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Contracts Extravaganza As N1tn Federal Contracts Are Awarded In 16 Months

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In june of 2012, the Federal Governement alluded that over 12,000 federal projects worth a whopping N7.8tn had been abandoned over the years. To further underscore its determination to put an end to the negative trend, the Vice President, Arc. Namadi Sambo, on June 21, 2012, while inaugurating the Committee on Guideline for the Management and Implementation of Federal Infrastructure Projects in Abuja , warned that, “In line with the transformation agenda, the Federal Government has decided that federal projects would no longer be done haphazardly or arbitrarily.” Has the FG kept to its own words or was that another rhetoric?

A cursory look at the current administration’s penchant for turning contract awards into a bazaar reveals that between August 10, 2011 and November 28, 2012, the Federal Government awarded contracts worth about N1.187tn – this information can be obtained from the website of the Bureau of Public Procurement.

The figure represents the total value of over 140 contracts spread across various sectors of the economy. A breakdown of the contract showed that between August 10 and February 15, the FG awarded contracts worth over N700bn, while in the months from May 30 to November 28, it awarded contracts in excess of N400bn.

It is within government’s constitutional role to award contracts in its quest “to better” the lot of Nigerians, however, it is important to ask, what are the short, medium and long term benefits of these contract awards to Nigerians? Are they just contracts for projects awarded to boost personal egos or projects that don’t have an immediate bearing on the lives of average Nigerians? Take for instance, the plan to build a new residence for the Vice President or the plan to build a new banquet hall in the villa or is it the plan to build a new city to commemorate a century of the amalgamation of the northern and southern protectorates?

Most of these projects continue to generate contoversy but it seems that’s all it can do because as the days turn to months, and months to years, the figure will keep soaring higher and we will keep asking questions – where has all the trillions of Naira being expended?

For a full report, read here, http://www.punchng.com/business/money/contracts-galore-n1tn-federal-contracts-awarded-in-16-months/

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Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun

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Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun
Several Injured As Thugs Attack #EndSARS Protesters, Governor Oyetola In Osun

#EndSARS protesters in Osun

The Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola on Saturday, escaped an attack by thugs which happened while he was addressing #EndSARS protesters in Osogbo, the state capital.

Some of the vehicles in the Governor’s convoy were also destroyed by the thugs but the Governor himself was evacuated to safety by his security team.

Also Read: #EndSARS: Hold Enugu State Govt Responsible If Anything Happens To Us – Phyno, Kcee, Zoro

As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.

While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.

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#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Constitutes Panel Of Enquiry

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#EndSARS: Sanwo-Olu Forms Panel Of Enquiry

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

In a bid to quell the #EndSARS protest which is spreading like a raging inferno across the country, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State has set up a panel of inquiry and restitution for victims of SARS.

This was announced in a statewide broadcast on Thursday.

The panel will be a 7-man panel which will ensure that all those with verifiable cases of SARS brutality or fatality receive compensation.

Also Read: BREAKING: EndSARS: Gov Sanwo-Olu reveals identities of policemen who harassed protesters

The Panel will be chaired by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi, while members are Ebun Adegboruwa, SAN (representing the Civil Society), Taiwo Lakanu (a retired Deputy Inspector General of Police), Patience Udoh (representing the Civil Society); Segun Awosanya aka Segalink (Human Rights Activist).

Others are Olutoyin Odusanya (Director, Citizens Mediation Center), a rep/member of the youth-led protest, and a representative of the Human Rights Commission.

There will be a help desk for the complaints and petitions to the panel.

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Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother

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Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother
Seyi Makinde

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde

Abigail Makinde, the mother of the governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, is dead.

The Chief Press Secretary to Mr Makinde, Taiwo Adisa, however, told newsmen that the family will soon make an official statement on the death of the deceased.

He said: “Yes. The family will make an official statement.

“The family will soon make an official statement. In the next few minutes, the family will make an official statement, in few minutes.”

It was gathered that Mr Makinde lost his father, Olatunbosun Makinde, a few years ago.

It was learnt that Mrs Makinde died in the early hours of Thursday.

She died at the age of 81.

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