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Reps committee summons CBN Gov over remita leakages

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The House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts (PAC) has summoned the Central Bank Governor to appear before it on Tuesday, March 5, unfailingly, regarding issues with leakages on the REMITA platform.

The Committee’s Chairman, Hon. Bamidele Salam, conveyed the summons in a letter to the CBN Governor titled

RE: INVESTIGATION OF REVENUE LEAKAGES THROUGH REMITA PLATFORM AND NON-COMPLIANCE SUBSTANTIVELY WITH STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURE AND OTHER ALLIED SERVICE LEVEL AGREEMENT 2023 (HR.373/11/2023).

The PAC Chairman stated that the CBN Governor’s failure to appear before the Committee and address the issues has significantly hindered the investigative process on revenue leakages through the REMITA platform.

According to him, “You are strongly advised to take advantage of this invitation and appear before the Committee on Tuesday, March 5, 2024, at 10:00 am in Meeting Room 446, House of Representatives’ New Building, to respond to the issues that will arise during the hearing session.

“You are also advised to bring along all relevant officers familiar with the issues at stake who may assist you in providing answers to any questions that could arise during the session.”

“Please refer to your representation before the Public Accounts Committee on Tuesday, February 27, 2024, by an Assistant Director without a written letter to that effect. Be advised that the Committee does not allow representation; all Chief Accounting Officers are to appear in person to defend their office.

“You will also recall that the Committee has sent several correspondences to your office on the same subject with Ref. Nos: HR/PAC/SCO5/10NASS/HR.373/11/2023/1/2, dated December 8, 2023; HR/PAC/SCO5/10NASS/HR.373/11/2023/1/31, dated January 19, 2024; HR/PAC/SCO5/10NASS/HR.373/11/2023/1/60, dated January 25, 2024, and HR/PAC/SCO5/10NASS/HR.373/11/2023/2/84, dated February 19, 2024. We observed your absolute disregard for its Constitutional mandate. Please find copies of the letters attached.

“Your failure to appear before the Committee and respond to the issues has significantly stalled this Committee’s investigative process on revenue leakages through the REMITA platform.

“Consequently, the Committee wishes to draw your attention to previous letters on various subject matters, to which you are yet to respond. Please find references below:

HR/PAC/SCO5/10NASS/QUE.2/29 dated January 23, 2024; HR/PAC/SCO5/10NASS/FA/1 dated January 23, 2024; HR/PAC/SCO5/10NASS/SE.3/34 dated January 30, 2024, and HR/PAC/SCO5/10NASS/SE.3/35 dated February 22, 2024. Please also find copies of the letters attached.

The Committee frowns at this and wishes to remind you of the relevant constitutional provisions in Sections 62 and 89(1) (a, b, c & d) & (2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended). The Public Accounts Committee has the power to summon any person in Nigeria to give evidence, produce any document in his possession and under his control.

It may also interest you to note that under Sections 89 (1) (d), the Committee has the power to issue a warrant to compel the attendance of any person who, after being summoned, fails, refuses, or neglects to do so.

Failure to comply with this civil invitation may leave the Committee with no choice but to issue a warrant of arrest against you in line with Legislative Houses (Powers & Privileges Act 2017) (Sections 2 & 3) and the 1999 CFRN (as amended) in line with House Procedures.

Consequently, the Committee resolved to grant you one last opportunity to appear.”

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ARISE NEWS MANAGING EDITOR’S DAUGHTER BAGS MASTERS FROM HARVARD UNIVERSITY

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By Kayode Sanni-Arewa

The daughter of Arise News Managing Editor, Christian Ogodo, was among graduands who bagged various degrees from the prestigious Havard University in the United States.

Oghenetega Steffi Eberechukwu Ogodo, was conferred with a masters degree in Urban Planning of the Graduate School of Design of Harvard University on 23rd May, 2024.

Tega was also a Bloemberg Leadership Fellow, who did her industrial training with the Rochester City Council in New York, while her field work had the theme: “People must feed,” postulating that there must be decent and nutritious food even for the downtrodden people in society.

Tega is a graduate of the University of Lagos with a Second Class Honours [Upper Division] from the Faculty of Environmental Sciences, majoring in Urban and Regional Planning.

She is the daughter of Nigeria’s foremost News Anchor on Arise News on WEEKEND NEWSNIGHT, Christian Ogodo, who is the Managing Editor of Arise News Media Group.

She is currently working with an engineering consulting firm in Chicago that specialises in logistics.

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National Anthem: Nigeria switches from fatherland to motherland

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By Francesca Hangeior

The Federal Republic of Nigeria, today, officially reverted to the National Anthem that heralded its independence as a sovereign Nation.

President Bola Tinubu, after he met a joint session of the National Assembly, signed into law, the adoption of the old National Anthem, “Nigeria, We Hail Thee.”

“Nigeria, We Hail Thee” was adopted as Nigeria’s first national anthem on October 1, 1960.

The anthem’s lyrics were written by Lillian Jean Williams, a British expatriate who lived in Nigeria when it achieved independence.

Frances Berda composed the music for “Nigeria, We Hail Thee.”

However, the second national anthem, “Arise, O Compatriots,” was adopted in 1978.

The lyrics of the now jettisoned anthem were a combination of words and phrases taken from five of the best entries in a national contest.

The words were put to music by the Nigerian Police Band under the directorship of Benedict P. Odiase (1934–2013).

The Nigerian national anthem lyrics were created by five people: P. O. Aderibigbe, John A. Ilechukwu, Dr. Sota Omoigui, Eme tim Akpan and B.A. Ogunnaike.

With the return to the old anthem, Nigeria officially switched from a ‘Fatherland’ to a ‘Motherland’.

Hereunder are the Three Stanzas of the old but now new National Anthem:

1. Nigeria we hail thee,
Our own dear native land,
Though tribe and tongue may differ,
In brotherhood we stand,
Nigerians all, and proud to serve
Our sovereign Motherland.

2. Our flag shall be a symbol
That truth and justice reign,
In peace or battle honour’d,
And this we count as gain,
To hand on to our children
A banner without stain.

3. O God of all creation,
Grant this our one request,
Help us to build a nation
Where no man is oppressed,
And so with peace and plenty
Nigeria may be blessed.

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BREAKING! Tinubu extends Abuja free train ride for six months

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President Bola Tinubu has approved the extension of free train rides on the Abuja Rail Mass Transit, also called the Metro Rail, for the next six months until the end of the year.

The FCT Minister, Nyesom Wike, had announced free train rides for two months, to ease the burden of commuting for residents of the FCT.

Tinubu gave the approval during his address at the inauguration of the commencement of operations of the Abuja metro rail in Abuja on Wednesday, May 29.

The president appealed for the extension to offer hope to the people of the FCT and give them reasons to celebrate.

“Our dear landlord and his team, I heard you saying two months free ride. I appeal to you to make it till the end of the year. Since today you’re not going to charge me, that will give the people hope and reasons to celebrate,” Tinubu said.

Details shortly…

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