EFCC Recovers 196m Naira From Public Officers In Maiduguri

EFCC, NigeriaThe Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) says its Maiduguri Zonal office has recovered 196,670,000 naira for the Federal Government.

This is contained in a statement signed by the EFCC Head of Operations in Borno state, Ibrahim Bappa, on Thursday.

According to the statement, 2.8 million naira was also recovered for individual victims as a result of petitions received and acted upon by the zone.

In the statement, the EFCC urged the public to report public officials suspected to have used their position to enrich themselves or individuals living above their means by writing petitions to the office.

The Maiduguri Zonal office, which suspended operations in the heat of insurgency in the northeast, resumed operations in November 2015.

All the recoveries were made upon the resumption.

ICAN Demands Financial Accountability From Public Officials

ICAN, Financial Accountability, Public OfficialsThe Institute for Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) has called on Nigerians to ask questions and make public office holders account for their stewardship.

The President of ICAN, Mr Titus Soetan, made the call at the 46th annual accountants’ conference in Abuja where chartered accountants from across Nigeria and top government officials all gathered.

According to him, the lack of accountability in public and private offices has contributed greatly to Nigeria’s underdevelopment.

The theme for the conference is “Accountability Now Nigeria” and the President of the International Federation of Accountants, Ms Olivia Kirtley, explained the relevance of the theme for Nigeria.

The conference is expected to come up with a communique which organisers hope will help enhance accountability in public and private offices, going forward

On his part, the Vice President, professor Yemi Osinbanjo, explained the importance of accountability to national development, while the Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, also explained the benefits of some recent economic reforms of the government.

Police Consider Community Policing To Tackle Insecurity

Police on Community PolicingThe Nigeria Police Force is pushing a strategic initiative that will leverage on community policing practices to address internal security challenges.

To pursue the initiative and ensure it was successful, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Solomon Arase, has directed all State Commands’ Commissioners of Police (CPs) and the Federal Capital Territory to, as a matter of urgency, convene town hall meeting in their respective state commands.

The instruction came on Monday in a statement signed by the spokesman for the police, Mr Olabisi Kolawole, at the Police Headquarters in Abuja.

Mr Arase reiterated that the move was to address specifically the misinformation, anxiety and animosity being generated in relation to the current security challenges associated with local communities and herdsmen.

He directed that the proposed meetings should be held at state and area commands, as well as at divisional levels, to enhance the process of re-assurance policing and the need for peaceful coexistence and sensitivity of each community’s value, space and interest.

The forum, which would be utilised as a veritable platform for dialogue between all parties within the community, would have participants drawn from all strategic security stakeholders.

The stakeholders, according to the Police boss, include traditional rulers, community leaders, public officials, religious actors, youths bodies, local vigilante groups, women/market associations, Police Community Relations Committee, other sister security agencies, professional bodies, media, state and non-state actors, among others.

The IGP also ordered all Assistant Inspectors-General of Police in charge of Zonal Commands (AIGs) to personally oversee the process and ensure urgent compliance, as it affects commands under their area of responsibility.

He urged the citizen to put their differences aside and courageously continue to support the Police in the face of current security challenges confronting Nigeria.

IGP Arase reassured the public of the Nigeria Police Force’s commitment to the safety and security of all Nigerians anywhere in any part of the country.

ASUU Strike: Education Minister Has Not Helped Matters

A public affairs analyst, Chima Nnaji, has said that the Minister of Education, Ruqayat Rufai is not helping the on-going industrial strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and accused of treating the situation in an off-handed manner.

“The Minister of Education has not being helping matters” by “talking glibly.” This, he said, is a very cheap way of looking at a very serious problem.

He said “she ought to sit with her team to take a very incisive analysis of the issues moving forward”.

Speaking on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, Mr Nnaji said “she ought to sit with her team to take a very incisive analysis of the issues moving forward”.

The strike action embarked upon by the union is currently in 6th week, however, students may have to wait some more before an agreement is reached between the body and the Federal Government.

Mr Nnaji said “it appears it’s still a long wait” but added that the strike may be called off “anything from next week Tuesday, if it is possible.”

He accused President Goodluck Jonathan and government officials of paying little or no attention to the problems of the education sector and focusing attention on 2015. It is very unfortunate thing because “education is the most primary thing government should provide.”

“The ministers, governors, president, all the people in government are geared towards 2015.”

First, government must accept responsibility because “an agreement is an agreement” and must be respected.

The ASUU strike is happening at a time where there is proliferation of federal universities but “if you do not prepare the child of today for tomorrow, there is no future for this country.”

He addressed the issue of unqualified lecturers and called them to examine themselves. “How many of them are good enough to teach. What is the content of their teaching?”