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Kogi Speaker asks Gov Bello to end all issues of workers screening

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Kogi Speaker asks Gov Bello to end all issues of workers screening

The speaker Kogi Syate House of Assembly Honorable Umar Imam has admonished Governor Yahaya Bello of the State to make further effort to address all matters concerning the staff screening and verification exercise so that he can settle for governance without any  irritating distraction.
The speaker spoke during the second year anniversary anniversary session of the sixth Assembly at the chambers against the backdrop that workers kept complaining even after the report of the exercise had been presented.
Constituents have been besieging the residences of the Speaker and other members with complaints over how they are yet to get their salaries, while others complained of not being cleared even though they are genuine workers.
Apparently worried by some of their uncomplimentary comments against the Assembly members over the outcome of the staff screening and verification exercise the speaker indicated that they did not need to be confrontational with the executive to be perceived to be fighting their course.

In his words, “The reform remains one singular thorn in the flesh of this administration given its troubled impact on the people. While our respective constituents, whose mandate we graciously enjoy as their representatives, feel strongly that we, as a House, have not done enough to intervene. 
“I must emphasize here today, even though the reform of the Civil Service and Pension is the call of the Executive, we have, nonetheless, intervened severally; by appearances of the Screening Committee Members before the House.
He said they passed resolutions highlighting the position of House, and personal interactions by the Honourable Members of the House. 
“We do not have to be confrontational with the Executive to be seen as fighting the course of our constituents. In the meantime, I appeal to our constituents to be patient.
He commended the Governor on the clemency he granted to some workers which has had far reaching effect. 
The deputy Speaker Hassan Bewa also reechoed the speakers position on the screening report saying payment is ongoing however he asked Governor Bello to pay all outstanding salaries.
He also advocated that the screening report be revisited because there are some genuine workers that have been affected.
In his response, the Governor Yahaya Bello said the screening has ended and the committee disbanded.
He said salaries were being paid as the screening was going on adding that all details on salary payments can be verified on the State Government website.

The speaker also indicated that they passed a total number of 251 Resolutions in all. 
He gave the breakdown details regular Motions numbered and scheduled before the House to be 38

“Matters of Urgent public importance; 78,
Total number of Motions considered by the House; 116, Resolutions agreed-to, based on requests from the other Arms of Government; 12, and total number of Resolutions agreed to from the recommendations of Committee Reports; 48 (from 13 Reports of Committees).”

He said the house passed 5 bills into law out of 23 bills that were registered while 19 bills were read.
18 Bills requiring consideration at various levels of passage, Executive Bills 19 and  Private Member Bills 4

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Senate probes NIMC Over violation of Public Procurement Act on Award of N229m Contract

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Senate has commenced Investigation into Non- compliance with Public Procurement Act on award of N229 million by National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) over

Senate Public Accounts Committee chaired by Senator Mathew Urhoghide based its querry on the 2017 report of Auditor General of the Federation which is currently being considered by the lawmakers.

The query reads,” Audit observed that capital payment vouchers reference number: NIMC/LS/IGL/1/11/105, dated 25th October, 2017 for ₦229.7 million showed that NIMC procured 22 units of HP blade servers for Morpho BSS upgrade.

“The items were supplied. There was no evidence of Ministerial Tender’s Board approval, thus, negating the mandatory ‘Open Competitive bidding. Public advertisement in at least two national dailies, as required by Financial Regulation 2907 (1) and section 251(ii) of the Public Procurement Act was absent.

“There was an initial payment of ₦103.4 million vide payment voucher number NIMC/01/016 CA/18 dated 19/01/18, representing 45% of the contract sum as against the mobilization fee of 15%. The other subsequent payments were not also backed by an interim performance certificate as required by Section 35(2) of the public procurement Act 2007.

“This is an indication of weakness in the internal control system at National Identity Management Commission (NIMC).

“This could lead to poor value for money and possibility of misapplication and misappropriation of funds. Management’s response No response was received from management at the time of our report. Recommendation The Director General is required to refund the sum of ₦229 million.”

However, the Director General of NIMC , Aliyu Abubakar Aziz claimed that the contract falls within the threshold of the Commission’s Tenders Board because it is classified under ‘works’.

He said that all the servers had been supplied before the initial payment of 45 percent which represent part payment and not mobilization due to paucity of funds.

Abubakar further informed the committee that the amount was meant to procure 22 blade servers to accommodate 20 million enrollment Records .

He also said that the contract was a continuation of procurement of Enterprise Servers and Storage Solution and Equipment which was awarded in 2012.

The director added that the Commission has registered N57 million as at today and 90 servers are needed to register 100 million Nigerians .

He said the Commission will on Wednesday submitted N25 billion proposal to buy more server in order to take the whole population.

But, the Committee chaired by Senator Uroghide said that it is wrong for the Commission to continue 2012 Procurement process in 2017.

The Chairman said, “We are supposed to do status enquiry on your Commission because it looks like all your documents are muddled up.”

The Committee therefore mandated to reappear next week Thursday and come with more documents to back up their claims .

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Senator Abdullahi Adamu distributes multi-million Agricultural equipments to farmers

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Senator representing Nasarawa West Senatorial District has distributed multi-million Naira worth of Agricultural equipments to farmers in his Senatorial district to boost thier productive capacities.
The equipments and agricultural inputs which includes, agricultural machinaries such as processing  machines,water pumps, eletric generators, fertilizers among others were given directly to the Farmers that cut across five Local government areas that made up the senatorial district.
Senator Adamu who is the chairman Senate committee on Agriculture stated that the gesture was in fulfilment of his campaign promises to support the Farmers especially in his Senatorial district to boost thier productivity with a view to enable them enhance thier socio-economic activities.
He stated that the beneficiaries/farmers were carefully selected from the crannies of the Senatorial district in such a way that it would reach the real farmers directly.
Adamu who is also into modern  agricultural productions alongside his political activities urged the beneficiaries to make the best use of all the agricultural equipments and imputs provided for them.
Adamu who is the forst civilian Governor of Nasarawa state and the Turaki-Keffi, expressed his delight with the people of his senatorial district for their support to the present administration of president Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa state.
He urged them to continue with such  spirit to enable them succeed in taking both the country and the state to the next level of peace, unity and prosperity.
Speaking on how he was able to generate the funds to execute such project and many others, Adamu stated that they come directly from his income and constituency projects.
He assured them that he would  continue to do his best for his Senatorial district in accordance with his convenant with them so that thier socio-economic lives can be improved significantly.
In his remarks the Emir of Keffi Alhaji Shehu Yamusa who is also a beneficiary thanked Senator Adamu  for what he described as a wonderful and encouraging gesture that would support the Farmers to boost their  productive capacities in agricultural activities and also enhance  their socio-economic well being.
The Royal further urged the farmers to make the best use of the agricultural equipments and farming inputs provided for them with a view to enable the state and the country achieve food security and self sufficiency in that regard.
He however used the occasion to appeal to parents to also ensure that they enrol thier children in schools to enable them have education to become useful members of the society and contribute meaningfully to various aspects of developmental activities.
Contributing, the state’s acting chairman of the All progressives Congress (APC) Mr. John Mamman who is also a beneficiary and a farmer described the gesture by senator Adamu as a welcome development.
He said the gesture cut across all divides such as religious, political and otherwise.
He said it focused only on Farmers as the target beneficiary saying it id highly encouraging .
While commending him for such gesture, he tasked the beneficiaries to make the best use of all that they were given with a view to boosting thier farming activities to enable the area  achieve food security and create  employment and wealth opportunities.
Meanwhile, some of the beneficiaries which includes Male and female Farmers from across the Senatorial diatrict who spoke with our reporter expressed their gratitude to Senator Adamu for the gesture as they assured him of thier determination to make the best use of all what they have recieved with a view to boosting thier outputs in agricultural productions
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GBV: NGO urges Kogi Assembly to present VAPP Bill for assent

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By Friday Idachaba

A Non-Governmental Organisation, Challenged Parenthood Initiative (CPI), has charged the Kogi House of Assembly to, without further delay, present the Violence Against Persons Prohibition (VAPP) Bill to Gov. Yahaya Bello for assent.

Executive Director of CPI Ms Eunice Agbogun, who made the call while addressing newsmen on Sunday in Lokoja, said the bill was passed by the House on March 21.

She said there was an urgent need for the VAPP bill to be assented to by the governor and gazetted without further delay to curtail the prevalence of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in the state.

Agbogun said the law, when operational, was expected to serve as a legal tool for the protection of the people from all forms of violence.

She added that it was no longer news that violence and other forms of offence against persons in public and private life were at their peaks, making life unsafe in the state.

According to her, existing legal frameworks do not cover all forms of offences in the state and that is why most perpetrators of violence are not properly prosecuted and many individuals can not access justice.

She noted that the impunity with which perpetrators were carrying out violent activities necessitated the advocacy for the passage of the VAPP bill as a legal tool for protection.

“The VAPP Bill is to eliminate violence in our private and public lives, prohibit all forms of violence against persons and provide maximum protection and effective remedies for victims and punishment to the offenders.

“We are being faced with cases of GBV. We need the VAPP bill to be assented to law and gazetted,” she said. (NAN)

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