Nigeria Law Reform Commission Faces N756m Probe
The Nigeria Law Reform Commission is currently under probe over N756m spent from the Service Wide Vote
Senate Committee on Public Accounts which is investigating the commission had rejected documents submitted by it for the N756 million collected from Service Wide Vote, SWV spent on Revision of Law of the Federation.
At a session in Abuja, the chairman of the commission, Prof Jummai Audi could not justify the expenditures with conspicuous discrepancies trailing the documents submitted to the committee for vetting.
Audi was scheduled to appear before members of the committee to defend the money received from Service Wide Votes from 2017- 2021 which had been subject of investigation by the Senate.
But when she appeared before the lawmakers, she was unable to justify the expenditures as discrepancies trail the documents submitted to the committee for vetting.
The Senate panel observed that a single person must have signed out N3million while another individual signed for 10 to 15 people.
Chairman of the Committee, Senator Mathew Urhoghide (PDP Edo South), complained that NLRC failed to itemize how the N756 million was spent by the commission for the production of revision of the nation’s law.
“You did not itemize how you spent N756 million, the papers are not properly put together.
“We have found out that the papers are not properly put together, if we tell you to go back to do it again, you will not be able to do it.
“The disbursements for money were disconnected for over a period of time, list out all the expenditures’ he queried
The Committee continuing asked the commission to, “Make available, all things used money for and attach receipt to them, put your people together, we just want to be sure that the money was used, put your account and finance department together.”
When the Committee asked the Chairperson on when the Revision of Law of the Federation will be ready, she said, “It is not within me to determine it, we have submitted it to the printer to print it.”
FG Approves N24.2bn For Free Internet At Airports, Schools, Markets
THE Federal Government has approved free internet services worth N24.2 billion naira at 20 selected airports, 43 universities and six markets across the country.
The Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Isa Pantami, disclosed this after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday
Pantami said that the airports were selected from the six geo-political zones.
“Certain intervention projects are going to be implemented by the Federal Government of Nigeria through the Nigerian Communications Commission of providing Internet in 20 selected airports in Nigeria and higher institutions of learning and also some markets to support micro small and medium enterprises.
“In each geopolitical zone, you have around three airports. In the South-West, we have Lagos and Ondo. For the South-East, we have Anambra and Enugu.
“For the South-South, we have Port Harcourt and Akwa Ibom. For the North-Central we have Abuja and Ilorin. In the North-West, we have Kano, Sokoto and Kebbi. For the North-East we have Yola, Maiduguri and Gombe.”
The minister said the markets and 43 institutions which include universities and polytechnics were also drawn from the six geopolitical zones, adding that it will ease e-learning in schools and also enhance the transition to a cashless economy.
Buhari Approves Appointment Of 6 New Perm Secs
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday approved the appointment of six new permanent secretaries in the Federal Civil Service
The appointments followed after a recent conducted selection process.
The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HOCSF),Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, made this known in a statement by Mohammed Ahmed, Director of Communications of the Office of the HOCSF,
The appointees and their states of origin are Esuabana Asanye (Cross River), Mahmud Kambari (Borno), Richard Pheelangwah (Taraba), Lamuwa Ibrahim (Gombe), Yakubu Kofar-Mata (Kano) and Oloruntola Michael (Ogun).
DSS Confirms Plot To Install Interim Govt
The Department of State Security Service has said that the plot to Instal interim government was real
DSS noted that the plot was “by some key players” to install an interim government and stop Bola Ahmed Tinubu from being inaugurated as president.
A statement on Wednesday, by Peter Afunanya, the public relations officer of the secret police, said: “The Department of State Services (DSS) has identified some key players in the plot for an Interim Government in Nigeria.
“The Service considers the plot, being pursued by these entrenched interests, as not only an aberration but a mischievous way to set aside the constitution and undermine civil rule as well as plunge the country into an avoidable crisis.
“The illegality is totally unacceptable in a democracy and to the peace loving Nigerians. This is even more so that the machination is taking place after the peaceful conduct of the elections in most parts of the country.”
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