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Obaseki swears-in 14 new Permanent Secretaries



Gov. Godwin Obaseki of Edo has sworn-in 14 new Permanent Secretaries (PS) urging them not to violate any clause of the oath of office they have taken.

Addressing the Permanent Secretaries during the swearing in at Government House in Benin on Thursday, the governor said he would not hesitate to sack any erring officer.

Obaseki said as a governor, he responds to mails and files within 48 hours and is not expecting less from the newly sworn-in officials in the state civil service.

“If I find that you violate any clause of the oath you have taken today, I will not hesitate to sack you, I mean it.

“I have spent the last few weeks interviewing only those that passed to ensure you have the right ethics, background and orientation to be the Perm Secs the state deserves,” he said.

He said he is introducing a new monitoring system to ensure documents, files and mails don’t spend beyond 72 hours on the desk of any civil servant.

“If a document stays beyond 72 hours on any desk, an automatic query will be issued to that officer.

“We have to move the state forward, we are here to serve our people, when you delay documents you delay decisions, if it is no says so and send the file out,” he said.

Obaseki said his administration is determined to correct the ills of the past, as he has committed enough resources to ensuring optimal productivity.

The governor added that the focus of his administration is to strengthen and reposition institutions for sustainability.

Responding on behalf of the Permanent Secretaries, Dr Irowa Osamwonyi thanked the governor for the appointment noting that they would be committed and sincere in the discharge of their duties.

“This is the first time in my over 25 years in service as a civil servant, I have seen merit taking precedence over other issues,” he said.


Lalong to Tallen: “Do not listen to gossips”.



Gov Simon Lalong of Plateau has advised Mrs. Pauline Tallen, the Minister of Women Affairs, to avoid listening to gossips from people that had no good intentions for Plateau.

“You should not listen to gossip from people who don’t mean well for Plateau. There are people who would sow seeds of discord between me and the minister for their selfish gains. Don’t listen to them,” Lalong said on Wednesday in Abuja.

He spoke at a post-inauguration dinner organied to honour Tallen, the north-central state’s representative in the Federal Executive Council, who was inaugurated as women affairs minister by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Lalong promised to work with Tallen and members of the National Assembly from the state for the progress of Plateau.

The governor, who congratulated Tallen on her appointment, said that Plateau would be better for it if they worked together.

“Today, you are a minister; Idris Maje is Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives. Others are members of the National Assembly and I am the governor.

“Respect everybody’s position; let’s work together and Plateau will be better for it.

“You need the governor as a minister to succeed and the governor needs you as minister to succeed.

“If I need to do something in Abuja, I will just call you and it will be done,” he said.

Lalong declared that he had nothing against Tallen, saying that he would always respect President Buhari’s discretion in appointing her as minister.

In his remarks, Idris Maje, Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, said that he had no doubt that Tallen would succeed, given her experience as a politician.

“We are going to cooperate with you from the National Assembly, especially in the area of oversight function, for you to succeed.

“You have the senators and members of the House of Representatives behind you. I assure you that we are going to work with you,” he said.

The deputy speaker said that it was needless to blackmail or malign anyone for political gains, and advised those who had made gossip their trade to desist from that.

Tallen, in her remarks, thanked the governor and Plateau people for the honour done her.

The minister said that she would be a minister for every citizen of Plateau and Nigeria, irrespective of political, religious and ethnic affiliations.

“Whoever knows me knows that I don’t believe in ethnic or religious politics.

“My doors are open; we will work together for the progress of Plateau.

“I am your ambassador Mr Governor; I am at your disposal for anything that pertains the national level,” she assured.

The Nigeria News Agency , reports that the dinner was attended by members of the Plateau House of Assembly, traditional rulers, among others.

Edited by Ephraims Sheyin

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Governors meet to discuss NFIU’s directive on LG funds,  health issues



The 36 state governors under the umbrella of Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) are  meeting in Abuja to discuss update on recent directive of the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) on  local government funds.

The governors according to the agenda of the Wednesday’s meeting are also expected to discuss and review update on Primary Heath Care under One Roof (PHCOUR) and other health related matters.

Also on the agenda is ” UN General Assembly – Panel on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Climate Change; Feedback on Governors’ Meeting with African Development Bank (AfDB) and Chinese Investors.

Others were the forum’s one-day meeting with partners such as Debt Management Office, Joint Task Board and Nigeria Stock Exchange.

 Expected to be presented to the governors at the meeting is  the  “Transmission Company of Nigeria: Briefing on Transmission Expansion Plan and its potential impact in improving power supply in states.”

Already in attendance at the meeting were the Chairman of the forum and Ekiti Governor, Kayode Fayemi, his Deputy and Governor of Sokoto, Aminu Tambuwal.

Others were Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Umaru Fintri (Adamawa), Udom Emmanuel (Akwa Ibom), Willie Obiano (Anambra), Samuel Ortom (Benue), Bala Mohammed (Bauchi), Godwin Obaseki (Edo).

Also present were Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), Dairu Ishiaku (Taraba), Abubakar Badaru (Jigawa), Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta), Emeka Ihedioha (Imo), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Aminu Masari (Katsina),

Bello Matawalle (Zamfara), Babagana Umara (Borno) and  Cross River Deputy Governor, Prof. Ivira Esu.

Edited by  Obike Ukoh

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APC inaugurates 2 screening committees for Kogi, Bayelsa primaries



The National Chairman of APC,  Adams Oshiomhole who inaugurated the committees in Abuja, urged them to do proper screening.

He said proper screening of candidates would avoid a situation where the party would lose candidates again.

The Nigeria News Agency   reports that the party has scheduled Aug. 22 and  Aug.23 for the committees to screen the aspirants.

Sen. Hope Uzodinma leads the seven-member committee to screen aspirants in Kogi while the committee for aspirants in Bayelsa is chaired by Sen. Abdullahi Gumen.

Oshiomhole urged the committees to request clarification from the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party if in doubt of claims or contradictions by any aspirant.

“You (committee) need to do proper screening and ensure that those who passed the screening are likely to be able to stand the test, not only of winning election but will not be challenged after victory.

“We have couple of cases where people claimed what they did not have or they sworn affidavits such that they have two, three ages, depending on what they sworn affidavits for.

“We have a recent case in Taraba where APC candidate who went through entire process had  his candidature nullified at the Supreme Court on account of falsification of age.

“If you notice contradiction, identify them for clarification becauseif you fail to clarify,  there is still another road block.

“The opponent can point out those contradictions and our party’s candidature might be in jeopardy. So, it is an exercise that is extremely important.

“Some people make claims to certain qualifications.  They should have body proof to establish them before you and if you are in doubt, please amplify it to us, particularly with NWC, with appropriate recommendation,” he said.

According to him, the committees should look put for eligibility of aspirants which includes financial membership of the aspirants, adding that such aspirant’s membership must exceed one year.

He also that only the NWC  could give waver for any aspirant that spent less than a year in the party.

Oshiomhole, who said that the screening would hold at state party secretariats in Lokoja and Yenagoa, said that the idea was to move party’s activities closer to the aspirants.

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Secondus to aspirants: Don’t rely on party leaders for PDP governorship ticket



The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has advised its members seeking the party’s nod to contest the Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections against relying on the party’s leaders for the ticket.

He assured the aspirants of a level playing ground, adding that the party had no preferred aspirant.

“Go and work on the delegates. They are the ones that will elect you as candidate; no one else, not even members of the NWC, can help you.

“All I can assure you is that we are going to conduct free, fair and transparent primaries in Kogi and Bayelsa States,” he said.

The Nigeria News Agency , reports that certificates were issued to the cleared aspirants from the two states.

Among them were former Governor of Kogi, Idris Wada, Sen. Dino Melaye, Abubakar Ibrahim, a son of former Governor Ibrahim Idris, and 10 others.

Those cleared for Bayelsa included the deputy governor, John Jona; the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Kemela Okara, former Managing Director of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Timi Alaibe.

Also on the Bayelsa list were Ambassador Godknows, Sen. Douye Diri, and 16 others.

Edited by Kamal Tayo Oropo and Ephraims Sheyin

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Appointment of Adebayo, “Round peg in a round hole”,Ekiti speaker



The Speaker, Ekiti State House of Assembly, Mr Funminiyi Afuye, has described the appointment of Mr Niyi Adebayo as Minister,as a “Round peg in a round hole.”

Afuye said this on Wednesday in a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media, Mr Tai Akogun and made available the Nigeria News Agency, in Ado Ekiti.

The speaker described Adebayo, a former governor of Ekiti as “Tested and trusted.”

Acute assured President Mohammadu Buhari in particular and Nigerians in general that Adebayo would not betray the confidence he( the president) reposed in him.

“Adebayo, the newly appointed Minister and former governor of Ekiti who served the state without blemish, has a pedigree of courage and integrity in service.

” I, therefore, thank the President and the National Assembly for the appointment of Adebayo,” Afuye said.

The speaker also assured the new minister of the cooperation of the Ekiti State House of Assembly.

He noted that such cooperation was the only way to ensure synergy between the purposeful leadership of Gov., Kayode Fayemi– led administration and the Federal government ‘where a focused son is representing Ekiti.”

NAN reports that Adebayo was until his appointment, the National Deputy Chairman (South)of the All Progressive Congress.

Edited by Dada Ahmed

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