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Corruption: Our Books Are Open For Probe-NSITF

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Management of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) has said that its financial transactions are open and that the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC) are free to investigate them in the feelings of any form of allegation against the Fund.
This is sequel to the alleged request of some unidentified staff of the Fund calling for the probe of the organization by the anti-graft agencies over the recent report by the ICPC that stated that about 52 agencies of government including NSITF were identified as high corruption risks.
Management of the NSITF has invited the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, ICPC and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC to investigate its books if they feel that there is any form of allegation against the Fund,
A Statement signed by the Ijeoma Oji-Okoronkwo, General Manager/Head Corporate Affairs, NSITF, Ijeoma Oji-Okoronkwo, and titled ‘ Alleged High Corruption Risks’: NSITF Calls for System Study, Commits to Transparency and Accountability, said that the allegation of corruption against the organisation was taken out of context to suit a negative purpose, describing it as unfounded and an attempt to distract the management from its commitments to carrying out its mandates.
The statement  said that the Fund would continue to work tirelessly to ensure that its operations were conducted with the highest level of integrity and transparency.
“As of date we have fully paid adequate monetary compensations to workers  who suffer workplace or any other type of accidents in the course of work.
“Organisations with such work place patients have had such medical Bills paid or reimbursed appropriately by NSITF and victims given Prosthesis where necessary by our claims and Compensation Department in consonance with the Employees Compensation Act(ECA)2010 which is our operational Law.
“Same goes for our family welfare package for the Family defendants if the accident results in the death of the Employee- the family bread winner. All organizations that are up to date in their contributions can attest to these facts”, it stated.
According to the statement, “Our attention is drawn to the purported call by some staff of the Fund allegedly requesting an immediate probe of the agency by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC) as well as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)
“This call is based on a breakdown of the ICPC info graph showing that 52 agencies which includes NSITF, National Broadcasting Commission, Federal Civil Service Commission, Court of Appeal, National Hospital and several other Government agencies, were identified as non-responsive implying that these agencies did not respond to enquiries on them.
“The ICPC consequently marked them as “High Corruption Risk HCR” and were “flagged for the attention of the public and for further inquiries and actions.
“The allegation of corruption against the Fund which  was taken out of context to suit a negative purpose is therefore unfounded and an attempt to distract the management from its commitments to carrying out its mandates.

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Group Applauds MOSOP Over Stance On Oil Production In Ogoniland

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The Coalition of Supporters of Democracy and Good Governance, has commended the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People(MOSOP) for maintaining its stance on not allowing the resumption of oil and gas production in Ogoniland in Rivers State, and applauded the President of the body, Prof Wai Anda Ogosu for his rigid and uncompromising position on the matter despite deluge of pressures from different quarters.
The group, which made the commendation in a statement issued in Port Harcourt and signed by its Coordinator and leader, Comrade Gashon Bob Achor, said MOSOP under the leadership of Prof Ogosu has continued to show the Ogoni people a sense of purpose and direction.
According to the group, the insistence by the MOSOP President that there would be no resumption of oil and gas production in Ogoniland until the complete clean-up of the polluted environment is highly commendable.
Achor also noted that the demand for the exoneration of the slain Ogoni 9, including renowned environmentalist, Kenule Saro-Wiwa is a right step in the right direction, which is supposed to be acceded to and granted by the Federal Government.
This, when granted, he said is capable of bringing the Ogoni people back to the discussion table for the resumption of oil and gas production in the area.
The leader of the group, therefore, called on the Ogoni people to take advantage of the quality leadership Prof Ogosu is providing to unite against those he described as environmental polluters and political buccaneers who do not have the interest of the people at heart.
Achor also indicated that the MOSOP President, who is a Professor of Environment has always advocated against further degradation of the Ogoni environment and that of the Niger Delta, and enjoined the people to continue to support and rally round him.
He said Prof Ogosu has always called on political gladiators in Rivers State to sheathe their swords in order to pave way for the development of the State, and commended him for his conciliatory and peaceful disposition.

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Elder Statesman Tasks Abah Ogwuile House On Unity, Peace

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Descendants of Abah Ogwuile Royal Lineage of Obolo in Andoni Local Government Area of Rivers State have been urged to be vanguards of peace in the local government area and the entire Obolo nation.
Newly elected President of Abah Ogwuile Royal Lineage, a socio-cultural organisation in Andoni Local Government Area, Sir Clifford Njah said this shortly after his election as the new president of the lineage.
He said it beholves on them to preach peace and unity in the Obolo nation as without peace there cannot be development.
According to him,all hands must be on deck to take the lineage to an enviable height, noting that unity is needed if the lineage and Obolo nation must move forward.
He also promised an inclusive leadership as far as the lineage is concerned.
Among those elected are Sir Clifford Njah, President; and Apostle Fyneface Ayayi,  Vice President.
The rest are Hon  Mbaba Charles Mbaba,  Secretary; Chief John A Nteogwuile, Treasurer; and Chief Enereujama Cletus Nkpan  Akong, Publicity Secretary.

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Police Uncover Fake Sachet Water Company In Lagos

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The Lagos State Police Command has busted a fake sachet water-producing company at Oluwole Market in the Apapa area of the state.
The suspects were said to be fraudulently using another company’s brand name to sell their products.
The state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, who disclosed this in a post on his X.com handle said the perpetrators also duplicated the NAFDAC number of the company.
Hundeyin noted that their activities were discovered after a tip-off by residents in the community.
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He wrote, “Thank you, Lagosians, for giving us information and safeguarding the health of others.
“These suspects fraudulently used the brand name and NAFDAC number of another sachet water producing company to produce their sachet water inside Oluwole Market, Apapa.”
In the video attached to the post, one of the suspects caught on duty was seen conducting a team of policemen around the facility where they operated.
The suspect also showed them some of the bags of sachet water stored in the refrigerator, opening about three while the officers inspected.
A heap of other bags of sachet water was also seen stored in a separate room in the facility in the video. The suspect went further to operate the machine used in producing them on the instructions of the officers present.

Meanwhile, Hundeyin who spoke to PUNCH Metro on Monday about the discovery said the security operatives invaded the company on Friday, July 19.

According to him, only one worker was found in the building while the owner of the facility absconded.

“The facility was raided on July 9 and only was suspect was arrested in the process. The owner is now at large and efforts are ongoing to apprehend him. The suspect is in our custody and helping with investigations.”

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