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  •   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 edited Source Credit NAN
    FG directs immediate enforcement of traffic laws
      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 edited Source Credit NAN
    FG directs immediate enforcement of traffic laws
    Defence/Security3 weeks ago

    FG directs immediate enforcement of traffic laws

    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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    Source Credit: NAN

  •   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 edited Source Credit NAN
    FG, stakeholders advocate speedy justice for road crash victims
      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 edited Source Credit NAN
    FG, stakeholders advocate speedy justice for road crash victims
    Defence/Security3 weeks ago

    FG, stakeholders advocate speedy justice for road crash victims

    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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    Source Credit: NAN

  •  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 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SGF inducts boards, heads of MDAs, decries irregularities in roles
     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 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SGF inducts boards, heads of MDAs, decries irregularities in roles
    General news1 month ago

    SGF inducts boards, heads of MDAs, decries irregularities in roles

    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.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  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 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG inaugurates committee to review number of Nigerian foreign missions
     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 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    FG inaugurates committee to review number of Nigerian foreign missions
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    FG inaugurates committee to review number of Nigerian foreign missions

    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.


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  •  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 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Stakeholders canvass protection of children for national development
     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 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Stakeholders canvass protection of children for national development
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    Stakeholders canvass protection of children for national development

    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.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Gov Yahaya Bello of Kogi has been nominated for the Distinguished Award for Security Management at the forthcoming Nigeria Excellence in Public Service Award Mr Muhammed Onogwu Chief Press Secretary to the governor made the disclosure in a statement in Lokoja on Thursday Onogwu explained that the award was communicated to the governor via a letter from the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and signed on behalf of Mr Boss Mustapha by Dr Nnamdi Maurice Mbaeri Permanent Secretary General Services According to him the award ceremony is billed to hold on Friday Oct 21 at the State House Conference Centre Abuja where President Muhammadu Buhari will present the award to Bello at the occasion Since assumption of office on Jan 27 2016 Gov Bello has been widely acclaimed as most security conscious governor for his onslaught against crimes and criminality in Kogi which has made the state one of the industrial hubs of the Northern Nigeria lately His Bello s Administration has also made a significant impact in healthcare infrastructure road construction and rehabilitation including the first flyover bridge in the state education sports agriculture civil service reform youths and women empowerment among others In fact Bello has vowed not to rest on his oars until the last second of his administration as he continues to provide good governance for the people of the Confluence State he said Onogwu said the award had spurred the governor to vow to continue to ensure residents safety and means of livelihood are not compromised He said that Bello s Administration s provision of peace and security had given way for the establishment of not less than 10 different in the state in the last six years Again just in the last seven weeks we have signed about 15 MoUs with both foreign and local investors who have found our state safe and prosperous for their investments It s our resolve to continue to serve the people with all our heart and might having elected us to serve them people by continuing to offer quality services The joy of it is that even our worst critics and those who can remember what Kogi used to be as regards insecurity will agree that we have delivered excellently on our campaign promises Nonetheless our governor is full of gratitude to Mr President and the Presidency for the recognition and the award bestowed upon him he said Onogwu said that Bello had won several awards on security from within and outside the country including the Inspector General of Police Security award in 2017 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Yahaya Bello bags presidential award on security management
     Gov Yahaya Bello of Kogi has been nominated for the Distinguished Award for Security Management at the forthcoming Nigeria Excellence in Public Service Award Mr Muhammed Onogwu Chief Press Secretary to the governor made the disclosure in a statement in Lokoja on Thursday Onogwu explained that the award was communicated to the governor via a letter from the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and signed on behalf of Mr Boss Mustapha by Dr Nnamdi Maurice Mbaeri Permanent Secretary General Services According to him the award ceremony is billed to hold on Friday Oct 21 at the State House Conference Centre Abuja where President Muhammadu Buhari will present the award to Bello at the occasion Since assumption of office on Jan 27 2016 Gov Bello has been widely acclaimed as most security conscious governor for his onslaught against crimes and criminality in Kogi which has made the state one of the industrial hubs of the Northern Nigeria lately His Bello s Administration has also made a significant impact in healthcare infrastructure road construction and rehabilitation including the first flyover bridge in the state education sports agriculture civil service reform youths and women empowerment among others In fact Bello has vowed not to rest on his oars until the last second of his administration as he continues to provide good governance for the people of the Confluence State he said Onogwu said the award had spurred the governor to vow to continue to ensure residents safety and means of livelihood are not compromised He said that Bello s Administration s provision of peace and security had given way for the establishment of not less than 10 different in the state in the last six years Again just in the last seven weeks we have signed about 15 MoUs with both foreign and local investors who have found our state safe and prosperous for their investments It s our resolve to continue to serve the people with all our heart and might having elected us to serve them people by continuing to offer quality services The joy of it is that even our worst critics and those who can remember what Kogi used to be as regards insecurity will agree that we have delivered excellently on our campaign promises Nonetheless our governor is full of gratitude to Mr President and the Presidency for the recognition and the award bestowed upon him he said Onogwu said that Bello had won several awards on security from within and outside the country including the Inspector General of Police Security award in 2017 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Yahaya Bello bags presidential award on security management
    Defence/Security2 months ago

    Yahaya Bello bags presidential award on security management

    Gov Yahaya Bello of Kogi has been nominated for the Distinguished Award for Security Management at the forthcoming Nigeria Excellence in Public Service Award.

    Mr Muhammed Onogwu, Chief Press Secretary to the governor, made the disclosure in a statement in Lokoja on Thursday.

    Onogwu explained that the award was communicated to the governor via a letter from the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, and signed on behalf of Mr Boss Mustapha, by Dr Nnamdi Maurice-Mbaeri, Permanent Secretary, General Services.

    According to him, “the award ceremony is billed to hold on Friday, Oct. 21 at the State House Conference Centre, Abuja where President Muhammadu Buhari will present the award to Bello at the occasion.

    “Since assumption of office on Jan 27, 2016, Gov Bello has been widely acclaimed as ‘‘most security-conscious governor’’ for his onslaught against crimes and criminality in Kogi, which has made the state one of the industrial hubs of the Northern Nigeria lately.

    “His (Bello’s) Administration has also made a significant impact in healthcare infrastructure, road construction and rehabilitation including the first flyover bridge in the state, education, sports, agriculture, civil service reform, youths and women empowerment among others.

    “In fact, Bello has vowed not to rest on his oars until the last second of his administration as he continues to provide good governance for the people of the Confluence State, ” he said.

    Onogwu said the award had spurred the governor to vow to continue to ensure residents’ safety and means of livelihood are not compromised.

    He said that Bello’s Administration’s provision of peace and security had given way for the establishment of not less than 10 different in the state in the last six years.

    “Again, just in the last seven weeks, we have signed about 15 MoUs with both foreign and local investors, who have found our state safe and prosperous for their investments.

    “It’s our resolve to continue to serve the people with all our heart and might, having elected us to serve them (people) by continuing to offer quality services.

    “The joy of it is that even our worst critics and those who can remember what Kogi used to be as regards insecurity will agree that we have delivered excellently on our campaign promises.

    “Nonetheless, our governor is full of gratitude to Mr President and the Presidency for the recognition and the award bestowed upon him,” he said.

    Onogwu said that Bello had won several awards on security from within and outside the country including the Inspector-General of Police Security award in 2017.
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  •  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 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SGF urges ministers to complete Buhari’s legacy projects 
     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 NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SGF urges ministers to complete Buhari’s legacy projects 
    General news2 months ago

    SGF urges ministers to complete Buhari’s legacy projects 

    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.   


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  •  The Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF Mr Boss Mustapha has urged the Nigerian Petroleum Training Institute PTI to drive the Federal Government s agenda of global movement towards cleaner sources of energy Mustapha made the call during the PTI 50th anniversary ceremony in Abuja The SGF also called on the institute to drive government s roadmap to end gas flaring This should be part of your target for growth and development of the oil and gas industry I also urge the institute to re access its relationship with the major players of the oil and gas sector with the aim of meeting their expectations he said He commended the institute for attaining 50 years of delivering quality training in the oil and gas industry in Nigeria and in sub sahara African continent I congratulate PTI for preserving and maintaining the relevance of the oil and gas industry for 50 years and for organising this conference and award ceremony to celebrate the institute The vision of the founding fathers of PTI was to address the inadequacy of the indigenous requirements to man and operate an efficient petroleum industry This industry was largely dominated by foreign expatriate who were at the forefront and this brings about exploitation of our crude oil production This issue brought about the establishment of PTI to train our indigenous expatriate which has today resulted to 50 years sustainable training of workers in the industry and the graduation of over 50 000 students Many of these trainees were absorbed as employees of the sector I urged the institute to take stock of it performance and challenges in the face of today technology as well as project its aspiration for future he said Also speaking Malam Mele Kyari Group Chief Executive Officer Nigeria National Petroleum Company Limited NNPC Ltd stated that the oil and gas industry was changed rapidly in the positive direction because of the change of attitude by Nigerians and industry players He said that companies were making massive decision which he added that it had also brought about the positive change currently witnessing in the oil and gas industry In our country today we have so much energy 80 per cent of the population can now boast of electricity Energy is necessary in our day to day dealing businesses are changing companies are shifting their focus we must deliver energy training and innovation technology must be a focus for us in a manner that will help to deliver energy This energy will bring about efficiency Without energy there will be no recovery of value and you will keep losing so many things The News Agenvy of Nigeria reports that on Sept 13 in Abuja the U S Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry joined the Government of Nigeria to sign a Letter of Intent between the Nigerian government and seven companies to support the clean energy transition by working to procure clean energy in Nigeria The seven companies are AB InBev Akamai HP Iron Mountain Lady Lawyer Foundation Rife International and Unilever NAN reports that together the companies seek to unlock investment in clean energy infrastructure arising from commercial and industrial sector operations This collaboration will help develop robust reliable transparent cost competitive and credible procurement options that comply with labor laws in Nigeria to help meet clean energy targets increase energy security and enable corporations to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions The Clean Energy Demand Initiative CEDI serves as a platform for stakeholder engagement and country partnerships and creates a venue for companies and countries to signal investment potential in clean energy share experiences and support each other on policy reform that contributes to affordable and resilient energy systems to drive economic growth NAN reports that Nigeria and corporate partners have signaled support for principles to enable corporate renewable procurement ramping up deployment and accelerating the energy transition in support of global climate goals NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SGF urges institute to drive FG’s agenda towards cleaner sources of energy
     The Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF Mr Boss Mustapha has urged the Nigerian Petroleum Training Institute PTI to drive the Federal Government s agenda of global movement towards cleaner sources of energy Mustapha made the call during the PTI 50th anniversary ceremony in Abuja The SGF also called on the institute to drive government s roadmap to end gas flaring This should be part of your target for growth and development of the oil and gas industry I also urge the institute to re access its relationship with the major players of the oil and gas sector with the aim of meeting their expectations he said He commended the institute for attaining 50 years of delivering quality training in the oil and gas industry in Nigeria and in sub sahara African continent I congratulate PTI for preserving and maintaining the relevance of the oil and gas industry for 50 years and for organising this conference and award ceremony to celebrate the institute The vision of the founding fathers of PTI was to address the inadequacy of the indigenous requirements to man and operate an efficient petroleum industry This industry was largely dominated by foreign expatriate who were at the forefront and this brings about exploitation of our crude oil production This issue brought about the establishment of PTI to train our indigenous expatriate which has today resulted to 50 years sustainable training of workers in the industry and the graduation of over 50 000 students Many of these trainees were absorbed as employees of the sector I urged the institute to take stock of it performance and challenges in the face of today technology as well as project its aspiration for future he said Also speaking Malam Mele Kyari Group Chief Executive Officer Nigeria National Petroleum Company Limited NNPC Ltd stated that the oil and gas industry was changed rapidly in the positive direction because of the change of attitude by Nigerians and industry players He said that companies were making massive decision which he added that it had also brought about the positive change currently witnessing in the oil and gas industry In our country today we have so much energy 80 per cent of the population can now boast of electricity Energy is necessary in our day to day dealing businesses are changing companies are shifting their focus we must deliver energy training and innovation technology must be a focus for us in a manner that will help to deliver energy This energy will bring about efficiency Without energy there will be no recovery of value and you will keep losing so many things The News Agenvy of Nigeria reports that on Sept 13 in Abuja the U S Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry joined the Government of Nigeria to sign a Letter of Intent between the Nigerian government and seven companies to support the clean energy transition by working to procure clean energy in Nigeria The seven companies are AB InBev Akamai HP Iron Mountain Lady Lawyer Foundation Rife International and Unilever NAN reports that together the companies seek to unlock investment in clean energy infrastructure arising from commercial and industrial sector operations This collaboration will help develop robust reliable transparent cost competitive and credible procurement options that comply with labor laws in Nigeria to help meet clean energy targets increase energy security and enable corporations to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions The Clean Energy Demand Initiative CEDI serves as a platform for stakeholder engagement and country partnerships and creates a venue for companies and countries to signal investment potential in clean energy share experiences and support each other on policy reform that contributes to affordable and resilient energy systems to drive economic growth NAN reports that Nigeria and corporate partners have signaled support for principles to enable corporate renewable procurement ramping up deployment and accelerating the energy transition in support of global climate goals NewsSourceCredit NAN
    SGF urges institute to drive FG’s agenda towards cleaner sources of energy
    General news2 months ago

    SGF urges institute to drive FG’s agenda towards cleaner sources of energy

    The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha has urged the Nigerian Petroleum Training Institute (PTI)  to drive the Federal Government’s agenda of global movement towards cleaner sources of energy.

    Mustapha, made the call during the PTI’ 50th anniversary ceremony in Abuja.

    The SGF also called on the institute to drive government’s roadmap to end gas flaring.

    ”This should be part of your target for growth and development of the oil and gas industry.

    ”I also urge the institute to re-access its relationship with the major players of the oil and gas sector with the aim of meeting their expectations,” he said.

    He commended the institute for attaining 50 years of delivering quality training in the oil and gas industry in Nigeria and in sub-sahara African continent.

    “I congratulate PTI for preserving and maintaining the relevance of the oil and gas industry for 50 years and for organising this conference and award ceremony to celebrate the institute.

    “The vision of the founding fathers of PTI was to address the inadequacy of the indigenous requirements to man and operate an efficient petroleum industry.

    “This industry was largely dominated by foreign expatriate who were at the forefront, and this brings about exploitation of our crude oil production.

    “This issue brought about the establishment of PTI to train our indigenous expatriate which has today resulted to 50 years sustainable training of workers in the industry, and the graduation of over 50,000 students.

    “Many of these trainees were absorbed as employees of the sector.

    I urged the institute to take stock of it performance and challenges in the face of today technology, as well as project its aspiration for future,” he said.

    Also speaking, Malam Mele Kyari, Group Chief Executive Officer, Nigeria National Petroleum Company Limited, NNPC Ltd, stated that the oil and gas industry was changed rapidly in the positive direction because of the change of attitude by Nigerians and industry players.

    He said that companies were making massive decision which he added that it had also brought about the positive change currently witnessing in the oil and gas industry.

    “In our country today, we have so much energy, 80 per cent of the population can now boast of electricity.

    “Energy is necessary in our day to day dealing, businesses are changing, companies are shifting their focus, we must deliver energy, training and innovation technology must be a focus for us in a manner that will help to deliver energy.

    “This energy will bring about efficiency.

    Without energy there will be no recovery of value and you will keep losing so many things.

    The News Agenvy of Nigeria reports that on Sept. 13 in Abuja, the U.

    S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry joined the Government of Nigeria to sign a Letter of Intent between the Nigerian government and seven companies  to support the clean energy transition by working to procure clean energy in Nigeria.

    The seven companies are AB InBev, Akamai, HP, Iron Mountain, Lady Lawyer Foundation, Rife International, and Unilever.

    NAN reports that together, the companies seek to unlock investment in clean energy infrastructure arising from commercial and industrial sector operations.

    This collaboration will help develop robust, reliable, transparent, cost-competitive, and credible procurement options that comply with labor laws in Nigeria to help meet clean energy targets, increase energy security, and enable corporations to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.

    The Clean Energy Demand Initiative (CEDI) serves as a platform for stakeholder engagement and country partnerships and creates a venue for companies and countries to signal investment potential in clean energy, share experiences, and support each other on policy reform that contributes to affordable and resilient energy systems to drive economic growth.

    NAN reports that Nigeria and corporate partners have signaled support for principles to enable corporate renewable procurement, ramping up deployment and accelerating the energy transition in support of global climate goals. 


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  •  The Development Bank of Nigeria DBN Bank of Industry BOI and National Pension Commission PENCOM have emerged as the top three organisations in the 2022 Transparency and Integrity Index ranking for Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the DBN came top of the ranking with 58 74 points while BOI and PENCOM scored 48 33 each to finish second and third respectively The Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative NEITI Bureau of Public Service Reforms Bureau of Public Procurement Debt Management Office ICPC and Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority were among the top 10 The ranking was carried out by the Centre for Fiscal Transparency and Integrity Watch CeFTIW supported by MacArthur Foundation The Executive Director of CeFTIW Mr Umar Yakubu said at the 511 MDAs were assessed across six broad variables Yakubu said the ranking was aimed at preventing corruption in public office as it centred on procurement budget human resources inclusion and website integrity We used this to check the level of transparency with regards to public finances especially in procurement how the MDAs spend their money generate taxes recruit people it also assesses them generally on efficiency It is on this assessment that we brought out the ranking of 511 institutions which you saw where some did well and some did not do well We want MDAs to do well We hope they will engage Nigerians more on their websites and it is a way of preventing corruption he said Yakubu regretted that most MDAs chose to present information on their citizen engagement but decline information on procurement which turned out to be where the corruption centered more He also frowned at the non availability of information on federal character from the MDAs to enable Nigerians know states representation in the various public offices Those are the things missing but citizens engagement social media relationship are very active but our aim is for the MDAs to give information on procurement and publish their audited report Highest score last year was 31 per cent while this year is over 50 per cent so it is a sign that things will get better He said that the centre had already involved the EFCC ICPC and Code of Conduct Bureau to compel defaulting MDAs to give information on procurement and things concerning their finances The Secretary to Government of the Federation SGF Mr Boss Mustapha said the federal government had stepped up measures to strengthen external audit scrutiny in the management of public funds Mustapha represented by Mr Nnamdi Mbaeri Permanent Secretary General Services office of the SGF said the measures would be achieved through the introduction of the Open Treasury Portal for full disclosure of payments Mr Dasuki Arabia Director General Bureau of Public Service Reforms said transparency and accountability were critical in ensuring that resource were properly managed for the benefit of all Arabia said the need for prudence and transparency in government were informed by the economic vulnerability caused by the dip in oil prices across the world and the wide perception of Nigeria been regarded as a nation bedeviled with high rate of corruption Prudent public finance management have become imperative as government continues to face significant fiscal constraints with expenditures rising much faster than revenues resulting in rising budget deficits and borrowings Accordingly the unveiling of the Probe Monitor Portal and the Public Service Diary Application is a laudable step towards creating reservoir of knowledge for judicial processes It will also strengthen track records of Public Servants towards mentorship and promoting core ethical values within Public Institutions Arabia said He noted that wake of the Post COVID and its attendant consequences as well as global trend of economic recession had made it imperative for nations to review their economic policies Arabia also noted that nations were now fashioning out new Public Financial Management models towards economic growth and development NewsSourceCredit NAN
    DBN, BOI, PENCOM  top 2022 integrity index ranking for MDAs
     The Development Bank of Nigeria DBN Bank of Industry BOI and National Pension Commission PENCOM have emerged as the top three organisations in the 2022 Transparency and Integrity Index ranking for Ministries Departments and Agencies MDAs The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the DBN came top of the ranking with 58 74 points while BOI and PENCOM scored 48 33 each to finish second and third respectively The Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative NEITI Bureau of Public Service Reforms Bureau of Public Procurement Debt Management Office ICPC and Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority were among the top 10 The ranking was carried out by the Centre for Fiscal Transparency and Integrity Watch CeFTIW supported by MacArthur Foundation The Executive Director of CeFTIW Mr Umar Yakubu said at the 511 MDAs were assessed across six broad variables Yakubu said the ranking was aimed at preventing corruption in public office as it centred on procurement budget human resources inclusion and website integrity We used this to check the level of transparency with regards to public finances especially in procurement how the MDAs spend their money generate taxes recruit people it also assesses them generally on efficiency It is on this assessment that we brought out the ranking of 511 institutions which you saw where some did well and some did not do well We want MDAs to do well We hope they will engage Nigerians more on their websites and it is a way of preventing corruption he said Yakubu regretted that most MDAs chose to present information on their citizen engagement but decline information on procurement which turned out to be where the corruption centered more He also frowned at the non availability of information on federal character from the MDAs to enable Nigerians know states representation in the various public offices Those are the things missing but citizens engagement social media relationship are very active but our aim is for the MDAs to give information on procurement and publish their audited report Highest score last year was 31 per cent while this year is over 50 per cent so it is a sign that things will get better He said that the centre had already involved the EFCC ICPC and Code of Conduct Bureau to compel defaulting MDAs to give information on procurement and things concerning their finances The Secretary to Government of the Federation SGF Mr Boss Mustapha said the federal government had stepped up measures to strengthen external audit scrutiny in the management of public funds Mustapha represented by Mr Nnamdi Mbaeri Permanent Secretary General Services office of the SGF said the measures would be achieved through the introduction of the Open Treasury Portal for full disclosure of payments Mr Dasuki Arabia Director General Bureau of Public Service Reforms said transparency and accountability were critical in ensuring that resource were properly managed for the benefit of all Arabia said the need for prudence and transparency in government were informed by the economic vulnerability caused by the dip in oil prices across the world and the wide perception of Nigeria been regarded as a nation bedeviled with high rate of corruption Prudent public finance management have become imperative as government continues to face significant fiscal constraints with expenditures rising much faster than revenues resulting in rising budget deficits and borrowings Accordingly the unveiling of the Probe Monitor Portal and the Public Service Diary Application is a laudable step towards creating reservoir of knowledge for judicial processes It will also strengthen track records of Public Servants towards mentorship and promoting core ethical values within Public Institutions Arabia said He noted that wake of the Post COVID and its attendant consequences as well as global trend of economic recession had made it imperative for nations to review their economic policies Arabia also noted that nations were now fashioning out new Public Financial Management models towards economic growth and development NewsSourceCredit NAN
    DBN, BOI, PENCOM  top 2022 integrity index ranking for MDAs
    General news2 months ago

    DBN, BOI, PENCOM  top 2022 integrity index ranking for MDAs

    The Development Bank of Nigeria (DBN), Bank of Industry (BOI)  and National Pension Commission (PENCOM) have emerged as the top three organisations in the 2022 Transparency and Integrity Index ranking for Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the DBN came top of the ranking with 58.74 points, while BOI and PENCOM scored 48.33 each, to finish second and third respectively.

    The Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI), Bureau of Public Service Reforms, Bureau of Public Procurement, Debt Management Office, ICPC and Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority were among the top 10. The ranking was carried out by the Centre for Fiscal Transparency and Integrity Watch (CeFTIW), supported by MacArthur Foundation.

    The Executive Director of CeFTIW, Mr Umar Yakubu said at the 511 MDAs were assessed, across six broad variables.

    Yakubu said the ranking was aimed at preventing corruption in public office as it centred on procurement, budget, human resources, inclusion and website integrity.

    “We used this to check the level of transparency with regards to public finances especially in procurement, how the MDAs spend their money, generate taxes, recruit people; it also assesses them generally on efficiency.

    “It is on this assessment that we brought out the ranking of 511 institutions which you saw where some did well and some did not do well.

    “We want MDAs to do well.

    We hope they will engage Nigerians more on their websites, and it is a way of preventing corruption,” he said.

    Yakubu regretted that most MDAs chose to present information on their citizen- engagement but decline information on procurement which turned out to be where the corruption centered more.

    He also frowned at the non availability of information on federal character from the MDAs to enable Nigerians know states representation in the various public offices.

    “Those are the things missing, but citizens engagement, social media relationship are very active but our aim is for the MDAs to give information on procurement and publish their audited report.

    “Highest score last year was 31 per cent, while this year is over 50 per cent, so it is a sign that things will get better.

    ” He said that the centre had already involved the EFCC, ICPC and Code of Conduct Bureau to compel defaulting MDAs to give information on procurement and things concerning their finances.

    The Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha said the federal government had stepped-up measures to strengthen external audit scrutiny in the management of public funds.

    Mustapha, represented by Mr Nnamdi Mbaeri, Permanent Secretary, General Services, office of the SGF, said the measures would be achieved through the introduction of the Open Treasury Portal, for full disclosure of payments.

    Mr Dasuki Arabia, Director General, Bureau of Public Service Reforms said transparency and accountability were critical in ensuring that resource were properly managed for the benefit of all.

    Arabia said the need for prudence and transparency in government were informed by the economic vulnerability caused by the dip in oil prices across the world, and the wide perception of Nigeria been regarded as a nation bedeviled with high rate of corruption.

    “Prudent public finance management have become imperative as government continues to face significant fiscal constraints, with expenditures rising much faster than revenues, resulting in rising budget deficits and borrowings.

    “Accordingly, the unveiling of the Probe Monitor Portal and the Public Service Diary Application is a laudable step towards creating reservoir of knowledge for judicial processes.

    “It will also strengthen track records of Public Servants towards mentorship and promoting core ethical values within Public Institutions,” Arabia said.

    He noted that wake of the Post-COVID and its attendant consequences as well as global trend of economic recession had made it imperative for nations to review their economic policies.

    Arabia also noted that nations were now fashioning out new Public Financial Management models towards economic growth and development.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Prof Attahiru Jega a former Chairman Independent National Electoral Commission INEC on Tuesday said that no nation developed without adequate and appropriate investment in education sector Jega stated this in his keynote address at the 4th National Summit on Diminishing Corruption in the Public Sector with the theme Corruption and the Education Sector on Tuesday in Abuja The event was organised by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission ICPC in collaboration with the Office of the Federation OSGF and JAMB He said the Nigerian education sector had suffered neglect underfunded which led to crisis compounded by the impact of corruption both from within the education sector itself and from the wider public sector He added that the effects of corruption in the education sector had undermined national capacity to develop requisite national social capital for socioeconomic development The corruption that takes place within the education sector is a dwarf mirror image of what happens in the wider Nigerian context albeit to a lesser extent but with comparatively more consequences Nonetheless it is significant enough to attract serious attention and appropriate mitigation measures In any case fighting corruption and eliminating from the Nigerian public sector generally and the education sector in particular is a task that must be done All hands need to be on deck for the successful accomplishment of this task The former INEC Chairman suggested that to end corruption in the education sector the culture of whistle blowing to expose corrupt practices and their perpetrators should be encouraged He called for appropriate incentives to and protection for whistleblowers so as to encourage them to expose corrupt related issues to the authority for necessary action A very good legal framework for the fight against corruption especially with the aid of whistle blowing needs to be enacted with appropriate incentives and as well as strong institutional mechanisms and agencies for enforcement In this regard the already existing anti corruption institutions which are doing commendable work need to be strengthened adequately resourced and incentivized to increase the tempo and effectiveness of their activities he said On his part the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Mr Boss Mustapha called for commitment of stakeholders in the sector to take anti corruption initiatives seriously Mustapha said that if such initiatives were given more attention they would be deployed to tackle corrupt practices According to him research shows that the education sector is paradoxically playing a major role as enabler of corruption in the country He added that there is need for commitment of stakeholders in the sector to take anti corruption initiatives more seriously and deploy them to tackle corrupt practices The National Ethics and Integrity Policy remains a tool for all stakeholders in the education sector to collaborate on a consistent basis with anti corruption bodies most especially the ICPC or mechanisms for corruption prevention The theme is even more appropriate because corruption is eroding the practical purpose of education at all levels At the primary secondary and tertiary institutions He added that this administration would not leave any stone unturned to tackle corruption in the public sector adding that his office had been collaborating with ICPC in the last four years on this NewsSourceCredit NAN
    No nation develops without adequate investment in education- Jega
     Prof Attahiru Jega a former Chairman Independent National Electoral Commission INEC on Tuesday said that no nation developed without adequate and appropriate investment in education sector Jega stated this in his keynote address at the 4th National Summit on Diminishing Corruption in the Public Sector with the theme Corruption and the Education Sector on Tuesday in Abuja The event was organised by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission ICPC in collaboration with the Office of the Federation OSGF and JAMB He said the Nigerian education sector had suffered neglect underfunded which led to crisis compounded by the impact of corruption both from within the education sector itself and from the wider public sector He added that the effects of corruption in the education sector had undermined national capacity to develop requisite national social capital for socioeconomic development The corruption that takes place within the education sector is a dwarf mirror image of what happens in the wider Nigerian context albeit to a lesser extent but with comparatively more consequences Nonetheless it is significant enough to attract serious attention and appropriate mitigation measures In any case fighting corruption and eliminating from the Nigerian public sector generally and the education sector in particular is a task that must be done All hands need to be on deck for the successful accomplishment of this task The former INEC Chairman suggested that to end corruption in the education sector the culture of whistle blowing to expose corrupt practices and their perpetrators should be encouraged He called for appropriate incentives to and protection for whistleblowers so as to encourage them to expose corrupt related issues to the authority for necessary action A very good legal framework for the fight against corruption especially with the aid of whistle blowing needs to be enacted with appropriate incentives and as well as strong institutional mechanisms and agencies for enforcement In this regard the already existing anti corruption institutions which are doing commendable work need to be strengthened adequately resourced and incentivized to increase the tempo and effectiveness of their activities he said On his part the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Mr Boss Mustapha called for commitment of stakeholders in the sector to take anti corruption initiatives seriously Mustapha said that if such initiatives were given more attention they would be deployed to tackle corrupt practices According to him research shows that the education sector is paradoxically playing a major role as enabler of corruption in the country He added that there is need for commitment of stakeholders in the sector to take anti corruption initiatives more seriously and deploy them to tackle corrupt practices The National Ethics and Integrity Policy remains a tool for all stakeholders in the education sector to collaborate on a consistent basis with anti corruption bodies most especially the ICPC or mechanisms for corruption prevention The theme is even more appropriate because corruption is eroding the practical purpose of education at all levels At the primary secondary and tertiary institutions He added that this administration would not leave any stone unturned to tackle corruption in the public sector adding that his office had been collaborating with ICPC in the last four years on this NewsSourceCredit NAN
    No nation develops without adequate investment in education- Jega
    Defence/Security2 months ago

    No nation develops without adequate investment in education- Jega

    Prof. Attahiru Jega, a former Chairman, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), on Tuesday said that no nation developed without adequate and appropriate investment in education sector.

    Jega stated this in his keynote address at the 4th National Summit on Diminishing Corruption in the Public Sector with the theme: ‘Corruption and the Education Sector’ on Tuesday in Abuja.

    The event was organised by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) in collaboration with the Office of the Federation (OSGF) and JAMBHe said the Nigerian education sector had suffered neglect, underfunded which led to crisis, compounded by the impact of corruption both from within the education sector itself, and from the wider public sector.

    He added that the effects of corruption in the education sector had undermined national capacity to develop requisite national social capital for socioeconomic development.  

    “The corruption that takes place within the education sector is a dwarf mirror image of what happens in the wider Nigerian context, albeit to a lesser extent but with comparatively more consequences.

    “Nonetheless, it is significant enough to attract serious attention and appropriate mitigation measures.

    “In any case, fighting corruption and eliminating from the Nigerian public sector generally, and the education sector in particular, is a task that must be done.

    “All hands need to be on deck for the successful accomplishment of this task.

    ”The former INEC Chairman suggested that to end corruption in the education sector, the culture of whistle-blowing to expose corrupt practices and their perpetrators should be encouraged.  

    He called for appropriate incentives to, and protection for, whistleblowers so as to encourage them to expose corrupt related issues to the authority for necessary action.   

    “A very good legal framework for the fight against corruption, especially with the aid of whistle-blowing, needs to be enacted, with appropriate incentives and , as well as strong institutional mechanisms and agencies for enforcement.  

    “In this regard, the already existing anti-corruption institutions, which are doing commendable work, need to be strengthened, adequately resourced and incentivized to increase the tempo and effectiveness of their activities, ” he said.  

    On his part, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha, called for commitment of stakeholders in the sector to take anti corruption initiatives seriously.

    Mustapha said that if such initiatives were given more attention, they would be deployed to tackle corrupt practices.

    According to him, research shows that the education sector is paradoxically playing a major role as enabler of corruption in the country. 

    He added that, “there is need for commitment of stakeholders in the sector to take anti-corruption initiatives more seriously and deploy them to tackle corrupt practices.

    “The National Ethics and Integrity Policy remains a tool for all stakeholders in the education sector to collaborate on a consistent basis with anti-corruption bodies most especially the ICPC or mechanisms for corruption prevention.

    “The theme is even more appropriate, because corruption is eroding the practical purpose of education at all levels.

    At the primary, secondary, and tertiary institutions.

    ”He added that this administration would not leave any stone unturned to tackle corruption in the public sector, adding that his office had been collaborating with ICPC in the last four years on this.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

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