Dr. Abdul Ahmed has taken over as the National Chairman of the Social Democratic Party, (SDP), follow Prof. Tunde Adeniran disengagement from office.This was contained in a statement signed National Press Secretary, of the Party Ambassador Rufis B. Aiyenigba.The statement stated that Prof. Adeniran who was a former Minister of Education and Nigerian Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Germany, announced the decision to the party at the sitting of the National Working Committee (NWC) on 29th September, 2020 in Abuja.The former National Chairman who is 75 years old said the decision was largely influenced by his family members who have desired over time that he stepped out of partisan politics.”In line with the provisions of Article 13 of the constitution of the party, Dr. Olu Agunloye, the Deputy National Chairman (South) who is from his zone and in the position to step in going by the provisions of the constitution was said not to be amenable to assuming the position”As such, Dr. Abdul Ahmed Isiaq, the Deputy National Chairman (North) has stepped in as the new Acting National Chairman of the party, pending necessary ratification by the National Executive Committee (NEC) and the next National Convention of the party.”The decision of the the former National Chairman has been duly communicated to INEC.”The former Chairman promised to continue to cherish and promote the vision of the party for a greater and egalitarian Nigerian society and to always support and wish the party well and to continue in promoting the true interest of Nigeria in his new satus as an elder statesman.Members of the NWC of the party congratulated him on his birthday and appreciated him for his great service and remarkable contributions to the party during his time as National Chairman. They also wished him well in his future endeavours.
The Chairman , Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission , Prof. Bolaji Owasanoye, says the agency has discovered N 2. 67bn meant for the school feeding programme in private accounts .
The agency, he added , also found over N 2. 5bn diverted by a deceased worker with the ministry of agriculture, noting that 18 buildings , 12 business premises and 25 plots of land , were also recovered in the ministry .
Owasanoye disclosed this in Abuja on Monday at the second National Summit on Diminishing Corruption in the Public Sector, which was organised in collaboration with the Office of the Secretary of the Government of the Federation .
The summit with the theme , ‘ Together against corruption’ , also included the launch of the National Ethics and Integrity Policy.
He said under the Open Treasury Portal review carried out between January and August 15, 2020, 72 out of 268 ministries , departments and agencies had cumulative infractions of N 90m .
According to him , while 33 MDAs explained that N 4. 1bn was transferred to sub-Treasury Single Account , N 4. 2bn paid to individuals had no satisfactory explanations .
He stated , “ We observed that transfers to sub-TSA were to prevent disbursement from being monitored. Nevertheless , we discovered payments to some federal colleges for school feeding in the sum of N 2. 67bn during lockdown when the children are not in school, and some of the money ended up in personal accounts . ”
The ICPC chairman also said under its 2020 constituency and executive projects tracking initiative, 722 projects with a threshold of N 100m ( 490 ZIP and 232 executive) were tracked across 16 states .
The federal government has plans to establish flood control project in Kaduna to protect residents who battle with flood annually losing farmlands and properties whenever River Kaduna overflows it’s banks after heavy rainfalls.