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President Muhammadu Buhari commends ICPC on tracking constituency, executive projects

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President Muhammadu Buhari has commended the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC for its Constituency and Executive Project Tracking initiative, CEPTi.

According to a statement signed by the commission’s spokesperson, Mrs Azuka Ogugua, the President, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha made the commendation in Abuja on Thursday during a high-level stakeholders conference.

The conference themed, “Fighting Corruption in Nigeria: The Past, the Present and the Future,” was convened by the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, PACAC.

Speaking during the event, President Buhari noted that constituency projects used to be “conduit pipe” for self-aggrandizement but with the intervention of ICPC, a lot is being done to ensure that both the government and constituents have value for money appropriated.

“Today, there is a rebirth of the National Assembly as the issue of budget padding has been addressed, resulting in the initiation and completion of constituency and Federal Government projects nationwide. I must commend the ICPC for tracking constituency projects because in the past, was a major conduit pipe,” the Nigerian leader stated.

President Muhammadu Buhari

The President also spoke on how his effort at checkmating corruption led to the recovery of huge resources, which were directed towards critical and physical infrastructure such as roads, rail lines, bridges, airports and seaports in order to boost the economy.

He, therefore, tasked anti-corruption agencies to concentrate more on asset recovery in order to deny looters the proceeds of their crime.

Making a presentation during the conference, the ICPC Chairman, Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, who was represented by the Director of System Study and Review Department, SSRD, Mr Abbia Udofia, gave a summarized breakdown of the commission’s success story under the current administration in line with its statutory mandate of enforcement, system study and review as well as education and public enlightenment.

Speaking on the positives of the CEPTi, the chairman highlighted how the exercise had forced contractors who hitherto had abandoned projects or executed projects shoddily to mobilize back to sites to either complete such projects or ensure their excellent execution.

The ICPC boss also spoke against the backdrop of constant abuse of personnel costs of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). He, therefore, pointed out that through its system study and review intervention, the commission retained huge sums of money running into billions of naira which would have been diverted.

He further underscored how other initiatives such as Corruption Risk Assessment, National Ethics and Integrity Policy, National Summit on Diminishing Corruption in the Public Sector and the Public Service Integrity Awards among other interventions are yielding positive results in the fight against corruption.

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Nigeria’s constitution not working, paperwork for military – Bode George

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A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Bode George, on Monday said Nigeria’s constitution is not working. George said Nigeria’s constitution is paperwork for the country’s military. Featuring on Arise Television’s Morning Show, the PDP chieftain said the current constitution gives room to politicians to share largesse in Abuja.George reiterated the call for restructuring Nigeria, stressing that it’s an antidote to secession agitation in Nigeria.

According to George: “The constitution we are running is not working, it’s more like paperwork for a military organization; why should everybody head to Abuja monthly to collect their largess; it’s not working, what does the president do with my local government or that in Sokoto? Nothing.

“Politics is local and we want to see that the restructuring everybody is talking about is the path we should take instead of taking arms and shooting people which is a modern-day Robin Hood.

Source: Naijanews

In other news – I dislike men who wear skirts – Davido

Nigerian Afrobeats star David Adeleke, aka Davido, has revealed the fashion trend that he dislikes. The DMW boss stated that he dislikes men who wear skirts.

 

Davido

He said he would never wear a skirt but may reconsider if he is offered half a million dollars.Davido disclosed this in a recent interview with American fashion content creator, Mysterious Fashioniest. Read more

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EFCC vows to probe bank chiefs over COVID funds, World Bank loans

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFFC, said it has redoubled its investigation into the culpability of bank Chief Executive Officers, CEOs, in the mismanagement of COVID-19 funds and World Bank loans. This is contained in a statement by its spokesman, Dele Oyewale, on Sunday in Abuja.

The statement said that also under probe is the alleged mismanagement of recovered Abacha loot given to the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development for disbursement to beneficiaries of the Federal Government support-for-the-poor programme. The EFCC also announced that it had recovered N32.7 billion and $445,000 so far from top officials of the ministry under its searchlight, adding that the abuse of naira has become a priority investigation of the agency.

Shedding light on the probe of malfeasance in the Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development ministry, the agency said: “At the outset of investigations, past and suspended officials of the Humanitarian Ministry were invited by the commission and investigations into the alleged fraud involving them have yielded the recovery of N32.7billion and $445,000 so far.

“Discreet investigations by the EFCC have opened other fraudulent dealings involving Covid -19 funds, the World Bank loan, Abacha recovered loot released to the Ministry by the Federal Government to execute its poverty alleviation mandate.

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In other news – Singer Paul Okoye hints at remarrying

Popular singer and half of P-Square, Paul Okoye, aka Rudeboy, has hinted at remarrying. The ‘Reason With Me’ crooner dropped the hint while scolding fans for wishing his divorce from his ex-wife to be toxic.

Paul Okoye

He stated that he would not succumb to their wishes, urging them to accept the reality that he is with his new partner, Ivy Ifeoma.He went on to unveil hashtag options for himself and his partner, Ifeoma. Read more

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I dislike men who wear skirts – Davido

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Davido

Nigerian Afrobeats star David Adeleke, aka Davido, has revealed the fashion trend that he dislikes. The DMW boss stated that he dislikes men who wear skirts.

He said he would never wear a skirt but may reconsider if he is offered half a million dollars.Davido disclosed this in a recent interview with American fashion content creator, Mysterious Fashioniest.

Davido

The interview asked, “What’s one fashion trend you dislike? He said, “Skirt; men that wears skirts. I will never wear the skirt. Except if I am offered half a million or a million dollars [laughs

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In other news – Junior Pope not buried by river bank – Police

The Anambra State Police Command says the remains of Nollywood star, John Paul Odonwodo, popularly called Junior Pope, were not among those buried by the bank of the Anam River. The Command’s spokesman, SP Ikenga Tochukwu, made the clarification on Sunday, stating that only three of the deceased families agreed that the victims be buried by the riverside.

John Paul Odonwodo

 

He noted that after the burial of the three, one of the families came back to exhume the remains of their daughter for a befitting burial in her country home.Ikenga added that the corpse of Junior Pope was deposited at a morgue. Read more

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