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Perm Sec Who Paid N7bn For Uncompleted Building Says It Followed Due Process

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Bello Mohammed

Bello Mohammed

Mohammed Bello, permanent secretary of the ministry of science and technology, says he hasn’t committed financial misconduct levelled against him.

Bello was earlier issued a query by the federal government over alleged financial misconduct while he was the permanent secretary of the federal ministry of agriculture and rural development.

He was accused of purchasing an uncompleted building for N7 billion without following due process.

Bello, while responding to the query, said Sabo Nanono, minister of agriculture, and the federal executive council (FEC) approved the purchase of the building.

In a letter dated May 14, he said, “While denying in totality all the allegations, I hereby forward my representations and response to all the false allegations contained in the query.”

“I am constrained to give details of the transactions I approved to set the record straight and clear my name. I will like state the following that all transactions at the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development were approved through Administrative process and principles as traditioned in the conduct of government business.

“That FMARD run a rolling budget year in year out as most projects are been captured as ongoing; that all contracts/procurement and payments at the FMARD followed due process. There are procedures for contracts/procurement and payments handled by various departments in all government agencies, FMARD inclusive.

“That my tenure as Permanent Secretary at FMARD commenced from 10th January, 2019 to 18th December, 2019 and hence cannot be held responsible or liable for actions prior to 10th January, 2019.

“I state that contractors were dully paid. The allegation of contractors not been paid is totally false. All contractors whose contract was captured in the 2018 budgetary allocation were paid in accordance to budgetary releases. However, contractors whose contracts are ongoing were rolled over as ongoing. Rollover capital projects are not new in contract management.

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“I will state that due process was followed to the latter in the purchase of the said building. After submission of recommendation to the Hon. Minister of Agriculture; He approved that Council Memo be made to that effect. We then sent the Memo to the Secretary to Government of the Federation who then scheduled it for Federal Executive Council Approval. Consequently, the Federal Executive Council approved the purchase of the building.”

Bello accused the agriculture minister and Mu’azu Abdulkadir, the current permanent secretary of the ministry, of being responsible for the allegations against him.

“These are the same people alleging that the purchased office building was unfit for use,” he said.

“It is worthy of note at this point that it is the current Permanent Secretary FMARD who is actually guilty of virement as since after the approval of the above contracts has refused to sign and release letters of award of contract to the respective contractors but instead diverted and vire the funds to other projects in his locality that were never part of the appropriation, neither advertised nor bided for. This is a case of unequivocal virement.”

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Donald Duke: Security Operatives Selling Weapons To Boko Haram

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Donald Duke: Security Operatives Selling Weapons To Boko Haram

Donald Duke

Former Governor of Cross River State, Donald Duke, has claimed that the Boko Haram terrorist group gets most of its weapons from security operatives.

Speaking on Channels Television, the former governor called on the President Muhammadu Buhari government to investigate the nation’s security forces and flush out the bag eggs.

He said: “Boko Haram insurgents who have been responsible for most heinous crimes, get their weapons from the security operatives.

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“Most of the weapons used by Boko Haram come from our armoury, we will need to look into that. Why are we selling weapons to the enemy?”

Speaking further, Donald Duke pointed out that the Nigerian military and police in the northeast must be adequately motivated to achieve results.

He also called for the use of intelligence to combat insecurity such as kidnapping across the country.

 

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Insecurity: Restructuring Not As Critical As Hunger And Poverty – Amaechi

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Insecurity: Restructuring Not As Critical As Hunger And Poverty – Amaechi

Rotimi Amaechi

Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi has stated that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is more concerned with getting rid of hunger and poverty than restructuring.

Amaechi a former Rivers State governor stated this on Sunday while speaking on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics.

The minister, however, admitted that there is nothing wrong with calls for the restructuring of the country.

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Amaechi said: “If to you what is important is restructuring, I don’t see anything wrong with restructuring. But I’m saying it is not the most critical problem we have.

“The most critical problem we have is hunger and poverty, which is breeding insecurity.”

 

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Insecurity: Buhari Can’t Protect Nigeria – Moghalu

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Insecurity: Buhari Can't Protect Nigeria - Moghalu

Kingsley Moghalu

A former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Professor Kingsley Moghalu has expressed that President Muhammadu Buhari is not capable of protecting Nigerians or confronting the security challenges facing the nation.

The former presidential candidate made this remark in his reaction to the killing of 43 rice farmers in Borno State by Boko Haram insurgents on Saturday.

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He described the incident as a national tragedy which is a pointer to the fact that Nigeria is becoming a failed state under the leadership of President Buhari.

He also lambasted the government and security agencies, accusing them of intimidating and arresting peaceful #EndSARS protesters demanding better governance but unable to do anything to insurgents terrorizing the entire country.

He wrote:

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