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By Orjime Mvendaga

The Civil Society Groups for Good Governance (CSGGG) an assemblage of over 180 civil society organisations has advised journalists and media practitioners in the country to embrace the need and path of confirmation, balancing perspectives in its reportage to avoid unnecessary campaign of calumny and biased reportage aimed at misleading Nigerians.

The CSGGG president Comrade Ogakwu Dominic gave this advice yesterday while speaking with journalists in Abuja, on the recent publication by PremiumTimesng and SaharaReporters on 16th November, 2020, themed: INVESTIGATION: Authority Stealing: How Fashola’s ministry illegally paid ₦4.6BN into officials‘ personal accounts and How Ministry Headed By Ex-Lagos Governor, Fashola, Illegally Paid ₦4. 6bn Into Officials’ Personal Accounts, indicting and dragging through the mud the Ministry of Works, Power and Housing headed by Babatunde Fashola in allegations of paying over N4. 6bn into 21 private accounts of staffs in the ministry.

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He said, “It is very imperative to note that the role, the media can play as watchdog of the society is indispensable.

“Misleading reports is capable of creating chaos, causing panic and hatred which could be detrimental to national development.”

According to him, CSGGG have duly made a research and carried out an independent investigation into the allegations above-mentioned, and it is on this note that wit has decided to let the media in on the facts, and also to decry the constant mis-report against the person of Fashola during his time in office as the a Minister of Works and Housing, who was accused of paying into accounts monies amounting to Four Billion Six Hundred Million.

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It may interest you to know that Olasehinde Micah, Ogueri Ugochukwu Pascal, Oluwadare Festus Oluwatayo, Adekunle Ogunfadebo and Ahmad Mohammad, were all projects accountants of the Ministry accountants of the Ministry, and monies paid into their accounts was to finance different government programmes making the accounts official accounts as it was tagged “Projects Account.

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