The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), has declared a staff of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Joseph Tony Ogah, wanted for defrauding the Federal Government of N36.2 million.Joseph Tony Ogah

Rasheedat Okoduwa, Commissioner for public enlightenment and spokesperson for the anti graft agency said in a statement that Ogah, an indigene of Idah, Kogi State, was part of a crime syndicate that defrauded the Federal Ministry of Environment.

According to her, preliminary findings by ICPC revealed that the syndicate used a company called Soft Alliance Disco, Limited to pay huge salary arrears totaling N36, 194, 636.00 to fictitious staff on the payment platform of the Ministry of Environment.

Ogah, 38 years old, according to her benefited from the fraud as the sum of N9.4 million was paid into his account with the United Bank for Africa (UBA). Read More →

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Abuja declared his administration’s commitment to boosting national productivity, by among other things, taking all necessary actions to end incessant strikes by workers in vital sectors of the Nigerian economy.Pres-Buhari

At a meeting with the Permanent Secretary and Directors of the Federal Ministry of Labour, President Buhari said that he was particularly disturbed by the seemingly endless strikes in Nigeria’s health sector which have contributed to the fall in the standard of health services available in the country.

The President directed the Permanent Secretary, Dr. Clement Iloh and Directors in the Ministry of Labour to liaise with other stakeholders and quickly work out proposals for ending the recurring strikes in the health, education, transport, oil and gas, power and other critical sectors of the national economy.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who was also present at the meeting, urged Dr. Iloh and his staff to make an input to ongoing plans for the extension of welfare services to poor and disabled persons. Read More →

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday removed the Director General of the Budget Office of the Federation, Bright Okogu, from office.buhari

The reason for his removal remains unclear at press time.

In his place, Aliyu Yahaya Gusau, has been appointed his successor. Until his appointment, Gusau was the Director, Fiscal Policy, Budget Monitoring and Evaluation.

His appointment takes effect from Tuesday, August 18, 2015, a statement by the Director of Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Finance, Marshall Gundu, said. Read More →

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Following reports that a chieftain of the Islamic State IS, Ahmed Al Assir, was granted a Nigerian visa in Lebanon, the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Immigration Service, NIS, David Parradang, may have fallen into troubled waters.Islamic-State-IS-Ahmed-Al-Assir

Al Assir was arrested by Lebanese authorities on Saturday as he attempted to fly out of the country on a forged passport.

Lebanon’s official National News Agency reported that Al Assir was caught at Beirut’s Rafik Hariri International Airport while trying to board a flight to Egypt using a fake Palestinian passport.

Lebanon’s general security directorate said Al Assir was planning on flying to Nigeria via Cairo. Read More →

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…accuse him of impersonation

It was a clear case of the hunter becoming the hunted yesterday, as the Nigeria Police Force paraded a whistleblower, 44-year old Martins Ugwu Okpe, accusing him of impersonation and breach of official trust.Acting-Inspector-General-of-Police-IGP-Solomon-Arase

Mr Okpe had for over nine years allegedly impersonated his childhood friend, George Davidson Daniel who is a medical doctor.

The police however clarified that the suspect had never undertaken any clinical endeavour. Okpe said his highest qualification is a Senior School Certificate which he obtained in 1993.

The suspect who was a GL 13 officer at the Federal Ministry of Health in Abuja was also the chairman of the ministry’s branch of the Nigeria Medical Association, NMA.

Writing under the name, George Davidson, the suspect had earlier written a petition in which he alleged the management of N1.9 billion Ebola funds. The petition, addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari was copied to all anti-corruption agencies, US Embassy, international health organizations, and a number of government institutions in the country. He had accused senior officials of the ministry, including its Permanent Secretary, Linus Awute and the National Centre for Disease Control of the malfeasance. Read More →

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While Nigeria currently does not have substantive ministers assisting President Muhammadu Buhari to run the government, state affairs must continue. Our correspondents examine the people who perform these tasks pending the appointment of substantive ministersThe-bureaucrats

For no fewer than 38 days, the country’s Federal Executive Council which was dissolved by former President Goodluck Jonathan on the eve of his departure has yet to reconvene.

This is due to the delay of President Muhammadu Buhari, who came to power on May 29 having defeated Jonathan in the March 28 presidential election, in appointing a new cabinet.

The council which consists of the President (as chairman), Vice President, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, ministers, special advisers to the President, Head of Civil Service of the Federation and the National Security Adviser is the highest decision-making body in the country.

With the expiration of the tenure of the Jonathan-led FEC and the current interregnum especially as regards the appointment of new ministers, the ship of state cannot tolerate a vacuum. Read More →

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Abuja – The Federal Government had advised Nigerians to be vigilant and embrace basic hygiene as Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) re-emerges in Liberia.ebola

This is contained in a statement signed by Ayotunde Adesugba, Director Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Health in Abuja on Tuesday.

The statement urged Nigerians not to panic on the development in Liberia, as ministry was reactivating its response mechanism and increasing the level of its alert. Read More →

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