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PDP Seeks Investigation Into Missing SUBEB’s N320m

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The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo State, has called on?Governor Adams Oshiomhole, to account for the alleged missing of N320 million funds belonging to the State Universal Basic Education Board SUBEB.

State Chairman of the Party, Chief Dan Orbih, made the call?last Thursday while reacting to the state government’s statement?that the sack of the former Commissioner for Secondary and Tertiary Education had nothing to do with the missing fund.

Orbih said that it was a statement of fact that N320 million out of the N600 million paid into the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) account was unaccounted for.

He explained that the party had it on “good authority’’ that five officials of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) shared the money and advised that the governor in the spirit of accountability take responsibility for the missing funds.

‘’It is a statement of fact that N320 million out of N600 million paid into SUBEB account in the state was paid into a phony account. ‘’The money was the balance after the deduction of salaries of staff of the board, and we also have it on record that five officials of the ACN shared it.

‘’We told the people of the state about the missing fund not because we want the governor to make a scape-goat out of it, but for him to tell the people those involved in the fraud and what he intends to do to recover it,” he said.

He also advised the governor to concentrate more on governance and be a guide with transparency and accountability in discharging his duty.

The chairman further said that no agency under the PDP administration in the state had at any time been accused of stealing government funds.

However,  Oshiomhole while swearing-in the new Commissioner for Secondary and Tertiary Education on Wednesday, debunked allegations that money was missing from SUBEB.

He said: “There are speculations as to why we made changes.?The only thing that is constant in life is change, what matters, therefore, is to know when to make that change.

“Let me clear the air that no money is missing, if money is missing we will find it because money doesn’t have legs.’’

The governor also said that, “it is only in societies where public authority is dead that you talk of money missing.

‘’If money is stolen, we will find it, money doesn’t simply get missing, not in government.”

He?also said that running an efficient system was not just about money missing or not missing, but about how money was applied.

‘’In this business, the end does not always justify the means, the means must be appropriate,’’ he said.

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‘Reps Passed 88 Bills In Two Years’

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The House of Representatives has passed 88 bills out of 1407 bills in the past two years, its spokesperson, Benjamin Kalu (APC, Abia) has said.
The House clocked two years on June 11 and has two years left.
Mr Kalu had earlier  released  different data on the status of legislative activities. However, The Tide source  is yet to independently verify this latest data.
Mr Kalu had claimed that the House considered 853 bills and 41 of them passed, in the previous statement.
According to the new statement released on Friday, a total of 554 bills were introduced between June 2020 and June 2021. It was a sharp decline considering that the House introduced 853 bills between June 2019 and June 2020.
Although the decline could be blamed on the outbreak of Covid-19.
“The accurate number of bills considered by the 9th House of Representatives as of June 10, 2021 is 1407 out of which the House has passed 88 bills.
“Additionally, the accurate number of motions considered by the 9th House of Representatives as of June 10, 2021, is 730 out of which the House has made 98 resolutions on security issues.”
The data released by the lawmaker shows that while the introduction of bills has been easy, the progression of bills has been very slow.
A total of 942 bills are awaiting second reading, only 327 bills have been referred to committees, and 79 are awaiting committee of the whole consideration.
Within the same period, 730 motions were considered by the House. However, out of the 663 referred to committees, only 40 reports have been laid, and only six have been considered by the House.
Legislative activities suffered a great deal in 2020 due to the breakout of Covid-19. The National Assembly was shut down for about two months between March 2020 and May 2020.
At a point, the plenary was reduced to once a week.
However, the lawmakers did not help the situation by embarking on holidays at the slightest opportunity, thereby missing deadlines on passage of key legislation.
Also, a review of the legislative agenda of the House by The Tide source shows that the lawmakers are far behind in fulfilling their agenda.

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Accord To Contest In 12 LGAs

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Accord Party plans to contest only in 12 local government councils and 37 local council development areas at the July 24 council polls in Lagos State.
Its Publicity Secretary, Dele Oladeji, told newsmen in Lagos, yesterday that the party chose to contest only in its areas of strength rather than dissipate energy across the state.
He said Accord Party would contest chairmanship and councillorship seats in Somolu, Mushin, Odi-Olowo, Igando-Ikotun, Agbado Okeodo, Agege, Alimosho, Apapa, Lagos Mainland, Ikorodu, Oshodi/Isolo, and Ifako-Ijaiye LGAs/LCDAs.
Oladeji said that the party had a good outing in these councils at the last council elections in 2017.
“We are set for the election and we are competing in our local governments of strength where we won in 2017.
“We are set to repeat the same feat and even win more than the eight councillorship seats we won in 2017 to become the only opposition party in the local government administration in Lagos State,’’ he said.
Oladeji said that the party was ready to go to court wherever its mandate was stolen as it did in 2017 local government elections.
“As against 2017 when we went to court only in few areas to get back our rigged mandate, this year, we will go to court in any number of local government areas where our mandate is perceived to have been stolen through rigging.
“As the only opposition party in the local government’s administration of Lagos State, we have retained the abiding hope of Lagos residents as the alternative party.”

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Okorocha Cautions Igbos On Secession

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The Senator representing Imo West, Rochas Okorocha, has cautioned the South-East against their agitations for Nigeria’s breakup.
Okorocha warned that Igbos would be the worst hit if Nigeria breaks up.
The former Imo State Governor spoke in Abuja while addressing some women groups yesterday.
Okorocha stressed that the South- East should push towards fixing the country and not its disintegration.
The lawmaker stressed that Igbos are nationalistic in nature, hence they should dismiss the urge for Nigeria’s disintegration.
He said: “It is only an Igbo man that goes to a place and remains put in that place, buys a land and builds a house for his family without feeling insecure. The Igbos will lose more if Nigeria divides.
“Most Nigerian leaders who were successful had one thing or the other to do with the Igbos. It is either they married Igbo women or had some links with them. I can call names like, former President, Obasanjo; former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, Buba Marwa, just to name a few”.
South-East groups like the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, and the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereignty State of Biafra, MASSOB, have been agitating for the disintegration of Nigeria.
IPOB led by Nnamdi Kanu has been in the forefront, calling for Biafra’s actualisation.

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