Buhari Approves New Heads For BPE, PPPRA, 21 Others

Buhari Approves New Heads For BPE, PPPRA, 21 OthersNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday approved the replacement of Heads of 23 Federal Government agencies.

A statement by the Director of Press in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Bolaji Adebiyi, said all the appointments take immediate effect.

The statement named Barrister Julie Okah-Donli as the Director-General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), and Barrister Mary Ikpere-Eta as the Director-General of the National Centre for Women Development (NCWD).

Mr Bayo Somefun is the Managing Director for the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), while Tijani Suleiman, Jasper Azuatalam and Kemi Nelson are Executive Directors of the Fund.

The Federal Mortgage Bank (FMB) has Arc. Ahmed Dangiwa as its Managing Director, while Melvin Eboh is the Executive Director (Org. Resourcing), Mrs Rahimatu Aliyu is the Executive Director (Loans Department, Securities Issuance and Market Development), and Umaru Dankane is the Executive Director (Policy and Strategy Loans Set-Up and Pay Off).

For the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Alex Okoh is the new Director-General, as Abdulkadir Saidu Umar becomes the Executive Secretary of the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency (PPPRA).

Ibrahim Musa Goni is the Conservator-General/ Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Park Service (NPS), while Service Compact (SERVICOM) has Nnenna A. Akajemeli as its National Coordinator/ CEO.

Some other appointments include: Dr. Nasiru Mohammed Ladan, Director-General of National Directorate of Employment (NDE); Saliu Dada Alabi, Director-General of the Michael Imoudu National Institute for Labour Studies (MINILS); and Professor Jef. T. Barminas, Director-General of the National Research Institute for Chemical Technology.

Others are: Dr. Haruna Yerima, Director-General Nigeria Institute for Social and Economic Research (NISER); Sunday Thomas, Deputy Commissioner for the Nigeria Insurance Commission (NAICOM); Tunde Erukera, Executive Secretary of Consumer Protection Council (CPC); and Barr. Mohammed Bello Tukur, Secretary of the Federal Character Commission.

For the National Pension Commission (PENCOM), Dikko Aliyu Abdulrahman is the Director-General (Subject to Senate Confirmation), while Funso Doherty is the Chairman. PENCOM Executive Commissioners are Akin Akinwale, Abubakar Zaki Magawata, Ben Oviosun and Nyerere Ayim.

Also, the Federal Capital Development Authority has Umar Gambo Jibrin as its Executive Secretary, the Nigeria Agriculture Insurance Corporation has Mrs Folashade Joseph as its Managing Director, while Cecilia Umaru Gaya is the Director-General of Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON).

Other appointments are: Mrs Luci Ajayi, Executive Secretary for the Lagos International Trade Fair Management Board; Barrister Emmanuel Jimme, Managing Director of the Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority; Lanre Gbajabiamila, Director-General of Nigeria Lottery Regulatory Commission; and Jalani Aliyu, Director-General of the Nigeria Automotive Design and Development Council.

Buhari Launches ERGP 2017-2020

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The much awaited Nigeria’s Economic Recovery & Growth Plan 2017-2020 has been formally launched by Nigeria’s President in Abuja.

President Muhammadu Buhari who unveiled the document to the council chambers at the Presidential Villa, said the plan sets out an ambitious roadmap to achieve a 7% growth rate by 2020.

He added that the document brings together all sectoral plans for agriculture and food security, energy and transport infrastructure, industrialisation and social investments.

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“I want to assure all Nigerians that we are approaching the solution to our economic challenges with the same will and commitment we have demonstrated in the fight against corruption, and in the fight against terrorism and militancy.”

He appealed to the state governments to draw inspiration and strategic direction from the plan to articulate their economic own programmes, particularly in the development of the real sector.

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On Tuesday, the President’s Spokesman, Femi Adesina in a statement said that the launch is “in furtherance of the current administration’s drive to sustain and build on the successes so far recorded in tackling corruption, improving security and revamping the economy.

Buhari Names Ocheni, Hassan As Ministerial Nominees

sports development, nigerian army, buhariNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has sent the names of two ministerial nominees representing Kogi and Gombe States, to the Senate for confirmation.

The nominee representing Kogi State, Mr Stephen Ocheni is replacing the late Minister of State for Labour James Ocholi, who died in a car accident in 2016.

While the second nominee from Gombe State Mr Suleiman Hassan, is replacing the immediate past Minister of Environment Amina Mohammed, who was appointed the Deputy Secretary General of the United Nations.

President Buhari Approves Naval Base For Lake Chad Basin

President Buhari Approves Naval Base For Lake Chad BasinNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has given approval for the establishment of a naval base at the Lake Chad basin to boost security in the north-east.

The Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Ibok-Ete Ibas, disclosed this to State House correspondents on Monday after meeting with the President.

Vice Admiral Ibas explained that the Lake Chad area is a strategic location that provides means of livelihood to hundreds of thousands of people.

He noted that the presence of the Nigerian Navy would help in consolidating on the security of the area.

The Naval Chief also said a dedicated task force has since been put in place to tackle the problem of sea piracy in Nigeria.

Buhari Speaks With Femi Adesina

buhari-writesNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has put a call through to Femi Adesina, his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity.

According to Mr Adesina, the president called at exactly 2:43pm on Saturday, and he was more than delighted to speak with him for the first time in a month.

During the conversation, he thanked him for “holding out against mischief makers”, while he has been away on vacation in London.

The President’s aide made this known via his Facebook account where he wrote:

“At exactly 2.43 p.m today, Saturday, February 25, 2017, my phone rang. Who was at the other end? Tunde Sabiu, Personal Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari.

“Hold on for Mr President,” Tunde said – and in a matter of seconds, the very familiar voice came:

“Femi, how are you?” (He calls me Adesina most times, but today, he opted for Femi) – I screamed :”Mr President, I have missed you. How are you sir?”

He first laughed. That familiar laugh. Then he said: “I am still resting. Thank you for holding out against mischief makers.”

“I said it was my duty, the very least I could do, adding how happy I was to speak with him.”How is your family?”

“I said we were fine, and he asked me to extend his greetings to them. I hope to call you again, ” Mr President said, and I bade him farewell, adding: “Best wishes, sir.”

Mr Adesina described the call as a defining moment for him, stating that he had deliberately avoided speaking to the President, since he embarked on his vacation, as he did not see the need to validate that fact that he was alive.

“It was a defining moment for me. For more than a month, I had always spoken with aides who are with the President in London. Not once did I ask them to take the phone to him, deliberately so, because I didn’t need to speak with him to validate the fact that he was alive. And since he was on vacation, he had a right to his privacy.

“Of his own volition, President Buhari spoke with me. It made my day. Even if he hadn’t done so, he would have remained my President, my leader, and my man. Any day,” he stated in the post.

Buhari Calls Kano Governor During Prayers

Buhari Calls Kano Governor During PrayersNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Wednesday reportedly spoke with the Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, during a prayer session in the state government house.

The prayer was said to have been organised by the state government officials for the quick recovery of the president.

Speaking to the governor, Buhari confirmed that the status of his health was improving.

“I’m much better now and I thank you for the prayers and indeed the entire Nigerians”.

The brief conversation was believed to have been heard by the people in the hall, having been placed on speakerphone.

This is coming after several calls by citizens recently, for President Buhari to speak directly to Nigerians who are eager to know the true state of his health.

On Tuesday, he sent a second letter to the senate, stating his intention to extend his stay again in the United Kingdom where he is currently on vacation and receiving treatment.

Osinbajo Asks Military To Shun Divisive Forces

Yemi Osinbajo, Military, Divisive Forces, National Unity, Acting PresidentNigeria’s Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, has urged the military to resist divisive forces that undermine national unity and economic growth.

Professor Osinbajo made the call on Thursday at a lecture with the participants of Course 25 of the National Defence College in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

He had inspected a guard of honour mounted for him before proceeding to the Sani Abacha hall where he delivered a lecture on ‘The Economic Dimension of National Security’.

He noted that divisive forces and corruption were major threats to the unity and economic prosperity of a country.

The Vice President highlighted how the activities of the Niger Delta militants in the southern region and Boko Haram terrorists in northern Nigeria have affected the nation’s economy negatively.

He called on the Nigerian Army to resist any disruptive force that could undermine the unity and economic prosperity of the nation.

The acting president also touched on the government’s economic recovery plans where he called for the rejigging of the civil and criminal justice system.


Other speakers at the gathering also appealed to the military to ensure national security in the discharge of their duty.

They noted that that national security and economic prosperity are Siamese twins that cannot be separated.

Buhari Meets With Service Chiefs Before Leaving On Vacation

Buhari Meets With Service Chiefs Before Leaving On VacationNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, on Thursday held a meeting with his service chiefs behind closed doors at the presidential wing of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport.

This was before proceeding on his ten-day vacation.

On his official Twitter handle, the President tweeted: “Before leaving I met with the Security Chiefs. We will continue to work to fulfill our promise to confront all security challenges head-on.”

The Chief of Defense Staff, General Abayomi Olanishakin, who spoke to journalists, said that the meeting was to give the President an update on the movement of a stand-by troop to The Gambia.

The president has been a mediator in the political crisis in the West African country and the briefing lasted for about one hour.

Also speaking, presidential spokesman, Femi Adesina, gave the assurance that there is nothing to worry about the President’s routine medical checkup while on his vacation.

The President himself also made it clear that there is nothing wrong with going on vacation, just before stepping into the presidential jet.

The President is expected to resume work on February 6, 2017.

While away, the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, will perform the functions of the Office of the President.

Rann Bombing: Buhari Warns Against Re-occurrence

Muhammadu Buhari, New Year, Unity, NigeriaNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has warned the Army to ensure that an air strike which killed many civilians in Borno state on Tuesday does not happen again.

The Chief of Staff to the president, Abba Kyari, conveyed the president’s message when he led a Federal Government delegation on a condolence visit to the Borno state government.

Among the team are the Chief of Staff to the President, Ministers of Defence and Information, the Chief of Defence Staff, the Chief of Army Staff, and the Chief of Air Staff.

Kyari said the visit was initiated by the President, who has condoled with families of victims of the airstrike.

“The president is distressed at the sad mishap and he regrets the incidence,” the Chief of Staff noted.

The president is saddened by the mishap coming at this stage of the post-insurgency war with the terrorists cowardly hiding in the midst of innocent civilians to attract casualties.

According to Kyari, ” the government will do all it can to treat the injured and the Army will do all they can to ensure it doesn’t happen again.”

According to him, the Federal Government is committed to returning IDPs to their homes and ensuring the restoration of peace in Nigeria.

Governor Kashim Shettima commended the Federal Government for its swift response to the Kalabalge disaster maintaining that the “incidence of friendly fire is as old of history of mankind”.

“We are not justifying the sad incidence of Kalabalge but we are only going down memory lane to understand that friendly fire is common during conflicts, accounting for 2-7% of deaths in war situations.” Kashim stated.

“It is gratifying that nobody made efforts to sweep it, hide anything or play the blame game; we appreciate the Army’s sincerity,” the governor said.

Buhari Condemns Attack On Mosque In University Of Maiduguri

Muhammadu Buhari, New Year, Unity, NigeriaNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has condemned the terrorist attack at a mosque in the University of Maiduguri on Monday Morning.

The President has expressed sympathy and heartfelt condolences to the University Community, families of the victims, the government and people of Borno State.

In a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, “President Buhari believes that this appalling attack on a Revered place of worship and Ivory Tower shows that the perpetrators have no true understanding of Islam, adding that their despicable acts of terrorism are cowardly, criminal, unjustifiable and punishable before God Almighty and the laws of the land”.

He reassured communities in Borno and others in the Northeastern part of the country that his administration will continue to ensure that terrorism never triumph over peace-loving Nigerians.

He restated the need for Nigerians to remain more vigilant even as the security agencies continue to use all means at their disposal, to combat the remnants of insurgents and their sponsors.

The President wished those injured in the attack a speedy and full recovery, and comfort for families of the dead.

Buhari Meets With Security Chiefs On Kaduna Killings

Muhammadu Buhari, New Year, Unity, NigeriaNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari has met with Security Chiefs at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

It was gathered that the meeting focused on the prevailing insecurity in southern Kaduna, the Niger Delta and other parts of the country.

The Minister of Defence, Mohammed Dan-Ali revealed that troops have been moved to Southern Kaduna while negotiations are on-going to end the killings in the area.

The Minister of Defence made this known after the meeting with the President.

He also clarified that no conclusion has been reached on the issue of standby force to be deployed to the Gambia.

He added that the matter of forceful removal of President Yahyah Jammeh is to be handled by the regional body, ECOWAS.

The clarification follows reports that Nigeria has assembled about 800 troops to effect the removal of President Jammeh, if he insists on remaining in power after January 19, 2017

Buhari Sends Revised Ambassadorial Nominees’ List To Senate

Senate Seeks Resignation Of Babachir LawalNigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, has sent to the Senate a revised list of 46 non-career ambassadors he is nominating for confirmation.

The re-submission was contained in a letter read by Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, on the floor of the Senate on Thursday.

It read: “We submit the revised list of 46 non-career ambassadors for confirmation as ambassadors by the distinguished senate.

“It is my hope that this will receive the usual attention of the senate”.

President Buhari had first presented the list in November, but the Senate turned it down.

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Monsurat Sunmonu, had suggested that the Senate should return the list of non-career ambassadors to the executive so that they could re-present it.

“There are about 200 petitions against the nominees and we don’t even know where to start,” he said.

Buhari’s non-career ambassadorial list had raised issues in the ruling All Progressives Congress, with governors elected on the platform raising concerns over the list at different meetings with the president.

The president had assured them that he would look into their concerns. But until the rejection of the list by the Senate, no action was taken.

After the list was made public, two nominees, a former Deputy Governor of Plateau State, Pauline Tallen and Usman Bugaje, from Katsina State, turned down their appointment.

Names In The Revised List

Uzoma Eminike (Adamawa)
Aminu Lawal (Adamawa)
Godwin Umoh (Akwa Ibom)
Christopher Okeke (Anambra)
Yusuf Maitama (Bauchi)
Baba Maigudu (Bauchi)
Stanley Douye (Bayelsa)
Stephen Uba (Benue)
Baba Ahmed Gida (Borno)
Utobong Asuquo (Cross River)
Frank Ofegina (Delta)
Joda Udoh (Ebonyi)
Yagwe Ede (Edo)
Eniola Ajayi (Ekiti)
Chris Eze (Enugu)
Sulieman Hassan (Gombe)
Sylvanus Usofo (Imo)
Aminu Dalhatu (Jigawa)
Ahmed Bamilli (Kaduna)
Yahaya (Kaduna)
D. Abdulkadir (Kano)
Haruna Arungungu (Kano)
Musa Udo (Katsina)
Mohammed Rimi (Katsina)
Tijani Bande (Kebbi)
Y. Aliu (Kogi)
Nurudeen Mohammed (Kwara)
Mohammed Isa (Kwara)
Adesola Omotade (Lagos)
Modupe Remi (Lagos)
Musa Mohammed (Nasarawa)
Elijah Ibeto (Ogun)
Susan Aderonke Folarin (Ogun)
Jacob Daudu (Ondo)
Afolayon Adeyemi (Osun)
A. Olaniyi (Oyo)
James Dmika (Plateau)
Haruna Abdullahi (Plateau)
Orji Ngofa (Rivers)
Sahibi Isa Dada (Sokoto)
Kabir Umar (Sokoto)
Jika Ado (Taraba)
Goni Zana (Yobe)
Garba T. (Zamfara)
Bala Mohammad (Zamfara)
Ibrahim Dada (FCT)