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Tinubu to PDP: Nigerians will never return to Egypt
Wed, 05 Dec 2018

Frontline politician Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has advised Nigerians not to allow the nation return to the path of destruction on which he said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) put it for 16 years.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart who spoke at a National Consultative Forum organised by the National Committee of Buhari Support Groups in Abuja, accused the Atiku Campaign Organisation and the PDP of trying to blackmail the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Police with the accusation of plots to rig the 2019 elections because “they know that they will not win”.

He also accused Senate President Bukola Saraki of using the mandate of the APC to negotiate and give a lifeline to the opposition. “He left the PDP, joined us, got elected, got our mandate, our majority and sold it for a pot of pottage. God is honest, Saraki is not,” Tinubu said.

The former Lagos State governor recalled how the rigging machinery of the PDP almost denied him his re-election in 2003 when INEC published what he described as “fake results” on its website, adding that the then Resident Electoral Commissioner insisted that what was published was not the real results for his election to be validated.

He said it was a shame for the opposition party to be celebrating an American visa for its presidential candidate who, he said, has so many party membership cards enough to build a house. “That is why they are confused,” Tinubu said.

He went on: “Come February, we will re-elect Buhari. It is not easy to put together a National Committee, but we are in the same family. As free-minded people, you are all free to be doing other things this morning, but you are here because you have the vision and the determination that Nigeria must continue the foundation and the progress of the future.

“Working together to re-elect Buhari is a task that must be achieved. Why are they complaining? Buhari is too busy to exchange words with them because he building a foundation of a prosperous Nigeria that will magnify the economy and provide employment for everyone regardless of the status in the society.

“A fervent man like him will not have time for the nonsense being thrown at him. I give you one message for them and there will be many such messages. Their candidate who is supposed to beat Buhari, has been in our party and many other parties. He has more party membership cards to build a house.

“All you have to do is to go out there and tell him that a house built on cards will be collapsed with a single stroke of broom. He said they are reformed, but reformed what? Reformed PDP. No. Tell them as you go out that we accept the admission of guilt that they were vagabonds before and now being reformed.

“But they have not served enough probation. You can only be reformed if you are an ex-convict, a drug addict or a political prostitute. It is because Buhari has no temperament and no tolerance for corruption, he is vigorously ridding the nation of blemish and looting, bad reputation.

“I can see them celebrating the visa. What a shame? Yet you want to lead this country with the most vibrant economy in Africa? Why should we allow them?

“They ran this country from 1999 till 2015. They were planning for 60 years of doing nothing, lack of direction and concern for the citizens.

“Are we still in this nation where visionary leadership is required? If yes, then they are not competent and not qualified to be leading Nigeria again and say they want to come back to government. If they left our schools in such dilapidated condition, left out hospitals without medicare, they don’t deserve to come back.

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Buharis Double: A postscript
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
My column for this newspaper last week (Tuesday, November 27) was devoted to Matters Miscellaneous, a rubric under which I stated that I would, as has been my custom for more than 30 years, try to catch up with broad strokes and in short takes on some fairly recent events, lest those who make and those who consume the news feel neglected.Again, as has been my custom when employing that label, the tone was light-hearted, and tongue-in-cheek.That was the spirit in which I engaged a tale that had b
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Looters shun Dubai for Morocco, Joburg, Ghana
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Convictions up from 158 to 246THOSE who plundered the wealth of the country have found safer havens in Morocco, Johannesburg and Ghana, where they are investing their loot in properties, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) Acting Chairman Ibrahim Magu said in Lagos yesterday.According to him, looters have shifted base from Dubai, The United Arab Emirates (UAE).Magu said Dubai, hitherto, an attractive investment destination for looters, had lost its appeal following better anti-corrup
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Ambode: Lagos got nothing from PDPs 16-year presidency
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode yesterday took a swipe at the 16 years of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the nations drivers seat.He said the period between 1999 and 2015 under PDP watch amounted to nothing for Lagos, Nigerias economic capital.Ambode spoke at the National Consultative Forum of the National Committee of Buhari Support Groups (BSG) at Nicon Luxury Hotels in Abuja.The BSG is the coordinating body of all groups campaigning for President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Y
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Expert advises drivers on safety
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Lagos State Safety Commission, Ms Debite Victoria-Olu, has said adherence to tanker drivers checklist will prevent accidents.She spoke with the LSSC of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos yesterday against the backdrop of the Harmattan period, its attendant hazy atmosphere and transportation of petroleum products.Victoria-Olu said the agency was working in partnership with other security organisations concerned with accident-free road management and the depot owners to check these incidents.The drivers check
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Buhari pays tribute to Holocaust victims
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
President: those fanning embers of discord in Nigeria re illiterates PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari yesterday visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum in O’wi’cim, Poland, where he paid tribute to Holocaust victims.After an hour and 10 minutes guided tour of the Museum devoted to the memory of the victims, who died at both camps during World War II, President Buhari penned a hand-written tribute in the visitors book, quoting Shakespeares Julius Caesar: The evil that men do lives
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They are fixated, dodging issues, says PDP
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday challenged the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) to face issues rather than attacking its presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar.It was in a reaction to the condemnation of the PDP allegation that the ruling party was planning to use the police and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to manipulate next years elections.In the reaction by its spokesman Kola Ologbodiyan, the PDP described the A
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NYSC DG, 229 others promoted by Army
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Navy promotes 87 senior officersTHE Army announced yesterday that about 230 senior officers have been promoted by the Army Council to their respective next ranks.Also yesterday, Navy promoted 87 senior officers to their next ranks.According to Army spokesman Brig. Gen Sani Usman, among those promoted were the Director-General of the National Youth Service Corps, Brig.-Gen. Suleiman Z. Kazaure, who was promoted to the rank of Major-General.Read also:Army: $1b approved to fight insurgency yet to b
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2019: Be combat ready, police tell personnel
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
THE Police yesterday urged officers and men to be alive to their responsibilities as campaigns for 2019 elections kicked off.They also urged the personnel to be combat-ready in their duty posts.Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG), Zone 8 Adekunle Oladunjoye said this yesterday in Ilorin while on a familiarisation tour of the Kwara State Command.Zone 8 comprises Kogi, Kwara and Ekiti states.Oladunjoye added: Once you are on duty as a policeman, be combat-ready as if you are in warfront. D
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Ikorodu wont betray you, monarch tells Sanwo-Olu
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
The Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Kabiru Shotobi, has assured the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and his running mate, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, that his people will not betray them in their quest for the leadership of Lagos State.The monarch, whose people welcomed Sanwo-Olu and his team with music, dance and jubilation on Monday when the APC candidate visited the palace for a consultative meeting, said Ikorodu residents would vote for APC.Other monarchs in
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Fed Govt decries $984m spent on fish importation
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
The Federal Government has decried a whopping $984million spent on importation of fish annually.It urged farmers, youths and women to take to fish farming and help in boosting domestic production of the product, to grow the economy.To realise this, the lawmaker representing Oyo North, Senator Fatai Buhari, in conjunction with the Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR), Lagos, has trained over 100 youths and women selected from Ogbomoso North and South local governments a
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Ekpo: No room for state of emergency in Akwa Ibom
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom State, Obong Paul Ekpo, attributes the crisis that engulfed the House of Assembly to the alleged overbearing attitude of All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders.The statement signed by Mr. Ini Okopido demanding that the President should declare a state of emergency in Akwa Ibom state and remove the democratically elected government of Governor Udom Emmanuel is a testimony to the veracity of our earlier announced intelligence relatin
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Emmanuel responsible for Akwa Ibom crisis
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State says the decision of Speaker Onofiok Luke to declare vacant the seats of the APC lawmakers, which had the backing of Governor Udom Emmanuel, sparked off the House of Assembly crisis.As the leading political party in Akwa Ibom State, we are shocked, embarrassed and petrified by the crisis that has engulfed our State House of Assembly in the last one week, and from all our investigations, we wish to state categorically that Gov
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Why we should return to ideological politics
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Dapo Aderinola, veteran journalist and former Chief Press Secretary to the late Chief Bola Ige, Second Republic governor of Oyo State, spoke with reporters in Lagos on the role of the media in democracy and preparations for next years elections.Before the 2007 elections, you were supposed to be on the team of one of the current presidential candidates. Today, the same candidate is running for 2019. Do you still hold the same opinion about him’ You are dragging me into a dangerous path. Fran
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EU, World Bank hail Edo Govt. on campaign against human trafficking
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
call on other states to adopt Edo intervention modelThe European Union (EU), the World Bank and the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) have commended Edo State Governments unrelenting and well-articulated effort to curb human trafficking and illegal migration in the state.The stakeholders disclosed this at the 2nd Roundtable Dialogue on Managing Migration Through Development Programme (MMDP), a two-day event which kicked-off on Tuesday in Benin City, the Edo S
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Lawmaker appeals to Ajimobi to complete projects before handing over
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
As the present political administration winds up, lawmakers in Oyo state have called on the state governor to expedite action on completion of ongoing projects across the state.Specifically, a lawmaker representing Oyo East/Oyo West state constituency, Mr Muideen Olagunju who described the ongoing projects as slow, urged the government to ensure no projects is left uncompleted or abandoned in the interest of development and benefit of the people.He made the plea during Tuesday plenary presided o
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Aisha Buhari to Nigerian women: Vote Buhari again
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
The Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday called on Nigerian women to ensure the return of the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration in 2019.She made the appeal at a National Women Leadership Summit organized by a political group, Project 4+4 for Buhari & Osinbajo 2019, at the National Women Development Center, Abuja.Mrs. Buhari, in a statement by herDirector of Information, Suleiman Haruna,observed that during the last election, women participated fully in t
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Ritual killings: Police declare war on herbalists, others
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
The Assistant Inspector General (AIG) of Police incharge of Zone II Lawal Shehu on Tuesday declared war on native doctors and human parts dealers within Lagos and Ogun.The declaration followed the spate of ritual instigated killings and desecration of corpses exhumed from graveyards.Lamenting the involvement of young people in ritual activities, Shehu said each time the suspects were apprehended, they usually claimed they were herbalists, adding that some native doctors were aiding and abating t
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Be wary of PDP, Arewa youths tell Nigerians
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
A group of youths under the auspices of Arewa Proactive Youth Coalition has urged Nigerians to be wary of the Peoples Democratic Party, especially the ability of the party to transparently manage public resources when voted into power.President of the group, Inuwa Bako, in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, the nations capital, dismissed the flag-off of the presidential campaign of the PDP as a scam, saying that the youths from the region were wiser now.He also described the appearance of some chi
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APC dismisses Kalus death, warns against peddling of wicked rumour
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Abia State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abia State dismissed rumours of death of former Governor of Abia State and chieftain of the party in the state, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu.This is even as has cautioned members of opposition parties in the state to discontinue peddling of the wicked rumour that the former governor of the state and the partys candidate for Abia North senatorial zone in 2019 is dead.According to the rumour, Kalu reportedly died few weeks ago in a Wiesbaden, German
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No work, no pay: You are vindictive, NLC tells FG
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has accused the government of being vindictive in its application of Labour laws in the country insisting that Nigerian workers will not accept being turned into slaves in their own country as a result of governments selective application of the laws.Labour said the decision by government to invoke the no work, no pay rule on striking workers was an attempt to intimidate workers into accepting unfriendly Labour practices, adding that the current struggle by the
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OAU student emerges Miss Moremi
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Miss Adedamola Tolubi, a 300-level student of Obafemi Awolowo University, OAU Ile-Ife, has emerged the winner of the 2018/2019 edition of Queen Moremi Ajasoro Cultural Pageant.Adedamola beat five other finalists to win the crown at the pageant sponsored by the House of Oduduwa Foundation and hosted by the wife of Ogun State governor, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun, in Abeokuta, Ogun State.She took home a brand new Toyota Camry car, N1 million cash prize in cheque among other prizes. The first and second r
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ZUFF 18: Experts share thoughts on film financing
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Day three of the ongoing Zuma Film Festival in Abuja started with the energy needed to fill a gap in the business of filmmaking.Discussing the topic: Film Business and Financing, experts in related fields, including Mr. Hope Yongo, Technical adviser to the Managing Director of Nigerian Export-Import Bank (NEXIM); film entrepreneur, Mr. Madu Chikwendu; Mr. Kene Mkparu, President/CEO of KOMWORLD Ltd; Mallam Adbullahi Maikano, President, MOPPAN and a member Mr. Anas Yazid; filmmaker Paul Papel, and
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Sniffy returns with Slowly
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Fast rising musician, Solomon Ifeanyi simply known as Sniffy has released his latest studio effort titled Slowly. Produced by Kingpin, Slowly, according to the delta state born artiste is a sequel to his previous single Play Love.I always write songs from my own experience, so what Im going through determine what write about, said Sniffy while speaking on what inspired Slowly.Most definitely, as I said before, my project is holistic in nature so you have not seen anything yet. It does not end wi
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Veteran actor Victor Olaotan seeks $50 000 for treatment abroad
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Two years after a tragic accident, popular actor, Victor Olaotan, has reached out for financial help to enable him travel abroad fo treatment to prevent his two legs from being amputated.The treatment which involves neuro-rehabilitation will require the sum of $50, 000.Ireti doyle, a colleague took to her Instagram a day ago to ask for help to make his recovery a success. She wrote, 2years ago my friend, colleague and tv husband, Victor Olaotan aka Fred Ade-Willams was involved in a ghastly moto
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Spartaz begins nationwide concert in Lagos
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Fast-rising urban rap group, Spartaz, has kick-started its much-awaited nationwide tour of Nigeria with the take-off point being Lagos.The Calling singers who have started head-lining major industry events in Lagos, were among the headlining acts at the NYSC/BEAT 99.9 FM Concert which held recently at the NYSC Camp in Agege, Lagos.The event, which saw the Ekiti-born rappers stealing the show with their stage presence and dance skills, also featured other top artistes, including CDQ, Victor AD, O
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ZUFF 18: Experts share thoughts on film financing
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Day three of the ongoing Zuma Film Festival in Abuja started with the energy needed to fill a gap in the business of filmmaking.Discussing the topic: Film Business and Financing, experts in related fields, including Mr. Hope Yongo, Technical adviser to the Managing Director of Nigerian Export-Import Bank (NEXIM); film entrepreneur, Mr. Madu Chikwendu; Mr. Kene Mkparu, President/CEO of KOMWORLD Ltd; Mallam Adbullahi Maikano, President, MOPPAN and a member Mr. Anas Yazid; filmmaker Paul Papel, and
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Lafarge Africa to sell N89.21b rights issue at N12 per share
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
The board of Lafarge Africa Plc yesterday announced that the company will be raising N89.21 billion in new equity funds through a rights issue at N12 per share.Lafarge Africas share price dropped by 4.48 per cent or 60 kobo to N12.80 per share yesterday at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).The rights price represents a discount of 10.45 per cent on the companys traded closing price as at Monday, December 3, 2018.The rights issue will be pre-allotted on the basis of six new ordinary shares of 50
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Star Lager powers One Lagos fiesta
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Star Lager Beer said it plans to round off the year in conjunction with the Lagos government at One Lagos Fiesta, scheduled for December 24 to January 1.The government said artistes cutting across all genres would be performing at the fiesta with support from Star Lager.The eight day celebration will hold in five different designated locations in Lagos simultaneously and will feature not just artistes but dance groups and cultural performances.Speaking on why the brand chose be at the event, the
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Fidelity Bank restates commitment to strategic plan
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Fidelity Bank Plc has reaffirmed its commitment towards achieving its five-year strategic plan. The lender said it will continue to advance socio-economic development through its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes.The banks Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Nnamdi Okonkwo spoke in Lagos on Saturday during its annual Fidelity Year End Party appropriately themed Doing Good, held at Eko Hotel & Suites, Lagos.Organised in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the banks
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$15,000 special Xmas intervention sale to BDCs begins tomorrow
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
CBN injects $210m into forex marketThe $15,000 weekly Yuletide special intervention foreign exchange (forex) sales to Bureau de Change (BDC) operators commences tomorrow, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) has announced.In a statement, signed by CBN Director, Trade & Exchange Department, U. Abdullahi, he explained that with the approach of yuletide season and the resultant increase in the demand for Personal/Business Travel Allowances, the apex bank has in addition to the existing market days
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Petroleum industry gets 95 per cent nuclear licences
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
The Nigerian Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NNRA) yesterday said 95 per cent of the nuclear licences it has issued are for the petroleum industry.Its Director-General, Prof. Lawrence Dim, who spoke to reporters said although other industries such as the beverage, breweries and paper mills also use nuclear materials, the oil and gas industry deploys nuclear materials heavily for well-logging and radioactivity.Represented by the Director, Radiological Centre, Prof. Timothy Akpan, in Abuja during th
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Lagos boosts entrepreneurs capacities on non-oil exports
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Lagos State is one of the nations success stories in non-oil exports as key components of economic diversification. Its Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment has held a workshop to expose entrepreneurs to export opportunities, DANIEL ESSIET reports. Oil exports have weathered many storms in the last five years as prices keep falling and rising, causing disruptions to revenue projections.To address this, the Federal Government has implemented reforms and pursued economic diversification to c
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SMEs seek tax relief, ease of business climate
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Operators of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Nigeria are seeking tax incentives to counter competition from regional rivals, offering lower rates.Speaking in Lagos, President, Association of Small Business Owners (ASBON), Dr Femi Egbesola, said SMEs are suffocating under multiple tax regimes observed across the various tiers of government.He said small and medium enterprises must be given enough tax incentives and improved access to financing to become significant contributors to ec
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IFC, firm partner to boost market access for women entrepreneurs
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
WEConnect International, a global network of corporations committed to sourcing goods and services from women suppliers, has signed an agreement to boost access to markets for women-owned small and medium enterprises in emerging markets. The agreement was IFCs first active partnership supported by the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative ( We-Fi).Under the agreement, IFC and WEConnect International will increase the number of companies that source from women-owned businesses, with an emphasis
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GTBank wins Bank of the Year Award
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
Guaranty Trust Bank Plc has won the award for Bank of the Year Nigeria for the second year in a row at The Bankers Bank of the Year Awards, regarded as the industry standard for excellence within the global banking sector.Guaranty Trust Bank Sierra Leone Ltd, a subsidiary of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, was also recognised as the Bank of the Year Sierra Leone at the event, which held on November 29, at the Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, London, United Kingdom.The Banker, a publication of the Finan
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States eye $700m for governance, public finance
Wed, 05 Dec 2018
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday said the Federal Government will release $700 million to states to improve governance and public finance management.Buhari explained that this was one of the several measures to enthrone transparency and accountability in the public sector in order to deepen the fight against corruption.The president who was represented by Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, disclosed this at the annual conference of Auditors-General of Nigeria
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