A former Head of State, Gen. Mohammadu Buhari, on Monday urged the National Assembly to adopt a holistic approach to ensuring transparency and accountability in the oil and gas sector.
Buhari made the call at a roundtable for Legislators and Civil Society Organisations organised by the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) in Abuja.
PGF is a forum of 16 state governors who are members of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The theme of the roundtable was; “Improving governance through transparency, budgeting, accountability and effective public financial management”.
He noted that it was a duty of legislature in every democracy to demand accountability in the management of national resources from the executives.
Buhari, who decried lack of transparency in the management of petroleum industry, stressed the need for the legislature to champion the fight against corruption in the industry.
He said petroleum industry accounted for 85 per cent of domestic revenue and 90 per cent of foreign revenues in the country, hence the need for proper auditing of the industry.
“It is unfortunate that the legislature has allowed the most important sector of the Nigerian economy for eight years without being audited”, Buhari said.
The Chieftain of All Progressive Congress (APC) said that NASS oversight functions should be reinvigorated to ensure strict compliance with budgetary provision.
He expressed concern over lack of functional refinery in the country as one of the major oil producing countries in the world.
Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, Minority Leader, House of Representatives, proposed the review of the timeframe for budget presentation by the executive to Sept 30 of evey year.
His words: “I propose an amendment to the words ‘anytime’ to September 30 which gives the legislature three clear months to work on the budget before the beginning of the next fiscal year”.
Gbajabiamila said fiscal federalism must feature prominently in allocation of resources and urged NASS to shun being partisan during budget consideration.
The Chairman of the PGF, Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo, expressed determination of APC to provide good governance that would promote equity, transparency and the rule of law.
Okorocha said that the objective of the roundtable was to address the problem of poor public finance management on the delivery of public goods and service.
“APC is desirous of building strong partnership with civil society organisations aimed at strengthening capacity of citizens to engage governments at all levels.
“The APC would also ensure that all public officials are transparently accountable”. (NAN)
#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me: Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has revealed that he has been receiving curses from Nigerians through phone calls and text messages over a false report that he advised his principal to shun protesters.
Adesina stated in an article he wrote titled: “An Enemy of the People’ published on Thursday evening.
￼Adesina denied that he advised President Buhari for whatever reasons on the End SARS protesters, but said an online platform falsely accused him that he told Buhari to “ignore the protests and not give in to the demands of ‘Twitter warriors’.
He explained that his telephone numbers were posted on social media, thereby, making people reach out to him with curses.
Sanwo-Olu Sends Condolence Message To Seyi Makinde Over Mother’s Death
Recall that InformationNigeria earlier reported that Governor Makinde of Oyo State on Thursday lost his mother, Chief Abigail Makinde.
The governor’s mother passed on at age 81.
Also Read: Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother
Reacting to the news, Sanwo-Olu prayed for the dead and consoled the bereaved via his official Twitter handle on Thursday. He wrote:
“I commiserate with Governor @seyiamakinde on the passing to eternal glory of his dear mother, Mrs Abigail Makinde.
While I extend my condolences to the Makinde family, I pray that God grants them the grace and courage to bear the loss. May mama’s soul rest eternally.”
I commiserate with Governor @seyiamakinde on the passing to eternal glory of his dear mother, Mrs Abigail Makinde.
While I extend my condolences to the Makinde family, I pray that God grants them the grace and courage to bear the loss. May mama's soul rest eternally. pic.twitter.com/EaFIlq3Uv3
— Babajide Sanwo-Olu (@jidesanwoolu) October 15, 2020
INEC Announces Date for 2023 Presidential Election
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has disclosed that the 2023 presidential election will hold on February 18, 2023.
The Chairman of the Commission (INEC), Prof Mahmood Yakubu, made this known on Thursday while delivering his goodwill message at the inauguration of the special adhoc committee on the review of the 1999 constitution.
Yakubu told members of the House of Representatives there were about 855 days left before the next general election.
Also the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, urged the committee to pick things they can get over with and avoid the ones that will stall the process and destabilize the system.
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