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PRODA crisis: Dan Onjeh calls for immediate resignation of Speaker Gbajabiamila, slams Nwawuba

Comrade Daniel Onjeh, the Chairman Governing Board of Initiatives Improvement Institute (PRODA), has known as for the fast 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.

The Committee had accused the board chairman, Onjeh, of economic misappropriation in the middle of their probe.

Based on the Committee, Onjeh was additionally suspended by the Federal Ministry of Science and Expertise as the top of the company’s board.

Nevertheless, Onjeh had requested the panel to retract the claims or face being dragged to courtroom by his attorneys, including that their submission is deceptive and false.

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

He stated, “I’m emotionally and psychologically disoriented. Consequently, I’m calling for the fast 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 stated Rt. Hon. Henry Nwawuba, member representing Mbaitoli/Ikeduru Federal Constituency of Imo State, must 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 stated 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 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, employees victimization and ongoing Administration drawback within the Initiatives Improvement Institute (PRODA), Enugu, below the Federal Ministry of Science and Expertise. Therefore, it’s crucial for me to reply to the broadly revealed wild allegations that some Members of the Federal Home of Representatives leveled in opposition to 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 inaccurate info 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 in opposition to 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 information. Extra so, as I’m sure that the present onslaught in opposition to me by the Reps Members is nothing in need of an try to divert the eye of the general public from the core points and the information. My case could be likened to searching the messenger, fairly than addressing the message. Nevertheless, Ken Saro-Wiwa of blessed reminiscence had as soon as said that, “they could make makes an attempt to destroy the messenger, however they’ll by no means destroy the message.”

Moreover, I used to be in a position to distill two vital 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 take into account 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 a number of 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 that they had 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 handle by means of which they earlier wrote to me. They didn’t mince phrases about my standing and phone handle of their letter to me. So I replied them within the capability of the workplace by means of which they wrote to me. Certainly, contact particulars and designation are the important thing info conveyed by any letterhead. However as a result of that they had nothing by any means to pin down on me, they’re determined to create one, hoping they might 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 take into account 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 real powers to declare me faraway from the workplace. However even Mr. The President, by means of the Workplace of the Secretary to the Authorities of the Federation (SGF), had just lately despatched me an invite to return together with my Board Members to defend our allegations in opposition to 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 look earlier than the Unbiased 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, throughout the Home plenary on Wednesday, tenth February 2020. Now, the Home of Reps has provide you with an additional purpose for me to method the courtroom of regulation, except after all, they tender an open apology. To shed additional gentle on the difficulty, 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 stated 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 subsequently 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 Employees and Board Members of PRODA collectively resolved that since that they had all left Abuja to their numerous locations after attending the SGF’s Unbiased Investigative Panel to defend their case in opposition to 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 resolution to request for postponement of our look earlier than the Home Committee on Public Procurement. Due to this fact, to the Reps Members, that they had set an inescapable booby entice 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 handle and designation on my letterhead, as a result of the regulation doesn’t allow anybody to approbate and reprobate on the similar time.

Now the query is; how does what I’ve finished 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 line with Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance and present DG of the World Commerce Group, “corruption is harmful to struggle”.

The core second difficulty is my alleged interference with the 2020 procurement means of the Initiatives Improvement Institute (PRODA), an info that’s totally misguided and deceptive as a result of in line with the Public Service Guidelines, the DG is in command of the each day 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 businesses by means of 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 embody these referring to appointment, promotion and self-discipline of employees.

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

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

As well as, the rules 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 basic 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 goals and targets set by the Board. The Board shouldn’t be concerned immediately within the day-to-day administration of a Parastatal.”

Therefore, as long as the problems which are emanating concerning the procurement means of PRODA are about procedures and compliance, it’s throughout the purview of the powers of the Governing Board to direct. One would surprise why the Nationwide Meeting needs to silence me, or what they search to realize by maligning my character. However I do know that their battle is all about their schemes to divert the 11 billion Naira Capital Funds 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 initiatives, initiatives meant to alleviate the plight of the teeming plenty 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 among 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 the truth is and by regulation, 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 that they had completed executing their contracts and had been demanding for full fee. A really determined one amongst them, Messrs Zepek Ideas Restricted, claimed to have been awarded a contract to construct one among PRODA Zonal Workplaces 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 outdated 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 complete 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 turned pronounced when he commissioned the Institute’s Wifi undertaking in chosen tertiary establishments in Lagos State for over One Hundred Million Naira every, when in precise sense, the contractor dealing with the undertaking 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 Technique for Proposed 2020 Capital/Constituency Initiatives, 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 observe 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 firms/companies are shortlisted to take part in every LOT and no bidder must be allowed to bid for multiple (1) LOT with the intention to improve competitors;

Nevertheless, 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 Faculties Wifi Mission, JRB Development Firm Restricted, is the director of seven firms 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 necessary 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 research PRODA 2020 Procurement Train as moved by Rt. Hon. Henry Nwawuba, was deceptively and incurably unhealthy, 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 professional, 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 related 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 stated, it’s laced with vested pursuits and never in the very best 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 fast 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 also needs to 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 beneficial the suspension of the Former DG of PRODA on corruption associated points, amongst others. To the very best of my information, there is no such thing as a shred of allegation in opposition to me wherever. Nevertheless, 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 traditional administrative process authorities take generally 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 assist even on this struggle in opposition to 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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