Gov El-Rufai Retires 20 Permanent Secretaries

Nasir-El-Rufai-Kaduna-GovernorThe Kaduna State Government has announced the retirement of 20 Permanent Secretaries from the State Civil Service, in line with plans to cut the cost of running government.

A statement by a spokesman for the Governor, Samuel Aruwan, said the retirement of the Permanent Secretaries was due to a decision to cut down ministries in the state from 19 to 13.

Mr Aruwan said the development was part of efforts by the current administration to save funds for the development of schools, hospitals, roads and other basic amenities.

According to the statement, some of the standing ministries are; the Ministries of Justice, Agriculture and Forestry Commerce, Industry and Tourism, Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture.

Others are Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Women Affairs and Social Development, Water Resources, Health and Human Services, Education, Science and Technology, Budget and Planning, Finance, Works, Housing and Transport.

The statement added that the State government also announced the creation of five departments which would be headed by Permanent Secretaries. They are; the Public Service Office; the Bureau of Establishments; Political and Economic Affairs; Cabinet and Security Services and General Services. This will bring the total number of Permanent Secretaries in the state civil service to 18.

Meanwhile, the State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, has appointed Mr Ezekiel Baba Karik as the Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency.

The appointment of Mr Ezekiel Baba Karik, as Executive Secretary of the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA), has also been announced.

He was a former vice-chairman of Kaduna South Local Government and an organising secretary in the campaign organisation of All Progressives Congress’ governorship aspirant, Honourable Isah Ashiru, prior to serving as special assistant to Mr Barnabas Yusuf Bala after his emergence as the running mate to El-Rufai. Mr Karik holds Postgraduate Diplomas in Management Studies and Business Administration.

Road To 2015: What Is Unfolding In Ekiti State Is Not New – Owolowo

Dele OwolowoA Rural entrepreneur, Dele Owolowo, has expressed fears that the 2015 general election might be a disaster if different crises in Nigeria’s political parties are not addressed.

He said this on Sunday in respect of the Ekiti State political crisis during a conversation on Rubbin Minds on Channels Television.

He warned that the situation in Ekiti State is “one of those things that might determine the way the 2015 elections is going to turn out” explaining that if such crisis could happen one of the smallest states, Nigerians should “imagine what would happen in one of the bigger states as we go on.

Whatever is unfolding in Ekiti State is not new. Those who know history would know this happened in the wild wild west in the 60s. The same thing happened in the 70s during the Omoboriowo era – exactly the same Ekiti thing.”

Mr Owolowo opined that the two major political parties in Nigeria have both failed to show signs of offering Nigerians anything new.

He said that politicians, in their campaigns continue to promise Nigerians the same amenities that are expected to be basic, with no clear dynamic plan to create a larger and more vibrant economy.

We are not a productive economy,” he said, explaining that Nigeria runs an economy that depends on Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt and their ports.

Therefore, if the ports collapse, it means Nigeria’s economy would collapse, and he has not seen any of the politicians addressing that.

He regretted that despite the most likely high rate of employment in a state like Ekiti, the politicians have been more focused on their disagreements over handing over power.

The entrepreneur also said that there has been a major disconnect between the rural and the urban areas in Nigeria.

Referring to the rural dwellers as the real Nigerians, he said that “Nigeria’s fate lies in the rural sector.”

Owolowo noted that there are very few jobs in the rural areas with access to less basic needs like education, roads, healthcare which if created, would have encouraged more people to stay back in the rural areas to build businesses.

He urged Nigerian politicians to pay better attention to this class of Nigerians, as creating a better environment in the rural areas would reduce the pressure on the urban cities like Lagos.

FRSC Targets Zero Deaths Over The Next Two Decades

Officials of  the Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, are looking at the feasibility of zero deaths on Nigerian roads over the next 25 years with specific attention to safer roads and enforcement.

These were issues on the front burner at a forum to mark the 25th anniversary of the FRSC in Nigeria.

Key among the issues examined were construction of safer roads, adequate legislation and stricter enforcement, sufficient and safe mass transit and efficient emergency services for accident victims among others.

Past and present public officers from different sectors of the economy gathered for the conference to mark the agency’s 25th anniversary to examine ways to further cut down on the high statistics of accidents and deaths on Nigerian roads despite impressive achievements over the years.

While government cannot be left to tackle the issues of road safety and its attendant infrastructure development and maintenance alone, some major responsibilities must yet be handled.

Jonathan Assures Nigerians Of Power Supply And Job Creation As Quick As Possible

President Goodluck Jonathan has joined the rest of the world in celebrating the birth of Jesus and emphasizing the lessons of Jesus Christ on earth and its significance.

President Jonathan in a press statement said “In respective of our beliefs we can draw strength and inspiration from the Messiah’s enduring personification of selflessness, dedication to duty and commitment to the well-being of others.

He also added ‘The virtues and ideals of peace, tolerance, faithfulness, honesty, fairness, true wisdom, knowledge and understanding must remain relevant to us in Nigeria as we continue to grapple with the challenges of development and nation building’.

President Jonathan maintains that his government is doing its best to deliver on its promises to Nigerians.

According to him “While we continue to deal with the regrettable distractions posed by threats to peace and security in parts of the country, the federal government remains very focused on the primary objective of achieving significant improvements in priority areas such as, power supply, transportation, roads, health, education, job creation, agriculture and industrialization as quickly as possible’.