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FG Launches Public Projects’ Tracking Websites

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The Federal Government yesterday launched the Presidential Delivery Tracks (PDT) and Central Delivery Coordinating Unit (CDCU) websites to track government projects across the country.

The move was meant to improve public projects’ monitoring.

Speaking during the launching at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha said the CDCU was introduced in 2019 towards the achievement of the nine priority goals of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

“The PDT/CDCU App is a co-creation platform that aims to connect citizens to governance in Nigeria by increasing citizens’ access to the Federal Government’s presidential priority policies, programmes, and projects.

“The goal of the PDT/CDCU is to promote transparency and expand access to reporting on presidential priority policies, programmes and projects.

“This is by incorporating citizens as the third layer of reporting to offer vital information that will facilitate effective service delivery. Over the last two years, the PDT/CDCU had successfully driven Federal Government’s delivery initiative to incorporate a systematic feedback mechanism from the citizens into the design and operationalisation of its Performance Management System.

“This is in recognition of the critical roles of the citizens in promoting inclusive and citizen-centered governance,” Mustapha said.

The SGF also listed the priority areas as: stabilise the macro-economy, achieve agriculture and food security, ensure energy sufficiency in power and petroleum products, improve transportation and other infrastructure, drive industrialisation focusing on SMEs, improve health, education and productivity of Nigerians, enhance social inclusion and reduce poverty, fight corruption and improve governance, and provide security for all citizens.

Mustapha also said the objective of developing the ‘Citizens App’ and the website was to make it possible for citizens to, among others, report accurately and provide feedback on the implementation of government’s programmes and projects within their localities.

“The CDCU intends to empower citizens to make their voices heard, build a citizens engagement programme that works and participation that increases benefits, if discussed with the people,” he said.

Finance, Budget and National Planning Minister Zainab Ahmed said the website was a citizens-based mobile tracking app which allows them to send on-the-spot feedback on project implementation aimed at promoting public accountability.

According to her, the device will also improve service delivery by all government institutions, especially that public accountability in service delivery plays an important role in government institutions and the nation’s economy.

She said: “Indeed, it could be successfully argued that the economic well-being of any country is dependent, to a very large extent, on the strength, integrity, and complexity of its institutions and on its accountability to governmental services.

“Thus, promoting public accountability and improving service delivery in government institutions are initiated to ensure that such objectives are achieved.”

Also, the Director (Development) Foreign Commonwealth and Development, Dr. Chris Pycroft, said officials and contractors should face sanctions or costs, if programmes are not implemented.

He hailed the Federal Government for the successful execution of the project in Nigeria.

“The Presidential Delivery Tracker represents an important step in the transparency and accountability of government business. The United Kingdom (UK) has been a strong ally of the government’s effort to open the governance space.

“This initiative is commendable and should be encouraged across the three tiers of government. It is important that citizens not only provide feedback on the implementation of government projects, but that citizens demand actions if projects are not delivered,” he said.

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“O su wa”: A Symptom That Kwara PDP Is undergoing Political Depression- Soliu Mohammed

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The adoption of “O su wa” as campaign slogan by the Kwara State PDP is unarguably a symptom that they are going through what is  called Political Depression, a recent topic that is gaining global interests among political scientists and clinical psychologists.

O sun mi (singular) meaning I’m “fed up” O sun wa (plural) “we are fed up” a term commonly expressed out of frustration due to successive failures of attempts at a particular endeavour or when life is generally perceived to be hopelessly unfavourable to an individual or group; a symptom indicating such an individual or group is undergoing or prone to depression. So if Kwara PDP chose to adopt such a slogan too, it means they are exhibiting a symptom of depression or Political Depression in this case.

Simply put, Depression is a state of mind producing serious, long-term lowering of enjoyment of life or inability to visualize a happy future.

By extension, Political Depression involves thinking and feeling like we no longer have control over our destiny. Dr. Robert Lusson in his article on Political Depression says: “Political depression may be partially driven by the fear that one may be materially harmed or socially excluded by conditions beyond one’s control.” Political Depression is an “…intense feelings of helplessness, grief and anxiety which occurs due to distressing social and political events.”

These brief definitions of Political Depression above simply encapsulate and point directly to the current psychological reality the members of Kwara State PDP are going through.

“Depression is a state of mind producing serious, long-term lowering of enjoyment of life or inability to visualize a happy future.” This is not far from the current situation of Kwara PDP, because their “enjoyment of life has been lowered” due to their inaccessibility to Kwara State fund which has been their cash cow for all manners of luxury life they lived. Hence their lack of enjoyment has created a fear in them and impaired their vision of living a “happy future”, a fear that the APC Abdurahman Abdulrazaq will rule the state in the next four years God willing, thereby dashing away the hope of PDP living a happy life anytime soon.

Dr. Lusson further posits that Political Depression “may be partially driven by the fear that one may be materially harmed or socially excluded by conditions beyond one’s control.” Of course, there’s no doubt that the Kwara PDP led by Bukola Saraki to the last members are gripped by the fear that they may be materially endangered and socially excluded from schemes  of things in the state because they no longer control the political power both at the national and the state level.

Political Depression is an “…intense feelings of helplessness, grief and anxiety which occurs due to distressing social and political events.” Obviously there are many political events capable enough to cause intense feelings of helplessness, grief and anxiety for Bukola Saraki and the Kwara PDP…

From losing the 2019 PDP primary to Atiku after coming a distance third with 317 votes, coupled with the “O to ge” political revolution that dismantled the Saraki dynasty, marking the beginning of the diminishing sociopolitical relevance of Bukola both at the national and state level, to also of recent, all the manipulative efforts by Bukola Saraki to secure the PDP 2023 Presidential ticket and later to be the DG of Atiku Abubakar all hit brick wall, which compounded Bukolas’s political predicaments.

Therefore, these series of political events are bad enough to create frustration, helplessness and hopelessness for the PDP Leader in the state and his followers, hence the reason for adopting “O su wa” as a campaign slogan, a symptom that they are battling with some psychological deficiency, because it is only a political party who’s membership have mental case will say “O su wa” (they are fed up) with the ongoing unprecedented development of Kwara State by Mallam Abdurahman Abdulrazaq.

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FG Has Recovered Over N120B From Crime Proceeds

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Since the Bill on Proceeds of Crime Recovery Management was signed into law earlier this year by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Nigerian government claims to have recovered at least N120 billion as proceeds from criminal financial transactions.

Fidel Info reports that In Abuja on Wednesday, when the Environment Minister delivered the ministry’s scorecard for the Buhari administration, the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the revelation during a press conference.

Mohammed said, “I have an update on the Proceeds of Crime (Recovery and Management) Act (POCA), 2022. In line with the new law, all relevant government agencies have now opened ‘A confiscated and Forfeiture Properties Account with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). 

“I can confirm that the Federal Government has realized over 120 billion Naira, among other currencies, from POCA.

“This money will be used to fund the completion of ongoing critical infrastructure projects in the country like the Second Niger Bridge as well as the Lagos-Ibadan and Abuja-Kano Expressways. We will continue to update you on this,” the Information Minister said.

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Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia Reinstated As Federal High Court Judge

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The National Judicial Council, NJC, has reinstated Justice Rita Ofili-Ajumogobia as a judge of the Federal High Court.

Fidel Info reports that the legal body based its decision on a court judgement that quashed a 15-count money laundering charge the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, preferred against the embattled judge.

It will be recalled that the NJC had okayed Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia’s prosecution, following  a petition dated December 28, 2017, which accused her of engaging in various acts considered to be in breach of the Code of Conduct of Judicial Officers.

Based on recommendation by the Council, President Muhammadu Buhari, on November 7, 2018, in the exercise of his constitutional power under Section 292 (1) (b) of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, dismissed Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia as a judge of the Federal High Court.

However, owing to an application by Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia, the trial high court, in a ruling it delivered on November 19, 2021, discharged the defendant of the charge against her.

The court placed reliance on a judgement that was delivered on November 28, 2019, in Suit No. FHC/ABJ/CS/638/2018, which quashed the NJC report that indicted the defendant.

Sequel to the court judgement, the NJC, at the end of a meeting it held on December 1, okayed the reinstatement of Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia to the bench, a directive that has been complied with by the Chief Judge of the High Court, Justice John Tsoho.

Justice Tsoho, in a circular that was sighted by Vanguard, said Justice Ofili-Ajumogobia’s reinstatement was with immediate effect.

The circular, dated December 5, read: “Your Lordships are by this Circular letter notified that at the Meeting of the National Judicial Council held on the 1st of December, 2022, the Council reinstated the Hon. Justice R. N. Ofili-Ajumogobia as a Judicial Officer.

 “The reinstatement takes instant effect and there shall be consequential posting.”

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