SGF Warns Against Using His Office For False And Fraudulent Information

 

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, says his attention has been drawn to unrelenting activities of faceless persons using the social media and other platforms to lure unsuspecting members of the Public to submit their Curriculum Vitae at a fee, to a non-existing desk at his Office, for Federal Government appointments.

Mr Mustapha also says his Office is similarly aware of inaccurate information being peddled around regarding constituency projects being executed under its supervision.

In a communique signed by spokesman to the Secretary General of the Federation,  Mr Willie Bassey, the SGF says his office neither executes nor supervises constituency projects.

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Mr Mustapha also says he has become aware of numerous forged introductory letters purportedly issued from his office seeking diverse favours from individuals and corporate entities for personal gains.

He advised the general public to beware of the clandestine activities of dubious and fraudulent persons and their cohorts going about to fleece unsuspecting members of the public.

The SGF assured Nigerians that the Government has evolved measures to track the unpatriotic and faceless persons and will bring to justice anyone found engaging in these unwholesome activities.

He urged Nigerians to always get clarification from the official communication channels of the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation which are: Website Address: www.osgf.gov.ng and Email Address: [email protected]

Nigeria Adopts September 16 As National Identity Day

A file photo of the SGF, Mr Boss Mustapha, addressing a gathering.

 

 

The Federal Government has approved the recognition and observance of September 16 of every year as National Identity Day.

A statement from the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) on Friday described the approval as a practical move to create awareness on the importance of identification as a modern tool for national development and social cohesion.

NIMC’s General Manager of Operations and Corporate Communications, Mr Abdulhamid Umar, who signed the statement, said the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, conveyed the government’s approval.

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According to him, the approval was given in a letter dated August 29, 2019, and addressed to the Director-General of NIMC, Aliyu Aziz.

Read the full statement below:

We Must Remain Accountable To The People We Serve – Boss Mustapha

 

The Secretary-General of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha has advised the Minister-Designates in President Muhammadu Buhari second term cabinet to remain accountable to the Nigerian citizens.

Mustapha stressed the need for consistent harmonious work relationship once they are fully absorbed into the Federal Executive Council.

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The SGF said this during the Presidential Retreat for Minister Designate and Permanent Secretaries in Abuja, on Monday.

He also reminded them that the task of governance requires patience, dedication and total commitment to the objectives we have committed to pursue, especially in realisation of the yearnings for quick delivery of the dividends of democracy by the people.

 

 READ HIS FULL SPEECH BELOW:

A WELCOME ADDRESS BY THE SECRETARY TO THE GOVERNMENT OF THE FEDERATION, BOSS MUSTAPHA AT THE PRESIDENTIAL RETREAT FOR MINISTERS’ DESIGNATE AND OTHER PRESIDENTIAL AIDES, HOLDING ON MONDAY, 19 AUGUST, 2019 AT THE STATE HOUSE CONFERENCE CENTER, PRESIDENTIAL VILLA, ABUJA

It is with great pleasure and a rare privilege that I welcome you to this two-day Presidential Retreat organised for incoming members of the Federal Executive Council, Special Aides to the President and Permanent Secretaries, for you to be in sync with the policy direction of Government, and contribute to the attainment of the next level goals.

The objective of this retreat is to prepare the new Cabinet of President Muhammadu Buhari’s second tenure, having been chosen to drive and coordinate the affairs and activities of the various socio-economic and political spheres of our nation. This assembly will afford participants the opportunity to familiarize themselves with their roles and responsibilities as Cabinet Ministers, an understanding that will help to shape and streamline efforts towards achieving the delivery of dividends of democracy to the people of Nigeria.

Honourable Ministers designate and distinguished participants, it is expected that the outcome of this retreat will set a strategic agenda which would define our course of action for the next four years of the Administration, set achievable targets and identify basic strategic options that will assist the new Cabinet realise the goals for which the Administration was elected to achieve.

The Federal Executive Council, referred to in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 as the Executive Council of the Federation, is the principal instrument of policy decisions for the Federation, being the body charged with the responsibility for enunciating policies on matters to which the executive authority of the Federation extends.

Section 148 Subsection 1&2 (a-c) defines the responsibilities of the Federal Executive Council. It stipulates that the President shall hold regular meetings with the Vice President and all the Ministers of the Government of the Federation for the purposes of:

i. “determining the general direction of domestic and foreign policies of the Government of the Federation;

ii. coordinating the activities of the President, the Vice President and the Ministers of the Government of the Federation in the discharge of their executive responsibilities; and

iii.      advising the President generally in the discharge of his executive functions with respect to which he is required by the constitution to seek the advice or act on the recommendation of any other person or body”.

Distinguished participants, the above statements are the kernel of the roles and responsibilities of Ministers of the Federal Executive Council. The import of this, is that Ministers are collectively responsible for policy decisions in Council. Although an individual Minister may differ in opinion during deliberations on any proposal before Council, however, once a decision is taken, it becomes a binding Council decision, that no Minister can speak against either in public or private, no matter the argument he/she presented during discussion on the proposal.

This principle of collective responsibility also infers that a Minister has responsibilities wider than those relating to his/her assigned portfolio and will, in that capacity, receive documents from other Ministers/Ministries, which do not concern the subjects under his/her portfolio, requiring his/her consideration and contribution during the weekly Council meetings.

It is in this wise that this retreat was conceptualized in three thematic phases comprising, a Context Setting segment, which will be led by His Excellency, the Vice President and supported by our team of consultants, Messrs. Mckinsey & Co. and KPMG. The second thematic area involves articulating the priorities of Government and target setting, encompassing all sectors of our national life. This segment is principally designed to be more interactive, setting the values of team work as your appointments demand, which will be demonstrated by your involvement in syndicated breakout sessions focused on topics across defined Government priority areas. The first day will close with presentations at plenary of group outcomes arising from the syndicated discussions on priority areas.

Day two of the retreat is primarily focused on processes as Enablers of Government’s service delivery. An appreciable understanding of which will in no small measure facilitate the efficient and effective achievement of set targets. This segment will task the experience of both serving and former top Government functionaries in carefully selected paper presentations to guide members in their official conducts.

Essentially, this retreat has been packaged to set the tone for continuous and meaningful interaction amongst Cabinet members, Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Government Parastatals, Agencies and Commissions, which they supervise. We must ensure a consistent harmonious work relationship =to serve responsibly, transparent in our conducts and accountable to the people we serve, if this Administration must fulfill its promise of taking Nigeria to the Next Level.

Honourable Ministers designate, let me remind us that the task of governance requires patience, dedication and total commitment to the objectives we have committed to pursue, especially in realization of the yearnings for quick delivery of the dividends of democracy by the people.

The Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has in the last four years done a lot to revamp the economy, achieve a corruption free society and provide adequate security for the people. It has laid foundation and taken bold steps in transforming the country and liberating our people from the shackles of poverty.

The tasks ahead of us is to consolidate on the gains of the last four years of the Administration, identify the remaining areas that need to be addressed and remain committed to improving the lives of people by confronting the emerging challenges of climate change, resettling displaced communities, dealing decisively with the new flashes of insecurity across the country, and improving the economic  conditions of the citizenry.

As Honourable Ministers of the Federal Executive Council, we are expected to live above board. We must, therefore, eschew every conduct, private or public, that would tarnish the good image of the President-in-Council. We must also reconcile with ourselves that the next four years of our lives would be effectively and efficiently dedicated to the service of our fatherland.

Distinguished Ministers, we should not be discouraged by the enormous developmental challenges facing our country, rather we should see our appointments as a veritable and rare opportunity to contribute and positively impact on our society, bearing in mind that “your pride for your country should not come after your country becomes great but when your country becomes great because of your pride in it.”

I therefore urge all of us to prepare our minds and be ready to support Mr. President’s commitment to transforming Nigeria through the vehicle of efficient and effective public service delivery, to guarantee peace and economic prosperity, that will indeed transmute Nigeria to the promised Next Level.

I welcome you all to this Retreat.

Nigeria Immigration Launches E-Migrant Platform

 

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) has launched the E-Migrant platform for foreigners staying beyond 90 days in the country.

Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, spoke at the inauguration of the Migrant E-Registration and Data Processing Centres at NIS Headquarters in Abuja.

He said that the platform will assist the Federal government in tackling cases of insecurity, as well as provide relevant data for national development, and migrants can register to avoid having challenges with immigration laws after the 90-day amnesty period.

“Today’s event reflects Governments deliberate commitments to harnessing accurate data of its citizens and statistics of migrants, especially those who wish to stay beyond 90 days within the shores of Nigeria.”

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Meanwhile, the Comptroller General Of the NIS, Muhammad Baban Deidei, migrants can start with the process online free of charge.

“This data is very significant to national development, statistical analysis and also for national security.

“The e-registration can be started online first, migrants are free to start, when they complete registration, they have to come and be captured biometrically and their photographs.”

The Immigration boss warned all officers to desist from asking for fee to process the registration of migrants.

“This registration is free, I hereby warn all immigration officers not to charge any fee from migrants under any disguise.”

FG Committed To Halting The Menace Of Corruption – Boss Mustapha

 

The Federal Government has restated its commitment to stop the menace of corruption by strengthening institutions to block leakages.

This is according to Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, who spoke to a gathering in Abuja on the heels of the African Anti-corruption day anniversary.

“This government is committed to halting the menace of corruption and will continue to be and strengthen institutions to block leakages.

“Policies will be developed and enforced to achieve this noble goal, including creating an enabling environment for all Nigerians to strive on a level playing ground.

“We must be our nation’s keeper by saying no to corruption and reporting any act of corruption around us.”

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He called on foreign partners to enforce their anti-corruption laws to prevent acceptance of Nigeria’s stolen monies and repatriate all funds stashed in their country’s banks.

“In the same vein, I wish to call on other countries to diligently enforce their own anti-corruption laundering law to prevent acceptance of Nigeria’s stolen monies and asset into their economies.

“We expect that where the integrity of their system has been shown to have been compromised, they will work with Nigeria to quickly remedy the situation by intercepting the stolen asset and the criminals and expeditiously repatriating them to Nigeria.”

Senate President Lawan Hails Kyari, Boss Mustapha’s Re-appointment

Ahmed Lawan

 

 The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, hailed the re-appointment of Chief of Staff  Abba Kyari and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Lawan, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mohammed Isa said the re-appointment was a confirmation of the confidence and trust the President reposed in them.

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He said, “the re-appointments of Mallam Kyari and the SGF by the President is an appreciation of their commitments and contributions to the President’s successes in the last four years.

“As key figures of this administration, the roles played by the Chief of Staff and the SGF in achieving the successes recorded so far by President Buhari cannot be over-emphasised”.

The Senate President urged the Chief of Staff and the SGF to use their renewed mandate to redouble their commitment, and deploy their wealth of experiences to assist the President in achieving his next level agenda.

 

Buhari Re-Appoints Boss Mustapha, Abba Kyari

A photo combination of Abba Kyari and Boss Mustapha

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the re-appointment of Mr Boss Mustapha as Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), and Malam Abba Kyari as Chief of Staff (COS) to the President.

This was disclosed on Friday by the Senior Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

He added that both appointments take effect from May 29, 2019.

Mustapha and Kyari’s re-appointments is coming less than 24hrs after the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) initiated a suit seeking to stop President Buhari’s aides from retaining their offices without formal announcement reappointing them

CUPP on Thursday challenged the continued stay in office by some aides of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Spokesperson of the group, Imo Ugochinyere, said, “We, therefore, warn all the former Presidential aides of President Buhari, from the first term, to stay away from their former offices until and unless they are armed with fresh appointment letters or risk criminal prosecution, and trial for violation of the code of conduct bureau act.”.

President Buhari Give Ministers Deadline To Submit ‘Status Reports’

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has asked cabinet ministers to submit comprehensive status reports on policies, programs and projects by April 24, 2019.

A statement by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Wednesday, quoted a circular issued by Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), that the reports should be submitted to the Presidential Audit Committee in the office of the Vice President.

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The circular also requested that members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) to; “ensure that all outstanding memoranda they intend to present to the Federal Executive Council are submitted to the Cabinet Affairs Office, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, not later than Tuesday, 30th April, 2019.”

The circular also pointed out that the 9th and 10th meetings of the council have been rescheduled to Thursday, April 25 and Thursday, May 2, 2019, respectively” in view of the Easter break and May Day celebrations.

We Have Placed High Premium For The Provision Of Infrastructural Development – SGF

SGF Boss Mustapha speaks at the commissioning ceremony of operations vehicle at the headquarters of the Federal Road Safety Corps in Abuja on April 12, 2019.

 

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, says the Federal Government has placed the provision of infrastructural development in the country seriously.

Speaking at the commissioning ceremony of the operational vehicles at the headquarters of the Federal Road Safety Corps in Abuja, the SGF explained that the government is increasing its spending on road infrastructure to reduce crashes.

“We have also placed a high premium for the provision of fiscal stimulus for infrastructural development with particular attention to the national road transportation system.

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“Government, therefore, is informed by the acute recognition of the critical place of road transportation in Nigeria’s historical and national life.

“Consequently, the Federal Government designs to invest in all areas designed to promote effective and efficient transportation system,” he stated.

The SGF noted that in 2018 alone, the current administration “constructed and completed an additional 1,513 kilometres of road, several bridges and rehabilitated 1,008 kilometres of roads across the country.”

He believes that the purchase and commissioning of 74 operational vehicles for FRSC will enhance traffic control on the roads, reduce crashes and ease the movement of goods and services across the country.

FG Has Made Provision For N30,000 Minimum Wage, Says SGF

FG Has Made Provision For N30,000 Minimum Wage, Says SGF
A file photo of the SGF, Mr Boss Mustapha.

 

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, says the Federal Government will implement the New Minimum Wage of N30,000.

Addressing reporters on Thursday in Abuja, he stated that the government was committed to the implementation, despite the increase from N27,000 to N30,000 by the House of Representatives.

“Look at where we took it from; from N18,000 as a minimum wage,” Mr Mustapha said. “What is before the House of Representatives is N30,000, although our recommendation is N27,000.”

“Whatever comes out of it, I can tell you that this President has sufficient capital in terms of his integrity to own up whatever the Nigerian people decide,” he assured the people.

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The SGF further disclosed that the government has made adequate arrangement in the 2019 Appropriation Bill, to cater for the new wage.

He explained that the importance of this was to give workers across the country a reasonable wage, adding that President Muhammadu Buhari does not take the welfare of workers for granted.

Mr Mustapha said, “We have made adequate provision in the 2019 budget; we mean well for the good workers of Nigeria.

“For him (Buhari) to come as a President and decide that ‘look, we need to give the working class a wage’; that is reasonable.”

Adamawa Is Relatively Calm, SGF Says After Casting His Vote

Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha speaks after casting his vote new Government House polling unit 009 in Yola, the Adamawa State capital.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, says Adamawa State is relatively calm contrary to fears of Boko Haram attacks in the northeast.

He stated this on Saturday in Yola, the Adamawa state capital after successfully casting his vote.

The SGF who arrived his polling unit in the new government house at about 10:00 am proceeded for his accreditation before receiving his ballot papers.

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He said, “As far as the security situation is concerned, Adamawa, where I am now, is relatively calm. I have not picked up any information that gives me any concern.

“There have been issues on the social media and even on the electronic media. I just listened to the television of incidences in other parts of the country. The security agents have been well rehearsed and prepared for this kind of situation,” he stated.

Similarly, the state Governor, Mr Mohammed Jibrilla, said he wanted the polls to be peaceful and transparent.

“I want this election to be very peaceful. That is my own prayer. The important thing is for it to be free, fair and credible,” he stated.

Any Attempt To Sell Our National Assets Will Be Resisted – NLC

The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) says it would resist an attempt to sell any of the national assets to foreign collaborators.

NLC President, Comrade Ayuba Wahab stated this on Tuesday during the 12th Delegate Conference of the Congress in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

“NLC and the working-class movement have a well-documented position on privatisation.

We have resisted any form of privatisation and any of our assets to be privatised to individuals and their foreign collaborators will be resisted,” he stated.

The Labour leader also condemned reported the move to sell the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

NLC President, Ayuba Wahab

He believes the incessant industrial crisis experienced both in the health and education sectors is a deliberate strategy of some people in government to make the idea of privatization and sales of public assets in Nigeria appealing.

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Also speaking, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, stated that the Federal Government is determined to see to the welfare of Nigerian workers.

“Government is determined to attain the decent work agenda which involves the opportunity for works that are productive and deliver a fair income.

“May I also at this juncture assure the leadership of the Nigerian Labour Congress of government’s unalloyed support and cooperation towards the struggle for a better workers’ welfare which will invariably enhance the increased productivity and national growth.”