Funmi Adewola, table THE MISSING LINK IN KACHIKWU’S LETTER

Funmi Adewola, table

THE MISSING LINK IN KACHIKWU’S LETTER

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“NNPC story of the last two days got so twisted.

The Nigerian media is failing to educate.

The reportage is so poor, high in sensationalism and spread of ignorance as to the facts and processes.

First, there is nothing like a Contract Award in the real sense of the word where money is paid out by NNPC to Contractors.

NNPC selling crude oil to a customer is not a Contract Award, it is a Commrercial transaction.

It is the GMD of NNPC that has ever been signing Crude Oil Sales Term Contract at NNPC from the begining of that corporation as NNOC.

From Lawrence Amu, to Chief Marinho, Arets Adam until even when Kachikwu was GMD.

When a Customer signs a Term-Contract to buy Nigerian Crude Oil it is covered by the customer’s bank opening in favor of NNPC either a Standby Letter(s) of Credit (SBLC) or a Documentary Letter(s) of Credit (DLC).

Such banks are only amongst the top 50 international banks that are acceptable.

It is after lifting any crude oil under the Sales Contract that the L/C is negotiated and the proceeds goes to the account of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, in the name of NNPC.

These accounts are held in New York, mostly.

There is no cash that changes hands between individuals for and on behalf of NNPC.

The insinuation that NNPC through the current GMD is holding some wild figures is plain stupid !

Dr Kachikwu as GMD it was that signed these same Contracts in his capacity in 2015/16.

Now, for the rest of the muddle we have been thrown into, you may wish to read the extant statutory laws that governs NNPC’s Procurement Processes here below.

There is no law violated here by the NNPC.

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AN X-RAY OF DR. IBE KACHIKWU’S LETTER TO MR. PRESIDENT ACCUSING DR. MAIKANTI K. BARU OF LACK OF ADHERENCE TODUE PROCESS IN THE AWARD OF CONTRACTS.

Nigerians yesterday woke up in the morning and were greeted with a supposed leaked memo from Dr. Ibe Kachikwu the Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources to Mr. President against Dr. Maikanti Kachalla Baru the GMD of NNPC.

This write up will attempt to x-ray the alleged wrong doing in the procurement processes of NNPC vis-à-vis the extant laws that regulate such (Public Procurement Act PPA).

Please note that I am neither the spoke person of NNPC nor that of Dr. Maikanti K. Baru.

Section 2 of the PPA provides “The Council shall:

(a) consider, approve and amend the monetary and prior review thresholds for the application of the provisions of this Act by procuring entities.”

In exercise of the above provision, Bureau of Public Procurement vide a circular ref: SGF/OP/I/S.3/VIII/57 dated 11th March, 2009 from the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation conveyed the Council’s approval in respect of “Implementation of approved revised thresholds for service wide application and special application to the Ministry of Petroleum Resources for expenditure related to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Procurement Methods and thresholds of application and the composition of Tenders Board.”

In the above circular particularly part (b) thereof, it approved the establishment of five Tenders Boards for NNPC namely: NNPC Tenders Board (NTB) with approval of less than USD$20 Million; Group Executive Committee (GEC) with approval limit of less than USD$10 Million; Directorate Executive Committee (DEXCOM) with approval limit of less than USD$4 Million; Management Executive Committee (MEXCOM) with approval limit of less than USD$2 Million; Divisional Committee (DIVCOM) with approval limit of less than USD$0.50 Million respectively.

Section 17 of the PPA provides:

“Subject to the monetary and prior review thresholds for procurements in this Act as may from time to time be determined by the Council, the following shall be the approving authority for the conduct of public procurement (a) in the case of

(i) a government agency, parastatal, or corporation, a Parastatals Tenders Board ; and

(ii) a ministry or extra-ministerial entity, the Ministerial Tender Board.”

From the above provision, it is very clear that the only recognised approving authority for the conduct of public procurement in NNPC is the NNPC Tenders Board (NTB) and not the Board of Directors of NNPC as the Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources wants us to believe.

I have gone through the PPA or the approved threshold and can’t find anywhere reference is being made to NNPC Board as an approving authority for NNPC.

In case where the contract sum is excess of USD$20 Million, the circular quoted above mandated NNPC to forward such to Federal Executive Council (FEC) and not the Board of Directors of NNPC. Section 20.—

(1) of the PPA provide

“The accounting officer of a procuring entity shall be the person charged with line supervision of the conduct of all procurement processes ; in the case of ministries the Permanent Secretary and in the case of extra-ministerial departments and corporations the Director-General or officer of co-ordinate responsibility.

(2) The accounting officer of every procuring entity shall have overall responsibility for the planning of, organization of tenders, evaluation of tenders and execution of all procurements and in particular shall be responsible for :

(a) ensuring compliance with the provisions of this Act by his entity and liable in person for the breach or contravention of this Act or any regulation made hereunder whether or not the act or omission was carried out by him personally or any of his subordinates and it shall not be material that he had delegated any function duty or power to any person or group of persons ;

(b) constituting the Procurement Committee and its decisions ;

(c) ensuring that adequate appropriation is provided specifically for the procurement in the Federal budget ;

(d) integrating his entity’s procurement expenditure into its yearly budget ;

(e) ensuring that no reduction of values or splitting of procurements is carried out such as to evade the use of the appropriate procurement method ;

(f ) constituting the Evaluation Committee ;

(g) liaising with the Bureau to ensure the implementation of its regulations.”

The import of the above section is that the GMD of NNPC being the Accounting officer of procuring entity NNPC has the overall responsibility for the planning of, organization of tenders, evaluation of tenders and execution of all procurements.

This is the intention of the drafters of the PPA.

I am very sure if they have Board of Directors of NNPC or that of any Parastatal in mind, they could have stated such clearly in the Act except if the Honourable Minister of State has now abrogated to himself the powers of interpretation of the Act to include the Board of Directors of NNPC which he chairs.

It should be noted that all the contracts listed in the Honourable Minister of State Memo to Mr. President followed strictly all the laid down procedures before they were approved by the relevant approving authority.

In conclusion, it is my considered opinion that the Honourable Minister of State for Petroleum Resources Memo was sent to Mr. President and subsequently leaked to public with the sole aim of tarnishing the good image of the NNPC and GMD and as well subject the duos to public ridicule.

End of quote…

Dr. Kachikwu is a lawyer.

He should have been better guided in his outburst in that Memo.

The social media is agog with ill-informed narratives.

Even the opposition PDP and NASS are showing serious ignorance on this issue.

Please know before you talk ”

Caxton Fatanmi

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GRAPHICS IMAGES Be Warns? Are we telling ourselves the truth as ‘One United Nigeria 🇳🇬’?

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FL bracing-up for Dreadful Irma. Be kind and friendly to humans pls

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COPIED. From Unknown Source

A summary of what is going on in Burma:
Burma is located near China and India. There is a Muslim nation called Rohingya in Burma. They have another name, the Myanmar. The country is ruled by a Buddhist army. Muslims there represent about 10 percent of the population. Muslims there are subject to extermination and displacement.
This story is not new. This crime began a long time ago.
In 1784, a Buddhist king called “Bodawpaya” feared the spread of Islam in the region. From then on he began to persecute the Muslims. Buddhists have committed the worst crimes against them, such as burning children, killing, torture, and other forms of persecution because their only sin is that they are Muslim, nothing more!!
When the Muslims of Burma tried to escape, no Muslim country was willing to accept them. The only option they had was to die at sea or from hunger, fear, and intimidation.
Why do I tell you this painful story? Because we will be held accountable and we will be asked about our Muslim brothers tortured in a land and we did not support them!!
If someone asks me what can I do for them?! How can I help them?
I will say: It is very simple. These brothers in humanity and religion… no one knows anything about them. The media does not speak about them and their suffering.
The simplest thing you can offer them is to let others know their story and to feel their suffering. Know that all the problems you have in your life – I swear by Allah – are nothing compared to the calamitiy of the people of Burma.
They have been abandoned by the Islamic world and the human world. They resemble the people of Al-Ukhdood (Surat Al-Burooj)
Spread their cause and make the world know it and know what is happening to them. This is a stain on the forehead of all of humanity and on the Islamic world in particular. Pray for them a lot in your prayers, in private, and at all times: that Allah removes his calamity from them and brings His anger upon the tyrant killers, and doing this is the weakest level of faith!
The Messenger of Allaah (may the peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “The believers in their love, mercy and sympathy, towards one another are like one body, if one limb complains, the rest of the body joins it, staying up at night with a fever.”
O oppressed people of Burma, O oppressed Muslims around the world, Allah is sufficient for us and for you, and He is the best trustee.
Oh Allah, we entrust you with our brothers everywhere.

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Nostalgic remark on Nigeria by Hamza A. Danliman

By: Hamza A. Danliman 
The biggest country in Africa that the United Kingdom colonized is Nigeria. 
The biggest country that the United Kingdom colonized in Asia is India (which then comprised the present Pakistan and Bangladesh).
 When the UK came into Nigeria and India, like all other countries they colonized, they brought along their technology, religion (Christianity), and culture: names, dressing, food, language, etc.
Try as hard as the British did, India rejected the British religion, names, dressing, food, and even language, but they did not reject the British technology. 
Today, 80.5% of Indians are Hindus; 13.4% Muslims; 2.3% Christians; 1.9% Sikhs; 0.8% Buddhists, etc. 
Hindi is the official language of the government of India, but English is used extensively in business and administration and has the status of a “subsidiary official language.” 
It is rare to find an Indian with an English name or dressed On the other hand, Nigeria embraced, to a large extent, the British religion, British culture – names, dressing, foods, and language – but rejected the British technology. 
The difference between the Nigerian and the Indian experiences is that while India is proud of its heritage, Nigeria takes little pride in its heritage, a situation that has affected the nationalism of Nigerians and our development as a nation. 
Before the advent of Christianity, the Arabs had brought Islam into Nigeria through the North.
 Islam also wiped away much of the culture of Northern Nigeria. 
Today, the North

has only Sharia Courts but no Customary Courts. 
So from the North to the South of Nigeria, the Western World and the Eastern

World have shaped our lives to be like theirs and we have lost much or all of our identity.
Long after the British and Arabs left Nigeria, Nigeria has waxed strong in religion to the extent that Nigerians now set up religious branches of their home-grown churches in Europe, the Americas, Asia and other African countries. 
Just like the Whites brought the gospel to us, Nigerians now take the gospel back to the Whites. 
In Islam, we are also very vibrant to the extent that if there is a blasphemous comment against Islam in Denmark or the US, even if there is no violent reaction in Saudi Arabia, the Islamic headquarters of the world, there will be loss of lives and destruction of property in Nigeria.
If the United Arab Emirates, a country with 75% Muslims, is erecting the tallest building in the world and encouraging the world to come and invest in its country by providing a friendly environment, Boko Haram ensures that the economy of the North (and by extension that of Nigeria) is crippled with bombs and bullets unless every Nigerian converts to Boko Haram’s brand of Islam. 
In the East we have IPOB.
While in the South – South region, Mend, Avengers and so on destroying the Heart of our Nations Economy.
We are indeed a very religious people. 
Meanwhile, while we are building the biggest churches and mosques, the Indians, South Africans, Chinese, Europeans and Americans have taken over our key markets: telecoms, satellite TV, multinationals, banking, oil and gas, automobile, aviation, shopping malls, hospitality, etc.
Ironically, despite our exploits in religion, we are a people with little godliness, a people without scruples. 
It is rare to do business with a Nigerian pastor, deacon, knight, elder, brother, sister, imam, mullah, mallam, alhaji or alhaja without the person laying landmines of bribes and deception on your path.
 We call it PR, facilitation fee, processing fee, transport

money, financial engineering, deal, or whatever. 
But if it does not change hands, nothing gets done. 
And when it is amassed, we say it is “God’s blessings.” 
Some people assume that sleaze is a problem of public functionaries, but the private sector seems to be worse than the public sector these days.
One would have assumed that the more churches and mosques that spring up in every nook and cranny of Nigeria, the higher the

morals in our society. 
But it is not so. 
The situation is that the more religious we get, the baser we become.
 Our land never knew the type of bloodshed experienced from religious extremists, political desperadoes, ritual killers, armed robbers, kidnappers, internet scammers, university cultists, and lynch mobs.
 Life has become so cheap and brutish that everyday seems to be a bonanza.
We import the petroleum that we have in abundance, rice and beans that our land can produce in abundance, and even toothpicks that primary school children can produce with little or no effort. 
Yet we drive the best of cars and live in the best of edifices, visit the best places in the world for holidays and use the most expensive electronic and telecoms gadgets. 
It is now a sign of poverty for a Nigerian to ride a saloon car. Four-wheel drive is it!
 Even government officials, who were known to use only Peugeot cars as official cars as a sign of modesty, have upgraded to Toyota Prado, without any iota of shame, in a country

where about 70 per cent live below poverty.
 Private jets have become as common as cars. 
A nation that imports toothpicks and pins, flaunts wealth and wallows in ostentation at a time its children are trooping to Ghana, South Africa and the UK for university education

and its sick people are running to India for treatment.
India produces automobile and exports it to the world. India’s medical care is second to none, with even Americans and Europeans

travelling to the country for medical treatment.
 India has joined the nuclear powers. India has launched a successful mission to the moon. 
Yet bicycles and tricycles are common sights in India. But in Nigeria, only the wretched of the earth ride bicycles.
 I have intentionally chosen to compare Nigeria with India rather than China, South Korea, Brazil, Malaysia, or Singapore, because of the similarities between India and Nigeria. But these countries were not as promising as Nigeria at the time of our independence.
Some would say that our undoing is our size: the 2012 United Nations estimate puts Nigeria’s population at 166 million, while India has a population of about a billion. 
Some would blame it on the multiplicity of ethnic groups: we have 250 ethnic groups; India has more than 2000 ethnic groups. 
Some would hang it on the diversity in religion: we have two major religions – Christianity and Islam; but India has many. 
Some would say it is because we are young as an independent nation: we have 56 years of independence; India has 65 years, while apartheid ended in South Africa only in 1994.
I am a Muslim, and nothing can change me from practicing Islam. 
But I think that our country is daily sinking into religiosity to the detriment of godliness. Our land is sick and needs healing. “If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” is still a saying that is germane to our current situation.
 We need more godliness than religion; more work and less hope; and more action and less words. 
Let everyone tidy up his or her corner first and demand fervently that our leaders tidy their areas of governance. Our nation is degenerating at a fast pace and we need to save it now.
 We as a people must positively change our attitude towards our Dear country now.

*Let’s make Nigeria Great!*
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Health & Death of the US Presidents: A comparative guide to the Nigerian issue 

US presidents have been sick while in office.Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921) suffered a severe stroke that left him incapacitated throughout his presidency. Yet He remained in office till the end of his term in 1921.Diagnosed with polio in 1921 at the age of 39, Franklin D Roosevelt (1933-1945) still served for twelve good years though he could not stand or walk without support. Using a wheelchair in private, he never disclosed the full extent of his health condition.

Dwight Eisenhower (1953-1961) suffered heart attack in 1955 as a result of which he was hospitalized for several weeks. He also did a surgery some months later to treat Crohn’s disease and in late 1957 suffered another stroke that made him temporarily unable to speak. Yet he went ahead to win a second term after that.

John F Kennedy (1961 – 1963) had a chronic bone disease and was hospitalized nine times in his short two and a half year presidency but this was never revealed to the American public. George Bush (1989 – 1993) vomited and then fainted in front of cameras in 1992 while on a visit in Japan and heaven did not fall in America.

Now if about five of American presidents have been sick in office, what is wrong if Nigeria’s current president is also sick? Is he made of iron? We are also tempted to ask, if Buhari dies, will it be the first time that a president will die?

Eight American presidents have died in office. Four died of natural causes: William Henry Harrison (1841), Zachary Taylor (1850), Warren Harding (1923) and Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1945). Four others were assassinated: Abraham Lincoln (1865), James A. Garfield (1881), William McKinley (1901) and John F. Kennedy (1963).

The truth is that if Buhari dies today, his name will be written in letters of gold. It is the death of a hero primus inter pareil and the death of a reformer nulli secundus. Buhari is a dogged corruption fighter who came to rescue Nigerians from yam thieves. If he dies today he will leave an indellible record, an achievement difficult to match by his successor and a standard that is bound to create a yawning lacuna.

Nigerians also need to show sympathy and understanding as their president battles with a poor health condition. They should not allow people whose hearts are filled with hate to brainwash and indoctrinate them.

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Even if Buhari Dies… by Oni Gbolabo 

THE LEGENDARY MUHAMMADU BUHARI!!!
Even if Buhari Dies by Oni Gbolabo 

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1. How many people making news of a 74 year old man will live up to 74 and still be relevant?

2. If he dies he had achieved what a younger and vibrant man called Jonathan failed to do. Its a shame on our generation that a man of 74 is the one curbing corruption so that he can rescue our future and we have young men supporting looters   

3. How many of them have a father who lived up to 74 and still relevant. 

4. If Buhari dies today may his soul rest in peace, its we younger ones that will be left with the problem of how to tackle corruption and rescue our future in Nigeria. 

5. Buhari’ s name is in GOLD while some of the younger ones names are in the mud. 

6. Many of the people who worked with Buhari as junior officers are dead today, even few ones living such as IBB is a relic of shame and disgrace. 

*** Buhari is NOT a failure and posterity will honour him. 

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