Buhari Appoints New DG BPE, Other Chief Executives For Federal Agencies

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the underlisted appointments in various Federal Government Agencies.Among  them is the new Director General, Bureau of  Public Enterprises,BPE,  Mr Alex Okoh. A statement by Bolaji Adebiyi from the office of  rhe SGF listed the new appointees thus 1 National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) Barrister Julie […]

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Saraki Calls for Concerted Efforts to #BringBackOurGirls

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has called for concerted efforts to bring back the over 200 school girls that were abducted from their secondary school in Chibok Local Government Area of Borno State three years ago. Speaking on the third year anniversary of the abductionof the girls,  Saraki pledged that the Senate will continue […]

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Banks’ Dollar Demand Slumps Over Fear Of Dollar Crash

              File copy of foreign currency seized by EFCC There are strong indications that the demand for foreign exchange by authorized dealers has slumped, as the dealers were only able to pick $45 million out of the $100 million offered by the CBN on wholesale spot. Industry experts have attributed the slump in demand to […]

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Floating Naira Would Lead To Collapse Of Buhari’s Government, Experts Warn

Economic and Financial experts have warned President Muhammad Buhari not to listen to calls by some key ministers and politicians in the country to float the naira saying the move would lead to the collapse of the government. The experts who warned against any attempt to float the naira as been canvassed by some key […]

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Troops Destroy 13 Illegal Refineries, Lose Soldiers

In continuation of its drive to accomplish its mandate, troops of Operation Delta Safe on patrol around Iyalama Adama axis of Rivers State, yesterday discovered and destroyed 13 illegal refineries. However, no arrest was made. A statement by Major Abubakar Abdullahi Media Coordinator however said “ Sadly, our troops deployed at Creek 6 Houseboat Cawthorne […]

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B’ Haram: GOC Visits Ngolom New Marte, Kerenoa, Urges Discipline, Vigilance

Troops of 8 Task Force Division have been  urged to remain disciplined and vigilant, as the Nigerian  Army intensifies effort to clear the remaining Boko Haram hideouts in the North East. The General Officer Commanding 8 Task Force Division, Maj Gen Ali Nani made the charge when he paid operational visit to  troops of 242Read More

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NNPC Retires, Deploys Staff

The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), the Management has announced the retirement of some staff and the deployment of others.
According to a statement by Ndu Ughamadu,Group General Manager,Group Public Affairs Division, NNPC, Abuja, the …

AEDC Inaugurates Probe Panel on Electrical Accident in Nyanya

  • Commiserates with relatives of 2 killed in incident

An 8-man Investigative Team set upto investigate the circumstances surrounding the electrical accident which occurred on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 in a neighbourhood of Nyanya, a suburb of Abuja, the nation’s capital has been inaugurated by the AEDC with a mandate to unravel the immediate and remote causes of the incident.

A press statement issued by Ahmed Shekarau, Head, Public Relations & Media of the Company said a preliminary report on the accident showed that an 11-Kv wire snapped and fell on the roofing sheet of a house in Nyanya leading to outbreak of fire that was alleged to have led to the unfortunate death of a man and a child, while a woman sustained injuries.

While inaugurating the panel today in Abuja, the Director, Risk and Compliance of the AEDC, Engr. Collins Chabuka said that the decision of the Company to set up a probe panel was in line with the internal AEDC Incident Reporting and Investigation Procedure Guidelines and industry best practice. “It is AEDC’s internal Health and Safety Policy requirements that all accidents are investigated by independent internal competent persons with extensive industry background, competence and knowledge. The purpose of the investigation is to highlight the shortcomings that may have led to the incident and also to recommend industry best practice and remedial measures to prevent a recurrence”, he said.

Describing the incident as “most unfortunate”, the AEDC Director, said that the Company had complied with regulatory requirements by officially notifying the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and the Nigeria Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) of the accident.

While commiserating with the family of the deceased and other members of the Nyanya Community, the AEDC Director used the opportunity to appeal to members of the public to avoid encroaching into the right of way of electricity lines.

The terms of reference of the Investigative Panel set up by the Company include:  To establish the root causes of the incident.

Conduct a technical assessment of the equipment and the supply network and advise whether the equipment and network operated normally during the incident, and

Identify remedial measures to prevent a recurrence.

The investigative panel is being chaired by Engineer Mohammed Ainoko Sule, an experienced Nigerian Electricity Industry professional with over 26 years of experience in Distribution Network Operations, Maintenance and Protection System. Also among members of the team are the Regional Head of Operations in FCT North, Engineer Pope Shima, the Company’s Head of Health and Safety, Engineer Dirisu Biodun, Team Lead, Security, FCT, George Williams.

Other members of the Panel are Ag. Head, Human Resource Operation, Mr. Joseph Adeniyi, Head, Public Relations and Media, Ahmed Shekarau, Regional Team Lead, Legal Services, FCT Central, Miss Mimi Angyu, and the Regional Team Lead, Health and Safety& Environment, FCT, Engr. Tony Adolor, who serves as Secretary to the team. The Panel has two weeks to submit its report.

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#Open NASS: distraction will not work-El-Rufai

(Press Release) The Kaduna State Government wishes to issue this update in relation to the gentle admonition that Malam Nasir El-Rufai gave to the NASS leadership on the imperative of budget transparency.

  1. The House of Representatives has responded with predictable tetchiness to a simple and clear demand that details of the National Assembly budget be made public. It is inconceivable that an important institution, vested by the Constitution with representation, lawmaking and oversight powers, has for at least seven years ignored the imperative to set an example of transparency, despite being severally urged to do so.
  1. Despite the rush to personal attacks on a matter of public policy, we cannot allow the enthronement of the republic of distraction. It is important that everyone who is interested in protecting and advancing democratic discourse should stay focused on the issue. It is strange that persons entrusted with high office will justify their abdication of the responsibility to be transparent in such cavalier fashion. We don’t believe that most of our esteemed legislators will construe a demand for transparency as aimed at undermining the National Assembly.

 

  1. However, notwithstanding the intemperate response of the spokesman of the House of Representatives, the demand that the NASS budget be made public will not go away. It is not personal, and there is a strong civic constituency that is demanding it. The sooner all of us in public life recognized that the game has changed, and that segments of civil societyand indeed everyday citizens of Nigeria, are much more aware, astute and advanced than the state of our politics, the better for our democratic health.
  1. Since the NASS began conceiving its budget as a single-line item, how many legislators, not to mention other citizens, have seen the details of the budget? Can anyone recall seeing the spending patterns and details in any published audited accounts of NASS recently? By contrast, all state governments present their audited accounts to their state Houses of Assembly as required by law. The federal statutoryagencies that NASS cites as not having their budgets reflected in the National Budget submit details of their budgets to the NASS for review and approval.
  1. How, in the 21stCentury, can we have any nationalinstitution that is comfortable with not being subject to any oversight, audit or external scrutiny. The constitutional principle of checks and balances wasnot introduced for purposes of idle luxury, but to ensure that every institution exercises its power in an accountable manner.
  1. The Kaduna State Government has presented details of its security budget. What was presented represents the only security vote for the entire government. As the figures show, there is no security vote for the Governor of Kaduna State. This may be a shock to those used to the notion of security votes as barely disguised slush funds, but we do not operate such a system in Kaduna. Our budgets specify what is voted as assistance to security agencies, and its expenditure is properly recorded and accounted for. These are not monies given to or spent by the governor.

 

  1. If the leaders of the NASS have security votes allocated to or personally collected by them, they might wish to disclose such. Our security spending does not operate like the NASS system of sharing public funds in such an opaque fashion that even NASS members do not know how their entire budget is broken down or what the leadership gets as its ‘running costs’. The figures in the pay slips presentedfor the Honorable Speaker are in stark contrast to the declaration by The Economistregarding the earnings of NASS members. One of the claims cannot be right.

 

  1. We reiterate our call for the NASS to download and analyze our budgets and actual spending which are all publicly available. In Kaduna State, the state government has been a net creditor to the local government councils, some of which cannot pay salaries without assistance by the state government. We do not retain local government funds nor impose contracts on them. Our policy announcements in this regarded were widely reported and appreciated.

 

  1. The spokesman of the House of Representatives may wish to respond to what is written, rather than what is imagined. The KDSG statement of Monday, 10thApril 2017, clearly stated that N100bn is bigger than the capital budgets of many states. That is a statement of fact.

 

  1. In dragging the memo Malam Nasir El-Rufaisubmitted to President Buhari seven months ago into this matter, the spokesman of the House of Representatives betrays no recognition that it is the conduct of those that leaked private communication that bears condemnation.

 

  1. When NASS hopefully eventually releases its budget details, the public will be hoping to see specifics on personnel costs, overheads and capital expenditure.Rather than restrict the budget details to only 2017, the current leadership of NASS should fulfill the obligations of transparency by releasing the breakdown of the NASS budget since 2015. That way, Nigerians, including members of the NASS, will get to know what the budget of that institution is.

 

  1. The NASS leadership has been promising ad infinitumto publish the breakdown of the opaque, one-line budget. It should simply do so. Prompt release of the 2015 and 2016 breakdowns, along with the proposed figures for 2017, would be a good way to start.

 

  1. As things stand today, even if Malam Nasir El-Rufairefrains from further commentary on this matter, the genie is already out of the bottle. The public will not accept a secretive NASS, or any other branch of government for that matter.

Statement signed by Samuel Aruwan,Special Assistant to the Governor (Media and Publicity)13th April 2017

 

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Zamfara Governor Offers Assurance to MNCH2 on Sustainability of Life Saving Interventions

Gov. Abdulaziz Yari, the Executive Governor of Zamfara state has pledged to sustain activities of the Maternal Newborn and Child Health programme (MNCH2) in the state. The Governor made the pledge on Monday during an engagement with key stakeholders including the Honourable Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole and Executive Director, National Primary Health Care […]

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