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Ranking Nigerian Governors, February, 2021: When governors became ethnic champions

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The Nigeria ‘Ranking Nigerian Governors’ was birthed in the month of August, 2019 in an effort to appraise and rank the performance of Nigerian governors, Ripples News.

From the beginning, Nigerian state chief executives were ranked on the basis of ‘Top 5 and Bottom 5’, through which their performances were appraised, taking into cognisance policy initiatives and executed programmes, inactions and gaffes, among other things.

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The ranking is primarily geared towards holding state chief executives in the country to account, examining to what extent governance at the second-tier of government impacts on the lives and wellbeing of Nigerians in the course of the month under review.

We are, however, mindful of the rigours of governance, especially in a developing country as ours, with contending issues that daily demand for attention against the backdrop of dwindling revenues available to government.

It is our belief that it has never been a child’s play, but we are also constantly reminded of the fact that Nigeria, and its component parts, are blessed with human and material resources that are capable of being used to bring succour to citizens.

For the month of December, 2020, the ranking noted that the performances of state chief executives were abysmal, with nothing to write home about. In the course of that month, insecurity in all its ramifications persisted, while the economic woes Nigerians were facing continued unabated.

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However, in the month of January, 2021, Governor Umar Ganduje stood out as a shining light on account of his stand on the issue of open grazing and movement of cattle from the Northern part of the country to the Southern part.

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For the month under consideration, February, 2021, we note the unfortunate descent of some Nigerian governors from the heights of their office as they threw caution to the winds and engaged in trading words, which most times bordered on personal insults and abuses, calling to question their qualification for the high office they occupy.

Even more alarming was their glaring disregard of the values of nationalism, patriotism and unity in favour of divisive ethnic positions, a dangerous stance in a vastly disunited nation as Nigeria.

We note, with disappointment, that Governors Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State, Samuel Ortom of Benue State and Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State became ethnic champions, advancing the cause of their respective ethnic nationalities, defending their positions with caustic words that even the masses became embarrassed.

Though we acknowledge the fact that the controversial exchanges between the governors were occasioned by the nagging insecurity in the country, especially the herdsmen/farmers crisis, we, however, were taken aback that a national challenge like insecurity was reduced to the level of ethnicity and shameful brawling by two governors, Ortom and Mohammed, who are incidentally members of the same party.

Akeredolu’s public utterances were also seriously questionable.

We reckon that if the governors had been first Nigerians, patriotic and nationalistic before being Fulani, Tiv or Yoruba, they would not have reduced the nagging insecurity in the country to a dance of shame it unfortunately became.

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It is our view that political leaders, either elected or appointed, at every level of governance must always show the way, lead by example and give the ordinary Nigerian a positive example to follow in our quest to build a Nigerian nation where citizens see themselves first as Nigerians before identifying with tribe and ethnicity.

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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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