Recovered Loots: Sagay Proposes 5% Cut To Agencies Involved

Recovered Loots: Sagay Proposes 5% Cut To Agencies InvolvedThe Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Professor Itsa Sagay, has proposed five per cent cut from any money recovered by any government agencies from looters.

Speaking during an interview with Channels Television, Professor Sagay noted that such share would be a motivating factor for the agencies.

He said it would also help in funding their operations, provided it was strictly monitored to ensure it does not go to individual pockets.

“The situation where government is having very major fund scarcity could be an easier way of funding operations, provided it is strictly control. I personally favour some percentage, may be five per cent of any fund recovered by an agency being ploughed back in that agency.

“But we have to be very careful that it’s not misused, that it’s actually ploughed back into the operations of that agency rather than going to individual pockets. So in principle, I support it and we have to work towards that,” he stated.

Professor Sagay, who said the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has won a number of court cases in the last one year, expressed concern over some cases involving politically exposed persons.

He, however, hinted that the cases lost by the EFCC and other agencies have been appealed, while they have been working hard to ensure previous setbacks do not occur.

“In the last one year, the EFCC has won about 200 cases. So it is mainly these politically exposed persons’ cases that there have been some problems. Our response is that situations like these should be envisaged.

“All the lost cases have been appealed against, there is a rigorous review going on; both the presentation of the EFCC and the other agencies, and the actual judgement themselves to see where the problem lies, so that they are not repeated and where there was no problem, to ensure that the appeal succeeds.

“So we have to look at it generally from the point of long distance risk; there will be setbacks now and then, but the important thing is to learn from your setbacks and work hard to ensure that they are not repeated,” he explained.

Sacked doctors contravened rules of engagement – Attorney General

The Attorney General of  Lagos state and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeola Ipaye says it would be wrong for anyone or group of persons to accuse the state government of flouting court procedures in respect of the sacked doctors.

Addressing journalists today in Alausa, Mr Ipaye explained that as much as the Lagos state government was willing to resolve the matter in the interest of all, the doctors made that move impossible thereby contravening the rules of engagement in the process.

There’s been mixed reactions over the decision of the  Lagos state government that is, sacking the 788 striking doctors and the employing 373 new doctors to take the place of the striking doctors who were also issued a quit notice by the Lagos state government to vacate the quarters allotted them.

Renowned human rights lawyer; Femi Falana said on his part that the Lagos State Government decide to help themselves by their actions which has violated the provisions of the Trade Dispute Act.

Falana urged the Lagos state governor, Babtunde Raji Fashola to rescind the decision of the state government and recall the sacked doctors back to work then a suit can be instituted against the doctors on resumption.

On the other hand, Professor Sagay feels the move was a good one and commended the Lagos state government for it saying the action taken by the doctors was irrational looking at the matter from the angle of Lagosians needing medical help.

He asked Governor Babatunde Fashola to recall the sacked doctors and instruct the state Attorney General to institute a suit against the doctors if he so wished.

Falana also argued that the sack of the doctors was contrary to decisions of the Supreme Court in two cases – Lagos State Military Government v Ojukwu, and Attorney General of Lagos State v Attorney General of the Federation.

Meanwhile as the days go by, patients seeking medical help at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital suffer from neglect as the two weeks old scuffle between the Lagos State Government and the doctors continue.