Buhari Appoints Sarah Alade As Special Adviser On Finance And Economy

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President Muhammadu Buhari (file)


President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the appointment of Dr (Mrs) Sarah Omotunde Alade, as Special Adviser to the President on Finance and the Economy, domiciled in the Ministry of Finance, Budget, and National Planning.

The President stated this on Tuesday in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.

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Dr. Alade, who holds BSc (Economics) and Ph.D. in Management Science (Operations Research), retired from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) as Deputy Governor in 2017 after spending 23 years in the apex bank.

She had also acted briefly in 2014 as the CBN Governor.

Saraki Appoints Baba Ahmed As Chief Of Staff

Saraki Appoints Baba Ahmed as Chief of StaffSenate President, Bukola Saraki has appointed Dr. Hakeem Baba Ahmed as his new Chief of Staff.

In a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, Senator Saraki says the appointment takes immediate effect.

61-year-old Baba Ahmed was educated at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; London School of Economics and University of Sussex, both in the United Kingdom.

He holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree.

He was permanent secretary at various times in the Presidency and later Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

He later became Secretary of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

He is a holder of the national honour of Officer of the Federal Republic (OFR).

The new Chief of Staff to the Senate President is a columnist with the Daily Trust Newspaper.

Police Boss Seeks More Collaboration With Nigerians

Ibrahim Idris, Police, CriminalsThe Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibarahim Idris, has reiterated the need for Nigerians to support security agencies, as they vehemently pursue their responsibility of tackling all crimes.

He said that the police would achieve more with the right approach, equipment and collaborative efforts of Nigerians.

Mr Idris gave the assurance on Thursday in Minna while inaugurating the Niger State ‘Eminent People’s Forum’ (EPF), as directed to all the 36 Commissioners of Police in the country.

He said that the forum would foster partnership with the Police in crime prevention and control.

It will also help in ensuring that there is peace and security in the various communities, the police boss stressed.

According to him, the forum would help to bridge the gap between the public and the police in Nigeria.

Represented by the Assistant Inspector General AIG, Zone 7, Alikali Usman, who stated that the NPF would be guided by international core values of policing with integrity, and compliance with the principles of democratic policing and rule of law.

He noted that the present AG inherited a daunting task of restoring civil authority to the northeast, cattle rustling in the north-central, kidnapping among others in the south-south and south-east, which are also facing the problems of economic sabotage (militancy) and kidnapping which are, according to him , surmountable.

The Niger State Commissioner of Police, Zubairu Muazu, also said that the inauguration was in compliance with the IG’s directive so as to partner with the eminent people in the communities to ensure security of lives and property in the state.

Mr Muazu disclosed that the partnership would go a long way in enhancing the safety of people and sustaining peace in Nigeria.

He urged every criminals in the state to leave or face arrest and prosecution.

The Commissioner of Police has established a Joint Operation Centre at the State Police Headquarters, comprising all uniform security outfits to have a synergy in operations for better results during their operation, hence it will go a long way for smooth operations as resources would be pulled together.

The Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Bello, who was represented by his Special Adviser, General Imam Ibrahim, urged residents of different communities to immediately report strange movements to security agencies in their areas.

At the event attended by eminent people in Niger State which includes traditional rulers, retired security men, community leaders and politicians the need for better welfare packages, adequate funding and insurance cover for the police officers was emphasised.

Grenade Attack Kills One As Burundi Violence Continues

burundi policeAt least one person was killed in a grenade attack on a bar in Burundi on Monday night, witnesses said.

Burundi has experienced more violence since the African Union backed away from sending in peacekeepers without the government’s consent.

The grenades went off in the Butere neighborhood of the capital Bujumbura on Monday night.

“One (person) was killed instantly,” an eyewitness, Jean de Dieu, who was near the scene of attack said.

Police spokesman, Pierre Nkurikiye, confirmed two grenades were detonated and eight people were wounded.

Burundi sank into crisis last year after President Pierre Nkurunziza ran for a third term in office, which he secured in a disputed vote.

African leaders, who met in Addis Ababa at the weekend, agreed to send a team to try to persuade Nkurunziza to accept a 5,000-strong force after he rejected the plan and said any such force would be treated as an invasion.

The Butere neighborhood was one of the flashpoints during the height of the violent protest against Nkurunziza’s decision, along with the neighboring Mutakura and Cibitoke areas.

When the peacekeeping plan was announced in December by the African Union’s Peace and Security Council, officials had said they could invoke an article of the AU’s charter that allows it to act even without a government’s agreement.

But African leaders showed wariness of such a move at the summit and instead decided to seek approval first.

Following a visit by the U.N. Security Council to Burundi late last month, Nkrunziza wrote to the 15-member body to say he took note of their concerns.

“We have decided — and issued instructions accordingly to the officials of the services concerned — to make ourselves available to the Special Adviser of the Secretary-General,” Nkurunziza wrote in a January 25 letter, made public on Tuesday.

He promised they would cooperate closely with the special adviser’s team to support an inclusive national dialogue, disarmament, security, human rights and development.

Amnesty: FG Begins Biometric Verification Of Ex-Militants In Niger Delta

Niger-Delta-militants---amnestyThe Special Adviser to the President and Coordinator of the Amnesty Program, Brigadier-General Paul Boroh (Rtd), says there are no plans to end the amnesty programme for ex-militants in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.

Brigadier-General Boroh (Rtd) made this remark during the verification exercise of hundreds of ex-militants captured in the programme.

According to the Special Adviser, the Federal Government intends to get rid of alleged ghost names registered in the programme and sustain prompt payments for the ex-militants and other programmes of training and empowerment, as stated in the agenda of the amnesty.

Brig General Boroh (Rtd) also revealed that the Federal Government recognises the importance of the programme to the sustenance of peace and security in the region.

Buhari Felicitates With Muslims At Eid-el-Maulud

Muhammadu-Buhari-Budget-PresentationPresident Muhammadu Buhari has felicitated with the Islamic Community in Nigeria as they celebrate the birthday of Prophet Mohammed.

The President is asking Muslims to use the opportunity of the birthday of Prophet Mohammed to reflect on the teachings of Islam, and live a humble life of prayer, service to God and humanity.

In a statement signed by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, President Buhari also asked the adherents of the Islamic faith to rededicate themselves to uphold the injunctions of the Holy Quran in their personal life and in their relationship with others.

He wishes all Nigerians Happy Eid-el-Maulud celebrations.

Jonathan Says He Is Most Documented President In Nigeria’s History

jonathanPresident Goodluck Jonathan says he is the most documented president in the history of Nigeria, following the works of his Special Adviser on Research, Documentation and Strategy, Mr Oronto Douglas.

The President was paying tribute to late Oronto Douglas at the end of a commendation service in his honour at the Saint Peters Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Yenegoa, Bayelsa State.

He said that Oronto was a dedicated and committed special adviser who stood by him till the end, without any sign of betrayal.

He said that Oronto was a dependable ally who will be missed at all times.
Oronto Douglas

The Bayelsa State Governor, Mr Seriake Dickson, in his tribute, extolled the selfless life Oronto Douglas lived and promised that the legacies he left behind should not be allowed to die.

Governor Dickson, who said that the experience and vast contacts of Douglas Oronto would be greatly missed, called on well meaning Nigerians to rally round the Oronto family to ensure that they do not suffer.

He also disclosed plans to give out scholarships up to university level to his children, as a token of appreciation of his life of service to the people of Bayelsa State.

As part of the tributes, children from the EK Clerk Preparatory School founded by Oronto Douglas, made a presentation in honour of their founder.

Douglas Oronto was a foremost environmental activist renowned for his intellectual articulation of the Niger Delta struggle.

He died on April 9, 2015, four months to his 49th birthday.

Jonathan, Sambo Mourn Oronto Douglas

Oronto DouglasCondolences have started pouring into the family home of the late Special Adviser to the President on Research, Documentation and Strategy Mister Douglas Oronto who passed on Thursday morning.

President Goodluck Jonathan and Vice President Namadi Sambo, were the early callers at the Abuja residence of Mr Oronto to commiserate with the wife, Mrs Terinabo Oronto, and the other members of the family.

Prayers were said for the peaceful repose of the soul of the departed and for the family to bear the loss with fortitude.

In his condolence message, Vice President Namadi Sambo, said Nigeria has lost a very good man, who has contributed positively to the development of the country.

While President Goodluck Jonathan described him as a dedicated and committed personality with a strong will even to death.

The Late Oronto Douglas, one of President Jonathan’s influential aides, is said to have passed on at the State House Clinic early on Thursday morning.

Reports revealed that he battled a terminal illness but it is not clear the cause of his death

Mr Douglas, until his death was the Special Adviser to the President on Research, Documentation and Strategy.

A lawyer and an influential environmentalist, Mr. Douglas served as a Commissioner for Information in Bayelsa State.

He was responsible for the documentation of the President’s achievements, legacies and coordinated campaign strategies.

Anambra Launches New Phase Of Youth And Women Empowerment Programme

youth and empowerment 2The Anambra State government has inaugurated a new phase of  Youths and Women Empowerment Process, starting with the agrarian local government areas of Anambra East and West.

The programme, sponsored by the office of the Special Adviser to Anambra State Governor on Youth Mobilisation in collaboration with the wife of the governor, is aimed at creating peaceful and economically growing communities through meaningful engagement of youths in activities that would take their attention away from restiveness and crime as well as the women being able to support their families economically.

Addressing the people at the occasion, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Youth Mobilisation, Chinedu Obidigwe, said that more gainful measures would be channeled into youth activities in the state especially on Agriculture and Education.

He doused fears over the incessant attacks in the area from Kogi State and said that he had been in contact with their leadership to halt further attacks.

The inauguration ceremony witnessed a large crowd from the communities in Anambra East and Anambra West that flooded the Ugwu Na Adagbe Primary School field, Aguleri, to be part of the empowerment programme was a reflection of the peoples’ desire to have gainful employment.

Traditional rulers, the clergy, leadership of the ruling party in the state and government functionaries were also present at the occasion.

The empowerment was for the Youths and the Women that occupy over 60 per cent of the population of the two local government areas.

A football competition with One million naira trophy was instituted to be keenly contested for among the youths of the 25 electoral wards in the two Local Government Areas.

Jerseys and footballs were also distributed to the women. Thirty ladies motorcycles were distributed for a start as more motorcycles and other empowerment equipment would also be given out in no distant time.

All Progressives Grand Alliance National Chairman who chaired the occasion inaugurated the programme and handed some of the items to the beneficiaries.

The impact the motorcycles would have on the women was also mentioned to include improving their welfare and their health.

In his address to the people to sum up the day’s activity, the Special Adviser to the State Governor on Youths Mobilisation said many plans were on for the youths of the state in the areas of agriculture and education.

He, however, said the process that had commenced would support the women as they would have succor in their day to day economic activities while it would go a long way in establishing peace and unity among youths which was a primary target of the empowerment.

He assured the indigenes that talks on the incessant attacks from the neighboring Kogi State which usually brought restiveness among youths had already been on and was yielding positive results.

It was a new dawn for the youths and women of Anambra East and Anambra West and hopes were high that the gesture which has commenced would get to every local government area of the state.

Bring Back Our Girls: Campaigners Urge FG To Improve Military Welfare

Chibok-girls-BringBackOurGirlsThe ‘Bring Back Our Girls’ campaigners have again called on the Federal Government to intensify efforts at rescuing the over 200 girls abducted by the Boko Haram sect in Borno State.

Speaking at their daily sit out at the Unity Fountain Abuja, the campaigners asked the Federal Government to improve the welfare of the military to enable them confront Boko Haram effectively.

On the outcome of the meeting with President Jonathan, the Chairman of the Chibok community in Abuja, Mr Hosea Esanbido, said that the President assured them that the girls would soon be rescued.

He also said that President Jonathan assured the parents of the abducted girls that the education and welfare of the girls would be taken care of.

Fifty-one of the girls who escaped from their abductors were brought to the Presidential Villa earlier alongside the parents of those still in the camp of the Boko Haram.

The meeting was held under tight security and not even the State House correspondents were allowed to cover the closed-door meeting.

Also at the meeting were the governors of Borno and Bauchi States, Senate President, Ministers of Education, Finance, Information and other key officials in the Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, including security personnel.

The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, addressed State House correspondents after the meeting, saying that the President used the opportunity of the meeting to empathize with the girls and their parents and reassured them that everything would be done to make things easier for them especially the ones that have already escaped and the ones yet to be rescued.

President Jonathan Mourns Umaru Dikko

Goodluck-Jonathan squeezPresident Goodluck Jonathan has received with sadness, news of the passing away of prominent politician and elder statesman, Alhaji Umaru Dikko.

In a statement by the President’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Reuben Abati, the President extended commiserations to the family, friends and political associates of the former Minister of Transport during the Second Republic, who also played a leading role in the National Party of Nigeria which controlled the Federal Government in that dispensation.

He joined them in mourning the renowned political leader who, “in spite of advanced age, continued to actively contribute to the nurturing and strengthening of democracy in Nigeria until the end of his life.”

President Jonathan firmly believes that “Alhaji Umaru Dikko’s significant contributions, especially his life-long advocacy for stronger political parties, greater discipline within political parties and the supremacy of political parties have assured him of a place in the annals of Nigeria’s political development.”

He prayed that God Almighty would receive Umaru Dikko’s soul and grant him eternal rest.

Jonathan Condemns Killing Of Emir Of Gwoza, Urges Nigerians To Unite

Goodluck-JonathanPresident Goodluck Jonathan has extended condolences to the Government and people of Borno State, as well as Northern Traditional Rulers on the death on Friday of the Emir of Gwoza, Alhaji Idrissa Shehu Timta.

According to a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, President Jonathan utterly condemned “the heinous murder of the Emir by brigands and terrorists” who waylaid the convoy in which he was travelling with two other Emirs.

The President believes that the brazen attack and the wanton slaying of the respected traditional ruler reinforces the vital need, which he emphasized in his Democracy Day Broadcast, for all patriotic Nigerians, irrespective of where they come from, their religions or political loyalties, to come together and work with urgency and complete unity of purpose to quickly end the murderous attacks by terrorists and insurgents that continue to threaten the security, cohesion and well-being of the nation.

The President reassured the nation that Nigeria’s Armed Forces and security agencies would continue to receive all the empowerment and support they require from the Federal Government to speedily give maximum effect to his orders that they take all necessary action to stop the brigands, terrorists and insurgents “who descended to new depths of infamy yesterday with the dastardly killing of a First Class Traditional Ruler.”

The President prays that Almighty Allah would receive the soul of the slain Emir and grant his family and subjects the equanimity to bear his loss.