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Wike on Abuja multi-billion contract bazaar mess: I didn’t report anybody to EFCC



Despite his complete revulsion at the messy award of contracts in the The Federal Capital Territory (FCT) by his successor, Nyesom Wike, the new Minister, on Saturday denied inviting the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) to investigate his immediate predecessor, Muhammad Musa Bello.

A palpably furious Minister had on Friday during a visit to the sites of some projects, expressed disgust over obvious irregularities in the award of contracts and other such matters, which he said were unacceptable, but failed to state the steps he would take to redeem the situation, only for media reports to claim later that he had written to the two anti-graft bodies to wade into the matter.

But pooh-poohing the report, Anthony Ogunleye, a director in the FCT, dismissed the the reports as entirely baseless and without any merit whatsoever., adding that although the Minister, during his routine inspections of various projects within the FCT, expressed concerns and frustrations regarding irregularities observed in the procurement and execution of certain projects, he did not contemplate or authorise any action against anyone.

Stating that the reports making the round are designed to mischievously sow discord and confusion, he, urged the public and well-meaning Nigerians to exercise caution when they encounter such unfounded reports.

Some of the projects the minister had faulted when he led officials of the ministry to inspect them, included the contract for the Ushafa-Bwari road, which had gone through various variations, describing it as very embarrassing, saying his administration would not accept

Accompanied by the FCT, Minister of State, Mariya Mahmoud and other top management staff of the FCT, to the Ushafa-Bwari road and Lower Usuma Dam to inspect projects awarded by the FCDA and FCTA, on Friday, he described what he saw as unfortunate, adding that it was very embarrassing to see that the road which was awarded in 2017 was yet to be completed despite the amount of money paid to the contractor.

“This is not what we are going to take. The job was awarded in 2017 at the cost of N20 billion, in 2020 the revised the contract sum to N50 billion. As I speak to you, we have paid almost N50 billion what is outstanding from what the man in charge has said is N900 million.

“Now the N900 million will not be enough to complete the job that they have done about 90 per cent and thereby we move to another variation. This is what we are not going to accept. Even the engineering service, we are going to overhaul the entire system.

‘I have never seen a thing like this before in my life. What you see in FCDA contract varies from N10 billion to N120 billion, from N50 billion to N200 billion. It is alarming and I am not going to accept it,” he said.

While speaking of the Lower Usuma Dam, the minister said he was informed the contract was awarded in August 2022 as an emergency contract, questioning why an emergency contract was yet to be executed more than a year later.

“I was told that the Usuma Water System contract has been awarded as an emergency contract. We just heard now that it has not been awarded fully, that it was just a mere letter of intent to the contractor since last August.

“We know the importance of this project because it supplies water to our people in the city and these environments. Water is very important, so I have directed that it is not an emergency again if something has happened since last year, you called it an emergency till now, and it is no longer an emergency.

“If at all it was an emergency, we are going to start all over, and we are going to supervise the procurement process, and we will allow other companies to bid as far as this project is concerned,” he said.

The minister further said that the administration has chosen about 10 contracts, if not more, and has called the companies and has agreed with them on the contracts.


BREAKING: Mother of all strikes! D-Day, October 3! *Stockpile food, essentials – NLC, TUC   



The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC)) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC) on Tuesday, announced midnight Tuesday, October 3 as the date for the commencement of total strike by their workers to get the Federal Government accede to their demands to end the current sufferings of their members and Nigerians at large.

The two labour centres representing the organised labour in Nigeria, which arrived at the decision after they had met separately at their local levels directed their affiliates to mobilise for protests from October 3, saying they took the decisions were approved at the meeting of the joint National Executive Council of the two unions on Tuesday, September 26, in Abuja.

Joe Ajaero, President of the NLC, speaking on behalf of his group, while urging Nigerians to stock their homes ahead the total strike, bemoaned the situation where the government had ignored the demands of the workers, saying it “substantially failed to meet its demands after the removal of fuel subsidy,” added that adding that the grace period given by the two labour centres had expired.

The organised labour, is demanding wage awards for public workers and a new minimum wage, apart from the removal of tax exemptions and allowances to public sector workers, provision of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) buses, the release of modalities for the N70billion for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and immediate reversal of all anti-poor policies of the Federal Government.

The union, which on September 5th and 6th, the NLC embarked on a two-day warning strike which led to the partial crippling of economic activities in some states and gave the government a 21-day ultimatum to meet its demands, is also demanding a stop to the increase in public school fees, the release of the eight months withheld salaries of university teachers and workers as well as the increase in Value Added Tax (VAT).

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BREAKING: Total strike looms! *NLC, TUC, finally meet, agree on action



The Federal Government, may have finally lost the move to stop the impending strike by organised labour, or at least mitigate it by dividing its membership, following a meeting of the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and the Trade Union Congress (TUC), hitherto in disagreement over the issue.

In fact, the two bodies representing the junior and senior workers in Nigeria are reportedly meeting currently to announce a statewide indefinite strike, a move coming about three weeks after the NLC held a warning strike on Tuesday, September 5, and Wednesday 6, 2023, without the TUC, which it explained was to call attention of the FG to the painful suffering of Nigerians, particularly workers.

However, indications, suggests that having agreed to come to an understanding in the interest of the working masses of Nigeria, both camps, having also met separately in their different local organs, decided to hold a joint press conference at 3 p.m. on Tuesday to announce an indefinite nationwide strike in response to the FG’s failure to address the suffering and other socioeconomic hardships caused by the removal of subsidies on Premium Motor, PMS, commonly known as petrol.

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Tinubu will shock Atiku and his gang – APC *Why meeting with Biden didn’t hold



Having met with Joe Biden, at a parley of the G20 group in India, it was unnecessary for President Bola Tinubu to hold another session with his US counterpart at the recent United Nation General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, the All Progressives Congress (APC), explained on Monday.

Felix Morka, spokesman of the party, in a statement, also explain other issues in a quick riposte to the attacks of Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who claimed that the POTUS avoided Tinubu at UNGA because he did not want to be associated with the putrid stains trailing his Nigerian counterpart.

Morka, National Publicity Secretary of the party, also dismissed Atiku’s claims through his spokesman, Phrank Shaibu that fuel subsidy, which the Tinubu administration said it has jettisoned having dismissed it as a drain on the nation’s resources, had returned through the backdoor, saying the payment of the mark up in the pump price of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) by the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), in August, was to ensure stability.

Hear him: ”Shaibu’s claim that fuel subsidy is back is not correct. The government’s intervention to ensure some measure of price stability and predictability does not amount to the return of the ruinous fuel subsidy of the recent past.

“Lifting the Visa ban on Nigerians by the United Arab Emirates (UAE) authorities should ordinarily make any well-meaning Nigerian happy. Diplomatic rapprochement between Nigeria and UAE authorities is ongoing and details of outcomes will soon be made public.

“The matter of the proposed meeting with United States of America President Joe Biden does not even require elaboration. Having met with President Tinubu on the sidelines of the G-20 Nations summit in India, another meeting with President Biden during the United Nation’s General Assembly (UNGA) had become unnecessary and was not even on President Tinubu’s schedule, contrary to preliminary indications on the matter.

“Nigeria is facing pressing challenges that require focused efforts and undivided attention. Issues such as economic recovery, security of lives and property, infrastructure development, and social welfare demand continuous, sustained and innovative efforts.

“President Tinubu is committed to ensuring an inclusive, honest, transparent and accountable governance system. We encourage citizens to actively participate in democratic processes, ventilate their views, and contribute constructively to national conversations. As the discerning people that we are, we remain confident that Nigerians will continue to differentiate between genuine, constructive and development-oriented criticisms and those driven by self-interest, mercenary considerations and disruptive political agenda.

“While we urge Nigerians to ignore purveyors of fake news and other inanities, it is obvious that Shaibu and his likes will stop at nothing in their desperation to distort facts and give oxygen to their politically knocked-out principal. But that can only worsen his infamy in the light of the President’s determined commitment and strides to improving the social and economic conditions for all Nigerians.

“The PDP and all its agents of misinformation should know by now that no amount of sleazy propaganda, muckraking, lies, half-truths, misrepresentations, misinformation or disinformation will confer the presidency of Nigeria on their candidate.

“Nigerians have freely chosen our party, the APC, and President Bola Tinubu, to continue to steer the ship of state. And the President is making good his campaign promises to deliver purposeful leadership to remake Nigeria, open the economy to rewarding investments, promote inclusive growth, create jobs, secure lives and property and renew hope for a vibrant future.”

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