Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has directed that over 75,000 women who paid N500 each for the Ankara fabric to celebrate the International Women’s Day last week Wednesday, but were unable to get the cloth should have the money refunded to them with immediate effect.
Special Assistant to the governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said in a statement issued in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday that a sum of N9.2 million was refunded to over 18,000 women groups between Monday, March 13 that the governor gave the directive and today (Tuesday).
He said the refund was being coordinated by Speaker of the State of House of Assembly, Pastor Kola Oluwawole.
“Provision was made for a little above 25,000 women, but surprisingly, over 100,000 women paid N500 each for the Ankara fabric.
“Many of the women were even willing to pay as much as N2, 000 for the cloth but the governor insisted th
The State Security Service has insisted the acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Ibrahim Magu, is not fit to head the anti-graft agency because he lacks integrity, a lawmaker has said.
The SSS said this to the Senate in a fresh report dispatched Tuesday evening.
The content of the report was raised by a senator, Dino Melaye, after it had appeared Mr. Magu would scale the Senate hurdle, after answering a wide range of questions at his confirmation hearing still underway.
“In the light of the foregoing, Magu has failed the integrity test and will eventually constitute a liability to the anti-corruption stand of the current government,” the SSS report, read by Mr. Melaye, stated.
An earlier report by the SSS had prevented the Senate from confirming Mr. Magu as EFCC chairman earlier.
The current confirmation hearing is still underway.
A bill to amend the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has Act passed second reading on Wednesday in the House of Representatives.
The bill which seeks to establish an EFCC Court to provide quick recovery procedures for stolen asset was sponsored by Bede-Eke Uchenna, a Peoples Democratic Party lawmaker from Imo, and four other lawmakers.
Leading the debate, Mr. Uchenna said the bill also seeks to implement active pursuit of cases, build capacity and improve trust and co-operation with foreign counterparts.
“The bill seeks to ensure adequate funding of the commission, make it more independent and effective in the enforcement of laws and to establish an Economic and Financial Crimes Court.” Mr. Uchenna said.
The lawmaker said the bill will generally enhance the effectiveness of the Act.
In his contribution, Mohammed Monguno (Borno-APC) said that the bill was as a result of the delay-attitude of the regular courts in the administration of justice.