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  •  The Delta House of Assembly on Tuesday confirmed the appointment of four commissioner nominees submitted by Gov Ifeanyi Okowa as members of the state Executive Council This followed the adoption a motion by the Majority Leader of the house Chief Ferguson Onwo during plenary in Asaba The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Okowa had hellip
    Delta assembly confirms Okowa’s 4 commissioner nominees
     The Delta House of Assembly on Tuesday confirmed the appointment of four commissioner nominees submitted by Gov Ifeanyi Okowa as members of the state Executive Council This followed the adoption a motion by the Majority Leader of the house Chief Ferguson Onwo during plenary in Asaba The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Okowa had hellip
    Delta assembly confirms Okowa’s 4 commissioner nominees
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    Delta assembly confirms Okowa’s 4 commissioner nominees

    The Delta House of Assembly on Tuesday confirmed the appointment of four commissioner nominees submitted by Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa as members of the state Executive Council.

    This followed the adoption a motion by the Majority Leader of the house, Chief Ferguson Onwo during plenary in Asaba.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Okowa had on June 28 forwarded the list of nominees to the house for confirmation.

    The nominees were Mr Samuel Mariere, Dr Sunday Onoriode, Chief Mike Okah and Chief Godspower Asiuwhu.

    The Speaker, Chief Sherriff Oborevwori who presided over the sitting, said that one of the nominees, Mariere was a former lawmaker at the house.

    Mariere represented Ughelli North I Constituency between 2011 and 2019 to remain a good ambassador of the legislature.

    Oborevwori directed that Mariere should enjoy the special privileges usually granted to non sitting members of the House to take a bow in recognition of his outstanding performance as a two-term lawmaker in the house.

    He also granted Onoriode the special privilege, having served the party meritoriously as the State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Organising Secretary.

    The other two nominees,  Okah and  Asiuwhu also enjoyed the privilege as directed by the Speaker.

    Consequently, the majority leader moved a motion for the confirmation of the nominees.

    The motion which was unanimously adopted by the lawmakers when put to a voice vote by the speaker, was seconded by the Deputy Majority Leader, Mr Oboro Preyor.

    Also at Tuesday plenary, the House confirmed the appointment of Dr Samuel Ossai as a member of the board of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC).

    The house also confirmed the appointment of Mr Kelly Imoghenewe as a member of the board of Delta State Internal Revenue Service.

    Also at plenary, the House took the second reading of the Delta State Administrative Procedures Bill with the Majority Leader, Ferguson Onwo leading debates on the merits of the bill.

    The Majority Leader described the bill as apt and harmless as it would promote transparency, good governance and advance the fortunes of the state.

    Onwo who commended Okowa for forwarding the bill which sought to open up administrative procedures in the state, emphasised that the law will deepen democratic process in the state.

    Also speaking in favour of the bill, Mr  Reuben Izeze, representing Ughelli South constituency, said that the bill would bring good governance to the door steps of the people.

    Izeze who also commended the governor for his foresight for sending the bill to the House, said modern democracy was being introduced in state.

    The Chip Whip of the house, Mrs Pat Ajudua said that the bill would promote transparency, accountability, efficiency, order and rule of law in the state.

    Also, the Deputy Chip Whip, Mr Solomon Ighrakpata said that the bill would help to address certain hiccups in the smooth running of government ministries, agencies and departments, MDAs) which were key organs of government.

    Consequently, the bill was referred to the House Joiint Committee on Rules and Business and Special Bills  for scrutiny by the Speaker.

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  •  The Service Compact with all Nigerians SERVICOM has decried insufficient equipment in some Polytechnics saying the situation has defeated the purpose of establishing such institutions in the country Mrs Nnenna Akajemeli the National Coordinator of SERVICOM made the observation on Tuesday in Abuja when she presented the SERVICOM Compliance Evaluation Reports SCER of 23 out hellip
    Nigerians polytechnics are producing technologists without equipment – SERVICOM Boss
     The Service Compact with all Nigerians SERVICOM has decried insufficient equipment in some Polytechnics saying the situation has defeated the purpose of establishing such institutions in the country Mrs Nnenna Akajemeli the National Coordinator of SERVICOM made the observation on Tuesday in Abuja when she presented the SERVICOM Compliance Evaluation Reports SCER of 23 out hellip
    Nigerians polytechnics are producing technologists without equipment – SERVICOM Boss
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    Nigerians polytechnics are producing technologists without equipment – SERVICOM Boss

    The Service Compact with all Nigerians (SERVICOM) has decried insufficient equipment in some Polytechnics, saying the situation has defeated the purpose of establishing such institutions in the country.

    Mrs Nnenna Akajemeli, the National Coordinator of SERVICOM made the observation on Tuesday in Abuja, when she presented the SERVICOM Compliance Evaluation Reports (SCER) of 23 out of 37 Polytechnic in Nigeria, to National Board for Technical Education (NBTE).

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that SCER assessments by SERVICOM is to identify gaps and lapses, strength of MDAs in the course of service delivery and making recommendations to address the weaknesses to improve customer satisfaction and accountability.

    “The aim of establishing Polytechnics in Nigeria is to train technologists, technicians, ND, HND, and Advanced Professional Diploma which are relevant to the needs, aspirations and the development of the nation’s diverse economy and industries.

    “In the other words, the main objective of Polytechnic education is the promotion of education and training, technology transfer as well as skills development to enhance the socio-economic advancement of the country among others, ” she said.

    According to her, polytechnic education plays a vital role in human resources development of a country by creating skilled manpower, enhancing industrial productivity and improving the quality of life.

    On assessment of these institutions across the country, she said the agency’s team on its interactions with students noted some lapses that needed urgent attention to meet the required standards of education in those institutions.

    She listed some of the lapses such as poor budgetary allocation, lack of power supply, dilapidated toiletries, lack of water, late attendance of lectures by lecturers, inadequate materials for practical, poor facilities among others.

    She said the situation had made learning difficult for students which had made graduates from these institutions to be ineffective to the society.

    According to her, majority of Polytechnics visited complained of shortage of both academics and non-teaching staff, which has led to over-working of the available staff, thereby impeding efficient and effective service delivery.

    Akajemeli, however, commended other Polytechnics that have  come up with some innovative ideas to improve technological development in the Nigeria.

    “Management of Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Owerri has produced ‘SMART CAPUS’, where screening, and clearance, registration of courses are done online thereby reducing hardship faced by students.

    “The Polytechnic has come up with several innovations such as electric car, drones. This shows that the inspection is achieving its mandates and also improving technological development,” she said.

    While commending other Polytechnics for their innovative ideas, SERVICOM boss called on NBTE management and relevant agencies to ensure that Polytechnics were adequately funded.

    She said such initiative would guarantee smooth running of the institutions to achieve their mandates for the benefits of the students and the general public.

    In his response, Prof. Idris Bugaje, the Executive Secretary NBTE, commended efforts by the SERVICOM to have come up with the tremendous reports of both strength and lapses to improve service delivery in the Polytechnics institutions in Nigeria.

    “SERVICOM is doing well and we are calling on all Polytechnics to strengthen all areas of weaknesses and improve more on their strength.

    “The reports we have received from the 23 Polytechnics today is an eye opener, is an independent assessment and we have seen gaps and lapses, we have also seen areas of strength and we are calling on all Polytechnics to improve and close the gaps,” he appealed.

    Speaking on challenges, Bugaje appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to approve recruitment of lecturers for all Polytechnics institutions in the country as the capable ones were retired and needed replacement, adding that inadequate funding was also a big challenge.

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  •  The Socio economic Rights and Accountability Project SERAP on Wednesday called on the Federal Government to enactment an audit law to fight against debt crisis and revenue issues in the county The Executive Director of Paradigm Leaders Support Initiative PLSI Mr Segun Elemo gave the advice in Ikeja at an interactive session on Promoting Transparency and hellip
    SERAP calls for enactment of audit laws to curb debt crisis in MDAs
     The Socio economic Rights and Accountability Project SERAP on Wednesday called on the Federal Government to enactment an audit law to fight against debt crisis and revenue issues in the county The Executive Director of Paradigm Leaders Support Initiative PLSI Mr Segun Elemo gave the advice in Ikeja at an interactive session on Promoting Transparency and hellip
    SERAP calls for enactment of audit laws to curb debt crisis in MDAs
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    SERAP calls for enactment of audit laws to curb debt crisis in MDAs

    The Socio-economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) on Wednesday called on the Federal Government to enactment an audit law to fight against  debt crisis and revenue issues in the county.

    The Executive Director of Paradigm  Leaders Support Initiative (PLSI), Mr Segun Elemo gave the advice in Ikeja at an interactive session on “Promoting Transparency  and Accountability in Ministries, Departments and Agencies in Nigeria.

    According to Elemo, if the Audit law is assented to, it will aid the fight against corruption and accountability among public office holders.

    He urged President Muhammadu Buhari to assent to the Audit Law that was submitted by the Senate on Jan. 20, 2019 to salvage the mismanagement of funds by Ministries, Departments and Agencies in the country.

    “If you don’t enact an Audit Law, you will not empower the office of the auditor general and this issue about the accountant general submitting the year-end financial statement will continue.

    “There is no delegation of responsibility. So, everybody is just taking advantage of the gap in the system. It takes nothing from the federal government to enact the law.

    “If the audit law is passed, it will assist in the fight against corruption and it will also promote transparency and accountability among public office holders.

    “This law will provide for the timely publication of audit reports as international best practices allow for audit reports to be published at most 18 months after the end of the financial year,” Elemo said.

    The guest speaker, in  a review of SERAP findings in the 2018 audit report, said that 79 agencies of government had a total budget of N2.1 trillion, adding that the total funds released to the agencies was N831 billion but N 617 billion was unaccounted for.

    He identified six cross-cutting issues in the audit report  such as unmerited advances, store items not taken on store charge, and circumvention of the procurement procedure.

    Others, he said, are irregularities in payment and expenditure which include unauthorised foreign trips, failure in remittance of revenue and irregularities in contract award, execution and payment.

    “Of all the six crossing issues, failure in remittance of revenue took about N54 billion. What that means is that MDA’s were generating revenue and they did not remit to the federation account.

    “Three issues we have in Nigeria today are revenue issues, we have a debt crisis and development deficit.

    “There is no way you want to solve the debt crisis and development deficit without talking about revenue and failure in remittance of revenue grew by 164 per cent.

    “When you look at what happened in 2017 and 2018, there was a growth of 164 per cent. It means that in 2017, failure in remittance of revenue was just N20 billion.

    “In 2018, failure in remittance of revenue to the federation account has grown to N54 billion and we are saying that there is no money to implement the budget.” he said.

    The longest serving federal Lawmaker from Osun State, Mr Busayo Oluwole-Oke, in his remarks, called for the enforcement of the law to actualise transparency and accountability.

    Oluwole-Oke also advocated for creating sanctions for erring public office holders.

    SERAP recommended that the federal government immediately impose stringent measures, including withholding financial releases and sanctioning the Chief Executive Officer of MDAS implicated in cases of corruption within their ministries, departments and agenda.

    It also urged the government to establish an independent commission of inquiry with subpoena power to conduct a transparent, comprehensive, and impartial investigation into systemic corruption within the  MDAs

    SERAP also urged the apex government to mandate all heads of MDAs to declare their assets

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  •  The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development has applauded President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Prof Yemi Osinbajo for delivery it mandate on the National Social Investment Programme NSIP The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Dr Nasir Sani Gwarzo made the commendation at a Stakeholders Meeting on State Compliance Check Exercise on NSIP in hellip
    NSIP: Humanitarian Ministry lauds Buhari, Osinbajo for progress, mandate delivery
     The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs Disaster Management and Social Development has applauded President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Prof Yemi Osinbajo for delivery it mandate on the National Social Investment Programme NSIP The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry Dr Nasir Sani Gwarzo made the commendation at a Stakeholders Meeting on State Compliance Check Exercise on NSIP in hellip
    NSIP: Humanitarian Ministry lauds Buhari, Osinbajo for progress, mandate delivery
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    NSIP: Humanitarian Ministry lauds Buhari, Osinbajo for progress, mandate delivery

    The Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development has applauded President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, for delivery it mandate on the National Social Investment Programme (NSIP)The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry,  Dr Nasir Sani-Gwarzo, made the commendation at a Stakeholders Meeting on State Compliance Check Exercise on NSIP in Abuja.Sani-Gwarzo, represented by Director of Special Needs in the Ministry, Mrs Nkechi Florence Onwukwue, said the Ministry created on August 1, 2019 by President Buhari to effectively coordinate the administration’s strategic response to humanitarian challenges in Nigeria..According to him, the creation of the Ministry was necessitated by the compelling need to harmonise, synergise, institutionalise, as well as provide coordination for all government’s humanitarian and social interventions.He emphasised that this was in line with the vision of Buhari to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty in ten years.“To actualise this vision, the NSIP aimed at tackling poverty across the country,  the projects under the NSIP include the Conditional Cash Transfer and the National Home Grown School Feeding Programme.“Others are: Government Empowerment Enterprise Programme also known as GEEP and the N-Power programme.“Since inception, we have achieved a lot in the area of the provision and effective coordination of humanitarian interventions in keeping with our mandate,” he said.Sani-Gwarzo said that the ministry also provided coordination through cooperation and partnerships with relevant government MDAs, development partners, UN Agencies and other strategic partners.“The continuing support and encouragement we are receiving from Buhari and Osinbajo has significantly assisted us in making constant progress in the delivery and achievement of our mandate,” Sani-Gwarzo said.The Permanent Secretary thanked the Minister, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq, Heads of all Agencies of the Ministry and Management staff of the Ministry for their dedication to duty.“I sincerely appreciate everyone who has taken out time to be with us here today and many others who have been part of our story from the inception of the Ministry to date”.Also speaking, the National Coordinator of NSIP, Dr Umar Bindir said the programmes was introduced by Buhari to alleviate poverty in a special way.He said the programme used to be in the office of the Vice President, but for institutionalisation consistency and strategic continuity, it was moved to the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development in 2019.According to him, the objective of the meeting is to bring the programme to the table and with all stakeholders evaluate the progress, achievements and areas that needs improvement.Also, Hajiya Imann Sulaiman-Ibrahim, The Federal High Commissioner in charge of National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI) in her goodwill message appreciated Buhari, Osinbajo, Farouq and Bindir.Sulaiman-Ibrahim, represented by a Director in NCFRMI, Malam Musa Kangiwa said the Commission recognised the importance of distribution of resources to women, children and vulnerable groups in the country.“The NSIP is a laudable initiative to effectively eradicate poverty. We support the laudable efforts. I want to also thank Buhari for strengthening the humanitarian intervention for the poor, vulnerable and persons of concern”.In the same vein, Mr Chucks Akanmadu, the President of Centre for Ethical Rebirth Among the Youths said the meeting of stakeholders indicated that the Ministry recognised the need for accountability and transparency in it activities.“I commend Buhari and Farouq for their efforts. Their efforts are what posterity will love to preserve. This is an inclusive gathering and those of us in the civil Societies Groups are happy to be involved”.The News Agency of Nigeria reports  that the event attracted officials from the Presidency, Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Code of Conduct Bureau and National Orientation Agency.Others are North East Development Commission, National Cash Transfer Office,, NITDA, National Commission for Persons with Disabilities, National Senior Citizens Centre, National Home Grown School Feeding Programme and many others.

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  •  Mr Olamilekan Adegbite the Minister of Mines and Steel Development MMSD has awarded 19 staff members of the Ministry for their immense contributions to the growth of the mining sector Adegbite gave the awards in commemoration of the week long activities of the 2022 Africa Public Service Day Celebration on Monday in Abuja The theme of hellip
    Adegbite awards 19 staff members of ministry of mines
     Mr Olamilekan Adegbite the Minister of Mines and Steel Development MMSD has awarded 19 staff members of the Ministry for their immense contributions to the growth of the mining sector Adegbite gave the awards in commemoration of the week long activities of the 2022 Africa Public Service Day Celebration on Monday in Abuja The theme of hellip
    Adegbite awards 19 staff members of ministry of mines
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    Adegbite awards 19 staff members of ministry of mines

    Mr Olamilekan Adegbite, the Minister of Mines and Steel Development (MMSD) has awarded 19 staff members  of the Ministry for their immense contributions to the growth of the mining sector.Adegbite gave the awards in commemoration of the week-long activities of the 2022 Africa Public Service Day Celebration on Monday in Abuja.The theme of the event for 2022 is: “Performance Management System: Impact on productivity in the Nigeria Public Sector”.The African Union (AU) sets aside June 23, as the “Africa Public Service Day (APSD) since 1999 and Nigeria has consistently commemorated the day annually with series of activities.The minister said that the 19 staff members were selected from various departments of the ministry, out of which three of them were distinguished with special awards.He also gave 27 retirees deep freezers for serving the ministry as well as the country meritoriously.Mrs Oluwatoyin Akinlade, the Permanent Secretary, MMSD, said that the APSD 2022 celebration was particularly remarkable because of its theme.“I must crave your indulgence that this is coming after the week that was officially set aside for the celebration. It was due to exigencies of duty, it is never too late to celebrate ourselves.” The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HCSF) approved a full package of  a week-long activity for this year, including Jumat and Church Services, Keep- session, a Town-hall Meeting and among others.“In the context of the passion of the HCSF for improved productivity and welfare of Civil Servants, there could not have been a better theme for this celebration.” This can summarise the vision of the HCSF to make the service a world class system that drives optimum productivity through effective and efficient Performance Management.” She has vigorously pursued the full implementation of the new Performance Management System through training of various categories of officers,” she said.Akinlade said that the ministry had also made efforts within the limit of its available resources to provide facilities that would enhance productivity and staff welfare.” To the glory of God, we now have a clinic that can provide basic health services to all staff to ensure that our health is given adequate priority.“Many may be unaware that within these few months of operation of the clinic, health crises have been averted for some staff just through routine check by the medical team in the clinic.“Also, we can easily see the massive deployment of ICT infrastructure within office complex aimed at achieving the full automation of the work processes in the ministry.” MMSD is among the first set of MDAs to receive these facilities and efforts are on to ensure that we blaze the trail in the service-wide project of work-process automation.”She said that the ministry had achieved a major improvement in the Anti-Corruption Transparency Unit (ACTU) rating from about 26.5 per cent to 74.5 per cent compliance, adding that the ministry had also surpassed its revenue projection.Mr Oseni Abdullahi, one of the retirees of the ministry appreciated the gesture, he advised civil servants to put in their best while serving the country. 

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