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Senate queries PS over payment of N460m for uncompleted projects

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Senate queries PS over payment of N460 million for uncompleted projects

The Senate committee on public accounts has queried the Permanent Secretary of Ministry of Information and Culture, Nebolisa Anako over payment of N460 million to contractors without completing the projects. 

Auditor General of the Federation report indicated that the payment of N460 million to contractors indicated 100 percent payment of contracts sum in 2015 

Hence the query was issued by the Committee chairman Senator Mathew Uhroghide.

The query reads, ” A constituency project contract amounting to N51 million for the construction of roads,  parking lots, drainage at Ureje Dam in Ado Ekiti showed varrious part of the contract totaling N25.5 million were paid for but not executed. 

“The Ministry should ensure the contractor either completed the work or refund the money collected and forward the recovery particulars for audit verification. “

But, the permanent Secretary  in his written response said,  ” The contractor has completed 60 percent and promised to hand over the projects on or before 30th June 2017 to the Minis vide the minutes of the meeting held with the contractors handling the contracts on the 20tg April.”

However, the contractor is yet to complete the project as at the time the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry appeared before the Committee on Tuesday. 

The Chairman of the committee expressed dissatisfaction with the way the contract was handled by the Ministry ordered the Permanent Secretary to go and get the contractor and complete the job. 

Urhoghide said, “he was paid , he did not do half of the job and go and get him to complete that job until this man does this job,  you will never have respite, whether it is constituency project,  it is irrelevant. “

Also in the another query which reads, “A visit to a contact amounting to N132 million for construction of Ureje Dam waterfront scheme in Ado-Ekiti of Ekiti State,  revealed that some parts of the contract amounting to N5 million were paid for but not completed. 

“A visit to a contract amounting to N138 million for the construction of Event centre/Resturant at Ureje Dam waterfront scheme in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State which was fully paid showed that the contract was not completed. 

“The Ministry should cause the contractor to complete the contract valued at N19 million were paid for but not executed. “

The Permanent Secretary  however was unable to convince the Committee that contract was completed and the lawmakers sustained the query. 

The also queried the Ministry payment of N17 million for uncompleted project for the construction of fence at Exekuna cultural museum in Nchi-Onu, Amuzu Ezza local government in Ebonyi state. 

The Committee said,  ” The contract amounting to N6 million was not constructed. As a result all over the fence, some. Parts were also broken in the site. 

“Audit inspection visit to a contract amounting to N122 million for construction of fence, gate House at Ureje Dam  waterfront  scheme in Ado Ekiti of Ekiti State,  revealed that painting and external electrical works being part of the contract were not completed. 

“The Ministry should cause the contractor to complete the work or refund the appropriate amount involved. “

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Gov Bello felicitates with new Emir of Kagara

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NIGER State Governor and Chairman North Central Governor’s Forum (NCGF), Abubakar Sani Bello has congratulated the newly appointed 3rd Emir of Kagara, Alhaji Ahmed Garba Gunna.

Appointment of Garba Gunna followed the death of Alhaji Salihu Tanko who died Tuesday, March 2nd 2021 after 39 years on the throne.

Alhaji Ahmed Garba Gunna scored the highest number of votes in the recently concluded election by the electoral college of the Kagara Emirate and subsequently declared winner.

Bello, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mary Noel-Berje, described the appointment as well-deserved stressing that his nomination by the kingmakers stands him out as the one with the royal pedigree to stir the emirate to greatness.

Governor Sani Bello expressed the believe that, as a reputable professional and public servant, the new Emir has the capacity to build on the legacies of his predecessors by upholding the sanctity of the traditional institution.

“Your appointment, after serving the emirate as Dan Majen Kagara, to the exalted seat also represents the confidence and belief of the entire people of the emirate that you will bring your wisdom and expertise in preserving the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the people”.

He reminded the new Emir that he was ascending the throne at a critical period of insecurity in his domain and urged him to use his wealth of experience by collaborating with relevant stakeholders to bring enduring peace to the area.

The Governor called on the people of Kagara Emirate to support the New Emir to bring harmony and peaceful coexistence towards the socioeconomic development of the area in particular and the state in general.

The new Emir was, until his appointment, the Acting Chairman Niger State Board of Internal Revenue and the Dan Majen Kagara

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Olusunle speaks on the glamour of Ogidi Day

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A former presidential advisor Dr Tunde Olusunle, Scholar and Poet has described Ogidi day as Nigeria’s biggest cultural event.
While reminiscing on his past experiences he said he has attended Ogidi Day on a number of occasions, usually on the invitation of his senior professional colleague and brother, Mr. Tunde Ipinmisho.

“I’ve always been thrilled at the ability of the fiesta to draw guests and invitees from across  the broad spectrum of society. This for sure, is an unmissable intersection of colours, cultures and history.

“The overall ambience, the dancing, the spell-binding performances  and displays, continue to intrigue you even after the event.

Continuing, he said  Ogidi Day among others, is one programme which re-enacts the Yoruba-ness of the Okun people of Kogi State’s Western Senatorial Zone that responds to the misgivings of doubters, and confused proponents of the sociocultural ambivalence of the Okun people.

“Ogidi Day challenges other communities in Okunland to take genuine pride in their heritage and culture, and to happily flaunt these in the face of the world.

“Ogidi Day, Nigeria’s biggest culture event in June comes up again on *Saturday, June 19, 2021.*Prepare to relish the grandeur of pure culture”

Ogidi-Ijumu, also affectionately called Ogidi-Ela by its people, is a small Yoruba town about 56 miles North West of Lokoja in Kogi State, Nigeria.
With s population of about 15,000 according to 2011 national census, Ogidi is known for its formations of igneous rock mountains, a traditional art industry, hospitality, valour and a deep tradition of self-reliance.

The language spoken in Ogidi is the Okun dialect of Yoruba. The men are traditionally farmers and hunters, and the women are renowned for arts, craft and trading.

Administratively, Ogidi-Ijumu was under the Northern Region with Kaduna as the capital. With the creation of 12 states, it came under Kwara State with Ilorin as the capital.

Today, Ogidi-Ijumu is under Ijumu Local Government Area (hereinafter referred to as “the LGA”) in Kogi State with Lokoja as the capital.
Ogidi shares boundaries with Kabba in Kabba/Bunnu LGA, and Ayere, Iyara and Ogale in Ijumu LGA.

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Asiwaju Asiru to Chair Ogidi Day 2021

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Kogi State Commissioner for Finance, Asiwaju Idris Asiru will be the Chairman of the Ogidi Day Festival holding in Ogidi, Ijumu Local Government Area, Kogi State on Saturday, June 19, this year.

Asiru, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (FCA) conveyed his acceptance of the invitation to the Ogidi Day Secretariat on Wednesday.

The Chairman gives overall strategic direction to the programme, deemed to be Nigeria’s biggest culture event in June.

Past Chairmen of the programme include former Health Minister, Professor Eyitayo Lambo, one time Managing Director of Daily Trust Newspapers, Akogun Isiaq Ajibola, former General Officer Commanding, 3 Armoured Division, Nigerian Army, Major General Julius Osanupin (rtd) and Chief Tunde Thani, a communication specialist and Chief Executive Officer of Explicit Communications Limited.

Before his foray into government, Asiru had worked meritoriously in the banking industry.

He has made great contributions towards the social and economic development of Isanlu, his home town and other communities in the state.

In accepting the invitation to Ogidi Day, the Commissioner said he saw it as an opportunity to join hands with the illustrious people of Ogidi towards the realization of their development aspirations.

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