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Senate Uncovers how ministry spent N14m for Biros, N46m for letter headed Papers

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Senate Uncovers how ministry spent N14m for Biros, N46m for letter headed Papers


***N56m for supply of tonners 


Senate has  unravelled spending spree by the ministry of Petroleum Resources to the tune of N14.5 million just for the supply of Schneider Biros, N46 million for the Ministry’s letter headed papers and N56 million for the supply of tonners. 
The members of the Committee on Public Account chaired by Senator Mathew Urhogbide were shocked by the exorbitant amount money spent on biros,  letter headed papers and tonners in the Ministry. 
The alleged exposition of the mismanagement of public funds was contained in the 2015 Auditor General of Federation before the lawmakers. 
The qurery by Office of Auditor General of the Federation reads, ” The contract for the supply of Schneider biros worth N14.5 million was split into smaller packages of less than N5 million each was awarded to four different company in order to circumvent the permanent secretary’s approval threshold of N5 million. 
“Similarly, the contract for the printing of the Ministry’s letter headed papers worth N46 million was also split and awarded to 11 different contractors. 
“Also, the contract for the supply of tonnes worth N56 million was split and awarded to 7 different contractors. 
“The Permanent Secretary has been requested to explain this contravention of the public procurement Act,  2007.”
The Chairman of the Committee, Senator Urhoghide thereafter asked the representative of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources,  Godwin Akubo to respond to the query by the auditor general of the federation. 

The Ministry of Petroleum Resources in its response said, ” The action of the Ministry was a quick response to the need fir the various department in the Ministry of Petroleum Resources. 
“These awards followed normal rules and procedures. 
“The contract were not split. They were awarded to the various contractors at different times when the items were needed. 

“The sum of N46.6 million used for printing of letter headed papers followed due process and large sum of money is explained by the volume of the letter headed papers produced for most of Department as per attached different letter headed papers. “
Not satisfied by the shoddy defense of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry,  the Chairman of the Committee sustained the query and asked the Committee Secretariat to document the money spent and asked for the refund of the money from the officers involved in the Ministry.

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Nasarawa Assembly to probe exclusion of primary school teachers in payment voucher

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Nasarawa Assembly to probe exclusion of primary school teachers in payment voucher

From Daniel Abel, Mafia

The Nasarawa State House of Assembly, said it would summon the committee in charge of Primary School teachers screening exercise next week to investigate allegations by some teachers that their names were missing in the payment vouchers of their respective local government areas.

Hon Daniel Ogazi, the Chairman of the Committee made this known on Wednesday when he led other members of the committee on an assessment visit to ongoing construction and renovation of primary schools in Lafia, Obi and Doma Local Government Areas of the State respectively.

According to him, “We will invite the committee in charge of Primary School screening exercise next week in order to get to the bottom of the hues and cries by some primary school teachers that their names were missing in the payment vouchers”.

“We will do the needful after we hear from the committee. We will continue to stand for justice in the interest of peace and for the overall development of the education sector, ” he said.

Ogazi indicated that the inspection was aimed at ensuring that contractors adhere strictly to project specifications.

The lawmaker commended Gov. Abdullahi Sule for giving adequate attention to the education sector while assuring the state government of the assembly’s support to its policies and programmes.

The committee expressed concern over non commencement of work by some contractors in their various sites.

He also called on contractors, who are yet to complete their works to do so in their interest and for the overall development of the education sector.

“We call for speedy completion of all the ongoing works.

” We are out to ensure that the right things are done in the interest of our children and for the overall development of the education sector.

‘ We are out to ensure that we check deficiencies in projects execution in order to avoid wastage of government money, ” he said.

He urged communities across the state to take ownership of projects in their domains for the overall development of the education sector and the state at large.

Ogazi advised teachers to be disciplined in their duties for the overall development of the state.

The Committee Chairman also urged teachers to impart positive knowledge on the younger ones, adding that no society would achieve meaningful progress and development without quality education.

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Kogi: Senate tasks FG on immediate completion of Abadigba-Egwume power project

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Kogi: Senate tasks FG on immediate completion of Abadigba-Egwume power project
By Joseph Sunday

Senate on Wednesday mandated its Committee on Power to liaise with the Federal Ministry of Power to take necessary  steps for the immediate completion of the Abadigba-Egwume power project. 

The resolution was reached by the Upper Chamber sequel to the consideration of a motion to that effect during plenary on Wednesday. 

The motion titled: “Need for Immediate Completion of the Abadigba-Egwume Power Plant Project in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State” was sponsored by Senator Isah, Jibrin (APC, Kogi East). In his presentation, Jibrin noted that sometime in 2007, the Federal Government embarked on a power plant project at Abadigba-Egwume in Dekina Local Government Area of Kogi State to light up Kogi East Senatorial District, against the backdrop of the persistent poor power supply in the area;  He further noted that the project advanced with the installation of various equipment, including three giant power plants and two transformers, in readiness for connection with Geregu Power station at Ajaokuta. 

The lawmaker expressed concern that “the project has become one of the abandoned projects in the country as no effort has been made to complete it in line with the laudable intentions of the government, thirteen years after initiating it.” According to Jibrin, “the continued abandonment of the project has led to the destruction of some of the connecting wires and cables due to bush burning, in addition to vandalization by criminals, thereby occasioning avoidable losses to the government.”  He added that, “the project is at 70 percent  completion stage, according to information from engineers, and only requires minimal additional resources to make it functional.” The lawmaker while expressing optimism that completing the Abadigba power project would boost production activities and economic development, stressed that, “most companies and businesses outfits currently rely on  generations with the attendant increase  in cost of production, leading  to high  prices of services.”  Contributing, Senator Yakubu Husseini (APC, Kogi Central) bemoaned the number of abandoned federal government projects across the country.  He, however, said that completion of the Abadigba-Egwume power project “would support and improve the socio-economic development of the area and by extension, Kogi State in general and Nigeria.” He added: “When this project is completed, in line with the Light-up Kogi East project of the State Government–it would vis-à-vis complement this effort and improve the lives of the citizenry in Kogi State.  “I am always worried when I look at the  level and state of abandoned projects in Nigeria. This is a project that government funds; government scarce resources have been invested–over seventy percent–and at the end of the day abandoned.  “If this project is completed, it is a self-sustaining project. It is a project that will generate revenue for the government and would improve the life of the citizenry.” Accordingly, the upper chamber in its resolution mandated the Senate Committee on Power to liaise with the Federal Ministry of Power to take necessary steps for the immediate completion of the Abadigba-Egwume power project and report back to the Senate within four (4) weeks. 

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Senate panel orders MD of Onne Oil and gas free zone to remit 679m to federation account

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Senate panel orders MD of Onne Oil and gas free zone to remit 679m to federation account


By Sunday Joseph

The chairman senate committee on trade and investment has chided the managing Director of oil and gas free zone authority Onne Mr. Umanah Umanah for not following the circular of the ministry of finance in remitting its revenue to the federation account.This was happening during the 2020 budget performance appraisal and 2021 budget defense of the authority before the committee.The managing Director told the Senate committee on trade and investment that it generated 2.717b in 2020 and remitted 335m instead of 679m because of overhead cost. Senator Francis Fadausi orders the agency to remit the actual revenue which is 25% of the revenue generated and warned q the agency from operating the surplus.

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