Maybe It’s Not In My Destiny To Be Governor – Aisha Alhassan

Maybe It's Not In My Destiny To Be Taraba Governor – Aisha Alhassan

 

Former Minister for Women Affairs and Social Development, Aisha Alhassan, has reacted to her loss in the last general elections.

Alhassan, who visited the Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku, was of the opinion that she might not be destined to be governor.

“It is God that gives power not anybody. You may be the best person for the job, if God doesn’t give you, you cannot have it,” she told the governor on Monday at the Government House in Taraba.

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She added, “Maybe it is not in my destiny to be the Governor of Taraba State, but somebody has to be there in any case at one time or the other.

“We will continue to support you and if there is anything you think we can do for you, I personally will be always available to do that. We are highly delighted to be here and we wish to wholeheartedly congratulate you.”

According to the former minister, who contested for the governorship seat in March on the platform of the United Democratic Party (UDP), power comes from God and he gives it to whoever he desires.

She gave assurance of her willingness to support the programmes and policies of the state government.

She explained that she and her supporters have no other state than Taraba, stressing that they have a responsibility to support the government in any way they can.

Alhassan also said the visit and her decision to support the governor was to ensure that the success of his administration and progress of the state for the good of the people.

She stated, “You’re the commander of the rescue mission, so we have all joined the rescue team … on behalf of myself and my party loyalists, UDP, and all their supporters in Taraba State, we wish to congratulate you heartily.

“In a contest of this nature, somebody has to win while others lose. I lost not victoriously, but gallantly.”

On his part, Governor Ishaku said he was overwhelmed by the former minister’s show of support, adding that it would serve as a morale booster to his administration.

He said she has truly shown that politics should be played without bitterness and victory as a politician should not be seen as the end of life.

Alhassan contested the Taraba governorship election in 2015 on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) but lost to Governor Ishaku.

She later defected from APC to UDP In 2018, to contest for the same position in 2019 and lost again to the governor.

Emefiele’s Integrity Remains Unassailable, CBN Reacts To ‘Leaked Audio’ Conversation

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The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) says the integrity of its Governor, Godwin Emefiele remains unassailable.

The apex bank in a statement issued on Sunday by its Director, Corporate Communications, Isaac Okorafor said that the use of selective wire-taped conversations of its management, to malign Emefiele’s character and integrity will not stand.

Okoroafor in the statement denied that the conversation which was released by an online news platform was about a fraudulent transaction.

“The purported audio recording of selective conversations amongst the Governor, Deputy Governor and some Senior Officials. Contrary to the headline-grabbing narrative that the discussion was about a fraudulent transaction, this conversation – the beginnings of which was omitted to create a different impression – was simply to proffer solutions to a misunderstanding that affected the Bank’s balance sheet.

“The integrity of the CBN Governor remains unassailable.  He has no account in Dubai or anywhere in the world and would never convert the funds of CBN for personal use,” the statement read in part.

He also described the leaded audio conversation as false and misleading, denying any fraudulent transactions of missing N500 billion.

CBN’s spokesman explained that that the misleading audio relates to the meeting of its top officials on reconciliation of balance sheet items and part of regular conversations.

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“The Bank provided about N650 billion in loans at 9% with a two-year grace period to 35 States of the Federation.

“These monies were distributed to the States monthly with documented approval of the Federal Ministry of Finance and the Presidency,” Okoroafor added.

The bank noted that the bailout was erroneously classified by external auditors as bad loans, stressing that Ministry of Finance and CBN gave comfort to auditors in writing that “these monies would be repaid.”

Accordingly, CBN vowed to “pursue every  legal means to bring the perpetrators to justice.”

It’s Needless To Kill People Over Political Ambition, Says Makinde

The Oyo State Governor-Elect, Mr Seyi Makinde

 

The Oyo State Governor-Elect, Mr. Seyi Makinde, has decried the violence that erupted in the state during the elections, saying it was needless to kill people over political ambitions.

He stated this on Monday during an interview on Channels Television’s special programme on the election’s coverage, The Verdict.

His statement comes 24 hours after he emerged the winner of the governorship election which held in the state on Saturday.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Makinde winner of the keenly contested poll after polling 515,621 votes to defeat his closest rival, Mr. Adebayo Adelabu of the All Progressives Congress who polled 357,982 votes.

But Makinde having clinched the state’s top job regretted the violence that claimed the life of the lawmaker representing Lagelu /Akinyele Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Temitope Olatoye, blaming it on desperate politicians.

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“We have gone ahead to appeal to our people to stay calm. Occupying a political position does not require anyone to just kill. I saw the whole issue as desperation.

“We should allow the will of the people to prevail. If we adhere to that, then there wouldn’t be any need for anyone to lose their life for the sake of politics,” he stated.

Makinde, who would be sworn in as Oyo State Governor on May 29 promised to run an all-inclusive government regardless of who voted for him or not.

According to him, it is time to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people of the state after a rigorous campaign.

“It has never happened in the history of elections in Oyo State where a candidate will win by a landslide with over 150,000 votes. All the things that we did right during that period, we will utilise them during the process of governance.

“We have the experience and we’ve seen those things work during the process. So we will ensure that the messages get to the grass root and we will get the grass root behind the government,” he added.

When asked what he will want to be remembered at the expiration of his four-year mandate that begins in May, Makinde explained that his parting gift to the people will be a robust and buoyant economy.

Mexico Fuel-Pipe Blaze Death Toll Rises To 66 – Governor

 

An explosion and fire has killed at least 66 people who were collecting fuel gushing from a leaking pipeline in central Mexico, the Hidalgo state governor said on Saturday.

“The toll that we have until a few minutes ago… is 66 dead, while 76 are injured,” said the governor, Omar Fayad.

Forensic specialists on Saturday worked among the charred corpses at the scene, which was guarded by soldiers as a smell of fuel still hung in the air.

Scores of locals with jerrycans and buckets had been collecting gasoline that was gushing from the pipeline when the blast occurred on Friday, according to witnesses.

Video taken in the aftermath showed people fleeing the scene, screaming for help, as an enormous fire lit up the night sky in Tlahuelilpan, Hidalgo state, 65 miles (105 kilometres) north of Mexico City.

The tragedy comes as the federal government wages a highly publicized war on fuel theft, a problem that cost Mexico an estimated $3 billion in 2017.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador travelled to the scene in the early hours of Saturday.

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Okorocha’s Son-In-Law Uche Nwosu Dumps APC For AA

Uche Nwosu

 

Mr Uche Nwosu, the Son-in-Law to Governor Rochas Okorocha, has dumped the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Action Alliance (AA).

Mr Nwosu, who is the immediate Chief of Staff to Governor Okorocha, made the announcement on Tuesday at the Sam Mbakwe International Airport in Owerri, the state capital.

His announcement follows a battle over the choice of candidate to fly the party’s flag.

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After losing to Senator Hope Uzodinma, he blamed the loss on the alleged failure of the party’s leadership to grant him the ticket.

Nwosu however, remains optimistic that he would become the next Governor of the state and succeed Okorocha in 2019.

Nasarawa New Commissioner Of Police Visits Al-Makura

The new Commissioner of Police in Nasarawa State, Muhammad Kura, has paid a visit to the state Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura.

Kura, who visited the Government house in Lafia, Nasarawa State capital was until his posting to the state, the Commandant, Police Detective College, Enugu.

The immediate past commissioner of police in Nasarwa State, Abubakar Sadiq Bello, was posted to the Federal Capital Territory.

Al-makura Seeks International Collaboration To Boost Economy

The Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Al-Makura has called for international collaboration to improve the economy of the state and to better the lots of the people.

The governor made this call when he hosted ambassadors of Scandinavian countries comprising Finland, Norway, Sweden, and Denmark at the government house in Lafia.

He believes that a partnership with the foreign countries will open a vista of development for the state and scale up its revenue base.

“It is for this reason that I would like to open a new vista for a relationship in the field of agriculture, health, education, real estate between Nasarawa state and these countries

“As a matter of fact, we will be highly interested in collaboration and support from these countries. We are trying to package what we call the comprehensive special school, one of the largest in the whole of this country that is supposed to take care of people living with disabilities,” he said.

Al-makura also called for collaboration to improve education in the state, especially in adding value to special education and teaching children with disability.

“We have built the school and we are in the process of furnishing it for take-off in January and we are inviting the northern countries to come and collaborate with us with a view to adding value to special education especially as it relates to children with disabilities in the form of visual disability, hearing disability, physical disability, and hearing disability.”

My Governorship Ambition Is Not A Joke – Kcee

Singer Kcee says his plan to contest in the Anambra governorship is not a joke.

Speaking on Rubbin Minds on Channels Television, the ‘Limpopo’ crooner explained that his ambition to become a governor is aimed at ensuring positive change.

“It is not a joke. When I declared my intention, the internet went down that day. Some people thought I was joking and some youths were like ‘Kcee don’t joke with us’ because they have been looking for a youth to stand up.”

Kcee is however not sure he will be on the ground on election day.

He said, “There are some things going down and I am standing my ground and standing my ground is I don’t want to go through the route they want me to go because those are the problems that most of the sitting governors and (those in) other positions are facing, where you have people sponsoring your project and I don’t want to fall into that category.

“I want to make sure that I have my people to support me and if they can’t support me, then no need to.”

Addressing the controversy he courted when he posted wads of dollars on his Instagram page, Kcee claimed that it was just a stunt suggested by his manager.

“That was strategic, that was a stunt. I did a song then called ‘Desire’ and if you listen to it, there is a line that says ‘my love for you, go dey fall like dollar’,: he said.

“So I did it to draw attention to the single at that time and we got the attention.”

Akwa Ibom Govt. Partners General Electric To Build Power Training Institute

The Foreign Direct Investment drive of Akwa Ibom State Government, has received a quantum leap as the state government has concluded plans to partner with General Electric Global Operations, for the establishment of a world class training institute to address man power need and boost capacity of Akwa Ibom indigenes in the power sector.

The Executive Director, Government Affairs, General Electric Global Operations – West Africa, Dr. Joyce Shyngle-Wigwe, dropped the hint during an interaction with Government House correspondents shortly after a meeting with Akwa Ibom state Governor, Udom Emmanuel, at his office.

Dr. Wigwe said, “General Electric has watched with keen interest the pace of development in the state as regards infrastructure under the watch of a seasoned entrepreneur governor Udom Emmanuel, and the company has decided to partner with the state in the provision of electricity, health care services and in other development programmes of the administration”.

She explained that, “The company had been involved with the installation of turbines at Ibom Power Plant and has undertaken the rehabilitation of power infrastructure to facilitate speedy transmission and distribution of electricity in the state”.

The Chairman of Ibom Power Company, Engr. Etido Inyang, who facilitated the meeting described the interaction as fruitful, explained that Akwa Ibom Governor has given approval for the state government to collaborate with the firm to boost power generation at Ibom Power Company.

“The collaboration would make the state a Power hub and the first phase of electricity generation would be at 240 Mega Watts while the second 240 would provide a total output of 480 Mega Watt for sufficient power generation”.

Engr. Inyang indicated that the Governor has directed the company to work out a functional modality to actualise the vision and expressed delight at the company’s decision to establish a training Centre in the state.

Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Works, Mr Ephraim Inyang, who also spoke said the company would help fast track the development matrix of the state’s administration.

The Chief Operating Officer of the company, Mr Ahmed Zakari, who congratulated Governor Emmanuel and his Executives on the development strides witnessed in the state, hinted that, “The state’s vision on infrastructure and industralisation informed their decision to partner in the development agenda of the state’s administration”.

“The partnership would boost the power sector to enable small and medium scale business operators carry out their businesses and provide employment to the youths of the state”.

Nasarawa State Govt. Commences Payment Of Gratuity

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The Nasarawa State Government, has commenced screening for payment of gratuities for eligible pensioners in the state.

The two days screening is supervised by the State Head of Service, Thomas Ogiri.

As early as 8:00am on Thursday, beneficiaries of the first phase of payment of gratuities and death benefits to families of deceased civil servants trooped into the Lafia city hall with relevant documents.

Speaking in an interview, Thomas Ogiri said only those whose names were published on certain newspaper are qualified for payment.

He also gave reasons why names were published saying that the government has nothing to hide from its citizens.

“We did it deliberately because this is a transparent government so nothing to hide.

“The governor ordered that it should be published so that we can see it in the newspaper publication, there is no point you come to this point without knowing how much you are going to earn”.

He further expressed satisfaction with the exercise and called on the beneficiaries to be patient adding that they will all be screened within two days.

On their part, the beneficiaries expressed gratitude to the government approving the release of their entitlements.

Ogun Govt. To Partner River Basin Authority On Power Generation

Amosun Restates Commitment To Combatting CrimeThe Ogun State Government, has said it is ready to partner with the Ogun-Osun river basin authority to develop nine megawatts of electricity at the Oyan dam.

Governor, Ibikunle Amosun gave the indication when he received the executive management of the basin authority at his office.

The Governor also sought for collaboration in the area of agriculture.

El-Rufai Swears In New Commissioners, Permanent Secretaries

Nasir El-Rufai, Kaduna,The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has sworn-in four new commissioners and eight permanent secretaries.

The new commissioners sworn in included: Barrister Umma Hikima, Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice, Jafaru Ibrahim Sani, Commissioner for Local Government, Professor Kabir Mohammed Mato, Commissioner for Agriculture and Forestry and Hafsat Mohammed Baba, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development.

The governor also appointed two caretaker chairmen for Giwa and Zangon-Kataf Local Government Areas.

In his address at the inauguration of the appointees, El-Rufai said his government decided to bring new commissioners to energize the administration for better performance.

While commending the former commissioners for their service rendered to the people of Kaduna state, he explained that none of them were dropped or sacked but were deployed to handle other government assignments.

He reminded the appointees that they were joining the cabinet at a time the state and country as a whole is facing economic challenges, hence they must work harder to deliver on their mandate.

“I thank the former commissioners for their service in our state. I want to make it clear that we didn’t drop any commissioner.

“None of our commissioners was dropped. Some former commissioners have been deployed to other functions of government. So, our team is intact and we are all together.

“We carefully selected our team members. We decided to bring new commissioners to energize the administration and to inject new blood.

“You are joining a ‘wahala’ team and I sympathise with you because we work with little earnings.

“The permanent secretaries were chosen based on their competence, integrity and all the directors chosen to be permanent secretaries sat for exams and faced oral interview so, we have the best of permanent secretaries,” he explained.

Some of the appointees thanked the governor for deeming them fit to serve in his administration, hence, promised to contribute their quota towards making Kaduna state great again.