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Reps Move To Probe Okonjo-Iweala Over N29bn Police Pension Fund

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NOI-house-of-Reps-480x300The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Pension Matters, Honourable Ibrahim Bawa Kamba, on Sunday, disclosed that it would not hesitate to probe the Police Pension Fund reportedly under her control.

The House of Representatives has expressed its readiness to probe the Police Pension Fund reportedly under the control of the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Dr (Mrs) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

Chairman of the House Committee on Pension Matters, Hon. Ibrahim Bawa Kamba, who made this known on Sunday, said the move became necessary following the minister’s non-appearance before his committee even after she was summoned over her refusal to release about N29billion Police Pension Fund for onward distribution to the beneficiaries.

Honourable Kamba, while speaking with reporters on the development said that, “It is true that the monies have not been released because when there were problems with the police pension, they had about N29 billion in the pension account then but she refused to hand over (the money) to the director who is in charge of pension, she moved the funds to her office, she is the one handling it and making payments to police pensioners”.

According to him, “majority of them (beneficiaries) could not access their pension and gratuity until their deaths. We summoned her and (embattled former chairman, Pension Reform Task Team) Mr Abdulrasheed Maina but she refused to release the fund to the police pension office to make payments.

“We have written to her many times and summoned her but she refused to reply. We wrote her three letters no reply. When we resume from the recess, we will re-invite her again to appear before us”.

“And if she fails to come we will not hesitate to invoke relevant provisions of the laws to compel her appearance. And if we exhaust all avenues without making any head way we may have to commence a full-scale investigation.

“I also call on President Goodluck Jonathan to ensure that these pensioners are paid their monies by asking her return the funds to the police pension office so that they will be paid.  It is not proper that she is finance minister and at the same time she is handling police pension”, he stated.

 

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  1. macfelix ejidike

    January 6, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    we nigerians are tired of hearing national assemble propergander probe , nothing have ever show to nigeria the out come of any probe by national assemble only making noice for they selfish settlment, not for interest citizen of nigeria but for they selfish interest, please kindly allow the honourable Coordinating Minister for the Economy and
    Finance, Dr (Mrs) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala to do her job well, she is well respected, trusted ,tested person nigeria will ever have, not all this national assemble money mongers and looters kparawo in national assemble, we all nigeria know the kparawos and God will nail them down with there family,

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NDDC Is A Cash Cow For Politicians – Nyesom Wike

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Governor Wike

Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has expressed that he has never seen a more corrupt institution than the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

He made this remark while speaking as a guest on Channels TV Sunrise Daily on Thursday morning.

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Governor Wike went on to describe the Commission as a cash cow for politicians, stating that this has been the practice for a very long time.

The Governor also stated during the interview that South-South Governors have challenged NDDC against carrying out projects without consulting the state government.

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BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

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BREAKING: Senator Abbo Dumps PDP; Joins APC

Elisha Abbo

Senator Elisha Abbo has defected from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party.

Senator Abbo, who represents Adamawa North in the Nigerian Senate announced his defection from the PDP to the APC in a letter addressed to the Senate.

Senator Ahmad Lawan, the President of the Nigerian Senate, read the letter during Wednesday’s plenary session.

Also Read: 2023 Presidency: Bode George Cautions Buhari About Tinubu

In his letter, Senator Abbo explained that his decision to defect to the APC is because of the mismanagement of the PDP in Adamawa state by Governor Umaru Fintiri.

Senator Abbo who is a first-term lawmaker was elected in 2019 to the Senate on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Meanwhile, the name Senator Elisha Abbo became popular amongst Nigerians last year after he made headlines for slapping an attendant in a sex toy shop for ‘disrespecting’ him.

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2023 Presidency: Bode George Cautions Buhari About Tinubu

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Bode George, Tinubu

Chief Bode George, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party has warned President Muhammadu Buhari against supporting Bola Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress for the 2023 Presidency.

Bode George made this remark in a statement titled, “The jamboree visit to the Villa: My Birthday Offering.”

The former National Port Authority boss warned Buhari against falling to the antics of those who would ignore the issues of Lagos State to engage in a needless scheming in partisan engagement.

Bode-George also condemned the recent visit of some APC chieftains, Chief Bisi Akande, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, Dr Yomi Finnih, and Chief Segun Osoba to the State House, Abuja.

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The PDP chieftain said: “The visit of Chief Bisi Akande, Prince Tajudeen Olusi, Dr Yomi Finnih, and Chief Segun Osoba to the seat of power in Abuja is needless, unnecessary, veiled in some poorly hidden agenda that is woven in apparently self-serving ulterior personalised desperation.

“It is easy to discern that the visit is stripped of any patriotic progression, lacking in balanced national leadership, voided of a spirit of sacrifice and developmental vision. The very absence of Bola Tinubu from the jamboree screams to high heavens that the meeting itself is a covert placatory softening of the ground for Tinubu himself. I am pretty certain that in his very absence, Tinubu occupies the centrality of the discussion.

“I will advise Baba Akande who governed Osun State with principled, incorruptible leadership to kindly help us drop off Bola Tinubu at Iragbiji as he makes his way back to Ila-Orangun, rather than engaging in fruitless pleading sessions for a man who is fixated on a warped pipe-dream about governing Nigeria. He should pay restitution for the egregious stripping of the Lagosian coffers.”

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