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RMAFC seeks greater collaboration with EFCC

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Joel Ajayi

The Chairman of Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) Muhammad Bello Shehu has called for greater collaboration with the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC in the areas of revenue leakages and remittance to government and ensure recovery of unremitted/ lost revenues to the appropriate government coffers.

The Chairman made the call when he paid a courtesy visit to the Executive Chairman of the EFCC, Mr. Ola Olukoyede in his office in Abuja. Shehu said,” We are calling on EFCC for more collaboration, not only in the area of enforcement but also intelligence gathering and data sharing with respect to government revenue from any source. “

He further said, “The collaboration with your organisation in the area of enforcement served as an impetus to the success recorded in our recovery exercise. It is therefore important to bring to the fore that the collaboration between RMAFC and EFCC is crucial in addressing the challenges of unremitted revenue to the Federation Account.” Shehu also sought the assistance of the EFCC in respect of capacity building for the staff of RMAFC, especially in the area of forensic investigation.

The Chairman disclosed that his organisation had observed that many Revenue Generating Agencies described as Government Owned Enterprises (GOE) by the office of the Accountant General of the Federation are allowed to generate revenue, spend from it and remit the balance as operating surplus to the Consolidated Revenue Fund (CRF).

This, according to him, is not known to the Constitution as all Agencies are constitutionally mandated to remit the revenues generated in gross to the Federation Account as prescribed in section 162 (1) of the 1999 constitution, as amended, which states that the Federation shall maintain a special account to be called, ” The Federation Account” into which shall be paid all revenues collected by the Government of the Federation, except the proceeds from the personal income tax of the Personnel of the Armed Forces of the Federation, the Nigeria Police Force, the Ministry or Department of Government charged with responsibility for Foreign Affairs and the residents of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.

The Chairman recalled the collaboration between RMAFC and EFCC in 2013 when forensic consultants were engaged to recover unremitted and under-remitted revenues collected or deducted from the third party by the banks to the Federation Account covering a period of 2008 to 2015, where N74 billion (Seventy Four Billion Naira) was recovered.

He also disclosed that in 2021, the RMAFC engaged another set of consultants in synergy with EFCC and expanded the scope of recovery to include the Public sector and oil and gas sector for a period covering 2016 to 2019 with the approval of Mr. President. The exercise according to him has so far recovered over N216 Billion (Two hundred and sixteen Billion Naira) to the appropriate government coffers and it is still going on.

M. B. Shehu stated that the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission is one of the fourteen (14) Executive Bodies created by S. 153 (1) (n) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) to ensure the effective and efficient management of the nation’s revenue.

In his remarks, the Chairman of the EFCC Mr. Ola Olukoyede stressed the need for enhanced collaboration between the two organisations to ensure proper management of government revenue. He emphasized that the country can only move forward when there is transparency and accountability in the conduct of government business.

He urged RMAFC to look into the loopholes in the revenue generation and mobilisation system that allows for leakages and emphasized the need for a stakeholder meeting to address the issue.

The EFCC boss expressed optimism that Nigeria will be better if the right steps are taken. He said, “There are things we have been able to do together within the scopes of our mandate and your mandate as well. Transparency and accountability should be embedded in our public life as a nation. That’s the only way we can move forward.”

He further said, “One of the things the two agencies are supposed to focus on more now besides recoveries is our systems. There is nothing fundamentally wrong with us as Nigerians but with the system that we run here, if you bring in the people that make things work in their own countries to our system here, they would be corrupt. There is an entrenched system here that encourages people to steal, and it would appear as if nothing would happen. Let’s look at our system of revenue generation, the system that allows leakages in mobilisation and appropriation of funds. If we don’t look at the system, we will continue to chase shadows.”

“Let’s get our priorities right. I see no reason why a ministry that has no business with project execution would be awarding contracts. We should look at these areas and scale up our surveillance. In all of these let’s support the President in all his efforts to reposition this country. He relies on you and me and all the people he has put in a position of trust and responsibility.” He added.

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Foundation Advocates For Attitudinal Change In Society

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By Charles Ebi

Foundation for Correction of Moral Decadence (FCMD) has called for attitudinal change among Nigerians for the development of the country.

President of the organisation Joseph Danley Obiechie made the call yesterday at the foundation graduation held in Abuja.

He said that the anti-corruption war was the best thing that has ever happened to Nigeria because the country was not progressing due to the menace of corruption.

“I think we should all do everything possible to collectively assist the president so that corruption would be fought head on. Any country that is corrupt will definitely never progress,” Obiechie said.

According to him, the norms and values in our society unfortunately are almost gone with the wind.

Obiechie noted that from the lackadaisical way issues are approached and the despicable way the citizens treat each other; moral decadence has permeated into all facets of the nation.

Attitudinal change is key to our livelihood. Let’s change our mind-set especially in the performance of our civic responsibilities. When you perform your civic responsibility passionately, it makes your work easy. That is what this is all about. I found out that our prayers do not translate into how we behave in the performance of our civic responsibilities.

There is no time anybody has seen God. The God we can see is one another. We should treat each other with respect. Love is missing in our miss. The agape love that gives and asks nothing in return. 

Those in the educational sector are the backbone of this nation. Without them, I can stand here to speak.

The orientation of the mind is very important because they deal with our children. Children are the leaders of tomorrow.

According to him, the way we handle our children is very important.  We want to reorient the mind-set of the teachers so that he or she can be able to handle them. 

He call for the assistance of the media, to spread the message to our leaders as it will help a great deal. 

Rather than engage in such considerations, let us instead address very specific issues, focusing on those attitudes that are unfortunately still so rampant within our society and which are keeping us from attaining the quality of life which should be ours, especially considering the incredible resources, both human and natural, with which our nation is blessed.

He emphases the need to return to sound values which will make us prosper again as a nation and values are about morality.

A society that will develop and make significant advancement must have a certain number of people who will be dissatisfied and uncomfortable with things as they are, and be willing to commit their time and energies to doing something about it. They are the true leaders Nigeria is waiting for. The others will follow.

However, I would like to say that the fundamental attitudinal change we need in our nation right now is a moral one. If we continue to disregard and even despise those millions of Nigerians who are suffering because of the unjust system we are running children, young people, widows, the unemployed we will never attain sustainable development.

The nation will continue to inch our way forward, celebrating insignificant advancements; but even those will be seriously compromised by the price we will pay in terms of insecurity and constant restiveness in the country.

The worrisome developments in the country at this time, with drums of war starting to be beaten all over, also afford us a singular opportunity to check some of our attitudes to nation building. Can a nation be built on inequality and injustice? Again, we look to the leadership of the nation to provide a sincere, well-reasoned approach to tackling these challenges.

 “If nothing was done to halt these monstrous vices from devouring us, our country is doomed,” he said.

Earlier Mrs  Rekiya Muhammed Ibrahim, Director of Administration Education Secretariat who represented the Mandate Secretary, This is a kind of sensitisation that has been on-going for a while . We have been having it since 2022.

We are orientating the minds of our teachers, the school administrators and other staff of the education secretariat to have a change of attitude towards their work.

We believe if we are able to have this sensitisation for our school managers, administrators, teachers, it can go down to our pupils and they will also have a change of attitude.

You know we are in the administration of renewed hope. We want this country to change for the better. There are a lot of narrative vices that are going on in society. We believe that this orientation will help them have a rethink of how things are being done which will be traced down to the students so that this nation can develop.

We urged them to pay attention and listen, and take home the positive attitude to change the way they do things and further impact the knowledge to their students because our youths these days are something else.  

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