The leader, United Youths for Progressive Nasarawa, Mr Yahaya Abdurahman, on Wednesday urged the Committee investigating alleged misappropriation of N1 billion schools renovation contracts to work in line with the law.
Abdurahman gave this advice while addressing newsmen on the probe by Ad-hoc Committee set up by the Nasarawa State House of Assembly in Lafia.
Our source reports that contracts for the renovation of primary and secondary schools across the state were awarded to the tune of over N1 billion in 2018, when the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Aliyu Tijjani-Ahmed, was the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology.
According to him, the ad-hoc committee should carry out the probe within the limits provided by the law.
“The actions of some people over the probe leaves one with the conclusion that there is ulterior motive that has so much to do with political undertone.
“It is our humble view that any genuine concern should respect the constitution by allowing the State Assembly’s Ad-hoc Committee to carry out its function without any pressure or undue interference.
“Nasarawa State House of Assembly should judiciously and without fear or favour, act on this matter within limits provided by law in the collective interest of the state,” he said.
Abdulrahman said the Youth Association strongly advocate for probity, accountability and transparency in government and private dealings but would not accept any act of unjust mudslinging.
He therefore, said that the residents should remain calm and focus to ensure sanity in the system, adding that people should not dance to the tune of those seeking to over heat the polity.
Recall that the State House of Assembly had on March 17, inaugurated an Ad-hoc Committee to investigate the over N1 billion secondary schools renovation contracts awarded by the present SSG when he served as Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology in the state.
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A former Deputy National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olabode George has urged federal government to relax the lockdown it imposed on Lagos State as a result of COVID- 19 pandemic.
George, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, yesterday said the lockdown imposed since March 29 was adversely affecting livelihoods and bringing up security challenges.
He said though government intended to curb the spread of the virus with the lockdown, the directive had left many Nigerians hungry at home without palliatives.
The PDP chieftain noted that there must be a balance between curbing the spread of the virus and protecting livelihoods and asked the government to relax the lockdown while putting safety measures in place.
“Everywhere in Lagos is now locked down. The markets, banking halls, the local grocery shops, the supermarkets, the transportation services are all halted, frozen by the federal government directives since March 29.
“On the surface level, the federal government’s position is to ensure safety, prevent communal spread of the virus and banish this scourge from our shores.
“Lagosians have been staying at home for about a month now. In a largely informal economy where most of our people depend on daily wages, the burden of lack of income is devastating.
“There is a natural growing anger in Lagos as the most vulnerable are ravaged with hunger,” George said.
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