By Daniel Idonor
ABUJAâ€”ACTING President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, rose to the challenges ahead of him when he approved the constitutions of a 26-man Presidential Advisory Council on critical areas of development, which is headed by former Minister of Defence, Lt Gen. Theophilus Danjuma and another one on Project Assessment Committee. Not only that, Jonathan also reconstituted the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC monitoring team.
The Advisory Council, aimed at giving his Presidency credibility and visibility, has in its ranks a foremost constitutional lawyer, Professor Ben Nwabueze as the second in command, who will serve as Deputy Chairman of the council.
The Project Assessment Committee has as its chairman, Architect Ibrahim Bunu while Mr. Bon Otti will serve as Vice chairman.
The NDDC committee is to be chaired by Chief Isaac O. Jemide.
A statement by the Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to the Acting President, Ima Niboro said the critical areas that the government was seeking wise counsel include power, economy, security, infrastructure, social sector, the electoral process, and the fight against corruption, among others.
The statement noted that the Advisory Council is to provide the Presidency with alternative inputs in policy formation, promote good governance in those specified area, as well as evaluate policy implementation and advice on areas requiring adjustments; adding that it will also advise the President on how to maximize the benefits derivable from governmentâ€™s efforts.
Alternative inputs into policy formulation
The statement said: â€œThe Acting President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has set up a Presidential Advisory Council to provide alternative inputs into policy formation, promote good governance in the areas of power, economy, security, infrastructure, social sector, the electoral process, and the fight against corruption, among others.
â€œOther terms of reference include: to evaluate policy implementation and advice on areas requiring adjustments; to advise the President on how to maximize the benefits derivable from governmentâ€™s efforts; to advise on such actions and programmes that may improve credibility and performance of the government, and advise on any other matter referred to it by the President.â€
Other members are Mr. Fola Adeola; Mallam Abubakar Gimba; Mr. Basil Omiyi; Alhaji M.D. Yusuf; Chief Emeka Anyaoku; Amb. G. B. Preware, Professor Bartholomew Nnaji and Mr. Kase Lawal. The rest are: Mallam Muhammed Hayatuddeen, Justice Alfa Belgore, Hon. Chibudom Nwuche, Mrs. Mobola Johnson, Hajiya Halita Aliyu, Alhaji Magaji Danbatta, Prof. B. G. Bajoga, Dr. (Mrs) Sally Bolujoko, Mrs. Mariam Uwais, and Chief Kanu Agabi.
Also on the list are Dr. Bamanga Tukur, Alhaji Ismaila Isa, Prof. Shehu Said Sarinwata, and Dr. Simon C. Okolo. The Chairman, National Economic Summit Group, is also a member.
The Permanent Secretary, Special Duties, in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation would serve as Secretary.
The committee shall be inaugurated at the Presidential Villa on Thursday, at10.00 a.m.
Vanguard had exclusively reported, Monday, that the Acting President was going to start sweeping changes from this week.
The Presidential Project Assessment Committee is to assess all federal projects and provide necessary information on the status of such projects that are on-going across the nation, according to Mr Ima Niboro.
The terms of reference of the Presidential Committee are as follows:
to take inventory of all on-going projects awarded by the Federal Government;
to assess the level of funding of each project;
to undertake a physical inspection of each project to determine work done,
to ascertain whether it is commensurate to the amount paid to the contractors;
to evaluate the professional competence of the contractors handling the various projects.
The committee will also determine whether the level of execution of the projects is in accordance with the terms of the contract agreement between the Federal Government and the contractor; and examine a plan of action that is realistic and practical and achievable including implementation phases for the execution of the projects.
Accordingly, it will further examine the reason given if applicable why the projects were not executed in accordance with the terms of contract agreement at the time of the award; and make appropriate recommendations to Government on how to fast-track the completion of the projects.
The committee has Arc. Ibrahim Bunu as chairman, while Mr. Bon Otti will serve as Vice Chairman. The other members are Mr. Iboro Ege-Edaba, Mr. Yomi Awoniyi, Navy Capt. (rtd.) Caleb Olubolade, Prof. Aminu Mikailu, Engr. (Dr.) Idris Abubakar, Engr. Pius Okpa, Mrs. Kate Okparake, Engr. Usman Abubakar and Engr. Gbola Tokun.
Others include Engr. Etido Inyang, Prof. Akoh N. Ugbabe, Engr. Ummi Aminu, Engr. Olusegun Adedeji, Engr. Khalil Inuwa and Engr. B. K. Mohammed; while Dr. O. Oluleye of the Office of Secretary of the Government of the Federation is Member/Secretary. The Committee has three months to complete its assignment and submit a report to Government. It will be inaugurated by the Acting President at 2.00 p.m, Thursday on March 4, 2010.
NDDC Monitoring Team
Meanwhile, the Acting President has also approved the reconstitution of the Presidential Monitoring Committee on the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC.
The ten-member Committee is for effective and easier management of the Commission, and is in accordance with Section 21(i) of the NDDC Act which empowers the President to appoint members of the Presidential Monitoring Committee on NDDC.
The committee which is to be chaired by Chief (Barr.) Isaac O. Jemide as Chairman has Prof. Richard P. King, Surv. Akene Furoebe, Barr. Richard Anetekhai, Mr. Innocent Nyengerifaka and Engr. Rabiu D. Abubakar as members. Others members are Alhaji Bello Maccido, Mr. Kanu Chiemezia Joel, Prof. Akinkube Oladepo, Mr. Reuben Ade, while the Director in charge of Parastatals in the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation will serve as secretary.
The committee will also be inaugurated by the Acting President at the Presidential Villa on Thursday, March 4, 2010, at 2.00 p.m.
T. Y. Danjuma
G. B. Preware
B. G. Bajoga
Shehu S. Sarinwata
Simon C. Okolo
PS. Special Duties,
Office of SFG