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FG urges civil servants to assimilate long-standing ethics in work practices



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***lauds directors for carrying out government policies

In order to assist in evolving and promoting programmes and policies that will impact on the lives of the citizenry, the Federal Government has urged civil servants in the country to imbibe the age-old virtues of training, retraining and adoptive skills in consonance with modern work practices, ethics and processes.

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Finance, Mrs Lydia Shehu Jafiya gave the charge in her office in Abuja during a familiarization visit to the Directorates under her Ministry.
The Director Information and Public Relations, Mohammed Manga in a statement quoted her to have indicated that the visit was part of efforts to acquaint herself with the office environment, get first hand knowledge about the challenges confronting the staff which can likely hinder efficient service delivery to Nigerians with a view to addressing them

Mrs. Jafiya noted that Civil Servants are key to the development of any nation and must therefore enthrone the culture of innovation, both in imagination and routine work as well as develop appropriate tools for the anticipated change that goes with the emerging challenges.

The Permanent Secretary commended the Directors for their doggedness and commitment to the implementation of the policies, programmes and projects of the Federal Government and called on them to uphold the spirit of team work while also bringing their wealth of experience to bear in making sure the Minister of Finance and Co-ordinating Minister of the Economy, Mr Wale Edun delivers on his Mandate, in line with the Renewed Hope Agenda of the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu-led Administration.

Mrs Jafiya explained that the achievements of any public servant are evaluated by his or her efficiency, transparency, integrity, productivity and ability to impact the lives of people through the services put to drive government policies, projects and programmes.

She observed that for any civil servant ready to attain world class status, he or she must re-discover himself or herself and enthrone the culture of innovation both in imagination and routine work as well as develop appropriate tools for the anticipated change and emerging challenges.

Contemporary civil servant, according to her, must not only be a change agent but must also be able to institutionalize change in modern governance and societal development.
“Civil Servants must see themselves as seasoned technocrats for the promotion of growth, peace, stability, development, and democracy. “They must encompass and exhibit values that will inspire others, institutions and individuals to be creative, innovative, patriotic and productive.” She said.

The Permanent Secretary further observed the need for civil servants to move with global realities, especially in terms of technology, information, service delivery, and ideas.

Mrs Jafiya indicated
that the civil service was the hope of all Nigerians and, as such, needed staff who are selfless, dedicated, and committed to delivering on government initiatives.
She expressed the optimism that with the calibre of Directors and staff in the Ministry, it was set to deliver on its mandate in line with the present administration’s policy thrust.

“Let me state clearly that I am impressed with the commitment of staff, especially the Directors, to their duty in the Ministry. I embarked on a familiarization visit to the Directorates without prior notice and I am surprised to find out that almost all the Directors and their key staff are already seated and working in this early hours of the day except for a few who I understand are on official assignment outside the Ministry
“I want to implore you to remain resolute, committed and ensure team work in order to enable the Honourable Minister of Finance and Co-ordinating Minister of the Economy, Mr Wale Edun deliver on the Ministry’s Mandate*.

“On our part, we are determined to create an enabling environment for every category of staff to discharge his or her duties without any hindrance. I want to assure you that the challenges identified today will be looked into within the available resources, since no challenge is insurmountable”, Jafiya stated

Responding on behalf of the Directors and staff of the Ministry, the Director Human Resources, Mrs Olusola Dada, pledged the staff’s total commitment to ensuring the full implementation of the policies, programmes and projects of the Federal Government for improved socio-economic growth and development of the country.

She explained that what the Permanent Secretary saw early this morning during the familiarization tour of offices of Directors was an impact and replication of the Honourable Minister of Finance and Co-ordinating Minister of the Economy, Mr Wale Edun.
“Your humble self, as well as your colleague, the Permanent Secretary Special Duties, Federal Ministry of Finance Mr Okokon Ekanem Udo
“Your operational team work has indeed inspired us and as you can see, we are ready to follow suit with a view to ensuring that Nigerian Economy receives the desired boost for the benefit of all our people”

Mrs Dada thanked the Honourable Minister of Finance and Co-ordinating Minister of the Economy, Mr Wale Edun, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Finance, Mrs Lydia Shehu Jafiya and the Permanent Secretary, Special Duties, Federal Ministry of Finance Mr Okokon Ekanem Udo for having the staff in their hearts, especially in relation to their training needs and welfare, and also in ensuring the creation of an enabling environment for them to efficiently discharge their functions.

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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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Fubara vows to liberate Rivers people from oppression




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Gov. Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers has vowed to his to liberate Rivers people from bad governance and oppression.

Fubara spoke on Saturday at a thanksgiving rally organised by the SIMplified Movement at Ibaka, Okirika Local Government Area.

The SIMplified Movement, a pro-Fubara group, organised the event to mark the governor’s successful election and victory at the Supreme Court.

Fubara who spoke through Awajinombek Abiante, the member representing, Andoni/Opobo/Nkoro federal constituency in the House of Representatives, said that Rivers people had been oppressed for too long

”A reggae artiste named Lucky Dube, once sang about the imprisonment of the mind, that song mirrors our pathetic situation in Rivers state today.

”Few days ago, a report revealed that many schools in the state lacked teachers, and are dilapidated.
”This reported decay and shortage of teachers did not happen in the last 10 months of my administration, it is an accumulation of neglect.
”They decided not to build schools because they want to imprison the minds of our people, to make us blind in loyalty and unable to ask questions,” he
Fubara said that his government had already commenced efforts to revive the education sector by renovating schools and recruiting more teachers.
”It is for this sake that this government has come to guarantee liberty and break the chains that have held us bound,” he said.
The governor said that his administration had commenced the rehabilitatiin of Okirika Grammar School to provide a sound learning ground for the people of the area.
According to him, his administration would listen to the yearnings of Rivers people and take actions without making noise about it.
Also speaking at the event, Mr Anderson Allison, APC member representing Okirika/Ogu/Bolo federal constituency in the House of Representatives, said that membership of the SIMplified Movement spanned across political parties.
Allison said that prominent politicians and the elite class in Rivers were in support of Fubara due to his integrity and commitment to the service of the state.
”Fubara sees the welfare of Rivers people as a priority, he has also demonstrated dedication to good governance and service delivery.
”The governor has been in office for just 10 months and has already achieved a lot without resorting to abuses, this is how a leader should behave,” he said

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