Breaking: Lagos Assembly Stops Salaries Of Government Appointees Without House Approval
– Summons HoS, Accountant-General, Commissioner
– orders withdrawal of appointment letters to affected appointees
The Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday ordered the withdrawal of letters given to government appointees whose nominations should have been sent to the House for their screening and confirmation, but who took up the jobs without the due process.
The House also ordered immediate halting of salaries and remunerations enjoyed by the affected government appointees pending their appearances before the House. The Assembly further summoned three top officials over the issue.
Those summoned include the Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, the Accountant-General of the State, Dr. Abiodun Muritala, and the state’s Commissioner for Establishment, Mrs. Ajibola Ponnle.
In a ‘Matter of Urgent Public Importance’ brought before the House by Hon. Noheem Adams, Deputy Majority Leader, the lawmakers lamented the increasing situation where supposed nominees of the governor continue to work without being screened and confirmed by the House
Speaker Mudashiru Obasa, who presided at the sitting, agreed with the lawmakers that appointments of that nature without recourse to the House amounted to infractions.
“I quite agree with all of you that the failure of such nominees to appear is an infraction or violation of the laws of this House, especially as it relates to the MDAs, most of which were established by the laws of this House,” Dr. Obasa said adding that the laws of the House of Assembly have statutory provisions that nominees of the governor must appear for confirmation.
“It is becoming common and regular and if we fail to act now, it becomes a norm. I share your sentiments that there is a need for us to put a stop to this. I am aware of the development in the Audit Commission, I am aware of the one in the Law Reform Commission and now the Auditor-General and some others,” he said.
Raising the issue earlier, Hon. Adams cited Section 196, subsection 2; Section 198 and Section 126, subsection 3 which give backing to the House of Assembly in respect of nominations by the governor for appointments.
“Section 126, subsection 3 provides that except with the resolution of a State Assembly, no person shall act in the office of the Auditor-General for a state for a period exceeding six months.
“As the chairman, House committee on legislative compliance, I have observed that some appointments to boards and other agencies were not brought to this noble House. If this persists, the principle of separation of powers will be in jeopardy.
“For example, the Auditor-General was appointed on the September 22, 2022 and today is April 11, 2023,” Adams said adding that the Auditor-General’s appointment in acting capacity had exceeded what the laws stipulate.
Supporting Adams, Hon. Ademola Kasunmu said the stipulations of Section 198 should be strictly adhered to. He added that because such appointments are considered null and void, every remuneration that had gone out, should be returned to the coffers of the State.
Speaking on the same matter, Hon. Victor Akande observed that the situation happened in the judiciary where an appointment was done without recourse to the House and the due process.
Hon. Sa’ad Olumoh lamented that such appointments without regard for the House were becoming too many.
“Separation of power is a doctrine enshrined in the constitution. The executive has the right to nominate people and the House has the responsibility to either confirm or reject such nominations.
“It is not only in the office of the Auditor-General, but I don’t know in what capacity one can act beyond the time limit without recourse to the House,” he said while urging the House to look at the issue holistically so as to put an end to what could cause issues later.
Hon. Rotimi Olowo, who noted the difference between nomination and appointment, lamented: “Today, we have a lot of people parading themselves with many names without appearing before this House for clearance. It should not be a padi-padi thing. This is a constitutional matter and if we do not adhere, we would end up facing the wrought of the people.”
He said it was an infraction to have people who are not cleared by the House receiving salaries and “I am of the opinion that such money is supposed to be returned to the coffers.”
Hon. Desmond Elliot called on the House to act in a way to curtail any future occurrence while Hon. Femi Saheed suggested that “in line with the constitution, anyone acting outside the stipulated time must recourse to the House.”
He further suggested that the Head of Service be made to appear before the House to clear himself over the issue.
NAUB/NDA MERGER: WILL THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT STOP FURTHER ESTABLISHING NEW UNIVERSITIES IN NIGERIA?
NAUB/NDA MERGER: WILL THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT STOP FURTHER ESTABLISHING NEW UNIVERSITIES IN NIGERIA?
Arguably, the proposed unholy alliance between the Nigerian Army University Biu (NAUB) and the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) will definitely have a negative impact on the educational system of Nigeria, especially in the North.
There are fundamental differences in the formation, mission, and objectives of NAUB and NDA, which made the merger not just impractical but laughable.
The raging question that has sparked debate and raised eyebrows among stakeholders in the country is what’s the rationale behind the proposed merger?
The facts are there that NAUB was established years after the Oronsaye’s report which according to Femi Falana is even outdated and the birth of NAUB six years ago as a pioneering educational institution in Nigeria was to serve as the foremost civil-military University for private citizens to pursue their academic aspirations and contribute to national development. With a focus on providing quality university education to disadvantaged individuals. Interestingly, 70 percent of the students are civilians as it’s primary purpose of establishment was to cater for the multitude of students in search of university education in the north east axis, thereby curbing act of terrorism and banditry, a feat NAUB has achieved.
On the other hand, the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) is a venerable institution with a distinct role in the training of cadets to become officers in the Armed Forces of Nigeria As a facility dedicated to producing future military leaders, the NDA’s curriculum and operations are tailored towards the specialized needs of military training and education. If another NDA in another region is established as a branch of the academy, it’s different. This reveals that the motive behind the proposed merger is shrouded in mystery.
The question is, are we okay with the universities in Nigeria? No! The emergence of several private universities springing up in the country is a pointer that there is growing demand for university education in Nigeria. A visit to Biu attests to the fact that NAUB has been able to bridge the gap in the demand for university education in the northeast. In fact, NAUB has emerged as a hub for innovation, research, and technology in that part of the country .
According to the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. A university may be sponsored by the federal government, state government, or local government.Or by a company incorporated in Nigeria or by an individual or group of individuals. NAUB was established by the Act of Parliament and Is a full fledge federal university like other federal universities in the country, Thus, Merging NAUB with NDA means the federal government is ready to merge every Federal universities created by act of Parliament.
NAUB is an internationally recognized Nigerian university and is located in Borno State. Nigerian Army University has been officially accredited and/or recognized by the National Universities Commission (NUC), Nigeria. This clarify the question of whether they satisfy the demand for university enrolments?
Of truth, the proposed merger needed to be well thought out as we couldn’t afford to politicize the future of our youths and our national security. What will become the fate of the students who have seen NAUB as a haven to actualize their academic pursuits?
Femi Oyewale is the publisher of Sahara Weekly and President of NASRE
Republic of GUYANA 🇬🇾 PROPHET. COMMANDER CSI ADVICE TO NIGERIANS*
*Republic of GUYANA 🇬🇾 PROPHET. COMMANDER CSI ADVICE TO NIGERIANS*
*HOW TO SURVIVE THIS CURRENT SITUATION IN NIGERIA
In a recent advisory, Prophet of Republic of Guyana, Commander CSI the esteemed founder of Prophetic Embassy shares valuable insights on navigating the current challenges faced by Nigerians. His advice emphasizes practical steps and a positive mindset to endure the situation.
1. Don’t take it personally, it’s a general problem affecting everyone.
2. Temporary suspend all your projects for now until things normalize. And avoid unnecessary stress over predetermined targets.
3. Exercise fiscal responsibility by minimizing frivolous spendings. Always ensure you buy what is necessary and important.
4. Endeavour to differentiate between your needs and wants. Needs are things required because they are very important. While wants are things you would like/desire to have. Focus on fulfilling necessities during this period.
5. Prioritize basic needs for now, it is advisable to go for your needs and not wants.
6. The most important thing now is feeding and health. It is not bad if you touch your savings at this time to survive.
7. Maintain a healthy work-life balance. And avoid excessive stress for overall well-being. Don’t overwork yourself, just because you want more money. Work a little and rest a little. Anyone who fails to rest will be laid to rest.
8. Think critically without overthinking as excessive contemplation can impact happiness. Always think well.
9. Don’t lose hope in whatever goal you have set to achieve. God is able to bring HOPE into your life even when everything seems hopeless.
10. Manage anger constructively, recognizing it’s destructive potential in challenges times. Anger doesn’t solve anything. It builds nothing. But it can destroy everything.
11. Rise above rudeness by not taking it personal and choosing silence over confrontation. Never respond to rudeness. Ignore them and be silent.
12. Limit non-essential travel to minimize exposure to potential risks. And reduce going to places that are not very important.
13. Avoid bad and shocking news if you can, especially if you already have high blood pressure. Instead listen to good music, watch comedies and laugh out stress.
14. Embrace the fleeting nature of life and cherish each moment, avoid unnecessary worries. Life is short, time is fast. No replay, no rewind. So enjoy every moment as it comes.
15. This is not the time to forsake God or get discouraged in serving God. In fact this is the time to *serve God more*
16. Always know that this time will still come and pass like *EBOLA, CORONA VIRUS* etc. Don’t kill yourself because your tomorrow is far better than your today.
We will conquer this one too, by God’s special grace, Amen
Prophet of Republic of Guyana, Commander CSI concludes with a message of hope, expressing confidence in overcoming the challenges through divine Grace.
He therefore urges utilizing this times to deepen faith and commitment to serving God. Reminding the community that “Tough times do not last but tough people do”.
*~I AM COMMANDER CSI. The Founder of Prophetic Embassy with branches across the globe but has headquarters at Portharcourt.
I COME IN PEACE
A PLEA TO PRESIDENT TINUBU: PRESERVE THE NIGERIAN ARMY UNIVERSITY, BIU
*A PLEA TO PRESIDENT TINUBU: PRESERVE THE NIGERIAN ARMY UNIVERSITY, BIU*
Dear President Tinubu,
I write to you today with a plea that comes from the heart of a concerned citizen. Your recent approval of the Oronsaye report, which includes the merger of the Nigerian Army University, Biu with the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA) in Kaduna, has sparked a wave of apprehension among many of us who value education and security in our nation.
While I applaud the initiative to streamline government agencies and reduce spending, I urge you to reconsider the decision to merge the Army University, Biu. This institution holds a special place in the hearts of the people of northeast Nigeria, especially in a region that has been grappling with security challenges for over a decade.
The establishment of the Nigerian Army University, Biu was a beacon of hope for the youth in the region, providing them with access to quality education and opportunities for a brighter future. The university has shown remarkable growth and potential, becoming a symbol of resilience and progress in the face of adversity.
In China’s national defence research, National University of Defense Technology (NUDT) has always been at the forefront. To meet the demand from strategies to strengthen national defense through science and technology and to build an innovative country, NUDT makes full use of its integrative disciplinary strengths in science, engineering, management, military science, humanities and social sciences, providing strong support for the modernization of the Chinese armed forces, providing talent and technical support to China’s national economy and social development, and ultimately contributing to world peace and development.
Over the past 60 years, NUDT has evolved into a comprehensive science, engineering, military science, management, economics, philosophy, literature, education, law, and history university. The university consists of 10 colleges running more than 40 departments, institutes and laboratories, four key national laboratories and one key laboratory at the level of the Ministry of Education.
In many topics, NUDT plays a leading role, nine of which are key national topics. According to the Ministry of Education’s 2002 – 2004 National First – Category Discipline Evaluation, five NUDT disciplines made the ’ top five ’ list and the discipline of computer science and technology ranked first nationwide. NUDT currently has more than 2,000 faculty members, of whom more than 300 are teachers. There are 14,000 full – time students with 8,400 graduates and 5,600 graduates.
Mr. President, I implore you to recognize the importance of preserving the autonomy of the Army University, Biu. By empowering this institution and allowing it to flourish independently, you will not only support the educational aspirations of the youth in the region but also contribute to the overall development of northern Nigeria and the National Security.
Education and security are not burdens to society; they are investments in our future. Just a decade ago, former President Jonathan took a bold step in establishing 37 new universities to expand access to quality education for our youth. We need more institutions like the Nigerian Army University, Biu, to cater to the growing number of qualified students seeking higher education opportunities.
Your vision for a prosperous and innovative Nigeria, as articulated during your campaign, requires additional universities to harness the talents and intellect of our youth. As you have rightly said, we have the knowledge and the brainpower to overcome challenges like poverty, ignorance, and homelessness. Investing in education is the key to unlocking this potential.
In conclusion, Mr. President, I urge you to reconsider the merger of the Army University, Biu, with the NDA. Let us continue to support and nurture institutions that are making a difference in the lives of our youth and communities. Together, we can build a stronger, more resilient Nigeria for generations to come.
Ibrahim Dahiru Danfulani
Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, Gamji Reporters, Kaduna.
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