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Sacked BPP DG Leaves Chaos in His Wake seeks to install a non-staff, against Tinibu’s directive

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…as transparency group kicks

A former Director General of Bureau for Public Procurement, BPP, Ahmadu Mamman is seeking installment of non-staff, kicked against President Bola Tinubu’s directive as Transparency and Anti-Corruption Campaign in Africa, TRACA has demanded that the position should be given to the most senior career officer in the bureau.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Executive Director of TRACA, Samuel Orovwuje.

Apparently disturbed by the flagrant display of corruption in the agency, TRACA has demanded that the most senior officer, Adebowale Adedokun should act as stipulated in the Civil Service Rule.

Recall that President Bola Tinubu had on June 14 fired Ahmadu Mamman and ordered that the most senior officer in BPP should immediately take over.

But in a twist that pointed to the fact the outgoing DG has ulterior motives, he handed over to a pool officer seconded from the Federal Ministry of Justice as legal unit director, just last year, totally disregarding the directive of President Bola Tinubu.

This has not gone down well with staffers of the agency who are demanding for a reversal of the decision of the DG to handover to a non-career officer.

TRACA in the statement declared that as “a transparency group we cannot allow this corrupt move by the DG to stand noting that:

“Mamman Ahmadu, FNIQS, who handed over power to the Director of Legal, a pool officer from the Federal Ministry of Justice, posted to the Bureau barely a year ago. This decision directly contradicts the circular issued by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, referenced SGF/OP/I/S.3/T/39, dated 28th August 2019 as attached.

” Paragraph 2(b) of the aforementioned circular states that “pending the appointment of a substantive Head of Extra-Ministerial Departments, Director General, Chief Executive Officers of parastatals, Agencies, Commissions, and Government-owned companies, outgoing CEO, without any form of discretion, must hand over to the next most senior officer of the establishment as long as the officer does not have any pending disciplinary matter.” 

“Adherence to this directive is crucial for maintaining organizational integrity and compliance with established protocols and to avoid career truncation of the BPP Staff in reaching their career peak.

“Appointing the Director of Legal, who is not a core staff of the Bureau and lacks procurement background and capacity undermines the spirit and letter of this directive, as well as Mr. President’s directive on the reorganization of the Bureau.

” Note that His Excellency, President Bola Tinubu, has directed the resignation of Mamman Ahmadu, the Director of BPP, and instructed that the most senior officer in the Bureau take over, pending the appointment of a new Director General. This aligns with the President’s efforts to reorganize the procurement system for greater efficiency and transparency.

” Mr. President’s directive that the DG hand over to the most senior officer in BPP was not followed immediately. The DG convened two (2) handover meetings and each time rescheduled, eventually handing over on the third meeting. The former Director General did not comply with the President’s directive and handed over power on 21st June 2024 to the Director of Legal as acting Director General of the Bureau.

“The Director of Legal who is a pool officer and a staff of the Federal Ministry of Justice has been on special assignment to the Legal Unit since 30th May 2023 and lacks procurement expertise.

“The Head of Admin had earlier prepared a brief and recommended to the former Director General that the most Senior Director, Dr. Adebowale A. Adedokun, assume the role.

” However, this recommendation was disregarded as the former DG prevailed on the Admin to flout the SGF Circular quoted above. I waited for the handing over which was changed two times. The former DG delayed this process and instead handed it over to the Director of Legal, who came to the Bureau barely one year ago. not followed. Dr. Adedeokun is ready to assume the role.

“Note also that by practice in the Civil Service, Directors of Legal, Auditors, and Accounts posted from other MDAs cannot act as  Accounting Officers of MDAs as they are serving as pool officers.

” Furthermore, an investigation should be carried out to prevent the recurrence of such abnormal appointments.

“An immediate review and reversal of this decision to ensure compliance with the stipulated guidelines. This will restore confidence in Due Process and help prevent acrimony and corruption within the Bureau and civil service as a whole.

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Tinubu’s Minister Disobeys President’s Order, Fails to Confirm Appointment As Directed

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The Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Heineken Lokpobiri, has allegedly failed to implement President Bola Tinubu’s directive to appoint Nicholas Agbo-Ella as Nigeria’s OPEC Governor.

Recall that in a May 6 directive, President Tinubu instructed Lokpobiri to submit Agbo-Ella’s name to replace Gabriel Aduda, who was redeployed to the Ministry of Women Affairs.

President Tinubu in his memo to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and copied to Mr Lokpobiri said that Mr Lokpobiri should “take immediate steps to notify OPEC of the change of Permanent Secretary and replace Ambassador Gabriel T. Aduda’s name with Ambassador Nicholas Agbo-Ella as the Governor nominated by the Federal Republic of Nigeria, being the current Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Petroleum.”

The minister was directed to ensure the “replacement is confirmed by the conference scheduled for 1 June 2024.”

Mr Aduda is a brother to former FCT Senator Philip Aduda who is reportedly an ally of Nyesom Wike.

 

According to sources within the administration, Mr. Lokpobiri has failed to submit Mr. Agbo-Ella’s name to the OPEC Board of Governors as of June 1, despite the president’s directive.

The reason behind Mr. Lokpobiri’s inaction is unclear, and it remains a mystery why Mr. Aduda, who has been reassigned to the Ministry of Women Affairs, continues to serve as OPEC governor.

 

Checks show that Mr Aduda is still listed as Nigeria’s Governor on the OPEC website.

Sources close to the ministry revealed that Mr. Aduda, despite his transfer from the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, was recently photographed receiving the OPEC Secretary General, Haitham Al Ghais, in Nigeria. Additionally, a photograph dated June 2, 2024, shows Mr. Lokpobiri and Mr. Aduda attending an OPEC meeting virtually.

This is also not Mr. Aduda’s first controversial involvement. In May 2014, it was widely reported how he entered the federal civil service despite failing exams at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

After resigning due to poor performance, he was surprisingly appointed Director of the Economic Research and Policy Management Department at the Federal Ministry of Finance just six months later. He has since served in various ministries, including Foreign Affairs, Petroleum Resources, and now Women’s Affairs.

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Senators new timetable now 11am to 3pm for Plenary

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The Senate has amended its rule book to start holding Plenary from 11am to 3pm.

The Senate Leader, Opeyemi Bamidele, had raised two motions at the commencement of plenary.

One of motions was an amendment to the standing rules which proposed that the Senate shifts the timing of its sittings on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 11am, and close by 3pm like their counterpart in the House of Representatives.

The Senate Leader also moved his second motion on Standing Committee’s Amendment of order 96 to create the Senate Committee on Reparation and repatriation.

However, the second motion was stepped down as senators opted to debate on the issue of sitting time.

While lending his voice to the issue, Senate President, Senator Godswill Akpabio had indicated that the most urgent motion was to align the time of resumption with what obtains in the House of Representatives.

He suggested that the motion should be separated and that the first one to be taken should be the time of sitting.

However, the Immediate past President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan while making his contribution, disagreed with Akpabio.

Lawan said, “I don’t know the basis at the moment for which we want to shift our sitting from 10 to 11 and end at 3pm, for me, we have more energy, our eyes are clearer in the morning and one hour into the day, probably we would have lost some energy.

“If we work between 10am and 2pm, if we sit in the plenary between 10am and 2pm, our committees would do better. If we don’t have any reason except we have to synchronize with the House, I think we need to look at it again.

“However, if we have other reasons that we must change, that is fine. If it is just to synchronize with the House may have their reasons for sitting at 11 and close by 3pm but here I don’t see the reasons.”

Responding Akpabio threw it back at Lawan that the idea of the Senate sitting by 11am started during his time as the President of the 9th Senate especially during the period of the COVID-19.

But Lawan reacted by saying it was as a result of the COVID-19 that the time was tinkered from 10am to 11am adding that they had to cut down on the number of days for plenary.

Akpabio then reacted that, “Our rules said 10am but we came to meet the tradition of 11am, the only thing that we changed was to add additional day because during that COVID-19 period we were sitting twice a week.

“I said no, since there is no more COVID we should sit three times in a week and we maintained what we saw, 11am but now we are.saying that we have not been able to justify the 11am sitting unless it reflects same on our rules.

“The Idea of 3pm in my view is not correct because it does not mean you must sit till 3pm, it simply means if we don’t have musc to do we can close at 1pm or 2pm to enable our colleagues to go for committee sittings and other matters related to the proceedings of the Senate such as clearances and all that.

“The only aspect of it is to legalise it so that people don’t have the impression that we are sitting at 11am while the rule says 10am”.

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Sad! Lagos Marwa operator takes own life over tricycle seizure

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A yet-to-be-identified tricyclist has died by suicide after efforts to reportedly retrieve his seized tricycle from some government agents proved abortive in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the tricyclist was heading to a destination in the state when the officials intercepted him for an offence.

Following the interception, the officers reportedly seized the tricycle and took it to their office located close to the Jubilee Estate, along the Ikorodu-Sagamu Expressway.

Efforts by the tricycle operator to retrieve his tricycle from the officials were said to have been futile.

Our correspondent learnt that perplexed by the development, the tricyclist, in an apparent effort to protest the seizure of his tricycle, went to a tree at the front of the fence of the compound where the offices of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, and Vehicle Inspection Officers are situated, close to the Jubilee Estate, along the Ikorodu-Sagamu Expressway, and hanged himself.

An eyewitness, Prince Excel of Aiyekooto Reporters, in a video posted on WhatsApp, described the case as unfortunate, noting that the man killed himself on Thursday morning.

He said, “This is early Thursday morning, July 11, 2024, an unfortunate situation just happened right now. A man just committed suicide on the major road at the Jubilee Estate infront of the LASTMA gate on the Sagamu Road. This is quite unfortunate.”

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