UNICEF Reiterates Commitment To Survival Of Nigerian Children

Kaduna   –         The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says it will continue to support federal and state governments towards ensuring the survival and development of children in Nigeria.

UNICEF Country Representative in Nigeria, Mr Mohammed Fall, gave the assurance in Kaduna on Tuesday in an interaction with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the 2018 World Children’s Day.

Fall said though there had been improvement over the years, much needed to be done in making sure Nigerian children’s rights were protected.

He said “We need investment in education to ensure that we get the over 10 million children still not attending school into classrooms.
“We need to make sure children, especially those in hard to reach areas, can access the nutrition they need to survive and thrive.

“And we need to protect children from violence; right now, three out of five children have experienced some form of violence, this is unacceptable,” he said.

He said that all stakeholders, government, families, schools, communities, civil society including the children, must work together to achieve results.

“There are a lot to be done and together we can make sure that Nigeria is a place where children will be happy to live and grow up with full respect for all of their rights.

“24 states have signed on to the Child Rights law; we want to see all 36 states sign on and implement.

“Signing on is very important because it shows political engagement, but the most difficult part and yet most important is the implementation, as this is really where we are reaching out to children and families,” he added.

According to him, UNICEF believes that all children have a right to survive, thrive and fulfil their potential to the benefit of a better world.

He said that the Convention on the Rights of the Child incorporates the complete range of international human rights, adding that the rights are interdependent, meaning “you can’t have one without the other.”

“For example, in order to be healthy, you need to have food. In order to thrive, you need to have an education, but you also need to have time to play and just be a child.

“Sadly, we find children’s rights suffering in every corner of the globe.

“From children under attack and suffering, the denial of nutrition in Yemen, to children lacking health care in the midst of crisis in Syria;

“To children in need of protection and essential services in Latin America, as they make their way across the region in a human caravans, children around the world are suffering and in need.

“We have a lot to do and we need to do it fast, if we want to achieve the sustainable development goals by 2030,” Fall said.
The theme for the 2018 World Children’s Day is “Children are taking over and turning the world blue”.

The day was set up to celebrate children and their rights and draw the world’s attention to the rights deficits that still prevail.

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Jam’iyyar PDP Ta Jihar Kaduna Ta Yi Fashin Baki Akan Kalaman Mainan Zazzau

 

A jiya ne babbar Jam’iyyar adawa ta PDP a Jihar Kaduna ta yi wani taro domin warware zare da abawa dangane da ficewar daya daga cikin manyan ‘ya’yanta kuma daya daga cikin wadanda suka yi takarar mukamin gwamna wato Dokta Muhammad Sani Bello, Mainan Zazzau wanda a cikin hirar sa da manema labaru a ranar 12 ga wannan wata na Nuwamba 2018 ya ce ya fice daga jam’iyyar sakamakon rashin kyakyawan takardun dantakarar gwamnan jam’iyyar watau Alhaji Isah Ashiru Kudan.

Tun bayan waccan sanarwa da ya yi mutane da dama musamman ‘ya’yan jam’iyyar suka gane cewa wankin hula zai kai su dare ganin samun wannan babbar Baraka tsakanin mahukuntan jam’iyyar a daidai lokacin da ake kan soma yakin neman zabe domin ganin an raba kuturu da goriba, sai kuma gashi gidan jam’iyyar ya kama da wuta. Domin yiwa tukka hanci, jam’iyyar ta gudanar da wani taro na gaggawa wanda madugunta Hon Hassan Hyet ya jagoranta inda kuma daga bisani ta fitar da wata takarda mai dauke da sa hannun Jami’in Yada Labaran Jam’iyyar na Jihar Kaduna Hon Abraham Albera Catoh inda ta bayyana matsayinta a cikin wannan dambawar.

Bayyanin takardar ya nuna cewa a iya sanin PDP a jihar Kaduna ‘ya’yan ta goma ne suka nuna sha’awar tsayawa takarar mukamin gwamna, domin haka suka yi sayi takardun takarar a karkashin jam’iyyar. Domin ganin jam’iyyar ta yi masu adalci kuma domin ganin sun kasance tsintsiya madaurinki daya, suka fito da wani azure ko kungiya tsakanin su domin fitar da mutum guda daga cikin su da suke da tabbacin zai iya wannan aiki cikin kyakyawan yanayi, bayan sun gaza samar da haka, sai suka nemi tsohon gwamnan jihar Kaduna kuma daya daga cikin masu takarar mukamin na gwamna, Alhaji Mukhtar Ramalan Yero, Dallatun Zazzau wanda har illa yau shi ne ke jagorancin wancan zaure, domin ya baiwa jam’iyyar shawara ta ba su dama su fitar da dantakara na bai daya ta hanyar tantacewa, jam’iyyar kuwa ta amince tare da cewa a shirye take ta yi aiki da duk wanda suka zabo a tsakanin su ko kuma ta hanyar zabe idan sun kasa cimma matsaya a tsakanin su, tunda guri mazo hajji salla.

Bayan an gudanar zaben fitar da gwani, jam’iyyar ta yi taro da su, domin jadada matsayin ta na aiki da su domin ganin an samu nasarorin da za su baiwa jam’iyyar dama lashe zaben dake zuwa cikin yardar Allah, a lokacin taron ta bayyana masu irin shirin da take ciki domin ganin an samu nasarorin da ake nema a lokacin yakin neman zaben da ake saran farawa a ranar Assabar 18 ga watan Nuwamban 2018. Tun daga lokacin da ake shirin zaben fitar da gwani na mukamin gwamna har lokacin da aka kare shi, babu wani dantakara daya da jam’iyyar ta yiwa wani alkawari, hasalima dukkanin su daya ta dauke su, kuma dukkanin su ta ziyarce su domin sanin matsayin kowa a dangane da yakin dake gaban su, kuma a cikin su babu wanda ya taba yin wani korafi ko rashin yarda da matakin da da ake kai, dangane da nasarar da ake kokarin samu a shekarar zabe mai zuwa.

Dangane da zancen takardun karatun Hon Isah Ashiru kuwa, jam’iyyar ta nuna cewa kwamitin tantacewa da uwar jam’iyyar ta kasa ta turo shi ne ya wanke dantakarar tare da sauran ‘yan uwansa guda tara, ya kuma ba da sakamakon da ya nuna dukkanin su, sun cancanci tsaya takarar kowanne mukami balle na gwamna, kwamitin tantacewar ya gudanar da aikin sa ne, a ofishin Shiyar Arewa Maso Yamma na Jam’iyyar dake lamba Daya Titin Isa Kaita dake nan Birnin Gwamna wato Kaduna.

Takardar bayyanin ta nuna cewa har gobe, jam’iyyar tana da danyen ganye da dukkanin ‘ya’yanta da suka yi takarar mukamai daban daban wadanda suka samu nasara da wadanda ba su samu ba, kuma babu daya daga cikin su da ta yiwa rashin adalci ko ta kawar da kanta daga gare shi domin sanin amfani kowa a cikin hidimar ta. Jam’iyyar ta nemi ilahirin ‘ya’yanta dake jihar da su hada hannu da ita wajen ceto jihar daga halin ni ‘yar su da ta samu kanta a hannun ‘yan mulkin ba-ni-na-iya. Jam’iyyar ta nemi Mainan mutanen Zazzau da ya sake tunani ya kuma dawo cikin jam’iyyar domin a karasa aikin alherin da aka soma tare dashi domin a gudu tare a tsira tare, ta kuma nuna matukar farin cikin ta dangane da irin dimbin gudumuwarsa ga jam’iyyar tun daga lokacin da ta shiga tsaka mai wuya zuwa yanzu, da take matsayin amarya a tsakanin jam’iyyun Najeriya.

 

 

 

 

‘’Sanata Danjuma Lar, Ya Jefa Rayuwa Ta Cikin Tsaka Mai Wuya’’ Inji Alhaji Yahaya Jagindi

A shekaranjiya Jumma’a ina gab da shiga Masallacin Sarkin Musulmi Bello dake Unguwar Sarki Kaduna sai na samu kira daga wani nagartaccen matashi da na sani tun cikin shekarar 1999 mai suna Alhaji Yahaya Abdullahi Jagindi, a lura ta yana cikin kuka ne, na tambaye shi lafiya, ya ce yana son ganina, na fada masa idan an kammala salla zan kira shi, bayan an idar da salla zan kira shi, sai ya kira ni, saboda haka na tambaye shi yanzu yana ina, ya fada mani yana harabar gidan abinci dake lamba daya a Titin Alkali wato ‘Food Palace Kaduna’, saboda haka na yiwa wajen tsinke, da zuwa na, na same shi a dimauce tamkar wanda ‘yan Boko Haram suka kaiwa hari ya kwace da kyar.

Na tambaye shi, mene ne dalalin kiran da ya yi mani, ya fada mani cewa rayuwar sa tana cikin tsaka mai wuya, hasalima yanzu haka zai sadu da Babban Jami’in ‘Yansanda dake Shiyyar Kafachan ranar Litinin mai zuwa domin ya mayar da wata mota kirar 406 da Sanata Danjuma Lar ya bashi domin ya yi masa hidimar ganin ya ci zaben fitar da gwani da Jam’iyyar su ta PDP ta gudanar kwannakin baya, ya bayyana mani cewa a lokacin da aka bashi motar an hada masa da sharadi cewa, idan hakar sanatan ta cimma ruwa motar ta zama tashi, idan kuma aka samu akasi zai dawo da ita, to gashi kuwa sanatan ya samu nasara amma yana zaune jami’in ‘yansandan ya nemi shi da ya je, sai aka fada masa cewa ya dawo da motar sanatan da ya sace, ya fada masu sharadin da aka fada masa kafin motar ta zo hannunsa, suka ce su a iya sanin su sanatan ya fada masu cewa satar motar ya yi, saboda haka ya dawo da ita ranar litinin wato gobe da takardun ta gabadaya.

Na ce masa a iya sanina yana cikin matasan da ake yiwa kallon yaran sanatan tun cikin shekarar 2015 lokacin da sanatan ke neman takarar kujerar da yake kai a yanzu, to yaya kuma a yau za a ce suna cikin irin wannan lamari, ko shi Sanata Lar ya manta cewa don lada ake salla? Sai matashin ya ce, ai a tsakanin shekarun 2015 da 2016 sanatan ya sanya shi ya rarrabawa ‘ya’yan jam’iyyar ta su manya da kananna dake yankin kayayyakin da yake sayarwa irin su Shadda nan mai suna Ghezina da Riguna da Kaftanai da Hullunoni da Takalma manya da kananna da kuma Agogaye na alfarma, kuma cikin ikon Allah dukkanin wadanda ya baiwa wadannan kayayyakin suna nan a raye, amma har yanzu bai samu raguwar kudinsa ba daga hannun tsohon maigidansa, ya nuna cewa wannan hasarar ta janyo masa karewar harkokin kasuwancinsa gabadaya.

Matashin ya nuna cewa ya ba da su irin wadannan kayan na zunzurutun kudi har N325,000.00 a ranar 9/06/2015, sai kuma a ranar 20/06/2015 da ya rarraba kaya na zunzurutun kudi har N1,002.000.00, sai kuma a ranar 12/06/2016 da ya ba da na N255,000.00, daga cikin wannan jimla, sanatan ya bashi N295,000.00 kamar yadda kwafin jidawalin kayan ya nuna, wanda na karba a hannunsa. To ana cikin wannan bandakala ne kuma aka neme shi domin ya zo ya yi wancar hidimar da sunan idan bukata ta biya, za a mayar masa da kudinsa, to amma maimakon ya samu hakkokinsa, sai aka jefa shi cikin tsaka mai wuya. Wannan ya sanya shi, neman taimakon na domin sanatan ya dubi Allah ya bashi kudinsa kuma kada ya raba shi da wannan mota, tunda bashi kadai ba ne aka baiwa irin ta domin aikin yakin neman zabensa, inji shi. Na yi kokarin jin ta bakin wani yaron sanatan amma abin ya ci tura.

Read the full House of Reps report that indict VP Osibanjo

The House of Representatives in Plenary on Thursday, 15th February, 2018, mandated the Committee on Emergency and Disaster Preparedness to investigate the alleged “Violation of Public Trust in National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)” and report back to it for further legislative consideration.

In furtherance to the above Resolution contained in the Votes and Proceedings of the House, dated 15th February, 2018, the Committee adopted the following terms of reference to determine the propriety or otherwise of the transactions undertaken and expenditures incurred in the following areas of concern by management of NEMA.

(i) The release of N5,865,671,389.26 and N3,153,000,000.00 as emergency intervention of Food Security to support the population affected by insurgency in the North-East in June 2017 and other releases for the North-East intervention;
(ii) The 6,779 metric tons of rice donated by Chinese government to the internally displaced persons in the North-East;
(iii) Payment of about N800 Million Demurrage on the donated Rice by the Chinese government;
(iv) Over 10 Billion Naira being statutory 20% Ecological Funds released between January 2017 to February 2018 to NEMA;
(v) The Federal Government of Nigeria Flood Intervention in the sum of N1,600,000,000.00 to 16 States in July 2017;
(vi) The over N1.6 Billion released to NEMA for Evacuation of Nigerians stranded in Libya in 2017; and
(vii) Other ancillary issues.

2.0
MODUS OPERANDI

The Committee took the following legislative measures in the course of discharging this assignment:-

(i) The Committee held number of meetings to determine its modus operandi;
(ii) Letters were written to critical stakeholders to elicit their views on the issue under investigation;
(iii) Committee placed adverts in both Print and Electronic Media soliciting for memorandum and sensitizing the Public and stakeholders to the Public Hearing to ensure overall success of the investigation;
(iv) All submissions/documents received at the hearing were objectively scrutinized and analysed for informed findings and recommendations to the House for adoption.

3.0
INVESTIGATIVE PUBLIC HEARING

The Committee conducted investigative hearing on the matter. The well-attended hearing was officially declared open on Wednesday, 21st March, 2018, by His Excellency, the Honourable Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara who was represented by the House Leader, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila. The Committee conducted the investigation over a period of three months in 11 Public Sitting with various stakeholders.

Invited stakeholders who made presentations at the hearing were from:
(i) The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA)
(ii) Office of the Accountant General of the Federation
(iii) Federal Ministry of Finance
(iv) Central Bank of Nigeria
(v) Federal Ministry of Budget and National Planning
(vi) Federal Ministry of Agriculture
(vii) Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
(viii) Governing Council of NEMA
(ix) Contractors: –
– Dangote Rice Ltd
– BUA
– WACOT
– Golden Agric Input Ltd.
– Olam Nig. Ltd.
– 3 Brothers Nig. Ltd.
(x) Office of Head of Service of the Federation
(xi) The Nigeria Customs Service
(xii) Nigeria Port Authority
(xiii) MAESK Line Clearing and Forwarding Agents & Transporters
(xiv) APMT & Maresk Line Clearing Agents & Transporter
(xv) SEMA (16 states affected by the flood and 5 out of the 6 states of the North East.
(xvi) CAC
(xvii) PENCOM
(xviii) FIRS
(xix) ITF
(xx) NSITF

4.0
ANALYSIS OF THE SUBMISSIONS

5.0
OBSERVATIONS/FINDINGS

A. DONATION OF 6,779 METRIC TONS OF RICE BY CHINESE GOVERNMENT FOR IDP’S IN THE NORTH EAST.
Committee appraised the submissions made by stakeholders involved in the matter and observed as follows:
– That the Chinese government donated and shipped a total of 6,779 metric tons of rice, that is 271 trucks and approximately 162,696 bags of rice into the country’s seaport in June 2017 meant for distribution to IDPs in the North-East as food assistance.
– That the government Agencies namely – Ministry of Budget and National Planning, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Finance and NEMA were charged with different responsibilities of receiving, clearing, storage, transportation and distribution of the consignments to the IDP’s in the North East.
– That more than one year after the goods were donated, there is no evidence that the 6 States of the North East, who are the beneficiaries have received the items.
– Evaluation of the correspondences by the Chinese government on the free donation of the items and responses by the Federal government Agencies confirmed that there was adequate information on the donation, as an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was entered into by all the parties indicating the role to be played by each Agency. But the rice could not be evacuated over long period of time at the seaport despite written letters by Chinese Government to Ministry of Budget and National Planning after an import waiver had been obtained from Ministry of Finance, informing the Nigerian authorities of the consequences of the delay in clearing the items.
– The Federal Government paid about N800 Million as demurrage to APM terminal and Maersk Line for the consignment due to delay arising from inability and negligence on part of NEMA, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Budget and National Planning to secure the items as at when due.
– APM Terminal provided invoices on the demurrage showing payment by Ministry of Agriculture but NEMA testified it made the payment. NEMA could not however, provide before the Committee evidence of payment to APM terminal but the payment reflected in their account book.
– Ministry of Budget and National Planning was to provide the funding for the clearing, transportation of the rice, handling and logistic charges as agreed in the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Government Agencies.
– Ministry of Agriculture was responsible for providing silos for the storage of the rice.
– The Ministry of Agriculture confirmed to the Committee that no single bag of the consignments was delivered and received from NEMA as at the time of this report.
– Global View Logistics Ltd and Baltic Air and Maritime Services Ltd engaged to clear the rice were not registered contractors with NEMA, the Companies were equally not registered with ITF, NSITF, and PENCOM, as required by existing law, practice and Regulations.
– National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) was saddled with the responsibility of delivering the consignments to different designated silos and to distribute all the 6779 metric tons of the Chinese rice to the IDPs within the 6 States in the North-East in the following proportion:
S/No States
Percentage and Tons Equivalence in Trucks
1 Borno 35% = 2,372.7 M/Tons 79.09 Trucks
2 Yobe 20% = 1355.8 M/Tons 45.1 Trucks
3 Adamawa 15% = 1016.85 M/Tons 33.89 Trucks
4 Gombe 10% = 677.9 M/Tons 22.5 Trucks
5 Bauchi 5% = 339 M/Tons 11.3 Trucks
6 Taraba 5% = 399 M/Tons 11.3 Trucks
7 Kwali FCT 10% = 677.9 M/Tons 22.5 Trucks
TOTAL
225.5 Trucks

Ministry of Finance provided Certificate for Import tax waiver with tax deduction on the consignments donated to Nigeria by Chinese government
The 5 State governments in the North-East except Borno State who did not appear before Committee, denied receiving any single bag of rice from the consignment purported to have been delivered and distributed to the IDPs by NEMA.
– Due to the testimony of the Director of Finance and Accounts (DFA) and some staff of NEMA on payment of demurrage which the management was not comfortable with, NEMA management hurriedly convened a Governing Council meeting of NEMA for the first time in 3 years where it took a decision to suspend the Director of Finance and 5 other staff of the Agency without due process and in flagrant violation of the principle of fair hearing as guaranteed under Section 36 of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
– The suspension took place on 2nd April, 2018 which was the date of the inauguration of the Council Members by the Vice President. This was done within the period of investigation by the Committee, and intended to jeopardise and obstruct the work of the Committee.

B. RECEIPT AND UTILIZATION OF N1.6 BILLION FOR FLOOD VICTIMS IN 16 STATES

FINDINGS:
– NEMA confirmed receiving the sum of N1.6 Billion released to it by the Federal Government as Intervention Fund to purchase food items and other relief materials for distribution to all the 16 States which was affected by the flood disaster in June 2017. The States are: Lagos, Oyo, Edo, Kwara, Ebonyi, Niger, Ekiti, Kebbi, Akwa Ibom, Plateau, Sokoto, Bayelsa, Enugu, Ondo, Abia State and FCT
– The ratio of distribution of the fund for each State is N100,000,000.00.
– The Committee further confirmed that 11 of the States received relief items worth less than N50,000,000.00 each while 5 States received items worth N70,000,000.00 each from NEMA and only received the items in March 2018 when the investigative hearing commenced.
– The relief materials released was an afterthought and not intended to salvage the situation as the disbursement happened 9 months after the flood disaster. Thereby defeating the emergency purpose for which it was meant.
– NEMA could only account for the disbursement of N900 Million to the Sixteen States. The balance of N700 Million could not be accounted for.

C. FUNDS RELEASED FOR EMERGENCY INTERVENTION OF FOOD SECURITY IN THE NORTH-EAST

FINDINGS:

– On the emergency intervention of food security to the North-East to support the population ravaged by insurgency, a sum of N5,865,671,939.26 was approved and released in June 2017 vide a memo raised from the Office of the Acting President, directing the Hon. Minister of Finance and the Accountant General of the Federation to so act. The details further specified a directive to the Governor of CBN from the Ministry of Finance to pay the sum from the Consolidated Revenue Fund Account which the AGF is to raise a mandate for. This is in contravention of approval of NASS on the issuance of Euro Bond from which the Hon. Minister authorized the payment. The Euro Bond is for specified infrastructural projects and not for discretionary intervention. Furthermore, there is no specific appropriation by the National Assembly.

This contravenes Section 80 (4) of the 1999 constitution as amended: which states:
“No money shall be withdrawn from the Consolidated Revenue Fund or any other public fund of the Federation, except in the manner prescribed by the National Assembly”.
The money was paid to the following companies for supply of food items to the North East:-
1. Dangote Rice Ltd.
= N936,196,800.00
2. Golden Agric Input Ltd.
= N1,384,554,236.26
3. BUA Rice Ltd.
= N1,322,273,520.00
4. WACOT Ltd.
= N453,674,296.00
5. WACOT Ltd
= N939,946,089.00
6. NEMA
= N829,026,456.00
= N5,865,671,389.26

– Committee noted the flaws and infractions on the authorization granted and removal of such huge sum of money from the Consolidated Revenue Fund Account of the Federation in violation of section 80(2) of the Constitution, Section 16(2) of the Procurement Act and provisions of the Appropriation Act as approval of the Legislature was not sought nor obtained for such expenditure.

– Due process was not followed as taxes and interest accruable to government were not deducted and remitted to the FIRS on the sums released and paid into the accounts of the different corporate entities shown above, this created colossal loss of revenue to the Federal Government.
No meeting of the Federal Executive Council was held approving the contracts to the named companies and the release and crediting of the funds directly into the individual companies and NEMA bank account in blatant violation of approval limit allowed by law.

– It was revealed in the Public Hearing testimonies that Dangote Rice Ltd, WACOT Ltd, BUA Rice Ltd and Golden Agric Input Ltd had earlier received N2billion each from CBN as loan to mop up grains across the country.
– All the 6 States of the North East denied ever receiving this emergency intervention for food security in the North East for which about N5.8b was expended by the Federal Government.

– Out of about N5.8Billion. NEMA got N829,026,456 for logistics and it claimed it spent it as follows, without satisfactory evidence:
(i) General Logistic N369.5 million
(ii) Branding and packaging N189.00 million
(iii) Others (Marketing, Security, tracking and media) N248.6 million
(iv) Contingency N21.9 million

D. RELEASE OF N3,153,000,000.00 TO NEMA FOR FOOD INTERVENTION TO THE NORTH-EAST
FINDING:
– The Committee noted that NEMA released 2.4 Billion Naira to Olam Nigeria Limited to supply 8,000 metric tons of rice, gave 3 Brother Rice Mill Limited the contract to supply 2,000 metric tons of rice at N600,000,000 and N153,160,000 for logistics and transportation of the items, all totaling N3,153,000,000.00.
– Committee observed that Olam Nigeria Limited and 3 Brother Rice Mill Limited were contacted verbally by Ministry of Agriculture to go to NEMA for the jobs without due process.
– The contract award letters issued to Olam Nigeria Limited and 3 Brothers Rice Ltd were all signed by the Ag. Director of Relief and Rehabilitation and not by Director of Procurement in contravention of Public Procurement Act.
– The same Ag. Director of Relief and Rehabilitation who was saddled with the responsibilities of receiving the items and distributing them, signed the award letters without the knowledge of the Procurement Department. This is tantamount to breach of the Procurement Act.
– Evidence before the Committee showed that the World Food Programme (WFP) sought to import and supply 5000 metric tons of rice to the North East, at the rate of N11,500 per bag which is cheaper than the N15,000 per bag offered by local Nigerian millers. However, the Committees findings indicate that the concerned Federal Government agencies namely Federal Ministry of Agriculture and NEMA offered to subsidise the purchase locally, at the same rate of N11,500 to World Food Programme to discourage importation and encourage local production.
– NEMA now claimed to have donated the 5000 metric tons of rice to WFP instead of allowing WFP to purchase same and distribute to the North East. There is no evidence that the WFP received the 5000 metric tons as donation from NEMA, as the approval of N3.1billion was for NEMA to purchase the rice and distribute same to the victims of insurgency in the North East, as WFP did not provide the Committee with such evidence after repeated requests.
– Both companies, Olam Nigeria Ltd and 3 Brothers Rice Mill Ltd, were illegally contracted to carry out the supplies as their profiles showed that they had no PENCOM, FIRS, ITF and NSITF Clearance Certificates in compliance to Section 16 of the Public Procurement Act.
– The data of 3 Brothers Rice Ltd sighted by the Committee did not tally with registration name “Three Brothers Rice Mill Ltd” approved by Corporate Affairs Commission which means NEMA gave contract to a non-existent entity.
Therefore the contract awarded to both Olam and 3 Brothers were in violation of the Procurement Act.

E. EVACUATION OF NIGERIANS FROM LIBYA
FINDINGS
– Committee confirmed that the sum of N1.6Billion was released to NEMA for the evacuation of Nigerians stranded in Libya in year 2017.
– The Committee also discovered that contract awarded under this exercise were inflated.
– In the course of the investigations, the Director-General of NEMA, Eng. Mustapha Yunusa Maihaja, gives account of expenditure as the N1.6Billion to include evacuations, security personnel logistics and local transport.

F. UNACCOUNTED N17,889,050,401 RELEASED FROM ECOLOGICAL FUND TO NEMA

FINDINGS
– The Committee established that 20% of the Statutory Ecological funds are released to the National Emergency Management Agency on monthly basis. This is in compliance with Section 13(2B) of the NEMA Act.
– It was discovered that from January 2017 to May 2018 the total amount released and or received by NEMA is to the tune of N17Billion.
– Furthermore, NEMA incurs expenditure from the fund without going through statutory appropriation approval from the Legislative Arm of Government.
– The Committee noted that the failure of the Governing Council of NEMA to forward the details of the amount released to it to the National Assembly for Appropriation, consideration by the Legislature and passage is a gross violation of the provisions of the Constitution.
– Due process was also not followed by NEMA on the contract sums as the Director General exceeded his approval threshold for both capital and recurrent expenditure. Withholding and Value Added Taxes accruable to government for contracts executed were not remitted to FIRS; thus, resulting to loss of revenue by Government in violation of Section 16 (1&2) of National Emergency Management Act CAP N34 LFN 2004.

6. RECOMMENDATIONS:

1. On the issue of donation of 6,779 metric tons of rice by Chinese Government for IDP’s in the North East, the Committee recommends as follows:
(i.) that the House condemns in strong terms the negligence and inefficiency of the Ministry of Budget and National Planning and National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) for the long delay in collection of the donated rice from the Port Terminal.
(ii)
that NEMA and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Budget and National Planning should account for the 6,779 Metric tons of Rice donated to Nigeria Government for the benefit of IDP’s in the 6 States of the North East by the Chinese Government but was never received by the beneficiaries. The ICPC, EFCC and Nigeria Police Force (Police) should conduct further investigation and prosecute where necessary.
(iii)
that the ICPC, EFCC and Police should ensure recovery of the payment of about N800m demurrage from the concerned officers of the Ministry of Budget and National Planning, Ministry of Agriculture and NEMA. They should further investigate the conflicting testimonies of the above agencies and determine whether there was multiple payment transaction for the demurrage.
(iv)
that the suspension of six staff of NEMA by its management is an abuse of power, against the extant public service rules and a gross violation of Section 36 of the 1999 Constitution as amended. It is also a privileged communication under the Legislative Houses (Powers and Privileges) Act, any person that obstructs a witness before a legislative House is also guilty of contempt of parliament.
(v)
It is therefore hereby recommended that the affected staff below be immediately re-instated by NEMA and the appropriate authorities and all their arrears of entitlements paid. They are:
1. Mr. Akinbola Hakeem – Director, Finance and Accounts
2. Alhassan Nuhu – Director Disaster & Risk Reduction
3. Mr. Emenike Umesi –
Ag. Director, Special Duties
4. Mohammed Kanar – Deputy Director Welfare
5. Mr. Mamman Ibrahim – DD Captain of the Air Ambulance
6. Yunusa Deji Ganiyu – Asst. Chief Administrative Officer

2. On the issue of receipt and utilization of N1.6 billion for flood victims in 16 states, the Committee recommends;
(i.) that the House condemns in its entirety the display of insensitivity to the plight of flood victims showed by NEMA management in the handling of the relief materials.
(ii) that the ICPC and EFCC should further investigate the matter and recover the sum of N700m from the Director-General of NEMA, Engr. Mustapha Yunusa Maihaja, who is the Accounting Officer of the Agency.

3. On the issue of funds released for emergency intervention of food security in the north-east, the Committee recommends;

(i.)
that all the government officials involved in the approval, processing, release and diversion of the sum of N5.8billion for the emergency intervention of food security in the North East, which contravened the provisions of S.80(2) and 80(4) of the Constitution, infraction of due process for procurement and loss of government revenue, flouting of the terms of the Eurobond loan are hereby indicted and the relevant Security Agencies should take steps to recover the money from them.
(ii.)
that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) being a banker to the Federal Government should not be involved in giving loans to private companies. Consequently, the N2billion said to be given to four named companies is a fundamental infraction and should be further investigated.

4. On the issue of release of N3,153,000,000.00 to NEMA for food intervention to the North-East, the Committee recommends,
(i.)
that ICPC and EFCC should recover N1,150,000,000.00 being subsidised cost of 5000 metric tons of rice from the present Director General of NEMA, Eng. Mustapha Yunusa Maihaja, who claimed to have donated same to World Food Programme (WFP) when they were ready to pay for it or import same.
(ii.) that in view of the fact that there is evidence that the balance of 5,000 metric tons claimed to have been supplied by Olam Nig. Ltd and 3 Brothers Nig. Ltd at the cost of about N1.5billion to NEMA was not received by the States of the North-East, the money should therefore be recovered from the Director-General, NEMA.
5. On the matter concerning evacuation of Nigerians from Libya, the Committee recommends as follows:
(i.)
that Federal Government should make available adequate funds to the relevant agencies of government for the rehabilitation of those Nigerians evacuated from abroad, in order to prevent them from going back.
(ii.)
that the process, procedure, method and cost of evacuation of Nigerians stranded abroad is opaque and should be made more transparent in order to ensure better accountability.
6. On the question of unaccounted N17,889,050,401 released from Ecological Fund to NEMA, the Committee recommends
(i.) that NEMA should submit through the appropriate authority all the Ecological funds accruing to it yearly to the National Assembly for Appropriation in order to meet the Constitutional requirements.
(ii.) that a comprehensive investigation into the receipt and utilization of 20% Ecological Fund to NEMA over the years be carried out by the House.
7. From the investigation conducted by this Committee it has been established that the Federal Government of Nigeria lost a total sum of over N33 Billion Naira as a result of mismanagement or outright embezzlement of funds occasioned by the actions or inactions of the Managing Director of NEMA, Engr. Mustapha Yunusa Maihaja . It is hereby consequently recommended that the Director General of NEMA, Engr. Mustapha Yunusa Maihaja, be relieved of his duties by Mr President, Commander in Chief, Federal Republic of Nigeria and handed over to relevant authorities for prosecution.

7. CONCLUSION
The Committee expresses its appreciation to the Leadership and Members of the House for the opportunity given to us to serve, as we pledge our unflinching support to the House leadership.

Culled from Nigeria Today Newspaper

 

 

 

President Buhari Receives Prince Charles, Duchess Of Cornwall In Aso Rock

President Muhammadu Buhari has received the Prince of Wales, Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The royal couple met with President Buhari for about 30 minutes after they arrived in Nigeria at about 2:00 pm.

Thereafter, they proceeded for a meeting with traditional rulers at the residence of the British High Commissioner, Paul Arkwright. The monarchs are the Obi of Onitsha, Ooni of Ife, Sultan of Sokoto, Emir of Kano, Etsu Nupe, Oba of Benin and Shehu of Borno.

During the three-day visit of the royal couple, they will also be meeting with some of Nigeria’s dynamic youths as well as the business community, the armed forces, and people from the arts and fashion sectors.

Culled from Channel Television

Prince Charles to address herdsmen attack during Nigeria visit-Official

The British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright, announced in Abuja on Sunday that Prince Charles would engage in peace-building activities, including addressing the persistent attacks of herdsmen on farming communities in Nigeria.

The Prince of Wales and his wife, Princess Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, are expected in Nigeria from November 6 to November 8 in a high profile visit during which the royals would also have audience with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.

Speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) ahead of the visit, Mr Arkwright said that one of the events on the agenda was for the prince to discuss practical solutions to alleviating the tensions, arising from the activities of herdsmen.

Herdsmen have launched a deadly onslaught on farming communities in Nigeria in recent years, raising concerns over the future of agriculture in a nation, having majority of its populace engaged in subsistence agriculture.

“People do want to come together and if we can provide that kind of environment then hopefully, we can come up with some ideas and solutions to resolving some of these conflicts.

Some of the issues like the farmers/herders crisis are deep-rooted and are about the economy, land resource, climate change and cultural issues.

“The Prince of Wales will be looking at the causes, talking to people who are working in this area and together, seeing if we can find solutions and move on.”

Mr Arkwright said that addressing the root causes of conflicts would lead to a peaceful and more prosperous Nigeria and also become beneficial to the relations between Nigeria and Britain.

He noted that the visit was also aimed at strengthening the existing ties between Nigeria and Britain as members of the Commonwealth.

“We want to ensure that through the Commonwealth, which is another theme of the prince’s visit, we develop links to develop relationships whether in trade, environment or in education, all of which are important to the future of the Commonwealth and to the future of Nigeria.”

The top diplomat said that other events lined up on the agenda of the visit would focus on culture, music, fashion, among others.

“Prince Charles will be talking about rural livelihoods, agriculture, the environment, some of the passions that he has which is so relevant to Nigeria today and to young people and the importance of getting young people into jobs.

“One of his passions as well is how do we build the skills of young people so that they will be equipped for the world.

“There is a whole range of interests that he has and I think Nigeria is a wonderful place to come to because it brings together all of these interests.”

The duchess is also to engage in literary activities with children and some Nigerian authors, while the prince would meet with traditional rulers and hold peace-building meeting with Nigeria Working Group on Peace building and Governance.

(NAN)

 

“Prince Charles has not been here since the past 12 years. 2006 was the last time he was here and the Duchess of Cornwall, has never been to Nigeria. So it is about strengthening ties, particularly people-to-people ties.

Yellow Fever: UNICEF begins preventive vaccination sensitization campaign Nov 22

The United Nations Children Education Fund (UNICEF) is set to begin Yellow Fever Preventive Mass Vaccination Sensitization Campaign on Nov 22 in Plateau State.

Dr A.J. Oteri, Chairman, National Measles and Yellow Fever Technical Committee, made the disclosure on Tuesday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

Oteri said that the National Primary Health Care Development Agency appreciated the government and the state team in improving the health of its citizens, especially as regards immunization.

He described Yellow Fever as “deadly disease’’ that should not be taken lightly but seriously to prevent the untimely deaths being recorded in the country.

“Plateau is scheduled to implement a Yellow Fever Preventive Mass Vaccination Sensitization Campaign on Nov 22, and ends Dec 1,  in the 17 Local Government Areas.

“Various advocacy and sensitization meetings have been scheduled to create demands for the campaign and reduce the occurrence of non-compliance, ’’ he stated.

According to the chairman, there is a need for urgent and proactive measures to be taken by the Federal Government and all States’ Ministries of Health to arrest the Yellow Fever epidemic ravaging the country.

He explained that one of such advocacy meetings was a four-day workshop which began on Oct 30, through Nov 2, at Bolton White Hotel, Abuja.