N13.5m Running Costs: Prof Sagay Blows Hot, Vows To Reveal Saraki, Others Allowances

The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), has vowed to expose details of the allowances of the principal officers of the National Assembly.

Sagay, in an exclusive interview with The Punch, disclosed that the N13.5m allowances described as “running costs” and being received by senators is only a tip of the iceberg.

Recall that lawmaker representing Kaduna-Central Senatorial District, Shehu Sani, had said that senators receive N700,000 monthly and a separate N13.5m as running costs.

Sagay said the polity might explode when he released the details of allowances of principal officers of the National Assembly, including the Senate President, Deputy Senate President, Speaker, Deputy Speaker and the majority and minority leaders of both chambers.

He said, “There are many things the press doesn’t know yet. If you come to know the allowances that the leadership of the two houses are getting… My God! It will blow up the country. What is the Senate President getting? It is not the ordinary N13m.

“What does he get as Senate President? What is the leader of the House getting, what is the deputy leader of the House getting? What is the Deputy Senate President getting? What are the minority leaders getting in both houses? Go and find out. It is an explosive stuff, I tell you. Eventually, I will come out with the figures. I am working on them now. When I am ready, I will come out with them.”

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MASSOB Commends Senator Sani For Exposing Wages Of Nigerian Senators

The Movement for the Actualisation of a Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), on Sunday commended lawmaker representing Kaduna-Central Senatorial District, Senator Shehu Sani for exposing the wages of Nigerian senators.

In a statement by the MASSOB leader, Uchenna Madu, the group said providence would bless Sani for exposing his colleagues.

Recall that Senator Sani had said that senators receive N700,000 monthly and a separate N13.5m as running costs.

The Biafra agitators described other senators as “criminal lions.”

The statement partly read, “MASSOB hails Senator Sani representing Kaduna Central in exposing his fellow distinguished criminal lions roaring in the National Assembly of the Nigerian state.

“MASSOB sees the Nigerian parliament, mostly the senators, as market men and women who always see the National Assembly as a business market where they only make billions of monetary profit without investments.

“The majority of these National Assembly businessmen  and women are so insensitive and shameless in their dealings with the people of their senatorial districts.

“It is only in Nigeria that a senator will openly without shame donate a gas cooker with frying pan or grinding machines and other useless materials unbefitting of a country’s senator to the few people of his senatorial constituents as an empowerments incentives.

“Nigerian parliamentarians  lack innovative empowerments in education, healthcare, economy and technology. They have no visions, intentions or programmes for the poor.”

The group added, “Most worrisome is that the majority of these senators do not exist in the Senate chambers; they only exist during election campaigns or ceremonial functions.

“Most of them are glorified laymen with no qualitative educational background, a man without a good academic insight and exposures as a senator can never be fruitful to his nation.”

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President Buhari Congratulates China’s Xi Jinping On Re-Election

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the Chinese President Xi Jinping on his re-election as the President of the Peoples Republic of China.

In a letter personally signed by him, the Nigerian leader praised his Chinese counterpart for his wisdom and vision.

“On behalf of the Government and people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, I congratulate you most sincerely on your re-election as the President of the Peoples Republic of China.

“Your re-election is an indication of the trust and confidence reposed in you by the people of China on your ability to bring your vision and wisdom to bear in the conduct of national and global affairs,” he said.

President Buhari also looked forward to increased cooperation between China and Nigeria on one hand and China and Africa on the other hand.

“It is my firm belief that your re-election will also bolster the existing mutually benefiting partnership between the Peoples Republic of China and Nigeria.

“I look forward to meeting Your Excellency at the forthcoming Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Beijing Summit in September 2018. I am confident that it will be a great success and good opportunity to draw up new levels of partnership between Africa and China,” President Buhari said.

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Hate Speech Bill Will Guarantee Freedom Of Speech, Says Senator Sabi-Abdullahi

Despite calls by concerned Civil Society Organizations and religious organizations to step down the debate on the Hate Speech Bill, sponsor of the bill and Chairman, Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Aliyu Sabi-Abdullahi, has said the Bill will enthrone one of the primary purposes of democracy.

Sabi-Abdullahi said this in an exclusive interview with The Punch newspaper.

According to him, the Bill, which many people are worried about is to encourage participatory engagement and dialogue.

His words: “There are two divisions here: Some people are worried that their freedom of expression will be taken for granted, and I want to say no, the bill is not intended to take anyone’s freedom of expression for granted. It is to guarantee freedom of expression because the truth of the matter is that when you are discussing or analysing issues, even if they are religious or ethnic, so long you are not doing them with the vile intention of hurting the other person and defaming their person and their known dignity, then you also are granted to make your mind.

“And if you have to dialogue and participate in any discussions, you cannot absolve yourself or remove yourself from who you are, either from the ethnic or religious perspective. It should not be that because you are saying something, somebody else should feel angry enough to say that he is now targeting you and making statements against you so that at the end of the day, some people now feel that yes,  you are actually a subject that should be dealt with through mob actions and the like.

“If anything, the bill itself should guarantee freedom of speech in its own right, because if they kill you as a result of the sentiment of your religion or ethnicity for example, would you be involved in any other expression? You won’t. If anything, this is the way I look at it. And that is the argument many experts have put across.”

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Tinubu Must Involve Us In Reconciliation, Aggrieved APC Young Stakeholders Says …Call For Total Reform Of Party

Younger members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), have said that the reconciliation effort of the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu must also be extended to them because they are equally aggrieved.

The members who identified themselves as Younger Stakeholders of the APC stated this while addressing a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday.

Speaking on behalf of other members, Dominic Alancha said the younger stakeholders have in the past few weeks met to look into several issues in the party particularly the crisis in the various state chapters, the proposed tenure elongation and the proposed amendment of the party constitution.

He said the young stakeholders welcome the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu to reconcile aggrieved members of the party, but called on the reconciliator to constitute a formidable team that will help him in carrying out the assignment.

“The meetings discussed the crisis rocking the party in Kogi, Rivers, Kaduna, Katsina, Kano and many other states across the country and therefore welcome the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint our national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to reconcile aggrieved members of the party. However, we call on Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to constitute a team of eminent party leaders and members to help him carry out this assignment of reconciling the aggrieved party members including the younger stakeholders who are equally aggrieved. We also call on the party members not to undermine the mission that the President has set out for the National Leader,” Alancha said while addressing the press.

On the issues of tenure elongation proposed for all parties leaders at all levels, the young stakeholders said it is yet to take a position on the matter as there is a sharp division amongst members who are in support or against the elongation. He however added that consultation remains ongoing so as to reach a position on the issue.

While pledging unalloyed support for President Muhamadu Buhari and assuring him of their readiness to work with him to win in the 2019 presidential election if he chooses to run, the young stakeholders called on the party leadership to begin a total reform of the party so as to make it an institution that will be to the benefit of all interested members.

“We resolved not to take anything to chance especially as it concerns the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari in the forthcoming election. We pledge our unalloyed support for him and assure him of our willing partnership if he chooses to run for another term. This is why the party leadership must hasten the total reform we envisage and this must be done with the constitution as a guide.”

The stakeholders frowned at the manner the draft amendment of the constitution of the party is being shrouded in secrecy.

They said the amendment to the constitution has further alienated young people from the party with the proposed removal of zonal youth leaders and zonal women leaders from the National Working Committee when it should be expanded the space for the political participation of more young people.

“The draft constitution can best be described as a mess as it has flagrantly and insolently removed the zonal youth leaders and zonal women leaders of the party from the National Executive Committee which the present constitution allows, and then made themselves members of the National Working Committee, National Executive Committee and the Advisory Council which is replacing the Board of Trustees.”

The young stakeholder said the implication of this proposal is that there will be no checks and balances as the same set of people will take decisions and approve same in the different organs of the party.

“While we consider this as a laudable development, the motive behind it appears suspicious. As at today, only very few members of the party are aware that there is a draft constitution. One would expect that the party leadership would have publicly displayed the draft constitution for the input of every member, but the whole exercise has been shrouded in secrecy,” they said.

“To many of them, the party is a vehicle for winning elections, to us it is more than that – it is an institution of democracy and we must do everything to preserve it.”

To correct this, the stakeholders noted that they have constituted a committee to review the draft constitution with the aim of making provisions that will be to the benefit of all members irrespective of age, gender and other demographies.

“The committee has already began work in earnest and the recommendations expected would be forwarded to the appropriate quarters,” the stakeholders stated.

They expressed readiness to meet with the president, the vice president, the chairman of the party and other top party leaders so as to chart a way forward for the APC and make it the only viable political party in Nigeria, adding that they will not sit and watch an institution they have built with their time, energy and resources destroyed by a selfish few.

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I Will Not Rest Until The Last Girl From Chibok And Dapchi Is Released, Says President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has assured Nigerians that his administration is doing all possible best to ensure the release and safe return of the abducted Dapchi school girls in Dapchi, Yobe State.

Buhari spoke at a town hall meeting with traditional and community leaders, as well as other stakeholders in Damaturu, as part of activities lined up for his official visit to Yobe State.

Buhari said, “The Federal Government’s response to the unfortunate abduction of the schoolgirls is a clear departure from the insensitivity of the past administration which looked the other way while the Chibok girls were taken away in 2014 and held in captivity for over three years.

“Due to our commitment, over 100 Chibok girls have been rescued and reunited with their families, sent back to school and empowered with requisite skills.

“You may recall that recently, our negotiation efforts led to the release of abducted University of Maiduguri lecturers, some women police personnel, students and even an NYSC member.

“We, therefore, have no doubt that the Dapchi girls will be rescued or released. I can assure parents, Nigerians and the international community that we will do all that is within our power to make sure that the girls are brought back safely to their families.”

Buhari promised that any agency, person or group found culpable in the abduction of the girls by the committee set up to investigate the matter would be punished.

“The Federal Government has set up a 12-member committee to unravel the circumstances surrounding the abduction of the students.

“The membership of the committee was drawn from among security agencies and local residents.

“It is my hope that any agency, person or group found to have been negligent or culpable in the abduction of the girls will be punished in accordance with the law,” he said.

He promised that there would be no rest until the last girl from Chibok and Dapchi was released.

The President said the girls, like all other citizens, must enjoy unhindered freedom and pursue their legitimate aspirations.

“The Dapchi and Chibok pupils are our girls and must enjoy our protection. They must live to achieve their individual ambitions; to be great women of tomorrow. It is our duty to protect them.

“We are determined to restore peace to all parts of the country – from the West to the East; North to the South.

“While calling for calm, I implore affected parents and families to restrain from making statements that may jeopardise the success of the rescue mission,” he added.

 

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Electoral Amendment Bill: Pro-Buhari Senators Move To Thwart Senate Veto

In what may be described as battle for supremacy in the Senate, lawmakers loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari are reportedly gathering signatures to disrupt Senate decision to override Buhari’s veto power in the passage of the controversial Electoral Amendment Act.

Buhari had written to both chambers of the National Assembly on his decision to withhold assent to the controversial Electoral Act 2010 Amendment Bill which seeks to re-order the sequence of polls in such a way that the presidential election would come last during the general elections.

Leading the move is Senator Abdullahi Adamu from Nasarawa State, who had earlier met with an APC governor from the North-Central, one from the South-West and another from the North-West.

It was reliably learnt that a minister from the South-South was also part of the meeting, where it was agreed that the pro-Buhari members of the National Assembly would be mobilised to frustrate the likely overriding of the President on the bill.

“So far so good, we should have got the needed number that we need, which is just over 40. They need 73 or two-third of the 109 to override the veto but we need less than 50 to frustrate that.

“The Peoples Democratic Party caucus just met tonight and part of their agenda is how to achieve the imposition of the bill on the President,” a source at the meting said.

 

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Electoral Amendment Act: Lawmakers Have Right To Override President Buhari’s Decision, Says Atunwa

The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Justice, Mr. AbdulRazak Atunwa (APC kwara State), has challenged the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to withhold assent to the electoral ammedment act.

The amendment act provides that election into the National Assembly will come first, followed by the State Governors and Houses of Assembly and the Presidential election to come last.

Reacting to the President’s letter conveying his decision not to assent to the amendment, said the President has every right to withhold assent to any bill, but the lawmakers have the right as well to override the President’s decision.

“I listened to the letter read that the President has declined to assent to the Electoral Amendment Bill 2018, it is within the President’s power not to assent to or reject bill passed by National Assembly.

On what is equally too is that while he has that power, the National Assembly also has a power to override such rejection by the President,Mr. Atunwa stressed.

The lawmaker said their decision on the matter will be in the best interest of the Nation having the representatives of the over 180million Nigeria.

However, for the override decision to hold sway two third majority of the members of each chamber must be met, which according to Mr. Atunwa will demand legal advice to arrive at.

He said “Beyond the legalistic view, what is the political will to do one thing or the other?

For me that’s the most important thing whether the two-third of the entire house or two-third of those sitting is secondary.

The primary thing is what do we as a house wanted to do about it? And you know that this house largely move together once we decided on the course of action. So, issue of two-third even if it is a higher number, two-third of the entire house is not a difficult number to arrive at.

Because we would have sat down as a team as one group united for the common purpose of bringing legislation for the good governance of Nigeria. We would have decided that in principle, once we decided that in Principle two-third majority of the entire house is not a difficult thing.”

 

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Buhari Rejects Electoral Act Amendment

President Muhammadu Buhari has rejected the amendment to the Electoral Act, which intended to change the country’s elections sequence, Daily Trust has learnt.

The president, it was gathered, gave three reasons for withholding assent to the bill, which was passed by both chambers of the National Assembly.

Sources told Daily Trust that the president has yesterday communicated his decision to the federal legislature in two separate letters addressed to the Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara.

The two presiding officers are expected to read the letters to their colleagues at plenary between today and Thursday.

Following the passage of the bill by the National Assembly, several civil society organizations (CSOs), senior lawyers and other notable Nigerians kicked against it, calling on the president not to assent to it.

Daily Trust

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How Emefiele-led CBN Attempted To Cover Up Nepotism, Favoritism In Staff Promotion

The last has not been head of the staff promotion exercise recently carried out by the management of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as the bank under the leadership of the incumbent governor, Godwin Emefiele has made attempts to cover up the exercise which is full of nepotism and favouritism.

The bank had three weeks ago released a list of 552 persons out of a total of 2342 staff who sat for the 2016 promotion examination conducted in 2017 as those who passed and were subsequently promoted to the next position in the hierarchy.

Staff of the bank believes that the 552 promoted staff which include Deputy Directors, Assistant Directors, Principal Managers, Senior Managers among others are sons, daughters, relatives and friends of influential Nigerians and top government officials.

The outcome of the promotion exercise prompted staff to threaten a strike action as well as calls for the sack of Emefiele.

Abusidiqu had exclusively reported that staff of the bank accused Emefiele of raising the cut-off mark of the promotion examination to 85% in a bid to ensure that most of them who sat for the examination did not pass the promotion. This is even as they alleged that the cut-off mark did not apply to the 552 promoted staff who were favoured for the promotion.

Following the report by Abusidiqu, Emefiele is said to have quickly called for a town hall meeting to appeal to the staff to shelve their plans to embark on strike as well as demand for his resignation or sack by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Sources present at the meeting said that Emefiele promised to expedite actions on a lot of issues bordering on the staff welfare, particularly their promotion.

But while staff were still trying to digest the words of the CBN governor, one of the staff whose name appeared as having failed the promotion exercise and so was not included in the list of 552 persons promoted was suddenly promoted.

“Wonders shall never end as far as CBN 2016 Promotion Exercise is concern: A Staff of IT Department Named Sandro Jatau is among those that received a mail from HR that he didn’t pass his 2016 promotional exams but all of a sudden his system status have change from AM to DM,” a message circulated among staff of the bank reads.

The development came as a rude shock to the other staff as it further triggered their earlier decision to embark on strike and petition President Muhammadu Buhari calling for the sack of Emefiele.

But in a desperate attempt to cover up the obvious fraud in the promotion exercise, the CBN management on Tuesday published an information on the bank’s intranet portal informing staff that Sandro Jatau and 8 others were promoted, while 13 others were given cash reward for carrying out what the bank described as special assignment.

The news on the bank’s intranet portal titled “promotion and cash reward to twenty two staff for carrying out a special assignment”, the bank said was done with the approval of the Committee of Governors of the bank.

“The Committee of Governors at its 540th meeting held on 31st January, 2018 considered and approved amongst others the memoranda on non-deliverable over the counter FX futures (NDF) transactions and the development of early warning systems for banking supervision,” it reads.

It went further to list those given cash reward to include One Special Assistant, Five Deputy Directors, Two Assistant Directors and One Principal Manager. Others are One Senior Manager, One Deputy Manager and Two Assistant Managers.

Those who were promoted as contained in the circulated information include Two principal Managers, Two Senior Managers, One Manager, who incidentally is Sandro Jatau whose name suddenly appeared as promoted after he was informed of not passing the promotion examination as well as One Assistant Manager and Two Senior Supervisors & equivalent.

However, staff questioned the sudden release of the circular calling it an an attempt to cover up the fraud that constituted the promotion exercise.

One of the staff who spoke to Abusidiqu on the condition of anonymity said the circular released by the bank is an afterthought having realised that the fraud in the promotion exercise has been uncovered.

“The result of the promotion exercise was published on 2nd February, 2018 and the so called COG meeting which never held was claimed to have held on the 31st January, 2018. If the COG meeting took place earlier than the date of the publication of the outcome of the promotion exercise, why then was the COG’s decision not published before announcing the result of the promotion since they are claiming that Mr. Jatau and 8 others were promoted because of their participation in some project, even though they also took part in the 2016 promotion exercise,” the staff queried.

The staff further said that it has never been the practice of the bank to reward staff for carrying out any special assignment as all staff are required to carry out any task assigned to him or her as part of the responsibility of the job.

“It is also on record that the Bank had never before promoted or gave out cash to staff because of their participation in projects. Staff are paid to work for the Bank and this work include participating in projects, and almost all staff of the Bank or majority of them have participated in at least one project during their career.”

“Why then are these 9 staff rewarded with promotion when 1900 others were illegally failed, claiming they did not meet the cut-off mark? Can you now see the injustice,” he asks.

READ: Another Employment Scam In CBN Surfaces, Bank Uses Code To Conceal Identities Of New Recruits

Meanwhile, the Emefiele-led management of the bank in a desperate effort to cover up many atrocities going in the nation;s apex financial institution introducing different measures to ensure that information are closely guarded from reaching the press.

The bank’s management at the close of business on Tuesday gave a matching order that no staff should stay beyond the closing hours henceforth.

“This is one of the recent strategies employed by the Bank to stop aggrieved staff from voicing out their grievances to the media,” one of the staff who choose not to be mentioned said.

Last week, the management of the bank blocked members of staff from using its corporate network to send or receive mails.

The notice of the restriction was communicated in an email sent by a Deputy Director in the Information Technology Department, Jide Samuel Avbasoyamen.

According to the email, access to webmail applications like Gmail, Yahoo mail, hotmail etc has been blocked, stating that the directive is in line with CBN’s policy on ‘acceptable use of IT’ as well as the approval of the Council of Governors (COG).

While hinging the decision on the “increased threat to the bank’s information assets through phishing and data leakage, Avbasoyamen stated that “staff are therefore to know that they will no longer be able to send or receive emails Yahoo, Gmail, hotmail and other webmail applications on the bank’s corporate network.”

Mr Avbasoyamen further added that: “staff may however continue to receive or send emails on their Yahoo, Hotmail or Gmail accounts on their personal devices.”

“While we remain committed to facilitating access to IT resources anytime, anywhere and from any device, you will agree that this needs to be done in a controlled and secured manner. We therefore, seek for your support and understanding to keep CBN cyber safe,” the email concludes.

Abusidiqu however gathered that the decision of the bank’s management to restrict webmail access is not unconnected with the exclusive report it published two weeks ago detailing plans by the staff to down tools and petition president Buhari to demand for the sack of Emefiele.

The petition which highlighted massive corruption, contract scam, employment and promotion scam, forex round tripping amongst many others will be published in our subsequent report.

Efforts to speak to the bank management proved abortive as calls and text messages sent to the Director of Corporate Affairs, Isaac Okoroafor were not returned.

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Obasanjo Makes U-turn, Says Buhari Has Performed Where Others Failed

In what appears to be a volte-face, former President Olusegun Obasanjo at the weekend turned around and praised President Muhammad Buhari for achieving huge success in an area where previous administrations, including his, could not make headway.

Obasanjo had last month passed a damning verdict of the Buhari administration, saying he felt disappointed by Buhari, whom he supported during the 2015 presidential poll.

In a 13-page statement he issued on January 23, the former president categorically asked Buhari not to seek re-election in 2019, adding that instead, he should honourably “dismount from the horse” to join the league of the country’s former leaders whose “experience, influence, wisdom and outreach can be deployed on the side line for the good of the country.”

But speaking at the weekend while performing the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of Azikel Refinery, the first private modular refinery in the oil and gas-rich Niger Delta region, Obasanjo described as “commendable” the Buhari administration’s decision to award operational licences to 22 firms for the construction of modular refineries in the country.

He noted that 18 of such licences were approved under his administration but that none of them was able to actualise it, unlike the present administration.

He noted that, out of the 22 licensed operators, Azikel Petroleum is the only company that had actualised its dream of establishing a modular refinery.

The former president stated that he was delighted at the commitment of Azikel Petroleum, adding that none of the 18 licenses earlier awarded by his administration came to fruition.

Obasanjo said, “I have been told that President Buhari and his government gave 22 licences and that Azikel Petroleum is the only license out of the 22 that is really actualised. “Before then, we gave 18 and not one was actialised.

They gave all manner of excuses, including insecurity and oil prices. But those excuses they gave are still there. But they were not genuine entrepreneurs. They were after collecting licences to get crude oil.  And that is why in an occasion like this, we should pay special tribute to people like Eruani.

“I join you all in thanking President Buhari for giving four licences more than we gave. And he (Buhari) is lucky that he has a man like Eruani to be the only one to actualise.”

He also commended the Bayelsa State government under Governor Seriake Dickson for creating the enabling environment for the take-off of the modular refinery project.

Obasanjo also lauded the technical and financial partners of Azikel Petroleum and advised the group president of the oil firm not to betray the trust and confidence reposed in him by his partners.

In his welcome address, Eruani thanked President  Buhari for the licence and  expressed hope that the refinery project would mitigate the frequent scarcity of petroleum products and curb youth restiveness in Bayelsa and in the region.

Eruani disclosed that some youths who would work at the facility were currently undergoing fabrication engineering training in the United States, and noted that construction and production phases of the refinery project would provide about 1,000 jobs.

“Our journey is one with lots of interests and challenges. But our committed drive to industrialise the Nigeria Delta is unwavering. For the first time we will refine crude oil at home. This is the beginning of reversing the incessant scarcity of petroleum products.

“But more importantly, this will bring several businesses in the state and in the Niger Delta. We will put youths to work and we will be engaging communities. This will largely curb youth restiveness”, Eruani said.

In his remarks, Governor Dickson said Azikel Refinery was very important to Bayelsa as the government had shown its commitment to creating the conducive atmosphere for private sector investment to thrive.

Dickson, who at the event, signed two Certificates of Occupancy and handed over them over to Azikel Petroleum and Azikel Power, a subsidiary. “The investment will take off all the stress and pressures on us I’ve signed the Certificate of Occupancy for 99 years in line with the Land Use Act.

I do this every week and one of the first things I did when I came to office was to liberalise land”, Governor Dickson said.

He also commended President Buhari “for finding Azikel Group fit and proper” to be granted licence, saying “we expect more of such friendly gestures.”

According to the governor, his administration would continue to support the refinery project and any such business ventures that would stimulate economic growth and development in the state, describing Bayelsa as a safe haven for investment.

In their separate remarks, the chairman of the event and former military governor of old Rivers State, Alfred Diete-Spiff, Senator Paulker Emmanuel (Bayelsa Central) and former minister of petroleum, Edmund Daukoru, described the establishment of Azikel Refinery as the greatest thing that has happened to Bayelsa.

They commended Eruani for his courage and vision even as they thanked Buhari for deeming it necessary to award the company the licence to build a modular refinery in the state.

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Another Employment Scam In CBN Surfaces, Bank Uses Code To Conceal Identities Of New Recruits

Despite the outcry that greeted several recruitment exercises conducted by Central Bank of Nigeria since the assumption of office of the current governor, Godwin Emefiele, the management of the nations’ apex bank have continued to recruit several persons into the bank without following due process.

Since Early 2016, when news of the recruitment scam first surface, the current management of the bank has recruited over 2,500 new staff “without conducting any pre-employment tests or interviews, some of whom failed drug tests, and had either third class degrees or deficiencies in O levels”, a petition written by some concerned staff of the bank alleges.

In a March 15, 2016 report which was republished by this medium, SaharaReporters had revealed the names of at least 91 people tied to influential or highly placed Nigerians who were recently offered juicy appointments by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in a hiring process that was highly secretive.

Few days after the publication by SaharaReporters, Abusidiqu released another list of fresh employees in the CBN employment scam totaling 226. The first list divided into three had 96 names, all of whom resumed work at various department in the Central bank on 20th April 2015. The second list contained 31 names in all, while the third is made up of another 99 names.

A top source in the know revealed that the bank management, rather than check this trend of employment without due process had instead introduced new means of concealing the identities of the new employees.

In the 2016 report by SaharaReporters, the online news platform alleged that names of sons, daughters and relatives of highly connected Nigerians who were offered employment at the Central Bank of Nigeria were tweaked in order to hide their identities.

“Often the CBN used the beneficiaries’ first names and their father’s middle names to hide their real identities,” SaharaReporters claimed.

Apparently realising that this trick is not working, the bank introduced a new means of concealing the identities of beneficiaries.

In one of the freshest recruitment conducted by the bank, codes as against the names of the beneficiaries were used in the list containing the approval for the new employees.

One of the list obtained by Abusidiqu dated 6th February, 2018 contains the code number and locations of 48 new recruits in the bank. Our source revealed that there are more employees in some other list that have either resumed or are in the process of doing so. (See list below).

Recently, staff of the bank in a petition called for the sack of the CBN governor, Godwin Emefiele for recruiting over 2500 new staff to the detriment of their promotion. (Details of the petition will be published in our subsequent report).

The staff had alleged that the bank management in a recent list approved the promotion of only 552 staff out of a total of 2342 who are qualified and sat for the promotion examination due since 2016 on the ground that the bank has no fund to match the promotion benefit due to their promotion.

But in a new twist, one of the persons whose name appeared as having failed the promotion exercise and so didn’t make the 552 persons promoted has suddenly been been promoted.

“Wonders shall never end as far as CBN 2016 Promotion Exercise is concern: A Staff of IT Department Named Sandro Jatau is among those that received a mail from HR that he didn’t pass his 2016 promotional exams but of all a sudden his system status have change from AM to DM,” a message circulating among staff of the bank reads.

The bank has refused to respond to inquiries by Abusidiqu on the recruitment and the promotion exercise. When Abusidiqu first got in touch with the bank, a lady who answered the call said the appropriate persons to comment on the matter is not immediately available, but that they will get back before the end of the day (yesterday).

A further call and text message sent to Isaac Okoroafor, the Director, Corporate Affairs department of the bank was neither answered nor responded to.

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