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Budget: FG set to address impediments to procurement contracts

The Bureau of Public Procurement has commenced moves to address any procurement impediment that may affect the smooth implementation of the 2018 budget .

The Director -General , BPP , Mamman Ahmadu, gave the indication while speaking at the opening session of a workshop on public procurement processes.

The 2018 budget , which was designed to consolidate on the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, was presented to the National Assembly on November 7 , 2017.
It was passed by the lawmakers on May 16 , transmitted to President Muhammadu Buhari on May 25 and assented by him on June 20 .

The fiscal document signed by Buhari had a total spending of N9 .1 tn, made up of N2. 87 tn for capital expenditure, N3. 51 tn for recurrent (non -debt ) expenditure and N2. 01 tn projected to be spent on debt servicing .

The BPP DG said the capacity building programme being attended by heads of procurement departments in the Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the government was part of measures to have an all-inclusive procurement process .

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He said as the regulatory agency responsible for the monitoring and oversight of public procurement , the BPP was putting in place adequate measures to have an efficient procurement system.

He said the need to address challenges in the procurement process was based on the conviction that it would help to check the issue of corruption and reduce the number of abandoned projects in the country.

He said, “One of the reasons why we are gathered is to exchange ideas with procurement officers who are in the frontline of public procurement on lessons learnt in the previous year and to develop new skills that will enhance the implementation and performance of the 2018 budget .

“ The bureau, in our drive for innovation in running a sustainable public procurement , is leveraging information technology tools to fight corruption and improve the public procurement process . ”

Ahmadu also said the bureau had upgraded its national database of contractors by integrating it with other agencies such as the Federal Inland Revenue Service and the Corporate Affairs Commission .

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This, he said , was aimed at fighting corruption by eliminating the use of falsified documents in the procurement bidding process .

He said , “The exchange of data also is to eradicate the patronage of portfolio companies and prevent companies from providing false claims in their submissions to gain undue competitive advantage .

For instance , the number of personnel a company claims to employ in a bid to secure a contract should match the number making contributions in a pension scheme . ”

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Elegushi, Olofa, Others Storm Out of Iwo Day


The annual Iwo Day celebration in Iwo Osun State ended in an abrupt manner on Saturday as the royal father Oluwo of Iwo stormed out of the venue apparently in anger.
Others who left the event angry were the Oba Saheed Elegushi, the Olofa of Offa, and the Akarigbo of Remo.

Trouble started when a former Secretary to the State Government in Osun Mr. Moshood Adeoti led some of the members of his party Action Democratic Party to the event in a manner considered by many to be disruptive to the programme.

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The monarch was said to have instructed that since the programme had started and with the venue jam packed no vehicle should be allowed to drive into the venue again.

However despite the directive a big bus which was branded in the campaign colours of a Senatorial Candidate on the platform of the ADP, Prince Dotun Babayemi, forced its way into the crowd and caused a lot of stampede.

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Revealed: How Buhari Got N260,000 Bank Loan To Build First House As Head Of State


Those who claim to know Buhari very well, praised him for his Spartan nature, saying he remains the same man that he was many years ago despite presiding over billions of Nigeria’s cash.

Details of how President Muhammadu Buhari applied and got bank loan of N260, 000 to build his first and only house in Kaduna, have emerged, with some Nigerians questioning whether his Spartan life of 1984 when he served as head of state is still the same as the current Nigeria’s president.

The bank document, which Saturday Vanguard got exclusively, shows clearly that Buhari had resorted to taking a bank loan to be able to build his first house in Kaduna, having not been able to raise enough cash for such a project through all other means.

After applying for the cash, which came with interest, Buhari, a Major General in the army at the time, accepted all the terms and conditions imposed by Union Bank, which provided the N260,000 loan to him and laid out the conditions attached to the offer.

In the loan document dated June 1, 1984, and addressed to Major General Muhammadu Buhari, Head of State and Commander-in-Chief, Dodan Barracks, Lagos, the bank made it clear that the loan was approved for the building of his house.

The letter signed by one M. D. Yusif, who was the manager of Union Bank at the time, the bank said: “Dear sir, we are pleased to advise that the bank has agreed to renew your facility as follows: Building Loan-N260,000, has been marked for review on the 2nd of March 1985 but in accordance with the normal banking practice; it is repayable on demand and subject to review or withdrawal at any time the bank’s option.

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“Interest will be charged for the time being, at the rate of 11 percent per annum with monthly rents. Commission on turnover will be charged at 20 percent.

“The facility has been renewed subject to the following conditions: All the security items have been holding before now continue to support this lending and ordinary account should be kept strictly on creditor’s basis while loan outstands.

“Kindly signify your acceptance of the terms and conditions of the renewal by signing and returning the duplicate copy of this letter,” M. D. Yufif, said.

But as it appeared that Major Gen. Buhair was desperately in need of the loan, he quickly signed and returned the letter to Union Bank, which immediately released the cash to him for the building project in Kaduna.

Although this gesture has given out Buhari as a man of Spartan nature, many Nigerians are unconvinced if he would have take the loan today, given that he has made a lot of money from being the president of Nigeria for almost four years and surrounding himself with people who are said to be money-conscious and ready to do anything to get rich quick.

However, those who claim to know Buhari very well, praised him for his Spartan nature, saying he remains the same man that he was many years ago despite presiding over billions of Nigeria’s cash.

A Kaduna-based politician, Aliyu Musa, who claims to have know Buhari from childhood, told Saturday Vanguard in Kaduna on Friday that Buhari remains incorruptible despite all the posts he has held and the passage of time given his austere background and fear of God not to dip his hands into public till.

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“We, who are Buhari’s friends, are proud of him and we will continue to vouch for him as an honest, contented and sincere leader who is not driven by ill-gotten wealth and that is why he went for commercial bank loan to build his first house instead of looting the public treasury as most leaders would have done.

“We know that despite being Nigeria’s president at a time when everybody wants to steal and enrich themselves, Buhari will remain steadfast to his creed not to steal a kobo from the peoples treasury,” Musa stated.

But second republic lawmaker, Junaid Mohammed, told Saturday Vanguard that Buhari might not be corrupt by taking money from the public till but has thrown himself into the ring by surrounding himself with questionable elements, who do not believe in his anti-corruption war.

“We want Buhari to do away with nepotism and retainership of a cabal that does not work in the interest of Nigeria because corruption extends beyond stealing public funds to conferring undue advantage on a particular set of people and tribe at the expense of other groups,” Junaid said.

Source: Vanguard

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Two Children Killed As Car Crashes Into A Mosque In Plateau


Two little children have lost their lives in an unfortunate accident after a car rammed into a Mosque.

A J5 Peugeot has killed two three-year-old children after crashing into a mosque in Plateau state.

The victims were participating in the Muslims’ Friday Juma’at prayers at the Yelwa- Shendam Central Mosque, in Shendam Local Government Area of the state.

Witnesses said the incident occurred as the prayer was closing.

Abdullahi Salihu, the chief Imam of the mosque, told PREMIUM TIMES on the telephone that two women were seriously injured.

“Yes, the incident had occurred,” he said. “Two minors have already died while two other women were critically injured and have been rushed to a hospital for treatment.

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“I was inside Mosque when the incident occurred but later came out to see for myself what has happened. We also calmed angry youth who wanted to burn the car. The driver of the car is safe and nothing will happen to him, ” the chief Imam said.

The cleric gave the names of the deceased as Khadija Dayyabu and Muhammad Kabiru.

He added that the funeral prayer would be observed immediately according to Islamic rites.

The car, which was fully loaded with firewood, reportedly suffered a brake failure which led to the accident.

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Police spokesperson, Tyopev Terna, did not immediately respond to the phone calls and text messages to his phone.

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