FG Redeploys Federal Permanent Secretaries

Winifred Oyo-Ita, Yemi Osinbajo, Shehu Ahmed, Bukar Hassan, Permanent SecretariesNigeria’s Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has approved the redeployment of some Federal Permanent Secretaries.

The redeployment was disclosed in a statement signed by the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita.

According to the statement, the Permanent Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development, Dr. Shehu Ahmed, has been posted to Environment.

The Permanent Secretary of Environment, Dr. Bukar Hassan, was also redeployed to Agriculture and Rural Development.

The statement further directed that the processes for handing and taking over should be completed on or before Friday, March 10.

Police Need 20bn Naira To Clear 3,000 Late Officials’ Insurance Claims

Police, Nasarawa, Police Promise Proactivity Over Fears of Ombatse Militia’s ReturnThe Nigerian police say it needs over 20 billion Naira to cover the insurance claims of over 3,000 police officers who died in active service.

The force insurance officer, Mr Isyaiku Mohammed, gave the figure when he appeared before the ad-hoc Committee of the House of Representatives investigating alleged illegalities between government officials and insurance companies charged with insuring fixed assets of the Federal Government.

Members of the committee also heard from the Head of Service and officials of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) who were at the investigative hearing.

The hearing was in continuation of an investigative hearing authorised by the House of Representative.

The first agency to appear before the committee was the NNPC, but their response did not please the committee.

After the NNPC delegations briefed the House, it was the turn of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita.

After she explained the procedure followed by her office, she was asked by the lawmakers to submit more documents to the committee.

When it was time for officials of the Nigeria Police Force to brief the committee, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Isyaiku Mohammed, who is the force’s insurance officer, gave the committee figures that painted a picture lawmakers found disturbing.

Honourable Emmanuel Oghene, raised concerns over the figures listed as outstanding needed to clear the insurance claims of late police officials.

The committee, which will continue with its sitting next week, also received documents form the Federal Inland Revenue Service.

Buhari Dissolves Board Of NNPC

NNPC logo2Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has dissolved the board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) with immediate effect.

The dissolution of was contained in a letter to the board on Friday signed by the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mr Danladi Kifasi.

In the letter the President thanked members of the dissolved board of the NNPC for their services to the nation.

During his campaigns, President Buhari had reiterated his commitment to sanitising the NNPC and blocking fund leakages in the corporation.

The NNPC had come under scrutiny in late 2013 after the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria alleged that the corporation had not remitted $20 billion made from the sale of crude oil to the Federation Account between 2012 and 2013.

President Buhari, had in April stated that his administration would revisit the alleged missing $20 billion.

He made the statement while receiving delegates from Adamawa State.

The President said: “$20 billion dollars is too huge a sum to ignore and must be investigated”.

Protesting pensioners demand dismissal of the Pension Task Force

Civil service pensioners under the Joint Committee of Association of Federal Pensioners have demanded the dissolution of the Pension Task Force team set up in 2010 to handle pensions in the country.

Staging a peaceful protest at the premises of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, they said the task force team has created more problems for pensioners than it has solved in three years.

They said a permanent solution to the pension’s discrepancies in the country is to set up a Civilian Pension’s Board as provided in the Pension Reform Act of 2004 and recently recommended by the Senate joint Committee on Administration of Pension Funds in Nigeria.

The elderly and retired-protesters started the day with a news conference where they gathered to lament the non-payment of their entitlements over different periods of time.

Led by their chairman, Mr. James Bassey, their major demands are; payment of their pension and gratuity arrears, benefits owed deceased pensioners for over six years as well as the 53.4 per cent derivative approved by the presidency in 2010.

They also asked for the immediate dissolution of the Pension Task Force team headed by Mr. Abdulrasheed Maina and the establishment of a new pension board so that the Head of Service ceases to handle civil service pensions.

To drive home their demands, they proceeded to stage a protest at the Head of Services’ office which is also the premises of the Pension Task Force team.

Defying the rains, they chanted and raised placards to demand the sack of head of the team and the release of funds for their pensions.

Efforts by Channels Television to reach the Head of Service and the head of the Pension Task Force team proved abortive as the protest caused mild traffic jam at the Federal Secretariat Abuja.