Jibrin Reveal Takeaways Of His Visit To The Presidential Advisory Committee On Anti-corruption

Former chairman of the House of Representatives Appropriation Committee, Abdulmumin Jibrin has revealed some of the high point of his visit to the presidential advisory committee on anti-corruption.

Jibrin, who is at the centre of budget padding allegation in the lower chambers of the National Assembly had met with the committee for a private discussion.

According to him, he made a case for institutional reforms, admonishing the committee to tackle individual and systemic corruption in the House.

In a statement personally signed by him, jirbin said he also advocated for a reform where the internal budget of the House MUST be circulated to members and made public so that Nigerians can see the expenditure of its elected officials.

Below is the full details of his statement:

Very important takeaways from my meeting with the Presidential Committee Against Corruption. It is unarguably a committee of distinguished professionals, elder statesmen and erudite scholars with unblemished record.

One of the key issues I made case for was focusing attention on institutional reforms, which must be implemented to tackle the individual and systemic corruption in the House, while connecting same with the offenses, culprits and following up to ensure that justice is served.

In broader terms, all the allegations raised so far fall under misuse of appropriation powers (budget fraud), mismanagement of internal budget of the House and lack of transparency in the affairs of the House.

On the misuse of appropriation powers to commit fraud, the House must with immediate effect reform the budget process with fresh guidelines that have grounding in transparency and probity.

The most important reform here is to ensure that budget estimates and details are returned to the floor of the House at the same time for passage. This will check the fraudulent insertions by some standing Committee Chairmen and Principal Officers in the process of budget passage. It is such gap that allowed Speaker Dogara, Lasun, Doguwa, Ogor and few other committee Chairmen to perpetrate such monumental fraud in the 2016 budget.

On the mismanagement of the internal budget of the House, the most important reform the House must embark on immediately is to ensure that the internal budget of the House MUST be circulated to members and made public so that Nigerians can see the expenditure of its elected officials. The running cost of members must be adjusted to a reasonable amount and made public but most importantly, the administration of the running cost must not be exposed to abuses as presently obtained.

If these measures are carried out, we will not see such secrecy in running cost and monumental fraud in the management of the finances of the House and award of fraudulent and fictitious contracts under the watch of Speaker Dogara and the Chairman Houses services, Babanle Ila.

On the issue of lack of transparency in the affairs of the House, every Member of the House of Representatives who loves this country must embrace the concept of OPEN HOUSE. If we must tell ourselves the truth, the House operates as if it has so much to hide. And indeed it does have!

The House MUST move quickly to implement e-Parliament to include a very functional website that can help track members activities, sitting attendance, movement of bills and motions, voting pattern on issues. There is also the need to activate the House intercom system so that our constituents can call a member straight on his office desk! I am aware many NGOs have offered to build some of these platforms free of charge but the House has refused to accept.

We must all join hands to push for these reforms with immediate effect in the House. The consequential effect of the reforms will tackle the fraud in investigative and oversight activities of the House which have become a conduit pipe for extortion and corrupt practices.

I have also offered to help remedy some of the fraud committed by Speaker Dogara and others in the 2016 budget. I have suggested that the N40billion stolen can be returned so that it can be equitably distributed to all constituencies.

Also, in view of the fall in our revenue projection, I can help identify a lot of wasteful insertions in the budget by Speaker Dogara and others running into billions so that we can flush it out of the budget and save cost.

Similarly, I can also help the anti graft agencies to understand another kind of sophisticated systemic corruption in the House using the 10 billion naira allocated for constituency projects under the SDG in 2015 budget as case study. This case has become a huge scandal in the House with members threatening to beat up the Whip of the House Alhassan Doguwa at several executive sessions. The Whip and Speaker were alleged to have received kick-backs and also shortchanged members on the items that were supplied.

While I will continue to expose corruption in the House, I will vigorously pursue these wide ranging reforms that, as an insider, I know can be implemented immediately as a quick win, while assisting and cooperating with the anti-corruption agencies in investigation and prosecution of culprits.

I am therefore available to cooperate with anybody or group that will join force with me to ensure that these reforms are implemented immediately in the interest of our beloved country. God bless.

Abdulmumin Jibrin
APC-Kano
Kiru-Bebeji Federal Constituency
Kano

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Gov. Ahmed Inaugurates Committee On Implementation Of Infrastructure Devt Fund

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Kano Sets Up Standing Committee On Emergency Situation Centre

Kano state govt has set up standing committee on Emergency situation room and operation centre for sweep and coordinated action by stakeholders during emergency situation.

The committee was inaugurated by State Deputy Governor Prof Hafiz Abubakar on behalf of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

He said the committee was mandated to     work out modalities for the establishment of the situation room and operation centre on emergency and its modus operandi.

Prof Hafiz Abubakar who is the chairman of the committee further said it is expected to evolve techniques for the centre to minimize human error and improve compliance with life-saving procedures in handling emergency situation.

He said the centre will serve as monitoring, coordination, operations and information point during emergency.

The committee also is to adopt mechanisms for the situation room and operation centre to serve as a central location for an emergency response.

The Deputy Governor said the committee is to explore and fast-track timely implementation of corrective action as well as ability to respond and adopt to sudden changes.

The committee has heads of security agencies in the state as members.

Other members are Commissioners of Information, Health, Local Government and Commerce, Director Fire Service, Executive Secretary State Emergency Relief and Rehabilitation Agency, representatives of National Emergency Management Agency and Rotary Club.

 

Usman Bello,

Director Press

Deputy Governor

Kano State.

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Staff Screening: Our Committee Will Be Fair To All – Kogi Auditor General

The location and work schedule of the Kogi State Staff Screening Review and Complaints Committee will be announced next Wednesday. The Chairman of the committee and State Auditor General, Alhaji Yakubu Yusuf Okala, said this while speaking to the media on Thursday 28th July, 2016, after the inaugural meeting of the committee at the Government House, Lokoja.

Alhaji Okala said all Kogi state civil servants and pensioners, who felt aggrieved with the outcome of the staff screening exercise but have relevant documents to support thier claims should make themselves available to the committee. He said all cases will be treated carefully and fairly.

He reiterated that the administration of Governor Yahaya Bello is determined to keep every genuine worker in its employment and was only interested in removing ghost workers or those who are working illegally in the state civil service.

Following the presentation of the report by the Staff Screening & Validation Committee last Monday, Governor Bello set up a 23-man Complaints Review Committee immediately and charged them to work speedily and justly to ensure that all issues arriving from the Screening Exercise are quickly resolved. In the report, a total of 18,211 Ghost Workers or Unintended Beneficiaries were discovered to be drawing salaries from the State and Local Government. This meant that approximately N213b had been lost to these people over the last 13 years.

Asked what the terms of reference were for his committee, Alhaji Okala said, “One: Further screening of the ‘Cleared List.’ Two: Scrutinise further those currently on ‘Problem List.’ Three: Attend to complaints with the view to resolving them.

“After our meeting next Wednesday, we will announce the venue for the exercise along with the work schedule and modalities so that each ministry, agency, department and local government area will know when to come and present their case. We promise that the process will be as painless and organised as possible. Everyone will be given the chance to prove their case before the committee.”

The committee is made up of seasoned professionals, career civil servants, and law enforcement officers. Barrister I.O. Alhassan, representing the Attorney General, is the Committee Secretary, while the Local Government Areas Auditor General, Alhaji Ahmed Ododo, is a member. Other members include Former Auditor General, Hajia Maryam Ladi Ibrahim; State Legal Adviser, Barrister Femi Adegboyega and the Representative of the Ministry of Local Governments and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr. Alfa Arome.

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Budget padding: DSS seals Reps Appropriation Committee Secretariat

The secretariat of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation is now a no go area.

The office, located  in Room 16,White House at the National Assembly Complex ,was sealed off yesterday by security men as claims and counter claims  intensified  over alleged padding of the  2016 budget by principal officers of the Green Chamber of the NASS.

Staff and members of the committee were denied access to the office by a team of four security men said to be from the Department of State Security (DSS).

The DSS is the latest of the security agencies after the Police to wade into the controversy over padding of the 2016 budget by the House.

Sacked chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation, Abdulmumin Jibrin, sparked the controversy when he alleged that he was fired by Speaker Yakubu Dogara because he refused his bidding and that of Deputy Speaker Yusuf Lasun; Majority Whip Alhassan Doguwa; and Minority Whip Leo Ogor  to pad the budget to the tune of N40b.

Dogara and the rest have denied the allegation, saying it was Jibrin that padded the budget, hence his removal as committee chair.

They wondered why he kept quiet until his sack before making his allegations.

The sealing of the committee office yesterday came on the heels of allegation by Jibrin that Dogara stormed there and removed computers and some other materials for the purpose of stalling investigation.

Jibrin reportedly visited the SSS Headquarters on Friday to brief the agency about the budget padding scandal rocking the House.

He also asked EFCC and ICPC to commence investigation into the crisis with a view to prosecuting those involved.

The new chairman of the Appropriation Committee, Mustapha Dawaki (APC, Kano), however, told reporters yesterday that there was no such thing.

Dawaki, reading from a July 29, 2016 letter from the Clerk of the Committee, Abel Ochigbo, to the acting Clerk, House of Representatives and the Chairman of the Appropriation Committee, said: “The Secretariat is intact and has not been threatened anyway. All records are also intact and safe – both software and hardware.

“In addition, no staff in the secretariat of the committee has been subjected to any form of threat, intimidation or harassment from any quarter whatsoever.”

Contrary to Dawaki’s claim, however, Ochigbo and his staff were denied entry into the office by the security men.

When the Clerk sought to know why he could not enter his office, the security men told him to seek an answer from ‘above’.

Ochigbo then left in frustration only to return to ask on whose instructions the security men were acting.

Dawaki, at his press conference, declined to answer any question on the allegation that nine members of the Appropriation committee were bribed by Speaker Dogara to disparage Jibrin.

Deputy Chief of Staff to the Speaker, Mr. C.I. D Maduabum who was named by Jibrin as having shared the $20000, had earlier on Friday dismissed the allegation as a lie.

Some vested interests are apparently cashing in on the development to divide the House.

A member who pleaded anonymity yesterday accused Dogara of coercing some members into supporting him in the crisis.

The source said the plan of the Speaker was to divide the House by sending hate-inducing text messages to members.

He forwarded  to reporters a text message said to have emanated from Dogara’s camp which said: “Plot to destabilize the leadership of the House of Reps has taken a new dimension as the AGF working with Gbajabiamila, Jibrin & SGF has drafted charges to arraign & detain principal officers of the House so that the transparency group who recently met with Tinubu’s wife will effect a leadership change with Gbajabiamila as Speaker & Jibrin as Deputy.

“This is why Jibrin did not mention Femi in his allegations. The 8th House won’t be anybody’s rubber stamp. We will resist them like the Senate resisted them.”

The source said the message was to turn members against Jibrin and those mentioned in the text.

He said:”This intention is to malign those accused in the text so that members would see them as enemies.

“They want to turn us against one another , especially those seen as belonging to Transparency Group and even against the leadership of the party.

“What have those not in the National Assembly that were mentioned got to do with this fight?

“We are searching to reposition the country. These allegations are coming out from within us, yet they want us to believe that they are coming from outside.

“Isn’t that absurd?

“We will not allow it. God has revealed this and it is up to us to help ourselves by standing for the truth.”

Also yesterday, a group National Youth Council of Nigeria petitioned the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) over the alleged padding of the 2014 budget with about N418m worth of contracts by Abdulmumin Jibrin.

The petitioners said that Jibrin, while serving as House Committee Chairman on Finance, padded the budget with projects domiciled under the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons and other agencies.

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Clerk Denies Allegation Of Tampering With Appropriation Committee Computers, Others

The Clerk of the House of Representatives Appropriation Committee, Dr. Abel Ochigbo has denied allegations that the speaker of the House, Yakubu Dogara ordered the shut down, seizure and packing of computers and records belonging to the committee.

Former Chairman of the committee, Hon. Abudmumin Jibrin alleged that the speaker ordered all computers in the secretariat of the committee to be shut down and moved to his office.

He also alleged that the secretariat staff on he orders of the speker are being harrased to keep quiet and suppress facts as well as attempts to break into home office to make away with some vital materials.

But Dr. Ochigbo in a letter addressed to the clerk of the National Assembly, the Acting Clerk of the House of Representatibves and the chairman of the House appropriation committee said the secretariat of the committee is intact and has not been threatened in anyway,

A copy of the letter seen by Abusidiqu.com also said that all records of the committee are also intact and safe-both hardware and software.

The letter further stated that any such report of the allegation as stated above should be totally disregarded.

See the letter below:lLxL1gU7

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Dogara Gave Appropriation Committee Members $20,000 Bribe Each To Lie At Press Conference – Jibrin

MY RESPONSE TO THE PRESS CONFERENCE ADDRESSED BY 9 MEMBERS OF THE 40-MEMBER APPROPRIATION COMMITTEE OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 
All the accusations they leveled against me are not in any way different from the bunch of lies contained in the shameless statement released by Speaker Dogara and the 3 other principal officers through Hon Namdas which I have fully provided response to. But to prove my innocence, I have resolved that I will respond to any accusation or allegation leveled against me, unlike the corrupt Speaker Dogara, who rather than respond to the 25 allegations I leveled against him and others, has resorted to use legal gimmicks to stall the allegations. Mr Speaker, you cannot sweep such hefty allegations under the carpet. You think Nigerians are not watching?
 
First, only 9 out of the 40 appropriation committee members agreed to participate in such a dishonorable press conference after shamelessly collecting $20,000 each distributed to them two days ago at the Speaker’s residence by his Deputy Chief of staff Hon CID Maduabum. My same Deputy Hon Chris Azubogu (you will remember his history with Hon Hembe in the 7th Assembly) who was used to organize the press conference was clearly on camera almost crying at the press conference where I announced my resignation. It took a couple of minutes before I could calm him down, get him seated for me to commence the event. See attached documents showing his greedy demands for insertions 111 projects into the budget which I turned down. You can imagine the pressure I went through. The 9 of them are a disgrace to their constituents.
 
On the lies that I never conferred with committee members or excluded them, here is the fact. The members of appropriation committee were fully carried along except those periods that the Quartet of Speaker Dogara and others took away the entire secretariat from me. When the appropriation bill passes second reading and is referred to the appropriation committee, a meeting with standing committee chairmen, their deputies and principal officers is usually held to discuss the guidelines for the committee work. We held that meeting on Wednesday January 27th 2016 With Mr Speaker in attendance. (see attached for document showing agenda of meeting and guide lines provided to standing committees).
 
The 40 members of the appropriation committee are grouped into sub-committees and allocated a number of standing committees to supervise. Their role is so important such that they must first agree with the report of the various standing committees they supervised before the report of such committees are considered, deliberated and adopted by the appropriation committee. The implication of that process is that every member participated and endorsed the reports. God so kind, the entire session was recorded publicly. I will release the videos so that my Hon colleagues and the general public will see videos of appropriation members in action. And the 9 members of the appropriation committee with short memory will be reminded.
 
No report of a standing committee of the house was received without the approval of members of appropriation committee. See attached for document showing full list of members of appropriation committee, distribution into sub committees, secretary of each subcommittee, contacts and meeting rooms. Interestingly, the distribution and allocations was done by this same Deputy chairman of mine! Where is his honour?
 
Again they tried to drag the entire house and body of principal officers into this matter. I have stated categorically clear several times that my allegations are not against the House as an institution or the entire body of principal officers but specifically on Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Deputy Speaker Yusuf Lasun, Whip Alhassan Doguwa and Minority Leader Leo Ogor and few other members.
 
It is also a blatant lie that I disappeared. I was always at home since we were on a short break. Even more shocking is the fact that my Deputy Hon Chris Azubogu who was regularly at my home during that period can go on national TV for a price of $20,000 to tell such shameful lies. Well, CCTV don’t tell lies. The period that my colleagues didn’t see me was the two occasions that Speaker Dogara and the others took away my secretariat. At least, now you know that your budget was with Mr Speaker not me.
 
On the issue of pressure by members against me, I have explained that countless times. Who can blame them when they do not have the facts of the matter. All they know and hear is Hon Jibrin. This is in addition to a well-orchestrated blackmail by Speaker Dogara and his cohorts to spread false hood and effectively block me from briefing members. The conspiracy of silence by the few committee chairmen who are culprits didn’t help my case. Well, now the whole members are getting to know what transpired.
 
The contradictions in all your statements are too much. Here you are talking about sack. What do we believe after the Speaker first admitted that I resigned? Again, on one hand you say Hon Jibrin padded the budget, on the other hand you say nothing like padding in the entire budget. Which do you want us to believe? Yes we have complete powers of appropriation but the intention of the constitution is not to say you should exercise that power in a senseless manner, okay? 
 
The mother of all contradiction, is when you said no breach was committed so there must not be any external probe but internal. So if there has been no breach what so ever in the budget process, why are you accusing me of committing so many offence in that regard? And what do you intend to probe internally?
 
My dear colleagues, you all know me very well and my bluntness and anti-corruption stance in the House. We will all die and meet our God. Feel free to play politics but remember posterity will judge.
 
I urge you all to join hands and do the Honourable thing by asking Speaker Yakubu Dogara and the 3 other principal officers to reconvene the House and step down with immediate effect to face prosecution. They have all lost the moral grounds to call themselves presiding and principal officers of the House. The more they cling on to power, the further the image of the House will be battered.
 
I wish to inform you that I have officially approached the EFFC and the ICPC to come in and decisively deal with this matter and other corruption cases in the House. Kindly note that the allegations must be externally investigated.
 
This is a defining moment for the House of Representatives. It will never be business as usual.
 
Thank you
 
Hon Abdulmumin Jibrin PhD MBA
Kiru-Bebeji Federal Constituency
Kano (APC)
See documents
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Appropriation Committee Members Disown Abdulmumin, Say He Hijacked The Budget Process

Members of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation have dissociated themselves from the allegations of the former chairman of the committee, Hon Abdulmumin Jibrin, against the speaker and other members of the House leadership, saying he hijacked the entire process.

In a press briefing at the National Assembly Friday,  the members also stated categorically that there was no breach in the appropriation process that will warrant any external investigation.

They explained that Hon. Jibrin Abdulmumin acted on his own and stressed that Members of the Committee on Appropriation are standing with the speaker because they know the allegations are not true.

“We, members of the Committee on Appropriation saddled with the responsibility of treating the 2016 and subsequent National Budget are solidly in support of Mr. Speaker, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara and other Principal Officers of the House of Representatives.

“We, therefore, request that Hon. Jibrin Abdulmumin should tow the path of honour and conduct himself in a manner befitting an Honourable Member of the House of Representatives.

Speaking on behalf of the committee, the deputy chairman, Hon Chris Azubogu, said the members noted “with total dismay and disappointment, the conduct of the former Chairman of the Committee on Appropriation, Hon. Jibrin Abdulmumin.”

They added, “As Members of the Committee on Appropriation, we want to state categorically clear that the ousted Chairman’s action does not in any way reflect the position of the Committee. He has constantly allotted all the actions and decisions of the Committee to himself without conferring with the Members.

“We wish to state that we totally disassociate ourselves with all the calculated plot to pull down the integrity of the Leadership and Members of the 8th House of Representatives.

“For the avoidance of doubt, we wish to state that a comprehensive collation of the reports of the budget from the various standing Committees of the House was done by the Appropriation Committee which was in the process of deliberation when the ousted Chairman unilaterally high-jacked the entire budget to a hideout with his consultant without the consent of the Committee, that was the last time the Committee saw the budget only for Hon Jibrin Abdulmumin to resurface about three weeks later, with a report purported to have come from the Committee.”

He reiterated that the speaker removed the erstwhile chairman of Appropriations after Members approached him with a complaint and a demand to remove Abdulmumin as the Chairman of the Committee.

“In his calm and peaceful manner, Mr. Speaker sought to resolve the matter amicably in the overall interest of the House and the Nation. In his usual recalcitrant manner, Hon Abdulmumin preferred the confrontational approach which irked the Members to request for his urgent removal from office. This request was overwhelmingly supported by the entire House.

“In response to this demand by Members, Mr. Speaker has no choice than to act accordingly in order to maintain the integrity of the whole House.”

On budget padding, they stated categorically that there is no offence known to law in Nigeria as budget padding, otherwise, the entire work of appropriation in the past and in the future will amount to nothing.

They argued, “The entire essence of treating a budget would have been unnecessary in the first instance if the National Assembly has no powers over it.

“Note that appropriation bill is like any other executive bill and it also undergoes the same process of law making for it to become a law otherwise, there will be no need for Mr. President to present an estimate to the National Assembly for consideration.”

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Why I Was Removed As House Appropriation Committee Chair – Jibrin

Sacked Chairman of House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation Abdulmimin Jibrin, yesterday allged that his disagreement with the leadership of the House over injection of about N90billion personal projects into the 2016 budget accounted for his removal.

He said the body of principal officers was uncomfortable with him over his refusal to cover up plans to allocate N40billion constituency projects to the principal officers out of the N100billion allocated to the entire National Assembly.

He also alleged that Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Deputy Speaker Yusuf Lasun, Chief Whip,Ado  Doguwa and Minority Leader Leo Ogor, met to demand the N40billion worth of projects in addition to about N20billion “wasteful projects” which they allocated to their constituencies.

He accused the Speaker of seeking N30billion personal requests with three other offices.

He said he was weighing legal options if the House won’t allow him to explore internal mechanisms to explain his side of the budget padding fiasco.

Jibrin, who opened up on his twitter account, said his removal was to cover up the 2016 Budget padding secrets before the recess, which commenced after yesterday’s sitting. The House will return in September.

He said the budget padding won’t be swept under the carpet adding that it is a major issue which will define the next session of the House after resumption.

He said: “I strongly believe with every conviction that in cleaning up the budgeting system and considering what transpired during the 2016 budget, which I have all the facts and documented, Speaker Dogara, Deputy Speaker Lasun, Whip Doguwa and Minority Leader, Leo Ogor should resign.

“These members of the body of principal officers were not comfortable with my independent disposition and my refusal to cover up their unilateral decision to allocate to themselves N40billion out of the N100billion allocated to the entire National Assembly.

“The four of them met and took that decision in addition to billions of wasteful projects running over N20billion they allocated to their constituencies.

“They must come out clean. My inability to admit into the budget almost N30billion personal requests from Mr. Speaker and the three other principal officers also became an issue.

“I have every documented evidence to this effect.”

He gave further insights into what transpired between the House leadership and members  on how to manage the N100billion allocated to the National Assembly and why he was stopped from further briefing the lawmakers on the 2016 budget.

He added: “After the submission of the first version of the budget which was returned by Mr. President, I briefed members in Executive Session and told them as agreed at our pre-budget meeting with chairmen and deputy chairmen of standing committees.

“We simply adopted their reports with little amendments. Nobody faulted my submission.

“Members insisted they must know how the N100billion was allocated, I told them the truth.

“Since after that meeting, Mr. Speaker with the support of the three other principal officers effectively blocked me from briefing members and ensured I was not at the last Executive session and refused to investigate the  issues I raised that I believe must be addressed if we intend to build a better budget system for the House.”

“I gave Mr. Speaker statistics of 2000 new projects introduced into the budget by less than 10 committee chairmen without the knowledge of their committee members.

“He did nothing about it because he was part of the mess. Yet he is talking about improving the budget system.”

Jibrin insisted that he resigned as the chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation.

He alleged that the Speaker misled the public on what transpired when they met.

He added: “Meanwhile, I intend to explore all internal avenues of the House to brief my colleagues in detail and testify against Speaker Dogara; Deputy Lasun Yusuf; Chief Whip Doguwa and Minority Leader, Ogor on why they should resign.

“If I am not allowed to exercise my privilege, I shall consider legal options. I can no longer bear the brunt of abuses and baseless allegations, keeping quiet all in the name of ‘confidentiality’ expected of an appropriation chairman.”

“I will not allow anybody, no matter how highly-placed, to destroy my life as intended by the full statement of Speaker Yakubu Dogara.”

“It is a fact I went to the Speaker and told him clearly I wanted to leave. He confirmed this in his statement but it appeared he wished he had fired me instead of my personal decision to step down.

“Speaker Dogara’s statement was a complete misrepresentation of the facts, false, mischievous, unfair and a calculated attempt to bring my name to disrepute, blackmail, silence and use me as a scapegoat.

“The plan is to execute it just before the recess so that by the time we return, I would have been buried and the issue forgotten.

“Mr. Speaker, this will never be swept under the carpet. We are closing for recess with it and we shall commence the next session with it.

Jibrin said: “I did nothing wrong. I worked within the rules of the House and instructions of Mr. Speaker

Jibrin threatened to release further details.

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Labour Face-off: Kogi Government To Set Up Resolution Committee

Normalcy will soon return to the Kogi state civil service as government has at last resolved to set up a committee to look into the issues at stake with a view to end the lingering strike action embarked upon by workers.

This was disclosed by the state commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mohammed Awal while briefing journalists at the end of the weekly state executive council meeting in Lokoja.

According to the commissioner, the state Deputy Governor, Mr. Simon Achuba is to mediate on the peace committee which is exepected to commence with immediate effect.

“The current face-off between the organised labour and the state government is a family issue which the council believes is capable of being solved amicablly in the interest of the good people of Kogi state. We have to disagree to agree to enable the state move forward” The commissioner explained.

The commissioner also reiterated the council’s determination to ensure that the welfare of workers in the state will continue to received the desired attention.

On the burning issue of the warring two communities in Ibaji Local Government Area, the commissioner told journalists that the council at its meeting also resolved that a peace committee be constituted to look into the problem with a view to finding lasting solution.

Awal further informed Newsmen that the council deliberated on the need to construct a Bridge across the River Niger through Bassa Local Government Area to Lokoja, the state capital.

The idea if materialized at the end of the day, according to the commissioner will not only boost commercial activities within and outside the state but also ensure free transportation of goods and services from rural to urban areas.

The commissioner said the council equally considered the establishment of Ministry of Energy Resources geared towards ensuring improvement in power sector.

The commissioner also announced the approval for the reconstitution of Boards appointments that would hasten efficient governance in the state.

He said approval was also given for the disbursement of agricultural loans to farmers in the state to enhance their farming activities.

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Abdulmumin Jibrin Steps Down As Chairman Of House Committee On Appropriation

Honourable Abdulmumin Jibrin today announced his decision to step down as the Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Appropriation after just nine months in the role. Jibrin who made this decision known personally via his Twitter handle@AbdulABMJ said he stepped down to let peace reign in the best interest of the House and the country at large.

“Today, I stepped down as the Chairman of the House Committee on Appropriation. This was done in the best interest of the House and the country at large, in order to let peace reign. It has been a rare privilege to serve first as the Chairman House Committee on Finance and until now as Chairman of the Appropriation Committee.” Jibrin stated on social media.

Jibrin who was also Chairman of the House Committee on Finance in the 7th National Assembly expressed his profound appreciation to the Speaker and his colleagues in the House. He also cautioned some elements in the media who have made his decision to step down a narrative of being sacked based on the illusions of their creation. While congratulating his successor, Hon, Mustapha Dawaki, Jibrin said he will continue to serve his people and the country in his capacity as a member of the House of Representatives.

The Kano State lawmaker who is currently serving his second term in the House clinched the chairmanship of the Committee on Appropriation in October 2015 after withdrawing from the race for Speaker to throw his support behind the eventual winner, Honourable Yakubu Dogara.

Jibrin is seen as one of the most vocal and vibrant members of the House and there is no doubt that his resignation will leave a huge gap in Dogara’s camp and weaken his leadership within the House.

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Kogi Uncovers 9,720 Ghost Workers, Figure May Rise, Says Committee Chairman

NO fewer than 9,720 ghost workers in the payroll of Kogi State government, has been uncovered by the committee on staff screening and verification in the state.

Chairman of the committee, Mr Jerry Agbaji, who announced the development during a stakeholders meeting in Lokoja, said the figures represented the number of workers in ministries and local governments who did not show up at all for the screening.

He said the figure comprised of 4,060 state government workers, 3,054 teachers and 2,936 local government workers.

Agbaji, who is currently the acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Information, Arts and Culture, said the committee screened more than 81,000 workers during the exercise.

According to him, 22,272 workers in the 21 local government councils presented themselves for the screening while 22,608 primary school teachers submitted themselves for the exercise.

He said the number of ghost workers could go up as many workers had issues ranging from forged certificates, double salary collection, bank verification number, fake letters of appointment and non-availability of bank statements, among others.

Also addressing the meeting, the Auditor-General in charge of local governments, Alhaji Ahmed Ododo said the names of 40 unscreened workers were smuggled into the report. Ododo, who chaired the backup committee to vet the report of the screening, explained that this anomaly and others discovered in the report showed that there were individuals bent on sabotaging the efforts of the government.

The auditor-general said a member of staff of the College of Education, Ankpa, who had been in service for the past 39 years, was given a clean bill and asked to remain in service by the committee.

“Also in Kogi State University, there was a case of double employment where a man filled two forms signed by him and he was cleared. He is on the staff of the university and also on the staff of its teaching hospital. This man draws salaries amounting to N560,000 each from the two places,” he said.

Ododo said that the committee also discovered that the payroll of the Kogi State Polytechnic in Lokoja contained 1,200 non-existing workers, urging the government to raise an independent team to ascertain this and bring the perpetrators to book.

Earlier, while declaring the meeting open, Governor Yahaya Bello said it was called to lay bare the interim report of the screening committee.

The governor reiterated that the exercise was not to witch hunt anybody but to reposition the state’s civil service and get rid of ghost workers.

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