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NDDC chairperson aborts  25biliion payment as FG sets to domicile the commission at SGF office

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NDDC chairperson aborts  25biliion payment as FG sets to domicile the commission at SGF office

 

 

 

 

Ms. Lauretta Onochie seems to be set at winning the battle against the vultures who have been feeding fat on the fortune of the people of the Niger Delta provided by the Federal Government through the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).  

 

 

 

NDDC chairperson aborts  25biliion payment as FG sets to domicile the commission at SGF office

Sources close to the commission informed us that the ad hoc committee has looted resources of the commission such as motor vehicles and others assets in a very shameful manner, and are still bent on continuing to siphon monies meant for projects by the commission.

 

 

 

 

 

According to our source, the new Managing Director was alleged to have colluded with a Governor of one the South East States to pay the sum of 25Billion to the State ministry of works to pursue political agenda which was disguised as funding for projects to be carried out in collaboration with the commission.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

However, in a successful bid to break the stranglehold of these vultures from the NDDC, the new board in spite of initial set back at their first meeting voted to confer on the Chairman the right to sign all Cheques of the commission before they are released from the coffers in order to curtail all forms of waste and underhand practices. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The board insisted that things would be done differently from now on because you can not continue to do things the same way and expect a different result. 

 

 

 

 

 

In a boost of the position of the Board, Ms. Lauretta Onochie has been confirmed as the Executive Chairman of the board of the NDDC in a letter from the office Secretary of the Government of the Federation(SGF) and the NDDC has been moved back to the Office of the SGF from the Ministry of Niger Delta to ensure accountability. It is clear that the new executive Chairman is empowered and ready to replicate the kind of work that the late Professor Dora Akniyuli did at the National Agency For Food Drug Administration (NAFDAC) in her heydays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The support of stakeholders in the Niger Delta Region and indeed Nigeria will go a long way to help her deliver on the mandate of the NDDC in alleviating the infrastructural deficit of the region and better the lives of the people by insisting on getting value for the huge resources being expended by the commission. We can only pray and wish her all the best.

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MFM WINS RARE VICTORY OVER THE UK CHARITY COMMISSION AS TRIBUNAL QUASHES ITS ORDER CONSTITUTING THE INTERIM MANAGER AS SOLE ADMINISTRATOR OF MFM (UK)

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MFM WINS RARE VICTORY OVER THE UK CHARITY COMMISSION AS TRIBUNAL QUASHES ITS ORDER CONSTITUTING THE INTERIM MANAGER AS SOLE ADMINISTRATOR OF MFM (UK)

On 21st September 2021, the Charity Commission notified the trustees of the MFM UK that it had reviewed the Initial Order under which the Interim Manager was appointed to continue the said appointment whilst varying the terms of the Initial Order to permit the Interim Manager to manage the Charity.
to the exclusion of the trustees of the Charity. (The order as so varied is referred to as the “2021 Order”).
This 2021 Order, like its predecessor appointing the Interim Manager, provided canon fodder for further unbridled criticism and vicious maligning of MFM and its General Overseer in the social media, championed by Sahara Reporters and one Maureen Badejo, a British based Vlogger.
On 28th September 2021, the trustees of the Charity submitted an appeal against the
decision of the Charity Commission to issue the 2021 Order. The trustees of the
Charity set out the grounds of their appeal under three headings: –
– the actions of the Respondent and his agents were generally unlawful
– the operations and actions of the Interim Manager/Respondent were
procedurally unfair; and
– the decisions of the Interim Manager/Respondent were generally irrational.
The notice of appeal submitted by the trustees of the Charity (referred to as the
“Appellant” in the decision) set out in some detail the grounds on which this appeal was being brought. The Appellant stated that the outcomes that the trustees were
seeking from the appeal were as follows: Firstly, that the 2021 Order should be set aside.
Ruling on the appeal, the 3-member Tribunal unanimously quashed those parts of the 2021 Order, including the Schedule, that appointed the Interim Manager to the exclusion of the Trustees.
The Tribunal directed the Charity Commission to permit the trustees of the MFM (UK) to remain in office with such powers and responsibilities as are necessary or useful to enable them to work with the Interim Manager in amending the constitution of the Charity and in implementing and
operating effective systems and controls across the whole of the Charity.
By this decision, the Tribunal effectively stripped the Interim Manager of the powers of a sole administrator of the charity to the exclusion of its
trustees and is therefore tantamount to a return to the  status quo, where the Interim Manager continues to work hand in glove with the trustees.
The hearing lasted two days. 29/09/2022 and 03/11/2022.
As at the time of going to press, the Solicitor acting for MFM, Mr Tayo Arowojolu of  Freeman Solicitors in London could not be reached for comments.

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Gateway City Project: Otegbeye Lied to Imams – OGSG

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Sahara Weekly Reports That The Ogun State Government has advised the people to be wary of political opportunists who take delight in lying to get sympathy and votes.

Gateway City Project: Otegbeye Lied to Imams - OGSG

This call was made following the claim by the Governoship candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) in the March 11 election, Biyi Otegbeye, that the Government spent N7bn on the Gateway City Gate Project at the Sagamu Interchange, whereas the cost was less than 5 percent of his claim.

 

A statement issued in Abeokuta on Friday by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Dapo Abiodun, Mr Kunle Somorin described Otegbeye’s assertion as “monumental falsehood”.

 

According to him, “Otegbeye does not have an idea of how Government runs  hence dishes out lies that catches his fancy to whip up sentiments against the people’s governor, including this manner of unpardonable lie”.

 

The statement reads:

 

“The attention of the Ogun State Government has been drawn to a video clip of the governorship candidate of the African Democratic Congress, ADC, one Biyi Otegbeye, purporting that the Gateway City Gate Monument at the Sagamu Interchange was erected at a whooping N7bn.

 

“While we do not intend to join issues with Mr Otegbeye and his likes over barefaced falsehood and puerile attempt to sell his candidacy to the good people of Ogun State, it is pertinent to state that his claim is not only pure falsehood, but also absolute fallacy, complete calumny and a figment of his warped imagination.

 

“Having failed to clinch the APC gubernatorial ticket, Otegbeye has been wandering round parties, shopping for cheap and less known parties’ ticket, trying to get on the ballot through the back door – fair or foul.

 

“His attempt to hoodwink the public through his appearance before the revered League of Imams and Alfas. spewing falsehood around the City Gate  Monument shows the kind of mindset he has if he were to be Governor of the State

 

“The fact of the matter is that the iconic Gateway City Gate Monument that has received rave reviews and endorsements by a wide segment of the public, including the Presidency costs less than 5 percent of his imagined cost. Mr. Otegbeye must probably have thought or believed that a project of such magnitude could not have cost less than N7bn. He probably would have spent this or more if he or any of his kind were to be in charge of the people’s Commonwealth in Ogun State.

 

“The custodian of this Commonwealth today – Prince Dapo Abiodun – is a proven prudent manager of men and resources, whose track records in the private sector justifiably earned him the people’s trust and mandate, which he equally brought to bear on public service and governance in the last 44months!

 

“He has deployed people’s resources to build more than 400km of roads, rehabilitated over 1000 public schools, built 1,500 affordable housing units, revamped the health sector, created thousands of jobs in ICT and agriculture, digitised the state economy  and turned Ogun State to investors’ first destination of choice and the Industrial Capital of the country.

 

“We are confident that Ogun State people are too sophisticated for this kind of infantile politics of Mr Biyi Otegeye and other mudslingers and fake godfathers

 

“We would not be deterred from delivering the dividend of democracy by the antics of people like Biyi Otegbeye. While calling our people to ignore him, it is in his enlightened self-interest to seek knowledge in order to address his ignorance and apologise to the people of Ogun State,  especially the League of Imams and Alfas for his lies. The people deserve to know how Mr Otegbeye arrived at this bizarre figure. Of course, it was simply concocted!

 

“Otegbeye, probably out of ignorance thought the Gateway City a fancy flight. No. It is a more fundamental symbolic depiction of our diversity and strength.

 

“The Gateway City Gate Project is not just a Park or beautification project, it is a welcome sign to visitors, investors and everyone that something new is happening in Ogun State.

 

“It is our welcoming brand to the entrance of the State Capital and centre point of our State and an ICON depicting the joining of hands for Building the future Together in our State. It is a symbol of our unity and a unifying structure that binds our people together”

 

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Sen. ‘Soji Akanbi Commends President Buhari’s New Petroleum Committee, acknowledges Tinubu’s role

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Sen. ‘Soji Akanbi Commends President Buhari’s New Petroleum Committee, acknowledges Tinubu’s role

 

 

 

Oyo State frontline politician, Senator Rilwan Adesoji Akanbi has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his recent setting up of a 14 man petroleum committee which he is heading, in order to resolve the current petroleum scarcity.

Senator Akanbi pointed out that the action is worthy of note and goes a long way to show the humane side of the president and the fact that he cares for the citizenry.

The Senator went on to recall the President’s recent visit to Lagos and his cutting of the tape to put in process the operational opportunities of the new Dangote Refinery in the Lekki area of Lagos as being one of the major highpoints of President Buhari tenure, which will galvanise commerce and development in the whole of Africa, since the new Dangote Refinery, happens to be the biggest refinery so far in Africa.

“Time has finally come through this present dispensation, to offer Nigerians, an economic breakthrough that will eventually, and soonest too, see a huge number of employment opportunities in Nigeria, and a roll out of more multiplier economic benefits in the land,” said Senator Adesoji Akanbi.

“And I must also commend Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, his Deputy, Obafemi Hamzat and the entire Lagos State government for the Blue Rail mass transportation project and the Rice Mill project, both capital intensive development projects which are targeted to change the entire face of the state into a mega city, where there is ease of transportation and easy access to rice, a staple food which has come to be one of the most loved by the entire Nigerian populace.

“But the best is even yet to come, and more shall we see once Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu wins the upcoming presidential election. You can recall that these new Lagos development projects were all laid out during the governorship of Tinubu in Lagos, of which subsequent governors ensured it’s continuity. I can assure you that, there are more people waiting to build more gigantic refineries and so many investors waiting right now in the wings for Asiwaju to win the election, so that they can commence their different projects. Definitely, with Tinubu in the saddle as president, Nigeria will be great again. It’s the private sector that drives any economy and its takes a leader like Tinubu to provide such enabling environment for such infrastructure s to take place. The Lekki free trade zone and the airport and the other good things happening in Lagos, are just a tip of what a President Tinubu in office, will do to replicate in the entire country.”

Senator Akanbi also said that some people are saying that the change of money by the Central Bank of Nigeria, was targeted at Tinubu and the APC. “That is very wrong,” he replied. “Everyone knows that elections are costly. In some countries, trillions are spent on elections. The change of money affects all the political parties because we all need money to pay for logistics. And I am hereby using this opportunity to call on the Central Bank, to extend the deadline, because as at today, some banks are still paying customers the old notes, so extension of the deadline is now a must.”

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