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Senate heeds public outcry declines Onochie’s confirmation

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Senate heeds public outcry declines Onochie’s confirmation

The Senate may have chosen the part of honour by identifying with the recent public outcry against the nomination of Lauretta Onochie, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Assistant on Social Media, as Commissioner for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as it has declined her nomination and has asked the presidency to shop for her replacement.
Buhari’s communication to the Senate requesting for Lauretta’s confirmation as INEC Commissioner was kicked against since she is an active member of the ruling All Progressives Congress.

Her confirmation, being controversial has been delaying three others, which has prompted the Senate Committee on INEC headed by Senator Kabiru Gaya to screen only the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu.

Recall that Buhari had on October 13, nominated Onochie and three others as INEC commissioners: Prof. Muhammad Sani Kallah (National, from Katsina State); Prof. Kunle Cornelius Ajayi (Ekiti) and Saidu Babura Ahmad (Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC (Jigawa).

Buhari, in the letter, said: “Pursuant to Paragraph 14 of Part I (F) of the Third Schedule to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as amended, I hereby forward for confirmation by the Senate, the appointment of the following four Commissioners for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).”
Lauretta Onochie hails from Delta State and was to represent 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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