President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians in Diaspora that their efforts towards the development of the country is not in vain as anything done for the good of the country will be ultimately rewarded, and redound to the good of those behind it.
Receiving three groups made of Nigerians in the diaspora, and some professionals hitherto based abroad, but who have returned home in recent times, at State House, Abuja, president Buhari
said “You have been working quietly, supporting the government physically and materially, and you are doing it for your own country. Head or tail, you won’t lose. Please continue to do your best for the country.”
Speaking on behalf of Diaspora Alliance Group, Mr Ade Omole, said the organization was a think-tank in the United Kingdom, which formulates policies to help Nigeria.
They currently have recommendations to help the country in the areas of agriculture, youth empowerment, community development, and education. in his words, “We also educate people in the diaspora on the good work the Buhari administration is doing for Nigeria. You are rebuilding the country. We supported you in 2015, and we will also support you in 2019,” Omole said.
on her part, Dr Badewa Adejugbe-Williams, speaking on behalf of returnee professionals from the diaspora, said they were excited and willing to contribute to national development.
“Our main goal now is investing in Nigeria. We are planning a Nigeria-Diaspora Summit on Investment soon. We are quite pleased with infrastructural development round the country. We want to attract people in diaspora to bring their money, and invest here,” she said.
Also Speaking on behalf of Young people in Diaspora Dr Salihu-Dasuki, lauded President Buhari for signing the Not-Too-Young-To-Run bill into law, assuring that young people would soon begin to utilize the legislation.
On his part, Dr Charles Cudjoe, unfolded how all Nigerians can have access to health care through minimal deductions from the credit on their cell phones, which would be deposited in a health bank in their favour. Such savings would then be accessed whenever they needed medical attention.
President Buhari said the health initiative was very interesting, adding that “policies on health and education for the people are also dear to us.”
THE 2018 DEMOCRACY DAY CELEBRATION,
TUESDAY, 29TH MAY, 2018
My Dear Nigerians!
Today marks the 19th year of our nascent democracy and the 3rd Anniversary of this administration. I am thankful to Almighty God for bringing us thus far. This administration came at a time that Nigerians needed Change, the Change we promised and the Change we continue to deliver. We have faced a lot of challenges on this journey and Nigerians have stood by us in achieving the three cardinal points of this administration namely; Security, Corruption and the Economy.
2. The commemoration of this year’s Democracy Day is a celebration of freedom, a salute to the resilience and determination of Nigerians and a recommitment by Government to keep its promise to lead Nigeria into a new era of justice and prosperity.
3. Public safety and security remains the primary duty of this Government. Before this Administration came into being 3 years ago, Boko Haram held large areas of land spanning several Local Governments in the North East.
4. Today, the capacity of the insurgents has been degraded leading to the re-establishment of authority of government and the release of captives including, happily, 106 Chibok and 104 Dapchi girls, and over 16,000 other persons held by the Boko Haram.
5. In order to minimize the impact of the insurgency on Internally Displaced Persons, Government has established secure IDP Camps and has improved the mechanism for the distribution of basic aid, foods and essential commodities using various strategies in collaboration with local and international Organizations.
6. Efforts are in process for resettlement of IDPs in their home communities by providing schools, hospitals, clinics, water and sanitation to facilitate a quick return to economic activities. Government is similarly implementing de-radicalization and rehabilitation programmes to facilitate sustainable peace and development.
7. The unfortunate incidences of kidnappings, herdsmen and farmers clashes in several communities which have led to high number of fatalities and loss of properties across the country is being addressed and the identified culprits and their sponsors shall be made to face the full wrath of the law. All the three tiers of Government are presently engaged with communities and religious organizations to restore peaceful co-existence among Nigerians.
8. I want to commend members of the Multinational Joint Task Force drawn from Niger, Benin, Chad, Cameroon and our own country in collaboration with the International Community who are assisting in the fight against insurgency in the North East. I also commend the gallantry of members of our Armed Forces and other security agencies that have continued to provide security for lives and properties across the country. State and Local traditional authorities are helping with much needed intelligence in this fight against insurgency.
9. This administration is pained over the grievous loss of lives and properties occasioned by the carnage of insurgency and other forms of criminality in the country. I wish to assure Nigerians that we will not rest until all criminal elements and their sponsors are brought to justice. Government is boosting the capacity of our security agencies through recruitment of more personnel, training and procurement of modern equipment, enhancement of intelligence gathering as well as boosting their morale in the face of daunting challenges.
10. The Niger Delta Region has enjoyed relative peace through social inclusiveness and cooperation of the Elders and the good people of the region. Government is committed to implementing the comprehensive peace, security and development plan for the region. The environmental clean-up of the region which commenced with the launch in Bodo, Ogoni in June, 2016 is progressing satisfactorily. Furthermore farming assets are being revived and investors in cocoa and palm oil plantations are showing serious interest.
11. The second primary object of this Administration is to fight corruption headlong. Like I have always said, if we don’t kill corruption, corruption will destroy the country. Three years into this Administration, Nigerians and the international community have begun to applaud our policies and determination to fight corruption. We are more than ever before determined to win this war, however hard the road is. I therefore appeal to all well-meaning Nigerians to continue to support us in this fight.
12. Various policy measures already put in place to stem the tide of corrupt practices are yielding remarkable results. Some of these key reform policies include:
a. The Treasury Single Account (TSA) has realized Billions of Naira being saved from maintenance fee payable to banks. N200 Billion has also been saved from elimination of ghost workers in public service.
b. The Whistle-Blowing Policy has helped to recover over N500 Billion;
c. The Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit set up with a mandate to validate controls, assess risks, prune personnel costs, ensure compliance with Public Financial Management reforms has helped to identify and remove over 52,000 ghost workers from the Federal Government MDAs Payroll;
d. The Voluntary Asset and Income Declaration Scheme (VAIDS) aimed at expanding tax education and awareness has offered the opportunity for tax defaulters to regularise their status in order to enjoy the amnesty of forgiveness on overdue interest, penalties and the assurance of non-prosecution or subject to tax investigations.
e. The Sovereign Wealth Fund project portfolio has been expanded with an injection of US$650 million so as to strengthen its investment in local infrastructure, power, health, re-construction of Abuja-Kano road, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, East West Road (Section V) and the Mambilla Hydro-electric Power project as well as the construction of the 2nd Niger Bridge.
13. The fight against corruption through the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission has resulted in recoveries of Billions of Naira, as well as forfeiture of various forms of assets. This alongside other efforts has improved Nigeria’s international image and regional cooperation.
14. We have retained the services of one of the world’s leading assets tracing firms to investigate and trace assets globally. This is in addition to the exploitation of provisions of existing Treaties, Conventions as well as Bilateral Agreements with Multilateral bodies and Nations. Nigeria has also signed Mutual Legal Assistance Agreements to ensure that there is no hiding place for fugitives.
15. This Administration has therefore focused on revamping the ailing economy it inherited in 2015. In 2016, Government executed an expansionary budget and developed the Strategic Implementation Plan. For the first time, 30% of the budget was earmarked for capital expenditure which represents an upward review when compared with the 2015 budget. The SIP was followed by the development of a comprehensive medium term plan – the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan 2017 – 2020.
16. The broad strategic objectives of the ERGP were to; Restore and sustain economic growth; Build a globally competitive economy; and Invest in our people. The implementation of the ERGP has started yielding results. The National Bureau of Statistics reports that the economy grew by 1.95% in 1st quarter 2018, which is a good performance when viewed against -0.91 in 1st quarter 2017 and -0.67% in 1st quarter 2016 respectively.
17. Our foreign reserve has improved significantly to 47.5 billion USD as of May, 2018 as against 29.6 billion USD in 2015. The inflationary rate has consistently declined every month since January, 2017.
18. Recently, Government conducted Focus Labs in three key sectors of the Economy namely, Agriculture & Transport, Manufacturing and Processing as well as Power and Gas. These have yielded significant prospects for investments and Job creation to the tune of US$ 22.5 billion with a potential for creating more than 500,000 jobs by 2020. These investment generation initiatives are expected to increase capital inflows in the form of foreign direct investment. There is a high prospect that the cumulative investments from this first phase of the Labs will hit US$39.2 billion by 2025.
19. Under agriculture, Nigeria continues to pursue a strategic food security programme built around self-sufficiency and minimization of import dependency. As a result, rice importation from other countries has been cut down by 90% which has a direct impact on foreign reserves.
20. The Social Investment Programmes (SIP) has been created as a means to graduating our citizens from poverty through capacity building, investment and direct support. The major strategic objective is to restore livelihood, economic opportunities and sustenance for the poor across the country. The SIP programmes and projects include:
a. Home Grown School Feeding Programme – About 8.2 million pupils are currently being fed from 24 States of the Federation with over 75,000 Catering Staff engaged under the programme.
b. The Conditional Cash Transfer has so far recorded over 297,000 caregivers and being trained by 2,495 Community Facilitators in 21 states. Less privileged Nigerians are now being paid N5,000 monthly stipend in 9 pilot States of Bauchi, Borno, Cross River, Ekiti, Kwara, Kogi, Niger, Osun and Oyo. Eventually the scheme will cover all the 36 states of the federation including the FCT.
c. Under the Government Enterprise Empowerment Programme – About 264,269 loans had been disbursed to 4,822 societies in the 36 States and FCT, while another 370,635 are awaiting release of funds.
d. N-Power Job creation Scheme – is targeted at providing jobs for unemployed young graduates and has so far recruited 200,000 youths while the next batch of 300,000 have been selected, verified and would soon be deployed across the 36 States and the FCT. Furthermore, 20,000 non-graduate volunteers have also been selected to kick off the N-Build programme in collaboration with the National Automotive Design and Development Council and the Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria.
21. In the area of power generation, Nigerians from all parts of the country continue to report better power supply and less use of generators. This underscores the effectiveness of the methodical plan to deliver incremental and uninterrupted power supply to our homes, markets, offices and factories.
22. The country achieved 5, 222.3 MW representing the highest peak of power generated onto the national grid and delivered to customers in December, 2017. With new facilities, repairs and rehabilitations by Government and private investors, generation capability now exceeds 7,500 MW.
23. This Administration is committed to lawful interventions to ensure the operators of the distribution business live up to expectations especially in the areas of distribution capacity, service delivery, collection efficiency, and metering to eliminate contentious estimated billing.
24. The Transportation Sector continues to undergo a series of reforms in order to sustain the international best practices and ensure safety and security. The nation’s major airports have witnessed reconstruction of runways, installation of navigational equipment and new international terminals due for commissioning in Abuja, Lagos, Kano and Enugu. Bilateral Air Services Agreements between Nigeria and the Governments of other countries will significantly open up new flight routes.
25. As a result of strict regulatory and compliance policies, Nigeria retained her Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Category 1 status, after a routine international audit. Recently, a new Maintenance Repair and Overhaul facility with capacity for aircraft C-checks and other comprehensive levels of maintenance was established in Lagos. This would save the country an estimated $90m annually.
26. Giant strides have been recorded over the past three years to improve road transport infrastructure in all geopolitical zones of the country.
27. The Railway Sector has also received tremendous attention as this Administration is committed to the goal of linking all State capitals in the Federation by rail network to ease the movement of goods and passengers.
28. The Education Sector especially at tertiary level has continued to witness expansion in order to improve access to higher education by millions of youths in Nigeria. Over the last three years, Government has approved the establishment of 1 new Federal Polytechnic, granted licenses for the establishment of 4 State and 14 private-owned Universities as well as 12 private Polytechnics.
29. Government has also continued to support the implementation of various initiatives aimed at improving the quality of Basic Education delivery. Thus, it has ensured proper funding at the Basic Education level with the disbursement of N42.2 billion UBE Matching Grant to 26 States and the FCT, N851.5 million Special Education Grant disbursed to 23 States and private providers of Special Education and N2.2 billion Teachers Professional Development Fund to 33 States and the FCT.
30. The Federal Government has continued to support fiscal sustainability at the sub-national governments through the implementation of the Budget Support Facility which was accompanied by the 22- point Fiscal Sustainability Plan. Thus, bailouts funds were made available to States to ease their fiscal challenges and other obligations including payment of salaries.
31. In addition, a total of 73 Ecological Fund projects for the control of gully erosion in different communities across all geopolitical zones have been completed in the last three years and are undergoing commissioning while 53 other projects are ongoing. The execution of these projects has generated 357 skilled jobs and 1,350 unskilled jobs during this period.
32. It is pertinent to also make mention of the immeasurable contributions of the Nigerian woman to national development and advancement of democracy, over the last three years. The government and people appreciate you all as mothers of our great country.
33. My dear country men and women, as we all celebrate our democratic experience, let us resolve to avoid hatred and intolerance; we can only achieve our objectives in an atmosphere of harmony and peaceful co-existence.
34. Finally, the up-coming months will usher us into another season of general elections. Let me use this opportunity to urge us all to conduct ourselves, our wards and our constituencies with the utmost sense of fairness, justice and peaceful co-existence such that we will have not only hitch free elections but also a credible and violence free process.
35. In few days to come, I will be joined by many promising young Nigerians to sign into law the “Not Too Young to Run” Bill
36. I thank you for your attention.
37. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
President Muhammadu Buhari has returned to Abuja, after attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in the United Kingdom.
The president who departed Nigeria for UK on the 9th of April, 2018 shortly after he made a formal declaration that he would contest next year’s Presidential election touched down at the presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja at about 7:15 pm.
Prior to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting which held between 18th to 20th April, the President had a private meeting with the British Prime Minister, Theresa May.
While in the UK, several controversies also trailed his visit as Buhari had claimed he was not bothered about the forth coming general elections, rather he was more worried about the security situation in the country.
Buhari was received on arrival at the Presidential Wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport by his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, Chairman,All Progressive Congress(APC) Governors Forum and Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, some of the service chiefs in the military, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris among others.
There was pandemonium this morning at the upper legislative chamber of the National Assembly, the Senate as unknown men stole the maze from the chamber
Five persons alledgedly lead by suspended Sen. Ovie Omo-Agege representing Delta Central senatorial District sneaked into the chamber while DSP, Ike Ekweremadu was presiding and went away with the maze .
The guys including two hefty guys ran out of the chamber through the main gate.
They jumped into a waiting jeep and ran away.
The maze is a very powerful tool in the Nigerian legislative process of law making. It signifies authority and power to convene a legislative sitting. It stands as a symbol and also used in both the states and federal house of assemblies across the Federal Republic of Nigeria to facilitate the process of law making. This tool does not only enhance the law making process but also validates law making activities. If the maze is by any chance withdrawn, ceased or broken before,
on or after any law making exercise in the hallow chamber of the Nigerian national assembly then
such proceedings cannot be seen as a valid sitting. Cases of kidnapped, stolen, ceased and broken maze have been witness in the past in some of the Nigerian law making house of assembly.
By Festus Fifen.
Cordinator of the Presidential Amnesty Programme Prof. Charles Dokubo, Has said that reintegration of of beneficiaries of the Presidentila Amnesty programme will be the main crux of his administration.
Prof. Dokubo who stated this during his maiden press conference in Abuja added that there would be no new entrants into the programme during his tenure.
In his words, “My position here today is to show you the way forward and to make sure that this programme moves on for the fulfillment of the Federal Government’s plan.
“The mobilisation has been done; therefore, my focus is on reintegration; making use of those who have been trained and have acquired viable experiences.
“We will fix them to jobs in their areas of specialisation so that they can earn money with their hands instead of depending on stipends.
“I am going to drive this institution in a way that all those who have benefitted from the programme all these years would have a pride of place in the society.” Dokubo said.
The coordinator said that the agriculture initiative of the programme would be sustained as farming was vital to the growth of the nation.
Speaking on the state of things before he came in the newly appointed Amnesty Boss said he has set up a committee that will help him look at the current status of the programme and possible way forward
He said that the committee would draw the path that would form his mission and vision, adding that PAP was meant to nurse Niger Delta to health.
Dokubo gave the committee two weeks ultimatum to submit a report on ways to move the office to the next level.
The committee members are Prof. Ayibaemi Spiff, Chief Otonye Amachree, Mr Unyime Eyo and Ms Azizat Mohammed.
Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and Publicity Mallam Garba Shehu has said that granting amnesty to repentant Boko Haram Members will be of great benefit to the Nation as the numerous resources committed to fighting the insurgency group can be channeled into meaningful development projects in the country.
Speaking to Newsmen in Abuja, Mallam Garba said those playing politics with the farmers/herders crises are only doing so because it’s the only lacuna they have found in this administration adding that farmers herders crises predates the independence of Nigeria.
In his words, ” the problem between farmers and Herdsmen predates the independence of Nigeria, if you read history you will see that farmers and herdsmen had fought for space in this country even when British colonial rulers were here, so this is not something new, I am not saying it is welcome but I think it is over amplified now, there is a media spotlight on it because the opposition cannot engage Buhari’s administration on any other issue other than this lacuna that they have found.”
” Whoever is peddling these rumours that Boko Haram is being granted amnesty and so on I would ask them who doesn’t want to make peace with the enemy? In any case as it is proverbially said all wars end up in the Boardroom. You can defeat people technically in the field but at the end you must come to the conference room to resolve all issues. So if Boko Baram would lay down their arms and stop fighting and stop preaching that negative ideology , the country should be able to embrace them welcome all of them so that they continue to live normal lives and be useful to the nation. What that mean is that we will be saving cost, saving lives that are being lost through bombing, killing of service personnel and we will be saving money that we are using to procure weapons so that such money can go into services and infrastructure and welfare of the citizens of this country. It is a win -win situation.”
” I am not saying that it is okay that the farmers and herdsmen are fighting but we are doing a lot you can see that the recent activity especially the military operation now in the North Central Section of the country has led to the recoveries of large quantities of weapon illegally held by militias and even herdsmen so something is being done about it. I know by the time this is done with, I don’t know what else the opposition will be talking about.”
Reacting to the assertion that President Buhari is shielding herdsmen from prosecution and even begging them to accept amnesty Mallam Garba said those that allow the social media to mould their opinion always have lopsided view of issues.
” The thing is that there is a tendency to see things from a negative point of view when your point of view is shaped and colored by the social media. It’s always been heard that the default position of the social media itself is to be negative, so people have turned out to ignore grand reality and project images that are very negative. Otherwise I wonder , this is an administration that has done so so extremely well and to a president who has sworn to an oath to defend the constitution and protect every life and property, it is very unfair and uncharitable to say that he will shield anybody, ”
” In Any case, the president controls only one layer of authority, what are the governors doing, is the social media also saying that the governors are protecting the herdsmen from the law, are they saying the local government are also protecting them? You see it has to take everyone at various levels of authority to shield somebody from the law in those circumstances, and the president himself, his passion is for the country, this is a president whose passion is not even for the office, even when everyone is asking him to go for a second term he is keeping quiet because his focus remains the nation and the problem of the country.”
The Presidential aid who said this administration has done so much in areas of infrastructure development especially in road construction, power generation and human capital development urged Nigerians who are complaining of Hunger to key into the Agricultural intervention programmes of this administration.
“with all the noise the PDP is making, even during their tenure as president did they give breakfast lunch and dinner to every citizen? Is there any country in which someone does not go hungry? I am not saying it is perfectly in order but they are just politicizing these issues. This is a government that has removed this country from the shame of food importation, every state of the country now is into rice production, and we are feeding not only Nigeria but to west Africa. And the government is working on having respectable prices for food items, food inflation is coming down grossly. Everyone complaining of hunger should go and work. And you know that this is the only government that has introduced social investment schemes, we pay out now for the poorest of the poor, the least they will get is N5,000.and a lot of these job that are been created are from loans with little or no interest from the central bank, Bank of industry, Banks of Agriculture,nDevelopment Bank and the rest. So there is a lot going for people who really want to go out there to work especially in Agriculture.”
While commenting on the recent uproar about president Bubari Re-contesting the 2019 General elections against the backdrop of open letters by former president Olusegun Obasanjo and Ibraheem Babangida Mallam Garba said the President richly deserves another term in office.
” I will advise him to run because he richly deserves a second term in office.
And for the letter writing my response to them is that if they like they can come and contest against president Buhari. He will defeat them, all of them.”
He therefore appealed to Nigerians to shun every form on negative comments that could threaten the unity of the country.
As the global demand for crude oil continues to dwindle overtime and many crude oil producing countries find it difficult to sell their crude, the quality of Nigeria Crude oil has been brought to the fore in the global oil Market with Indonesia expressing the desire to buy more crude oil from Nigeria.
This was made known by the Head of Economic Affairs of the Indonesian Embassy, Mr. Dwiyatna Widinugraha, who led a delegation from the country on a courtesy call on the Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Dr. Maikanti Baru, Wednesday at the NNPC Towers, Abuja.
In a statement Released by the Group General Manager Group Public Affairs Division of the NNPC Ndu Ughamadu, Speaking on the purpose of their visit, Mr. Widinugraha commended NNPC for its support in crude oil supply which has helped Indonesia to achieve energy sufficiency, adding that the country needed further assistance in the form of increased crude oil allocation.
He stated that Indonesia with a population of more than 250 million people needed about 1.6 million barrels of crude oil daily to meet its burgeoning energy needs as an emerging economy and would love to have a Government-to-Government arrangement with Nigeria in that regard.
According to the statement, Shedding more light on their mission, Vice President of Pertamina, the Indonesian National Oil Company, Mr. Anizar Burlian, said they were in Abuja to thank Nigeria for helping them meet their local oil demand and to further explore better arrangements of buying the country’s very high grade crude oil.
In his words, “Over the years, we have bought huge amount of crude oil from Nigeria. We are extremely happy to buy more Nigerian crude oil which is globally rated to be of very high grade and which is very suitable for our refineries,” Mr. Burlian stated.
He said they were also interested in investment opportunities in the Nigerian upstream, midstream and downstream sectors of the Nigerian oil industry.
Responding on behalf of the corporation, the Group General Manager, Crude Oil Marketing Division (COMD), Mr. Mele Kyari, who was represented by Mr Adokiye Tombomieye, said NNPC would continue to assist Indonesia in the area of crude oil supply, adding that the request for a government-to-government crude supply arrangement should be routed through the President of Nigeria.
On investment, the corporation advised the team to articulate its request in a proposal to enable Management review and act accordingly.
By Festus Fifen.
The Registrar of National Examination Council, NECO, Prof. Charles Uwakwe has disclosed that the Council is targeting remittance of N1.2 billion to the federation account by December 2018.
Uwakwe who also stated that the Council has improved from N320 million remittance to more than N500 million, added that judicious management of scarce resources has been the guiding principle of the Council overtime.
Prof. Uwakwe, who spoke to a section of the media in Abuja while reacting to corruption allegations in some quarters stressed that the Council’s books and records are open to scrutiny.
The NECO Boss While describing the N15 billion corruption allegation as baseless and fallacious, emphasized that the number of candidates who sat for NECO exams and how much the Council make is in the public domain.
In his words, “these are rumours that are baseless and I’m wondering where the allegations are coming from. To set the record straight we are not running independently in terms of our budgeting. We are under strict guidance by the Ministry and National Assembly.
“Every year we provide information as to what we generate and what our expenditure is. We go to defend all these and therefore if somebody says fifty naira is missing, it’s practically impossible and totally fallacious. The number of candidates who sat for our exams and how much we make is in the public domain
“In conducting our exams, we pay apprentice, people in the community to conduct the exams. We have four exams that we conduct. It is professionally and unacceptable for someone to insinuate that there is embezzlement of funds without facts. The books are there, the records are there.
“We just returned from the defense of our budget in the National Assembly and they have said there is need for us to increase our remittance to the federation account which we have been working on.
“We have improved from N320 million to more than N500 million. We estimate that by next exam we should be able to remit to the federation account about N1.2 billion,” he stated.
While giving a brief overview on his achievements since assuming office in NECO, Prof. Uwakwe said ” We have done a lot of self assessment and searching as we provide this services. I’m in touch with all my state officers and zonal coordinators regularly and consistently. I do a lot of frequent travels but the best is on the spot assessment of the situation to the best of our ability. So, essentially, it has been very rewarding if you consider the number of examinations we take within the limit of our resources.
” We have a mandate to do this therefore, we should be managing the resources that we have very prudently and there is also a bit of pressure on us to be remitting to federation account which we are very cognizant of. We are making efforts to ensure that we continue to improve in that aspect and therefore prudent management of resources that we have must be our guiding principle.
” Before I came to NECO the issue of ethics weren’t there. That of professionalism, punctuality, zero tolerance for impunity, integrity and so on. These are ethics that I brought on board when I assumed office. So, essentially this ethics are what we brought on board to be able to run the system better and by my assessment it is really better.”
Speaking on illegal recruitment as alleged in some quarter. Prof. Uwakwe said nothing of such has ever happened in the council.
” There has never been illegal recruitment by the council. All we have done by way of replacement we followed due process with clearance from both the Ministry of Education, Federal Character Commission and Head of Service. We have documented evidence of waivers and approval.”
Prof. Uwakwe also reacted to some internal crises in the council which he said is being well managed.
” The issues are with some union members. I have an open door policy and I relate well with unions. But for some strange reasons a few of them have over stepped their bounds making communication directly to the Ministry without consulting with the council. Rather than settling union issues internally they have written all kinds of petitions that can be addressed internally. What we are saying is that they should not run a parallel government because they belong to a union. I have privileged information on my staff that guides my decisions on posting. The best approach is to work with the council.”
Uwakwe, therefore called on well-meaning Nigerians and civil society groups to approach the Council for clarification when in doubts as the council practices open-door policy.
By Festus Fifen.
Former Minister of Special Duties under President Goodluck Jonathan, Hon. Kabiru Tanimu Turaki has said that contrary to news making the rounds that he has defected to the Social Democratic Party SDP, He is and will remain a very solid Member of the People Democratic Party PDP.
Speaking to BEN Television in a Brief Telephone Interview on Monday, Hon Turaki said many People mistook him for the former Jigawa state Governor Saminu Turaki.
In his words,” I am still very much a card carrying member of the PDP, he Saminu is a former governor, I have never been a governor, I am a minister he has never been a minister, I am from Kebbi State, he is from Jigawa state, I am a Lawyer he is not a lawyer so you can see we are very different, PDP is in my Blood and I will die a member of the PDP” he said
He therefore used the medium to thank his friends and loved ones who have called to confirm the news of his purported defection over the weekend assuring them that he is and always will be committed to the People’s Democratic Party PDP and Nigeria as a country.
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