Buhari Swears In Three New Permanent Secretaries

President Muhammadu Buhari administers the oath of allegiance to three new Permanent Secretaries of the Federal Civil Service in Abuja on August 3, 2022. Credit: State House


President Muhammadu Buhari has administered the oath of allegiance and the oath of office to three new permanent secretaries of the Federal Civil Service.

The President performed the ceremony on Wednesday at the Council Chambers, just before the commencement of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.

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The new permanent secretaries are Lydia Shehu Jafiya from Adamawa State; Udom Okokon Ekenam from Akwa Ibom State; and Farouk Yusuf Yabo from Sokoto state.

In attendance at the meeting are the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha; Head of the Federal Civil Service, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan; and the National Security Council (NSA), Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (Rtd).

Also in attendance are the Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed; Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; Information and Culture Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; and that of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mohammed Musa Bello.

Others are the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo; Communication and Digital Economy, Professor Ali Pantami; Power, Abubakar Aliyu; Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige; and that of Human Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq.

Reps Set Up Committee To Investigate, Monitor Recruitment Of Nigerians By MDAs

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The House of Representatives has resolved to set up a committee which will investigate and monitor the recruitment of Nigerians by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the Federal Government. 

The resolution was reached to day on the floor the House of Representatives.

According to an order of the plenary on Wednesday, the House stated that its move comes on the heels of reports suggesting that the Federal Character principle is not always followed in filling openings within the MDAs.

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The House noted that the Civil Service, Public Service and Public Sector is the single biggest employer of labour in Nigeria and accounts for the funding of the most homes in the nation directly and indirectly. Adding that if the Federal Character principle is not adhered strictly to and the recruitment within the MDAs are not investigated and monitored, then poor output may be experienced in the civil and public service, arising from unqualified and poorly motivated workforce.

To this end, the House resolved to put together an adhoc committee which will investigate and monitor the Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government. This the House did, minding that bearing in mind that standing committees have not been constituted.



FG Weeds Out Over 15,000 Ghost Pensioners

FG Weeds Out Over 15,000 Ghost PensionersThe Federal Government has uncovered over 15,000 ghost pensioners from its payroll, hence saving over 300 million Naira on a monthly basis.

The Executive Secretary of the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate, Mrs Sharon Ikeazor, disclosed this on Tuesday while addressing reporters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

Mrs Ikeazor noted that the directorate is conducting a verification exercise for pensioners across the country.

She expressed optimism that more will be weeded out when the exercise is concluded in the South-west region in July 2017.

The Executive Secretary further revealed that the agency is working with the Ministry of Finance to recover over 19 billion Naira legacy funds in the custody of insurance companies from Ministries, Department and Agencies, as well as universities and colleges of education.

Bayelsa Governor Asks Ministries To Generate Payroll With Attendance Register

payroll of workers in BayelsaThe Bayelsa State government is taking a firm stand on its decision to implement a ‘No Work No Pay’ policy, insisting that only workers who sign attendance register will be paid. 

Making good the state government’s decision, the Governor, Mr Seriake Dickson, has directed all Permanent Secretaries in the state to henceforth, generate the payroll of their respective Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), from workers’ duty attendance registers.

The Governor gave the directive in a closed-door meeting with permanent secretaries in Government House, Yenagoa.

To Check Payroll Fraud

At a press conference after the meeting, the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Honourable Jonathan Obuebite, described the directive as well-intentioned and targeted at achieving total compliance with the new policy to check absenteeism and payroll fraud in the State Public Service.

According to Honourable Obuebite, the meeting emphasised the need for heads of MDAS to instil discipline in their various offices to promote productivity and efficiency.

He expressed optimism on the success of the current monitoring system, pointing out that, preliminary reports indicate that workers have started complying.

The Information Commissioner urged itinerant workers and those on secondment to only sign the attendance register at the outpost where they are assigned to avoid a situation where such workers would be shuttling between their parent MDAs and places of posting.

“On the contentious issue of those who are working in ministries that have outposts, for instance, in the Information Ministry where we have information officers that are posted to different MDAS, they are going to sign their own attendance there and not in the Ministry of Information.

“But it was made clear that every worker will sign the attendance register that is provided for the particular ministry, department or agency they are working. At the end of the period, they are going to do harmonisation of registers.

“The Governor also told them that going forward, payrolls would be generated by them (permanent secretaries), as they are already doing but this time through registers which they have now so that from the attendance, they are going to generate the payroll for payment of civil servants in the state,” he told reporters.

Osun Assembly Approves Sanction For Education Ministry’s Head For Overspending

Osun-State-House-of-Assembly2The Osun House of Assembly has ordered that a query be issued to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Mr Festus Olajide for spending more than 700 million Naira in 2016 budget without the approval of the Assembly.

Mr Kamil Oyedele, the House Committee Chairman on Finance and Appropriation, gave the directive when Mr Olajide appeared before the committee to defend the ministry’s 2017 budget in Osogbo on Wednesday.

Pointing out the the offence committed by the Permanent Secretary, Mr Oyedele said 2.9 billion Naira was approved, but as at August 2016, 3.6 billion Naira had been spent by the ministry.

Describing the act as criminal, Oyedele said, the government official must be queried and subsequently punished.

He said the Assembly would not hesitate to punish any government official who deliberately or ignorantly violate the law passed and assented to by the governor.

Oyedele said the Permanent Secretary should be queried to explain why he should not be handed over to the anti-graft agencies for investigation and prosecution.

He then directed all Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) of government to obtain the State Procurement Law and the Appropriation Law to be guided in spending public fund.

According to him, the era of ‘I don’t know syndrome’ was over, insisting that appropriate step would be taken against any erring officers by the Assembly.

Also, the House Committee Chairman on Education, Mr Folorunsho Bamisayemi and other members frown at the non-creative attitude of officials of the ministry, saying, such would not be tolerated.

FEC Approves Abuja Airport Closure For Repairs

FEC Approves Abuja Airport Closure For RepairsThe Nnamdi Azikiwe International airport Abuja will be officially closed for six weeks to enable repair works on the runway which is said to be dysfunctional.

Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika, disclosed this to State House correspondents after the council meeting.

He said that the federal government will also be spending over one billion Naira to complete the Kaduna airport terminal building, a project that had been abandoned for some time.

Also the Federal Executive Council approved over 4 billion Naira for the purchase of firefighting equipment to enable firemen in the country to perform their functions well.

Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazzau disclosed this to state house  correspondents after the council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

President Buhari Presides Over First FEC Meeting In 2017

FEC MeetingPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday presided over the Federal Executive Council meeting, the first in the year 2017.

The FEC meeting which convened at exactly 10AM at the council chambers had in attendance almost all the cabinet members and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

Channels TV correspondent reports that different files were being shared from some of the Ministries, Departments and Agencies; an indication that there were memos tabled for discussion.

At the end of the meeting, Aviation Minister, Hadi Sirika, disclosed to State House correspondents that the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport Abuja would be officially closed for six weeks as the FEC had approved repair works on its dysfunctional runway.

Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Danbazzau, also disclosed that the Council approved over 4 billion Naira for the purchase of firefighting equipment to enable firemen in the country perform their functions well.

Saraki Pushes For Use Of Aso-Oke By School Pupils To Grow Naira

Senate President, CCT, SarakiThe Nigerian Senate President is pushing for the use of Aso-Oke, a popular fabric in western Nigeria, as material for school pupil’s caps and cardigans.

Dr. Bukola Saraki, made the proposal in a tweet on his Twitter page on Sunday.

He says, “with this, we would have generated hundreds of thousands of jobs and generate enough revenue for our state and the country and large”.bukola-saraki-on-aso-oke

Dr. Saraki is pushing for the use of the popular material at a time that the Senate is promoting patronage for made in Nigeria goods.

The statement is coming few days after the Senate warned government Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) to adhere to the provisions of the Procurement Act that mandated them to give priority to made in Nigeria goods.

The Senate says it will come down hard on any MDAs which violates the law.

Senate President Bukola Saraki gave the warning on Friday at a meeting with members of Leather and Allied Products Manufacturers Association of Abia State.

He further urged Nigerians to support the ‘Buy Naija’ drive to grow the Naira.

The nation’s economy officially slipped into recession, as indicated by a second quarter report of the National Bureau of Statistics, with the nation’s Gross Domestic Product contracting by 2.06%.

The Naira has continued on a weak glide against the dollar, since the nation rely mostly on imported goods.

Commissioner, MD Suspended Indefinitely For Lateness In Cross River

Cross River, Ben AyadeCross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, on Tuesday suspended two top government officials indefinitely for reporting late to work.

Those suspended are the state’s Commissioner for Water Resources, Ntufam Ojie and the Managing Director of Water Board Limited, Dr. Oju Igile.

The Governor announced their suspension during an unscheduled tour of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to ensure that civil and public servants comply strictly with basic work ethics in Cross River, a state in southern Nigeria.

He told reporters at the premises of the ministry in Calabar, the capital of the state, that it was an act of indiscipline for appointees not to be at their duty post before 9.00am.

Governor Ayade stressed that the suspension would serve as a deterrent to other government employees.

In another development, he also supervised a roll call of staff who signed the time book as of the time of his visit, to check truancy in the MDAs

The Governor subsequently directed that all erring staff be disciplined in line with the civil service rules.

Payroll Has Gone Down By 6.6bn Naira – Adeosun

Minister-of-Finance-Mrs-Kemi-Adeosun-PayrollThe Federal Government says it has saved 6.6 billion Naira on its payroll since November 2015.

The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, made the claim on Monday while giving a brief on the activities of the Efficiency Unit (E-UNIT) approved by President Muhammadu Buhari last November.

“On salaries, we’ve cleaned our payroll. As at last week, we had reduced our payroll amount by 6.6 billion Naira between when I started work in November and today.”

Cutting Cost

Speaking on Sunrise Daily, Mrs Adeosun told Nigerians to expect more civil servant protests, saying that the workers were reacting to government’s unpopular decisions.

She restated the government’s commitment to cutting cost of running the affairs of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

“By the nature of the job at the moment, I am cutting cost, I am taking people off the payroll (and) I am reviewing projects.”

The Finance Minister added that the implementation of the policy was across board (at both lower and higher cadre of the public sector), saying it would be unfair if it affects the junior workers only.

FG To Pay MDAs’ 78.7bn Naira Electricity Debts

Babatunde Fashola, FG, ElectricityThe Federal Government has promised to pay the 78.7 billion Naira electricity debts owed distribution companies by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government before the end of the year.

In what appeared to be leading by example to ensure transformation of the power sector, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, announced that the military was already making plans to pay its debts.

He made the promise on Thursday in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital at a town hall forum organised by the Kukah Centre, to create dialogue between policy makers and Nigerians for greater citizens’ participation in governance.

National Housing Policy
The Minister also spoke on mass housing across the country, which he said would only be possible through the standardisation of mass housing projects.

He disclosed that government was developing a ‘National Housing Policy’ that would address all issues across states.

In his remarks, the Patron of the centre, Bishop Matthew Kukah, stressed the need for such dialogues, considering the magnitude of issues that needed to be resolved in many sectors of the economy.

Other components of the forum, which is expected to hold monthly, include policy round table and discussions from both sides of the government aimed at fixing Nigeria in the long term.

FEC Directs MDAs To Fast Track Capital Budgets

FECThe Federal Executive Council (FEC) has directed all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to fast track the processes for their capital budgets so that the economy can be quickly reflected.

Minister of Budget and National Planning, Mr Udo Udoma, said this while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by Vice President Yomi Osinbajo.

Senator Udo Udoma while answering a question on the N350 billion, which the federal government promised to inject into the economy at the inception of this administration, said the money is available but there is a process that needs to be followed by the MDAs before the release of the fund.

According to the minister existing projects will receive more attention since they have undergone the procurement process.