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Reps order AGF to appear before committee on September 7

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The ad hoc committee of the House of Representatives, which is currently investigating the non-remittance to the National Housing Fund (NHF) and the utilization of funds, has demanded the presence of Mrs. Oluwatoyin Madein, the Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF), at its next session.

If she fails to appear on September 7th, the committee has warned that she may face arrest.

According to the Daily Post, during its resumed sitting in Abuja on Thursday, the committee had initially called upon the Director of the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS), a department under the Office of the AGF, to explain the non-remittance to the NHF.

However, the committee was dissatisfied with the response given by the IPPIS director and insisted that she attend the next session.

Although the IPPIS director had brought a letter to elucidate the reasons for the AGF’s absence, the committee remained unconvinced and decided to re-invite her.

The committee cited the director’s inability to adequately answer the questions posed before him as the primary motive behind their decision, emphasizing that he must come back with the AGF on September 7th and be prepared to provide further explanations.

Representative Dachung Bagos, the chairman of the committee, affirmed that they could not rely on the same individual who had failed to provide the necessary information from the Office of the AGF.

He also emphasized that they aimed to provide a fair hearing to the AGF, as they did not wish to be seen as engaging in a witch hunt. As a result, they decided to give her another opportunity to appear before the committee.

Furthermore, the committee instructed Remital, the private organization responsible for remitting the funds, to also attend the session scheduled for September 7th.

This decision was made because the IPPIS was unprepared to answer the committee’s inquiries. Nonetheless, the committee commended Remital for promptly appearing before them with the required documents and placed blame on the IPPIS for failing to be adequately prepared.

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BREAKING: Tinubu Appoints Ayodeji Gbeleyi as BPE DG

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President Tinubu
– Ayodeji Gbeleyi appointed as Director-General of Bureau of Public Enterprises
– Renowned financial expert and award-winning chartered accountant
– Over 30 years of experience in diverse sectors

President Bola Tinubu has appointed Ayodeji Ariyo Gbeleyi as the Director-General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE).

According to the President’s spokesman, Ajuri Ngelale, Gbeleyi is expected to bring his vast experience and competence to bear in this role.

Gbeleyi is a fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria and the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria.

He has also attended executive programmes at the prestigious London Business School, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and Lagos Business School.

With over 30 years of post-qualification experience in diverse sectors, Gbeleyi is well-equipped to strengthen the agency as the national resource centre for capacity building and sustenance of reforms.

The President expects him to promote a competitive private sector-driven economy and ensure social accountability and efficient deployment of public resources.

“The new Director-General is expected to bring his vast experience and competence to bear in this role,” said Ajuri Ngelale. “He will advance effective corporate governance and fiduciary discipline in the public and private sectors.”

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Love Knows No Age: Breaking Down the Taboo of Younger Men Dating Older Women in Nigeria

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As I explore Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage, I’m struck by the harmful biases that exist.

One example is the stigma against older women dating younger men – a double standard that restricts women’s choices and reinforces harmful gender stereotypes.

In Nigeria, a woman’s value is often tied to her age, with younger women being prized for their beauty and fertility.

what about older women who desire love and companionship? Why are they shamed for their relationships, forced to hide their love due to societal pressure?

The double standard is clear. Older men marrying younger women is widely accepted, even celebrated, while older women in relationships with younger men face judgment and discrimination.

This issue affects men too, who are trapped by societal norms, forced to conform to traditional gender roles and expectations.

It’s time to challenge these outdated norms and embrace love in all its forms by promoting gender equality and inclusivity.

Let’s look to inspiring examples of older women who have defied societal norms and found love with younger men. Women like Gabrielle Union, who has spoken publicly about her relationship with her husband, Dwyane, who is several years younger than her or women like Viola Davis, who has embraced her love for her husband, Julius Tennon, despite their significant age difference.

These women are trailblazers, paving the way for a new generation of Nigerians who refuse to be bound by societal norms.

They show us that love knows no age, no gender, and no boundaries. It’s time for us to follow their lead and create a society that truly celebrates love in all its forms.

Research has shown that relationships with significant age gaps can be just as fulfilling and long-lasting as those with smaller age gaps. In fact, some studies suggest that older women in relationships with younger men may experience increased happiness and satisfaction due to the younger partner’s energy and enthusiasm.

By letting go of societal constraints and embracing our true desires, we can experience increased self-esteem, confidence, and overall life satisfaction.

we can create a society where everyone can love freely, without fear of judgment or rejection.

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