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Drama, confusion as EFCC raids Ambode’s homes



Drama, confusion as EFCC raids Ambode’s homes

We’re after ex-gov’s chief of staff – Magu



It was drama and confusion in Lagos yesterday over a raid on the homes of the immediate past governor of the state, Akinwunmi Ambode, by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), over an alleged N9.9 billion fraud.


While the governor confirmed that his Epe country home and Parkview Estate home in Ikoyi were searched by operatives of the anti-graft agency, EFCC’s Acting Head of Media and Publicity, Mr. Tony Orilade, said the action was in furtherance of the on-going investigation of Ambode’s administration.



But, the Acting Chairman of EFCC, Ibrahim Magu, said his men were hunting for the former chief of staff to former governor, Olukunle Ojo.



Magu, who spoke with journalists at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said his men were hunting for Ojo. “It was the chief of staff’s house we raided not the governor,” he said.



However, Ojo, who debunked report that his house in Epe was raided by operatives of the anti-graft agency, alleged that the building that was searched belongs to the former Personal Assistant to Ambode, Mr. Bunmi Ariyo.



New Telegraph gathered that scores of Epe residents trooped out to protest the invasion of Ambode’s home without a search warrant. The residents, comprising mainly young men, attempted to attack the EFCC operatives, who shot into the air and zoomed off.



The former governor, however, urged his supporters and the general public to remain calm and law abiding as there was no cause for alarm.



Ambode, in a statement by his media aide, Mr. Habib Aruna, said that the two houses were searched without any incident, adding that the Commission, till date, has not opened any direct communication with him on any issue.



Wondering why the anti-graft agency was yet to communicate with him, the former governor said he was ready and willing to respond if or when the agency does so.



“This morning (yesterday), EFCC operatives visited the Epe country home and Parkview Ikoyi residence of Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, former governor of Lagos State, with warrants to conduct a search. These searches were carried out extensively and at the end of the exercise, the operatives left without any incident.


“The former governor reiterates that the EFCC has, till date, not had any direct communication with him on any subject matter whatsoever and, if or when it occurs, he is ready and willing to respond.



“The former governor wishes to assure his supporters and the generality of Lagosians to continue to remain calm and law-abiding as there is no cause for alarm,” Ambode’s media aide said.



Even as his supporters described the raid as witch-hunting, the former governor reiterated his belief in the rule of law and due process and remains grateful for the opportunity to have served Lagos State.



It would be recalled that Ambode, in an earlier response to allegations by EFCC that it had frozen certain accounts linked to him, insisted that no account of his contained N9.9 billion, let alone being frozen by the Commission as the said accounts were opened and operated by Lagos State government.



EFCC’s spokesman, Orilade, who confirmed that operatives of the Commission undertook the operation at the Epe residence of the former governor, said like other former governors, Ambode had lost the constitutional immunity of an incumbent, hence the probe.



He explained: “The EFCC has since early hours of today (yesterday), been inundated with calls that operatives of the Commission raided the residence of the former governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode.



“We need to state for the records that the EFCC did not raid Ambode’s house. It is instructive that his administration, like other former governors, is under investigation, since they no longer constitutionally enjoy immunity against prosecution.



“The Commission hereby states with high sense of responsibility that the operatives did not raid Ambode’s residence. Whatever the Commission is presently doing with regards to the investigation is in line with its mandate and the rule of law.



“We wish to inform the social media to be circumspect in the reportage of any news with regards to investigation activities of the Commission. As a tradition, the Commission does not carry out investigation on the pages of newspapers or through the media. Our operations are always covert until at a time when we file charges in court.



“Therefore, the attempt to cast the Commission in a bad light is unacceptable as the EFCC will never engage in illegal act. We remain committed to the war against corruption.”



Meanwhile, Ambode’s former Chief of Staff, Ojo, in a statement by his media aide, Cornelius Kayode, said: “Mr. Kunle Ojo did not have any personal house in Epe, how can the EFCC raid the house one doesn’t have? So, the report is misleading and baseless.



“The former COS doesn’t have a house in Epe as claimed in some media reports. The house belongs to Bunmi Ariyo, Ambode’s PA,” he said.

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Minimum wage: Workers threaten strike without notice



Minimum wage: Workers threaten strike without notice


rganised Labour under the auspices Trade Union Side (TUS) of the Joint National Public Service Negotiating Council (JNPSNC), has called on Nigerians to appeal to the Federal Government to implement the N30,000 signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari as the minimum wage with adequate consequential adjustments, to avert a strike action.



In a statement issued on yesterday in Abuja,  the TUS Acting Chairman, Comrade Anchaver Simon, said it had become imperative to alert the general public that all efforts by the Trade Unions to persuade the government to implement the new wage signed into law since April had proved abortive.



According to him, no further notification would be given to the Federal Government before millions of its members at the Federal and 36 States Public Services down tools.



Simon gave details of the breakdown in negotiation saying: “The Consequential Adjustment Committee two weeks ago agreed that the proposal of the TUS that salary of officers on grade levels 07-14 should be increased by 29 per cent and those of officers on grade levels 15-17 by 24 per cent vis-a-vis that of Government Side of 10 per cent for officers on Grade levels 07-14, 5.5 per cent for those on Grade Level 15-17 should be forwarded to President Buhari to see the patriotic position of labour and approved appropriate consequential adjustment accordingly.


“When the meeting reconvened on Monday  September 16, 2019 to get a feedback on the expected approval from Mr. President, the Government Officials brought a fresh proposal of 11 per cent pay rise for officers on Grade Levels 07-14 instead of its earlier position of 10 per cent and 6.5 per cent for those on grade levels 15-17 instead of the former 5.5 per cent.”


According to him, it had become clear to the union that the Government Side was not serious about paying millions of workers a new National Minimum Wage and adequate consequential adjustment, but preferred taking the Trade Unions for a ride.


While stressing that as a responsible Trade Union, the TUS had given the government enough time to come to terms with workers demand, he said it appeared that the only language necessary for government to act was a strike action. He  disclosed that initially, it recommended 66.6 per cent across board, so as to maintain existing relativity in emoluments of Public Servants, but the Government Side argued that the Wage Bill would be too high.



“Consequently, the TUS scaled its demand downward by suggesting that officers on grade levels 07-14 should receive 30 per cent pay rise while those on grade levels 15-17 should get 25 per cent, the Government Side proposed 9.5 per cent for grade levels 07-14 and 5 per cent for grade levels 15-17.


“Both parties agreed thereafter to forward the two positions to the plenary session of the enlarged Consequential Adjustment Committee for consideration.”


Explaining further, the union leader said to their surprise, when the Committee reconvened on 27th June, 2019, the Government Side introduced a strange clause and argued that the Term of Reference of the Panel was to apply the subhead of emoluments contained in the 2019 Budget across board to pay the minimum wage which the TUS objected to.



“It is difficult to understand why the political appointees who cart millions of naira away every month are determined that Nigerian workers must not get N30,000 monthly minimum wage with fair consequential adjustment.

“As we write, Nigeria is rated the poorest country in the whole world and yet, government is refusing to implement a minimum wage for Nigerian workers to lift millions of citizens out of poverty,” the Union regretted.



The TUS called on eminent citizens, royal fathers, religious leaders, and civil society groups to plead with the Federal Government to implement the new National Minimum Wage with adequate consequential adjustments to avoid the looming industrial crisis.



Meanwhile, the union says the  Trade Union Congress of Nigerian (TUC) and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) had been briefed on the breakdown of negotiation in respect of consequential adjustment arising from the new N30,000 monthly National Minimum Wage.

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ECOWAS parliament wants Nigeria’s to open borders



ECOWAS parliament wants Nigeria’s to open borders



he recent closure of the Nigerian borders with West African neighbours might hamper the implementation of the free trade movement within the sub-region of the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS), officials said.

Moustapha Lo, the regional bloc’s parliament speaker, said this while addressing parliamentarians at the ongoing 2nd Extraordinary Session of the ECOWAS Parliament in Monrovia.

Lo said in a statement yesterday that they were seeking a reversal of the decision by the Nigerian government.



The speaker said that this border closure would continue to pose a threat to the implementation of the protocol on the free movement of persons within the region.


The parliament speaker noted that this development came at a time when Africa was working to intensify efforts for the effective abolition of barriers within the member-states.


The Nigerian authorities had closed the borders with Benin about a month ago and Niger more recently, as a measure toward tacking the challenge of smuggling.


The ECOWAS parliament said this is a hindrance to the achievement of the regional bloc’s main objective, which includes “achieving the creation of a prosperous, borderless West African region where peace and harmony prevail.”.

“The ECOWAS Parliament calls for compliance with Community provisions and thus calls for the reopening of borders and a coordinated fight against smuggling in the region.”


“The root causes of this recurrent situation must be studied with a view to finding a permanent solution,” Lo said

It further urged the Nigerian government to find a permanent solution to the challenge of smuggling, rather than closing the borders, which, the ECOWAS parliament said, was not a lasting solution.

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Gbajabiamila ends ABU,NMCN’s rift over nursing’s accreditation



Gbajabiamila ends ABU,NMCN’s rift over nursing’s accreditation


ollowing intervention by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, the full accreditation status of the School of Nursing Sciences of the College of Medical Sciences of Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria has been restored.

The speaker had mandated the House Committee on Health care Services, chaired by Hon. Dr Tanko Sununu to intervene and ensure the accreditation, withdrawn in May 2019 by the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria was restored.

At a stakeholders’ meeting on Monday at the House of Representatives, Hon. Sununu in his opening remarks said Speaker Gbajabiamila became worried over the withdrawal of the accreditation of the Nursing School as a result of the negative impact it had on the academic pursuit of the students, manpower and the provision of healthcare service to the Nigerian society.

The controversy that began in 2015 eventually led to the withdrawal of the School’s full accreditation status granted to the Bachelor of Nursing Science (BNSC) programme by the Council on May 27th, 2019 following the appointment of the School’s Head of Department, Prof. Hayat Gommaa, an Egyptian.

According to the lawmaker, the committee had reached out to students, the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria (NMCN), the Vice-Chancellor and the Provost of the College of Medical Sciences of the Ahmadu Bello University as well as other stakeholders.

In his presentation, NMCN’s Registrar/Secretary General, Faruk Abubakar, said the withdrawal of the accreditation became necessary following the breach of the law that makes it mandatory that any person seeking to train nurses in Nigeria to be registered by the Council.

The Council said despite its repeated observations, ABU and the Head of the Department of the Nursing School, Gommaa, who has been in the employ of the School for about eight years, failed to comply with the law as she refused to register with the Council.

As such, the Council said it was left with no option than to withdraw the school’s accreditation, and stop Prof. Gommaa from practising nursing in Nigeria in compliance with the law.

On his part, the Provost of the College of Medical Sciences (ABU), Prof. Abdulahi Randawa, said the withdrawal of the accreditation was regretted but that Gommaa, whose appointment was the subject of the controversy has resigned and Muhammad Ladan appointed as the new HOD.

Sununu, who was supported by the Deputy Chairman of the Committee, Hon Babatunde Adejare and other members commended both parties for their maturity in handling the issue, which he said was what Speaker Gbajabiamila had hoped for.

He said: “We are happy that this controversy that has generated so much interest in the social media has been resolved amicably. The withdrawal of the accreditation was as a result of a misunderstanding between the NMCN and the University.

“It was this that got Mr Speaker worried and he

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Abiodun: I won’t appoint yes-men into my cabinet



Abiodun: I won’t appoint  yes-men into my cabinet


gun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, yesterday said he would not give appointment to yes-men or surround himself with cabinet lacking the ability to challenge him on good governance.


Abiodun, who spoke at a thanksgiving and praise programme held to celebrate his victory at the election petitions tribunal, said he had identified indigenes of the state in various sectors, who were doing well and ready to work with him.


The event, held at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Abeokuta, was attended by notable chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC), former and serving government functionaries as well as traditional rulers.

Addressing the gathering, the governor assured them that his administration would be run by people who were ready to work for the development of the state.


“I’m not ready to work with yes-men; those that can never challenge me in administering the state. I will surround myself with smartest people who have something to offer; I mean intelligent people,” he stated.

Abiodun thanked God for “shaming” his detractors and those who attempted to frustrate his political aspiration with the tribunal judgement delivered on Saturday.



He said: “I almost gave up on contesting for and serving in public office when my attempts to become governor in 2003 and senator in 2015 fell through. I never knew that God was taking me through a crucible to prepare me for this great task.



“Because of this, I have a tripartite agreement between me, God and Ogun people; and I don’t intend to betray the trust reposed in me. I am guided by a vision predicated on good governance, and this is what I am committed to pursue and deliver to the people.”

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Don’t undermine FG’s plan on VAT increase, BMO urges PDP



Don’t undermine FG’s plan on VAT increase, BMO urges PDP



he Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) has urged the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) not to undermine the Federal Government’s plan to increase the Value Added Tax (VAT) from 5 per cent to 7.5 per cent.



BMO in a statement signed by its Chairman, Niyi Akinsiju, in Abuja yesterday, described the plan as patriotic and genuine geared towards raising the needed resources to address some of the major infrastructural needs of the country.


The PDP had in a statement issued on September 12 by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, protested against the government’s decision to increase the VAT.


BMO urged the party not to undermine a patriotic and genuine effort of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration to raise the needed resources to address some of the major infrastructural needs of Nigerians.


According to the statement; “PDP should genuinely express concern that Nigerians could not bear the burden of the 2.2 per cent marginal increase in VAT under the prevailing economic situation in the country.


“The party should have first demonstrated its patriotism and genuine concern for Nigerians by directing its Governors, who were part and parcel of the decision to effect increase in the country’s tax regime, to reject the idea rather than calling on the federal government to reverse its decision on the new policy.


“In any case, states and Local Governments stand to benefit more from the increase in VAT; the states get 50 per cent of the VAT collection, Local Governments get 35 per cent , leaving the federal government with a paltry 15 per cent.”


The organization added that this particular increase in VAT was another bail-out mechanism designed by Buhari to assuage the woes of those perennially broke tiers of government.


“Even with the new marginal increase, Nigeria has one of the lowest VAT rates in the world, and considering the huge infrastructural deficit the country is facing today, the current government has to think outside the box.

“And look for how best to raise resources to meet some of the major needs of its people and also ensure that the impact does not put much burden on the citizenry.


“And this is what the government is trying to do with this marginal increase in VAT.”


It added that VAT is not paid on domestic foodstuffs and local transportation.

Other items excluded from VAT are drugs, medical equipment, educational materials and other items that generally affect the purse of the man on the street, the organisation said.

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Road crashes: FRSC bans Dangote trucks from night haulage



Road crashes: FRSC bans Dangote trucks from night haulage


he Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has banned haulage trucks belonging to Dangote Group from embarking on night trips, warning that henceforth, trucks found on the road between 7p.m. and 7a.m. will be impounded.

The ban is part of the ongoing efforts by the FRSC to reduce incidents of fatal road crashes involving heavy duty trucks and other vehicles on roads across the country.


The corps has also tasked Dangote Group on prompt removal of broken down vehicles and the need to intensify efforts towards achieving professionalism in the recruitment, training and certification of its drivers as a critical measure to reducing crashes on the highways.


Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, who disclosed this yesterday, said the decision came at a meeting between top management of the FRSC and representatives of the Dangote Group. According to Kazeem, the meeting is part of the ongoing efforts by the Corps to reduce the rate of crashes involving articulated vehicles and  ensure prompt removal of broken down vehicles on the highways.


The Corps Marshal, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, who spoke extensively during the meeting, lamented the spate of crashes involving Dangote trucks and called on the group to make the training, retraining and certification of drivers a major priority in the operation of their fleet.



“There is need for the company to be strict in its recruitment process for drivers; requirements such as age for both entry and retirement should be made a priority issue to avoid underage driving and maintain a fixed age for retirement,” he said.


Oyeyemi charged the group to establish more driving schools and also make it open to the public so that drivers and would be drivers can apply for training as this will go a long way in making the highways safer for all to use.

“FRSC and Dangote Group to commence a joint effort to ensure that all abandoned or broken down Dangote trucks are towed within the next 30 days commencing from 18th September to 17th October, 2019; all Dangote trucks to have at least a mini first aid box; Dangote trucks not allowed to drive from 7p.m. to 7a.m. Any of the company’s truck found around that time will be impounded at sight; foreign number plates on the company’s trucks to be replaced with Nigerian number plates before 31st December, 2019; and periodic and random driver’s eye check should be conducted for the fleet drivers,” Kazeem said.



Head of the Dangote Group delegation, Mr. Juan Carlos Rincom, expressed appreciation to the FRSC for what he described as “its unwavering commitment to sanitising the highways” and pledged the company’s willingness to carry out all resolutions made at the meeting.

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Smugglers explore creeks to beat security architecture



Smugglers explore creeks to beat security architecture


hree weeks into the joint land border patrol by the security agencies, smugglers have shifted to the Port Novo and Lagos creeks to bring foreign parboil rice and other consumable goods from the neighbouring countries to Nigeria.

It was gathered that the smugglers were moving rice, frozen chicken, turkey and vegetable oil from Port Novo, Gbaji, Badagry creeks to Agbara with fast speed boats in the night because of the tight security at the land borders.

Presently, Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) lack efficient patrol boats to combat smugglers on the coastal waters and creeks.


A trader who spoke with New Telegraph, however, explained that the cost of smuggling the food items from the creeks was too high because of the charges by boat operators and fuel consumed by the boats.


The trader, simply identified as Bunmi, noted that they paid high charges to boat operators and drivers before the goods finally get to their destinations.


Although, she explained that frozen chicken and turkey had started coming into the market gradually since last weekend, however, findings revealed that the watertight security at the land borders have affected the prices of both foreign and local foods in the Lagos markets.


A market survey by our correspondent revealed that rice, frozen foods and groundnut oil were mostly affected by the price.

For instance, at the Agric Market in Ikorodu area, a frozen food seller, Mr. Ibrahim, said that a carton of frozen fish had jumped from N10,000 to N25,000 or 60 per cent, while turkey which was N13,000 as at August 19, 2019  had increased by 27.8 per cent to N18,000.



He added that a carton of chicken, which was N9,500, had also been increased by 32.1 per cent to N14,000.

Ibrahim said: “A carton of croaker fish that cost between N7,000 and N10,000 now cost N25,000 and above for the small size, while the big size fish cost N30,000. A small size croaker fish cost N500, while the big size croaker fish cost N1,000 and above in Agric Market.”


Also a rice trader, Mr. Obinna explained that the long rice that was sold for N17,000 weeks ago now cost N20,500, while short rice variety which was N13,000 is now sold for N20,500.

He stressed that the price of local rice had moved up from N14,000 to 16,000 or 12.5 per cent.


He said: “Buyers now prefer to buy local rice since it is the cheapest in the market.”

At Abesan area, also a bag of 50 kilogrammes of parboiled rice, which was sold at N14,500, now cost N20,000 in some shops.

Price of five litres of vegetable oil has also moved up by 17.5 per cent.


According to Madam Favour, five litres of groundnut oil, which sold for N3,300 in the last two weeks, had been increased to N4,000.

She said: “I have sold all my groundnut oil and I don’t have any left to sell because it has finished at the warehouse.”


She also said that due to the restriction of flour importation from Cameroon, prices of pastries and bread had been inflated.

On the other hand, she noted that foods such spaghetti, crunches, cereals, beans, and noodles were not affected.

Meanwhile, the Customs Service has said that a large numbers of seizures and arrests have been made in the last three weeks from North-West, North-Central, South-West and South-South geopolitical zones.

Its spokesman, Joseph Attah, a Deputy Comptroller, said that as at 10 September, 2019, 100 illegal migrants had been arrested.


He listed the seizures to include; 8,360 50kg bags of parboiled foreign rice; 122 bags of fertilizer; 77 vehicles; 781 drums filled with petroleum motor spirit (PMS) as well as 16,371 empty 200 litres drums used for smuggling PMS.

Other seizures are 1,491 packs of assorted drugs; 3 outboard 40HP engines; 13 Cotonou boats; 185 drums of groundnut oil; six trucks; 114 motorcycles, among other items.



Attah stressed that 117 suspects had been arrested.

The joint security exercise, is being coordinated by the Customs Service, Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS), Armed Forces as well as the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and other security and intelligence agencies, with the aim “to better secure our borders, boost national economy and strengthen border security.”

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FG constitutes taskforce on recovery of N5trn AMCON debt



FG constitutes taskforce on recovery of N5trn AMCON debt


he Federal Government has inaugurated an inter-agency committee to speedily resolve the challenges of recovering over N5 trillion outstanding debts owed the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON).



Vice President Yemi Osinbajo inaugurated the committee on Monday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.


Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Vice President, Laolu Akande, in a statement yesterday, said government has tasked members of the committee to turn the tide in what has been a rather difficult process where debtors have continued to default in their payment obligations.


According to Akande, about 67 per cent of the outstanding N5 trillion debt is said to be owed by just 20 individuals/entities.


“One of the Terms of Reference is for the committee to prepare a report, giving us a sense of what the timelines would be,” the VP noted.



The presidential spokesman said following the challenges encountered from the debt-recovery processes and the very limited results so far, the committee is expected to consider other options, including taking enforcement measures in actually recovering the debts.


Charging the committee, which would be chaired by the Chairman, Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC), Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, the Vice President expressed confidence in the expertise of the team to carry out the task ahead.



“I congratulate you on the very onerous task that has been set, to render this service. I know that, given the kind of individuals here, you will definitely turn this whole narrative around. So, I wish you all very well,” he said.



Members of the committee include heads and representatives of agencies such as AMCON, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), the ICPC, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Nigeria Deposit Insurance Corporation (NDIC), and the Federal Ministry of Justice.



The committee, among other related tasks, is expected to review the status of debts owed to AMCON, deliberate on practical, legal and other strategies for the recovery of the outstanding debts, and prepare a report, which will include a debt recovery work plan with specific timelines for completion.



The chairman of the inter-agency committee thanked the Vice President for the confidence reposed in the group, stating that members would do their best to recover most of the debts.

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Controversy trails Osinbajo’s powers over agencies



Controversy trails Osinbajo’s powers over agencies



Buhari dissolves recovery panel set up by Vice President



VP: I’ve mutually respecting relationship with President




ontroversy is trailing a purported directive from President Muhammadu Buhari to Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to, henceforth, seek presidential approvals for agencies under his supervision.


Osinbajo is currently the chairman of the governing boards of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the National Boundary Commission (NBC) and the Border Communities Development Agency (BCDA).


He is also the chairman of the board of directors of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), a limited liability company owned by the three tiers of government.



In addition, the vice president chairs the National Economic Council (NEC), a constitutional   body made up of state governors and key federal government officials, as well as the National Council on Privatisation (NCP).

Under the laws setting up these agencies, the President is empowered to give final approvals for major policy decisions governing them, but there are indications that these provisions were not followed during the first term of the current administration.



It was learnt that going by a presidential memo issued on Monday, the vice-president will now have to seek approvals for contract awards, annual reports, annual accounts, power to borrow, and power to make regulations, among other key functions.



President Buhari had, on Monday, appointed an Economic Advisory Council (EAC) and disbanded the Economic Management Team (EMT), which was headed by Osinbajo in the last four years.

There are also unconfirmed reports that NEMA and National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) will now be moved from the office of the VP to the newly created Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.



Meanwhile, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the Vice President, Laolu Akande, in reaction to the report published by The Cable denied that President Muhammadu Buhari had directed Vice President Osinbajo, to seek approvals for agencies under him.



“The report suggests, falsely, that agencies under the supervision of the Vice President do not normally comply with established rules where presidential approvals are required.



“This is obviously misleading and aims only to plant seeds of discord in the Presidency while creating an unnecessary national hysteria,” he stressed.

Akande explained that the agencies in question were established by law and the Vice President has always insisted on due compliance with the enabling statutes and other established regulations.



“Depending on the particular scope of activity in question, agencies may require management approval only, at the level of the Director General or Chief Executive Officer. In this category fall the great majority of their day-to-day activities.



“However, other activities, or procurements, with value exceeding a certain threshold, require Board approval. These may get to the agency Board chaired by the Vice President. In a few cases where Presidential approval is required, the Director-General must seek such approval from the President, through the Vice President.


“These rules have always guided the activities of statutory agencies and the ones under the Vice President’s supervision have always been so guided,” the presidential aide said.

He explained that to claim that in the first term of the Buhari administration, agencies of government have not been complying with the provisions (of getting final approvals from the President) is false.

He said the attempt to suggest that the vice president was complicit in such irregularities was simply mischievous and reprehensible.


Osinbajo stated that he has a mutual working relationship with the President Buhari.


“The effective and mutually respecting relationship between the President and the Vice President is well known to Nigerians and it is futile to insinuate otherwise.


“Even though the vice president has a statutory role as Board Chairman of some government agencies under his office, with appropriate approval limits, which often do not include contract approvals; it is ludicrous to even insinuate that a Board Chairman approves contracts.


“Evidently, the Federal Executive Council, which oversees federal ministries and agencies of government, is chaired by the President, and it is in its purview to approve or ratify award of contracts within the prescribed threshold,” Akande said.


Akande said that the Vice President remains committed to the service of his fatherland and will continue to do so despite the purveyors of fake news in media organizations, which are supposed to uphold truth, balance, fairness and objectivity in their reports.



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Land dispute: Ogun family seeks Obasanjo’s intervention



Land dispute: Ogun family seeks Obasanjo’s intervention


ollowing a decision by the Court of Appeal, Ibadan division over ownership of land situated at Ajelanwa Olowo Igbo village and Kajola Iboro village via Atan Ota, Ogun state, Oyeyemi Asalu family has allegedly approached former President Olusegun Obasanjo to intervene on their behalf.



The move became imperative following the Court of Appeal verdict which declared the family’s claim to the vast land as false.



This, however, compelled the Oyeyemi Asalu family to summon an emergency meeting where it was resolved to seek assistance of former President Obasanjo with a view to reaching truce between parties to the suit.



The Court of Appeal, Ibadan division had in suit number CA/IB/115/2016 set aside judgment of an Ogun State High Court granting statutory right of occupancy on the land situated at Ajelanwa Olowo Igbo village and Kajola Iboro village via Atan Ota, Ogun state to Oyeyemi Asalu family.



The court in its unanimous decision dismissed the suit filed by Oba Samuel Olufemi Ojugbele and four others for themselves and on behalf of members of Oyeyemi Asalu family of Iga, Isalu Ota and awarded a cost of N250, 000 against the family.



The court held that the appellants had the right to appoint Alhaji Mutairu Owoeye, Ganiyu Owoeye and Tunde (A.K.A One hour) 7th-9th appellants as agents of the disputed land.


The lower court had in its judgement declared that the respondents were entitled to statutory right of occupancy over the disputed land.


Dissatisfied, the appellants, Alhaji Yekini Solabi, Lamina Solabi, Jimoh Solabi, Fasasi Solabi, Ibrahim Solabi and their agents, Alhaji Mutairu Owoeye and Ganiyu Owoeye appealed against the judgement and urged the court to set it aside.


Resolving all the five issues raised in favour of the appellants, Justice Olukayode Bada in his lead judgement held that it was wrong for the lower court to have made an order of forfeiture against the appellants.


Justice Bada said: “It is evident that there is a serious contradiction in the case of the claimants as to the children or direct issue(s) of Oyeyemi. Which one is correct? Did Oyeyemi actually have a child or children? The implication of Oyeyemi having children as against a child is very clear in that, if he had children then claimants have decided to suppress their names.



“In my view, the claimants cannot be granted a declaration of title/statutory right of occupancy to the land that does not exclusively belong to them.”

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