President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday in Abuja reacted for the first time on the allegations of corruption leveled against the leaderships of some Federal Government Agencies and Commissions.
These commissions include the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.
The president, who spoke after observing his Eid prayers at the fore court of the presidential villa, observed that some appointees of the government in both his administration and the previous one have abused their trust.
He, however, expressed delight that some stolen assets are being recovered, sold and proceeds put into the Single Treasury Account (TSA), which is inaccessible to the corrupt persons involved.
When asked how he felt about recent revelations coming out from the EFCC and the NDDC, President Buhari said:
“There has been abuse of trust by people trusted by previous administration and this administration.
“A number of assets have been recovered and some money.
“But we have introduced TSA where all the monies are taken and I said asset should be sold and the money be put through TSA so that it can be identified at any level and I will see who will come after us and take it back again to those who misappropriated public funds.”
While assuring that all past and present cases would be fully investigated, he said: “This is why we put the commission (of investigation) in place.”
He stressed that all of such cases would be uncovered and firmly dealt with by his government.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports Senate and House of Representatives are currently investigating how the Interim Management Committee, IMC, of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, allegedly squandered N40 billion within few months.
NAN also reports that the Presidency had instituted a Presidential Probe Panel headed by retired Justice Ayo Salami to investigate allegations of gross misconduct against the suspended acting Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu.
Anambra Commissioner for Transport inaugurates Association of Taxi Car Operators of The State
Commissioner for Transport, Hon Afam Mbanefo inaugurates Association of Taxi Car Operators of Anambra State.
Says ,” Private Taxi Operators must stay in Anambra, providing opportunities and services to Ndi Anambra, in line with vision of Governor Willie Obiano”
Ministry of transport, Awka
11th August 2020
We support Gov Umahi’s call on retention of service chiefs- Ohanaeze Youth Assembly,
Ohanaeze Youth Assembly,
Nnamdi Azikiwe Avenue,
As the issue of how to tackle the security challenges in this country remains the dominant theme in public discourse, the Ohanaeze Youth Assembly, (OYA) wishes to align with the best recommendation so far in the public domain for effective security and wellbeing of our nation.
Many including the National Assembly, have in the recent past offered sundry suggestions on how the security challenges in the country can be tackled, with some giving very useful advice while others only succeeded in uttering preposterous stand point on the matter.
But so far, the counsel offered by the amiable governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi, has been the most brilliant and germane recommendation on how best to address the problem.
Umahi without recourse to ambiguity has called on President Muhammadu Buhari not to contemplate sacking the Service Chiefs as some have suggested saying such recommendations are not only shallow but borne out of selfishness.
He said rather than succumb to such shallow viewpoints, the President should increase funding and logistics to the military as he noted that the taaks ahead of them are enormous.
The Governor, who stated this during the ground-breaking ceremony of Nigeria Army Reference Hospital, Abakaliki, also stated that the military needs the full cooperation of citizens at all levels to succeed in defending the territorial integrity of the nation as well as to ensure peace as he totally disagreed with members of the National Assembly over their recent call for the sack of the nation’s Service Chiefs.
His words: “One thing I have realized in this country is that we like change too much. We want everybody to test every seat. That is not what we need at this crucial time, the country is facing security challenges.”
The Ohanaeze Youth Assembly (OYA) notes with happiness the suggestion by the governor that what the military needs is cooperation and information as it is difficult to do anything without information because, that is what we as a group, have been harping on as one of the solutions to the problem of insecurity in Nigeria.
The Ebonyi Governor then added that he will be suggesting to Mr. President not to consider removing the Service Chiefs at all, “But, we should increase their logistics, we should increase the funding of their armed forces. We should increase the programs that will bring information to the security agencies.”
The OYA also notes that the Ebonyi Governor had also taken time to commend the Chief of Army Staff, Lt.Gen Tukur Yusuf Buratai for the good work he is doing for the country.
We, as a group, see his commendation of the Chief of Army Staff who he described as a very big committed person, and very friendly with the civil society as apt and his assurance to partner with the Chief of Army Staff as in order.
The OYA wishes to add its voice to commend the Chief of Army Staff for the building of the Army Reference Hospital at Abakaliki as this project will be beneficial to all the 5 states in the region as well as to others.
We wish to state that a medical facility like the Army Reference Hospital is what the region needs at this time when health issues have become very sensitive as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
We also wish to point out that we have observed that this kind of gesture has become the hallmark of the Nigerian Army under the leadeship of the current Chief of Army Staff which to us, comes as a deep reflection of Buhari’s love for the citizens of the Southeast.
The Nigerian Army despite the numerous roles it is playing in countering insurgency and terrorism in the Northeast had done much to ensure peace, security and development in the Southeast.
We recall how the Chief of Army Staff rescued Nigeria from criminally violent groups in the Southeast who were seeking to dismember Nigeria.
The Southeast, we dare say, has benefited immensely from the army under Buratai.
The Nigerian Army had in the last five years, done much to provide basic social amenities and services like potable drinking water, construction of bridges, establishment of health centers, provision of clothing and food items to communities in the region.
The OYA notes the renovation of schools in different communities in the Southeast, the installation of solar-powered water projects and the every day contribution to health and educational services and the settling of disputes among warring communities in the zone.
We are happy that the commendation on the Chief of Army Staff, is coming form no less a person than from a governor who is also an achiever and who in the last five years has done much for his state.
For want of space, let us mention a few of Governor Umahi’s works which include the construction of 20 roads within the state capital, Abakaliki; construction of the Afikpo-Abakaliki and the Nkalagu federal roads.
He has also equipped schools and approved the promotion of the state university staff, declared emergency in the health sector and began the reconstruction of general hospitals in the state and built the first virology centre in the south east from scratch, to reduce Lassa fever and invested billions of naira into the agric sector as soft loans to farmers, which tripled rice production in the state.
The commendation and recommendations from Governor Umahi should therefore not be taken lightly as it is coming from a very deep and passionate leader who knows the dynamics of leadership and what is best for the people of this country.
Henry Chukwuemeka Udeh,
Ohanaeze Youth Assembly (OYA).
7th, August, 2020.
I ORDERED MY BOYS TO FLOG THE PENSIONERS BECAUSE THEY ARE SUPPORTING IPOB- HOPE UZODINMA
The governor of imo state has finally reacted to the reason why the thugs flogged the pensioners who protested in owerri.
Speaking to news men, Hope maintained that he will only pay their pensions if they stop SUPPORTING IPOB.
In his words
” I used to send out my intelligence team to monitor People’s opinion both in market and other public places and they always tell me that people are criticising my GOVERNMENT and also calling me Supreme Court GOVERNOR.
The one that pains me is the fact that those pensioners are SUPPORTING NNAMDI KANU and always see him as a savior. They curse me on daily basis over pensions which Emeka IHEDIOHA was owing them
I ordered my boys to flog them because when an adult start misbehaving, you only use the Cain to correct them.
Imo state is not part of BIAFRA. Until they stop SUPPORTING BIAFRA, I won’t pay the pensions.
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