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Monday Missiles: Activists want Buhari, Osinbajo to declare assets publicly

Civil society groups and activists on Sunday faulted the failure by President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to publicly declare their assets as promised by them during their electioneering. The groups and the activists are the Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, the Civil Societies Legislative and Advocacy Centre, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa and Smart Ajaja. A statement by the head of Buhari’s media team, Garba Shehu, on Saturday had indicated that the President and the Vice-President had submitted their assets declaration forms separately to the Code of Conduct Bureau on Thursday. The contents of the forms were however not disclosed. Playing to the gallery isn’t an asset to statesmanship. I think civil societies should task the Code of Conduct Bureau to make public the declarations of Buhari and Osinbajo, after all the freedom of information act is there for all. Anything in the hands of the Bureau is public, not private.

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY’S N52BN STUDIES COMPLEX UNDERWAY
The National Assembly is poised to deliver a world-class edifice, which will house the nation’s legislative headquarters, comprising office spaces, training unit and research facilities designed in a three-floor complex. The project will gulp N52 billion, and completed in October 2015. To support the sustenance of dynamic and effective legislature in Nigeria and the sub-region, the nation’s National Assembly is undertaking a world-class permanent site for legislative studies, located in the heart of Abuja. The project, which under normal circumstances, is set for delivery around November this year, will gulp about N52,031b. When completed, the edifice will be named the National Institute for Legislative Studies. At the moment, construction works have reached advanced stages in a project having its contract conditions as design and build re-measurement, with a completion period of 24 months. While the lead contractor is the Julius Berger, Lambert, Energo, Frerk, and Biogest are handling electrical, mechanical, generators and sewage treatment plant respectively. Also, Berkefeld, Strhmann, Stim, Abumet and AFP are providing water treatment plant, natural stone, steel works, aluminum works and doors with furniture in that order.

EFCC TO ARRAIGN TOP CBN CHIEFS FOR N8 BILLION CURRENCY FRAUD
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has said that some top officials of the Central Bank of Nigeria and 16 others are to be arraigned for alleged complicity in an N8bn currency fraud on Tuesday. The Head of Media and Publicity of the EFCC, Mr. Wilson Uwujaren, said in an electronic mail on Sunday that the suspects were to be arraigned for circulating defaced and mutilated currency notes at the Federal High Court, Ibadan, Oyo State on June 2. Uwujaren said that the 16 others expected to be arraigned alongside the CBN bigwigs were members of staff of various commercial banks in the country. He said that the suspects would be arraigned on a five count charge at the high court.

WE’VE GOT ALL IT TAKES TO GO ALL THE WAY – FLYING EAGLES COACH
Flying Eagles Coach, Manu Garba, has declared that his team will make history by becoming the first Nigerian team to win the FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand. The Flying Eagles have been finalists at the 1989 and 2005 tournaments and have qualified for this competition without a break for the past 10 years. The African champions will begin their campaign in New Zealand this night, when they take on five-time champions, Brazil, at the 11,000-capacity Stadium Taranaki in New Plymouth. Kick-off time is 1.00pm local time, which is 2.00am Nigerian time on Monday. The Flying Eagles won the African Youth Championship in Senegal in March. Now, they go for the FIFA U-20 trophy. “It is either the Cup or nothing else for Nigeria,” declared Manu, who led the country to win a record fourth FIFA U-17 World Cup two years ago and he is back in New Zealand with half of that championship-winning squad.

SENATE PRESIDENCY: SARAKI CONSOLIDATES AGAINST LAWAN
The battle for the Senate leadership appears to have assumed a new twist as one of the national leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, was said to have begun to lobby some of the outgoing governors of the party to prevail on former Kwara State governor, Bukola Saraki, to step down for his candidate, Senator Ahmed Lawan, since efforts to outwit the Saraki group have continued to hit a brick wall. The former Lagos governor was said to have taken further steps in his push for Lawan when a majority of the APC senators, even in the South-west were said to have signed up for Saraki and efforts to convince them otherwise through their governors have not yielded the desired result. It was against this backdrop that Tinubu, early last week, allegedly met with two outgoing North-west governors – Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State and Ibrahim Wamakko of Sokoto State, whom he pleaded with to support Lawan and also speak to their senators to do same.

Sources: THISDAY|PUNCH|VANGUARD|GUARDIAN

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