Three Commissioners Test Positive For COVID-19 In Gombe

A health practitioner tests for COVID-19. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun / Channels TV
A health worker carries a sample collected for COVID-19 test. Photo: Sodiq Adelakun / Channels TV



Three commissioners have tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) in Gombe State.

The Commissioner of Information and Culture in the state, Ibrahim Alhassan, disclosed this to reporters on Tuesday.

He explained that the COVID-19 status of the infected persons was discovered after all 21 commissioners in Gombe and the governor’s aides took the test.

Alhassan also confirmed that the test results of one of the governor’s aides and five members of the Gombe State House of Assembly came back positive.

He said, “We conducted massive tests for all the government functionaries – the commissioners, special advisers, and all the staff of the Government House.

“Out of the 21 commissioners, it is unfortunate that we are having three positive cases. Of the special advisers, we have one positive case.”

“Of the members of the State House of Assembly, we have five positive cases. This is so far, the update within the government cycle,” he added.

The commissioner decried that the pandemic was already within the community and the state has begun to witness community transmission of the disease.

He revealed that the government has decided to lead by example by ensuring that 100 per cent of its workforce took the test.

“Therefore, all hands need to be on deck to see that we fight this pandemic head-on and as of today, permanent secretaries and directors in all the government ministries and agencies are now undergoing the screening (the test),” he stated.

The Chairman of the Task Force on COVID-19 in the state, Professor Idris Muhammad, also gave an update on the outbreak of the disease in Gombe.

He noted that the government has tested 609 people in four days and the results of 63 persons returned positive.

Professor Muhammad also confirmed that the infected members of the executive and legislative arms of government in the state were among the positive cases.

He, therefore, appealed to the residents to be cooperative with the task force in its aggressive approach to curb the community transmission of the disease in the state.

The task force chairman also advised the residents, especially those on essential services to wilfully submit themselves for the test.

According to him, Gombe State has a total of 234 positive cases of COVID-19, out of which 33 patients are active with 134 others discharged, as of 2pm on Tuesday.

Abiodun Asks Ogun Assembly To Confirm 18 Nominees As Commissioners

A file photo of Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun.



Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, has nominated 18 commissioners into his cabinet.

In a letter, Governor Abiodun asked the State House of Assembly to confirm the commissioners-nominee.

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Those nominated by the governor include Afolabi Afuape, Oludotun Taiwo, Ganiyu Hamzat, Funmi Efuape, and Dr Kehinde Oluwadare.

Others are Femi Ogunbanwo, Jagunmolu Omoniyi, Toyin Taiwo, Tunji Akinosi, Ade Adesanya, and Dr Adeola Odedina.

Also nominated by the governor are Professor Sidi Osho, Dapo Okubadejo, Dr Tomi Coker, Abiodun Balogun, Gbolahan Adeniran, Tunji Odunlami, and Laolu Olabintan.

Akwa Ibom Governor Swears In New Commissioners

Akwa Ibom Governor Swears In New Commissioners

Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel, has inducted two commissioners into the State Executive Council.

Mr Ibanga Akpabio is the Commissioner for Ministry of Labour, Productivity and Manpower Planning, while Professor Victor Inoka is assigned the Ministry of Education to replace Pastor Paul Udofia.

At the swearing-in ceremony which took place on Wednesday at the Government House in Uyo, Governor Emmanuel who said the new commissioners came highly recommended was hopeful that they would add value to the Council.

He said: “We have added to our team, two fresh ideas and brains. I have added two more to the family, so beat that if you can in terms of pedigree, intellect, exposure, passion, tenacity in delivery, and even in capacity. I believe we will get the best out of these two.”

The governor further thanked the serving commissioners for the contributions they have made so far to the state government and urged them not to relent in their selfless services.

He also advised the new commissioners to be mindful of their conducts as they are now seen as representatives of the government.

“There are certain places you used to go, you will no longer go again; there are certain things you used to say, you may not be able to say again because when once you speak now, you are speaking the minds of government,” he said.

Governor Emmanuel asked them to take their duty to heart, discharging same without the interference of personal interest.

Addressing reporters shortly after his inauguration, Professor Inoka, described the governor as a visionary man who is assiduously working towards building a bridge to link the state to the future.

He thanked Emmanuel for the appointment and promised to key into the governor’s vision with a show of unflinching loyalty, dedication and commitment to his duties.

Akpabio hails from Essien Udim Local Government Area of the state and until his appointment, he served as the State Deputy Chairman of PDP, while Inoka from the University of Port Harcourt is a native of Oruk Anam Local Government.

Apart from Pastor Udofia who was relieved of his appointment, all other commissioners and special advisers retained their posts.

Present at the swearing in were some present and past leader in the state, including the immediate past governor and Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio.

Niger Governor Sacks Commissioners Over Non-Performance

Niger Governor Sacks Commissioners Over Non-Performance
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Niger State Governor, Sani Bello, has dissolved the State Executive Council over non-performance.

According to him, the commissioners were sacked as they were not helping him to achieve the desired goals and aspirations of his administration.

The Secretary to the State Government, Ibrahim Ladan, who confirmed the sack, said the governor has the right to dissolve his cabinet at any time.

Governor Bello, who expressed dismay at the council meeting on Wednesday at Government House in Minna, said their impacts were not felt by the citizens despite every opportunity made available to them to perform their responsibilities as cabinet members.

However, the three new commissioners – at the ministries of Mineral Resources, Culture and Tourism, as well as, Livestock and Fisheries, were exempted from the sack.

The governor further directed all the Permanent Secretaries of the affected ministries to take charge until new appointments are made.

He also suspended the weekly executive council meetings until a new cabinet has been put in place.

Bello thanked the former members of his cabinet for their contributions, support, and commitment to the actualisation of his restoration agenda and wish them success in their future endeavors.

Edo State Commissioners Assume Office

Edo State Commissioners Assume Office

It was a fresh day at work but Thursday morning with a difference for civil servants at the Edo State Secretariat in Benin City, the state capital.

Since the inception of Governor Godwin Obaseki’s administration late last year, commissioners are just assuming office.

Among the first arrivals for work at the state secretariat building was the Commissioner for Budget, Planning and Economic Development, Miriam Abubakar and her counterpart in the Wealth Creation, Cooperatives and Employment Ministry, Emmanuel Usoh.

In separate interviews with Channels Television in their offices, both commissioners expressed their desire to immediately settle down to work and deliver on their mandates.

Mrs Abubakar, who noted that the 2018 budget would be ahead of schedule, said: “We are going to be preparing for the 2018 budget; the governor has made it clear to us that in December he’s going to announce his budget, so we are ready”.

On his part, the wealth creation commissioner pointed out that the first step for him was human capacity building.

“The first is for human capital and its requirements to be dealt with so that we can go out to meet the citizenry to create wealth and employment for them. In return, the government is enriched by the quality of human capital and the resources available to them,” Usoh stated.

It may have been a slow entrance to the governing team for the commissioners following the thorough screening prior to their appointments, but they appear determined to contribute to the development of Edo State as they assume office.

Gov El-Rufai Reshuffles Cabinet, Drops Four Commissioners

Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna, Commissioners, CabinetKaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, on Tuesday, sacked four commissioners from his cabinet.

In a minor change of cabinet, Governor El-Rufai nominated replacements for the sacked commissioner for confirmation by the Kaduna State House of Assembly (KSHA).

The Clerk of the House of Assembly, Umma Hikima, was appointed as the Commissioner of Justice and Attorney-General of the state, while Professor Kabiru Mato was nominated as the Commissioner for Agriculture and Forestry.

Hafsat Baba was also appointed as the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development and Jafaru Sani as the Commissioner for Local Government.

The governor also redeployed the Commissioner of Justice to environment, the Commissioner for Agriculture to Commerce and the Commissioner for Environment to the newly created Ministry of Stakeholders Relations.

“The commissioners swapping portfolios include Amina Sijuwade, moved from Ministry of Justice to Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, while Maigari Manzo moved from Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry to Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism.

“Shehu Balarabe moves from Ministry of Environment to become Commissioner, Stakeholder Relations, while Mohammed Bashir Saidu who is now Chief of Staff, relinquishes the office of Commissioner for Local Government.

“Rabi Abdulsalam, former Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, becomes Special Adviser on Social Development, while Shehu Adamu, former Commissioner of Commerce, Industry and Tourism, returns to academia,” said a statement released by the governor’s spokesman, Samuel Aruwan.

Governor El-Rufai also reassigned three special advisers namely: Uba Sani as Special Adviser, Political Matters and Intergovernmental Relations; Chris Umar, Deputy Chief of Staff is to become Solicitor-General, while Murtala Dabo, Special Adviser, Economic Matters, is appointed Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport.

He further announced the appointment of eight new permanent secretaries.

They include Mohammed Shuaibu, Ministry of Health and Human Services; Chris Umar, Ministry of Justice; Rabilu Ibrahim, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources; and Joseph Steven, Ministry of Local Government.

Also appointed as permanent secretaries were Habiba Shekarau, General Services, Office of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG); Lawrence Shemang, Ministry of Water Resources, Murtala Dabo, Ministry of Works, Housing and Transport; and Abdullahi Sani, Cabinet Affairs and Special Services, Office of the SSG.

Mr El-Rufai stated that five permanent secretaries have been redeployed as follows: Hauwa Umar, Ministry of Women and Social Development; Ibrahim Jere, Bureau of Establishments, Management and Training; Ibrahim Sambo, Ministry of Rural and Community Development; Nuhu Buzun, Public Service Office, Office of the Head of Service; and Aishatu Mohammed, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism.

However, five other permanent secretaries have retired.

The governor thanked all members of the team for the successes the State Government has recorded so far and wished them good luck in their future endeavours.

Akwa Ibom Govt. Assigns Portfolios To New Commissioners

Governor Emmanuel, Corruption, Gov. Udom,18 commissioners and two special advisers sworn in by Akwa Ibom state governor, Udom Emmanuel, have now been assigned portfolios.

The state House of Assembly on Wednesday confirmed the nominees, following their screening exercise.

House leader, Udo Akpan, had moved a motion for their confirmation and was seconded by Aniekan Bassey, the member in charge of Uruan constituency of the state.

It would be recalled that Governor Emmanuel dissolved the state Executive Council on October 15, 2016.

The new list was sent in on November 26, exactly 45 days after the dissolution of the former EXCO.

Here is a full list of the 20 government officials.

1. Victor Antai, Ministry of Culture and Tourism
2. Orman Esin, Ministry of Transport and Petroleum Resources.
3. Linus Nkan, Ministry of Finance
4. Akan Okon, Ministry of Housing, Urban Renewal and Special Duties
5. Barr. Uwemedimo Nwoko, Attorney General, Ministry Of Justice
6. Dr Dominic Ukpong, Ministry of Health
7. Ephraim Inyangeyen, Ministry of Works
8. Glory Edet, Ministry of Women Affairs
9. Monday Ebong Uko, Ministry of Youth And Sports
10. Prof. Eno Ikpe, Ministry of Investment, Commerce and Industry
11. Udo Ekpenyong, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs
12. Dr Uduak Charles Umoinyang, Ministry Of Agriculture
13. Arc Ime Ekpo, Lands and Town Planning
14. Paul Alexander Udofia, Ministry of Education
15. Charles Udo, Ministry Of Information and Strategy
16. Idorenyin Sunday Udo, Ministry of Economic Development, Planning and Man Power Development
17. Dr Nse Udo Essien, Ministry of Science And Technology
18. Dr Iniobong Essien, Ministry of Environment
19. Rt. Hon. Barr. Ekong Sampson, Special Adviser on Political and Legislative Affairs
20. Mrs Ekemini David, Special Adviser on Rural Development and Co-orporatives


Governor Ikpeazu Swears-In 20 Commissioners

IkpeazuThe Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, has sworn in 20 Commissioners into his cabinet. The commissioners comprises of three women and seventeen men – Four of whom have served in previous administrations.

The swearing-in ceremony took place at the Michael Okpara Auditorium, Umuahiaon Monday.

Administration’s Five Pillars

According to the Governor, the men and women assigned to be part of the executives were carefully chosen, based on their precedence and assurance that they would deliver in their various ministries, supporting the administration’s drive to turn around the fortunes of the state.

Governor Ikpeazu also promised to give the new commissioners all that they needed to perform. He also urged them to cue into the administration’s emphasis on the five pillars of agriculture, environment, commerce, trade and oil and gas, to drive the economy of the state.

Their appointment, according to the Governor, is a privilege, as the state can boast of many qualified men and women who could occupy the same position, if given a chance.

Governor Ikpeazu also said that with priority to enhance economic development, his administration in the new dispensation had divided the Ministry of Commerce into two – the Ministry of Trade and investment and Ministry of Industry.

Some of the new commissioners thanked the Governor for finding them fit to serve and pledged their readiness to support the upliftment of the state.

Governor Oshiomhole Swears-In New Commissioners

oshiomholeThe Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, has reiterated the desire for his administration to finish strong, hence the need to engage fresh brains to steer the affairs of the State.

Governor Oshiomhole shared this view during the swearing-in ceremony of two new Commissioners into his cabinet at the Exco Chambers, Government House in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

The new members of cabinet are Tom Uloko, for Ministry of Local Government and Chieftancy Affairs and Gideon Obhakhan, for the Ministry of Education.

Governor Oshiomhole, earlier in the week, suspended four local government chairmen.

The allegations against them include non-payment of staff salaries without satisfactory explanations, inability to account for Internally Generated Revenue, diversion of funds, failure to follow due process in the award of contracts as well as illegal employment of senior officers without going through Local Government Service Commission, which is a violation of laid-down provisions.