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CHRCR Tasks Journalists, Civil Society on Anti- corruption in Kogi

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CHRCR Tasks Journalists, Civil Society on Anti- corruption in Kogi

By Ishaq Dan-Imam, Lokoja

A Lokoja-based Civil rights group, Conscience for Human Rights and conflict resolution CHRCR, has urged media professionals and right groups in kogi state central Nigeria, to constantly probe into the annual budget estimates of kogi state government in order to unravel the alleged corrupt practices associated with budget implementation in the state.

Speaking at the 6th Quarterly review meeting of CHRCR on anti- corruption held at NUJ Press Centre in Lokoja, CHRCR Executive Director, Mr. Idris Miliki Abdul faulted the budget implementation framework of the state under the current administration citing widespread corruption in governance as current administration corruptly inflate costs of projects with recurring project proposals on the budget estimates of the state.

Mr Miliki criticized the state assembly for its subservience in the scrutiny of the state budget estimates since according to him, the state assembly had always failed to scrutinize properly government’s budgets in public interest, adding that the public expenditure framework of the state lacks accountability.

According to Miliki, the recent statistics on the state by the national bureau of statistics (NBS) which rates Kogi state as the most Corrupt state on the Nation’s corruption index is factual and evidence-based because there’s pervasive corruption in the state, urging the Media to carry out more investigative reports on public finance in the state while the Civil Society should in the same token interrogate public officers on budget implementation.

CHRCR, however, advised the state government to urgently reconstitute state independent electoral commission SIEC with adequate funding to conduct elections into local government councils in the interest of democracy and rule of law adding that local government elections are long overdue in the state.

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Ekiti East Constituency 1 bye-election to hold on 20th March, 2021, says INEC

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Ekiti East Constituency 1 bye-election to hold on 20th March, 2021, says INEC

By Janet Samuel

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed Saturday 20th March 2021 for the conduct of a bye-election to fill the vacant seat for the Ekiti East Constituency 1 of Ekiti State.
The National Commissioner and Chairman
Information and Voter Education Committee, Barrister Festus Okoye made this known in a press statement on Wednesday in Abuja
He said the vacancy arose as a result of the death of Hon. Adegbuyi Oluwajuwa Amos, member representing Ekiti East Constituency 1 in the House of Assembly and the subsequent declaration of vacancy for the Constituency by the Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Funminiyi Afuye.

He said met and deliberated on the conduct of Bye-election into the vacant seat of Ekiti East Constituency 1 of Ekiti State.

According to him, the official notification for the election will be published Wednesday 24th February 2021.

He said the Political Parties shall conduct their primaries between 26th February and 3rd March 2021 while the last day for submission of list of nominated candidates is at 6pm on the 8th March 2021.

“The Access Code for the nomination forms shall be available for collection from 26th February 2021 at the Commission’s headquarters.”

Okoye enjoined all political parties intending to field candidates to pay close attention to the Timetable and Schedule of Activities and to conduct transparent and valid party primaries that meet the provisions of Section 87 of the Electoral Act 2010 (As Amended).

The Commissioner urged Political parties to note that under section 31(8) of the Electoral Act, a political party which presents to the Commission the name of a candidate who does not meet the qualifications stipulated in the Constitution and the Electoral Act shall be guilty of an offence and on conviction shall be liable to a maximum fine of N500,000.00.

The detailed Timetable and Schedule of activities he said has been uploaded on the Commission’s website and social media platforms.

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Group condemns incitive utterances, pledges support to gov Sule

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From Daniel Abel, Lafia

Political group referred to as Lafia Progressive Forum has condemned utterances its described as inciting and unguarded made by one Mohammadu Barde against governor Abdullahi Sule’s appointment.

Dahiru Musa, the chairman of the group at a press briefing on Wednesday in Lafia said the utterances and claim of Mr. Bards is disturbing and unfortunate and does not represent the voice of the people of Lafia local government.

“The group stated that the entire content of the utterances are figment of his wild imagination. It is meant to gain cheap popularity, we therefore distant ourselves from everything contained in the utterances.

“The good people of Lafia local government highly appreciate the generosity of governor Sule led administration, fair distribution of appointment and developmental projects across all local governments”, Dahiru said.

The group called on people in the local government to ignore any video on social media inciting the public against governor Abdullahi Sule who has been fair to all the local governments in terms of appointments and developments.

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Sule tasks public office holders on transparency, accountability

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From Daniel Abogonye, Lafia

Nasarawa State Governor Abdullahi Sule, has tasked both political and public office holders in the state, on the need to be honest, transparent and accountable.

Sule stated this while declaring open a 2-week workshop on procurement and management of supplies for political and public office holders in the state, at the Government House, on Monday.

The Governor specifically tasked political and public office holders in the state, on the need to inculcate the spirit of the procurement law passed in the state, in the conduct of government business.

According to governor Sule, political and public office holders need to be transparent and accountable, because corruption no longer pays, with corrupt government officials forced to hide their ill-gotten wealth perpetually.

Speaking on the event, the Governor said the workshop is intended to instil in the minds of political and public office holders, virtues of due process and trustworthiness in accordance with the principles and procedures established in the public procurement rules.

“This is to ensure that proper mechanisms are put in place in the award of contracts to qualified contractors and in delivering services,” he stated.

While describing the theme of the workshop as apt, timely and well-conceived, Engineer Sule said this was coming at a time when his administration is committed to prudent management of resources towards bringing development to the people.

The theme of the 2-week workshop is: “Public Procurement as a panacea for good governance in Nasarawa State.”

The Governor pointed out that steps have been taken to ensure that contracts are awarded and executed on timely basis, with proper costing, in provision of goods, services and execution of works.

Mr. Sule used the opportunity of the event, to reiterate the resolve of his administration to impart the culture of discipline, transparency and due process in the conduct of government affairs, which informed the setting up of the Bureau for Public Procurement.

The governor urged the participants at the workshop to participate actively with a view to tapping from the wealth of experience of the resource persons.

Earlier in a keynote address, Director-General, Nasarawa State Bureau for Public Procurement, Dr. Dominic Bako, traced the widespread of poverty in developing countries like Nigeria, to the absence of good governance.

Citing the World Bank, Dr. Bako said good governance can be measured by four distinct attributes namely, accountability, effectiveness, rule of law and low levels of corruption, stressing that the Engineer Sule administration must be seen to be accountable, transparent, as well as deliberately promoting a culture of due diligence and respect for the rule of law.

“It must make sure that public funds meant to serve the greater majority of our people, is not diverted into private pockets or looted and sent into foreign banks overseas,” the DG stated.

The 2-week training workshop, organized in collaboration with the Charterhouse Consulting Limited, has participants drawn from public offices, including heads of state tertiary institutions, commissions, boards and parastatals.

The training session, which is organized in batches, has in attendance state executive council, special advisers, and chairmen of commissions, auditors general for state and local government, as well as the Vice Chancellor, Nasarawa State University, Keffi.

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