Kogi Assembly Confirms Edward Onoja As Deputy Governor

Kogi State Deputy Governor-nominee, Mr Edward Onoja, being screened by members of the State House of Assembly in Lokoja on October 21, 2019.

 

 

The Kogi State House of Assembly has confirmed Mr Edward Onoja as the deputy governor of the state.

Mr Onoja was confirmed as deputy governor on Monday after he was screened by members of the House at the legislative chamber of the Assembly complex in Lokoja, the state capital.

He is the former Chief of Staff to the state governor, Mr Yahaya Bello.

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Onoja’s screening and confirmation by the lawmakers came barely three days after the impeachment of the former deputy governor of the state, Mr Simon Achuba.

Mr Achuba was impeached on Friday after the House received the report of a committee set up by the State Chief Judge, Justice Nasir Ajana, to investigate an allegation of gross misconduct against him.

The Majority Leader of the House and lawmaker representing Ajaokuta State Constituency, Mr Hassan Abdullahi, had told reporters that committee headed by John Bayeshea submitted the report to the Speaker of the House, Mr Mathew Kolawole.

He explained that the lawmakers subsequently considered the report and took a unanimous decision to impeach Achuba.

In his reaction, Mr Achuba condemned the action of the lawmakers.

He said his impeachment was illegal and unconstitutional.

Mr Achuba was sworn in as the deputy governor on February 9, months after he defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

He was, however, reported to be engulfed in a disagreement with Governor Bello, an issue which snowballed into trading blames.

In August 2019, the former deputy governor raised an alarm of an alleged threat to his life and accused his principal of intolerance of contrary views.

He also criticised the administration for non-performance, claiming that was the reason for the rift between him and Governor Bello.

In a swift reaction to the allegations, the state government in a statement slammed the impeached deputy governor, saying he had no evidence for his claims.

The statement also said the government does not train assassins and cannot be involved in sending killers after anyone.

This caught the attention of the State Assembly which announced that it had commenced impeachment proceedings against Mr Achuba for criticising the governor.

The lawmakers had, thereafter, directed the Chief Judge in the state to set up a committee to proceed with the impeachment of Mr Achuba.

Sokoto Gets New Deputy Governor

Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal

 

Mr Manir Dan’Iya has been sworn in as the new deputy governor of Sokoto State.

Dan’Iya was sworn in on Friday, replacing Mr Ahmed Aliyu who resigned to run for the 2019 governorship election in the state under the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Aliyu had resigned after Governor Aminu Tambuwal defected from the APC to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

At the swearing-in ceremony, held at the International Conference Centre in Sokoto, Governor Tambuwal said his relationship with his former deputy remained cordial.

He prayed for God’s guidance for his new deputy to enable him to discharge his duties diligently.

Kano Deputy Governor Defects From APC To PDP

Kano State Deputy Governor, Hafeez Abubakar.

 

The Deputy Governor of Kano State, Hafeez Abubakar, has defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to the People Democratic Party (PDP).

Sources close to the Deputy Governor confirmed the report of the defection to Channels Television.

The PDP in a tweet on its official handle @OfficialPDPNig has since welcomed Abubakar for returning to the party.

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Imo State Assembly Begins Impeachment Process For Deputy Governor

Deputy Governor of Imo State, Eze Madumere

 

 

The Imo State House of Assembly has started proceedings to impeach the Deputy Governor, Eze Madumere.

The lawmakers are accusing the deputy governor of gross misconduct.

In a petition submitted by the Deputy Speaker, Nnanna Ozuruigbo, and signed by 13 out of the 27 members of the House, the Deputy Governor was accused of absconding from his office for more than three months without permission and therefore should be impeached.

Other allegations leveled against him are the failure to carry out official duties assigned him by the governor, refusal to attend State Executive Council Meetings, and refusal to hold meetings with the governor and commissioners in the state.

To this effect, a 6-man panel probe committee has been set up to investigate the allegations and report back to the House within seven days.

Meanwhile, the Special Assistant on Media to the Deputy Governor, Uche Onwuchekwa, said the office of the Deputy Governor has not been served any notice of impeachment and other allegations leveled against his principal are malicious, concocted and false.

Bauchi Deputy Governor Resigns

Bauchi State Deputy Governor, Nuhu Gidado, says he has always been committed to spending a single term in office.

 

The Deputy Governor of Bauchi State, Nuhu Gidado, has resigned.

Mr Gidado informed Governor Muhammed Abubakar of his decision in a letter dated May 16. A copy of the letter was seen by Channels Television on Wednesday.

In the letter, Mr Gidado explained that his decision was based on his commitment to serve for only a single term as deputy governor of the state.

“Ordinarily, I should have remained up to the end of the tenure, but, with the currently dampened spirit and waning zeal as it relates to my official engagements, my continued stay will not be fair and truthful to you as my brother and leader,” he wrote.

The deputy governor also believes that staying on in office will be unfair to the system and his conscience.

Furthermore, he reminded the governor that during their meeting on April 19th he had informed him that he was thinking about stepping aside.

Mr Gidado thanked Governor Abubakar and the people of the state for the opportunity to serve as deputy governor of the state.

Fire Guts Imo Deputy Governor’s Residence

The official residence of the Imo State Deputy Governor Eze Madumere at the Commissioners’ quarters in Owerri, the state capital, was on Thursday gutted by fire.

Channels Television learned that the inferno affected an apartment and damaged valuable properties.

Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor, Mr Uche Onwuchekwa, said the fire incident is suspected to have been triggered by a burning bush very close to the building.

Onwuchekwa added that it eventually spread to the visitors’ waiting hall razing the entire building and some of buses parked on the premises and other valuable properties.

There is, however, no expert explanation about the remote cause of the fire as details about it remain sketchy.

Men of State Fire Service were at the scene to put out the blaze and prevent it from causing further damage to the premises.

The Deputy Governor has, however, said a thorough investigation would be conducted to determine the cause of the unfortunate incident.

Bayelsa Landslide: Govt. Calls Seeks Federal Intervention

Bayelsa Signs MOU For Management of HospitalThe Bayelsa State government on Wednesday made a passionate appeal to the Federal Ministry of Environment, to join its efforts in combating coastal erosion.

It is also asking agencies and other well-meaning organisations to support its efforts in addressing environmental disasters ravaging the state.

The Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha Jonah (Rtd), made the appeal, shortly after inspecting a landslide site at Okoloba Community in the Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area of the state.

Lamenting the loss of houses and other valuable property to the disaster, Rear Admiral Jonah urged the Federal Government to participate more effectively in the protection of the Bayelsa environment, which he noted, had suffered serious degradation owing to erosion and oil exploration activities.

According to the Deputy Governor, several communities in the state, including Koluama, which had been washed away by ocean surge and coastal erosion are now in their new settlements.

In his words: “There are lots of erosion sites in Bayelsa State. This is just one of them. We have been reporting about how the ocean surge has been washing off our communities including Koluama.

“There is need for the Federal Ministry of Environment to look into Bayelsa case more seriously now with this wake up call that we have got today. We shall inform the Federal Government on the need for them to participate more effectively in the protection of our environment”.

He sympathised with the victims, assuring them that the government would do everything within its reach to provide them with some temporary relief, while proffering long-standing solutions to the problem.

Rear admiral Jonah, however, cautioned people of the state to be more safety conscious and take proactive measures by avoiding development of houses and other facilities in areas that were prone to natural disasters.

On the issue of providing shoreline protection for the community, the Deputy Governor said: “I understand there is a record that, the government had planned to provide shore protection here. We will look at that and see where the plan stalled and put pressure as much as we can to see that that project comes back to light”.

Giving eyewitness accounts, some of the victims, who are indigenes of Okoloba community, Mr Titus Yeigbagha and Mr Imomoemi Officer, said the incident occurred thrice at about 8:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. respectively on Monday this week.

Mr Yeigbagha, who lamented that property worth several millions of Naira including six houses were wiped away by the slide, called on the government to come to the aid of the victims and the Okoloba community by providing shoreline protection for the area.

Also speaking, the Governor’s Special Representative in Kolokuma/Opokuma local government area, Mr Iselema Gbaranbiri, recounted a similar incident that occurred in the community in 2008, 2013 and 2015 and appealed for the urgent attention of the government.

Street Trading: Edo Govt. Serves Traders Notice

Street Trading: Edo Govt. Serves Traders NoticeThe Edo state government has advised traders who trade on the walkway to relocate into the market as government would shortly commence the enforcement of the law against street trading.

The Edo State Deputy Governor, Philip Shaibu, who served the notice in an interview with Channels Television said that the activities of the traders contribute largely to the dirt in Benin City.

The Deputy Governor also appealed to the opposition political parties to criticize constructively by supporting the government’s efforts at keeping the city clean.

“The walkways are not created for market trading, ab initio it’s a crime to trade on it as there is a law on walkways in Edo state.

“So they that are trading on that ignorantly they should know that there is a law and very soon the law will catch up on them.

“We will enforce the law to the fullest because elsewhere deviants are the ones that pay for those that obey the law, for those that obey the law to enjoy.

“You can be a progressive opposition only to the extent that you challenge government on the wrong that they do not for the good that they do.

“If cleaning the street for the benefit of all is to the benefit of all then the opposition should join hands with us when we start cleaning the street,” the Deputy Governor said.

Bayelsa Targets N150m Monthly Revenue From Environmental Sanitation Authority

Bayelsa Govt. Targets N150m Monthly Revenue From Environmental Sanitation AuthorityThe Bayelsa State Government says it is targeting 150 million Naira monthly revenue from activities of the state environmental sanitation authority.

This is part of efforts to boost its internally generated revenue.

Chairman of the Bayelsa Environmental Sanitation Authority, Robert Enogha, disclosed this in Yenagoa at the inauguration of the state Environmental Authority Enforcement House.

Enogha, who hailed the state government’s support for its activities, said the office could make about N150 million monthly.

According to him, there is the need to improve activities of the authority because it would go a long way in boosting the revenue of the state.

“I am appealing for more support, which includes supply of equipment like wheelbarrows, patrol vehicles among others,” he said.

The Deputy Governor, Rear Admiral Gboribiogha Jonah (Rtd), who attended the event said the government is poised to achieve a clean and fresh environment.

“Clean environment does a lot of good to the human health, therefore, we cannot neglect nature of cleanliness. We will continue to improve for the betterment of our people.

“On revenue, we are no longer going to allow cash payments of fines and levies to avoid missing of funds, by next year, all tax and levies are going to be visible.

“We are not going to tolerate any form of harassment by officers who are going to be in charge. I urge every officer to step up in their conduct as the state is strategizing to improve its internally generated revenue through this agency”, he said.

Governor Obaseki Seeks Assistance For Edo IDPs

Governor Obaseki Seeks Assistance For Edo IDPsEdo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has appealed for more support for the internally displaced persons across Nigeria and particularly to those at the Christian Home for the Needy at Uhogua in Edo State.

The Governor made the appeal at a Christmas party organised for the IDPs by the state government in which the children were treated to a fun time.

The centre was converted to an amusement park with bouncing castles, fun rides and seesaws while the children and parents had a lot to eat, taking the foods from no less a person than the wives of the Governor and the Deputy.

The First Lady of Edo State, Mrs Betsy Obaseki, shared what inspired her to organise the party.

“The least we can do is to give of our time and resources and the life that God has put in every one of us to share with other humans especially those who are in need of it.  So that is what inspired this,” she said.

Wife of the Deputy Governor, Maryam Shaibu said: “The idea of coming here is nothing short of being with the children instead of bringing them out of here you know, just be with them and enjoy the day with them.”

While their wives spent time with the children, Governor Obaseki and the Deputy Governor were disguised as Santa Claus and handed out gifts to those below five years old.

The Governor later stepped out of Santa’s tent to greet them in the Santa Claus costume before unveiling himself.

While addressing the children, both the Governor and his deputy assured them of the care of the government.

Governor Obaseki said: “I want assure all of you here that our government will continue to support you.”

His deputy, who spoke in Pidgin English, further assured them that the Governor’s promises of a new hostel and better facilities would be fulfilled.

The coordinator of the camp, Pastor Solomon Folorunsho, while briefing newsmen, could not withhold his excitement.

He said: “You can see the children are very happy, today they don’t remember their pain or whatever happened to them.  Some of them are telling me that even before Boko Haram they had never experienced this before.”

He, however, stated that they have a lot of needs and called for assistance: “We are really in need of so many things; food, health, education, books, text books more especially and accommodation”.

The Governor also added to his plea for assistance.

“Programmes like this cannot be fully sustained by government alone. So the purpose of me coming here is to draw attention to camps like this and to see how we can attract resources beyond us as government have and to support this camp.

“So I really will like to use this opportunity to say that while we are all spending this Christmas with our family and loved ones, know that there are people out here as internally displaced people in Nigeria who need your love who need your help, who need your support.”

Pipeline Vandalism Has Hampered Delta’s Development – Okowa

Pipeline Vandalism Has Hampered Delta’s Development – Okowa Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, has urged community stakeholders particularly traditional institutions to engage in peace building in their areas for development to thrive.

He made the call at Orerokpe in Okpe Local Government Area during the grand finale of the 10th Coronation Anniversary celebration of Okpe monarch, His Royal Majesty Orhue 1, Orodje of Okpe kingdom.

Governor Okowa said that only a peaceful environment would bring development and investment to the society.

He emphasized the need for traditional institutions to partner with government to ensure peace and security in their domains and the state at large so that investment and development would thrive.

“I want to urge all stakeholders to join hands in ensuring peace and security in our various communities. Today the Okpe kingdom has been relatively peaceful in the last one and half years and this has secured oil activities in this axis,” he said.

He appealed to the youths in the various communities to desist from pipeline vandalism as this has impacted negatively on communities and the state and has also hampered meaningful development in the various oil bearing areas.

“Deltans have suffered enough of pipeline vandalism, we should give peace a chance, it has impacted on us negatively and I think we must desist from it” Governor Okowa maintained.

He thanked the Okpe people for supporting their royal father to maintain the peace in their community and secure the oil facilities in this area.

The Delta State Deputy Governor, Kingsley Otuaro, Delta State House of Assembly members led by the Speaker, Monday Igbuya, as well as former military administrator, Waiter Feghabor, were among the dignitaries at the event.

 

Extortion From IDPs Despicable And Inhumane – Humanitarian Committee

Humanitarian committee, IDP'sThe Senate ad-hoc committee on humanitarian crisis, led by Senator Shehu Sani, has described as inhumane and despicable, the alleged extortion of materials from IDP camps.

Senator Shehu Sani said this during his visit to Yobe state, while performing the committee’s assignment.

While in the state, the team was received by the Deputy Governor, Abubakar Aliyu, who stood in for the Governor, Ibrahim Gaidam.

Addressing the Deputy Governor, on their mission to the state, Mr Sani expressed concern that some persons were profiting from the tragedy and unfortunate situation of the IDPs as an opportunity to enrich themselves.

“We have seen exaggerated reports and corruption of industrial scales, in the name of IDPs and sometimes, your name as government and institution is being used.

“It is inhumane and despicable that individuals see this as an opportunity for themselves and so surprisingly, many of you that hold positions of power at the state level are not accessible to even know and don’t have even the knowledge of the kind of money that is being pumped from the federal site”, he said.

He revealed that the committee would visit the IDP camps in the state to see for themselves the situation of the displaced, which would help them during the public hearing that will be organized much later after the tour.

He said: “We are here within this very short period of time to go round and have a practical knowledge of what is there on ground and to listen to you with a view of going back to the National Assembly to conduct a public hearing and invite those persons that are concerned to do what we need to do”.

Mr Sani, while also observing that there is corruption at monumental scale in handling the IDP issues, stated that “whoever is involved will surely be prosecuted”.

According to the Governor, the crisis became serious in 2011 and affected 12 local government areas with Gujba and Gulani, worst hit by the insurgency.

He, however, said that despite the destruction caused to the state by the insurgents, “the administration in the state, has since commenced the rehabilitation, reconstruction and resettlement process”

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Listing some of the activities involved, he mentioned the reconstruction of the Katarko bridge and the Damaturu- Buniyadi-Magza road.

“The challenges before us have now been how to effectively address the humanitarian crisis and further facilitate the recovery of the victims, before full scale reconstruction of the affected areas.

“In order to manage the situation and implement our planned programme for the resettlement, reconstruction and rehabilitation, a high powered committee under his excellency, the Deputy Governor Abubakar D Aliyu, has been set up,” the Governor said.

Furthermore, he mentioned that the the committee had spent millions of Naira in the restoration of water and health facilities, in addition to supply of food and essential non-food items to the returning communities and the IDPs.

The committee later visited the Pompomari IDP camp, located in Damaturu, the state capital, where they went to find out about the mode of feeding, water supply and health facilities as well as the general wellbeing of the people.