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James Ibori to Return to Nigeria in July, Joins APC – APC Stalwart, Chief Ayiri Emami

by on March 19, 2016
 
Former Delta State governor, Chief James Onanefe Ibori is due to be released and re­turned home to Nigeria from prison in the United Kingdom (UK) where he is serving jail terms for financial crimes not later than July 2016.
The ex-governor, who was ac­cused of stealing US$250 million from Delta State government cof­fers, was sentenced to thirteen years jail term by Southwark Crown Court, London, in 2012.
This was disclosed by Niger Del­ta youth leader and close confidant to Ibori, Chief Ayiri Emami, while addressing members of the Nige­ria Union of Journalists (NUJ) War­ri Correspondent Chapel on Friday in Warri.
Emami, an investor and frontline chieftain of the All Progressives Con­gress (APC), revealed that immedi­ate past governor of Delta State, Dr. Emmanuel Udughan refused joining APC due to the fear of the unknown.
In his words, “There have been speculations as to when Ibori would return, but I can confidently tell that by June or at most July, he would re­turn home to Nigeria and we all need him, especially in Delta to sanitize things again.
“If he were here, a lot of things would not have happened. Ibori was one of those who predicted that Goodluck Jonathan and the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, would not win the 2015 Presidential election. It was fear of the unknown that made his brother, former Governor Emma­nuel Uduaghan to remain in PDP. I listen to Ibori, I had to leave,” he said.
The Itsekiri chief hinted on his planned project to mobilise stake­holders and resources on a campaign to bring lasting solution to the men­ace of vandalism on oil facilities and its associated damage to the nation’s economy.
Nigeria saved N680b from contracts review in 2014
Mr Ahmed Abdu, Acting Director-General, Bu­reau of Public Procure­ment (BPP) on Friday said that Nigeria saved about N680billion from the Reviews and Certifica­tion of Federal Government con­tracts between 2009 and 2014.
Abdu announced this in La­gos at the opening ceremony of a Procurement Retreat for Chief Executives of Federal Govern­ment Parastatals and Agencies, organised by the BPP.
“We sanitised the public procurement system through the registration, categorisa­tion and classification of Feder­al Contractors, Consultants and Service Providers on its Nation­al database.
“The Bureau saved the na­tion over N680 billion through prior reviews and certification of Federal Government contracts between 2009 and 2014,’’he said.
Abdu also said that the pro­curement cadre in the Public Service had been professional­ised through various capacity building programmes.
According to him, procure­ment is globally recognised as a tool for good governance, con­sidering the immense benefits derivable from a sound procure­ment system.
Abdu also disclosed the Bu­reau’s plan to ensure strict com­pliance with extant regulations and guidelines on public pro­curement.
“As a signatory to the Unit­ed Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), Nigeria’s fight against corruption is statu­torily expected to shift from cor­rective to preventive measures.
“We also remain commit­ted to the provision of technical support to State Governments in omesticating the Procurement Act in their respective States, to ensure that procurement reforms make visible impact at State lev­el,’’ he said.
Secretary to the Federal Gov­ernment of the Federation, Mr Babachir Lawal, said that Presi­dent Muhammadu Buhari’s dis­position to tackling corruption was within the ambit of the Rule of Law.
Represented by the Perma­nent Secretary in his Office, Al­haji Mohammed Bukar,Lawal, Babachir reminded the Chief Executive Officers of President Buhari’s “unwavering commit­ment’’ to probity, accountability and value for money in govern­ment procurements.
 
In a relared Development, Ayiri Emami, investor and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has said his benefactor and former Delta state governor, Chief James Ibori who is serving jail term in the United Kingdom, UK, would return home to Nigeria not later than July this year.

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Chief Emami, confidant of Chief Ibori, disclosed this on Friday in Warri where he hinted on his planned project to mobilise stakeholders and resources on a campaign to bring lasting solution to the menace of vandalisation of oil facilities which he said was causing huge damage to the nation’s economy. He said, “There have been speculations as to when Ibori would return, but I can confidently tell you that by June or at most July, he would return home to Nigeria and we all need him, especially in Delta to sanitize things again.

“If he were here, a lot of things would not have happened. Ibori was one of those who predicted that Goodluck Jonathan and the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, would not win the 2015 Presidential election. It was fear of the unknown that made his brother, former Governor Emmanuel Uduaghan to remain in PDP. I listened to Ibori, I had to leave” On content of his campaign to end pipeline vandalism in the Niger Delta, Ayiri said, “Far from applying of force of arms to shut out the vandals. The whole idea is to ensure that the oil and gas being taken from the region make meaning in the lives of the host communities. We’ll not achieve this if the vandalisation continues.

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“The gas Nigeria produces supplies electricity to several parts of the country, but the communities from where it is being extracted don’t have the electricity to use. The crude oil from the land is refined into fuel but there are no fuel distribution outlets to serve riverine communities so they perpetually buy from the black markets.

“People are shouting now about fuel scarcity because of recent irregularity in importation, but year in year out, coastal communities in Niger Delta never get fuel at the normal pump price. My campaign to unfold soon is to ensure adequate provision of infrastructure and opportunities in the oil producing environment so that vandalism will stop”, Ayiri added.

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