Olukoga (359928) were sacked from the police on Monday after an Orderly Room trial held at the Zone II Headquarters in Onikan found them guilty of misconduct.

According to the Police Complaint Rapid Response Unit (PCRRU), the dismissed Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) were found guilty of corrupt practices and discreditable conducts under the First Schedule of the Police Act, Cap P19, Laws of the Federation, 2004.

Officer in charge of PCRRU, Abayomi Shogunle, an Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), said in a statement that the officers committed the offence on June 21.

He said a complainant had contacted the unit and reported that the policemen picked him up at a bank he went to deposit money.

Since the network was down, the victim, whose name was not given, said he paid the money into his own account in the hope that he would transfer it to the company it was meant for later on.

Upon leaving the bank, he was accosted by armed policemen wearing Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) vests and told him to enter their car while pointing their gun at him.

The victim said his mobile phone was collected from him, adding that the policemen asked what he does for a living and he told them he just completed his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC).

The complainant said he told the policemen he was living with his brother and that he was the one who sent him to the bank.

He also showed them his brother’s shop while they were driving by so they could stop and make enquiries but they refused. He was not allowed to take or make calls.

The victim said he received an alert on his phone, which was the money he deposited in his account, adding that the policemen started accusing him of being a fraudster and demanding N1 million bribe.

“One of them slapped me. They drove us around places in Ikorodu- Ijede, Gberigbe, Ibeshe, Igbe, Ipakodo, Itaelewa, Agric and First Gate- harassing people, moving them in the car and collecting huge amount from them.

“They collected N50,000 from me. I noticed that at each junction that we reached people were hailing their leader by his nickname (OJ. Ojewunmi). And one by name Austin slapped me.

“They picked me up around 9:00 a.m. and dropped me 6:00 p.m. after collecting money from me. They even used my account to collect money from the guys that I met in the car and used my ATM to withdraw them,” the complainant alleged.

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Monday, 24 July 2017 00:10

Buhari, APC leaders meet in London

Nigeria’s ailing President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday received a delegation of the All Progressives Congress leadership in London, the Nigerian presidency said in a Twitter message accompanied by a photo of the president with the party members.

The photo was the president’s first image to be shared publicly since he left the country on May 7.

The delegation hosted to lunch included APC’s national chairman John Odigie-Oyegun, Governors Rochas Okorocha (Imo), Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna), Yahaya Bello (Kogi) and Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarawa), and Minister of Transportation, Chibuike Amaechi.

The visit of the APC leaders to the president came two weeks after the country’s acting president Yemi Osinbajo’s.

No details were given about the meeting but it is believed to be the first face-to-face encounter between Nigeria’s two most senior politicians in more than two months.

Buhari has spent most of this year in London receiving treatment for an unspecified medical condition. He left for London for a medical check-up on May 7, leaving Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to lead the country.

Buhari would only return to Nigeria “as soon as his doctors give the go-ahead,” the presidency insisted.

He had earlier left Nigeria on January 19 for London to “undergo routine medical check-ups” during a short holiday. He only returned on March 10 after an extended period of medical treatment.

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Professor Patrick Utomi has berated former Delta state governor, Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan, for allegedly wasting countless opportunities the state had to develop, saying a good elected Councillor  would have done better.

In response to Dr Uduaghan’s recent negative shot at him in the media, Professor Utomi, who is also a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), narrated how he contributed to make the Uduaghan administration take certain open advantages of available opportunities to develop the state, which he state the former governor wasted.

Utomi said he had thought that the former governor would have been sorry and sober for wasting several opportunities the state had under his watch, adding that his (Uduaghan’s) attempt at spinning the story of how the state was misruled around would not sell as the people of the state had not forgotten what his era looked like.

He, however, added that he had been at the vanguard of a new leadership focus for the state because he believed that the people deserve better than what the past and current leadership had given to them.

“A good Councillor would have done much better for the people than Uduaghan did as Governor. There is extreme misuse of the opportunities available to Delta State. It will take a serious and truly capable government to vigorously tap its potentials and create jobs for our teeming youths.

“This is one of the many reasons why I believe Delta State needs new political leadership in 2019. Deltans are not meant to suffer from the jeopardy of a clueless administration, especially at this critical phase of our existence.

“I would have imagined that Uduaghan will be very sober and saddened by his legacy of mismanagement and gross wastage that he left behind in Delta State. Trying to spin his poor record in the hope that Deltans would have forgotten so soon is a failed attempt to rewrite history. Undoubtedly, he knows that only few Deltans speak well of him and it is his pain to struggle with that reality.

“As he grapples with history, what is more important to Deltans today is how we can rectify the wrong policies, decisions and actions of the past, so that we can create a government that would not only meet the needs of our people today but guarantee a better life for successive generations.

“This is the task that I have offered to commit myself to between now and 2023. We are looking forward to 2019 with hope and renewed zeal for the beginning of a ‘New Delta’ teeming with opportunities and alive with possibilities,” Utomi said.

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Former Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan, has told renowned political economist, Prof. Pat Utomi, to contest the post of councillor in his ward, instead of aiming to be the next governor.

Utomi was also urged to stop spreading falsehood against past leaders of the state in his quest to contest the 2019 governorship election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress.

Utomi had, during his visit to members of the APC in Agbarha-Otor in Ughelli North, last week, accused previous governments in the state, including that of Uduaghan, of mortgaging the future of the state through excessive borrowing and funds diverted to build personal properties abroad.

The former governor said, despite Utomi’s national and international connections, he had not contributed to Delta’s development.

Uduaghan, who berated Utomi at the Peoples Democratic Party’s stakeholders’ meeting in Asaba, urged the former presidential candidate to contest the councillorship seat in his ward before taking a shot at the next governorship poll.

The former governor pointed out that, during his administration, he appointed Utomi as chairman and member of several committees but that the latter failed to use such opportunities to contribute or attract development to the state.

“You should ask Prof, where is the Silicon Valley? He took us to his hometown, Ibusa, for the foundation-laying ceremony of the Silicon Valley; to date, there is nothing to show that the project has commenced. He has contested the presidential election; he now wants to be a governor. I think he should start from his ward; he should contest the post of councillor,” Uduaghan said.
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Earlier in the month, in what could best be described as the African gods of peace and harmony coming together to have a laugh, arch-rivals Wizkid and Davido performed for crowds abroad on the same night, in the same city and in venues just 15 minutes apart from each other.

As part of his promo tour to support the Sounds From The Other Side EP, Wizkid performed at the Bloody Louis nightclub, while Davido’s 30 Billion World Tour made a stopover at Birmingham Palace, both in Brussels, Belgium. A few weeks prior to their shows, the two men had reignited their five-year-old on-again off-again rivalry, so no one truly knew what that night had in store. But July 8th, 2017 came and went without any drama, so if Brussels – a city a fraction of the size of Lekki alone – could contain two of Nigeria’s biggest pop stars, the world is more than enough.

If Cristiano Ronaldo was born in a different generation, Lionel Messi would have been undisputedly the best football player of this generation, but the presence of Ronaldo will always make that conversation a debate and vice-versa. It’s a similar thing with Wizkid and Davido, even though the two of them started competing for the number one spot in the minds of their fans, their crews and in the media, before they started competing for it in real life. Wizzy was already doing music at a high level for two to three years before Davido’s career took off, but being the two young pop stars of their era with the most promise, the two of them were constantly getting compared. 

Wizkid and Davido’s relationship initially started on a friendly note. As far back as 2012, Davido even complained about outsiders constantly pitting them against each other: “I don’t know why people weigh us… I see him as a colleague, maybe if I didn’t know him personally (there’d have been issues) but I do.” Ominously, trouble began to manifest in the two’s relationship that same year. At the Nigerian Entertainment Awards (NEA) in the US, in a show of disrespect, Davido and his HKN crew reportedly walked out of the venue in the middle of Wizkid’s performance with EME, his crew at the time, and made sure their exit was noticed. Almost immediately after that incident, the two singers started getting more and more questions from the press about the status of their relationship.

Davido

There are as many conspiracies about what actually started the beef as there are on how Gen. Sani Abacha went home to meet his Maker. Some of the more intriguing stories range from Wizkid snubbing Davido by rejecting a record he sent to him to collaborate on, to both artists taking subliminal shots at each other on songs, even to their relationship being collaterally damaged by the collapse of Mo’ Hits Records. However, whatever was the real reason for their initial falling out, the two artists haven’t let on to this day. Towards the end of 2012 though, Davido joined Wizkid on stage as a surprise guest at the EME’s Baddest concert in Lagos in a move that was positioned as a reconciliation at the time.

Between then and now, Davido and Wizkid have formed a duopoly at the top of Nigerian pop music by amassing more affluence, more hits, more fame and more awards than any of their contemporaries. Coincidentally, the two men also signed international record deals with the same parent company, Sony Music. As they ascended to the top, there was a fragile peace between the two men that has been shattered and repaired repeatedly through the years. That peace was shattered once again last month when Davido seemingly took a jab at Wizkid on Snapchat by referring to his new music as ‘pon pon sound’.

Wizkid’s new EP Sounds From the Other Side was released last week and has divided fans. The singer brought together a combination of American artists and Caribbean sounds to what, some felt, ought to have been a Naija-only party. So even though SFOS wasn’t released at the time Davido took his latest shots, the singer behind recent domestic smash hits like “If” and “Fall” was actually echoing a popular sentiment about Wizkid’s new artistic direction. But the “Come Closer” singer didn’t take the criticism lightly – he fired right back, calling Davido a ‘local’ artist and mocking his own international experiment; last year’s “Son Of Mercy” EP, which, according to many reports, was a commercial flop.

Their battle for supremacy has now gone global, Nigeria is no longer enough. When two rival artists successfully make it out of their home country, their rivalry often evolves into a fight for the right to the crown back home. We’ve seen it before with dancehall, in the feud between Vybz Kartel and Mavado, and in reggaetón; in the beef between two of Puerto Rico’s finest exports – Daddy Yankee and Don Omar. The on-again off-again rivalry between Wizkid and Davido makes for an equally engaging story but just like dancehall and reggaeton music was bigger than those who fought for the crowns, so also is Nigerian pop music.

The world is ready to listen to our sound, whether it’s from a talented singer with humble beginnings in Ojuelegba or in the form of the husky voice of the hardworking son of a billionaire – or, better still, from someone else entirely.

By Chiagoziem Onyekwena, Contributor

Published in Entertainment
Sunday, 23 July 2017 01:25

APC sweeps Lagos LG polls

•LASIEC chairman expresses satisfaction with election
•Observers seek better mobilisation by political parties

Early returns from yesterday’s local government elections showed that the   All Progressives Congress (APC) was having an easy ride in all parts of the state.

At press time, the party’s candidates had won the chairman position in Lagos Island LG, Badagry West LCDA, Epe LG, Eredo LCDA, Onigbongbo LCDA; Lagos Island East LCDA; Ikorodu LG, Ikorodu West LCDA; Badagry LG; and Ejigbo LCDA

Below are details of the results: 

  • Lagos Island

Adetoyese Olusi (APC) 14,692

Yisa Ismail (PDP) 925

Kasumu Olanrewaju (LP) 1211

  • Ikoyi-Obalende LCDA

Atanda Lawal (APC) 7120

Samuel Akinwole (PDP) 756

Mohammed Jubril (LP) 542

 

  • Eredo LCDA

Rasal Saliu (APC) 10910

Kunle Ayantuga 737

  • Epe LG

Dayo Adesanya (APC) 21441

Omobibi (LP) 948

  • Lagos Island East

Kamal Olawale (APC) 9060

Adebayo Temitope  (PDP) 1128

  • Onigbongbo LCDA

Hakeem Olayemi (Accord Party ) 842

Oke Babatunde (APC) 1631

Badagry West LCDA

Bello Joseph (APC) 5332

Setonji Ojugbele (PDP)  935

  • Ejigbo LCDA

Bello Oloyede (APC)4876

Akinlude (PDP) 179

  • Ikeja LG

Alabi Balogun (APC) 6191

Olowolagba Omolara (PDP) 990

  • Badagry LG

APC 3990

PDP1281

Accord 1597

  • Ojokoro

Ward-A

Chairman

APC:  1,351

PDP:  156

Councillor

APC:  1,351

PDP:  156

  • Ojokoro Ward-B

Chairman

APC: 912

PDP: 169

ACCORD: 103

Councillor

APC:  880

PDP:  172

ACCORD: 150

  • Ojokoro Ward-C

Chairman

APC:  1,786

PDP:  178

LP:     085

ACCORD: 11

Councillor

APC:  1,757

PDP:  196

LP:     070

ACCORD: 13

  • Ojokoro Ward-D

Chairman

APC:  1,380

PDP:  133

Councillor

APC:  1,432

PDP:  151

  • Ojokoro Ward-E

Chairman

APC:  2,080

PDP:  333

Councillor

APC:  2,060

PDP:  040

Ojokoro Ward-F

Chairman

APC:  1,233

PDP:  119

Councillor

APC:  1,205

PDP:  129

  • Ojokoro Ward-G

Chairman

APC:  978

PDP:  152

LP:    082

AA:   04

Councillor

APC:  981

PDP:  130

LP:   088

AA:  05

 

An early morning downpour and voter’s apathy yesterday had hampered the commencement of the election at 8am as proposed in the 20 local governments and 37 Local Council Developments Areas (LCDAs).

It was an anti climax to months of painstaking preparation by the Justice Ayotunde Phillips (retired)-led   State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC).

The rain and the attendant flood in parts of the state prevented electoral officials from reaching their duty posts on time.

Thus, accreditation and voting which were supposed to commence at 8am began much beyond the scheduled time and only when the rain subsided.

Besides, many registered voters chose to stay indoors.

Only a few bothered to go out and vote except in  areas where  opposition parties  tried to have a foothold.

They include Mushin, Odi-Olowo/Ojuwoye, Ajeromi-Ifelodun, Ojo, Coker Aguda, Itire-Ikate, Agboyi-Ketu, and some parts of Ikorodu.

Youths turned the roads to temporary football ‘pitches’.

Some party officials attributed the low turnout to inadequate electoral awareness by  the LASIEC.

But Justice Philips dismissed any such suggestion, saying adequate publicity was carried out.

She admitted that these was delay in the commencement of the elections in some areas, which said was caused by rain.

She told reporters at Old Yaba Road while monitoring some polling units the area that the rain affected the movement of electoral materials.

She said all eligible voters would be allowed to exercise their right as there were enough materials.

“We are addressing the situation and we are assuring that everybody in the affected areas will vote once people have been accredited and are on the queue, they will be allowed to vote even after 3pm,” she said.

She expressed satisfaction with the peaceful conduct in most areas.

Phillips said there were a few cases of violence but said security agents had quelled the situation.

Lagos State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain Segun Adewale blamed LASIEC for ‘disappointing’ Lagosians.

He said the late arrival of voting materials discouraged some people from voting after waiting for hours at the polling station for voting materials to come.

He also accused supporters of the ruling APC of harassing people.

“People were harassed by members of the ruling APC, my own sister was beaten up and people could not vote before the end of the exercise,” he claimed.

Kebbi State House of Assembly Deputy Speaker Buhari Ailero, who led Election Observers from  other states, hailed the peaceful conduct of the poll.

Ailero confirmed that the election materials were distributed on time to the polling units.

He urged political parties to do more in mobilizing voters in subsequent elections.

Twelve  parties – Accord Party (AP); Action Alliance (AA); Alliance for Democracy ( AD ); All Progressives Congress ( APC ); Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP ); Labour Party ( LP ); All Progressives Grand Alliance ( APGA ); United Democratic Party (UDP); United Progressive Party (UPP); Kowa Party ( KP ); National Action Council ( NAC ); and Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM).

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The Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has has directed Maj.-Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, the Theatre Commander, Operation Lafiya Dole, Maiduguri, to capture Abubakar Shekau, self-styled leader of the Boko Haram sect, “dead or alive”.

Buratai further directed the Theatre commander to do so within 40 days.

A statement issued by the Director, Army Public Relations, Brig.-Gen. Sani Usman, on Friday night, said that Attahiru should “employ all arsenal at the disposal of the Theatre Command to smoke out Shekau wherever he is hiding in Nigeria.”

“The general public is please requested to also assist and volunteer information that would lead to the accomplishment of this task,” Usman said.

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Friday, 21 July 2017 12:16

Ex- AGF Onagoruwa dies at 80

A former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Dr. Olu Onagoruwa, is dead.

Onagoruwa, a human rights activist, died in the early hours of Friday at the age of 80.

He was appointed the AGF by the late Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha, in November 1993.

He, however, quit the post few months later due to agreements with then military government.

Onagoruwa studied law at the University of London where he obtained his LL.B; LL.M and PhD degrees before returning to the country, where he attended the Nigerian Law School.

He established the Onagoruwa Chambers in the early 80s and became a key figure in Nigeria’s human rights struggle.

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  • On April 6th 2017, the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu announced the reconstitution of 23 Governing Boards of Nigerian Universities. A public statement issued by the minister proclaimed that the exercise was carried out on the authority of President Muhammadu Buhari. Similarly, the government in the same announcement also named the Chairmen and Board members for Boards of Education Parastatals and Agencies of the Federal Government.
  • On May 9th, the Minister inaugurated the boards of 23 universities whose reconstitution he previously announced. At the ceremony, he said the reconstitution was necessitated by the fact that the four year tenure of the previous boards had expired since April 6th. The new council members are also limited to a four year term after which their appointments will be reviewed.
  • The Minister said the mandate of the new councils extended to approving financial guidelines for the universities, determining the terms of appointment of Vice Chancellors and other principal officers of the universities as well as annually reviewing the budget of the universities to monitor their performance and access the overall impact of the implementation among others. Since then the new appointees have swung into action. We commend the zeal and speed with which the new governing council members have applied to their jobs.
  • Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the other Boards under the same ministry whose appointments were made known by the same Minister and at the same time. We are informed that even though the boards are also charged with statutory responsibilities similar to the ones of the university governing councils, they are yet to be inaugurated. Needless to say, this inexplicable lacuna has had its negative effects on the functions of the boards and the institutions whose operations they are by the nature of their appointments mandated to supervise.
  • The Board Chairmen who are yet to be inaugurated almost four months after their appointments were made public by the Minister include Ayo Banjo – National Universities Commission (NUC), Mr. Emeka Nwajiuba – Tertiary Education Trust Fund (Tetfund),
    Dr. Ekaette Obon Oko – National Institute For Educational Planning And Administration (NIEPA), Dr. Mahmoud Mohammed -Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Prof. Zainab Alkali -National Library of Nigeria (NLN), Dr. Abubakar Saddiq -National Examinations Council (NECO) and, Dr. Gidado Bello Akko – Mass Literacy.  Others are Prof. Gidado Tahir -Nomadic Education, Prof. Leonard Shilgba -National Business & Technical Examination Board (NABTEB), Prof. Adamu Baikie -Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria (TRCN), Alhaji Maigari Dingyadi – National Commission for Colleges of Education (NCCE), Senator Mallam Kaka Yale -National Teachers Institute (NTI) and, Prof. Buba Bajoga -National Mathematical Centre (NMC).  The rest are Dr. Emmanuel Ndukwe -Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Chief N. N. Nnabuchi – National Institute For Nigerian Languages (NINLAN),Chief Paul Unongo -Nigerian Educational Research & Development Council (NERDC), Prof. Saliba Mukoro – Nigerian French Language Village (NFLV), Prof. Modupe Adelabu -National Board for Technical Education (NBTE)and,  Prof. O. Oladusi – Nigerian Arabic Language Village (NALV). 

The Managements of these institutions are unwittingly handicapped in their operations because they are by law restrained from carrying out certain activities. Such activities as heavy expenditures and some categories of appointments have to be approved by their boards. Sadly, without their inauguration, the boards cannot just jump into action. With a government that came to office with the banner of change and transparency, it is little wonder that the managements of these agencies have been reduced to lame ducks.

Sadly also, this tardiness in appointing people into offices is almost becoming a trademark of this government. It is on record that it took President Buhari months after his inauguration in 2015 to appoint members of his kitchen cabinet – his personal staff that did not require confirmation by the Senate. The appointment of his Ministers which required Senate confirmation took a prolonged time to come. For a man who made three unsuccessful attempts to win the presidency, this was a rather poor start. It gave the public impression that he was not ready for the job he so desperately fought for.

Even as we discuss the non-inauguration of already appointed board members in the ministry of Education, there are many boards in the federal government whose constitution have not been announced. For a government that is battling the ravages of recession, we find the failure of government to take action on such elementary issues inexcusable.

We therefore call for an immediate inauguration of the appointed boards under the Ministry of Education and the constitution of boards whose membership is still vacant.

 BY NIGERIA'S NATIONAL ACCORD NEWSPAPER/ Nationalaccordnewspaper.com

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