Local Government Officers in Lagos State have been advised to comply with the constitutional provisions of Code of Conduct for Public Officers on Assets declaration.
The Chairman, Local Government Service Commission, Babatunde Rotinwa, who spoke during a gathering of Council Managers and Human Resources Officers in the 57 Local Government Areas/Local Council Development Areas held in conjunction with the Code of Conduct Bureau, said that it is mandatory for all Public Officers to declare their assets to the Code of Conduct Bureau.
He urged the Council Managers and Human Resources Officers to disseminate the information to other Local Government Staff and ensure that Public Officers in the Unified Local Government Service in the State obtain the Assets Declaration Form, complete it and submit to the Code of Conduct Bureau within the stipulated period.
Rotinwa implored the Code of Conduct Bureau to send representatives to the Local Government Areas/ Local Council Development Areas in the State in order to further educate and enlighten the officials on the modalities for completing the forms.
The Permanent Secretary, Local Government Service Commission, Mrs. Omobolanle Ogunmola, while commending the Bureau for enlightening the Public Servants at the grassroots on assets declaration, promised that the Commission would do its best to ensure that Local Government Officers obtain the Assets Declaration Form, fill and submit to the Bureau. She said that the Bureau should feel free to seek the assistance of the Commission whenever it encounters any challenge with the Local Government Officials.
In his remarks, the State Director of Code of Conduct Bureau, Olasoji Ola, while making reference to relevant sections of the 1999 Constitution, stated that “every Public Officer shall within three months after the coming into force of this Code of Conduct or immediately after taking office and thereafter a) at the end of every four years and b) at the end of his term of office, submit to the Code of Conduct Bureau a written declaration of all his properties, assets and liabilities and those of his unmarried children under the age of eighteen years”.
He stated that any Public Officer who acts contrary to the provision of the Code of Conduct for Public Officers, if found guilty, may be penalised by the Code of Conduct Tribunal in accordance with paragraph (18) Sub-paragraph (2) of the Fifth Schedule (Part 1) of the Constitution.
According to him, penalties for non-compliance include vacation of office or seat, disqualification from the holding of any public office for a period not exceeding 10 years as well as seizure and forfeiture of any property acquired in abuse or corruption of office.
Buhari Commissions Oil Refinery To Process 5,000 Barrels A Day
President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday inaugurated a medium-sized refinery in Ibigwe, Imo State.
The Ibigwe refinery will process 5,000 barrels a day, the president said on his Twitter account.
The president launched the refinery online and said work would begin on expanding the plant to produce 50,000 barrels a day.
According to Waltersmith, the refinery has a crude oil storage capacity of 60,000 barrels and is expected to deliver about 271 million litres of refined petroleum products, including diesel, kerosene, heavy fuel oil (HFO), and naphtha, per annum to the domestic market and create both direct and indirect jobs particularly within host communities.
He wrote on Twitter:
This afternoon I virtually commissioned the 5,000 barrels per day Waltersmith Modular Refinery in Ibigwe, Imo State, in fulfillment of our Refinery Roadmap. I am pleased to note that work is now commencing on expansion of the capacity of the refinery to 50,000 barrels per day. pic.twitter.com/Wo1S7VIKxh
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) November 24, 2020
I am delighted that the Waltersmith Refinery is coming on-stream within two years of the commencement of the Roadmap, and after many years of granting licenses for the establishment of modular refineries with nothing to show for it.
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) November 24, 2020
Court Revokes Faisal Maina’s Bail For Failure To Attend Trial
The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Tuesday ordered the arrested of Faisal Maina, the son of Abdulrasheed Maina, for jumping bail in his trial on money laundering charges.
Justice Okon Abang who revoked Faisal’s bail ordered that his trial would continue in absentia pending when the security agencies would be able to arrest and produce him in court.
The judge also asked his surety, a member of the House of Representatives, Sani Umar Dangaladima, representing the Kaura-Namoda Federal Constituency of Zamfara State, to appear before the court to show cause why he should not forfeit the N60m bail bond which he signed for Faisal.
At Failsal’s money-laundering trial resumption on Tuesday, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission’s prosecution counsel, Mohammed Abubakar, told the court that Maina’s son and Hon. Dangaladima both failed to appear in court since June 24, 2020.
Abubakar, therefore, applied the revocation of his bail and his arrest citing section 184 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.
The prosecution also applied for the court to order his trial in absentia as provided by 352(4) of ACJA.
Insecurity: I Don’t See Things Returning To Normal In Northern Nigeria – Omokri
Former presidential aide, Reno Omokri has expressed that he is pessimistic about life returning to normal in Northern Nigeria after the Coronavirus pandemic with the increasing insecurity in the nation.
In the past few days, there have been various reports of kidnapping, killing, and attacks by bandits on citizens in the Northern region of the country.
Reacting to the situation, Omokri pointed out that due to the insecurity in the region, he foresees marriages, burials, ceremonies, and even trade being conducted virtually.
“Even after #COVID19, I don’t see things returning to normal in Northern Nigeria. Insecurity is overwhelming. I foresee marriages, burials, ceremonies, and even trade being conducted over zoom. Nobody in Northern Nigeria can safely travel. Absolutely NOBODY.”
Even after #COVID19, I dont see things returning to normal in Northern Nigeria. Insecurity is overwhelming. I foresee marriages, burials, ceremonies, and even trade being conducted over zoom. Nobody in Northern Nigeria can safely travel. Absolutely NOBODY#LekkiMassacre #EndSARS
— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) November 24, 2020
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