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Implementation of IPPIS without peculiarities of COEs, unacceptable – COEASU



The Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), says the implementation of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) without peculiarities of the Colleges of Education Subsector (COES) is unacceptable.


Mr Nuhu Ogirima, COEASU President, said this in a statement on Sunday, in Abuja.


Ogirima said that the implementation of the IPPIS without the peculiarities of COES is an unacceptable breach of trust by the Federal Government.


According to him, the attention of the National Secretariat has been drawn to the payment of February 2020 salary to staff of the Federal Colleges of Education by the Federal Government.


“From the information available, it is quite evident that the peculiarities of the Colleges of Education subsector, which the stakeholders’ meetings with IPPIS office, prior to its implementation, harped on as the basis of rejection of the obnoxious pay platform, have not been reflected.


“For the avoidance of doubt, the February salary paid by the government did not include the Peculiar Allowances of the staff of the subsector, especially the Peculiar Earned Academic Allowance (PEAA).


“Also not paid are the staff on Sabbatical Leave. In addition, deductions were effected on all staff salary indiscriminately, for the National Housing Fund (NHF), a voluntary scheme to which most staff did not subscribe.


“Whereas government deducted its own statutory deductions, the non-statutory deduction of staff that are necessary for their well-being, especially Staff Cooperative Society contributions were not made.


“Sadly, pension and the imposed obnoxious tax deductions were effected on gross earning of staff, which included non-taxable Allowances as against the basic salary on which such deductions ought to be effected,’’ he said.


The COEASU President added that the union views this as a serious breach of trust, and therefore, considers this betrayal not acceptable.


He said the impunity with which the  government has engendered the anomaly goes to further heighten the fears and reinforces of concern over the wanton neglect of the Colleges of Education subsector by successive administrations peaked with the current government.


He, however, said that the union has reiterated their initial worries and concerns over the use of IPPIS in Colleges of Education system, as a tertiary institution.


He said that the union has called on the government, Office of the Accountant General of the Federation (OAGF) in particular, to as a matter of urgent concern, address this issue capable of disrupting the smooth running of the COEs and ameliorate the situation.


“The union shall reconvene the Expanded National Executive Council meeting to deliberate on further necessary actions on IPPIS and other lingering issues of industrial concern, including but not limited to the inconclusive renegotiation.


“That includes the unfulfilled N15billion Needs Assessment palliative and the sum of N2.5billion unpaid arrears of Peculiar Allowances,’’ Ogirima added.

Edited By: Zainab Garba/Felix Ajide




Security: FCT begins implementation of state community policing



The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has kicked off the implementation of the State Community Policing initiative aimed at reducing crime in communities and deepen trust between the public and law enforcement agencies.

The FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, made the disclosure while inaugurating the 16-member State Community Policing Advisory Committee (SCPAC) for FCT, on Monday in Abuja.

Bello said that community policing worldwide had proved to be effective in curbing crime by making the police and community members work together in the prevention and solving of crimes.

He expressed optimism that with the Presidential approval granted for community oriented policing across the nation, Nigeria will begin to witness reduction in crime rate.

Bello, therefore, enjoined members of the committee to take the assignment very seriously and give it the utmost attention it deserved.

He also urged them to be nonpartisan in all their decisions and recommendations as well as be guided by the principles of natural justice and laws of the land.

He noted that community policing was a strategy that was anchored on trust between the people and the security officers.

“Once there is a trust deficit in any guise or form, the workability of this policy becomes highly diminished and we will have lost a great opportunity in improving the security profile of the territory.

“It is necessary that selection into the Special Constabulary is fair and just with proper screening.

“Those selected should also be provided with basic training needed for the job. There should also be a robust feedback and monitoring mechanism for the performance of those appointed to carry out tasks within the communities.

“There should also be confidentiality of investigation and protection of informants,” Bello said.

Responding, Bala Ciroma, Chairman of the 16-member policing advisory committee and the FCT Commissioner of Police, promised to deliver on the mandate and to entrench a result-oriented community policing approach in FCT communities.

Ciroma noted that the committee could only deliver on its mandate if FCT residents embrace community policing and provide the necessary support for its success.

On his part, Sen. Philip Aduda, representing FCT, pledged to support full implementation of the initiative across the territory to enhance the security of lives and property.

The lawmaker commended the Inspector General of Police for reviving the community policing system aimed at improving national security.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that members of the committee included, heads of various government security organisations in FCT and respected political, religious, traditional and community leaders.

Edited By: Chioma Ugboma/Ismail Abdulaziz (NAN)

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Expert seeks implementation of energy policy framework



An energy expert, Mr Osayu Ogboghodo, has urged the Federal Government to implement the National Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Policy (NREEEP) framework.


Ogboghodo, a consultant with Nextier Power, told the News Agency of Nigeria , in Lagos on Friday that its implementation would drive both on and off-grid renewable energy development.


He said that it would also attract investments and improve energy efficiency in the country.


NAN reports that the NREEEP was approved by the Federal Government in April 2015 with the objective of fixing a structure to deal with Nigeria’s energy supply crisis.


Ogboghodo, while appraising the performance of President Muhammadu Buhari as he marks five years in office, noted that some progress had been made in the power sector.


He said: “I would say progress has been made, but a lot still needs to be done. The five-year Power Sector Recovery Programme (PSRP) is looking to address the unfinished business.


“The key objectives of this Federal Government initiative are to achieve incremental power, then steady power and then uninterrupted power.


“While there have been some improvements in services since 2015, these improvements do not necessarily translate to adequate generation and grid capacity to meet the demand of the citizens. ”


According to him, apart from the PSRP, there is also a Presidential Power Initiative (PPI) to upgrade and modernise the infrastructure in the electricity supply value chain.


He explained that while these policies and programmes were laudable, there was a need for proper coordination to achieve best results.


Ogboghodo said: “From a policy/regulatory perspective, the government will need to modify the policy and regulatory framework to ensure consistency, clarity, predictability and also avoid regulatory overlaps.


“It needs to implement the NREEEP framework to drive both on and off-grid renewable energy development, attract investments and improve energy efficiency.


“Also, we need to rethink and rebuild policies, regulations and operations to restructure the on-grid and off-grid segments of the electricity supply industry on a pathway to a sustainable and customer-centric power sector.”


Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)


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Group tasks NASS leadership on full implementation of `revised condition of service’



A group under the auspices of Concern Staff of National and State Houses of Assembly has called on the leadership of the National Assembly (NASS) to ensure that the new condition of service for legislative workers is fully implemented.

The call is contained in an open letter signed by the National Chairman of the group, Mr Salisu Funtua, and addressed to the leadership of both chambers of the National Assembly in Abuja.

Funtua recalled that in 2018, the staff of the National Assembly under the aegis of the Parliamentary Association of Nigeria (PASAN) agitated for a new condition of service.

According him, this is against the backdrop of unsatisfactory remunerations as obtained in other developed and developing legislatures across the globe

He recalled that protests led to the shutdown of the National Assembly complex for one week and prevented the free flow of legislative activities in the complex.

According to him, to break the deadlock, the Management of the National Assembly, the leadership of National Assembly Service Commission (NASC), the presiding officers of the National Assembly and PASAN signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which gave birth to the revised condition of service.

Funtua said that the `Next Level Due Process’, an NGO, had urged the leadership of NASS and NASC to stop the implementation of the amended National Assembly Conditions of Service, challenging the process.

“The process which led to the adoption and consequent gazette of the new revised conditions of service for the Staff of the National Assembly by the 8th National Assembly of which you were one of the leaders and influential voices that consummated the Condition of Service.

“As you may be aware, many State Houses of Assembly have adopted and are domesticating it,’’ he said.

Funtua said nine months into implementation, the newly constituted NASC, after assumption of office, set up a six-member committee headed by former Sen. Abubakar Tutari to revisit the conditions of service in response to petitions.

He said that there was a vast conspiracy and coordinated campaign to impugn the integrity of the process and that there was need to save the assembly from power brokers.

“The higher national interest should be uppermost in the minds of leaders at all times; the present maneuvers while it may serve the interest of the few power brokers, will wreak incalculable damage on the National Assembly by representing it in a bad light.

“The present debacle demands selfless leadership, we pray that you will seize the moment and rise up to this historic challenge by intervening on behalf of moral rectitude, due process and in the overall interest of the Legislature as an institution.

“For immediate action, we demand that the National Assembly leadership should prevail on the Chairman of the Commission to disband the Sen. Abubakar Tutari Committee and set aside its recommendations and Position Paper as the Committee cannot serve both as Investigator, judge and the executor of the said recommendations.

“We urge you to ensure that the peace that NASS Management has been enjoying since inception is allowed to reign and fostered while we look forward to your timely intervention,’’ he said.

He called for the discharge of the Tutare’s committee as it will unleash confusion, trigger industrial disharmony within the National Assembly and the state legislatures.

Funtua also said that the committee would set a dangerous precedence, if allowed to stand.

Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola (NAN)

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Abacha Loot III: Ministry of Justice opens technical bid for implementation monitoring



The Federal Ministry of Justice on Thursday opened technical bids for Consultancy Service to monitor the implementation of Abacha loot III.

The News Agency of Nigeria that the Consultancy Service is to undertake the monitoring of the implementation of the tripartite agreement on the Sharing, Transfer, Disposition, Repatriation and Management of the Abacha Forfeited Assets.

Mrs Ladidi Mohammed, Head, Asset Recovery and Management Unit, Ministry of justice declared open the bidding process.

Mohammed said the process is in tandem with the Asset Return Agreement of Feb. 3 by the Nigeria government, the United States and the Bailiwick of Jersey.

‘`This Agreement is based on international law and cooperation measures that set out the procedures for the repatriation, transfer, disposition and management of the assets.

“The government is committed to supporting and assisting in expediting the construction of the three major infrastructure projects across Nigeria in the agreement.

“The projects are the Lagos – Ibadan Expressway, Abuja – Kano Road, and the Second Niger Bridge,’’ she explained.

She said that the aim of the bid is to select a Civil Society Organisation Monitoring Team to oversee the implementation of the projects and report regularly on progress made to the public.

“This is to ensure transparent management of the returned assets’’.

NAN reports that the process for the engagement of the monitoring team commenced with adverts published in some media.

These include two Nigerian newspapers –Daily Trust and the Punch of March 4, and a Notice of Extension on April 17, the Federal Tenders Journal of March 9 and 23, and the Economist of March 14.

The adverts were also on the website of the Federal Ministry of

Mr Nasiru Bello, a representative of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) while opening the bids noted that 17 organisations submitted entries for the technical bid.

He added that the bids will be handed over to the Evaluation Committee to ensure that due process followed all through.

The Due Process Mechanism is to establish and sustain an open, transparent and competitive procurement system that is integrity-driven.

NAN reports  that the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, had on May 4, confirmed the receipt of 311,797,866.11 million dollars of the Abacha assets repatriated from the U.S. and the Bailiwick of Jersey.

According to Malami, ` the amount increased from over 308 million US dollars mentioned in the press release issued in February to 311,797,866.11 million dollars following the accrued interest from Feb. 3 to April 28 when the funds were transferred to the Central Bank of Nigeria’.

“These recoveries are transparently and judiciously deployed in supporting indigent Nigerians as specified in the agreement signed with the Switzerland and the World Bank.”

“In line with the 2020 Asset Return Agreement, the fund has been transferred to a Central Bank of Nigeria Asset Recovery designated account and would be paid to the National Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) within the next fourteen days.

The NSIA is responsible for the management and execution of the projects to which the funds will be applied’’.

NAN reports that the recovered funds were allegedly laundered through the U.S. banking system and then held in some bank accounts in the Bailiwick of Jersey.

Edited By: Sadiya Hamza (NAN)

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Children’s Day: Sen. Gyang calls for  full implementation Child’s Rights Act



Sen. Istifanus Gyang (PDP– Plateau) has called for full implementation of Child’s Rights Act 2003 to safeguard the future of Nigerian children.
Gyang said this in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Protocol,Mr Musa Ashoms on Wednesday in Jos, saying that the Act was for the best interest of Nigerian child.
He said that the full implementation of the Act should be of paramount concern to governments at all levels as it provided protection and care needed for the well-being of the Nigerian child.
“In addition to the inalienable rights in chapter four of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), there are rights that are exclusive to the child as embedded in the Child’s Rights Act.
“It has attendant and consequential sanctions against breach and non-compliance.
The Act entitles a child to amongst others; right to dignity, right to health and health services.
“The child is also entitle to right to free, compulsory and universal education, right to special protection from abuse and exploitation.
“It protects them from abuse and exploitation such as child marriage, sexual abuse, exploitative labour, violence, indecent exposure among others,” he said.
Gyang said that the rights of the Nigerian child can be enforced and further guaranteed by making the provisions of chapter four of the 1999 Constitution obligatory and justifiable as it relate to the child.
He urged state governments to implement the provisions of the Act for the good of the Nigerian child.
The senator supported the criminalisation of the Almajiri practices and conduct by the Kaduna State Government.
He said that the decision would go a long way in restoring the dignity of the child and curbing illiteracy when the children return to formal education.
Gyang further said that the evils of terrorism, insurgency and banditry have done a lot of havoc on the Nigerian child.
“They are not spared from the heartless killings in communities that have been reduced to rubble by killer bandits.
“Protecting the rights of the affected children requires the safety and security of all communities vulnerable to such attacks.
“Better still, decisive action against perpetrators by government is necessary and non negotiable,” he said.

Edited By: Abiodun Esan/Ali Baba-Inuwa (NAN)



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Group wants Kaduna govt. to ensure full implementation of child protection law



The Kaduna Social Protection Accountability Coalition (KADSPAC) has called on the state government to ensure full implementation of its Child Welfare and Protection Law, 2016.

The Chairperson of the group, Ms Jessica Batholomew, made the call in a statement in Kaduna against the backdrop of Wednesday’s Children’s Day celebration.

Batholomew said that the state enacted the law to protect children from all forms of abuse as well as ensure their educational development among other needs.

She, however, noted that the law was being partially implemented since enactment in 2016, adding that full implementation of the law and other policies would ensure uninterrupted growth and development of the child.

According to her, the child protection law, policies and programmes  are crucial in building the needed human capital in the state.

“The various interventions to improve child health and nutrition and the due attention to protecting the interest of the child were quite commendable, ” she said.

She particularly commended the state for promoting free and compulsory education for every child in the state from primary to senior secondary school.

Batholomew equally lauded the bold step of the government to end the almajiri system of education by insisting that all such pupils in the state must acquire basic education alongside quranic education.

According to her, the decision to prosecute parents who enrol children in such exploitative and abusive education system will restore the children’s right to basic education.

The Almajiri education system requires a child to leave his parent at a very tender age and move with his quranic teacher from place to place.

“With no provision for feeding and care for the child, the almajiris are forced to roam the street, begging for alms to survive, thereby exposing them to all kinds of physical, health and psychological hazard.

“I am confident that the step taken by the government will surely restore their dignity and make them better citizens and live long to achieve their full potential,” she said.

The chairperson, however, urged the government to ensure full implementation of the law compelling parents and caregivers to send their children to school.

She further called on the state government to expand the radio and television teaching programme introduced to keep children learning while on lockdown at home due to COVID-19.

Edited By: Abiemwense Moru/Mufutau Ojo) (NAN)

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Community Policing: South East governors at loggerheads with IG over implementation



The South East Governors Forum has expressed dismay that the Inspector General of Police allegedly reneged on its agreements on practice and composition for establishment of community policing in the zone.

The Chairman of the forum and Ebonyi Governor, Chief David Umahi made the disclosure at the end of its meeting in Enugu on Sunday.

The chairman said that the recent communication from the IG, Mr Mohammed Adamu, did not conform with the initial agreement reached with him during his visit to the Zone.

‘The South East Governors and their leaders request the IGP to revert to our initial agreement reached on Community Policing at Enugu.

”The forum agrees that all South East States House of Assembly should commence the process of enacting the state security laws in line with the South East Joint Security Programme.

”In the circumstance, we cannot begin implementation of it until the programme reflects our earlier agreement,”  he said.

On COVID-19, the governors urged Igbos nationwide to stay safe and obey all directives to contain the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

According to him, the forum have directed all Igbos living outside Igbo land to obey all existing COVID-19 orders, Presidential directive on inter-state movement, World Health Organisation (WHO).

He said they should obey the Nigeria Centre of Disease and Control (NCDC) hygiene protocols, presidential Task Force and directives of South East Governors and directives of all Governors where they live.

The governor said that the forum agreed to further engage the NCDC to scale up testing of Coronavirus in South East States.

The governors commended President Muhammadu Buhari, the Minister of Works and the Governor of Anambra, Willie Obiano on the extent of work at the second Niger Bridge,” he said.

On the economy, Umahi said the forum agreed to set up committees at the various states to work with Federal Government, World Bank, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) on repositioning the economy in the zone.

He said they would work in their various programmes lined up to rejig the economy, especially in areas of Agriculture, Small and Medium Enterprises and solid minerals.

The Chairman said it agreed also to hold a virtual meeting with the Group Managing Director of Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on the issue of linking South East State capitals with pipeline.

This, he said, should be done along with the pipeline programme of the Federal Government running from Imo to Lagos State.

Umahi disclosed that the forum agreed that Ohaneze should submit a working document in their next meeting on setting up of South East Stabilization Fund.

The forum also commended President, Minister of Aviation, the Governor of Enugu State and other governors of South East and the Committee headed by Mr Chris Okoye on the extent of work at Akanu Ibiam International Airport.

”We assure our people that with the progress of work at the site, we are hopeful that the Airport will reopen soonest subject to COVID-19 Federal Government Programme, ” Umahi said.

The governor he said that the next Executive Committee meeting of the South East Traditional Institution shall be hosted by Ebonyi State.

NAN reports that Governors of Imo, Hope Uzodinma and Enugu State attended the meeting while Gov Okezie Ikpeazu Abia was represented by his deputy, Mr Ude Oko-Chukwu and Anambra State governor, represented by his deputy, Mr Nkem Okeke.

Other notable personalities at the meeting were Obi of Onitsha, His Majesty Nnaemeka Achebe, Oh Anezi President General, Nnia Nwodo and some traditional and religious leaders.

Edited By: Chidinma Agu/Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)

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UN official commends China’s implementation of Convention on Biological Diversity




China has played a prominent role in the implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity, a part of the UN environment program, the convention’s Acting Executive Secretary Elizabeth Maruma Mrema said Thursday.

China has carried out a series of effective actions to conserve biodiversity and achieved remarkable results, said Mrema, ahead of the International Day for Biological Diversity which falls on Friday.

China has met the Aichi Biodiversity Targets of protecting 17 percent of terrestrial areas ahead of schedule, she said in an exclusive interview with Xinhua.

“Some species have come back after years of being gone. Significant progress has been made in wildlife protection,” she said.

The secretary also spoke highly of the Chinese concept of ecological civilization. “China has also demonstrated its determination and action by adopting legislation to completely ban the illegal hunting, trading, transport, and consumption of wild animals,” she said.

The 15th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity will be held in Kunming, China, with the theme of “Ecological Civilization: Building a Shared Future for All Life on Earth.”

The conference of the parties is the governing body of the Convention on Biological Diversity, and advances implementation of the convention through the decisions it takes at its periodic meetings.

Mrema said the meeting is a very important milestone in the history of the biodiversity convention, as representatives from the convention parties, international, regional, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector will meet to reach an agreement on a new framework for action for the next decade, put the world on track to achieve the Vision 2050 of living in harmony with nature and align its targets with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


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Operators task new SEC D-G on capital market master plan implementation



Capital market operators on Tuesday advised Mr Lamido Yuguda nominated as the Director-General, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), to prioritise  investor protection and effective implementation of the Capital Market master plan, if confirmed by the Senate.

In interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria   in Lagos, the operators said Yuguda should pursue policies that would take the capital market to the next level.

Uche Uwaleke, a Professor of Finance and Capital Market at the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, said Yuguda should ensure effective implementation of the master plan.

Uwaleke said that Yuguda  should continue from where his predecessor stopped in the implementation of the master plan.

Mr Ambrose Omordion, the Chief Operating Officer, InvestData Ltd., said the appointment of a substantive director-general  apex capital market regulator would boost investor confidence.

According to him,  the COVID-19 pandemic has affected stock markets.

Omordion advised Yuguda and SEC board members to solidify plans already put in place to drive transparency and effective regulatory agenda aimed at deepening the market.

He said Yuguda should increase participation of Nigerians in the market to reduce dependency on foreign investors that made the market unstable and volatile.

According to him, SEC should decentralise its investment education programme to attract new entrants to the market and educate those siting on the fence as a result of  past experiences in the market.

Omordion commended Ms Mary Uduk, the Acting Director-General, for excellent performance, and urged Yuguda to continue from where she stopped by deepening the market to play its role in the economy.

Mr Moses Igbrude, the immediate past Publicity Secretary, Independent Sharesholders Association of Nigeria, said investor protection should be Yuguda’s  priority.

Igbrude said he should be ready to work with all the stakeholders in the Nigerian capital market, by adopting a collaborative approach in handling investor-related matters.

“The SEC’s  major role is to protect investors. That should be his focus, especially this period of the coronavirus pandemic,” he said.

According to him, Yuguda should make economic managers of the country to understand the importance of the capital market to the growth and development of the economy.

Igbrude said that proper understanding of the capital market would propel the Federal  Government to formulate policies that would enhance the growth of the market.

“His strategies should be on how to assist companies to improve their performances.

“The capital market as of today is grossly under valued. One of his objectives should be how to reverse this trend,” he said.

Igburde also said  the issue of unclaimed dividends in the capital market should be tackled vigorously by him.

“He should make sure the demutualisation of exchange is complete in a transparent way for the good of the market in particular and Nigerian economy in general.”

NAN reports that President Muhammadu Buhari nominated Yuguda as the substantive SEC Director-General.

The development ended uncertainties around the leadership of SEC since the suspension of a former Director-General, Mr Mounir Gwarzo, by a former Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun.

In a letter read at the Senate, Buhari requested the Senate to consider and approve the nomination of Yuguda as SEC Director-General  in line with the requirements of the Investment and Securities Act.

Also to be confirmed are three nominees as full-time SEC  commissioners.

They are Reginald C. Karawusa, Ibrahim D. Boyi and Mr Obisan T. Joseph.

The president’s request was contained in a letter read by the Senate President Ahmed Lawan during plenary in Abuja.

Yuguda obtained a B.Sc in Accounting in 1983 from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and an M.Sc in Money, Banking, and Finance in 1991, from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom.

He also holds a certificate in Financial Asset Management and Engineering from the Swiss Finance Institute, Geneva, Switzerland.

Yuguda began his career with the Central Bank of Nigeria as Senior Supervisor, Foreign Operations Department in 1984, with responsibility for maintaining Nigeria’s external debt records.

He was redeployed to the Banking Supervision Department in 1985 to work on prudential regulation and bank licensing.

He was moved again in 1988 to the Debt Conversion Committee Secretariat, to join the pioneer staff tasked with managing the Nigerian Debt Conversion Programme.

Edited By: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Ijeoma Popoola (NAN)

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