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Here are some of those working against corruption fight in Nigeria – Activist Eholor

Frontline civil rights defender and philanthropist, Chief Patrick Eholor has taken government officials and parastatals in President Mhammadu Buhari’s government to the cleaners.

Eholor believes there are many elements in the government that are too neck-deep in corruption that they would never let the fight against it succeed.

In this interview, he mentions names and explains why he does not see any ray of hope, with such elements serving in the government.

Excerpts.

Minister Chibuike Amaechi:

Chibuike Amaechi is one of the problems of this country. As a Minister, he has done nothing else but to follow the north sheepishly.

Do you remember when he was a governor? Amaechi started the worst elephant project ever in Nigeria, by jumping into monorail construction. He claimed he wanted to connect it across Port Harcourt, but after a few kilometers, the project was abandoned, permanently, and is today, a monumental waste in the city. That monorail project cost the Rivers State Government a whopping N33.9 billion. As a matter of fact, the technical partners handling the project then, Arcus Gibbs Nigeria Limited described the project as a hoax!

Amaechi is a white elephant project man. At the moment, he is very busy connecting roads, and two roads from Jigawa and Sokoto to Niger Republic. While the railways will gulp a whopping $1.96billion, the roads will consume N30 billion.

Sadly, the old rail roads that connected his homestead of Rivers and the rest of the country are abandoned, and there is no plan on ground to start the projects.

While at it, Amaechi is busy, warming up to become a president!

The Inspector General of Police

The Inspector General of Police, Muhammadu Adamu is supposed to be the watchdog for good behavior among Nigerians, but the police force has continued to be an organization lacking in morals and ethics, and swimming in corruption.

Every year, the IG would announce that road blocks have been cleared on our roads, but that statement is always in theory. As a matter of fact, the road blocks usually increase in size of police officers, and they have ended up making the road blocks cash cows. There, senior officers compel the junior ones to make daily returns for them, and thereby exploit transporters. The IG is very much aware of this, but chooses to pretend he does not.

The same ritual is repeated every year, about police attaches to VIPs. The IGP would order the withdrawal of officers attached to VIPs across the country, but fail to do anything to implement the order. This way they have reduced respectable officers to bag carriers and mere drivers to rich men and their wives.

The police is paid over N300,000 per personnel by the VIPs, and only a little fraction of this money gets to the officers themselves. You can see why they refuse to withdraw them in truth. They are fantastically corrupt, and are making money from the VIPs!

State Governors, FG, Covid 19

The government has turned the fight against Covid 19 into a mere jaw exercise. First, NCDC and the FG started by bandying figures that didn’t really exist, and when they got funds to cater for citizens who were locked down in their homes, the funds were hoarded by governors and states, palliative measures were hijacked, and items meant to be shared were hidden away from the people, even perishables. It took the End SARS protests to expose this shameless act by our governments.

In Lagos, they are busy arresting poor people who cannot afford to defend themselves claiming that they are fighting Covid 19, yet they pretend they don’t know about the parties and feasts being hosted by their fellow moneybags.

It is at these parties that the London, and American, and other foreign returnees have been using to spread the disease, and this has led to the recent spike.

Despite the fact that he United Kingdom has cried out over the new dangerous strain of the disease, Nigeria has refused to close its borders from Europe and other such vulnerable countries. The result is that our people get exposed to Covid 19 infections.

All that the Federal Government and States are interested in is the Covid 19 funds. No one is genuinely interested in fighting the disease. Or ensuring that Nigerians are well cared for, medically and otherwise.

I can tell you that Nigeria is not yet serious about the fight against Covid 19. They are treating the pandemic with kid gloves, and it will be suicidal if this unseriouness and love for money overwhelms us and lands this country in a mess where it becomes impossible to deal with the pandemic.

Godswill Akpabio

Senator Godswill Akpabio has no business being a minister, with the level of corruption cases against him. At first in 2015, a whopping N108 billion corruption case was brought against him by the EFCC.

A few years after down the line, Senator Akpabio in his capacity as the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, along with the Acting Managing Director of the NDDC, Mr Daniel has been accused of embezzling N40 billion.

This man was brought to testify at the Nigerian Senate and he could not defend himself. This is the man that heads the ministry, and says he has come to clear up the Ministry.

How can a man stinking of so much corruption be able to fight it, and clean up the Ministry?

Festus Keyamo

The Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo said N46 billion had been budgeted to provide certain jobs for 774 Local Government Areas across the country.

In their projection, they are to pay each of the beneficiaries who is either a graduate and Masters Degree holder N20,000, when the government realised that the minimum wage is N30, 000.

Literally, they will be giving a graduate N60,000 within three months, which is less than $200. The disbursement of such money to the graduates will not address the issue of unemployment in the country.

The best option was for the Federal Government is to use that money to establish industries across the geo-political zones to absorb the teeming unemployed youths in the country.

The Minister also kicked off this so-called empowerment programme with wheelbarrows and cutlasses for the youths, most of who are graduates. How can you give cutlass and wheelbarrow to graduates? When they have openings at the NNPC, FIRS, CBN, Nigerian Customs, Immigration, NIMASA, NLNG, and so on, then give it to their own children.

The children of the common Nigerian is only good for wheelbarrows and cutlasses. They spent N46 billion to acquire those things. Tell me how we intend to end corruption in this country.

ASUU and Covid 19

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has began to play the kind of dirty politics that the Nigerian Labour is used to. After keeping our youths at home for one whole year, and then having reached an agreement with the Federal Government, they are now saying that they cannot go back to the classrooms to teach.

Apparently, they want to begin to demand for more money to return to school.

ASUU, in as much as he had a genuine cause to go on strike initially, must avoid the temptation of keeping our youths at home again.

How 2 Ministers, CoS, Perm Sec, diverted, shared N35bn arms cash

*EFCC moves for forfeiture of 2 mansions traced to suspects set for prosecution

*Perm Sec got N120m cash, 2 Honda cars for new wife from contractor in lieu of NAF refueling job

By Soni Daniel, Northern Region Editor

Graphic details of how two defence ministers, top presidential aide, Inspector General of Police and Permanent Secretary connived with a contractor to divert and share a whopping N35 billion meant for the acquisition of arms and logistics for Nigerian troops on peace-keeping operations have emerged, more than a decade after. Vanguard learned that the N35 billion loan, which was obtained from the Debt Management Office, DMO, was for the award of contracts for the provision of logistics and equipment for Nigerian troops on peace-keeping missions under the Nigerian Contingencies in Peace Keeping Missions, CADEP.

However, documents obtained by Vanguard last night indicated that the bulk of the cash was diverted by the ministers, permanent secretary and a Chief of Staff to the President at the time, using fronts to masquerade as genuine contractors who did not only disappear with the cash but also provided substandard facilities that the troops have not been able to use till date, in some cases.

According to documents sighted by the newspaper, the documents also showed that the contractor, Richfield Technologies, which was used as front to divert the funds, exposed how the top government officials dictated to him how to share the cash, instead of executing the contracts and got full payment, even when the jobs were not satisfactorily executed. According to the documents, while the defence ministry officials ordered the full payment of the cash to the contractors when the equipment were yet to be supplied in full, some of the facilities supplied were discovered to be substandard and could not be utilized by the military till date. It was also gathered that some of the contracts were later terminated by the ministry after all the cash had been paid to the contractors without any refunds made to government by the defaulting contractors, making the nation to lose huge sums of money.

The document, which is now before the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, details how the cash was taken, who got what and how much and how the cash was paid out to the beneficiaries after the jobs had been given out by the ministry. It was learned that part of the cash had been traced to the acquisition of two mansions in Asokoro district of Abuja for two former top government functionaries, while others requested for and got cars for themselves, wives and associates.

“The ownership of the two property has been traced and confirmed by the Abuja Geographic Information System, AGIS, Development Control Department, while EFCC has already begun moves to get them forfeited to the Federal Government. Already, the Managing Director of the four firms: Richfield Technologies Limited, VTB Exports &Imports Limited, Freerose Limited and African Integrated Services Limited that got the defence contracts, (names withheld) 47, has been quizzed by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission on why he failed to deliver on the jobs given to him and has spoken out on what transpired between his companies and the officials who awarded him the jobs.

The alleged connivance and diversion of the huge cash under questionable contracts took place between 2007 and 2012 when no fewer than three ministers, one chief of staff to the President and one Inspector General of Police held sway. Among those mentioned in the report now before the EFCC a former Chief of Staff to the President, two chieftains of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and a Permanent Secretary who served as one of the permanent secretaries within the period under review by the anti-graft agency. The contractor has blamed the failure of his companies to satisfactorily execute most of the jobs given to his four companies to the huge sums of money which the top government officials demanded and collected as bribes before awarding him the jobs and has listed what each person collected and how he paid them either through cash, cheques or outright acquisition of property for them.

The contractor said he paid N100 million to a former Chief of Staff to the President through a company nominated by him as bribe for the N1.2 billion contract he facilitated for the award of contract for arms supply. I also paid out another N80 million to a company, West African Business Platform as directed by the Chief of Staff and another $240,000 cash to the same man and a former Defence Minister for facilitating the jobs. “Forty million each was paid to the personal assistant to the Permanent Secretary in the Defence Ministry, for facilitating the letter of credit for the N533 million Simulation equipment supply contract to the Nigerian Army in Lagos.

“After the Permanent Secretary gave me three contracts worth N120 million to execute on his behalf, I paid the sum of N50 million each to him through his personal assistant, and he asked me to buy a new Honda Accord for his new wife. He also asked me to buy a Passat and a Jetta for his personal assistant. “The sum of N30 million was also paid in cash to the former Personal Assistant to the former defence minister for the award of N347 million contract the Perm Sec had earlier directed the bank “The permanent secretary told me not to execute the N120 million aircraft refueler contract but to pay him the cash through his PA who has since stopped picking his calls and severed contacts with him since I became the subject of investigation over the contracts,” the contractor wrote.

He said he was also forced by one of the former ministers to part with the sum of N490 million which they used in buying two properties at No 2 and 2A Udo Udoma Street in Asokoro District of Abuja. The EFCC’s Acting Head of Media and Publicity, Tony Orilade, confirmed the investigation of the case and promised that the suspects would soon be charged to court for abuse of office, diversion of public funds and stealing. Vanguard

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Breaking News: Ministers and their portfolios out

MINISTERS OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA AND PORTFOLIOS

S/NO

STATE

NAME

PORTFOLIO

Abia

Dr. Uchechukwu Ogah

Minister of State Mines and Steel Development

Adamawa

Muhammadu Musa Bello

Minister of Federal Capital Territory

Akwa Ibom

Sen. Godswill Akpabio

Minister of Niger Delta

Anambra

Dr. Chris N. Ngige

Minister of Labour and Employment

Anambra

Sharon O. Ikeazor

Minister of State Environment

Bauchi

Adamu Adamu

Minister of Education

Bauchi

Amb. Mariam Y. Katagum

Minister of State Industry, Trade and Investment

Bayelsa

Timipre Sylva

Minister of State Petroleum Resource

Benue

Sen. George Akume

Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs

Borno

Mustapha Baba Shehuri

Minister of State Agriculture and Rural Development

Cross River

Goddy Jedy – Agba

Minister of State Power

Delta

Festus Keyamo, SAN

Minister of State Niger Delta

Ebonyi

Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu

Minister of Science and Technology

Edo

Dr. Osagie Ehanire

Minister of Health

Edo

Clement IKanade Agba

Minister of State Budget and National Planning

Ekiti

Otunba Richard Adeniyi Adebayo

Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment

Enugu

Geoffrey Onyeama

Minister of Foreign Affairs

Gombe

Dr. Ali Isa Ibrahim Pantami

Minister of Communications

Imo

Emeka Nwajiuba

Minister of State Education

Jigawa

Engr. Suleiman H. Adamu

Minister of Water Resources

Kaduna

Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed

Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning

Kaduna

Dr. Muhammad Mahmoud

Minister of Environment

Kano

Sabo Nanono

Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development

Kano

Maj. Gen. (RTD) Bashir Salihi Magashi

Minister of Defence

Katsina

Mr. President

Minister of Petroleum Resources

Katsina

Sen. Hadi Sirika

Minister of Aviation

Kebbi

Abubakar Malami

Honourable Attorney General and Minister of Justice

Kogi

Ramatu Tijjani

Minister of State Federal Capital Territory

Kwara

Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information and Culture

Kwara

Gbemisola Saraki

Minister of State Transportation

Lagos

Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN)

Minister of Works and Housing

Lagos

Sen. Adeleke O. Mamora

Minister of State Health

Nasarawa

Mohammed H. Abdullahi

Minister of State Science and Technology

Niger

Amb. Zubairu Dada

Minister of State Foreign Affairs

Ogun

Arch. Olamilekan Adegbite

Minister of Mines and Steel Development

Ondo

Sen. Tayo D. Alasoadura

Minister of State Labour and Employment

Osun

Rauf Aregbesola

Minister of Interior

Oyo

Sunday Dare

Minister of Youth and Sports

Plateau

Pauline Tallen

Minister of Women Affairs

Rivers

Rotimi Amaechi

Minister of Transportation

Sokoto

Muhammadu Maigari Dingyadi

Minister of Police Affairs

Taraba

Eng. Saleh Mamman

Minister of Power

Yobe

Abubakar D. Aliyu

Minister of State Works and Housing

Zamfara

Sa’adiya Umar Farouk

Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development

Phone numbers of Nigeria’s ministers

These are the phone numbers of Ministers of Nigeria. Call them if you need to.

Suleiman Adamu (Water Resources)
08177873332

Aisha AlHassan (Women Affairs) 08033144044

Dan Ali (Defence) 08032016183

Solomon Dalong (Sport) 08037877267 and
08051326951

Rotimi Amaechi (Transport) 08127770777

Osagie Ehanire (Health State) 07035977101

Chris Ngige (Labour and Employment)
08037622222

Lai Mohammed (Information and Culture)
08034301111

Kemi Adeosun (Finance) 0807742770

Ibe Kachikwu (Petroleum, State) 08022903416

Hadi Sirika (Aviation, State) 08098941717

Kayode Fayemi (Solid) 08055556655

Fashola Babatunde Raji (Power, Housing et al)
08034301122

Adebayo Shittu (Communication)
08035868386/08099213903

Abubakar Malami (Justice) 08034512381

Abubakar Bawa (Solid, State) 0805550050

AbdulRahman Danbazau (Interior)
08130005948

Udo Udo Udoma (Budget and National
Planning) 08053045602

Mustapha Shehuri (Power, State) 07037747959

Geoffrey Onyeama (Foreign) 08102462705

Audu Ogbeh (Agriculture) 08030820002

Anthony Anuka (Education) 08028672558

Amina Mohammed (Environment)
08185552228

Source: Sahara Reporters

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