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Op-ed: Peace Corps Commandant-General is Dickson Akoh not Dr Mustapha Abubakar.

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PRESS STATEMENT

The attention of the Peace Corps of Nigeria has been drawn to the news making rounds in some sections of the media that one ‘Dr Mustapha Abubakar has been appointed as the substantive Commandant-General of the ‘Nigerian Peace Corps’ with his formal inauguration to hold soon’.

Members of the Peace Corps of Nigeria and indeed the general public should discountenance this sour claim emanating from an imposter as he has never been a member of the Peace Corps of Nigeria whose Bill went to the 8th National Assembly and overwhelmingly passed by the two Chambers as Nigerian Peace Corps Establishment Bill.

Though, the Nigerian Peace Corps Establishment Bill has been reintroduced by the two Chambers of the 9th National Assembly, it is yet to be a legal entity or enjoy any statutory backing until when passed and assented to by Mr President as constitutionally provided.

It is instructional to note that as contained in Part 8(a) of the Nigerian Peace Corps Establishment Bill, the essence of the Bill is to give statutory backing to the existing Peace Corps of Nigeria under the leadership of its National Commandant, Prof. Dickson Akoh.

Suffices to add that, the Nigerian Peace Corps, when given statutory backing via the assent of the Bill by Mr President, in accordance to Part 3, Section 11 (1) is to be headed by a National Commandant who shall be appointed by the President and Commander-in-Chief on the recommendation of the Minister. Therefore, any claim by any individual to have been appointed as Commandant-General of Nigerian Peace Corps by members of the Corps is not only laughable but illegal, ridiculous and self-seeking.

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However, the general public may wish to note that, Dr Mustapha Abubakar who is parading himself as the Commandant-General of the ‘Nigerian Peace Corps’, until recently, was the Personal Assistant to the Commandant-General of the National Unity Corps, Dr Chinedu Nneji, but broke away to form his own faction under the name of Nigerian Peace Corps which enjoys no legal existence, whatsoever.

Meanwhile, the National Commandant, Peace Corps of Nigeria, Prof. Dickson Akoh Urge Officers and Men of the Corps nationwide, not to be distracted by the antics of Dr Mustapha Abubakar but should remain prayerful and focus on the ideals and philosophy behind the establishment of the organization, which is a commitment to National Creativity, Peace and Youth Development.

Signed

Millicent Umoru-Osakwua
Corps Public Relations Officer

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Former Vice Presidential Candidate, Hajiya Umma Getso Bags International Award

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Former Vice Presidential Candidate, Her Excellency Hajiya Umma Getso bagged international award.
IWOC Award recognizes women from around the globe who have demonstrated exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights, gender equality, and women’s empowerment – often at great personal risk and sacrifice.

The award was conferred on her for her relentless efforts towards nation building, human capital development, peace and capacity building.

She received the international Women of courage award on the 13th April at the Transcorp Hilton Hotels in Abuja in the Nigerian Federal Capital Territory.

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Senate Summons Finance Minister, AGF Over N7.5 Bn Withdrawal

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The Senate Committee on Public Accounts, yesterday, summoned the Minister of Finance, Ahmed Zainab and the Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris over secret withdrawals.

According to the Senate Panel, the two public servants allegedly withdrew secretly N7.5 billion from the two percent National Automotive Design and Development Council ((NADDC) Levy Account domiciled with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). According to the report of the Auditor-General, which was being considered by the Committee chaired by Senator Matthew Urhoghide, the first N3.8 billion was withdrawn in two installments of N2.8 billion in 2005 and N1 billion in 2006.

The second installment being N3.7 billion, the report said, was withdrawn between March – December 2000 in three separate payments of N725 million, N1 billion and N2 billion.

When the Committee asked the Director-General of National Automotive Design and Development Council, Aliyu Jelani, about the withdrawals, he said that the money was withdrawn without the knowledge of the agency. He also noted that the agency had been writing to the Accountant-General and the Ministry of Finance on the need to refund the money, but there was no response.

Angered by this development, the Committee, therefore, resolved to summon the Minister of Finance and the Accountant- General of the Federation to give explanation on the fund. The query reads: “A total sum of N3,836,000,000.00 (three billion, eight hundred and thirty-six million naira) was irregularly withdrawn from the 2% National Automotive Design and Development Council Levy Account with the Central Bank of Nigeria, Abuja in two installments of N2,800,000,000 (in 2005) and N1,036,000,000.00 (in 2006) by the Accountant- General of the Federation and the Federal Ministry of Finance as car loan to be granted for the Security Personnel Car Purchase Scheme Loan.

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The transaction was carried out by the Presidency in collaboration with the Bank of Industry, the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Accountant- General of the Federation without the involvement of NAC, the account owner. “However, the principal and the accrued interest from the fictitious loan have not been paid back nor are records available on the beneficiaries, agreement documents, moratorium, duration of the loan, the yearly interest rates accruable and how the fund will be paid back by the beneficiary.

“The Director General has been requested to intensify correspondence with the Honourable Minister of Finance, Accountant- General of the Federation and the Presidency to recover the fund (‘loan’).” On the 3.7 billion, the report said the sum was “irregularly withdrawn from the 2% National Automotive Council Levy Account with the Central Bank of Nigeria between March-December 2000 in 3 separate payments of N725,000,000; N1,000,000,000 and N2,000,000,000 as ‘loan’ to NAFCON vide the Accountant General of the Federation internal memo to the Permanent Secretary, Budget Office of the Federation Ref No: DD/(R&F)22.Vol. 1158 of 27/5/2003. “The ‘Loan’ Principal and the accumulated interest are yet to be paid since the year 2000.”

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APC urges Nigerians to continue praying for country’s progress

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Sen. John Akpanudoedehe, National Secretary of the committee made the call when he led members on a condolence visit to Gov.

Mai Mala Buni who lost his maternal grandmother.

The CECPC came to pay a condolence visit on the chairman because of the demise of his maternal grandmother, Hajia Fatima Buka.

We came to pray with him and to ask Allah to grant the remains of the Hajia who happened to live for 102 years, a peaceful rest,’’ he said.

He said both Christian and Muslim prayers were offered for the repose of the decease, noting that Buni‘s gentle and respectful disposition could be traced to his ancestral root which he said was blessed.

Akpanudoedehe prayed that Allah would grant Buni who also the governor of Yobe and his family the fortitude to bear the great lost.

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