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Three Recommendations From The Senate Report Which Nailed SGF, Lawal by Islie: 6:54pm On Apr 19, 2017
On December 14, 2016, the senate asked Babachir Lawal, secretary to the government of the federation, to immediately resign from office.

This followed the recommendation of its ad hoc committee on the humanitarian crisis in the north-east, which had investigated the management of funds for internally displaced persons in the region by the Presidential Initiative on the North-east (PINE).
PINE at the time was under the SGF.

But on January 17, President Muhammadu Buhari wrote to the senate, saying he would not sack Lawal because he was not a given a fair hearing.

Shehu Sani, chairman of the committee which probed Lawal, alleged that the SGF awarded contracts to companies belonging to cronies and relatives of top government officials.

He explained that the committee found out that Rholavision Engineering Limited, a company, with Lawal as director, for instance, was awarded a consultancy contract.

The company’s major role, according to him, was the removal of invasive plant species in Yobe state.
He added that PINE, which carried out the all procurement activities, violated the laid-down rules.
Sani also said most of the contracts awarded had no direct bearing or impact on the IDPs who were living in deplorable conditions.

He then reeled off recommendations of the committee. Three of the recommendations are listed below:

PROSECUTION OF CULPABLE PUBLIC OFFICIALS

Sani’s committee recommended that any public officer culpable of contravening any of the provisions of the procurement act, 2007 and the federal government financial rules and regulations pertaining to the award of contracts, should be duly prosecuted.

DETAILED REPORT OF ALL CONTRACTS AWARDED TO PINE

The committee also requested PINE to forward a detailed report of all contracts awarded by it to the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), as requested by section 43 (iv) of the Public Procurement Act, 2007.

REFUND BY CONTRACTORS

The senate panel also demanded that contracts partially executed but fully paid for must be completed by the concerned contractors, or asked to refund the equivalent money of outstanding jobs to the government treasury.

LAWAL DENIED THE ALLEGATIONS AND FIRED BACK AT THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY
Shortly after the recommendations were made, Lawal granted an interview where he denied allegations levelled against him.

In response to a question on diversion of money meant for IDPs, he said: “Who is investigating? The senate? These are also part of the issues of separation of powers that people abuse. I do know that I don’t have immunity to accuse you without proof but the members of the national assembly can say anything on the floor and are immune to prosecution but people are abusing it and in this case people are maliciously abusing and wickedly abused their privileges in the national assembly.

“PINE, Presidential Initiative on the North East, was set up by President Jonathan – thank God for him. It used to be run under the finance ministry, under the minister of state. When I took over, we were wondering who was running the north-east programme until one day, the national assembly members from the north-east paid me a courtesy call thinking that it was being run by my office. I told them it wasn’t my office so I telephoned the vice-president and asked ‘Oga, who is running PINE?’, he said ‘I think it is your office’.

“When it got to budget period, I asked the minister of budget the same question about PINE, no he said it is your office or the NSA’s office. What I discovered was that there was a consultant, senior special assistant to the former NSA who was in charge of PINE.
“The man who was claiming to be leading the PINE was an adviser to the former NSA and such a person’s tenure lapses with the other principal officer.

“So I said you can no longer run PINE. At that time in 2015, there was N2.5 billion for the programme. The money was just thee doing nothing but paying consultants. I understand that at one time they were using it to buy pre-fabricated schools. The principle of PINE is this and there is a permanent secretary who runs PINE. There are 23 of such agencies in this office. We now said for people to return to their homes, we must guarantee that they are able to engage in productive work before they were pushed out, which means rebuild the schools that were burnt, rebuild the police stations and barracks so people can returns part of confidence-building. That’s just it.”


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Re: Three Recommendations From The Senate Report Which Nailed SGF, Lawal by DickDastardly(m): 6:55pm On Apr 19, 2017
Looters in the Villa.

Ameshii will soon join grin cheesy

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Re: Three Recommendations From The Senate Report Which Nailed SGF, Lawal by ShobayoEmma(m): 6:57pm On Apr 19, 2017
Why is it that most Nigerian politicians are fond of insulting our collective reasoning despite clear cases of looting and embezzlement? See i am not understanding o.

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Re: Three Recommendations From The Senate Report Which Nailed SGF, Lawal by Ehiscotch(m): 6:59pm On Apr 19, 2017
His should be booted out if found guilty. He seems very arrogant for such a position. There is no room for corruption. I can see oshomole smiling. He might just be Lawal's replacement.

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Re: Three Recommendations From The Senate Report Which Nailed SGF, Lawal by omenkaLives(m): 6:59pm On Apr 19, 2017
DickDastardly:
Looters in the Villa.

Ameshii will soon join grin cheesy
At least they are not being told stealing is not corruption or that if yams are kept close to goats, as a matter of duty, the goats must eat the yams. cheesy

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Re: Three Recommendations From The Senate Report Which Nailed SGF, Lawal by omenkaLives(m): 7:03pm On Apr 19, 2017
Wailers were obviously blindsided by this news and are desperate to find a way to deflate its significance. cheesy

So far, their "formats" aren't sticking.. cheesy

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Re: Three Recommendations From The Senate Report Which Nailed SGF, Lawal by omenkaLives(m): 7:03pm On Apr 19, 2017
cheesy

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Re: Three Recommendations From The Senate Report Which Nailed SGF, Lawal by EazyMoh(m): 7:15pm On Apr 19, 2017
If only Ipods had shame, or sense....

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Re: Three Recommendations From The Senate Report Which Nailed SGF, Lawal by sanpipita(m): 9:05pm On Apr 19, 2017
Where are the zombies who cursed the Senate after they asked buhari to fire lawal, will mouth change now.

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Re: Three Recommendations From The Senate Report Which Nailed SGF, Lawal by mikeycharles(m): 9:05pm On Apr 19, 2017
Chai shocked

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Re: Three Recommendations From The Senate Report Which Nailed SGF, Lawal by three: 9:06pm On Apr 19, 2017
Many Nigerians don't quite appreciate the principle of conflict of interest.

Same goes for basic principles for public procurement.

We allow these office holders to rip us off and give them a pat on the back, then we wonder why Nigeria is backward.

We need to stop encouraging thieves and justifying their greed.

Many Youths are apologists for these officials and while it may be argued that everyone has a price, one wonders how one could mortgage his or her future (and that of his or her children) for a corrupt politician.

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Re: Three Recommendations From The Senate Report Which Nailed SGF, Lawal by jericco1(m): 9:06pm On Apr 19, 2017
Mr Man step down. Nonsense

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Re: Three Recommendations From The Senate Report Which Nailed SGF, Lawal by Raxxye(m): 9:07pm On Apr 19, 2017
This suspension, which must be upgraded to sack, has been long overdue!

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Re: Three Recommendations From The Senate Report Which Nailed SGF, Lawal by Atiku2019: 9:07pm On Apr 19, 2017
shocked shocked shocked
Re: Three Recommendations From The Senate Report Which Nailed SGF, Lawal by kollynxofodile(m): 9:09pm On Apr 19, 2017
Ok

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Re: Three Recommendations From The Senate Report Which Nailed SGF, Lawal by sotall(m): 9:09pm On Apr 19, 2017
The Presidential Initiative for the North East (PINE) was created by Goodluck Jonathan.

Upon all this man did for the North.....they just hated him because he is not of their religion.

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Re: Three Recommendations From The Senate Report Which Nailed SGF, Lawal by Nobody: 9:10pm On Apr 19, 2017
okay.
Re: Three Recommendations From The Senate Report Which Nailed SGF, Lawal by kollynxofodile(m): 9:10pm On Apr 19, 2017
omenkaLives:
Wailers were obviously blindsided by this news and are desperate to go? No a way to deflate its significance. cheesy

So far, their "formats" aren't sticking.. cheesy
U re d real enemy of Nigeria

The Commander in Chief of BMC nairaland resident commissioner

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Re: Three Recommendations From The Senate Report Which Nailed SGF, Lawal by Nobody: 9:11pm On Apr 19, 2017
Like I said during my argument about Magu that so far the allegations are not enough reason to put him away but that it would make us watch him closely. The presidency have done it's studies on the SGF's case that's why he has been suspended. That's just the way it is. No quarrel no wayo. IMO

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Re: Three Recommendations From The Senate Report Which Nailed SGF, Lawal by abumeinben(m): 9:12pm On Apr 19, 2017
Mr cutangrass

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Re: Three Recommendations From The Senate Report Which Nailed SGF, Lawal by Fabulosdave01: 9:12pm On Apr 19, 2017
Pmb just gained my respect. Regret supporting gej. The mumu couldn't even fire diezani

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Re: Three Recommendations From The Senate Report Which Nailed SGF, Lawal by Splashme: 9:13pm On Apr 19, 2017
Executive grass-cutter . . . . . .

Meanwhile, the dullard in Aso Rock is only setting up a
second committee again to probe him after the first
committee cleared him and he wrote to the Senate

I don't trust Buhari probe committees. This man must
be arrested immediately and thrown into Kuje prison!

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Re: Three Recommendations From The Senate Report Which Nailed SGF, Lawal by EKITI001: 9:13pm On Apr 19, 2017
hmmm... ok den
Re: Three Recommendations From The Senate Report Which Nailed SGF, Lawal by Wiseandtrue(f): 9:13pm On Apr 19, 2017
None of what is written made sense undecided some are just multiple repetitions.
[Hr]

Just imagine "oga who is in charge of PINE " Does that make sense to you undecided
[Hr]

Not only Babachir Lawal, some bloggers need to go on suspension too.

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Re: Three Recommendations From The Senate Report Which Nailed SGF, Lawal by Ayemogee: 9:14pm On Apr 19, 2017
Ok
Re: Three Recommendations From The Senate Report Which Nailed SGF, Lawal by olajide8(m): 9:16pm On Apr 19, 2017
If the executive no 3 can go down- saraki here we come
Re: Three Recommendations From The Senate Report Which Nailed SGF, Lawal by jeeqaa7(m): 9:16pm On Apr 19, 2017
Ok
Re: Three Recommendations From The Senate Report Which Nailed SGF, Lawal by 3rdavefarms(m): 9:18pm On Apr 19, 2017
Enoughhhhh
Re: Three Recommendations From The Senate Report Which Nailed SGF, Lawal by Nobody: 9:18pm On Apr 19, 2017
hmmmm
Re: Three Recommendations From The Senate Report Which Nailed SGF, Lawal by policy12: 9:21pm On Apr 19, 2017
Hmmm.. .i wish this cleansing will cut across...

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Re: Three Recommendations From The Senate Report Which Nailed SGF, Lawal by AngelicBeing: 9:22pm On Apr 19, 2017
wink

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