Zulum Sacks Borno Health Commissioner

A file photo of Babagana Zulum.
A file photo of Babagana Zulum.


The Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum has sacked the Commissioner of Health, Dr Salihu Kwayabura.

Zulum also directed his Chief of Staff, Isa Hussani Marte, a Professor of Pharmacology, to oversee the state’s ministry of health pending the appointment of a substantive commissioner.

This was disclosed in a statement issued on Tuesday by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Relations and Strategy, Isa Gusau.

No reason was given for the governor’s sudden action.

The only explanation the statement offered is: “Governor Zulum’s directive is part of necessary measures to reposition the ministry.”

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Zulum thanked Kwayabura for contributions to the development of Borno’s public health sector in nearly two years of the current administration, and the years he had served under the previous administration.

Kwayabura had served in the same capacity in the previous government, a position he retained when Zulum’s government came on board.

As the health commissioner, he was the secretary of Borno Committee on the prevention and spread of COVID-19, a position he now must automatically forfeit.

In recent times, there have been hints of a possible cabinet reshuffling by Governor Zulum.

Ogun Govt Suspends Commissioner Over Alleged Sexual Harassment

A file photo of the suspended Commissioner for Environment in Ogun State, Abiodun Abudu-Balogun.


The Ogun State government has suspended the Commissioner for Environment, Abiodun Abudu-Balogun.

Mr Abudu-Balogun was suspended from office over an allegation of sexual harassment of a 16-year-old girl identified as Barakat Mayowa Melojuekun.

In a statement issued on Sunday in Abeokuta, the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tokunbo Talabi, announced the suspension of the commissioner pending the conclusion of an independent investigation into the allegation.

He explained that the state government decided to suspend Abudu-Balogun to enable him to cooperate fully with the independent investigation being carried out by the police.

“Whilst taking cognisance of the principle of a suspect being presumed innocent until proven guilty and the public statement issued by Honourable Abudu-Balogun denying the allegation, as a government with zero tolerance for gender-based violence and indeed any criminality, the suspension is a further demonstration of the commitment of Dapo Abiodun administration to fairness, equity, justice and the rule of law, no matter who is involved,” the statement read.

Talabi assured the residents that the state government would do everything necessary to ensure that justice was served in the case.

He disclosed that the suspended commissioner has been directed to hand over to the Permanent Secretary at the State Ministry of Environment.

Barakat, a secondary school student in her final year, had accused the suspended commissioner of attempting to rape her.

She said she met the commissioner on Tuesday last week, but the incident occurred on New Year’s Eve.

The victim said she was waiting for a motorcycle to convey her to the office of the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) to register for the National Identification Number (NIN).

While waiting at a park in Ogun Waterside Local Government Area, the commissioner who was said to be driving stopped the car and offered her a lift, but she declined.

Barakat alleged that she had been receiving calls from an unknown person who claimed to be the commissioner’s aide and two days later, she was reportedly taken to Abudu-Balogun’s residence by her uncle.

Although she stated that her uncle might be unaware of the commissioner’s intention as he took her to his house to operate a computer, she claimed she was lured to his bedroom.

The victim said she was left alone and allowed to go after she shouted at the top of her voice, and later narrated her ordeal to her parents who reported the case at the police station.

The Area Commander of Police in Abigi is said to be handling the case and the police have promised to make the outcome of police public.

COVID-19: Commissioner, 21 Others Discharged In Delta

(File Photo) Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State


The Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu and 21 other persons have been discharged from the isolation centre in Delta State.

A statement issued on Tuesday by Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Olisa Ifeajika, confirmed this.

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s spokesman noted that the state government released them after testing negative for COVID-19 following long periods of isolation and treatment.

He noted that the Commissioner tested positive for the coronavirus disease on June 20.

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Meanwhile, the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Chiedu Ebie, who tested positive three weeks ago is awaiting the result of his final test to determine when he would be discharged.

The state government also called on the people to support its efforts at curbing the spread of the pandemic by complying with the protocols prescribed by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

EU Trade Chief Hogan Drops Out Of WTO Race

European Union, Ogbonnaya Onu, Science and technology


EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan said Monday he will not seek to become head of the World Trade Organization (WTO) because Europe’s in-tray is full and requires his undivided attention.

Hogan said in a statement the European Union faced a series of challenges, including recovery from the coronavirus crisis, trade disputes with the United States, relations with China and finalising a Brexit accord with London by an October deadline.

“This important EU Trade Agenda requires the full and careful involvement of the European Union and in particular, the Trade Commissioner,” he said.

“Accordingly, I have decided that I will not be putting my name forward for the position of Director-General of the World Trade Organization,” he said.

Hogan, 60, became a candidate earlier this month backed by the Irish government but a European source said the former EU agriculture commission had upset some member states during his 2014-19 tenure.

At the same time, he had only taken up the trade commissioner post recently, raising eyebrows that he would be ready to leave Brussels so soon after his appointment to one of the bloc’s top jobs.

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WTO head Roberto Azevedo announced he was stepping down earlier this month for family reasons, with the deadline for candidate submissions set for July 8.

Five candidates are in the running after Hogan’s withdrawal: Mexico’s former WTO deputy director-general Jesus Seade Kuri; former Nigerian finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; former Egyptian diplomat Hamid Mamdou; former Moldovan foreign minister Tudor Ulianovschi and South Korea Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee.

“This decision today will allow other potential candidates (including European nominees) to consider their candidacy before the close of nominations,” Hogan said in the statement.

“The EU will work constructively with the new Director-General of the WTO to achieve our mutual objectives,” he added.


IGP Redeploys Police Commissioners In Edo, Oyo And Nine Other States

The Inspector General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, at a meeting with the President in Abuja on May 14, 2020.


The Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has ordered the redeployment of eleven Commissioners including those in Edo, Ondo and Oyo State. 

This is according to a communique by the Force Public Relations Officer, Frank Mba.

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“The IGP has ordered the immediate posting/redeployment of the following Commissioners of Police to Commands/Formations as follows: Edo State, CP Johnson Babatunde Kokumo; Osun State, CP Undie J. Adie; Bauchi State CP Lawal Jimeta Tanko;

“Ebonyi State, CP Philip Sule Maku; Gombe State, CP Ahmed Maikudi Shehu; Ondo State, CP Bolaji Amidu Salami; Oyo State, CP Joe Nwachukwu Enwonwu; Eastern Port, CP Evelyn T. Peterside;

“Explosive Ordinance Device (EOD), CP Okon Etim Ene; Airport Command, CP Bello Maikwashi; and Anti-Fraud Unit (FCID Annex Lagos), CP Olukolu Tairu Shina,” the statement partly read.

The IGP urged the newly deployed CPs to prioritise community policing, crime prevention, public security, public safety, and general crime-fighting among others.

He also enjoined citizens of the affected states to cooperate with the Commissioners of Police to enable them succeed in their new areas of responsibilities.

Akwa Ibom Governor Sacks Commissioner

Akwa Ibom Governor Sacks Commissioner
A file photo of Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel.


The Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has relieved the Commissioner for Agriculture and Food Sufficiency, Dr Uduak Udo-Inyang, of his duties.

According to a statement on Thursday by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, the governor’s directive was with immediate effect.

Governor Emmanuel further directed the Commissioner for Science and Technology, Professor Nse Essien, to immediately take over the duties and functions of Dr Udo-Inyang.

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He thanked the former commissioner for his service to the state and wished him good luck in his future endeavors.

However, no reason was stated for the action of the governor.

In a separate statement, Dr Ekuwem also announced that Governor Emmanuel has approved the suspension of chairman of the state’s Local Government Service Commission, Valentine Attach.

He explained that Attach was suspended for alleged involvement in illegal recruitment into the service.

Armed Robbers Raid Commissioner’s House, Kill Nephew In Nasarawa

Gunmen Kill 15, Injure 11 In Nasarawa Village Attack


 A 400-level Microbiology student, Terlumum Hemba of the Federal University, Lafia has been killed by armed robbers after they raided the residence of his uncle, Clement Uhembe, who is the Commissioner for Higher Education in Nasarawa State.

The incident occurred on Sunday at Akunzan Migili, a suburb of Lafia, the state capital, along Lafia – Makurdi highway at about 1:00 am.

Narrating the incident to Channels Television at his residence, Uhembe said the gunmen numbering six attacked his house while he was away in Port Harcourt attending his son’s wedding ceremony.

“I actually was at my son’s wedding when the news broke out to me that my house has been invaded by armed robbers. On getting here, I saw what happened, how they ambushed one student who has been living with me here reading Microbiology.

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“They gunned him down at a point, he struggled and eventually couldn’t make it. After killing the student, they moved to my apartment and broke the door.

“My children were beaten thoroughly, they were looking for two things – gun and money, which unfortunately I didn’t have any of them. They said the children should give them the gun and money,” he stated.

When contacted, the Divisional Police Officer of Agyaragu division, Mr Biam, confirmed the attack to Channels Television.

He said the corpse of the deceased has been deposited at the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, Lafia adding that investigations into the incident have commenced.

Ogun To Rehabilitate 57 Primary Health Care Centres

Ogun Health Commissioner, Ipaye

The Ogun State Government has reiterated its commitment to improving the quality of life to the people of the state.

State Commissioner for Health, Mr Babatunde Ipaye made this known while defending the 2018 budget proposal of the State Primary Health Care Development Board before the State House of Assembly.

To this end, he said 57 Primary Health Care Centers across the Local Government and Local Council Development Area in the state will be rehabilitated.

The commissioner said the proposal would ensure quality health service delivery in all the Local Government of the state.

Also to be considered by the board is the emerging population in the Mowe and Magboro axis, to ensure fairness in terms of needs.

He further disclosed that the state had received support for the renovation of Ijebu Igbo Primary Health Centre through a development Partner.

Mr Ipaye also said that equipment had been purchased to the over 200 Primary Health Centers (PHCs) in the state.

According to him, they would be distributed as soon as possible to health centres across the local councils in the state.

Kaduna Education Commissioner, Professor Nok Is Dead

Christian Leaders Beg El-Rufai To Suspend Teachers’ Sack
File photo of Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai

The Kaduna State Commissioner of Education, Science and Technology, Professor Andrew Nok is dead.

The state government in a statement signed by the spokesman to the governor, Samuel Aruwan, said Professor Nok died at the age of 55, at his residence in Kaduna on Tuesday, November 21, 2017.

Governor Nasir El-Rufai said the Professor Nok before his death was, “one of the best this country has produced, and one of the most committed persons to have served Kaduna State.”

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The Kaduna State governor said the late commissioner was a pillar of his cabinet, a capable administrator who was adept at getting things done and dedicated to the progress of the state.”

“Professor Nok was one of the best this country has produced, and one of the most committed persons to have served Kaduna State. He was steadfast, rigorous and very successful in implementing our project to improve Health and Education in the state. He will be sorely missed,” El-Rufai said.

The late commissioner was a professor of Biochemistry at the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria.

Professor Nok won the Alexander Humboldt prize in 2013 for his research into finding a cure for trypanosomiasis. In 2009, he won the NLNG prize for identifying the gene responsible for the enzyme which causes sleeping sickness (trypanosomiasis). The Federal Government of Nigeria also honoured him with the Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM)

He was appointed Commissioner for Health and Human Services by Governor El-Rufai in August 2015, and later redeployed to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in 2016.

ICAO Authenticates Progress And Development Of Nigeria’s Aviation

Nigeria's aviation sectorThe International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) has authenticated the progress and development of aviation in Nigeria.

The authentication was contained in a preliminary audit result released at the closing meeting of the ICAO Universal Safety Oversight Audit Programme (USOAP) conducted on Nigeria.

The presentation was presided over by the leader of a team of the auditors, Mr Jean-Claude Waffo. He was joined by three team members to present their assessment of the aviation industry in Nigeria.

Each member gave an individual assessment of all the delineated areas – Legislation (LEG), Organisation (ORG), Accident and Incident Investigation (AIG), Air Navigational Services (ANS) and Aerodrome and Ground Aids (AGA).

During the presentation, the Team leader and the members articulated all their systemic findings in the course of the 11-day USOAP Audit conducted on Nigeria.

While there were areas that were identified as open items that needed to be closed, the auditors unanimously showed satisfaction with the level of improvement in the aviation industry.

However, the final report will be produced and sent to Canada for review and final assent. This will be done only when comments on the draft report had been received from Nigeria.

According to the Mr Waffo, “draft results will be produced 90 days after today’s presentation.

“Thereafter, Nigeria is expected to produce a Corrective Action Plan (CAP) which will provide room for comments and observations within 45 days.

“The final report is only to be expected and produced after 30 days of receipt and acknowledgement of comments”.

At the end of the presentation the auditors thanked the Director General of the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), Captain Muhtar Usman and all the Chief Executives of the aviation parastatals.

Commendations were also extended to the Nigerian team that worked with the auditors during the audit.

Earlier, the NCAA DG in his opening remarks expressed his appreciation and acknowledged the demonstration of unparalleled dedication and the high sense of responsibility with which the auditors acquitted themselves during the audit.

He assured the auditors that all the open items would be closed forthwith. This will be adequately communicated in the Corrective Action Plan (CAP) to be forwarded by the Authority as required, he said.

“All the lessons learnt from this exercise will be used to enhance the development, safety and security of aviation not only in Nigeria but the whole of Africa,” Captain Usman emphasised.

The Managing Director of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mr Saleh Dunoma, also assured the auditors that all areas that required improvement would be addressed.

Other Chief Executives present at the meeting were the Commissioner, Accident Investigation Bureau, Dr. Felix Abali, the Acting Managing Director of the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, Mr Emmanuel Anasi and Directors from all the parastatals.

Hajj Stampede Death Toll Rises To 222

HajjDeath toll from the hajj stampede in Mina Saudi Arabia has hit 222.

An official of the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, (NAHCON), Dr. Ibrahim Kana, told journlists in Abuja on Monday that after reconciliation it has now been confirmed that 222 Nigerians actually died.

There have been conflicting reports on the number of deaths but with this clarification, issues surrounding the number of those who died in the September 24 stampede may have been laid to rest.

Dr. Ibrahim Kana said that the majority of those who died have been buried while 130 pilgrims are still missing.

The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, through its Commissioner, Planning and Research, Dr Saleh Okenwa, had earlier put the number at 199, stating that 121 pilgrims were still missing.

At least 717 pilgrims were killed on September 24 in a crush at Mina, outside the Muslim Holy City of Mecca, where two million people were performing the annual Hajj pilgrimage, Saudi authorities said.

At least 450 others were injured in the stampede, which took place on Street 204 of the camp city at Mina, a few kilometers east of Mecca, where pilgrims stay for several days during the climax of the Hajj.

Death Toll From Hajj Stampede Hits 199

hajjThe National Hajj Commission of Nigeria has again cleared the air on the number of Nigerians that died in the stampede in Saudi Arabia.

According to the Commissioner, Planning and Research, Dr Saleh Okenwa, so far, 199 people have been confirmed dead while undergoing the exercise in Saudi Arabia.

He told reporters in Abuja on Monday that 121 pilgrims were still missing.

Giving the breakdown of the dead, he said Sokoto lost 79 pilgrims, 59 missing in Kano while 20 pilgrims from Kano have been certified dead.

He listed other states affected as Adamawa, Borno, the Federal Capital Territory, Gombe and Kaduna.

Also affected are Katsina, Kebbi, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun and Ondo.

Others States on the list are Plateau, Rivers, Taraba, Yobe and Zamfara.

At least 717 pilgrims were killed on September 24 in a crush at Mina, outside the Muslim Holy City of Mecca, where two million people are performing the annual Hajj pilgrimage, Saudi authorities said.

At least 450 others were injured in the stampede, which took place on Street 204 of the camp city at Mina, a few kilometers east of Mecca, where pilgrims stay for several days during the climax of the Hajj.