The Yobe State Governor has sworn-in new Council Chairmen and mandated them to support the on-going salary verification exercise to eliminate ghost workers.
Administering the oath of office on the new appointees on Thursday, Governor Ibrahim Gaidam urged them to carryout a bio-metric exercise of all Local Government workers and fully implement the approved policies arising from the report of the exercise.
He also asked the chairmen to be prudent with the scarce resources and to concentrate only on provision of essential services such as water supply, healthcare services, and education among others.
The Governor urged the incoming officials to consolidate on the successes recorded so far by the outgoing chairmen, whom he lauded for their efforts towards developing their areas.
He also praised President Muhammadu Buhari for the significant improvement in the on-going fight against terror and appealed to the people of the state to accord security agents the desired cooperation.
“I would like to expressed my gratitude to the almighty Allah that since the inception of the Buhari administration at the centre, we have witnessed significant improvement in the on-going fight against insurgents and other acts of terrorism in the northeast region, in particular and the nation at large.
“We thank Mr President for his untiring efforts to bring the activities of the insurgency to an end. My appeal to the entire people of Yobe State is to continue to pray for the full restoration of peace and security in the state and the country as a whole,” he said.
Governor Gaidam also thanked the Speaker and members of the Yobe State House of Assembly on the approval granted for the appointment of the new chairmen.
He stressed that he would continue to count on their support and cooperation in the implementation of the policies and programmes of his administration.
The appointment of the new Caretaker Committee Chairmen of the 17 Local Governments in the state was sequel to the expiration of tenure of elected Council Chairmen in December 2015.
Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has urged Nigerian Muslims to exhibit the true spirit of peace and love in their daily dealings with men of all faith, saying Islam as a religion of peace abhors violence in whatever guise.
The Governor, who congratulated the Muslim Ummah on the success of 2015 Ramadan, urged them to inculcate the lessons learnt during the Ramadan fast to positively impact on their neighbours and the larger society.
In an Eid-el-Fitr message, released by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Peter Okhiria, the Governor said, “I rejoice with the Muslim Ummah as it has pleased Almighty Allah to see us through the Holy month of Ramadan.
“Having observed strictly the injunctions of Almighty Allah by self-denial through fasting and prayers and by offering Zakat to the less-privileged, I urge the faithful not to forget the lessons learnt, to wit, the spirit of piety, alms-giving, of compassion and love for fellow men.
“We remember, as always, our country this season and I enjoin the faithful to continue to make supplications to Allah to heal our land of all ills and favour us with peace and progress.”
The Governor added, “In Edo, we remain grateful to Almighty Allah as He has continued to bestow on us abundant mercies by bringing us out of the woods in which the state was plunged in the past and for engendering peaceful coexistence among people of different faith.
“I wish the Muslim Ummah happy Eid el-Fitri.”
Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has congratulated Muslims for witnessing another season of Ramadan.
Governor Fayemi, in a statement by the Chief Press Secretary, Mr Olayinka Oyebode, described Ramadan as “the glory of all months in the Islamic calendar”, adding that Ramadan fast is one of the five pillars of Islam that Muslims must strictly adhere to in line with the injunction of the Almighty Allah.
The Governor noted that Ramadan offers an opportunity to draw closer to Allah and deepen relationship with him in submission to his will. He urged Muslims to use the period to pray for peace to reign in all the troubled spots in the country.
He also urged them to use the Ramadan season to pray for peace and prosperity in Ekiti State, especially as the state is about to witness a change in leadership.
Dr Fayemi explained that Allah established Ramadan to bring about equality among the faithful, irrespective of social status. He said: “Ramadan is a special season in which Muslims who are of age and in good health go without food and drinks between sunrise and sunset for 29 or 30 days.
“Ramadan makes everybody to be equal before Allah as the rich are given the taste of hunger the poor go through. He prayed that the holy month would bring abundant blessings for the faithful.
The Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola, on Friday condoled with the government and people of Kano State and all Nigerians on the death of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji (Dr) Ado Bayero.
In a letter of condolence to the family of the late respected Emir, the Governor said that his death would leave a vacuum in the country, as the late king did his best to uphold the unity of Nigeria.
He added that for the over 51 years he spent as the traditional ruler of Kano, he made his mark as a worthy trailblazer who was concerned about the welfare and progress of not just his people but the entire nation.
The Governor noted that Bayero, apart from being a revered traditional ruler, also contributed his quota to the development of Nigeria in his role as Chancellor of the University of Nigeria, and subsequently, of the University of Ibadan.
“Nigerians will not forget his impact as one of the greatest leaders produced by our country and he will forever live on in our hearts,” he said.
He said that the late Emir’s name was synonymous with royalty, dedication and good leadership, the virtues that distinguished him among his equals and urged the family to take comfort in the legacy left behind which, he said, would stand the test of time.
The Governor prayed Almighty Allah to grant him Al Jannah Firdaus.
The Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, passed on peacefully on Friday morning at the age of 83.