The East Carolina University has apologised to Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje over an appointment that stirred controversy.
A worker of the university had sent a letter to the governor appointing him as a Senior Mentoring Scholar and Visiting Full Professor of e-governance and International Affairs on of the institution.
The school had subsequently denied the appointment, making the state government demand an apology.
However, the university expressed regret and also acknowledged the governor’s educational accomplishments, saying, “You have appropriate credentials generally held by those appointed to faculty positions.”
The letter, signed by the Interim Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Dr. B. Grant Hayes, said the content of the letter earlier forwarded to the governor was not the intention of the university to ignite any embarrassment.
“I regret that this situation has caused you some measure of embarrassment, as that was neither the intention of Carolina University nor was it the reason for the letter,” it added.
A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has granted permission for the commencement of a suit seeking to compel President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint the 33 lawyers nominated by the National Judicial Council (NJC) as judges of the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
In an ex-parte ruling on Wednesday, Justice Inyang Ekwo, granted leave to the applicant to file a writ of summons for an order of mandamus compelling President Buhari to appoint the judges in line with his constitutional duties as contained in Section 256 (2) of the Constitution.
Justice Ekwo stated that the leave granted the applicant is to enable him to commence the process of initiating the writ of summons for an order of mandamus against the President and that it did not amount to granting the order of mandamus itself.
Other respondents besides President Buhari include the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, the Clerk of the Senate, the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), and the NJC.
This comes two months after Justice Ekwo faulted Buhari’s decision to forward names of only 11 out of the 33 lawyers nominated for appointment as judges of the FCT High Court.
Buhari had in July forwarded to the Senate for screening and confirmation names of only 11 lawyers out of the 33 recommended to him for appointment by the NJC.
The judges who have since been sworn in include Abubakar Musa, Edward Okpe, B. Abubakar, M. Francis, Jude Nwabueze, Josephine Enobi, Christopher Opeyemi, Mohammed Idris, Hassan Aliyu, Fashola Adebowale and Hamza Muazu.
The applicant, in his averment, stated that the president was wrong not to have appointed the 33 persons recommended to him by the NJC.
The ex-parte application was filed by a lawyer, Oladimeji Ekengba.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks set to replace Jose Mourinho as Manchester United’s interim manager after the club appeared to accidentally announce the appointment on their website.
Mourinho was axed on Tuesday after just two-and-half years in charge at Old Trafford and the troubled Premier League club are reportedly ready to bring back one of their old heroes to take his place on a temporary basis.
Solskjaer, currently in charge of Norway’s Molde, was widely reported to be United’s leading candidate for the interim role for the rest of the season while they search for a permanent appointment in the close-season.
There has been no official announcement from the club, however, a video appeared on United’s official website celebrating Solskjaer and seeming to confirm his appointment.
A video of him scoring the winner for United in their 1999 Champions League final triumph against Bayern Munich was accompanied with the headline ‘The most famous night of Ole’s career’.
Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg also appeared to confirm Solskjaer’s appointment, writing on Twitter: “Great day for Norwegian football. Good luck in keeping control of the Red Devils.”
Solskjaer, nicknamed the baby-faced assassin, scored 128 goals in 367 appearances for United during 10 seasons playing under the club’s legendary boss Alex Ferguson, who signed him from Molde in 1996.
After retiring, the Norwegian was appointed as United’s reserve-team boss before joining Molde as manager in 2010.
Solskjaer had an ill-fated spell in charge of Cardiff in 2014, winning just nine of his 30 games as they were relegated from the Premier League before being dismissed and returning to Molde in 2015.
Molde’s season ended last month and does not resume until March 31, with Solskjaer unlikely to refuse the chance to manage such a prestigious club.
Ironically, his first match in charge of United could be against Cardiff on Saturday if the mooted deal is completed in time.
United are in sixth place in the Premier League after their worst start for 28 years.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino and former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane are among the bookmakers’ favourites to take the United job at the end of the season.
President Muhammadu Buhari has sent a letter to the Senate, seeking the confirmation of a former Inspector-General of Police, Musliu Smith, as the Chairman of the Police Service Commission.
The President is also seeking the confirmation of six other persons as commissioners and members of the PSC.
Senate President Bukola Saraki read the President’s later during plenary on Thursday.
The letter read in part, “In compliance with the provisions of section 153 (1) and 154(1) of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended, I write to forward for confirmation by the Senate the underlisted names as the Chairman and members of Police Service Commission (PSC). I attach here, with their CVs.”
Among those the President is seeking legislative confirmation of their appointment are a former Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Lawal Bawa; and Clara Ogunbiyi. Both were nominated by the President to become full-time commissioners of the PSC.
If confirmed, Smith would replace current PSC Chairman, Mike Okiro.
A member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Mr. Oladimeji Fabiyi has advised the President Muhammadu Buhari to consider the nation first, rather than his party in appointing more ministers into his cabinet.
He made this known on Wednesday while appearing on a guest on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily in Abuja.
“I do not have any problem with that (appointing more ministers), I do not have any problem with cabinet reshuffle. I don’t have problem with board appointments, but what I have problem with is it should not be just for party patronage.
“It should be for the good people of this country, people that will come on board and do the right thing, people that will come on board and provide that good governance to the people. That is my concern.
“Yes I agree to the fact that you have to balance it, taking in mind that you are going to have an election in the next two years, but at the same time you need a good score card to be able to do that,” he said after praising the presidential announcement on Tuesday.
Fabiyi’s comments come barely 24 hours after the President hinted during the National Executive Council meeting of his party in the nation’s capital that he would appoint new members into his cabinet.
The President said, “Last year I said we would re-constitute the Boards of Parastatals. I must regret the fact that we have not done so, for many reasons. “By the grace of God, these appointments will be announced soon, especially now that the economy is improving; we will have the resources to cater for the appointees.
“By the same token the compressed Federal Executive Council will be expanded to bring in more supporters at Federal Level, with fresh ideas to be injected into the government.”
Although the party loyalist admitted that people assisted the President in his emergence at the last general election, it however should not mean that mediocre should occupy certain positions just for them to be compensated.
He added, “President Muhammadu Buhari did not win this election on his own. People helped him, people contributed financially and otherwise to make sure that he becomes the president.
“So it behooves on Mr President to call these people. Let us say groups, Tinubu has his own group, Atiku has his own group, all other people have. There is no group that does not have both the good and the bad people.
“And the leaders of these groups know the good and the bad there. It is for Mr. President to ask them give me some of your best to help me in this journey. It is about stake holding, we must remember that and that is politics.”
Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe did not know he had been appointed World Health Organisation goodwill ambassador and would anyway have rejected the role that has since been rescinded, state media reported Tuesday.
The WHO reversed its decision on Sunday to award the 93-year-old the honour to help fight disease after widespread uproar around the globe.
“The president was quite surprised that he had been appointed a goodwill ambassador by the WHO,” Mugabe’s spokesman George Charamba told The Herald newspaper.
“There was nothing, whether verbal or written, from the WHO intimating that WHO wished to make the president a goodwill ambassador in respect of noncommunicable diseases,” he added, saying Mugabe learned about it from the news.
“He was not going to oblige the invitation had it come his way anyway.”
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, a former Ethiopian health minister who took charge of WHO UN agency in July, rescinded his decision to appoint Mugabe goodwill ambassador for non-communicable diseases in Africa after facing fierce criticism.
The appointment angered international rights campaigners and opposition parties, who also accuse Mugabe of violent repression, election rigging and presiding over the country’s economic ruin.
Zimbabwe’s healthcare system, like many of its public services, has collapsed under Mugabe’s authoritarian regime, with most hospitals out of stock of essential medicines and supplies, and nurses and doctors regularly left unpaid.
Charamba said it would have been an “awkward” situation for WHO to appoint Mugabe as goodwill ambassador, as Zimbabwe is a top producer of tobacco.
Mugabe, who has been in power since 1980, is in increasingly fragile health and makes regular trips abroad for medical treatment.
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of a former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr Tunde Lemo, as the Chairman of the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency.
The Assistant Director of Press in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Mohammed Nakorji, disclosed this in a statement.
Apart from approving Mr Lemo’s appointment, President Buhari also okayed the appointment of new members of the FERMA Board – all subject to Senate approval.
Those joining the former CBN deputy governor on the board are Nurudeen Rafindadi; Buba Abdullahi; Babagana Aji; Shehu Abdullahi and Loretta Aniagolu; Mujaidu Dako; Vincent Kolawole; Chukwunwike Uzo; Olubunmi Siyanbola; Abdulrazak Ma’aji; Saidu Abdulkadir and Peter Osawe.
President Buhari also reappointed Mr Peter Ewesor as the Managing Director of Nigerian Electricity Management Service Agency.
Mr Ewezor’s reappointment became effective October 3 and gives him one final four-year term in office, in accordance with the provisions of Section 7(3) of the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency Act, 2015.
Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has sworn in 18 new Permanent Secretaries out of 20 appointed into various ministries in the State.
The Governor reversed the appointment of two Permanent Secretaries on the grounds that they came late to the swearing-in ceremony.
The appointees were expected to have been seated at 12 noon for the ceremony, which was billed for 1pm.
However, the event kicked off at 12:30pm after Governor Oshiomhole’s arrival at 12:23pm; but only 18 of the 20 would-be Permanent Secretaries were seated at the time.
The other two arrived during the course of the ceremony and they did not escape the notice of the governor.
Governor Oshiomhole went ahead to swear-in the 18, 2 of whom were labour leaders. The Governor explained that the Labour Leaders were included deliberately to show the absence of animosity with labour activists.
Appeals for the other two Permanent Secretaries turned out futile.
The acting governor of Taraba state Mr. Garba Umar has been given a nod by members of the state house of assembly to continue his role, pending the time Governor Danbaba Suntai is fit to perform his official functions.
Nine out of the 24 members led by the deputy speaker, Tanko Maikarfi, said it had become necessary to adopt the resolution of the executive session of the House which gave recognition to Umar as the acting governor and not as the deputy governor.
In the meantime, the acting governor has called on the people of the state to disregard recent announcement on the purported dissolution of the executive council and the appointment of a new chief of staff and secretary to the state government.
In a statement signed by his chief press secretary, Kefas Sule, Umar explained that the announcement is an attempt by a group to hijack the machinery of governance in the state and not a directive that was given by Governor Danbaba Suntai.