With Chief of Staff gone, here are 5 other positions ex-governor can occupy in Buhari govt

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President Muhammadu Buhari, today, June 29, 2015, reportedly appointed former Military Administrator of Kaduna State, Hamidu Ali as his Chief of Staff.

The news has been received with widespread surprise as it had earlier been rumoured that former Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola would be appointed to fill the post.

Despite not being appointed Chief of Staff however, Fashola can still be a tremendous asset to the Buhari administration.

Here are 5 other sectors that would likely do better with the Fashola touch:

    Petroleum

    Education

    Works

    Power

    Finance

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NIGERIA: 80-yr-old blind man nabbed having sex with chicken

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An 80-year-old blind Kenyan man, Samuel Gicheru, caused a stir at a District Court in Narok in the Lake County area of that country when the prosecutor told the judge that he was caught having sex with a chicken.

Gicheru was charged and convicted after he pleaded guilty to a charge of animal cruelty.

The prosecutor said that Gicheru went over to his house to investigate when they heard noises, thinking thieves had broken into the blind man's home. But they were shocked on arrival to see Gicheru having sex with the chicken.

He was arrested and handed over to the police who charged him to court.

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NIGERIA: Senate President accused of non-citizenship, theft

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Senate President, Bukola Saraki has been accused of petty theft and is also alleged not to be a citizen of Nigeria.

The allegations were made on Sunday, June 28, 2015, by controversial online news platform, Sahara Reporters via Facebook and are backed with supposed photo evidence.

“Bukola Saraki: The President of the Nigerian Senate Is not Even A Nigerian Citizen,” the first post on SR’s Facebook page read.

In accusing Saraki of theft, SR said:

“Some police officers found out that Bukola Saraki, who is Nigeria's Senate President, was a petty thief as of 1990, he was actually charged with theft of N510,000 at Societe Generale Bank of Nigeria. The officers warned in a report that Saraki was about to liquidate the bank by looting it, but no one listened until his siblings, cronies and relatives eventually did.”

Since the accusations were made, many have criticized the platform and editor Omoyele Sowore as it’s believed that Saraki is being attacked due to his falling out with the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Saraki has been at loggerheads with the party since his emergence as Senate President on June 9.

The situation was further aggravated after he defied the party again in choosing principal leaders of the Senate on June 25.

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‘We’ll show Boko Haram no mercy’ – President reacts to recent Borno, Yobe bombings

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The President Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the latest Boko Haram attacks in Borno and Yobe states, describing the terrorists as “cowards who lack any moral inhibition and any iota of humanity to reason compassionately.

He said they will not be spared in Nigeria.

”They will not find Nigeria a safe haven, because “they would be hunted down without mercy and compromise,” he assured.

This is contained in a statement issued by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu.

The President said he is deeply touched by these mindless incidents of violence on innocent people during the month of Ramadan.

According to the President, the terrorists are enemies of everybody, and enemies of humanity everywhere.

He said, "no sane people who believe in any God would be destroying the lives of innocent people in cold blood, terrorists don’t represent any religion.’’

The President said the pattern of the terrorists' indiscriminate violence against innocent people has shown that they represent nothing else but anarchy and devilry.

"In what appears to be one of his toughest expressions of outrage, President Buhari reminded the terrorists of his uncompromising resolve to tackle them with all the resources at the disposal of his government.

“Make no mistake about it: this government is ever determined to discharge its fundamental duty of protecting the lives of its citizens from physical threats from any groups bent on creating chaos, confusion, and on destroying social and economic life of the people,’’ the statement said

Buhari, who extended his sympathy to the families of the victims, reassured all Nigerians that his government would never succumb to terrorist's blackmail, and that the security forces would confront the Boko Haram bandits to the last man.

He reassured Nigerians that security would be tackled by his administration with vigorous determination.

The President, however, advised Nigerians to show more vigilance and be alert to the presence of suspicious people around them, adding that “the terrorists are enemies of religion and humanity.”

He explained that “no true believers in any God would target worshipers, holy places, or people who are fasting and other innocent Nigerians.”

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NIGERIA: 30 days after, these are the highs and lows of President’s administration

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President Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in on May 29, 2015, exactly one month ago.

In this time Buhari has shown that the priorities of his government will be the fights against terror and corruption, but he has also shown that he is in no hurry to bring the change he promised.

This can be seen from the President's lack of a cabinet 30 days after his inauguration.

Staunch supporters of the President are urging Nigerians to be patient with their new leader, who no doubt has a lot of work ahead of him.

However, after witnessing an almost endless period of corruption and ruin in the country and most recently being troubled with fights in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the National Assembly, most Nigerians just wish their President would get on with it and stop wasting precious time.

Below are the highs and lows of the Buhari administration:

HIGHS:

    Inauguration Day: Buhari’s election win proved to Nigerians that citizens of the country could indeed control their fate. On his inauguration day, the atmosphere was thick with hope for a new beginning and he revitalized the nation when in his speech he said “I belong to everybody and to nobody”.

    Relocation of military command centre: While giving his inaugural speech, the President declared that the military command centre against terrorism would be relocated from Abuja to Maiduguri, Borno State in order to intensify operations against terrorist sect, Boko Haram.

    Attendance of G7 summit: Buhari’s attendance of the G7 summit was a sign that the world was ready to take Nigerians seriously.

    Niger and Chad visits: Shortly after being sworn in, Buhari visited Chad and Niger to begin talks on the formation of a concrete joint multinational force against Boko Haram.

    US donation to terror fight: Within the first month of the Buhari administration, the US announced that it would be donating $5 million to the fight against terror in Nigeria.

    Dissolution of NNPC board: Buhari recently ordered the dissolution of the board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). The NNPC has been plagued with allegations of fraud in the handling of Nigeria’s vast oil wealth.

LOWS:

    Delayed Cabinet: One month after he took office, President Muhammadu Buhari has not appointed any ministers into his cabinet. The appropriateness of this in a country that is already on edge is highly questionable.

    APC fight: The disagreement between members of the APC on National Assembly leadership positions has disappointed many Nigerians who have now come to expect a fragmented reign from the current ruling party.

Buhari still has a term of four years to complete so there’s still time for him to begin working miracles in this country which desperately needs them.

However, the general message that Nigerians seem to be passing to their new President is: “Quickly sir! Quickly!”

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‘Saraki, Dogara rebellion backed by Northern elite, oil barons,’ APC chieftain says

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Former Interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bisi Akande has said that the emergence of Bukola Saraki as Senate President and Yakubu Dogara as Speaker of the House of Representatives was backed by Northern elites and oil barons who feel threatened by President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption war.

Akande also described the rebellion as a ‘conspiracy of the North against the Yoruba.’

The APC chieftain made the comment via a statement released on Sunday, June 28, 2015.

It reads:

 “Before the party knew it, the process had been hijacked by polluted interests who saw the inordinate contests as a loop-hole for stifling APC government’s efforts in its desire to fight corruption.”

 “Most Northern elite, the Nigerian oil subsidy barons and other business cartels, who never liked Buhari’s anti-corruption political stance, are quickly backing up the rebellion against APC with strong support. While other position seekers are waiting in the wings until Buhari’s ministers are announced, a large section of the Southwest see the rebellion as a conspiracy of the North against the Yoruba.”

 “Now that the whole conspiracy has blown open, it is doubtful if the present institutions of party leadership can muster the required capacity to arrest the drift. It is my opinion that President Buhari, and the APC governors should now see APC as a wrecking platform that may not be strong enough again to carry them to political victory in 2019 and they should quickly begin a joint damage control effort to reconstruct the party in its claim to bring about the promised change before the party’s shortcomings begin to aggravate the challenges of governance in their hands.”

Saraki and Dogara contested and won the positions despite being excluded by the APC via a straw poll.

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NFF fire Super Falcons coach

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After a dismal FIFA Women's World Cup, Super Falcons coach, Edwin Okon has been relieved of his duties.

Okon led the Super Falcons to the World Cup in Canada where they crashed out in the first round and his contract has not been renewed by the Nigeria Football Federation.

Okon's girls could not win a single game in the World Cup, drawing one and losing two.

In a statement by the Chairman of the Nigeria Technical and Development Committee, Felix Anyansi-Agwu, he praised Okon for the job he has done and revealed that Christopher Danjuma who was an assistant to Okon will be the temporary coach of the Super Falcons.

“We commend Okon and his crew for the services rendered to the country and they did well to reclaim the African Women Championship title for the country in Namibia in October 2014 thus qualifying the team for the Women’s World Cup in Canada," Anyasi-Aguw is quoted to say by the NFF website.

“Mr Christopher Danjuma will now take over the team in acting capacity pending the appointment of a substantive coaching crew which process is ongoing.”

Danjuma has been enjoined with the task of qualifying for the women’s football event of the 2016 Olympics billed for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

“The team will soon move to Port Harcourt to get used to the pitch on which it will play Equatorial Guinea in the third round of the Olympics qualifiers. The NFF will provide everything that the needs to succeed,” said Anyansi-Agwu

Danjuma’s first fgame in charge will the against Equatorial Guinea in the first leg of the Olympics Games qualifiers  in Port Harcourt on Saturday, July 18.

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Niger Delta leaders extol Sylva, suggest him to Buhari

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Niger Delta leaders on Sunday described former Bayelsa State governor, Chief Timipre Sylva as a leader with credibility, character, calm, and strives to better the reputation of the country, saying his loyalty to President Muhammadu Buhari is unshakeable.

 

Rising from a meeting in Port-Harcourt, the leaders praised Sylva for sacrificing his comfort to work tirelessly for Buhari’s victory.

 

Recalling his sterling performance as the governor of Bayelsa State, the leaders said the ex-governor performed excellently in most sectors, particularly by devoting his energies and state resources to solving the problems of infrastructure development, training of the youths in Information and Communication Technology in India, sustaining overseas scholarship, protecting oil installations in the creeks, ensuring life changing developmental projects, attracting foreign investments, laying solid foundation for growth and investing in skill development and creating job centres in the state.

 

“Mr. Sylva has a humble disposition, simplicity and humane disposition towards the people; virtues that endeared him to the masses, saying his commitment to principle in the practice of politics, the rule of law and the best democratic tradition of fairness were some of the attributes that brought him into collusion with his enemies. He can do a good job”.

 

The Director of Communications of the People’s Movement, Mrs. Ibifuro Tatua in a statement after the meeting said Sylva created a very favourable and conducive environment for common growth in Bayelsa State.

 

“He pioneered the state’s industrial growth and dictated the pace of development in sports, human and physical development in the south- south geo-political zone. He worked so hard to make life meaningful to the good people of Bayelsa State. He gained respect around the country and among his peers” the statement said.

 

The leaders also praised President Buhari for steps so far taken, listing good communication skills, open-mindedness, ability to satisfy civilians, proper handling of money, willingness to take intelligent risks, familiarity with the law, excellent sense of leadership and being fair with all as qualities that must be met by those who will serve alongside him in government.

 

They urged Mr. President to appoint only honest, dedicated, committed, and God fearing individuals into sensitive positions.

 

Stressing that Sylva has a good understanding of the issues faced by governments; the leaders said he would throw his impressive experience into helping Mr. President accelerate his reform and efficiency programmes.

 

“He will drive the government’s efficiency and reform programmes. He will bring a more strategic and commercial focus to government. He will inject best practice into government. He will work for Nigeria and not to increase his wealth. He will translate the actual wants of the people into the vision and mission of the government”.

 

“Sylva is a consummate politician, proven administrator and a bridge builder. He is a man of honour, integrity and dignity” the statement added.

By Njamanze Fidel

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Olejeme, NSITF and social protection

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Dr. Ngozi Olejeme possesses charm, class, beauty, elegance and a caring sensibility.

Mention Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) and immediately it conjures images among Nigerians of this very energetic woman. NSITF has become a leading public organization in the country.

It didn’t take long for Dr. Olejeme to make her mark. A woman seeking ways of bettering workers collective interest, Olejeme’s leadership skills saw to the emergence of the Employees’ Compensation Act (ECA). 

The enactment of the Employees’ Compensation Act (ECA) 2010 which repealed the obsolete Workmen’s Compensation Act (WCA) of 1942 is of immense importance to the workers of Nigeria as the scheme has achieved tremendous success.

Well amongst the objective of the Employees’ Compensation Act (ECA), 2010 is to provide for an open and fair system of guaranteed and adequate compensation for all employees or their dependants for any death, injury, diseases or disability arising out of or in the course of employment as well as provide rehabilitation to employees with work-related disabilities as provided in the Act.

The Act also gives the opportunity to establish and maintain a solvent compensation fund managed in the interest of employees and employers, provide for fair and adequate assessments for employers, provide an appeal procedure that is simple, fair and accessible, with minimal delays as well as combine efforts and resources of relevant stakeholders for the prevention of workplace disabilities, including the enforcement of occupational safety and health standards.

What many regard as a phenomenal feat, NSITF) is currently paying compensation to injured workers, treating and rehabilitating them where necessary. It is paying handsome benefits to a deceased employee’s spouse for the life of that spouse as long as he/she does not remarry, or to the child till age 21 or when the child graduates from a tertiary institution. The fund is also saddled with the responsibility of providing social security to the aged and unemployed.

Recently, the British Standard Institute awarded the ISO27001 certificate to NSITF, making it one of the leading social security institutions in Africa.

“With the certification, the agency has strategically endowed itself with values that repose stakeholders’ confidence on the quality of what they get from the funds when they do business. We now have in place a system that can detect the minuet risk factors in our operations thereby reducing loss to its barest minimum. NSITF is proud to be among a very elite group of public institutions whose security practice and drive for excellence in its operations meet the rigorous iso27001 standard. Achieving this milestone makes the fund a leading social security institution in Africa. It is critical to the NSITF transformation roadmap. NSITF is happy to be a global best practice government institution embracing the highest echelon of standards that ensure efficiency and dependency of its operations as a result of its development of global standard information security mechanism” Olejeme said at the presentation ceremony in Abuja.

A stalwart champion of workers’ pension and a highly caring person who loves pensioners profoundly, Olejeme wants the best for retirees. She is not only working relentlessly to make workers and pensioners financially independent but actively raising the quality of life for every worker by providing social security protection and safety nets for all Nigerians against deprivation and income insecurity in accordance with National and International laws, conventions and world best practices.

Though Labour analysts are quick to praise Olejeme for establishing a system of transparency, strengthening  NSITF and providing  adequate operational infrastructure, Dr. Olejeme is doing everything possible to provide social protection against the risk of sickness, disability, injury, unemployment and old age.

Alao Taiwo writes from Lagos

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APC criticizes Wike over mass sack of lecturers, threat to sack 13,200

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has descended heavily on the Caretaker Governor of Rivers State, Chief Nyesom Wike, over the sack of 344 Lecturers of the Rivers State Polytechnic recruited in September 2014 by the immediate past administration of Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi. “This is madness taken too far,” Rivers APC Chairman, Dr. Davies Ibiamu Ikanya, said Thursday in a statement in Port Harcourt. He also lamented the order handed down to the Director of the institution, Mr. Obiankor Elechi, to proceed on compulsory leave with immediate effect.

“It is also being reported that the 13,200 teachers employed by Governor Amaechi to ease the suffering of unemployed Rivers youths are programmed to be sacked by next week as part of Wike’s ‘Operation kill Amaechi’s Legacies’. Just last week, all the Boards and Parasatatals in Rivers State were dissolved in Wike’s bid to reconstitute and fill them with his family members and cronies,” Ikanya said. “To demonstrate his disdain for decency and promotion of nepotism, Wike appointed his immediate cousin, Surveyor Okas Wike of Emma Wike & Partners, as a Director in the reconstituted Greater Port Harcourt Development Authority (GPHDA). Also appointed was his direct in-law, the immediate direct younger brother to Dr. Obuzor, his father in-law, Architect Nnamdi Obuzor, to same board of merely eight members,” the Rivers APC Chairman added.

Wike, according to Ikanya, boasts that Rivers State has been conquered and that nobody can question him or direct him on how to run the State as none of the bigwigs or elders surrounding him contributed a kobo in his election. “Wike has been telling anyone who cares to listen that he must recoup all the funds he spent in his bid to become governor. We wish to remind him that there will be a day of reckoning, even as we demand that he must not treat persons from the riverine and other parts of Rivers State as hewers of wood and drawers of water while lucrative offices are reserved for his family members, relatives and cronies. Whatever his grievances may be, he must not vent his anger on innocent lecturers and the poor masses of Rivers State who are not politicians and have not offended him in any way,” Ikanya said.

The statement challenged Wike’s godfathers to call him to order, asking: “Where is Dr. Peter Odili? Where is Prince Uche Secondus? Where is Dame Patience Jonathan? Where are the elders of Rivers State who brought this shame on our dear State? Is this the type of governor you people want for Rivers State at this critical period of the 21st Century? What crimes have we committed to warrant this type of callous government whose promotion of infamy, impunity and nepotism is unprecedented?”

Rivers APC noted that “if they fail to call Wike to order and he succeeds to run down our State, they are can rest assured that history will never be favourable to them.” It pointed out that “Amaechi is not the one on trial here but you all that by crook installed Wike as governor,” adding: “To dismantle all that Amaechi laboured to achieve for Rivers State these eight years cannot be said to be the best strategy to demonstrate Wike’s evil plot against Rivers people for stating that it is unholy to deny the riverine areas their turn to produce the next Governor of Rivers State after the upland has governed the State for a whopping 16 years.”

The party pleaded with Rivers people, “particularly those that are being hunted and humiliated, to keep hope alive as it is only a matter of weeks before salvation will come their way as we are fasting and praying that the Election Petition Tribunal comes to our aid as soon as possible to save us from the hands of this man who does not know what governance is all about.”

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