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On Kano PCACC’s crusade against corruption – Kano Information, Muhammad Garba.

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Kano Information Commissioner, Ma'am Muhammad Garba.
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I was invited to deliver an opening remarks at an induction course organized by the Nigeria Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (NEITI) for Civil Society Organizations that are working on extractive industries governance, held on March 1, 2017 in Kano.

The choice of Kano as venue of the programme was not a surprise to me considering that Kano, apart from being the commercial hub of Northern Nigeria, but also rich in solid minerals, and therefore, of great interest to the NETI’s mandate. What however astounded me was the NEITI findings that it had conducted its Fiscal Allocation and Statutory Disbursement (FASD) audit which covered Kano State, part of which identified among nine states that were covered in the audit exercise, as the best in term of investment in the social sector, which comprises of education, health, agriculture etc. Kano state government has since used the recommendations of the NEITI report to support the ongoing reforms in the state.

The basis for alluding to this case in point is that the strategy under which the administration of Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje approached governance was predicated on principles openness, transparency and accountability which, accordingly, blocked all avenues for leakages and wastage of public funds through strict fiscal discipline and a robust financial management in all public institutions of the state as well as zero tolerance for corruption.

Kano State Information Commissioner, Hon Muhammad Garba.

 

This measure generated savings which contributed tremendously in achieving the set targets of initiating and executing various policies and programmes that have impacted positively on various facets of lives of the people. This include construction of underpass/flyover bridges, various empowerment programmes, remodeling of markets, provision of health facilities and construction of various roads, in addition to completion of long abandoned projects.

During his inauguration in May 2015, Ganduje clearly spelt out the driving policies of his government, part of which is zero tolerance to corruption. Since then, it has not veered off, but remained firm and committed in fulfilling the pledges it made. It remained consistently focused on promoting the culture of transparency and accountability.

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No doubt, corruption undermines economic development, political stability, rule of law, social development, disrupts social order and destroys public trust in the governance system. It is virtually found in the citizens everyday life; on the streets, in schools, homes, offices, markets, mosques, churches, traditional and cultural organisations, agencies and departments of governments, by the youths, students, parents, teachers, politicians, security agencies and the list is unending to our mention and damning.

As part of its bold and noble initiative, the Ganduje administration has also established the Anti-Corruption Institute, Goron Dutse which is capable of transforming the governance landscape in the state.

The measure is part of effort to provide a useful training arena for all arms of government and other stakeholders to research and learn towards evolving a home ground anti-corruption approach that reflects the peculiarities of the Nigerian context especially Kano state. Already, the government of Kano state had sponsored the training of many of the commission’s staff to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) training institute.

Kano state remained the only state that has a functional anti-corruption agency, the Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission (PCACC), formerly a directorate, which is fully provided with its requisite without any interference in order to operate in line with its federal sister agencies. The establishment of the commission gave a clear indication that the fight against corruption was gaining momentum not only in the state but also in the country.

While the commission had placed the state in a leading role in the country in terms of the fight against corruption, protection and promotion of human rights, the Ganduje administration’s intervention also earned the public acceptance of the institution as an unbiased umpire, which had also established offices in all the 44 local government areas in the state to enlarge the scope of its operation and to bring it closer to the people.

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The administration, as part of its effort to ensuring transparency and accountability in governance, has also approved the establishment of Transparency and Accountability Units (ACTU) in all Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) jointly supervised by the commission and the Office of the Head of Civil Service with support from development partners such as Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption (RoLAC).

The Ganduje administration equally subscribed to Open Government Partnership (OGP) in 2017 to ensure openness and transparency in government business which has proven to be one of the best sub-national example in terms of implementation and adherence to co-creation principles.

And with the signing of the state’s anti-corruption document, Kano State Anti-Corruption Strategy (KANSACS) 2019-2023, which public presentation was held during this year’s International Anti-Corruption Day December 9, to strengthen state institutions in their fight against corruption, the strategy would usher in an anti-corruption crusade in the state and also go a long way in showcasing more commitment of the present administration towards the fight in all its ramifications.

The document is aimed at designing a corruption prevention strategy, encouraging public engagement, ethical re-orientation, enforcement and sanctions, recovery and management of the proceeds of corruption as well as allied offences.

It also showcased the administration’s zero tolerance for corruption, through various initiatives and fulfilling the administration’s promise of providing a vibrant leadership with people of proven integrity, and of legal and civil society backgrounds, to ensure credibility in all government affairs.

The espousal of the document is an important breakthrough for the government of Kano state in its dogged effort to tackle the multi-faceted problem of corruption at different levels of governance. The strategy will be fully integrated with the OGP principles, which Kano state government is already committed to and implementing the first co-created OGP State Action Plan (SAP) 2020-2022.

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In the SAP, the state is stanch to a total of 11 reform initiatives across six thematic areas including fiscal transparency, access to justice, access to information, citizens’ engagement, service delivery and anti-corruption.

However, despite the effort of fighting corruption by the state government, the corruption is fighting back, nonetheless this has not shift its focus in maintaining the attitude of zero tolerance for corruption which led to prosecution of some high ranking officials and some are still under investigation and when completed the matter will be taken to court for adjudication.

And considering the fact that the state chief executive has given the chairman of the commission, Barr. Muhuyi Magaji Rimin Gado a free hand to operate without interference, the PCACC has been able deal with high profile corruption cases and amicable resolution of many disputes involving the citizenry.

The anti-corruption czar has been very active in prosecuting embezzlers of public resources, promoting the amicable settlement of disputes and recovery of misappropriated funds. And in dealing with the menace of corruption in Kano, there is no scared cow since not even members of the state Executive Council have past the worst.

Kano State Information Commissiomer Muhammad Garba and Governor of the State, Ganduje

No doubt, corruption is not an easy one to fight, because it affects so many different branches of our lives, so much that some people do not even consider breaking trust is anymore a crime. The goal of the Ganduje administration is to ensure the protection of public trust. It has never been the intention to witch-hunt, but determined within the laws to call people to account.

Interestingly, from what we have seen so far, Ganduje still has the courage to continue with the fight as we observed that it’s one of his priorities.

Garba is the commissioner, for information, Kano state

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HON. OLOBATOKE SEGUN SAMUEL’S DISPLAY OF COMPETENCE, INTEGRITY, AUTHENTICITY IS WORTHY OF EMULATION

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HON. OLOBATOKE SEGUN SAMUEL’S DISPLAY OF COMPETENCE, INTEGRITY, AUTHENTICITY IS WORTHY OF EMULATION

 

 

There are three broad set of qualities we the electorate must expect our politicians to display: Competence, integrity and authenticity. For a politician to be authentic, he or she must be judged to be in touch with the lives and outlooks of ordinary people.

Every good politicians place more relative importance on integrity traits while Journalists value competence most. The personality and qualities of every political leaders has long been acknowledged as an important element of politics and influence on political attitudes and behaviour of our leaders.

The need to explore the structure of citizens expectations towards politicians personality traits and relationship between these expectations and political trust is very much important. To distinguish Authenticity from integrity associated with honesty, being true to principles, Keeping promises and competence associated with Skill, effectiveness, getting things done in a proper way. It would seem appropriate to focus on the human dimension on whether politicians are seen to be in touch with ordinary people, accepting of themselves and others and to also understand everyday life of the people they represent.

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These qualities are what you will see in HON. OLOBATOKE SEGUN SAMUEL because he is that good politician and our prospective Member of House of Representatives that is more confident and straightforward in his dealings with his people, he is more open to new challenges that is currently facing our people.

Hon. Olobatoke Segun Samuel is a leader whose display of Competence and integrity is what other politicians need to emulate in order to make things better for the people they represent. Olobatoke Segun Samuel is that man with good political leadership Skills that will prove to us to be a successful leader if given the opportunity to represent us at the green Chamber of National Assembly. He is an astute politician who can easily distinguish between success and failure. He has a visionary dream for our constituency and Also understands how to turn his vision into success stories. Hon. Olobatoke Segun Samuel is a responsible leader that will give high regard for morality, law abiding with no tendencies to corruption. He is a man whose greatest strength is to derive Joy in serving his people in every aspect of life in such a way that will make his followers have trust in him. The very best way for a good politician like Olobatoke Segun Samuel is to build trust and to also display good sense of Character and qualities composed of Values, beliefs, trait and skills. Hon. Olobatoke Segun Samuel is a good politician who have a thorough Knowledge and up-to-date information about Kabba/Bunu/IJumu federal constituency where he is going to contest an election to represent us at the green chamber of National Assembly. OLOBATOKE SEGUN SAMUEL is a well discipline personality with selfless service that will make live better for our people through so many sacrificial and humanitarian services to the downtrodden. He is that politician that will leave his constituency better than before if elected. Greatness is within reach of a good politician like HON. OLOBATOKE SEGUN SAMUEL who consistently do things to transform the lives of his constituents.

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He is a leader who always aspires to be a great politician that must have the ability to find and analyses problems in his constituency and find the best solutions for all these problems as there is no problem in this world without solution.

We put our trust in God almighty to give us a good leader like OLOBATOKE SEGUN SAMUEL to lead us come 2023 by his grace.

Together We can make SOS for Reps, our Collective Project a dream come true.

God bless the entire people of Kabba/Bunu/Ijumu Federal Constituency.

Signed:
SOS MEDIA TEAM
04/10/2021

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“Your Excellency Sir, Kindly Beam your Inspection Compass on Okene Water Project” – An Open Letter to His Excellency, Gov. Yahaya Bello

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“Your Excellency Sir, Kindly Beam your Inspection Compass on Okene Water Project” – An Open Letter to His Excellency, Gov. Yahaya Bello

 

An Open Letter to His Excellency, Governor Yahaya Bello, theExecutive Governor of Kogi State

 

 

Your Excellency sir, kindly beam your inspection compass on Okene Water Project

 

 

Written by: Bello Abdulhameed Ivavah

 

 

Your Excellency Sir, I want to use this opportunity to once again appreciate you for your avowed determination to revamp the erstwhile decrepit state of infrastructure across the state. Also appreciated is your recent and timely effort to tour and assess the ongoing projects within and outside Lokoja, where you commended and condemned appropriately their respective handlings by contractors.

Your Excellency, you would remember that in your effort to ameliorate the suffering of the masses and improve the well being of citizens especially in Kogi Central, you graciously contracted Okene Water Board project in your first tenure which was backed up humongous sum of money. The news that Ebira people would have potable water in their households gladdened their heart and affirmed that you are truly son of the soil who knows the yearnings, aspirations and sufferings of his people.

Unfortunately, this has become a tall dream as the much-needed water project has been subdued callously by mindless and inhuman corruption, avarice, self aggrandisement, parochial interest , egocentric and diversion of funds by some of your trusted Lieutenants in your first tenure.

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As an objective individual and a core DATA BOY and a promoter of your government , I have taken much of my time to critically analyse the administration under your watch. I have drawn this distinct and unequivocal facts that you are indeed a developmentalist, a project warrior and a succor vaccine for all infrastructural decay. You have worked tirelessly to ensure that long after you leave office, your signature projects live on. However, as a leader, we know that you are not omnipresent but some of your lieutenants saddled with this responsibilities of executing tangible projects are misusing funds to the detriment of the people of Kogi State with particular reference to Okene Water project, thereby eroding your effort

Needles to admit here that it would be a collective slap on our face and generational insult if decades of acute water scarcity across Ebiraland cannot be addressed squarely before the end of your eight-year tenure. It may amount to leaving your abode in ignoble filth and stench thinking that unknown sojourners would clean the mess. This is practically impossible because charity they say, begins at home.

As a leader on whose shoulder the destiny of the state is squarely placed at this material time, the accolades and knocks of this administration lie on your personality and we know that to avoid untoward situation especially as regards execution of the water project, you swiftly constituted the committee which has obviously failed in their assignment.

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Your Excellency sir, It is very unfortunate and disheartening to notify you that the said “water board” in question is still in shamble state and total comatose despite your effort, thus the victim of such area are still suffering from acute water supply of which our prayer points right now (which may not be granted) is for God to sustain the raining season longer than before. Dry season is near and Ebira women will soon resume hunting for water in the mountainous and upland topography amidst wanton case of kidnapping! Just like you expressed displeasure over the shabby handling of Kogi State Specialist Hospital yesterday, I use this opportunity to implore you to call all actors, saboteurs and enemies of Ebira people that were involved in the water project to account for their embezzlement.

Your Excellency, this call for accountability is imperative because the only achievement of those involved in the water project is to procure fake pictures to mislead you to believe them that the project has been successfully implemented and completed to the benefit of the people that it is meant to served. While in reality the people of the central are in agony, crying out aloud that this time is the best time for solutions, and this ugly scenario is capable of eroding your good legacies in Kogi Central, Your Home Town!

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While in actual fact, there is nothing on ground to justify the huge sums released to the committee for the execution of the project, it is against this backdrop, we condemn in strong terms this broad day light failure, robbery and insult on the intelligent people of Kogi Central Senatorial District.

Your Excellency Gov. Yahaya Bello I wish to as a matter of urgency plead with you to take a bold steps by visiting the area for inspection to see the true state of the project to enable you take inform position on the way forward and ask the committee to give an account on how the huge sum was spent with little or nothing on ground to show for it, contrary to their report and claims that the project have been completed.

Your recent condemnation of substandard execution of ongoing renovation on Kogi State Specialist Hospital Lokoja has once again reiterated your passion for tangible development and that propelled me to write this letter on behalf of the entire Ebira people who are gnashing their teeth as a result of painful pangs of acute shortage of potable water. We hope and anticipate for plausible solutions as soon as this piece gets to you.

Bello Abdulhameed Ivavah
Writes from Ajaokuta LGA
The Home Of Steel
28th Sep 2021

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Obaseki and The Psychology of Manipulation.

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Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State
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By Isaiah Jesuobo, Benin.

During the Obaseki’s administration in APC, the governor accused the leaders of the party of asking him to share Edo State money meant for development, and that when he refused, the leaders instituted fights against him.

This narrative sold like wildfire as it was in the lips of all well-meaning Edo citizens. The people forgot that even when he said he didn’t want to share the money with the leaders, we didn’t see any development; there were no roads being constructed, no employment into schools as some had just or two teachers from SS1 to SS3, no signature projects, public hospitals were without doctors and nurses.

All we were seeing were rampant MOUs gulping millions, decaying infrastructures, noise of probe in loan deals he was part of, demolitions, empty talks, audio claims, theoretical paperworks.

Even when the leaders of APC asked him to name those who asked him to share Edo State money with them, he went mute. It was obvious afterwards that it was a lie.

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On this note, in 2020, he was screened out of APC by the gubernatorial screening committee and was accepted by the notorious Secundus led clique for pecuniary gains without informing the stakeholders in Edo State, without the interrogation of his person or what he had done in the state after four years that would have merited his admission into the party.

Fast forward to a year later, this same Obaseki who one said he would never share Edo State money with politicians accused PDP members of collecting money from him in billions to acquire the gubernatorial ticket. Again, when asked who and who collected money from him, he went mute in his contradictions as usual.

It has become apparent that Governor Godwin Obaseki works on the emotions of the gullible masses and those political profiteers to twist and turn narratives to suit his inabilities. And this is one of the characteristics of a dictator.

Obaseki is very manipulative in his scheming, calculative in his craft and media-sarvy in his shrewdness.

Manipulation, as used by Obaseki, is the exercise of harmful influence over others. People who manipulate others attack their mental and emotional sides to get what they want.

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The person manipulating — seeks to create an imbalance of power, and take advantage of a victim to get power, control, benefits, and/or privileges at the expense of the victim.

After bringing APC leaders to public ridicule, his next target audience is PDP members who left their umbrella to go into the rain to welcome him to their fold. (He never appreciated this act.

He paid aides can openly come out to say he was never a political orphan) His intention is to manipulate the public to thinking his failures not being able to constitute his cabinet, appoint aides, conduct LGA elections and even keep the various promises he made in 192 wards has to do with PDP and his leaders who has refused to allow him dominate the party the way he did in APC.

It’s only fools and their likes that can buy into this story: we have told him to appoint only all his men, the new PDP, into his cabinet without considering us from the old PDP, but he should do so quickly as his actions and inactions are becoming embarrassments to the party, PDP. He didn’t promise to rule over only his party men, he promised he will govern over the entire Edo citizens. The public, irrespective of their political affiliations, is disenchanted that a year after election, they have been blanked out of governance rather, the government is chasing shadows on how to force vaccinate the people against their wish.

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State

Gov. Godwin Obaseki, Executive Governor, Edo State

As we speak, his rating has nosed-dived and that of PDP. The party its members must continue out against Obaseki so that the public can separate his personal failures from that of PDP he has taken up arms against or else, going forward, PDP will fair well in subsequent elections, which Obaseki won’t care about as he is not a member of PDP, it was just a vehicle for him to achieve his inundate ambition.

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