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Alleged corruption: Enugu govt probes College of Education Technical

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Dr. Peter Mbah, the Governor of Enugu State, has established a 7-member investigative committee to look into matters concerning the Enugu State College of Education Technical (ESCET).

Representing Governor Mbah, Prof. Chidiebere Onyia, the Secretary to the State Government, outlined the committee’s objectives, which include investigating serious allegations of mismanagement and corrupt administrative practices within the institute and its Governing Council. The committee is also tasked with a thorough examination of alleged fraudulent activities involving Bluetag Technologies, a financial company responsible for fee collection at the college, with a pending issue of over N84 million. Moreover, it is expected to verify claims of improper recruitment processes and the subsequent increase in the college’s monthly subvention. The ultimate goal is to provide recommendations based on their findings to address the concerns raised in a petition to the government.

The committee is chaired by Prof. Ndubueze Mbah, the Commissioner for Education, with Barr. Onuora Okeke as the Secretary. Other members include Prof. Obiamaka Egbo, Rev. Fr. Ikechukwu Ani, Dr. Emma Onyeabor, Edmund Ngene, and Larry Oguego. They have been urged to conduct a thorough and credible investigation and offer appropriate recommendations.

The Governor expressed hope that the committee members would leverage their expertise to provide the necessary recommendations, with the aim of elevating the quality of education in Enugu to a world-class standard. He emphasized the importance of a deep inquiry into the allegations, urging the committee to base their recommendations on their findings.

Prof. Ndubueze Mbah, the committee’s chairman, conveyed gratitude to the Governor for entrusting them with this task. He assured that the committee would work diligently and within the stipulated timeframe to submit their report.

The committee has been given a two-week deadline to submit its findings.

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BREAKING: Oronsaye Report: Tinubu to scrap many agencies, merge others

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President Bola Tinubu will implement some of the recommendations contained in the Oronsaye Report.

This is majorly, in order to cut the cost of governance.

This is coming 12 years after the Steve Oronsaye Panel submitted its report on restructuring and rationalising Federal government parastatals and agencies and a white paper issued two years after.

According to Bayo Onanuga, the President and the Federal Executive Council on Monday reached a decision to implement the report.

He said: “Many agencies will be scrapped and many others will be merged, to pave the way to a leaner government.”

CREDIT: DAILY POST

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‘You’re responsible for Nigeria’s economic woes’— Atiku tackles Tinubu

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Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in the 2023 general election, attributed Nigeria’s economic challenges to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

In a statement shared on his official social media account on Sunday, the former Vice President of Nigeria urged Tinubu to take cues from Argentina’s President Javier Milei on swiftly restoring investor confidence despite inheriting a troubled economy.

Atiku criticized Tinubu for deflecting blame onto the opposition and his predecessors, calling such actions unnecessary and shortsighted. He emphasized that market dynamics respond to concrete actions, not political rhetoric.

Drawing parallels with President Milei’s leadership in Argentina, Atiku highlighted the need for well-sequenced economic reforms. He commended Milei’s proactive approach in preparing for the post-reform challenges and ensuring the availability of mitigating measures.

Atiku contrasted Tinubu’s administration’s ad hoc and hurried reforms with Milei’s strategic sequencing. He pointed out Argentina’s lean government structure achieved through reducing ministries and privatizing state-owned enterprises, contrasting it with Nigeria’s expanding bureaucracy and excessive spending on official residences.

Atiku likened Tinubu’s administration’s approach to Nero fiddling while Rome burns, accusing him of evading substantive action and blaming the opposition for policy failures, reminiscent of characters in George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

Expressing admiration for Argentina’s reforms, Atiku suggested aligning his “Recover Nigeria Plan” with Milei’s stabilization strategy to alleviate Nigeria’s economic distress. He emphasized the need for transparent policies focused on economic revival and warned against dismissing discontent, particularly among the youth, which could manifest in protests.

The statement referred to the worsening economic conditions in Nigeria, highlighted by soaring inflation rates and high living costs, as reported by the National Bureau of Statistics, with headline inflation reaching 29.90% and food inflation at 35.42% in January 2024.

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BREAKING: Fire guts FCT Minister’s residence

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A fire broke out at the private residence of Dr. Mariya Mahmoud, the Minister of State in the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA), on Sunday afternoon.

Situated at No. 9, Justice Roseline Ukeji Close in the affluent Asokoro district of Abuja, the property was reportedly completely destroyed by the blaze.

Despite prompt emergency response efforts, including the arrival of fire service personnel, nothing could be salvaged from the premises.

Mr. Austin Elemue, the Minister’s Special Adviser on Media, confirmed the incident, indicating that the cause of the fire remained unknown at the time.

Authorities have initiated an investigation to ascertain the cause of the fire.

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