Transparency Advocacy for Development Initiative, a coalition of civil society organisation (CSOs) says President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has laid foundation for sound fiscal and financial system in the country.
Mr Solomon Adodo, Convener of the coalition said this on Tuesday during a round table meeting with the office of the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF).
The meeting with the theme “Assessing the fiscal transparency measures of the Buhari-led Administration towards Public Sector Efficiency and National Productivity,” was organised by the Initiative.
Adodo explained that fiscal prudence, transparency and due process are key to determining the productivity or otherwise of an organisation whether government or private.
He listed the fiscal and accounting systems to include the Treasury Single Account (TSA), the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) and the creation of an Efficiency Unit under the Federal Ministry of Finance.
“However, the incorruptible integrity posture and actions of Mr President has engineered key reforms and strategic policy implementations that have altered for the betterment of our funds management system.
“This deft approach was a masterstroke that helped in propelling Nigeria out of recession and placing it on the path of growth within a short spate of time.
“It has not escaped our notice that this astounding feat was achieved on the plinth of self-sacrifice engineered by the Accountant-General of the Federation, Alhaji Ahmed Idris.
“In the light of the prime essence of fiscal transparency in public sector activities, we have deemed it imperative to assess the progress made in the formulation and implementation of policies in this respect.
“A great amount of our nation’s finances have been conserved and corruption significantly curbed through the innovative financial strategies deployed by this government under the watch of the much disciplined AGF, Idris,” he said.
According to Adodo, this stands at variance with what some naysayers will want Nigerians to believe.
“As the administration’s new tenure is about to commence, it is of prime importance that we glean salient facts of the progress made on all fronts especially on fiscal transparency and prudence,” he said.
He said the nexus between financial produce and development cum economic growth cannot be extricated.
“Thus we must appraise how far we have come as a nation in this respect, the challenges and bottlenecks encountered and how we can effectively strengthen synergy for greater successes moving forward.
“It is of high essence that we specify benchmarks of progress in order that we do not regress beyond the point of progress made.
“All hands are motivated to be on deck towards building a more corrupt free society in the second tenure of the President.
“It is in the light of the foregoing, we have therefore deemed it imperative to undertake a policy by policy analysis of the efforts put in place by the Office of the Accountant-General of the Federation.
“This is to ensure a new order in our financial management and accounting system,”Adodo said.
Buhari mourns Sen. Osinowo
President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the family of Osinowo and the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the death of Sen. Sikiru Adebayo Osinowo, the Senator representing Lagos East senatorial district.
The president’s condolence message was released by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Monday.
President Buhari observed that, as a member of the ninth senate and Chairman of Senate Committee on Industry and member of other committees, Osinowo worked diligently to advance this administration’s objective of building a better and prosperous Nigeria.
He affirmed that the Senator’s commitment to meet the needs of his community as a four-time member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, devotion to national development as well as insightful contributions at the floor of the Senate would be fondly remembered and missed.
The President prayed almighty God to grant the family of Osinowo, friends and well-wishers the fortitude to bear the loss.
Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)
Buhari mourns retired Maj.-Gen. Ortho Obada
President Muhammadu Buhari has condoled with the government and people of Delta State over the passing of former Federal Commissioner for Works, retired Maj.-Gen. Orho Esio Obada.
In a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, in Abuja on Monday Buhari extended sympathies to family and friends of the deceased.
The president commiserated with Agbarho Kingdom in Ughelli North Local Council, and Urhobo Progress Union.
He urged all his associates to draw strength from the legacies that he left behind, most commendably his willingness to serve the country, and humanity.
President Buhari acknowledged that the former acting Chief of Air Staff served in many strategic positions in the military, and his wealth of experience had been helpful to the country for many years after his retirement.
He prayed that the almighty God would accept the soul of the departed, and comfort his family.
Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)
Former Anambra lawmaker commends Buhari for setting up committee against rape
A former member of Anambra State House of Assembly, Mrs Vivian Okadigbo, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for setting up a committee to deal with the spate of rape in the country.
Okadigbo, who gave the commendation in an interview with newsmen in Enugu on Monday, said the measure would go a long way in halting the constant abuse of girls and women.
The two-time former lawmaker, who represented Oyi Constituency, noted that women in the country were not happy with the rising rape cases, which were unfortunately becoming a daily occurrence.
She also expressed displeasure that the female folks had not benefitted much from the current democratic system of governance across the country.
On the politics in Anambra, Okadigbo said that Gov. Willie Obiano had rebranded the state by making it an industrial hub in the South East.
According to her, this has made the state a destination for local and foreign investors.
She noted that the state had recorded unprecedented investment since its present administration came on board in 2014.
Okadigbo also urged the people of the state to observe all precautionary measures stipulated by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), and Anambra government to avoid contracting COVID-19, as the virus was real.
Edited By: Ifeyinwa Okonkwo/Donald Ugwu (NAN)
Sexual Violence: Buhari meets IGP, as Police records 717 rape incidents in 5 months
President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday met with the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, at the State House, Abuja.
Speaking to State House correspondents after the closed door meeting, Adamu said he updated the president on sexual and gender-based violence across the country and the efforts of the Police towards addressing the menace.
The IGP stated that law enforcement agents have been dealing with all reported rape incidents and gender-based violence in the country.
Adamu disclosed that the Police had recorded about 717 rape incidents across the country between Jan. and May 2020.
He revealed that 799 suspects had so far been arrested, 631 cases conclusively investigated and charged to court while 52 cases are still under investigation.
“It has come to the public knowledge now that because of the COVID-19 restrictions, we have surge in cases of rape and gender-based violence.
“These are cases that are now coming up but we want to let members of the public know that, rape and gender based violence has been there.
“The law enforcement agents have been dealing with these cases, in most cases, members of the public are not aware of the actions that the law enforcement agents have been taking,’’ he said.
Adamu urged all Nigerians to speak up against cases of rape or any form of molestation, as the Force would continue to deal decisively with such cases promptly.
He said: “I will call on every Nigerian that comes across any victim of sexual offences, rape or gender-based violence to quickly report to law enforcement agents because keeping quiet without reporting it, will give room for the perpetrators to continue to commit the offences.
“It is a very wicked offence, it is wicked of an individual to engage in rape or defilement and there are a lot of reasons for that, some are doing it for ritual purposes and some are doing it because they sit within the family and they see the victims and have the urge to go into it. Such people should not be allowed to go scot free.’’
According to the Police boss, government is going into partnership with all stakeholders within West Africa, to tackle the menace.
“From now onward, national partnership with every stakeholder is what we are going into now and not only within the country but within the sub-region.
“We have to partner with organizations that are involved in this. We know we have been working seriously with United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and other civil society organizations,” he said.
Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)