Governor Seriake Dickson Takes Oath Of Office

dicksonGovernor Seriake Dickson has offered an olive branch to the opposition political party to join him in what he calls consolidation of his achievements of the first four years as Governor of the state.

He made this revelation at the Samson Siasia Sports Complex in Yenagoa as he and his Deputy, Rear Admiral Johnson Jonah (Rtd), took the oath of office for another four years.

Governor Dickson thanked Bayelsans for the overwhelming support during the elections.

He assured the people that he would consolidate on the gains of his first tenure and also ensure more rural development.

He promised to do more in the areas of road development and electrification of communities yet to benefit from his light up the state programmes.

Chief Judge of the state, Kate Abiri, presided over the oath taking ceremony.

Members of the Nigerian Police who wore their ceremonial regalia performed the ceremonial parade while the Governor inspected the guard of honour.

The programme, which many say was well attended, had all PDP governors in attendance.

The acting Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, members of the National Assembly elected on the platform of the PDP, traditional rulers and other citizens were also present at the event.

NMA Asks Osun Doctors To Embark On 3-Day Warning Strike

Resident-doctors-NMAThe Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) has asked doctors in Federal Hospitals in Osun State to join their striking counterparts working for the state government to demand for the payment of their salaries.

Rising from an emergency meeting in Osogbo, the state capital, the State Chairman of the NMA, Dr. Suraj Ogunyemi, said that the 3-day warning strike scheduled to commence on February 17 would help the striking doctors press for October till December salaries, a reduction of their tax deductions and implementation of the CONTISS salary scale.

Dr. Ogunyemi, who stressed that the doctors in the course of negotiations have had to shift grounds on many of their demands, insisted that the doctors would only resume duty if government is committed to paying up their salaries and acceding to their other demands.

In reaction to this, media aide to Governor Rauf Aregbesola, Semiu Okanlawon, claimed that the government has also sacrificed to ensure both parties arrive at a logical end.

He said that the state government has agreed to pay the doctors their outstanding salaries upon resumption.

Giving the assurance that good reasoning would prevail at the end of the dialogue, Okanlawon appealed to the striking doctors to reason with government, especially in the face of the current financial status of the state.

GTB Seeks Redemption Of $500 Million Eurobond

GTBGuaranty Trust Bank (GTB) has launched a tender offer to repay a $500 million Eurobond early, a move to deploy its available Dollar liquidity ahead of the debt’s maturity.

The bank said the notes, priced to yield 7.5 per cent, were due to mature in May 2016 and the tender was voluntary.

It said in a tender notice that the bank would maintain cash to repay any outstanding debt not tendered.

The results of the tender offer will be announced on February 11.