FG to Start Manufacturing Made in Nigeria Sports Equipment — SGF

Acting Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Hajiya Habiba Lawal, has said government was making efforts to commence local manufacturing of sports equipment. Materials such as balls, goal posts, nets, and other sporting kits were distributed to 55 schools in Adamawa

Lawal, who was represented by Dr William Alo, Permanent Secretary, Special Duties in the office of the SGF made this known on Saturday at the official unveiling, launch and presentation of sports equipment to 2000 primary schools by National Lottery Trust Fund (NLTF) in Yola.

who was represented by the deputy governor, Mr Martins Babale, In his remark, Gov. Mohammed Bindow of Adamawa said his administration had already put measures in place to boost sports in the state since it is a major uniting factor among diverse groups.

He said the administration was built on three cardinal objectives which included development, peace and poverty reduction.

SGF, DG NIA Suspended By President Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. David Lawal; and the Director-General of National Intelligence Agency, Ambassador Ayo Oke.

The President has also directed the suspension of the SGF from office pending the outcome of the investigations.

In a related development, the President has ordered a full-scale investigation into the discovery of large amounts of foreign and local currencies by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in a residential apartment at Osborne Towers, Ikoyi, Lagos, over which the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) has made a claim.

The investigation is also to enquire into the circumstances in which the NIA came into possession of the funds, how and by whose or which authority the funds were made available to the NIA, and to establish whether or not there has been a breach of the law or security procedure in obtaining custody and use of the funds.

The President has also directed the suspension of the Director General of the NIA, Ambassador Ayo Oke, pending the outcome of the investigation.

A three-man Committee comprising the Hon. Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, and the National Security Adviser, headed by the Vice President, is to conduct both investigations.

The Committee is to submit its report to the President within 14 days.

The most senior Permanent Secretary in the SGF’s office, and the most senior officer in the NIA, are to act, respectively, during the period of investigation.

Babachir David Lawal Denies Awarding Contract

Babachir David Lawal the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), has denied awarding contracts from his office.

All contracts being awarded, according to him, go through the official process.

The Director (Press) in the Office of the SGF, Bolaji Adebiyi, said in a statement in Abuja that newspaper reports suggesting that his office awarded contracts to ghost firms were way off course.

He said:”First of all, the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation observes that the headlines are at complete variance with the body of the story.  “Indeed, in the body of the story, Senator Shehu Sani made it clear to the reporters when he said ‘Meanwhile, you should understand that we are not investigating the SGF alone.  We are investigating contracts that were awarded under the Presidential Initiative on the North East (PINE).  The implication is that PINE is really the body to answer all enquiries regarding the contract awards. Not the SGF.’

“To the real and more important issue, the general public should not be misled into the belief that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation has the authority or power to award contracts.

“This, indeed, is not the case.  As with all awards of contract in government, the PINE projects under investigation went through what is referred to as due process in public expenditure.

“The contracts were awarded only after the requisite clearances were obtained from the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP).  It is expected that these clearances are obtained only when all conditions precedent to the awards of contracts are met.  Apart from the BPP huddle, the Tenders Board of the procuring agencies, in this instance, the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, has to approve of the contracts before they are awarded.  At no time were these processes compromised in the award of contracts by PINE.”

He also emphasized that the SGF is not even a member of the Tenders Board.

He urged the media to be mindful of the structure of government, the powers of functionaries and the stringent processes and procedures that go into public sector expenditure in order to be fair in their reports.

“The SGF despite his position in government cannot award contracts.  He is not even a member of the Tenders Board.  All contracts must, indeed, pass the acid test of obtaining clearance from the Bureau of Public Procurement and the scrutiny of the Tenders Board.

“PINE contracts were awarded following strict compliance with public expenditure and procurement processes.  It will interest everyone to know too, that all PINE projects were properly and satisfactorily executed.  The beneficiaries have continued to express their appreciation to the Federal Government for PINE intervention, that in many cases, has accelerated the return of normalcy to hitherto ravaged communities,” he said.

 

Source: Sahara reporters