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NASS Probes Training Ship Puzzle at PTI

By Wisdom Patrick, Lagos

david markThe National Assembly has raised a panel to probe the controversy surrounding the award of contract and non-delivery of a multi-million naira training ship for the Petroleum Training Institute (PTI) in Effurun, Delta State.

The contracts for the diving support vessel, meant for the training of students at the institute, was awarded to Netsach Limited and partly paid for in 2009 during the late President Umaru Yar’Adua’s administration.

It was learnt that since 2009 when the contractor was paid the sum of N985 million, the National Assembly has been appropriating funds for the vessel every year.

According to the Chairman, Senate Committee on Petroleum (Upstream), Senator Emmanuel Paulker, in a telephone interview with Political Economist, the discovery was made by the Joint National Assembly Committee on Gas and Petroleum Resources (Upstream and Downstream) during the budget defence of the Ministry of Petroleum Resources last week.

According to him, the Committee had to immediately set up the probe panel, comprising all the six committees on petroleum and gas in the Senate and the House of Representatives, disclosing that despite the yearly appropriation of funds for the vessel, it is yet to arrive the shores of Nigeria, adding that it was the intention of the National Assembly to find the vessel wherever it is.

“I was chairman of the downstream petroleum committee for four years in the last National Assembly and the issue of that vessel was reflected in every year’s budget. This committee demands a comprehensive report on that vessel vis-a- vis the amount so far expended on it,” he said.

While questioning the Acting Principal and Chief Executive Officer of PTI, Mrs. C. N. Dennar, who signed the institution’s 2012 budget, Paulker said: “You should also indicate as to whether the vessel we are about receiving is that very vessel we have been paying money for and then, it is very necessary we set up a joint committee among ourselves to go and see that vessel because the investment is much.

“There was no year, as chairman of the Downstream Committee that I didn’t see that the purchase of that vessel was not reflecting. We will set up a committee to go and see that vessel whether it is in England, or anywhere in this world. This is a very serious matter and we need to know,” he said.

According to documents available to the joint committee, even though PTI had released over N985 million to Netsach Limited for the purchase of the vessel, yet it has not arrived Nigeria.  It was also said that a visit to Singapore by the Senate Petroleum Committee in May 2010 failed to secure the vessel’s delivery as it was reportedly found in bad shape.

Against this background, it was recommended by the Senate delegation that the vessel be repaired in Singapore before being brought to Nigeria. But three years later, the vessel has not been seen.

In 2010, N173 million was budgeted for the vessel out of which N143.459 million was released. In 2011, another N203.693 million was budgeted for it, while in 2012, N915.76 million was proposed for the project.

The contract for purchase of the “Excellent Diver” was awarded by the late Yar’Adua administration to Netsach Limited in the sum of N1.117 billion in July 21, 2009.  Contract document from the ministry showed that 15 per cent would be paid for mobilisation, 55 per cent would be paid after purchase and the balance on delivery to PTI’s designated post in Nigeria.

However, the terms of delivery were allegedly disregarded by the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, which released N957 million to Netsach Limited. Upon receiving the sum, Netsach invited PTI for a sea trial that eventually failed, as the vessel could not sail.

215 Mircofinance Bankers in Trouble Over N1.9Billion Fraud—EFCC

 

By Wisdom Patrick, Lagos

efcc logoOperatives of the Nigerian anti-graft agency, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, are on the heels of some 215 Micro-finance bankers over fraud and misapplication of depositors funds in their respective banks.

Operators of the banks were also said to be granting questionable loans to themselves using proxies and relatives, who later could not redeemed such liabilities as at when due.

Speaking to Political Economist in a telephone interview from Abuja, the Chairman of the commission, Ibrahim Lamorde, stated that investigation into the scam began in January, when petitions started flooding the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja from depositors of the affected banks.

Lamorde, stated further that the alleged fraud was perpetrated between 2007 and 2013. “So far they diverted over N1.9Billion and what they are telling us is that the bank failed, but we would not buy such because we would dig deeper until we get to what we want.”

Investigation revealed further that some of  the beneficiaries of the loan have either changed their addresses or relocated abroad making it a little difficult for the EFCC agents to contact them.

It was gathered that  some of the bankers under investigation  told the affected persons to go under to evade arrest by the anti-graft agents.

Sources added that already the affected bankers have made confessional statements to EFCC, “but others outright denied the allegation in its entirety, but we would  get to the root of it all. There is nothing hidden under the sun, we have all what it would take to unravel the facts of the matter and soon we would do that,” EFCC operatives said.

The anti-graft agency boss also added that top ten banks in Nigeria reported frauds and forgeries in over two thousand cases in 2013 alone through the Nigerian Deposit Insurance Corporation, NDIC.

He added that investigation shows that the largest number of the reported cases were through the Automated Teller Machine, ATM, transactions, fraudulent transfers/withdrawals through insider facilitation,  internet banking, and suppression of customer deposits.

Details of the nature of the frauds show that ATM-related frauds topped with 738 reported cases, followed by fraudulent transfers/withdrawal of deposit (331 cases), presentation of forged cheques (280 cases) and outright theft (240 cases).

Other cases include suppression of customer deposit, 219; fraudulent conversion of cheques, 123; non-dispensing of money, but registered by electronic journal, 112; and internet fraud, 108.

It would be recalled that the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of NDIC, Umaru Ibrahim, said most of the 195  Microfinance Banks, MFBs, that took the routine examination during the year, violated the basic principles of corporate governance as well as gross disregard for recommendations made in previous examination reports.

To sanitize the microfinance sub-sector, Mr. Ibrahim said,  about 55 directors, staff and related parties of 19 closed MFBs who were found to be responsible for the collapse of their banks in 2013 were prosecuted, while the cumulative recovery for the banks in liquidation since 1994 rose from about N21.756 billion in 2010 to about N22.236 billion during the year.

According to the report, the operating environment of the country’s banking sector witnessed improvements in asset quality, liquidity and capitalization of banks following the injection of fresh capital after their non-performing loans were taken over by the Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria, AMCON.

Full List of Confab Delegates

The 492 delegates, which are classified into six different groups are listed below:

ELDER STATESMEN

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            Dr. Tunji Braithwaite

2.            Chief Ayo Adebanjo

3.            Chief Richard Akinjide

4.            Chief OluFalae

5.            Erelu Olusola Obada

6.            Chief AfeBabalola, SAN

7.            General Ike Nwachukwu

8.            Iyom Josephine Anenih

9.            Senator Jim Nwobodo

10.          Chief Mike Ahamba, SAN

11.          Senator AzuAgboti

12.          Chief Peter Odili

13.          King Alfred Diete Spiff

14.          Edwin K. Clark

15.          Daisy Danjuma

16.          Prof. EvaraEjemotEsu, OFR

17.          Chief NdueseEsiene

18.          Prof. Ambrose Okwoli

19.          Alhaji AbdulahiOhoimah

20.          Prof. Ibrahim Gambari

21.          Mr. Dogara Mark Ogbole

22.          Prof. Jerry Gana

23.          Gen. Jonathan Temlong

24.          Prof. JubrilAminu

25.          Alhaji AhmaduAdamuMuazu

26.          Arc. Ibrahim Bunu

27.          Amb. YerimaAbdullahi

28.          Mr. John Mamman

29.          Alhaji AdamuWaziri

30.          Alhaji Umaru Musa Zandan

31.          Prof. Mohammed Jumari

32.          MallamTanko Yakassai

33.          Senator Ibrahim Idah

34.          Hon. Justice Usman Mohammed Argungu

35.          Prof. SamboJinadu

36.          Ishia Aliyu Gusau

37.          General A. B. Mamman

 

RETIRED MILITARY AND SECURITY PERSONNEL

 

(i) RETIRED ARMY, NAVY & AIR FORCE OFFICERS (RANAO) ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (ARPON)

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            Gen. ZamaniLekwot

2.            Maj. Gen. Alex Mshelbwala

3.            Rear Adm CS Ehanmo

4.            Brig. Gen. (Barr.) DO Idada-Ikponmwen

5.            GroupCaptOhadomere

6.            Gen. Raji Rasaki

 

(ii)                ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED POLICE OFFICERS OF NIGERIA (ARPON)

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            R. O. Osanaiye, AIG (rtd)

2.            Alh. (Barr.) MammanMisau, AIG (rtd)

3.            Alhaji BashiruAlbasu,  AIG (rtd.)

4.            Chief (Barr.) Nicholas DuruNkemdeme, CP (rtd)

5.            Barr. J. I. Ebinum, DCP (rtd)

6.            Barr. Samuel Adetuyi, CP (rtd)

(iii)              RETIRED STATE SECURITY AND NIA OFFICERS

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            Chief Jeremiah Okwuonu

2.            A. K. Horsfall

3.            Mr. IliyaDanga

4.            Chief BabatundeAla

5.            Amb. B. M. Sani

6.            Amb. J. K. Shinkaiye

TRADITIONAL RULERS

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            His Royal Highness, Alh. Dr. ZayyanuAbdullahi, Emir of Yauri

2.            His Royal Highness, Alh. (Dr.) Nuhu Mohammed Sanusi, Emir of Dutse

3.            His Royal Highness, Dr. MuhammaduBarkindo Mustapha, CFR, Lamido of Adamawa

4.            His Royal Highness, Alh. AbdullahiIbn Muhammad Askirama III, Emir of Askira

5.            His Royal Highness, Alh. Sulu Gambari, CFR, Emir of Ilorin

6.            His Royal Highness, Elder Jacob GyangBuba, GbongGwom Jos

7.            His Royal Majesty, Oba Michael GbadeboAdedeji, JP, CON, Ariyowonye Lim Owaoye of Okemesi

8.            His Royal Majesty, Oba Arc. Aderemi A. Adedapo, Alayemore of IdoOsun, Coordinator

9.            His Royal Highness,  Eze (Dr) Cletus I. Illomuanya, Obi of Obinugwu

10.          His Royal Highness, Eze Elder AgomEze, OON

11.          His Royal Highness, Dr. Edmund Daukuro, FNSE, Amanyanabo of Nembe Kingdom

12.          His Royal Highness, Chief NosakhareIsekhure, Chief Priest of Benin Kingdom

13.          HRM Ismail Danlami Mohammed, Sarki of Karshi

 

RETIRED CIVIL SERVANTS

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            Engr. Ebele O. Okeke

2.            Dr. Edet A. Ekerendu

3.            Mr. Akin Arikawe

4.            Chief Robert Audu

5.            AmmunaLawan Ali

6.            Dr. H. U. Sanusi

LABOUR REPRESENTATIVES

NIGERIA LABOUR CONGRESS

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            Abdulwahed Ibrahim Omar

2.            Chris Uyot

3.            Kiri Mohammed Shaibu

4.            Joe Ajaero

5.            Promise Adewusi

6.            IssaAremu

7.            Lucy Offiong

8.            AyubaWabba

9.            Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson

10.          Emma Ugboaja

11.          Ibrahim Khaleel

12.          Michael Olukoya

TRADE UNION CONGRESS OF NIGERIA

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            BobboiBalaKaigama

2.            Barrister Musa Lawal

3.            Mrs. DinatuAsibiAssani

4.            OlasanyeOyinkan

5.            Sunday OlusojiSalako

6.            Olakunle Olanrewaju Olaitan

7.            Peter Esele

8.            Augustine Etafo

9.            Maryam Jummai Bello

10.          Hassan SalihuAnka

11.          Bede Opara

12.          Aliyu Musa

ORGANISED PRIVATE SECTOR

NIGERIA EMPLOYERS’ CONSULTATIVE ASSOCIATION (NECA)

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            Chief R. U. Uche

2.            Mallam Mahmud Othman

MANUFACTURERS ASSOCATION OF NIGERIA (MAN)

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            Chief Kola Jamodu, OFR

2.            Alhaji Ali Madugu, mni

NIGERIA CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE, INDUSTRY AND MANUFACTURERS ASSOCATION (NACCIMA)

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            Alhaji Mohammed B. Abubakar, MON

2.            Chief Bassey E. O. Edem, MFR

NIGERIAN ECONOMIC SUMMIT GROUP (NESG)

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            Mr. BukarKyari

2.            Mr. Frank Nweke II

NIGERIA YOUTHS ORGANISATIONS

NATIONAL YOUTH COUNCIL OF NIGERIA

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            Comrade Henry Nwabueze

2.            Ajani James Olawale

3.            AbdullahiAbdulmajeed

4.            MallamHamma Bello Bilkindo

5.            Charles Ibiang

6.            Ben Duntoye

NATIONAL ASSOCATION OF NIGERIAN STUDENTS (NANS)

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            YinkaGbadebo, GCNS

2.            Sylvester Okoh

3.            Abdullahi Ali-Kano

4.            ChinonsoObasi

5.            Clifford Abur

6.            Olayinka Dada (JP)

OTHER YOUTH ORGANISATIONS

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            Hassan Rilwan

2.            Yadomah Bukar Mandara

3.            Yakubu Shendam

4.            KasimAkande

5.            Mosunmola Umoru

6.            Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu

WOMEN GROUPS

NATIONAL COUNCIL OF WOMEN’S SOCIETIES (NCWS)

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            Chief (Mrs.) Nkechi Okemini  Mba

2.            Mrs. Love Ezema

3.            Mrs. Remi Kuku

4.            Dr. (Mrs.) Patricia Ogbonnaya

5.            Chief (Mrs.) AnthoniaBalogun

6.            Chief (Mrs.) Temitope Ajayi

7.            HajiyaRamatu Usman, mni

8.            Chief (Mrs) Hannatu Lohor

9.            Mrs. Princess Rabi Ibrahim

10.          Mrs. Safiya Ibrahim Ogo

11.          Hajiya Miriam S. Mohammed

12.          Mrs. Princess Hadiza Ibrahim

 

MARKET WOMEN ASSOCIATIONS

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            Mrs. Sheila Tamuno Abiye

2.            Hajiya Alina Usuma

3.            HajiyaMarvyatuIliasu

4.            Mrs. Sarah Benjamin

5.            Mrs. Felicia Sanni

6.            Mrs. Ifeayinwa Ezenwa

 

INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF WOMEN LAWYERS (FIDA)

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            Ms. Hauwa Evelyn Shekarau

2.            Mrs. EzinwaOkoroafor

NIGERIAN ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN JOURNALISTS (NAWOJ)

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            Asabe Baba Nahaya, JP

2.            Brenda Akpan

WOMEN IN MANAGEMENT, BUSINESS AND PUBLIC SERVICES (WINBIZ)

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            Mrs. Ifeoma Idigbe

2.            Hajiya Bola Shagaya

 

POLITICAL PARTIES

 

ALL PROGRESSIVES GRAND ALLIANCE (APGA)

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            Chief Chris Ejike Uche

2.            Dr. Sagir Auwal Maidoya

 

ACCORD PARTY

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            Senator RashidiAdewoluLadoja

2.            Hon. Muhammad LawalNalado

 

LABOUR PARTY

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            Chief (Barr.) Dan Nwanyanwu, mni

2.            Comrade A. A. Salam (BaradenPaiko)

 

PEOPLES DEMOCRATIC PARTY (PDP)

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            Dr. Ahmadu Ali

2.            Commodore Olabode George (rtd.)

ALL PROGRESSIVE CONGRESS (APC)

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            Yet to forward nominations

2.

 

MUSLIM LEADERS

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            Prof. Muhammad Nur Alkali

2.            Prof. Is-haq O. Oloyede

3.            Hajia Amina B. Omoti

4.            Mal. MuzzammilSaniHanga

5.            Alh. NurudeenLemu

6.            Nomination yet to be completed

CHRISTIAN LEADERS

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            Bishop Joseph D. Bagobiri

2.            Prof. Andrew Haruna

3.            Elder Barr. John A. Achimugu

4.            Pastor Emmanuel Bosun

5.            Dr. Mrs. Kate Okpareke

6.            Barr. GodswillIyohaIyoke

 

CIVIL SOCIETY ORGANISATIONS

S/N        DELEGATES         STATE/ZONE

1.           Rev. Nnimmo Bassey     Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF)

2.           Mahmood Aminu            Public Interest Lawyers League

3.           Dr. Isaac Osuoka               Social Development Integrated Centre (Social Action) & Pan Niger Delta Conference (PNDC)

4.           Joe Okei-Odumakin        Women Arise for Change Initiative & Campaign for Democracy

5.          Ezenwa Nwagwu             Partners for Electoral Reform

6.           Festus Okoye    Human Right Monitors

7.           Dr. Olisa Agbakoba, SAN               Leader, Civil Society Organization

8.           Ebuchukwu Ezike             Civil Liberties Organization (CLO)

9.         Femi Falana, SAN             Leader, Civil Society Organizations

10.          Dr. Abiola Akiyode           Women Advocates Research & Documentation Centre

11.          Wale Okuniyi     PRONACO

12.          Bisi Olateru Olagbegi      Women Consortium of Nigeria

13.         Kyauta Giwa       Community Action for Popular Participation (CAPP)

14.          Steve Aluko        Civil Liberties Organization

15.          Jaye Gaskiya      United Action for Democracy

16.          Rommy Mom    Lawyers’ Alert

17.         Auwal Musa Rafsanjani                 Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre

18.          Mallam Naseer Kura       Basic Rights Action – Kano

19.          Dr. Emma Shehu              International Institute of Journalism

20.          Dr. Maryam Abdullah     Women for Peace in Nigeria

21.         Hajia Shetu Alfa                FOMWAN

22.          Y. Z. Ya’u              Centre for Information Technology & Development

23.          AbubakarSaidiq Ibrahim                Campaign for Democracy & Development

24.          Dudu Paloma     Responsible Citizenship

 

NIGERIANS IN DIASPORA

 

EUROPE

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            Adebayo Oladimeji

2.            Christian ChukwudozieUdechukwu

 

AMERICA

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            Mr. Gabriel Okoye

2.            Hon George Anibowel

AFRICA

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            Abdulahi Abubakar

2.            Amb. Vincent Okobi

ASIA

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            Dr. Jonathan Obaje

2.            Dr. Balarabe Yushau

 

PEOPLE LIVING WITH DISABILITIES

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            Dandeson Hart

2.            Barr. AyodeleAdekanmbi

3.            Ms. Ekaete Judith Umoh

4.            Kenan Mamman

5.            Esther Andrew

6.            Zainabi Argungu

 

NEWSPAPER PROPRIETORS ASOCIATION OF NIGERIA

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            Mr. NdukaObaigbena

2.            Mal. Kabir Yusuf

 

NIGERIA GUILD OF EDITORS

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            Isaac Ighure

2.            Is’haq Modibo Kawu

 

NIGERIA UNION OF JOURNALISTS

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            Alhaji Mohammed Sani Zoro

2.            Mr. Lanre Ogundipe

 

BROADCASTING ORGANISATION OF NIGERIA

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            Abubakar B. Jijiwa, MFR

2.            High Chief (Dr.) Aleogho Raymond Dokpesi, PhD, OFR

SOCIO-POLITICAL/CULTURAL AND ETHNIC NATIONALITY GROUPS

 

SOUTH SOUTH GEO-POLITICAL ZONE

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            Okon Osung

2.            Idongest Nkangha

3.            Ray Ekpu

4.            Amb. (Prof.) Lawrence Ekpebu, OFR

5.            Prof. Kimse Okoko

6.            Sen. Musa Adede

7.            Ntufam (Dr.) Josephat Okey

8.            Hon. Orok Out Duke

9.            Chief Joshua B. Fomudo

10.          Gen. Paul Omu

11.          Chief Paul Enebeli

12.          Sen. Yisa Braimah

13.          Barr. Chris Agbonmwanegbe

14.          Chief Sergeant Awuse

15.          Dr. Silas Eneyo

SOUTH WEST GEO-POLITICAL ZONE

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            Senator Kofoworola Bucknor-Akerele

2.            Supo Sonibare

3.            Sir Olaniwun Ajayi

4.            Dr. Adetokunbo Awolowo-Dosumu

5.            Chief Ajibola Ogunsola

6.            Barr. NiyiAkintola, SAN

7.            Mr. Yinka Odumakin

8.            Senator Anthony Adefuye

9.            Senator Femi Okunrounmu

10.          Hon. Salvador Adegoke Moshood

11.          Bashorun Sehinde Arogbofa

12.          Dr. Amos Akingba

13.          Chief Gani Adams

14.          Dr. Femi Obayori

15           Pastor Tunde Bakare

 

SOUTH EAST GEO-POLITICAL ZONE

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            Gary Enwo-Igariwey

2.            Chief Onyema Ugochukwu

3.            Chief Chukwu Wachukwu

4.            Prof. I. C. Madubuike

5.            HRH Igwe (Amb) L. O. C. Agubuzu

6.            His Excellency, Amb. Fidel Ayogu

7.            Chief GoddyUwazurike

8.            Dr. Dozie Ikedife

9.            Chief Chris Eluemunoh

10.          Chief Uzoma Nwosu Iheme

11.          Prof. Chinedu Nwajiuba

12.          Dr. Joe Nwaogu

13.          Dr. Sam Egwu

14.          Dr. Clement Mgbada

15.          Prof. Nnenna Oti

 

NORTH EAST GEO-POLITICAL ZONE

 

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            Mallam Mohammed Ibrahim

2.            Hon. Mohammed Umara Kumalia

3.            Mr. Paul Bassi

4.            Amb. Ibrahim Mai Sule

5.            Dr. Abdu Bulama

6.            Mr. Bar Abubakar Samo

7.            Amb. Adamu Aliyu

8.            Dr. Sale Dauda

9.            Dr. Daniel Madu

10.          Sen. Saidu Kumo

11.          Amb. Hassan Adamu

12.          Kashim Ndjida

13.          Chief B. Leonard

14.          Barrister Chris Abongaby

15.          Alhaji Isa Mafindi

NORTH WEST GEO-POLITICAL ZONE

S/N         DELEGATES

1.            IGP Ibrahim Coomassie (rtd)

2.            Amb. Yaro Yusuf Mamman

3.            Prof. Auwalu Yadudu

4.            Alhaji Magaji Danbatta

5.            AVM Mutari Mohammed

6.            Sen. Bello Maitama Yusuf

7.            Ms. Fati Eunice Ibrahim

8.            Sen. Mohammed Kabiru Jibrin

9.            Sen. Saidu Musa Dansadau

10.          Col. Bala Mande

11.          Gen. Tanko Ayuba

12.          Hajiya Maria Waziri

13.          Bilkisu Magoro

14.          Hajiya Laraba Dattijo

15.          Sen. Ladan Shuni

 

NORTH CENTRAL GEO-POLITICAL ZONE

S/N           DELEGATES

1.            Elder Bulus Dareng

2.            Lt. Gen. J. T. Useni

3.            Sen. Ibrahim Mantu

4.            Alhaji Aliyu Akwe Doma

5.            Mr. Anthony Sani

6.            Prof. Onje Gewyedo

7.            Prof. Iyorchia Ayu

8.            Prof. John Uko

9.            Dr. Philip O. Salawu

10.          Bayo Ojo

11.          Prof. (Mrs.) Mariatu Tunuche

12.          Dr. Shem Nuhu Zagbayi

13.          Engr. Mustapha Bello

14.          Sen. Gbemi Saraki

15.          Mr. John Dara

PROFESSIONAL BODIES

 

S/N         DELEGATES

NOMINATED BY

1.            Okey Wali, SAN                 Nigeria Bar Association (NBA)

2.            Engr. (Senator) Adefemi Kila, FNSE          The Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE)

3.            Dr. Segun Aina, OFR        Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIB)

4.            Dr. Osahon Enabulele    Nigerian Medical Association (NMA)

5.            Dr. Nelson U. O. Uwaga, mni, FNIM         Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM)

6.            Arc. Waheed Niyi Brimmo, fnia, pnia       Nigerian Institute of Architects (NIA)

7.            Senator (Chief) Felix Kolawole Bajomo, FCA        Institute of Chartered  Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN)

8.            Mr. Johnson Oludeinde Oluata, FCNA    Association of National Accountants of Nigeria(ANAN)

9.            Dr. Rotimi Oladele, FNIPR             Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR)

10.          Mrs. Bunmi Oke, frpa     Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria(AAPN)

11.          Mr. Emeka D.Eleh            The Nigerian Institution of Estate Surveyors and Valuers (NIESV)

12.          Engr. Olu Andah Wai-Ogosu        Nigerian Environmental Society

13.          Prof. Olu Ajakaiye            Nigeria Economic Society

14.          Prof. Yakubu A. Ochefu                 Historical Society of Nigeria

15.          Alhaji Musa Isiwele         Road Transport Employers Assocation (RTEAN)

 

NATIONAL ACADEMIES

THE NIGERIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCE

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            Prof. Oyewale Tomori, FAS, NNOM

 

ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            Engr. V. I. Maduka, OFR

 

THE NIGERIAN ACADEMY OF EDUCATION

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            Prof. U. M. O. Ivowi

 

NIGERIAN ACADEMY OF  LETTERS

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            Prof. Munzali Jibril

 

ACADEMY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            Yet to be nominated

JUDICIARY

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            Hon. Justice G. A. Oguntade

2.            Hon. Justice F. F. Tabai

3.            Hon. Justice Abdulahi Mustapha

4.            Hon. Justice Adamu Bello

5.            Hon. Justice Veronica Ngozi Ume

6.            Hon. Justice Baba Alkali Ba’aba

 

FORMER POLITICAL OFFICE HOLDERS

 

FORMER GOVERNORS

 

S/N

 

DELEGATES

1.            Chief Achike Udenwa

2.            Chief Olusegun Osoba

3.            Obong Victor Attah

4.            Alh. Saidu Barda

5.            Amb. Fidelis Tapgun

6.            Nomination not completed

SENATORS FORUM

S/N      DELEGATES

1.            Senator Khairat Abdulrazaq Gwadabe

2.            Senator Abdullahi Bala Adamu

3.            Senator Muhammed Ibrahim

4.            Senator Nnamdi Eriobuna

5.            Senator John K. Brambaifa

6.            Senator Iyabo Anisunlowo

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FORUM

 

S/N

 

DELEGATES

1.            Hon. Ghali Umar Na’Abba, CFR

2.            Hon. Chibudom Nwuche, CON

3.            Hon. (Chief) Obi Anoliofo

4.            Hon. Umar Kareto Lawan

5.            Hon. Musa Elayo Abdullahi

6.            Hon. Sheik M. Sekoni

 

ASSOCIATION OF FORMER SPEAKERS

S/N       DELEGATES

1.            Rt. Hon. (Chief) Anayo Nnebe

2.            Rt. Hon. Abudssalam Taofig Olawale

3.            Rt. Hon. Ignatius Kevin Edet

4.            Rt. Hon. Habu Isa Ajiya

5.            Rt. Hon. Mohammed Yaro

6.            Rt. Hon. Terseer Tsumba

 

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OF NIGERIA

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            General Alani Akinrinade (rtd)

2.            Prof. Olawale Albert

3.            Prof. Anya O. Anya

4.            Dr. (Mrs.) Virginia A. Anohu

5.            Annkio Briggs

6.            Col. Tony Nyiam

7.            His Excellency, Engr. A. A. Kure

8.            Group Capt. Jeo Orji

9.            Ibrahim D. Waziri

10.          Mrs. Binta Ibrahim Musa

11.          Yusuf Hamisu Abubakar

12.          His Excellency, Adamu Aliero

13.          Hajiya Hauwa Bukar

14.          Senator Mimibariya Amange

15.          Dame Virgi Etiaba

16.          Chief Asara A. Asara

17.          Mrs. Eunice Igwe

18.          Damian Dodo, SAN

19.          Mrs. Ngozi Olejeme

20.          Atedo Peterside

 

STATE GOVERNMENTS AND FCT

 

ABIA STATE

 

S/N         DELEGATES

1.            Senator Adolphus Wabara

2.            Prof. J. C. Ogbonnaya

3.            Mrs. Victoria Akanwa

ADAMAWA STATE

S/N          DELEGATES

1.            Alhaji Mohammed Gambo Jimeta

2.            Mrs. Binta Massi Garba

3.            Mr. Moses Ngbale

AKWA IBOM STATE

S/N         DELEGATES

1.            Senator Anietie Okon

2.            Prof. Nsongurua J. Udombana

3.            Her Excellency (Mrs.) Atim Etim Okpoyo

ANAMBRA STATE

S/N           DELEGATES

1.            Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife

2.            Prof. A. B. C. Nwosu

3.            Prof. Dora Akunyili

 

BAUCHI STATE

S/N         DELEGATES

1.            Dr. Garba Ibrahim

2.            Prof. Isa B. Mohammed

3.            Prof. Gambo Laraba Abdullahi

BAYELSA STATE

S/N            DELEGATES

1.            Chief D.S.P. Alamieyeseigha

2.            Chief Francis Doukpolagha

3.            Dr. (Mrs.) Ngieriwagha

BENUE STATE

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            Senator Jack Tilley Gyado

2.            Dr. Magdalene Mba Dura

3.            Maj-Gen. Geoffrey Ejiga

BORNO STATE

S/N           DELEGATES

1.            Kashim Ibrahim Imam

2.            Hajiya Fati (Dongonyaro) Ali Monguno

3.            Hon. Dr. Haruna Yerima

CROSS RIVER STATE

S/N         DELEGATES

1.            Gen. Anthony Ukpo (Rtd.)

2.            Dr. Pius Tawo

3.            Senator Florence Ita-Giwa

 

DELTA STATE

S/N      DELEGATES

1.            Prof. Godini G. Darah

2.            Chief Benjamin S. C. Elue

3.            Female nominee expected

EBONYI STATE

S/N           DELEGATES

1.            Dr. (Mrs.) Adaeze Nwuzor

2.            Senator (Dr.) Offia Nwali

3.            Prof. Chigozie Ogbu

EDO STATE

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            Mr. Charles Edosomwan, SAN

2.            Prof. Sylvanus Oboh

3.            Female nominee expected

EKITI STATE

S/N             DELEGATES

1.            Prof. Akin Oyebode

2.            Prof. (Mrs.) Bisi Aina

3.            Bishop Felix Ajakaye

 

ENUGU STATE

S/N          DELEGATES

1.            H.E. Ken Nnamani

2.            Prof. Mrs. Rose Onah

3.            Monsignor Obiora Ike

GOMBE STATE

S/N          DELEGATES

1.            Alhaji Usman Faruk, NPM, CON

2.            Barr. Zubairu Mohammed Umar

3.            Mrs. Hannatu Ibrahim, MFR

 

IMO STATE

S/N          DELEGATES

1.            Engr. Dr. Ezekiel Izuogu

2.            Chief Bob Njemance

3.            Chief (Mrs.) Chidinma Uwajumogu

JIGAWA STATE

S/N           DELEGATES

1.            Alhaji Bashir Dalhatu

2.            Umaru Mohammed Hadejia

3.            Prof. Rukayyatu Ahmed Rufa’l

KADUNA STATE

S/N          DELEGATES

1.            Prof. Yusuf Turaki

2.            Senator Ahmed Mohammed Aruwa

3.            Hajia Nafisatu Babajo

KANO STATE

S/N          DELEGATES

1.            Alhaji Sule Yahya Hamma

2.            Dr. Junaid Muhammed

3.            Hajiya Aishatu Isma’il

 

KATSINA STATE

S/N          DELEGATES

1.            Justice Mamman Nasir (Rtd) GCON

2.            Dr. Abubakar Saddique Mohammed

3.            Hajiya Talatu Nasir

KEBBI STATE

S/N         DELEGATES

1.            Dr. Bello Haliru Muhammad

2.            Amb. Isah Muhammed Argungu

3.            Dr. Fati Lami Adamu

KOGI STATE

S/N          DELEGATES

1.            Prof. Sam Egwu

2.            Hajia Ladi Ibrahim

3.            Chief Olusola Akanmode

 

KWARA STATE

 

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            Alhaji Yusuf Kawu Daibu

2.            Senator Ahmed Mohammed

3.            Mrs. Wosilat Marcarthy

LAGOS STATE

S/N           DELEGATES

1.            Mr. Supo Sasore, SAN

2.            Prof. Tunde Samuel

3.            Olufunmilayo Osinowo-Bashorun

 

NASARAWA STATE

S/N           DELEGATES

1.            Dr. Mohammed Hassan Lawal

2.            Alhaji Muhammed Othman

3.            Mrs. Lydia J. Viko

NIGER STATE

S/N             DELEGATES

1.            Hajiya Dije Bala (F)

2.            Abubakar Adamu Chika

3.            Barr. Halidu Ibrahim (Ph.D)

OGUN STATE

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            Mr. Fola Adeola

2.            Barrister Bisi Adegbuyi

3.            Prof. (Mrs.) Titi Filani

ONDO STATE

S/N        DELEGATES

1.            Dr. (Mrs.) Yemi Mahmud-Fasominu

2.            Prof. N. Oluwafemi Mimiko

3.            Barr. Remi Olatubora

OSUN STATE

S/N           DELEGATES

1.            Chief Gbadegesin Adedeji

2.            Chief Femi Akande

3.            Mrs. Bola Ogunrimade (mni)

OYO STATE

S/N         DELEGATES

1.            Chief Adeniyi Akintola

2.            Prof. Ganiyu Raji

3.            Female nominee expected

PLATEAU STATE

S/N         DELEGATES

1.            Prof. Dakum Shown

2.            Prof. Ganyir Lombin

3.            Mrs. Esther Gonda

RIVERS STATE

S/N                 DELEGATES

1.            Prof. Amakievi Gabriel

2.            Justice Peter Akere (Rtd)

3.            Female nominee expected

SOKOTO STATE

S/N           DELEGATES

1.            Engr.  Bello Suleiman

2.            Alh. Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi

3.            Prof. Aishatu I. Madawaki

TARABA STATE

S/N          DELEGATES

1.            Justice Adamu Aliyu

2.            Ambassador Suleiman Zubairu

3.            Hon. Dr. Mrs. Salome Jankada

YOBE STATE

S/N          DELEGATES

1.            Khalifa Hassan Yusuf

2.            Dr. Garba Abari

3.            Female nominee expected

ZAMFARA STATE

S/N           DELEGATES

1.            HRH, Justice Lawal Hassan Gummi, Emir of Gummi

2.            Brigadier Gen. Muhammad Mansur Dan Ali (Rtd)

3.            Hon. Justice Balkisu Bello Aliyu

FCT

S/N          DELEGATES

1.            Barr. Musa Salihu

FORMER LGA CHAIRMEN

S/N              DELEGATES

1.            Hon. Felex Akhabue

2.            Barr. Nasiru Ibrahim Junji

3.            Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq Ahmed

4.            Barrister Igberi Nweme

5.            Hon. Emmanuel Tsamdu

6.            Chief Shola Ebiseeni

 

OFFICIALS OF THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE

CHAIRMAN, DEPUTY CHAIR AND SECRETARY

S/N                            OFFICIAL                 POSITION

1.            Justice Idriss Legbo Kutigi             Chairman

2.            Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi      Deputy Chairman

3.            Dr. (Mrs.) Valerie Azinge              Secretary

4.            Dr. Akilu Indabawa          Asst. Secretary, Conference Proceedings

5.            Prof. Mahmood Yakubu                Asst. Secretary, Finance & Administration

6.            Mr. James Akpandem    Asst. Secretary, Media and Communications

 

 

 

 

1000 People On Death Row In Nigeria—-Amnesty International

By Wisdom Patrick, Lagos

amnesty internationalAmnesty International has said that some 1000 people were on death row in Nigeria alone and could be executed anytime from now.

The organization also said it was pushing for the rights of Gay in Nigeria and Africa.

The Deputy Director for Africa, Amnesty International, Lucy Freeman, disclosed this to Political Economist in a  telephone chat in Lagos.

She added also that some 56 people were reportedly sentenced to death by Nigerian courts last year alone.

Freeman said Amnesty International has frowned at the last year execution of four convicts in Benin City, the Edo State capital, after the State Governor signed their warrant.

According to her, ” that Monday was truly a dark day for human rights in Nigeria.”

She stated further that the last time Nigeria carried out execution was in 2006.

Earlier, Lucy Freeman said Governments in Africa are everyday bringing out new laws and draconian penalties to make it sure and clear that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are criminals, the report says.

Some of African leaders state that homosexuality is un-African which made the western world threaten to withdraw from any country which did not give gay people there right of freedom to be and marry. However, Amnesty said US religious groups “actively fund and promote homophobia in Africa”, while many of the laws were inherited from the colonial era.

Homosexual acts are still a crime in 38 sub-Saharan African countries, the right group had earlier said in a report titled “Making Love a Crime: Criminalisation of same-sex conduct in sub-Saharan Africa”.

There is no specific legislation outlawing homosexual acts in 12 African countries, mostly former French colonies, while gay rights are recognised in South Africa. In the last five years, South Sudan, Nigeria, Uganda and Burundi have introduced new laws criminalising same-sex relations, it says.

“These poisonous laws must be repealed and the human rights of all Africans upheld,” Amnesty said.

“In some African countries political leaders target sexual orientation issues to distract attention from their overall human rights records, often marked by rampant discrimination and violence against women, corruption and lack of media freedoms,” it added.

In South Africa, at least seven people, five of them lesbians, were murdered between June and November 2012 in what appears to have been targeted violence related to their sexual orientation or gender identity, the report says.

194 Policemen Forfeit Promotion Over Misconduct

By Wisdom Patrick, Lagos

Mike Okiri

Mike Okiri

As 24, 118 policemen continue in the euphoria of the celebration of their new  ranks, some 194 of their colleagues have forfeited their promotions, following their on-going trial by the Force Disciplinary Committee (FDC).

Though the Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC) retired Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mike Okiro, would not want to give details of the development, he however confirmed that there are Policemen who were due for promotion but were denied.

According to him, “those ones have some pending disciplinary action and until they are cleared, they would not receive any form of incentive from the Force including promotion. But if at the end of the panel sitting and any one of them comes out clean, i can assure you   that he/she would be promoted as the case may be.”

It would be recalled that no fewer than 195 senior police officers are facing a disciplinary panel for various acts of misconduct, Police authority had announced this in May last year in Abuja.

Among the officers are four Assistant Inspectors General of Police (AIGs); 17 Commissioners of Police (CPs); two Deputy Commissioners of Police; six Assistant Commissioners of Police (ACPs); and 166 others of the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) and above.

The affected officers according to a competent source at the Force Headquarters in Abuja are still under-going investigation by the Force Disciplinary Committee (FDC) chaired by the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) in charge of ‘A’ Department, Suleiman Fakai.

DIG Fakai had said that his committee inherited over 3000 cases in January 2013 and that all the cases had been dispensed with.

“Some of the officers found culpable in that batch were handed various disciplinary actions ranging from dismissal, prosecution and demotion to reprimand and warning.”

Meanwhile, as part of on-going measures geared towards boosting the morale of Police officers and rewarding those who have excelled in their assigned roles, particularly in the area of combating crimes and criminalities in society, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Muhammed  Abubakar has ordered the release of the promotion of 24, 118 policemen.

A break-down of this promotion which ranks as the highest number of Police Officers promoted in one fell swoop in the history of the Force and cuts across different ranks is as follows; a Commissioner of Police (CP) promoted to Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCP) to Commissioners of Police (C) Assistant Commissioners of Police to Deputy Commissioners of Police, Chief Superintendents of Police to Assistant Commissioners of  Police.

Others are Two hundred and forty-two (242) Superintendents of Police to Chief Superintendents of Police, Four hundred and twenty-four (424) Deputy Superintendents of Police to Superintendents of Police, Seven hundred and fifteen (715) Assistant Superintendents of Police to Deputy Superintendents of Police, Five thousand, one hundred and fifteen (5,115) Inspectors to Assistant Superintendents of Police, Fifty-five (55) Senior Inspectors to Principal Inspectors, Five Hundred and twenty-five (525) Inspectors to Senior Inspectors, Two thousand, six hundred and seventy-one (2,671) Sergeants to Inspectors, Two thousand eight hundred and seventy-six (2,876) Corporals to Sergeants, and Eleven thousand four hundred and seventy-four (11,474) Police Constables to Corporals.