The controversial and exuberant Chief of Staff to Kogi State Governor, Edward Onoja is desperately plunging billions of Naira into the oil and gas sector of Nigeria economy, LeadingReporters can authoritatively revealed.
A discreet investigation carried out by this online platform has revealed that Edward Onoja, aside from investing and acquiring Enyo Filling Station, is desirous of becoming a major player in the downstream oil sector within the shortest possible time.
Our investigation further revealed that there are currently more branches of the filling station springing up in States like Plateau, Benue and other States within the North Central region. A source who spoke to LeadingReporters on condition of anonymity revealed that Onoja is cashing in on the office he currently holds sway to amass wealth, knowing too well that tomorrow is not guaranteed politically for him.
“He is massively investing in the oil and gas, estate and agriculture. He owns the largest stake in Enyo Filling Station and he is plunging billions of Naira to ensure a faster spread of the filling station, first within the North Central Region and then to every part of Nigeria. He wants the services it offers to rank among the bests and the biggest in Nigeria. He seems determined. Above all, there seems enough money to pursue the vision”
Recall that Edward Onoja has been at the center of most political controversies in Kogi State. Kogi State has become notorious for promoting policies that do not better the lot its citizens, especially the civil servants. Furthermore, thuggery, and gun running have allegedly become the order of the day in Kogi State, under the Yahaya Bello APC-led government.
Kogi is ranked the worse in terms of payment of salaries, and gratuities to serving and retired civil servants.
– Source: Leading Reporters
Customer battles Cosmos Maduka’s Coscharis Motors over N24m
These are not the best of times for Coscharis Motors, owned by Mr. Cosmos Maduka as Mr Olusina Sofola has dragged the company to a Lagos Magistrate’s Court, sitting at Igbosere, over a defective Jaguar car valued at N24.15million sold to him.
The claimant is demanding N9.5million, as general damages, resulting from the inconveniences suffered as a result of the defective supposedly brand new Jaguar car sold and delivered to him, by the defendants.
Sofola is further asking for an order of court directing the defendants to replace the Jaguar XJ 2.0 Sedan Automobile with chassis No SAJAA12NIFPV79999 and engine No 040914054912204PT, with a new one of the same specifications.
He is also seeking an order directing the first defendant to refund N148, 335, being the excess on the N1,097,035.17, paid by the claimant for the purchase and replacement of the cracked windscreen.
He also asked the court to declare that the defendants breached the warranty given to the claimant upon the purchase of a brand new Jaguar XJ 2.0 Sedan Automobile and that it also breached the duty to deliver a fit for purpose brand new Jaguar to the claimant.
Sofola in his particulars of claim said that on December 7, 2016, he purchased a black coloured 2015 model Jaguar, the XJ 2.0 Sedan automobile from the first defendant for N24,150,000.
He said that the purchase of the car came with a three year warranty, adding that the warranty stipulated that he would enjoy the car without problem.
According to him, upon delivery of the car together with its documentations, he noticed on the same day of the delivery that the three years warranty pack included as part of the car maintenance package had been removed.
The claimant also noticed that there was a problem with the closing of the car bonnet, and that he made a complaint and was advised to take the car back for adjustment. A few days later, he said he also noticed that the car was showing maintenance due sign, with the dash board and certain other parts of the interior of the car peeling and being very sticky to touch. He said he made a complaint to one Mr. Umokoro, an official of the first defendant, who promised to sort out the issues and further assured him that the defective parts complained of would be ordered and re-installed in the car, while the warranty service pack would be restored.
The claimant who resides and carries out business at Ikeja, said barely a week after the purchase of the car, he had to return the Jaguar to the Awoyaya office of the first defendant. However, the defendants in their response denied some of the claims of the claimant, stating that the car was delivered to the claimant in good condition.
They stated that the terms of warranty only covered certain problems that the car may have during the period warranted. The defendants also said that at the time of the delivery of the vehicle to the claimant, the warranty/service pack of the Jaguar automobile sedan was in the globe compartment of the vehicle which also contains the hand book alongside the owner’s manual.
They averred that the claimant was not entitled to replacement of the Jaguar automobile sedan as there was no such provision in the warranty. The firm also averred that the ordinary summons of the claimant was baseless, frivolous and calculated to reap funds from the defendants. Consequently, the firm asked the court to dismiss the suit and award substantial cost against the claimant.
Fresh plot to blackmail Amnesty Programme boss, Charles Dokubo uncovered
A new plot has been hatched aimed at tarnishing the image of the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta and Coordinator, Presidential Amnesty Programme (PAP), Prof. Charles Dokubo.
The plot, which is already in its advanced stage, is orchestrated by individuals who have failed in their bids to force Dokubo to award contracts to them.
This newspaper gathered that Prof. Dokubo has severally turned down overtures by those behind the plot, and now to get at him, they have resorted to blackmailing him.
In one of the campaigns of calumny, an online portal had reported award of fictitious contracts to the tune of N3.2 billion within a period of one month to two companies allegedly fronting for the Amnesty Programme coordinator.
But in a statement signed by special assistant on Media to the office, Murphy Ganagana, urged members of the public to ignore the alleged N3.2billion contract scam report.
The statement however noted that it was not the wish of the agency to ‘dissipate valuable time and energy in recapping the “wholesomely fallacious report’’.
According to him the online portal from which the story emanated had become notorious in purveying fake news and promoting blackmail to nauseating level, adding that the attempt to drag the image of the highly revered wife of the president, Mrs. Aisha Buhari and the National Security Adviser, General Babagana Monguno, to the mud to score a point was appalling.
The statement read in part: “To put the records straight, we wish to state as follows: It is true that a contract for empowerment of 300 Niger Delta youths in oil and gas instrumentation was awarded to Messrs. Glassfa Continental Ltd, and another contract for training and empowerment of 400 delegates in coastal fishing was awarded to Innotek Royal Services Limited.
“However, the two contracts in question were beyond the threshold of the Special Adviser to the President and Coordinator, Amnesty Programme. Therefore, in line with statutory guidelines and regulations, a Due Process No Objection was sought and obtained from the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) vides a letter OSAPND/GCL/VT/2018/11010 dated 19th October, 2018. Consequently, approval for award of contracts to the two companies was granted by the BPP.”
It added that contrary to the allegation that payment had been made to the two companies even though work has not commenced, “we wish to state with emphasis that no dime has been paid to any of the two companies. It is pertinent to state that processes leading to payment of 15 per cent of contract sum are yet to be completed for the two companies which have not been handed delegates for training. Files of the two companies on the contracts have not reached the Prof. Dokubo’s table.
“On the allegation of 30 companies discovered to have been perpetrating contract fraud worth billions of Naira by an external auditing committee said to have been inaugurated by Prof. Dokubo, it existed only in the imagination of the publishers of Pointblanknews as NO such committee was inaugurated at the Amnesty Office under Prof. Dokubo, and no contract fraud was unearthed at any time.”
The office of the Presidential Amnesty Programme under Professor Dokubo has witnessed substantial achievements in the last one year. On assumption of office on March 13, 2018, Charles Quaker Dokubo, an erudite professor and nuclear scientist had a clear mandate: to retool the programme to make it more robust and impactful for the enlisted ex-agitators in the Niger Delta with the ultimate goal of achieving sustainable peace and development in all facets of the region.
Barely three months on, precisely in 100 days, leaders and stakeholders in the Niger Delta, are convinced of President Muhammadu Buhari’s quest to transform the region through the instrumentality of the amnesty programme with the appointment of Prof. Dokubo who they describe as a messiah that has come to chart a new path for the programme. Their conviction is apparently based on his sterling performance and achievements within a short period.
Delta Accountant General, Cyril Agbele speaks on why the state is able to pay workers regularly
Delta State Accountant-General, Cyril Agbele has explained why Delta State pays its workforce regularly. Agbele, in an interview, said the state adopted a deliberate policy of paying salaries and pensions on a first line charge basis.
He said: “By implication, no other payment such as contracts obligation and overhead are made until salaries are paid. This policy is borne out of this administration’s conviction that human resource is a key factor in the successful implementation of the administration’s SMART agenda. The administration’s resolve at ensuring welfare of both serving public servants and pensioners is also reflected in its commitment towards settlement of outstanding contributory pensions past benefit arrears that were accumulated by the past administration.”
He added that Delta State government could fare well without oil.
“It would have been difficult but not unmanageable as our economic realities such as employment strength would have been tailored in line with our revenue profile. In the same manner, certain interventionist agencies such as Delta State Oil-Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC) would not have been created with its attendant development strides across the oil-producing and difficult to reach riverside communities.
“The state’s public service had 49,632 public servants, 2,208 political office holders and 4,669 Youth Corps/Student Nurses; totalling 56,509 staff strength on its pay roll as at May 29, 2015 when this administration took over.
“However, with cost-saving measures put in place through the Biometric screening of the pay roll, 403 people have been weeded out from the service while the staff strength has been reduced to 44,058, 2,546 political office holders and 975 Corps/Student Nurses all totalling 47,579 at the end of August, 2018.
“Suffice to note that aside biometric screening, retirements and other natural means of exit from the service accounts for the reduction in staff strength. Similar feat has been achieved in pension administration through strict monitoring and screening by the state’s pension administrators with 11,606 pensioners in the “pay as you go” scheme at inception and 9,464 as at August 31, 2018 respectively.
“The pension figures are, however, without prejudice to additions and exits associated with natural retirement/deaths within the period under review,” he said.
On Delta State monthly IGR and Lagos’, he said: “It is instructive to note that Lagos State remains the commercial nerve centre of this country and the most cosmopolitan of every other state in Nigeria.
In the circumstances, it has the advantage of hosting commercially-viable sea ports and international airports with its concomitant commercial activities in goods and services which place it at a vantage position above other states in harnessing revenues.
“The foregoing notwithstanding, Delta State has, within its constrained position of not having a functional sea port/international airport managed to shore up its Internally Generated Revenue to an average of between N4 – N5 billion monthly through reforms in its taxes and fees regime.
“The state has galvanised taxes from hitherto untapped informal sector and land/allied resources regularisation policies.
“The foregoing modest IGR achievement is in spite loss of PAYE taxes arising from relocation of major oil companies from the state due to security challenges for which this administration has put in concerted efforts to restore normalcy and peaceful environment to engender oil production activities.
“The assertion that without the 13% Oil Derivation that Delta State would have been bankrupt like other states in the country is wrong.
“This assertion is not correct, as the state would have tailored its expenditure along its revenue profile. Like I earlier mentioned, most recruitments into the public service would have been tailored to the state’s profile for example, likewise contractual obligations and other expenditure lines.
“In addition to the above, it is worthy to note that the state undergoes a critical cost benefit and liquidity ratio analysis by technical experts within its public service as well as debt sustainability analysis under the purview of the Debt Management Office before embarking on any borrowing with a view to ensuring a sustainable debt position. Consequently, the assertion of likelihood of bankruptcy without oil is fallacious.”
On the role of Delta State government in re-settlement of erstwhile militants, Agbele said: “I am aware that the state government has adopted multifaceted strategies towards ensuring and enthroning peace in the Niger Delta not just for Delta State but also for the entire country. It is without doubt that peace in the Niger Delta is essential for the development of the country as it engenders uninterrupted oil production and gas activities in the region.”
On steps to be more financially solvent, he said the state has put the following measures in place: “Realistic budgeting that are not superfluous in addition to strict budgetary control using the SAP, ERP Software, strict financial discipline through procurement reforms, cash budgeting, biometric time and attendance scheme on pay roll and prioritisation of capital expenditure for maximum multiplier impact on the population. Award of contacts within expected inflows. Invoice discounting of contractual obligations to manage liquidity and ensure that contractors remain on site, strengthened internal controls in the revenue generation chain with emphasis on broadening the state’s tax net through informal sector participation and blocking of all loopholes that could encourage leakages.
Such strategies include Direct Bank Lodgement System for all classes of revenue introduction of e-receipts to reduce service turnaround time for clients while blocking the loophole of proliferation of government receipts, among other strategies.”
SOURCE: THE NATION
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