At last Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, yesterday transmitted final list of his cabinet nominees to the State House of Assembly.
Of the thirteen Commissioner- and Special Adviser-designates, who made the second list, was the All Progress Congress Publicity Secretary, Joe Igbokwe and the former Chairman House Committee on Education Tokunbo Wahab and former Special to former Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Transportation, Olarenwaju Elegushi.
The list was coming four weeks after the governor sent the first batch of the list to the lawmakers for screening.
A statement by the Deputy Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Gboyega Akosile, said the second list had names of accomplished politicians and technocrats who “understand the current need of Lagos” and the development agenda of the governor.
The governor’s media aide said the selection process was rigorous because of the need to constitute the best team that would serve Lagos in line with the Sanwo-Olu administration’s vision of delivering a city-state that would rank among the top most live-able cities in the world.
The second batch of nominees are; Mr Oladele Ajayi, Mr Oluwatoyin Fayinka, Mrs Yetunde Arobieke, Mrs. Olarenwaju Sanusi, Kabiru Ahmed and Lola Akande.
Others are Morufu Akinderu Fatahi, Mrs. Shulamite Olufunke Adebolu and Mrs. Solape Hammond.
Forum: PDP BoT’s adoption of RUGA confirms ethnic conquest policy
Southern and Middle Belt Leaders’ Forum (SMBLF) yesterday tackled the Chairman of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Walid Jubril, over his support for Rural Grazing Area (RUGA) programme of the Federal Government.
Jubril had in an interview with newsmen in Nasarawa State on Tuesday, declared support for RUGA, noting that it would tackle the incessant farmers-herdsmen conflicts as well as boost food security in the country.
But SMBLF in a statement yesterday by representatives of the ethnic groups said Jubril’s position confirmed the ethnic conquest policy of the Fulani people.
“The ethnic domination programme seeks to create homelands for Fulani herdsmen all over Nigeria in spite of the terror non-Fulani communities have been subjected to even when these herders are nomads.
“Southern and Middle Belt communities have rejected the internal colonialism agenda outrightly,” the statement added.
It appealed to Jubril to join his fellow ethnic supremacists to pursue RUGA in the northern states that had accepted RUGA.
“We say clearly to Jubril that his appeal to our zones to accept the obnoxious policy is rejected with no thanks.
“Our opposition to the policy remains unwavering and RUGA will only be implemented in our communities after a military conquest of the entire South and Middle Belt as we have told Femi Adesina that we will keep our lands and lives against RUGA policy.
“We are not members of the PDP, though we adopted Atiku as presidential candidate in the last election based on his promise to restructure Nigeria, but we call on all PDP governors in our zones to ignore their BoT chair, who has spoken as a champion of his ethnic group, but wearing the badge of their party,” SMBLF said.
U.S. to partner Lagos on education, health, security
The Consul-General of the United States, Ms. Claire Pierangelo yesterday pledged the U.S. government’s cooperation with the Lagos state government in the areas of education, health, and security, reiterating American government’s commitment to deepen bilateral relationship with Nigeria through active collaborations.
Speaking when she paid a courtesy visit to the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Pierangelo, said that the objective of the courtesy visit, was to strengthen the Consulate’s working relationship with the State government.
Ms. Pierangelo also said the Consulate sought the support of the Lagos government in enabling ease of moving its office to a new site on Victoria Island. She noted that the Consulate decided to move its office to a new site to allow space for more bilateral engagements.
While pointing out that the embassy of the U.S. in Lagos had been a “great partner” of the government, she said that the courtesy visit was her first official call on any Nigerian public officer since she arrived in Nigeria.
The objective of the courtesy visit, the U.S. diplomat said, was to strengthen the Consulate’s working relationship with the State government, pointing out that the embassy of the U.S. in Lagos had been a “great partner” of the government.
The new envoy succeeded Mr. John F. Bray as Consul-General; and assumed duty on May 29 – the day Sanwo-Olu was sworn in.
She said: “I am here today on a visit to a friend of the U.S. government and our strategic development partner in Africa. We have had good working relationship and we believe this could be further strengthened for greater impacts on areas of collaborations.”
“I am delighted to meet the Lagos State Governor with whom I started work on the same day. Maintaining a cordial relationship with Lagos government is critical to the success of the U.S. Mission in Nigeria. In the coming days, we will be sharing our plans on how to strengthen our shared partnership for the future.”
Ms. Pierangelo mulled avenue for cooperation with Lagos government in the areas of education, health, and security, reiterating American government’s commitment to deepen bilateral relationship with Nigeria through “active collaborations.”
Ms. Pierangelo also said the Consulate sought the support of the Lagos Government in enabling ease of moving its office to a new site on Victoria Island, noting that the Consulate decided to move its office to a new site to allow space for more bilateral engagements.
Responding, Sanwo-Olu said Lagos and the U.S. Consulate shared a long history of collaboration beneficial to both parties, saying his administration would not hesitate to welcome any plan that would further improve the partnership the State has had with the American government.
He said: “We have a long history of partnership with the American government, which has resulted in positive growth for the State. I believe there is a lot of collaboration we can work on together for the benefit of the people.”
Ms. Pierangelo was accompanied on the visit by the Consulate’s Political Chief, Mr. Osman Tat, and Protocol Aide, Mary-Anne Onwuchekwa.
NSE, COREN to prosecute engineers for collapsed buildings
The Nigeria Society of Engineer (NSE) and the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) will henceforth prosecute any of their members responsible for collapse building in the country.
NSE Ondo State Chairman, Mrs. Christianah Ijagbemi, who disclosed this yesterday, said the incident of collapse building was worrisome to practitioners in the country.
Ijagbemi said the two regulatory bodies have secured a law that would enable them prosecute any professional responsible for building collapse.
She, however, warned the general public against patronising quack engineers in the state.
Speaking during a press conference held at the NSE’s secretariat in Akure to kick-start 40th anniversary and Annual General Meeting of the society, tagged: “Sustainable Approach to Infrastructural Development” also asked President and governors to appoint professional engineers irrespective of field to held Ministry of Works and relevant ministries.
Ijagbemi, who said engineers were not the only professional body responsible for building collapse said patronage of quack engineers were responsible for the majority of building collapses in the country, adding, curbing the menace of building collapse begins with the individuals adding that people should be patronising competent engineers to design their buildings.
She said there was a section of the COREN law that empowered it to bring to trial of any culprit found culpable in building collapse.
She said: “We are calling on the government at all level to be appointing our members as head of works ministry both in the state and at the federal level.”
“Engineers should show more interest in politics so that we can be rubbing shoulders with our colleagues from other profession.”
Buhari renames Makurdi varsity after J.S Tarka
President Muhammadu Buhari has signed a law renaming the Federal University Makurdi after foremost nationalist and politician, late Senator Joseph Sawuan Tarka.
Tarka, who hails from Benue State, was a former Minister for Transport and then Communications under the military government of General Yakubu Gowon.
He was one of the founding members of the United Middle Belt Congress, a political organization dedicated to protecting and advocating for the country’s Middle Belt. Late Tarka was a Second Republic senator under the defunct National Party of Nigeria (NPN).
Senior Special Assistant on National Assembly Matters (Senate), Ita Enang, who briefed State House Correspondents at the presidential villa, Abuja, said President Buhari’s decision gives effect to the Federal Universities of Agriculture Amendment Act, 2019 No.2.
He said: “This Act amends the Federal Universities of Agriculture Act, Cap. F22, Law of the Federation of Nigeria to change the name of the Federal University of Agriculture Makurdi in Benue State to Joseph Sarwuan Tarka University, Makurdi.”
The House of Representatives at its plenary on May 18, 2019, first approved the renaming of the Federal University after late Tarka.
The bill, titled: “A bill for an act to amend the Federal Universities of Agriculture Act, Cap. F22, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004 to make provision for a change of name of the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi to J. S. Tarka University of Agriculture, Makurdi and for other related matters, was first introduced on the floor by John Dyegh (APC, Benue).
New Telegraph recalls that, leading debate on the proposed legislation then, Dyegh who represents Gboko/Tarka Federal Constituency, submitted that J.S. Tarka was one of the few among his peers who have not been immortalized by the Federal Government.
Kogi: Traditional rulers’re apolitical – Attah Igala
The Attah Igala, Dr Michael Ameh-Oboni II, yesterday said traditional rulers were apolitical and insulated from party politics.
The Attah, who is also the Chairman, Kogi Traditional Council, said this when Rear Admiral. Usman Jibrin, former Chief of Naval Staff and governorship aspirant on the platform of All Progressives Congress (APC), called on him for royal blessings at his palace in Idah.
Ameh-Oboni said the political game was not about noise making but about hard work.
He, therefore, urged various aspirants jostling for the position of governor in the November 16 governorship election in the state to work hard
He also advised their supporters not to rest on their oars until the ambition was realised saying: “We are apolitical. There is little we can do politically. Your supporters should work hard and deliver you at the polls.”
The monarch used the occasion to confer one of the highest traditional titles of the land on Jibrin saying: “Today, I pronounce and confer the title, ‘Oga Attah Igala’ on him, though he is a prince of the Igala nation.
“Usman Jibrin is a great man. He is a man of integrity. He is a man of history. He is a great son of the land.
Experts blame Eco System for infectious diseases
The unending distruption of the Eco system is the major cause of Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) in Africa, experts said in Abuja recently at the 5th African Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity.
The conference was organised by Global Emerging Parthogens Treatment Consortium (GET).
The experts added that inadequate funding of health care research and environmental impact studies coupled with the inability of government to regulate utilisation of environmental resources accounted for increased outbreak of diseases traceable to dangerous pathogens
The Principal Investigatior (GET), Professor Akin Abayomi noted that Nigeria has been destroying the Eco system through felling of forests causing animals to move out of the forest into human communities.
He noted that interaction between animals and humans was increasing due to population growth and destruction of the eco system thereby forcing animals out of forests.
He added that the frequency and range of EID such as Ebola, fever , Yellow fever, Monkey Pox, Cholera, Bird Flu, and Menigitis is due to shrinking natural resources particularly human competition for water, which was leading to demographic conflicts.
The don advocated increased government expenditure on health care delivery research and creation of awareness while lamenting that there was a lag between what government should be spending and what was actually spent.
The Chief operating officer , GET, Dr. Dotun Bobadoye, commented on climate change and increasing security challenges in Africa as they were affecting emerging infectious diseases and biosecurity threat on the continent.
He disclosed that the aim of the conference was to come out with ways of addressing climate change and its impact on security and Emerging Infectious Diseases in Africa. Bobadoye added that the communique from the conference will be sent to relevant government agencies so as to develop policies to solve current problems.
The Director General of the Nigerian Center For Disease Control (NCDC), Professor ChiKe Ihekweasu said that the country’s exponential growth rate of 2.8 per cent, internal and external migration and inadequate educational policies were all responsible for the increase in spread of infectious diseases.
A’Ibom: Commissioner fetes kinsmen over governor’s re-election
Few months after the general elections, Commissioner for Works in Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Ephraim Akprawa Inyang-Eyen, yesterday returned to his country home, Ikot Ebiere in Onna Local Government Area of the state to thank the leaders, stakeholders, youth and women for their support for the re-election of Governor Udom Emmanuel and the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) before, during and after the polls.
In the March and April general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had announced the incumbent governor, Udom Emmanuel under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the winner, as well as 10 House of Representatives members, three Senatorial District and 25 state House of Assembly all PDP candidates as winners of the polls respectively.
According to the Commissioner, if the country had more people, who are peaceful, sincere and committed like members of the PDP, the entire nation would be a better place.
While thanking God for the victory of the party in the election, Inyang-Eyen lauded the party chieftains and the people of the state for their support that ensured the party’s victory in the election.
Enugu abattoirs close business over Miyetti Allah’s tour
A battoirs in Enugu State were on Wednesday closed down for business in compliance with a directive by the Enugu State Amalgamated Market Traders Association (ESAMATA) and Enugu State Butchers Association (ESBA).
Also closed for business in the state was perishable goods dealers’ shops especially tomatoes.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the directive followed a decision by the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) and the Northern Leaders of Livestock and Perishable Goods Market to embark on a sensitisation tour of the markets.
The sensitisation tour followed spate of insecurity that had engulfed parts of the state.
The President of ESAMATA, Mr. Temple Ude and his ESBA counterpart, Mr. Osita Nnamani had on Saturday issued a joint statement, suspending commercial activities on 14th and 15th August, 2019 in livestock and perishable goods markets in the state.
The statement had alerted dealers and members of the public that there would be no sale or slaughter of cows on the said dates at the markets.
A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), who monitored compliance to the directive, reported that there was full compliance to the directive.
Also, butchers and meat sellers in major markets in the state, including Ogbete Market, Mammy Market, Garki Market, Kenyatta Market and Artisan Market closed shops.
Meanwhile, MACBAN’s Grand Patron in South-East, Igwe Emmanuel Ugwu described the move by the association to sensitise their members as a step in the right direction.
Ugwu, who is the traditional ruler of Ibagwa Nike I Enugu East Local Government Area of the state, said that the move was meant to diffuse propaganda that the Fulani community had an ulterior motive in the state.
Chairman of the Security Committee of Enugu State Council of Traditional Rulers said that for members of MACBAN to close shops for two days in order to raise such awareness among their members was commendable.
The monarch said that the Fulani community was also affected by the security situation in the state.
“Members of MACBAN are also living in fear because they also use the forests and would like to secure their businesses. Let us stop this propaganda that is tearing us apart as a country,” Ugwu said.
A’Ibom to rescue community cut off by collapsed bridge
Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Works, Mr. Ephraim Inyangeyen, yesterday visited Obot Akara Local Government Area with officials of the ministry to carry out an on-the-spot assessment of the collapsed Mbiaso Ikot Ukpong Bridge and the Ikot Amba Bridge, which cut off the communities from the rest of the state.
The colonial bridge was reported to have collapsed last weekend when a truck laden with cement was crossing the bridge to deliver its goods in the area.
The commissioner, who was directed by Governor Udom Emmanuel to immediately carry out the on-the-spot assessment of the damage with a view to rehabilitating the bridges, however, assured the people of the communities of the governor’s concern for their plight.
He explained that directives had already been issued to ensure urgent remedial measures were put in place to reconnect the communities with the rest of the state, while lasting solution in terms of construction of modern bridges is to be carried out as soon as possible.
Inyangeyen described the incident as pathetic and advised that the communities to cooperate with the government towards ensuring hitch-free solution of the problem.
5 police officers shot in US
Philadelphia police swarmed the area near a shooting in the Nicetown-Tioga neighborhood where five officers have been shot, Sgt. Eric Gripp said Wednesday via Twitter.
“Multiple injuries to Officers. 5 PPD Officers Shot – at area hospitals with non life-threatening injuries. Shooting still active,” he wrote.
Philadelphia police were first called to the scene for drug activity, Police Capt. Sekou Kinebrew told CNN affiliate KYW.
Video from a news helicopter showed more than 50 police vehicles at the scene.
The video also showed police officers kneeling and crouching behind various cars with guns drawn, reports CNN.
Gripp, a spokesman for the department’s public affairs office, also asked media helicopters to “pull back.”
Temple University put its Health Sciences Center, about 2 miles from the standoff, on lockdown, school spokesman Ray Betzner said.
“Seek shelter. Secure doors. Be silent. Be still. Police are responding,” the university said on Twitter.
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