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Deputy Senate President mocks Kogi for appointing an Ignoramus as Attorney-General

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Deputy Senate President mocks Kogi for appointing an Ignoramus as Attorney-General

Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu has made jest of Kogi State Government for appointing an Attorney-General, in the person of Ibrahim Sani Muhammed who lacks understanding of the Constitutional provision for the recall of a lawmaker.

Ekweremadu who spoke in reaction to a newspaper advertorial allegedly sponsored by the attorney-general on selected newspapers on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 misled Nigerians that the Senate has no role to play in the recall of a Senator after the process may have been completed by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Ekweremadu while citing relevant clauses in the Constitution at plenary, noted that the Kogi state Attorney-General spent over 12 million to ‘display his ignorance’.

“This morning my attention was drawn to a three-page advertorial, pages 20, 21 and 22 of the Leadership newspaper by the Attorney-General of Kogi state,” Ekweremadu began.

“He was responding to my contribution on the floor of the Senate when Senator Dino Melaye informed this Senate of the efforts of the people of his constituency to recall him.

“I want to advise that the people of Kogi state and indeed his constituents should better apply their time to more useful venture in view of the very difficult conditions of recall of parliamentarians and in reference to the attorney-general, I did say that my learned friend may not have advised the people or indeed the government appropriately.

“So this morning Kogi state government took an advertorial to respond to me and I understand that every page cost about N700,000 for these alone they spent about N2 million and I understand that it is on about five other papers so we are looking about N12 million spent to responding to my comment. Meanwhile, what I say here is supposed to be a privilege that is what the law says.

“Finally, I must put on record that legal opinion of Senator Ekweremadu on the role of the Senate in the recall process, the Senate has no role whatsoever in the recall exercise than to receive the certificate under the hand of the chairman of INEC stating that the provision of section 69 of the Constitution has been complied with see 68 h of the 1999 constitution as amended.

“I pity the people of Kogi state that hired this kind of attorney-general and this is unfortunate that it is paying a public servant and he is unable to do a simple work looking at the constitution.

“We must emphasise that 68 (2) is not part of the amendment since 1999. This has been the original provision of the Constitution. It has nothing to do with Dino or whoever. It has been there since 1999 for him not to know about it – I don’t know where he went to law school anyway.

“If he has been properly educated I believe he should have been conversant with the basic provisions of the constitution.

“I’m even his senior at the bar, he ought to show some respect because that is what we are taught at the law school to respect our senior.

“But for the avoidance of doubt I want to believe I have better credentials in the legal profession and my interest was constitutional law, I have a doctorate degree in law and my area is constitutional law, I have been chairman of the constitutional review committee in this national assembly since 2010.

“I expect the attorney-general instead of displaying his ignorance, to call and I educate him on the correct position of the law.

“So I take I exception to this and I believe that he needs to refund the amount spent on this to the people of Kogi I call on the house of assembly to institute an enquiry on who paid for this and find a way of receiving the money back to pay salaries of Kogi state,” he added.

Describing the situation as unfortunate, Senate President Bukola Saraki advised the Kogi state government to use such funds to pay salaries of workers in the state.

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Nasarawa Assembly orders revocation of contract by SUBEB

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Nasarawa Assembly orders revocation of contract by SUBEB

From Daniel Abel, Lafia

The Nasarawa State House of Assembly has directed the State Universal Basic Education Board, SUBEB to revoke the contract for the construction of two blocks of classroom and office at LGEA Primary School Sabon Gida, Kokona LGA over shoddy job.

The contract which is been handled by a contractor, Five and Seven Furniture. according to the house, has no competence to deliver the contract

The Chairman,House Committee on Education Science and Technology Hon. Daniel Ogazi gave the directive when the contractor and other defaulting contractors along side the management of SUBEB appeared before the committee in Lafia on Monday.

Hon. Ogazi noted that the inspection visit by the committee to the sites of the ongoing SUBEB school projects across the state is born out of the need to address incompetency and poor contractual performance.

The Chairman disclosed that right from the foundation, five and Seven Furniture has shown its inability to deliver quality job, hence the need for the revocation.

He warned all contractors handling SUBEB projects in the state to adhere strictly to their contract specifications as the committee will not spare anyone found wanting.

Responding, the SUBEB chairman Mohammed Musa Danazumi commenced the committee noting that the inspection by the assembly is helping greatly as most of the contractors are beginning to sit up tight

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NNPC Spends whooping N966 billion for pipeline repairs

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NNPC Spends whooping N966 billion for pipeline repairs

Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation said it spent a whooping N966 billion for repairs of pipeline between 2010 to 2015.

This was coming in response to a query by Senate Committee on Public Account chaired by Senator Mathew Uhroghide over alleged unremitted N4 trillion by the corporation into the federation account.

The Committee relied on the 2016 report of Auditor General of the Federation which accused the NNPC of non-remmittance of N4 trillion into the Federation Account.

The Query stated “It was observed upon scrutiny of NNPC report to the Technical Sub- Committee of Federation Account Allocation Committee meeting held in December 2016 that a cumulative total of N4,076,548,336,749.75 remained unremitted to the Federation Account by NNPC as at 31st December 2016.

“The total revenue unremitted as at 1st January 2016 (see the table above) from amounts payable into the Federation Account by NNPC was ₦3,878,955,039,855.73 was.

“The sum of N1,198,138,355,860.30 was due in revenue to the Federation Account out of the total generated in 2016, however, NNPC paid the sum of N1,000,545,058,966.20
resulting in an amount withheld of N197,593,296,894.02. This brought the total amount withheld by NNPC from the Federation Account as at 31 December 2016.”

But, NNPC in a written response to the Committee claimed that the unremitted N4 trillion was arrived at without taking cognizance of the subsidy and pipeline repairs and management associated with domestic crude oil transaction.

It said, ” subsidy approved and certified by PPRA from 2010-2015 stood at the N4 trillion. Also in 2016 OMS under recovery stood at the N28.6 billion which brings the total unrecognized subsidy /PMS under recovery to N4 trillion.

“Aside the above, pipeline repairs and products losses so incurred stood at N966 billion for the same period.”

The NNPC is expected to appear before the Senate Committee this week to give clarification on the issue raised in the Auditor General report over non – remittance of N4 trillion into federation account.

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Senate uncorvers misappropraition of N2b meant for Federation Account by Ministry of Solid Mineral

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Senate uncorvers misappropraition of N2b meant for Federation Account
by Ministry of Solid Mineral

The Senate Committee on Public accounts has uncovered non remittance of N2 billion into Federation account by Ministry of Solid Minerals.
The said amount was meant to be remitted into the federation account but was diverted to private pockets.

The panel upon scrutiny of FAAC records discovered that the amount was not paid into the federation account as required by law in 2015, it therefore issued a querry for the ministry appear before it to explain

The query reads, “During examination of FAAC records, we observed that a cumulative total of N9,923,015,028.00 Solid Minerals revenue collected in 2015 was not paid into the Federation Account in the year ended 31st December 2016.

“We noted that the Ministry reported the same total revenue figure for years 2014, 2015 and 2016. From records presented for audit, it was also noted that the sum of N2,838,351,664.97 was collected as solid mineral revenue from January to December, 2016 but this amount was not paid into the Federation Account for distribution in 2016 contrary to section 162 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“The Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel has been
requested to explain why the Ministry failed to pay the revenues collected into the Federation Account as required by the constitution.”

The Ministry however failed to respond to the query of the Auditor general on the issue of non-remittance of N2 billion Into the Federation Account.

The Committee however resolved to also summon the officials of the Ministry to explain why the Ministry declined to remit the said amount into federation account.
No response was received at the time of this report.

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