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Audit Report: Reps Committee Summons Accountant General of the Federation Over MDAs Financial Accounts

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…. Warns MDAs Over Refusal to honour Summon

By Gloria Ikibah

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The House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts, on Tuesday summoned the Acting Accountant General of the Federation,
Mr Okolieaboh Sylva over the failure of his office to lay the 2020 Audit Reports of Ministries, Department and Agencies, MDAs of the Federal Government before the National Assembly in line with the Constitution of the land

The Chairman of the Committee, Hon Busayo Oliwole Oke, who gave the summon at the resumed hearing of the Committee on queries raised against MDAs by the office of the Auditor General of the Federation, frowning at the development and declared that this was affecting the work of the parliament at looking into the financial transactions of the MDAs which would no longer be tolerated

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According to him, “As the 9th Assembly is winding down, we need to reduble our efforts at looking into all the reports already laid before the House, right now we have completed work on those from the 2017 and our reports are already in the Press after which were will lay the reports before the whole House for official consideration.

“This why we are inviting the Accountant General of the Federation to come before this Committee to tell us while he is yet to lay the 2020 audited regards of the MDAs before the Parliament

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“We need to listen to him to know where the problem is coming from so that we can wade in to resolve whatever hindrance affecting the presentation

“The Minister of Finance had openly stated that the nation’s expenditures supposed its income and the ICPC also confirmed that the 2022 budget was padded by the Executive arm by several billions of Naira, Do we wind the country down ? No!, what we need to do is to reduble our efforts at revenue generations as well check the books of the MDAs”.

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The Committee Chairman consequently warned all the heads of the MDAs who have refused to appear before it over audit queries raised against them to retrace their steps and do the needful in thier own interest as the Committee would have any other option than either to effect the arrest of the defaulters or for the Committee to relocate its sitting to the premises of such MDAS

“We must look for the needed money to finance the 2023 budget to cater for the needs of the entire populace”, he said.

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This came just as the Committee resolved to write the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Godwin Emeifele over the N7m belonging to the Federal Medial Centre, FMC, Abeokuta said to hanging in the bank

This followed the submission of the Chief Medical of the Centre, Prof Adewale Musa- Olomu the nation’s Apex bank had denied the institution access to the money 9ver a year now and that all efforts to retrieve it had proved abortive

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Hon Oke assured that the committee would assist the Centre to recover the money from the CBN for enhance its operations.

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Fire service recovers two corpses, car as heavy downpour wrecks havoc in Ilorin

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By Gloria Ikibah

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The Kwara Fire Service has said that it recovered two dead bodies after a vehicle plunged into a river at Akerebiata area in Ilorin.

Head of Media and Publicity of the service, Hassan Adekunle, in a statement on Saturday in Ilorin, said that the corpses and a Toyota Yaris car with registration number: APP544E, was recovered from a river opposite Olusola Saraki Abattoir in Ilorin.

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“Rumour had it that the incident occurred during the Friday night downpour when the casualties were struggling to drive through the bridge and suddenly got stuck by the flood which pushed them into the river.

“In truth, the rescued work was like a joint operation. Because all the people in the neighbourhood gave their full support to the firemen throughout the operation”, Adekunle said.

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He, therefore, advised the general public to always avoid driving whenever there is a heavy downpour.

He added that the identities of the victims were yet to be known at the time of filling this report.

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Naijablitznews.com reports that the heavy rain, which lasted for several hours on Friday, wrecked havoc in several parts of llorin metropolis.

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Governor Bello Urges President Buhari To Declare Kogi “State Of National Disaster”

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Following the ravaging effect of flood in Kogi state and its environs, Governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to declare Kogi a ”State of National Disaster,”.

Governor Bello who made the appeal in his Independence Day address in Lokoja, said that a lasting solution must be proffered to the yearly menace.

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Bello said that such an emergency declaration would help to unlock the nation’s latent capabilities to respond more aggressively with more men, money and materials to the harrowing situation.

“The President may wish to recall that he made such a declaration in response to the 2018 flooding – and the floods this year are projected to be much worse than anything we saw in 2018.

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“Thus, while thanking His Excellency for what the Federal agencies are already doing, I implore him to give us the help our people so desperately need at this time,” Bello said.

He asserted that the natural disaster had affected the nine local government areas of the state which were along the Rivers Niger and Benue, namely, Lokoja, Kogi-Koto, Ajaokuta, Ofu, Igalamela-Odolu, Bassa, Idah, Ibaji and Omala.

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He also noted that Ibaji LGA was almost 100 per cent under water, while the rest ranged from 30 per cent up and other inland LGAs also had some degree of flooding from smaller rivers and tributaries.

While he acknowledged that the state had a serious and humanitarian tragedy to attend to, the governor assured every person, family and community who had been affected that they were not alone and that help was around the corner.

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He stated that even before the flood, his government had activated its early response systems to make sure that succour reached those affected in a timely manner.

He narrated that flooding in Kogi happened annually which unfortunately the people had gotten used to the ritual of devastation followed by inadequate palliatives, if any.

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“As a leader, it is clear to me that I must make an attempt to break this vicious cycle, if not for all, then for as many victims as I can and I am making proposals for permanent solutions,” Bello added.

He reeled out the numerous efforts which have yielded varying degrees of success, he revealed that the most common sense and humane option left now is to clear human habitations and businesses from the banks of the Rivers Niger and Benue where possible.

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He added that his government would embark on clearing the lowlands along the entire flood-plains in the flood endemic LGAs which would allow the rivers unimpeded flow during their annual flooding.

“In Lokoja, road shoulders along the banks of the River Niger from the entrance of the city in Natako will be widened to establish a sufficient buffer zone between the city and the river.

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“Ganaja junction to Ganaja Village road has also been recently re-awarded to a more efficient contractor and we will see to it that when work commences, efforts will be made to raise the road above the water levels mentioned,” he said.

The governor also noted that lowland communities affected by the planned clearance would be relocated to higher grounds and structures which fall into the designated work areas would have to make way.

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Bello, however, assured that the government would ensure proper resettlement and rehabilitation of those who would be affected.

He added that despite the huge burdens it would place of the already strained government’s resources would be money well-spent if it brought peace of mind to the people.

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He, however, noted that although such decision would have its own effects, but anything was preferable to the annual loss of lives and livelihood while assuring that his administration would continue to work for the wellbeing of the people and posterity in the state.

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Buhari regime, Borno govt taking care of 80,000 repentant Boko Haram terrorists – Army

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The Nigerian Army says that the regime of President Muhammadu Buhari was partnering with the Borno State government to care for about 80,000 repentant Boko Haram terrorists.

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Chris Musa, Theatre Commander, Operation Hadin Kai, said the number of surrendered Boko Haram terrorists has hit “80,000,” while explaining that the military was working with the Borno government to care for the surrendered terrorists.

“The military, Operation Hadin kai working together with the state government. On the point of impact, when the terrorists come out they report to the closest unit and the commander takes him and his men and they are profiled and disarmed,” Mr Musa said in an interview with Channels TV on Saturday.

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He added: “The state government provides transportation that takes them into Maiduguri where we have three camps. The fourth camp is being constructed.

We are not directly involved in their administration and management. The state government takes care of them. We simply take care of perimeter security to ensure nobody comes in or goes out.”

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Boko Haram terrorists have killed about 350,000 people in the North-East, since they took up arms against the Nigerian state in 2009, according to a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report.

The regime of President Buhari first established the “Operation Safe Corridor” in 2016, with the mandate to deradicalise and rehabilitate repentant Boko Haram fighters; an idea greatly criticised by the Nigerian public.

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Recently, the terrorist group raided Kuje Prison, freeing its members into the nation’s capital and raising questions on why the government is rehabilitating terrorists while their members continue to fight the Nigerian state.

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