As the nation mourns Mallam Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to the President, Mr Shehu Abui, his colleague in the New Nigerian Newspapers, has described him as “a humble and kind man who showed love to everyone around him”.
“I knew him when we were both senior reporters of the New Nigerian Newspapers under the editorship of Alhaji Mamman Daura.
“He was a humble person and did not show any discrimination on the basis of religion or tribe.
“He was a very close friend to me and had respect f0r everybody, including his juniors,” Abui, former Editor-in-Chief of the News Agency of Nigeria , told NAN in a telephone interview.
Abui said he was particularly impressed that Kyari maintained his positive traits in spite of the high offices he occupied later in life.
“Long after we both left the New Nigerian and Kyari rose to various positions, each time we met, he was always sure to maintain the same camaraderie; he would recall the past days, how we started together and make one feel at home.
“I recall meeting him in Lagos where he was a top official at the UBA. Immediately he saw me, he embraced me and took me round to other senior colleagues. He later gave a standing instruction that I be allowed to see him any time I showed up.
“Even as Chief of Staff, he showed immense respect and affection to former colleagues each time they met him.
“We feel very sad about his death, but God has the final say in the lives of His Creatures. May He grant Abba Kyari eternal rest,” Abui said.
NAN reports that Kyari died on Friday and was buried on Saturday in Abuja.
UI vice-chancellorship: Search team to get eligible candidate
Barely 90 days to the appointment of a vice-chancellor for the premier University of Ibadan (UI), the search team constituted by the Senate of the institution says it is searching for an eligible candidate for the post.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mr Tunji Oladejo, Director, Public Communication said this in an interview on Monday in Ibadan.
Oladejo stated: “The search team is mandated to look for anybody who is eligible to lead the university to be the vice-chancellor but who did not apply in the first instance but that person will now be encouraged to go and apply.
“Don’t forget that UI is a national treasure, a national institution so it covers everywhere in Nigeria.
“Because the whole of Nigeria is the coverage area of UI so the search team will look for any eligible candidates in all these areas.
“So we are at that stage now.
When asked of the next step in the race towards the vice-chancellorship, he noted that the contest “is a process and so it is one step at a time.
“But we have to wait for the search team to give their recommendations”.
Oladejo also said he could not tell the number of candidates that had applied for the post since he was not part of the council secretariat, noting that only the registrar could tell.
NAN reports that some candidates have withdrawn from the race having known that their chances of emerging in the race is slim.
Some members of the UI community said that they were praying for good candidate to emerge.
A member of the community who spoke on the condition of anonymity said that those at the frontline of the race include Prof. Adeyinka Aderinto, the immediate past Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), University of Ibadan, Prof. Kayode Adebowale, the current Deputy Vice-Chancellor Administration and Prof. Remi Raji, former Dean Faculty of Arts, among others.
The source said that Aderinto was perceived as a strong contender for the postion.
He, however, noted that the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes has raised the need for an Ibadan indigene to emerge as the Vice-Chancellor of the institution, presenting four candidates for the approval of one who could meet the criteria.
Edited By: Kayode Olaitan (NAN)
Presidency says TUC planned protest against EFCC, NDDC, NSITF ill-advised, uncalled for
The Presidency has frowned at the reported plan by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) to embark on a nationwide protest over the alleged President Buhari’s “inaction over the high-level of corruption uncovered at some Federal Government’s commissions.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that both the Executive and Legislative arms are currently investigating alleged cases of misconduct at the Niger Delta Development Agency (NDDC), the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) and the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC).
Malam Garba Shehu, the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity in a statement in Abuja on Monday, however, described the planned protests against the affected commissions by TUC as ill advised and totally uncalled for.
This is so, according to the presidential aide, in view of the fact that there are ongoing investigations in the cases by both the Executive and Legislative arms of government.
He said that these processes must be allowed to run their full courses.
”It is against the norm in a democratic society as well as the natural laws of justice to seek “action,” meaning punishment against offenders before proper investigation, trial and conviction.
”The President has made it clear that the allegations that have surfaced clearly “constitute a breach of trust” and as the investigations take hold and close out, all those found wanting will face the wrath of the law.
”The TUC, as an enlightened group of labour unionists, should indeed voice their indignation whenever such acts are being unearthed.
”However, the expectation will be for it to also raise the bar higher, in terms of the debate concerning the impact of such allegations on our ability, to create and retain employment, attract investment, improve the living conditions of its members and citizens, and how a preponderance of these heinous crimes decimates any gains being made in other spheres.
According to him, all these ills in their singular or combined form are consuming every nation, and Nigeria is no exception.
He, therefore, maintained that, ”we must hold the line and lock arms that way we rid ourselves of these existential issues whilst we grapple with those that are our own homegrown problems.
”This administration is committed to doing just that, and organisations like the TUC should be extending a hand in supporting such a fight that is in our collective interest,” he said.
Edited By: Felix Ajide (NAN)
Labour Party dissociates self from CUPP lawsuit against FG
The Labour Party (LP) has dissociated itself from the lawsuit instituted against the Federal Government by the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP).
The National Chairman of LP, Alhaji Abdulsalam Abdulkadir, at a news conference on Monday in Abuja, said he and his party, which was a stakeholder in the organisation of the opposition parties, were not in support of the action.
“I have been forced to address this news conference by the recent media controversy as well as the action taken by an individual to sue service chiefs in the name of CUPP, an organisation that I am a relevant and senior member of.
“This decision, as well as many others taken by this individual, has not been one borne out of consultations among members but a decision exclusively his.
“This habit, therefore, brings the question of why he did not use his own Political Party, rather than an organisation comprising other political entities.
“An individual should not and cannot continue to act in the interest of the whole without due consultation and approvals.
“I want to state categorically, as a formidable stakeholder in CUPP, that I am against the action of suing the Federal Government on the issue of the continuous stay of the service chiefs.
“Let me also state that I and the Labour Party, do not support the federal government’s decision to continue to retain the Service Chiefs in the face of rising insecurity in the North East and other parts of the country.
“However, we would not also allow ourselves to be dragged or become a party to a circus suit aimed primarily at promoting an individual’s quest for popularity and misplaced political relevance rather than at exacting justice for the Nigerian people,” he said.
Abdulkadir added that the law suit, no matter how pleasing it sounds, is not geared towards yielding a decisively positive result in the Courts but is geared towards making mockery of our judicial processes.
According to him, the Labour Party and I, will not be a party to reducing our national institutions into a mere circus and I therefore distance myself from the law suit.
“We cannot embark on a ludicrous journey aimed at taking undue advantage of our judicial process.
“Even though, we are an opposition Party and a standing member of the CUPP, we cannot continue be a part of an individual’s quest to weaken our national institutions and systems, when we are striving and hoping to take control of them in the future.”
Abdulkadir said that other executive members had watched with dismay how some persons who were not members of the Steering Committee had ran away with the organisation meant to represent a coalition of over seventy individual political interests, without recourse to the Steering Committee or the sensibilities of other partners.
“This has gone on for a long time in spite of concerted and concerned calls from all and sundry.
“The CUPP is made up of mature, respectable and responsible individuals and entities, which may explain why a lot of restraint have been exercised and members have been refrained from having a public showdown,” he said.
Edited By: Bola Akingbehin/Felix Ajide (NAN)
Flour Mills announces AGM attendance by proxy Sept. 10
Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc has announced that its 60th Annual General Meeting (AGM) scheduled for Sept. 10, would be by proxy and live streaming.
Mr Joseph Umolu, the Company Secretary, disclosed in a notice posted on the website of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) on Monday in Lagos.
Umolu said: “In view of the COVID-19 pandemic, the restrictions on mass gathering and in line with the guidelines issued by the Corporate Affairs Commission on holding AGMs using proxies, attendance at the AGM shall be by proxy.
“Consequently, a member entitled to attend and vote at the AGM is advised to select from the listed proposed proxies to attend in his stead,” he said.
The listed proxies are, Mr John Coumantaris; Dr Emmanuel Ukpabi; Mr Paul Gbedebo; Dr Salamatu Suleiman; Sir Sunny Nwosu; Mr Adesina Oladepo; Mr Boniface Okezie; Mrs Esther Augustine; Mr Nonah Awoh and Chief Timothy Adesiyan.
Umolu informed shareholders that the proxy form was attached to the annual report of the company and also available on url:shorturl.at/mp349.
He disclosed that dividends, if approved, would be paid on Sept. 14 to shareholders.
The secretary also informed shareholders that some dividend warrants had been returned to the registrar as unclaimed.
He urged shareholders to open bank accounts, stockbroking accounts and CSCS accounts for the purpose of e-dividend and bonus.
Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN)