N10.4 Billion Judgement Debt: Senate indicts Malami-Led Justice Ministry
The office of Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, has been indicted.The office was indicted in the disbursement of N10.4 billion judgement debt settlement to beneficiaries.This is as his Ministry could not succinctly render the account before the Senate Committee on Public Accounts.The indictment followed consideration of the 2017 and 2018 report of the Senate Public Accounts Committee (SPAC) chaired by Senator Mathew Uhroghide.Following the development, the Committee has ordered the Ministry of Justice to stop further disbursement of the Judgement debt.It also ordered that the Committee on settlement in the Justice Ministry be reconstituted within 30 days.In another development, the Senate also ordered University of Ilorin, University of Abuja, University of Uyo, Federal University, Birim Kebbi, Federal University, Lafia, Federal University, Wukari, Modibo Adams University of Technology, Yola and Federal University of Petroleum, Effurun to refund N4.7 billion allegedly mismanaged.The Auditor General’s reports for 2016 and 2017 indicted the seven universities, and was upheld by the Senate Public Accounts Committee. It was also considered and approved by the Senate.The breakdown showed that University of Abuja mismanaged total of N1.3 billion in 2017, Federal University of Petroleum mismanaged N1.1 billion, University of Ilorin mismanaged N745 million, Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA), N467 million, Federal University, Wukari, N43 million, Federal University Dutsinma, Katsina – N141 million, Federal University, Lafia – N32 million.The indictment has been considered and sustained by the Senate and will be forwarded to the Secretary to Government of the Federation for further action.On the Judgement debt, the Auditor-General, Anthony Ayine’s report stated that the committee saddled with the responsibility of managing the disbursement of judgement debt was dissolved in 2013.It said that as at the time when the N10.4 billion was disbursed by the Ministry of Justice in 2017, the Committee had yet to be reconstituted.The report stated that lack of control, as witnessed in the disbursement of the judgement debt, could lead to loss of public funds.Ayine, in the report, recommended that the Solicitor-General of the Federation and permanent secretary in the Ministry of Justice should immediately constitute the committee as required by law.The report reads in part, “Examination of the budget of the Federal Ministry of Justice revealed that the sum of N460.95m was appropriated for payment of judgment debts for 2016 and N10bn appropriated for 2017, totalling N10.46bn.“Further examination revealed that the committee saddled with the responsibility of managing the fund was dissolved after the 2013 financial year and is yet to be reconstituted after the 2016 and 2017 appropriations.“However, the ministry has been disbursing this sum without a committee in place. Lack of control could lead to loss of public funds.”Judgement debt refers to money that a court of law orders the losing party to pay to the winning party.The parties in the case may either be an individual, a family, a company, an institution or a government.
Two Reasons I’m Supporting Akpabio to be Senate President – Ndume
Ali Ndume has revealed why he’s supporting Senator Godswill Akpabio to become the next Senate President. Ndume who represents Borno South, spoke during an interview on Politics Today, a Channels Television programme, on Wednesday. Ndume said it is because Akpabio is the preferred candidate of President Bola Tinubu. Tinubu has also asked Ndume to lead Akpabio’s campaign and ensure he becomes the number three citizen.“There are so many that contributed to my reason to stand for Akpabio, because one the president had interest and had Akpabio as his preferred candidate and number two, he had the confidence of asking me to lead the campaign.“Most importantly, it is about justice, about equity, about the constitution and doing what is right and standing for what is justful for this country,” Ndume said. Even though the All Progressives Congress (APC) has chosen Akpabio to be senate president, the likes of Abdulaziz Yari, a former governor of Zamfara, and Orji Uzor Kalu, chief whip of the senate, have insisted on contesting the position.
Democracy Day: FG Declares June 12 Public Holiday
To commemorate Democracy Day, the Federal Government has declared Monday, June 12, 2023, a public holiday.In a statement issued Thursday in Abuja, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior, Dr Oluwatoyin Akinlade who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, congratulated all Nigerians on the occasion.She said; “Nigeria’s democratic journey has, like in many other climes, encountered both stormy and smooth sails, but the ship of State, it’s institutions and most importantly, the Nigerian people have remained steadfast on the tenets of democratic governance.“On this memorable occasion therefore, Nigerians and friends of Nigeria are invited to appreciate the progress that has been made, celebrate the milestones covered and look forward to a better future for the country’s democracy.“The Permanent Secretary wishes all Nigerians a Happy Democracy Day celebration”.
Nasir El-rufai Satanic, a threat to National Peace – Primate Ayodele
The Leader Of INRI Evangelical Spiritual Church, Primate Elijah Ayodele has said that former governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai is an enemy of Nigeria and the peaceful co-existence of its many ethnic groups. Ayodele was reacting to El-Rufai’s recent statement concerning Muslim-Muslim ticket. The former governor in his statement justified his choice of Muslims to occupy relevant positions in Kaduna state because they are the ones who vote for APC in the state. He also mentioned that the current governor of the state will follow in his footstep and the coming one to prove that Islamic leadership doesn’t discriminate. In his reaction, Primate Ayodele described Nasir El-rufai as someone who will start a religious war in Nigeria with his careless statement. He fumed at the statement of the politician, describing the ex-governor a satanic agent. Primate Ayodele alleged that El-rufai has an agenda to Islamize Nigeria and that if President Tinubu allows him in his government, the country will plunge into a religious crisis that may lead to war in the country. The cleric accused him of being the brain behind APC’s Muslim-Muslim presidency and the religious crisis of Southern Kaduna. He warned Tinubu against giving him any position in government to avoid the sudden collapse of the country. “El-Rufai is satanic, he should not be trusted. The election in Kaduna was rigged in his candidate’s favor and God will take it back from him. How can he make such an insensitive statement, why is he mocking Christians? He is a religious hypocrite and a representative of the Taliban in Nigeria. “The statement of El Rufai is unacceptable, we want a peaceful nation but El-Rufai is a threat to national peace. He is the one behind the Southern Kaduna crisis all this while. He should be warned or he will destroy Tinubu’s government. God will destroy his plans before his time and if Tinubu brings him in, he will destroy the government completely.’’ “El Rufai is an agent of satan and God will soon expose his plans. He lost Kaduna but the real winner will reclaim his mandate. El-Rufai is a devil who wants to enslave Nigeria and sell the nation to the Islamic Republic. We must rise against his evil agenda. He is a religious and ethnic racist. He is one of the backbone of Muslim-Muslim presidency in Nigeria and of course, Nigeria will soon see the repercussion.’’ “Tinubu should stop El-Rufai before he creates a religious war in this country. Christians are peaceful people, God will deal with El Rufai because he wants to create a fight in the country.’’ “If El-Rufai becomes anything in Tinubu’s government, he will burn the country, he will start a religious crisis and he has a devilish agenda that will soon be exposed.”
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