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PDP publicity secretary in Imo resigns.


Damian Opara, the Publicity Secretary of the Imo state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has resigned from the party.

Opara resigned on Thursday in a letter he addressed to the state chairman of the party.

The politician who thanked the party leadership for the opportunity to serve as its spokesperson for four years did not disclose the reason for his resignation.

The two-paragraph letter which was sighted by our correspondent reads, “With honour, I, Hon Damian Opara, the State Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Imo State chapter, with due respect, resign as the State Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Imo State chapter with immediate effect.

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“I thank the party for the opportunity given to me to serve as the Imo state chapter publicity Secretary.”

While he didn’t disclose his next political move, his allies said that he had joined the All Progressives Congress.

One of the aides of the state governor, Modestus Nwamkpa, said that Opara, has joined APC.

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He said, “The State Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Hon Damian Opara, has resigned. He is now a son of the APC.”

Opara’s resignation came a few months after the PDP Chairman in the state, Charles Ezekwem, resigned.


#Newsworthy…

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Breaking: FG Question Perm Sec Over N7B Building Fund. [Nigeria]


The Federal Government of Nigeria has queried the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology, Dr Mohammed Bello, for allegedly buying what it described as “uncompleted carcass” building for the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development in the sum of N7bn.

Bello was said to have superintended over the transaction for the purchase when he was still the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

He was also accused of giving out seven deep drilling rigs for borehole procured at N1.3bn to some unnamed individuals under “fraudulent arrangements.”

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The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, made the allegations in a leaked query she issued to the permanent secretary on May 11, 2020.

The query with reference number HCSF/PSO/AOD/P.030/5B has “Allegations of acts of serious misconduct in your former post of permanent secretary in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development: Preliminary letter/query” as its title.

Yemi-Esan said she issued the query on the order of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), who she said had been briefed about Bello’s conducts.

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Quoting from the civil service rules, PSR 030401 and 030402, the HOCSF described the allegations against the permanent secretary as acts of serious misconduct which can lead to dismissal if proven.

She therefore gave the embattled permanent secretary a 72-hour ultimatum to respond to the allegations if he so desired.

The query read, “The attention of Mr President has been drawn to the acts of serious misconduct against you in your former post as the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on which he has given further directive.

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“Specifically , it was alleged that: (a) in spite of the budgetary release of the N98,405,763,678.68 in 2018 (which represents 99.44 of 2018 appropriation), you did not take necessary action to pay the eligible contractors which led to the ministry having an outstanding contractual liability in the sum of N48.429,543,895.722.

“(b) under your leadership as the accounting officer, the ministry utilised the entire 2019 first quarter release of N7,737,208, 135.18 to pay for the 2018 contracts that were fully funded in 2018 which constitutes virement without authority:

“(c) as accounting officer, you oversaw a transaction for the purchase of a building for the use of the ministry at the sum of N7,044,746,264.06 without the conduct of the mandatory statutory structural and mechanical integrity tests: and prior approval of the FCDA Public Building Department: the building was eventually found to be an uncompleted carcass requiring billions of naira to complete and make safe for occupation;

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“(f) under your watch as the accounting officer, the ministry procured seven deep drilling rigs for borehole at an average cost of N300, 000, 000. 00 without recourse to the Federal Execuuve Council;

“(e) and in April, 2019, you gave out the seven rigs procured at over NI.3bn to some individuals under fraudulent arrangements, without the approval of the minister; and one of the rigs linked to you is yet to be returned despite several written reminders; and

“(f) you misapplied the intervention funds approved for the purchase of strategic grains and the establishment of the Rural Grazing Area Settlements in violation of extent Financial Regulations; two of such misapplications are:

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“i. the use of N2.026,838,775.25 to pay contractors and execute programmes from the funds released for emergency procurement of strategic grains which is unrelated to the purpose of the funds.

“ii. the use of N3,527, 300, 419.06 for the payment of questionable contracts awarded under the 2018 appropriation from the rural grazing area settlement scheme which is not related to the purpose of the funds.”


#Newsworthy…

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Meeting with Atiku, Tinubu unreal – APGA, Maku


National Secretary of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Mr. Labaran Maku, has debunked news reports that he met with the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and People’s Democratic Party (PDP)’s presidential candidate in the Feb. 23, 2019 election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, among others, with aim of floating a new political platform ahead of 2023.


Maku, a 2019 APGA governorship candidate in Nasarawa State, urged his supporters and other Nigerians to disregard the reports in its entirety.

“Please disregard such report. It’s the fakest news of the year promoted by some frightened detractors in Nasarawa State who are scared of the widespread popularity of APGA.


“I haven’t met Asiwaju Tinubu for years and I am in APGA by choice having considered all the other options.

“Just last week, there was a report on Eyewitness newspaper in Nasarawa state titled ‘2023: Maku, Umbugadu talks on Consensus Reaches Advanced stage’.


“Such report is fake news targeting at scattering my supporters and my well wishers.

“Yesterday, another report titled ‘Tinubu, Maku, others in talks to float new party ahead 2023’.


“That I held meeting with Tinubu, others in my country home Wakama, such report is a fake news,” he said.

Maku called on all supporters of APGA to remain firm in their support for the party to enable it come victorious in future elections.

National Secretary of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Mr. Labaran Maku


The former minister also urged his supporters and other well wishers not to be provoked by the fake news but to continue to be law abiding and respect constituted authorities for development to thrive.

A report in Nasarawa Mirror and other social media platforms had said Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Jan.10 held a closed door meeting with Maku at his Wakama country home in Nasarawa state, adding that the immediate past president of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki; Governors Nyesom Wike; Aminu Tambuwal; and Bala Mohammed also attended the meeting to float a new political party ahead of the 2023 general elections.


#Newsworthy…

UN Sec Gen., Antonio Guterres cried insecurities, uncertainty.

…Wishes world peace and happiness in New Year message


United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has lamented that the world is entering the year 2020 with uncertainty and insecurity.

Guterres, in his New Year message issued in New York however said that in spite of the ugly happenings across the world, there was hope.


The United Nations scribe added that young people were at the heart of his New Year message, referring to the youths as the greatest source of hope for the world.

“From here at the United Nations, I join you in welcoming the New Year.


His statement reads in part:

“We enter 2020 with uncertainty and insecurity all around.


“Persistent inequality and rising hatred.

“A warring world and a warming planet.


“Climate change is not only a long-term problem, but a clear and present danger.

“We cannot afford to be the generation that fiddled while the planet burned.


“But there is also hope.”

In spite of the sad happenings he enumerated, Guterres maintained that his New Year message was to the greatest source of the hope, the youths.


“This year, my New Year’s message is to the greatest source of that hope: the world’s young people.

“From climate action to gender equality to social justice and human rights, your generation is on the frontlines and in the headlines.


“I am inspired by your passion and determination.

“You are rightly demanding a role in shaping the future.


“I am with you,” Guterres assured.

While saying that the United Nations stood with the youths and belonged to the youths, Guterres further said in the year 2020, which marks the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, the world body would be launching a Decade of Action for the Sustainable Development Goals, the United Nations’ blueprint for a fair globalisation.

UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres


“This year, the world needs young people to keep speaking out. Keep thinking big. Keep pushing boundaries. And keep up the pressure.

“I wish you peace and happiness in 2020,” Guterres concluded.


#Newsworthy…

Ganduje approves redeployment of perm secretaries.

Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has approved the redeployment of Permanent Secretaries in the state civil service for a more robust and result-oriented public service.

This is contained in a statement by Abba Anwar, the Chief Press Secretary to Ganduje, in Kano on Saturday.

He said that Lawan Ahmed moves from Ministry of Commerce to Office of the Head of Service; Saleh Ado Minjibir from Government House to Ministry for Local Governments; and Dr Binta Umar Bala from Ministry for Higher Education to Ministry of Health.

Others are Abba Kailani, from Ministry for Local Governments to Establishment; Abba Ibrahim Wada, from Establishment to Government House; Amina Aminu Kano, from Pension Board to Ministry for Water Resources and Usman Bala Muhammad, from Ministry of Health to Ministry of Information.

Also affected are Zakari Sadiq Buda, from Ministry of Finance to Ministry of Culture and Tourism; Binta Salihu, from SERVICOM to Council Affairs Directorate; Ahmed Salisu Abba, Director Budget to Perm. Sec. Ministry of Works and Infrastructural Development.

Others are Adamu Abdu Faragai, Ministry for Special Duties to Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Dr Zainab Braji, from Council Affairs Directorate to Bureau of Land and Physical Planning and Hussaini Umar, Director Local Government to Perm. Sec. Ministry for Special Duties.

Others are Lawan Shehu, Zonal Chief Medical Director, Gaya to Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance; Dahiru Ada’u, from Ministry of Works and Infrastructural Development to Ministry for Higher Education; Hadi Bala, from Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources to Administration and General Services/Office of the Secretary to the State Government.

Also Auwalu Ilyasu Riruwai moves from Ministry for Water Resources to Pension Board; Tijjani Bello Abubakar, from Bureau of Land and Physical Planning to SERVICOM and Hafsatu Ilyasu Aliyu, from Ministry of Information to Ministry of Religious Affairs.

He urged them to justify the confidence reposed in them and work for the development of state.

#Newsworthy…

Buhari swear in 9 permanent secretaries.

…presides over last FEC of the year

President Muhammadu Buhari has sworn-in nine newly appointed Permanent Secretaries in the Federal Civil Service.

They were sworn in two batches of five and four before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

The nine permanent secretaries are: Musa Hassan from Borno State, Ahmed Aliyu, Niger State, Olushola Idowu, Ogun State, Andrew Adejoh, North – Central Zone and Umar Tijjani, North – East Zone.

Others are Dr. Nasir Gwarzo, North – West Zone, Nebeolisa victor Anakali South – East Zone, Fashedemi Temitope Peter, south-west zone and Dr. Evelyn Ngige, South – South Zone.

The President is presiding over the last FEC meeting of the year.

#Newsworthy…