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Gombe: Buhari reacts to Billiri crisis, warns Christians, Muslims against violence

Comrade Daniel Onjeh, the Chairman Governing Board of Tasks Growth Institute (PRODA), has known as for the rapid resignation of the Speaker of the Home of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.

PRODA, an company of presidency, has been below probe by the Reps Committee on Public Procurement over actions of the company, which is below the Ministry of Science and Expertise in Enugu.

In line with the Committee, Onjeh was suspended by the Federal Ministry of Science and Expertise as the pinnacle of the company’s board.

Nonetheless, Onjeh had requested the panel to retract the claims or face being dragged to court docket by his attorneys, including that their submission was deceptive and false.

Addressing newsmen in Abuja on Sunday, Onjeh mentioned Gbajabiamila ought to instantly resign because the Speaker of the Inexperienced Chamber for attempting to mislead most people.

He mentioned, “As a bona fide citizen of Nigeria, having full information of those circumstances, I’m emotionally and psychologically disoriented. Consequently, I’m calling for the rapid resignation of the Speaker. He ought to honourably resign his exalted place, as he lacks the ethical rectitude to proceed to preside over the Home.”

Onjeh additionally mentioned Rt. Hon. Henry Nwawuba, member representing Mbaitoli/Ikeduru Federal Constituency of Imo State, needs to be reprimanded to chorus from additional makes an attempt at deceptive Nigerians and the Hallowed Inexperienced Chamber of the Nationwide Meeting.

The previous NANS president additionally mentioned the Home Committee on Public Procurement investigating the PRODA 2020 Procurement Train should be disbanded instantly, as it’s evidently programmed for an anticipated finish, therefore lacks legitimacy.

Full textual content of his speech under:

It’s now not information that the Federal Home of Representatives made me the goal of their vitriolic media assaults within the previous week, over what they termed procurement deception, workers victimization and ongoing Administration downside within the Tasks Growth Institute (PRODA), Enugu, below the Federal Ministry of Science and Expertise. Therefore, it’s crucial for me to reply to the broadly printed wild allegations that some Members of the Federal Home of Representatives leveled towards me each throughout their plenary session on Wednesday, tenth February 2020, and on the Public Listening to of the Home Committee on Public Procurement on Thursday, 18th February, 2021, in addition to the sideline musings on these points from Members of the Home of Reps as reported within the media; earlier than the faulty data takes root and assumes a semblance of the reality into the minds of unsuspecting members of the general public.

Certainly, the extra the Federal Legislators proceed to launch their invectives and smear marketing campaign towards me and the dignified members of the PRODA Governing Board and Administration, all in protection of their private pecuniary pursuits and the pursuits of their quite a few doubtful fronting contractors, the extra I shall give vent to the true place of points to maintain the general public abreast of the info. Extra so, as I’m sure that the present onslaught towards me by the Reps Members is nothing wanting an try to divert the eye of the general public from the core points and the info. My case might be likened to looking the messenger, reasonably than addressing the message. Nonetheless, Ken Saro-Wiwa of blessed reminiscence had as soon as said that, “they could make makes an attempt to destroy the messenger, however they will by no means destroy the message.”

Moreover, I used to be in a position to distill two important points from the just about week-long assault on my individual by some Members of the Home of Reps. One is the allegation of forgery and impersonation of the Chairman of PRODA, an allegation that I think about to be most childish, petty and ludicrous, as a result of it smacks of the peak of their desperation to silence me within the face of the palpable rot at PRODA; for which among the Reps Members are undeniably accomplices within the retardation of the Institute. That’s why they conveniently fed the general public with half-truths surrounding the circumstances. What they termed “forgery and impersonation,” was merely that I wrote to them on my letterhead, in response to an invite they’d earlier prolonged to me, which they duly addressed to me in my capability because the Chairman of the Governing Board of PRODA.I merely replied them utilizing the exact same tackle via which they earlier wrote to me. They didn’t mince phrases about my standing and get in touch with tackle of their letter to me. So I replied them within the capability of the workplace via which they wrote to me. Certainly, contact particulars and designation are the important thing data conveyed by any letterhead. However as a result of they’d nothing in any respect to pin down on me, they’re determined to create one, hoping they may intimidate me out of the platform at my disposal to disclose their complicity within the corruption and industrial disharmony at PRODA.

The Home of Reps Members had taken their puerility additional by directing the Federal Ministry of Science and Expertise to writer a disclaimer on me, one thing I think about an train in absolute futility. As a result of it is just the President and Commander-in-Chief, His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari, who appointed me; that has the only powers to declare me faraway from the workplace. However even Mr. The President, via the Workplace of the Secretary to the Authorities of the Federation (SGF), had lately despatched me an invite to come back together with my Board Members to defend our allegations towards the suspended DG of PRODA, Engr. Charles Agulanna, and in that letter; I used to be duly addressed because the Board Chairman. Consequently, I led different Board Members to seem earlier than the Impartial Investigative Panel of the SGF on thirteenth February, 2021 in Abuja, andthe Panel directed me because the Board Chairman, to make the presentation on behalf of the Board. So how does that quantity to impersonation?

I had earlier written an open letter to the Speaker of the Home of Reps, demanding an apology for the deliberate and malicious misrepresentation of my standing as being suspended, by Rt. Hon. Henry Nwawuba, in the course of the Home plenary on Wednesday, tenth February 2020. Now, the Home of Reps has give you an additional purpose for me to method the court docket of legislation, except after all, they tender an open apology. To shed additional mild on the problem, I used to be invited by the Home of Reps Committee on Public Procurement on sixteenth February, 2021, and the letter was forwarded to me by the Appearing DG of PRODA, Engr. Dr. Fabian Okonkwo on16h February, 2021. Upon enquiry if the Board was the one Physique invited, the Appearing DG mentioned that he was equally invited, and that the letter despatched to him was addressed within the capability of his workplace as Appearing DG. He additionally knowledgeable me that the suspended DG of PRODA was invited, and addressed in his present capability as “suspended DG”. It’s due to this fact clear that the Committee knew precisely whom they had been inviting, and of their respective capacities. In the event that they declare that I had been suspended, they need to have additionally written to me because the “suspended Chairman”, or another capability that they deemed most acceptable. However they selected to do the correct factor by addressing me because the Board Chairman.

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Moreover, the Administration Workers and Board Members of PRODA collectively resolved that since they’d all left Abuja to their varied locations after attending the SGF’s Impartial Investigative Panel to defend their case towards the suspended DG, they wanted extra time to organize and return to Abuja to face the Home of Reps Committee on Public Procurement, and we wanted to speak this choice to request for postponement of our look earlier than the Home Committee on Public Procurement. Due to this fact, to the Reps Members, they’d set an inescapable booby lure for me; as a result of if I had not written them that letter in any respect, they’d have accused me of contempt; however now that I’ve written, they’re additionally accusing me of forging my very own doc, and impersonation of my very own workplace! Having written to me within the capability of Chairman, it was solely logical that I reply to them within the capability that they addressed me. In order that they actually shouldn’t be those to complain about my tackle and designation on my letterhead, as a result of the legislation doesn’t allow anybody to approbate and reprobate on the similar time.

Now the query is; how does what I’ve accomplished quantity to impersonation or forgery? It will likely be clear to the general public that that is only a determined try to assassinate my character. Certainly, in response to Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance and present DG of the World Commerce Group, “corruption is harmful to battle”.

The core second difficulty is my alleged interference with the 2020 procurement strategy of the Tasks Growth Institute (PRODA), an data that’s totally misguided and deceptive as a result of in response to the Public Service Guidelines, the DG is in control of the everyday exercise on the company, topic to the route of the Board. The first function of the Board is to provoke and drive insurance policies on behalf of the Federal Authorities, and to make sure compliance by companies via its oversight features. The Public Service Guidelines 2008 Version, Chapter 16, Part 2 (BOARDS/COUNCIL MATTERS)states thus:

(a) Statutory Boards/Councils shall set operational and administrative insurance policies in accordance with authorities coverage directives and supervise the implementation of such insurance policies. The executive insurance policies might embrace these regarding appointment, promotion and self-discipline of workers.

(b) A Board shall not be concerned straight within the day-to-day administration of a Parastatal.

(c) A Minister train management of Parastatals at coverage stage via the Board of the Parastatal solely.

As well as, the ideas guiding the operational relationship between the Board and the DG/CEO are summarized in Chapter 7, Paragraph 5, (Web page 69), of the Guides to Administrative Procedures within the Federal Public Service, Federal Republic of Nigeria, as follows:

“Topic to common route and management of the Board, the Chief Government is charged with the day-to-day administration of the affairs of the statutory physique in accordance with the targets and targets set by the Board. The Board shouldn’t be concerned straight within the day-to-day administration of a Parastatal.”

Therefore, as long as the problems which can be emanating concerning the procurement strategy of PRODA are about procedures and compliance, it’s inside the purview of the powers of the Governing Board to direct. One would marvel why the Nationwide Meeting needs to silence me, or what they search to attain by maligning my character. However I do know that their battle is all about their schemes to divert the 11 billion Naira Capital Price range of PRODA, as has been the case in earlier years the place contractors fronting for Nationwide Meeting Members colluded with the suspended DG of the PRODA, Engr. Agulanna, to embezzle public funds meant for zonal and constituency developments tasks, initiatives supposed to alleviate the plight of the teeming lots on the grassroots. The general public must know that a number of billions have been claimed beforehand through such underground channels, with out proof of commensurate worth supplied for Authorities spending. Certainly, I’ve beforehand affirmed that the Nationwide Meeting is likely one of the main impediments to Nigeria’s infrastructural growth. The assiduous efforts of His Excellency President Buhari, to ameliorate the plights of Nigerians by offering them with the much-needed infrastructure are being sabotaged to nice extents by some members of the Nationwide Meeting. Are we nonetheless shocked that the previous Home Committee Chairman on Finance, Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin, held firmly to his assertion that our nationwide budgets had been being “padded” by members of the Nationwide Meeting, his personal colleagues?

Moreover, each Chairmen of the Senate and Home of Reps Committees on Science and Expertise have pressurized the Appearing DG of PRODA to pay contractors who had been illegally and unlawfully issued contract award letters by one Mr. Nathan Abia-Bassey, a Deputy Director within the Institute, who was by no means in reality and by legislation, appointed by Mr. President as Appearing DG of PRODA. A few of these contractors had been neither given Payments of Portions, nor Drawings, Procurement Paperwork and Scope of Work, however they claimed they’d completed executing their contracts and had been demanding for full cost. A really determined one amongst them, Messrs Zepek Ideas Restricted, claimed to have been awarded a contract to construct considered one of PRODA Zonal Places of work within the South West in December, 2020; however alleged that he completed executing the contract in the identical December, 2020, nonetheless with none contractual documentation. We later found that what the contractor did was to take a snapshot of an previous constructing with rusty zinc roof someplace in Osun State, had it repainted, and positioned males attired as technicians inscribing PRODA’s emblem on the constructing. That very same constructing had earlier been commissioned by His Excellency Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, who ceased to be the Governor of Osun State over 10 years in the past! Subsequent, the corporate’s MD uploaded the {photograph} to his Fb web page, claiming that he had completed executing the contract and is anticipating to be paid the total contract sum of One Hundred and 4 Million, Eight Hundred and Ninety-Eight Thousand, Seven Hundred and Twenty Eight Naira, Seventy-5 Kobo ( N104, 898,728.75) solely, with hard-earned taxpayers’ cash.

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The Hon. Speaker, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, who had earlier directed the Appearing DG to go and pay some contractors alleged dealing with some spurious contracts, had at a specific time, known as me to ask why I’m stopping the Appearing DG from paying the “Contractors of Honourable Members”. The Speaker’s vested curiosity grew to become pronounced when he commissioned the Institute’s Wifi venture in chosen tertiary establishments in Lagos State for over One Hundred Million Naira every, when in precise sense, the contractor dealing with the venture had no Payments of Portions and Scope of Work; and with the unlawful award letter signed by Mr. Nathan Abia-Bassey. The identical contractor violated the related provisions of the Public Procurement Act 2007, and the situations stipulated by the Bureau of Public Procurements (BPP) in its approval granted to PRODA for Due Course of “No Objection” to undertake Selective Tendering Methodology for Proposed 2020 Capital/Constituency Tasks, as contained within the Bureau’s letter dated November 04, 2020 with Ref. No.: BPP/S.1/CID/20/Vol.I/ 592, Paragraph 9 thus:

…PRODA ought to word that this Due Course of “No Objection” is granted on the situations that the Institute shall make sure that:

A minimal of 5 (5) unrelated corporations/companies are shortlisted to take part in every LOT and no bidder needs to be allowed to bid for multiple (1) LOT to be able to improve competitors;

Nonetheless, from the due diligence PRODA carried out on the Company Affairs Fee (CAC), it was noticed that the identical contractor that’s allegedly dealing with the Lagos Colleges Wifi Mission, JRB Development Firm Restricted, is the director of seven corporations dealing with jobs within the PRODA 2020 Procurement Train alone, to the tune of a whooping One Billion, 4 Hundred and 5 Million, One Hundred and Seventy 5 Thousand, Eight Hundred and Fifty Naira (N1,405,175,850.00) solely. But, they’re asking the PRODA Administration to go and pay such a shady contractor, for phony contracts executed.

Moreover, it’s completely vital for the general public to know that the “Movement of Nationwide Significance” mandating the Home Committee on Public Procurement to set-up a Committee to analyze PRODA 2020 Procurement Train as moved by Rt. Hon. Henry Nwawuba, was deceptively and incurably dangerous, as a result of it was laced with bias. I can authoritatively state that Rt. Hon. Henry Nwawuba, Representing Mbaitoli/Ikeduru Federal Constituency of Imo State, who can also be the Deputy Chairman of the Home Committee on Niger Delta Affairs, has a vested curiosity in a PRODA contractor, as evident in his letter titled, “Letter of Job Completion,” which he wrote to the Director Normal of PRODA on 18th September, 2020 and copied the Company’s Head of Procurement, requesting the DG to pay a contractor, and citing that the contractor had completed his job, at a time when no type of contract award letter, whether or not controversial or reliable, had been issued by PRODA. As such, Rt. Hon. Henry Nwawuba deceived Nigerians by suggesting that it was a case of “pressing nationwide significance”, whereas he was talking for his private curiosity, for his abdomen!

In comparable vein, Mr. Speaker of the Home, Rt. Hon. Gbajabiamila,had additionally directed, despite the fact that verbally and through phone, that PRODA Administration ought to go and pay for nebulous contracts. Therefore, Mr. Speaker has no ethical justification to preside over that Movement, as a result of like I’ve earlier mentioned, it’s laced with vested pursuits and never in the perfect curiosity of the generality of Nigerians. As a bona fide citizen of Nigeria, having full information of those circumstances, I’m emotionally and psychologically disoriented. Consequently, I’m calling for the rapid resignation of the Speaker. He ought to honourably resign his exalted place, as he lacks the ethical rectitude to proceed to preside over the Home. Moreover, the Rt. Hon. Henry Nwawuba who moved the Movement, apart being biased, ought to apologize to Nigerians for making an attempt to deceive them, and must also be reprimanded to chorus from additional makes an attempt at deceptive Nigerians and the Hallowed Inexperienced Chamber of the Nationwide Meeting. Additionally, the Home Committee on Public Procurement investigating the PRODA 2020 Procurement Train should be disbanded instantly, as it’s evidently programmed for an anticipated finish, therefore lacks legitimacy.

It’s instructive for me so as to add that I led the Board that advisable the suspension of the Former DG of PRODA on corruption associated points, amongst others. To the perfect of my information, there isn’t any shred of allegation towards me wherever. Nonetheless, since I used to be the one who spearheaded the preliminary investigation of the suspended DG of PRODA, my being requested to step-aside as Board Chairman, is a standard administrative process authorities take typically in order that the investigation of the accused can go on unfettered. Due to this fact, I’m calling on Nigerians to not be hoodwinked by the falsehood being propagated by some members of the Home of Reps, with a bid to divert public consideration from the actual points bedeviling PRODA.

Lastly, I wish to admire Mr. President for his agency help even on this battle towards corruption, by approving the advice of the Board to droop the Director Normal of PRODA. I additionally want to use this medium to thank the SGF for recommending the exact place of the PRODA Board to Mr. President. Collectively, we will kill the cankerworm of corruption, which has eaten deeply into the materials of this nice nation.

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