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National Chairman APC, Oshiomhole Presents Gov. Bello To Buhari At Aso Villa…

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday formally presented the Kogi Gov.-elect, Yahaya Bello, to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) the re-elected Governor had earlier received a Certificate of Return from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Abuja, today.

The meeting between the president and the re-elected governor alongside the APC national chairman was held behind closed doors.

The Returning Officer of the Nov. 16 Kogi governorship election, Prof. Ibrahim Garba, had on Monday declared Yahaya Bello as winner of the election after polling 406,222 votes.

Bello defeated 24 other contestants, including Mr Musa Wada of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who polled 189,704 votes.

President Buhari had on Monday met behind closed doors with Bayelsa Governor-elect, Mr David Lyon, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The Bayelsa State governor-elect was also accompanied on the visit by National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiohmole, Gov. Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi state, Gov. Badaru Abubakar Jigawa as well as Minister of State, Petroleum Resources, Mr Timipre Sylva.


Governor of Niger says There are bad times Ahead, calls for adjustment in governance..

Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello has advocated the need for structural adjustment in governance to boost economic growth and development in the country.

Governor Sani Bello was speaking at a 3-day Executive Leadership Retreat on Administrative Relationship, Strategic Communication and Management of Public of Finance for Economic Development organised for the newly sworn-in state commissioners and other top government functionaries at the 5th Chukker Polo Country Club, Kaduna.

He described the retreat as timely and informative, urging participants to ensure they block all leakages in the system so as to improve the finances in the state.

He emphasised that the future will be tougher than it is presently, calling for structural adjustment and financial prudence.

“The future is looking very bleak financially and things will be tougher,” the Governor told the gathering.

According to him, the state must work towards moving away from over-reliance on federal allocations and device other means of generating revenue so as to strengthen the state economy.

“We need to block leakages, and we must do some structural adjustment to survive the challenges of the future; and the only solution is to move away from dependence on federal allocations and to raise our internally generated revenue so that federal allocation becomes just an augmentation. Our main revenue should come from what we generate internally and what we get as FAAC should be an augmentation.

“We must change the narrative because we must survive. We must move our system from basically a public reliance system into a private sector system,” he added.

The Governor further charged participants on financial prudence, to avoid issuing irrelevant memos, and to complete ongoing projects before embarking on new ones which must affect the lives of citizens.

The Governor, who called on the commissioners and other government officials to ensure proper execution of government policies and projects, also urged them to imbibe ethical practices.

He called for honesty and sincerity in discharging their duties and for them resist the lure of illicit gain.

The Governor promised that state permanent secretaries and directors will undergo a similar retreat as they play a critical role in policy formulation and implementation.

In his remarks, the Chief of Staff, Government House, Alh. Balarebe Ibrahim, commended Governor Bello for the initiative, which he said has given participants the opportunity to brainstorm and consider the challenges of service delivery to the people.

He gave assures that the new executive council would do its best to make use of the knowledge acquired at the retreat to the narrative of governance under the Bello administration.

Among commissioners speaking at the retreat were Alh. Mamman Musa, Ramatu Yar’adua, Rifkatu Chidawa, Haruna Dukku, all appreciating the Governor for approving the retreat and assuring that they have gained new knowledge that will be useful in the discharge of their duties.

Also appreciating the Governor was the Chairman and Chief Consultant of MBS AMINATO Investment Limited, who thanked him for the opportunity afforded to carry out the exercise.

He assured that he will continue to do his best when called upon to carry out any assignment for the state.

Some of the presenters at the state retreat were Babawachiko Yahaya, Permanent Secretary, Economic Affairs, Dr Ogho Okiti and Alh. Musa Saleh.


Bayelsa: See why my support made David Lyon victorious – Princess Ebiere Sidi Said..

A former Senior Special Assistant to Governor Henry Seriake Dickson on General Duties, Princess Ebiere Sidi, has given reasons why against all odds she supported the candidacy of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governor-Elect David Lyon.

According to Sidi, her support for Lyon against the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Douye Diri, was as a result of the state being in dire need of a leader that understands the challenges of the many ethnic and religious communities in the state and is likely to run an inclusive government.

The former adviser said she was convinced that Lyon would be the best candidate to bring development, fairness and equity to the running of Bayelsa State.

Briefing reporters in Abuja, Sidi, who expressed gratitude to God for making Lyon victorious at the November 16th governorship election, said that as an ardent supporter of the Governor-elect, she embarked on a house-to-house campaign to ensure that he won.

“Participation by both men and women, either directly or through legitimate representatives, is a key cornerstone of good governance. Participation needs to be informed and organised, including freedom of expression and assiduous concern for the best interests of the organization and society in general,” she said.

Sidi appealed to the Governor-elect to focus on issues that would lead to growth and development, not only in Bayelsa State, but the country at large.

She also said that going by the turn out of the election, it was clear that the people of Bayelsa needed a change in order to enjoy the dividends of democracy.

Sidi added: “From the voting pattern and the post-election comments, you will agree with me that Bayelsans are happy and hopeful that they will once again experience the dividend of democracy.

“As a Governor, you must be somebody who has time and commitment to ensure that there is equity. Such a person must address the yearnings of the people.

“Therefore, the word ‘good’ in governance connotes the proper exercise of authority, management of resources and respect for the rule of law in accordance with laid down principles for the benefit of all in the state.

“I am also of the view that if we have the right person, this country would be the right place for everyone.”

Speaking further, Sidi stated that Bayelsa needed a chief executive who can manage the resources accruing to the state and also ensure respect to the rule of law.

Sidi also emphasised the need for Lyon to focus on poverty eradication, unemployment, quality education, water supply, and infrastructure, among other matters.


Just In: Ruling Party, APC Kicks Against Bayelsa Governor, Dickson’s Appointment Of 32 Permanent Secretaries..

The All Progressive Congress (APC) in Bayelsa State has kicked against the recent appointment of 32 Permanent Secretaries in Bayelsa State Civil Service and other appointments in Ministries Departments and Agencies(MDAs) by Governor Henry Seriake Dickson.

The APC which described the appointments as “lacking in proper procedure” said it is also “lopsided” and meant to over bloat the State Civil Service.

The party in a statement by its Secretary, Alabo Martins which stated that though the party is not averse to such appointments, especially if they are in tandem with civil service rules and regulations regretted that the “appointments are in bad taste just as the motive is clearly political and an effort to put the popular in -coming government in a bad light by ensuring that we are financially strangulated.”

The APC noted that it is deeply worried over the alleged clandestine indiscriminate employment going on across various MDAs without recourse to due process.

The party which disclosed that illegal transfers are being made across MDAs added that some local government areas are more favoured than others in the on-going exercise.

The statement read in part “If the outgoing administration was aware of the existence of these vacancies in the top echelon of the public service of the state and that the situation was creating a lull in the service, why were the vacancies left unfilled until this last minute of the administration.

No doubt, the appointments are in bad taste just as the motive is clearly political and an effort to put the popular in- coming government in a bad light by ensuring that we are financially strangulated. We appreciate the fact that until February 14, 2020, the present administration has the constitutional powers to hire and fire but this responsibility should be carried out in the best interest of the state and its people. We must say that the present scenario is just for the satisfaction of some political interests and therefore falls far short of the wider interests of the state.

“We advise the Government to concentrate on completing uncompleted projects, such as the 8-year old Isaac Boro express way. We also call on Bayelsans to hold the Restoration Government response in the future if some of these decisions are reviewed for the betterment of Bayelsa. The employment is supposed to be on geographical spread, to the eight local governments. But, it seems to be one sided. Some local governments are having more slots than others. Some communities are having more slots than others. In some cases, a whole family was considered. The rules and procedures do not allow applicants to apply for employment directly to the Governor. But, this is practice in the state. We, therefore, advise the state government to do the right thing for the sake of posterity”


Group – Provide Governor Willie Obiano’s Successor …

Anambra South People’s Assembly, a social platform with the objective to unite, harness and project the interest of the constituents in the zone has called on all Anambra people to allow Governor Willie Obiano’s successor emerge from Anambra South in 2021.

The group made up of academics, technocrats, business guru and professionals including Dr E.Q. Okolie, a lawyer as chairman; Professor Donald Okoli, director of administration and Prince Isaac Onuka, executive director insisted in a statement signed by the stakeholders that equity, justice and fairness demanded that Governor Obiano’s successor must come from Anambra South to justify a zoning arrangement enunciated by former Governor Peter Obi.

“Anambra State was created on February 03, 1976, when the East Central State was divided into Anambra and Imo States. Anambra was further divided in 1991 to produce Enugu and the present New Anambra State. The New Anambra State has three senatorial zones which include Anambra South, Anambra North and Anambra Central.


Kwara Governor, AbdulRahman Praises Community Development Initiatives..

Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq at the weekend commended various community efforts to develop the state, with a message that such initiatives complement his administration’s efforts to build a viable state.

“We will not leave Kwara the way we met it, as efforts are ongoing to not only build good infrastructure to support an agrarian economy but to also provide the right environment for our young people to grow,” Deputy Governor Kayode Alabi, who represented AbdulRazaq, said on Saturday in Ilorin at the opening ceremony of Newly Built Basketball Court at St. Anthony Secondary School.

Alabi, speaking for the Governor, commended Engineer Opeyemi Babalola, an alumnus of the school who donated the facility to the school.

“If we all give back to the society in our own little way, our society will not be stagnant and together we will build a community of people who constantly think of a greater future. The beauty of what we are doing here today is that dozens of our students here will have the opportunities to not only dream about becoming basketball stars but also have the facility to prepare themselves for that future,” he added.

Babalola, on his part, said he built the facility to rewrite the history of the school by encouraging and providing the students and sports enthusiasts access to adequate sporting facilities.

He said he had benefitted immensely from the school in building his career, saying no amount of money was too much to give back to society. Babalola called on wealthy individuals to support the government in all areas.

AbdulRazaq, in another development, echoed similar message of community service at the Gani festivals held in Okuta and Ilesha-Baruba, where he restated his plans to open up the state with roads and other basic facilities that would attract investments into small and medium scale business, which would in turn create wealth for the people.

“We are working with the Federal Government to see what can be done to turn our rich arable land to wealth and make our state a beehive of socioeconomic activities — particularly serving as a hub for agroprocessing industry and international trading centre,” he said on Saturday.

“But that can only happen if our roads are passable and travel time is reduced. So far, our administration has prevailed on a number of contractors working in this axis of the state or elsewhere to return to site or face the law. We are gradually getting result. For instance, contractors are now back to the Gwanara Road.”


Gov. Okowa – I am not sorry For appointing My daughter as an aide.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state has stated that he won’t apologize for appointing his daughter as an aide because she is qualified.

The Delta State Governor who spoke at a media quarterly briefing in Asaba, said only one of his daughters was appointed as an aide and not two.

“It is not true that I have two of my daughter’s appointed. I have only one appointed and she is rightfully qualified.

“I do not have any daughter in social media. The one appointed for girl child education is rightfully qualified.

“I do not have any apologies for that because I know the quality of daughter that I have” he said.

On his successor coming from Delta central, Governor Okowa stated that though that is his choice it is however beyond him.

“I am not God. I don’t make a Governor. Nobody makes a governor. It is only God that can make one.

“The important thing is we want to ensure there is unity and equity and we will continue to work towards achieving a situation that keeps us United as Deltans realising that working together makes us stronger as a people” he said.


Stop and dismantle nameplates mounted around – Benue Gov, Samuel Ortom Yelled. (Reasons)

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has queried the General Manager of the state’s Urban Development Board for renaming some streets in the state capital.

According to a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Terver Akase in Makurdi, Ortom directed the board to immediately stop the renaming and dismantle nameplates mounted on the affected streets.

The governor particularly directed it to reverse the renaming of Ahmadu Bello Way which was renamed after him. He further directed the General Manager to explain within 24 hours why the agency embarked on the renaming of streets without approval.

The street renaming had been met with negative reaction from the residents of the people. The streets renamed include- Ahmadu Bello Way to Samuel Ortom Road, Gboko Ring Road to Tony Ijohor Road, Gyado Hospital Road to James Ortese Ayatse Road.

Others are Mkar Road to Iyorchia Ayu Road, St John Road leading to Tor Tiv Palace to Makir Dzakpe Way among others.


Governor of sokoto, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal swear in 4 women, 36 others as special adviser. (Details below)

No fewer than 40 Special Advisers, including four women, were on Friday sworn in by Sokoto Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal.

He called on them to brace up by giving useful and human- oriented advice for the development of the state.

The governor urged the appointees to consider their appointments as a call for serve humanity with commitment.

Tambuwal spoke while administering the oath of office on the newly appointed advisers at the International Conference Centre, Sokoto.

According to him: ” We all owe the state a duty to advance it’s course to prosperity.

” Therefore, we have to join hands to make our state a shining example.

“This government will continue to ensure the spread of development and well being of all and sundry through responsive service delivery across the state.”