US: NIGERIAN GOVT NOT FISCALLY TRANSPARENT

The U.S. has classified the Nigerian government among those that are not fiscally transparent. The classification, contained in a report released Thursday by the U.S Department Of State, means Nigeria’s budgeting process, including its contracting and licensing processes in the extractive industry, did not meet the standards required of the American government. The report, called the 2019 Fiscal Transparency Report, covers January 1 to December 31, 2018. It assessed the fiscal transparency of 141 national governments that receive U.S assistance. Seventy-four of the 141 governments met the minimum requirements of…

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SENATOR FACING CORRUPTION CASE SELECTED TO HEAD ANTI-CORRUPTION COMMITTEE IN SENATE

Eniola Akinkuotu and Samson Folarin The senator representing Sokoto-North in the National Assembly, Aliyu Wammako, who is under probe by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for alleged N15bn fraud, has been named the Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes, The PUNCH understands. With his new role, Wammako and other members of the committee will be expected to carry out oversight functions on the EFCC. Wammako, who was the governor of Sokoto State from 2007 to 2015, was accused of embezzling public funds. In an EFCC factsheet published…

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CORRUPTION STILL ONGOING IN BUHARI’S GOVERNMENT- MINISTERIAL NOMINEE

The former Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu has explained that corruption was still a menace and was ongoing in Buhari’s government despite spirited efforts to stop it. Reacting to questions when he was being screened among the first batch of the nominees on Wednesday, he said, there was systemic corruption in Buhari’s government, adding that it was only the legislature that could tackle it through laws and policies. “Corruption in Nigeria is systemic. People have been prosecuted and assets seized, but corruption is still ongoing”, the former Minister of Education…

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BUHARI REAPPOINTS DG ENMESHED IN CORRUPTION ALLEGATIONS

The Director-General of the Enugu-based Project Development Institute (PRODA), Charles Agulanna, who is mired in corruption allegations, has been reappointed by the Buhari administration Mr Agulanna is being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for alleged fraud. He has also been summoned, at least, twice by the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), alongside his half-brother Albert, and others, PREMIUM TIMES can confirm. A PREMIUM TIMES investigation also revealed that Mr Agulanna flouted public procurement law in the award and payment of contracts. He was first…

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BUHARI LACKS THE CAPACITY TO FIGHT CORRUPTION, DE-INSTITUTIONALISING EFCC- AU DIPLOMAT

Dr. Babafemi Badejo, a diplomat working with the African Union, says President Muhammadu Buhari lacks the political to fight corruption. Badejo said, “It is safe to conclude that the Buhari administration lacks the will to fight corruption. The perception, though constantly denied, is clearly out there that prosecution through the EFCC is only for Nigerians who are either weak or are in opposing parties and/or critical of the government in power. “The EFCC itself is being de-institutionalised by the actions of the Buhari administration.” He added, “President Buhari condones some…

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WHY I CANNOT COMMENT ON DG’S DECISION TO DROP GOJE’S FRAUD CASE BY ITSE SAGAY

Tobi Aworinde, Abuja The Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), has said that he cannot speak on the decision of the Muhammadu Buhari-led government to drop the prosecution of Gombe Central senator, Danjuma Goje, because he did not have details of the matter. Sagay said this during an interview with The PUNCH on Monday. The senior advocate, however, said he would not be in support of the move if it was done for political reasons. He said he could not speak on the matter because he did not…

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THIS PROFESSOR OF LAW SAYS SENDING CORRUPT PEOPLE TO JAIL IS WASTE OF TIME

James Abraham, Jos Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption, Prof. Itse Sagay, has commended the All Progressives Congress administration under President Muhammadu Buhari for stepping up the fight against corruption in the country in a bid to ensure good governance and development. But he lamented that jailing corrupt people was a desperate and wasteful effort given the weakness in the country’s judicial process. He spoke during a workshop organised by the PACAC in collaboration with the National Orientation Agency which held in Jos on Wednesday. The programme with…

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FEMI FALANA NAMES THE ONLY APC STATE FIGHTING CORRUPTION, AND YOU WONT BELIEVE THIS

The human rights activist and lawyer, Mr Femi Falana, has accused the state governments, especially those being controlled by the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), of insincerity in the fight against corruption in the country. He said that was why none of them (except Kano State) out of the 20 states being controlled by the party, constituted a formal structure to fight corruption. Falana stated this, on Tuesday, in Kano, while delivering a keynote paper at a two-day stakeholders’ dialogue on corruption in Nigeria. The programme, organised by the ActionAid…

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IT DOES NOT TAKE DECADES TO FIGHT CORRUPTION, RWANDA’S PAUL KIGAME TELLS BUHARI

Create value, create wealth, not merely fight corruption Rwandan President, Paul Kagame, says President Muhammadu Buhari and other African leaders must refocus their efforts and passion on creating value, wealth and should stop fighting corruption endlessly. Speaking at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) summit in Abuja, Kagame congratulated Buhari on his victory at the poll and said Nigeria must share resources equitably, so everyone can join the fight against corruption. He also called on the president and other attendees to add value, create wealth, while fighting corruption, and…

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ANTI- CORRUPTION WAR NOT ENOUGH, CREATE WEALTH, PAUL KAGAME TELLS BUHARI

President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, has told President Muhammadu Buhari and other African leaders, that it is not enough to fight corruption – but to, also, add value to human life. Speaking at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) summit in Abuja, yesterday, Kagame congratulated Buhari on his victory at the poll and said Nigeria must share resources equitably, so everyone can join the fight against corruption. He also called on the president and other attendees to add value, create wealth, while fighting corruption, and not merely to fight corruption. “There…

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