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Coalition of CSOs condemn anomaly of two clerks to National Assembly



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The National leadership of the Coalition of Civil Society Organizations for Justice and Equity (CCSO – JE) have strongly condemned what it described as an anormaly of havingtwo Clerks to the National Assembly performing the same duties.

The Chief Convener and National Secretary of the Coalition Comrade Olayemi Success and Comrade Dahiru Mustapha respectively made the condemnation while addressing newsmen at a world press conference organised by the group in Abuja.

While the National Assembly Service Commission had earlier directed the outgoing CNA, Arc. Ojo Olatunde Amos, to proceed on a three months terminal leave, the Senate President had prevailed on them to allow him to stay till his last day in office which is February 14, 2023.

The presence of the two CNAs has become a source of controversy in the National Assembly Service with staff not knowing who is directly the head of the bureaucracy.

Responding to a question, during the briefing, Comrade Olayemi Success described the recall of Ojo as an anomaly resulting from endemic recklessness on the part of the Leadership of the National Assembly.

He insisted that the Coalition would on Monday petition the Commission, Senate President Ahmad Lawan and House of Representatives Speaker, Femi Gbajabimila to right the wrong, failing which the group would mobilise to carry out a mass protest on the matter.

On the issue of two clerks heading the management of the National Assembly, Olayemi said: “These are some of the anomalies that the civil society groups cannot close their eyes and allow to happen. We cannot also pretend not to know the danger involved in such recklessness.

“However, we don’t come out to speak like this as individuals. Luckily, today, we will be having our management meeting and top of the agenda is to review what is happening in the National Assembly.

“We are aware that as it is now, there are two people we can refer to as Clerks\ to the National Assembly. This is very terrible and bad.

“That is the the type of recklessnes that people should not keep quiet about. It is unreasonable. The terminal leave is not optional. We should not tolerate such things.

“One of them ought to have proceeded on terminal leave. Statutorily he should be on three months leave before he would eventually leave the service on February 14.

“The National Assembly Service Commission that announced Sani Magaji Tambuwal as the acting CNA, I want to assume naturally that the outgoing CNA would have proceeded on his Pre-retirement Leave.

“In any case, in our meeting today, we hope to resolve to write a strong worded petition to all the authorities concerned to address the issue within a few hours.

“If they refuse to act within the the time limit, the civil society organisations would not keep quiet. We will not hesitate to carry out a protest to the National Assembly.

“That is after our petition which would be submitted on Monday, and the ultimatum we would give, would have lapsed.

“We are also calling on the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, being Chairman and Vice Chairman of the National Assembly respectively, to act, and act fast on the issue.”

Earlier, the CSOs also condemned the attack by some management staff of the National Assembly who were on the race for the CNA job before Sani Magaji Tambuwal was appointed on acting capacity by the NASC.

They called on both Lawan, Gbajabiamila and the Commission to fish out those derogating the National Assembly after failing to clinch the position of CNA for appropriate sanctions in line with Public Service Rules.

Olayemi who read the text of the Press Conference, said: “We all may recall that not too long ago, precisely on the 18th of November, 2022, the National Assembly Service Commission (NASC), excercised its power derivable from Section 6(b) of its Act, by announcing fresh appointments into the topmost cadre of the bureaucracy of the National Assembly.

“The major fallout of the above was the appointment of Sani Magaji Tambuwal, as the Acting Clerk to the National Assembly and the filling of other vacant top management positions.

“What prompted the press conference of today, is the ugly fact that few desperate and ambitious top management staff of the National Assembly, with the active support of a retired Clerk to the National Assembly, who had wished to be favoured by the recent decision taken by the Engr. Ahmed Kadi Amshi led National Assembly Service Commission (NASC), have gone to town with manufactured tales specifically tailored to rubbish the image, integrity and names of members of the National Assembly Service Commission (NASC).

“This sickening attack against the board members of the National Assembly Service Commission, is troubling and baffling, having reached a new height and rare sense of display, as it has also consumed substancial public attention, and painted the National Assembly in bad light, while this dangerous cabal continues to sink into their deliberate lies and blackmail.

“Must we allow our democracy and the National Assembly Service Commission, to continue to bear this unwarranted burden of slander, insults and threats just because they have done their statutory work?

“There is no two ways about this as we view this sad development with grave concern, which amounts to casting aspersions, significant reputational damage and challenge to the image of the 9th National Assembly and members of the National Assembly Service Commission. We strongly condemn this wicked resort to primordial sentiment which invariably damage the image and reputation of the National Assembly in the name of power struggle.

“Those tarnishing the image of the National Assembly through campaign of calumny laced with lies must be fished out and made to face just consequences.

“We as a group hereby call on the President of the Senate, Senator Ahmad Lawan and Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker, House of Representatives, to act fast; to put a stop to what is gradually becoming a ‘norm whenever the position of Clerk to the National Assembly is vacant’. We insist something drastic must be done, at the zenith of the bureaucracy of the National Assembly.

“In the light of the above, we hereby urge Senator Ahmad Lawan, as the Chairman of the National Assembly, and Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, to without delay direct the Chairman of the National Assembly Service Commission, to embark on adequate statutory disciplinary measures meted out against these disgruntled senior management staff of the National Assembly, who have done so much to pour dirt on the sparkling performance of Engr. Ahmed Kadi Amshi and his team and the the achievements of the 9th National Assembly. There should be no sacred cows.

“We believe candidly that there is no better time than now to safeguard the sanctity and image of the bureaucracy of the National Assembly and that of representative democracy in our country.”

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Why oil production has not commenced in Nasarawa despite huge deposits, expert




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From Daniel Abel, Lafia

Manager, Asset Integrity, NNPC-ATAMS Producing Dr. Musa Adamu has disclosed that production of oil in Nasarawa is being faced with some challenges hence the delay as they are still in the process of drilling to reach the reservoir.
Dr. Musa gave the hint in an interview with journalists in Obi, Obi local government on Tuesday.

Dr. Musa who doubled as Chairman, Obi Oil and Gas Exploration Committee explained that the current drilling activity is the Ebenyi 1 drilling site by ENSA, a branch of NNPCL in Obi.

The petroleum expert with thirty years of field experience disclosed that the estimated depth to reach the oil deposit has been narrowed the drilling is approaching a large reservoir of oil.

“When we get to the reservoir we will know the quantity and lifespan of the deposits.

He stated that there are some challenges which are not only peculiar to the Obi oil drilling as he expressed the hope that soon oil production will commence.

The Obi oil drilling which was commissioned by the formal president Buhari in March 24, 2023 is yet to commence production one year after as drilling is currently ongoing.

Musa a petroleum engineer with thirty years feild experience in so many state and currently serving as manager with the NNPC in Rivers State, assured that oil production will soon commence in ernest

Musa however noted that the reason for the delay in production is because of the physical challenges being faced in the drilling process.

Dr. Musa identified breakdown of drilling equipments and the long process of fixing of those equipments as being responsible for the delay in production, which according to him is normal.

“The equipments we are using are foreign made and because of the present stage of the drilling, breakdown of those drilling equipments is anticipated.

“Replacing those drilling equipments take time because they are imported, and you know the process of importing heavy equipments. That is the reason for the delay, but we are getting closer to the reservoir.

“We can’t tell you exactly when the drilling will be over because of the unforeseeable challenges. By God’s grace we will soon reach the target level where we will have the first oil.

He however explained that the result of previous exploration revealed that there are four major oil deposit sites in Asakio, Agwatashi, Keana and the present site where drilling is taking place in Obi.

He explained further the outcome of the exploration shows that the probability of huge deposit in those oil wells is above 70 per.cent.

“In some places in Keana the presence of oil deposit are overtly visible. You can even see spills in some places and when you fetch them it produces the odour of gas and fuel. That shows the huge oil deposit in such areas but drilling is yet to commence.

“The quantom of oil deposit from result of exploration amount to economic oil. It is not enough to discover oil and go into drilling. You must be sure the deposit amount to economic oil.

“The oil deposits in those wells is an equivalent of economic oil. The communities, State and the federal government stand to make huge profits when oil production kick start.

Dr. Musa highlight other challenges earlier faced from residents on compensations of lands where the well was discovered.

The challenges included multiple claims of land ownership by residents, but had been handled by the traditional ruler of Obi

“The traditional ruler, Alh. Aliyu Dangiwa Ogiri, the Osukwo of Obi constituted a special committee on Oil and Gas of which I am the chairman.

“The committee has help resolved so many hitches that would have spark out youth restiveness but we have intervened in and proffer solutions that he help to create a conducive working environment to the NNPCL in the community.

“The host community through the intervention of the committee are currently enjoying some benefits such as youth empowerment, scholarship.

“Over 70 per cent of the labour at the drilling site is done by youths from Obi. The NNPCL has given scholarship to some youths who showed interest in some professional career who will be employed when oil production starts proper.

Musa also hinted that the youths are happy with the current activities that has engaged them profitably and are even providing security apart from the conventional security in and around the drilling site.

As parts of their Corporate Social Responsibilities, street lights, access road and other Social amenities have been provided by the NNPCL who promised to do more as work at the site progresses.

Musa explained however that with the relationship between the host community and the NNPCL challenges being faced in some oil producing states which led to protracted youth restiveness would be greatly curtailed.

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Ex-IPAC legal adviser tells Tinubu not to delay the regulation of prices of food items




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***Naira Gains and Losses – Product of APC’s Ineptitude

Former National Legal Adviser  Inter Party Advisory Council of Nigeria (IPAC) Barr. Chukwudi Ezeobika has raised issues over skyrocketing prices of goods and services amidst speculations on a daily basis that the Nigerian Naira is gaining value against the American dollar

Ezeobika who was also a Candidate Anambra South Senatorial District (2018) gave the indication in statement on Sunday.

He said the presumption of gains in the Nigerian currency may be erroneous as they are without the consequent effects on goods and services as the average Nigerian is yet to feel the impact

“The reason for this indescribable phenomenon, just as we have in every sector of the Nigerian economy, is indeed not far-fetched. The wilful resolve by the Bola Ahmed Tinubu – led APC government to continually deceive Nigerians amidst the glaring economic recession and crisis. 

“It is erroneous to yield to the belief that the Nigerian currency can ever make any gains against the American dollar or its economy relevant in the global stage if the country is unable to produce the basic goods and services required by it, to build and develop its dilapidated and or non-existent infrastructure in critical sectors of the economy such as health, power, transport and agriculture. 

“All known indices of economic recession are currently prevalent in the Nigerian economy as can be seen in high and unprecedented costs of goods as well as services and the continued manipulation, by the current administration,  of the Nation’s currency, against the will of the Nigerian people.

“The Federal and State agencies saddled with the responsibility of regulating the prices of goods, most especially food items which are basic to an average Nigerian, have become either obsolete or 

non-existent, hence, the absurdities prevalent in the prices of food commodities such as rice, yam and beans, in most Nigerian markets.  

“The current administration has wilfully and consciously chosen to continue the path of its predecessors by propagating ill-conceived social and economic policies and engaging in projects that are purely unconnected and at variance with the well-being of its citizens.  

“The Nigerian Legislature ought to, as a matter of urgency, re-discover its essence in enacting relevant laws which have direct bearing on the lives of ordinary citizens, re-position itself in its oversight functions and periodically justify the huge budgets passed yearly to maintain the legislative arm of the Nigerian government. 

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Ganduje: Northern Patriots accuses Kano Gov of lack of Clear Agenda




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***Say, he is Progressing In Error

The Northern Patriots (NP) has take a swipe at Governor Abba Yusuf for lacking in any clear blueprint or agenda for the people of Kano State.

Comrade Dominic Alancha, the national president of the group, gave the indication during an interview on TVC’s Journalists Hangout on Sunday.

According to Alancha, the governor has instead resorted to a witch-hunt and political vendetta against his predecessor Alhaji Umar Ganduje all in the name of a probe.

Comrade Alancha indicated Governor Yusuf is progressing in error as his perceived case against Ganduje is dead on arrival as it is not within the jurisdiction of the state to probe him.

The Northern Patriots, however, advised the governor to focus on governance and if indeed he wants to recover state funds, he should look the way of Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso.

“It is unfortunate that Governor Abba Yusuf is progressing in error. Instead of focusing on advancing governance, he is out for a witch-hunt and political vendetta against his predecessor,” he said.

“I don’t think that he is aware that there is a judicial pronouncement on this matter. The state can’t prosecute Ganduje, it is the responsibility of the federal high court.

“For me, this case is dead on arrival. If he’s transparent enough, he should have gone back to 2011 or even beyond to probe his political godfather because there are a lot of accusations against Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso of corruption and misappropriation of state resources.

“For example, in 2011, there was a 5km contract purportedly allocated to each of the 44 LGAs. Unfortunately, to date, 1km of that road has not been constructed.

“If any probe is to be done, it should be based on transparency and accountability. But this whole case is diverting the attention of the people from seeking transparency and good governance from the governor.

“Abba has nothing to point out as his achievement in the last 11 months. Rather, he is busy setting up committees to probe his predecessor.

“I think it is proper for him to sit down and make his priorities known. He should set out a clear agenda for the people. ”

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