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THREE YEARS SCORECARD! Buhari’s government winning the war against corruption, says minister

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The Federal Government says it has recorded phenomenal achievements in the fight against corruption in the last three years.

The Minister of Information, Culture, and Tourism, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made this known at a news conference in Lagos on Monday.

The news conference was organised to give the scorecard of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration in the last three years.

He said that the present administration had made the business of corruption tough through a reinvigorated war and a number of initiatives.

Mohammed said that huge amounts of money both in local and foreign currencies were recovered from public officials and tax evaders.

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He said that N7.5 billion, 378 million dollars and 27,800 pounds were recovered through the Whistleblower policy, while N13.8 billion was recovered from tax evaders.

The minister said that the Treasury Single Account introduced to ensure transparency in revenue remittances from Ministries, Departments and Agencies had recorded a total inflow of N8.9 trillion.

He said a searchlight on corruption in MDAs revealed that that 15 agencies underpaid the government N8.1 trillion between 2010 and 2015.

He, however, said that remittances to government had been improving through efforts at blocking leakages.

“It is noteworthy that MDAs are remitting more money to the Federation Account.

“From remitting only N51 million between 2010 and 2016, JAMB went further to remit N7.8 billion in 2017 and is on course to remit similar amount in 2018,” he said.

He said that government had saved N17 billion through the setting up of an Efficiency Unit to cut over bloated recurrent expenditure.

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Mohammed added that the war against corruption was total and that government would remain committed to it.

On the infrastructure front, the minister said that a number of road, power and rail projects were being undertaken

He listed some of them as the 3,500km narrow gauge railway network, the Abuja light rail and the reconstruction of Abuja Airport runway, adding that some of the projects had been completed and others at various work stages.

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He said that the expansion of power grid capacity had increased generation by 50 per cent.

The minister said that the government had improved the economy significantly within the period with the lowered inflation rate and increased manufacturing capacities, with export earnings and capital inflow growing.

He said that the Buhari-led administration was committed to a better Nigeria and would continue to do things right.

(NAN)

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JUST IN: Ajimobi’s aide defects to PDP

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The candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) for the Ibadan Southeast/Northeast Federal House of Representatives in Oyo state during the 2019 general election, Mr Deji Aboderin has defected to the ruling People’s Democratic Party.

Aboderin served as the Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to former Governor Abiola Ajimobi.

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He cited many cases where party leadership worked against his electoral victory in the last election

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Network failure leaves Buhari embarrassed at UN event (Photos)

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Poor network connection on Thursday prevented Nigeria’s President, Maj.Gen. (Retd.) Muhammadu Buhari, from addressing a United Nations virtual meeting.

Themed on finance for development, the meeting was convened by at the instance of the UN Secretary General, António Guterres.

Buhari’s connection from Abuja had hitches right from the start as he went on and off for seconds before the video connection went off completely, a report by PUNCH said.

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He briefly highlighted the impact of COVID -19 on African countries and how the situation was making it difficult for Nigeria to fund the 2020 budget before he was disconnected by poor network connection completely.

The organisers quickly called on the Prime Minister of Thailand, Prayut Chan-o-cha, to make his own presentation.

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Makinde to roll out first set of Digitized CofOs to mark one year in office

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Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde will on Monday, June 1st 2020 distribute the first set of digitized Certificate of Occupancy to successful applicants under the Oyo State Home Owners Charter (OYHOC) scheme.

This land title document Made Easy Initiative is in line with the Engineer Seyi Makinde led administration’s promise to speed up the process of getting land title documents at an affordable cost and also within 60 days.

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These title documents include Certificate of Occupancy, Deed of Assignment, Deed of Sublease and Deed of Mortgage Consents.

A release issued by the Commissioner for Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Barrister Abiodun Abdu-Raheem said the event which will take place at the Government House, Agodi, Ibadan is part of activities commemorating the One year in office of the present administration.

He further explained that the programme which will hold at 12.00 noon would be done with strict adherence to COVID 19 safety measures which will, therefore, limit the number of applicants that will be invited for the symbolic presentation.

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Barrister Abdu-Raheem also called on eligible property owners without title or approved documents to take advantage of the window of opportunity.

He encouraged people with outstanding applications to visit Room 4 of the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, State Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan to find out the status of their applications with a view to ensuring they get their title document as this administration is determined to provide title documents within 60 days of application.

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Applicants can also call 0700 696 52637 (0700 OYO LANDS) or send email to [email protected] to make any enquiries.

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