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Southern Governors Move against Secessionists Agitation

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Governors  in the Southern part of the country, comprising the South-West, South-East and South-South, under the aegis of Southern Nigeria Governors Forum (SNGF), yesterday met and resolved that everything possible must be done to ensure non-disintegration of the country.

A source said the governors deliberated on how to stop the nation from degenerating into anarchy, in view of the high level of insecurity across country.

The virtual meeting was at the instance of Chairman of the South West Governors’ Forum, Rotimi Akeredolu and the chairmen of the South-South and South-East Governors’ Forum, Ifeanyi Okowa and David Umahi, respectively.

Report stated that 15 of the 17 governors from the South, which included  Ekiti State Governor, who doubles as Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Nyesom Wike (Rivers), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), David Umahi (Ebonyi), Godswin Obaseki, (Edo), and Lolo Cecilia Ezeilo (deputy governor of Enugu representing the governor).

Others are Douye Diri (Bayelsa), Emmanuel Udom (Akwa Ibom), Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Hope Uzodimma (Imo), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Gboyega Oyetola (Osun), Seyi Makinde (Oyo) and Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), attended the meeting.

They called for commitment and unity in addressing issues affecting the country, particularly the Southern Nigeria, stressing the need to put the country first in the face of trying times.

The governors also resoled to meet in Asaba, Delta State, next week to harmonise positions aimed at dousing the tension in the country.

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Union Accuses CAC Registrar General of Abuse of Power

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From Ankeli Emmanuel, Sokoto

The Amalgamated Union of Public Corporations, Civil Service Technical

and Recreational Services Employees (AUPCTRE) has accused the

Registrar General of Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC), Alhaji Garba

Abubakar of abuse of power and high handedness.

The Union in a petition  dated January 11,  2021 signed by acting

Secretary General, Musa Ukpo and addressed  to the Chairman, Code of

Conduct Tribunal, accused Alhaji Garba Abubakar of allegedly

committing financial impropriety, commercialising promotion exams and

inflating contracts as well as consultancy fees.

The said petition marked AUP-NS/CCB/Vol.1./02 also drew the attention

of the Director, Investigation and Monitoring of the Code of Conduct

Tribunal.

Part of the petition read in part: “Staff of the Corporate Affairs

Commission (CAC) under the auspices of Amalgamated Union of Public

Corporations, Civil Service Technical and Recreational Services

Employees (AUPCTRE) have petitioned the National Assembly and the Code

of Conduct Bureau (CCB) and the Presidency over allegations of

corruption and victimisation against the Registrar-General, Alhaji

Garba Abubakar”.

The petition added that, “It has been discovered that the Registrar

General of CAC, allegedly used a front company called the Eminent

Konsult of Centage Avenue, Ikeja, Lagos, to inflate consultancy fees

for tax reconciliation on FCT Abuja Payee Tax Liability for 2018 and

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2019 at an exorbitant amount of N43,072,046.67 via PV no. 131817/2595

and PV no. 181818/2596 both dated 13th August, 2020 respectively.

“There is an alleged financial impropriety with regards to the cost

fees of training of board members to the tune of N63,769,5000 million.

The payments were made to Major Academy Ltd of No. 22, Isyaku Avenue,

off Liberia street, Kaduna State in two installments. The first was on

the 13th July, 2020 with PV no. 111290/2206 where N31,023,000 million

was paid while the other payment was made to same company on the 14th

July, 2020 with PV no. 120368/2206 to the tune of N32,746,500

million”.

The union further alleged that the Registrar General of CAC also

awarded contract for the procurement of Server DL 560 Gen 108SFF to

Descacio Limited in Lagos for over N87 million and another N98 million

for the procurement of the Company Registration portal (CRP) software

and provision of software support and maintenance to Oasis Management

Company Ltd in Abuja.

AUPCTRE further alleged that the Registrar General also awarded a

contract of over N2million to Muhal Global Concept Ltd for work tool

for the office of the Registrar General.

They also accused him of taking unilateral decisions in matters that

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affect staff welfare hence leading to stagnation, alteration of

promotion policies, refusal to pay staff promotion arrears of 2019

despite the availability of funds and budgetary provisions,  stoppage

of all staff loans schemes, including those of the cooperative

societies as well as coercing of staff to forcefully resign their

membership of the union and imposing on them the membership of another

union of his choice, in addition to carrying out auctions of

unserviceable/obsolete vehicles of the CAC without due process hence

in breach of the Constitution.

“The promotion examinations for 2019 and 2020 in the commission were

commercialised. Vacancies were not declared in Human resources and

Finance departments in the appropriation year yet he filled the

Vacancies with his favourites against the budgetary provision, thus a

breach of the appropriation act.”

AUPCTRE in a second petition to Prof Ibrahim Gambari, the Chief of

Staff to President Muhàmmadu Buhari,  dated 5th of March, 2021, the

union alleged that the Director General of CAC, Alhaji Garba Abubakar

illegally dissolved the union and banned all it’s activities.

The petition titled ” The struggle of AUPCTRE against corrupt

practices on public service with a special focus on CAC” was signed by

the acting General Secretary, Musa Ukpo where the union again accused

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the Registrar General of “illegally dissolving the union executive and

banning them from operating and transfer of all executives to

different parts of the country to weaken the union.

“The Registrar General, it was gathered  that while the nation was

under lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic allegedly siphoned over

N30 million on grounds that he has organised a training workshop for

staff that were working from home then.

“As if that wasn’t enough, the Registrar however, went ahead to spend

another whooping sum of N35 million fumigating the agency’s

environment because of the COVID-19 pandemic in addition to

contracting someone to paint the Zone 5 annex office of CAC for

N30,246,979.63 million as well,” The Union alleged.

Meanwhile attempt to get reaction from the Registrar General failed as

a letter addressed to him by DAILY ASSET to respond to some of the

allegations, was not replied to two weeks after.

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Herdsmen Killings: We’ve Cried Enough, It’s Time for Action – Ortom

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Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has vowed to take action against the unabated attacks by herdsmen in his state.

He said it is time to stop crying over herdsmen attacks and take action against them.

Ortom stated this during a media parley at the state’s Government House in Makurdi on Saturday.

He stressed that his administration would take steps to protect the people of the state from marauding killer herdsmen.

Ortom also insisted that his administration would not repeal the anti-open grazing law in the state despite the attacks by herdsmen.

He said the attacks would rather push his administration to strengthen the law against open grazing.

“A few weeks ago, Benue stakeholders met and gave this administration the mandate to activate and implement the Community Volunteer Guards Law enacted in 2000.

“We have already commenced the process of recruiting responsible people of 50 years and below into the Volunteer Guards.

“Their duty is to support the conventional security agencies in defending their communities. We have cried enough. We will cry no more. Now is time for action,” Ortom said.

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Arewa Youths Raise the Alarm Over Polls Postponement

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…June 12 Rally Fails in the North

The Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), has expressed the fears that the 2023 general elections may not take place in the country as a result of the spate of insecurity in parts of the country.

President of the forum, Yerima Shettima, who spoke in Kaduna at said there are indications that some people were behind the uprising in some parts of the country and are against Nigeria’s unity.

According to him, such people feel they are out of the game and want to be part of it by any means.

“I have a lot of fear for 2023 because the signs have shown that we may not see 2023 until the government of the day begins to arrest the present challenges Nigerians are facing and do the needful so that anybody found to violate the laws of the land by organizing something that is not lawfully and that is not in the constitution and anything that threatens the unity of the country, the government should be seen to act decisively to find the sponsors of the madness.

“We should all think of the country first before any other thing. There is a need for dialogue for peaceful coexistence in the country.”

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On the conduct of future elections in the country, Shettima also expressed concern that there may not be free and fair elections in the country because the country has become more divided than before.

“This journey has come a long way and we may not have free and fair elections in the near future where these sentiments exist because we are being divided every day and the unity of the country is being threatened.”

He lamented that the past 22 years of Nigeria’s democracy has not been smooth as one had expected.

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