Governor Amosun Promises Better Days Ahead For Ogun Residents

amosunOgun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, has assured residents of more capital projects to re-fertilize the socioeconomic development of the state, despite the harsh economic situation in the country, saying that proactive economic policies have been put in place to achieve this.

The Governor said this in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, during the yearly special Iftar prayer held at the arcade ground of the Governor’s office.

Addressing the gathering, the State Governor seized the occasion to thank residents for their cooperation and also asked for more cooperation and better understanding for government policies and programmes.

Quick to promise better days ahead in the face of dwindling finances, Governor Amosun promised not to betray the confidence reposed in him and his administration.

During a lecture at the event, the Chief Imam of the University of Abuja, Professor Taofeek Adesina, urged Muslims against all forms of violence. He also challenged the Federal Government to provide the much needed good governance, transparency and accountability for the overall development of the country.

Prayers were offered for continuous peace and harmony in the land.

The event was attended by religious leader, traditional rulers, members of the National and State Assemblies, the Secretary-General of the Council for Islamic Affairs, and the former International Criminal Court (ICC) Judge, Prince Bola Ajibola.

Anti-Graft Agency Tasks Council Chairmen On Accountability

Local-govenrment-chairmen-workshop-in NigeriaThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, has tasked Local Government Chairmen in Nigeria on transparency and accountability in their activities.

The EFCC Director of Organisational Support, Bolajii Salami, said corruption and lack of fiscal transparency were the causes of inefficiency and retarded growth in local councils in Nigeria

Salami told participants at an Anti-Graft Training for Local Government Officials that inflation of contracts, over-estimation of projects’ cost, ghost workers syndrome and abandoned projects were acts of corruption that needed to be checked in local governments.

Local government chairmen and other principal officers of local governments in seven states in the northwest were at the training school of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission in Karu, Abuja for the training.

The men were brought together by the association of local governments of Nigeria-Algon and the anti-graft body for training on how to rise above the numerous challenges in the local councils to deliver effective leadership and governance to the people.

Addressing the gathering, the President of the Association of Local Governments of Nigeria, Mr Ozo  Nwabueze-Okafor, stressed the need for local government autonomy.

“We have been advocating and sensitising Nigerians on the need to have a local government system that has the financial autonomy to deal with the programmes they are having at that level. But we equally know that it is more important to have practitioners who have the capacity to manage such finances when they are given to them,” Mr Nwabeze-Ookafor  said.

The Acting Chairman of the Fiscal Responsibility Commission, Mr Victor Muruako, stressed the importance of security in Nigeria, emphasising the role of the chairmen, who are at the grassroots.

That local governments failure to function effectively despite being the closest tier of government to the grassroots is a trend the anti-graft commission says must be reversed.

The Director, EFCC Organisational Support, Mr bolaji Salami, stressed that one way to ensure that local councils met the expectation of the people was to eradicate corruption at every level.

“Nigeria will be a better place where there is transparency and accountability at all tiers of government,” he said.

Obasanjo Should Share Blame In Issues Raised In Letter To GEJ – NLC

At a time when the whole of Africa and the rest of the world is celebrating Nelson Mandela, who President Barack Obama described as the ‘giant of history,’ a story of despair, disunity, bad governance sprang up in Nigeria as a result of former president Olusegun Obsanjo’s letter to President Goodluck Jonathan, casting the nation in bad light.

Reactions continue to trail the revelation of the 18 page letter which accused the Presidency of incompetence among many other shortcomings.

Speaking on Sunrise Daily on Thursday, the Vice President of the National Labour Congress, Isaa Aremu, said that the letter made him feel ‘diminished as a Nigerian.’

“Whether you take the reaction of the presidency or the letter itself, certainly this is not a good story about Nigeria,” he added.

He said that the story was made worse by the fact that it was coming from a former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, a member of the PDP to which President Jonathan belongs, who had helped the current administration get into power, is the author of the letter which levels strong allegations against the incumbent president and portends an unpleasant story for the entire continent.

“Several issues raised in the letter  including oil theft, lack of accountability and corruption have been debated by Nigerians, hence Obasanjo only increased the ‘noise level,’” Aremu said.

He pointed out that famed handshake of Raul Castro and President Obama at the Mandela Memorial indicated that leaders of the world were imbibing Mandela’s virtues and were building bridges but said that the case was different in Nigeria.

Aremu called on President Jonathan to respond to all the allegations raised by the former president. He also called on Mr Obasanjo to share in the blame for all the problems of the nation.

“What should worry us (Nigerians) including Obasanjo is that the party he left for us including those people he recommended for us put us have put the country in this mess.”

Aremu said it was high time the leaders apologised to the citizens while Nigerians should rise to the occasion and change their story.


NPL Impasse:Sack of Baribote-led board the only option — Idoko

Mike Idoko; the Chairman of the six-man interim committee of the Nigeria Premier League (NPL) said the option for the way forward in the Nigerian Premier League was the sacking of the former board chairman of the league body, Chief Victor Rumson Baribote.

And this was the decision of the 20 Premier League clubs.

He said that the former NPL board had failed in the development of the league, stressing that the gains made over the years by previous boards had been eroded with the administrative style of the sacked board, thereby stagnating the progress of the NPL, during the inaugural meeting in Abuja yesterday.

“We had to do this in the interest of the league and Nigerian football. Clubs used to benefit financially from the title sponsorship money and at a point we were fighting for increment. But in the last two seasons or so, the clubs have been made to bear the brunt of NPL’s inability to source for sponsors,” he said.

“We don’t have any problem with Baribote as a person but it’s glaring that his board failed and we have to move forward. Clubs spent heavily on match indemnities due to the inefficiency of the board under Baribote, while the players suffer because the little the clubs had were being used in covering the glaring inefficiency of the board.

Idoko further described the Baribote led-board that it lacked transparency and accountability, hence a window for the inability of the league to attract title sponsorship for the past two seasons, as he cited the hard work and transparency of other boards before the Baribote-led board, it will be recalled that

Idoko was part of the glory days of the NPL under Chief Oyuki Obaseki.