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Ekiti joins global teams to advance procurement reforms



Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi

The Ekiti government on Tuesday said the state Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) has been selected to join other world teams in advancing global procurement reforms.

A statement by Mr Akin Omole, Ekiti Commissioner for Information and Values Orientation in Ado-Ekiti, said Ekiti BPP is the only team in Africa selected to participate in the highly competitive programme.

Omole said Ekiti BPP would join other teams from France, India, Mexico, Paraguay and the United States to enhance increased access, competition and participation with the support of Lift.

Omole said the selection of Ekiti BPP was part of the Open Contracting Partnership’s Impact Accelerator Programme Lift.

According to him, the selection of Ekiti State Bureau of Public Procurement is in recognition of the far-reaching reforms in public procurement that has been carried out in the state’s procurement regime.

“This include a transparent open contracting system that enables all contracts are published on a portal and available to all members of the public.

“Under the OCP-Lift, the Bureau shall benefit from up to 30,000 dollars financial support and over 200 hours of tailored assistance on change management, inclusion, open contracting strategies and more,” he said.

Omole said Kathrin Frauscher, the Deputy Executive Director of the Open Contracting Partnership, had expressed the organisation’s readiness to support BPP in achieving the desired objectives.

“Frauscher expressed optimism that these bold frontline innovators will leverage the untapped power of public procurement to achieve greater social inclusion.

“The OCP boss said it will also increase environmental sustainability and deliver more equitable government services,” he said.

Reacting to the development, Mr O’Seun Odewale, Director General, Ekiti BPP said, “We are proud of the recognition by the globally renowned Open Contracting Partnership.

“This is a result of the focus of the Dr Kayode Fayemi administration on governance as one of the cardinal pillars of the administration.

“Over the next 18 months, the Open Contracting Partnership will support the selected teams as they open and strengthen their procurement systems and build their technical capacity to make procurement more community-centered and effective for all.”

Odewale said the project would be implemented by the Ekiti BPP in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and the New Initiative for Social Development.

Odewale disclosed that the Ekiti BPP’s Public Procurement Reform Programme (PPRP) had also took delivery of 100 units of Lenovo M10 Tablets.

He said the gadgets were categorised as additional working tools for Procurement Officers aimed at enhancing their productivity.

Odewale described the donation as unprecedented and the first of its kind in Ekiti.

He added that the gesture would go a long way to enhance the capacity of procurement specialists in the state.

“This is in addition to enhancing better and faster practice of due process,” he said.(NAN)

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Senate Blocks First-time Senators from Contesting Senate President, Deputy Senate President Offices



Nigerian Senate
Senate in Session


**Approves nine other standing committees

The Senate has amended its standing rules to prevent first-time senators from contesting for the office of the President of the Senate and that of the Deputy President of the Senate.

The amendment was carried out at the plenary yesterday after the Leader of the Senate, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele moved a motion for the amendment of standing rules to accommodate new standing committees. 

The motion, which was seconded by the Senate Minority Leader, Senator Simon Mwadkwon, overwhelmingly received support of all the senators across all political affiliations when the President of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio put on voice vote.

At the plenary, also, the Senate carried out nine other amendments aimed at accommodating new standing committees.

As shown in its motion, the Senate created the Committee on Atomic and Nuclear Energy, which would oversee the Nigeria Nuclear Energy Regulatory Commission, Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission and their annual budget estimates.

The Senate also bifurcated the Committee on Federal Capital Territory (FCT) into two different standing committees namely the Committee on FCT and Committee on FCT Area Councils.

The Senate resolved that the Committee on FCT would oversee matters affecting the FCT, Planning and Development of the new Federal Capital Territory and control of development within the Federal Capital Territory and its annual budget

The upper chamber further resolved that the Committee on FCT Area Councils would oversee Area Council Mandate, Area Council Service Commission, Area Council Staff Pension Board, Auditor- General for the Area Council and other agency or department under FCT.

The Senate similarly divided the Committee on Sports into two standing committees to now reflect the Committee on Sports Development as well as Committee on Youth and Community Engagements.

According to the Senate, the jurisdiction of the Committee on Sports Development shall include Federal Ministry of Sport Development, National Lottery Commission, National Institute for Sports, Nigeria Football Federation, Sport Arena Development, national and international sporting activities, sports administration and annual budget estimates.

The Senate further said the jurisdiction of the Committee on Youth and Community engagements should include Federal Ministry of Youth Development, National Youth Service Corps, Citizens and Leadership Training Centre, Offices of the Senior Assistant to the President on Community Engagement in the six geo-political zones, youths movements activities and associations and its annual budget estimates.

The Senate also divided the Committee on Solid Minerals, Steel Development and Metallurgy into the Committee on Solid Mineral Development and the Committee on Mines and Steel Development.

The Senate said the Committee on Solid Mineral Development “shall oversee Federal Ministry of Solid Mineral Development, Nigerian Geological Survey Agency, Mining Cadastre Office and Council of Nigerian Mining Engineers and Geoscientist, Nigerian Metallurgical Training Institute, Solid Minerals Development Fund, Nigeria Institute of Mining and Geoscience, National Metallurgical Development Centre, exploration of minerals extraction and quarry, geological survey and minerals investigation as well as explosives.

“The Committee on Mines and Steel Development shall oversee Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, Aluminum Smelting Company of Nigeria, Ajaokuta Steel Development Company, National Iron Ore Mining Company, National Steel Raw Material Exploration Agency and their budgets.”


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NLC,TUC Make U-Turn Suspend Planned Strike, FG To Pay Workers N35,000



NLC and TUC Flags


Organised labour have suspended its planned nationwide indefinite strike action for the next month.

This was contained in a memorandum of understanding signed Monday by the NLC President, Joe Ajaero, and General Secretary, Emmanuel Ugboaja; as well as the TUC President, Festus Osifo, and Secretary General, Nuhu Toro.

The three-page document was also signed by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Simon Lalong; Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Dr Nkeiruka Onyejeocha; and Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris.

“The NLC and TUC accept to suspend for 30 days the planned Indefinite Nationwide strike scheduled to begin, Tuesday, the 3rd of October, 2023,” the MoU reads in part.

“The Federal Government grants a wage award of N35,000 (thirty-five thousand
Naira) only to all Federal Government workers beginning from the month of
September pending when a new national minimum wage is expected to have
been signed into law.”

The decisions come at the end of an hours-long meeting between the Federal Government, NLC, and the TUC on Monday.

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Nigeria@63: God Will Heal Our Nation – Pastor Adeboye



Pastor E.A.Adeboye

Pastor Enoch Adeboye has prayed to God to heal Nigeria, asking citizens to also pray for the betterment of the nation.

The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) said this on Sunday during the church’s October Thanksgiving Service and Nigeria’s 63rd Independent Day celebration.

Pastor Adeboye spoke on the topic ‘Freedom Indeed’ during the service.

“I pray in the name that is above every other name that God will heal our nation,” the preacher said.

“Independence is talking about freedom, that is why we would be talking about freedom indeed. You may be enjoying independence from the colonial master and still be a slave to sickness, poverty, terror, and forces of darkness,” he added.

“I am wishing you a very good celebration but more than anything else, I wish all of you who are in Christ freedom and freedom indeed.”

In many churches across the nation, the Christians marked Independence Day with praises and prayers for the country.

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