Obasanjo, NANS Call On Buhari To Punish Officials Involved In Maina’s Recall

The last may not have been heard about the controversy surrounding reinstatement of fugitive former pension boss, Abdulrasheed Maina, as Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has called on President Muhammodu Buhari to sanction those behind the secret returned into the civil service.

Obasanjo said Mr. Maina’s secret reinstatement was not consistent with President Muhammadu Buhari’s avowed war on corruption.

This call was made by the former president while speaking at the 2017 Foundation Day Public Lecture titled: “Corruption and the Challenges of the African Child” on Saturday in Ibadan.

He also warned Mr. Buhari that there must not be any “sacred cows” in the fight against corruption.

“Corruption must be punished, and must be seen to be punished.

“Any accomplice in corruption and cover-up and any failure to punish must also earn punishment.

“We cannot afford to have sacred cows in the fight against corruption. The Maina saga should never have been allowed to occur. It is not in tandem with the fight against corruption,” Mr. Obasanjo said.

Also reacting, the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS asked the federal government to ‘swiftly with unrestrained alacrity’ suspend all heads of commission and ministries complicit in the secret reinstatement.

The union warned that it will go on nationwide protest if its demands are not met within seven days.

“The Head of the Service of the Federation as well as the Chairman of the Federal Civil Service Commission deserves nothing but immediate suspension from office and probe for allowing themselves to be caught in this cobweb of professional misconduct,” Chinonso Obasi, the president of the union said In a statement on Sunday.

Mr. Maina was in 2013 dismissed by the Federal Civil Service Commission for absconding from office. He is accused of leading massive corruption of about N2 billion when he served as chairman of the Pension Reform Task Team.

Afterwards, he turned fugitive, as the Police and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission sought his arrest.

Since the news of his recall broke, Mr. Maina has gone back into hiding. Although his recall has been rescinded by President Buhari, the president is yet to act on a report by the Head of Service on how the fugitive was recalled into the civil service.

The Nigerian senate last week asked Mr. Buhari to bring those behind the reinstatement to book without further delay.

Source: Premium Times

NANS Loses Another Ex-Exco Member

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) says it has lost its former Financial Secretary, Muhammed Yusuf, the National Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the association, Bestman Okereafor said, on Thursday, in Enugu.

Okereafor said that Muhammed Yusuf, popularly known as “Alhaji Kano’’ died on Oct. 10 after a “little illness.’’

He, therefore, urged Nigerians, especially the clergy to pray for the association as it had earlier lost its former National President, Muhammed  Dauda, on October 1.

“The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) under the leadership of Aruna Kadiri, has appealed to the clergy in the society to pray for the students’ constituency,’’ he said.

He said the prayer was necessary following deaths of great Nigerian students and their leaders in recent times.

“The most recent is the death of Muhammed Yusuf a.k.a. Alhaji Kano, a former NANS Financial Secretary after a little illness.

“This is coming barely after a week the association lost one of its former National President, Muhammed Dauda to an illness also.’’

‘’NANS bids ‘’Alhaji Kano’’ farewell, this is no doubt a great loss to the NANS family’’.

‘’May God grant friends and family of the deceased the fortitude to bear this great loss.

“Rest in peace, Alhaji Kano.’’

 

NANS Applauds JAMB Over N5bn Remittance to FG

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has commended the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) for remitting the sum of N5 billion to the coffers of the Federal Government.

NANS’ President, Mr Chinonso Obasi, in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, said such remittance from JAMB within a short period under the leadership of Prof. Is-haq Oloyede showed a great deal of probity.

Obasi said that he was in support of the Federal Government’s move to probe the former administrations of JAMB and the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).

He urged the Federal Government to extend the probe to other agencies.

The Federal Executive Council, FEC, presided by President Muhammadu Buhari recently ordered the probe of past heads of JAMB and NIMASA over poor remittances in the past.

The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun, told the FEC that JAMB for the first time remitted N5 billion to the government with a balance of N3 billion still to be remitted.

She said it was a big difference when compared to maximum N3 million per annum remitted in the past.

Obasi said that the remittance of such amount from a non-focal revenue generating agency of government underscored the importance of transparency in the administration and management of government business.

“The development is highly commendable and all heads of Federal Government agencies and parastatals should emulate the registrar of JAMB.

“I urge President Buhari to beam his eagle eyes on all other agencies of the Federal Government to ensure that all loopholes that encourage corrupt practices are prevented and blocked.

“Corruption is evil and the worst thing that can happen to a country in dire need of financial resources for development.

“I wonder why any right thinking person would choose to abuse public trust bestowed on him by engaging in corrupt practices, stealing public funds that can used in addressing other development challenges,’’ he said.

Obasi called on Nigerians occupying public offices to endeavour to be responsible and patriotic in the management of government businesses.

He reiterated his call for the inclusion of the association in anti-corruption fight in order to stamp out the scourge and channel resources to critical needs of national development.

He said that the association would reach out to Federal Government agencies with a view to fostering interaction and building leadership capacity for Nigerian students.

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