The Probe Not Targeted At Obasanjo – EFCC Source
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is set to probe the controversy surrounding the $16 billion power project scandal during the administration of former President Olusegun Obasanjo. This is according to a media report by PoliticsNGR.
The report stated that the anti-graft agency may invite two ex-ministers, former top officials of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), present and past officials of the Niger Delta Power Holding Company and all the people recommended for investigation by a committee of the House of Representatives.
According to PoliticsNGR, a team in EFCC was already collating facts and figures at at press time and that a top source, who pleaded anonymity, stated that the investigation was not targeted at the ex-President.
The source quoted said, “We are looking into all the allegations and issues surrounding the power projects.”
“We will conduct a comprehensive and forensic probe to ascertain the true status of all the projects. This investigation will actually ascertain how much has been spent so far.”
“We have many figures being bandied about as follows: $16 billion, $13.278 billion, $10.3 billion, $8.4 billion and $8.55 billion.”
“This is not an investigation aimed at ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo or anybody. We have to step in to set the records straight.”
“Already, a team is collating facts and figures on these projects as part of the preliminary level/ bend of the investigation.”
The report also stated further that the EFCC may also conduct a forensic and comprehensive investigation into the alleged $16 billion power projects.
NIGERIA NEWS gathered from the reports that the scope of the investigation includes the total cost of the projects, sum of money withdrawn from the Excess Crude Account (ECA), total number of contracts awarded, extent of compliance with due process and status of the projects execution.
While answering questions, the source stated that, “We will retrieve the report of the House of Representatives Committee which investigated the power projects. The House actually recommended 18 top former public officers, including two ex-ministers, for investigation by anti-graft agencies, especially EFCC and ICPC.”
“Many salient issues were raised for investigation by the House Committee, which was headed by Hon. Ndudi Elumelu.”
The Ndudi Elumelu Committee was set up by the House on January 31, 2008 to look into the amount of money spent on power projects. The committee, in its report, stated that about $13.278 billion was spent on power projects between 1999 and 2007.
However, the committee raised the following issues:
-All NIPP payments were made without following due process.
-No meaningful progress was made in the execution of power contracts
-Officials rushed to pay contractors in full even before engineering design for the projects have been completed and approved
-NIPP contracts were not only overpriced in comparison with PHCN contracts, they were also wide off the markwidespread evidence of systematic over-scoping of projects in order to inflate costs both in PHCN and
-NIPP Distribution EPC contracts were awarded at costs averaging about 10 times the norm when compared to PHCN contracts.
The committee, therefore, recommended the termination of 13 contracts and a review of 10 projects. It also asked that 15 contracting and consulting companies be investigated by the appropriate agencies.
NNPC Shortlists: NNPC Fixed Date For The Computer Based Test
The NIGERIA NEWS gathered that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC has released the shortlisted list for the NNPC recruitment and following the shortlisting, the date of the computer-based test for the shortlisted candidates is scheduled to be on 1st June 2019.
The NIGERIA NEWS go-ahead to bring to every lucky candidate shortlisted, the notification which was sent on 22nd May 2019 and strictly meant for the successful applicants. It is very crucial and significant to carefully read and comprehend the notification announcement below:
“Following your online application for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), you are hereby notified of your success in the first level screening exercise and the scheduling of a computer based test for Saturday 1st June 2019”.
“The time and venue of the test and other required details will be communicated to you on or before 27th of May, 2019”.
“The NNPC further stated that Validation of credentials in line with our advertised criteria will continue throughout the exercise and candidates will be disqualified if found not to meet the criteria”.
“Candidates not qualified will not receive further communication from us regarding computer based test and other activities”.
Moreso, to the physically impaired candidate, Mr. Ndu Ughamadu, the NNPC group General-Manager quotes on Tuesday in Abuja during a briefing with some newsmen that the physically challenged candidates are not excluded or segregated in any way. He therefore says:
“We have a corporate policy here and we do employ many of the physically challenged persons in the corporation. We have one with us here at the corporate affairs division,”
“We have them accommodated also in this ongoing recruitment and also under our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSO) we have helped a lot of the physically challenged especially in the Niger Delta area.’’
The President of the disabled applicants said that there has been a protest to counter the NNPC opinion against the current NNPC recruitment. He then states about the ordeal they’ve been through to make sure the NNPC take action on the Disability Act approved by the president. He quoted that most of the disabled are also degree holders, even to masters level. He states as follows:
“We are here to fight for a minimum of five percent employment opportunity to be given to people living with disability as provided by law,” he said.
“We have written to NNPC several times making them understand that in the ongoing recruitment we were not included.
“This is because in their form there is no provision to indicate the nature of the disabled to be employed.
“Several times we have written to them, no response, sometimes when we come here, we will be embarrassed by the security men. Sometime, they will chase us always, now we have come in our numbers from the 36 states and FCT.’’
Jones Abiri: How Buhari Led FG, Charges Activist And Journalist On Terrorism
The Federal Government of Nigeria under the command of President Mohammadu Buhari apprehend Jones Abiri, who happened to be a Journalist, and he is charged with three offences, namely, terrorism, fraud and economic sabotage. The Journalist was charged on the three counts on Wednesday as reported by his legal advisor, Samuel Ogala, NIGERIA NEWS reports.
NIGERIA NEWS gathered the fact why Mr. Jones was charged with terrorism and it is as a result of the court reports that states that he blackmailed the officials at Agip and Shell through text message to meet his requests, otherwise he would be left with no choice to blow off their oil installations
He was also charged for ordering sets of crooks who called themselves activists to vandalize the Bayelsa state oil pipelines. The period reported for committing the offences is as of date back between the month of June to July of 2016.
Mr Jones Abiri was arrested by the Bayelsa state security service and he spent two years in their custody without charging him to the court of law. Immediately he was released, the charges were then brought against him some months later.
Mr Jones pleaded not guilty of the offences and said that he was only haunted for his journalism work that brings to the limelight the corrupt conducts of oil companies and the intervention of the Federal Government in the Niger Delta region. The media rights advocates have taken his matter up and have requested that all sort of court charges be nullified.
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