Atiku, Yahaya Bello Congratulate Buhari’s New CoS

Gambari attends the first FEC meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari presiding on May 13, 2020.

 

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, have congratulated Ibrahim Gambari on his appointment as Chief of Staff (CoS) to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Gambari, a renowned diplomat and former Minister of External Affairs was appointed on Wednesday by President Buhari as the CoS. He is replacing Abba Kyari who died of COVID-19 complications in April.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation Mr. Boss Mustapha made the announcement of Gambari’s appointment before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday.

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Atiku in his congratulatory message posted on his official Twitter handle said he hopes that Gambari will deploy his varied skills in service to the nation.

“Congratulations Professor Ibrahim Agboola Gambari, CFR on your appointment as Chief of Staff to @MBuhari.

“It is my hope and expectation and those of millions of Nigerians that you will deploy your varied skills garnered over the years in the service of our nation. -AA”

Kogi State Governor Yahaya Bello has also congratulated Gambari describing him as Gambari as a man of many parts whose vast wealth of knowledge and experience remain unrivaled.

He said as a thoroughbred scholar and seasoned career diplomat who had served in various capacities both at home and on the international scene particularly at the United Nations, Gambari’s appointment was no doubt a round peg in a round hole.

“Just as the Late Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari played a prominent role in the success of the Buhari’s administration, your coming in to fill the vacuum will further add more colour to the administration’s achievements,” Bello said.

According to the Governor, Gambari would bring his wealth of knowledge to bare in the discharge of his new responsibility as the Chief of Staff to the President and ‘engine house’ of the Presidency

How Stoppage Of Fuel Subsidy Will Benefit The Ordinary Man – Kyari


The Group Managing Director (GMD) of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Mele Kyari says the stoppage of fuel subsidy among other reasons will benefit the ‘ordinary man’ as monies will be freed up to fund critical infrastructural projects.

Kyari disclosed this on Wednesday while speaking on Channels Television breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily.

He also noted that it is only the elites that benefit from fuel subsidy and this is a huge economic disruption.

“The stoppage of subsidy or under-recovery payment will ensure monies are freed up for the government to fund critical infrastructural projects such as education, health, roads and many others for the benefit of the ordinary man.

“We decided that the fuel subsidy has to be stopped. In any case, subsidy is an elitist thing because it is the elites (including me) that benefit from fuel subsidy. They are the ones that have SUVs, four, five cars in their houses. The masses should be the ones to benefit,” he said.

The NNPC boss also highlighted some disadvantages of fuel subsidy.

“There are many things wrong with the under-recovery because we are supplying more than we need; we are supplying the whole of West Africa.

Therefore the under-recovery itself is so over-bloated because we are subsidising the whole of West Africa. This has to stop,” he said.

Kyari also revealed steps taken by NNPC in contributing to the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.

According to him, NNPC has made a commitment worth N21billlion to the intervention scheme of the Federal Government.

“The Nigerian government has subsidised fuel for decades. Experts in response have called for total deregulation of the oil sector while others have opposed it, saying poor Nigerians may not be able to afford the products if the prices were not regulated and subsidised”, he added.

Kyari Takes Over From Baru As 19th Group MD Of NNPC

 

Mallam Mele Kolo Kyari will take over from Dr. Maikanti Kacalla Baru as the 19th Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC). 

The transition is currently ongoing at the amphitheater of the NNPC Towers in Garki, Abuja.

In attendance are some former GMDs including Dr. M.T. John, Chief Odoliyi Lolomari, Chief Festus Marinho (1st NNPC group GMD), Engr. Abubakar Yar’adua, Chief Chamberlain Oyibo, Engr. Funsho Kupolokun and Dr. Joseph Dawha.

Also present at the NNPC Towers is Dr. Isa Pantami, the Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) Nigeria, Chairman of the EFCC, Ibrahim Magu and Special Assistant to President on New Media, Bashir Ahmaad.

Dr. Baru is handing over to Mallam Kyari, following the statutory retirement.

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Senate President Lawan Hails Kyari, Boss Mustapha’s Re-appointment

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 The Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, hailed the re-appointment of Chief of Staff  Abba Kyari and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Lawan, in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mohammed Isa said the re-appointment was a confirmation of the confidence and trust the President reposed in them.

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He said, “the re-appointments of Mallam Kyari and the SGF by the President is an appreciation of their commitments and contributions to the President’s successes in the last four years.

“As key figures of this administration, the roles played by the Chief of Staff and the SGF in achieving the successes recorded so far by President Buhari cannot be over-emphasised”.

The Senate President urged the Chief of Staff and the SGF to use their renewed mandate to redouble their commitment, and deploy their wealth of experiences to assist the President in achieving his next level agenda.

 

Kyari, Oyo-Ita Embrace At FEC Meeting

The Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari and the Head of Service, Winifred Oyo-Ita have settled their differences.

The two officials were engaged in a heated altercation at the last Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, prompting speculations on the reasons for the bad blood between them.

The cabinet members embraced publicly just before the commencement of the Wednesday’s FEC meeting which is presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

The meeting is holding a day after the President presented the 2018 budget proposal to a Joint Session of the National Assembly.

 

Photos Of Kyari, Oyo-Ita In ‘Warm’ Embrace At FEC Meeting

The Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari and the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winnifred Oyo-Ita has embraced publicly at the commencement of the meeting of  Federal Executive Council at the State House in Abuja.

This is coming after the two top government officials were engaged in an altercation at the same venue last week.

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Oyo-Ita, Kyari In Heated Argument At Presidential Villa

Oyo-Ita, Kyari In Heated Argument At The Villa

 

A heated discussion was observed on Wednesday between two of President Muhammadu Buhari’s aides before the Federal Executive Council meeting commenced.

The argument occurred between the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr Abba Kyari; and the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, who appeared angry as she explained a point to the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo.

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The hot exchange seemed to be a fallout of the leaked memo from Mrs Oyo-Ita to the Office of the Chief of Staff to the President on the embattled former pension boss, Abdulrasheed Maina, warning of the implication of reinstating Mr Maina into the civil service.

According to the leaked memo, titled, “Re: Abdulrasheed Abdullahi Maina,” and obtained by Punch, Oyo-Ita claimed she had met President Buhari on October 11 and warned against reinstating Maina into to the service.

“Please, note that the OHCSF was never in agreement with the reinstatement and consequently never conveyed the approval of the FCPC to Mr A. A. Maina, nor approved his posting to the Ministry of Interior or any other MDA.

“Rather, I sought audience with His Excellency, Mr President on Wednesday, 11th October 2017 after the FEC meeting where I briefed His Excellency verbally on the wide-ranging implications of the reinstatement of Mr A. A. Maina, especially the damaging impact on the anti-corruption stance of this administration,” the memo said.

 

Consequently, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, reacted to the leaked memo on Wednesday in a phone interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

Mr Adesina said although he had not confirmed if the meeting truly held between President Buhari and Oyo-Ita, he would not make any comment until the HoS acknowledged that the memo came from her office.

“Let her authenticate what is in the public domain that it really came from her. When she owns that memo supposedly written by her, then we’ll take it from there,” he said.