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Atiku vs Buhari: Mama Taraba spent N12m on ghost projects – Nigerian govt

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The Nigerian government has accused Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development for Minister, Aisha Alhassan (Mama Taraba) of spending N12m on ‘familiarisation visits’ to unnamed skill acquisition centres in 2015.

This is contained in a report from the Auditor-General’s office.

The report came days after Mama Taraba declared support for the presidential ambition of former vice president Atiku Abubakar.

According to Premium Times, part of the funds was spent on November 11, 2015, the day the minister was officially sworn-in.

The report which contains observations made on the underlying accounting records of ministries, departments and other agencies of government, is the latest from the Auditor-General’s office.

It said, “an audit investigation established that the purported acclaimed appraisal visits to skill acquisition centres were never undertaken.”

The audit committee observed that: ‘‘all the attached receipts for fuelling did not indicate quantity in litres, the rate per litre, dates of purchase and vehicle number of the fuelled vehicles.

“The International hotel receipt of 23/11/15 which was issued for the hiring of a mini-bus from a hotel to unnamed project sites rendered the receipts doubtful.

”Hiring of cars to Project Sites at ridiculous rates of between N75,000.00 and N77,000.00 for two days as appeared on receipts numbers 910 of 22/11/15, 107 of 24/11/15, 0416 of 27/11/15, 531 of 25/11/15, is contrary to exercise of the due economy in line with the provision of Financial Regulation 415.”

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Reports of the investigation by the audit committee revealed that part of the expenses for the verification visits was made on the day Mrs. Alhassan was sworn in.

”Receipt number 5206 of 11/11/2015, the date the Minister was sworn in by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and receipt number 11622 of 8th of November, 2015 with amount N100,000.00 respectively are not clear. The two receipts were for servicing of a vehicle two times within 3 days,’’ the report noted.

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Family court was established by Ajimobi – Ex-Oyo attorney-general debunks Makinde’s claim

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Former attorney general and commissioner for justice in Oyo state, Asiwaju Adebayo Mutalubi Ojo on Thursday punctured claims by Governor Seyi Makinde that the architecture for the family court’s enforcement was not established.

Ojo during a chat with Mega Icon Magazine revealed that the court was established in the state by late Sen. Abiola Ajimobi while the  Child’s Right Law of Oyo State was assented to in 2006, just as he advised the present administration to desist from incessant lies and dissemination of false information.

Meanwhile, the state governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, who had earlier commissioned the Family Court at the Iyaganku GRA, Ibadan, the state capital on Thursday, in a statement signed by his mouthpiece, Taiwo Adisa, said , though the act was domesticated in Oyo State in 2006, but the architecture for its enforcement was not established.

Governor Makinde continued,  “Today, we are here to commission the Family Court. You may recall that one of the points raised in our Roadmap to Accelerated Development in Oyo State, 2019-2023, is to play our part in strengthening the laws around the Child Rights Act, 2003.

“Although this act was domesticated in Oyo State in 2006, the court where this law was to be enforced was not established. We all know what happens when a law is made but the architecture for enforcement is non-existent.

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But, the late former governor Ajimobi’s aide, Barrister Ojo said, ” It is not true as stated by Governor Seyi Makinde that the court did not exist in Oyo State before. It was established pursuant to the Child Rights Law of Oyo State, which prescribes that cases involving Children must not be done in a regular court environment.

“Senator Abiola Ajimobi released the money for the establishment of the court to the judiciary and it was well executed. It was undertaken during my successor’s tenure, Barrister Oluseun Abimbola. The building commissioned today was fully paid for by the immediate past government.

“Justice Aderonke Aderemi ( now the President of the Customary Court of Appeal) was the first presiding Judge of the court while Mrs. Kehinde Durosaro is the Deputy Chief Registrar of the court and Demola Salami was part of the Judicial Service Commission that brought it into fruition.

“Governor Seyi Makinde’s government only did the commissioning”, the former attorney general concluded

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Makinde constitutes Governing Councils of Tertiary Institutions, Waste Management Agency {See List}

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Oyo State governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has constituted the Governing Councils of tertiary institutions owned by the state.

Also constituted is the board of the Oyo State Waste Management Board, a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa indicated on Tuesday.

The statement named Chairmen and Board members for state-owned institutions including The Polytechnic Ibadan, Oke Ogun Polytechnic, Adeseun Ogundoyin Polytechnic, Eruwa, Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo among others.

It also indicated that Mr. Seun Adelore will continue to chair the Board of the state’s Waste Management Agency, while the members of the agency’s Board include: Mr. Johnson Ojebiyi; Mr. Azeez Adeoti; Apostle Lamunyegun Moses; Mr. Salawudeen Tajudeen Abiola; Ayuba Akinsola; Mr. Lukman Adesina; Mr. Isiaka Aliu; Mrs. Oguntona Janet Bola; Mr. Yusuf Sarafa and Shuaibu Oladayo.

The statement added that the nominees of the different ministries on the Board are: Dr. Olubunmi Ayinde; Mr. Alao Muyiwa Maruf; Mrs. Areo Bukola Oluseun; TPL Seun Raji and Mr. Segun Olakoju.

The statement further announced the appointment of the chairmen of the governing councils of the state-owned tertiary institutions, including Dr. Ogundiran Samuel Ogunwale (The Ibarapa Polytechnic, Eruwa); Prof. Mathew Odedokun (Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo); Dr. Bisi Ojebola (College of Education, Lanlate); Professor Sunday Ajayi Adesola (Oke Ogun Polytechnic, Saki); Prof. Lateef Sanni (Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology, Igbo Ora); Prof. Kunle Akinyemi (The Polytechnic, Ibadan).

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Those appointed as members of The Ibarapa Polytechnic, Eruwa were Alhaji Musiliu Oyedemi; Barr. Segun Adebayo; Mrs. Adedokun Alice; Mr Wazir Adekunle and Alhaji Azeem Badmus.

Hon. Banji Folaranmi; Al-Hassan Sakirat; Alhaji Liadi Busari and Chief Joshua Oyetunde Abioye were appointed as members of the Governing Council of Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo.

Similarly, Alhaji Aliyu Tajudeen; Mrs Lawal Jumoke; Mr Ajayi-Ope Olatunde Phillips and Mrs Mojisola Alenkhe were appointed as members of the College of Education, Lanlate’s Governing Council.

For the Governing Council of the Oke Ogun Polytechnic, Saki, Dr. Omotayo Funmilola Olubunmi; Mr. Isiaka Adegbayi Kareem; Prof. Stephen Adegbite; Mr. Ife Oyelere and Mr. Balogun Nurudeen were appointed as members.

Mr. Abdulrahman Alayande; Dr. Abegunde Ilori Amos; Mrs. Tunrayo Ajeigbe; Princess Adenike Adedoja; Mr. Lukman Balogun; Mr. Olalekan Kazeem Bello; Hon. Taiwo Akano; Mr. Adesope Elijah Adesina and Mr. Olawuwo Samuel Adigun were appointed as members of the Oyo State College of Agriculture and Technology, Igbo Ora’s Governing Council.

For The Polytechnic, Ibadan, Prof. Sarafadeen Olateju Kareem; Prof. S.G. Odewumi; Barr. Jide Ojolowo; Mr. Adedapo Adekunle Joshua; Ayaba Moji Adeyemi; Hon. Abiola Ayorinde Taoreed and Hon. Bola Akinyemi were appointed as members of its Governing Council.

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Blocking me from Ajimobi’s 8-day fidau prayers was premeditated – Oyo Deputy Gov.

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The Deputy Governor of Oyo state, Engr. Rauf Olaniyan on Sunday alleged that some family members and aides of late Governor Abiola Ajimobi have continued to rebuff the hand of fellowship being extended to them by the state governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde.

Olaniyan made the allegation after he was denied entrance into Ajimobi’s residence to attend the late ex-governor’s 8-day fidau prayer.

The Deputy Governor also rubbished the family’s claim of not being aware that the state government delegation was at the gate because Mr Bolaji Tunji, the late governor’s spokesperson was called repeatedly by men of Civil defence at the gate.

Olaniyan in a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Omolere Omoetan narrated, “today at the 8th day Fidau Prayers of the former Governor Oyo State Isaika Ajimobi, the Deputy Governor, Engr Rauf Olaniyan, was denied access to the venue of the event. The Deputy governor who led the government delegation comprising himself and some commissioners, on the approval of the governor, was kept waiting at the gate for over 15 minutes. Even when security men at the gate went in to tell them he was at the gate, no directive came back to grant his Excellency access.

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“At a point, the security personnels in uniform and mufti at the gates became very hostile and the ADC to the Deputy Governor was manhandled by men of the police force. It was at this point that the Deputy Governor decided to leave the scene that was becoming tense and wait in his car.

“Having waited for a while to see if the situation would change to no avail, he proceeded to take his leave.

“It should be noted that the Deputy Governor put a call through to Alhaji Kunle Sanni, Chairman of Oyo State Muslim Council, who was among the officiating ministers, that he was at the gate and was being denied entrance. Alhaji Sanni responded that his hands were tied. This is clear indication that what transpired was premeditated.

“Even if the Deputy Governor arrived when the prayers had started, it is a well known fact in Islam that when prayers are on-going and a male walks in, it’s an indication that the prayers have received Allah’s acceptance.

“However, Engr Raufu Olaniyan wishes to re-iterate that the visit of the government delegation to the 8th day Fidau Prayers of His Excellency Senator Isaika Ajimobi was a clear demonstration on the part of His Excellency, Engr Seyi Makinde, that the late Governor is held in high regard. He stated that it was only fitting for the state government to show respect to the late governor at the Fidau prayers held in his honour.

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“The Deputy Governor also wishes to put it on record that despite the way he was treated by the Ajimobi family, which he refuses to hold personal, has displayed maturity is prerequisite of the public office at this level. He holds no grudges and he will continue to pray that Allah grants the departed former Governor Al-Jana Firdaus.

“Engr. Raufu Olaniyan will also like to draw the attention of the Oyo state Commissioner of Police to the highly unprofessional and unruly conduct of the police personnel at the premises”, the statement concluded.

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