The Federal Government has ordered the immediate application of traffic regulations throughout the country to reduce accidents and guarantee safety on the roads.
Mr. Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), gave the directive in Abuja at the commemoration of the World Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Road Traffic Accidents 2022.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that the theme of the 2022 remembrance day is “Justice, act slow and act for slow speed streets”.
Mustapha said that the enforcement of existing road safety laws must be vigorously pursued and violators severely punished.
He said the country had many road safety laws that should be enforced to increase the level of compliance.
The SGF added that public awareness and road safety campaigns need to be strong and sustained throughout the year and not limited to just the festive seasons.
According to him, awareness and compliance with road safety regulations are important to reduce the frequency of traffic accidents.
“The relevant authorities who have this responsibility must find ways to ensure that the mix of awareness and enforcement is prioritized at all times.
“In this regard, FRSC must ensure that only trained and certified drivers are allowed to drive in Nigeria,” he added.
Mustapha expressed concern that the majority of citizens “view the driver's license as an identification tool and not for its intended purpose.
“The consequence is that incompetent and unfit people can be certified to drive and this could spell disaster.
“Above all, public information programs aimed at educating road users on safe road use must be vigorously pursued.”
The SGF, who was represented by Corps Marshal Dauda Biu, said Nigeria would continue to develop road safety management capacity and improve road infrastructure.
According to him, injuries, disabilities and deaths resulting from traffic accidents continue to be a public health problem.
“As Nigeria's economy grows, traffic volume is projected to increase from eight million vehicles in 2013 to 20 million-40 million by 2030.
“With this in mind, the present administration has committed enormous resources to improve road safety management and ensure that the FRSC's mandate is met.
“That is why the administration has remained determined to ensure that policy formulation and implementation at various levels of government take place in recognition of this growing problem as a public health crisis.
“The Federal Government has also ensured that the proper budget allocation is channeled to road infrastructure, as seen in the massive construction of new roads and the rehabilitation of existing ones nationwide,” he said. .
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The Federal Government has advocated for victims of traffic accidents to receive prompt and adequate justice in terms of quality care and quality rehabilitation, such as physical, emotional and official compensation as part of post-accident activities.
Federation Government (SGF) Secretary Mr. Boss Mustapha said this during the 2022 World Road Traffic Victims (RTC) Commemoration Day commemoration on Tuesday in Abuja.
The Nigerian News Agency reports that the theme of Remembrance Day 2022 is "Justice, Act Slow and Act for Slow Speed Streets" and the motto is "Remember, Support and Act".
Mustapha, who was represented by Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr. Dauda Biu, said that they are all victims of RTCs or are affected by their consequences.
He said that RTCs have physical, social, emotional and economic implications, adding that deaths, physical disability and morbidity from traffic accidents predominantly affect the young and economically productive age groups.
He also said that survivors often suffer the ordeal of a diminished quality of life due to deformities and disabilities, post-traumatic stress and a great official loss.
According to him, the implication is that the rest of the population lives in perpetual fear of traveling safely on the roads.
“To achieve this, we will ensure that accidents are properly investigated and speedy justice is ensured for accident victims.
"Traffic offenders must be duly prosecuted according to existing laws and those found guilty must receive appropriate sanctions according to the rules provided," it said.
Speaking at the event, Minister of State for Health, Mr. Joseph Ekumankama, said it is imperative to remind stakeholders that Road Traffic Injuries (RTIs) have caused and continue to cause economic loss. to our citizens, their families and Nigeria as a whole.
Ekumankama, Atuwo's representative, said these losses were sometimes due to the cost of treatment and lost productivity.
He said the theme focusing on Justice could not have been more appropriate as that aspect of road safety is often neglected.
According to him, “it is an aspect of road safety that helps put road users in check. Speedy trial and punishment of identified traffic offenders serve as deterrents to potential; traffic offenders.
“We look forward to an improved justice system for traffic offenders and victims of traffic accidents.”
Likewise, the Head of Mission and representative of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Walter Mulombo, said that it was necessary for everyone to prioritize roads, vehicles and behaviors that are safe and guarantee alternative models such as walking, cycling, among others. to ensure a healthier, greener and more sustainable response.
According to him, “I would like to remind all of us that to achieve our goal of halving traffic deaths by 2030, urgent action by each one of us is key.
“We do not want to remember more victims, we want to live our lives together with them. Therefore, we must all rise to the occasion to achieve this feat by 2030.
“As WHO, and the UN family at large, we will continue to support the country's continued drastic and concerted action to achieve this goal. We must all Remember, Support and Act,” he said.
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Senator Ifeanyi Ararume has filed a N100 billion lawsuit against the Federal Government in the Federal High Court in Abuja for his alleged illegal removal as non-executive chairman of the newly incorporated Nigeria National Petroleum Company (NNPC).
Ararume is asking for 100 billion naira for the damages caused to him by the allegedly illegal and unconstitutional manner in which he was removed as head of the NNPC after using his name to incorporate the entity.
When the matter was called on Wednesday, one of Ararume's lawyers, Mr. Chris Uche, (SAN) told the court that all parties to the matter had received due process.
Judge Inyang Ekwo, however, invoked the provisions of Order 9 Rule 14(2b) of the Federal High Court Rules which allows a judge to order a party whose presence in a matter is pertinent to join the matter.
Judge Ekwo ordered the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) to join as a party as the case concerned the interpretation of the Companies and Allied Affairs Act (CAMA).
There was no objection by either party.
The judge adjourned the matter until December 15 for citation and ordered that the amended summons of origin be served on the parties before the adjourned date.
The Nigerian News Agency, reports that the lawsuit marked, FHC/ABJ/CS/691/2022 was instituted on behalf of Ararume from Senior Advocates of Nigeria (SAN) which includes Messrs. Chris Uche, Ahmed Raji, Mahmud Magaji, James Onoja, KC Nwufor, and Gordy Uche.
Meanwhile, Mr. Alhassan Shuaibu, Principal State Counselor at the Ministry of Justice, announced the appearance of the Federal Government.
The former senator formulated four points of determination.
One of the issues was whether in view of the provisions of the NNPC Articles of Incorporation and Bylaws, the Companies and Related Matters Act 2010 and the Petroleum Industry Act 2021, the position of non-executive chairman would not is governed and regulated by the provisions of the law.
Ararume also asked the court to determine whether under Section 63(3) of the Petroleum Industry Act 2021, the president could lawfully remove him as non-executive chairman of the NNPC for any reason outside the provisions of the law.
In addition, he asked the court to determine whether the president could fire him without complying with the expressly stated provisions of the Articles of Incorporation of the Company, Section 63 (3) of the PI Act 2021 and Section 288 of the CAMA Act. 2020.
Another issue to determine was whether his alleged deportation vide letter of January 17 without complying with the expressly established provisions of the law was not unlawful, illegal, null and void and without any legal consequence.
The plaintiff requested the court, upon determination of the issues in his favor, to make a declaration that his position as non-executive chairman of the NNPC is exclusively governed by, and regulated by, the PI Act 2021 and the Company's Memorandum of Association.
“A statement that in accordance with Section 63(3) of the PI Act, the CAMA Act, and the NNPC Memorandum of Association, the chairman may not step down as non-executive chairman without due process of law.”
The former deputy asked the court for an order of dismissal through a letter dated January 17 with the reference number SGF.3V111/86.
He also petitioned the court for an order reinstating him and restoring him to office with all the rights and privileges of the position of non-executive chairman of the NNPC.
In addition, he applied to the court for an annulment and annulment order for all decisions and resolutions of the NNPC board made in his absence from January 17 to date.
He also asked for an order preventing the defendants from withdrawing his name as director of the company.
He asked for 100 billion naira as damages for the wrongful removal, termination and termination of his term as non-executive chairman of the NNPC.
In a 75-paragraph affidavit in support of the lawsuit, Ararume stated that following the passage of the Petroleum Industry Act 2021, the former NNPC and its subsidiaries spun off to become the Nigeria National Petroleum Company registered with the Petroleum Commission. Corporate Affairs with the number 1843987.
“On October 20, 2021, the Chairman approved my appointment as Non-Executive Chairman for an initial five-year term, and thereafter my name was recorded in the Company's Memorandum of Articles and the appointment was announced to the world.
“Based on the appointment, I attended the 23rd World Petroleum Congress in the Americas but surprisingly, on January 7, the president inaugurated the NNPC Board without recourse to me, while another person was appointed in my place.”
“On January 17, I was informed of the withdrawal of my appointment, but without any reason that justifies the alleged removal.”
Plaintiff asserted that he was not guilty of any of the preconditions for dismissal or declared medically unfit for work.
He claimed that he had suffered loss of credibility and goodwill, untold emotional, mental and psychological trauma and public humiliation due to his alleged illegal expulsion.
Therefore, he begged the court to award him compensation of 100 billion naira and to order his return to office in accordance with the letter and conditions of his appointment.
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Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, says President Muhammadu Buhari, APC Northern Governors and leaders have proved that Nigeria can survive its unity and other challenges.
According to a statement by Mr Tunde Rahman, Tinubu’s Media Officer, on Sunday in Abuja, the APC 2023 presidential candidate said this in Akure, Ondo State, at the residence of Afenifere Leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.
The statement said Tinubu spoke during an interaction with Afenifere leaders while presenting his policy document and Action Plan for a better Nigeria.
It recalled Tinubu’s earlier visit to Pa Fasoranti on March 4, during his nationwide consultation before the APC presidential primaries when he promised Afenifere leader that he would come back after winning the party’s ticket.
It said the visit was in fulfilment of Tinubu’s promise and to ask Yoruba leaders to thank President Buhari and APC Northern Governors for their steadfastness and for being promise-keepers.
“The North proved to me Nigeria can survive its unity, some people wanted President Buhari to announce someone, but the president said no.
He insisted the process must go on democratically.
“The president said anyone that would mess up the APC process would see the other side of his eyes, he remained upright and saw to the process to the end.
“Northern APC Governors resolved that the presidency must go to the South, and especially South-West, Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State and others supported me to the end.
“The battle was tough and at a point I was in doubt, there were many rumours and I became confused of what to believe,” the statement quoted Tinubu as saying.
Tinubu said he won the APC presidential primary election because the process was clean and transparent, adding that nobody could accuse Buhari of manipulating the process.
“President Buhari said I gave him credibility and I deserved to be President.
When I asked him to nominate the Vice-Presidential candidate for me, he said I should pick whoever I want,” Tinubu said.
He added that this was why he chosed a competent man in Sen. Kashim Shettima, who according to him, never lost any election and protected Christians in time of trouble in Borno State as its governor.
The statement added that while welcoming Tinubu and his entourage, General Secretary of Afenifere, Chief Seinde Arogbofa, charged Tinubu to be a leader that would unite Nigeria and work for the progress and development of the country.
Arogbofa said Tinubu was not just a Yoruba man, but a Nigerian, adding that when he became president, he should take Nigeria into consideration and never to forget home.
“Our demands are what you know already.
restructuring, security and fixing the economy; our country is no longer safe, we want state police so that the country will be safe,” the statement quoted Arogbofa as saying.
According to the statement, the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Mr Lucky Aiyedatiwa, received Tinubu and his entourage on behalf of Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu at the meeting.
Aiyedatiwa said Ondo people were Afenifere and would support Tinubu to win the election because he had the reach and competence to lead Nigeria.
The statement said the Ekiti State Governor, Biodun Oyebanji at the meeting, assured the Yoruba leaders that all South-West governors and Ekiti people were solidly behind Tinubu.
It added that former Secretary of the Government of the Federation, (SGF) Chief Olu Falae, and Afenifere leader charged Tinubu to work to fix the country’s economy.
“When you become president please work to fix this country, we are here to offer advice.
I am old and no longer looking for job.
“We need to fix security, fix our economy, our naira is almost becoming useless and will soon become N1,000 to a dollar.
“We must change that.
I know your ability, we will always be here to support and I wish you well.
We will be here when you bring the throphy home by the grace of God,” the statement quoted Falae as saying.
It said leaders of Afenifere from the six South-West states, including Kwara and Kogi were present at the Akure residence of the Afenifere leader to offer support to Tinubu.
It listed Afenifere leaders at the meeting to include: Chief Pius Akinyelure, Prof. Isaac Adewole, Chief Olu Falae, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Alani Akinrinade, Olu Bajowa, Mr Sola Iji and Dr Kunle Olajide.
Others it said were General Secretary of Yoruba Council of Elders, Sen. Cornelius Adebayo, Sen. Iyiola Omisore, Chief Bisi Akande, Dare Babarinsa and Chief Pius Akinyelure.
The statement said Oyo State Deputy Governor, Bayo Lawal represented Gov. Seyi Makinde, the state governor at the meeting.
Also at the meeting were Chief Segun Adesegun who represented former Governor Segun Osoba, Sen. Tony Adefuye, Sen. Dayo Adeyeye, state leaders of Afenifere and many others, the statement said.
Afenifere was formed as a socio-cultural and political organisation for the Yoruba people of Nigeria, with Chief Abraham Adesanya as its leader and late Chief Bola Ige as deputy leader at the time.
Mr Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), has expressed worry over irregularities in the roles of governing boards of federal agencies.
Mustapha made the observation at the induction programme for chairmen, governing board members and chief executives of parastatals, agencies and commissions inaugurated by the Federal Government.
According to him, ”Parastatals are government establishments created by statutes to provide specified services, the structure and operating instruments of which are derived from their respective Acts of Establishment.
” He said that these parastatals were placed under the supervision of the presidency or a ministry.
Mustapha however, said that the agencies were superintended by a governing board headed by a chairman, to provide policy guidelines and liaise with the supervisory ministry through the permanent secretary.
According to him, ”they are also appointed for effective monitoring, policy guidance; and ensuring that government policy directives relating to the functions of the parastatal are carried out.
“I have observed with concern divergent interpretations to the roles governing boards of federal parastatals are expected to play in the corporate governance of their organisations.
”Arising from this, a number of worrisome issues have begun to emerge.
” Mustapha listed them to include: Disagreements on who is responsible for the day-to-day running of parastatals and agencies as well as disregard for extant regulations guiding and restricting the conduct of board meetings.
The SGF said: “Others are interference in the function of the office of the chief executive officer; issuing directives to staff without recourse to the chief executive officer, thereby creating disharmony amongst personnel.
” Initiating unlawful disciplinary measures against the chief executive without requisite guidance and approval from the supervisory ministry and instigating the labour unions and associations as agents of distraction in the parastatals.
” Mustapha also said the observed poor and unhealthy relationships existing between governing boards and their CEOs have become very worrisome to the government and are unacceptable.
He said, ”this could be avoided if chairmen and members of governing boards acquaint themselves with the instrument of establishment of their respective organisations, where the roles and responsibilities of the board are prescribed.
”Equally relevant are referrals, authorities and other relevant government circulars that guide the conduct of public officers.
” He listed some of the documents to include: Public Service Rules; Financial Regulations; Guide to Administrative Procedures in the Public Service; Public Procurement Act 2007 and Fiscal Responsibility Act 2007. Mustapha highlighted the roles and responsibilities of boards and councils to include setting of operational and administrative policies in accordance with government policy directives and shall supervise the implementation of such policies.
He said: ”A board shall not be involved directly in the day-to-day management of a parastatal or agency and a minister exercises control of parastatals at policy level through the board of the parastatal only.
”The board should only operate as a part-time board in accordance with extant rules that forbid allocation of official quarters to members on a permanent basis and use of official vehicles by members on a permanent basis.
” Mustapha added that payment of estacode allowances for only overseas’ travels was only approved by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
Director-General, BPRS , Dasuki Arabi, said the induction programme was apt especially in view of the growing concerns expressed about the weak corporate governance practice.
He said, ”it is a known fact that top-level federal civil servants, such as Permanent Secretaries, Directors and their equivalent in the service grow through the Federal Civil Service and acquire varied public service knowledge and cognate experience in the conduct of government business.
” He, however, said that most members of governing boards of federal agencies largely lacked such knowledge and experience.
“This is as a result of the fact that most of them are appointed from outside the public service, and assume duties in their respective agencies with limited knowledge of the workings of the public service, corporate governance practices and conduct of government business.
“Note that parastatals are important institutions, because most citizens experience governance and service delivery directly through them,” Arabi said.
He said the overall objective of the exercise was for governing board members to gain understanding of their roles, key responsibilities and the behaviour required of them in their respective organisations, both as individuals and as part of the Board’s collective responsibility.
Mr Clem Agba, Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, represented by Mr Philip Ugbodaga, Special Assistant, Administration, commended Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS), Bureau of Public Service Reforms and Ministry of Budget for the successful hosting of the training.
Agba charged the participants to constantly challenge themselves to enhance their leadership capabilities.
He said: “The ability to overcome the challenges confronting our nation is predicated on transparency, accountability, and inclusive governance.
”This can only be achieved through inherent capacities of those chosen by President Muhammadu Buhari to lead the process of designing and implementing appropriate policies of the Government.
The Federal Government on Tuesday inaugurated a 13-member Presidential Committee on the review of number and strategy for resourcing Nigerian foreign missions worldwide.
Inaugurating the committee, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha explained that the action is to enable President Muhammadu Buhari to tackle the root cause of the critical state of affairs of Nigerian diplomatic missions.
This, he said, is in addition to the missions’ impact on the image of Nigeria in particular and on the international arena in general.
“As we are all aware, our diplomatic missions around the world are currently faced with multifaceted challenges following, among others, the scale of perennial indebtedness they find themselves.
“This poses attendant damage to our nation’s integrity.
Consequent upon these, Mr President approved the constitution of this Presidential Committee.
“As we are all aware, our Diplomatic Missions around the world are currently faced with multifaceted challenges following, among others, the scale of perennial indebtedness they find themselves.
“This poses attendant damage to our nation’s integrity.
Consequent upon these, Mr. President approved the constitution of this Presidential Committee.
“Let me recall at this point, some cost saving measures taken by previous administrations in this regard including; reducing the number and size of missions, authorising concurrent accreditation to other countries, enhancing and prioritizing budgetary releases to Missions.
He, however, said all the efforts were unfortunately short lived, adding that preliminary findings revealed that the root causes of the challenges were inter-woven and systemic in nature.
“The challenges will have to be addressed holistically in short-, medium- and long-term basis.
“According to him, the timeline for the activities of the committee is three months and its terms of reference are to determine the current number, categories of Nigeria’s diplomatic missions; subject matter desks worldwide And to categorise their strategic importance and impact worldwide and make appropriate recommendations, identify and categorise the revenue generation capacity of missions.
“Performance in this regard, causes and level of indebtedness, review the understanding and application of critical extant policies, guidelines, circulars, codes, regulations, financial management systems, statutes, across Nigeria’s missions.
“This, he explained was with a view to minimizing bottlenecks, misapplication and curbing infractions, review all previous reports on establishment of missions and measures taken to effectively and economically manage Nigeria’s mission.
He said the committee would identify challenges, make appropriate recommendations on sustainable steps to be taken as well as identifying reasons why previous measures by the previous government were not effective.
Responding on behalf of other members, Amb. Martin Uhomoibhi, Committee’s Chairman thanked the president and the SGF for the honour of such assignment.
Uhomoibhi, however, affirmed the committee’ readiness to do all things within their capacities to fulfill demands and confidence reposed on them by president Buhari.
Stakeholders on Saturday canvassed for the protection of children against negative vices and inculcating in them the right virtues for national development.
They made the call during the National relaunch of the Children Evangelism Ministry (CEM) vision, organised by the Children Evangelism Ministry International, in Abuja.
Mr Egbuna Tony-Chukwudile, President and Founder, CEM, said the ministry has been in existence for over 43 years to inculcate the right virtues on children that would curtail the spread of negative vices and its influence on the society.
He added that the ministry has branches in the US, UK, China, Canada, Jamaica, Trinidad, Gambia, Liberia, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin Republic and Cameroon to correct the neglect of child evangelism.
The founder expressed concern over the recurring challenges affecting the nation, calling on all stakeholders to join hands towards addressing the menace.
“We are currently being challenged by terrorism, war, economic uncertainty, moral decline, family breakdown and fear.
“We should do something for these children and raise them up because they will take over from us.
” “If we don’t teach these children the word of God and evangelise it to them, the devil will vandalise them,” he said.
He, therefore, called on all to ensure that children are fully grounded on Biblical teaching to inculcate good morals and values, and by extension the nation would benefits from it.
On his part, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, highlighted the roles parents play in instilling the right values on children.
Mustapha, represented by Mr Anthony Obiora, Director of Admin (SGF), said the event was an opportunity for stakeholders to collaborate towards addressing challenges affecting the nation.
“This occasion provides us with yet another opportunity to retrospect as a nation on the importance of children’s upbringing.
”It will critically upgrade our performance on the journey so far, with the view to collectively decide where we should be in the nearest future, especially taking cognisance of the security challenges at the moment.
“It is pertinent to say that the family happens to be the primary institution saddled with a crucial responsibility of providing the much needed leadership in line with the Biblical teaching in training a child.
“The significance of our roles as parents and guardians to children’s upbringing vis-a-vis nation building cannot be overemphasized.
“This implies that if we got it right at home, we would have averted the horror of banditry, cultism and general criminality that have bedeviled our social well being as a nation,” he said.
Also, Miss Patience Ezema, a 10-year-old member of the CEM, said membership has increased her confidence, academics and religious knowledge.
Ezema added that the training also encouraged them to live a good life devoid of negative vices.
Other highlights at the event were Bible recitations, Dance and choreography and ministries by different clergies.
President Muhammadu Buhari has urged leaders in the private and public sectors to be more mindful of their positions as “trustees of the people”, urging them to always work toward leaving a legacy that will be long remembered.
The president made the call when he conferred Nigeria Excellence Award in Public Service (NEAPS) on former President Goodluck Jonathan and 43 other prominent Nigerians on Friday in Abuja.
“I wish that leaders will arise and stand up to be counted among leaders who have distinguished themselves to do the right thing and leave their footprints on the sands of time,” he said.
The president, specifically, saluted former president Jonathan, saying since he left office, he had deployed his rich experience to ensure peace in many parts of Africa and had led mediation talks in several parts of the globe.
“Today, I am happy to have the opportunity to recognise 44 persons and organisations who have distinguished themselves across many sectors of the government and indeed, the economy.
“I am particularly happy to recognise His Excellency, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, GCFR, my predecessor, for his contribution to peace building from the Niger-Delta region, which has snowballed into peace in the region and now, around the world.
”Since leaving office, he has deployed his rich experience to ensure peace in many parts of Africa and has led mediation talks in several parts of the globe.
“I want to also specially recognise Abdul Samad Rabiu, the Chairman of BUA International Limited for his interventions in Education through the BUA Foundation, the Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative (ASR Africa), and his personal philanthropic initiative.
”This initiative funds tertiary education institutions in Nigeria from its yearly $100 million ASR Africa Fund for Social Development and Renewal.
I am happy that five universities have so far benefited with many more to come,’’ he said.
The president urged public servants to make accountability and integrity their watchwords.
“I am equally elated to have some state governors and my ministers receive this award.
This is to put on record that this award is born out of empirical evidence of performance and not politics.
”This award is a recognition of the giant strides you all have made towards the transformation of Nigeria and you have consistently put hard work and dedication at the center of your initiatives.
“Let me use this opportunity to say ‘Thank You’ for your contributions to the transformation of our country.
”This award is a validation of your approach, but much more as a motivation for you and other upcoming leaders to continue doing more towards the attainment of a better Nigeria in all sectors of the economy,’’ he added.
He thanked organisers of the event, The Best Strategic Media (TBS), led by Ms Mariam Mohammed, a publisher and public relations expert, for the continuous support of his administration, Buhari said the initiative was commendable, “for deploying one of the best indices to determine the level of performance of public officers.
’’ “I know that public officers will be challenged to perform above board, now that they know they are being monitored by the people,’’ the president noted.
Buhari said he was delighted that the maiden edition of the Nigeria Excellence Awards in Public Service (NEAPS) was a private-sector initiative, organised by TBS in collaboration with the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation to recognise excellent service delivery.
According to him, public service is a public trust where officers and employees must be accountable to the people whom they should serve at all times with utmost responsibility, integrity, loyalty, and efficiency.
He said: ”They are expected to act with patriotism and think out of the box in order to solve the many problems facing the people they lead.
“At present, issues of corruption continue to affect the civil services in many countries, around the world.
“Several reasons for these issues still exist because of deeply rooted problems like nepotism, cronyism, political patronage as well as lack of transparency and accountability.
”These vices distract them from delivering on their mandate and aspirations.
“The unsystematic enforcement of law and institutional mechanisms for holding civil servants and public officials accountable for their actions will always lead to a negative impression to the citizens.
” In his remarks, Jonathan, who received an Award for Peace Building, thanked the President for always making out time to encourage initiatives that recognise the contributions of individuals and institutions to nation-building.
“On behalf of all those that have received awards, I wish to say a very big thank you to the president and organisers,’’ he said.
While describing the event as unique, the former president assured that the awards would serve as an impetus for more service to the nation and humanity.
The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, said the entire event was “purely a private sector driven initiative’’ that would be encouraged to become an annual event, based on acceptance.
The SGF said the award was a scorecard of the administration of President Buhari, and other leaders in the country, as it reflected different interests and political persuasions.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that NEAPS was set up to recognise distinguished public service to Nigeria, either contributions to individuals, state or local community, or the public through excellence in leadership, service, or humanitarianism.
To be eligible, the recipient must be a living public official or a private a citizen excelling consistently in a given sphere of influence, in good character standing and must also be at the forefront of service and innovation.
The individual must show an act of public service beyond the acts of their given mandate in endowing their society positively.
NAN reports that Senate President Ahmad Lawan; Speaker House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila and service chiefs were among those honoured with various awards for their services.
Other awardees were 16 state governors including Nyesom Wike (Rivers); Yahaya Bello (Kogi); Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi); Dapo Abiodun (Ogun); Dave Umahi (Ebonyi); Babagana Zulum (Borno)and Bala Mohammed (Bauchi).
Some cabinet ministers; the Group Chief Executive Officer of the NNPC, Mele Kyari and Executive Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service, Mohammed Nami were also honoured at the event.
President Muhammadu Buhari has warned Ministers, Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Government Agencies not to abandon the business of governance for electioneering, saying ”any infraction will be viewed seriously.
” The president issued the directive at the closing ceremony of the 2022 Ministerial Performance Review Retreat on Tuesday in Abuja.
He told participants at the Retreat that with the commencement of campaigns towards the 2023 general elections, the business of governance must continue to receive the needed attention during this period.
The president, who also signed the Executive Order 012 on Improving Performance Management, Coordination and Implementation of Presidential Priorities, said: ”Consequently, all Ministers, Permanent Secretaries and Heads of Agencies must remain focused in the discharge of their duties, as any infraction will be viewed seriously.
”Our collective goal is to map out a transition plan for the incoming Administration to ensure proper documentation of all the Policies, Programmes and Projects of Government with up-to-date status of implementation.
’’ Buhari noted that the lessons learned in the last three years of implementing the administration’s policies, programmes and projects would serve as the needed tool to propel every Ministry to remain committed, towards the achievement of developmental objectives.
He, therefore, charged all ministers, permanent secretaries and heads of government agencies to step-up, double their efforts and work in synergy toward total delivery of the Administration’s set targets.
On Executive Order 12, the President explained that it would institutionalize a culture of accountability and transparency in the pursuit of good governance.
Buhari also directed the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) to continue with the quarterly review process and assessment of ministries for the third and fourth Quarters of 2022. According to him, the reports will form part of transition documents of his administration to the incoming government.
To achieve this objective, the President ordered all Ministers and Permanent Secretaries to ensure that the performance reports of their Ministries are submitted on a quarterly basis to the Office of the SGF for review by the Central Delivery Coordination Unit. ”The outcome of these reviews would be made available for my consideration,” he said.
The president also declared that following discussion and recommendations, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has been directed to engage with relevant stakeholders to ensure the completion of all large-scale integrated Rice Processing Mills.
He said this must be achieved before the end of this administration.
”This will help our country to maintain sufficiency in the local production of rice as the ban on the importation of foreign rice will be sustained, ” he said.
On electricity, Buhari directed that all hands must be on deck to ensure timely realization of the increase in electricity generation to 25,000 Megawatts in six years.
According to the president, the plan on electricity generation, through the partnership between the Federal Government and German Siemens AG, is on course as the first batch of the transformers has arrived Nigeria already.
Mr Boss Mustapha , Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), has tasked ministers to ensure the completion of President Muhammadu Buhari’s legacy projects before the end of his administration.
Mustapha gave the charge at the `3rd Year Ministerial Performance Review Retreat’, organised by the Office of the SGF for ministers, permanent secretaries and top government functionaries on Monday in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the 2-day retreat aimed at providing update on the status of policies, programmes and projects of government, to prepare the incoming cabinet members to assume their roles.
The retreat was also designed to map a trajectory towards the delivery of the present administration’s priority agenda for 2019 to 2023. Mustapha said the 2022 retreat was the 4th and the last in the series of ‘Presidential Retreats’ to be organised during the 2nd term of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The retreat provides an opportunity for the government to assess its performance and track the progress of its commitment to deliver the development aspirations captured in the nine priority areas adopted at the 2019 retreat.
“The ministers in the last three years, have been implementing the deliverables assigned to them in line with their ministerial mandates signed by the Secretaries which served as a performance bond with the president.
“The main objective is to present a performance report on the ministerial mandates and the nine priority areas based on data from the Central Delivery Coordination Unit (CDCU) Performance Management System.
“Other objectives are to analyse and discuss reasons for achievements or non-achievement of performance targets; identify and agree on strategies to improve performance and recognise accomplishment.
’’ To achieve the set objectives, the SGF said the retreat was structured into three main focus areas to include an overview of ministerial performance within the last three years of the administration, the reflection on lessons.
He said it also included the good practices from the ‘Kenyan Presidential Delivery Unit’.
In addition, to focus on ways to accelerate the delivery of flagship projects and programmes of Buhari’s administration before its end in May 2023. The structures, according to him, will present key achievements and identify opportunities for improvement.
Mustapha, however, used the occasion to highlight on a legal framework for the institutionalisation of the delivery of presidential priorities in Nigeria in line with the president’s directive at the 2021 ‘Mid-Term Retreat’.
“The office of the SGF has put in place, a legal framework for the institutionalisation of the delivery of Presidential Priorities in Nigeria.
“In this regard, an Executive Order on ‘Improving Performance Management, Coordination and Implementation of Presidential Priorities of the Federal Government of Nigeria’, has been developed and will be formally signed by His Excellency, Mr President at this retreat.
“The Executive Order is meant to strengthen the National Monitoring and Evaluation Policy recently approved by the Federal Executive Council.
” NAN reports that the retreat attracted the presence of President Muhammadu Buhari, the Vice- President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, the immediate past President of the Republic of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta.
Others included the leadership of the National Assembly, the British High Commissioner, Ministers, Permanent Secretaries, top government functionaries and other guests.